Tuesday, September 30, 2014 06:00

Monthly recap. September.

I always enjoy watching recaps from other bloggers, so that’s why I’ll be posting my own recaps. This wrap up is also my new ‘Showcase Sunday’ since I don’t have the time to do weekly hauls. Instead, I hope to capture
-I FOUND AN INTERNSHIP. I AM SO HAPPY. I start tomorrow and I hope it’s going to be great. I was very nervous when I had my interview, but I found out that they already wanted me and it was more an introduction! I’m going to research the medicinal/anti microbial effects from certain plants extracts and they want to use this (if it proves that it works) in America for the cleaning of catheters. Exiting and scary: I need to write it all in English and it will be published as an article!

Recap of some other things I did:
-I went to Boekenfestijn (see book haul)
-I joined the gym together with my sister and we had our first work-out. It felt good to do something, because I’ve been very lazy these past three months.
-I had two diners: I went with my boyfriend, parents, sister and her boyfriend to a Greek. The menu was weird, but the food wasn’t so bad. I also went to the Italian with my boyfriend and let me say.. I’m lucky I’m not sick. Very strange place.
-Book club meeting! Our 12th meeting (so our 1 year mark) and I'm so grateful to have these girls around. It's great to fangirl and rant with them!
-I visit my grandparent’s from my mothers side very frequently, but I hardly see them from my father’s side. This month was the first time I saw them in.. 6 months? It was nice.

117. Laura Ruby - Bone gap. 2/5.
118. Sarah J. Maas - Crown of midnight. 5+/5. [reread]
119. Kasie West - Split second. 4.5/5.
120. Miriam Forster - City of a thousand dolls. 4/5.

121. Kat Zhang - Echoes of us. 3.5/5.
122. A.G Howard - Unhinged. 3/5.
123. Zoë Marriott - Daughter of the flames. 4/5.
124. Mindy McGinnis - Not a drop to drink. 4.5/5.

125. Rick Riordan - Percy Jackson: The lightening thief. 3/5.
126. Sarah Maas: Assassin & the princess. 3/5.
127. Mindy McGinnis - In a handful of dust. 4.5/5.
128. Sarah J. Maas - Heir of fire. 5+/5.
129. Rae Carson - The girl of fire and thorns stories. 4.5/5.

130. Lenore Appelhans - Level 2. 3/5.

-I continued watching Doctor Who season 1 (2005) and while it takes some time to get adjusted to the characters and the storyline, I enjoy it. I’m on episode 7 now. Netflix.
-Arrested Development is now the series I watch with my boyfriend, we are now on episode 20 and it’s quite funny. Netflix.
-I saw The host. It wasn’t very good, but at least it’s better than Twilight and the book, because that one was a DNF for me. Netflix.
-I had a lot of fun watching Tinkerbell & The pirate fairy. This was my favorite instalment so far (Tom Hiddleston sings!) Netflix.
-Sleeping beauty (2011) was WEIRD. It’s one of the strangest movies I’ve seen all year. Netflix.
-The family was surprisingly funny. Not the best movie ever though. Netflix.
-HART OF DIXIE. I’m addicted. I’m now on episode 3 from season 2. Netflix.
-The fault in our stars in the cinema with my sister. We cried a little. I thought it was nicely done, even when the whole Anne Frank scene made me cringe.
-Hope floats and Lovestruck: the musical were two movies I saw with my mother. I liked Lovestruck more than I thought I would. Netflix.
-Monsters University (re-watch) I love how we see their friendship develop. Netflix.
-Our idiot brother. Just a movie when you want to see something funny, but nothing too special. Netflix.
-I saw the first episode from Penny Dreadful and it’s so weird. I’m intrigued. Netflix.
-Anastasia (re-watch) I’m crazy about this movie. The songs <3 Dvd.
-Percy Jackson: The lightening thief. I had to re-watch it for my movie feature.. I hope you appreciate the book vs movie comparison, I hate this movie. Borrowed.-You again and Magic Mike were two movies I saw with my sister. We found out we already saw the first movie, but it’s nice so we finished it. Magic Mike is horrible.. Netflix.
-Silver Linings Playbook. LOVED IT. Crazy chemistry between the main characters. Netflix.
-Once upon a time first episode from season 4. IT'S BACK.
TBR pile: 21 / 21. (100%) COMPLETED.
TBR pile challenge 2: 39/32. (122%) COMPLETED.
TBR pile challenge 3: 48/50 (96%)

Review pile: 21 / 21. (100%) COMPLETED.
Review pile challenge 2: 45/45 (100%) COMPLETED.
Review pile challenge 3: 47/50 (94%)

Dystopian: 21/19. (110%) COMPLETED.
Series: 14/12. (117%) COMPLETED.
Fairy tale:  25/16. (156%) COMPLETED.
Bingo card COMPLETED.

So you can see what this means; I completed all my challenges! I also decided to up my Goodreads challenge to 150 books - and this has always been my dream goal.

Book haul
I still need to make a vlog.. Crazy unplanned haul this month, but I'm very happy with all of them.

Boekenfestijn haulI went to a Dutch book event called ‘Boekenfestijn’ together with Debby and Daisy. I snatched these books for a total of 18 euro’s (which is around 23 dollars)
Jean Plaidy – The shadow of the Pomegranate.
Jean Plaidy – The sixth wife.
Joseph Jacobs – Irish fairy tales. This one has a very cute cover: Instagram picture.
Tonya Hurley – The blessed.
Katherine Longshore – Gilt. Daisy found this copy for me, yeay.
L. Frank Baum – The complete stories of Oz.

TBD haul & Quirk books

I received a copy from Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children from Quirk books, thanks!

I also ordered three books from TBD:
Rae Carson – The girl of fire and thorns stories.
Rae Carson – The bitter kingdom. They finally had the right edition for my collection.
Sarah J. Maas – Heir of fire. The back is gorgeous: Instagram picture.

HarperCollins review copies
I also got a package from HarperCollins international. Thanks!

Mindy McGinnis – In a handful of dust. Review: Not a drop to drink + In a handful of dust.
Kimberly Little – Forbidden.
Sherry Thomas – The perilous sea.
Miriam Forster – Empire of shadows. (Currently reading, it’s good)

And I got a book from Netgalley:
Michelle Diener - The silver pear.

That's another wrap-up for me. Tell me all about your month! What did you do? What did you read? What did you watch?

Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:50

Review 290. Mindy McGinnis – In a handful of dust.

20359647Title: In a handful of dust.
Author: Mindy McGinnis.
Pages: 384.
Published: September 23rd 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books.
Sort: Part #2. Not a drop to drink.
Review part #1. Not a drop to drink.
Source: I received an ARC from HarperCollins international.
The only thing bigger than the world is fear. Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach. When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.

This book is pitched as a companion novel to Not a drop to drink, but I recommend to see this one as a sequel. The story relies on information you get in Not a drop to drink and I think it will make this story much more impressive if you know what happened to the characters in the first book.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 11:46

Review 289. Mindy McGinnis – Not a drop to drink.

13112869Title: Not a drop to drink.
Author: Mindy McGinnis.
Pages: 320.
Published: September 24th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books.
Sort: Part #1. Not a drop to drink.
Source: I won a giveaway on Reviews from a bookworm.
Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.  Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand. But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, night time threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

I remember reading the blurb and later on seeing the cover; I knew I had to own this book. I’m not sure what happened after that moment, because I never got a copy until now. Thanks to Reviews from a bookworm, I was introduced to the amazing and terrifying world of Not a drop to drink.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:41

Top ten Tuesday 38. Fall TBR list.

                                                                  @The broke and the bookish.

Let’s take a look at my Summer TBR list first. I went much better this time than my failed Spring TBR list. I managed to finish a total of 13 books from the 15 listed books. I only failed to read Prophecy and These broken stars. If I look at the total amount of books I read this summer: 53. A very good result if you ask me, so why not make another seasonal TBR list?

Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR list.(23 September – 22 December)


How did you do with your Summer TBR pile?

Monday, September 22, 2014 13:56

The GIF tag.

I was tagged by Reviews of a bookworm to do this tag. I tried to hunt down who started this tag, but I couldn't find it.. Please let me know if you know the creator! The tag is very simple. I got a list of 10 books from Reviews of a bookworm and I had to find a GIF to describe my feelings. At the end I will tag other people with a list of 10 books I came up with.


Saturday, September 20, 2014 11:32

Review 288. Shannon Hale – series: The books of Bayern.

This series came highly recommended by Emily from Reverie Rhapsody (and if you don't know her, you should check out her beautiful blog!) This is one of her favorite series and after devouring a book every day, I understand why.

179064The goose girl. 383 pages. May 13th 2005 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her. Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny.
RATING: 4 STARS. This was by far my favorite book from the series (so far, I haven’t read Forest Born yet) and I think it’s because it’s based on a fairy tale. Ani – short for Anidori – is send away to a foreign country to get married to the prince. Her mother arranged everything to get more ties with Bayern. Ani grew up under her aunt’s guidance and that’s how she learned to speak with animals; a skill that isn’t appreciated by most. When she is on her way to Bayern, Ani is betrayed by her lady-in-waiting and she managed to escape. She takes the job of goose girl for the King until she finds a way to tell the truth.

Ani was a strong character. I liked how she embraces being different and how she uses her gifts. She becomes a goose girl without whining or feeling sorry for herself. Better, she starts to enjoy her new life and the freedom it gives her. There are no twists or unexpected turns, but that's not what this story needs. It was magical.

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