What’s Happening in 2019?

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Happy New Year, everyone! It’s January 2019 and what better time to reflect on how things are going and what I want to change or keep doing in the new year than now, right?

At the start of 2018, I wrote a post about how I most of all wanted to have fun. Reading, baking, and blogging are my hobbies, so I didn’t want them to become a chore or something I felt like I had to do. I’m pleased to say that worked out quite well! I didn’t pressure myself into reading a certain number of books throughout the year – instead, I just read what and when I wanted and that resulted in me reading 50 books, which is 15 more than last year. Quite a good outcome!

The whole “keeping it fun” thing did mean that I didn’t post on the blog very regularly. I often didn’t have the energy to write new posts after a day of work and sometimes I just didn’t feel like it in the weekends or on my day off. There were times when I felt bad about that, but mostly I just let it go. I really enjoyed the posts I did write, and that was much more rewarding than putting up half-hearted posts just for the sake of it.

Which brings me to what’s going to happen in 2019.

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Book Reviews: Yay or Nay?

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I was planning on writing a book review today. I haven’t written one in ages and in between all of those recipes I’ve posted recently, I figured it was high time for another review. So, I looked through the books on my “Read” shelf on Goodreads to find the perfect book to write a review about. But… I couldn’t really find one. I’ve had plenty of interesting reads recently, so that’s not the issue. I also haven’t been in a reading slump, so that can’t be it either. What is it that made me go “meh” about writing reviews on these books?

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My Reading and Blogging Resolutions for 2018

We’re a week into the new year already! How time flies. I was planning on writing and posting this blog post a lot earlier this week, but I’ve been feeling pretty lousy lately, so I haven’t done much of anything. It’s been all about taking it easy, since it seems I overexerted myself (and mostly my brain) a little during the holidays. Today’s been good, though, so here I am typing this at last!

I’m excited about 2018! When 2017 started, I had no idea what it would bring. I was going to graduate and then I would need to start looking for a job, which is always a tricky thing. But now, at the start of 2018, I’ve got a job I really like and life is pretty good. I’m excited about reading and blogging and figured I’d put together a little list of resolutions to go with that excitement.

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The End of Year Book Survey 2017


The year is almost over, which means it’s time for the End of Year Book Survey, brainchild of the wonderful Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner! My reading goal for this year was to read 35 books. It was a bit lower than previous years, but I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself, especially considering the fact that at the beginning of 2017 I had no idea what my life would look like at the end of it. I managed to read those 35 books, and I’m currently half way through the 36th. I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to finish that one before the new year, though, because I’ve got over 250 pages left to read and there’s only 4 more hours in 2017, which I won’t be spending with a book unfortunately.

I had a fun reading year! Of course, there were so many more books I wish I’d read this year, but that would be the case even if I’d read over a 100 books. So, I’m pretty content! Most of my reads were 4 or 5 star ones; I guess that’s the advantage of not being able to read that many books and being extra picky about choosing my next read.

Anyway, there are about a million questions to get through, so let’s get to it!

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Ten Blogging Resolutions for 2016


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

It’s the very first Top Ten Tuesday of the year and the topic is your top ten resolutions for 2016. I’m not a huge fan of resolutions when it comes to my personal life, but I do like to set myself some goals when it comes to blogging, so that’s what I chose to do for this one. Here are ten things I want me or my blog to accomplish in 2016!

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Happy 2016!

I wasn’t planning on writing a “Happy New Year” post, but it felt a bit strange to just get on with my usual schedule without paying any attention to the fact that 2015 is over. Although, I have to say, I’m not as excited about the new year as I have been in the past. 2015 was a good year for me, so I simply want to keep doing what I’m doing.

However, this doesn’t mean that I don’t like to look back on everything I did in 2015! A year ago today I wrote a post in which I mostly looked forward on what was to come, and also included a few goals. I also wrote a post with some blogging resolutions at the end of December, so let’s take a look at the goals in both of those posts and see how I did…


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Blogiversay Post: My Favourite Posts

Books Baking and Blogging is 2 years old!

Today, the 28th of October 2015, marks the second anniversary of Books Baking and Blogging! I’ve had an absolute blast over the last two years, and honestly, it feels as if I’ve been doing this for much longer than that. It’s become such a big part of my life that I can’t even really imagine not doing this anymore.

I know quite a few bloggers host some sort of give-away for their blogiversaries, but I have neither the money nor an adequate ability to plan ahead, so that’s not happening. Instead, I thought I’d create an extra blog post this week with a list of my favourite posts from the past two years! It’s always fun looking back, and there are quite a few posts I’d like to put in the spotlight for a little bit. So, here we go…

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Happy New Year!

It’s officially 2015, everyone! I can’t believe it’s already been fifteen years since the new millennium… Anyway, enough with the old people talk (HA, I’m 21…). I’m here to talk about the future, not the past.

cool-happy-newyear-friend-funny-new-year-2015-wallpapers-pictures-pics-sms-messages-images…Okay, let’s talk about the past very briefly. 2014 was a great year for me! After having a rather tough year in 2013, I decided my only goal for 2014 would be to have fun and be happy. That worked out pretty well for me! Of course I had my ups and my downs, but when I look back on the past year, I mostly remember having loads and loads of fun. I made new friends and had great times with old ones. This was also the year that I decided not to care about what other people think of me or my passions and hobbies, like reading, or blogging. If people didn’t understand that, that was their problem, not mine. And, man, does it feel good to just be myself! It’s only made me more secure and comfortable in doing the things I love.

Now, onto 2015!

I have a feeling it’s going to be pretty good! If everything goes according to plan, I will have earned my Bachelor’s degree in English language and culture by the time the summer rolls around, and will have started my Master’s in writing, editing and mediating in September. Some pretty big things to look forward to, I’d say! It also means I will be writing my bachelor thesis in the next few months, which should be interesting.

This will also be my second full year of blogging and I am so looking forward to it! Unlike last year, I have set myself some goals, such as reading 50 books, and getting organised on Goodreads. I’m going to continue to post on Thursdays and Sundays, with the occasional Top Ten Tuesday on (you guessed it) Tuesdays. I’ve already been planning my posts for the next month in Google Calendar (which is a new thing I do, and am oddly excited about…). And then there’s this new thing I’ve decided to do as well: a monthly recap every last Saturday of the month. I’ve  been wanting to do that for a while now, and the new year seems like a great time to start!

I hope this year will be just as amazing as the previous one! My main goal is to get more organised (in general), and be more efficient with my time (less browsing around on the internet aimlessly…).

One more thing: thank you all for sticking around and reading my blog! I really appreciate it, and I hope to see you here again in 2015! May your 2015 be merry and bright (oh wait, that was Christmas…).

New Design!

booksbakingandbloggingIf you’re reading this on my blog, and not in some fancy reader you must have already noticed: Books Baking and Blogging has a new layout!

I’ve been wanting to change things up for a while now, but always postponed actually doing it. Re-doing your entire layout is quite the job and takes a lot of preparation. I wanted it to be (mostly) right in one go, so I had to make up my mind before implementing all the changes. That was the difficult part, really… Making decisions is harrrd, man.

But when I found out earlier this week that in my old layout the “Older Posts” button had gone missing completely when looking through the categories, I decided it was time to finally do it!

So, I spent most of today working on this layout, and especially the header. I’m pretty proud of it, if I do say so myself! I think the new look fits me and the feel of my blog way better, so I’m quite content.

Of course, I’m curious to hear what you think!

Some minor things might still change throughout the next couple of days (or weeks…). For instance, I’m not sure yet if I’m happy with my current social media icons, and I’ve been wanting to add a complete list of both my book reviews and my recipes for aaages, so now seems a pretty good time to do that, too.

I’m also thinking about adding some kind of rating system to my book reviews, so the structure of those might change a little in the future as well.

Sooo, what do you guys think? Any tips or suggestions? They’re more than welcome!

250 Followers! The Book Blogger Test

A few days ago Books Baking and Blogging reached the milestone of 250 followers! On top of that, the Facebook page for my blog reached 50 likes about a day later. I am having so much fun with this blog since I started it in October last year, and I’m really happy and grateful that so many people like to read my stuff. Thank you, everyone! You guys are the best!

I thought this would be a nice moment to do some sort of question and answer tag type of thing, and then I found The Book Blogger Test, over here. That blog isn’t actually active anymore, but I thought I’d link to it anyway.

So, let’s answer these questions!

The Book Blogger Test

1. What are your top three book pet hates

This was a difficult one because I don’t have that many book pet hates (anymore). But here are three I can think of:

– When I see people mistreating my books, like cracking the spine. I don’t care what you do with your own books, but show some respect to mine, please!

– Dog ears in books. I’ve become a lot more mellow when it comes to keeping books pristine, but I still can’t get over dog ears. Plus, I love bookmarks.

– When I order books from an online shop, and they are (slightly) damaged when I open the box. That happens a bit too often for my liking. Figure out a way to ship them well!

2. Describe your perfect reading spot

My couch. It’s big, super comfy and you can just sink in it and never want to get back up again. The other day a friend of mine described it as quicksand. I also like reading sitting up in my bed, but only when it’s warm, because otherwise the top half of my body will get cold!

3. Tell us three book confessions

Another difficult one! I don’t really have that much to confess, I think, but here we go:

– I’ve never read The Lord of the Rings (still want to, though)

– I really liked the Twilight series when I was in high school. Haven’t read it since I was sixteen, though, and I’m not planning to either.

– I’m not a really fast reader. I get distracted easily and my eyes get tired very quickly. When other bloggers say “this book can easily be read in a few hours” I’m always kind of amazed, because I couldn’t do that. With most books anyway.

4. When was the last time you cried at a book?

I honestly can’t remember because I don’t really cry at books. I didn’t even cry when reading The Fault in Our Stars. Ooh, that would’ve been a good confession as well. I’m not even really sure if I’ve ever cried at a book, but I seem to vaguely recall crying at a Dutch children’s novel about a girl with leukemia (for the Dutch readers: Achtste groepers huilen niet) when I was, what, 10?

5. How many books are on your bedside table?

There’s only one book at my bedside table at the time; the one I’m reading. And it isn’t even there right now, because I take it with me when I get up out of bed. I’ve got a really tiny bedside table that just barely fits one book, my glasses and my alarm clock.

6. What is your favourite snack whilst you’re reading?

I don’t really snack while I’m reading, actually. It distracts me if I have to reach into a bag of crisps or have to balance a plate on my legs or something. I do like a nice cup of tea when I’m reading, though.

7. Name three books you’d recommend to anyone

The Harry Potter series, The Fault in Our Stars and Wuthering Heights. What a surprise! It’s my three favourite books.

8. Show us a picture of your favourite bookshelf on your bookcase


My collection of Harry Potter novels! On the left you see the English ones, and on the right the Dutch ones

9. Write how much books mean to you in just three words

Books inspire creativity.

10. What is your biggest reading secret?

I honestly don’t have a reading secret. For a while it was the fact that I liked Twilight in high school, which I was especially ashamed of when I started my major in English. I’ve come clean about that, though, so I really don’t know!

And that’s it! I’m not going to tag anyone specifically, since I know some people don’t like to be tagged so: I tag everyone who wants to be tagged! I hope some of you will answer these questions, because I always like to see people’s answers to these kinds of questions.