It’s time for #boutofbooks again! YAY!

Bout of BooksThe Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’m joining this time again, full-on! I actually have the day off tomorrow, so I can spend, most of my day reading! My workdays will be a bit shorter than usual (I work in IT at a school nowadays, and the students still have spring-holiday next week, so there is less need of my services), which also equals more reading time. And next weekend is also delightfully empty and this means EVEN MORE READING OPPURTUNITY! I might go to the sauna on sunday though. Which just means reading while naked.

I went goalless the last few times, which I enjoyed. The only thing I am changing this year is that I am doing some sort of TBR, which consists of the following physical books:


I also have some ebooks I want to finish or dive into, and will continue an audiobook on my commute (at the parts where I can’t read).

A list of the aforementioned books (because lists are lovely):

  • De dinosauriërs: ontdekkingen, soorten, ondergang
  • Man en vrouw – Margaret Mead
  • Grief is the thing with feathers – Max Porter
  • Boven Water – Margaret Atwood
  • Priestess of the white – Trudi Canavan
  • Halting state – Charless Stross
  • The bonds of love – Jessica Benjamin
  • Exile – Chris Ward
  • Lean IT: Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Transformation
  • Rendezvous with Rama – Arthur C Clarke

And now I’m off to bed (after preparing a batch of cold brew to drink tomorrow <3), and really looking forward to tomorrow!

#boutofbooks starts TOMORROW!

… and as the picture shows, I am an expert this time, which means I’ll do my usual cheering, but now I will be OFFICIAL and stuff ;) I’ve been participating every time since I discovered this readathon about 2.5 years ago, and it’s one of my favourite things of the year, so I am happy to help the awesome Amanda and Kelly who have been organizing this read-fest for the past 14 (FOURTEEN!) times. This is the 15th. Will you join us?

I decided to not do ARC’s this year, so I am reading complete range free (which is weirdly paralyzing). I’ll have the following goals next week:

  • Read (or at last start) one of the books on feminism I acquired last year
  • Read a book made of paper
  • Read a book/anthology of short stories
  • Participate in at least one challenge (besides the intro one)

And besides this I’ll spend some of my commute on twitter, and reading and commenting on other blogs. So, if you want me to drop by this week, leave a link in the comments :)

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: in tweets

I’m… late to this readathon-review party. Life has this thing of getting in the way, and this time it was my girlfriend moving  (so there was painting, and all that stuff) and starting a new job. And I spend lots of time with my boyfriend, which was lovely. All this left little time for blogging though!

So, I read two-and-a-half books this time around. Which I see as quite the achievement, since I only read a small part of the 24 hour hours (because of aforementioned boyfriend and girlfriend, and my attachment to 8 hours of sleep).

There was lots of reading in public transport:

And last but not least, next time we really should make #drunkreadathon a thing!

(It was ginger beer with gin, for the curious among us)

I had a lot of fun this time, especially because I did not pressure myself to do anything. Only to read and tweet when I felt like it, and not more. I think this’ll be my strategy next time around as well. I’m starting to like this “no goal” thing.

How did you people fare?

Dewey’s 24-hour-readathon April 2015: I signed up!

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon

So. I signed up. This time in time, instead of just hours before the start. I even already have some sort of a TBR in place:
This is what I might or might not read this readathon

But I know how it goes. It might be that after a bit I’ll feel more like more science fiction, more non-fiction, more short books, a long book, a re-read. Stuff might change any time.

So, the only thing still left is some administrative stuff (creating a goodreads shelf for this readathon, maybe even pre-format some blogposts) and making sure all the foods are ready. If you participate, what will you be snacking on?

Bout of Books – How did I do?

So, I participated in Bout of Books 11, as I wrote here with only one goal:

relax and have fun

Which I did! I participated in one twitter-chat (the last one), did two challenges, and basically did just what I felt like. This meant I “only” read two books, and finished up an audiobook (which I actually started last Bout of Books…). I think this no goals-goal was a succes!

I read Percolate: Let Your Best Self Filter Through, which will get reviewed later, and The Scar by China Mieville, which I absolutely loved. So I read 908 pages last week, and listened to about 4,5 hours of audiobook. And I’ll leave you with this awesome picture of Armada, the city made out of ships, out of The Scar (sorry, I couldn’t find a source)


Bout of Books – Day Seven: 5 Book Challenge | Post-Apocalyptic Edition

The question Ashley from Taking Stept Into Another World asked us, what 5 books we woudl take along, if we had just 15 minutes to leave our houses. Given the short amount of time you are only able to take 5 books with you. What books would you pick to take with you as you escape and prepare for the end of the world.

Of course, with 15 minutes, I’d probably put my two chinchilla’s in a cage and leave with them (since they’re not that used to me yet, that will take quite some time), and not bring, books, but that was not the assignment… (it is an excuse to show a picture though!)

Gerrit (who ate a window in his house)

So, the books I would take along are as follows:

The complete works of William Shakespeare
and The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes: Who knows how long I’ll be in my hideout (I am assuming I will have one)? I have these two big books, with all those stories, and they’ll bring me comfort and distraction through trying times.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: It’s one of my favourite books, so it will be good as a re-read. And rere-read. And rerere-read. And it can also teach us zen-principles, and make us take the things as they come with wonder and acceptance.

Mindfulness (by Edel Maes): For similar reasons as Zen and.. I’d take this book along. Just for some grounding, as the world around us falls apart. I’m all for mental health and flexibility.

A Narrative Compass: Stories that Guide Women’s Lives: After the world is destroyed, we need to build it up again. For that task, we need inspiration. This book will give me just that.

So: what would your 5 books be you’d face the apocalypse with?

Bout of Books – Day One: Scavenger Hunt Challenge

So The Book Monster hosts this Scavenger Hunt Challenge for Bout of Books. Usually I’m not the biggest fan of scavenger hunts, but since I can do this from the safety of my own library, I decided to join. Also, I can tell you some stuff about some of the awesome books I have!

1. A Book that begins with “B” (for Bout of Books!)

Bint, by F. Bordewijk. One of my favourite books of Dutch literature that I loved more for the style than the content. Some more information in English about the author and this story can be found here.

2. A book that has been made into a movie/tv show

Het Oneindige VerhaalColors in Het Oneindige Verhaal

I guess we have all seen The Neverending Story. This is my copy of the book (in Dutch). I must have read it at least a dozen times. I love how they did printed the book: with what happens in “our” world in red, and what happens “in the neverending story” in blue.

3. A series you love

Valentina Hellebel
This is a series I loved as an adolescent, about a young woman who is a witch, and who has to deal with demons and other kinds of evils. I loved it, even at that age, because of the Necronomicon-references (and now I love the Cthulu mythos), and the fact the books seemed to take me as a reader seriously. And the stories and characters are just awesome. I still miss one or two books from this series, that I hope to get from a friend of mine who is cleaning out her stack of books.

4. An anthology of poems or short stories

Kun je de dood ook groeten?
This is a book with 101 poems about goodbye, aimed at children/adolescents. The title would be something like “Can you greet death as well?” As you can see, I have some pieces of paper in there, to reach my favourites quickly. My mom gave it to me after my sister passed away, 11 years ago. I found some comfort in the words others wrote.

5. A book on your TBR shelf, or your full TBR shelves

TBRThe higher shelf and the right half of the lower shelf consist of my TBR of physical books. (the left half is dictionaries, which don’t lend themselves well for reading cover to cover).


Bout of books 11: Flailing not failing!

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This must be the 4th time I participate in this event. The first two times, I just tweeted about it. Then I started blogging. I usually set goals on when I’ll read and how much I’ll participate in the twitter-chats (which are really awesome) and other community-centered-things, like the challenges.

This time, I am going in with NO goals.

Well, actually, it might be one goal:

Relax and have fun.

I am looking forward to reading, getting to know new people and new blogs, cheering everyone on, adding way too many books to my TBR-pile, and the feeling of togetherness that always arises during this weeklong reading marathon. And now say it all with me: FLAILING NOT FAILING!


Bout of books is here again!

Bout of Books

So, as I’ve mentioned before, May is proving to be an insanely busy month for me. However, I really like the Bout of Books-weeklong-reading-marathon, so I’ve decided to participate anyway! With goals related to when I read, and not how much.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

When I’ll read:

– Audiobooks when cycling, on the bus, or walking.
– Studying on my morning commute (which might not always be reading, but will be so partially)
– Reading for my own enjoyment in the afternoon commute
– During dinner (when by myself)

I’ll paint my new appartment next weekend, and I’m going to try to do that while listening to an audiobook as well (and reading on breaks), but that’s not set in stone, especially since I might have people to help me. I also guess I have one or two evenings (almost) without plans, and friday morning as well, which I would like to dedicate to reading, but I might have to use for a volunteer project.

What I’ll read:

Definately the new Robin Hobb, Fool’s Assasin. I got it from the publisher and was waiting for “the perfect moment” to start reading, but moments are never going to be perfect. I’ll probably also read The Hatmaker’s Heart, which I also got through netgalley. If I notice myself falling into a reading slump, I’ll pick up the fourth Earthsea book. If I feel like some historical fiction, I’ll probably go for The Boleyn King, that I bought recently. And as a non-fiction, I might read The Soul of a New Machine or a book I got to review about masculinities.

When I’ll update:

I tend to be a lot on twitter, so I’ll follow the #boutofbooks hashtag and interact with everyone there. I’ll also post my daily wrap-ups on twitter, might do a mid-week-blogpost, and will certainly do a week-wrap-up on sunday or monday a week from now. I’ll also create a Bout of Books-shelf on my Goodreads-account. This made things nice and clear for me in Dewey’s readathon, so I’ll do it again.

Post-readathon-post: ALL THE AWESOMENESS!

So, I finished. For the stats-lovers:

Books finished: 6
Pages read: 1238
Time spent reading: 9 hours and 50 minutes
Audiobooking: 1 hour

I read the following books:

End of Event Meme:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
I would say hour 14/15, because I woke up and felt horrible. Luckily a bit more sleep was able to solve that.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Read Glasshouse by Charles Stross. It’s an awesome book: sci-fi with an interesting plot. Or read one of Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea books: short but gripping and entertaining.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Put more time into 24hours? Would that be one of the possibilities?

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I loved the cheering teams: the fact they had names, and that they made it into a team-effort. That was really awesome to see, and it seemed to work well!

5. How many books did you read?
SIX! Exactly 6.

6. What were the names of the books you read?
I’ll leave you with this link, and I’ll update my Read in 2014 page within minutes after posting this.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
Dune Messiah, although it was not the book that I gave the most stars. I think it’s the book that fitted the most with what I like to read usually: science fiction-ish, with the ability to immerse myself into another world. I did also enjoy Het Onbehagen van de Man (the uneasiness of the male) tremendously, but that’s because it was on masculinities and feminism, which is a topic I care deeply about anyway.

8. Which did you enjoy least?
As you can see at my goodreads-page, I rated all books (except the feminist one) 3 stars. I enjoyed ALL the books I picked, and so they were all equally most and leats enjoyed.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Not applicable to me :) I did love all their work!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
If I’m able, I’ll participate! I’ll be a reader and maybe a #TeamRogue cheerer. I’ll probably take the same approach as I did now: read for a fixed amount of time, then tweet a bit and socialise with people, then read some more.

All the love to all the books and all the readers! See you in October!