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Life Lately and Some Birthdays

Hi, I’m back. I mean, I’m still here. Leaving the blogosphere for a couple of months really makes you realize that life goes on even if you’re not chatting away in your little corner of the internet.

But now I’m here, I have some posts scheduled to appear in the next weeks, and I hope some of you are still here and reading this.

So, where have I been all this time? After January and February, which were the roughest months of the year because we were sick all the time (I think we had about 2 days in those 2 months where the four of us were healthy all at once, it was exhausting), I had to spend some time catching up with life. Everything from dirty laundry to my blog comments piled up and I just had to press pause on something, and it wasn’t going to be the laundry because we need fresh clothes, so the blog had to go for a while.

I’m sorry I didn’t say anything, I just saw all the wonderful comments you kept leaving on my last posts trickling into my inbox and felt so guilty because I wasn’t answering them, it was almost a relief to have them finally stop. Almost. And then I felt like shit for feeling this way because here I am, writing stuff, and here you are, reading it, and I’m just so grateful that you’re here. <3

But I missed you, people! I still read books and I missed talking to you about them, missed fangirling and ranting and being generally bookish, so here I am.

In baby news: We have two teeth! They’re sharp and cute. He has learned to crawl, first soldier-style (pulling himself forward while lying on his belly) and now on his hands and knees. He’s starting to pull himself up next to the couch and so on, which is quite early (he’s 7.5 months old), so he falls over a lot. He’s such a cool baby, he’s communicating more and more, eats solid food three times a day, and is this whole little person. It’s amazing to see how different he is from his brother.

In kiddo news: Dinosaurs are still a thing. He now knows various different species and loves nothing more than paging through the different dinosaur encyclopedias we borrow at the library. He’s also using complex sentences and has a cool sense of humor. Tantrums are still happening but they’re manageable. He loves being outside and his default mode is now running, so I’m getting lots of cardio.

In personal news: I finished writing that romance thingy. It’s as finished as it can be without the help of an actual editor, so I’m about to start querying agents. It’s probably still a long way from being ready for publication, so you can’t expect a romance of a bestselling kind, but I think it’s…kinda good. Anyway, my stomach is doing a painful clenching thing as I’m writing this, I’m not used to talking about this so openly and I’m really trying to be better about owning the fact that I write.

I’m still baking bread (which you’ve probably noticed if you’re following me on Instagram), I’ve reached a point where we very rarely buy bread at the store anymore. There’s just something so relaxing and satisfying about bread baking. I’m making my own sourdough now and experimenting with different kinds of flour.

I’m also turning thirty in about a week (on the 24th). So that’s pretty huge, right? I’m not super stressed about it, but it is one of those big birthdays, so I’m celebrating with a little giveaway. My blog is turning three in early May (on the 8th), so this is a dual celebration. I’m ten times older than my blog, haha! The giveaway is meant for you, for my followers, so there’s no “share” option, but new followers are certainly welcome. I’m mainly just so very happy you’re still here, willing to chat with me.

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY, you first have to comment on this blog post and tell me one random fact about yourself. Here, I’ll start: I have so many notebooks I’ll never be able to fill them all. I just love stationery. / My favorite animal is a giraffe. / I hate the smell of pineapple and raspberries. / I put sea salt on my jam & butter sandwiches.

The giveaway is for one book from the list of my favorites (4+ stars rating) in the value of up to 15€. Open internationally if The Book Depository ships to you. I’ll be checking all entries, no giveaway accounts allowed. After the winner is announced on May 5, the winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new one is chosen instead. You know the drill.

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Now it’s your turn!

A Year Older Again

bdayHi! And welcome. It’s my 29th birthday and I’m really glad you stopped by to chat.

I like birthdays. They’ve always been full of good memories for me and have involved nice things like presents and good food and family and friends. I hope this year will be no different. We’ll be celebrating quietly at first but we’re also planning a larger family meal because my dad’s birthday is in a week.

I haven’t really stressed about being in my late 20s yet. I mean, I might freak out a little next year, when the 2 will finally be replaced with a 3, but I’m not there yet, so I’m not worrying. I did make a “30 before 30” list of things I want to achieve/try/do before I’m three decades old, but I won’t be sharing it because it’s rather personal.

I think this year will be a good one. My second kid is due in late August and it will be all work and craziness until then – but hopefully, we’ll find time for short trips and a longer visit to the seaside. I’m pretty excited – not just about the baby, that’s a given – but I like my work as well, so that’s always a good thing.


I don’t know how many of you have been around long enough to remember my old blog design but the tulips above are kind of a nod to it. :D I’m so glad I changed it. I still like the current one, so I’ll be sticking with it even though it’s now one year old.

My blog anniversary (I dislike the word blogiversary) comes around on May 5th, so the following giveaway is a way to say thank you – both for being here as friends for me (and my birthday) and as blog readers (for my blog).


The rules:

  • One winner will get to choose one book from the list of books I reviewed here on the blog that received a rating of 4 stars/hearts or more in the value of up to 15 EUR. The reviews can be found here. You can also order the first part of a series if I’ve reviewed the third one, for example. I’m fairly certain anyone can find something of interest.
  • To be eligible for the giveaway, The Book Depository must ship to your country. You can check about that here. The prize cannot be exchanged for anything else.
  • The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond. In case they fail to respond, another winner will be chosen.
  • will check all entries of the winner and accounts used only for giveaways don’t count.

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srcekWhen is your birthday? How do you celebrate?

How did you find your way to my blog?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

A Birthday (and a Giveaway)

yellow-flowersHi! :)

Thanks for stopping by today. It’s my 28th birthday!

Since it’s not a very important number, we’re not doing anything special – just going out for a nice dinner while the kiddo is fawned over by his grandma.

I think it’s interesting that while my friends and family know full well that I read a lot, they almost never get me books as presents, because they say I already buy a ton of them for myself. But this means that I never know what I’m getting, which is awesome because I love (good) surprises! And I love presents.

I think my favourite birthday present was a batch of horse-riding lessons I received from my husband three years ago. It was so cool because we were watching Game of Thrones earlier that day and there was a scene where Catelyn Stark had an argument with someone on horseback and then she rode away in a huff and I said: “I wish I could ride away from an argument like that, wow, so dramatic!” and A. just smiled enigmatically. Anyway, I had my lessons, I loved them, I fully intend to have more at one point or another but I never learned to gallop anywhere! :)

I want to know: What do you usually do for your birthday? What was the best birthday present you ever received?


I’m happy to say my birthday almost coincides with my blog’s first anniversary, which is on May 5 (more on that when the time comes).

To celebrate these two important dates, I’ve decided to host a little giveaway (because as I said, I love presents and I want to give you one, too. I’d give each and every one of you lovely readers a present if I could.). The rules are as follows:

  • One winner will win one (paperback) novel from the list of favourites that I’ve reviewed on my blog this year. You can see the titles here and you can choose from books that have received a 4/5 or higher rating.
  • If you want a first book in a series and I’ve reviewed a third, for example, you can most certainly have it (I won’t make you start the series in the middle, don’t worry).
  • Open internationally, as long as The Book Depository ships to you for free.
  • The winner will be contacted by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond. If they don’t, another will be chosen.
  • I’ll be checking the winner’s entries… and Twitter accounts used only for giveaways don’t count.

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The best of luck to you! :)