Best Of… January 2018 @Orendabooks @bookouture @AndrewsMcMeel

I had originally decided to include this new feature in my monthly wrap ups, but I just felt there were too many facts squeezed into one little post and the whole purpose of putting my favorite reads in the spotlight was lost. Because as the title already suggests, I will be doing a special post from now on mentioning my absolute favorite read for each month… Always tricky since every month seems to have various serious contenders, but we’ll see how things will go. In January, there are actually four titles I could call a winner here, and it has been hard to pick just one favorite, especially since there are three different genres here and I loved each book for a different reason. I considered cheating and name more than one as my winner, but that wouldn’t be a good way to start this feature right? 😉 So, without further delay, January 2018’s favorite was… *drumroll*

Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb!! It was a tough call, but kick ass bounty hunter Lori Anderson has won the prize. What I said in my review:

“WOW. What a firecracker of a thriller! Between the writing style, premise and characters this book had me under its spell shortly after starting it and I had a blast reading this action-packed and fast-paced thriller.”

“Bounty hunter Lori Anderson seriously kicks ass and isn’t afraid to step on a few toes to get the results she is after. The writing is strong, filled with plot twists and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page…”

Click here for my full review


Honorable mentions go to the following three titles (yes, I couldn’t just NOT mention these, because each of them deserves all the praise as well):

What I said in my review:

Keep Her Safe was one heck of a thriller with so many intense moments I found it impossible to stop reading. I practically devoured this story and its many plot twists and the final part of Keep Her Safe definitely had some jaw droppingly fierce moments.”

Click here for my full review

What I said in my review:

“Not only did I instantly connect with her style of poetry and the way she expresses herself, but I could also relate to some of the topics she discusses in her poems. Powerful, enchanting, inspiring and so well represented in both the words and format of her work!”

Click here for my full review


What I said in my review:

Born A Crime is a very powerful and thought provoking read. I already knew the apartheid was going to be an intriguing topic, and Trevor Noah does an excellent job narrating his personal experience during the end of the apartheid as well as his mother’s experience. “

“Honest, heartbreaking, funny, engaging and gripping… Born A Crime is a memoir you will not soon forget. “

Click her for my full review


Have you read any of these titles above? What did you think of them? What were your favorite reads in January?


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Month In Review: January 2018

Wait, what? How do you mean it’s already time to wrap up the first month of 2018? I feel like I have been pushed into a time machine and shoved back out in February… Where did January go? It’s 200% summer down here right now and we’ve had various 35+°C heatwaves… I’m actually melting as I’m trying to put together this post right now. I hate the winter months, but I’m starting to seriously reconsider my opinion… Anyone wants to trade? xD It did mean it was a great month to go kayaking, so it wasn’t all bad haha.

I can also officially announce I’ve beaten my most stubborn reading and blogging slump ever and I’m finally fully back in action! I managed to get rid of not only my backlog reviews, but I’m also completely on schedule with my current reviews! It is kind of scary not having pending posts lurking behind my shoulder haha. It does take way a lot of the stress though, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ll be able to keep it this way. I’ve also more or less fully returned to Twitter, something I’ve been missing during my slump. Instagram and Litsy will have to wait a while longer, because I don’t want to overdo it with the social media for now.

Somehow January ended up being a superstrong month with no less than 22 books finished… Although a few of these were either short or superfast reads. Like I said before, I’m right on schedule with my reviews, mostly thanks to my Yvo’s Shorties feature helping me get rid of the backlog. You will definitely see more of this feature on It’s All About Books!

Now to the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in January: 22
  • Total number of books read this year: 22
  • Total number of pages read in January: 6.536
  • Total number of pages read this year: 6.536

I didn’t get a new 5 star read this year, but that doesn’t surprise me that much since I don’t hand out the full rating a lot. No less than 10 books were rated 4 stars or above though, something I’m quite happy with. And only three titles received a rating below 3 stars! Not bad at all.

JANUARY READS

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

Keep Her Safe – by Richar Parker // Deep Blue Trouble – by Steph Broadribb // The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One – by Amanda Lovelace // Born A Crime – by Trevor Noah

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

The Bunker Diary – by Kevin Brooks // The Tattooist Of Auschwitz – by Heather Morris // The Hating Game – by Sally Thorne // The Silent Girls – by Dylan Young // Vanishing Girls – by Lisa Regan // The Camera Lies – by AB Morgan // Station Eleven – by Emily St. John Mandel

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!

The New Hunger – by Isaac Marion // Stage Four – by Sander Kollaard // Best Friends – by Carys Jones

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

Life In Outer Space – by Melissa Keil // Her Last Lie – by Amanda Brittany // The Ends Of The World – by Maggie Hall // From Bad To Cursed – by Katie Alender // Under Rose-Tainted Skies – by Louise Gornall

2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting.

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo – by Amy Schumer // Unclean Spirits – by Chuck Wendig

2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.

Halfway – by Lokesh Sharma


I haven’t joined a lot of challenges this year so far, mostly because I decided to focus more on ‘fun’ reading and less on goals I have to complete. Things are going way better than thought though, mostly because I finally did recover fully from my slump… And I was able to both cross off a lot of ARCs and read a bunch of books for the Beat The Backlist challenge.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals… I managed to get started by completing my first series and read already three! international authors, which I’m really happy about. Note: I’m calling authors international when they were born in a non-English country (AKA UK, Ireland, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, you get the idea). As for the rest of them: the classics and rereading will have to wait until I have more time, but I’m hoping to at least squeeze in a Dutch read by next month. The challenges I will probably complete whenever I can participate in the next BoB read-a-thon… And as far as running goes: I’m having a bout of bad luck with injuries, so I haven’t really been able to exercise much. Fingers crossed my knee/ankle will stop messing with me this month so I can slowly try and get back on track!

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 3 classics (rereads don’t count) 0/3
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count) 1/5 (The Conspiracy Of Us)
  • Reread at least 2 books 0/2
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 300 books and keep it that way389/300
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages 0/1 (maximum 442 pages)
  • Read at least 1 book in Spanish 0/1
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch 0/1
  • Read more international authors/translations (at least 10) 3/10 (Stage Four (The Netherlands)/ Born A Crime (South Africa)/ Halfway (India))
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year 4/5
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 96%
  • Reach 5km running! 2000m/5000m

Happy February and Happy Reading! 


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Bookouture Love Special: Favorite 2017 Thrillers @bookouture

Hello and welcome to the Bookouture Love Special I had promised in my list of 2017 favorites a few days ago. It’s easy to say I’m a huge mystery/thriller addict and tend to read more books belonging to that genre than any other genre… 2017 was no different, and I managed to read a whopping 72 thrillers. This is not all that surprising on its own, but what does stand out is that a LOT of these titles are published by what has easily become one of my favorite thriller publishers: Bookouture. And since no less than 22 titles have received a 4 or 4,5 star rating last year, I decided to set both Bookouture and my favorite authors and 2017 books in the spotlight.

The authors below are a mix of new discoveries and old favorites, and all stand out for their excellent, addicting, suspenseful and well written (psychological) thrillers. I can highly recommend each of these authors and their books to fans of the genre! And since I’m finding it impossible to rank them, they will appear in alphabetical order.

SHALINI BOLAND

This author has been on my radar for quite some time and I can highly recommend all her thrillers! I’ve devoured each and single one so far (The Girl From The Sea, The Best Friend and The Millionaire’s Wife). The Secret Mother is her first book published with Bookouture and another excellent read.

The Secret Mother – 4,5 stars – Published November 9th 2017 – REVIEW COMING SOON

ROBERT BRYNDZA

The Detective Erika Foster series is easily one of my favorite detective thrillers and I’m always over the moon whenever I find out a new book is coming out! Book number four and five were published in 2017, and it seems like the series is only getting better and better.

Last Breath – 4,5 stars – Published April 12th – REVIEW
Cold Blood – 4,5 stars – Published September 20th – REVIEW

BARBARA  COPPERTHWAITE

If you enjoy psychological thrillers, definitely try this author! The Darkest Lies had me trapped in a web of lies and secrets during the whole ride.

The Darkest Lies – 4 stars – Published May 12th – REVIEW

PATRICIA GIBNEY

This excellent detective series was only published last year, but already has three books! Another favorite of mine and Lottie Parker never fails to deliver another suspenseful and thrilling adventure. Book number four is already scheduled to be published this year so hurry if you haven’t tried this series yet!

The Missing Ones – 4,5 stars – Published March 16th – REVIEW
The Stolen Girls – 4,5 stars – Published July 6th – REVIEW
the lost child 4 stars oct 27th – REVIEW COMING SOON

VICTORIA JENKINS

Another new detective series I discovered last year… I somehow missed book number two due to the slump, but it is definitely a series I can recommend.

The Girls In The Water – 4 stars – Published August 3rd – REVIEW

LOUISE JENSEN

I became an instant fan of her work as soon as I finished The Sister back in 2016, and those feelings didn’t change at all with The Gift. And this newest titles didn’t change my feelings at all and only reconfirmed my love for her psychological thrillers. Highly recommended!

The Surrogate – 4,5 stars – Published September 27th – REVIEW

CAROLINE MITCHELL

I admit it wasn’t love at first sight with the main character of this series, but as soon as you warm up to her, you are hooked. These two sequels are both excellent to say the least. A highly addicting detective thriller series!

Sleep Tight – 4,5 stars – Published April 20th – REVIEW
Murder Game – 4,5 stars – Published October 31st – REVIEW

RICHARD PARKER

Fast-paced, intense, suspenseful… These crime thrillers are impossible to put down! If you are looking for intense thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat, definitely try out his books. His newest thriller, Keep Her Safe, is out tomorrow and another big hit! Want to know why I enjoyed it that much? My review of that one will be posted tomorrow. 😉

Be My Killer (now called: ‘Follow You’) – 4 stars – Published May 26th –  REVIEW
Hide And Seek – 4,5 stars – Published August 31st – REVIEW

MEL SHERRATT

This one is actually a sequel and one I enjoyed significantly better than the first book! Very refreshing psychological thriller and can be read as a stand-alone as well.

Don’t Look Behind You – 4,5 stars – Published January 31st – REVIEW

K.L. SLATER

Every time I see a new K.L. Slater book announced it feels a bit like Christmas morning! Her psychological thrillers are highly addicting and unputdownable… Read them if you haven’t already!

Blink – 4,5 stars – Published February 16th – REVIEW
Liar – 4,5 stars – Published June 16th – REVIEW
The Mistake – 4 stars – Published October 4th – REVIEW

KERRY WILKINSON

This one is another new discovery for me and without doubt a very good psychological thriller I can recommend! And not just because of the creepy and gorgeous thriller. 😉

Two Sisters – 4 stars – Published June 23rd – REVIEW

CAROL WYER

I can’t believe this series had four books published in less than a year! WOW. The DI Robyn Carter series is another favorite of mine and each book promises another fast-paced, suspenseful and entertaining ride. I can definitely recommend it to fans of the genre!

Little Girl Lost – 4 stars – Published January 19th – REVIEW
Secrets Of The Dead – 4,5 stars – Published May 30th – REVIEW
The Missing Girls – 4,5 stars – Published September 14th – REVIEW
The Silent Children – 4 stars – Published December 7th – REVIEW COMING SOON


Have you read any of these titles? What were your favorite Bookouture thrillers published in 2017? Or your favorite thrillers in general? Feel free to comment. 🙂


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2017: The Numbers

Call me a nerd, but I do love my graphics posts! I first started properly keeping track of my reads in Excel back in 2016, making it possible to finally put together some graphics. I’ve done a bunch of ‘The Numbers’ posts over time, including my 2016 post, and it has been revealing interesting things about my reading habits. So why stop? 😉

I already published two similar posts last year with my January-April and May-August numbers, and this post will be all about the whole year of 2017. Let’s talk nerdy and see what my numbers were like for 2017, shall we?

First of all some quick facts. In the whole year of 2017 I have read no less than 189 books with a total page count of 63.439 pages; an average of about 336 pages per book. This is 5 books less than in 2016, but thanks to some longer reads I did manage to read more pages! My pagecount was actually 1.271 pages higher in 2017, so all in all another very good year despite the slump. The average rating is 3,63 stars, which is actualy 0,1 point higher than the total last year and something I’m happy about since I did have two 0 star ratings (DNF). No less than 57 books had a 4,5 or 5 star rating and 33 books received a rating 3 stars or below… Which means I enjoyed reading about 83% of the books during the year. These numbers definitely make me smile! Another fun fact: 125 of the 189 books I’ve read so far were actually ARCs; about 66% of the total. Way more than I was aiming for, but this did help me almost empty out my Netgalley shelves so I can make 2018 all about my own books.

And now some graphics for those who like them as much as I do. 😉

This graphic above explains exactly why my average rating ended up being quite high… About 53% of the books I read last year had a 4 star rating or above! And only 18% received a 2,5 star rating or below, so all in all I’m very happy with this one.

I already knew I hadn’t been reading a lot of Middle Grade in 2017, so I’m not at all surprise by this graphic. It does show I have been reading a lot more Adult than YA in 2017, which is probably mostly because I’ve been reading a lot of ARCs and I mainly request mystery/thrillers. 😉

One of the things I’ve been trying to do in 2017 is read more books by male authors, because somehow I always seem to be reading more books my female authors (even though I never base my choice of books on the gender of the author). I’m pleased that compared to 2016 the percentage went up 8%!

The main genre is basically the most dominant genre I think each book belongs to. As always mystery/thriller/horror is the biggest group (there’s truly no surprise there for those who follow my blog!), and fantasy is well represented as well. The number of contemporary romance reads is actually quite big, which is actually a surprise since it’s not one of my favorites. The small amount of historical fiction reads is surprising as well, since it’s one of my favorite genres.

This average rating graphic is quite a shock… Although I’m aware each genre has received a few lower ratings during the year. The genres (realistic) fiction (3,89 rating)non fiction/memoir (3,83 rating) and mystery/thriller/horror (3,81 rating) belong to the top three genres with the highest ratings. Historical fiction (3,11 rating) was actually the lowest, which is a shock since it’s one of my favorite genres! I’m not really surprised by contemporary romance (3,24 rating), but sci-fi/dystopia (3,26 rating) was also quite low. The last genre is actually quite funny, since it was the top scoring genre in 2016.

The series/stand-alone ratio has been almost the same as in 2016, and I’m actually quite happy with this. As much as I love reading series, I tend to neglect them with the result of a huge pile of unfinished series collecting dust. And there is no such problem with stand-alones! 😉 I do want to finish a bunch of those unfinished series in 2018 though.

Boy do I feel bad about this graphic! I joined the Beat The Backlist challenge and have other challenges as well to help me read older titles, and somehow only a meager 19% of the books I’ve read in 2017 are published in 2014 or before. Oops? To make things worse, 53% of the books have been published this year… I guess it does show I have been reading mostly ARCs. xD I did manage to read a few classics and older books in the last months of 2017, so there is at least some improvement compared to the previous 2017 posts.

Last graphic: as always most books I’ve read have between 300 and 399 pages, which seems to be a pretty good number and a  sign of a story that’s not too short and not too long. There are exceptions of course; some stories are just too complex to be told in under 400 pages… What I am happy about is that I’ve read quite a few longer books as well (more than in 2016, which is why I ended up having a higher page count despite the lower total of books read); a total of 23% of my books had over 400 pages.


Tired of numbers yet? I know I am! That’s it for this 2017 review… Happy reading everyone!


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ALL THE STARS: My 2017 Favorites @MeganLMiranda @roofbeam @emily_barr @aharmon_author @jeffzentner @veschwab @Huckelbridge @jodipicoult @rahdieh @EDonoghueWriter @chicnerdreads @juliebux @rachelcaine @angiecthomas

Confession: I have been dreading writing this post for weeks now. I’m sure I’m not the only one with the feeling of hopelessless when it comes to compiling a list of 2017 favorites… I mean, there are so many books worth mentioning I really didn’t know where to start. Out of the 189 books I managed to read last year, no less than 17! books received a full 5 star rating, 38 books a superhigh 4,5 star rating and a further 43 books a 4 star rating, which still means I pretty much loved reading it anyway. How to decide which of these 98 books should appear on this list? Where should I even start?

So I decided to cheat. Yes, you heard me, cheat. Below I will feature a list of the seventeen books I decided to give a full 5 star rating last year. Not that the other books that received a 4,5 or 4 star rating don’t deserve to be on here, but the list would be neverending otherwise right? 😉

First a little note to say that two authors seem to stand out and managed to have not one but TWO of their books on this list! Who? Victoria Schwab and Rachel Caine, without doubt two of my favorite authors I can highly recommend to everyone. Although all authors mentioned on this list are also on my list of favorites. ❤

And now on to the complete list in the order I read them during 2017. Because there is no way you can make me pick my absolute favorites among these. 😉 Basically, this list will be a copy of the series of IN THE SPOTLIGHT posts I wrote back in September (#1, #2, #3) with two extra titles I added to my list of 5 star books afterwards. Check out these posts or my review for my full rambles about each of these books!

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MONTH IN REVIEW: October-December 2017

It’s been a while since I did one of these posts… Blame the slump monster. xD I’ve decided to do a short wrap up post of the last three months of 2017 together instead of three different posts and then start 2018 fresh… And I’m keeping my fingers crossed the slump monster will never make its appearance again!

As for the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in October-December: 24
  • Total number of books read this year: 189
  • Total number of pages read in October-December: 8.263
  • Total number of pages read this year: 63.309

During the last three months I had good reads, bad reads and quite a few in between… Since I still have quite a few reviews pending (although the Yvo’s Shorties feature is helping me catch up quicker than anticipated), I will be doing the next part a bit different and just list the titles I managed to read according to their rating.


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

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

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

  • DEC 28th: Still Alice –  by Lisa Genova  (4/5)
  • DEC 19th: The Silent Children – by Carol Wyer  (4/5)
  • NOV 14th: Fragments Of The Lost – by Megan Miranda  (4/5)
  • OCT 24th: The Lost Child – by Patricia Gibney  (4/5)
  • OCT 20th: Bird Box – by Josh Malerman  (4/5)
  • OCT 14th: Hide And Seek – by M.J. Arlidge  (4/5)

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!

  • DEC 3rd: Herding Cats – by Sarah Andersen  (3,5/5)
  • OCT 23rd: The Invisible Man – by H.G. Wells  (3,5/5)
  • OCT 21st: Things I Should Have Known – by Claire LaZebnik  (3,5/5)

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

2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting.

2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.

 


Call it a miracle, but somehow I managed to complete nearly all my 2017 Reading Challenges in time!! The last two (Reading Through The Centuries and 2017 When Are You Reading) were a close call since I finished Utopia on the 31st, but finished is finished right? 😉 The tricky V and X prevented me from completing the Alphabet Soup challenge though… I had various titles ready for the first, but just didn’t have time to squeeze them all in before the end of the year.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals…I managed to complete at least most of my reading goals, which I’m quite happy about, because I had basically already given up on the TBR pile goal in the first place haha. I really have to focus on my Spanish reads this year though! And my running, which I have been slacking with A LOT during 2017, although it was partly due to some minor injuries that prevented me from running. I’m feeling 2018 is going to be my year though.

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count) DONE 5/5 (The Color Purple, Little Women, The Jungle Book, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Flowers For Algernon)
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count) DONE 5/5 (Shades Of Magic, The Dominion Trilogy, Confessions, Chaos Walking, The Monsters Of Verity)
  • Reread at least 3 books DONE 3/3 (The Perfect Stranger, This Savage Song, The Diary Of A Young Girl)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 250 books 362/250
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages DONE, IT (1.478 pages)
  • Read at least 2 books in Spanish 1/2
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch DONE 1/1
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 98%
  • Start a Twitter account and use it regularly
  • Reach 5km running! 2000m/5000m

Happy January and Happy Reading! 


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Month In Review: September 2017

It seems like my 5 Step Plan to beat my slump has been working and I’m definitely over my reading slump now. The blogging slump is still there though… Although scheduling posts has been a big help during the last two months. I have been a lot less active both here and on my social media accounts; I haven’t disappeared, I’m just taking some necessary breathing time! Actually going to write a post about that soon… Basically, I’ve been dedicating more time to my personal life, started eating healthier, exercising more, and this has been eating up some my blogging time. Also, it’s currently Spring and we’ve been working on some reforms in the garden… I’m truly surprised I was still able to read 18 titles, although a few of these were either short or superfast reads. 😉

As for the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in September: 18
  • Total number of books read this year: 165
  • Total number of pages read in September: 6.386
  • Total number of pages read this year: 55.046

Thankfully September was another good month and I even managed to add another 5 star rating to my list! (This Savage Song was a reread so doesn’t count) It was a great month in general since I had only two ratings below 3 stars (although one was a DNF) and lots of titles with a 4 star rating or above. Fingers crossed October will continue to be good!


5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
This Savage Song – by Victoria Schwab (REREAD) // Our Dark Duet – by Victoria Schwab

4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
Cold Blood – by Robert Bryndza // The Surrogate – by Louise Jensen // Flowers For Algernon – by Daniel Keyes // Snuggle And Play Crochet – by Carolina Guzman Benitez NO REVIEW // Murder Game – by Caroline Mitchell // The Diary Of A Young Girl – by Anne Frank (REREAD)

4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
The Dollmaker Of Krakow – by R.M. Romero // Beartown – by Fredrik Backman // A Different Blue – by Amy Harmon // The Mistake – by K.L. Slater

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
Things I’m Seeing Without You – by Peter Bognanni // Her Last Secret – by Barbara Copperthwaite

3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
The Lifeboat – by Charlotte Rogan // Heartless – by Marissa Meyer

2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.
Bentwhistle The Dragon – by Paul Cude DNF

1.5 STARS: The story wasn’t horrible, but there still isn’t another word to describe it but ‘bad’.
I Am Behind You – by John Ajvide Lindqvist


Somehow I have joined way more challenges than usual this year, but at least I’ve already made a lot of progress with most of them so far. I’m considering the Netgalley challenge done since didn’t really have a goal in the first place and I already have surpassed the ‘magical’ number of 100 ARCs this year. I also made some progress with the Reading Through The Centuries challenge, although it’s going to be a struggle getting the final four titles in before the end of this year. The Beat The Backlist challenge is going good enough since I almost finished the 20 books published before 2013 and those 20 of course also count for the the total of 50 books published before 2016… Meaning I’m only 8 titles away of completing the challenge; not bad at all! 😀

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals…I managed to maintain my Netgalley ratio above 80% and even almost clean out my shelf completely, which I’m very happy about. But more importantly: I managed to both complete my classics, series and reread goals in September! I just love all that green on my goals list right now. 😉 Things are pretty hopeless when it comes to my TBR pile though, although I did manage to bring down the number slightly. I’m planning on cleaning up my kindle and getting rid of some Amazon freebies, so hopefully the number will be even less by next month! I’m currently working on the 800+ pages book (IT), so that should be another goal completed soon… I guess I should really start working on those Spanish books though. And running. I’ve been slowly picking up running again (I always combine it with speedwalking; in total at least 6-7km), but I’m so out of form I’m still not able to run for long. xD

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count) DONE 5/5 (The Color Purple, Little Women, The Jungle Book, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Flowers For Algernon)
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count) DONE 5/5 (Shades Of Magic, The Dominion Trilogy, Confessions, Chaos Walking, The Monsters Of Verity)
  • Reread at least 3 books DONE 3/3 (The Perfect Stranger, This Savage Song, The Diary Of A Young Girl)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 250 books 373/250
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages (maximum at 624 pages)
  • Read at least 2 books in Spanish 0/2
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch DONE 1/1
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 98%
  • Start a Twitter account and use it regularly
  • Reach 5km running! 2000m/5000m

Happy October and Happy Reading! 


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