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About Athena

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    Readaholic, BookWorm & BookEater
  • Birthday 10/25/1985

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    Helmond, the Netherlands
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    Books, writing, science, technology, health, animals, languages...

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  1. Ask a Mod

    I'd be happy to do it some time provided my computer/internet/things is/are cooperating.
  2. I love Terry Pratchett, what a great word! And same, stuff has been going on in my life too. (Still) making my way through various books (mostly non-fiction): The Wheel of Time Companion by Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Ala Romaczuk and Maria Simons (been reading this since December); Invisble Women by Caroline Criado Perez (amazing so far); Biased by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD (good so far); Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (good so far). I also started 3 other non-fiction books but since I am not that far into them, only read 1 chapter or so, I haven't actually marked them as started reading.
  3. Storygraph

    This reminds me of that time when I marked a horror book as read on GoodReads and: Which made me laugh so I took a screenshot when it happened. I've heard good things about Storygraph from other people. No idea about algorithms though, that's not my area of specialty.
  4. Keeping your TBR under control

    In the Netherlands there are I think more Kobo readers than Kindle readers (Amazon NL Kindle is newer than the Kobo systems which most other ebook websites in the Netherlands can work with / epub). I have my Kindle, but a lot of ie. Dutch book bloggers I used to read posts by, have a Kobo.
  5. I'm currently reading two (big/long) books. The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow (non-fiction, about early human history, borrowed from my dad), and The Wheel of Time Companion by Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk and Maria Simons (this is an A-Z of everything in The Wheel of Time series, I'm reading bits from time to time). I'll start a new fiction read soon too, a friend and I are going to read the 3rd Hannah Swensen book together soon, Blueberry Muffin Murder by Joanne Fluke.
  6. Athena's Reading List 2021

    A few bookish highlights of 2021 Going to the library and loaning books I'm really glad I got to do this once, in October 2021, for the first time since 2019, and I had really missed it. It was really nice to be in the library again and see all the books, and borrow some and read them. Then cases (in my country) went up again and I'm staying away for a while, for my own safety and others' (like I did in 2020 and until that October in 2021). The library hasn't done any library sales since autumn 2019 and I miss them, too. Going to two second-hand book markets Events were starting up again in the summer and in autumn I felt safe enough to go to a second-hand book market at a nearby town. A week later, it turned out there was another second-hand book market at another town nearby, which I got to go to as well. And then cases rose, lockdown hit and all events are cancelled. I hadn't been to a second-hand book event/buying since January 2020 and I had such tremendous fun. I'll be staying away for a while for safety reasons, that is when events are allowed again in the first place, which might be a while anyway. But even when they are allowed, I have to see that cases are low and people are sticking to rules etc, before I'll go. Anyway, so these two second-hand book markets are some of my bookish highlights this year.
  7. Athena's Reading List 2021

    Books read in December 2021 221. Joanne Fluke - Hannah Swensen 2: Strawberry Shortcake Murder 222. Jodi Picoult - The Book of Two Ways 223. Matt Haig (ill. Chris Mould) - Christmas 2: The Girl Who Saved Christmas 224. Camryn Garrett - Off the Record 225. Michael Fry and Bradley Jackson - The Naughty List 226. Tom Fletcher (ill. Shane Devries) - The Christmasaurus 2: The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch 227. Louise Bagshawe - Sparkles 228. Matt Haig (ill. Chris Mould) - Christmas 3: Father Christmas and Me 229. Sarah Kurchak - I Overcame My Autism And All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder 230. Molly Knox Ostertag - The Witch Boy 1: The Witch Boy (re-read) 231. Molly Knox Ostertag - The Witch Boy 2: The Hidden Witch (re-read) 232. Molly Knox Ostertag (col. Maarta Laiho) - The Witch Boy 3: The Midwinter Witch 233. Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 1: Volume 1 (re-read) 234. Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 2: Volume 2 (re-read) 235. Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 3: Volume 3 (re-read) 236. Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 4: Volume 4 237. Dana Simpson - Phoebe and her Unicorn 6: Phoebe and her Unicorn in The Magic Storm 238. Dav Pilkey - Dog Man 3: A Tale of Two Kitties 239. Ben Miller (ill. Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini) - The Night I Met Father Christmas 240. Rutger Bregman - De meeste mensen deugen (borrowed from my parents) Favourites this month: Sarah Kurchak - I Overcame My Autism And All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder Tom Fletcher (ill. Shane Devries) - The Christmasaurus 2: The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch Camryn Garrett - Off the Record Matt Haig (ill. Chris Mould) - Christmas 2: The Girl Who Saved Christmas Jodi Picoult - The Book of Two Ways Joanne Fluke - Hannah Swensen 2: Strawberry Shortcake Murder Molly Knox Ostertag - The Witch Boy 1: The Witch Boy (re-read) Molly Knox Ostertag - The Witch Boy 2: The Hidden Witch (re-read) Molly Knox Ostertag (col. Maarta Laiho) - The Witch Boy 3: The Midwinter Witch Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 1: Volume 1 (re-read) Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 2: Volume 2 (re-read) Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 3: Volume 3 (re-read) Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 4: Volume 4 Least favourites: Ben Miller (ill. Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini) - The Night I Met Father Christmas
  8. Athena's Reading List 2021

    Books read in November 2021 188. Pavel Šrut (ill. Galina Malíková) - De Sokkenvreters (Lichožrouti 1: Lichožrouti) (Library) 189. Will Eagle - Lees dit als je beroemd wilt worden op YouTube (Read This If You Want To Be YouTube Famous) (Library) 190. Anna Kemp (ill. Alex T. Smith) - Fantastische Frankie en de Hersenslurpmachine (Fantastic Frankie and the Brain-Drain Machine) (Library) 191. Patrick Boyle (ill. Antoine Corbineau) - Queer Icons: LHBTI-iconen van A tot Z (Queer Icons From Gay to Z) (Library) 192. Timo Parvela, Bjørn Sortland and Pasi Pitkänen - Kepler 62 3: De reis (Kepler62 3: Matka) (Library) 193. Timo Parvela, Bjørn Sortland and Pasi Pitkänen - Kepler 62 4: Pioniers (Kepler62 4: Pionerer) (Library) 194. Timo Parvela, Bjørn Sortland and Pasi Pitkänen - Kepler 62 5: Het virus (Kepler62 5: Virus) (Library) 195. Timo Parvela, Bjørn Sortland and Pasi Pitkänen - Kepler 62 6: Het geheim (Kepler62 6: Hemmeligheten) (Library) 196. Alice Pantermüller and Daniela Kohl - De vrolijke avonturen van Tina Talent 2: De ster van het toneel (Linni von Links 2: Ein Star im Himbeer-Sahne-Himmel) (Library) 197. Sir Steve Stevenson (Mario Pasqualotto) (ill. Stefano Turconi) - Agatha Mistery 2: De Parel van Bengalen (La Perla del Bengala) (Library) 198. Sir Steve Stevenson (Mario Pasqualotto) (ill. Stefano Turconi) - Agatha Mistery 3: Het zwaard van de Schotse koning (La spada del Re di Scozia) (Library) 199. Obert Skye - Het schepsel uit mijn kast 3: Pinocula (The Creature From my Closet 3: Pinocula) (Library) 200. Luc Embrechts and Rocío del Moral - RASCAL 1: De Bengaalse tijger (Library) 201. Luc Embrechts and Eric Bouwens - Uitvinderszootje 3: Operatie Groen (Library) 202. John Martin and Scott Seegert - De Melkweg School 1: De Melkweg School (Sci-fi Junior High 1: Sci-fi Junior High) (Library) 203. Greta Thunberg, Malena Ernman, Beata Ernman and Svante Thunberg - Ons huis staat in brand (Scener ur hjärtat) (Library) 204. Joanne Fluke - Hannah Swensen 1: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder 205. Kelly Yang - Parachutes 206. Joanne Fluke - Hannah Swensen 1.5: Candy for Christmas 207. Martha Wells - Murderbot Diaries 1: All Systems Red 208. Martha Wells - Murderbot Diaries 2: Artificial Condition 209. Sabina Khan - The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali 210. Martha Wells - Murderbot Diaries 0.5: Compulsory 211. Martha Wells - Murderbot Diaries 3: Rogue Protocol 212. Bas van Lier (ill. Irene Goede) - Spreken we in Europa straks allemaal Europees? En andere vragen van kinderen aan de Europese Unie 213. Herman Pleij (ill. Irene Goede) - Zwemmen er haaien in de slotgracht? En andere vragen van kinderen aan het Muiderslot 214. Christa Carbo (ill. Irene Goede) - Krijgt de politie ook wel eens een bon? En andere vragen van kinderen aan de politie 215. Bas van Lier (ill. Eva Klose) - Blijven mensen altijd bestaan? En andere vragen van kinderen aan NEMO over leven 216. Bas van Lier (ill. Irene Goede) - Hoeveel papier gaat er in een boom? 217. Bas van Lier (ill. Irene Goede) - Hoe word ik snel rijk? 218. Jet van Vuuren - Eindfeest 219. Khaled Hosseini - And the Mountains Echoed 220. George M. Johnson - All Boys Aren't Blue Favourites this month: Martha Wells - Murderbot Diaries 1-3 Kelly Yang - Parachutes George M. Johnson - All Boys Aren't Blue Joanne Fluke - Hannah Swensen 1: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder Jet van Vuuren - Eindfeest Sabina Khan - The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali Pavel Šrut (ill. Galina Malíková) - De Sokkenvreters (Lichožrouti 1: Lichožrouti) Luc Embrechts and Rocío del Moral - RASCAL 1: De Bengaalse tijger John Martin and Scott Seegert - De Melkweg School 1: De Melkweg School (Sci-fi Junior High 1: Sci-fi Junior High) (Timo Parvela, Bjørn Sortland and Pasi Pitkänen - Kepler series (esp. books 4 and 5; I read books 1 and 2 in 2019) Least favourites: Khaled Hosseini - And the Mountains Echoed
  9. Athena's Reading List 2021

    Well.. somehow this thread got away from me this year and I didn't update it much . So.. here goes since I apparently haven't posted in here since October. Books read in October 2021 168. Susan Hatler - Kissed by the Bay 7: Forever in a Kiss 169. Robert Thorogood - The Marlow Murder Club 1: The Marlow Murder Club 170. Gabrielle Jackson - Pain and Prejudice 171. Sarah Anderson - Aix Marks The Spot 172. Dr. Camilla Pang - Explaining Humans 173. Dave Goldstein - Bijna Vergeten 174. Jacques Vriens (ill. Annet Schaap) - Die rotschool met die fijne klas (re-read) 175. A. C. Baantjer - Baantjer 28: De Cock en het lijk op retour 176. Carry Slee - #laatste vlog 177. Enne Koens - Ik ben Vincent en ik ben niet bang 178. Mirjam Oldenhave (ill. Rick de Haas) - Mees Kees 3: De rekenrap 179. Iris Boter - Online! 180. Caja Cazemier - Offline 181. Anna Whateley - Peta Lyre's Rating Normal 182. Iris ter Haar - Een steekje los 183. Anna Woltz - Onweer (from: Onweer & Tien dagen in een gestolen auto) (Library) 184. Anna Woltz - Tien dagen in een gestolen auto (from: Onweer & Tien dagen in een gestolen auto) (Library) 185. Bianca Toeps and Esther Walraven (ill. Roozeboos) - Ik ben autastisch! (Library) 186. Colette de Bruin - Geef me de 5 1: Geef me de 5 (Library) 187. Marjon Kuipers and Saskia Buma - Minder stress, minder autisme: Plan C (Library) Favourites this month: Dr. Camilla Pang - Explaining Humans Gabrielle Jackson - Pain and Prejudice Anna Whateley - Peta Lyre's Rating Normal Iris ter Haar - Een steekje los Sarah Anderson - Aix Marks The Spot Bianca Toeps and Esther Walraven (ill. Roozeboos) - Ik ben autastisch! Least favourites: Colette de Bruin - Geef me de 5 1: Geef me de 5
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