Dear friends,

Hello and welcome to my blog! I am very happy to be back online. If you’re a frequent visitor, you might have noticed something is different here. Due to the new GDPR, using Google’s Blogger is no longer an option, so a blog move was necessary. Now, I have my own domain! (To be honest, it feels pretty cool.) What’s confusing is the fact that I now use the WordPress interface. There is a coffee-inspired colour scheme, which is nice… but, frankly, I have no idea what I’m doing.

Plugins? Why are there so many? How do I find the ones I need? How do I even know what I need? Did Aliens create this? Why are there SO. MANY. OPTIONS?! And most of all, am I finally conforming to the lovely GDPR? I don’t know. Let’s hope for the best. Please forgive me if things are still looking a little rough on here, there is a lot to figure out.

I didn’t exactly spend a lot of time on the blog move yet because, guess what, I started work! It’s my first long-term full-time job (until next October, at least) and therefore involves a lifestyle change I still have to get used to. In addition to this and daily life, I also had my journey to Glasgow to prepare – which I’ll talk about in a separate post – so there wasn’t much time left for reading either. Which I am very NOT happy about. But I did my best.

Let’s not talk about the timing of this post though because (insert nervous laughter) I kind of… forgot to finish writing it. Yeah. Umm. Enough explanations and whining now. We want facts! Now! So, here are the (small) numbers:

BOOKS I READ

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi – 531 pages – 3/5
Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel – 304 pages – 5/5 (Reread)

BOOKS I STARTED

Waking Gods – Sylvain Neuvel – 30/322 pages
The Fellowship of the Ring – J. R. R. Tolkien – 87/400 pages

OPINIONS

Unfortunately, I did not enjoy Children of Blood and Bone and can’t understand the hype. The only thing that makes it special is the setting and the representation, but as a fantasy story, it provided nothing new. It felt generic, was full of chlichés and insta love (shudders). Sorry, but I doubt I’ll keep up with this series.

Sleeping Giants was entirely different. It took me a few pages to get back into the story but then, even though it was my second read, it captivated me. It was gripping, suspenseful, intelligent, unique and exciting. I can genuinely recommend this book to everyone who loves Sci-Fi, wants to try the genre or is looking for a great story in file form.

The next wrap-up is near, and I also want to write reviews again. If you have any suggestions, questions or wishes for posts (or plugin recommendations), let me know in the comments!

Love,
Sandy x

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