November wrap up | #theonereadathon + more

I’ve already shared my wrap up for The One Readathon with you all, which you can find here. I will add the books I read during the readathon here, but I’ll keep it short. If you want to know which challenges they all fulfilled, you can take a look at that wrap up. I did read some other books outside of the readathon that I wanted to talk about. I didn’t read a lot during November because so much has been happening in my life. Enough waffling, let’s talk about the books!

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye – 4 stars
It took me quite a while to read Jane Steele, through no fault of the book itself. I’ve been feeling a bit slumpy lately, and just had no desire to read. I think if I had read this book during a different time, it could’ve been a 4.5-star read. This is about a girl called Jane Steele, who loves to read about Jane Eyre. She’s also a murderer. You follow her from childhood through adulthood, and see how her life mirrors Jane Eyre’s – with murders. I loved the characters, the atmosphere, and pretty much everything about this book. I also found myself rooting for Jane as the killer, and had little to no sympathy for the victims. All in all, would highly recommend!

WomanCode by Alisa Vitti – 3 stars
I bought this book because I had seen so many people rave about it on YouTube and Instagram. This book is about cycle syncing, and adapting your life and food to your menstrual cycle. I was expecting something mind-blowing after everyone’s comments, but I was left disappointed. A lot of the things about your menstrual cycle I already knew (thanks high school biology specialization), and the rest just seemed common sense. Don’t push yourself to do HIIT workouts on your period, save those for your follicular phase when you have more energy. I mean, that’s just pure logic. I do want to give her food recommendations per phase a try, to see if it lessens my headaches and PMS. It also bothered me that she spent 50% of the book talking about how much of a genius she was and how this will change your life, instead of actually teaching you HOW to change your life.

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1) by Natasha Ngan – 4.5 stars
This was the first book I read for #theonereadathon, and I absolutely loved it. I didn’t have too high expectations, as I’d seen a lot of mixed reviews already. I have to say that it surpassed those expectations easily, and I ended up enjoying it immensely. I’ll write a full review soon, but I’d highly recommend this book.

The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black – 4 stars
I caved in. I wasn’t planning on read this, but the hype was so strong that I gave in. I didn’t want to buy a copy of this, mostly because I haven’t had much luck with faerie stories. Imagine how excited I was to see it in my local library! I did enjoy this book, but the second half of the book is what made this a 4-star read. The first half was more of a 3-star one.

HP and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling – 5 stars
Obviously, a 5-star read. I read this one for the rereading prompt in #theonereadathon! It’s a very short one, so I managed to finish it in only a few hours.

Wundersmith (Nevermoor #2) by Jessica Townsend – 5 stars
The easiest 5 stars, ever. In September I read the first book in the series, Nevermoor, and ended up loving it. It was the first middle grade book I fell in love with in a while. I knew I had to read the sequel as soon as possible, and the readathon seemed like the perfect time for that. I can now happily say that I enjoyed reading the sequel even more than I did the first book.


That’s everything I managed to read in November! I know it’s not a huge amount, but I’m still quite happy with it. What did you read this month? Have you read any of these books?

November in the life | what I watched, listened to, and did in the past month

November has come to an end, which means it’s time for another ‘in the life of Jolien’ post. I use these post to talk to you about the music and podcasts I listened to, the movies and TV shows I watched, and the things I did during a certain month. So let’s talk about November!

what i did (3)

So, November… Most of the month has gone to looking through job ads, applying for jobs, and going to interviews. It might be boring to you, but that’s the truth! I’m looking for a job at the moment, which takes up quite a lot of time.

I also spent some time with my family this month! We celebrated Sint-Maarten on November 11, which deviates from the majority of Belgium as they celebrate Sinterklaas on December 6th. I have no idea why the region I live in celebrates in November, but we do. We spent it with family, giving gifts to the little ones, drinking coffee and tea, and eating cakes and pastries. And chocolate. So much chocolate.

I also spent a lot more time with my parents and brother than I have in months. Especially since I’m home most of the time now, and have come back from my trip. Also because their cat, Oscar, is adorable… I live very close to my parents, and walk there most of the time. The past month it’s been nice to walk in the autumn/winter weather!

I met up with some of my university friends for the first time in a while! I went to the birthday party of one of my best friends, and got to meet her family and eats lots of Armenian food (which is fantastic, by the way). I also met up with some of my other wonderful friends for a housewarming party, some wine, and pizza.

Last but not least, I went to Berlin for a few days! I met up with a girl I met while traveling in Korea, and we went to see The Rose in concert together. It was so wonderful. I’m so glad I met her in Korea, because she is the kindest person and we actually have such similar opinions and tastes – especially in music/K-pop. It was lovely to see her again, the concert was incredible, and Berlin is a beautiful city. You can always go to my Instagram to see pictures from my trips.

what i watched

It was the month of K-dramas, apparently.

Uncontrollably Fond – 4 stars
I started off the month by watching Uncontrollably Fond, which follows a documentary maker shunned because she took a bribe, and a famous actor who is dying. She wants to make a documentary about him because she desperately needs the money. I really liked the acting, how the show talked about justice and the rich, and the main couple. I kind of disliked how long it took for them to get their shit together though. I’ll have a review for this show up later this week!

Something in the Rain – 4 stars
I watched this show because it’s about a woman dating a younger guy (her best friend’s brother), which I find really refreshing to watch! The guy was honestly the sweetest, and their relationship was adorable. The only reason I didn’t rate this higher is because I just don’t understand the conflict. Why was it so wrong for them to be together? Because he’s younger? Anyway, I would recommend this to everyone!

Black
I can’t rate this yet, because I’ve only watched like 2 or 3 episodes. However, I’m enjoying it so far! It’s about a woman who can see the shadow of death, and a grim reaper who takes over the body of a dead detective.

Boys over Flowers – 3 stars (or maybe 2.5?)
This is such a cult classic when it comes to K-dramas! It’s on pretty much every must-watch list. I didn’t really love it. Mostly because I watched Meteor Garden earlier this year, which follows the same story line. They’re both remakes, I believe, only Meteor Garden is a Chinese show from 2018 while Boys Over Flowers is a Korean show from 2009. Since I already knew what would happen, I didn’t love it as much. Obviously, the 2018 version spoke to me more because it was modern. I also preferred the acting in that one, over the acting here – especially when it comes to the main female lead.

Suspicious Partner
I also can’t rate this yet, because I haven’t finished it. So far, I am LOVING it. I think this might be a 4.5 or 5 star show.

what i listened to

It’s time for the music section.

EXO – Tempo
EXO COMEBACK TIME!! I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting for a new EXO album. I love this group so much. This song has been stuck in my head for the entire month, as it was released at the start of November.

ATEEZ – Pirate King
ATEEZ is a very newly debuted group, as their debut songs Pirate King and Treasure were released at the end of October. They were known as KQ Fellaz before their debut! I didn’t love Pirate King the first time I listened to it, but somehow I ended up listening to it over and over again until I was obsessed with it. I am looking forward to what these boys will bring next.

BIGBANG – BAE BAE
This is actually a song from 2015, but I had no idea it existed. I’m not very familiar with BIGBANG, aside from the extremely popular songs nowadays. However, The Rose covered this song during their concert, and I absolutely loved it! The vibe this song creates is just so relaxed yet hype. Ever since the concert, I’ve been listening to this song.

NCT 127 – Simon Says
I always need to listen to new NCT 127 songs twice, because the first time I’m always struck by how weird/different they are. The same goes for this one. I only fell in love with it on the second watch/listen.

The Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
This song was on a random bathtime Spotify playlist I listened to, and I loved it so much I immediately added it to my own playlist. It’s so calming and beautiful.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – Gangsta’s Paradise
This was also on that bathtime playlist! I really liked this cover, and I’m definitely checking out more of their covers.


That’s the end of this very long wrap up of my life in November! How was your month? Did you do anything fun? Listen to any great songs? Watch some great movies or shows?

November Reading Wrap Up

It’s time to talk about the 2 books I managed to read during the month of November. I actually read both of them this week, and they’re the first books I’ve managed to read in 2 months. I’m slowly getting my reading mojo back, I think. So let’s talk about the books!

The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms #3) by Cinda Williams Chima // ★★★★ // I started getting my reading mojo back when my copy of the 4th book in this series arrived. I really wanted to read it and finish the series to find out what happens to my favorite characters. But I didn’t really remember all that much about book 3, even though I only read it in April. So I decided to re-read it. I now know that the reason I didn’t remember much is because not all that much happens in this one. It’s mostly a filler book, I think, to set up the story for the grand finale. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it. 4 stars it is.

The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4) by Cinda Williams Chima // ★★★★★ // And then it was time to read the last book in the series. I LOVED THIS. I will say that if you’re not a fan of political intrigue and politics in fantasy, then you won’t enjoy this book. Politics and life at court is really the main focus of this book. Alliances are made and broken left and right, and it might have given me whiplash. But I really loved this book! I’m so glad I finished the series. Pat on the back for starting and finishing a series within the same calendar year, right?

That’s it. That’s all I read this month. It’s 2 books more than last month! I’m currently about halfway through The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter (Riyria Chronicles #4) by Michael J. Sullivan. I received my early copy a while ago as a backer of his Kickstarter campaign, and I’m so glad to return to two of my favorite characters ever.

What did you read in November? Have you read the Seven Realms series?

#FridayReads November 20th, 2014

I’m back with another installment of #FridayReads where I show you what I’ll be reading during the weekend -or hope I’ll be reading. If you’ve read any of the books I mention, let me know what you thought of it -but DON’T GIVE SPOILERS! I hope you enjoy this post!

seeker

I am currently reading Seeker (Seeker #1) by Arwen Elys Dayton. I received this book via Netgalley for review. I’ve only just started this but so far I’m enjoying it. I’ll make a review of it as soon as I finish reading it!
It’s about a girl named Quin, who is about to take her Oath and become what she’s trained her entire life for: a Seeker,who protect the weak and the wronged. She’s about to do this with her two closest friends, Shinobu and John. But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes. Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.

That’s all I’m planning on reading so far. I still haven’t finished Whole in the Clouds by Kristine Kibbee  which was in my last #FridayReads but to be honest, I don’t think that’s going to happen this weekend. I didn’t enjoy the first like 30% of the book, and have no motivation left to continue -which I know I should, seeing as I got it for review. I feel really guilty for not reading it… Maybe I’ll try again this weekend, who knows?

I don’t know what I’ll read after Seeker. I might be in the mood for some fantasy, or maybe some new adult. Do you have any fantasy or new adult recommendations? I’d love to hear them! Hope you enjoyed this #FridayReads, and feel free to let me know what you’re reading at the moment 😀

#FridayReads November 14th, 2014

I’m back with another installment of #FridayReads where I show you what I’ll be reading during the weekend -or hope I’ll be reading. If you’ve read any of the books I mention, let me know what you thought of it -but DON’T GIVE SPOILERS! I hope you enjoy this post! This weekend, it’s going to be hard to find some time to read since I have to go to university on Saturday, for the entire day -isn’t that cruel? But I’m going to try to find some time to read!

yes please

First of all, I’m going to continue listening to Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I know I featured this in my last #FridayReads post but I want to be honest in every single one of my blog posts and the truth is: I haven’t finished this yet. I’m probably not even halfway… And it’s not because I don’t enjoy it, I really do -Amy’s narration is hilarious- but I always forget to listen to it. Whoops. I am probably the slowest audiobook-listener ever. My apologies!

Adobe Photoshop PDFI am also currently reading Whole in the Clouds by Kristine Kibbee. I am about 35% in so far and I have to say, I don’t know whether this book is truly suitable for children. It’s giving some bad images -like fat is ugly, slim is beautiful. Maybe that will change,  I don’t know. I received this book for review vie Netgalley.

Apart from these books, I haven’t really planned anything! I have a lot of books that I want to read -my to-read shelf on Goodreads is huge- but I’m not really sure what I’m in the mood to read for… So I am going to show you a few of the books I’m considering -don’t sue me if I end up picking something else, I shouldn’t be allowed to do planned-to-reads because I never end up doing it.

You can click all of the covers below to go to their Goodreads’ pages. If you’ve read any of these books, please let me know! Do you recommend them? Which one should I read?

To clarify: I am NOT planning on reading all of these. They are just some of the books I might pick one out of.

lies we tell ourselves heir of fire maybe someday the kiss of deception prince of thorns snow like ashes

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments below what you’re reading at the moment!