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Book Stats: September 2014

As September is about to end, it is time for the ninth book stats post of this year already! I bought quite a lot of books this month, mainly because of the Boekenfestijn, and I received some other awesome things as well. (Yes I already made a separate post about my purchases at the Boekenfestijn, but I felt like adding them here as well, otherwise it wouldn’t feel complete).

Books bought, received


  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm – I have always wanted to read the original stories, and so when I saw this one at the Boekenfestijn, I knew I had to have it. There was another version of this, a bigger one with illustrations, but if I bought that one I would go over my budget of 30 euros; so I took this one instead. Oh well, maybe I’ll buy the other one another time!
  • Cell by Stephen King – A while ago I made a post about how I never read a Stephen King book, and about how that needed to change. So I read Carrie and didn’t really enjoy it. I saw this book at the Boekenfestijn and thought I’d try it out, though I am not a huge fan of zombies.
  • Een Ongewone Familie (The Radleys) by Matt Haig – One of three Dutch books I bought, only this one is the only actual book. I was curious mainly because of the picture on the cover and the summary; I am afraid that the translation might sound childish like many of the other Dutch books I read.
  • The Blessed by Tonya Hurley – I’d read about someone who’d gone to the Boekenfestijn and bought this book and I was blown away by the amazing cover. I looked up the summary and it sounded really interesting. When I got into the venue I couldn’t find the book at all, until I saw a girl holding a copy – and I was so scared it was the last copy. But then I saw it lying on a table. I practically launched myself at the table and grabbed myself a copy!
  • Witch World by Christopher Pike – I was attracted to this book by the amazing red cover and the title, because I LOVE witches!
  • Changeling by Philippa Gregory – Same with The Blessed, I heard about someone who bought this there and I decided to check it out a well. Unfortunately something has made a dent in my copy but still I got it for not a lot of money!
  • The Hobbit AUJ Visual Companion by Jude Fisher – I LOVE the Hobbit, and when I saw this one I knew I had to take it with me. It’s a visual companion which shows you some amazing pictures of the first movie, and tells you who who is and everything (not that I need to know, but still, HOBBIT!)
  • Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia by Christopher Paolini – I have to admit, I never finished the first book or the movie, but when I saw this book I threw it in my basket without a second thought. I am a sucker for movie (or book) companions and this is just amazing, it’s just like the Film Wizardry that I have of Harry Potter with little envelopes you can open and maps and everything! It’s really awesome!


  • Doctor Who: The Movie – The DTTA (Dutch Time Travellers Association, aka the Dutch Doctor Who fanclub) had a giveaway on Tumblr. You could win the DVD of the Eight Doctor’s movie and pick it up at the fanday. Seeing as I was going to the fanday and I really wanted to see the movie, I decided to participate. And I won! So I picked it up this Saturday, and I think I’m going to watch it asap!
  • Thuis in Virgin River (Virgin River) by Robyn Carr – I got an email from Not Just Any Book asking if I wanted to read this book and review it. I decided to participate and I got chosen as one of the lucky readers. I received it on Friday and I am going to start reading it today because I need my review online on 13 October.
  • The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology by Arthur Cotterell and Rachel Storm – I am a sucker for Mythology, especially Norse Myths. So when I saw this book, and saw that it wasn’t just about Greek or Roman Mythology I put it in my basket at the Boekenfestijn. Eventually my mum bought it for me because I was over my budget and it made me extremely happy!
  • Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading – I received an email from (I guess) the publisher asking me if I wanted to read this book. I was curious because of the summary so I said yes and I got an ebook version of this book. I have yet to start reading it, but I think I’ll do it next month!



  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – Another book signed not by the author, but by an actor from the movie. Yes I got it signed by Daniel Radcliffe who I met on 15 September in Amsterdam! It was one of the best decisions I made and one of the most amazing days in my life!

And I read several books this month. The italicized titles are books I am still reading. Books with a * behind it are re-reads.

What I did this month: 

  • I met Daniel Radcliffe! I said I might meet him in my previous book stats post, because I still wasn’t sure if I wanted to go there, but eventually I just decided to go and I ACTUALLY MET HIM! I got his autograph (as you can see in the previous picture), and I got a picture with him (which you can see in the post I linked to the first sentence). It was so amazing and I still can’t quite believe I actually met him; though I think I did a great job at not freaking out right in front of him (I did that when I got home though, lots of times). I think meeting the Hobbit cast made me kind of used to meeting famous people (this makes it sound like I meet celebrities every week, omg).
  • I watched Maleficent, and reviewed it! And I am sorry not sorry but I have to say that I like this one better than Sleeping Beauty; mainly because the story is so different and because of the actors and the special effects and everything. Yeah. Definitely buying this on DVD when it comes out!
  • I started watching the 100 TV show; and I liked it better than the book. The first two episodes (the only ones I’ve watched, oops) are so much more exciting than the first half of the book. I am not 100% sure about the actors and all, but at least they didn’t include Glass whose chapters were just incredibly boring.
  • I watched the Maze Runner movie and I FREAKING LOVED IT! I thought the actors were amazing, the maze was amaze-ing (he he he), the whole movie was just wowwwwwwww! And they confirmed that The Scorch Trials will be released in September next year!
  • I went to the Dutch Doctor Who fanday. I dressed up as a female Eleventh Doctor and we had some fun playing DW Trivial Pursuit, making out own 500 Miles video and taking a lot of weird selfies. I also picked up the DVD that I’d won on Tumblr, and I can’t wait to watch the movie!

What I’m planning on doing next month:

  • Go to RingCon! I am so excited for this, even though the guest we initially bought tickets for has cancelled, and we both don’t watch Game of Thrones (most of the guests that are there are from GoT); we will still meet Craig Parker (Haldir in LOTR), Manu Bennett (Azog in the Hobbit), Sebastian Roche (Baltazar from Supernatural), and hopefully the Blue fairy and Archie Hopper from Once Upon a Time.
  • Continue watching the 100 TV show. I really liked the first two episodes, but I didn’t watch any further because I wasn’t in the mood for it. In fact, I haven’t really been in the mood to watch any TV show, apart from Doctor Who.
  • Start working on my Mirkwood elf cosplay. I decided to cosplay a Mirkwood elf at HobbitCon next year, so I bought a green dress. I also put some nice boots on my wishlist and I am giong to ask my gran if she wants to help me make a bodice. I will buy some elf-ears, grow my hair out so I can use that instead of a wig, and I might make some awesome knives or perhaps a bow to go with it. I have decided to name her Amarië, because that’s the elf name I got when I filled in my actual name on this website!
  • Start moving Octie to FIAL. I am still not 100% sure if I’m going to keep or move to, but I am certainly going to move this subdomain to the main site, mainly because of Jetpack. I am so annoyed that I can’t use it on Octie anymore, while I haven’t done anything strange. So next month, I’ll be moving Octie to the main site bit by bit, as soon as I find out how I can save all the images that I’ve uploaded here. (Any tips?)

And that concludes the book stats post for September. Which books did you buy and read this month? Tell me in a comment!