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Fun for Friday (20 Sept 19)

Hi all! I thought it would be fun to try this out, and I’ve looked online but as far as I could find, the name of this tag/meme doesn’t specifically exist yet. However, if I got it wrong, and it did already exist, please let me know because I don’t mean to steal original ideas!!

I know the idea of these posts have been done before, but most of those come on specific days, and some of those just.. don’t match my schedule at all 😦 So, why not make it myself? And here we are!

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!

What I’ve been….


For the preparation of Five Dark Fates (which is coming my way soon!! Eek!!! I’m so excited!) I’m rereading the series. I want to enjoy the last book in this amazing series to the fullest, and since I’ve only read it last year, sometime before Two Dark Reigns came out, it’s time to refresh my memory! I sped through Three Dark Crowns, and read One Dark Throne, but thanks to school starting, I’m not going so fast.. 😦 So I’m currently still reading Two Dark Reigns, slowly making my way to the last book, which I both want and don’t want..


Besides the always-on-during-dinner when the kid’s not here Brooklyn Nine-Nine (ah, so good ❀ I’ve watched it like 5 times now and still love it so much. We recently got season 6 so finally watching that too! I’ve also started watching Merlin sometime during the last week of summer break and I’m really enjoying it! The special effects are very early-2000’s-like, but the story evolves really well!


We’ve also watched Spiderman: Far From Home during summer break, and it was amazing. I might start watching and reviewing Marvel movies, as I’ve wanted to since… well, a long time ago ^^; but I’d have to rewatch them all and well.. time xD


We bought the Keyforge: Age of Ascension game a while ago, and it has all the elements that Magic: The Gathering didn’t have, so we’re definitely loving that one! I’ve also been playing Divinity: Original Sin I & IIΒ (link goes to Divinity II) on my laptop, and I love those games. They’re fantasy RPG games, and the choices you make (like accidentally killing someone #oops) actually change the story you’re playing! The graphic are well, not as good as say The Witcher III but also really not bad! It’s also turn-based, which is one of my most-loved elements of video games haha.



Well, school’s started so I’ve been mostly doing homework again, not surprising at all. But, last year I had at least one monthly breakdown and I’ve cried multiple times each month as well, and I’ve been under so much pressure (99% from myself, no worries) and stress that the first few weeks of summer break were just.. staring and not-believing that I was done. And, I realized I had exactly zero (0) hobbies left and hated it. I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t have any motivation for anything, and it sucked balls.

Luckily, I did read a lot of books, went on some super nice vacations, but I just don’t wanna turn into that person again. So, this year I’m trying to do most of my homework during the week and keep most of the weekend free for family-time.

So far, it’s difficult, but going alright-ish. I’ve been mostly having free time in the weekends, and only did homework in the evening sometimes and when I was home alone, so there’s that.

Upcoming weekend!

This weekend, we want to visit my mom, and Sunday, we always go to my boyfriend’s parents (who live just above us in the flat), and other than that, nothing. Last weekend has been really busy with going away and everything, so we’re hoping this weekend will be nice and calm.

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

Let me know all! I hope to finally begin Five Dark Fates (and probably lose a night’s sleep on it ^^; ), did anyone read it yet? I’m looking forward to your thoughts on it!

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I got my HBO propedeuse (good news, updates and upcoming posts)

Hi everyone!

I’ve got some good news for you! As you might know, I’ve been going to college this last year and I’ve now finally completed the first year!

The Dutch School System is quite difficult to explain as I have no idea how it works in other countries and how much things are in common with other school systems so I’ll just do a short explanation, and put a link to a longer explanation if you’re interested here.

In short: I got my HBO propedeuse!

Which means, I got all my 60 points, and I can continue the second year without any problems. There’s a chance to do the courses again next year so I wouldn’t have been in trouble, but I’d have to do all the courses next year AND the one’s I’ll have to redo. But luckily, I won’t have to πŸ™‚


I’ll probably pick up my diploma paper next September, but I’m just quite proud of having this achieved. I didn’t think I’d get this far, let alone going though the whole year! Now of course I’ll have to go through another three years but at least I’ve got this here πŸ™‚

In case you might not know this, here in the Netherlands we’ve got this tradition, when you graduate High School, you hang the Dutch flag with your school bag, and it’s actually quite a cute tradition because usually around these months you can just go around and see flags hanging, makes me happy. However, when I graduated High School like.. 4 years ago? I still lived at home, and neither one of my parents actually had a flag, so I didn’t get to do that. Now, I’ve got this small achievement and my boyfriend had asked me before if he could hang the flag when I got my propedeuse so I said sure he could. And here, he got me the most fitting flag of all ❀


What does that mean for the blog?

Weeellll I HOPE to finally have a regular blogging schedule now that it’s summer break. I have quite a few posts ready to go up, and quite a few more to write as well! Now that school’s done for the year I have time for reading again so that’s awesome. I’ve got a big-ass TBR and I’m very excited to read all the books!

I got quite some books in the past year, and I’m already reading two of them right now πŸ™‚

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I’m currently reorganizing my bookshelves and it’s a hell of a job to do but I’m hoping to finish it by the end of this week. I am definitely on a buying ban now, because if I would be counting I think about 80% percent is unread and another 10% is books I want to read again, sooo yeah.

Upcoming posts I want to publish

I have a LOT of ideas, but when do ideas ever turn into actual posts with me…? good question ^^; However, I do have ideas that I want to share with you guys because MAYBE I will finally be able to actually keep up with my promise this way haha!

  • Two Be Reading: my boyfriend and I made a TBR for each other a while ago (oops it’sΒ long ago, for more information: see this post here)
  • Mid-year Book freakout: so far, I’m not tagged and I haven’t read a lot of books yet so I’ll see if I’m even able to do this post, but I always like to see my progress πŸ™‚
  • On The Horizon: I want to blog more about upcoming books! I don’t have a lot of approved ARCs but then again, I don’t have to have the ARC to know that I’m excited for Five Dark Fates, or Supernova, so I hope to feature more upcoming books in posts!
  • Series I started (sometimes more than once) but never read the latest book: a while ago, I wrote some down for myself and found out that there are A LOT of these.. shameful, I know, but it did give me a new post idea so there’s that ^^;
  • Bookish Tags: I don’t get tagged a lot, and I haven’t been super active (read: not at all), but I can do Tags without being tagged! I have a few tags with really fun questions ready to answer and post so I hope to post some of those soon!
  • Average books with terrific plots (or the other way around): This is something I saw a while ago while blog-hopping, and I will definitely look up the original creator and credit them when I write the post but this sounded like an awesome topic to post about
  • Boardgames: I want to feature boardgames on the blog as well. I am a big fan of games, boardgame and videogame, and I’d like to share some thoughts on those along with my bookish love. I don’t know if anyone will be interested in those posts, but then again, I’m trying to blog about what I like rather than what I think everyone else will like.. and it’s difficult, but I’ll keep trying!

And there’s probably more I’m forgetting right now, but those are on the main list. If you have any fun ideas or anything you’d like to see me blog about, don’t hesitate to tell me! ❀


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February wrap-up & Beyond the Books

Hey all! Sorry for not posting, I meant to schedule some posts but I was incredibly busy this month. I’ll tell you all what happened πŸ™‚

I had a great day celebrating my dad’s and boyfriend’s parents

My dad’s birthday is on January 12th, his mom’s on January 13th and his dad’s on January 15th. So, to celebrate, we thought we’d take them to the Escher museum in The Hague. It was a lovely day, and the museum was really beautiful. I found a gift for my mom’s birthday (my parents are divorced so I didn’t take them both but I know she likes Escher as well), and then back home we cooked and ate, and had a great time. We all had a great day and I’m glad to see our parents going along so well with each other πŸ™‚

The new semester began, and college life is as busy as always 😦

Hurray! Our year is split in two semesters, like most people. One semester has two kind of “blocks” with 10 weeks each. Well, the first week of February, the 2nd semester started, which meant only the people who really wanna finish this studies are left. If you stop college before March 1st, you get half of your money back, so we are left with about 50 out of 130 people. Yay..?

It was really busy again, and the classes are getting more difficult. I have to work really hard as always and it’s still not getting easier to keep caught up with all my homework. However, I’m still trying my best, and working with my doctor and coach on ADHD medication to find the dose that works for me πŸ™‚

Besides that, college is taking quite the toll on me and I ended up in one of my worst moods yet. I cried a lot, noticed that I was arguing more and less at the same time (as in, getting upset but not telling my boyfriend why and then being more upset because he wasn’t being supportive because he literally didn’t know), and overall it hadn’t been the best few weeks.

Next to those things I wanted to finish the project I’m working on before the deadline and some of my teammates didn’t deliver their work on time so I was just waiting for that and then on Friday, 2 hours before the deadline, I decided I wasn’t gonna wait any more so I worked for the full 2 hours on my part, and it all stressed me out a lot.

I was ready for a vacation, and a long one at that. I only got a week off, but luckily, it worked out well and I’m (kind of) ready to get back!

I went on vacation with my in-laws!!

As for good news, the last week of February (the week I didn’t post at all), I was on vacation. I finally had time to come along, as I was invited last year to come along to England, 3 weeks before they actually went.. yeah, not enough time to ask off with work xD In October, they had a nice vacation home too, but I was away with my dad the whole week, so this time I could finally go! It was really busy, we were with 8 adults and 3 kids (8, 5 and 3 years old), all in one house. It meant getting woken up at 7am by the kids playing and making a lot of noise in the living room, it meant a lot of people together always, it meant a lot of business, and tiredly hanging on the couch every night when the kids had gone to bed, but it also meant a great week, lovely views, walks, museums and a lot of good things.

It was amazing to be with my family, to be accepted so well, and to fit in this well ❀ I loved doing the things together, and taking the kids to lovely things. We went to a bookstore, the woods, and some museums that were really nice. I didn’t have any wifi, hence the not posting for a week, and I didn’t have the energy either, if I’m honest ^^; kids are really nice but so tiring haha

We booked our vacation for the summer holiday!!

My boyfriend has been wanting to take me to the Lake District for so long, and as I’ve said before, last year I was actually invited but I couldn’t ask a week off on such short notice considering I worked 50hours a week. So last year, we’ve started to save a little each month and now we finally booked our entire vacation! After a lot of evenings of searching and debating and comparing, we have a cottage in the Lake District for a week and a tiny apartment thing for another three days in Edinburgh. The homes are confirmed, and the plane tickets are booked as well, and I’m really looking forward to going to the second home of my boyfriend, as he always calls it ❀

Other good things!!!

The kid had his last judo exam before stopping his judo classes, and I still miss it every time I come along. He did the best he could and ended it well πŸ™‚

It was also Valentine’s day and my boyfriend got me two cards, one on my nightstand (that I didn’t notice until he pointed it out), and one hidden in my bag for school. He also gifted me a clock because I’ve been saying I want a clock in the living room for FOREVER and he got me a clock with the hannibal clock as background (because that’s what we first watched together aww❀). I didn’t have time to get a card and I had a great idea for a gift but it didn’t work out, sadly, so I’ll just get him extra things for his birthday! (sweetheart, I know you’re reading this, and yes, you’re getting extra things, no discussion)

As for books…

As said before, I went to some bookstores, and one of them was recommended to me by Annemieke, I think ^^; and it was beautiful ❀ It had been on my list for a while and I’m glad to finally have been there. In Zwolle, there’s a bookstore that’s placed inside an old church, and being raised Christian, this was an amazing place to be. I had the urge to whisper, old habits never die πŸ˜‰ and I took some pictures, but mostly just gawked at the books and church ^^; There’s also a tiny restaurant where you can get lunch (not sure about dinner, since we only got lunch), with a view on the whole store, as pictured. It was beautiful, and I’m glad to have been there πŸ™‚





Last Friday, we had to leave the vacation home by 10am and me and my boyfriend went to Nijmegen for the rest of the day to end the week well. We went to the boardgamestore, bought some games, went to the bookstore, bought some books, and ate together in a lovely restaurant. The day was really nice and I’m glad to have been there again πŸ™‚

On Sunday, we went to the American Bookcenter in The Hague, our homestore ❀ They just had their trade-in day and I bought quite a few books, so we could go for it! In the end, we bought 14 books together, and that’s quite the haul ^^; I am not allowed to spend a lot more for the next month at least xD


My haul from the vacation πŸ™‚ a few dice, two games (Dungeon Mayhem and Tantrix) and two very lovely pencils.

I also got some books from other stores, and here’s all of them that I recently bought:


I now have the problem of fitting them on my shelves, which is quite a problem ^^; I need to re-organize but I have no idea how I want everything, so please help me out on either my Instagram stories or Twitter to vote for a nice layout!!

I bought some first parts of series (The Wrath and the Dawn, Nevernight, Nevermoor) and I bought some books to finish or almost finish series (War Storm, On The Come Up, Legendary, The Outcast, The Empress) and I’m very happy to say I finally found some nice priced editions of Sullivan’s books! They usually cost about 16 to 18 bucks per book and for that price, I can buy 2 other books 😦

I’m also trying some new “children’s books” like Nevermoor and The Wild Folk. I absolutely adored The Girl Who Drank the Moon and I loved the Ranger’s Apprentice seried back when I was young. Sometimes I just need a simple tale of kids being on an adventure πŸ™‚

Other than that, my preorders of Legendary, War Storm and Four Dead Queens came in and I’m glad to say that the first two indeed match the other books in the series (I’ve only been waiting 280 days for both books, when all the other editions had been out for weeks πŸ˜…) I’m very keen on getting matching books xD as goes for Defy The Stars, a book I’ve been wanting to read for quite a bit but my local store had the big edition of the first book and this edition of the second so when I found this edition of the first in Zwolle I immediately bought it!

As for reading, I only read two books this month, one was Alice by Christina Henry, which wasn’t really my thing, and Rite of Passage, a Supernatural book that I quite liked! It made me miss the TV series though, which I stopped watching a few years ago. I am also halfway through The Mechanical and I’m definitely liking that one! Reviews for these books will be up later of course πŸ™‚

What did you all do in February? What did you read and buy? Do you have insight on how to organize my shelves??? Tell me in the comments!

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January wrap-up & Beyond The Books

Hi all! Today’s Friday and we’re actually already a week into February, but I haven’t really had time to post yet. So, here it is, my wrap-up and all the other things I’ve done in January! This post is a bit late since I usually post in the morning (this timezone at least), but it’s been a hell of a day and I’ll be happy if I can go to bed tonight.

I got ill

Well, let’s start with the best, shall we? On New Year’s Eve (at 3am, after the celebrations), I got sick and I’ve been sick for the whole month. I stayed in bed for two weeks, feeling miserable, and then I had a week of exams. Since I couldn’t really study when I was sick, I didn’t expect to pass any of them, but surprisingly enough I passed all but two! Now, at my college, you have a second chance for every exam you take, so after that week, I passed all of them. I also lost my voice for an entire week, and at the moment, it’s gone again and I just keep wondering why it’s coming back, I’m sleeping, I’m eating fruits and vegetables, and I don’t do anything extremely unhealthy, as far as I know. But I’ll see.

But I read books!

And I actually read 4 books, which might not seem like a lot but it’s quite the bit considering my illness and studying xD

The first two were books that I chose myself and the last two are chosen by my boyfriend, which I’ll tell you later about. Alice In Wonderland is this beautiful edition that I got for my birthday!

I turned 21!

Yes. I feel very adult (haha absolutely not). For my birthday, I got a lot of presents, mostly including things for books or baking, my family knows me well xD From my boyfriend, I got this super awesome book box. Best thing about it: it’s handmade! He said he wanted to order me one, because he heard me talking about them, but he wasn’t sure if I already had the book inside, and besides, shipping costs to the Netherlands are A LOT. So, instead, he made me my own, and I love it so much!

Isn’t it the most awesome thing you’ve seen? it’s got cute jewelry, and temporary tattoos, and a teaholder in the shape of a book and it’s all so awesome! ❀ On the right, there’s my birthday presents that I got from everyone.


I bought books?Β 

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As far as I remember (I’m terrible at this), these are the only ones I actually bought! Now, being sick doesn’t help, I know, but I’m quite disappointed in this haha.


I moved in with my boyfriend!!

On January 5th, I officially moved in with my boyfriend. After almost a year of being in one house on the weekends and in my apartment during the week (because of school), and being not sure which books to take where to, and sometimes it was easier to be in the other place, and mostly it was a lot of extra travel and worries that I didn’t need. So, I moved in with my boyfriend, and it has been a stressful day, but in the end, everything got here okay πŸ™‚ All my books are in one place, I have my desk in the office that we specifically made to study, and all is going well πŸ™‚


Two Be Reading

A new thing I want to show you guys is the new thing on my blog: Two Be Reading. A while ago, I saw a post over at A Book, A Thought (link here!), and I loved the idea! So now that we’re living together, it definitely made it easier. To no surprise, both of us had written notes about the books we chose for the other, and here are our choices!

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My pile is on the right, my boyfriend’s on the left. We both chose Tess Of The Road for each other πŸ™‚ I can’t tell you a lot about the books that I chose because I don’t wanna spoil things for my boyfriend, so that’s what the series will be for! I asked him to maybe write down his thoughts down, so I could post about it and he loved the idea πŸ˜€ So hopefully, you’ll see those posts soon enough!

TV, movies, games

I also rewatched all the Brooklyn Nine-Nine episodes (for the 3rd time maybe?) and started my Lucifer rewatch. I mostly watch it when I need some background noise or something, since I’ve seen both series already.

I also downloaded Divinity: Original Sin II since my boyfriend downloaded it and it looked so awesome, I wanted to give it a try too! I really like the game, and it’s very beautifully made. The story is awesome so far, and I hope I can play it a lot, but I’m not sure since school is damn difficult at the moment.

And that’s actually all!

It’s quite a bit, but I hope you all enjoyed my January wrap-up πŸ™‚ Let me know what you did in January?

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2018 – Year in review

Hi all! First of all, Happy New Year! I hope you all have had a great New Year’s Eve and I hope you’re all going into the new year positively!

I got notified by my boyfriend that my last post, Beyond the Books, was a tad bit negative. I read it again, and yeah, he’s right. So, here’s a post with more good things! I have my Year in Books from Goodreads that I wanna share and some other things that were awesome πŸ™‚

I also am currently on the couch, being sick. I think my body can’t handle fat food really well, and on New Year’s Eve, I ate too much apparently. Because of all the schoolwork I’ve done, I haven’t really taken care of myself very well, resulting in me getting sick, so now I’m resting and hoping I’ll be better soon.

Year in Books

Let’s start with my year in books! I can honestly say I read a lot of amazing books, and only read a few that I didn’t like. I’ll share my books now!

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I had my Goodreads challenge on 50, so I’m quite proud of reading 58 πŸ™‚

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KoA was my biggest book, and I loved it! I absolutely love reading big books, the more pages a book has, the more I’m likely to devour it. At some point, I got a few books and I actually fangirled over how big the books were!

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A lot of these books were absolutely amazing! As you can see, I have a 4-star average rating, and I remember only not really liking the Shadow and Bone series. I somehow chose only the best books to read, and I surely hope that’ll continue! Now, I’ll also admit that I am very easy to please. Get me a good fantasy, or just a retelling and I’ll be more than fine. I also tend to not read books if I’m not sure whether I’ll like them so that helps πŸ™‚

2018 - 12

This about sums up my regular review for most books xD I tend to take a looooong time to review books so this will probably be here for quite a while till I put my review up. I also am behind on so many reviews since I didn’t post for a few months, and reviewed some books I read earlier this year and in the meantime read quite some more books, so I think I’ll have to plan out what times to days to post.

Other good things!!

And now for a list of other good things I did in 2018:

  • on New Year’s Day, I officially got together with my boyfriend, so this year in 2019 we will have been together for a year! I love him to bits and I can’t wait to spend another year together (and lots of them after this one too)
  • A year ago, I also met the kid, who’s very cute and lovely. We’ve made a great little family together, if I say so myself
  • I also met all the other people at the in-laws, and they’re all amazing ❀
  • I stopped working, in a really nasty way, and I had a lot of doubts and worries and I felt bad a lot, but in the end it’s one of the best things I’ve done. I worked 6 days a week and it took up so much of my time and I wasn’t actually appreciated there, and I found out that I’d been blocked by my old boss on facebook, which is actually hilarious
  • My boyfriend’s entire family went to the Efteling in the summer, we all had a great time. The kids enjoyed themselves, and the two big kids who liked the scary fast rides enjoyed themselves a lot too πŸ˜‰ the weather was amazing and we had the shortest waiting times ever!
  • Me, my boyfriend, his sister and her boyfriend and the kid went to Castlefest together, which is a Dutch festival. You can go to LARP, or to just enjoy everything and we certainly did. Although the weather was really hot during the day and the nights got SO COLD, I managed to survive and we probably will be going again this year!
  • I started college and although it’s very difficult, I’m doing quite alright. It takes up a lot of my time and mental health too but I get a lot of support and passed the whole first semester, so I hope the second semester will be easier to pass. I actually have my exams in two weeks and I hope it’ll go alright
  • At the end of the year, I decided I’d move in with my boyfriend and although it might seem too fast, I really couldn’t handle having two houses again. I moved out of my childhood home(s) for exactly that, and I always felt like I was missing stuff because it was in the other house, and travel times took me about 5 hours extra per week, and I actually had to plan every day which books I should bring and where I would sleep and what homework I would take
  • In a few days, I can move all my books and bookcases here and I can’t wait until I have all my books in one house, and all my books neatly together on the shelves. I will definitely post a picture when I’m done!

So, that was my 2018 in the good way! Have you read any of the books I read? I most definitely think so because I got a lot of recommendation from you guys πŸ™‚

I also have a twitter poll running for what days I should post my reviews! You can find the poll here, please take a moment to vote or let me know in the comments! I might post two times a week, since I will probably have enough to post for quite a while πŸ™‚

Now, I’m going back to writing my reviews!

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