Dancing out of July 2020

July seemed like a decent month but we still aren’t really a-okay. There were some struggle throughout the month though not that much happened. Reading also lessened again with Merijn more home again.

Reading Challenge

The Numbers

In July I read a total of 11 books which makes the total of 2020 100 books read.
Of the 11 books 9 books were fantasy, 1 books was non-fiction and 1 book was contemporary.
Out of the 31 days of July  I read 15 days which amounted to a total of 3569 pages. My best reading day was July 23rd with 415 pages.
The rating average of this month was 3,9.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titel

  1. Between Starfalls (Children of the Nexus 1) by S. Kaeth | 3,5 stars | ARC
  2. Chimes at Midnight (October Daye 7) by Seanan McGuire | 4 stars
  3. Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars 1) by Elizabeth Lim | 4,5 stars
  4. Unravel the Dusk (The Blood of Stars 2) by Elizabeth Lim | 4 stars | ARC
  5. Of Curses and Kisses (St. Rosetta’s Academy 1) by Sandhya Menon | 2,5 stars
  6. Knock Three Times (Wizards of Once 3) by Cressida Cowell | 4 stars
  7. Maar Je Ziet Er Helemaal Niet Autistisch Uit by Bianca Toeps | 4 stars
  8. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust | 4 stars
  9. Das Falsche Spiel der Meisterin  (Duftapotheke 3) by Ana Ruhe | 4 stars
  10. Sky Pirates: Echo Quickthorn and the Great Beyond by Alex English | 4 stars | ARC
  11. Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson 4) by Patricia Briggs | 4,5 stars


turtle recall white

Read: 0
Total: 5/15

August Plan: The Compleat Discworld Atlas | Wyrd Sisters

go big or go home 2020

Read: 0
Total: 4/15

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⌘ Merijn had his last day of pre-school on July 3rd and then his Summer vacation started. He spend the first full week of that at my parents, then a week at home and then I went with him for a week at my parents. Summer vacation is hard on him, especially this year as he is going to primary school after the Summer. He’s been asking daily about when he goes to school and in general as not been feeling so great at periods. I hope he’ll feel better in August.

⌘ I’ve had some up and down days. When we were are my parents I managed to sprain my ankle/foot and then had to drive home. A drive that should have been 3 hours but ended up being 4,5 hours because of various traffic stops. To say that my foot/ankle hurt would be an understatement. It still hurts if I do too much.

⌘ I’ve also been having a hard time falling asleep or when I wake up in the middle of the night and I can’t fall back asleep. That is hard.

⌘ Covid-19 seems to be hitting a second wave in the countries around us and it is also taking a bit of a rise in the Netherlands in certain areas. Not where I live nor where my parents live. It is interesting to see how the tourists from other countries are complaining about us not having a mask rule (only for public transport). You could just not come to the Netherlands and stay in your own country (who mostly seem to be having harder hitting second waves than us) But the tourists I’ve seen haven’t been keeping to our rules of the distance and only 1 adult per family in the store so I mean, stop complaining.

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Announcements and the Like
⌘ The SFF Blogger Masterlist
⌘ Book Blogger Awards 2020 | Nominations
⌘ #ARCAugust 2020 | Time for My First Participation

Wrap Ups and Other Memes
⌘ Show Your Bujo Theme | June 2020
⌘ Dancing out of June 2020
⌘ Best of the Bunch // June 2020
⌘ Dancing Alphabeticals | The A is the Start to the Game

⌘ Three Reasons to Pick Up Between Starfalls by S. Kaeth | ARC
⌘   Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars 1) by Elizabeth Lim
Unravel the Dusk (The Blood of Stars 2) by Elizabeth Lim | ARC 
Of Curses and Kisses (St. Rosetta’s Academy 1) by Sandhya Menon
Sky Pirates: Echo Quickthorn and the Great Beyond by Alex English | ARC

Guest Post
⌘ Writing Older Characters in High Fantasy by S. Kaeth
⌘ Time Travel Is Pure Fiction by Roy Huff
⌘ Why I Choose Self-Publishing by Neveah

Top Ten Tuesday
⌘ Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By
⌘ So You Want Your Laughs with Your Dark and/or Fantasy
⌘ 6 Books with Death That Destroyed Me
⌘ 8 Books/Series by Trans and Non-Binary Authors to Read

Discussions, Topics and the Like
⌘ Book Haul 55 | #Oops
⌘ Goodreads has an Explore Science-Fiction and Fantasy Week
⌘  More Camp Half-Blood For Me! | PJO/Heroes of Olympus Book Tag
⌘ Book Haul 56 | Ten Physical Books Added to My Dreaded TBR

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tv shows july 2020
Siren | Season 1 | Ep 2 to 10 | Completed
Siren | Season 2 | Ep 1 to 6 
This is actually a lot more interesting than I thought. The first episode wasn’t that amazing but the rest of the series did draw me in quite a bit more.

Midsomer Murders | Season 20 | Ep 1 to 12 | Completed
Rewatched the episodes I’d already seen and finally completed this season.

Team Umizoomi | Season 1 | Ep 1 to 19 | Completed
Bubble Guppies | Season 5 | Ep 1 to 3
Been watching these with Merijn of course lol

Back to the Future | Movie | Rewatch
Back to the Future 2 | Movie | Rewatch

The Fall | Season 1 | Ep 1-2 
I just started watching this at random.

The Andromeda Strain (2008) | Mini Series | Completed
They showed this and it did make me curious about the two books by Crighton.

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⌘ CW from The Quiet Pond shares 22 books with bisexual and pansexual rep.
⌘ La La in the Library shares five gentle anti-racism book recs.
⌘ Jess from Jessticulates talks about if she wants a zero TBR.
⌘ Marie from Drizzle & Hurricane Books talks about trigger warnings and books and why they are important for them.
⌘ Charvi from Not Just Fiction shared their half-yearly bookish statistics.
⌘ Sammie from The Bookwyrm’s Den talks asks where biracial voices fit in.
⌘ Kriti from Armed with a Book featured me for Armed with a Bingo.
⌘ Cait from Paper Fury talks about 5 things she wants to see more in disabled YA books.
⌘ Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner shares a list of 21 Scary and not so scary) YA books in 2020 for preperation of your Halloween TBR.

Dutch Blogs

⌘ Liesbet from Zwartraafje did the Book Shelf ABC Challenge where she searched for a book on her shelf for every letter of the alphabet.

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This monthly wrap up will be linked up with the monthly one by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction. This so we can blog hop to each others wrap ups easier.

28 thoughts on “Dancing out of July 2020

  1. I’m with you on the reactions to the COVID-19 second wave. In the last couple of weeks we in the UK had a load of people flocking to beaches and our tourist hotspots on the south coast, not social distancing, not exactly caring about the people around them and now they are going mad that certain areas are under a local lockdown again. It’s irritating. I wouldn’t mind but our lockdown rules don’t make sense either.

    On a more positive note, I’ve been on a Midsomer Murders kick as well. I’m currently re-watching series 14 and I still love watching it, even though I often forget what happens in some of the episodes.

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    1. Its just terrible. Some people really don’t understand how they are messing everything up.

      They are so much fun to rewatch. I always loved the ones with Tom. But I’m getting more and more used to the ‘new one’ (lol he’s been at it for a few seasons now).


  2. I’m so happy you enjoyed Bone Crossed. I love when people talk about Mercy Thompson. This series deserves all the love (and I can’t believe I’m so far behind it!). If everyone took Covid-19 seriously, maybe we wouldn’t have to be so worried about the effects the second wave will have.

    Happy readings!

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  3. Dankzij jou wil ik echt wel weer een keertje verder lezen in de Mercy Thompson-serie. Dus als Nancy ze zelf gelezen heeft ga ik eens heel braaf vragen of ik ze van haar mag lenen. Dankjewel voor het delen! xxx

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  4. I hope Merijn feels better! Going to primary school can be a bit of a scary transition, but hopefully he’ll enjoy it when he gets there. I hope your foot is feeling better soon, too. Sprains stink. x.X Been there, done that … a lot. Turns out being clumsy is bad for your health lol. Thank you for sharing my link. ❤ Here's to hoping you have a happy and healthy August!

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  5. Oof, I’m sorry about your ankle! I fractured mine when I was younger, and I’ve had other issues with it too so I know how painful and annoying that can be. I hope you are feeling fully better soon. Sorry about the dumb tourists not following the rules. It’s so ridiculous to me how selfish people can be. Numbers are going up all over the U.S. It’s not AS bad in my state as others, but I feel like it’ll get worse as we go along, so *fingers crossed* I’m wrong. LOL


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    1. The numbers in the US are so scary and I don’t understand why people are fighting so hard against it there. Fingers crossed your state will just get better numbers.


  6. Oh I am sorry about the ankle. And yay to 11 books in a month. Sounds like a great deal to me. I hate people not following the rules, complain about others. Great list!

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  7. Oh gosh, I am sorry to hear that you’re also getting a 2nd wave.. I hope it won’t be as bad as in my state! We were down to single digits and now there are 400-800 new cases a day & we’re in stage 4 lockdown. It sucks and people are still not sticking to the new rules…

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    1. Yeah we’re hitting about 300-400 a day now too I think but over the whole country. But it is very limited to a few areas so not where I or my parents life. We’re not really in a lockdown (our goverment tried to keep things as loose as possible and don’t want to put the screws back on just yet) so we’ll see.


  8. Thank you so, so much for sharing my post, so happy you enjoyed it ❤
    I'm so sorry to hear about your ankle, I hope it will get better soon. I broke my foot AND sprained my ankle all at once a couple of years ago and…. now I'm just like these old people, my foot hurting when it's damp or rains 😂😂
    I'm happy you enjoyed Spin the Dawn and its sequel! I need to read the sequel soon. And yay! I loved Girl, Serpent Thorn as well.
    Happy reading and have a beautiful month! ❤ Take care and stay safe!

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  9. I hope your ankle is better now and that you are getting more sleep. Sleep is so important and I know when I can’t sleep, my next day is awful. Great job with reading time in July. I have Spin the Dawn but have not read it yet.

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