Saturday, February 27, 2021

Swinging Saturdays #89: Spotify ABC ~ E

Swinging saturdays is a musical meme hosted by Ice Cold Passion, to share our passion for music. The goal is to make a top 5 (or Top 10) for whatever genre or artist you like or get creative and share a theme based music top 5. For example a bookish soundtrack, funny songs, song to listen to on a rainy day top 5.
Hi Everyone, I am back again for a new Swinging Saturdays! 
It has been a bit quiet I know, I am still trying to find the balance between blogging, work, reading and family. And we have had some hectic weeks, Brexit is taking it's toll, I have been busy trying to get our orders to the Netherlands, finding ways to get anything out the UK, it has been a challenge. 

It feel good when after lots of phone calls and emails the goods finally got delivered to our warehouse late Friday last week. Saturday we sorted everything out, and by the time I got home I was to tired to do anything else. 

So yeah no Swinging Saturdays last week, I am hoping to get back to weekly posts on the blog, but I know I am not quiet there yet. Anyways, today we take a dive into my Spotify list again, this week it is going to be E's. Let's see what is there. We have Echosmith, Eaves, Evanescence, The Eskies, Epica, The Eagles of Death Metal. Wow, a small category. What will I choose?

Eagles of Death Metal ~ I Want You So Hard

I just came to the conclusion that Jack Black and David Grohl are in this video. So how could I not post this one, come on it is Jack Black and David Grohl. And as cherry on top Josh Homme. Goddamn, this video is hilarious and just what you would expect from the Eagles of Death Metal. I thought is was funny that in the comments of the this video on Youtube it says: They tricked me, this is no black metal. I thought that was really funny.


Ed Sheeran ~ Thinking Out Loud

So I guess we are doing videos today instead of live preformances, not only is this a beautiful song, but I absolutely love this video. It is breathtaking. I have nothing more to add to that I guess. By the way there is also a making off this video, if you are interested in that it's out there on Youtube.


Elliot Brood ~ Northern Air

The first concert I went to with the love of my live, before we were together. I loved this! And it has some amazing memories attached to it.


Evanescence ~ Good Enough

I lived the first 2 albums of Evanescence, I remember playing it in my room on repeat when it came out. I love the cover art of the album, and I knew every song by heart. This is the other side of Evanescence, this is a beautiful ballad. I had forgotten how beautiful it is.


The Eskies ~ Jesus Don't Save Me

I worked this show,that means I was behind the bar pooring drinks, these guys bring something great to the stage. On top of that they are very nice fellas. Not likely to forget that evening, hope they will visit with Hedon once this shit called Covid is finally over and we can get back to normalcy. So let's finish this on a funny note. Hope you enjoy this video.

Any artists starting with an E I should add to my list?
Let me know in the comments!
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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Swinging Saturdays #88: Ice Ice baby

Swinging saturdays is a musical meme hosted by Ice Cold Passion, to share our passion for music. The goal is to make a top 5 (or Top 10) for whatever genre or artist you like or get creative and share a theme based music top 5. For example a bookish soundtrack, funny songs, song to listen to on a rainy day top 5.

It is cold in the Netherlands, we have snow, which is pretty unique, we don't get a whole lot of it. And it has been freezing, we have natural ice, which means everybody in the Netherlands has the skating fever.
For my family it definitely means we are going skating, I am part of a famous skating family here in the Netherlands, my uncle is very famous in the skating world, he won the 11 city race 2 years in a row. It is the biggest event we have an gives you fame forever if you win it. It is a race over 200 km through the province of Friesland. There hasn't been an 11 city race for a long time, last time it got that cold that it could proceed was in 1997. My other uncle placed fourth back then. Anyways yes today will be another skating day for me.   Below a video of me and my sister yesterday.


No for today,  we are staying with the cold, for an ice cold Swinging Saturdays.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Snow

Let start with the peppers, this guitar riff is very addictive. Stadium Arcadium is one of those albums I have listened to too many times to count. I still very much enjoy this song.


H.I.M. ~ Join Me In Death

Yes the title is very dramatic, and this may not seem like a choice to fit in to this top 5 of snow and winter but look at that music video! If the woman in this video isn't the perfect snow queen then I don't know what is. This is the thing with HIM they always have lovely music videos to go with the beautiful music. If you want to watch another snowy video by this band, Funeral of Hearts was my second option for this one. Again a very pretty video.


Snow Patrol - Run

Now for an obvious choice, Snow Patrol! My favorite song is not Chasing Cars nor is it Just Say Yes, my favorite one of Snow Patrol is Run. It gives me goose bumps every time, it is so beautiful, such a powerful song.


Within Temptation ~ Ice Queen

Yes this had to be here, Within Temptation's ice queen, it was their biggest hits, made it in the Dutch charts. A metal band in the Dutch charts that was very unique. I have seen them at least 5 or 6 times live, they are still around and kicking. All though I did not really keep up with their music.



Idina Menzel ~ Let It Go

How could I not end with this one! Ofcourse this has a place in my top 5. Yes for who have read this earlier, I was in a hury to get to skating and I forgot to post it, but it is here now! So enjoy!


Well that is it for today's top 5 I am going to change now and put on my skates! Enjoy your saturday, and for all Dutchies, enjoy the ice!

Any Ice cold suggestions for me? Let me know in the comments!
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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Books: Iron Kissed ~ Patricia Briggs

Title:Iron Kissed
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson Series book #3
Publisher: ACE Books
Publishing date: January 2007
Number of pages: 292 p.
Language: English, Dutch a.o.
Age Category: Adult
Other Books In This Series (currently):
Moon Called #1
Blood Bound #2
Bone Crossed #4
Silver Borne #5
Rivermarked #6
Frost Burned #7
Night Broken #8
Fire Touched #9
Silence Fallen #10
Storm Cursed #11
Smoke Bitten #12

About Iron Kissed

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape - but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.


My thoughts on Iron Kissed

The longer I think about this book, the more dissappointing it actually was. Don't get me wrong, I still very much enjoyed it but I have some issues with this one as well. When I saw the title I knew immediately that this would be about the fae, and I got really excited as I have been curious about Zee for a long long time, and would have expected that we would get his backstory, where he came from.

However as it turns out, the fae are far more secretive than I had expect and so we are still left guessing about the fae and their history. We get a little bit of insight into their world but it feels more like a teaser. We never really dive into deep in the fae history. I could ofcourse pretent that I was not dissapointed but honestly, it was.

Another disappointment was that Stefan was not present, allthough we get an explaination why he is not there, this also felt as a disappointment to me, he is one of my favorite side charaters so it is a pity that we don't get to see him in this story. This story has a large build-up than the other ones, I felt that it was a bit slower.

I enjoy the time we spend in the fae world, the walking stick, and most of all Fideal's true form, that was very impressive and he is now one of my favorite villans. The story itself is very well thought out, and as with every book we get around story, Zee was in the end released from prison, so the mystery got solved.

I liked the bit where Mercy see the ghost of Austin Summers, and the conversation Mercy has with his brother. I thought this was very well done, and thoughing. I don't want to spoil this for everyone so I will leave you with this today, what did you think of this 3rd book in the Mercy Thompson series? Is it your favorite? Or did you have such high expectations of this one as I had? I think my expectations let me down with this one, I will be continueing the series, as I really enjoy Mercy's character, I have no idea what the next book will hold and I am not going to read the synopsis before I will start reading, I am going to go in blind, curious how that will turn out, I will let you know when I have finished it.

Conclusions

My expectations of finding out everything there is about the fae got squashed, which left me a bit dissapointed. This book is centered around the fae world, we get a little peak into the reservation they live in, we get a litlle peak in Zee's history. And we are getting a mystery, a crime to solve. All in all not a bad story, I was just hoping for so much more, this is why the rating will be lower than the previous two, so three stars.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Swinging Saturdays #87: Amazing Covers

Swinging saturdays is a musical meme hosted by Ice Cold Passion, to share our passion for music. The goal is to make a top 5 (or Top 10) for whatever genre or artist you like or get creative and share a theme based music top 5. For example a bookish soundtrack, funny songs, song to listen to on a rainy day top 5.

 Hi my lovely readers, 

How are you doing today? I am doing fine but I am actually dreading to write this post because it is going to be a long one. Today there will be 10 artists but only 5 songs, how does that work? Well you might have guessed it from the title but we are doing covers today. There are some really amazing covers here, I am a person that mostly hate this but these just stand out, and are very well done in my opinion. 

I think I will be doing another edition of this one, as I have more covers that I do enjoy then I thought there would be. There are also a lot of covers that I do hate, for example my sister listens often to a cover of the "House of the Rising Sun" and I hate it with a passion because I feel that no one can beat the original, no one can do it as well as the original band intended it to. The cover was done by Five Finger Death Punch, which is not a minor artist or anything but I just really do not like what they have done with the original. 

This is going to be very hard for me, as you can read it causes me to rant.. Sorry people I am very opinionated. Well let's get started.


Heroes: David Bowie versus Motorhead

In all honesty, I am not a big Bowie fan, I am sorry for the fans out there but it is just not for me, but I have to pick one song I do enjoy than it will be this one. Me and Martijn have a playlist on Spotify, it is called the Cruiser list, a list for when we are out and about in the car, and this list holds the cover of Bowie's Heroes, done by Motorhead. Please note that I am also not a big fan of Motorhead but still enjoy this one.



Smooth Criminal: Micheal Jackson versus Alien Ant Farm

The king of pop, and holy shit what an iconic performance, this video is truely amazing and shows how great a performer Michael Jackson really is. He will always be one of the most extraordernairy artists there are not many his high performances on stage, the shows are so well organized, the dance moves miticalously planned. Such an amazing thing to watch. I almost sound like a fan, which is not really the case but I am in awe of what he has pulled of on stage.
Years later there was this band from California that decided to make Smooth Criminal the hit single from their debut album. Add in some more guitars and there you have Smooth Criminal done by Alien Ant Farm. Is it bad? No not really, they did an okey version of the song, will it ever be as great as the original? No, I don't think anyone could do a better job than Micheal himself.


Sweet Dreams (Are Mad of This): Eurythmics versus Marilyn Manson

I actually always forget the name of the original band, allthough they play it quite often. I knew the original along time before the cover surfaced. I love this cover, I can't help it, but it just fits. Marilyn Manson's voice with these lyrics makes for a very fitting cover. It is defintily going to be the most disturbing thing you will ever watch, it gives a holy different dimension to the song. Hey and what better artist then Marilyn Manson to provide you with some awesome but disturbing music?


Wicked Games: Chris Isaak versus HIM

Oh people are going to hate me for saying this, but I never cared for the original, I always thought is was a bit whiney and very dramatic. So I will give you the music video I know so well, and this is also the most dramatic version there is of this song. Insert: electric guitars and a vocals to die for and there you have it, HIM's version of Wicked Games. This is such a guilty pleasure for me, HIM in general that is. I just love Ville Valo's voice, it is so dark and swoonworthy.

Kids In America: Kim Wilde versus Billie Joe Armstrong

This song has been covered by so many artists and bands it is not even funny anymore. I remember thta I once found at least 25 different versions of this song. What makes this song so special that everyone wants to cover it? It is a great song, don't get me wrong, I like the original it is so 80's. Got to love it for that. The cover I picked is one that I know the best, because well, Green Day ofcourse. I don't talk about Green Day often I think, but I still am a fan. And this has the very recognizable voice of Billie Joe Armstrong. Then there is this thing were almost every punk band has a cover or 2. Anyways I think this cover does justice to the original. I hope you enjoy.


That's is for the cover battle, I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know which versions you enjoy the most, the original or the cover? Let me know below in the comments.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Books: All Our Yesterdays ~ Cristin Terrill


Title: All Our Yesterdays
Author: Cristin Terrill
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publishing date: September 2013
Number of pages: 360 p.
Languages: English
Age Category: Young adult
Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel 

About All Our Yesterdays

Yesterday - Marina was safe, privileged, wealthy. She was falling for James - the super-brainy youngest son of a very powerful family. Yesterday ended badly.

Today - Em is in a cell she may never get out of alive. There's a flicker of hope when she talks to the boy in the cell next to hers - and when she remembers who she used to be... Yesterday.

Tomorrow - Em has a mission. She must escape and travel back in time. She must kill the boy Marina loved - to save her future.

My thoughts on All Our Yesterdays

Let me start of with a bit of a content warning: THIS REVIEW IS NOT SPOILER FREE, so if you don't want any spoilers please skip to my conclusions.

Oh this book, this book really tore me apart, what an amazing read this was.

All Our Yesterdays has been on my wishlist for many years, finally I found a copy I think it was at one of the Boekenfestijn events. They always had a very large English languages section on these events, which was the reason I went to these events. I always found very nicely priced books there. If you have any online suggestions of good webshops for English Fantasy and Science fiction that ship to the Netherlands, and are cheaper than the regular bookstores/online players, please let me know. I am a little stuck with Bookdepitory and Bol.com and I have recently noticed that the book prices are going up. I was so happy to have found this book, however it remained on my shelf for years and years. So I could not remember what it was about, I decided to go in blind.

I dove right into the story, our main character is lock up, we don't know where, we don't know why and we don't know what the prisoners are to each other. I was very intrigued that we did not get much information, but the author managed to keep me on my toes the entire time. The POV starts of with Em, who is the person that is locked up, after a couple of chapters the POV switches to Marina. Marina is a brat, spoiled, rich kid that is very very naive. You might have gathered from this that Marina was far from a favorite. We also find out that Finn is in both story lines so it must be Finn in different times.

It took me a much longer while to figure out that Em and Marina are actually the same person. You would not have guessed if it wasn't explained at some point, it was so interesting to see that one person can change so much that you would not even recgonize them, this was really smart writing, and it is one of the things that I really appreciate about this book. This not only goes for our main character but the same is true for the side characters. We see a lot of development between the future selves and past selves of our characters. Allthough I must say Finn remains relatively the same in any time line.

When Em & Finn manage to escape from the Doctor, they travel back in time to kill James. We see how they track James, prepare for attack, but also the hesitation on Em's part, as James was her friend, the friend she was so desparetly in love with. We see the contraversy this gives Em, the hesitation to kill him, as past James was relatively innocent. It is not easy for the old friends to try to kill someone they loved, that they trusted. This is what makes this book so realistic, it shows the struggles of the characters, and we get a well rounded story since the POV's switch between Em and Marina.

The end was really suprising, it took a turn that I did not see coming, a very daring thing to do. The ending was great, and I think what made this book so great is that it was not your straight forward, predictable YA book you would expect, it twists and turns, and you have to figure out all the details as you go along.

Conclusions

If you like time travel, then this is for you. If you are looking for a well-written suprising, not so predictable YA story, then go right ahead an pick this up. This book threw me out of my 5 year long reading slump, it was addictive, action packed, with amazing character development in a well rounded story. I can only say please read this, it is amazing, it is an older young adult book, and maybe even a bit underrated as I never really saw a lot of people talking about it, but damn, what a ride. 5 stars for this one!

 

Time travel isn't a wonder, it's an abomination. - Cristin Terrill

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Swiniging Saturdays #86 : Spotify ABC ~ D


Swinging saturdays is a musical meme hosted by Ice Cold Passion, to share our passion for music. The goal is to make a top 5 (or Top 10) for whatever genre or artist you like or get creative and share a theme based music top 5. For example a bookish soundtrack, funny songs, song to listen to on a rainy day top 5.

I took a Saturday off, I spend the day, taking down all the Christmas decorations and cleaning the house. I can tell you it was needed. We made a typical Dutch dish (split pea soup) and we watched some Criminal Minds, our new addiction. 

I might not have told you this but I own a company with my sister Isabelle, we used to work every Saturday, we have our weekend personnel, they do all our production work for us. Saturdays I am usually printing labels, arrange the warehouse and other things we do not have time for during the week. We both used to be present on Saturdays. However this new year we are taking a different approach we are dividing the Saturdays between the two of us, which means last Saturday I was off, and this Saturday I am working. 

So that is a little bit about my personal live, lets get into a new round of Spotify artists, starting with a D. In the D category I have: Dana Sipos, Dananananaykroyd, Daniel Romano, Danny Vera, Dave House, The Dead South, The Deaf, Dean Lewis, Death Alley, Death Cab for Cutie, Declan McKenna, Des Rocs, Devil Electric, Dewolff, Distrubed, Donnerwetter, and last but not least the Dropkick Murphy's. Wow, that was a long list! So I am picking 5 of these and this week it is going to be my favorites, just because I can. 

Can you figure out which ones will be present below (before scrolling down, that is) ? 

Danny Vera ~ Roller Coaster

I fell in love with his music, when I saw him play on "Bevrijdingsfestival" in Zwolle, I was suprised by how good it was. Little did I know that he would become such a prominent name in the Dutch music scene. Roller Coaster is so big that it made it all the way to the number one position in the Top 2000, knocking down Bohemian Rapsody from it's throne, where it has been for years. I think that indicated how beloved this song already is by the people here in the Netherlands. For all my non Dutch readers, I am proud to present to you Danny Vera! Let me know if you enjoyed it!


DeWolff ~ Big Talk

Well let's get the other Dutch band out of the way before we move on to North America. I didn't know which song to pick, to showcase their talent, so let's go with one of the more recent ones, well recent, we are going back to 2018 they have released a new album in 2020 and I just saw another release is coming up soon, in February this year. We can definitely say that they have been using Covid to their advantage, 2 albums relatively shortly following each other up. If you like this band, I can suggest their vinyl for your collection, I have 3 albums all are very special, one is green transparent, the other gold, another has the band on printed on the vinyl, which is also very pretty. So if you want something special for your collection their albums are really a treat. I usually buy them at their shows but I am thinking of pre-ordering the new album since well, there are no live shows to go to.


The Dead South ~ In Hell I'll Be In Good Company

Hello, Canada, from the most boring province, sorry Saskatchewan, comes a great band, The Dead South, In Hell I'll Be In Good Company, if so simple but yet so effective in what it is. I love this song, I can put it on repeat and it will never be boring. Bonus that this is coming from my second home on this planet, Canada, I miss you.


Dave Hause ~ Wild Love

Well we are hopping across the border to to Philedelphia, USA. I am very fond of the LP "Bury Me In Philly" I bought the LP at the show I went to in Bitterzoet, Amsterdam. It was a great show, Wild Love is one of my favorite songs. I hope you enjoy it as well.


Devil Electric ~ Hypnotica

We are finishing this top 5 in warm and sunny Australia, all though I would not call their music warm and sunny to be honest. This music is dark and earily beautiful. I have a much love for female lead singers, iti is something I am always on the look out for. They have been working on a new album for a while I am very curious when it comes out. Devil Electric has released to singles of this album, both sound very good!

This was a really hard one, only picking five, out of a pool of great artists, but I made it once more, I hope you have a wonderful Saturday!  

What is in you D category?
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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Books: Eragon ~ Christopher Paolini

Title: Eragon
Author: Christopher Paolini
Series: Inheritance Cycle #1
Publisher: 
Publishing date: 
Number of pages: P.
Languages: English, Dutch, German, Spanish and more
Age Category: Young Adult, epic fantasy
Other Books In This Series:
Eldest, book #2
Brisngr, book #3
Inheritance, book #4
The Fork, The Witch and the Worm (Tales from Alagaësia)

About Eragon

One boy... 
One dragon... 
A world of adventure. 

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. 

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. 

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands. 
(from: Goodreads)

My thoughts on Eragon

I received Eragon I think as a birthday present, I remember starting to read it and immediately falling in love with the story. After many many years I thought it would be a good time to do a re-read it, why did I love the story so much when I firsts read it? 

So last year I have re-read Eragon and let me tell you, I still love it as much as I did before. This may be due to the fact that I forgot about half of the things that had happend like for example when did Brom lose his live? Did they save Arya before or after that? Did they managed to kill the Ra'zac or not? 

These were all things I forgot about which is not really strange because I think it has been at least 6 years since I first read it. In Eragon the author takes the time to set the tone for the rest of the books, there is a lot of world building and character development in this book, which not at all takes away from the story.

What a really appreciate in this book is that the author took the time for the characters to grow, take for example Saphira, she didn't turn into a big ass dragon overnight (like they made it look like in the very badly done movie), but she grew over several months and in the beginning was not able to touch upon Eragon's mind, nor was she able to fly. This whole process took about half a year I think in the book. I really appreciate the realistic approach. 

Also we get to see the town's dimensions of Carvahall, the role Eragon plays in the town, we meet many side characters that will be important for the plot in the later books. I really liked Horst and his family. And of course Brom, I think he is my favorite side character in Eragon. He is mysterious and a great teacher to Eragon. 

This book can be slow at times but there is enough happening in these pages that will blow your mind, I think it is not the best book in the series, but it is a great introduction to Alagaësia, I hope to read the other three books somewhere during 2021. I really want to finish this series, as I remember that the third book leaves us on a major cliffhanger. The reason I never finished it was that I think the last book was not out yet, and when it came out, I was not in a great reading place. I might not have been reading at all. 

Hopefully 2021 is the year were I finish series, any serie will do, I have a couple more I would like to finish this year, for example The Curse Workers by Holly Black. Anyways back to Eragon. 

Conclusion

Great start of a series, love the world, the creatures and the characters. How could I not, it has dragons! I love me some dragons, and Saphira is witty, caring and beautiful! This is for fantasy lovers, I don't think it will appeal to people who are not familiar with epic fantasy. If you don't like original world building, elves, dragon's and other creatures, this will not be for you, but in case you do, this is a great place to start when you are new to epic fantasy. It is written for a young adult adience but can easily be read by adults as well. All in all this book is really close to my heart, it will forever be a favorite and I really am hoping the ending of the series will be satisfying.

 


The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.
- Eragon ~ Christopher Paolini, p. 197

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Books: 25 book from my physical TBR I want to read in 2020

Welcome everyone, 

2021 is going to be a great reading year, I can just feel it. Well actually, I have set some goals for myself to get my reading back on track, because to the left is my reading corner downstairs. 

I think that all most half of the books in this book case have not been read yet. I think I might have a bit of a problem😜. I thought it would be a good idea to change this in 2021. 

Tick off some more reads, I have gathered some wonderful editions on these shelves, some I bought myself, some were gifts from family and friends. 

If you are ever interested to see the more special editions I have let me know, maybe I can do a post about it, of maybe I will try to make a video. 

I have picked 25 books of my physical TBR, that I am going to read this year, hopefully I can keep to this TBR.

1. Heir of Fire - Throne of Glass #3 ~ Sarah J. Maas
Yes I know I am so far behind with reading my Sarah J. Maas books. I have read Throne of Glass twice already and also have read Crown of Midnight, but for some reason I never continued with the series even though I enjoyed both previous books in the series.
This was a Christmas gift of my boyfriend, it is one of those books I really really want to get to, because, well it is Sarah J. Maas and because this is an adult fantasy, it is said to be very different from Throne of Glass and A Court Of Thornes and Roses Series. I am very curious how it turns out, and also who the characters are on my Fairyloot Tarot cards!
3. A Darker Shade of Magic - Shade of Magic #1 ~ V.E. Schwab
I have been in love with the covers of this series for a long time, there are so many books that I don't get around to buying and when I saw this in a book store while we were on vacation I thought what the hell lets pick it up. I am not going to give you a synopsis that will follow with my review, but I have heard there are multiple dimensions/London's and that the magic system in this book is very interesting. It sound dark and beautiful



This is one of the most hyped books of 2020. I actually had the honour of meeting the author at Dutch Comiccon, so I have a signed version of the book. I really am hoping to finish this one this year, because it is different from anything else on the list, with the setting in China. I like to read divers, so I am very curious how I like this one.
5. Red Glove - Curse Worker #2 ~ Holly Black
I have re-read White Cat by Holly Black in November, I still have to review it, because it is a great story, eventhough it is a little bitter(sweet) as well. I need to finish series, it is a real problem I read the first book of a series, forget about it, continue on with something else and then never return to it. Then I end up re-reading the first book and the circle continues. It is becoming very annoying so if you have any tips or tricks to getting me to continue a series please let me know.


6. Black Heart - Curse Worker #3 ~ Holly Black

Did I tell you I need to finish series? Well yes I just did, didn't I? This is the last book in the Curse Worker Trilogy and can I just hope we can leave it on a happy ending? I really hoping for this because well, out main character has not had much succes at it in the first book, and not even in the beginning of the second book either, which I have already started.
7. Catching Fire - Hunger Games #2 ~ Susanne Collins
Embarrasing right, that I have never finished the Hunger Games trilogy. I am going to hide now....
So I have read the first 3 books in the Mercy Thompson series, Moon Called, Blood Bound and Iron Kissed in 2020. I am having a great time with this series and I currently own 3 more volumes in this series, what I like about them is that they focus on 1 kind of species at the time, so the first one focusses on werewolves, the second one on vampires and the third one on the fae. I am curious to learn what book four is about. I have not actually read the synopsis for it yet.

9. Bone Crier's Moon - Bone Grace ~ Kathryn Purdie
This book has been hyped up on Youtube and I know Fairyloot did a special edition of this one as well, the second book in the series is also getting a Fairyloot edition, if I remember correctly. I am very curious if I will like this one as the ratings on this book vary. The cover is stunning though.
I bought this somewhere during the summer, Martijn stole it right away, he has already finished it and loved it! He even gotten the second and the third book for Christmas, so if I am tempted I could finish the trilogy in one go if I want to. Yeah I know, this is probably not happening. I can still dream right? I have been obsessed with this cover ever since it came out.
11. Insurgent - Divergent #2 ~ Veronica Roth
This is going to be the second time I am going to hide in embarrasement on this list, it is not that I am anti series or anything, I just never seems to finish them. This is going to be the year though, that I do. Wish me luck!
On with some classics then, this is my favorite Studio Ghibli movie of all time, I am very curious if the movie did the book justice. I got this one for my birthday last year, I have a beautiful Folio Society edition of it with stunning illustrations by Marie-Alice Harel, it comes with a beautiful slipcover (I love slipcovers).
13. Pet Sematary ~ Stephen King
I have been enjoying some more horror of late, it started during the horror season (October if you are wondering), but I want to get into horror a bit more this year, well, let start out with the master of horror himself then. I have never read a Stephen King book. This list is confronting me with so many things, yes people, I have never read a Stephen King, but that will change once I have finished this one.
More cover love, I can't seem to help myself, I have heard lots about this book, I own the whole trilogy with these covers I might add, because I am not so fond of the other ones. I am dying to read this, and very curious if I could get used to the sidenotes that the book contains.
15. Star Daughter ~ Shveta Thakrar
I had this on my wish list for a long time, it sounds very interesting, by stars I always think of Stardust (I have yet to read the book, I love the movie). The ratings for this are again very different, I think you either love or hate it. I hope it will not dissapoint me.
16. Deathless Girls ~ Kiran Hargrave Millwood
I just like pretty covers, oke? This was suggested to me by Bookdepository when I was on a shopping spree, it was very cheap for a hardcover so I cover bought it. When it arrived it turned out to be even prettier than I thought it would be, the endpapers are stunning, and under the dust jacket a surprise was waiting as well.
17. Incendiary- Hollow Crown #1 ~ Zoriada Córdova
You would almost think this post is sponsored by FairyLoot, it is not, I have been a subscriber, for almost a year now and enjoy all the beautiful editions I have required, now I only need to start reading them, so here is yet another stunning FairyLoot edition I want to get to this year. To more will follow below as well. Do you have a book box subscription? What are your experiences?
18. The Gilded Ones - Deathless #1 ~ Namina Forna
This is also a FairyLoot edition, and this has not even been released yet! Well I own a copy now, I think this will be my next read. I would like to finish is before the releases in February.
19. Circe ~ Madeline Miller
I love mythology and witches, so this one is right up my alley, I briefly read the first page of the book, I already can tell this will be great, I like the writing style already.
When I read the synopsis I was hooked right away, have I ever told you I am a big fan of L.J. Smith? This reminds me of The Vampire Diaries, the part they spend in hell. I hope I love it as much as L.J.'s work.
21. Fable - Fable #1 ~ Adrienne Young
This is also a FairyLoot edition, it was my least favorite box of the year, allthough I must say the brush that was in this box did come in handy. I just am not so fond of mermaids and thinks related to the sea. Oh well shit happends, so far that was the only box that was not up to my taste.
22. Inheritance ~ Inheritance Cycle #4 ~ Christopher Paolini
I have actually read the first three books in the series, but then it took a long time for Inheritance to publish, and you guessed it, I got distracted by other books and never actually finished the series. I have already re-read Eragon last year, and hope to re-read Eldest & Bringr before I will finish the series, as I cannot remember much of the story, it has been year since I picked it up.
23. A Discovery Of Witches - All Souls #1 ~ Deborah Harkness
There seems to be a new genre on the rise, Dark Academia. There are some other books I really want to get to in this genre think of Ninth House, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue or the Secret History. Let's start of with a book that is already part of my collection shall we? This is a long book so it will probably take me a while to finish.
24. Time Keepers ~ Nicki J. Markus
I won this I think on Goodreads, never really gotten around to read it though, I think this is about the shortest book on this list.
25. Frankenstein ~ Mary Shelley
I want to read at least one classic this year, I have a nice collection of Wordsworths Classics, this is one of them. I remember buying them at "Het Boekenfestijn", which is a large book exhibition in the Netherlands, unfortunately they stopped. I got a lot of classics for €2,00 a piece, and I kind of like how they look on my shelf.

That is it for this very long list of books, if you made it to the end of this long post, then well done! I haven't started reading any of the books of this list yet, since I was finishing something else I started in 2020. I finished My Plain Jane yesterday, review will be coming up soon. 

 What does you physical TBR look like? what does your physical TBR look like?

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Swinging Saturdays #85: Martijn's picks

Swinging saturdays is a musical meme hosted by Ice Cold Passion, to share our passion for music. The goal is to make a top 5 (or Top 10) for whatever genre or artist you like or get creative and share a theme based music top 5. For example a bookish soundtrack, funny songs, song to listen to on a rainy day top 5.
Today Martijn is taking over the blog! He is going to take you on a musical ride around the world! I hope
you enjoy is take on music, well Martijn, take it away! 

Oh! Surprise! So hi I’m Martijn and other than being Irene’s boyfriend I’m also an avid music fanatic partly thanks to my job as sound engineer. Which influences a large part of my tastes and I've had the pleasure of meeting/working with most of these bands. I always believe you can learn a lot about a person if you look at their music taste. With some struggles I have picked 10 songs to introduce me. Hang on! This ride will go all over the place! 

Pssst (Irene here) if you are nice to him, he might come back with more. Any requests for the hard stuff?


1. Bombino ~ Azamane Tiliade

We are going to start in the warm desert of Niger, where we find these roaring guitars by none other than Bombino, a self taught guitarist making... would you believe dessert rock. And they were picking up a lot of steam since this song and album is produced by Dan Auerbach from the black keys. Sadly the second guitarist Ilias has passed away in 2020, i’ve had the luck to work for them twice. Ilias you will be missed.


2. Ufomammut ~ Aureum

Now to travel on to Italy, where we find this really heavy band. I will admit this a bit of an acquired taste. Ufomammut is Doom! This was the first Doom/stoner band I worked for and since then I'm hooked on the genre! For the uninitiated Doom and stoner is usually a slow build up to a massive wall with changing speeds and ripe with lots of reverb on the vocals if there is any and tape delays and FUZZ dialed up to max.


3. New Cool Collective ~ Gnawa

Ok now for something more cheery from the Netherlands. With some great beats if you ask me. These guys have been 27ish years at it. Wow! In their own genre they are quite renowned. This just makes me want to groove and dance.


4. Tinlicker ~ Empty Skies

We are not traveling much further this jump, from the city that everyone knows. Amsterdam. We have the electronic duo Tinlicker. When I need max focus I always turn to these guys. I was tempted by turn everything around but I am going to cheat a bit. And here is empty skies with tessa rose jackson who also makes some great music!


5. Ellie Ford ~ The North Wind

With a small hop we land in the UK. To be precise in the great music scene of Brighton! Where we find Ellie Ford and her great band. This band was a joy to work with and the first time I heard this I was wowed! While singing Ellie also plays the harp which is an instrument you don’t come across that often.


6. Spring Offensive ~ Worry Fill My Heart

Staying in the UK. This band was the first indie band I've did sound for and sparked my love for this gerne. Sadly they have stopped which in my opinion is a shame but that’s life. This is so very britpoppy and I love it!


7. Kuenta ~ Lightswitch

Now for some cool (dutch) carribean beats by kuenta formerly known as kuenta i tambu. The first time i saw this act i was like yeah cool! Live instruments and highly danceable. Let's shake what your mamma gave ya and feel this.


8. Buddy Guy ~ Justifying

We are going to end our journey on the States side. With a true old skool blues legend buddy guy. I hope I won't have to be justifying my pick.


9. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings ~ Humble Me

Now for something truly special. To me this next band was the absolute best I've ever seen in the venue where Irene and I met. Though they played here a good 3 or 4 years before we met. Anyways their sound was out of this world and their sound engineer for the tour is on a level I hope I can achieve one day. I’m sad miss Jones also left this world way too soon. But her voice just is so soothing and warm and a true pearl, no! Diamond of soul!


10. Frank Sinatra ~ As Time Goes By

And to end with a classic, here's to looking at you kid.


Man this was hard! I have no idea how Irene manages to mostly pick 5 songs. I’ve left out most of the louder and heavier picks. Maybe I will write a swinging Saturday Martijns heavy picks, who knows! But first I'm more inclined to write another more unconventional list, if you all will have. Please let Irene know what you thought of this small journey of my taste.

Feel free to leave a comment! 
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Send me an email: icecoldpassions@gmail.com. 
I would love to hear what kind of music you like!

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Swinging Saturdays #84: 2020, It's a wrap!

Swinging saturdays is a musical meme hosted by Ice Cold Passion, to share our passion for music. The goal is to make a top 5 (or Top 10) for whatever genre or artist you like or get creative and share a theme based music top 5. For example a bookish soundtrack, funny songs, song to listen to on a rainy day top 5.