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Behind the Books: March ’18

WOW-WEE, you guys! Prepare yourself for what might actually be the longest Behind the Books post I’ve ever done… Sorry?! Anyway, I have so much to catch you guys up on, and I’ve hauled a record amount of books (for my doing) so, obviously, I need to share! Make yourself a cup of your favourite drink, get comfortable and enjoy reading my personal update! 

The Blog

Oh my, oh my, oh my… Where has February gone? And how the frick are we halfway into March already!? I was in a huge blogging/reading/everything slump from the end of January through the end of February and I have so much to catch you guys up on, but mostly I’m just so excited to be back at blogging (and reading, for that matter!) I’ve really been struggling with the International Bookworms meme, but it’s officially back and I’m really hoping it’ll work out this time! We’ve got some fun prompts coming up, so be sure to join the linkups! Also, I was interviewed by Fanna @ Fannatality and it was so much fun! I really loved how the interview came out and you can read it on her blog.

Also, can I just mention how I got A CLIPBOARD!? (As in; one of those plastic things with a clipy thing at the top to put your papers on.) Since I’ve been back at blogging, I’ve been on top of everything. For a while, I did everything for blogging digitally, from to do lists to notes to whatever you can think of. I had to find something to use my new clipboard for and I decided to just print some blank calendar pages to write my blogging and Instagram schedules on and I’ve picked up my little notebook again for to do lists and notes and it just works. I’m still using Trello to keep track of all things, but writing things down and making separate to dos per day or week really helps. Besides that, I’m using my iCal to schedule blogging time next to my work shifts and I’m making sure I still have some free time and days off. It might seem like an awful lot, but it takes me about five minutes a day to sort this all out and then maybe 15 minutes week to really schedule everything and it makes me feel so much better.

I had a really difficult time picking a favourite post this month because holy moly I’m so excited about all the things I published. I think I might go for my review of To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo! It was such a good book and I had so much fun writing the review. I usually struggle to find the right words, but everything just came naturally and on top of that, the picture came out quite nicely, too!

A Personal Update

My biggest accomplishment in the past few weeks is probably losing 5kgs of body weight with Weight Watchers since the start of January. I usually really don’t talk about that kind of stuff because making it public feels like putting too much pressure on myself, but it’s going so well and I want to share my excitement about this! I’ve also started going back to my psychologist and although I wasn’t sure it’d be worth my time, it really is. We’ve talked about some very serious things like depression and my anxiety, but also autism. I’m generally doing much better these past few weeks than I have all throughout February. I’ve also been much more productive lately (while also still making sure I get plenty of rest and enjoy my free time) and I really things will be working out from now on.

I’m writing this quite early and scheduling it because this week will be one of the busiest I’ve had for a long while. I’m obviously working my shifts at work, I’ll be going to Ikea on Monday (after my early morning shift at work), then Rotterdam on Tuesday for college (EEEKK!! I’m nervous!) and afterwards I’ll be going to spend the night at my brother’s place. On Wednesday I have to travel back home and run some errands and then at the end of the week, I have three shifts at work. I’m going to be absolutely exhausted on Sunday but I’m probably also seeing my brother again on that day so basically, there’s no rest for the wicked… Ahahah!

Usually, I mention some of my favourite things at this part of the post, but there’s just… nothing much. Or actually there is now but there wasn’t anything here until a few days ago. I spend most of February at my lowest when it comes to mental health and nothing interested me at all. Luckily, over the past few weeks, I’ve been enjoying things again! I’ve watched the Violet Evergarden anime on Netflix (first ever anime! The trailer linked is subbed but I’m watching the dubbed one on Netflix), I’ve been listening to No Promises by Cheat Codes & Demi Lovato and Dreaming by Smallpools. They’re both different songs, but they’re my current favourites. I also just really want to mention my mom and I bought a Dolce Gusto coffee machine and it’s the best addition to our household in a long time! I hate “regular” coffee but these Dolce Gusto coffees are just SO GOOD and I’m all asdfghjkl about them, hehe! Super random, but I barely drank any coffee at home because I didn’t like my mom’s stuff, but now I enjoy a cup almost daily and I enjoy it so much. It’s the little things that count!

Book Haul

I have hauled SO MANY books in the past few months, oh my GOODNESS. I’m just going to divide them by format/edition because I really don’t know how to make this list otherwise, oops! Physical copies: I got my preorder of The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (yay for my fave contemporary fantasy!), I found the Dutch edition of PS. I Still Love You by Jenny Han on sale and I finally got the Shadow & Bone boxset by Leigh Bardugo! Also (I nearly forgot this one) I bought The Cruel Prince by Holly Black when I was in Rotterdam at the end of January! Audiobooks: I got both Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard on sale on Audible. I also used my credit from February to get Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh and I still have one more credit to spend on Audible but I’m still clueless about what to get with it! Finally, I got Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas on sale on Audible as well this past weekend. eBooks: The Fandom by Anna Day was on sale, I got Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner on a whim when I was watching the movie and I got Truthwitch by Susan Dennard for free when I signed up for the Tor newsletter. ARCs & Excerpts: I got an excerpt of Sightwitch by Susan Dennard on Netgalley, and I also got To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo that way!

I’m absolutely SHOCKED by all the books I managed to get since January. I got most of them through sales and some were relatively cheap, to begin with, but it’s crazy! Obviously, I’m also earning money again with my job so it sorta makes sense but I’m still just… shocked, lol!

Currently Reading

Like I said before, I’m writing and scheduling this post in advance, but I can sort of predict my current reads, right? I’m still nowhere close to finishing Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, but I’m slowly getting there! I’ve also started Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo but so far I’m prioritising the Six of Crows audiobook because ooooooh my goodness I am IN LOVE. I’ll probably have finished it by the time this goes up as I’ll be travelling a lot in the next few days. People have told me I’ll be wanting Crooked Kingdom when I finish it, so I might be listening to that one by now? Who knows… Anyway, if you’re really curious about what I’m actually reading at the moment, you can always have a look on Goodreads.

What have you been up to these past few months? Did you haul and/or read any good books? What are your favourite non-bookish things at the moment?





  • Nora M.

    Well done on the diet thing! 🙂 <3 You should be proud of yourself!
    I never tried the weight watcher programme myself, but i see WW "themed" food in shops and they look super nice, and varied so i'm sure that makes it easier to stick to it and succeed as well.

  • dominique_x

    Ah I am so glad you are feeling better/doing better <3 I hope everything works out for you with school and stuff. I am also very happy you like Six of Crows, haha 🙂 I just finished Children of Blood and Bone and I LOVED IT, and I am currently reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue.

  • Lexxie

    YAY for being back to blogging and happy about it, Ayla! I’m glad you’ve gotten your writing mojo back!
    Have fun with your brother, and with visiting the new college.
    Have a wonderful (busy) week ahead, and happy reading.

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