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Anita (FAMeulstee) is able to read again; third thread of 2016

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1FAMeulstee
Edited: Jul 1, 2016, 9:42am Top


Chimay and Ari in the garden

A new month, a new thread :-)

2FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 10, 2016, 7:06am Top

total pages read: 34.709

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august 2016 (28 books, 7.601 pages)
book 110: De tuinen van de Purperen Draak (Dragonkeeper 2) by Carole Wilkinson, 338 pages,
book 109: De Cock en een dodelijke dreiging (De Cock 30) by A.C. Baantjer (audio), 139 pages,
book 108: Drakenhoeder (Dragonkeeper 1) by Carole Wilkinson, 368 pages,
book 107: Imperium (Cicero 1) by Robert Harris, 368 pages,
book 106: Noorderveen (Erlendur 3) by Arnaldur Indriðason, 244 pages,
book 105: Dans van de doden (Nic Costa) by David Hewson, 432 pages,
book 104: Een prins zonder koninkrijk (Vango 2) by Timothée de Fombelle, 401 pages,
book 103: Grafteken (Erlendur 2) by Arnaldur Indriðason, 252 pages,
book 102: De Cock en moord eerste klasse (De Cock 31) by A.C. Baantjer, 138 pages,
book 101: De officier by Robert Harris, 445 pages,
book 100: Trouw is de andere wang by Peter Bekkers, 152 pages,
book 99: Tussen hemel en aarde (Vango 1) by Timothee de Fombelle, 381 pages,
book 98: De bonobo en de tien geboden. Moraal is ouder dan de mens by Frans de Waal, 286 pages,
book 97: Zeven minuten na middernacht by Patrick Ness, 215 pages,
book 96a: Dubbelmoord (Nic Costa) by David Hewson, 45 pages,
book 96: De Cock en moord in brons (De Cock 29) by A.C. Baantjer, 138 pages,
book 95: Het tumult van de tijd by Julian Barnes, 223 pages,
book 94: Het psalmenoproer by Maarten 't Hart, 288 pages,
book 93: De dood in Venetië by Thomas Mann, 110 pages,
book 92: Een onvoltooide reis by Patrick Leigh Fermor, 368 pages,
book 91: Schemerspel (Erlendur prequel) by Arnaldur Indriðason, 286 pages,
book 90: De Cock en het lijk op retour (De Cock 28) by A.C. Baantjer, 137 pages,
book 89: Maandagskinderen (Erlendur 1) by Arnaldur Indriðason, 258 pages,
book 88: Flauberts papegaai by Julian Barnes, 233 pages,
book 87: Noodlot by Louis Couperus, 159 pages,
book 86: De Cock en het masker van de dood (De Cock 27) by A.C. Baantjer, 137 pages,
book 85: Een man die Ove heet by Fredrik Backman, 320 pages,
book 84: Kijk niet achterom (Konrad Sejer 2) by Karin Fossum, 312 pages,
book 83: Gevallen engel (Nic Costa 9) by David Hewson, 432 pages,

july 2016 (28 books, 8.498 pages)
book 82: De Cock en de dode minnaars (De Cock 26) by A.C. Baantjer, 154 pages,
book 81: Blauwe demonen (Nic Costa 8) by David Hewson, 448 pages,
book 80: Een heel leven by Robert Seethaler, 157 pages,
book 79: De wonderen van de Orient by Marco Polo, 232 pages,
book 78: Eva's oog (Konrad Sejer 1) by Karin Fossum, 305 pages,
book 77: Het masker van Dante (Nic Costa 7) by David Hewson, 431 pages,
book 76: Het boze oog (Yashim Togalu 4) door Jason Goodwin, 334 pages,
book 75: De Romeinse lusthof (Nic Costa 6) by David Hewson, 431 pages,
book 74: Het zevende sacrament (Nic Costa 5) by David Hewson, 439 pages,
book 73: De Cock en moord op de Bloedberg (De Cock 25) by A.C. Baantjer, 138 pages,
book 72: De kaart van Bellini (Yashim Togalu 3) door Jason Goodwin, 332 pages,
book 71: Tussen wouden en water by Patrick Leigh Fermor, 249 pages,
book 70: De engelen des doods (Nic Costa 4) by David Hewson, 388 pages,
book 69: God als misvatting by Richard Dawkins, 448 pages,
book 68: Langs Rijn en Donau by Patrick Leigh Fermor, 310 pages,
book 67: De Cock en moord op termijn (De Cock 24) by A.C. Baantjer, 138 pages,
book 66: De Cock en een variant op moord (De Cock 23) by A.C. Baantjer, 139 pages,
book 65: Het spel van kat en adelaar by Craig Strete, 302 pages,
book 64: De Pantheon getuige (Nic Costa 3) by David Hewson, 328 pages,
book 63: De Cock en de dood van een clown (De Cock 22) by A.C. Baantjer, 130 pages,
book 62: Het Bacchus offer (Nic Costa 2) by David Hewson, 336 pages,
book 61: De charmeur (Reders & Reders 1) by Jan & Sanne Terlouw, 302 pages,
book 60: De koninklijke leerling (Ranger's Apprentice 12) by John Flanagan, 447 pages,
book 59: De Vaticaanse moorden (Nic Costa 1) by David Hewson, 336 pages,
book 58: De Cock en de moord op melodie (De Cock 21) by A.C. Baantjer, 135 pages,
book 57: Het slechte pad (Cormoran Strike 3) by Robert Galbraith, 575 pages,
book 56: Een klein eiland by Bill Bryson, 399 pages,
book 55: De Cock en de ganzen van de dood (De Cock 20) by A.C. Baantjer, 135 pages,

3FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 31, 2016, 3:22pm Top

Books read in 2016 by month
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total pages read first 6 months 18.607
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june 2016 (16 books, 3.405 pages)
book 54: De Cock en de smekende dood (De Cock 19) by A.C. Baantjer, 138 pages,
book 53: De Cock en de moord in extase (De Cock 18) by A.C. Baantjer, 136 pages,
book 52: Zijderups (Cormoran Strike 2) by Robert Galbraith, 544 pages,
book 51: De Cock en de moord in seance (De Cock 17) by A.C. Baantjer, 136 pages,
book 50: De reiziger (Outlander 1) by Diana Gabaldon, 788 pages,
book 49: De Cock en het dodelijk akkoord (De Cock 16) by A.C. Baantjer, 134 pages,
book 48: De Cock en de dansende dood (De Cock 13) by A.C. Baantjer, 156 pages,
book 47: De Cock en de broeders van de zachte dood (De Cock 15) by A.C. Baantjer, 135 pages,
book 46: De Cock en de naakte juffer (De Cock 14) by A.C. Baantjer, 122 pages,
book 45: De Cock en het lijk aan de kerkmuur (De Cock 12) by A.C. Baantjer, 151 pages,
book 44: De Cock en de stervende wandelaar (De Cock 11) by A.C. Baantjer, 158 pages,
book 43: De Cock en de romance in moord (De Cock 10) by A.C. Baantjer, 143 pages,
book 42: De Cock en de zorgvuldige moordenaar (De Cock 9) by A.C. Baantjer, 151 pages,
book 41: De Cock en de ontgoochelde dode (De Cock 8) by A.C. Baantjer, 141 pages,
book 40: De rode halsband by Jean-Christophe Rufin, 222 pages,
book 39: De Cock en de treurende kater (De Cock 7) by A.C. Baantjer, 150 pages,

may 2016 (13 books, 4.524 pages)
book 38: De Cock en de dode harlekijn (De Cock 6) by A.C. Baantjer, 142 pages,
book 37: De Cock en het sombere naakt (De Cock 5) by A.C. Baantjer, 141 pages,
book 36: De slangensteen (Yashim Togalu 2) by Jason Goodwin, 352 pages,
book 35: De Cock en de moord op Anna Bentveld (De Cock 4) by A.C. Baantjer, 170 pages,
book 34: De verloren verhalen (Ranger's Apprentice 11) by John Flanagan, 455 pages,
book 33: De Cock en het lijk in de kerstnacht (De Cock 3) by A.C. Baantjer, 107 pages,
book 32: De vegetariër by Han Kang, 222 pages,
book 31: De Cock en de wurger op zondag (De Cock 2) by A.C. Baantjer, 95 pages,
book 30: Terug in Amerika by Bill Bryson, 301 pages,
book 29: De held van weleer (Mistborn 3) by Brandon Sanderson, 718 pages,
book 28: De bron der verheffing (Mistborn 2) by Brandon Sanderson, 751 pages,
book 27: Ziener van Zeven Wateren (Seven Waters 5) by Juliet Marillier, 431 pages,
book 26: Het laatste rijk (Mistborn 1) by Brandon Sanderson, 639 pages,

april 2016 (6 books, 2.092 pages)
book 25: De Cock en een strop voor Bobby (De Cock 1) by A.C. Baantjer, 137 pages,
book 24: Erfgenaam van Zeven Wateren (Seven Waters 4) by Juliet Marillier, 414 pages,
book 23: Het ware verhaal van het monster Billy Dean by David Almond, 287 pages,
book 22: De meester en Margarita by M.A. Boelgakov, 448 pages,
book 21: De brand van Istanbul (Yashim Togalu 1) by Jason Goodwin, 392 pages,
book 20: De stem van Tamar by David Grossman, 414 pages,

march 2016 (7 books, 2.288 pages)
book 19: Koekoeksjong (Cormoran Strike 1) by Robert Galbraith, 519 pages,
book 18: De jongen die met piranha's zwom by David Almond, 192 pages,
book 17: Ywein, de ridder met de leeuw by Chrétien de Troyes, 170 pages,
book 16: Negen levens by William Dalrymple, 320 pages,
book 15: Hasse Simonsdochter by Thea Beckman, 260 pages,
book 14: Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen , 254 pages,
book 13: Kind van de profetie (Seven Waters 3) by Juliet Marillier, 573 pages,

february 2016 (6 books, 3.741 pages)
book 12: Zoon van de schaduwen (Seven Waters 2) by Juliet Marillier, 576 pages,
book 11: De dood van Maarten Koning (Het bureau 7) by J.J. Voskuil, 226 pages,
book 10: Afgang (Het bureau 6) by J.J. Voskuil, 700 pages,
book 9: En ook weemoedigheid (Het bureau 5) by J.J. Voskuil, 927 pages,
book 8: Dochter van het woud (Seven Waters 6) by Juliet Marillier, 576 pages,
book 7: De wilde roos (Rose 3) by Jennifer Donnelly, 736 pages,

january 2016 (6 books, 2.557 pages)
book 6: Vlam van Zeven Wateren (Seven Waters 6) by Juliet Marillier, 448 pages,
book 5: De winterroos (Rose 2) by Jennifer Donnelly, 719 pages,
book 4: Slecht by Jan Simoen, 94 pages,
book 3: De graaf van Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, 937 pages,
book 2: Kukel by Joke van Leeuwen, 152 pages,
book 1: Mama Tandoori by Ernest van der Kwast, 207 pages,

4FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 26, 2016, 4:57am Top

Books aquired in 2016

august 2016
37 - Een man die Ove heet by Fredrick Backman
36 - Dubbelmoord by David Hewson (e-book)
35 - Dood van een maestro by Donna Leon (e-book)
34 - Reizen en avonturen van Jaques Massé by Simon Tyssot de Patot (gift)
33 - Heilige honger by Barry Unsworth (2nd hand)

july 2016
32 - La Superba by Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer

june 2016
31 - De reiziger by Diana Gabaldon (e-book)

may 2016
30 - De held van weleer by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn 3, e-book)
29 - De bron der verheffing by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn 2, e-book)
28 - Het laatste rijk by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn 1, e-book)
27 - Verhalen by Isaac Babel
26 - Verschiet by Anneke Brassinga (poetry, 2nd hand)
25 - Celinspecties by Ester Naomi Perquin (poetry, 2nd hand)
24 - Waterstudies by K. Michel (poetry, 2nd hand)
23 - Bres by Leonard Nolens (poetry, 2nd hand)
22 - Mythologieën gedichten by Kees Ouwens (poetry, 2nd hand)
21 - Hier is de tijd by Esther Jansma (poetry, 2nd hand)
20 - Psalmen en andere gedichten by Leo Vroman (poetry, 2nd hand)
19 - De encyclopedie van de grote woorden by Mark Boog (poetry, 2nd hand)
18 - De zon en de wereld gedichten voor twee stemmen by Arjen Duinker (poetry, 2nd hand)
17 - Het leven van by Nachoem M. Wijnberg (poetry, 2nd hand)
16 - Hoe je geliefde te herkennen by Tomas Lieske (poetry, 2nd hand)
15 - Aangod en de afmens by Huub Beurskens (poetry, 2nd hand)

april 2016
14 - De Chow Chow in Nederland ; Ter gelegenheid van het 75-jarig bestaan van de NCCC by Janneke Leunissen-Rooseboom
13 - A Chinaman in Sussex : Sly reflections of worldly Peke by Andrew Soutar (gift)
12 - Hieronymus Bosch: Visioenen van een genie by Matthys Ilsink

march 2016
11 - Dokter Zjivago by Boris Pasternak
10 - Broer by Esther Gerritsen

february 2016
9 - Het verhaal van Genji (e-book)
8 - Kind van de profetie (2nd hand)
7 - Zoon van de schaduwen (2nd hand)
6 - Dochter van het woud (2nd hand)
5 - Winterdance
4 - Koude berg : onthechting als weg
3 - Idyllen nieuwe poëzie

january 2016
2 - Slecht (e-book)
1 - De graaf van Monte-Cristo (2nd hand)

total 37 books

17 2nd hand
10 new
8 e-books
2 gifts

5kidzdoc
Jul 1, 2016, 10:36am Top

Happy new thread, Anita! And hello to Ari!

6ronincats
Jul 1, 2016, 11:10am Top

Happy New Thread, Anita, and great picture of the dogs! At least Ari looks sociable; Chimay says "don't bother me".

7karenmarie
Jul 1, 2016, 11:14am Top

Sweet picture of Chimay and Ari, Anita!

Happy new thread.

8harrygbutler
Jul 1, 2016, 11:54am Top

Happy new thread!

9jnwelch
Jul 1, 2016, 12:19pm Top

Happy New Thread, Anita!

Love the Chimay/Ari photo.

10FAMeulstee
Jul 1, 2016, 4:24pm Top

>5 kidzdoc: Thanks Darryl, Ari says HI!

>6 ronincats: Thank you Roni, you are very right, Chimay doesn't like her picture taken. The worst was that Ari sneaked up on her (you see the tails strangeled), she doesn't like that either... A few seconds later she stood up to lay down somewhere else. Ari LOVES all attention.

>7 karenmarie: Thanks Karen, they are an adorable pair :-)

>8 harrygbutler: Thank you Harry, I thought to start the second half year with a shiny new thread ;-)

>9 jnwelch: Thanks Joe, a rare occasion of getting my camera in time, nine out of ten times Chimay is gone when I return with my camera.

11vancouverdeb
Jul 1, 2016, 8:36pm Top

Happy New Thread, Anita! Chimay and Ari are so cute! I have trouble getting a picture of Poppy too - she usually has run away or looked away by the time I get my I - phone out, never mind a camera.

12Whisper1
Jul 1, 2016, 10:05pm Top

Hi Anita. As always, I love the photos of your pets. Also, I enjoyed the meet up photo posted on your previous thread.

I think of you often and send lots of good wishes.

13avatiakh
Jul 2, 2016, 12:42am Top

Lovely to visit your new thread and see your beautiful dogs.

14PaulCranswick
Jul 2, 2016, 2:45am Top

A very Happy New Thread, Anita

15scaifea
Jul 2, 2016, 11:15am Top

Happy new thread, Anita!!

16thornton37814
Jul 2, 2016, 11:22am Top

Happy new thread!

17mstrust
Jul 2, 2016, 3:37pm Top

Happy New Thread! That's a sweet face, and back, in your topper.
Jennifer

18charl08
Jul 2, 2016, 4:48pm Top

Happy new thread - how many De Cock's do you have to go!?

19FAMeulstee
Jul 2, 2016, 4:57pm Top

>11 vancouverdeb: Thanks Deborah, yes they are cute :-)
The hardship of owning a dog that dislikes cameras ;-)
Chimay is getting old, needs more time to stand up and move, so my chances are better these days!

>12 Whisper1: Thank you Linda and the same to you, sending good thoughts and lots of love!

>13 avatiakh: Thanks Kerry, Ari loves to hear that :-)

>14 PaulCranswick: >15 scaifea: >16 thornton37814: Thank you Paul, Amber & Lori

>17 mstrust: Thanks Jenifer, the face of the back is sweet too, but hard to get a picture of her face ;-)

>18 charl08: 20 down, 50 to go, Charlotte, probably all done by the end of this year...!

20banjo123
Jul 3, 2016, 12:57am Top

Such a cute thread topper! Happy new thread!

21FAMeulstee
Jul 5, 2016, 4:39am Top

>20 banjo123: Thank you Rhonda!

22FAMeulstee
Edited: Jul 19, 2016, 10:28am Top


book 55: De Cock en de ganzen van de dood by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, police mystery, 20th book of 70 De Cock



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book 56: Een klein eiland by Bill Bryson
from the library, non-fiction, translated, TIOLI, original title Notes from a small island

Bill Bryson traveling through the UK in the 90s.

It took me a while to read this book, as it has no map and my geographical knowledge of the UK isn't that good, so I found myself each chapter searching for maps and pictures of the places he went on the internet ;-)
I learned a lot and it was fun to read, although not as funny as some of his later books.



Meanwhile the Dutch translation of Career of evil was calling from the shelf, as that book came together with Bryson from the library. Now I can finally dip into the world of Cormoran & Robin again :-D

23Berly
Jul 6, 2016, 12:16am Top

Returning the favor and popping in to check your thread! ; ) Congrats on a new one.

24ronincats
Jul 6, 2016, 12:54pm Top

Hi, Anita. Glad to see the reading moving apace!

25porch_reader
Jul 6, 2016, 11:24pm Top

Hi Anita! Glad to see you enjoyed the Bill Bryson book. He spoke at graduation this spring at the university where I teach. He was a great speaker, and I vowed to read something by him soon!

26msf59
Jul 7, 2016, 7:27am Top

Happy New Thread, Anita! Hope your week is going well. I NEED to read more Bill Bryson.

27karenmarie
Edited: Jul 7, 2016, 11:14am Top

Hi Anita! Bryson is great. I've decided for me personally that his non-travel books are better (except for In a Sunburned Country and A Walk in the Woods) - A Short History of Nearly Everything, Shakespeare: The World as Stage, and perhaps a bit US-centric, One Summer: America, 1927.

I'm glad you're going to read Career of Evil. I've read it once and am listening to it now. Galbraith, aka Rowling, is such a good author.

>25 porch_reader: Hi Amy! I'm jealous that you got to hear Bryson speak.

28FAMeulstee
Jul 7, 2016, 11:32am Top

>23 Berly: Thank you Kim!

>24 ronincats: I am going fast, Roni, 2 down Career of evil and another De Cock mystery.

>25 porch_reader: Wow, Amy, that must have been great :-D

>26 msf59: Yes Mark, week is going good, just came back from the library with 3 books. Yes read Bill Bryson!

>27 karenmarie: I like them all, Karen, besides this one I have read A Short History of Nearly Everything (that was my first Bryson), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and recently A Walk in the Woods.
I finished Career of Evil yesterday, could not put it down, so I have read it in 1 1/2 day, it was great, I hope she will write more. :-)

29FAMeulstee
Edited: Jul 15, 2016, 4:05pm Top


book 57: Het slechte pad by Robert Galbraith
from the library, detective, translated, English, original title Career of Evil, TIOLI

I really liked The Cuckoo's Calling & Zijderups and this one was again even better!
I found myself reading almost all the time for a day and a half and now it is finished :-(

30FAMeulstee
Edited: Jul 15, 2016, 4:05pm Top


book 58: De Cock en de moord op melodie by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, police mystery, 21th book of 70 De Cock

Not his best, but an ingenious way to solve the murders....

31FAMeulstee
Jul 7, 2016, 2:15pm Top

I went to the library today to bring back Een klein eiland by Bill Bryson and Het slechte pad by Robert Galbraith.

Took home:
De koninklijke leerling (The royal ranger) by John Flanagan, the last book of Rangers apprentice series
De Vaticaanse moorden (A season for the dead) by David Hewson, the first Nic Costa book
De charmeur first of a mystery series written by Jan Terlouw and his daugther Sanne, Jan Terlouw used to write YA I loved.

32charl08
Edited: Jul 7, 2016, 3:09pm Top

>29 FAMeulstee: I can't wait for the next one!

33brodiew2
Jul 7, 2016, 3:34pm Top

Hello Anita! I hope your day is going well. I've liked the idea of Bill Bryson for some time, but have reached out beyond A Walk in the Woods. The non travel ones seem to call to more than the others. The Shakespeare one sounds good.

34streamsong
Jul 7, 2016, 3:51pm Top

Happy New Thread! That's a fun photo of Chimi and Ari!

I've also read a few of Bryson's but not the one you just finished. I do always learn something and he is pretty amusing.

35FAMeulstee
Jul 7, 2016, 4:13pm Top

>32 charl08: Neither can I, Charlotte ;-)

>33 brodiew2: Thank you Brodie, I surely will read more of him, not sure about the Shakespeare, as I know near to nothing about Shakespeare....

>34 streamsong: Thanks Janet, yes, he is amusing and I know a lot more about the UK now :-)

36karenmarie
Jul 9, 2016, 1:57pm Top

Hi Anita! I hope you're having a good weekend and reading good books.

37FAMeulstee
Jul 9, 2016, 5:46pm Top

>36 karenmarie: Thank you Karen, yes, I finished two books :-)
I hope you have a good reading weekend as well!

38FAMeulstee
Edited: Jul 15, 2016, 4:04pm Top


book 59: De Vaticaanse moorden by David Hewson
found on the thread of Ameise1 (Barbara), from the library, detective, translated, English, original title A season for the dead, first book of Nic Costa series, TIOLI, 336 pages

In this fist book of a series we meet Nic Costa, a cop in Rome.
Some gruesome murders, people are killed the same way martyrs from the early days of Christianity died. Nic Costa and his partner try to find the clues behind these murders and hope they can stop the killings.
A very statisfying read.

I have the next two ready on my e-reader :-)



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book 60: De koninklijke leerling by John Flanagan
from the library, YA, fantasy, translation of The Royal Ranger , TIOLI, 447 pages

The 12th and last book of the Ranger's Apprentice series.
Will has a hard time, as he lost the love of his life 18 months ago. His friends decide it is time to get him on his feet again with the first female Ranger apprentice...


39FAMeulstee
Edited: Jul 15, 2016, 4:04pm Top


book 61: De charmeur by Jan & Sanne Terlouw
from the library, Dutch, detective, first book of Reders & Reders series, 302 pages

Jan Terlouw is a childhood favorite of mine, he wrote children's/YA books that I loved. When I saw he wrote these mysteries, together with his daughter Sanne, I wanted to read them :-)

In this fist book of a series we meet Job Reders and his daughter Leonie. Job came just out of jail, where he spend 7 years when the police finally found out that he was not guilty. Seven years is a long time and he tries to bond with is daughter who got astranged.

Then someone is murdered, he was a friend of a friend of Leonie. Dad and daughter want to know more, as the police doesn't get far with this case...

A promising start of a series.

40FAMeulstee
Edited: Jul 15, 2016, 4:03pm Top


book 62: Het Bacchus offer by David Hewson
found on the thread of Ameise1 (Barbara), e-book, from the library, detective, translated, English, original title The villa of mysteries, second book of Nic Costa series, 336 pages

The body of a young woman is found in peaty soil near the Tiber. At first it looks like an ancient body, like there are more found in peat moors in Europe.
But the body is way more recent and Nic Costa and his new partner Gianni Peroni try to solve the mystery...

Started the next one De Pantheon getuige (The sacred cut)


41Deern
Edited: Jul 14, 2016, 9:54am Top

I am very late to comment, but how cute is that thread topper, please?!?! :))

Yay, Bill Bryson! You remind me that I need to check the price for the sequel The Road to Little Dribbling, it was ridiculously expensive when published.

Edit: Price is below 10 Euros and I bought it.

Have a lovely weekend!

42FAMeulstee
Jul 14, 2016, 3:50pm Top

>41 Deern: Thank you Nathalie, yes they are both cute :-)
Glad you found The road to Little Dribbling at an affordable price, I will read it later this year, from the library.

Hope you get some rest this weekend!

43ronincats
Jul 14, 2016, 10:50pm Top

Just stopping by to say hi, Anita!

44vancouverdeb
Edited: Jul 15, 2016, 12:44am Top

Hi Anita! As for Karin Fossum I think she is excellent crime writer. I'm not sure if she would be to dark for you or not. She does not go in for a lot of gore at all, more psychologically disturbed individuals drive her novels. I find them fascinating , but they are a bit dark , at least in my opinion.

I've not read a book by David Hewson, but I have looked at them and I think they might be more disturbing than Karin Fossum , so maybe you will like Karin Fossum. I hope so!

45FAMeulstee
Jul 15, 2016, 12:16pm Top

>43 ronincats: Hi Roni :-D

>44 vancouverdeb: Thank you Deborah, the David Hewson books are a bit dark and disturbing, just at the edge of what I can handle, but very good.
So I think I will try Karin Fossum one of these days.

46FAMeulstee
Edited: Jul 19, 2016, 10:00am Top


book 63: De Cock en de dood van een clown by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, police mystery, 22th book of 70 De Cock, 130 pages

A clown dies and juwels are stolen, are these cases connected?



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book 64: De Pantheon getuige by David Hewson
found on the thread of Ameise1 (Barbara), from the library, e-boek, detective, translated, English, original title The Sacred Cut, third book of Nic Costa series, 328 pages

For the first time in 20 years it is snowing in Rome. In the Panteon a murdered man is found. Nic Costa, his partner Gianni Peroni and their boss inspector Falcone investigate, but are hindered by people of the FBI, who are supposed to be working with them...



47FAMeulstee
Edited: Jul 15, 2016, 4:02pm Top


book 65: Het spel van kat en adelaar by Craig Strete
from the library, translated, English, Vietnam, original title The Game of Cat and Eagle, TIOLI, 302 pages

Lifeseeker, an indian Shaman, travels throug the jungle of Vietman with an eagle. Together with a imprisoned Vietcong commander. His mission is to find out, through the dreams of the Vietcong commander, if the war can be won. The answer he finds is not satisfactory to those in power, so they try to undo his actions.

A beautiful fairy tale in the midst of war, a spiritual quest that can't be finished without casulties and an intriguing story...

I can't find any other paper copies here at LibraryThing, but the book can be downloaded at the end of this page, many other books by Craig Strete can be found here too.


48kidzdoc
Jul 15, 2016, 8:15pm Top

You are reading at a very nice pace, Anita! Keep up the good work, and the equally good reviews.

49Berly
Jul 16, 2016, 1:06am Top

Yes, you are steaming along with your reads--good job!!

50FAMeulstee
Jul 16, 2016, 3:21am Top

>48 kidzdoc: & >49 Berly: Thanks Darryl and Kim

Finishished two more DeKok's yesterday, started A time of gifts that is no quick read.

51FAMeulstee
Jul 16, 2016, 3:31am Top


book 66: De Cock en een variant op moord by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, police mystery, 23th book of 70 De Cock, 139 pages

A murder is reported, but the body has vanished. De Cock can't start an investigation without evidence...



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book 67: De Cock en moord op termijn by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, police mystery, 24th book of 70 De Cock, 138 pages

A lawyer is found, killed in front of his office. All evidence seems to point to one suspect, but then a second murder occurs...


52PaulCranswick
Jul 16, 2016, 5:57am Top

I wonder how the De Cock books translate, Anita?

Have a lovely weekend.

53FAMeulstee
Jul 16, 2016, 6:53am Top

>52 PaulCranswick: I am not sure what you mean, Paul... half of them (35) are translated as DeKok mysteries, available at Amazon. De Cock would be a bit strange in English ;-)

The same to you!

54msf59
Jul 16, 2016, 8:20am Top

Happy Saturday, Anita! Looks like some very good reading going on here. Keep it going.

55FAMeulstee
Jul 16, 2016, 9:42am Top

>54 msf59: The same to you Mark!
Traveling with Patrick Leigh Fermor in 1933 from Rotterdam to Germany, where Hitler just came into power....

56PaulCranswick
Jul 16, 2016, 11:38am Top

>53 FAMeulstee: I did notice that a number had been translated but I haven't read any and I can of course not enjoy them in the original language as you can! xx

57Ameise1
Jul 17, 2016, 2:51am Top

Happy new one, Anita. I'm glad that you like the Nic Costa series.I've started this series with the newer ones years ago and I'm now reading the earlier ones. Book 3 I have to buy and book 4 is on my shelf.
Wishing you a lovely Sunday.

58vancouverdeb
Jul 17, 2016, 3:01am Top

Popping to say hi! My son and his wife are traveling to England , France and Italy from July 19 to Aug 2nd. They just popped byto say hi and I'm a little anxious about them traveling to France right now, with all of the trouble, but I am sure that they will be fine. I was chatting about the cold war and Check Point Charlie in Berlin and teasing them about spies in Germany ( they are thinking to go there another year. ) My daughter in law is from Hong Kong and she did not understand the reference to spies in Germany during the cold war, which was quite funny:) I guess I read one too many Len Deighton book in my 20's! I really loved those! :)

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

59Ameise1
Jul 17, 2016, 3:47am Top

>58 vancouverdeb: Deb, you shouldn't be anxious about your son's travel. My younger daughter is going to Nice on the 24th for a two week language camp. BTW where in France will they be?

60FAMeulstee
Jul 17, 2016, 3:51am Top

>56 PaulCranswick: You could try one, Paul, at least they are available in your language ;-)
But then you are not a big fan of mysteries I think....

>57 Ameise1: Thank you Barbara, I have book 4 ready on my e-reader.

>58 vancouverdeb: Hi Deborah!
I can imagine you are a bit worried, but I bet they will have a great time!
Jokes can be very difficult if someone comes from the other side of the world. I don't think I ever read Len Deighton, but did read some John Le Carre.

61FAMeulstee
Edited: Jul 18, 2016, 8:23am Top


book 68: Langs Rijn en Donau by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Found on scaifea's (Amber) thread suggested by laytonwoman3rd (Linda), from the library, translated, English, 1930s, Europe, travel, original title A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube, TIOLI, 310 pages

My copy of the library contains both book 1 (A Time of Gifts) and book 2 (Between the Woods and the Water), this review is about book 1.

In December 1933 the writer (then 18 years old) leaves London by boat to start his journey through Europe. He wrote the books much later in life, this first book in 1977.

The first city he passes is Rotterdam, still intact, before the war... He walks through The Netherlands in 5 days. Then further through Germany, where Hitler just came into power, Austria and Tsjecho-Slovakia.
Glances of Cologne, Munich, a longer stay in Vienna, Bratislava, a sidestep to Prague and on to the Hungarian border.
Encounters with farmers and working class, with well read people and nobility, thoughts on litterature, history, arts and architecture. Many people who help him with a meal or place to sleep.

A dense book, I found myself searching for painters, historical facts and translations of some Latin quotes, to fully comprehend and appriciate the description of an Europe between the 2 World Wars and its history.

62FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 20, 2016, 7:13am Top


book 69: God als misvatting by Richard Dawkins
found on Kassilem's (Melissa) thread, from the library, non-fiction, atheisme, wetenschap, religie, translation of The God Delusion, 448 pages

Dawkins explains in witty ways why the idea of God is a delusion.

Most of it wasn't new, as I follow The Richard Dawkins Foundation on Facebook.
Many examples he uses, especially from American Christian believers, are nearly unbelievable for me, as faith doesn't play such a huge role anymore in the politics of my small country. In the last decennia christian political parties have declined.
I loved the way he countered pseudo-scientific faith based biasses.

63scaifea
Jul 18, 2016, 9:41am Top

>62 FAMeulstee: That one looks interesting, although I suspect it would be preaching to the choir for me, so to speak. Adding it to the list anyway - thanks for the review!

64FAMeulstee
Jul 18, 2016, 5:45pm Top

>63 scaifea: Always nice to read similair thoughts as your own, Amber, at least I thought so :-)

65karenmarie
Jul 19, 2016, 9:59am Top

Hi Anita! Lots of good books. I have The God Delusion on my shelves, just pulled it down and may read it.

66FAMeulstee
Edited: Jul 19, 2016, 10:24am Top


book 70: De engelen des doods by David Hewson
from the library, e-boek, detective, translated, English, original title The Lizard’s Bite, fourth book of Nic Costa series, 388 pages

At the end of the previous book commissario Leo Falcone, Nic Costa and Gianni Peroni were send to Venice for some time until the dust in Rome has settled.

Nic and Gianni had some uneventful months with the Venetian police, while Leo was transferred to Verona to work with the carabinieri on art crimes.
They are near the end of their stay in Venice, when they get assigned to a murder case with two deaths at a glass factory. They are instructed to make a quick conclusion to this so obvious domestic murder & suïcide. Of course they find other evidence and their investigation goes way beyond what the Venice police has asked them to do.

I love Nic Costa, and loved most of this book. The end wasn't what I expected, but somehow the last part of the book wasn't as smooth as his previous books were, so half a star less as the other Nic Costa's.


67FAMeulstee
Jul 19, 2016, 10:35am Top

>65 karenmarie: Hi Karen, yes so many good books, it is great :-)
So I might read your thoughts on The God Delusion some day.

68vancouverdeb
Jul 20, 2016, 7:17pm Top

My chicks have arrived safely in France - after a very long day of traveling - 91/2 hours by plane, Gatwick by train to St Pancras and onto the Eurostar and just arrived at their Airbnb. Two more days in Paris and then off to Italy. That's a very busy trip > I am not sure how they are travelling to Venice next - by train or by plane. A busier trip than I would want, but they are young! :)

69FAMeulstee
Jul 21, 2016, 11:57am Top

>68 vancouverdeb: I am glad they arrived safe in Europe, Deborah, they plan to do a lot in a short time!

70FAMeulstee
Jul 21, 2016, 12:30pm Top


book 71: Tussen wouden en water by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Found on scaifea's (Amber) thread suggested by laytonwoman3rd (Linda), from the library, translated, English, 1930s, Europe, travel, original title Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople: The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates, 249 pages

My copy of the library contains both book 1 (A Time of Gifts) and book 2 (Between the Woods and the Water), this review is about book 2.

In December 1933 the writer (then 18 years old) leaves London by boat to start his journey through Europe. He wrote the books much later in life, the second book in 1986.

He crosses the Hungarian border on Easter 1934, arriving in the city Esztergom. This book ends in August at the Iron Gates.
Most of his journey through Hungary and Romania he stays at castles and manors as the aristocrats he has met before, have written letters of recommendation to their friends and family along the way.
Facinating descriptions of castles, landscapes and cities altered with historical facts about the country, the mass migrartion that brought the Magyars and others to (middle) Europe and great battles that were fought in this part of Europe.

71FAMeulstee
Jul 22, 2016, 9:54am Top


book 72: De kaart van Bellini by Jason Goodwin
from the library, translated, English, historical fiction, murder mystery, 19th century Istanbul, English title: The Bellini card, 3th book of Inspector Yashim Togalu

The new Sultan wants Yashim to find a portrait of Mehmet II the Conqueror, by Italian artist Gentile Bellini.
Yashim sends his friend Palewski, the Polish ambassador in Istanbul, ahead to Venice, as the painting is said to be there for sale. At the moment Palewski arrives in Venice a murderer strikes, buying art in Venice seems to be a very dangerous job...

72Whisper1
Jul 22, 2016, 9:49pm Top

Hi Anita. I see that you are reading at a marvelous clip. I am in awe of your ability to speak your native language and write English so very well. Many of the students I supervise cannot in any way write as well as you. You continue to be amazing to me. I am so glad I joined this group and that lovely, wonderful people like you are a major part of it.

Happy Weekend My Dear Friend!

73PaulCranswick
Jul 22, 2016, 9:58pm Top

>70 FAMeulstee: Patrick Leigh Fermor was always worth reading. Just think how he would have wiped the floor with all us fit-bitters!

Have a lovely weekend, Anita.

74FAMeulstee
Jul 23, 2016, 11:25am Top

>72 Whisper1: Thank you Linda, you always make me happy when you leave a message here :-)
A beautiful picture that shows you can always find the unexpected in a book.
Happy weekend to you too!

>73 PaulCranswick: Patrick Leigh Fermor was a lot younger when he did his travels, Paul ;-)
Next week I pick up the last book about his travels at the libraray The broken road : from the Iron Gates to Mount Athos, it was published afther his death.
The same to you, I wish you a uneventful weekend.

75msf59
Jul 23, 2016, 11:32am Top

Happy Saturday, Anita. I hope you have a nice weekend and get some reading time in.

It is brutally hot here. Ugh!

76FAMeulstee
Jul 23, 2016, 11:45am Top

Sorry all, for not visiting your threads... I am a bit unbalanced at the moment. Wednesday my father told me that my brother had heartfailiure last monday. He was found late, they got his heart beating again, but he is in coma and there isn't much hope.
Since my brother and I aren't on speaking terms the last years (his decision) and he included his wife and 2 daughters in this, I did not hear from them.

In a way I have already mourned over him, after he broke all contact, so my feelings are bit in inuendo....

77Whisper1
Edited: Jul 23, 2016, 12:37pm Top

Anita, I truly believe that many of us have, the over used tern -- dysfunctional families. I understand your feelings.

Please be kind to yourself as you work through this. When I received the call that my father died, I chose not to attend any service. Like you, I had mourned the loss of him for many years. I knew I made the right decision. As I age, I try as best as possible not to subject myself to people and events that have the potential to harm me emotionally. Life is better that way. As a child, I felt helpless. As an adult, I can choose.

I will be thinking of you and sending all good thoughts.

78mstrust
Jul 23, 2016, 2:00pm Top

I wish you the best.

79FAMeulstee
Jul 24, 2016, 7:41am Top

>77 Whisper1: Thank you so much Linda!
I am glad someone does understand. When the end is there, and that may take a while as it must be a heartbreaking decision for his wife to pull the plug, I probably won't attend any service either...

>78 mstrust: Thanks Jennifer, for some lovely tulips to cheer up my day :-)

80FAMeulstee
Jul 24, 2016, 8:02am Top

Finshed two books:


book 73: De Cock en moord op de Bloedberg by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, police mystery, 25th book of 70 De Cock, 138 pages



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book 74: Het zevende sacrament by David Hewson
from the library, e-boek, detective, translated, English, original title The seventh sacrament, fifth book of Nic Costa series, 439 pages

Commissario Leo Falcone, Nic Costa and Gianni Peroni are back in Rome and get a case that is related to the disapperance of a boy 14 years back. A case Leo Falcone worked on. Somehow there seems to be a link to the ancient Mithras cult...

81karenmarie
Jul 24, 2016, 12:34pm Top

Anita, I am so sorry to hear about your brother. >77 Whisper1: Linda said it much better than I ever could, but I empathize with you. My brother and I haven't spoken in a long time either, his choice, too, and that saddens me. Be gentle and kind to yourself during this terrible time, I hope there are a lot of fond memories of your brother from earlier times.

82vancouverdeb
Jul 24, 2016, 10:43pm Top

I'm so sorry about your brother and the family situation. Sadly I think that sort of thing is more common than we realize. My mom and her sister have been estranged for about 15 years. When their brother died, he was also estranged from my aunt and my mom refused to let my aunt know that he was dying. I let my aunt know, but she was not interested in contacting him. I'm very fortunate to have a good relationship with my siblings. My heart goes out to you. Be kind to yourself, Anita. Hug your dogs, buy some books, eat some chocolate.

83ronincats
Jul 24, 2016, 11:34pm Top

Sorry to hear about your brother, Anita. Family issues can be so complex--my husband is estranged from his sisters as well. Even when you think you have come to terms with a situation, something like this brings it all to the surface again. {{{{Anita}}}}

84FAMeulstee
Edited: Jul 25, 2016, 11:43am Top

Thanks Karen, Deborah and Roni

85FAMeulstee
Jul 25, 2016, 11:44am Top

Mij brother died today, he was 58.... leaving a wife and two daughters behind :'(

86ronincats
Jul 25, 2016, 11:49am Top

So sorry for his family and yours--how is your dad?

87Whisper1
Jul 25, 2016, 12:15pm Top

Thinking of you Anita. I send hugs and love to you. Again, please be kind to yourself.



Perhaps surrounding yourself with your lovely dogs and reading might help.

88mstrust
Jul 25, 2016, 12:59pm Top

I'm so sorry, for you and his family.

89charl08
Jul 25, 2016, 1:17pm Top

So sorry Anita. Will be thinking of you.

90thornton37814
Jul 25, 2016, 7:00pm Top

Sorry to read about your brother's loss. I know when I lost one of my brothers last year that it hit me harder than the death of my father -- probably because it was my generation, and now we have one less sibling. Prayers for you and your family.

91FAMeulstee
Jul 26, 2016, 2:51am Top

Thanks Roni, Linda, Jennifer, Charlotte and Lori, your messages give some comfort.

My dad is devestated, I don't know how much my mom gets it...
The dogs are always a comfort, yesterday Ari stayed close to me from the moment I got the news.

92kidzdoc
Jul 26, 2016, 6:42pm Top

I'm very sorry to hear about your brother's passing, Anita. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

93vancouverdeb
Jul 26, 2016, 8:12pm Top

I'm so sorry to hear about your brother's passing, Anita. Please be kind to yourself. I'll be thinking of you and your family. big hugs xo Deborah

94avatiakh
Jul 26, 2016, 9:09pm Top

I'm also sad to hear about your brother. Hope you are coping ok and yes, pets are a wonderful comfort at these times.

95Deern
Jul 27, 2016, 5:19am Top

I'm so sorry abut your brother's passing. As all the others already said, please be kind to yourself. I understand about the service question. It might stir up things in an environment that's too emotional.

Sending you lots of hugs. So impressed with Ari's sensitivity and instinct, I hope the doggies can give you some comfort.

96karenmarie
Jul 28, 2016, 9:01am Top

Deepest sympathy, Anita.

Our dogs and cats know when we're distressed. I'm glad Ari was a comfort to you.

97Whisper1
Jul 28, 2016, 10:18am Top

I'm stopping by to see how you are doing today. I know that our beloved pets are attuned to our emotions. Lilly stays by me on days when she senses I am in a lot of pain.

I hope the day is a good one for you dear one.

98FAMeulstee
Jul 30, 2016, 2:47am Top

Thanks Darryl, Deborah, Kerry, Nathalie, Karen and Linda.

Today is the funeral, only close friends are invited...

99Ameise1
Jul 30, 2016, 2:57am Top

Dear Anita, I'm so sorry to read about your loss. My thoughts are with you and yours. Even when he has capped the communication lines between you it was still your brother and it hurts. Love and hugs xx

100FAMeulstee
Jul 30, 2016, 3:49am Top

Thank you Barbara.
Long ago he used to be my favourite sibling. But through the years he changed so much... I miss who he used to be.

101FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 3, 2016, 8:33am Top

I finished my 75th book and some others:

         

book 75: De Romeinse lusthof by David Hewson
from the library, e-boek, detective, translated, English, original title The garden of evil, sixth book of Nic Costa series, 431 pages


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book 76: Het boze oog door Jason Goodwin
from the library, translated, English, historical fiction, murder mystery, 19th century Istanbul, English title: An evil eye, 4th book of Inspector Yashim Togalu, 334 pages


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book 77: Het masker van Dante by David Hewson
from the library, e-boek, detective, translated, English, original title Dante's numbers, sevent book of Nic Costa series, 431 pages


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book 78: Eva's oog by Karin Fossum
recommended by vancouverdeb (Deborah), from the library, translated, Norewegian, English title: Eva's Eye: An Inspector Sejer Mystery, 1st book of Inspector Sejer, 305 pages


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book 79: De wonderen van de Orient by Marco Polo
from the library, e-boek, classic, translated, original title Il Milione, travel, China, India, 13th century, 232 pages

The famous travels of Marco Polo in a new Dutch translation of the original text, as there was much chanded and added in the book through the centuries.
Most chapters are a dry summary of the country/province he came through, the distance (in days) from the previous, the religion of the inhabitants and the products they grow and make. The chapters about Kublai Kahn and his reign are more extensive.
It is impressive someone traveled that far in the 13th century!


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book 80: Een heel leven by Robert Seethaler
from the library, translated, Austrian, English title A whole life, 157 pages

I spotted this book on some 75 threads: kidsdoc (Darryl), jnwelch (Joe) and found it at the library.

The life of Andreas Egger in a mountain village in Austria in the 20th century.
Through the years the village changes from a silent and small community into a noisy tourist place. Andreas lives his life, works hard and despite many tragedies he keeps going.
It is no neo-romantic story, although you might read it that way. It was a hard life, but the author describes it with warmth and subtile humor.

102thornton37814
Jul 30, 2016, 9:53am Top

Congrats!

103PaulCranswick
Jul 30, 2016, 11:52am Top

>101 FAMeulstee: Wow! Well done Anita.

Have a lovely weekend.

104mstrust
Jul 30, 2016, 1:29pm Top

Congratulations! Yea for making, and passing, 75!

105souloftherose
Jul 30, 2016, 3:02pm Top

So sorry to hear the news about your brother Anita. I will just echo what others have said about being kind to yourself as you process all the difficult emotions.

106ronincats
Jul 30, 2016, 6:44pm Top

Anita, it is fantastic that you actually beat me to 75 this year!! So glad that you are able to read again.

I love the facebook picture of your brother with one of your pups. So sorry that he grew away from you and now there is no chance of that changing. {{{Anita}}}

107Whisper1
Jul 30, 2016, 6:59pm Top

Congratulations on surpassing the goal!

108Ameise1
Jul 30, 2016, 7:55pm Top

Congrats on surpassing 75.

109Berly
Jul 30, 2016, 9:04pm Top

Anita--Congrats on hitting 75 already!! And I am very sorry to hear about your brother, even though it seems you lost him long ago.

110FAMeulstee
Jul 31, 2016, 8:44am Top

>105 souloftherose: >106 ronincats: >109 Berly: Thank you Heather, Roni and Kim

In some odd way it feels like a distant emotional roalercoaster, Heather, don't know how to explain my feelings better.
Thanks Roni, it was the best picture I could find and that is how I want to remember him.
Yes Kim, I lost him some years ago, but in some ways he stayed close...

111FAMeulstee
Edited: Jul 31, 2016, 8:56am Top

>102 thornton37814: >103 PaulCranswick: >104 mstrust: >106 ronincats: >107 Whisper1: >108 Ameise1: >109 Berly:

Thanks Lori, Paul, Jennifer, Roni, Linda, Barbara and Kim
Reading goes well this year :-)

I hope to catch up with the threads later this week.

112msf59
Jul 31, 2016, 9:05am Top

I am so sorry to hear about your brother, Anita. Gentle hugs from the Midwest. It sure hurts to lose a favorite sibling.

Hooray for hitting 75! Our magic number.

113karenmarie
Jul 31, 2016, 10:51am Top

Congratulations on reaching 75, Anita!

114drneutron
Jul 31, 2016, 5:36pm Top

Congrats!

115avatiakh
Jul 31, 2016, 6:17pm Top

Congratulations on your 75 books.

116FAMeulstee
Aug 1, 2016, 6:32am Top

>112 msf59: Thank you Mark, hugs are much appriciated!

And thanks Mark, Karen, Jim and Kerry, I might break my record of 2008, that year I did read 129.

117FAMeulstee
Aug 1, 2016, 6:47am Top

And three more books :-)
Only one more book in the Nic Costa series left :-(

   

book 81: Blauwe demonen by David Hewson
from the library, e-boek, detective, translated, English, original title The blue demon, 8th book of Nic Costa series, 448 pages


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book 82: De Cock en de dode minnaars by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, police mystery, 26th book of 70 De Cock, 154 pages


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book 83: Gevallen engel by David Hewson
from the library, e-boek, detective, translated, English, original title The fallen angel, 9th book of Nic Costa series, 432 pages

118Deern
Aug 1, 2016, 10:00am Top

Congratulations on reaching 75, Anita!! And so glad you liked the Seethaler as well!
Sending {{{hugs}}}

119jnwelch
Aug 1, 2016, 10:07am Top

Hooray for your reaching 75, Anita! And, like Nathalie, I'm very glad you liked the Seethaler. So good.

120Ameise1
Aug 1, 2016, 5:35pm Top

I loved The Blue Demon. I've read it five years ago.

121vancouverdeb
Aug 1, 2016, 7:14pm Top

Congratulations on making it to 75 books, Anita! And so early in the year! I did not realize that you bred your dogs. What a big responsibility but also very fun! So glad that you enjoyed . So delighted that you enjoyed Karin Fossum. You'll have lots of great books in your future! :)

122LauraBrook
Aug 1, 2016, 11:01pm Top

Anita, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. There aren't sufficient words for what you're going through, but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

And on a lighter note, congratulations on hitting 75 books!

123FAMeulstee
Aug 2, 2016, 2:57pm Top

>118 Deern: Thanks Nathalie, it was a very special book by Seethaler. I hope other books of him will be translated, I sure would like to read them! And thank you, ((hugs))) back to you.

>119 jnwelch: Thanks Joe, Seethaler reminded me a bit of Mevrouw Verona daalt de heuvel af, English translation Madam Verona comes down the hill by Dimitri Verhulst, that was one of my top reads in 2009.

>120 Ameise1: It is certainly a very good story, Barbara, I remember those terrible times with Brigate Rosse and Rote Armee Fraktion... Strange the Dutch title is plural "The blue demons".

>121 vancouverdeb: Thanks Deborah, I am reading fast at the moment, I just finished the second Karin Fossum book :-)
Yes, we bred 5 litters between 1998 and 2009. You can see them at our website Xin-Feng's Chow Chows.
We started with Chimay's great-grandmother Pandora, she had one litter. Chimay's mother, Callisto, had two litters and Chimay had also two litters. We kept a pup from her last litter, but sadly Eoos was not fit to breed and died when she was spayed... :'(

>122 LauraBrook: Thank you Laura, it is hard t cope with, especially for my parents...
And thank you!

124charl08
Aug 2, 2016, 3:09pm Top

I've added A Whole Life to the wishlist Anita. And congrats on the 75 books.

Your Marco Polo reading sounds intriguing. I don't think I've ever read anything from his travels - maybe a quote if that.

125FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 3, 2016, 8:30am Top

>124 charl08: Thank you Charlotte, I hope you like it too!
I had never read anything from his travels neather, I came to it beacause 1) it was available as e-book 2) My recent reads often led me to Venice, where Marco Polo came from 3) I try to read more classics

126FAMeulstee
Aug 3, 2016, 8:35am Top



book 84: Kijk niet achterom by Karin Fossum
recommended by vancouverdeb (Deborah), from the library, translated, Norwegian, English title: Don't look back, 2nd book of Inspector Sejer, 312 pages

127karenmarie
Aug 3, 2016, 10:38am Top

Hi Anita! Just a quick hello and best wishes for the rest of the week.

128kidzdoc
Aug 3, 2016, 2:24pm Top

Congratulations on surpassing the 75 books mark, Anita! Wow, you've read twice as many books as I have so far this year.

129FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 4, 2016, 1:14am Top

>127 karenmarie: Thanks Karen :-)

>128 kidzdoc: Thank you Darryl, I just don't have to work and travel less, so I can read more ;-)

130FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 5, 2016, 1:39pm Top


book 85: Een man die Ove heet by Fredrik Backman
from the library, e-book, translated, Swedish, tragicomedy, grief, loneliness, English title: A man called Ove, 320 pages

Ove has lost his wife and his job, he feels useless and lonely. So he feels it is time to put an end to his misery. Sadly there are people around who seem to need him and interfear with his attempts to end his life. So the curmudgeon relucktantly accepts his faith and walks the earth a little longer as planned.
Great written tragicomdedy.

131FAMeulstee
Aug 6, 2016, 12:44pm Top

 

book 86: De Cock en het masker van de dood by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, police mystery, 27th book of 70 De Cock, 137 pages


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book 87: Noodlot by Louis Couperus
own, e-book, 19th century, TIOLI augustus #3, English title Footsteps of Fate, 159 pages

Written in 1890 by Louis Couperus (1863–1923), a famous Dutch writer, a bit pompous in language.
Frank Westhove is a rich Dutchman living in London. One cold winterday homeless Bertie, a friend from his youth, comes to his house. Frank takes Bertie in and gives him everything. On holliday in Norway Frank meets Eve and falls in love. Then Bertie does everything possible to pull them apart, as he will loose his life in luxery when they get married.
Bertie never bears responsibility for his actions, as Fate made him do it...

132vancouverdeb
Edited: Aug 6, 2016, 4:28pm Top

Oh I did enjoy A Man Called Ove. I'm glad you enjoyed that one too. Oh, dear, how sad to loose a pup when she was spayed. Did she have a congenital problem, or did things just go badly at the vets? I am so sorry about that loss. Such a shock it would be. I'm going to go look at your link of you Chows.

Edited to add - I just looked around your wonderful website. What majestic dogs and lovely website. So tragic the unexpected loss of Eoos. As you say, one knows that there are risks to anesthesia when spaying a dog, but you never expect it will be your dog. I know I worried a bit when Poppy was spayed - but she did fine. I think I phoned in the midst of her surgery to make sure she was okay. I'm rather good at worrying :)

133LizzieD
Aug 6, 2016, 10:29pm Top

Anita, I am thinking about you and your family. So sorry for your loss.
Chows!!! My only childhood dog (I turned out to be highly allergic to dogs and everything else really) was Chow, and his son was Chang. (Weren't we original namers?) I loved Chow to pieces. Our May, the black lab+ who brightens our life, has a blueberry tongue - got to be some Chow Chow in there somehow.

134Berly
Aug 7, 2016, 12:34am Top

I loed Ove, too! My book club is reading it for August next week. Can't wait for the discussion. : )

135msf59
Aug 7, 2016, 9:14am Top

Happy Sunday, Anita! And hooray for Ove. I am a big fan of that one too.

136FAMeulstee
Aug 7, 2016, 10:59am Top

>132 vancouverdeb: Thanks for visiting my website, Deborah, I don't keep it up to date anymore, as our breeding days are over. It took a few years before I was ready to let the vet put Ari under anesthesia for his teeth.

>133 LizzieD: Thank you Peggy.
In my opinion Chow Chows are the best dogs ever, the only breed I ever wanted to breed :-)
My husband is allergic to some dogs, luckely he never had a problem with the Chows and our Pekingese.
Most time you see a blue tongue there is indeed some Chow in, but some black breeds (Newfoundlander, Belgian Shepherd) have occasionally some black on their tongues too.

>134 Berly: Yes it was a great read, Kim, I see it was a 5* read for you :-)

>135 msf59: More Ove fans are very welcome here, Mark!

137Whisper1
Aug 7, 2016, 11:29am Top

Hi Anita

I hope this day finds you well and provides a lot of time for reading. Your high rating of A Man Called Ove prompts me to get a copy of this book. I don't think I've seen a negative review about this book, only high praise. Thanks for your great review.

138FAMeulstee
Aug 8, 2016, 5:50am Top

>137 Whisper1: You are very welcome Linda, I really liked A man called Ove, I hope you will enjoy it too!

139FAMeulstee
Aug 10, 2016, 12:14pm Top

Today arrived my copy of Heilige honger by Barry Unsworth, found it 2nd hand online and its in perfect state, I think even unread :-)
And I forgot to mention last month we bought La Superba by Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, a book about Genua that won the Libris Literatuur award in 2014.

Total books aquired in 2016: 33

140FAMeulstee
Aug 10, 2016, 12:26pm Top


book 88: Flauberts papegaai by Julian Barnes
own, proza, translated, English, fictional biography, translation of Flaubert's parrot, GR Bowie's Top 100, 233 pages

Fictional retired doctor Geoffrey Braithwaite writes about Gustave Flaubert.

141LizzieD
Aug 10, 2016, 10:38pm Top

Oh, Anita! I hope that you enjoy Sacred Hunger even half as much as I did! Barry Unsworth was a real find for me, thanks to LT!

142FAMeulstee
Aug 11, 2016, 2:36pm Top

Today Chimay was put to sleep, the threadtopper is the last picture of her :'(

For over a year she got painkillers, but today after our morning walk she cried out in pain, could not sit or lay down for longer than five minutes. We went to the vet late this afternoon and decided it had been enough...
She was 11 years, 9 months and 12 days...

143mstrust
Aug 11, 2016, 2:46pm Top

I'm so sorry, Anita. I know she had a long, good life with you.

144charl08
Aug 11, 2016, 3:46pm Top

>142 FAMeulstee: So sorry to hear that. Sending lots of sympathy.

145msf59
Aug 11, 2016, 6:01pm Top

Sending condolences from the Midwest, Anita! We will miss Chimay!

146FAMeulstee
Aug 12, 2016, 3:14am Top

Thanks Jennifer, Charlotte and Mark, she leaves a huge gap....

147Ameise1
Aug 12, 2016, 4:14am Top

Thinking of you and Frank. Sending love and hugs xx

148catarina1
Aug 12, 2016, 11:48am Top

I'm so sorry to hear about your beloved Chimay.

149brodiew2
Aug 12, 2016, 11:56am Top

I, too, am sorry to hear of Chimay's passing. My wife's uncle lost his dog Tanner this week as well. We knew him well as the whole family is local.

150LizzieD
Aug 12, 2016, 3:00pm Top

I'm so so sorry, Anita. What beautiful, good dog! Take care of each other.

151ronincats
Aug 12, 2016, 6:28pm Top

I know how much you are missing Chimayo, now and forever, Anita. I am so sorry for your loss.

152karenmarie
Aug 13, 2016, 8:32am Top

I know how sad you are now, Anita, losing your beloved Chimay, and send hugs and sympathy to you and Frank.

153PaulCranswick
Aug 13, 2016, 10:16am Top

Sending you love and warm wishes from Malaysia, Anita. xx

154banjo123
Aug 13, 2016, 2:40pm Top

So sorry about your loss.

155FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 13, 2016, 2:58pm Top

Thanks Barbara, Catarina, Brodie, Peggy, Roni, Karen, Paul and Rhonda

Chimay is dearly missed, but we are glad she isn't in pain anymore.
One day I will write her a worthy tribute.

Ari is taking it very well, for him it is mostly better now: he is walked first, all attention is for him and he gets his food fist... ;-)

It is harder on Frank and me, Chimay was born at our place in Rotterdam, a year before we moved here.
And she was our last Chow Chow, as both Frank and I are not strong enough anymore to keep a young Chow Chow on the leash when there is a cat in sight.... We have always had Chow Chows since 1995.

So for now we are a one dog household, we will probably keep it that way. Although one never knows what might happen if we accidentally run into a nice small dog that needs a home.

Yesterday evening we saw the Perseids, there was one very large falling star, Frank and I both felt it was like a last goodbye for Chimay...

156kidzdoc
Aug 13, 2016, 6:03pm Top

I'm very sorry to hear about Chimay, Anita.

157Whisper1
Aug 13, 2016, 6:22pm Top

Oh, Anita, I am so very sorry. You were so lovingly supportive when Will and I lost Simon. I hope you know I send the same love and support. It is the right thing to do when we ensure our beloved pets are no longer in pain, still, it hurts,,,it hurts terribly.

I send lots of love and hugs.

158vancouverdeb
Aug 14, 2016, 7:04am Top

So sorry for the loss of Chimay. I can imagine how much you miss him. I know it's a very difficult decision to decide when it is time for us to decide to let our dogs go. Please know that you have gave Chimay a wonderful life. Love and hugs to you and Frank and Ari.
Yesterday evening we saw the Perseids, there was one very large falling star, Frank and I both felt it was like a last goodbye for Chimay I'll bet that is true . Big hugs, Anita.

159FAMeulstee
Aug 15, 2016, 3:59am Top

Thanks Darryl, Linda and Deborah

We miss her, the house is a bit empty without Chimay...
But we still have Ari around, who makes us smile with his wagging tail.

I did finish 2 more books, but I am not in the mood to list them yet, I will do later this week.

160Deern
Aug 16, 2016, 12:03pm Top

WHAT?!? Oh, no!! Anita, I'm so very very sorry, such a beautiful and loving dog!
Of course there always comes that point, but still it hurts so much. Sending love and hugs to you, Frank and Ari!

161FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 17, 2016, 4:30pm Top

>160 Deern: Yes, thank you Nathalie, Chimay is gone forever...
It's almost a week now and our house still feels a bit empty without her.

162FAMeulstee
Aug 17, 2016, 4:29pm Top

    

book 89: Maandagskinderen (Sons of Dust) by Arnaldur Indriðason
258 pages,

book 90: De Cock en het lijk op retour by A.C. Baantjer
137 pages,

book 91: Schemerspel (The Great Match) by Arnaldur Indriðason
286 pages,

book 92: Een onvoltooide reis (The broken road : from the Iron Gates to Mount Athos) by Patrick Leigh Fermor
368 pages,

book 93: De dood in Venetië (Death in Venice) by Thomas Mann
110 pages,

163kidzdoc
Aug 18, 2016, 6:54am Top

I really need to get to Patrick Leigh Fermor...

164FAMeulstee
Aug 18, 2016, 3:24pm Top

>163 kidzdoc: Yes you should, Darryl :-)

165charl08
Aug 18, 2016, 3:26pm Top

>164 FAMeulstee: I want to reread the first book. So lovely. Always gives me itchy feet though!

166LizzieD
Aug 19, 2016, 11:01am Top

And I need to start PL Fermor. I could too......
Hi, Anita. Courage as you get used to not looking for your dear Chimay.

167msf59
Aug 19, 2016, 11:31am Top

Happy Friday, Anita. Glad to see all the reading getting done.

Enjoy your weekend.

168FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 20, 2016, 6:22pm Top

>165 charl08: Yes reread it Charlotte, although it makes me longing for the lost world of the interbellum, in the way Brideshead revisited did.

>166 LizzieD: These are beautiful books, so go for it Peggy!
And thanks, we might get the hang of it, just needs time...

>167 msf59: Happy Sunday to you Mark, 4 more books are read. I recommend my latest one The bonobo and the atheist : in search of humanism among the primates by Frans de Waal, I will write a review soonish.

I will catch up with the threads next week...

169FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 21, 2016, 1:15pm Top


book 94: Het psalmenoproer by Maarten 't Hart
from the library, Dutch literature, 288 pages

Maarten 't Hart writes about a small city, Maassluis, at the end of the 18th century, based on real events.
At this time the fishery is declining, and the whole village depends on this branch.
The Protestant Church is the state-religion and the state has decided the the churches have to sing the psalms in a newly written translation/rhyme (not sure how to translate this, new words to the songs).
This causes riots, that turn worse when the state decides the psalms must be sung faster...

170FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 21, 2016, 1:15pm Top


book 95: Het tumult van de tijd by Julian Barnes
from the library, translation of The noise of time, 223 pages

Fictional biography of Dmitri Shostakovish.
The book starts in 1936 when Shostakovish was a famous Sovjet composer, but after Stalin visits his opera, that was at first widly praised, he gets negative reviews. Negative reviews are life threathening at this time, so Shostakovish stops working on his current Symphony and waits on the day he will be picked up by the KGB. To his surpise no repercussions follow.
Next part is in 1948, when he is in favor again and is send to New York to be an example of the perfect Sovjet state.
Last part is in 1960, after Stalins death, when Shostakovish is manipulated even more by the new regime, people aren't killed anymore, like under Stalin, but Shostakovish still feels threathened and is forced to underwrite opinions he doesn't endorse.

Written in beautiful language Barnes gives an insight in life in Sovjet times.
How someone lives through terror and is manipulated because he wants to protect his loved ones.

171charl08
Aug 21, 2016, 5:23am Top

>170 FAMeulstee: Oh I loved this too. As you say, beautifully written.

172kidzdoc
Aug 21, 2016, 5:46am Top

Very nice review of The Noise of Time, Anita. I bought a copy of it in the spring, and I plan to read it soon.

This sounds like another novel that should have been chosen for the Booker Prize longlist, but was passed over in favor of curiously mediocre books.

173FAMeulstee
Aug 21, 2016, 12:02pm Top

>171 charl08: We totally agree on this one Charlotte!

>172 kidzdoc: Yes do read it soon, Darryl, I think you will like it :-)
I think Barnes wasn't on the Booker list because his last book did win it...

174FAMeulstee
Aug 21, 2016, 1:21pm Top


book 96: De Cock en moord in brons by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, police mystery, 29th book of 70 De Cock, 138 pages



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book 96a: Dubbelmoord by David Hewson
own, e-book,detective, translated, English, original title Dead men's socks, short story in the Nic Costa series, 45 pages

Short story in the Nico Costa Series. Only Gianni Peroni and Silvio Di Capua are working, as Leo Falcone, Nic Costa and Teresa Lupo all have duties elsewhere. Silvio has two bodies in the morgue when Peroni arrives. These murders isn't his cases, but Peroni has nothing else to do so he starts working them.

A short, but very nice read.

175FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 21, 2016, 1:27pm Top

4 books entered the house this week:
15 aug Reizen en avonturen van Jaques Massé by Simon Tyssot de Patot, a gift from a dear friend
17 aug Dood van een maestro by Donna Leon and Dubbelmoord by David Hewson (e-books)
18 aug Een man die Ove heet by Fredrick Backman

total books aquired 36

176FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 23, 2016, 2:48pm Top


book 97: Zeven minuten na middernacht by Patrick Ness
from the library, e-boek, translated, awarded, Gouden Lijst in 2014, translation of A monster calls, 215 pages

Conor wakes up in the middle of the night and the tree in the yard has come to life... a tree-monster, but he isn't afraid, in his dreams he has seen worse... His mother is treated for cancer and he is bullied at school.
The monster tells two sided stories There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between and Conor has to tell his own story/nightmare at the end.

It is about loss, but more how to handle the fear that comes before one is lost.

With beautiful illustrations by Jim Kay.

Recommended

177FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 23, 2016, 2:49pm Top


book 98: De bonobo en de tien geboden. Moraal is ouder dan de mens by Frans de Waal
from the library, non-fiction, sociobiology, translation of The bonobo and the atheist : in search of humanism among the primates, 286 pages

I much more like the Dutch title of this book: The bonobo and the ten commandments. Moral is older than humans as it covers the book better imho.

Frans de Waal writes about the evolution of behaviour, morality and ethics and shows us that these are not exclusivly human traits. Since "antropomorph" is no longer a curse and DNA gives us more insight in the paths of evolution, the writer shows us that morality and ethics come with social dynamics and group life. He uses many examples from primates (bonobos and chimpansees), but also elephants and dogs show these traits.

He walks some side paths on religion (yes that seems to be unique to mankind) and atheism, and condems every dogmatic view, criticising Dawkins (The God delusion). I partly agree with Frans de Waal in rejecting dogmatics, but do understand where Dawkins comes from.

A very enjoyable read, I learned some and do recommend!

I think I will read more of Frans the Waal :-)

178jnwelch
Aug 22, 2016, 12:16pm Top

You got me with that excellent review of The Noise of Time, Anita. I just read his Flaubert's Parrot, and I'm impressed by his range (I also liked The Sense of an Ending and Arthur & George).

I'm another fan of A Monster Calls, and I know Mark loves that one, too.

179FAMeulstee
Aug 23, 2016, 2:47pm Top

>178 jnwelch: Then I will look for Arthur & George, Joe, haven't read that one yet.

180FAMeulstee
Aug 23, 2016, 3:13pm Top


book 99: Tussen hemel en aarde by Timothee de Fombelle
recommended by avatiakh (Kerry), from the library, YA, adventure, translated from French, English title Vango : Between sky and earth, 381 pages

Paris in the 1930s, Vango is accused of a murder that he did not commit. He always thought he was followed, so some say he is paranoid, but there are people following him and they have no good intentions...
Vango is an orphan, he grew up on a small Italian island and he speaks at least 4 languages fluently. He traveled by zeppelin and travels all over Europe...

An intriguing adventure, I hope to get the sequel from the library soon!



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book 100: Trouw is de andere wang by Peter Bekkers
from the library, e-boek, YA, awarded, Grote Jongerenliteratuur Prijs 2010, art, friendship, 152 pages

I don't know, I seem to have lost touch with Dutch YA, I used to at least like the awarded books, but this is the second one I read this year that disappoints.
Conrad Pi wants to be famous, a famous artist. He thinks Andy Warhol is a great example for him, so he tries to copy his art and gets famous with it. Johnny Lippy is his best friend, when Conrad decides he needs more dan just famous, he needs immortality, he asks his friend Johnny to shoot him...

181jnwelch
Aug 23, 2016, 3:57pm Top

>179 FAMeulstee: Arthur & George is based on a relatively little-known true story, much to the credit of ACD.

182FAMeulstee
Aug 23, 2016, 4:00pm Top

>181 jnwelch: Thanks Joe, I had to look up the book to understand what you ment by ACD ;-)

183jnwelch
Aug 23, 2016, 4:07pm Top

>182 FAMeulstee: Ha! I should have thought of that. Sir Arthur.

184FAMeulstee
Aug 23, 2016, 4:09pm Top

>183 jnwelch: Even that would not have been enough ;-)

185karenmarie
Aug 23, 2016, 7:46pm Top

Hi Anita! Catching up after bit, hope you're doing well. You're certainly getting a lot of reading in! I really liked The Sense of an Ending and have Arthur & George on my shelves, just waiting to be read. We watched Arthur & George on Amazon Prime - it was quite good.

186vancouverdeb
Aug 23, 2016, 10:50pm Top

Hmm, I'm going to have to give David Hewson a chance. I've seen his books over here in Canada in English. You seem to be quite a fan, so I'll have to give one a try. I hope things are going well with you , Barbara.

187FAMeulstee
Aug 24, 2016, 7:49am Top

>185 karenmarie: Hi Karen, thanks for leaving a note on my thread, we are doing well enough.
On our shelves are A history of the world in 10 1/2 chapters, Talking it over and The porcupine waiting, I hope to read at least one of them this year.

>186 vancouverdeb: Hi Deborah, I you you like him as much as Barbara and I did. The Nic Costa books are on the edge of what I can handle (thrilling, gruesome), but there always some history linked to the story.
Hope you have better weather days, as over here it is hot (over 30C) and humid...

188FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 25, 2016, 6:11am Top


book 101: De officier by Robert Harris
from the library, historical fiction based on real events, translated from English, original title An officer and a spy, 445 pages

Book about the Dreyfus affair.
Captain Alfred Dreyfus was convicted in 1894 for handing over secrets to the Germans. He was innocent and only rehabilitated in 1906.
Like many I knew about this affair, but only a little, but knowing how it would end did not matter. Robert Harris takes officer Georges Picquart to tell the story, he was briefly involved when Dreyfus was arrested and finds out later that Dreyfus is innocent, because he is on track of the real spy. Al his superiors tell him to stop his investigation, but he can't.



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book 102: De Cock en moord eerste klasse by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, police mystery, 31th book of 70 De Cock, 138 pages

189msf59
Aug 25, 2016, 6:45am Top

Hi, Anita! you are doing some great reading. The Bonobo and the Atheist sounds good. Fascinating animals. I also loved A Monster Calls & An Officer and a Spy. Keep up the good work.

190FAMeulstee
Aug 25, 2016, 9:57am Top

>189 msf59: Hi Mark, happy thursday to you :-)
Glad you loved A monster calls & An officer and a spy too, completely different books, but both very good in their genre.

191Deern
Aug 25, 2016, 10:32am Top

Here to wish you a hapy Thursday and to say how impressed I am with your reading!

Only seeing the title of A Monster Calls gives me goosebumps. What a book that was! I only got the audio, I'll now go and put the paper copy with the illustrations on my WL on amazon.

The Noise of Time is a BB for me, thank you! :)

192kidzdoc
Aug 25, 2016, 12:57pm Top

Keep up the good work, Anita!

193FAMeulstee
Aug 27, 2016, 5:54am Top

>191 Deern: Thanks Nathalie, I remember in my teens I could read like this, it is so good that I can again :-)
Yes A monster calls was very good, nice to see more of us enjoyed it.

>192 kidzdoc: Thanks Darryl, I don't know how this sudden accelleration of my reading happend, but I am very happy with it :-D

194FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 28, 2016, 2:21pm Top


book 103: Grafteken (Erlendur 2) by Arnaldur Indriðason
from the library, e-book, police mystery on Iceland, translated from Icelandic, English title Roses of death (according to Wikipedia) or Silent kill that is one of the editions on LT, 252 pages

Second book with Icelandic police inspector Erlendur Sveinsson.
A young woman is found death on the grave of the icelandic freedom fighter Jón Sigurðsson.



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book 104: Een prins zonder koninkrijk (Vango 2) by Timothée de Fombelle
recommended by avatiakh (Kerry), from the library, YA, adventure, translated from French, English title Vango : A prince without a kingdom, 401 pages

Vango is still on the run for those who want him dead and searching for the man who killed his parents.
When his friend Father Zafiro dies, Vango decides he won't use violence ever again.

An intriguing adventure with a lovely ending, yes, Vango is a prince ;-)

195suslyn
Aug 27, 2016, 4:12pm Top

Good job on all the reads! So sorry about Chimay. We lost one of our cats over a year ago, and we still miss him (and the others) like crazy. xoxox

196FAMeulstee
Aug 28, 2016, 2:21pm Top

Thanks Susan, we all miss Chimay... They leave their pawprints...
Yes! Reading goes exceptionally well this year :-)

197charl08
Aug 29, 2016, 4:38am Top

>194 FAMeulstee: Loved this series. So atmospheric and interesting characters.

198FAMeulstee
Aug 29, 2016, 4:04pm Top

Yes, Charlotte, I like the characters and their interactions, I just finished book 3 Noorderveen. English title Jar City or Tainted Blood, is this UK vs USA title? I see this with all the books of this series...

199FAMeulstee
Aug 30, 2016, 3:49pm Top


book 105: Dans van de doden (Nic Costa) by David Hewson
from the library, detective, translated, English, original title Carnival for the Dead, Nic Costa series Teresa Lupo is main character, 432 pages

Teresa Lupo and her mother travel to Venice to try to find out what has happened to her aunt, Sofia (her mothers sister), who has mysteriously vanished. Staying at her aunts flat she receives strange letters, containing short stories featuring herself and her aunt Sofia.

Although Nic Costa does not appear in this novel, Teresa Lupo is a good stand in and this was again a very good book in the series :-)

200charl08
Aug 30, 2016, 3:54pm Top

>198 FAMeulstee: Not sure Anita. I read it as Jar City I think. I thought I'd read them all but from my LT listing I have more to read. Happy face!

201FAMeulstee
Aug 30, 2016, 4:05pm Top


book 106: Noorderveen (Erlendur 3) by Arnaldur Indriðason
from the library, e-book, police mystery on Iceland, translated from Icelandic, English title Jar City or Tainted Blood, series, 244 pages

An old man is found murdered in his flat in Reykjavik. A cryptic note is found and later a photo of grave.
Inspector Erlendur has to find out who did this...

I like Elendur more with each book I read in this series!


202FAMeulstee
Aug 30, 2016, 4:19pm Top


book 107: Imperium (Cicero 1) by Robert Harris
from the library, historic fiction, Rome, translated, English, original title Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome, 368 pages

First book about Marcus Tullius Cicero, written as fictional memoir by his slave Tiro.

203FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 30, 2016, 4:22pm Top

>200 charl08: I think there are 12 books in Dutch translation now, Charlotte, and one more in English :-)

204FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 31, 2016, 11:23am Top


book 108: Drakenhoeder (Dragonkeeper book 1) by Carole Wilkinson
from the library, YA, historic fiction/fantasy, China, translated, English, original title Dragonkeeper, 368 pages

I read this book before in 2009, I think it was recommended by Kerry (avatiakh). I saw the second book was available at the library, so I wanted to reread this one first. The remaining books are not translated, so I might read them in English...

A nameless young slave girl takes care of the remaining two imperial dragons. Due to neglect the other dragons have died and one of the two remaining dragons dies just before the Emperor comes to visit them.
The girl and the dragon escape, to avoid the Emperors anger, and make a long journey through China.

A very good read, a beautiful quest tale, the friendship between a chinese dragon and a girl.

205msf59
Aug 31, 2016, 7:57am Top

Hi, Anita! I would like to read more Harris and Imperium sounds good. Did you know a film version of A Monster Calls comes out this fall? I hope they do a good job.

206FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 31, 2016, 1:26pm Top

>205 msf59: Hi Mark, Imperium was good, tomorrow I hope to take the next book Lustrum home from the library.
Thanks for mentioning a film of A Monster Calls, with todays technology it could be done well :-)

207FAMeulstee
Aug 31, 2016, 6:21pm Top


book 109: De Cock en een dodelijke dreiging by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, audio, police mystery, 30th book of 70 De Cock, 139 pages

This book wasn't available as e-book, and then I saw the audio (5 cds) was at my library, so I thought lets try it...
Well, I don't think I will "read" more books on audio, I don't like it and it takes way too much time, It was over 5 hours instead of 1 1/2 max when I read the book/e-book....


208FAMeulstee
Sep 1, 2016, 2:57am Top


book 110: De tuinen van de Purperen Draak (Dragonkeeper book 2) by Carole Wilkinson
from the library, YA, historic fiction/fantasy, China, translated, English, original title Garden of the Purple Dragon, 338 pages

Ping has the young dragon, Kai, under her care. She is not sure she can handle this task. When they are found they are brought back to the young Emperor. At first Ping and Kai live happely at the palace, but that changes when the Emperor gets more and more obsessed.
In the end Ping has to rescue a dragon again.

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