Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull

After finishing the The Last Apprentice series (Wardstone Chronicles), I’ve read a few stand alone books – like Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and The Red Room by Nicci French. But, I was in a mood for another adventure series with lovable characters.

So, as usual, I turned to Goodreads to see what it would recommend.

That’s when I noticed that on my to-read list, I had one book added back in 2013: Fablehaven. I do trust myself enough to know that the books I decided on long time ago, and which have not been removed in the meantime from the to-read list, are important (for various unknown reasons).

I was not dissapointed.

I’ve read the entire Fablehaven series (a total of five books) in less than three weeks.

For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.
Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies.

Sure, the books are not as good as many other more popular series, but they are lovable. The only thing I truly hated, was the fast pace. It felt like the characters had to go through many adventures, one after another one, or the books would end and the story would not be told. 

I thought that maybe that was the point, but I started another series by Brandon Mull, Beyonders, and it is the same with this one. The plot just hurries on, and the characters barely have time to keep up. I would’ve loved a little bit more character development. I would’ve like to see how Seth and Kendra would’ve grown (matured may be a better word).

I will acknowledge that the series was fun to read. It was a good way to relax myself after long and busy days at work. 

The Last Apprentice series

As we grow older and we take on more and more responsibilities, we give up on some of our hobbies, dreams and even hopes. But, there is one thing I cannot give up: reading. The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney is a good example on why reading is one of the best hobbies to have, no matter if your young or old (or somewhere in between).

The Last Apprentice series

For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried—some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive.
Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope, the last apprentice.

This is one of those stories, that gets better and better with each book that you read. It has been a long time since I finished reading a series without getting bored of it.

It is one of those few stories in which all characters are lovable. There is no clear distinction between good or evil, and each of them has the power to do good or bad. It is also one of those stories where I cannot find a character that makes the books taste sour

I’ve also read the The Last Apprentice series in 4 countries: Belgium, Netherlands, Romania and Greece.

It is good to be alive in an age where books are not considered a luxury! That and the fact I own a Kindle. My three bookcases are already full with books, which I have not yet read (time being one of the main reasons). I thinking I buy books faster than I can read them. This might be a problem in the future, but there are few more walls empty in the house that would look good with a bookcase. 

The best part of this, is having someone who loves the series recommend it to you, only for you share that you already read it. There’s an instant connection, and a guarantee that you found yourself another bookworm friend. 

Rainy weather

We’ve been having a lot of rainy weather lately. It is just pouring. It is also very cold. Normally, I would be very upset, but I have a few days off from work.

Rainy Day
I get to stay home, and cuddle with Pluto and Marlanu’.

I had a lot of plans, and ideas on how I would spend this week. But, I got a cold and I don’t feel like doing anything. The gloomy, rainy weather adds more fuel to my laziness. I can’t say I did nothing, but I didn’t do everything I wanted also.

I also don’t care. It has been a while since I got bored.

I can also afford to laze around. My plan on doing at least one thing each day, paid off. The house doesn’t require so much attention, the pets sleep all day, and I get to ponder on what hobby I should indulge. Reading has been my main focus these past few days. I finished one series (fives books per tota, in less than two weeks), and started a new series (by the same author).

I found documentaries on YouTube; mostly about trains. I started knitting a scarf. I even started work on a bullet journal, for 2018. 

Rainy Day Thumblr

The Munsters (TV Series 1964–1966)

Every weather has its purpose. Rainy weather is perfect for relaxing, cuddling and just sorting through your thoughts and plans. The fact that I also get some me time, makes it even better. I am content with the current situation. It could only get better, by my not having a cold. 🙂

November vibes

We’re having lovely weather for this time of the year. The beginning of November was cold and rainy, everything was gloomy, but now things are better.

Even the stray cats are taking advantage of the sunshine.

I must admit that on some mornings, I can feel the cold air and it makes me feel giddy with anticipation for the Winter holidays. I feel the need to watch old movies, re-read books, and just stay in bed all day long. 

Then there are moments, when I feel the need to go out just to feel the cold November air. This happens especially in the evenings. I love the fact the days are shorter. I love the city lights and how everybody is just to busy with their own thoughts, not noticing things around them. 

This time of the year, a lot of feelings are stirred up inside me. I long for the old times, and I also long for new things, new adventures. I am taking these feelings as a sign of me getting back to my old self. The self that wouldn’t worry about what the future will bring, and would only think about experiencing life at its best.

Until then, I will enjoy the day to day activities, may they be good or bad. I will make the best of what is thrown at me. That and I will keep taking photos of all the stray cats I can find.

I like the feelings that I am having lately. It might be from the November weather or from nostalgia, but it is good to have dreams and goals again.

Rainy October days

The perfect weather for a good old sit at home and read a book is here. And yet, on these rainy October days, we are installing the new kitchen cabinets.

The house, a total mess, is uninviting and cold. 

My only thoughts are Oh well.. There will be many other rainy October days. In fact, the weather will get colder and colder. And with this excuse, I placed an online order for two pair of boots. Estimated delivery time: two days. Where: at work. So, even if I will have a bad day at work, I will have one thing that will make my day.

Hopefully, we will finish installing the new kitchen cabinets till the end of the day. That would allow me an hour or two to sort through things, throw away what is not needed, clean up and maybe get some rest in the evening. That’s what I am counting on, but my energy levels are getting lower and lower with every passing hour. 

It will all be worth it in the end. A lil bit of effort from our side now, will mean that we will be able to enjoy other rainy October days. That, and the kitchen will look better and will be more practical.

Till then, I shall have to drink more coffee and just keep doing stuff to clean up the place. We will have time to rest next weekend. No plans for then, so that means we can sleep away all day long. 

October at the horizon

I was expecting Autumn to come, but I guess I was not prepared for it. It is bloody cold, and October is just around the corner. 

Officially, there are no more road trips, work related trips, team buildings or any other activity that might involve travelling, planned for the next few months. The hiatus of trips of any nature has started, and it will be for an undetermined period. 

It was fun. It was the the most busiest summer I ever had. Going to Belgium & Netherlands (twice), Greece (vacation), Bulgaria (team building), even hiking in Romania (to places I never heard of till now), was an amazing experience which I doubt I will have the chance to repeat any time soon. 

I don’t mind not having any more trips planned for the following months. I could use some me time at home. In fact, even if I won’t go anywhere, October will still be a full month for me. I’m fully booked at work, already planned out the entire month with different battle plans, in order to cope with the workload *fingers crossed nothing goes terribly wrong*. There is also the house that needs a good scrub. That, and the fact that I also want to indulge in some of my hobbies. My hands are itching for some stitching or knitting. I was thinking, I could knit a scarf like the ones from Harry Potter. 

Heck, I think this is the first morning in weeks where I can actually enjoy my coffee and not gulp it down and run out the door. I was even thinking, that at the end of October the daylight saving time will take effect. That means that at least one night in October I will get the chance to sleep longer. 

Plus, now that the weather is colder, Pluto and Marlanu’ tend to sleep with us. It has been a while since all four of us snuggled together in bed. It is cute beyond words.

Saturday vibes

It feels good to be in a clean house. All the effort paid off in the end, and I can finally enjoy some me time. I can totally get into the whole Saturday vibes thing. In my case, it means drinking a beer and browsing the web for a few hours.

Today, I was very productive. Heck I was productive all week, especially at work. But, I enjoy cleaning and basking in the results of my hard work. Yes, we all have our thing. This just happens to be mine.

I even got the chance to finish a good book. Long live audio books! I can honestly say, listening to audio books makes everything better. I finished reading (listening, in my case) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. The book itself is amazing, especially if you love the 80s. But, the audio book made it even better just because it was narrated by none other than Wil Wheaton.

Growing up, Wil Wheaton was one of my favorite actors when I was a kid. I also had a cute crush on him (like most girls of my generation). He was right up there with River Phoenix, Mike Vitar and Devon Sawa. The only drawback of those times, was that we didn’t have internet. Well, thinking about it now, I think it was for the best that we didn’t have internet back then.

It is one thing to enjoy the characters on the TV screen, and another to stalk people and hoard pictures of them.

Moving on, the book was awesome and I am glad I had the inspiration to start it. Sure, I could’ve finished one of the other books that I have started in the last months, but it was highly recommended to me by one of my colleagues from work. 

Overall, today was a good day.

September is here

September is here! That means that there only four months left of 2017. It seems that the older you get, the faster time will pass.

I am just happy that Autumn is slowly coming. Summer was nice when I was a kid, but as an adult, it is one of the most horrible seasons. As a kid I could go to the country side, enjoy 3 months of vacation. As an adult I have to go to work, melting along the way. 

I can’t complain right now. The days are shorter and the nights are colder. It makes sleeping so much better. Sure, it is still warm and I doubt I will bring out my jacket any time soon. But, just the thought that we are already in September makes me happy. 


Today we’ve been to the country side and enjoyed lunch with my parents. It was actually nice to go in the garden and pick out the vegetables for the salad. I am guessing this will be my last chance for this year, since I don’t think we’ll have the time to again in September.

We took Pluto along and he got a chance to play with the puppies. We came back home with fruits and vegetables. We also took back our blankets. You could say we took them out of the storage, just to be prepared in case the weather gets colder. 

It was also nice that we got the chance to see the red train on our way back home. It has been a while since we saw it, and I’m happy it is still running.

Overall, it has been a good start for September and it will only get better. Hiking trip, team building, movie dates, meeting friends in the park. We have a few things planned for the next couple of weeks. I guess we are making happy memories.

Home sweet home

Home sweet home

There is nothing in this world like the feeling you have when you get home after a long one week vacation. 

I know one week may not seem much, but it was very long week because of our company. I shall not go into details, since it is not good to think of such things, they are best forgotten. I will happily say that the location for our vacation was perfect: no souvenirs shops, no fancy places, no places to visit. It was just us, the beach, the sea and a few taverns scattered on the beach that offered some of the best food I had.

It was the perfect location to rest and charge our batteries.

It also made us appreciate our home more. Coming back to our pets and sleeping in our own bed, was divine. We might not have the perfect home, but it provides much comfort. 

We went back to our normal routine as soon as we stepped the threshold, and I couldn’t be more happy. 

I am also happy that summer is slowly coming to an end, and we won’t have to endure the city heat. Meaning we will be able to take longer walks with Pluto, and be more active during the day. I am happy that the days are slowly getting shorter and the nights longer. This summer was full and amazing, but it’s just too much of a good thing. 

I can’t wait for Autumn!

Good things are still to come. Until they come, I plan on making the most of my free time. I don’t care if there are no more adventures for a while. I just want to enjoy each day as it comes, and tomorrow is no exception. It might be Monday, and I will have to go back to work, but I missed my friends and I can’t wait to see them. 

I will also have new books this week. I will get the chance to cook, which I haven’t done in months. So, I can honestly say I will enjoy the small things. I think that a bad vacation makes really opens your eyes and makes you appreciate the normal standard routine. 

Summer heat

I know for sure that this past few months I’ve changed a lot. I have experienced things that I have not dreamed of. And yet, I still find myself in weird situations, being pulled back to old places and towards old friends

Unlike the old me, who would’ve been most upset, the current me is amused. I’ve just lost a few friends today. They are dear to me, but I cannot deal with them anymore. I cannot deal with the gossip, with the she said, he said things. This situation just proved me that I don’t need that kind of people in my life. It also showed me which people need uprooting from my life. 

It is also another step forward. It is a step towards focusing more on myself and what I need to do with my life, rather than on other people, their problems and so on.

Sounds silly, I know..

This year keeps surprising me in the most unexpected ways possible.. Leaving aside the amusement on fast news travels, it is a bit sad knowing that you can never know whom to trust or not. Bad business this is. Trust is important in any kind of relationship, and I as proven over and over again that most people do not care about that.

This is why it is important to me to have this written down: a reminder for future times.