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CollectionsYour library (1,072), Currently reading (1), Read but unowned (65), Non-Fiction (998), Fiction (103), Articles and e-books (73), Read in 2005 (30), Read in 2006 (27), Read in 2007 (32), Read in 2008 (61), Read in 2009 (59), Read in 2010 (70), Read in 2011 (66), Read in 2012 (48), Read in 2013 (18), Read in 2014 (19), Read in 2015 (49), Read in 2016 (54), Read in 2017 (50), Films (432), To be sold (21), CD's (classical) (227), CD's (jazz) (83), CD's (other) (45), To read (129), Wishlist (420), Favorites (4), All collections (2,419)

Reviews164 reviews

TagsEast Asia (616), Southeast Asia (336), Indonesia (288), China (255), Europe (237), classical music (222), photography (187), art (175), European history (152), bellettrie (131) — see all tags

MediaNot set (81), Book (1,591), Paper Book (1,428), Zine (5), Sound Recording (342), CD sound recording (317), Video Recording (404), DVD (203)

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Recommendations105 recommendations

About me

With a full-time job I have only limited time for reading. Besides reading I enjoy art house films, classical music and jazz, economics and investment, photography, and most of all travelling.

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About my libraryI read mostly non-fiction.

I used to read a lot of books from the public library when I was a student, but you will not find these books here. When I started working, I read a lot less, but Bruce Chatwin's the Songlines inspired me to pick up reading again when I was working in Singapore. To some extend you can still find the themes from that novel back in the books I enjoy.

Mine is a reader's library. I am not a book collector. I like to read at my own pace, jumping from subject to subject. And then it is easier to have a stack of books next to the couch than that I would have to go to the public library.

Since the 1980's I have worked and travelled in East Asia a lot and you find that reflected in my library.

I use Librarything also as repository of notes on books I have read. I publish them as reviews. Do not consider them proper synopses, however.

"En veel lezens is vermoeiing des vleses."

Groups1000 Places to See Before You Die, Ancient China, Ancient History, Antiquarian Travel Memoirs, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Capital Markets, DimSum Thing, Economics, Finance / Investment, History at 30,000 feet: The Big Pictureshow all groups

Favorite authorsBruce Chatwin, J. Slauerhoff (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAthenaeum Boekhandel, Atleest, Boekhandel Het Martyrium, Select Books


Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceDec 15, 2007

Currently readingGermania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History by Simon Winder

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