January ’18 Recap: When you Bring your A Game and Life is Good!

January ’18 Recap: When you Bring your A Game and Life is Good!

This post recaps my month: my personal life, the fun and not so fun; books I’ve read; movies/ tv shows I’ve watched; and all other things worth mentioning.

Whoops, this recap is long overdue… As in nine LONG days overdue. January has been very eventful (so is February, if you’re wondering, but more about that later). January was a month of changes and ALL OF THEM VERY GOOD! I promise all I have to tell you is going to be worth the ridiculous amount of capital letters.

I have wanted to shout this news from the rooftops ever since I heard it, however, I’ve managed to keep myself somewhat in check and as a result, not a whole lot of people know about this -not so little- tidbit of information. A few months ago I applied for the MSc Publishing program at Edinburgh Napier University. I never made it a secret that I wanted to work in the field of publishing, and with my bachelor’s degree in the pocket (yes, really!) it is time for the next step. I applied and about a month later I was offered an unconditional offer, WHICH I ACCEPTED!! Starting September 2018 you will be able to find me in Edinburgh and I am wildly excited about the whole thing. I love Scotland and I love that I get to spend a full year there studying on a subject that I am passionate about. So if you have any recommendations regarding any activities, events, or whatnot in Edinburgh, feel free to tell me all about it!

Next, some of you might know I have been working on a research project for the past few months. I conducted research on the influence of marketing through book blogs, Bookstagram, and BookTube on the buying behavior of YA readers. A subject quite close to my heart as you might have guessed and I am really proud of the final result. I wrapped everything up and handed it in this month and received my grade a week later. Now for those of you that don’t know how the Dutch grading system works: grades vary from 1 to 10. 10 means you aced it and couldn’t have done any better and 1 pretty much means that the whole thing sucked. From 6 and onwards the grade is sufficient. My grade for my research project *drumroll please* is a 9,5. Yes, a NINE POINT FIVE on a scale of 1 to 10. I’d have to say I am pretty damn proud of myself, haha.

Nope, that is NOT all, because I have even more good news! The last two weeks of January I started my new internship at a Dutch YA publishing house! I am now a marketing intern at Blossom Books, the Dutch YA publishing house that publishes books by Tahereh Mafi, Marissa Meyer, Leigh Bardugo, Sara Holland and more. I have loved every moment of my last internship and I hope this one will be just at great.

Reading:

I smuggled a bit and included two books started in December as well. January was ALL about finishing my Throne of Glass reread, only to realize that the final installment won’t be out until freaking October 2018 and then dying from sadness upon that discovery.

  1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.
  2. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.
  3. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas.
  4. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas.
  5. Thanks, Obama by David Litt
  6. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi (CURRENT READ)

Tv-series:

Turns out I have become Lucifer crazed. I binge-watched that show like there as no tomorrow and LOVED every single second of it. Then the Designated Survivor craze got to me too… Give me one week off and I’ll go through Netflix like I haven’t been able to in months, haha.

The Gifted season 1, episode 9 – 10.

Hawaii 5-o, season 8, episode 9 – 10.

Lucifer, season 2, episode 1 – 18.

Lucifer, season 3, episode 1 – 11.

Designated Survivor, season 1, episode 1 – 22. THIS SHOW IS SO GOOD! 

Designated Survivor, season 2, episode 1 – 10.

Movies:

The Maze Runner. I just love these movies (which might have something to do with Dylan O’Brien).

Bad Moms. Rewatched this with a friend and it was just as hilarious as the first time around.

How did January treat you?

 

November ’17 Recap: When Life Becomes a Blur, But You Still Read A Lot

November ’17 Recap: When Life Becomes a Blur, But You Still Read A Lot

This post recaps my month: my personal life, the fun and not so fun; books I’ve read; movies/ tv shows I’ve watched; and all other things worth mentioning.

This post is embarrasingly late… As in half a month late, but you know what they say: better late than never! November was all about finding the balance between working and everything else. Little breakdowns, fun moments, excitement before the holidays: November had it all in spades!

Three months, that’s how long I’ve been doing my work placement already! I’d like to say it’s been all roses and sunshine, but I like to be real with you and I’ve been struggling a bit with balancing my work and ALL the rest. I’m really enjoying my time at Overamstel Publishers. My internship is fun and I’ve really settled into my work, but outside of work, it’s been an effort to fit other things in.

The thing I found hardest during November (and even the two months before, I now realize) is that I barely find the time to go running or do my workouts. Not even just that, when I get home from work I feel so tired that I barely have the energy to cook a decent meal… and I love cooking! I think the main problem is that when I leave from home it’s still dark outside and when I leave work the sun has set already. If I want to go running I have to run through the city center in order for it to be safe. I normally run in the park right behind my apartment building, but to run in a park while it is dark outside just isn’t safe and I hate the alternative. It’s busy in the city center and SO MANY TRAFFIC LIGHTS where I have to stop.

I guess in a way, especially in the workout department, November disappointed me. I feel like I lost my dedication to running and working out, not even necessarily my dedication, it’s more like I lost all energy to do so and that gets to me. I want December to be different in that department.

Now, reading-wise life is pretty damn awesome. I talked a bit about it in my previous post: how working at a publishing house has developed my reading habits and the type of books I read. I read a LOT in November and an awesomely weird mix of books as well: I read some fantasy, an essay type non-fiction book, a memoir, a retelling. I love the reading I’ve done and I’m seriously hoping December will be just as awesome (just, you know, with some more workouts thrown in).

I have also been really active on Instagram and have been loving every second of it. I truly love photography and the more I do it the more I find myself developing my style even further. I am hoping to experiment some more photography wise in December. I even purchased a backdrop, which is a pretty big deal, considering I normally take all my pictures outside, haha.

I’ve been pretty horrid at keeping up with my own statistics, but as the books I’ve read (and the movies and tv-series I watched) have been pretty memorable I think I can provide you with a pretty good account.

Reading:

  1. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine. (4/5). Review. If you’re into fairytales this one is a must read!
  2. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. (3/5). I had some pretty mixed feelings about this book, watch out for my review to find out what I thought!)
  3. Hunted by Meagan Spooner. (4/5). Beautifully crafted tale!
  4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. (5/5). Reread… If possible I ended up loving it even more!
  5. Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. (5/5). I FINALLY READ THIS, WHY DID I NOT READ THIS SOONER?!

I continued rereading the ENTIRE Throne of Glass series and am pretty pleased to say that I have finished them all and am currently halfway into Tower of Dawn.

Tv-series:

Shooter season 2, episode 5 – 8. I still love this show and *cough* the lead actor *cough*

The Gifted season 1, episode 1 – 8. This show is so good! Can’t wait for the next episodes (and the season finale!)

Hawaii 5-o, season 8, episode 1 – 8. I’m starting to think I have a thing for the number eighth, haha.

Movies:

A Christmas Prince. And guys, it was bad… so bad… I ended up laughing so hard because the entire movie was just so ridiculous.

Wonder Woman. Because I needed to watch this again to be reminded of the awesomeness that is this movie. IT WAS STILL GLORIOUS!

How did November treat you?

 

What to Expect: When you’re Rereading a Favorite Series

What to Expect: When you’re Rereading a Favorite Series

.As some of you, who follow me on Instagram, might know, I have been rereading the entire Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, I feel the need to point out that these books are HUGE. Eragon, the first installment, is a whopping 502 pages, and from there on the number steadily keeps climbing. Eldest counting 704 pages, Brisingr 748 pages, and last but not least Inheritance with 849 pages. That’s a total of 2803 pages!

Now, when I started my reread I was going quite slow. I read about 150 pages a week, mainly because I now work full-time and when I just started working (around the time my reread started) I was too tired to cook when I got home, let alone read. So I read on the train to and back from work. That is until I was reminded, about halfway into the first book, why I loved this series so much.

So, what to expect when a book nerd starts rereading a favorite series?

  1. Uncontrollable glancing at the bag that is carrying said book. This is a starting symptom. If you’re in the middle of a conversation and you keep glancing at your bag, you know you’re done for. It’s the start of the uncontrollable compulsion to finish the entire series as soon as you can.
  2. Frustrations, knowing what is going to happen whereas the main character is still blissfully unaware. This might be followed by some grumbling and shouting until shit goes down and you feel like saying ‘I told you so’ to the main character (even though YOU didn’t see it coming the first time you read the book either).
  3. Sleepless nights, because that craze of wanting to finish the series is going to set in, and once it does you can kiss a solid night of sleep goodbye until the series is finished. It’s not like this happens on purpose… it just happens. When you start reading it’s 5 pm and the sun hasn’t even set yet, then suddenly you look up and it’s dark outside and the clock tells you it’s TWO AM (!) and you have to get up at six *groans*.
  4. Skipping to the good parts because you know EXACTLY where they are. This is part of the craze to finish the entire series. Everyone has favorite scenes, and because you’ve read it all before you know precisely where they are. And then you feel bad and go back to the page you actually was at because skipping feels like cheating.
  5. Hoping for the inevitable: maybe this time that certain character won’t die a horrendous death, while you know there’s nothing you can do to change events that are slowly unfolding with every page you turn.
  6. Do not disturb. When rereading goes right, you’re sucked into the story like a bee is drawn to honey. You will not believe how many times I’ve been asked something while I was reading and gave a response, barely coherent mind you, while I didn’t even realize what has been asked or the fact that I actually replied. Productivity and being a part of ‘muggle-world’ go out of the window until those books are finished!

My advice?

Stock up on food and drinks, lock the doors, curl up on the couch and read away! Make an emergency plan, for example, candles for when the lights go out (just in case), so nothing will keep you from finishing those books. You’re not going to be productive until you finish them anyway, so retract from the world* and read, read, read!

* this advice is not suitable for those of you with a job or other responsibilities. Therefore, I feel the need to include the disclaimer that any action you take upon the information on this post is strictly at your own risk… The book nerd struggles are real!

September ’17 Recap: Start of Internship & 23rd Birthday!

September ’17 Recap: Start of Internship & 23rd Birthday!

This post recaps my month: my personal life, the fun and not so fun; books I’ve read; movies/ tv shows I’ve watched; and all other things worth mentioning.

I have no other word for September than ‘busy’. September carried so many new opportunities and experiences for me. It was tiring in many ways as new experiences usually are, but also incredibly exciting and fun! Let me recap it all for you.

September marked the end of my summer break and the start of my internship at Overamstel Publishers! I worked alongside my study, but I never worked a full-time job before, so I knew it was going to be challenging. What I didn’t quite expect was how much I was going to love everything about the internship. I have wonderful co-workers who are a joy to work with. I love being surrounded by books all the time as well as getting to know the ins and outs of the publishing trade. I’ve been working there for a month now and I learned so many different things and no event is the same, which is what makes them so much fun, to begin with.

As the post title states, I turned 23 this month! Unfortunately, I was sick on my birthday (the entire week actually…). I caught a sinus infection and felt miserable for most of the week, mainly because my asthma started bothering me as well, but luckily I was at home and my parents made an enormous effort to make me feel like a birthday girl.

September was also the month that I redesigned my entire blog (as you might have noticed, haha). I played around with the idea of this header for ages and finally, I asked Anna Lena from Finelinervreter to design it for me. She truly is an incredibly talented artist and did such a great job designing my new header! If you’re not familiar with her work I highly recommend checking out her Instagram and let yourself be inspired by her work!

Reading wise September was lots of fun! I started my reread of Eragon and I’m currently close to finishing the fourth and last book in the series. I should’ve reread this series so much sooner because I am HOOKED all over again! You can expect a very fun post on this topic on Thursday. Yes, you read that right, I am back to blogging baby! I am completely inspired and the posts are flowing out of my fingertips!

I splurged quite a bit on books this month. But hey, it was my birthday month, I’m allowed a little splurge every now and then (especially when it’s my birthday!). I bought Girls Made of Snow and GlassJane UnlimitedAn Enchantment of Ravens and If There’s No Tomorrow. I can’t wait to get cracking and read them all! I also started a book club! Which I will keep you updated about!

Working out wise this month started out GREAT! I ran two obstacle runs the same weekend: a 7k on 2 September and a 12k on 3 September. Then I got sick, but hey, I’m taking the time to get back to a 100% (my lungs are still not liking me, probably because of that hacking cough I couldn’t get rid of for two damn weeks) and I’ll be back running 12k’s in no time.


I haven’t really paid a lot of attention to keeping track of everything I’ve read, watched, and listened to this month, but I’ll do my best to list it all for you!

Reading:

  1. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. (5/5).
  2. Eldest by Christopher Paolini. (5/5).
  3. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini. (5/5).
  4. Royally Screwed by Emma Chase. (3.5/5). This book was quite entertaining, to be honest.
  5. Paper Princess by Erin Watt. (2/5). For some bizarre reason I had to keep reading, but I didn’t particularly enjoy it at all…
  6. Broken Prince by Erin Watt. (2/5). I have some idiotic fixation wanting to know how this story ends, but still can’t say I enjoy the story.
  7. Twisted Palace by Erin Watt. (2/5). I AM A GLUTTON FOR PUNISHMENT… WHY?!
  8. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini – Currently reading.

Tv-series:

Shooter season 2, episode 1 – 4. I just realized I need to continue watching this! I wanted to wait until more episodes were available and then I forgot *gasps*.

Sleepy Hollow season 1, episode 1 – 5. Rewatching this! Yay!

Movies:

Do not laugh at me… I watched like three completely cheesy and REALLY BAD but terrifyingly enjoyable Hallmark Christmas movies #sorrynotsorry! I don’t even remember the titles, but they were so fun to watch because I could just shut off my brain and enjoy some good old chrismas themed rom coms!

 

June Recap ’17 | Internship Solicitations & Euromast Celebrations

June Recap ’17 | Internship Solicitations & Euromast Celebrations

This post recaps my month: my personal life, the fun and not so fun; books I’ve read; movies/ tv-shows I’ve watched; and all other things worth mentioning.

June, what a month you were! All the last bits to meet all the requirements for my BA diploma and then unexpectedly adapting my plan for next year to do something scary, new, and exciting! Stressful, but really exciting things went down this month, and I can’t wait to share it all with you!

The beginning of the June I was extremely stressed for my Strategic Management & Leadership resit. I studied hard and long for that test, imagine my relief (and happiness) when I got my grade last week and saw I scored a 7 out of 10! I had to make some changes to my bachelor thesis as well and after my resit that is what I focussed on. I am still waiting on the results of one essay and my BA thesis, but I am hoping to receive those before I leave on holiday to Scotland next week.

Then, on to the exciting stuff! I had no idea what MA I wanted to pursue next year. I got declined for the one I had enrolled for, so I had to make some sudden changes (because, obviously, I need something to do next year). So I started applying for internship positions at various publishing houses. I got invited for three and before I had the third meeting I got offered two. I never did any type of solicitation before, so for me to get offered two is a really big deal for me! I even got to pick my favorite and I am so excited to start at the end of August!

June 28th was my sister’s birthday, her 21st birthday, and we celebrated in style! We had dinner at the Euromast in Rotterdam. For those of you that don’t know what the Euromast is, it is an observation tower and you can see the entire skyline of Rotterdam from on top. Tens of thousands of lights from the city of Rotterdam below form the backdrop during dinner while you see the changing colors of the sky as the sun goes down.Seriously, it is beautiful and quite magical. We chose a three-course ‘surprise’ dinner and it was SO GOOD!

Reading wise, I bought some books (yay!) but read very few (boo!). I blame the stress of the past few months because every time I sat down to read I found myself unable to and just watched an episode of House instead… I’m hoping that will change when I go on holiday!

In terms of working out, I’m still not on top of my game, but I am back to running! I have two running events in September, which I see as a huge motivation to keep training and get back in shape. Running with my sister is also a huge motivation! Her holiday has started, so she’s at my parents’ house as well, which means we can train together! And let’s be honest, running together is so much more fun than alone!

Reading: this is so painful…

  1. Cora Carmack – Roar. 5/5. (Review)
  2. Jennifer Armentrout – The Problem with Forever. 5/5. (Review)

TV-shows:

House season 1, episode 1 – 24. I am watching this with my sister, who is a med student, from the very beginning and it so good! 

Grimm season 5, episode 14 – 22. Fun!

Grimm season 6, episode 1 – 13. Sad this was the end, but glad it ended in a satisfying, albeit weird, way.

Movies:

Brave Enough: Lindsey Stirling (Documentary). This was so beautiful! Really recommend it!

Hidden Figures. Such a good movie!

Wonder Woman. THIS WAS EVERYTHING! 

How did June treat you?

 

May Recap ’17 | Thesis Struggles, Essay Deadlines, and Sunny Weather!

May Recap ’17 | Thesis Struggles, Essay Deadlines, and Sunny Weather!

This post recaps my month: my personal life, the fun and not so fun; books I’ve read; movies/ tv-shows I’ve watched; and all other things worth mentioning.

If I had to sum May up in one word it would be hectic. As the post title suggests, there was a lot of university related stuff to be done, but even though I had a massive to-do list even I had some time to enjoy the sun!

I’m back on Instagram! I dusted off my SLR camera and am taking bookish pictures again. I forgot how much fun that was. I am, and never have been, good with props, so I am using nature as my props. I love grabbing a bunch of books and just going outside and see whatever catches my eye. The weather is just perfect for this approach right now! In the meantime, I will try and improve my inside picture-taking skills (while not sharing it because I usually do not like the way it looks).

Something I also shared on Instagram: I started a bullet journal! Well, technically I started one at the beginning of April, but as I have been trying out what works for me I have kept my trap shut about it, haha. I always loved journals. I love lists and keeping track of whatever I want to keep track off. I have tried SO MANY different journals over the last few years, but they never quite fit my needs perfectly… My solution was to taka matters into my own hands. I have tried quite some different layouts over the last months, and this is the latest development for my ‘weekly spread’. Since I started my Bujo I have discovered I love the start of a new month because setting it up is so much fun! The way I have set it up right now I am able to track my habits, can manage my blogging, and have an overview of what is to come the current month and in the future. Who knows, if you are interested, I might even do a post on it somewhere in the future, as it really is a learning curve.

In terms of working out, I have been slacking this May. Unfortunately, being hella busy at university means you have to make some sacrifices, and May is exam month after all. I haven’t been running as much, although I squeeze in runs wherever I can, gym time has been non-existent. However, all things come to an end, and so will my deadlines! If there’s one thing I am looking forward to about June it is the fact that I will have more time to spare. Which means BACK TO TRAINING!

Reading: reading-wise this is going to be a very sad score… Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

  1. Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Thorns and Roses. 4/5 (reread)
  2. Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Mist and Fury. 5/5 (reread)
  3. Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Wings and Ruin. 4.5/5
  4. Gillian French – Grit (2.5/5)
  5. Blair Thornburgh – Who’s That Girl (currently reading)

Tv-shows:

Once Upon a Time season 1, episode 1 – 22. Never finished it before, loved it!

Thirteen Reasons Why season 1, episode 1 – 13. Very mixed feelings about this… So many mixed feelins I could write an essay. 

Grimm season 5, episode 1-3. So addictive!

Movies:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. SO MUCH LOVE.

Finding Dory. So freaking adorable.

Inside Out. Finally watched this, it was so good!

Moana. The bomb!

Trolls. Fun enough, not a whole lot of depth.

What did you do in May?