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Hello! This is what we used to call the comment-to-be-added-post, also known as "sticky" for 2017.
My journal is not locked and you are most welcome to quietly read all my posts or to comment on any of them at any time. (I especially love responses to my artposts *grins*)
Despite my occasional use of harsh language and posts about sensitive or personal subjects, I chose to not put a teen or adult warning on my journal. I will not censor what I choose to share online. I'm a green left voting atheist woman, hear me roar!

I love lots of old and new fandoms, but these days I am mostly playing at the RPS side in the Supernatural fandom. Wanna see my artwork? Here's my masterlist of artsy fiddling on LJ [on DW]
I'm also a moderator for a couple of fancommunities; there are links in my sidebar if you want to explore:)

To remind myself there is more to life than being online,
I keep my booklist at the top of my LJ. That's ironic, Alanis.
What I'm reading in 2017 )

Happy Reading! ~ J.
What I read in 2016 / 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008
My old archive of alphabetized book reviews / Readingcommunity [livejournal.com profile] thej2bee
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Oh hey, I just realized I hadn't updated y'all about my earinfection yet. You know, the one I mentioned at the end of May? IT'S STILL NOT OVER!
The headcold I had back then fortunately only lasted a week, but it was rough; besides the snot and the barking cough I had an eye-infection and I couldn't open my eyes for two days. (I listened to the soothing voice of Stephen Fry reading me Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).
Three days into the headcold I went to the doctor's because the earinfection wasn't supposed to last that long, I was told not to worry. She prescribed eardrops and gave the advice to get nosespray as well.
But even after all the other coldstuff was over, my ear still felt stuffed. So off to the doctor I went again. This time I saw my own GP (who had been off schedule on my first visit). She said it would probably take about three more days of eardrops and promised me there would be improvement. There wasn't. Not even after five days. So then I saw doctor number one again and she concluded I had the type of earinfection that would probably last several weeks if not months!! Oh. Thanks for that.
I got a prescription for antibiotics and "sour" eardrops for a week, I had to take a dose of both three times a day. Yesterday I had a check up on that. I'm still deaf, but she told me the ear does look better. I should continue with the eardrops and get back in ten days for a follow up. *sighs*

I'm glad I have the kind of quiet job that I can do while being half deaf, but it is a nuisance. Luckily I have planned my vacation at the end of August, I should be alright by then. RIGHT?

Anyway, the reason I was going to post tonight was to tell you our BB date has been postponed from June 26 to July 12th. Can you handle the suspense? ;-)
But if you are in immediate need to see art of mine and many others, check out the artmasterlist of the [livejournal.com profile] quicky_bang: HERE!

I also wanted to do the bookmeme I saw in [livejournal.com profile] amberdreams journal. Mmm, books. (Of course my answers are way too long, prepare for babble!)

BOOKMEME! )

And here's a question for you: what book should I add to my bookpile?

Also: I was nearly through my bookpile and I treated myself to a new book, so I updated my readinglist! DW and LJ (there are links to previous booklists too, that should give you an idea of the books I like;)

J.
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Hello! This was my sort of comment-to-be-added-sticky-post for 2016.
Now it's just a list of the books I read in 2016.
You can find my new reading-list on top of my LJ in 2017:)

What I read in 2016 )

Happy Reading! ~ J.
What I read in 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008
My old archive of alphabetized book reviews / Readingcommunity [livejournal.com profile] thej2bee
beelikej: (Books)
Hello! This was my sort of comment-to-be-added-sticky-post for 2015.
It is now being saved as a list of the books I read this past year.
You can find my new reading-list on top of my LJ in 2016:)
What I read in 2015 )

Happy Reading! ~ J.
What I read in 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008
My old archive of alphabetized book reviews / Readingcommunity [livejournal.com profile] thej2bee
beelikej: (Books)
First addition to my bookpile arrived today; I found a second hand copy of Naked Came The Stranger by Penelope Ashe (1969) - author's name is a pseudonym for a group of -male- journalists who were appalled at the poor writing in the then-current best-sellers, so they decided to have a contest to see who could write the best/worst smut/pulp. Can't wait to read it *grins*

There are more books on the way, but I already updated My readinglist. I now have three books left on the pile (including the one above)

I'm not sure if I want to finish the book I'm currently reading though: Tampa by Alissa Nutting, about a 26 year old woman seducing one of her highschool students.
The main character is such a horrid person. I had hoped for possible unreliable narrator vibe, but she's totally aware of what she's doing yet just doesn't care.
I bought it to prepare for Lolita (on my readlist because of classic status) and I wanted to see a feminine point of view of such a situation. But it's just very crude.
The cover is cool though. So there's that.

What do YOU do when you don't like a book you're reading? Should I continue in the hope it gets better? Or maybe I should consider it a "hateread" -like [livejournal.com profile] tanisafan suggested- and just get a kick out of angrily turning the pages in a WTF mode?
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Hello! This was my sort of comment-to-be-added-sticky-post for 2014.
It is now being saved as a list of the books I read this past year.
You can find my new reading-list on top of my LJ in 2015:)
What I read in 2014 )

Happy Reading! ~ J.

What I read in 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008
My old archive of alphabetized book reviews / Readingcommunity [livejournal.com profile] thej2bee
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Hello! This is my sort of comment-to-be-added-sticky-post for 2014.
My journal is not locked and you are most welcome to quietly read all my posts or comment on any of them. Despite my occasional use of harsh language and posts about sensitive or personal subjects, I chose to not put a teen or adult warning on my journal. I don't approve of censorship. I prefer openness. Even when I run the risk of sharing too much. This is my life. You may choose to ignore it, but I will not censor myself.

I'm currently active in two fandoms: I'm a moderator for the CSI [livejournal.com profile] nickngreg community and I make fanart for Supernatural, mostly in the RPS corner. My masterlist of artsy fiddling.

To remind myself there is more to life than being online,
I keep my booklist at the top of my LJ. That's ironic, Alanis.
What I'm reading in 2014 )

Happy Reading! ~ J.

What I read in 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008
My old archive of alphabetized book reviews / Readingcommunity [livejournal.com profile] thej2bee
beelikej: (blablabla Greg)
Blah, still needed to go outside on Saturday, because I had totally forgotten to pick up my bike from the repairshop on Friday afternoon. I also completely forgot to have dinner, I blame it all on hormones and the internet. (Not like that, you perv.) Fortunately today was a full pajama day, haha! This will be my final post of the weekend, it's been a while since I've had time to spam y'all like this, it felt nice to be involved with LiveJournal again. Just in case you missed something, here's the complete list of stuff I posted:

  • picspam of my town
  • marvelous J3 art by [livejournal.com profile] badbastion (sexy snuggling, nsfw)
  • presentation of my own artwork: paperportrait of Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier)
  • a birthday party with J3 for [livejournal.com profile] tmn1966
  • Poll to pick your favorite Nick/Greg Banner for CSI:S15

  • I was rather worried to post that Winter Soldier artwork; not only to have made art outside of the SPN fandom (and knowing not a lot of people on my flist would be interested) but also outside of a challenge or collaboration (the solo-est of all solo-projects;) Still: it was a fun project and the receiver was happy, so I'm happy with the result. Not sure if I'm up for another commission though, that was scary.

    Next up: another solo project. Although that will feature an SPN favorite, so hopefully more flisters will want to see that *g*

    Babbling about Yoga and books )

    Now it's time for TV. There are two shows I'm currently watching: The Great British Bake Off on BBC every Wednesday and the Dutch version Heel Holland Bakt on Sunday evening. I could watch bakers every day. *chinhands*
    beelikej: (No Internet)
    Hello! This was my sort of comment-to-be-added-sticky-post for 2013.
    It is now being saved as a list of the books I read this past year.
    You can find my new reading-list on top of my LJ in 2014:)
    What I read in 2013 )

    Happy Reading! ~ J.

    What I read in 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008
    My archive of alphabetized book reviews / Recent reviews in readingcommunity [livejournal.com profile] thej2bee
    beelikej: (Books)
    Ever since meeting on my brother's birthday years ago and discovering we had similar tastes, I've been mailing about books, films and music with Jelle. Over time these e-letters became huge, so recently we both agreed to try to keep our reviews as to the point as possible;-) Here's my first effort for the books I read in January and February. Translated from my original summaries and opinion in Dutch...

    I didn't manage to contain my enthusiasm for some books;) )

    More reading recommendations...
    Check my fanfic recs for digital stories I read in between and my readinglist for a list of the books I've read since then. Currently I'm in the middle of Maurice by E.M. Forster. I was reminded of this author thanks to the story collection mentioned above. I originally had a bit of trouble getting used to the formal language in this book (it was written in 1914 but on request of the author not published until after his death in 1970) - but now I'm really getting into it. I remember some of it from a (tv) filmadaptation from 1987 I saw years ago With James Wilby, Rupert Graves and Hugh Grant!) but don't recall how it ended... So far it's quite an emotional rollercoaster. *bites lip*

    Fortunately I'm still in a strong state of mind and a surprisingly good mood because of the awesome song my iPod played during my shower this morning: Fat Boy Slim - That Old Pair Of Jeans. (Not necessarily happy lyrics, but such a good sound;)

    J.

    P.S. It seems some people expected different windmills than the ones I posted pictures of yesterday; My camera and I are on a mission to make up for that;)
    beelikej: (TurksFruit)
    Yay, got my final three orders from the Bookdepository today. Now I have a real bookpile again! In honour of this happy event, I've updated my readinglist and below I'm sharing photos of all the corners in my house where you can find books. I didn't manage to take a good shot of my waiting-to-be-reviewed' collection nor the new bookpile, but the rest is all here: )
    beelikej: (LuLuLu)
    Today it was back to work and getting up early, pffff. Shot some nice photos of the moon, while waiting for the bus this morning and discovered turkeys in a yard I walked by on the way to work! Was going to do a picture post, but with LJ being wonkey, I'll save that until later.

    After eating only green Granny Smiths and yellow Golden Delicious for years, I tried a new apple today; it was red and yellow, but is called The Pink Lady. How fancy is that? It tasted quite delicious: a nice mix between sweet and sour. Am adding it to my diet (I eat an apple every afternoon around 16.30, I like having a schedule for food;)

    Finished a second book already! All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman. Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] tanisafan; I already loved the title and cover, the story was cool too:) I read it on the bus back and forth to work and even had time left to start in a new book. Will continue tomorrow in The Name Of This Book Is Secret by Pseudonymus Bosch.

    Work was busy as hell, but this day scores quite a lot of good points for reading and also doing chores. (While watching tv I folded my laundry, hung up a new calender and fitted a new candle in the loo:) I feel very accomplished.
    beelikej: (blablabla Greg)
    First off I apologize for spamming your flist with my new sticky post. I hadn't noticed the new box I had to tick to avoid that happening. Oops.

    Part of the new toppost in my journal is my booklist for 2013. Everybody gave me books for my birthday, so I already have a tiny bookpile, wahey!

    Last year I managed to finish 39 new books (fiction and non fiction) and only gave up on two books (ibid). I reread the previous five parts of the Nightrunners series by Lynn Flewelling and also Tigers & Devils by Sean Kennedy, all in preparation for sequels, which were both very satisfying:). Sadly I failed to keep up with my bookreviews, I want to do better this year. I didn't count the massive amount of fanfic I read, I will try and estimate later. I'm going to keep a proper list in 2013.

    I had planned to finish reading one more book in 2012, but my mom came home early, so I stopped reading to celebrate New Year's Eve. I did read it before I went to sleep, but it was already 3 a.m.-ish so I'm not sure if Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs counts for last year. I've included it for 2013, so that's one down, lots more to go:)

    I'm working on an illustrated masterlist for my artwork, but coding is going to take a while.

    It's hard to believe tomorrow regular life is starting up again. I've had twelve days off in a row, such heavenly freedom. *sighs* Am a little anxious to find out how the work-saga continues, I fear the worst.1 Dundundun...

    For the rest of the evening I will relish the relaxed feeling I started the year with, not in the least thanks to the marvelous shower at my mom's. (It's so much better than my own)

    Today was a good, good day.

    1 For a second there I read that sentence half in Dutch with "worst" meaning sausage. Heheheheheheh. I don't fear the sausage.
    beelikej: (Books)
    Hello! This was my sort of comment-to-be-added-sticky-post for 2012.
    It is now being saved as a list of the books I read this past year and as my first masterlist of artwork. You can find a fresh version on top of my LJ in 2013:)

    ETA nov/dec2012: Regretfully I had to disable anonymous comments, due to the massive amount of spam that even CHAPTA won't stop. Until LiveJournal sorts out its issues only registered users* can comment (*=people with an online identity, not just LJ;)

    CURRENT FANDOMs
    I'm a moderator for the [livejournal.com profile] nickngreg community
    and I make artwork in the Supernatural fandom.
    Here's a masterlist of my artsy creations: )

    To remind myself there is more to life than being online,
    I keep my booklist at the top of my LJ. That's ironic, Alanis.
    What I'm reading in 2012 )
    What I read in 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008
    My book reviews (alphabetized!) / You can find my latest reviews in readingcommunity [livejournal.com profile] thej2bee

    Happy Reading! ~ J.
    beelikej: (Books)
    When I'm reading a book I'm in love with I don't want to stop, but I also don't want the story to end. Having to put the book away because of work or sleep is a mixed blessing. When I get back to the story I don't continue where I left it, but will pick up again a few pages back, rereading the last scenes I read just so I can be in that universe a little longer.
    beelikej: (Books)
    Today I read a whole book in between work (on the bus and during my breaks). A proper paper one, with an hardcover even! It was the new YA novel by Aidan Chambers Dying To Know You. I may write a review in the future;)
    I still have quite a collection of BigBang stories to go through, but I noticed my actual bookpile is not that big anymore; -only four books left!- and I'm looking forward to treating myself to some bookshopping soon. So I want your recommendations! Fiction or non fiction, tell me about the best or last book you read, pretty please?

    PSAs
    Now that my first workweek after the summervacation is over, I plan to catch up with the flist (and comments and mail) this weekend. I also still have that guestroom project to work on. Not to mention fandom fun. It's ReverseBang time! I will also post my final set of BB-artrecs. But first an early night. My bed beckons.

    Oh, and I may have signed up for GISHWHES2012. I wasn't sure if I should, but Misha's mail alone was worth it. *grins*
    beelikej: (Bliss)
    Work is a rollercoaster at the moment; yesterday I had managed to clear my desk, so this morning I had nothing to do. I figured I'd take advantage of the situation and asked the bossman if I could go home early. Of course then he remembered an assignment that had been lying around on his desk for a while, which wouldn't necessarily interfere with my plans, but right after that I received several mails from different clients and all of a sudden I was crazy busy. Pfff.

    So I feared I wouldn't be able to go bookshopping as I had hoped (shops are closed by the time I normally get back into town). Fortunately I could get a lot done and I allowed myself to move one order to Monday, so I could stick to my plan of leaving an hour earlier. As a result I added two books to my to-read-list!.

    Not only do I now have two new books to read, the book that I got as a gift because of Bookweek also serves as a free trainticket on Sunday (the National Railway is sponsor of Bookweek to promote reading on the train) - so guess what I'm doing this weekend:) The Hague, here I come!

    What are your plans?

    Updated my bookcommunity with review of
    The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time - Mark Haddon
    beelikej: (Les deux poupées)
    Woohoo, it's Dutch Bookweek (Boekenweek), which means I will treat myself to two (2!) new books, because when you buy a Dutch novel this week*, you get a book for free! This year's gift is written by Belgian author Tom Lanoye. I really liked his book "Kartonnen Dozen" (Cardboard boxes), an autobiographical novel about his first teenage crush (on a boy), and I'm curious to find out what he did with this year's bookweektheme of 'Friendship'.

    Currently I'm still reading Le Ton beau de Marot by Douglas R. Hofstadter (about 'the music of language'), which I hope to finish this week. I had planned to catch up on writing reviews while I was reading this and the bookpile was not getting any bigger, but I have only about 150 pages to go (out of 700) and still haven't updated my bookcommunity that's been stuck in June 2011 thanks to artwork, loads of reading and other excuses. *hangs head in shame*

    I'm determined to post at least one bookreview every day this week (and the next...). For inspiration I made photos of every book(cover) and I will include these in my bookcommunity [livejournal.com profile] thej2bee. But today's review is of a book I borrowed and have since returned, so that's posted old style (LINK BELOW:) I'll only put up links to these reviews here in my personal journal, so you won't get spammed with a daily dose of book if you don't follow the community. I am however starting here with a photo of the whole pile of books that I read in the past few months:)



    Behind the cut a photo of the book at the bottom that I will not write about in the bookcommunity because there is no story to talk about and it's not necessarily safe for work, as they say;) I do however love to share it with you: it's a picture book by Joe Phillips called Boys Will Be Boys and the cover alone will give you a pretty good idea what the rest of the book is like *g* Warning/enticement: drawings of pretty boys! No full frontal nudity in this image (there are some nudes in the book though) but be warned for bare chests (nipples, yay!)

    Oh boy(s) )

    Updated my bookcommunity with review of
    The Art Of Travel - Alain de Botton

    *Bookweek is actually ten days long \o/
    beelikej: (Books)
    This was my sort of comment-to-be-added-sticky-post for 2011. Now it's my booklist. I haven't read much since summer, thanks to the magnificent collection of BigBang stories I could put on my e-reader.
    But here's what actual books were on my readinglist in the past year...

    What I read in 2011 )

    What I read in 2010
    What I read in 2009
    What I read in 2008
    My book reviews (alphabetized!)
    You can find my latest reviews in readingcommunity [livejournal.com profile] thej2bee

    Happy Reading! ~ J.
    beelikej: (CollarMe)
    Got up early to put laundry in washingmachine, then got back into bed to read most of the morning. Put up laundry in between: out on the balcony even, because of some unexpected sunshine:) Got dressed at the end of the day to bring collection of glass jars to recycle containers and get some groceries.

    Been feeling cold, tired and hungry all day, despite warm blankets, loads of sleep and plenty of food. Stupid hormones.

    Watched latest CSI on my big screen tonight and started WestWing Season 5 (Jelle lent me his DVD boxset, yay)

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