Thursday, July 02, 2015 17:05

Monthly recap. June.

This post recaps my month, from personal life to books I’ve read & bought, movies and TV shows I’ve seen and links to posts that interest me.
A lot of exciting things happened this month, with as highlight: I AM GRADUATING. I got my last grade (8 out of 10 for my internship) and I will receive my Bachelor of applied science somewhere in September. It is really strange that, after four years of hard work, it is all over now. I got some awesome compliments during my last review and it was nice to hear they were so happy with me. If there was a budget they would have hired me. There is still a small chance though *fingers crossed* Today was my last day and I’m sad to go. I feel a little emotional right now, but I am also happy to have some well deserved vacation time.

If you are interested in what I am going to do with my diploma: there are several titles for my job, but I think you call it a Medical technologist, in my case specialised in Microbiology. If you don’t know what that means, in short: There are different types of microbiology laboratories like in a hospital or food industry. My job is to detect en identify infections from (patient) specimens, which can be from all kinds of materials. I determine from the samples if particular microbes are present, like pathogen bacteria or fungi. I have a video to give you some examples. She doesn’t speak with much enthusiasm, but this will give you a general idea: Overview of a microbiology lab. I think I have a wonderful job with very challenging cases.

And that brings me to the next topic: I was invited for two job interviews! I sent out two applications: one to an Academic hospital and one to a public health care laboratory. It’s hard to find a job because there is a lot of cuts in my section lately, so imagine my surprise when they both replied! I had my first interview yesterday and I found out that the place just isn’t my thing, but it was a good experience and I’m happy I gave it a shot. I really want to work in a hospital, so wish me luck this Friday!

imageOther memorable moments: I went to the park every sunny day with some colleagues to get a tan, we ate ice cream provided by the microbiologists, I went to the beach with my boyfriend, I went to diner for my Mother’s birthday and my parent’s anniversary. I had a diner with my sister at a World restaurant. Very cool concept. There are chefs from different specialisms, so you can order all kinds of food: from sushi to fast-food. It was very tasty. We ordered Chinese for my dad’s birthday, sushi to celebrate my graduation, I went to a home-made market and I had a shopping trip with my mom and sister. I had a fun book club meeting where we mainly raved about movies and TV shows. I went to the beach with my boyfriend, sister and her boyfriend. And, my Kobo Glo HD and new case arrived. I am still testing it out (spoiler: I LOVE IT), but keep an eye out for my review.

It was a good month.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 21:35

TTT 43. Favorite books of 2015.

Hosted by: The broke and the bookish.

This time we get to pick our 10 favorite books of 2015 so far. I have read a total of 62 books so far and here are the ones that blew me away:

1. Sarah J. Maas – A court of thorns and roses.
2. Sharon Biggs Waller – A mad wicked folly.
3. R.C Lewis – Stitching Snow.
4. Victoria Schwab – A darker shade of magic.
5. Kasie West – The fill-in boyfriend.
6. Naomi Novik – Uprooted.
7. Rae Carson – Walk on earth a stranger.
8. Mindy McGinnis – A madness so discreet.
9. Jodi Meadows – The orphan queen.
10. Samantha Shannon – The mime order.
Thursday, June 25, 2015 20:04

Cinderella book tag.

cinderellabooktagI was tagged by Rosie from Rosie Reads and this is perfect for my blog!

Cinderella is not my favorite fairytale, but I always admire the message in this story. Some people think she is weak and spineless, but I think she has bravery in her own way. You have to be strong to hold on to kindness if people always try to put you down. And I don’t think it’s hard to understand why she suffered through her treatment; she just wanted to be loved.

Enough rambling, on to the tag!
A book with characters you hate.
This question can go both ways: I hate the main characters and the book or I just hate some characters. I could think of Harry Potter and then point out Umbridge, but in this case I go with Katherine Ewell – Dear Killer. I hated her clients (‘please kill off my husband, I love him, but I need the money’) and the unrealistic Killer who tries to act like she is a freaking Angel. 


A book with a gentleman.
I thought long and hard about this question and I’m going with Dane from Stitching Snow by R.C Lewis. He has fallen in love with Essie, but she is not yet on the same level and he takes a step back to give her time. If that isn’t the perfect gentleman move (at the same time also something normal you would expect, but we have our fair share of assholes in stories), I don’t know what is. 


A character that is graceful, kind and defiant.
I’m going with Agnieszka from Uprooted by Naomi Novik. She had the right amount of sass. She is clumsy, always messy and she always manage to get on the Dragon’s nerve. So she might not be graceful, but definitely kind and defiant. 



A character that always has someone looking out for them.
I think Lucy from Not a drop to drink is a good example. Mindy McGinnis wrote a perfect Dystopian duology about a world where people fight for water. Lucy comes into the protection of Lynn and these two have such a strong bond at the end of the book.


Something that makes you happy when you’re sad.
I could go a different way and surprise you with something unexpected, but I think it’s save to say that Disney and fairytale retellings always manage to cheer me up. There is something magical about both of them and no matter how bad I feel, a Disney movie can brighten my day.


A book you didn’t care for.
I have a few books I read this year that I didn’t care for, but the first one I could think of is Emancipated by M.G Reyes. Instead of the promised mystery I got stuck with clichéd characters and too many switching POV’s with the same voice.


A character with a transformation.
Gia from The fill-in boyfriend showed a lot of development. She started out as a pretty shallow girl; desperate for likes on social media and attention from her friends. She was terrible to people who were ‘different’, so overall a bit of a mean girl. This all changes and suddenly she is aware of her horrible behaviour. I thought it was great how she slowly changes and becomes someone she can be proud of.  


A book with an ending you didn’t see coming.
Elizabeth May – The falconer. One word: CRUEL. SO CRUEL.


Something that inspires you to be courageous.
I’m not going with something, but with someone and that is Amy from Say what you will. Cammie McGovern wrote such an inspiring story about a girl who has to deal with cerebral palsy. It opened my eyes.


A book with a perfect ending.
This book not only had the perfect ending for the story, but also for one of my all time favorite series. Robin LaFevers is a genius and Mortal Heart rocked. All the stories, from Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph, finally came together in a mind-blowing conclusion and it was all I could have ever asked for.

I tag:
Christina from Christina reads YA.
Debby from Snuggly Oranges.
If you are interested.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 20:28

Review 232. Kasie West – The fill-in boyfriend.

18660447Title: The fill-in boyfriend.
Author: Kasie West.
Pages: 352.
Published: May 5th 2015 by HarperTeen
Sort: Stand-alone.
Source:  I received an ARC from the publisher. Thanks HC International!
When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley. The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

Yes. That is correct. I gave this book, a contemporary, 5 glowing flowers. If you are a frequent visitor you might be aware that I don’t read many fluffy contemporaries. I never thought I would ever find one I enjoyed so much that I would give it 5 flowers, but leave it up to Kasie West to change that. I first devoured her Pivot Point series and then I really enjoyed On the fence. With this book as prove, I can easily say she is now on my auto-buy list.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 10:38

Review 231. R.C Lewis – Stitching snow.

20706656Title: Stitching Snow.
Author: R.C Lewis.
Pages: 328.
Published: October 14th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion.
Sort: Stand-alone.
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Princess Snow is missing. Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all. Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines. When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

I think all the comparisons to The Lunar Chronicles are doing this clever story an injustice. Fairytale retellings and books are bound to have similarities. Sure, the sci-fi setting and certain elements could be connected with Marissa Meyer’s series, but Stitching Snow is a story on it’s own and it’s a damn good one.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 20:22

TTT 42. Summer TBR list.

The last time I did a Top Ten Tuesday was March 10th, so I figured it was time to join again. I always like to make TBR lists (and I always suck at completing them) and I really want to succeed this time. I decided to pick books with certain themes, so here is what I came up with:

The everyone loves them so I MUST read them as soon as possible books.
I love The Raven Boy cycle by Maggie Stiefvater and I’ve heard good things about The scorpio races. I bought this book not too long ago and I can’t wait to pick up this pretty edition. Elizabeth Wein – Code name verity sounds like such an interesting story and I am ready for all the feelings. You can’t go around the blogosphere without stumbling on Renée Ahdieh – The wrath and the dawn. It is a retelling of A thousand and one night, so this sounds right up my alley.

The I can finally finish this series conclusion.
Susan Ee surprised me with her bloody series, featuring Angelfall and World After. I have heard mixed things about ir, but I can’t wait to see more of Penryn in End of days. Victoria Schwab can’t do anything wrong. I was blown away by A darker shade of magic, I liked Vicious and I fell in love with The archived. It’s about time I start The unbound (I just found out this is not the last book, but she will self-publish a third book at some point. Thanks to Debby for making me aware of that). A.C Gaughen hooked me with Scarlet and destroyed me with Lady Thief. My body is ready for Lion heart.

The gimme all the fantasy books.
My friend Christina has been raving about this book, so I knew I had to buy it. The glass sentence has an interesting promise and I can’t wait to dive into this world. The storyspinner talks about magical abilities, a quest and a princess. You don’t have to say any more words to make me excited.

The you can’t have enough fairytales in your life tales.
The glass casket is supposed to be a loose retelling of Snow white and I’m all in for darker fairytales. Valiant uses a less-popular fairytale and I wish we got more of those too. This one features gender bending and I can’t get enough of that!

What are you planning to read this summer?
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