How on earth is it October already?! Seriously, how is it even possible that we only have three months left of this year?! The Holidays seem just around the corner already and I just can’t wrap my head around it… That said, I’m glad that the Spring season is finally here, and I’ve been busy organizing the garden and prepping things for our vegetable plot. And more news: we are now officially the owners of our own little plot in the countryside! We’ll be slowly building our new home from scratch in the next few years, looking forward to a whole new countryside lifestyle once it is finished. In the meantime, there will be lots of prepping, cleaning and gardening going on. 😉

Next: the bookish numbers.

  • Number of books read in September: 18
  • Total number of books read in 2020: 183
  • Total number of pages read in September: 6.901
  • Total number of pages read in 2020: 62.163

I’m finally back on track with my reading numbers again… I’m definitely happy I was able to read this much with all the spring prep in the garden going on as well as a new big crochet project. The blogging slump is still there, but at least the reading slump seems to be beaten completely so that’s something. xD I managed to get no less than THREE new 5 star ratings, and only three were 3 stars or below, so I’m definitely happy with my reading choices too.


5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now.

The Curator – by M.W. Craven // The Minders – by John Marrs // Heart Bones – by Colleen Hoover

4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic!

The Seven Doors – by Agnes Ravatn // A Song Of Isolation – by Michael J. Malone // Dead Wrong – by Noelle Holten

4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!

The 24-Hour Café – by Libby Page // The Wife – by Shalini Boland // Knock Knock – by Chris Merritt // Who’s Next? – by Chris Merritt // Flowers For The Dead – by Barbara Copperthwaite // The Coast-To-Coast Murders – by James Patterson & J.D. Barker

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!

The Orphan Of Cemetery Hill – by Hester Fox // Confessions On The 7:45 – by Lisa Unger // A Heart So Fierce And Broken – by Brigid Kemmerer

3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic.

Remember Me – by Mario Escobar

2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’. 

Love Among The Recipes – by Carol M. Cram // A Boy And His Dog At The End Of The World – by C.A. Fletcher

I’ve decided to only join a limited amount of 2020 to focus more on the joy of reading without obligations again… And it seems I’ve been completing most of them without even trying. xD


As for my other goals… My ARC/backlist ratio situation became even worse, and I don’t expect things to improve soon as I still have more ARCs I need to work through ASAP. Whoops? I really need to focus on the remaining goals again too, although I admit the TBR pile one is pretty hopeless. xD


  • Read at least 3 (modern) classics (rereads don’t count) DONE!! 3/3 (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang // A Study In Scarlet // The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button)
  • Complete at least 10 series (rereads don’t count) 6/10 (Feverwake // Lacey Flint // If I Stay // The Bird And The Sword Chronicles // The Hundred-Year-Old Man // Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell)
  • Reread at least 2 books DONE!! 2/2 (Deep Blue Trouble // Pippi Longstocking)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 600 books and keep it that way. 752/600
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages 0/1 (highest page count 774 pages; She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be)
  • Keep ARC/backlist title ratio below 40% 50,8%
  • Read at least 2 books in Spanish DONE!! 2/2 (Harry Potter Y Las Reliquias De La Muerte // Entre Senderos De Lavanda)
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch DONE!! 1/1 (Moederkruid)
  • Read at least 15 international authors and/or translations DONE!! 15/15 (Dark Mother Earth (Croatia DNF) // My Sister, The Serial Killer (Nigeria) // Perfume (Germany) // Death Deserved (Norway) // Blue Night (Germany) // Pippi Longstocking (Sweden) // Sister (Norway) // The Girl In The Tree (Turkey) // The Creak On The Stairs (Iceland) // The Guest Cat (Japan) // Moederkruid (The Netherlands) // The Accidental Further Adventures Of The Hundred-Year-Old Man (Sweden) // The Child (Germany) // Entre Senderos De Lavanda (Argentina) // Fruit Of The Drunken Tree (Colombia))
  • Read at least 10 TBR jar picks 5/10 (Like This For Ever // What We Saw // The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry // Evil At Heart // Broken Hearts, Fences And Other Things To Mend)
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year DONE!! 5/5
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% 97%

Stay safe and happy reading!


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