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The Month that Was: January

Another radio silence, I know.

This one was due to suffering from mastitis during the second half of January. It was horrible. I keep telling people that I think I preferred giving birth to the pain and general illness that comes with mastitis. Then again, at the end of labour you know you have a child to look forward to, so that probably takes the edge of the pain & Pim’s birth was relatively easy anyway. Nursing has not been that easy. And yet, I have difficulty saying goodbye to it. During mastitis you have to continue nursing or the infection will get worse and so you have no choice. And now that it is actually over I am still feeding. Despite all the issues I have had, I also really love these moments with Pim?

Reading wise, I didn’t really do much since I became ill. And so, January counts a lousy 4 books, only two of which I have written about thus far:

  1. Finding Violet Park – Jenny Valentine
  2. The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman
  3. The Night Fairy – Laura Amy Schlitz
  4. Vera – Elizabeth von Arnim

More annoyingly, I was in the middle of reading The Wonderful Adventures of Nils for the Children’s Book Project when I had to return it to the library. Hopefully, I can get it back again soon.

I also did not meet a few of the goals I set for reading in 2015. Perhaps February will be better?

I am currently reading the third book in the Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart, which I find highly enjoyable.

What was your January like? And what are you planning to read during February?

Library Loot: Jan 7 – 13

I cannot seem to visit a library and return empty-handed, this is what ended up on my library shelf in the past few weeks…

My most recent library loot..

Aya of Yopougon #2-6: Aya #1 was on my shelves already. I decided I wanted to continue the series and ordered the other ones from libraries around the province. I think these were published as 2 books in English: Aya: Life in Yop City & Aya: Love in Yop City. I read these over the Christmas holidays and will hopefully get around to posting about them soon.

Blue is the Warmest Colour: I came across this while browsing. A GLBT graphic novel, which I decided to pick up on a whim (and because I desperately need to read more diversely). Also read this during the Christmas holidays. Again, will hopefully review this soon.

Liesl & Po: Again, a random find. Having read two of Lauren Oliver’s YA books (with mixed results) I wanted to see how her writing for younger children is.

Three Pickled Herrings: Random find after random find, this seemed like it might be similar to Flavia de Luce for children? Of course, looking at it like that I can only be disappointed…

The New Religious Intolerance: I was going to read this for Nonfiction November but then my hold came in very late. Saw this mentioned on Amy’s blog, and having heard about Martha Nussbaum before but never having read her, I thought I’d give her a try. Have not picked this up yet though.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight: Another random find. Picked this up at the tiny English Children’s Books section (same for Three Pickled Herrings). And when I say tiny I mean tiny: there are about 20 books there. I remember seeing this mentioned at a fellow Dutch blogger (Paper Riot) and thought I could give it a go myself.

The Wee Free Men: I read and enjoyed A Hat Full of Sky in November and thought it might be good to read the previous title in the Tiffany Aching series as well. Still have to pick this up though.

Ruby Red: I see Kerstin Gier’s books mentioned everywhere in Dutch blogging circles. So I wanted to see whether I’d enjoy her books myself. Again, have yet to read this.

The Night Fairy: Basically, I picked up quite a few of the available English Children’s Books titles. This was another one. I quite enjoyed it. Review to follow soon.

Any thoughts you’d like to share on my library loot? Did you pick up anything at the library recently? 

librarylootbadgeLibrary Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Introducing: The Children’s Books Project

Pim being born was the perfect excuse to finally purchase a copy of 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up:

1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up // Universe Publishing, 2009

It’s a list. A list of children’s books. Arranged by ages 0-3, 3+, 5+, 8+ and 12+. Within these categories the books are listed by publication date. And so the list includes classics and recent titles. (That is, recent in 2009, because unlike the other 1001 books list, there have been no updates).

I could say I plan to read them all. In a way I am. But I know I am being unrealistic as I say it. However, I am more motivated to read through this list then the general fiction one that I have been staring at for years. I like books for children, though I have mostly focused on books for ages 8 and up before.

With Pim, there is an additional motivational factor. I want to be able to offer him a range of books to choose from, not just based on my own limited knowledge, or the books available in the local library.

So what I plan to do is the following: read books from the list provided in this book. Review them here. And revisit them once Pim is old enough to read them as well. Somewhere along the way, I plan to have posts devoted to Pim’s reading, probably titled “Pim’s corner”.

But of course, a list is limited. And I would also like to read more children’s books recommended by you. So please feel free to leave your suggestions.

New Year, New Beginnings?

2014 was an eventful year for me, but not so much on the bookblogging front. In between being pregnant, moving house, and being a new mom, I had trouble being online once a week, let alone update my blog regularly.

Bonus Pim picture, taken earlier this Christmas break.

I hope 2015 will be different. As I settle in with all these new circumstances in life, I hope to find the time to return to blogging.

To make a return easier on myself, I plan to look ahead instead of concentrating on what I did not do in these past 12 months. So there will be no 2014 in review for me, no enforced catching up on books I read and should have written about. A shame, certainly, and I will probably wish I had written about them sometime in the future, but it is just not realistic to ask that of myself right now. If I want to return to books I have read in the past few months, I will, but not because the blog needs content or because I feel obliged to myself to catch up.

Instead, I plan to write about books that I have read in 2015. Starting with the book I finished yesterday: Finding Violet Park. Hopefully, I will actually write about a book right upon finishing it, instead of letting it linger for weeks, and then months.

I also have other goals in mind:

  • Actually keeping track of my reading stats (Ana’s end of the year post is always a thing of beauty and example);
  • COMMENT MORE;
  • YAY for random reading!!!! (but of course, I secretly also plan to do the following:);
  • I am at 25 of 100 books for the A Century of Books challenge. I hope to get to at least 50 by the end of 2015. Or I could start over since I hardly reviewed any of the books? Perhaps that’s a better idea;
  • I want to reduce my TBR pile to 450 unread books by the end of 2015. Today, it is at 486. So that means 36 books to read, or more should I buy new ones (which will inevitably happen);
  • I have not looked at my Classics Club list in ages. Perhaps I should revisit it;
  • Read one non-fiction book a month;
  • And I shall be embarking on the project that has been lingering in my mind these past months: the Children’s Books project (more on which, later).

Happy 2015 everyone! Do you have any reading and blogging resolutions?

Announcing: Advent with Alcott

adventwithalcottReturning for the third time… Advent with [Enter author name with an A here].. We’ve done Austen and we’ve tackled Margaret Atwood, now we felt it was time to focus on Louisa May Alcott.

Perhaps you have always wanted to (re)read Little Women? Or to read the other books about Jo and her sisters? Or maybe you’d like to try a selection of Alcott’s other writings? You could also read about her life and times. Anything! (There is quite a list of titles to choose from according to Gutenberg).

Join us by reading and/or engaging with any media related to Louisa May Alcott during Advent (Nov 30 — Dec 24). Post your thoughts on your blog, or join the conversation on twitter (#AWAlcott)

I am particularly tempted by the pretty Penguin edition of her Christmas stories.

Oh, and we are planning to do another group watch. I cannot wait to revisit the 1994 Little Women movie. (The date of the watch-along will be announced shortly).

As was the case during previous years, I am co-hosting Advent with Alcott with Yvann, Ana, Alexandra, and Lyndsey.

Will you join us? Are you planning to read anything in particular?