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About Athena

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  • Birthday 10/25/1985

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    Helmond, the Netherlands
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  1. Read-a-thon 2020

    Thanks, that's good to know ! I don't know yet, I can't really oversee how things are going to go, and whether I would be available on 11-13. But if/when I know more things, I'll be sure to make a post.
  2. I loved Murder on the Orient Express too! And of course Sourcery and Wyrd Sisters . I love that you made a picture!
  3. Read-a-thon 2020

    I'm glad you had fun reading ! EDIT: The next read-a-thon is scheduled for 4, 5, 6 September. I will have just moved (moving is in just over a week now!) so will have to see how things are by then, if I have time and energy to participate.
  4. Quick book thoughts. Bianca Toeps - Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit (re-read) I re-read this after finishing Druks (see previous post). Dutch autism memoir published by the same publisher as Druks. Elise Cordaro - Anders gaat ook (re-read) I wanted to re-read this memoir as well (autism and ADHD memoir) Tomohito Oda - Komi Can't Communicate 3: Volume 3 Tomohito Oda - Komi Can't Communicate 4: Volume 4 I enjoyed reading books 3 and 4 in this manga series. Christophe Chabouté - Alone (Tout Seul) This was a nice graphic novel about a person alone in a lighthouse. Pam Smy - Thornhill This book is part textbook (prose) and part illustrations / graphic novel. I liked it. Brandon Mull - Fablehaven 1: Fablehaven Middle-grade fantasy, I read this together with a friend. It was quite good. Jeff Lemire - Roughneck Graphic novel about a former ice-hockey player and his sister. She is on the run from her abusive ex. This was a nice read. Craig Thompson - Blankets This is part graphic novel and part graphic memoir, I'm not sure how much of it is fiction. It's about Craig growing up, with his Christian family, the relationship with his brother and Craig as a teenager falling in love with a teenage girl. I liked the book for the most part. E. K. Weaver - The Less Than Epic Adventures of T. J. and Amal (1-3) This is an omnibus of the whole story. Two men (Amal and T. J.) meet and decide to go on a road trip together, and fall in love. I really liked it.
  5. Read-a-thon 2020

    I'm glad you enjoyed it ! Thank you! Thanks, my granddad is doing okay under the circumstances gladly . Haha! Yay! I'm glad you are liking it ! Yesterday (Sunday) I finished off Blankets by Craig Thompson (548 pages read on Sunday). I also read The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E. K. Weaver (527 pages). I had a lot of fun reading during this read-a-thon!
  6. What's the weather like?

    Agreed! Records were broken here in the Netherlands the past few days. I hope things cool down soon over there. They predict the heatwave here will last until Friday, we shall see (they said Thursday before..)..
  7. Read-a-thon 2020

    I hope it for you!! Yay for you finishing off the first manga and reading some of Hamnet! I'm glad the weather is okay over there, it was 22 degrees Celsius this morning early already (it's gone up to 34 C atm I think). Thanks, my grandfather is doing okay under the circumstances. Yesterday I finished off Fablehaven 1 (75 pages) and I read Roughneck by Jeff Lemire, a graphic novel (about 269 pages, but it doesn't have page numbers and I feel I might need to recount because when I was doing the counting I kept getting distracted). I started Blankets by Craig Thompson, which is a graphic novel / memoir (44 pages). I haven't done any reading of a book yet today, so I guess I'd better get to that soon..
  8. Read-a-thon 2020

    Happy reading to you too Marie! I hope you enjoy finishing off Misery, Karen! Awww, I'm so sorry about your refridgerator being broken . I'm really liking it so far! It's middle-grade fantasy, book 1 in the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull. There are 5 books in total, I have the box set. I hope you enjoy(ed) finishing off The House Without Windows . Yesterday I read 3 chapters of Fablehaven (1) (62 pages). I also read Volume 3 and Volume 4 of Komi Can't Communicate by Tomohito Oda (two manga volumes). I then read Alone by Christophe Chabouté, a graphic novel. Lastly I read Thornhill by Pam Smy, which is part graphic novel and part prose ('text'book). Hopefully I can do a bit more reading today. We're having a heatwave here, it's 37 °C today and it's too hot for most things (including packing for the upcoming move less than 2 weeks away). I didn't sleep that well because of the heat, I woke up at 3 in the morning with a headache. I managed to get a bit more sleep after 4 (I took a painkiller), but I'm still having a headache unfortunately. Last night we heard some bad news, my grandfather fell off a 'rung ladder' and broke his heel bone . Happy reading everyone!
  9. I read this book a few years ago too and I really liked it as well. Happy (re)reading !
  10. Recipes From Around The World

    Hmm.. I'm not sure what kind of specific recipes you would be looking for. What kind of things do you like to eat or do you not eat (ie. do you eat meat, fish, eggs, carbs?)? Are you looking for something for dinner? Or ie. something not for a meal, such as cake? I'm also not sure what kind of things are available over there in the US vs the Netherlands. I often find with American recipes they name an ingredient I've not seen here. But anyway.. if you want something typically Dutch 'hutspot' comes to my mind. It's not really a summer food though, it is a winter food (it's mashed potatoes with sometimes mashed carrots, sometimes sauerkraut, a 'rookworst' (a type of Dutch sausage) and gravy; I know there are varients with 'boerenkool' as well instead of the carrots or sauerkraut but I don't like that. Not sure what boerenkool is in English, sorry). My partner and I make pasta a lot (usually with tomato sauce, sometimes with carbonara sauce, bell peppers and/or mushrooms, and a type of meat), we sometimes have chicken tandoori with rice and vegetables but it requires a pack that I don't know is sold in other countries. We sometimes make bami but again that requires herbs that I don't think you can find in the US, but I could be wrong (it's pork, noodles, specific vegetables and bami herbs). On occasion we make a 'vegetable tart' with 'puff pastry', eggs, creme fraice, certain vegetables (for example, leek), a type of proteine (such as bacon bits / lardons, or tuna), and on occasion grated cheese on top (note: Dutch cheese is very different from the standard American cheese.. just fyi). Well.. just throwing some random ideas out there.. I'd have to think about what meals we often have that could be interesting.
  11. Read-a-thon 2020

    I kind of forgot about the read-a-thon this month! I mean.. the move has been more in my mind than anything else. I'm currently reading Fablehaven (book 1 in the Fablehaven series) by Brandon Mull together with a friend from BookTube, we're reading 3 chapters a day and should have it finished in a few days. I started re-reading Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit by Bianca Toeps. Had I realised it was the read-a-thon this weekend, maybe I would've hold off until after. I would've liked to re-read Elise Cordaro's memoir after, Anders kan ook. But not sure now what I will do. I would like to read some graphic novels and manga for the read-a-thon. Happy reading Hayley!