Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Maureen's Little Corner of the World: Snow

Do you ever have these thoughts in your head that you just really want to write away? As a wife, reader, book blogger, nurse and woman I have many thoughts going through my head that I just want to put out there sometimes. Some fit a genre, some don’t.. and sometimes they are just crazy ramblings in my head that need to come out. In Maureen’s Little Corner of the World I’ll be sharing some of these ramblings, ideas, opinions, views and adventures.  


What is it with snow that always makes me feel so happy? Currently our Dutch landscape is covered with snow. Since we don’t really seem to know what to do with snow here, the roads are terrible, the people can’t really drive anymore and a lot of people seem to curse the snow. Trains aren’t going anymore, buses have stopped and the advice is to stay at home. Obviously it’s not fun if going to your job takes two hours, instead of the normal 30 minutes. But I love snow and even the longer time to get from one place to the next can’t make me love snow any less. But what is it about this cold, wet and white substance that makes me feel all swoony inside?
Having some fun in the snow with my husband this Sunday!

Maybe it’s because the snow makes me think of the holidays I spend in Switzerland in the winter and summers. I remember those gorgeous looking wooden Swiss houses.. covered in lots of snow. Everywhere you looked everything was white. And we had these walks through the snow covered mountains, surrounded by a perfect blue sky and the warmest sunshine. Those are the childhood memories I remember the most. And in my memories they are even more perfect than they really probably wore.

I remember sledding in the snow with my parents and grandparents. Skiing through the mountains in Switzerland and in France, feeling like I could concur the world. Making snowman’s with my family and friends. And I remember some Christmases where it really was a white outside. Snow is just magical to me. It makes me think of happy memories. And I can never see to much snow.

And as a Gilmore Girls fan, it obviously makes me think of Lorelai. And hot cocoa! And warm boots. And.. Well.. I think snow is great!!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Review 'Snowflakes On Christmas Street' by Ivy Pembroke

The Facts:

Publication Date:
November 2nd, 2017
Contemporary Romance, Christmas
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:

When I was looking for a Christmas read and came across the beautiful looking cover of ‘Snowflakes On Christmas Street’, I knew this was a book I wanted to read. So I was super excited when I got approved to review this one. And as fast as I could I started reading. 

In ‘Snowflakes On Christmas Street’ we meet a dog named Jack. Jack was left behind by his previous owners and is now living on Christmas Street, just your average street in London. When Sam and his young son Teddy move to Christmas street they soon find out Jack really is the streets dog. Eating at every single house, sleeping at different places.. Jack is everyone’s dog. When Sam tries to teach his son how to make new friends by hosting a street party, they soon find that this is not an average street at all.

‘Snowflakes On Christmas Street’ was a very nice Christmas read that really just made me feel good. It’s romantic, funny and definitely a little too-good-to-be-true. But I loved it. And I loved reading about Jack. What a fun and magical dog he was. And the best part about this book was definitely getting to know all those different characters.  

The main characters in this book were definitely Jack, Sam & Teddy. But we read also the point of views of other neighbors from Christmas street, and although I normally don’t really like reading about more than three characters point of views. In this book I really enjoyed it. It just added to the feeling of reading about a complete street. And all characters were very different. 

‘Snowflakes On Christmas Street’ really is a perfect book to read on a cold December night. Some hot cocoa and a blanket.. I say perfect.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Ivy Pembroke is a law professor who specializes in copyright and trademark law, with a focus on fanfiction. An enthusiastic writer all her life, she loves the backspace button, overuses italics in emails with friends, and thinks there is little better than a story that makes you smile. She splits her time between Mississippi and her home state of Rhode Island.

For more information about Ivy Pembroke please visit her on Twitter.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review. 


Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Sunday Post #75: Christmas Is Here

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 just pretty damn perfect. (Except for me getting a bad cold, but let’s not complain about that just yet.) My husband and I had the whole week off to do nothing and just relax. Most times when we have a view days off, we still manage to have a very busy schedule but this time.. we had almost nothing planned. And we needed that.

On Monday we had a major kitchen-cleaning-and-sorting-out-everything-day. We definitely needed to do this since our kitchen was just to damn full. I’m really bad at throwing away stuff, so we had several things in our kitchen that we definitely didn’t need and that were just taking up a lot of space. Sometimes we even had two of those things I didn’t need. It was crazy really. So on Monday we cleaned and I was on a role with throwing stuff away. I was really proud of myself. We ended up getting rid of seven garbage bags full with old, never used or just out-of-date stuff. Crazy. We now have a very clean and organized kitchen and I just love it.

Tuesday we had to drive several times to the junkyard to get rid off all those garbage bags and other stuff. And after that we went out for lunch and went to the city to buy a new garbage bin. I honestly thought that would be easier. 

The rest of our week was spend at home. We visited my mom, and we went to see my aunt. But other than that I didn’t do much. Why? Well for one we definitely needed some relaxing time, and unfortunately my cold that started last weekend only got worse throughout the week. I ended up having to cancel the nursing event I planned on going to on Wednesday, and although I did get out I didn’t do a lot of anything else. I now look like Rudolph, which fits this time of year and I’m filled with aspirin. Hopefully I feel better before I have to work again of Monday. 

We did manage to get our Christmas decorations up this week which I loved doing. With my Kleenex in one hand, I managed to make our home pretty and ready for Christmas. Yeah!!

Books & Blogging:

Because we had a nice relaxing week at home I did manage to catch up on my reading. I read four books, made a lot of blog posts for December and did some more work on Maureen’s Books Promotions. I shared a post there called: Why I Started Maureen’s Books Promotions, if your interested. ;)
It definitely feels good having everything under control again with my blog and reading.

Next week my Book Promo for ‘Grigori: A Royal Dragon Romance’ by Lauren Smith is up. Today is the last day you can sign up. So if your interested just sign up here

I can still use some sign ups for the January Book Promo of ‘Aphrodite’s Tears’ by Hannah Fielding. It will be lots of fun and it doesn’t have to be your top post. So if you’re interested just visit my site here

Last Week On The Blog:

This Week On The Blog:

  • Review ‘Snowflakes On Christmas Street’ by Ivy Pembroke
  • My Favorite.. Christmas Movie
  • Book Promo ‘Grigori: A Royal Dragon Romance’ by Lauren Smith
  • Audio Blog Tour ‘Paper Love’ by Aubrey Wynne

New Arrivals:

No new books for me this week! I'm proud :D

Random Pic:

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Books I Wanted To Read In 2017 But Didn't

Can you believe it’s already December? I can’t. This year has flown by and a lot has happened. And although I definitely think I read as much books this year as I possible could with everything going on, there are always books I planned on reading that I didn’t. And even though I won’t be able to read them before this year ends.. I hope to read them in 2018.

'Cress' by Marissa Meyer


'A Court of Mist and Fury' by Sarah J. Maas


'Written In Red' by Anne Bishop


'Holding The Line' by Kierney Scott


'The Book of Life' by Deborah Harkness


Obviously there are many more books on my TBR. But these books I planned on reading this year. But life just got in the way I guess. Sigh.. If only there would be more time in a day.  

Which books did you plan on reading this year, but didn’t?
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