Friday, November 17, 2017

Adventures in Nursing #4: The Moment That Changed Me



Next to being a book blogger and a fanatic reader I work fulltime as a Nurse in an Academic Hospital in the Netherlands. Since being a nurse is such a big part of my life I decided it’s time to share some of my adventures in nursing here on my blog.

Sometimes working as nurse can be very hard. And I’ve had several moments where I wondered for who I was doing it all for. When I was yelled at, puked over, pied on. It’s just something that comes with working as a nurse. We all go through it.
A view months ago something happened to me that almost made me want to quit nursing all together. Scary really. That moment changed me. And still, months later I am not the same person I was before.

I was working the nightshift. Something that I didn’t mind at all. In the weekends we used to stand with two nurses on 34 patients max. It’s a busy shift, and sometimes it’s not a big deal because most of your patients sleep. But most times it’s really hard work because people tend to be awake a lot. When I started this particular nightshift one of my patients, a man I also took care of the night before, was standing in the middle of the hallway.  This was not supposed to be possible. He had several IV’s, and he hadn’t been out of bed since his accident. Well, now he had no lines and had this wild look in his eyes. 

My patient was very angry, convinced that we were there to hurt him and he didn’t want to listen. Thankfully my colleagues of the evening shift were still there and they tried to help me get the man in his bed. Unfortunately he was very strong and tall, and he didn’t believe us for one moment. When he kicked me, my colleagues immediately took hold of him and put him down in a chair. We already called some guards and they were helping us keep him calm. And for a while it seemed to work. My colleagues from the evening shift went home, and me, my nightshift colleague and two guards stayed with this patient while we waited on a doctor. 

The man was extremely aggressive and in the end I also got hit, got urine thrown in my face and I was told he would murder me several times. In the meanwhile other patients were awake too of course and I tried to keep them calm and happy while I waited on more doctors and the patient’s wife.
Well.. he didn’t recognize his wife and he didn’t believe he was in the hospital.

After four very long hours we were able to help the patient get back to sleep. And when he woke up he couldn’t remember a thing of what happened. He felt scared, because he found himself in another room with a lot of broken stuff surrounding him and he had a lot of pain because we weren’t able to give him a lot of painkillers since we couldn’t come close to him.
At the end of my shift I tried to console my patient. But the truth was I was scared out of my mind for the man. As a professional I know that he doesn’t remember a thing, and didn’t mean to hurt me. But as a human being I felt terrible, scared, violated and angry. I became a nurse because I wanted to help people. And when I did just that I was hurt. 

Now, months later I’m doing much better. I’m doing my job as a nurse, and I enjoy it most of the time. I’ve worked some nightshifts and I’ve talked with my husband, coworkers and boss about this memorable shift. People don’t always seem to understand what this night did with me. But I understand now that I can’t expect them too. I have witnessed violence in my past before. And that’s why this situation was probably harder to me than for others. Angry people have always scared me. And this situation just made that a little worse. 

I’m still not back to being the nurse I was before this happened, and maybe I will never be. But I can see now that this situation was not because of me. It was not my fault. My patient didn’t mean to hurt me. He was just sick and needed help.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to become a nurse.. It has been my dream.. and I will find my way back. 

Opinions are my own and not the views of my employer.
These views are based on my own experiences and my own interpretations in my life as a nurse. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My Favorite.. Fairy Tale



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info visit the My Favorite Meme. page.

Growing up I loved fairy tales, and I still do. That’s one of the reasons why I have a tattoo with Once Upon A Time on my back. I love being swept away by fairy tales. I love that in fairytales every story has a happy end. Not really realistic maybe, but it has always made me feel hopeful. Hopeful that things will work out in the end, the road may not be easy.. but it will be okay.

When I was younger I watched, probably like everyone of my age,  a lot the Disney fairytales. And my favorite fairy tale would definitely have to be ‘Beauty and the Beast’. And after that Thumbelina! I just love those fairy tales, even now! But there are many more fairy tales I loved.. Peter Pan, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and many more. I still watch them on tv and read them whenever I can. There’s just something magical about fairy tales. 

Here are two of my favorite songs from my favorite fairy tales. Just to make your day a little better :) :




What is your favorite fairy tale? 

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Review 'Blue Gold' by David Barker


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34856144-blue-gold
The near future. Climate change and geopolitical tension have given rise to a new international threat - a world war for water. This most vital of resources has become a precious commodity and some will stop at nothing to control its flow.

When a satellite disappears over Iceland, Sim Atkins thinks he knows why. He is given the chance to join the hallowed Overseas Division and hunt for the terrorists responsible. But his new partner Freda Brightwell is aggrieved to be stuck with a rookie on such a deadly mission.

Freda's misgivings are well founded when their first assignment ends in disaster - a bomb destroys a valuable airship and those responsible evade capture. Seeking redemption, the British agents follow the trail to a billionaires' tax haven in the middle of the Atlantic ocean and uncover a web of deceit that threatens global war. Whom can they trust?

As the world edges ever closer to destruction Sim and Freda must put their lives on the line to prevent Armageddon - and protect the future of 'blue gold'.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
May 11th, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
Thriller
Pages:
360
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


When I read the book description of ‘Blue Gold’ I was immediately fascinated by this read. Although I don’t read a lot of thrillers, this was a read that just interested me. Who doesn’t want to read more when you read about Climate Change? It’s such a ‘hot’ subject at the moment, I definitely wanted to read what could be written about this subject. Especially in a thriller!

I haven’t been reading a lot of thrillers lately. And it took me a while to get into this story, and not because of any lack of action. Not at all! This book is really action filled, but since I don’t read a lot of thrillers I found I couldn’t concentrate on this book as much as I would have liked. But thankfully, David Barker is a writer that makes his readers want to keep on reading and I kept going.

What I didn’t really expect was the science fiction, futuristic part of this book. I don’t read a lot of sci- fi novels and so it took me a little while to really appreciate the whole ‘set in the future’ part. But in the end I started to enjoy this book more. And the author did a great job with the world building.

The two main characters Jim and Freda where fun to read about. I think they made a fun team and I enjoyed reading about their journey together. Jim was really humoristic at times. And I just enjoyed reading about his character. 

Although this book was definitely fun, I just didn’t really love it. And I think it’s mainly because of the genre. I can definitely say I’m not really into the science fiction stories at the moment. And although this book isn’t as sci fi as let’s say ‘Star Wars’, it still just wasn’t something I particularly liked. But the writing in this book was from the beginning very good and interesting and there was some great world building and awesome characterizations.    

My Rating:

About the Author:


David was born in Cheshire but now lives in Berkshire. He is married to an author of children’s picture books, with a daughter who loves stories. His working life has been spent in the City, first for the Bank of England and now as Chief Economist for an international fund. So his job entails trying to predict the future all the time.

David’s writing ambitions received a major boost after he attended the Faber Academy six-month course in 2014 and he still meets up with his inspirational fellow students. He loves reading, especially adventure stories, sci-fi and military history. Outside of family life, his other interests include tennis, golf and surfing.

For more information about David please visit his website. Or follow him on Twitter.

I received this book by Smith Publicity in exchange for my honest review.
http://www.smithpublicity.com/

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Sunday Post # 71: Bugs & Reading



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This week was pretty good reading wise. After months of feeling like I didn’t have enough time for my books I now feel like I’ve definitely did have time to read. I worked Monday till Wednesday, but in my 45 minute lunch break I did some reading. And this is not something that is done all that much here. But I’m feeling good about it and will try to keep doing it. And since on Wednesday, the #HoHoHoRAT started, I stayed in bed a long time to read on Thursday. It was the best morning, and I tried not to feel too bad about staying in bed so long. LOL!

On Thursday evening I had a goodbye- dinner for one of my colleagues. And on Friday I spent the day at my mom’s place, cooking and watching movies. In the evening my husband joined us, and we had a fun evening. 

This weekend, till Thursday I have to work again. But today, Saturday,  my grandma is having her birthday party in the evening. It should definitely be a fun night saying the family.

Books & Reading:

Like I said, I had a good reading week. I tried to read as much as possible, slept less to read longer and took my book with me to work (something I already did for years, but I never had the time to read it). I finished two books so far this book. Whoohoo!! :D 

This week was Maureen’s Books Promotions first event, the Release Event of ‘After Lucas’ by Tudor Robins. Everything went pretty well, but on Monday our computer crashed because of a bug/virus thingy. Out of nowhere a computerized voice started saying ‘Warning, warning’. It was damn freaky and as a result it took some while to get everything working again. So I managed to do the promotions for all my posts, thank god for my iPhone, but working on my posts for next week and visiting all of you guys didn’t work out as planned. Thankfully we now have a brand new anti-virus program and I don’t seem to have lost to much stuff. So.. I hope to be able to catch up with all of you this week.

This week I also received my two Harry Potter books I won. Two weeks ago I received an email from Every Free Chance Books letting me know I won there $50 Book Depository Giveaway. I picked out these two beauties!! I loooove them!!

Don’t forget to enter the #Giveaway on the Release Event (see the banner on the right side) and see ‘My Favorite.. Gift’. It’s damn pretty  if you ask me! :D

Since it’s still #HoHoHoRAT I’m of to read some more. I hope you all had a great week!!

Last Week on the Blog:

This Week on the Blog:

  • Review ‘Blue Gold’ by David Barker
  • My Favorite.. Fairy Tale
  • Adventures in Nursing #4

New Arrivals:


Requested on Netgalley
Requested on Netgalley
Received from the Little, Brown Book Group

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Day in the Life of Author Tudor Robins


Today I'm excited to share this awesome guest post by Tudor Robins with you. Tudor is the author of the new book 'After Lucas', the second book in the Stonegate series that got published this week. You can enter a #Giveaway on the Release Event published this Tuesday and maybe win a copy of the awesome new #YA novel. 

Ha!

I’m not sure what it says that my first reaction is to laugh, but there you go.
There are two kinds of days: 1) The kind of day I have planned. 2) The kind of day that actually happens.

Most of my days start according to plan, simply because it’s too early for anything to go off the rails. I get out of bed at 6:00, pull on my running clothes (including a high-visibility safety vest, and a flashing light that wraps around the heel of my running shoe) and I run about 8K before the sun rises.
By the time I get home, the house is stirring. My husband is up, and my kids are either awake, or yawning out of bed. Meaning … breakfast to eat, lunches to make, school forms to sign, assignments to print off (which should have been printed the night before!), beds to make, etc. I usually try to get at least something – muffins, or cookies – baking in the oven while I’m in the kitchen because our family goes through a LOT of baked goods. And, of course, I squeeze in my own shower.

Then the house is empty.
Tudor's office

Unless somebody’s sick, or it’s a snow day, or a PD day – you guessed it – this is where things can start to leave the planned path.

Going back to the #1 type of day. On days like this I would go upstairs to my quiet office and I’d spend the time until noon working on somebody’s resume (I’m a professional resume-writer, and write over 100 resumes each year). Then I’d have lunch while I read something captivating on my Kindle, and after lunch I’d go back to my office and have a productive afternoon writing my work-in-progress and maybe doing a couple of small promotion-related items on existing books.

So, what happens on #2 types of days? Well, the basement floods. Or the power goes out. Or I have to go to one of the boys’ schools to do one of the many volunteer activities I’m involved in – running a Young Writers’ club, coaching the curling team, etc. Or the boys come home for lunch, with six friends – each – and I can’t resist saying hi, and maybe handing out some baked goods (see above for large amount of baked goods consumed in our house). Sometimes we’re out of an essential ingredient for dinner and I have to hop on my bike and go out to get it. Very, very occasionally there’s a car in the driveway during the day (this happens about six days a year) and I end up doing bigger errands or, sometimes, even going out to the barn to visit Martin.

And the work itself – well, that rarely goes according to plan either. I’ll need to update the back matter of a book. Which means I need to add in a thumbnail of my latest book cover. Which means I have to launch Gimp and resize the cover to thumbnail. Then I have to add new links. And … well let’s just say, one thing leads to another every single time.

I’m not even going to get into what happens once the kids get home from school. Dinner, homework, basketball, Scouts, riding, evening meetings, laundry, housework, etc.

It’s busy, but I would never trade any of it.

If I didn’t have a million things to do with my books, it would mean I wasn’t trying hard enough.
When I have less to do at home, it’s usually because one of my kids is away and then I’m sad, because they’re fun, and I miss them.

I always think, “One day …” One day I’ll have more time to write. I’ll have more time to work on book promotion. One day I’ll get to the bottom of my to-do list.

Maybe.

Or maybe not.

And, even if I did, I’m not sure I’d be any happier than I am now.

About 'After Lucas':


Thanks to the talent of her pushbutton super-horse, Ava, Mavis wins every ribbon, trophy, and championship she competes for. No rider effort required, and not much skill either – Ava does it all.

So, when Mavis’s dad loses his job, and Ava must go up for sale, Mavis is swamped with … relief.

She knows it’s the wrong thing to feel, but Mavis is used to feeling, thinking, and acting the wrong way. It’s why she has no friends.

Also, riding’s been really boring, for a long time.

With super-Ava sold super-fast, Mavis is ready to start enjoying her horse-free life.

Until she meets Lucas. Lucas is everything Ava’s not. Stocky, dirty, untrained, and unproven, the former trail horse has the complete opposite on Mavis as her former show mare did.

Mavis likes Lucas. She loves him, even.

Lucas has a lot to learn, but it might be Mavis who gains the most from their new, unlikely, partnership.

'After Lucas'  is now available at Amazon.

About the Author:


Tudor Robins is an Ottawa-based young adult author whose first novel, Objects in Mirror, was named a Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children's Book Centre. Tudor loves reading, writing, and horseback riding, as well as spending time on Wolfe Island with her husband and two sons. 

For more information about Tudor please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

HoHoHo Readathon 2017 Jigsaw Challenge


Today I’m super excited to be one of the hosts on the HoHoHo Read-A-Thon hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer. During this event, you can participate in all kinds of challenges, win prizes, meet new friends and join the Twitter Party. And since I’m a big fan of jigsaw puzzles. I have some nice puzzles for you today.


So what do you have to do to participate in the Giveaway? I like puzzles, but I don’t like them to complicated. So here are some awesome, not to difficult, puzzles made from the covers of Christmas books I’ve read over the last few years. Finish these five Jigsaw puzzles and add the book titles into the Rafflecopter and who knows.. Maybe you’ll win! So.. Have fun! ;)

Puzzle 1:



Puzzle 2:



Puzzle 3:



Puzzle 4:



Puzzle 5:



Giveaway:


Don't forget to visit the other challenges:

The Book Nympho, “HoHoHoRat Instagram Challenge
Addicted to Happily Ever After, “HoHoHoRat Word Scramble Challenge
I Heart Romance & YA, “HoHoHoRAT Winter Bingo Challenge
Lampshade Reader, “Holiday Story Prompt Challenge

This event is organized by the Caffeinated Reviewer.

Caffeinated Reviewer

My Favorite.. Gift



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

My husband and I have been together for more than ten years. And he has bought me a lot of amazing gifts. Harry Potter POP’s I’ve wanted for a very long time, earrings, necklaces, a gorgeous medical book I never thought I could own, a first edition Harry Potter book and many more amazing gifts. He definitely is a great husband.

But my favorite gift is definitely my gorgeous and amazing engagement/ wedding ring. My husband bought it for me, a half year before he popped the question and I love it. It’s definitely my taste and even after wearing if for longer than a year, it’s still so shiny and beautiful. 

And not only is the ring my favorite gift ever, the fact that he asked me to marry him was even better. I never thought I would be the marrying type, but being married to him is definitely the best.

What is your favorite gift?

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Release Event 'After Lucas' by Tudor Robins


Today is the Release Event of ‘After Lucas’ by Tudor Robins, organized by Maureen’s Books Promotions. ‘After Lucas’ is a YA novel and the second book in the Stonegate Series.


About The Book:


Thanks to the talent of her pushbutton super-horse, Ava, Mavis wins every ribbon, trophy, and championship she competes for. No rider effort required, and not much skill either – Ava does it all.

So, when Mavis’s dad loses his job, and Ava must go up for sale, Mavis is swamped with … relief.

She knows it’s the wrong thing to feel, but Mavis is used to feeling, thinking, and acting the wrong way. It’s why she has no friends.

Also, riding’s been really boring, for a long time.

With super-Ava sold super-fast, Mavis is ready to start enjoying her horse-free life.

Until she meets Lucas. Lucas is everything Ava’s not. Stocky, dirty, untrained, and unproven, the former trail horse has the complete opposite on Mavis as her former show mare did.

Mavis likes Lucas. She loves him, even.

Lucas has a lot to learn, but it might be Mavis who gains the most from their new, unlikely, partnership.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
October 31st, 2017
Series:
Stonegate Series #2
Genre:
YA
Pages:
286
Formats:
eBook
Available at:

The first book in the Stonegate Series 'Objects In Mirror':



The Best Thing About Being An Author by Tudor Robins


I like this topic because it’s forcing me to formally think about things I tend to take for granted on a daily basis. 

There are many great things about being an author. The first, and probably most obvious, is that it centres around writing. If you’re a writer you’ll know it’s a compulsion, not a choice. You’ll write whether you’re paid for it or not. For me, writing is often as – or sometimes more – enjoyable than reading. So, obviously, being an author has that going for it. 

The second great thing about being an author – specifically a published author – is the reader interaction I get. Over the years, I’ve had feedback from many, many readers. They’ve told me little stories about their lives, and how my books fit into those stories. Some are things I expected, and others give me a whole new insight into my own books, and how other people might read them. 

This leads to another rewarding aspect of writing and publishing books – my team. I’ve chosen to be an indie author, but that doesn’t mean (in any way!) that I go it alone. I have an amazing editor. I have a great cover designer. I have a meticulous proofreader. As I publish my books, I come into contact with many, many talented, creative, professional people who all contribute something extra special to my books. It’s a real treat to work with them. 

Finally, nothing has made me learn more than being an author. Sure, there’s the writing – but I’ve been working on that for a long, long time. All through school – especially journalism school – and every time I read a book, or watch a movie / TV show, I’m thinking about story-telling. The much bigger, faster learning curve (taking me out of my comfort zone, I might add) has been learning to do all the other things that go along with publishing books. Designing graphics, coding ebooks, creating websites, strategizing launches and promotional campaigns. These are things I couldn’t have done years – or sometimes months (or weeks) – before now, but needs must, so I learn them and I do them. It’s not always easy, but it’s rewarding and, probably, good for me. 

I wouldn’t say that being an author is for everybody. If it’s not for you, that’s fine – we need pure readers too! However, if you have a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit, and a core of creativity, it’s a pretty good option.

About the Author:


Tudor Robins is an Ottawa-based young adult author whose first novel, Objects in Mirror, was named a Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children's Book Centre. Tudor loves reading, writing, and horseback riding, as well as spending time on Wolfe Island with her husband and two sons. 

For more information about Tudor please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.


Giveaway:


a Rafflecopter giveaway 
This event was organized by Maureen's Books Promotions. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Sunday Post #70: Cleaning Time



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Another week has flown by. I’ve been working Monday till Wednesday and had a free day on Thursday. I spent my evenings doing some blogging and reading. And on Thursday I spend the day cleaning, doing some shopping and having lunch with one of my girlfriends. Our home has been a big mess lately. We are both working a lot, and when we come home from work we are just so tired we don’t do a lot of housework. This week I decided we needed to do better and we cleaned up a lot. And I feel so good about it. It really feels like home again. And it definitely didn’t feel like that for the last couple of weeks.

Friday I had to work again (I'm writing this on Friday evening),  and on Saturday there is a big practice run in the Major Incident Hospital I work at. It will be hard work, and a long day but I’m really excited.

Books & Blogging:

Next week is the first event of Maureen’s Books Promotions. I’m super excited and I’m having a lot of fun so far. I’m still looking for Bloggers so if you have a free spot on Tuesday November 7th, there will be a Release Event of ‘After Lucas’ by Tudor Robins and you can sign up here. There will be a Giveaway (you can enter to yourself), an excerpt and guest posts.


Last Week on the Blog:

This Week on the Blog:

  • Release Event ‘After Lucas’ by Tudor Robins
  • My Favorite.. Gift
  • HoHoHo Readathon 2017 Jigsaw Puzzle 

New Arrivals:


Received through Netgalley!

Random Pic:


Thursday, November 2, 2017

HoHoHo Readathon 2017


It’s that time of the year again and so I’m super excited to participate in this year’s HoHoHo Readathon hosted by the lovely Kimberly at the Caffeinated Reviewer. During the event, you can participate in challenges, win prizes, meet new friends and join the Twitter party. You can participate for a day or cozy up by the fire and hang out every day. It’s super exciting!!


So last year I also participated in the HoHoHo Readathon and I did pretty well I think. I planned on reading three Christmas books, and in the end I was able to read two. This year I have to work again for a lot of the Readathon, so I plan to read three books. 




Don’t forget to join the HoHoHo Read-A-Thon! To sign up and for more information please visit the Caffeinated Reviewer.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

My Favorite.. Social Media Account



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

There is a lot to say about Social Media! Social media is bad, people share to much online, social media is dangerous. I’ve heard it all. But I love social media! I have Facebook, a private account and two pages, I have two Twitter accounts, I have two Instagram accounts and I have Pinterest. Yes.. I definitely love social media.

I’m one of those people who share a lot of stuff on social media. I never share where I life, or my last name on the accounts that aren’t private, but other than that I share a lot. I love sharing my life on social media and reading about other people on social media. And especially since I had this blog. I share all my posts on Facebook and Twitter and I definitely get a lot of my blog traffic through these accounts.

But my favorite social media account is definitely Instagram. I love Instagram. I love seeing pictures of my friends, but also from celebrities. I just love browsing through Instagram after a long day at work.

What is your favorite Social Media Account?

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Blog Ahead 2017 Round- Up


Blog Ahead is organized by Herding Cats & Burning Soup and it's definitely a great challenge. The Blog Ahead Challenge aims at helping you cut the stress by blogging ahead and creating a stockpile of scheduled posts that are ready to go when life gets a little crazy. Go on and visit Herding Cats & Burning Soup blog, and don’t forget to visit other participants and give them some encouragement. 


Rules: 

  • Any completed and scheduled posts counts.
  • The posts must be dated November 1st or later. They cannot go live in October and count towards the event.

My Goal:


I don’t have the best track record for the blog ahead challenges and reaching my set goal. But at least I always try hard! Right?! And I won’t give up now. For this challenge my goal is to have at least 14 posts ready to go by the end of October.

Post So Far:


* November 1st: My Favorite.. Social Media Account
* November 2nd: HoHoHo Read-A-Thon 2017
* November 8th: My Favorite.. Gift
* November 8th: HoHoHo Read-A-Thon 2017 Challenge

Well.. I can honestly say that I didn't achieve this challenge the way I hoped. I planned on making 14 posts for November, and I only have four. Sigh.. I still have a lot of plans but I just haven't been able to prepare my posts yet. Hopefully this week I'll be able to do a little extra. I sure hope your Blog Ahead Challenge has been more productive! ;)
 
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