All Boosted Up… and I did a bit of reading

My week has mainly consisted of work (like most people’s I’d guess). Although there are a lot less angry people than last week, I’m still absolutely exhausted when I get home. On top of that I got my booster shot on Tuesday. I am not great with needles myself (though since I work with them almost every day it has gotten a lot better), but since I got one of the leftovers at the end of the day I didn’t have time to mentally prepare myself – which is a good thing. I did warn the guy who was vaccinating me to not get too big of a fright if I turn a weird colour. But it went great. I honestly didn’t even feel the thing – which I thought before now was only just something people said. I had no side effects (apart from maybe getting even more tired the day after), and even the muscle ache was barely there.

Because we need to give out the booster shots even faster, opening times have changed. From coming week on we will be working 6.45-15.45 or 14.30-23.30. And no one is looking forward to that. I will be trying to get mainly the early shifts… but I don’t imagine too much reading will be done on those days either.

I had to work on Christmas day, but because the zoo is closed now I did get Christmas eve and today off. Which are mostly spend catching up with chores, cooking, and just doing nothing. We even went for a walk with my parents this morning, even though it is freezing outside.


This week I received some preorders 😀 (and one release got pushed back Again to September next year… over two years after it was originally supposed to come out).

The Bosh boys never disappoint, and this book looks once again amazing. From the quick look I had through it, it all looks delicious and has some great variety of dishes and cultures, varying in difficulty and time required, as well as some very original ideas and some staples. I can already tell I’m going to have a wonderful time with it. The Untold Story is the 8th book in the Invisible Library series, which I always have a fun time with (not 5*, but still very enjoyable). I have no idea what this particular book is about. I do know the cover is gorgeous.

At the vaccinations this year we could pick our own end-of-year presents… so of course I went to the cookbooks, where I found these two (I also got a set of mugs, shown in one of the pictures above). Vega Lekker looks okay… though fairly basic. It seems more catered towards people just becoming vegetarian. It is sectioned by season though, which seems like a fun idea. Jamie Olivers’ Veg is still with the postman, but I do have high hopes for it…


I finished the audiobook of The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep and I Loved it! First of, the audiobook was brilliant. It is a New Zealand based book, so to have Calum Gittins narrate it was a great choice. His accents for the classic British characters were done very well (in my opinion as a Dutchie) as well.

I generally have a weak for this type of story… where book characters come to life and it is just a big mash up of classics. What makes this book stand out to me that it is so intelligent. Interpretation, metaphors, intended readers, hidden meanings… it is all very important to the plot. But not in a pretentious way. But enough to make you feel really smart… so imagine my joy when I recognised a quote and thereby figured out who the villain was. Another element I really liked in this book is the involvement of the parents. The main characters are 26 and 30, but they definitely will call their parents when they get in trouble/need help. As someone who reads a lot of middle grade where the adults are gotten rid of most the time, it was nice and refreshing to see someone my age save the world and call his mother for advise on it.

I decided to DNF Raising Steam. It wasn’t a bad book… but it was the last book in my Discworld series read and it didn’t make the impact on me I wanted it to make. It felt very 3stars… where the book I before this, Snuff, was a 5star. So I rather wanted that book to be the last book in the series for me… I’m sure I will give Raising Steam another chance, after a good break from Pratchett.

I was just so tired this week that I couldn’t concentrate on reading much. So The Husband suggested I’d read some Marvel comics instead. I decided to pick up the Monsters Unleashed series, which follows Kei Kawade who can summon/create monsters by drawing them. Though to be honest I mainly picked it up for Elsa Bloodstone (I love that woman). And it was the perfect series for my tired brain. The art was bright and colourful, and just pretty to look at in general. The stories were simple but action packed and just so much fun.


I am currently reading two books. I am listening to the audiobook for The Toymakers, which isn’t what I expected it to be at all… but I do have to say I am enjoying it a lot now that I am into it. It really is a very good seasonal read. Heart of Veridon sounds like a very interesting read with some creative world building… but I just can’t get into it. That probably says more of my level of exhaustion these days than about the book though.


And so we head into the last few days of the year. We have no idea yet how we will celebrate the end of it, but probably on the couch with too much food and a few beers. I would like to get a few end of year posts in… but don’t hold your breath.

I hope you all had a great Christmas, and in case I won’t be on here till next week, I wish you all an Awesome New Year!!!

12 thoughts on “All Boosted Up… and I did a bit of reading

  1. I’m glad you got your booster shot!

    I’m scared of needles, too. It’s nice that you didn’t know ahead of time. I think I’d feel less anxious about it if I could be “surprised” (so to speak), too. 🙂

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  2. Happy New Year! I hope you are able to get the shifts you want at work. That sounds like long hours, but at least you’re doing something important—and only working one job with the zoo being closed—so hopefully that will help with burnout.

    The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep looks like so much fun. I am really looking forward to getting to it… eventually… I have become so much of a mood reader these past couple of years that I have no idea how long it will take me to get around to reading even books that I am really looking forward to.

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    1. Thanks! So far I’ve gotten all morning shifts, which is great (though every day it gets harder to get out of bed). The Husband also starts work at 7 so we take it in turns to make lunch and breakfast for us.

      Id like to become more of a mood reader. But I’m getting better at it.

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      1. Oh, that’s good! I know you said you prefer the morning shifts. (Though I hear you about it being hard to get out of bed… I have had that issue as well.)

        It’s funny, I’d like to become less of a mood reader! I want to be able to make a reading plan and stick to it instead of getting so distracted by random shiny books. 😉

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