And so the new year has started

I skipped last week’s post, but you didn’t miss anything too exciting. Our New Year’s celebrations were very tame (but perfect for us). The Husband bought us a second hand Playstation 4 a few days after Christmas which also came with 10 games… one of which was Assassin’s Creed Unity, a game I have been wanting to play since I saw the first trailers of it. So that is how I spent the last day of 2021. We also had a bottle of rum, and Waaaay too much food. Oh, and I had a nap at 20o’clock because apparently I am old now.

When the Playstation arrived at our place I instantly ordered myself another game, which arrived on Monday: Kingdom Hearts 3. I’m not too far into it yet, but at the moment it is just okay. There are too many cut scenes and specials during the fights. But I hope those will smooth out when I get further into the game.

The rest of my not work time was spent making a photo album for last year (which took a whole day), having a migraine, and we visited friends for a winter bbq. Since this whole Covid situation started we haven’t seen anyone outside of work apart from my family… so it was weird to see some friends again after years. It was a lot of fun though and The Husband is feeling fairly hungover today πŸ˜›


I also hauled some books πŸ˜€

So let’s start with the odd one out… I picked up a hiking book. Over here there are LAW routes (long distance walks), which I have been wanting to give a go since I got into hiking last year. The sixteenth one caught my attention because 1) it passes by the zoo and my dad’s house, and 2) it follows what used to be the Roman border. So I’ll be making my way along it throughout the year… when we are out of lockdown.

I also had two Audible credits still, which I spent on The Seeker and In the Garden of Spite. The later of which I’ll probably pick up in February, when I’ll be trying to do one of my international reading months again (Camilla is Norwegian). I started listening to The Seeker, but the narrator doesn’t quite work for me. He isn’t bad, but has a very low and rumbling (? I can’t really find the right word for it) voice, which added to my lack in knowledge of this part of history makes it difficult to concentrate on the audiobook. And then I saw that the ebook is €0,99, so I will be reading alongside with it. At least until I get into the story more.


After New Year’s I wanted the start my reading easy, and really felt like a lighter historical mystery. So I listened to An Expert in Murder, and it was perfect for what I needed. I read the ninth book in this series last year (which worked fine), but wanted to go back to the start anyway. And I had a great time with it. The characters are great, the LGTBQ-rep was very natural, and the case itself interesting. It was pretty obvious who was the killer (why else would they have a pov?), but the reason why was still a joy to piece together. And although it was a quick and fun read, it was also quite dark at times (trigger warnings for domestic abuse).

I loved what Mariko Tamaki did with her She Hulk series, so when I found out she also had a go with X-23 I knew I had to read this. And then several months passed and I never picked it up… until now. And yes, this author is definitely a favourite. I love how she manages to make these superheroes still feel like people and give them personal conflicts besides who the villain of the story is. The last issue in the volume was a bit meh, but the first five were a joy to read.

The art style in this was great, and there are some gorgeous pages. And then there is Gabby, who is just brilliant. She is just so funny, and they captured her character and her relationship with Laura very well in here.


Which is all I finished this week. I am well into some other books though… I guess I started my new year so motivated reading wise that I just picked up too much at the same time.

Like I said above, I am listening to The Seeker whilst reading the e-book at the same time. I am about 20% into it… still a bit confused but enjoying myself. I have definitely heard of Oliver Cromwell but I am not too familiar with the precise political situation at the time… which the story relies quite heavily on. There are a lot of Dutchies in this book though, and I just read a whole chapter at the Dutch Church. So my interest is certainly drawn.

But as I found myself on a walk unable to focus on just the audiobook of The Seeker I wanted to start another audiobook… which turned out to be the fourth Pages & Co book. I am enjoying it so far, but not too much book wandering has happened yet. The POV has shifted from the previous three books which is nice and refreshing. I cannot wait till we enter The Wizard of Oz though.

And then I am also reading The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There. Scribd has got both the audiobook and the e-book, so I decided to read both of these as well at the same time. The writing style lends itself really well to the audiobook format, but I don’t want to miss any of the illustrations.


None of these books are too long… I’ve got about 2,5hrs left in both the middle grade books, and just under 4hrs in The Seeker. So I could definitely finish up at least two of these books later today. We don’t have any plans otherwise, apart from Dave getting his booster shot on top of his hangover.

Hoping you are having an awesome day,

18 thoughts on “And so the new year has started

  1. I own Kingdom Hearts 3 but haven’t started it as my friend said ‘it’s more Disney movie than game’ πŸ˜‚

    Really enjoyed Unity (and super-enjoyed Origins & Odyssey). Just waiting to finish Borderlands 3 before cracking on with Valhalla.

    Assassin’s Creed is totally my favourite series

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    1. Kingdom hearts was the first game me and my sis played when we got a ps2 (we didn’t understand any English, so had to play it with a dictionary on our laps… save to say we didn’t get far). I replayed the 1st and 2nd when lockdown first hit us, so I was very excited for this third one (because nostalgia I guess). It’s not living up to my hype at all.

      I also binged all the assassins games that were available on ps3 during the first lockdown. I love the setting and time period of Unity, and am so happy I get to finally play it now 😁😁😁
      I’ll def be continuing the series.

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      1. There are no Ps5 exclusive AC games yet, so you have a good few more to enjoy 😁

        The books are hit and miss. Black Flag and Forsaken are very good reads. Renaissance just reads like a videogame walkthrough 😴

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  2. Have you had jackfruit before? Mrs had some last year and it cracked her tooth. The dentist had never seen that happen before and wrote it on her list of foods that could be dentally dangerous.

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  3. The food y’all had looks so good! I’m suddenly super hungry. πŸ˜› Also really happy to hear about the console upgrade. I’m convinced you’ll both have so much fun with it. If I stand correct, he’s currently going through the Uncharted series and that alone will justify the purchase of a PS4 for sure!!! πŸ˜€ I also love Kingdom Hearts (at least the first and second game on the PS2 when I played it as a kid). I hope you enjoy the rest of the month and have a blast together with everything you both plan to do! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you 😁 I loved the first 2 Kingdom hearts games as well, but this third one is just okay. Dave finished the third uncharted game by day 2, and is now making his way through a God of War game (the one with Boy).
      Have a great month yourself!!

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  4. We were talking about Sins of Empire and you asked if you needed to read the preceding trilogy to understand it. Lashaan and I were talking and he loved the trilogy and he hadn’t read the Powdermage ones either. So I guess you can read the Gods of Blood and Powder on their own πŸ™‚

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  5. Sounds like you’ve been busy! I’m glad you’re enjoying your new-to-you PS4. I’m still loving mine. They have a great game catalogue on there.

    I still really need to start the Cat Valente Girl Who series. I just haven’t had a chance to yet. I’m glad to know about the illustrations, though; if I pick up an audiobook I’ll be sure to see if I can get the illustrations somehow.

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    1. I picked up the first Girl Who books years ago, then reread it 2 years ago with the idea of continuing the series… which I’m only doing now πŸ™ˆ It’s quite weird and whimsical, so def something one needs to be in the mood for.

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