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Blog Stats: October 2014

October’s here to staaaaaaaaaaaay, or well, yeah October’s over actually. So it’s time for another book stats post, or as I have renamed it ‘blog stats’, because I won’t just be talking about books anymore in this post, but about the stuff that’s happened on the blog and in my life as well. So in this post I will talk about the books I’ve bought, the books I’ve read, the posts I’ve made on this blog, the things I’ve done this month and the things I am planning on doing next month. We’ll start off with the books, as usual!

Books Bought: 


  • Silhouette by Justin Richards – I love Doctor Who, and I love reading. So when I found out that there were Doctor WHo novels, I had to get my hands on a couple of them. So far, I’ve read books with all ‘my’ Doctors (Nine, Ten, Eleven) and now I decided to buy this book that features the Twelfth Doctor. I can’t wait to get started in this!
  • The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer – The final book in this series was finally released in paperback this year, and I finally was able to buy it this month. I’ve already read it, and you can find my review on this blog!
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – HEIR OF FIRE HEIR OF FIRE! I think I cheered when this book arrived, because I really wanted to know how the story went on. The last book ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, and now I can finally dive into Celaena’s world again!


  • Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan – The Apparating Library appeared at RingCon this year, and everyone could donate books and pick up another book afterwards. I decided to donate Matched by Ally Condie, because I didn’t particularly enjoy the book and it was just sitting on my shelf, gathering dust. Unfortunately, by the time I got to the table to pick out a new book, all the nice ones were already taking (including my own, have fun with it new owner). There were a couple of German books, but seeing as I can’t read that, I decided to go for Percy Jackson, even though I’ve already read it and even though it’s a movie cover. Oh well.

Books read:

Books read this month: 12; 9 new, 3 re-reads
Total books read this year: 102/125
Books behind/ahead of schedule: 2 behind (damn)

Other things I bought:



  • Arwen’s corronation dress from Return of the King – For only five euros at RingCon, while on the official LOTR webshop it costs about 70 dollars (or euros, I wasn’t sure). The reason it was so cheap, it had some loose threads at the front of the dress. Those were quickly removed with the help of a pair of scissors and voila, I have a new cosplay! I only need to find the tiara that she’s wearing there, because the one provided here was just cheap plastic.
  • Some fandom stuff from the Primark – A Quidditch jumper, Marvel leggings, a Frozen tshirt and Snow White pyjamas. The pyjamas aspecially spoke to me so much I just had to have them (it’s Grumpy on there, and the text underneath him says ‘Do I look like I care?’.
  • A Wednesday-esque dress – Y’all know Wednesday from the Addams family? Well, this dress looks a bit like the clothes she wears in the show/movie, only this one is dark blue with a tartan-ish design. I like it very much, though it’s a bit hard to get the zipper closed without help.
  • A Mug with Luna Lovegood’s face on it (I just realised it’s on both pictures, but I only bought one, shh) – At the same shop where I bought my Arwen dress, they had a collection of mugs, fandom tshirts and bags. The mugs were 5 euros for two so my friend chose one similar to mine but with Harry’s face on it, and I chose this one because Luna.
  • A bag – I’d been wanting an Cambridge satchel for a very long time, preferably in red or black, but I couldn’t find them anywhere (at least not for under 15 euros). I did see one at one point at Primark, but I didn’t have any money then and when I came back a week later they were gone. But then we saw this one, which was 11 euros, and it turned out to be even cheaper when we went to pay, and I am very happy with it because my camera fits in it perfectly!
  • A bow – I’d said already in my previous stats post, that I wanted to cosplay a Mirkwood elf, and so when I saw this bow at the Elbenwald shop at RingCon, I decided to take it with me. It was ten euros, and I’ll paint it brown/green to match the Mirkwood colours. I could also use this one to cosplay any other character that has a bow (Merida, Katniss, Hawkeye, hehehe). I am so excited! It’s a bit unbalanced unfortunately, but I guess that’s why it was so cheap.
  • Some other small stuff – a Haribo bear, nailpolish (I never have enough), a ring, a phone case, and an awesome monkey hat!

Things I’ve done this month:


  • Went to RingCon, where I met Sebastian Roché, Nathaniel Buzolic and Manu Bennett. They were amazing and I loved meeting them, their panels were incredible and funny and the RingCon parties were awesome as well (okay the second party was cool, the first one was meh). I have posted the first post about my RingCon adventures already, and I’ll post the other three asap.
  • Went to see Dracula Untold in the cinema. We mainly wanted to see it because Luke Evans played in it, but I ended up loving the movie a lot. I’ve never really been a huge fan of vampires, but I’ve got to say I am starting to tolerate them a bit more, especially now that there are a lot of movies and tv shows about vampires that don’t ruin their image (like Twilight did…)
  • Saw Guardians of the Galaxy, finally! I didn’t get the chance to see it in the cinema, but I ended up finding a good download with nice sound and a clear picture. I loved it, especially Lee Pace’s Ronan (even though he was kind of an asshole).
  • Moved Octie to FIAL. I wanted to buy a complete new domain, but I’ve decided to wait with that until next year. I did move the blog to the main website because I was annoyed by the fact that WP didn’t seem to work properly on the subdomain anymore, while it did still work on the main blog. So here we are. I’m a bit sad about the disappearance of the fansite, which kind of makes me realise even more that my favourite band is going to stop at the end of this year, but hey, what can you do about it?
  • Finished season four of Supernatural. Last Wednesday, I decided I wanted to continue watching Supernatural. I ended up watching seven or eight episodes and went to bed at 3am. The next evening, I watched the last four episode of the season, and immediately downloaded the fifth season. I am going to start that tomorrow, because tonight is Doctor Who night!

Things that happened on the blog: 

Amount of posts made in October: 15
Amount of posts saved as drafts: 9

Things I am planning on doing next month: 

  • See Ed Sheeran live – He’s playing at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam in two days (Monday), and I’m going there with my sister and two of her friends. I can’t wait, even though I haven’t heard a lot of his songs. I am hoping he’ll play I See Fire, though I am also hoping he will not because I can’t not cry when I hear that song.
  • Go to the Hunger Games marathon – Mockingjay comes out on the 19th of this month in my country (two days before it comes out in America, wooh) and the cinemas in our country are having a Hunger Games marathon. It starts at 6pm on the 18th and we’ll watch the Hunger Games, Catching Fire and then at midnight Mockingjay part one! I am both excited and very anxious because I know this movie will be intense!
  • See Only Seven Left live in Haarlem – They are starting their final tour this month, and I’ll be going to their show in Haarlem, because it’s close. Unfortunately, the world premiere of The Battle of Five Armies will be in London on the 1st of December, which my friend is going to, so she won’t be able to join me at the concert. Oh well, I think a couple of my other friends are going as well, so I won’t be alone.
  • Read more books – I haven’t been reading a lot this month, or well, to me it doesn’t feel like a lot.

Books I want to read in November: Silhouette, Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold, The Lost Hero, Dangerous Girls, The Body Electric
Movies I want to see in November: Mockingjay part one, Horns, X-Men: Days of Future Past