About Me

It is all in the name
A name can say it all. The name of this blog, A Dance with Books, certainly shows this is a book blog. When I started this blog I wanted something a bit fun. At the time I was reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin, and this title came to be.

The Blogger
My name is Annemieke. I am also often found under the user name signourney. I live in the Netherlands and as such Dutch is my first language. However I do read a lot of books in English if I can get my hands on them. At least 70% of the books on my shelves are in English.

I have always loved reading since my mom taught me how to read. She always took me with her to the library. During the last few years of high school and my college years, this became a lot less. I suppose all the work was getting in the way for me at the time. And it was hard to pick it back up after college. However my obsession with reading has come back full force since 2014 when I received a recommendation from an online friend (The Lunar Chronicles) and by participating in Dewey’s Read-a-thon. Sharing my love of reading within the book community on Tumblr (or Booklr as it is also called) has been great. Reading has been my saving grace as I was unemployed for two years. Instead of staring at the walls I could grab a book and be completely absorbed by it.

With a baby (born August 2016) reading will be harder for me as will blogging be but this is something that I want to keep at. I enjoy having this space as my own.

The books I read are mostly fantasy. I do like sci-fi, though I need to read more of it. On occasion I will give contemporaries, historical fiction and dystopiansΒ  a try, but this is not that often. Favorite series are the Seraphina duology by Rachel Hartman, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and the Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud.

This blog will be entirely in English as I like to reach more than just Dutch readers/bloggers. Some books I will read in Dutch. I will also post reviews of books by Dutch authors that might not have an English translation (yet). Because they do deserve to be mentioned here as well.

Blog start date – 20-05-2015


52 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hello from Belgium! I blog in French (I wanted to do a bilingual version of the blog but it just takes too much time, so I gave up), but I read in English a lot as well. And you’re right, books that are not translated in English do deserve to be mention as well. Looking forward to reading you!

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  2. I am also in the Netherlands (near Gouda). I am Dutch, but lived in England for ten years, and I mainly read in English. Also a wife and mum πŸ™‚ Just followed your blog! x

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