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About meI studied Cultural Heritage and love to read. I work as a software tester. I'm a huge fan of Bette Midler (that explains my four copies of A view from a broad). I love history, especially the middle ages (preferably early middle ages). I also knit, cross stitch (working on a replica of The Lady and The Unicorn: A Mon Seul Desir now), crochet amigurumi and game (Nintendo DS and Wii).

About my library

Now reading
Mountain To Be Read (1300 as of 2014-03-25 and mostly growing)

What kind of books do I like?
Ever since I started to really frequent LibraryThing I have started to read more and more. Slowly I see that my taste in books is changing. I used to love (and still like) my historical adventures (when they keep their facts at least a bit straight). I still like historical fiction (but not so much the romance or murder mysteries that just happened to be set in an certain time period), especially about the middle ages. I also like fantasy and science fiction, although lately I am moving more and more towards SF, away from fantasy. I am now trying to read more "regular" novels and classics, to broaden my horizons. That way I found out that I love Jane Austen and Charlotte Brönte, and I cannot wait to try more of their works. I also found out that nineteenth century novels are quite readable, so I will enjoy more of them in the coming years.
I also read a lot of non-fiction, mostly about medieval history, but also about popular science.

I used to read almost exclusively books I own, and almost never borrow. I am always "a bit" behind in reading of my shelves, although recently I have been trying to at least read what I have last bought first, before buying more.

Anything I read before I started keeping lists of dates read I give the read dates of 2003-01-01/2003-01-02, even if the book is published after that time. I just have no clue when I read them. I need to work on tagging. I'll at least keep genre tags (my own genres :D) and am working on subject tags, at least for time, location and historical personalities.

My Challenges
100 books in 2014
100 books in 2013
100 books in 2012
100 books in 2011, and the 2nd thread - Completed July 26th, 2011
100 books in 2010 - Completed October 6, 2010
1010 Category Challenge - Completed September 23, 2010
50 books in 2009 - Completed September 8, 2009
75 books in 2009 - Completed November 19, 2009
Books from the 1001 Books you Must Read Before You Die list

My Reading Lists
My 2009 reading
2009 stats: 86 books, 36271 pages. 3 books in Dutch, 83 in English. 30 non-fiction, 56 fiction.
My 2010 reading
2010 stats: 132 books, 42083 pages. 15 books in Dutch, 116 in English, 1 in German. 15 non-fiction, 117 fiction. 12 graphic novels. 114 'real' books, 18 e-books.
My 2011 reading
2011 stats: 153 books, 60416 pages. 86 books in Dutch, 67 in English. 8 non-fiction, 143 fiction. 2 graphic novels.
My 2012 reading
2012 stats: 91 books, 30162 pages. 35 books in Dutch, 56 in English. 3 non-fiction, 88 fiction.
My 2013 reading
2013 stats: 104 books, 39806 pages. 35 books in Dutch, 69 in English. 103 fiction. 1 graphic novel.

Groups100 Books in 2013 Challenge, 100 books in 2014 challenge, 1001 Books to read before you die, Board for Extreme Thing Advances, Booker Prize, Bug Collectors, Hacking LibraryThing, Nederlandstalige lezers, Science Fiction Fans, Spam Fighters!show all groups

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Isaac Asimov, Margaret Atwood, Iain M. Banks, Greg Bear, Steve Berry, Alfred Bester, Max Brooks, Dan Brown, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Arthur C. Clarke, David Eddings, Stephen Fry, Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Joe Haldeman, Frank Herbert, Tom Holland, Kazuo Ishiguro, Elizabeth Kostova, George R. R. Martin, Bette Midler, China Miéville, Rita Monaldi, Haruki Murakami, Rick Riordan, Patrick Rothfuss, Neal Stephenson, Thomas Thiemeyer, Philipp Vandenberg, John Wyndham (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresAthenaeum Boekhandel, De Slegte Amsterdam, De Slegte Den Haag, De Slegte Leiden, Foyles, Kooyker Leiden (voorheen Polare), Polare Den Haag, Polare Eindhoven (voorheen Van Piere + De Slegte), Scheltema, Strand Bookstore, The American Book Center, The American Book Center, Van Stockum Boekverkopers, Van Stockum Boekverkopers, Verwijs + de Slegte, Waterstone's Amsterdam

Favorite librariesKoninklijke Bibliotheek - National Library of the Netherlands, Openbare Bibliotheek Hoorn (Centrale)

Other favoritesMuseum Meermanno|Huis van het boek


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Real nameSara Raap-van Bussel

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Currently readingThe Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

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Sara, I'm so sorry I kept you waiting for a response to your friendly note. I missed it when you first posted it somehow, and only just noticed it now.

That whole episode was a bit of a surprise to me, I'll be honest, but one moves on :) It's very likely that I could have misread the tone of your message in the moralistic context of the others, and I do apologize if I was unpleasant. I certainly never intended any dishonesty--it never occurred to me that a vanished review copy here or there would be a big deal (for comparison, when I did music reviews for the university newspaper it was standard for us to receive unsolicited CDs from labels, with no expectation of an obligation. There was a large stack). And so I didn't think much of marking the books unreceived, but then I stopped to wonder if there might be some other way of addressing the issue where I didn't have to make the (untrue, as you say) statement "this book was not received"; and I made the post and got the response I got.

But enough!! This was a considerate gesture and you made my evening, thank you :)
Wow! That was mailing #3. There should be 2 more books somewhere in between you and me. ^__^ If they arrive, please feel free to pass them on to anyone you'd like. Thanks for the update, and happy reading!

Congratulations on winning a copy of THE FISHING WIDOW in LibraryThing's Early Reviewers Giveaway for June! Your book will be shipped from Craig, Alaska on Prince of Wales Island on Monday, July 8th. Shipping times vary with the weather and barge service (did I mention it's a remote Alaskan island?), so if you do not receive the book by August 1st, I would appreciate it if you could drop me a line here or at: so I can address any missing parcels.

I hope you enjoy the story and any and all feedback is GREATLY appreciated! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Take Care,

Amy Marshall
Thanks Sara. Have you ever used ? I have about nine FB and LT connections. Since last year I worked on . Yesterday I met first time a very skilled technician who compared YIVO Enciclopedia with DNB and added the YIVO spellings to DNB. see (and ) details are available at
Please feel free to let people know about and
Dear Sara; I tagged long time all books imported from with "↑" . As you can see at I added year and languages from . Can you address this issue? Maybe one should wait for the fix first.
Best regards Reinhardt P.S. I need to work on books tagged "↑••" later-
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Awesome bookcase!
Hah! Thanks, Sara. I should've known. The City and the City and Perdido are two of my favorites. Glad you liked them, too. I look forward to hearing what you think of Embassytown.

Best - Joe
At first I was a little worried about your starting with Embassytown as your first Mieville, Sara, because it's pretty complex sci-fi (not that I could think of an easier one of his when I tried!). But I see you've already got some challenging sci-fi in your library, so this should fit right in.

I'll look forward to hearing what you think of it.

Best wishes - Joe
Eerst maar eens deel 2
One more thing, how close together did you put the brackets? I don't want the shelves to bow. Thanks so much for your help!
Thanks for the quick response! That was my thinking, that buying lumber would be much more economical than the "pre-stained shelves." I love your library by the way, I'm sending a friend request!
I love your shelves! When you purchased the shelves to go on the "tracking", did you buy boards in the lumber department or did you buy the "pre-made" shelves that go with the tracking components? I'm planning to put up a wall of shelves and wanted to get your opinion. Thanks!
Hi Sara- I had to drop you a note, after seeing that you are starting "Never Let Me Go". I just finished it the other day. It's an amazing thought-provoking book. You'll have to fill me in, as you are reading it. It's only the 2nd book I've read by Ishiguro but it will not be the last!
I love your book-shelves!

Hi, Sara ~ Thanks for the friend invitation! I see we have a lot of books in common (the Matthew Shardlake mysteries for one, but also Thursday Next and Sookie Stackhouse). Looking forward to sharing opinions and ideas with you and getting recommendations from you!

How are you liking "Soveriegn?"

Good reading!


Heb jij Karen Maitland - Het gezelschap van leugenaars gelezen? 1348, pestilentie, engeland.
Hello Sara,
Re your query regarding 'Jaguars & Electric Eels'. No,this is merely an abridgment (as are all of this excellent series) If you do a search of Googlebooks,they have a fuller (I'm not sure if they give the complete book - doubtful -but certainly a fuller account at any rate. You could also try Project Gutenburgh who may have the fuller text.
Hope this is of help.
Peter (devenish)
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list - I'm flattered!

I've just been having a wee look in your library and see that the Name of the Rose is in your next 5 to read. I finally read it last year - it'd been on the shelf for over 10 years - and really, really loved it. I haven't managed to read anything else by Eco yet though.

Also just went to a map of the Netherlands to see where Hoorn is... I've been to Amsterdam a couple of times because good friends were living there - a lovely city. Last time, in 2002, they drove us over the dyke between Lelystad and Enkhuizen, which looks pretty close to you!

Right, better go and read a book or something. Hope you like the 75 BC group - there are tons of nice people in it.

Thank you for participating in my thread
Hi again

No problemo! One of the dubious advantages of being a South African of "a certain age" is that we all had to learn Afrikaans at school, and I don't find the conversion to reading Dutch all that difficult. In fact, two years ago when I had the pleasure of visiting your country (Wageningen, Harderwijk, Schovenhorst, Hoge Veluwe, Baarn, Utrecht) I even found I could converse with some of the locals in a strange hybrid Afrikaans/Dutch/accent-without-a-trace-of-either! So bigh thankyous for those sites, which I shall certainly pass on to the others on the committee.

Would you accept a virtual long-distance hug an an expression of gratitude? If so, ((((hugs))))

All best
Yes please!! All information gratefully received!

Thanks a million
Hello Sara

You are an angel straight from heaven, and I shall call on your help in as much detail and at as great a length as you let me! Yes I do need all the help I can get. The score at the moment is that Busifer needs to locate a friend who's away on holiday right now, so things are stalled for a couple of weeks there. But I mentioned it to the others (International Code for Botanical Nomenclature, Special Committee on Electronic Publication if you want to know) and they want a document to refer to in the discussions we'll be having over the next 2 years. So I'm now thinking I should come to you cap-in-hand when I have something, and ask for your take on it before posting idiocy and nonsense.

The basic problem is that on the one hand, the cost of academic publication as ink-on-paper is astronomical, so more and more journals are going electronic. On the other, the old-men-in-suits (of both genders and all ages, actually) who vote on changes to the code have not as yet had the courage to face up to the problem, and hide behind the mantra that e-publication is ephemeral, and will be unreadable in decades when original descriptions of new species (etc.) need to be readable for ever. Which is not totally untrue, but omits to note the number of cases where all copies of a paper publication have been destroyed over the last 250 years.

Thank you, thank you and thank you again a million times over for your kind offer, which is much appreciated.

All best
Thank you for posting in my thread. I am looking forward to see you there often.
Hi, I saw your comment in the Green Dragon about Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I think it helps if you are a Jane Austen fan to get through it. It is slow, with a sly, sneaky humor. So if you don't care for Austen, I'm not sure you would like it ever. The size and weight was daunting for me, but I really enjoyed the alternate take on our history. It may have helped that I recently read a very large and thorough history volume on the Regency period. :)
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