Things to do when you are up in the Air!

Last night I was thinking about the last time I was in an airplane for 8 hours & realised that was a long time ago. The last couple of years I only travelled to places in Europe and those were flights of one or two hours. I started to think about what I’m going to do while I’m in the airplane. I’m sure there are many more things to do in an airplane, but I could only think of these:

Read a book. Or magazines. I’m one of those persons that get nauseas when I read a book on the plane. I do love to bring magazines with me and just flip trough it and look at the pretty pictures. I am going to bring two books with me, True Whit by Whitney Port & Vogel by Enne Koens, but I probably am not going to read them on the plane.

Listen to music. When I travel I love to listen to music. Time goes by very fast if you listen to music on the plane. Music I have on my mp3 for my flight tommorow is Young blood by Young and Famous, It will rain & On the other Side by Bruno Mars, With your love by Cher Lloyd & many more.

Write in diary. I recently bought a beautiful notebook and I’m declaring it as my travel diary. Every day, starting the 31st of January, I want to write in it what I have done, seen, my feelings and experiences. I can start with writing some goals in my diary or just write about the plane ride, the people in the airplane, the food etc.

Watch a movie. I like watching movies on the airplane, but those movies have to be fun movies and not depressing ones. I’m not a big fan of flying and watching movies can take my mind away of what I’m actually doing and where I am. In the air, oh my!

Sleep. Maybe it’s a good thing that I’m flying in the morning, because I can sleep in the airplane. I usually don’t sleep well in the airplane, I always keep thinking about my destination place and what I’m going to do there. I should write the things down that I’m thinking about and then try to fall asleep. Let’s hope this helps.

What do you like to do in the airplane? Do you have some advice or tips for me?

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Bye, bye January!

Reading:

My goals for January were to read at least one book from my to be read pile & change the layout of my blog. I managed to do both things & I can cross them off my list. Yay! I read Need So Beautiful & Love Letters II. Both two fabulous reads. I also finished reading The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan. I loved all of these books, but if I had to choose my absolute favourite it would be Need So Beautifull. I managed to read these books, because I was sick and decided to do a kind of little read-a-thon over the weekend. See, being sick has some benefits.

Travelling:

This month I needed to buy everything I need for my stay abroad. So, last week I went shopping with my sister & bought everything I needed. I’m now almost broke, just kidding, most of the stuff I need I already bought in November/December 2011, but I needed some small stuff that I forgot. I already packed one suitcase & decided to bring another one with me. I just have too many shoes. Too many! I just hope I don’t forget anything.

Life:

I needed to be more organized in January. I love making lists, but when things can’t get crossed off I feel anxious & I forget about the list or throw it away. I know! I wanted to be more organized by having a daily planner and using it everyday. But, I didn’t get one & I lost the lists I made. Last week I did made a list of the things I needed to do, finished & get for my internship. So, it can be crossed of, but I really want to be more organised in February too…so it stays.

Another goal was getting a new haircut & Friday I went and the hairdresser changed it. It now looks like this. Yay!

The two toughest goals this month were changing my morning routine & eating breakfast everyday. On days I didn’t had school, I woke up at 9 or 10. I didn’t eat breakfast everyday, but I did drink tea or orange juice when I woke up. I can cross of those two goals for the month January. It is still important to eat breakfast everyday, but I think drinking tea or some fresh juice is a great option (for me) if you get nauseas eating in the morning. I’m going to stick with this, fresh juice, in February & hopefully it will become a routine!

So, it looks like this:
1. Be more organized.
2. Buy everything I need for my stay abroad.
3. Change the layout of my blog.
4. Get a new haircut.
5. Read at least one book from my tbr pile.
6. Change my morning routine.
7. Eat breakfast everyday!

Goals for February are: 1. Be more organized, 2. Every Friday write an e-mail (weekly update) to my best friend, 3. dress up and walk in high heels ( I count this one as one goal) & 4. be positive. 5. visit my grandmother (She lives in Curacao), 6. write everyday in my travel diary & 7. take loads of pictures (Take my camera with me everyday).

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The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Title: The Dead-Tossed Waves
Written by: Carrie Ryan
Released date: March, 2010
Pages: 407
Source: Bought

My feelings:



Description:
Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.

My Review:
After reading and falling in love with the Forest of Hands and Teeth, I immediately bought a copy of the companion novel. I wanted to read it when I would do a zombie month, but seriously I couldn’t wait.

First of all let me say that I could relate more to Mary in the first book. She always wanted more out of her live and nobody could stop her in her journey to find the ocean. Yes, she was selfish, but sometimes you have to be. Gabry isn’t like her mother. She thinks more about her actions and the consequences. A likeable character, who for me could have used more *balls*.

I loved the plot. It gave me answers to the questions I had at the end of the Forest of Hands and Teeth. It also gave me chills and a lot of moments where I couldn’t rest my eyes, because I needed to read all of it straight away. I love the twists and turns that I didn’t expected. The love triangle was awesome. Yes, this one people, worked out great.

This series is the best zombies series ever and you should check these books out. Don’t read out of order, because you need the first one to get the bigger picture. I cannot wait to read the third and final book in this awesome series.

Let’s hope that Carrie Ryan will write lots and lots of more young adult books and include zombies in them.

The forest of hands and teeth series:
The forest of hands and teeth
The Dead-Tossed Waves
The Dark and Hollow Places

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My Promise to You!

In 2011 I told a couple of bloggers that I would read the Harry Potter series before the year ended. We are now here in 2012 & I still haven’t touched a single Harry
Potter book. (Shame on me!) I’m not sure why I didn’t read them when they first
came out. But probably it’s because I thought they weren’t that much fun. (Oh,
how wrong am I?) I don’t even have to go out & buy the books, my sister has
the Dutch copies and I can borrow them from her. But I probably have more fun
reading them in English & with these covers. Beautiful.

This promise is for you, everyone who reads this, that I will read the
Harry Potter series this year. I promise that I will read every single book,
all seven of them, before the year ends. I solemnly swear.

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Read in 2012

January
A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
Unlovable by Sherry Gammon
Settling by Shelley Workinger
The Dig by Audrey Hart

February
Crush Control by Jennifer Jabaley

March

Deception by Lee Nichols
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

April

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Rosebush by Michele Jaffe
Betrayal by Lee Nichols
Harry Potter, the Sorcerer's stone by JK Rowling

May

David by Mary Hoffman
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
True Whit by Whitney Port

June

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Warped by Maurissa Guibord

July

Lula does the Hula by Samantha Mackintosh
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
A Million Suns by Beth Revis
How to keep a boy as a pet by Diane Messidoro
Scored by Lauren McLaughlin
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Tempest by Julie Cross

August

The Selection by Kiera Cass
From What I Remember by Stacey Kramer & Valerie Thomas
Breaking the Devil’s Heart by H.A. Goodman
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

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Saying goodbye to GFC

I only have found a couple of weeks ago, yes apparently I’m living under a rock, that GFC is going away in March. I’m not sure what the reason is why they decided to this, but I love using the GFC widget & I hope that they think twice about it. Anyway, I just wanted you, my readers, know that there now are other ways to follow Jadore Happy Endings. You can follow Jadore Happy Endings by:

E-mail. If you subscribe by e-mail, you will get in your inbox an e-mail with updates from Jadore Happy Endings.

Networked Blogs. I saw this widget on some blogs & decided I would give it a try too. It kind of works like the GFC, but you need to sign up with them and get an account.

RSS Feed. This feed have a lot of feed readers & you can decide which one you want to use to read my updates.

Facebook.
So, finally I decided to make an face book account. You can follow me by just adding me as a friend.

Goodreads. You can also follow me by goodreads, but this is a little different. The only thing you can read at goodreads are the reviews I have written. So, you don’t get every update I post on the blog.

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Top Ten Books I'm Dying to Read.

The Broke and the Bookish created this weekly feature where bloggers/readers can post their top ten list.

Freebie --- Make a top ten list about anything book related that you want. That super specific topic you thought would make a great top ten list or that past topic you wished you would have gotten a chance to participate it? This is the week to do it!

Do you have time? Seriously, the list is too long & picking out ten books that I desperately want to read is a very tough thing to do. I mean, I want all of the books that I have listed & I know that’s quite unrealistic, but still picking ten is so hard. So to make it a little more easy for me, I’m going to pick two books per genre.

Genre: Dystopian
1. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
2. Wither by Lauren Destefano

Genre: Horror
3. Posses by Gretchen McNeill
4. Graveminder by Melissa Marr

Genre: Historical Fiction
5. Huntress by Malinda Lo
6. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Genre: Fantasy
7. Angelfire (#1) by Courtney Allison Moulton
8. Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

Genre: Dramalicious Reads
9. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
10. The Disenchantments by Nina

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Win Tempest by Julie Cross!

February the 6th could be your lucky day! St. Martin's Press is giving away one fabulous book (you know you want to read it!), Tempest by Julie Cross & all you have to do is fill in your name and e-mail. Simple, right? Click away!



Good luck & it's ONLY open for US/Canada!

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My Addiction to Dramalicious Reads.

I can’t seem to get enough of dramalicious reads. You know those books with a lot of drama in it & kind of remind you of Gossip Girl (TV) or reality shows like The Hills, The City or yes, even The Jersey Shore. The rich girl that loses all her money and becomes a middle class citizen (Oh my!) , the new girl at a preppy boarding school (oh the drama!), the girl that becomes popular in high school after she, herself started a rumour she hooked up with the most popular guy ever (You go girl!). I love these kind of stories! The lesson these girls all have to learn is something precious & at times you can relate to the characters. When I start reading these kind of books I always get swept away and it’s like I’m in the book beside the main character. This year, you can definitely expect a theme month filled with dramalicous reads!

Dramalicious reads I look forward to & can’t wait to get when I’m back in July:

The Disenchantments by Nina Lacour (February, 2012) Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev’s band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she’s abandoning their plans—and Colby—to go her own way in the fall. But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie-Colby struggles to deal with Bev’s already-growing distance and the most important question of all: what’s next?

The List by Siobhan Vivian (April, 2012) An intense look at the rules of high school attraction — and the price that’s paid for them. It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn’t matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, “pretty” and “ugly.” And it’s also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.

Don’t you wish by Roxanne st. Claire. (July, 2012) Ever wonder what would happen if your mother had married another man and had you...would you still be you? Travel with teen Annie Nutter as she gets transported to a parallel universe where she is gorgeous, rich, popular, and her every wish has come true. Except…perfection has a price. Will she pay it?

& Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig, The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad and many more!

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Top Ten Books I'd Recommend To Someone Who Doesn't Read Dramalicious Reads

The Broke and the Bookish created this weekly feature where bloggers/readers can post their top ten list.

1. Private series by Kate Brian. I have to admit I still need to finish this series, but if you adore drama this book is for you. I love the characters, the backstabbing and especially the mystery about what really happened to one character. Such an amazing good series!

2. Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt. Absolutely love this book & it’s cover! Falling in love with the boyfriend of your best friend is the stupidest thing ever, but feelings are feelings. Can you feel the drama?

3. Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook. The title alone is perfect! It’s so much fun to see someone plotting revenge & seeing the perfect, popular girl fall of her high pedestal.

4. Past Perfect by Leila Sales. A light, hearted read and there is a bit of drama involved. And the main character has the most awesome job ever, working at a Essex Historical Colonial Village. How awesome!

5. He’s So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott. He is definitely not worth it, but still wanting him after all is pretty dramalicious!

6. You Wish by Mandy Hubbard. Such a fun book to read! Blowing out a candle at your birthday & getting all your wishes coming true. That does sounds nice, right? But it isn’t very cool if all your wishes from all your birthdays are coming out. Even though Ken in real life is pretty HOT. Hilarious!

7. Cum Laude by Cecily von Ziegesar. All these characters are great and they all have a bit of drama in their live. Yes there isn’t a lot of depth, but still enough to be enjoyable.

8. L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad. Again, I still need to finish this series, but it’s full with drama. It’s like reading about Lauren herself & the paparazzi that follows her.

9. My Double Life by Janette Rallison. “When you ask teenage girls what they dream about, a lot of them would say a celebrity life, full of glitz, glamour and designer clothes. A life in the spotlight. They don’t think about the drama, the pressure and the media that comes along with it. Neither does Alexia...at first.”

10. Audrey, Wait! By Robin Benway. I think that everyone already read this one, but it’s still a book I would recommend. Getting in the spotlight for one very wrong reason & getting dumped was never so hilarious! A great read with a lot of drama.

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Sick at home: Making the best of it

With winter comes the flu. Everyone in my family has got it & I thought that I would not get it, but my resistance is apparently not that great, because I got it bad. So what’s a girl to do when her head feels like it’s going to explode & the only thought she has is to go lie into that comfy bed & sleep. I say sleep, but after 1-4 hours I’m done with that & I want to do something different. So, I’m going to attack my to be read pile.

What I need is:
1. Tea &
2. Books. Lots of them.



I’m going to make a hot cup of tea & start with the first book on that pile, which is: The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan. If I manage to read the entire book & I want to read something after that, I can choose between these: Deception by Lee Nichols, Betrayal by Lee Nichols, Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, Rosebush by Michele Jaffe & many more.

Have a great weekend!

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A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

Title: A Need So Beautiful
Written by: Suzanne Young
Release date: June, 2011
Pages: 267
Source: Bought

My Feelings:



Description:
We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be Forgotten...

Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become--her mark on this earth, her very existence--is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny--no matter how dark the consequences.

My Review:
A Need So Beautiful is one hell of a book and I mean that in a good way. I freaking adored this book.

Charlotte is a young girl, who’s confused, scared and definitely not read to give up on life. I could feel with her and empathize for her. I was connected to her and felt so sad when she find out what it meant to be Forgotten. The relationship Charlotte had with her best friend and boyfriend was so strong and towards the end very emotional.

The plot is easy to follow and is hands down, one of the best I read this year. Yes, I can already say that. It’s unique and I never read anything like this before. Especially the ending. It was sad and unpredictable and even though I cried a bit I still felt satisfied with it.

With an ending that I can’t tell you much about, I’m in desperate need for the second book in this amazing series. What are you waiting for? Go, get a copy.

The second book in the series is:
A Want So Beautiful.

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Top Ten Authors I Wish Would Write Another Book

The Broke and the Bookish created this weekly feature where bloggers/readers can post their top ten list.

1. Sophie Dahl. I loved Playing with Grown ups & I still need to get a copy of The Man With The Dancing Eyes, but I would love it if she would write another book. She’s a great writer, very talented.

2. Caren Lissner. My favourite contemporary Young adult literature is Carrie Pilby & therefore I wish Caren Lissner would write another young adult novel.

3. Michelle Rowen. I still need to read the sequel to Reign or Shine, but I would love if Michelle Rowen would write another young adult book. And if she does, a paranormal young adult book with another character that can totally kick ass.

4. Antony John. I ADORED Five Flavors of Dumb. One of my favourite books of 2011 & yes, I wish he would write more young adult books with awesome, unique characters!

5. Ebony McKenna. Please give us another book in the Ondine series. They are fabulous fairy tales & I need one more!

6. Jane Austen. This one doesn't need any explaining. Right?

7. Elizabeth Rudnick. Tweet Heart was such a fun, light hearted book that I would love it if Elizabeth would write another book.

8. Gareth P. Jones. After reading The Thornthwaite Inheritance & absolutely adoring it, I want Gareth P. Jones to write another book. Another middle grade book, please.

9. Andrew Kauffman. All My Friends Are Superheroes was super hilarious & I would love if Mr. Kauffman would write something similar to it. Something that’s laugh out funny.

10. Laura Esquivel. I already read two of her books & Malinche is on my to be read pile. Her books are so romantic & very tragic, but so, so good. I really love her books and I want to read more of her. Please, write more.

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Reading Like: Carrie Bradshaw!


Well, not exactly. Have you seen the movie Sex in the City? If you have, you probably saw that scene where Carrie is in bed reading Love Letters of Great Men. I never had the intention of buying it, but when I saw Love Letters II I thought why not & I bought it.

It’s been lying on my bedside table for a long while now & last night I thought it was time to pick it up and start reading it. It’s such an interesting book. Love Letters II is a book filled with romantic love letters of woman (known & unknown) throughout history. There are love letters written by Anne Boleyn, queen Victoria, Emily Dickinson etc. The letters are filled with compassion, secrets, hopes & longings. They take you away for a little while to another world where Internet did not exist & where writing a letter was the most common thing to do if you needed to contact or tell something to someone. My favourite letter is the letter written by Anne Boleyn. She asks for forgiveness, even though she feels like she didn’t do anything wrong. And even after Henry, her husband, put her in jail & feels like she should be punished for what she did, she still loves him. I love that letter!

Love Letters II is a beautiful collection that every romantic person should have on her or his bedside table. And now I need Love Letters of Great Men.

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SR: Unlovable, Settling & The Dig

Unlovable by Sherry Gammon
Released date: January, 2011
Pages: 307
Source: Received by Author

My Feelings:



Description:
Port Fare, New York, has fallen into the clutches of true evil. The Dreser brothers have arrived with a scheme to increase drug sales in the area by whatever means possible. Seth Prescott is part of MET (Mobile Enforcement Teams) a branch of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). He's been assigned to work undercover at Port Fare High, and things aren't going very well, until senior Maggie Brown enters the equation. He's harbored a secret crush on her from day one, and now that she is in the center of the case, he's trying to stay clear and objective while walking the line between business and unrequited love.

Maggie is truly the poster child for Heroin Chic, complete with jutting bones and dark-ringed eyes, but is she an addict, or is there another reason for her appearance? She struggles with her feelings for Seth, fearing he is just another person who will eventually let her down, as everyone in her life has done thus far.
Maggie has spent her life caring for her alcoholic mother. A task that has left her heavily burdened and alone. Before long, her mother's health takes a turn for the worst, sending Maggie's life into a tale-spin.

While Seth works relentlessly to inject fear into the dealers and flush them out into the open, Maggie fights to stay alive as the hunt turns deadly. Seth and Maggie's romantic journey is one of humor, heartbreak, and self-discovery.

My Review:
This cover is so creepy & at first I thought it was going to be a story with ghosts involved. Something paranormal. I read the description & immediately knew I had to give this one a try and that I was so wrong about the genre. The characters in this book are amazing, Seth and Maggie are truly made for each other. There was no way that I couldn’t feel sad for Maggie. She has to care for her mother, whose an addict & she abuses Maggie too. The things she said to her daughter were just shocking & I felt sad that Maggie had to go through that each day. Seth was so loveable. You just have to read it to find out for yourself, but he’s one hell of a guy! The story had a lot going on and I couldn’t stop reading it. Emotional, romantic and funny moments!

Settling by Shelley Workinger
Released date: July, 2011
Pages: 242
Source: Received by Author

My Feelings:



Description:
At the beginning of the summer, Clio Kaid was one of a hundred teens brought to a secret Army installation. But it was no ordinary camp and they weren’t ordinary kids…
Picking up where “Solid” left off, Clio and her friends realize that they aren’t ready to go home; they’re determined to stay on campus and continue their journey of self- discovery. But someone doesn’t feel the same way and will do anything to drive them away – even kill.
Friendships will be tested, abilities will evolve, and more secrets will come out as the teens race to stop the killer before he sets his sights on one of them.

My Review:
Settling is how a sequel supposed to be, better than the first book! I really enjoyed reading Settling. The best thing about this book is the friendship all these characters have with each other. Yes, Clio did made some mistakes that were mouth dropping bad, but still she’s likable and I did understand her actions from time to time. Settling is fast paced & when you start reading it you will find out it’s pretty damn hard to put the book down. And wow, Jack, yep, loving him!

The Dig by Audrey Hart
Released date: November, 2011
Pages: 208
Source: Received by Author

My Feelings:



Description:
Zoe Calder has always been an outsider. Stashed away in boarding schools since her parents died, Zoe buries herself in the study of ancient worlds. Her greatest thrill is spending her summers with her archeologist aunt and uncle on digs around the world. And one day, while investigating a newly unearthed temple in Crete, Zoe discovers a luminous artifact that transports her to ancient Greece. As Zoe quickly learns, the Olympian Gods are real, living people—humans with mysterious powers… Powers that Zoe quickly realizes she has come to possess, as well. However, when the people of ancient Greece mistake Zoe for an Olympian, the Gods must restore the balance of the ancient world… No matter what.
Zoe is forced to play a confusing and dangerous game as Hera rallies the gods against her—all except for Zeus, the beautiful, winged young god who risks everything to save her.
Out of time and out of her element, teenager Zoe Calder finds herself in ancient Greece, battling against the power of the Olympians and the vengeance of a scorned goddess—all for the strange and mysterious boy she has come to love.

My Review:
The Dig was a light, easy & very quick read. I love Greek Mythology and therefore when the author contacted me I immediately jumped on the bandwagon. Zoe was a great character and a girl that loves history is a character I LOVE. I loved the relationship and dialogue between Zoe and Zeus, so funny. I couldn’t get enough of Zeus! The story is really cute and I liked it a lot. If you love Greek Mythology, you should get this one!

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The big news!

Yesterday I told you that today I’m going to tell you the big news that I’ve been hiding for a very long time now. And omg it was killing me not telling you guys. So without stalling, here it is: I’m going abroad! You probably are thinking “Nice, Nina is going to take a holiday vacation.”, but I’m not. As I told you many times before (sorry, to say it again) I’m a History student & this year is going to be my last year in university. I have to do an internship as a history teacher at a high/ secondary school and I’m going to do my final internship in the Caribbean. I’m going to Curacao and I will be staying there for 5 months.
Yes, you read that right! 5 months! In Curacao! On the 31st of January I’m taking the plane to this little peace of heaven and I won’t be back until the end of June. Hooray! I’m so excited!



Of course, that means that are going to be changes to the way I blog and the blog itself. It’s one of the reasons why I wanted to change it and post about my travels too. So, let’s talk about what’s going to change:

The Dutch Cover Alert posts will not continue when I’m abroad. I’m not sure if I’m able to post every Wednesday & therefore DCA will start again when I’m back. It will start again in July.

Less book reviews. I love to read, but I probably am not going to be able to read a book every single week. I’ll try, but there are no guarantees. Now this all doesn’t mean, that I’m not posting book reviews. I still have a couple book reviews that I’m going to post when I’m there and when I finish reading a book over there I will write a review for it and post it.

More personal & travel posts. This is obvious. Right? I’m going to keep a travel diary with me and I want to write every single thing down so I don’t forget anything. So there will be updates when I have something fun to share or not so fun, but I’m not thinking about that. I’m all positive here! I would love to see every single thing that is to see on the Island, so expect photo’s and posts about what I’m doing.

That's the big news! Yay!

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Hiatus is over! (Yay!)

So here it is, my new layout. The header is not temporary, but it will do for now. I like it. As you can tell there are some new features that I’m going to do and a new archive. Hopefully you can find the books I read and my travel posts much easier than before. Hooray!

In 2012 I want to start with something new. Beside book reviews and book related posts, I want to tell you more about the places I visited and the places I’m going to visit in 2012. I want to talk more about my travels. I also want the blog to be a little more personal. Don’t worry, I love to read and that’s never going to change. But from now on you probably will see a lot of personal and travel posts from January till June and from June till December a lot of reading posts. From then I will be catching up with books that I desperately want and need to read. Tomorrow I will let you know what the reason for this is going to be.

What also new is that at the end of each month I will write a post about what I have done and what I have read. The post will be about looking back and see if I reached all my goals. It will be one post, that’s going to be divided in three parts: read, travelled & life. Because I’m going to start this at the end of January, my goals for this month are written below.

My goals for January are:
1. Be more organized. I need to get a daily planner for 2012 & start using it every day.

2. Buy everything I need for my stay abroad. (What?) Tomorrow I will let you know more about it! But let me tell you it’s going to be awesome! Maybe even EPIC!

3. Change the layout of my blog. It’s time to change the look of my blog again and I want to do more with it. Let’s say, a little bit more about my other addiction.

4. Get a new haircut. My hair is so long, I need to get a haircut. And why not start the new year with a new hairstyle. I’m going on the 24th of January! So, so excited.

5. Read at least one book from my tbr pile. Okay, so I know that I just can’t finish all the books that are on my to be read pile. Two weeks ago I wanted to do a little read-a-thon, but unfortunately with all the new year preparations I only managed to read one book. I just want to read at least one book from that pile. I already started three books, but I’m not sure if I can finish them all. I do hope so, but one is my goal for January. I can do this, right?

6. Change my morning routine. Wake up at 8.30 on the days that I’m free, shower, eat breakfast & take my vitamins. I seriously need to stop sleeping in on days that I’m free.

7. Eat breakfast everyday! This is so important and I never have done it in my life.
I should start eating bread or some cereal in the morning.

Do you write goals for yourself? And of course are you liking the change?

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Features

Around the World
Short reviews about books that take place in cities/countries that I visited or want to visit someday. The reviews will be (of course) about the books, but also about the setting in the city/country. Do I actually feel that I’m in Paris while reading ‘Madame Tussaud’? Is it realistic? Has the author been to the place she/he is talking about or is this just basically written on ideas and fantasies? If you have any recommendations about books that take place in the cities/countries I want to visit, please contact me. I love to hear from you.

Dutch Cover Alert
Dutch and American covers are compared & you give your opinion about the covers.

If You Love
Every month I will tell you what I’m watching and which two books I recommend if you love the show as well.

Interview with...
Every month I will answer a silly or not so silly question about books! 

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Traveling

2010 TRAVELING
2011 TRAVELING
2012 TRAVELING

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2010 Traveling

In June I went with school to Gent, Belgium. A lot of sightseeing, walking and “OMG, look at that!” moments. We didn’t stayed in Gent, we also visited (Brugge) Bruges and Ieper, the city that was destroyed in World War I.

In August I went for two weeks to London, England. I was in London to study the language and get some help with my grammar. London is always going to be one of my favourite cities ever and I loved every bit of it. The best thing I did in London was going to the Westminster Abbey and go in to the room where the tombstone of Elisabeth I was. I know, but I’m a History geek by heart! It was so cool!

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Around the World



America. New York city, baby! Gosh, I so want to go and see a musical at Broadway. And of course shop on Fifth Avenue.
I’m thinking about reading:

Cuba. My dad loves Cuba and maybe someday we can go together to this fabulous country. Since a couple of months I’m reading as much as I can about the Cuban Revolution and Che before school starts and I don’t have any free time anymore. It’s very fascinating.
I’m thinking about reading: The Red Umbrella.

Egypt. I love, love everything that has to do with Egypt. The reason why I’m currently studying History is because of Cleopatra and the pyramids.
I’m thinking about reading:

France. I live in Europe and I never been there. I can easily take a train and be there in a few hours, so I’m now wondering why I didn’t go there this summer. Maybe when I have long, free weekend.
I’m thinking about reading:

Russia. The language is so beautiful. I know a lot of you may disagree and say French is the most beautiful language in the world, but for me it’s Russian. I love, love it.
I’m thinking about reading: 

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Maastricht 2011



Maastricht, The Netherlands. It took us 2 hours to get to Maastricht, but the long train ride, the walk to the city and the creepy passenger on the train who hit on us was all worth it. Maastricht is one of the best cities in the Netherlands if you are addicted to shopping and if you are a history nerd as me!

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2011 Traveling

In May I went to visit Berlin, Germany. I went with my school class and I had an amazing time. We went to see the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg gate, the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche, Berliner Dom, Checkpoint Charlie and a lot more famous attractions in Berlin.

In July I went with one of my best friends to Maastricht, The Netherlands. We walked through the streets from morning to evening and had the best time. We were laughing the whole time and taking silly pictures. We saw the most beautiful bookstore in the Netherlands, that’s located in a church and shopped till we literally dropped.

In November I've visted London, England. I had to do a research in an English Speaking Country and I decided to do my research in London. I love London, there is so much history there and you can just feel it. Unfortunately it was just like a business trip and therefore I only spend two hours at Oxford Street. Bummer!

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Young adult

Contemporary fiction
Dystopian
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Horror
Mystery
Paranormal

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Reading

Middle Grade
Young Adult
Adult

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Read in 2011

January
The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
Lifted by Wendy Toliver
Tweet Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick
The Snowball Effect by Holly Nicole Hoxter
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
She Smells The Dead by E. J. Stevens
Mistify by Artist Arthur
Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
An abundance of Katherines by John Green

February
Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby
Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook
Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber
Radiance by Alyson Noel
Wolven by Di Toft
Crave by Melinda Metz & Laura J. Burns
Graphic Novels (3-1)
Calling for Angels by Alex Smith

March
Big Bouffant by Kate Hosford
5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth by Matthew Inman
Rebelles-Libertad! Che Guevara by Maryse et Jean-Francois Charles
Plan B (Surviving Southside) by Charnan Simon
Still Sucks to be Me by Kimberly Pauley
Jaq’s Harp by Ella Drake
The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
Need by Carrie Jones
All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kauffman

April
The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton
The Julian Game by Adele Griffin
Death in the Desert by Jim Eldridge
You Wish by Mandy Hubbard
Jane Austen, A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef
Rage (Horsemen of the Apocalypse #2) by Jackie Morse Kessler
Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
Everything I Was by Corinne Demas

May
Recruited by Suzanne Weyn
Pearl Versus the World by Murphy
The Arrow Chest by Robert Parry
The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Frères by Letourneau
Wolf Camp by Katie McKy
When Rose Wakes by Christopher Golden

June
Secret Pony Society by Janet Rising
Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Hexbound by Chloe Neill
He’s So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott
Firespell by Chloe Neill
Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt
The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
My Sparkling Misfortune by Laura Lond

July
Angel’s Fury by Bryony Pearce
Early to Death, Early to Rise by Kim Harrison
Shadowspell by Jenna Black
The Autumn Palace by Ebony McKenna
Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
Lies by Michael Grant
Other by Karen Kincy
Walk the Wild Road by Nigel Hinton
Solid by Shelley Workinger

August
A blue so dark by Holly Schindler
Badlands by Seleste DeLaney
Blameless by Gail Garriger
Clean by Amy Reed
Solid by Shelley Workinger
Swapped by a Kiss by Luisa Playa
Winterborne by Augusta Blythe
Fury by Elizabeth Miles
The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gate by Christine Bell

September
Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston
Darklight by Lesley Livingston
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
Cum Laude by Cecily von Ziegesar
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
The Paladin by Kenneth Newman
Catalyst by Marc Johnson
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Blood & Flowers by Penny Blubaugh

October
Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! By Trisha Speed Shaskan
Tales of a Sugar Hero by Michael Dahl
Dael and the painted people by Allan Richard Shickman
Walk the Wild Road by Nigel Hinton
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
The Shadowing, Skinned by Adam Slater
The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts
Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country by Allan Richard Shickman
Secrets, Monsters and Magic Mirrors by Donald Lemke

November
Betrayals by Lili St.Crow
Jealousy by Lili St. Crow
Bliss by Lauren Myracle
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
Reality Check by Jen Calonita
Die for Me by Amy Plum

December
Defiance by Lili St. Crow
Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
The Liar Society by Lisa & Laura Roecker
Necropolis by Anthony Horowitz

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CLOSED UNTILL THE SIXTH

Wow, it’s already 2012. Can you believe how fast 2011 went? I hope you all had a happy new year. I wish you all the love, luck and everything your heart desires in 2012. I’m going to change the look of my blog. I just can’t wait any longer. I still haven’t received the new header, but I’m still going ahead with my plans. So fingers crossed that it will come this month. The things that I need to this week are: Change the layout| Adding features to the blog| Update archive & make it more easier to find books in different genres.
The blog will be closed from today until Friday, the sixth of January.

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