2018 When Are You Reading? Challenge

I admit I wasn’t going to join the challenge this year, but I had so much fun during the previous three years (click to see lists for 2015 , 2016 and 2017) that I have finally given in. Better late than never right? So as of today, I am officially signing myself up for the fifth edition (my fourth) of the WHEN ARE YOU READING? challenge! This challenge is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and you can still sign up in case you are interested. This challenge is all about reading books either published or set in twelve different time periods… The perfect way of reading books of different eras!


  • Determination of what year a book belongs in is the decision of the participant. On the whole, choose a year where the largest part of the action occurs or the most important event.

Below I will be adding the titles I have managed to read for each era, only this time I will do things differently and not add every book to the list, just one or two for each era depending on the color each title has. Because like previous years, I have divided my reads into two categories: books by publish date and books by setting. When the setting is not specified or is roughly the same as the publish date, I will use this color.

The challenge includes 12 books from the following eras:

  • Pre 1500
    # The Year Of The Snake – by M.J. Trow (1st century)
    # Jilliand – by Clare Gutierrez (800s)
  • 1500-1599
    # A Castle In Romagna – by Igor Stiks (1535/1948/1995)
  • 1600-1699
  • 1700-1799
    # The Unbinding Of Mary Reade – by Miriam McNamara (1704-1720) 
    # The Poison Plot – by Elaine Forman Crane (1738-1739) DNF
  • 1800-1899
    # The Elephant Keeper’s Daughter – by Julia Drosten (1803-1822)
  • 1900-1919
    # All Things Bright And Strange – by James Markert (1917-1920)
  • 1920-1939
    # Murder On The Orient Express – by Agatha Christie (1926)
    # What Blooms From Dust – by James Markert (1935)
  • 1940-1959
    # Salt To The Sea – by Ruta Sepetys (1945)
  • 1960-1979
    # The Letter For The King – by Tonke Dragt (1962)
    # The Silent Kookaburra – by Liza Perrat (1970s)
  • 1980-1999
    # Born a Crime – by Trevor Noah (1990s)
  • 2000-Present
    # Barbed Wire Heart – by Tess Sharpe (2018)
  • The Future:
    # Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2044-2045)

Currently 11 out of 12 time periods read.

Have you joined this challenge this year? Do you tend to read a lot of books set or published in different eras? Feel free to comment! 🙂


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2018 (Netgalley) ARCS: The Complete List #NGEW2018

I joined this challenge hosted by Bookish Things & More in 2017 and it was a huge success, so I decided to sign up again. I managed to read a whopping 99!! Netgalley ARCs and 26 other ARCs in 2017 (complete list here), but I will be aiming a lot lower this year. Partly because I want to start reading my own books, partly because it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get approved for ARCs as an International blogger, but that’s a whole different matter I don’t even want to think about.

I’ll be aiming for SILVER – 25 books.

The list below is a list of ALL the ARCs I’ve been able to read in 2018. This includes other ARCs that won’t count for the Netgalley And Edelweiss challenge; those are marked in orange while the Netgalley ARCs are marked in green.

>>> Last updated July 1st 2018 <<<

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2018 Beat The Backlist: Official Update Post #BeatTheBacklist

I had a lot of fun with the Beat The Backlist challenge last year, so I just couldn´t resist signing up again… The challenge is hosted at Novelknight and there is still plenty of time to sign up if you are interested! You can find my sign up post here.

This challenge is all about reading all those poor neglected books on your shelves instead of just new releases. We all love our new releases, but those older books deserve our attention too right? 😉 Books have to be published before 2018 to count, and you can set your own goals as you see fit. Reading/reviewing books before 2018 will earn you points for your team and there are even some prizes to win beside the fact you will be downsizing your TBR!

I’ve decided to lower my previous goals slightly and read a total of 40 books published before 2018 next year… With at least 20 of them published 2015 or before.

Aaaaand I’m on team Novel Knights this year!!

On to the official update post part… Where I will share the books I’ve read that fit the challenge. Books that fit in with my personal challenge are either orange for books published in 2017 or 2016 or green for books published before that. Books that have a AMAZON mentioned have earned points both for having read AND reviewed it on Amazon.

>>> Last updated July 6th 2018 <<<

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2017 When Are You Reading? Challenge: DONE


I honestly wasn’t expecting I was going to make it this time,  but I managed to finish When Are You Reading? 2017 with only hours to spare! It was my third time participating in this challenge (click to see lists for 2015 and 2016) hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words. It is all about reading books either set or published in twelve different time periods. The perfect way of reading books of different eras!

Below my list of books I managed to read for each era…I have divided my reads into two categories like last year: books by publish date and books by setting. When the setting is not specified or is roughly the same as the publish date, I will use this color. For a full list, check out my update post.

    • Pre 1500
      # The Song Of Achilles – by Madeline Miller (800)
      # The Book Of Whispers – by Kimberley Starr (1096)
      # Court Of Lions – by Jane Johnson (15th century/present)
      # And I Darken – by Kiersten White (late 15th century)
      # Now I Rise – by Kiersten White (late 15th century)
    • 1500-1599
      # Utopia – by Thomas More (1516)
    • 1600-1699
      # Captain Alatriste – by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (17th century)
    • 1700-1799
      # Alex And Eliza – by Melissa De La Cruz (1770s)
    • 1800-1899
      Life Sentence- by Lily Luchesi (1810-present)
      # Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – by Lewis Carroll (1865)
      # Little Women – by Louisa May Alcott (1868)
      # The Merchant’s Pearl – by Amie O’Brien (1875)
      # The Jungle Book – by Rudyard Kipling (1894)

      # The Invisible Man – by H.G. Wells (1897)
    • 1900-1919
      # Sherlock Holmes And The Nine-Dragon Sigil – by Tim Symonds (1906-1907)
      # The Lifeboat – by Charlotte Rogan (1914)
    • 1920-1939
      # A Gentleman In Moscow – by Amor Towles (1920s)
      # The Color Purple – by Alice Walker (1930s)
      # The Last Valentine – by Felix Alexander (1930s)
    • 1940-1959
      That Burning Summer – by Lydia Syson (1940)
      # The Thankful – by Jamie Campbell (1940)
      # The Dollmaker Of Krakow – by R.M. Romero (1940s)
      # The Diary Of A Young Girl – by Anne Frank (1942-1944)
      # Devastation Road – by Jason Hewitt (1945)
      # The Diary Of A Young Girl – by Anne Frank (1947)
      # Can’t Buy Forever – by Susan Laffoon (1950s)
    • 1960-1979
      # The Rules Of Magic – by Alice Hoffman (1960s)
      # We Have Always Lived In The Castle – by Shirley Jackson (1962)
      # Flowers For Algernon – by Daniel Keyes (1966)
    • 1980-1999
      # The Color Purple – by Alice Walker (1982)
      # IT – by Stephen King (1986)
      The Impossible Fortress – by Jason Rekulak (1987)
      # The Gypsy Moth Summer – by Julia Fierro (1992)
      # Captain Alatriste – by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (1996)
      # Stardust – by Neil Gaiman (1999)
    • 2000-Present
      # Making Faces – by Amy Harmon (2001)
      # Never Let Me Go – by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)
      # Still Alice – by Lisa Genova (2007)
      # The Ask And The Answer – by Patrick Ness (2009)
      # Room – by Emma Donoghue (2010)
      # A Monster Calls – by Patrick Ness (2011)
      # Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe – by Benjamin Alire Saenz (2012)
      # Making Faces – by Amy Harmon (2013)
      # Bird Box – by Josh Malerman (2014)
      # Mosquitoland – by David Arnold (2015)
      # Heartless – by Marissa Meyer (2016)
      # The Hate U Give – by Angie Thomas (2017)
      # Herding Cats – by Sarah Andersen (2018)
    • The Future
      # The First City – by Joe Hart (2030s)
      # Americosis Vol. 4 – by Haydn Wilks (4046/present)



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Happy New Year and 2018 Goals

First of all I want to wish everybody a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2018!! May this year be filled with happiness for all of you. ❤

Now that it’s January 1st, it’s time to think about my reading goals for 2018. I still can’t believe I was able to read over 180 books for the third year in a row, and I don’t pretend I will be able to reach that amount again… So I have decided to not stress myself and keep my challenges reasonable, especially considering I’ve been in a slump for the last couple of months. The reading slump is mostly defeated, but the blogging slump is still lingering and I’m taking things slowly to not suffer from any relapses. 😉 The new feature Yvo’s Shorties is definitely helping getting rid of that book review backlog though! Also, I’ve decided 2018 will be all about having fun reading and reading more of my own books. As much as I love my ARCs, last year a whopping 66% of the books I read were ARCs and I really need to focus on all those poor neglected books collecting dust on my shelves again.

So these will be my goals for 2018, besides the fact I want to take things slower and read more of my own books:


  • I have set my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 100 books.
  • Read at least 3 classics (rereads don’t count)
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count)
  • Reread at least 2 books
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 300 books and keep it that way.
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages
  • Read at least 1 book in Spanish
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch
  • Read more international authors/translations (at least 10)
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80%


  • bloggingUpdate more frequently and try not to get too behind with reviews
  • Be more active in the community and try to comment more. I always try to, but somehow it is hard to find enough time to read, blog AND comment on the blogs I follow…
  • Get fit, eat more healthy and participate in a 5km run! I really have to focus more on my running this year. Again. But this time I’m determined to make it!


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