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Fun For Friday: 11-22-2019

Hi all! Officially, I’m a day late with this, but I think there are some countries where it’s still Friday 😉

So, I started this “meme” with the idea to have a weekly post about my weekend plans, and made it to posting a whole… one week xD But here I am again (on Saturday) with a second try! Read the first one here!

In this post, I’ll share with you what I’ve been reading, watching, playing and doing in the past week, what I’m hoping to do in the upcoming weekend, and I’m hoping to interact with you all, because I’d love to know what you’re doing as well!

Right now, I’m sitting in a restaurant with my boyfriend, working on school, of course, and waiting for the kid to be done with his (4-hours-long…) activity. I brought my laptop to work on school, and my boyfriend is prepping his next DnD session 🙂

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What I’ve been….

..Reading

I finished Five Dark Fates, which I talked about in my previous FFF-post,and I loved it to bits! There were so many unexpected things happening and so many characters I’ve loved throughout the series, and I hope to review the whole series soon!

I also started reading This Mortal Coil, and finished it. I am almost done with This Cruel Design as well, but I wanted to read the last 100 or-so pages yesterday and just kept falling asleep! Not because the book is boring, absolutely not, but this week has tired me so much, I couldn’t keep my eyes open 😦 Both of these books are really amazing, and I’m eagerly waiting for the last book in the series.

I also brought with me A Closed and Common Orbit, because that’s the next book I wanted to read, and I thought I’d have finished This Cruel Design last night ^^;

 

..Watching

Well, this is a short list, because since the last post, I haven’t watched anything new ^^; We heart that Stephen Fry will feature in Doctor Who though, so we miight need to catch up soon! There was another series he wanted to show me, but I forgot the name haha

..Playing

Also, quite short, and basically the same as last post! Since the new semester has only begun this week, and I had only one class on Monday, we decided to play the game we originally wanted to play in the weekend: Keyforge: Age of Ascension. I haven’t played a lot on my laptop past weeks, so that’s easy haha

..Doing

School of course, what else is there to do..? Nah, in all seriousness, last semester ended a week ago, and I have one grade yet to get, but I passed all my other exams so far 😀 Our project worked well enough as well, and if the internet is nice to me, I might even be able to upload the video here. [Edit: I tried, but I have to get premium to be able to play videos so.. I’ll upload it on Youtube and put the link online!]

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I can upload an image, and our project was to build a robot that could pick up the puzzle pieces, and place it in the box correctly 🙂 It meant researching, building, connecting, wiring, coding and endless, endless testing and trial-and-errorring but in the end it worked!

This semester, we have to work on the same project, and basically expand it and add new features. It requires a camera now, that we’ll have to connect to the PLC and somehow have the images from the camera convert to code that the PLC can work with to send signal to the servomotors to move, so our robot can go to the place it needs. All in all, a process that will take up quite some thought&time and might be easier to explain once I can show my video!

Upcoming weekend!

Well, technically this weekend, but still. We’re here at the restaurant, and after that, we’ll go home and probably work on the Sinterklaas surprises for a bit (very Dutch thing to do), and tomorrow, we don’t have any plans as far as I know. I do want to work a bit in the weekend, because my code for an assignment next week is almost working and I really want it to work completely.

How did your week look like? What plans do you have for the upcoming weekend? What are you reading this week? Let me know!

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The ABC-Book-Challenge: T

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Hi all! I’ve decided to do the ABC-Book_-Challenge too! I have been thinking for a while to find something to write next to my weekly reviews and I thought this might be fun 🙂

I got the idea from Sofii @ A Book A Thought, so thank you! Like her, I don’t know the original creators so if you do, please let me know!

This week, the new semester has started at school, and it’s gonna be busy again. After last semester, I really want to try to make more time for myself, and that’s beside spending time with my family. I noticed last semester that I usually am busy with school, or I am spending time with family, but I couldn’t remember the last time I did something for just me.. so when I broke down a few times in a week again, I talked to my boyfriend and eventually I admitted that maybe my body needs alone-time as well sometimes. So, last weekend I just couldn’t think of anything to do, and ended up spending an hour or two on the couch reading, it was lovely. My boyfriend joined after a while, and I noticed how much I missed nights like those ❤ 

Monday, I only had one class, and in the weekend, I didn’t feel like playing a game, so I suggested we played a game Monday evening. The box still says “20 minutes per game” and we still manage to take up the entire evening for one Keyforge match ^^; It was really nice to play again though!

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Anyhow, off to the post!

Memorable titles that start with the letter T

  • Three Dark Crowns: The book that started my crazy obsession with this series! I sped through this book in no-time and loved it so much. The characters, the story, the secrets.. everything. I recently finished the last book of the series so I’m planning on reviewing them all soon!
  • Throne of Glass: another start of a series that I loved with my whole heart. Sure this series has had it’s problems, and I didn’t like it that much at some points but I love the whole story of Celaena. Review here
  • Twilight: I couldn’t let out my absolute childhood favorite, could I? The Twilight books were actually one of the first book I’ve ever bought and I went to see the new movies in the theater xD

Books on my TBR that start with the letter T

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The ABC-Book-Challenge: S

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Hi all! I’ve decided to do the ABC-Book_-Challenge too! I have been thinking for a while to find something to write next to my weekly reviews and I thought this might be fun 🙂

I got the idea from Sofii @ A Book A Thought, so thank you! Like her, I don’t know the original creators so if you do, please let me know!

This week, a new semester starts and it seems my schedule is actually quite okay for once. I have classes early (which I really don’t mind, I’m at school at 8am every day anyway), almost no days with 3 hours between classes, and no days where I have classes till very late in the afternoon as well. 

Talking about school, you know what also starts with that letter….

Memorable titles that start with the letter S

  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: I’m sure you all know this book, because let’s be honest, there are childhood books that you just don’t forget. This is one of them.
  • Solitaire: As mentioned before, this and Radio Silence is what made me fall in love with Alice Oseman’s writing so much. I love the diversity of all the characters and how very accurate it felt reading. Oseman is quite amazing at describing things in such a way that it feels like she’s writing about me. Review here
  • De Stomme van Kampen: a Dutch book that the Dutch people probably recognize.. It was one of my favorite books and I might have read it over 5 times or so. It’s about a deaf guy who becomes a very famous painter and I just loved it so much. I might reread it someday. 
  • The Sun Is Also A Star: this book was just so nice and simple a love story, and sometimes I really love that. I loved the characters and how they treated their problems and I just really loved the kind-of-cliche that this book was. Review here

Books on my TBR that start with the letter S

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Book Haul and Other Things

Heya all!

You know you have the best boyfriend when he actually tells you to stop doubting and take the books home from the store, and walks away to the counter really fast as soon as you put the books in his arms…🥰

In other words, we went to the bookstore to celebrate me being done with my firs semester of this year! And, because it’s been a really stressful period, again, we wanted to do something nice together in the four days that I now have between last Wednesday and next Monday. Lucky me for not having exams on Thursday and Friday as well.

However, I bought books! Lots of them actually! Yay!

My Haul:

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(yes, for me, this is a lot of books to get at once because I never find time to read and when I do, I’m too tired and I’ll fall asleep before I can even think about opening a book 😭 )

Strange Planet by Nathan W Pyle is a comic book I’d been wanting to buy for my boyfriend for a while, and when I saw it in the store, I held it up for him to see. As soon as I did that, I remembered I wanted to gift it and basically told him “you have not seen this, you have no idea what I have here” 😅

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu is a book I’ve been wanting ever since I’ve had Warcross, but this was the first time I actually had seen the matching version! Matte cover with shiny text, and the right format as well! 🤩

Call Down The Hawk and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I actually read The Scorpio Races earlier as a young teen, borrowed from the library! Just like the Wolves of Mery Falls series haha. Call Down The Hawk only recently got published and I’ve been looking at The Scorpio Races for many times now so I thought I’d just bring both of them now 😂

And last but not least: Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto and The Crown’s Game bt Evelyn Skye. And no, it’s not intended they both have the word Crown in the title 😂 Both of these are books I’ve looked at and doubted over many times before, and this was actually the first time I’ve seen Crown of Feathers in the paperback version!

And that’s all!

Although there’ll be many more times with many more hauls, this tiny one was one I wanted to share with you all🥰

Tell me how you like my blog!

As you may have noticed, I’ve changed my blog a bit, I finally (FINALLY) uploaded the header I wanted for so long (ok not the one I actually had planned because that didn’t work out sadly) and I’m really happy I finally did it. I now have a blog header and a header for my posts, and I hope to be fixing more small things soon!

But if you’d want to, do let me know if you like this style! Tell me how to improve, I’d love to hear all your ideas and experiences 🥰

On the blog soon….

I hope! I finished This Mortal Coil last night (and OH MY WHAT THE HECK) and I want to review it soon! I’ve also read quite some other books I haven’t yet reviewed so I’ll see how much time I have, and most of all… how much I remember from what I’ve read this year 😅😂

Let me know if you liked these books, or if maybe they’re still on your TBR as well!

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Book review: A Thousand Fires (Blog Tour)

Hey all!

Today I bring you a book review of a book that I requested an excerpt from at Netgalley, and really liked it so I also requested the full ARC, and signed up for the blog tour. Luckily, it did not disappoint so here I am!

This book tour is hosted by Tale Out Loud (link) and Afire Pages (link).

Title: A Thousand Fires

Author: Shannon Price

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TW: heavy drinking, drugs use, self-harm (mentions and on-page), gun violence

A Thousand Fires by Shannon Price

Summary: Valerie is a girl who has lost her younger brother to the Wars two years earlier, and since then, she’s determined to avenge him by joining the Herons. Too bad for her, the Stags get to her first on the night of her eighteenth birthday, and she becomes a Stag. Still, she wants revenge for her brothers death. Together with the rest of the Stags, she finds out what the life in a gang really looks like, how the rules work, and what it will cost her.

I requested an excerpt on Netgalley and really liked it, so when I got approved for the whole ARC, I was happy, but also afraid it’d disappoint. This is a book I’d not pick up myself as easily, which shows that Netgalley can be really useful to stimulate readers. The idea of the gangs intrigued me, especially since there isn’t a lot explained in the first part of the book.

Valerie’s one and only goal is to avenge her brother, which I do respect, but sometimes I wish I could slap her since her actions are not always as easy as she thought they would be. I read this book in almost one sitting (considering I have school during the day and I do have to sleep sometimes, I read it quite fast), and flew through the story.

I loved the friendships that formed in the book, the feeling of a gang being “home” for most of the members, and most of all, the feeling of family. The feelings of guilt (as she thought it was her fault her brother died) eat up Valerie so much, she sometimes harms herself. The gang helps her to think of other things, which takes away the urge sometimes.

There is definitely diversity representation in this book, although not a lot of LGBTQ+ rep, and while that’s not a must, I wish it would have been more than one sentence.

The story was strong, and there were definitely some parts I didn’t see coming. Overall I really liked it, and would definitely recommend it. I didn’t specifically see the “retelling” part, but that might just be me…

And last, but definitely not least: the cover is gorgeous, as with most books that tend to attract me.. ^^;

 

Author info

Shannon Price is a YA author living in the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from Santa Clara University with a degree in English, she interned and later worked for Counterpoint Press in Berkeley, CA. As a publicist at Counterpoint, she garnered coverage for her clients’ books in media outlets like the New York TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalEntertainment Weekly, and many more.

In 2014, she was accepted into the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School at the University of Edinburgh where she studied Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature under the tutelage of best-selling Irish writer Ruth Gilligan. In college, she worked as the Art Editor of the Santa Clara Review and represented the Review at AWP 2015 in Minneapolis, MN. She was a mentor in the second round of Author Mentor Match and regularly attends writing events around the Bay Area.

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