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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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-Luci


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bookish talk · Books

The ABC-Book-Challenge: L

Hi all!Β  πŸ™‚

I haven’t been posting anything for a looong time, and I honestly am done making excuses. I’ve been terribly busy, and both physically and mentally, and I’ve been wanting to write a post on that, too, but as you’d expect, it’s taking me longer than I’d like to put thoughts and feelings into words.

However, I think the ABC challenge is a bit of a mess right now, since my TBR has gone through the roof lately and I’ve added so many books, but I don’t want this to be just another thing that I’ve started and not finished so I’m gonna update the pre-written posts and add some things and keep posting till Z!

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!

Memorable titles that start with the letter L

  • The Lightning Thief: ah the start of my love for Percy Jackson ❀ this was one of the first book I ever read in English and loved it from the start. Now I just have about 20 of Riordan’s books at home xD
  • The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet: one of my favorites of 2018 as well. I love science-fiction books and this was such a feelgood ❀ Nothing big happened it was just a story set in space about a group of friends but I didn’t get the anxious vibe I usually get when things go wrong in books. I loved it.
  • Last Sacrifice: The last book of the Vampire Academy will always mean a lot to me. The ending of the series is always something that leaves a little mark, and the ending of this series was something I really wasn’t ready for. However, I think the ending was really nice, and fitted so amazingly in the series.

Books on my TBR that start with the letter L

Also, Loveless by Alice Oseman is coming out, and it doesn’t have a cover yet, but it’s been on my TBR ever since she announced it πŸ™‚

If you’ve read any of those titles, please tell me your thoughts!

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-Luci


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The ABC-Book-Challenge: K

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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 πŸ™‚

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!

I don’t have any books with the letter J and I only have a few for the letter K so this will be a short post.

Memorable titles that start with the letter K

  • Kingdom of Ash: of course the last book in this series was gonna be on this list. I loved this series, and I love how everyone has grown since book 1. There still are some problematic things in this book, and series, and I will definitely put them in the review that I’m still writing, but nonetheless, this series has an epic conclusion.

 

Books on my TBR that start with the letter K

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The ABC-Book-Challenge: I

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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 πŸ™‚

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!

Memorable titles that start with the letter I

  • I Was Born For This: one of my very favorite titles from 2018 and new auto-buy author. This book was very important for me to realize how we, the fandom, affect a band, or actor, or writer’s life. Review here
  • I’ll Give You The Sun:Β  this book was about a lot of important things, like family, sexuality and the good things in life. I loved how it was told through both Jude and Noah and at the end, I loved how it all came together. Review here
  • The Immortal Rules: I basically love anything by Julie Kagawa, so I’ll always recommend her books. I generally think stories about vampires are a bit meh at times, but this one really took me by surprise. I lied her take on it all, and was sad to find out it was only a trilogy. Review here

Books on my TBR that start with the letter I

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Book review: Rivers of London

My boyfriend had the first book borrowed from the library at his work for AGES and said he’d think he’d like the series, so of course I bought the entire series ^^; I read the first one and really liked it!

 

Title: Rivers of London (Peter Grant #1)

Author: Ben Aaronvitch

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Summary: Peter Grant works with London’s Metropolitan Police and he dreams of being a detective. Too bad for him, he gets assigned to the Case Progression Unit, where nothing happens, basically. That is, until he suddenly gets close to a murder, and finds an eyewitness. The only problem is that the witness is a ghost, and technically, they don’t exist.. right?Β Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale investigates the murders around magic, and Peter finds out that ghosts are the least weird thing in London.

This book was a nice read, in the beginning, it seemed normal, just someone working with the Police, wanting to be a detective, nothing wrong with that. When the ghost appeared, I thought it was going to be a book about ghosts. When the story unraveled further, I got more and more interested in everything that was happening – and more was happening every time.

Peter Grant seemed like an actual “normal” main character to me.. Not that there’s anything bad with anything else, but he was just a guy, wanting a certain job, and then found out he could talk to ghosts, and had magic that he was getting taught. Some things really took him some time to learn, which was nice because it wasn’t the regular “Oh I’ve found out I can do magic andΒ suddenly I can do almost everything”. He got into problems, of course he did, and managed his way out of them (sometimes).

Lesley was his colleague, whom he kind-of-fancied, but who was a great friend too. She believed him and his magic, but didn’t think anything weird of it. She was nice, and it was great that they didn’t fall in love within the first three chapters (I’ll give no spoilers for the rest of the book).

Thomas Nightingale was a bit weird, but a good kind of weird. He taught Peter the magic, and helped him. He didn’t have a lot of story in this book,Β  but who knows what’ll happen in the books to come – it seems like Peter has a lot more magic to learn.

The various mythical creatures -like the water gods- are written really well, and it made the book a lot more diverse. I loved how those creatures were set up in the book, and how they managed around London. The magic around London wasn’t all that visible, but to the reader, it was. I liked how it was like ancient magic set in modern day, and not a complete new world with new terms, races, and everything that comes with.Β The references to other (modern day) books/series are also very much there, which was great.

This book also has quite a bit of the dry British humor, and slang, too. I must say, I did come across words that I absolutely had no idea what they meant, but it was great because 1. I knew it was really set in London, and not just some simplified version of London and 2. I learned new words.

Overall I really liked the book and I would consider this an easy read, because it wasn’t too difficult to learn everything magic because it isn’t a whole new world as mentioned before. Sometimes, that’s really nice to read about. I will definitely be continuing the series!

Did you read this book? What did you think?

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-Luci


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