Burn it with fire!?

So ‘far I’ve finished 3 books this month: Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin, Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton and Overal Vuur(Fire Everywhere) by Eddy C. Bertin. Do you see the theme? Apparently this is a fiery month for me. And I like it! All were 4-star reads, as can be seen on my goodreads page. It’s that I’ve read Fahrenheit 451 relatively recently, else that should be next on the reading list.

Completely unrelated to fire, but I want to give a shoutout to Ninja Book Box! I got my first box of theirs yesterday (themed “Going home”) and it was awesome. All the things in the box were wrapped in paper, so they looked like little gifts. The envelope in it was handwritten with “Spoilers, please open last”, with lovely lettering. And the book (SPOILER) sounds lovely. There box shows so much care <3 I can really recommend it!

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[Overview] of July: in which I use way too many moving images

Most of the reading this month looked like this:

I re-read all the Harry Potter books (except Philosophers Stone, since I re-read that one in April).

There were also some classics, like Northanger Abbey and the Art of War. There werd some short stories, like Polynia by China Mieville and Symbols and Signs by Vladimir Nabokov.

COMMERCIAL BREAK!

(because I also read something that seemed more like a commercial than anything else)

Since someone on the interwebs and the twitters decided to only read classical novels in August, I got inspired, and got myself this whole list of classical titles too. Just check out my goodreads for that. There you can also see I got myself some books on HTML and Rails:

Computer says “No”


And something interesting from Netgalley: a personal development book, which apparently is coffee-themed, if I look at the title: Percolate: let your best self filter through. It seems like a perfect fit for me, since:

I love coffee

Intermezzo: I moved!

libraryThis is how my librabry looks at the moment. Poor books, all in boxes.

I moved last week, from a 2-room apartment in a village near Nijmegen, back to a a bigger apartment (3 rooms) in an even bigger city: Rotterdam. This is what I have been working towards the past months. I abandoned Bout-of-Books somewhere halfway, because I was painting this new apartment. I did read, as you can see here, but I didn’t write anything about what I read, except for some small notes to be able to write reviews at a later point in time.

Slowly I am getting settled in my new place, and I hope that I’ll slowly be settled in something that vaguely resembles a blogging rythm. First step: get more books from Netgalley uhm skip through all the recipe e-books I acquired and decide to blog about it nope… make new things from these cook-e-books tasty, but not blogging procrastinate in all other possible ways, that is what I am doing allright… write reviews about the books in my backlog! Yes, that’s it. That is what I will do!

*wanders off to have lunch with a book*

[Overview] April: net result +12 TBR

(Let’s just pretend April isn’t already over a week old, mkay? ;-))

Books bought at KingsdayLast month was a month in which I read in bursts, mostly due to the readathon I particpated in. I read 6 books, which is half of the total amount of books I read in april. I bought a staggering amount of 14 physical books at Kingsday:

 

And of course, I could not stop myself from getting a large amount of ebooks, some of them for reviewing, some of them through the awesome mailinglist of bookbub:

Ebooks I bought in april.

Click to enlarge and make it actually readable ;)

This month will still be massively busy. I’ll probably find myself a new appartment (maybe even today! I’ll go check out some later this day), start packing, have lots of driving lessons (planning on getting my license somewhere in June), work my standard 32 hours a week (now with extra stress, because my todo list is nearing a mile long, and I’ll be leaving the job the first weke of June), create a website for a volunteer project (deadline last week of June; see where I’m going yet? ;)). I am going to try to participate in bout-of-books, so be on the lookout for a post on my planning for that event!

Edit: I wrote this post on monday, but only got around posting it today (thursday) and I got the call today I got one of the apartments I looked at! Moving a month from now, hurray!

[Overview] March: Destroy all the stressors!

Last month was quite stressful and busy for me. So full of stress and things, that I only a week into April I found some time to review the past month *cough*.

I planned on writing one or two blogpost each week: fail! I also wanted to write a non-review post for every review post. Semi-fail, since I wrote 2 reviews, and 1 non-review post. I also planned on not buying any books, in which I failed miserably too.

So, in April I’m going to go about this blogging thing differently. No goals. Getting rid of some books on my TBR that have been there for ages, and that I will not finish any time soon. I’ll probably will not finish this book on Inclusion in the workplace , that I got from the publisher in exchange for a review, because I reall, really, dislike what and how the author writes (even though the topic is something quite dear to me). This month I’ll focus on reading things I enjoy, and I might write reviews. I might also not write them. And I might write on other things. I might also not. I’ll kick out the bingo card, because that’s something that only added pressure. I will keep the Rory list, because that’s a REALLY long term goal, and therefore does not add pressure. The only “goal” I’m setting, is that I’ll participate in Dewey’s 24 hour readathon, because that’s one of the most awesome book-events there is.

To get back to March: all in all it was not a bad month for reading. I proofread/beta-read a book from an old friend of mine (the story was really, really awesome!), which was a first for me. It’s something I’d love to do more of in the future, if time permits me (and if writers do so, of course ;)). Except for some poetry, and a famous book on apes, the books I read and listened to could be put into the science fiction/fantasy category:

[Overview] February: What books I got (and did not read)

For this month, I had two goals. I failed on my “blogging rhythm” goal. I published 5 blogposts this month: 4 of which in the first half of the month; 1 yesterday. One of them is a non-review, the rest are reviews. I succeeded in shortening my “currently reading”-pile! It used to be 13; it is now 9. Whoohoo! It made me finish The Worst Journey in the World (which I reviewed), Hyperion (which I loved), Wind in the Willows (which I just took pictures from, and will post on later this month) and Martin the Warrior (which I was “meh” about). The other stuff I’ve read, can be found on this page. I’m also slowly making progress on the short story books. Not so much on the non-fiction front. I’m pretty stuck on The Inclusion Imperative, which I got through Netgally. Review spoiler: I really, really, dislike it. But I’m invested in the topic, so I do want to finish it.

booksbougt1402 So, over to what February brought me, in a physical book sense!

I bought three books from bol.com. They got me with their 2.50euro discount, and then OF COURSE I had to spend at least 20euro to get free shipping, which got me three books: 2 from Charless Stross, 1 from Stephen King. I also bought 3 books from someone at work, who wanted to get rid of them. Poor almost abandoned books! One of them was Zen and the art of motorcycle maintainance, which is one of my all-time favourite books (and not on the picture, since it’s on the for-gifting-to-awesome-people-pile); the two others are non-fictions, 1 on creativity, 1 on web development. My book rescue did not end there! A friend of mine will move soon, and she wanted to get rid of soms books too! So I rescued two books on crochet, one book on yoga, and two fiction books. Last. but not least, I also won a book in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop: All Passion Spent, which I won from this blog. Thank you again, Ali!

Also, I have read NONE of these books yet (except the ones on crochet, but that was more flicking through than actual reading, which seems silly anyway).

I also quite indulged myself on the ebook and egalley front: 12 new books. Of these, at least I read 3 and reviewed 2, and all of these were from Netgalley, so it gave me some extra incentive to read them, since I “had” too… Of the other 9, 4 are non-fiction. One on Alaska (what can I say, I like cold books), one is a book on green smoothies that I got for free (nomnom), one on choosing your right career path (although I am really happy with what I’m doing now: learning and growing into IT), and on on mindful compassion (which I hope is not too woo). The other 5 books are all fiction, mostly more genre fiction, except The Most Beautiful Girl, which I requested from Netgalley, because it’s about a woman, her struggle with grief over her father that passed away and music. This topic really resonates with me, since I lost my father a few months ago, and music is one of the ways I feel closer to him. And fuck, I just realise this is a memoir-like-book, and not fiction at all, but I don’t feel like rewriting and linking this post, so sue me. This will probably be the book I’ll start on next.

My plans for this month: post once or twice a week, with one non-review post for every review-post. I realise I like reading non-review-book-stuff a lot, and I like to project my own preferences on you, my reader. Read (mostly) books I bought last month, and not spend money on more books. Books that need to be rescued, however, can always find a place on my shelf.

 

[Overview] January was all about quantity

As you can see on this page, I read 19 books in January. Nineteen! I made an good start due to #boutofbooks (read 7 books!), which also prompted my to start this blog.

I listened to 3 audiobooks:

I read 4 books/short stories from Tais Teng:

Besides some of the books from this Dutch author, I also read 4 other Dutch books:

Then there were 2 books from Charless Stross:

Some books that got on my TBR through  #boutofbooks:

Some classics that had been on my TBR for months and months:

1 reread from when I was a kid:

And 1 book I got as a Christmas gift:

Preview of February:

Since this is a short month and I have lots of social things planned, I won’t be reading as many books as in January. I do plan to make a dent in my currently reading pile, which consists of 13 books at the moment. Reading multiple books at the same time is not a crime, but I think I’m taking this a bit too far… This’ll also lead to me a smaller amount of books, because most of the books on this pile are quite long or contain many, many short stories or are difficult.

I also aim to get into something of a blogging rhythm:  review some books I’ve read, maybe participate in some of the many returning memes I see in the book-blogosphere. Any nice suggestions, my more experiences blogger friends?