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

75 Books Challenge for 2016

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1FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 1, 2016, 2:40pm Top



Works by Ellsworth Kelly.
The first time I saw works of Ellsworth Kelly was in Kassel, at the Documenta of 1992. I instantly fell in love.

Next months, September 11th until January 8th there is an exhibition of Ellsworth Kelly's works in museum Voorlinden in the Netherlands. Frank and I will certainly go there.

2FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 5, 2016, 8:02am Top

total books read: 175
own 38 / 137 library

total pages read: 53.986

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October (28 books, 7.920)
book 175: Het negerboek by Lawrence Hill, TIOLI #5, 447 pages,
book 174: Onland (Erlendur 14) by Arnaldur Indriðason, 253 pages,
book 173: De jonge Wallander by Henning Mankel, 506 pages,
book 172: De boekhandel by Penelope Fitzgerald, TIOLI #10, 140 pages,
book 171: Toen kwam Sam by Edward van de Vendel, TIOLI #15, 111 pages,
book 170: De laatste tempelridder by Michael Jecks, TIOLI #3, 315 pages,
book 169: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, 672 pages,
book 168: De Cock en een duivels komplot (De Cock 36) by A.C. Baantjer, TIOLI #10, 135 pages,
book 167: De gouden daken van Lhasa by Federica de Cesco, TIOLI #14, 222 pages,
book 166: Ongelukkig verliefd by Imme Dros, TIOLI #12, 144 pages,
book 165: Signor Giovanni by Dominique Fernandez, TIOLI #8, 83 pages,
book 164: Loeloedji, kleine rode bloem by Toos Blom, TIOLI #10, 185 pages,
book 163: Wie de wolf vreest (Konrad Sejer 3) by Karen Fossum, TIOLI #9, 304 pages,
book 162: De luipaard by Cecil Bødker, TIOLI #7, 198 pages,
book 161: Vader (My struggle 1) by Karl Ove Knausgård, TIOLI #1, 445 pages,
book 160: Saartje Tadema by Thea Beckman, TIOLI #6, 191 pages,
book 159: Licht in de duisternis by Louise Penny, TIOLI #5, 415 pages,
book 158: De schreeuw in de wildernis by Gary Paulsen, TIOLI #4, 162 pages,
book 157: Daantje de wereldkampioen by Roald Dahl, TIOLI #11, 158 pages,
book 156: Een tijdelijke vertelling by Ruth Ozeki, 479 pages,
book 155: Het stroeve touw (Flavia de Luce 2) by Alan Bradley, TIOLI #3, 352 pages,
book 154: Vallen by Anne Provoost, TIOLI #15, 264 pages,
book 153: Nachtstad (Erlendur 13) by Arnaldur Indriðason, TIOLI #3, 247 pages,
book 152: De apotheker by Jan & Sanne Terlouw, TIOLI #3, 255 pages,
book 151: Verdwijnpunt (Erlendur 11) by Arnaldur Indriðason, TIOLI #3, 272 pages,
book 150: De naam van de wind by Patrick Rothfuss, TIOLI #13, 717 pages,
book 149: De gekte van Mees Santing by Klaas van Assen, TIOLI #10, 112 pages,
book 148: De Cock en moord in beeld (De Cock 34) by A.C. Baantjer, TIOLI #2, 136 pages,

3FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 27, 2016, 5:19am Top

September (37 books, 11.356 pages)
book 147: Kijk niet om by Marijn Backer, 239 pages,
book 146: Rad van avontuur by Bernard Ashley, 219 pages,
book 145: Een schitterend mysterie by Louise Penny, 392 pages,
book 144: Doodskap (Erlendur 10) by Arnaldur Indriðason, 347 pages,
book 143: Grote verwachtingen by Charles Dickens, 559 pages,
book 142: Het heelal by Stephen Hawking, 270 pages,
book 141: Onderstroom (Erlendur 9) by Arnaldur Indriðason, 255 pages,
book 140: De rommeltuin by Hans Andreus, 48 pages,
book 139: Onderkoeld (Erlendur 8) by Arnaldur Indriðason, 233 pages,
book 138: Mijn vader is werkloos by Leif Esper Andersen, 73 pages,
book 137: Vrouwtje Appelwang en tante Zuurpruim by Ruth Ainsworth, 220 pages,
book 136: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 430 pages,
book 135: Zeven pogingen om een geliefde te wekken by Ineke Riem, 206 pages,
book 134: De straatkatten en andere verhalen by Lloyd Alexander, 123 pages,
book 133: Winternacht (Erlendur 7) by Arnaldur Indriðason, 346 pages,
book 132: Venijn (Reders & Reders 2) by Jan & Sanne Terlouw, 254 pages,
book 131: Waanzinnige wereld by Kim Fupz Aakeson, 191 pages,
book 130: De zwarte rugzak by Abbing & van Cleef, 147 pages,
book 129: Arthur & George by Julian Barnes, 480 pages,
book 128: Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín, 378 pages,
book 127: Koudegolf (Erlendur 6) by Arnaldur Indriðason, 346 pages,
book 126: De razzia van Rotterdam by B.A. Sijes, 285 pages,
book 125: De reis van de Beagle by Charles Darwin, 407 pages,
book 124: De smaak van venijn by Alan Bradley, 367 pages,
book 123: Tamar by Mal Peet, 368 pages,
book 122: Muleum by Erlend Loe, 188 pages,
book 121: De Cock en moord à la carte (De Cock 33) by A.C. Baantjer, 139 pages,
book 120: Dictator (Cicero 3) by Robert Harris, 381 pages,
book 119: Engelenstem (Erlendur 5) by Arnaldur Indriðason, 345 pages,
book 118: Moordkuil (Erlendur 4) by Arnaldur Indriðason, 249 pages,
book 117: Rotmoevie by Marian de Smet, 190 pages,
book 116: Terugkeer naar Iverness by Diana Gabaldon, 768 pages,
book 115: De schaduw van Lucifer by David Hewson, 478 pages,
book 114: Lustrum (Cicero 2) by Robert Harris, 397 pages,
book 113: De Cock en de bloedwraak (De Cock 32) by A.C. Baantjer, 137 pages,
book 112: Ter voorbereiding op het volgende leven by Atticus Lish, 494 pages,
book 111: The blackhouse : het eiland van de vogeldoders (The Lewis Trilogy 1) by Peter May, 407 pages,

4FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 27, 2016, 5:16am Top

Books read in 2016 (August)

August 2016 (28 books, 7.605 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 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,

5FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 28, 2016, 9:48am Top

Books read in 2016 (July)

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,

6FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 28, 2016, 9:47am Top

Books read in 2016 (Apr-Jun)

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,

7FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 28, 2016, 9:46am Top

Books read in 2016 (Jan-Mar)

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 1) 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,

8FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 28, 2016, 9:46am Top

Books acquired in 2016 (May-Sept)

September 2016
42 - Een heel leven by Robert Seethaler
41 - Berlijnse trilogie by Philip Kerr (e-book)
40 - Onder de ketchupwolken by Annabel Pitcher (e-book)
39 - The Chessman (The Lewis Trilogy 3) by Peter May (e-book)
38 - The Lewis Man (The Lewis Trilogy 2) by Peter May (e-book)

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

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total 42 books

17 2nd hand
11 new
12 e-books
2 gifts

9FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 28, 2016, 9:44am Top

Books aquired in 2016 (Jan-Jun)

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)

10mstrust
Sep 1, 2016, 12:23pm Top

Happy New Thread!

11vancouverdeb
Sep 2, 2016, 5:23am Top

Happy New Thread, Anita! What gorgeous thread topper! I love the colour spectrum of " paintings." So colourful and gorgeous! I wish you a Happy September.

12FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 2, 2016, 7:07am Top

>10 mstrust: Thanks Jennifer!

>11 vancouverdeb: Thank you Deborah, somehow he manages to create depth in a monochromatic painting, it is facinating and hard to capture in a picture. Happy September to you too!

13FAMeulstee
Sep 2, 2016, 7:02am Top


book 111: The blackhouse : het eiland van de vogeldoders (The Lewis Trilogy book 1) by Peter May
from the library, e-book, translated, English, original title The Blackhouse, 407 pages

Fin Macleod, a policeman from Edinburgh, grew up on the Isle of Lewis. It was not a pleasant childhood, he escaped to University in Glasgow and never returned to the island.
A murder at the Isle of Lewis looks the same as a murder he investigated in Edinburgh, so he is send back to Lewis to help the investigation. Because he is not an total outsider he can ask questions to the locals that other policemen can't ask.

The story is told in the present with in between flashbacks to his childhood.

A very good and intriguing read, I did not see the conclusion coming...

14msf59
Sep 2, 2016, 7:14am Top

Happy New Thread, Anita. The Blackhouse looks good. Thanks. Have a nice weekend.

15jnwelch
Sep 2, 2016, 12:06pm Top

Happy New Thread, Anita. Looks like you had an excellent month of reading in August. Nice to see Flaubert's Parrot in there.

16FAMeulstee
Sep 3, 2016, 9:58am Top

>14 msf59: Thanks Mark, yes The Blackhouse was good :-)
Sadly the next two aren't translated, maybe I'll try them in English.

>15 jnwelch: Yes, Joe, it was a good month bookwise. Flaubert's Parrot was good, but The sense of an ending was better!

17FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 3, 2016, 10:27am Top


book 112: Ter voorbereiding op het volgende leven by Atticus Lish
from the library, translated, English, original title Preparation for the next life, 494 pages

I don't remember where I saw this book, probably on one of the threads here.

A compelling, raw and intense read about two lonely people in the gutter of New York.
Brad Skinner is a veteran who just left the army after his third time in Iraq. He has servere trauma from the war, but the army tells him that this can not be from the war, so he is denied compensation. Zou Li is an illegal immigrant from China, half Uighur (islamic minority from the North-West of China) half Han-chinese.
Zou Li takes any job she can get, Skinner tries to survive, they find eachother in physical activities (running, weight lifting) and try to survive together.
Skinner lives in a basement room. Then the landlady’s son Jimmy comes home after 10 years in prison. Jimmy is damaged by his years in prison and he goes after Skinner and Zou Lei. This leads to a tragical end.

18vancouverdeb
Sep 3, 2016, 8:00pm Top

Great review of The Blackhouse . Is it very dark? Will it scare me, Barbara?

19Whisper1
Sep 3, 2016, 8:49pm Top

Anita, I am impressed with how many books you've read so far. I'm lagging behind, but hope to read more this month.

All good wishes to you my friend!

20karenmarie
Sep 4, 2016, 11:47am Top

Hi Anita!

You're reading a lot of good books. I have The Blackhouse on my shelves - I need to find time for it.

I love your thread topper - it makes me feel good just looking at it!

21FAMeulstee
Sep 4, 2016, 12:28pm Top

>18 vancouverdeb: thanks Deborah, no it is not very dark, two scenes might be a bit on the dark side, but overall not so. I think you could give it a try :-) Barbara Anita ;-)

>19 Whisper1: Reading goes exceptionally well this year, Linda, only 19 books away from breaking my 2008 record (129 books).
Sending love & hugs to you!

>20 karenmarie: Yes Karen, lots of good books coming my way and enjoying every minute reading them!
Always happy to make someone feel good :-)

22banjo123
Sep 4, 2016, 5:00pm Top

Happy new thread! Love the thread topper.

23vancouverdeb
Sep 4, 2016, 5:35pm Top

Oh, Anita, why did I think you were named Barbara for a moment there! That's Amiese . LOL Forgive me. I'll have to look for The Blackhouse ! Oh I am laughing hard at my stupidity! I used to mix up Bonnie and Donna for some reason - coppers and brenzi. Oh dear. I am getting old!

24FAMeulstee
Sep 5, 2016, 7:38am Top

>22 banjo123: Thanks Rhonda, have jou ever seen works of Ellsworth Kelly?

>23 vancouverdeb: No problem Deborah, I do mix up sometimes too ;-)
I hope you find a copy of The blackhouse.

25FAMeulstee
Sep 5, 2016, 7:43am Top


book 113: De Cock en de bloedwraak (De Cock 32) by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, police mystery, 32th book of 70 De Cock, 137 pages

26msf59
Sep 5, 2016, 9:03am Top

Hi. Anita. A friend gave me a copy of Preparation For the Next Life. It sounds excellent and I better move it up the stack.
Hope you had a nice weekend.

27FAMeulstee
Sep 5, 2016, 9:17am Top

>26 msf59: Hi Mark!
Yes read it soon, it is a book worth to be warbled ;-)

Yes, my weekend was good, no birdwatching or traveling, just mostly at the couch, reading.

28avatiakh
Sep 5, 2016, 9:22am Top

Happy New Thread - I'm happy that you liked the Vango books. They're a bit hard to classify, but fun to read.
I also really enjoyed the Robert Harris book on Drefus.

29jnwelch
Edited: Sep 5, 2016, 12:57pm Top

>16 FAMeulstee: Flaubert's Parrot was good, but The sense of an ending was better! Agreed.

Arthur & George is excellent, too. I want to read his new one, The Noise of Time, and his History of the World in 10.5 Chapters.

30mstrust
Sep 5, 2016, 1:05pm Top

Hi Anita! Glad you had a nice weekend of reading. I want to get to Arthur & George. I have it on the shelf and really liked the miniseries.

31streamsong
Sep 5, 2016, 1:07pm Top

Hi Anita! Happy new thread!

I love your topper. I am quite jealous of the art shows you get to see. I hope you will be able to post photos.

32banjo123
Sep 5, 2016, 2:05pm Top

I have never seen Kelly's work, but I will be on the look-out.

33FAMeulstee
Sep 5, 2016, 5:22pm Top

>28 avatiakh: Thanks Kerry, I really enjoyed the two Vango books :-)
I am now reading the trilogy about Cicero by Robert Harris, almost as good as his Dreyfus book.

> 29 The noise of time was good too Joe, and I reserved Arthur en George from the library.

>30 mstrust: Read together next week, Jennifer?

34FAMeulstee
Sep 5, 2016, 5:25pm Top

>31 streamsong: Thanks Janet, yes if permitted I will post photos when we have visited the exhibition.

>32 banjo123: :-)

35mstrust
Sep 5, 2016, 6:16pm Top

>33 FAMeulstee: I'd love to read that with you, but I won't be free from my scary Autumn pile until November. I don't blame you if you don't want to wait that long, so go ahead without me and thanks for thinking of me.

36FAMeulstee
Sep 7, 2016, 7:00am Top

>35 mstrust: I will pick up my copy from the library tomorrow, Jennifer, and will read it this month.

37FAMeulstee
Sep 7, 2016, 7:05am Top


book 114: Lustrum (Cicero 2) by Robert Harris
from the library, historic fiction, Rome, translated, English, original title Lustrum, 397 pages

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

38FAMeulstee
Sep 7, 2016, 7:21am Top


book 115: De schaduw van Lucifer by David Hewson
from the library, fiction, Venice, translated, English, original title Lucifer's shadow, 478 pages

The book alternates between modern time and the 18th century (1730s).
Daniel goes to Venice for a summer job, cataloguing an old library he finds an unknown anonymous musical masterpiece.
In the 18th century young orphan Lorenzo comes to Venice to work at his uncle's printing press. His uncle wants him to chaperone a female violin-player.
In both stories murders occur and in the end the readers know how the stories are connected.

Not David Hewsons best book, I prefer his Nic Costa books, but a nevertheless a good read.


39mstrust
Sep 7, 2016, 11:21am Top

>36 FAMeulstee: I'll watch for your review!

40Whisper1
Sep 7, 2016, 12:42pm Top

Happy Day to you Anita

41FAMeulstee
Sep 7, 2016, 4:22pm Top

>40 Whisper1: Thanks Linda, that is an adorable picture!
And the same to you :-)

42ronincats
Sep 8, 2016, 9:55pm Top

I can not believe the rate at which you are reading this year, Anita! Way to go!

43FAMeulstee
Sep 9, 2016, 6:19am Top

>42 ronincats: I barely believe it either, Roni..
I haven't been able to read like this since I was 15... when forced reading for Dutch and English classes started.
After that depression, anti-depressants & thyroid issues kept me from reading full speed. Quitting FV2 helped too ;-)
I am SO happy!

44FAMeulstee
Sep 9, 2016, 6:30am Top


book 116: Terugkeer naar Iverness (Outlander 2) by Diana Gabaldon
from the library, historic fiction/romance, translated, English, original title Dragonfly in amber, 768 pages

Second Outlander book. Not as good as the first one, or maybe just not as surprising as the first book was.
The further adventures af Claire Randall/Fraser in the 18th and 20th century.
Not sure yet if I want to read the next books.

45FAMeulstee
Sep 9, 2016, 6:41am Top


book 117: Rotmoevie by Marian de Smet
from the library, Dutch, YA, awarded, Gouden Lijst 2013, no translation available, 190 pages

Eppo is hitchhiking to France. He has a hard time because Maarten, his foster-brother, has died. Maarten spended his first years with his drug-addicted mother and went from foster-family to foster-family until he came to Eppo and his parents.
Tabby gives him a ride and they travel south together for some days. Eppo is so occupied with his grief that he totally misses that Tabby has serious troubles too.

46LizzieD
Sep 9, 2016, 10:08pm Top

Wow! You are really reading!!!!!!! I am envious, envious, envious!
So --- (and Happy New Thread! I was so far behind on #3 that I knew I'd never catch up) -- I don't know why I keep putting off The Blackhouse. Thanks for the reminder.
And I agree with you completely about *Dragonfly*. I think I've read it twice, and didn't get excited about it either time. I am so far behind on that series that I may never catch up, speaking of catching up.
Enjoy your weekend! Maybe you'll have some time to read.

47vancouverdeb
Sep 11, 2016, 12:26am Top

Stopping by to say hi, Anita. Wow, you are really on a great reading kick!

48FAMeulstee
Sep 11, 2016, 5:30am Top

>46 LizzieD: Thanks Peggy, yes, I am really reading and it feels so good ;-)
Yes, you should read The Blackhouse it is good!

Dragonfly in amber could easely be the end of the story, if you wipe out the last sentences.

>47 vancouverdeb: Yes I am, Deborah :-D

49FAMeulstee
Sep 11, 2016, 5:58am Top

finished two more Erlendur books.
I love this series, not only because they are very good police procedurals, but also because the development of Inspector Erlendur Sveinssons character and personal life. In each book we get to know him a little better.


book 118: Moordkuil (Erlendur 4) by Arnaldur Indriðason
from the library, e-book, translated from Icelandic, English title Silence of the grave, 249 pages

Human remains are found on a building place. Inspector Erlendur slowly unraffles what has happend over 60 years ago.




book 119: Engelenstem (Erlendur 5) by Arnaldur Indriðason
from the library, e-book, translated from Icelandic, English title Voices, 345 pages

The doorman of a hotel in Reykjavik is found in his Santa Claus costume, stabbed to death. Inspector Erlendur finds out that he had been famous in his childhood. But who killed him?

50avatiakh
Sep 11, 2016, 6:49am Top

>44 FAMeulstee: I can understand you not feeling like continuing the Outlander series, I never finished book #2 even though my mother had given me all the books. She loved it, but I grew quickly bored even though I really enjoyed the first book.

51thornton37814
Sep 12, 2016, 10:26am Top

>49 FAMeulstee: I've read one of his. They are a bit hard to come by where I live -- at least in libraries.

52kidzdoc
Sep 12, 2016, 11:09pm Top

Happy new thread, Anita!

53vancouverdeb
Sep 13, 2016, 5:25pm Top

Glad you are enjoying the Arnaldur Indriðason books . I think I have read all of the books in the Erlender series.

54FAMeulstee
Sep 13, 2016, 5:39pm Top

>50 avatiakh: Good to read I am not the only one, Kerry, as most readers seem to like it: the average rating is 4.23!

>51 thornton37814: I guess I am lucky, Lori, almost all are available as e-book at the national library.

>52 kidzdoc: Thanks Darryl!

>53 vancouverdeb: He wrote more besides the Erlendur book, Deborah, have you read any of them?

55FAMeulstee
Sep 13, 2016, 5:45pm Top


book 120: Dictator (Cicero 3) by Robert Harris
from the library, historic fiction, Rome, translated, English, original title Dictator, 381 pages

Third and last book about Marcus Tullius Cicero, written as fictional memoir by his slave Tiro.



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book 121: De Cock en moord à la carte by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, police mystery, 33th book of 70 De Cock, 139 pages

56FAMeulstee
Sep 14, 2016, 6:09am Top


book 122: Muleum by Erlend Loe
from the library, e-book, YA, Awarded, Grote Jongerenliteratuurprijs 2010, translated from Norsk, English title Muleum, 188 pages

Julie lost her parents and brother in a plane crash. Her psychiatrist recommends her to keep a dairy and that is what we read. She plans to commit suïcide, but her plan fails and she finds herself in hospital. Not feeling up to face her friends at school (and wealthy enough to be able) she takes one plane after another all over the world.

57FAMeulstee
Sep 14, 2016, 6:36am Top


book 123: Tamar by Mal Peet
from the library, e-book, YA, awarded, Canegie Medal 2005, Gouden Lijst 2011, translated, English, original title Tamar, 368 pages

England 1995: Tamars beloved grandfather committed suïcide, he left her a box, but she has no clue what the contents mean.
The Netherlands: 1944 two agents, with code-names Tamar and Dart, are dropped in Nazi occupied part of the country, to unify the resistance.

The last winter of WWII was a hard one, we call it the Hungerwinter. The south of our country was free, the north still occupied. The lack of food was worst in the cities. The WWII chapters of this book take place in rural part of the country after the failed battle of Arnhem. The Nazi's knew they were loosing the war, but did not want to give up, they became harsher against their enemies.
The razzia of Rotterdam is mentioned, there my father in law was one of the 50.000 men picked up to be forced to work in Germany...

An engaging and heartbreaking story of espionage, passion and betrayal.

Recommended

58avatiakh
Sep 15, 2016, 1:18am Top

Oh, I loved Tamar and for you, a personal tie-in. You'd probably like his football books set in Brazil, the first is The Penalty.

Wanted to ask if you've read any Eoin Colfer.

59FAMeulstee
Sep 16, 2016, 10:48am Top

>58 avatiakh: Sadly the football books aren't translated, Kerry, maybe I'll try them in English.
I read Artemis Fowl in 2010, but did not like it.

60FAMeulstee
Sep 16, 2016, 10:58am Top


book 124: De smaak van venijn by Alan Bradley
from the library, mysterie, translated, English, Flavia de Luce book 1, original title The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, 367 pages

England 1950s: Flavia de Luce is 11 years old, she loves chemistry. One night she finds a dying man in the garden. The police doesn't want to give much information, so she goes out to find out what happens herself.

61FAMeulstee
Sep 16, 2016, 11:06am Top


book 125: De reis van de Beagle by Charles Darwin
from the library, travel, translated, English, original title The voyage of the Beagle, 407 pages

The famous voyage on board of the Beagle, the travels of Charles Darwin around the world.

In 2009 I watched on Dutch television when Redmond O'Hanlon and a great-granddaughter of Darwin traveled around the world too, in the footsteps of the Beagle. Of course there were many references of this book, so while reading I had memories of Redmond O'Hanlons travels in my head, as I remebered the visuals of him at certain places :-)

62msf59
Sep 16, 2016, 11:49am Top

Happy Friday, Anita! Ooh, lots of reading going on over here. I LOVE it. I would really like to read the Darwin book.

Glad to see you liked your first Flavia de Luce book too. Have a good weekend.

63karenmarie
Sep 16, 2016, 12:55pm Top

Hi Anita! Good to see you reading so many fine books. I wish you a lovely Friday and weekend.

64FAMeulstee
Sep 16, 2016, 2:10pm Top

>62 msf59: thanks Mark, both books were very good, I hope to read The origin of species later this year.
Wish you a happy weekend :-)

>63 karenmarie: Thank you Karen, I seem to be picking all the right books at the moment.
I wish you the same :-)

65FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 16, 2016, 2:56pm Top


book 126: De razzia van Rotterdam by B.A. Sijes
own, e-book, WW II, Rotterdam, razzia, 285 pages

After reading Tamar I wanted to know more about the razzia in Rotterdam in 1944.
We used to own this book, but it was culled in 2005, when 1/3 of our books was sold. But I found the book online.
This book was published in 1951 after an investigation by the Netherlands State Institute for War Documentation.

The Germans had two reasons for deporting male Rotterdammers in 1944. In France and Belgium the inhabitants were a great help to the allied forces, so by removing most men they thought to weaken the chances for the allied forces. The second reason was a shortage of workers in Germany.
The razzia was a succes for the Germans. All preparations had been done in silence (over 8.000 soldiers were involved) and at November 10th, 1944 all areas outside the center were closed, with on every corner armed soldiers. Every man between 17 and 40 had to come forward and they were gathered in large buildings in the city. On November 11th the same happend in the centre of Rotterda.
They were transported by trains and boats, others had to walk to Utrecht and there further on by train.
Most stayed in the eastern part of the Netherlands and had to work there, the others went to Germany.



My father in law was the youngest of over 50.000 men deported from Rotterdam. On November 8th he celebrated his 17th birthday, so he had the right age on the 10th. I know that during his life some journalists tracked him down, but he always refused to speak with them. I only know a little of what happend to him from the few times he talked about it.
He stayed in (or near) Bremen. He picked up bodies after bombings. He had a girlfriend there, who got pregnant and died in a bombing. He survived by stealing food. When he came back in the Netherlands when the war was over he was put in a internment camp, as those who had worked in Germany were seen as collaborating with the enemy. After some months he finally could go home... In the last years of his life the memories of this time haunted him.

If anyone is interested, the book can be dowloaded as PDF at this link. Although it is in Dutch it ends with an English summary of the contents (page 260-278).

66charl08
Edited: Sep 18, 2016, 3:28pm Top

What a painful experience for such a young man Anita. I recently read The Assault and thought it was just heartbreaking the decisions that were made and then lived with for so long. I liked Resistance which imagines what might have happened if the UK had been occupied - can't compare to poignancy of true stories though.

67vancouverdeb
Sep 17, 2016, 8:04pm Top

Oh you have found Flavia de Luce! Oh how I love the series ! I am currently on the latest in the series, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd and it's delightful.

I agree with Charlotte - what a dreadful experience for your father - in law.

68FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 18, 2016, 4:01am Top

>66 charl08: Yes it was, Charlotte, the war left deep scars here, also because our country had not been occupied since Napoleon.
The Assault was a good book, I did read in the 1980s shortly after it was published.

>67 vancouverdeb: Thank you, Deborah, it was dreadful for him indeed.
I liked my first encouter with Flavia, the first 5 books are translated, so I look forward to read them :-)

69FAMeulstee
Sep 18, 2016, 4:33am Top


book 127: Koudegolf by Arnaldur Indriðason
from the library, e-book, translated from Icelandic, Erlendur book 6, English title The draining lake, 346 pages

The water level of a lake is lowering after a minor earthquake. Human remains that were in the water are discovered. This leads back to the 1950s in Iceland and the DDR.

70kidzdoc
Sep 18, 2016, 7:24am Top

>65 FAMeulstee: Wow. Thank you for sharing your review of the book, and especially the story of your FIL, Anita.

71connie53
Sep 18, 2016, 8:03am Top

Hi Anita! What an awful story of your FIL.

72charl08
Sep 18, 2016, 3:29pm Top

>68 FAMeulstee: You've reminded me to look for more by the author. Really powerful stuff.

73FAMeulstee
Sep 19, 2016, 2:49am Top

>70 kidzdoc: Thanks Darryl, it was a difficult read, but I am glad I did read it.

>71 connie53: Thank you Connie, yes it were awful times back then...

>72 charl08: I think Harry Mulisch was one of the best Dutch writers, Charlotte, I plan to read The Discovery of Heaven next year.

74FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 19, 2016, 3:13am Top


book 128: Nora by Colm Tóibín
recommended by vancouverdeb (Deborah), from the library, e-book, translated, English title Nora Webster, 378 pages

Nora Webster, mother of four, recently lost her husband Maurice. It is hard for Nora to cope, and to take care of her two boys. She has to go back working at the dreadful office she left when she got married. Her family and neighbors try to help, but they all remind her of happier times, when Maurice was with her. Then she discovers classical music and she finds herself back.

75kidzdoc
Sep 19, 2016, 4:12am Top

I hope to get to Nora Webster later this year. Nice review, Anita.

76vancouverdeb
Sep 19, 2016, 5:21am Top

Great review of Nora, Anita! I am so honoured that you would read a book on a recommendation from me. I really enjoyed it , just a quiet everyday sort of a story. No, I have not read any of Arnaldur Indriðason books except for the Detective Erlendur series. The other books he has written have not appealed to me so far. Really enjoying my Flavia de Luce book :)

77FAMeulstee
Sep 19, 2016, 4:42pm Top

>75 kidzdoc: Thanks Darryl, I hope you like it too!

>76 vancouverdeb: Thank you Deborah, I try to keep track of on what thread I found a book, based on your review I wanted to read it :-)
My next Flavia de Luce has to come from an other library in the province, so I'll have to wait a bit, probably next week.

78FAMeulstee
Sep 19, 2016, 5:42pm Top

I finished Arthur & George today, review comes tomorrow.

Yesterday I started Sprookjes en verhalen, the complete fairytales & stories by Andersen. I plan to read one or two each day, the book contains 156 fairytales/stories.
This is part of the plan to read all unread children and YA books I own, so I can clean up my bookcases upstairs, I used to collect all awarded children and YA books, but now I lend them from the library. I intend to keep the books I like & love and find the others a good home ;-)

79FAMeulstee
Sep 20, 2016, 7:52am Top


book 129: Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
recommended by jnwelch (Joe), from the library, translated, English, 480 pages

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle steps up to help George Edalji, who was wrongfully convicted for slashing cattle.
A fictional biography of both Arthur and George.

Recommended

80FAMeulstee
Sep 20, 2016, 7:58am Top


book 130: De zwarte rugzak by Abbing & van Cleef
own, YA, awarded (Zilveren Griffel 1998), Dutch, 147 pages

Five kids travel by train to France, they should go to a vacation camp, but decide to take their own vacation instead.
One of them took the wrong backpack from the train, statues are molested, before they know they are in the midst of trouble...

Sadly no translations available.

81FAMeulstee
Sep 20, 2016, 1:01pm Top


book 131: Waanzinnige wereld by Kim Fupz Aakeson
own, YA, awarded (Zilveren Zoen 1998), translated, Danish, 191 pages

Two friends, Stef and Topper, are on an university in Danmark when some of their teachers start to act funny. Something is very wrong, people seem to get stuck in the last thing they did. A strange virus that only affects people above 25. Stef and Topper escape from the university and travel through a collapsed counrtry to get to Stefs parents. On their way they pick up a girl.

Not available in English.

82FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 21, 2016, 2:31am Top

Reading 156 tales by Hans Christian Andersen
- September 19: (1) The Tinder-Box & (2) Little Claus and Big Claus
- September 20: (3) The Princess and the Pea & (4) Little Ida’s Flowers

83vancouverdeb
Sep 20, 2016, 6:19pm Top

Oh, a new Flavia de Luce book for you, perhaps next week! I am really enjoying the latest installment, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd.

84msf59
Sep 20, 2016, 8:18pm Top

Hi, Anita! I have both Nora Webster and Arthur & George waiting on shelf. Glad you liked them.

85charl08
Sep 21, 2016, 4:11am Top

Hope the fairy tales reading goes well. And good luck with the recycling of the books that you don't want to keep. I'm sure they will be appreciated!

>73 FAMeulstee: Will let you know. Not for a while I think!

86karenmarie
Edited: Sep 21, 2016, 8:39am Top

Hi Anita! WWII permeates everything, I think. Thank you for sharing your review and the story of your FiL. My dad was in WWII, an American, in the Eastern European Theater. He didn't suffer the trauma your FiL did, but in hindsight I see that he had PTSD and he did carry shrapnel in his right leg til the day he died.

Like Mark, I have both Nora Webster and Arthur & George on my shelves just waiting to be read. Husband and I watched the 3-part BBC miniseries of the book last year and thought it very well done.

87Whisper1
Sep 21, 2016, 9:29am Top

>69 FAMeulstee: This is a book I think I will like. It is on the tbr pile. Happy Day to you Anita my friend!

88FAMeulstee
Sep 22, 2016, 3:45am Top

>83 vancouverdeb: I am glad to know there is much more Flavia de Luce ahead, Deborah :-)

>84 msf59: Hi Mark, I hope you will like them too!

>85 charl08: Reading one or two a day works well, Charlotte. After the Andersen fairytales, I have the complete Grimm waiting.
That's allright, The Discovery of Heaven is a real doorstopper ;-)

>86 karenmarie: Thanks Karen, many of that generation were affected by WWII. Not talking was the norm back then, so most carried it with them until the end.
I haven't seen the miniseries over here, maybe I can find a DVD.

>87 Whisper1: Hi Linda, nice to see a message from you!
The Inspector Erlendur series are very good reads, I just finished book 7 Arctic chill.

89FAMeulstee
Sep 22, 2016, 10:49am Top

Reading 156 tales by Hans Christian Andersen
- September 21: (5) Thumbelina & (6) The Saucy Boy
- September 22: (7) The Travelling Companion & (8)The Little Mermaid

90FAMeulstee
Sep 22, 2016, 10:55am Top


book 132: Venijn by Jan & Sanne Terlouw
from the library, Dutch, mystery, Reders & Reders book 2, 254 pages

The second book with Job Reders and his daughter Leonie. Job spend 7 years in jail, although he was innocent. In this book he and his daughter go after the real killer of his uncle, with some help of the police.

Not available in English.

91FAMeulstee
Sep 22, 2016, 10:59am Top


book 133: Winternacht by Arnaldur Indriðason
from the library, e-book, translated from Icelandic, Erlendur book 7, English title Arctic chill, 346 pages

A young boy is found murdered, his mother came from Thailand. Was xenophobia the reason of his death?

92FAMeulstee
Sep 23, 2016, 12:09pm Top


book 134: De straatkatten en andere verhalen by Lloyd Alexander
own, childrens/YA, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1980, translated, original title The town cats and other tales, 123 pages

Eight tales featuring cats, special cats, who can talk and everything else that humans can.

93FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 24, 2016, 7:11am Top


book 135: Zeven pogingen om een geliefde te wekken by Ineke Riem
From the library, e-book, YA, awarded, Dioraphte Jongerenliteratuur Prijs 2014, Dutch, 206 pages

Lioba is turned down again, she really wants to study on the fashion academy and she applied every year for the last four years. In the village where she lives is the yeary fair, so no one pais attention to her. She walks to the lake and finds an old boat, where she lays down and falls asleep.
She is found, but like the Sleeping Beauty, she doesn't wake. Some of the villagers want to help, but no one succeeds....

Not available in English.

94FAMeulstee
Sep 23, 2016, 1:35pm Top

Bought 5 books yesterday:

Een heel leven by Robert Seethaler, paper book, because both Frank and I loved it and wanted our own copy
Berlijnse trilogie by Philip Kerr (e-book) first three books of the Bernie Gunther series
Onder de ketchupwolken by Annabel Pitcher (e-book) awarded YA Gouden Lijst 2015
The Chessman (The Lewis Trilogy 3) by Peter May (e-book)
The Lewis Man (The Lewis Trilogy 2) by Peter May (e-book)

total books aquired in 2016: 42

95FAMeulstee
Sep 24, 2016, 7:10am Top


book 136: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
from the library, translated from French, English title Madame Bovary, classic, Bowie's top 100 September group read, 430 pages

Charles Bovary is a country doctor. After the death of his first wife, an older widow, he meets Emma and marries her. Emma has high, romantic hopes for her marriage and although Charles loves her very much, it isn't enough. She tries to escape in affairs, but those don't bring the euforic happiness either.


96FAMeulstee
Sep 24, 2016, 7:16am Top


book 137: Vrouwtje Appelwang en tante Zuurpruim by Ruth Ainsworth
own, childrens, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1973, translated, original title The Ruth Ainsworth book, 220 pages

36 stories for young kids, some about the little things in day to day life, other more like fairytales.

97msf59
Sep 24, 2016, 8:24am Top

Happy Saturday, Anita. Glad you enjoyed Madam Bovary. I put it aside for a few days but I will get back to it. I like it but I am not sure I am loving it.

Have a great weekend.

98FAMeulstee
Sep 24, 2016, 2:59pm Top

>97 msf59: The same to you Mark, I liked Madame Bovary, the first part was a bit slow, the second was better and the last part I read straight through.
Very good weekend here, as Frank has 3 weeks off :-)

99FAMeulstee
Sep 24, 2016, 3:01pm Top

Reading 156 tales by Hans Christian Andersen
- September 23: (9) The Emperor’s New Suit & (10) The Daisy
- September 24: (11) The Brave Tin Soldier & (12) The Wild Swans

100scaifea
Sep 24, 2016, 3:06pm Top

Happy weekend, Anita!

101FAMeulstee
Sep 24, 2016, 3:10pm Top


book 138: Mijn vader is werkloos by Leif Esper Andersen
own, YA, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1981, translated from Danish, original title Hakkedrenge, 73 pages

Pelle just moved to a new neighborhood. He is sitting outside with his new friend Peter and tells him what happend in the past months. His father lost his job, was optimistic at first, but the longer it took to find a new job, the more he started to drink. Peter, his mother and his little brother tried to help his father, but things got worse and now his parents are divorced.

Sadly the last pages of this book were missing. Searching for a digital copy I found a rather extensive summary on the internet, so at least I know how the book ends.

102charl08
Sep 25, 2016, 10:28am Top

>101 FAMeulstee: Oh no! I think this has only happened to me once, but my dad used to get copies of children's books from work that were 'defective' and they would quite often be missing a page in the middle (or be bound in the wrong order!) At least that way you knew the end, even if I missed a few details in the middle..

103karenmarie
Sep 25, 2016, 10:47am Top

Hi Anita! Just a quick hello. Glad to hear that Frank has three weeks off, and I hope you enjoy it with him.

104FAMeulstee
Sep 25, 2016, 4:17pm Top

>100 scaifea: Thanks Amber!

>102 charl08: It was annoying Charlotte, but no big deal, if it had been a great book I would have looked for an other copy. I didn't want to keep this book, so I threw it away.
We once had a Dutch dictionary that had some blank pages under "S", we only found out years later. Next dictionary I checked completely before we bought ;-)

>103 karenmarie: Thank you Karen, next Friday Frank goes to Leeds with his friend for the weekend to see a Leeds United footbal game.

I hope fall will finally arrive, this weekend was again way too warm :-(

105FAMeulstee
Sep 25, 2016, 4:23pm Top


book 139: Onderkoeld by Arnaldur Indriðason
from the library, e-book, translated from Icelandic, Erlendur book 8, English title Hypothermia, 233 pages

A woman is found in her holliday cottage, it looks like suïcide, but inspector Elendur thinks there is more to it. He keeps digging on his own, as the case is officially closed.

106FAMeulstee
Sep 25, 2016, 4:29pm Top


book 140: De rommeltuin by Hans Andreus
own, childrens, rhymes, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1971, 48 pages

Collection of poems/rhymes for children.

107FAMeulstee
Sep 25, 2016, 4:38pm Top


book 141: Onderstroom by Arnaldur Indriðason
from the library, e-book, translated from Icelandic, Erlendur book 9, English title Outrage, 255 pages

A man is found dead in a house in Reykjavik. We expect Erlendur to turn up at the scene, but Erlendur is away in the fjords of eastern Iceland, so his collegue Elinborg is the main character in this book.

108jnwelch
Sep 26, 2016, 12:13pm Top

Hi, Anita.

I'm glad you were able to follow some of our adventures on Facebook. We're back now, and getting our internal clocks readjusted.

I'm so glad you enjoyed Arthur & George. What a story, right?

109thornton37814
Sep 26, 2016, 4:39pm Top

>105 FAMeulstee: I want to read more books in that series. I read one for the Europe Endless Challenge for Iceland.

110FAMeulstee
Sep 27, 2016, 7:00am Top

>108 jnwelch: Hi Joe, is there a difference in adjusting internal clocks one way or reverse?
Yes Arthur & George was good read, I like Julian Barnes. I knew as good as nothing about both Arthur and George. It was a remarkable story indeed!

>109 thornton37814: They all are good books, Lori, I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did.

111FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 27, 2016, 7:35am Top


book 142: Het heelal by Stephen Hawking
from the library, non-fiction, translated from English, original title A brief history of time, 270 pages

Stephen Hawing explaining the universe from Newton, Einstein to more recent developments in fysics with some wit and humor. Big Bang, Quantum mechanics, Stringtheory, most I could understand, but some I didn't fully grasp.
Great read :-)

112msf59
Sep 27, 2016, 7:35am Top

Hi, Anita! 5 stars for A brief history of time? Good enough for me. I have wanted to read that one for years.

113charl08
Edited: Sep 27, 2016, 10:39am Top

>111 FAMeulstee: This is on my 'no thanks' list! Good for your for reading such a tome.

114Berly
Sep 27, 2016, 11:36am Top

>111 FAMeulstee: I have that one lying around here somewhere...now I have to find it!!

115FAMeulstee
Sep 27, 2016, 4:26pm Top

>112 msf59: I hope it doesn't disappoint you, Mark ;-)

>113 charl08: It wasn't that much in pages, Charlotte, but I couldn't read large parts, needed to digest before coninuing.
'No thanks' is good too!

>114 Berly: Good luck finding it Kim!

116FAMeulstee
Sep 27, 2016, 4:32pm Top

 
book 143: Grote verwachtingen by Charles Dickens
from the library, group read, translated from English, original title Great Expectations, 559 pages

I had great expectations for this one, but it did not really grab me. The rise and fall of Pip...

117banjo123
Sep 27, 2016, 11:14pm Top

I am glad you liked A Brief History of Time. I read it recently and thought it was really good.

118kidzdoc
Sep 28, 2016, 10:46am Top

I'm glad that you enjoyed A Brief History of Time that much, Anita. I haven't read it yet, but I'll add it to my wish list.

119karenmarie
Sep 29, 2016, 7:47am Top

>116 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! I gave it 1/2 star more, but your succinct 'The Rise and fall of Pip...' pretty much says it all. I may be officially done with Dickens in this lifetime.

120FAMeulstee
Sep 30, 2016, 5:28am Top

>117 banjo123: Thanks Kim, I am glad we agree :-)

>118 kidzdoc: Hi Darryl, I think it is a great book to get some understanding of todays stand in fysics.

>119 karenmarie: Thank you Karen, so we both forget about Dickens and read other books :-)

121FAMeulstee
Sep 30, 2016, 5:31am Top

Woke up very early today, so I could drive Frank to the train station to take the first train to Schiphol airport at 4:47... So it is me and Ari until Monday evening.

122FAMeulstee
Sep 30, 2016, 5:42am Top


book 144: Doodskap by Arnaldur Indriðason
from the library, e-book, translated from Icelandic, Erlendur book 10, English title Black skies, 347 pages

The tenth book in this series, like in book 9 Elendur Sveinsson is still away to the Eastern Fjords. This time we follow his collegue Sigurdur Oli, one of the main characters I like less. The plot is, as always, very good and meanwhile we get some insights in the Icelandic banks a few years before the crash...
Because of the main character half a star less.

123FAMeulstee
Sep 30, 2016, 5:56am Top


book 145: Een schitterend mysterie by Louise Penny
from the library, translated from English, original title The beautiful mystery, 392 pages

I loved the first two books about Chief Inspector Armand Gamache: Still life and A fatal grace, I read them in Dutch translation in 2010. Sadly the publisher stopped after these two :-(
Now an other publisher picked up translations and started with book 8, I hope they will continue and maybe one day translate the 5 books in between.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Inspector Jean-Guy Beauvoir are called to a monastry to investigate a murder. In recent years the monastry became famous because of the recording of their Gregorian chant.

124charl08
Sep 30, 2016, 6:06am Top

>123 FAMeulstee: Hope they sell well and the publisher decides to translate the others too.

125FAMeulstee
Sep 30, 2016, 6:08am Top


book 146: Rad van avontuur by Bernard Ashley
own, childrens/YA, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1983, translated from English, original title Break in the sun, 219 pages

It took a lot of time to find the original book so I could combine it with the others. The original title wasn't mentioned, so I had only the story, the year of the translation & the author, thanks to Google I found it eventually ;-)

Patsy isn't happy since her mother married Eddy Green. She can never do any good and her stephfather beats her up. One day in summer she runs away from home, joining a theatre group on a boat.

126FAMeulstee
Sep 30, 2016, 4:01pm Top


book 147: Kijk niet om by Marijn Backer
own, YA, Dutch, awarded, Eervolle Vermelding 2007, 239 pages

Lucas and Sanne were always friends, but Sanne got cancer and she died. She left letters with orders for Lucas, but he doesn't know how to do what she wanted.

127vancouverdeb
Sep 30, 2016, 5:34pm Top

My goodness, you were really up early to drive Frank. You are really reading to beat the band! So glad that you can read again!

128FAMeulstee
Oct 1, 2016, 2:43am Top

>124 charl08: I hope so, Charlotte.

>127 vancouverdeb: Yes it was very early, Deborah, but I could go back to bed after that.
And the reading is going exceptionally well since July, like I have to catch up for the years I could barely read ;-)

129MGovers
Oct 1, 2016, 3:59am Top

I notice you've been on a Arnaldur Indriðason-spree. I have read 6 books in this series and would like to read the others as well. But I've made a list of all the series I've started to far and want to finish and unless I put this one at the top of my list, it's unlikely it will happen any time soon. So many books, so little time...

You've read some other excellent books that caught my attention, Anita!

130scaifea
Oct 1, 2016, 2:15pm Top

Here's hoping you and Ari have a fabulous weekend, Anita!

131FAMeulstee
Oct 2, 2016, 6:44am Top

>129 MGovers: Thanks Monica, I only recently started to read mysteries. When I got my e-reader I noticed at bibliotheek.nl they had all 70 Baantjer books as e-book, so I started ;-)
Then I saw Indriðason mentioned on an other thread and they were also aivailable as e-book, so I started reading them too. Sadly I am only a few books to go. At my present reading speed it is easy to read one book a day ;-)

>130 scaifea: Thanks Amber, it is a bit lonely without Frank, but I am reading a lot. I finally got into The Name of the Wind, I started a week ago, but it didn't really grab me and now it does!

132FAMeulstee
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book 148: De Cock en moord in beeld by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, police mystery, 34th book of 70 De Cock, TIOLI #2, 136 pages

A young man accuses a chemical factory of draining off chemicals into the river. Then the driver of the director and managers of the factory are killed...

133FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 16, 2016, 1:14pm Top


book 149: De gekte van Mees Santing by Klaas van Assen
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Vlag & Wimpel 1998, TIOLI #10, 112 pages

A boy struggles with guilt after his drunk father injured an other boy in a car accident.

134MGovers
Oct 2, 2016, 12:50pm Top

>131 FAMeulstee: - Don't worry, it is very unlikely you'll ever fall without mysteries. I'd be happy to give you book-suggestions. And if you let me know which genre of mysteries (cosy, bloody, mysterious,...) or which setting (city, countryside, Scandinavia, England, ...) you like, I'll probably be able to refine it.

135Deern
Oct 3, 2016, 5:06am Top

Wow, you really are on a roll this year with the books, it's so wonderful! :)

I also loved A Brief History of Time when I read it a couple of years ago. It caught my eye in a bookshop at a train Station and then triggered so much in my reading life, a turn from the "trash" to the better. It brought in more physics, then for whatever reason Shakespeare, classic literature... Maybe I should re-read it.

Wishing you a very happy week!

136FAMeulstee
Oct 3, 2016, 5:09am Top

>134 MGovers: Thank you Monica, I always like suggestions :-)
Anything not too bloody or thrilling, the Nic Costa series by David Hewson was on the edge what I can handle.
I try to read my mysteries from the library, at the moment I am reading, besides Indriðason, the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley, Armand Gamache by Louise Penny and Konrad Sejer by Karin Fossum, oh and of course Baantjer.

137FAMeulstee
Oct 3, 2016, 5:32am Top

>135 Deern: Yes Nathalie, I haven't read like this for a long, long time, it is great!

I try to read a bit more non-fiction this year, most were travel books by Bryson, Darwin and Leigh Fermor and I would like to read some more by Frans de Waal after reading The bonobo and the atheist.
When reading gets easier it is also easier to pick up more "difficult" books.
Classics are always a mixed bag, I loved The Count of Monte Cristo, I liked Yvain, or, The knight with the lion and Madame Bovary and I wasn't exactly smitten with The travels of Marco Polo and Great expectations.

Wishing you the same, is it back to work for you this week?

138karenmarie
Oct 3, 2016, 7:14am Top

Hi Anita! I hope that your weekend was pleasant - were you okay with Frank gone?

139FAMeulstee
Oct 3, 2016, 7:52am Top

>138 karenmarie: Hi Karen, I am okayish, it was harder than previous times when Frank was away.
I guess I miss Chimay, she would take care of me when needed. Ari isn't like that, he needs to be cared.

140karenmarie
Oct 4, 2016, 11:08am Top

You must be glad he's home, now, for sure. Missing Chimay on top of missing Frank had to make it doubly difficult.

141PaulCranswick
Oct 4, 2016, 11:39am Top

Hope Frank is back safe and sound and I am wondering what you will be reading for book 150 this year, Anita. xx

142FAMeulstee
Oct 5, 2016, 2:57am Top

Yes, Frank is home safe and sound, he and his friend Wilco enjoyed the football game of Leeds United on Saturday and on Sunday they went to the Yorshire Dales.
And today we leave for a few days to Ede, a small village on the south side of the Veluwe.

>140 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen, I hadn't missed Chimay that much since she died.

>141 PaulCranswick: It was The Name of the Wind, Paul, a 5* read for me :-)

143charl08
Oct 5, 2016, 3:14am Top

Hope you have a nice break Anita. And congrats on book 150!

144FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 16, 2016, 1:14pm Top


book 150: De naam van de wind by Patrick Rothfuss
from the library, fantasy, translated from English, original title The name of the Wind, TIOLI #13, 717 pages

Great fantasy!
An innkeeper, who once was a famous man, tells the story of his first 16 years. At first I had some trouble to get into the story, but after 30 pages the story grabbed me.

Recommended to any fantasy lover!

145FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 5, 2016, 3:26am Top

>143 charl08: Thanks Charlotte, I have never read this much in a year. Well... maybe when I was young, but I didn't keep records back then.
Now I am off to pack :-)

146msf59
Oct 5, 2016, 6:57am Top

Hi, Anita! I also loved The Name of the Wind and the follow-up The Wise Man's Fear is also very good. I hope the next one comes out soon. It has been a long time.

147ronincats
Oct 5, 2016, 4:36pm Top

Catching up, my dear, after our trip back to family the previous weeks. You are STILL a reading machine. Glad Frank is home now.

148karenmarie
Oct 6, 2016, 7:55am Top

Hi Anita! I hope you're enjoying your trip to Ede.

And 150 books! Stunning. I guess I wasn't paying attention to the numbers you post on your reviews. *smile*

149vancouverdeb
Oct 6, 2016, 5:25pm Top

Congratulations on book number 150 and I'm so glad you enjoyed it so much!

150Deern
Oct 7, 2016, 1:57am Top

Congratulations on 150 - could you please read my remaining 15 or so for me so I'll get to 75? :)
I hope you're having a good time in Ede! Just had a look at the wiki page, it looks very nice. Are you going to see that national park?

151FAMeulstee
Oct 7, 2016, 5:52am Top

Thanks everyone, I will respond to all and add pictures, when we are back home. I have internet here, but it is awfully slow....

We went to the zoo yesterday, Ouwehands Dierenpark, one of two zoo's in the Netherlands where dogs are allowed.
Today we will go to Arnhem, a city nearby.

152mstrust
Oct 7, 2016, 12:57pm Top

Congratulations from me too- 150 is astounding!

153PaulCranswick
Oct 8, 2016, 3:20am Top

Have a lovely weekend, Anita.

154scaifea
Oct 8, 2016, 11:18am Top

Happy weekend, Anita!

155DianaNL
Oct 10, 2016, 4:39am Top

156FAMeulstee
Oct 10, 2016, 7:41am Top

My computer broke down this morning :-(
Working on Franks computer now...

>146 msf59: Hi Mark, I hope to get The wise man's fear from the library soon and then it will be waiting for book 3 :-)

>147 ronincats: Hi Roni, good to you are back.
Yes Ari and I were glad to have Frank back home :-)

>148 karenmarie: Hi Karen, we are back home from Ede, we had a good time there.
Never expected to read this much within a year!

>149 vancouverdeb: Thanks Deborah, it was a great read :-)

>150 Deern: Thank you Nathalie, if I could read for you I would :-)
We had a good time, I will write more about our trip later.

157FAMeulstee
Oct 10, 2016, 7:45am Top

>152 mstrust: Thanks Jennifer, yes it is!

>153 PaulCranswick: Thank you Paul, it was indeed a lovely weekend :-)

>154 scaifea: Thank you Amber!

>155 DianaNL: Thanks Diana!

158msf59
Oct 10, 2016, 7:46am Top

Hi, Anita. Welcome back. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip.

159Ameise1
Oct 10, 2016, 5:29pm Top

Hi Anita, I'm glad you liked The Blackhouse. I've the two other one waiting to be read/listen. As I can see, you have done some great reading. I was absent several weeks on LT but I try to do better in the future. Thanks so much for keeping my thread warm.
I wish you a wonderful start into the new week.

160vancouverdeb
Oct 10, 2016, 9:38pm Top

Oh sorry about your computer. I think my computer will need replacing fairly soon. Glad you enjoyed a trip away!

161FAMeulstee
Oct 11, 2016, 3:40am Top

Frank at the football stadium in Leeds (October 1st)

162FAMeulstee
Oct 11, 2016, 3:44am Top

>158 msf59: Thanks Mark, I am working on the pictures, but this computers is slower than my own computer...

>159 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! :-)
So good to see you here, I have the next two waiting too, but in English, so it will take a while to read them.

>160 vancouverdeb: Thank you Deborah, it is a new computer, bought it in March, so it is send to be repaired. I will be glad to have it back, as this one is awfully slow, although better than no computer at all ;-)

163FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 11, 2016, 4:15am Top

Last Thursday we went to the zoo in Rhenen, Ouwehands Zoo.
It is a nice zoo, all animals have large living places where they can hide if all human attention gets too much. So we missed seeing some animals, but that didn't matter, enough others ;-)
The have a large "Bear Forrest", where rescued brown bears from Eastern Europe live (rescued from being attractions like dancing bears) together with some wolves. Later this year two giant panda's will arrive, at the moment their place is in construction.

Ari in his stroller (left), Chapman's Zebra (right).


At the aquarium were many beautiful fish, this Red Lionfish (left) was impressive, white lioness (right).


A male mandrill (left), a young African elephant was playing with a large stick (right).
 

And (especially for Charlotte) two pictures of the Humboldt penguins :-)

164charl08
Oct 11, 2016, 4:09am Top

Penguins! Thank you! Wonderful pictures. Ari's tongue captured mid lick is lovely too.

165Ameise1
Oct 11, 2016, 4:35am Top

I love visiting zoos. Great, you had a wonderful time.

166FAMeulstee
Oct 11, 2016, 5:00am Top

>164 charl08: Thanks Charlotte, couldn't help to think of you when I saw the penguins ;-)
Ari's tongue is huge, it comes out a lot of the time because his jaw and nose are so short.

>165 Ameise1: Thank you Barbara, it was a very nice zoo to visit.

Now we are off to Amsterdam to visit the Rijksmuseum.

167Ameise1
Oct 11, 2016, 5:17am Top

Have a great day, Anita.

168scaifea
Oct 11, 2016, 6:34am Top

Oh, excellent zoo photos! Thanks for sharing!

169harrygbutler
Oct 11, 2016, 10:26am Top

>163 FAMeulstee: Thanks for sharing the zoo photos, Anita!

170mstrust
Oct 11, 2016, 2:29pm Top

Looks like you and Ari had a fun day. Thanks for the pics!

171FAMeulstee
Oct 12, 2016, 8:52am Top

>167 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara, we had a great day, working on the photos to share :-)

>168 scaifea: Thank you Amber!

>169 harrygbutler: Thanks Harry, we had a good day :-)

>170 mstrust: Thank you Jennifer, it was indeed a fun day.

172FAMeulstee
Oct 12, 2016, 9:45am Top

Last Friday we went to Arnhem to do some shopping. I needed new shoes and to our surprise we found a Mephisto shop, my favourite shoes! I bought these:


And on Saturday we went to Radio Kootwijk, a radio transmitting station build in 1923.

Front of the building (left), detail above entrance (right)


Back of the building (left), detail on top of the back (right)


Frank and Ari (left), the building is surrounded by heathland (right)

173Ameise1
Oct 12, 2016, 9:57am Top

The shoes look very comphy. Wow, what a building. Impressive.

174mstrust
Oct 12, 2016, 1:22pm Top

What beautiful details on the radio building. It makes modern, cheaply made buildings look even uglier in comparison.
You're certainly getting to see a lot of interesting things!

175FAMeulstee
Oct 12, 2016, 2:00pm Top

>173 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara, they don't only LOOK comfy, I walked right away with them :-)

>174 mstrust: & >173 Ameise1: It is a strange place for a building, it is in the middle of nowhere, as far as the middle of nowhere exists in our small overcrowded country :-)
If you walk from the parking place, you can't see it at first and then suddenly it appears...

We planned to do a bit more in Franks vacation, yesterday was our last trip: to the Rijksmuseum. I am working on those pictures.

176ronincats
Oct 13, 2016, 12:25am Top

Great photos and those are the coolest-looking Mephisto shoes I've ever seen!

177FAMeulstee
Oct 13, 2016, 12:25pm Top

>176 ronincats: Thanks Roni, actually the shoes are Allrounder a new brand by Mephisto :-)

178FAMeulstee
Oct 13, 2016, 1:13pm Top

The pictures of our visit to the Rijksmuseum on Tuesday.

Front of the building (left), copy of the original Night Watch, a part on the left was cut off in the 18th century (right)
 

Stained glass Plato and Thomas a Kempis (left), stained glass left side
 

Stained glass middle, stained glass right side
 

The library
 

And at the end we found some modern art: Karel Appel - Encounter, 1951; Jan Schoonhoven - Dish relief, 1963; Ad Dekkers - Variation on Circles IV, 1965-1967
  

179Ameise1
Oct 13, 2016, 4:24pm Top

Great photos. Thanks so much for sharing them,Anita.

180FAMeulstee
Oct 13, 2016, 5:04pm Top

>179 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara, we had a nice afternoon there :-)

Now back to books, I have finished a few last week.

181FAMeulstee
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book 151: Verdwijnpunt (Erlendur 11) by Arnaldur Indriðason
from the library, e-book, translated from Icelandic, English title Strange Shores, TIOLI #3, 272 pages

Erlendur is spending some time in the east, where he was born and where his brother went missing.
Possibly the last book with inspector Elendur Sveinsson :-(
Next books are set before this series started.

182FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 16, 2016, 1:15pm Top


book 152: Venijn by Jan & Sanne Terlouw
from the library, e-book, Dutch, mystery, Reders & Reders book 3, TIOLI #3, 255 pages

The third book with Job Reders and his daughter Leonie. Job spend 7 years in jail, although he was innocent. In this book they are looking for the killer of a pharmacist.

Not available in English.

183FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 28, 2016, 11:11am Top


book 153: Nachtstad by Arnaldur Indriðason
from the library, e-book, translated from Icelandic, English title Reykjavik nights, (Erlendur 13), TIOLI #3, 247 pages

Back in time when Erlendur started working at the Reyjavic police, meets his wife and Marion Bloem.

184Ireadthereforeiam
Oct 13, 2016, 5:39pm Top

>178 FAMeulstee: the stained glass is so gorgeous! Ever since I saw photographs of a French Chapel in a National Geographic as a child, I have loved stained glass (It must have been he north transept rose of Chartres Cathedral , according to my quick google search just now).

Happy reading! What will you do when Arnaldur Indriðason books run out?

185Ameise1
Oct 14, 2016, 2:01am Top

I've only read one book of the Erlendur series but have lots of audios which ate waiting to be lsten to.

186charl08
Oct 14, 2016, 5:04am Top

>183 FAMeulstee: I've not picked up these early books yet - do they read as well as the original series Anita?

187Deern
Oct 14, 2016, 6:41am Top

Just passing through to wish you a very happy weekend! I was going to write that I'll come back to look at the pics another time (as my computer is very slow today), but they're visible now, yay!
Lovely, thanks for sharing! Ari is especially adorable!

188FAMeulstee
Oct 14, 2016, 9:39am Top

>184 Ireadthereforeiam: Hi Megan, stained glass is beautiful (and nearly always looks good in a photo), I have a large collection of stained glass pictures from everywhere I went. These are special because it is no religious theme, but mostly our national Dutch heritage.

I have a Karen Fossum & a Louise Penny from the library waiting to be read, and am half way 35/70 with the DeKok mysteries. I am sure I will find others in time ;-)

>185 Ameise1: Oh Barbara, then you have a lot of good reading/listening to go :-)

>186 charl08: Yes Charlotte, they are as good as the others were.

>187 Deern: Thank you Nathalie, happy weekend to you too & Ari says Thank You!

189FAMeulstee
Oct 14, 2016, 9:46am Top

Reading the Dutch translation of A tale for the time being and found a quote by Milan Kundera that sound so very true at this time:
When one day the writer in every individual comes to life (and that moment will come soon), we will get into an era of universal deafness and lack of understanding.

Not only in politics, but most visible there, everyone is only seeing his own side, ignoring other thoughts/visions. Thus leading to a very divided nation....

190FAMeulstee
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book 154: Vallen by Anne Provoost
own, Dutch, awarded, Woutertje Pieterseprijs 1995, Gouden Uil 1995, Zilveren Griffel 1995, translated English title Falling, TIOLI #15, 264 pages

Lucas and his mother spend the summer in the house of Lucas' grandfather, who passed away recently. People start to talk to Lucas about his grandfather who sympathised with the Nazi's in WWII. Lucas never knew this. Slowly he finds out what happend and gets himself entangled in present day right-wing supporters.

191FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 28, 2016, 11:10am Top


book 155: Het stroeve touw by Alan Bradley
from the library, mystery, translated, English, Flavia de Luce book 2, original title The weed that strings the hangman's bag, TIOLI #3, 352 pages

Second book with Flavia de Luce. A puppeteer is killed during his show. Flavia gets involved and unraffles the mystery.

192Ameise1
Oct 14, 2016, 10:35am Top

>191 FAMeulstee: I've read this one earlier this year. Loved it, too.

193PaulCranswick
Oct 14, 2016, 10:53am Top

Nice to see that you have worked your way through the Erlendur books. There are similarities with Wallender but enough differentiators to make it a satisfying experience.

Have a lovely weekend. xx

194vancouverdeb
Oct 14, 2016, 6:17pm Top

Lovely photos, Anita! And I love your new Mephisto shoes! Are they fairly waterproof? I'm in need of some good walking shoes that are fairly waterproof for walking Poppy on the many rainy days that we get here . Love them!

195FAMeulstee
Oct 15, 2016, 3:46am Top

>192 Ameise1: We have read many the same books this year, Barbara, and except for Bulgakov we like them almost the same :-)

>193 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul, I haven't read Wallander yet, so that might be the next series to start.

>194 vancouverdeb: Thank you Deborah, I haven't tested them yet, but they claim to be waterproof. We will get some rain next week, I will report then. If you are looking for them, they are called Allrounder not Mephisto, but they are made by Mephisto.

196FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 15, 2016, 4:13am Top


book 156: Een tijdelijke vertelling by Ruth Ozeki
found on the thread of Connie53 (Connie), from the library, translated, English, original title A tale for the time being, 479 pages

Ruth, a writer, lives on a Canadian island. One day she finds a diary on the shore, it turns out to be of a Japanese girl called Nao. Alternating between Nao and Ruth the story unfolds.
Nao was raised in the USA, but had to go back to Japan when her father lost his job. She is bullied badly by her classmates and her father tries to commit suïcide. A sparkle of light arrives in her life when she meets her great-grandmother Jiko, a 104 year old Buddhist nun.
Ruth is struggling with a writers block, and reflects her readings in the diary with her husband Oliver.

197FAMeulstee
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book 157: Daantje de wereldkampioen by Roald Dahl
own, childrens, translated, English, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1977, original title Danny the champion of the world , TIOLI #11, 158 pages

Danny lives with his father in a gypsy caravan, he's the youngest car mechanic around and his father is his best friend, who never runs out of wonderful stories to tell. One night Danny discovers his father has kept a secret for years, he is a poacher. Then Danny has this crazy idea to plot against nasty Victor Hazell, a wealthy landowner.

198FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 16, 2016, 1:17pm Top


book 158: De schreeuw in de wildernis by Gary Paulsen
own, childrens/YA, translated, English, original title Hatchet , TIOLI #4, 162 pages

Brians parents are just divorced, now he is on a small plane on his way to his dad in Canada. The pilot gets a heartattack and the plane crashes in the wilderness. Brian survives alone over two months before he is found.

199msf59
Oct 16, 2016, 8:04am Top

Happy Sunday, Anita! Thanks for sharing the lovely photos. Looks like a wonderful time.

Wow! You have been knocking out the books. I have been wanting to read A tale for the time being forever.

200FAMeulstee
Oct 16, 2016, 1:38pm Top

>199 msf59: Thanks Mark, it was a good time, Franks vacation well spend :-)

Reading goes very well, thank you, and you wanting to read forever??? LOL A tale for the time being was published in this decade ;-)
But like most readers I liked it, would have been 5* if the start (stranded at 30 pages at first) and the end were better....

201jnwelch
Oct 16, 2016, 2:27pm Top

>196 FAMeulstee: Oh good, Anita. I loved A Tale for the Time Being, too (it took off for me once her grandmother showed up). But it's not everyone's cuppa.

202FAMeulstee
Oct 17, 2016, 8:02am Top

>201 jnwelch: It was the same for me, Joe, great-grandmother Jiko made me want to read on ;-)

203FAMeulstee
Oct 17, 2016, 8:10am Top


book 159: Licht in de duisternis by Louise Penny
from the library, translated from English, original title How the light gets in, TIOLI #5, 415 pages

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns to Three Pines to investigate a murder of woman, while his superiors at the Surete make plans to end his career.

204Deern
Oct 17, 2016, 10:57am Top

I also loved A Tale For The Time Being. Given my memory I still remember surprisingly much, though of course not a single name. :)
Good luck with the Mephistos! They're very popular here with the hikers.

205FAMeulstee
Oct 17, 2016, 4:37pm Top

>204 Deern: Always good when we love the same books, Nathalie, Don't ask me names, within a year I forget them too :-)
They are great, I walked a day on them right away and my feet love them!

206FAMeulstee
Oct 17, 2016, 4:47pm Top


book 160: Saartje Tadema by Thea Beckman
own, childrens/YA, Dutch, historical fiction, no translations available, TIOLI #6, 191 pages

1712: When both her parents have died, Saartje Tadema and her brother go to the Burger-orphanage in Amsterdam. Saartje is curious and wants to learn, that is not encouraged in the strickt protestant orphanage...
Not Thea Beckmans best, but like all her books a nice read.

207vancouverdeb
Oct 18, 2016, 4:52am Top

I've yet to read A Tale for the Time Being. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I recall my son enjoying The Hatchet - I wish my now grown sons would get back into the habit of reading, but it seems they are always busy with work, friends, one son has new wife etc. Maybe in years to come? Poppy was happy earlier today when we missed the rain! It was overcast , but not raining.

208FAMeulstee
Oct 19, 2016, 7:14am Top

>207 vancouverdeb: Thank You Deborah, I think you would like A tale for the time being too.
Maybe your sons will find reading as a pleasure again. After highschool, where I was forced to read, it took years to find pleasure back in reading. After that I had many years I was unable to read because of aniti-depressants side effects... And now I read endlessly ;-)

Oh, and the shoes are waterproof, my feet kept dry after a long walk through wet grass & rain.

209FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 19, 2016, 7:55am Top


book 161: Vader (My struggle 1) by Karl Ove Knausgård
from the library, e-book, translated from Norsk, English title My struggle. Book one, TIOLI #1, 445 pages

Never knew Norwegian life was so close to Dutch life. Except for the landscapes so much of the story could be Dutch. Same music here in the 80s, same brand names. An other school-system, but one that was discusssed here a lot.

This book struck me hard in similairities with my own life and family...
Of course, I am not the only one born in the 60s, but the way this book is written, the way this book crawls within you, the way it is so close, makes it an unexpected experience.

Karl Ove Knausgårds feelings towards his father are so recognisable... my mother and I have a similair relationship.
Last July my brother died, my parents were devastated, like Karl Ove's grandmother.
So Children were not supposed to pre-decease their parents, they weren't supposed to. That was not the idea. resonated.
Frank and I got married young (even younger) "because no-one married back then" & he asked me to marry him when we were on vacation (not in Afrika, but in Maastricht)...

And still wondering WHAT was the new name of his dad??

210charl08
Oct 19, 2016, 6:13pm Top

Glad you had a good read. How interesting the similarities you noticed between countries - I always think of Scandinavia as being so separate.

Funny thing happened at the English class today - the main teaching was on Halloween and Bonfire Night as they were worried that the loud noises would be stressful for people coming from wartorn areas. After the class several people said they did Halloween at home!! Maybe there was no need to explain...

211FAMeulstee
Oct 19, 2016, 6:57pm Top

>210 charl08: I always felt the same, Charlotte, so I was surprised to see so many similarities.

In some ways we all have become world-citizens :-)
Last years Halloween is on the rise here too. In my youth some did "Sint Maarten", a similair celebration at November 11th, kids come bye with lanterns, sing a song and get sweets in return. So some parts of our country, mainly the big cities, do Halloween, other parts cling to Sint Maarten.

212vancouverdeb
Oct 19, 2016, 7:05pm Top

I hope you will enjoy The Book of Negoes when you get to it, Anita. I really loved it . It was a 5 star read. Good to know that those shoes are waterproof - I'm on the hunt for them! :)

213FAMeulstee
Oct 20, 2016, 5:21am Top

>212 vancouverdeb: I hope to get to The book of negroes next month, Deborah, it is available at the library.
Sadly I haven't seen my shoes at http://ca.mephisto.com/ Mephisto Canada, so I am not sure they are available at your place.

214FAMeulstee
Oct 20, 2016, 5:38am Top


book 162: De luipaard by Cecil Bødker
own, childrens/YA, awarded, Ziveren Griffel 1973, translated from Danish, English title The leopard, TIOLI #7, 198 pages

Tibeso herds the cattle of his village in Ethiopia. One day a calf is lost, it is taken by The Leopard. But Tibeso saw other footprints, the foot of a man with a large scar. Instead of telling the other villagers of what he has seen, Tibeso goes after the man himself. When the man with the scar finds out what Tibeso knows, things don't look good for Tibeso...

An adventurous story that shows how hard life is for small cattle farmers in Ethiopia.

215FAMeulstee
Oct 21, 2016, 9:46am Top


book 163: Wie de wolf vreest by Karin Fossum
from the library, translated, Norwegian, English title He who fears the wolf, Konrad Sejer 3, TIOLI #9, 304 pages

An old woman is murdered at her house. A juvenile delinqent reports the murder and tells the police he saw an escaped schizophrenic at the scene. Then a bank is robbed and someone has been taken hostage.

Konrad Sejer tries to find out what happened.


216FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 28, 2016, 11:10am Top


book 164: Loeloedji, kleine rode bloem by Toos Blom
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Beste Jeugdboek 1966, not translatied, TIOLI #10, 185 pages

An old gypsy woman finds herself in a village she visited in her youth. Old memories come back to her and she tells what happened many years ago, when her mother died.

217FAMeulstee
Oct 21, 2016, 10:01am Top


book 165: Signor Giovanni by Dominique Fernandez
own, translated from French, no English translation, TIOLI #8, 83 pages

Johann Joachim Winckelmann was murdered in 1768 by Francesco Arcangeli in the city of Triëst. History tells that the murder was because of a failed robbery, Arcangeli was convicted for that. Dominique Fernandez presents an argument for unwanted homosexual attempt..

218vancouverdeb
Oct 21, 2016, 6:49pm Top

Lots of amazing reading! Wow, Anita! Yesterday I did find a pair of hiking/ walking shoes for when I am out with Poppy. They are called North Face Ateo and have a waterproof membrane on the inside of the shoe as well as sole with very good traction for walking on slippery surfaces. I hope they work alright. I did look for your fabulous Mephisto shoes, but as you mentioned I could not find the same shoes as you purchased.

219PaulCranswick
Oct 22, 2016, 1:25am Top

Ten books in a week Anita - you must be missing a little bit of sleep!

Have a lovely weekend.

220Ameise1
Oct 23, 2016, 4:00am Top

Wow, you were a busy reader, lately. Happy Sunday, Anita.

221avatiakh
Oct 23, 2016, 4:56am Top

Hi Anita - Tonke Dragt's The Song of Seven (De Zevensprong) will be published in English by Pushkin Press in early November, I've ordered a copy as I've so enjoyed her other books.

222FAMeulstee
Oct 23, 2016, 7:36am Top

>218 vancouverdeb: Thanks Deborah, Frank is back to work and I am back to reading ;-)
I am glad you found good shoes, with all the walks with Poppy you need to take care of your feet.

>219 PaulCranswick: Not missing sleep, Paul, but back to reading after 3 weeks vacation.

>220 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara, happy Sunday to you too!

>221 avatiakh: Hi Kerry, happy to hear De zevensprong is translated too. It is very different from The letter for the king, I might read it with you when you get to it.

223FAMeulstee
Oct 23, 2016, 8:58am Top


book 166: Ongelukkig verliefd by Imme Dros
own, YA, Dutch, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1996, not translated, TIOLI #12, 144 pages

Daan List grew up at the island Texel, now he is leaving for Amsterdam to study Dutch. He rather wanted to go study on the academy of arts, but his father convinded him Dutch is a better choice.
Some of his highschool friend went to Amsterdam too, but he doesn't see them much. He joins a students union and finds new friends there.

224msf59
Oct 23, 2016, 9:14am Top

Happy Sunday, Anita! So glad you loved My Struggle. I have book one on my shelf. I hope I can fit that one in by the end of the year.

Hope you are having a fine weekend.

225FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 5, 2016, 8:02am Top


book 167: De gouden daken van Lhasa by Federica de Cesco
own, YA, translated from German, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1978, no English translation, TIOLI #14, 222 pages

1959, 17 year old Carrie Mason lives in Darjeeling (India), with her father who is a doctor. When her father dies she is promished a job at the english girls school, where she attends her final year. Her Tibetan classmate, Karma Tethong, invites her to spend her vacation in Lhasa with her family. Carrie accepts the invitation and with many servants they go on their way on horseback.
Traveling through Tibet Carrie is shocked by the poverty and deprivation of most inhabitants. Her friend Karma belongs to the nobility and her family is very rich. After spending some time with Karma's family in Lhasa the riots start and Carrie has to flee from the city and so did the Dalai Lama.

Before reading this book I hadn't realised how much Tibet was a feodal class society at that time.

226FAMeulstee
Oct 23, 2016, 9:18am Top

Thank you Mark, congratulations with the Cubs win :-)

I hope you will enjoy My Struggle too, I hope to read the next book next month.

227Deern
Oct 24, 2016, 9:46am Top

You remind me that I still haven't started on the Kanusgaards... Next year, I guess. I hope to be done with dark and depressing reads for the year.
Happy week to you! :)

228FAMeulstee
Oct 25, 2016, 5:16pm Top

>227 Deern: Knausgaard isn't only dark and depressing, Nathalie, even funny at times. But not exactly "light" reading and that is what you need now.

Meanwhile I am wrestling with Wolf Hall... I think I skip the next book.

229FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 28, 2016, 11:09am Top


book 168: De Cock en een duivels komplot by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, police mystery, 36th book of 70 De Cock, TIOLI #10, 135 pages

Four scientists work together, one is murdered, a second follows a few days later and then the third. All in the same way and all with the same weapon...

230karenmarie
Oct 26, 2016, 4:45pm Top

Hi Anita!

I was out of town on a family situation and just got back home.

I'm just going to draw a line in the sand and continue on from here - I hope you're doing well and I'm looking forward to checking in more regularly!

231FAMeulstee
Oct 26, 2016, 4:45pm Top


book 169: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
from the library, historical fiction, translated from English, Booker prize 2009, 672 pages

Glad I managed to finish this book...

The story is great, facinating time, Thomas Cromwell a very interesting character... but... "sigh" the way it is written is SO annoying! The use of names drives me mad. "Hans" visits Master Cromwell, only three (or four) pages further "Holbein" is mentioned, so I feel the need to re-read those pages again to fully understand the conversation between Holbein and Cromwell. And this happens all the time, a first name, a full name, a title, a last name, all annoyingly randomly used over 672 pages...

The story itself would be worth 4*, but because of this I can give no more than

232FAMeulstee
Oct 26, 2016, 4:52pm Top

Hi Karen, good to see you are back!
I was sorry to read about the trouble with your moms bank account...

We are doing well, after our vacation Frank is back to work and I am back to reading :-)

233charl08
Edited: Oct 26, 2016, 5:19pm Top

Glad you liked Wolf Hall. (Except for the names)
Have you read any of her other books? I tried her French Revolution book and got bogged down half way through and never finished it. Loved Beyond Black - creepy as anything.

234FAMeulstee
Oct 26, 2016, 5:32pm Top

>233 charl08: I don't think I will read another book by Hilary Mantel soon, Charlotte ;-)
I don't think Beyond Black is translated, so if I try an other by her it probably will be the first book of the French Revolution trilogy...

235kidzdoc
Oct 27, 2016, 6:54am Top

I loved Wolf Hall, but it wasn't until the second (or possibly third) attempt that I was able to get into the flow of it. Bring Up the Bodies wasn't as challenging a book to read, and it was nearly as enjoyable.

236FAMeulstee
Oct 27, 2016, 9:09am Top

>235 kidzdoc: Thanks Darryl, then I might read Bring up the bodies next... I liked the story of Wolf Hall and I do know some history of that time. I even saw the TV adaption of Wolf Hall (that I liked a lot) before I read the book...

237karenmarie
Oct 27, 2016, 10:45am Top

Hi Anita!

>235 kidzdoc: My first attempt failed, Darryl, so I am encouraged that a second reading may work. I also have Bring Up the Bodies on my shelves, so it's nice to hear it wasn't as challenging. I like challenging books, but for some reason Wolf Hall was a slog the first time.

238FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 28, 2016, 11:09am Top


book 170: De laatste tempelridder by Michael Jecks
from the library, e-boek, historical murder mystery, translated, original title The last templar, 1st book of Medieval West Country Mystery, TIOLI #3, 315 pages

A nice historical mystery, first in a series, set in England 14th century.
We get to know the main characters: Simon Puttock, newly appointed bailiff of Lydford Castle, and Sir Baldwin Furnshill the new master of Furnshill Manor.
And of course the first murder mysteries are solved ;-)

239FAMeulstee
Oct 28, 2016, 8:17am Top


book 171: Toen kwam Sam by Edward van de Vendel
from the library, childrens, Dutch, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 2012, translated in English A dog like Sam, TIOLI #15, 111 pages

One day a big white dog appears at a famely's farm. The two kids fall instantly in love and the dog seems to stay. But the dog does belong to someone else, are they able to keep Sam?

240ChelleBearss
Oct 28, 2016, 5:52pm Top

HI Anita! Glad to see you enjoyed Wolf Hall. I really liked both that and Bring up the Bodies

241vancouverdeb
Oct 29, 2016, 4:42am Top

Stopping by to say hi, Anita. My new hikers are working out very well in the rain, I am happy to report. You sure are reading to beat that band!

242FAMeulstee
Oct 29, 2016, 9:09am Top

>240 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle, I enjoyed the story of Wolf Hall, but had some trouble with the way it was written ;-)
I might consider reading Bring up the bodies, but not sure yet....

>241 vancouverdeb: Hi Deborah, good shoes are of great importance ;-)
Yes, I am reading a lot, I have two more to add!

243FAMeulstee
Oct 29, 2016, 9:21am Top


book 172: De boekhandel by Penelope Fitzgerald
from the library, translated, original title The bookshop, TIOLI #10, 140 pages

I was at the library when this book caught my eye, so I took it with me.

England 1950s, Florence Green opens a bookshop in the Old House in Hardborough, a small seaside community. Some important people are against her bookshop. They do what they can to get rid of the bookshop.
I had better hopes for this book, some parts were good, but I really disliked the ending.

244FAMeulstee
Oct 29, 2016, 9:53am Top


book 173: De jonge Wallander by Henning Mankel
from the library, e-book, Kurt Wallander prequel, translated from Swedish, English title The Pyramid: The first Wallander cases, 506 pages

Five stories of Kurt Wallander that take place in the 1970s and 1980s.
A nice introduction to Kurt Wallander, a case when he started as a young policeofficer in Malmö, some later cases in Ystad.

I enjoyed this book, so next is book 1 Faceless killers :-)

245MGovers
Oct 30, 2016, 3:30am Top

>231 FAMeulstee: - I never got through the first pages of Wolf Hall myself, partly because I have little interest in this century. I don't feel the need to torture myself, just to be able to say that I've read the book.

I have read some of the Wallander-books years ago and I remember I liked them. A lot of other Scandinavian crime-writers have popped up ever since.

246PaulCranswick
Oct 30, 2016, 4:37am Top

>244 FAMeulstee: I loved Faceless Killers probably because it was my first real exposure to Scandi and it got me hooked completely. The books are so real with heroes that are flawed and often breathless.

Have a great Sunday, Anita.

247karenmarie
Oct 30, 2016, 10:31am Top

Hi Anita!

You're reading up a storm, so nice to see. I wish you a wonderful Sunday and all good things for the coming week.

248FAMeulstee
Oct 31, 2016, 6:08am Top

>245 MGovers: Thanks Monica, I understand. My reading goes so easely at the moment, that I can take books I wouldn't finish when my reading was more limited.
Wallander is very good, I also liked the Elendur books (just finished the last one...) and read a few Konrad Sejer books, I will read more Scandi-crimes :-)

>246 PaulCranswick: I just started Faceless killers, Paul, it's not my first but do think it is very good.

>247 karenmarie: Hi Karen, it feels so good to read so much :-) Can barely remember it was ever THIS good!
I wish you a good start of the week.

249FAMeulstee
Oct 31, 2016, 6:17am Top


book 174: Onland by Arnaldur Indriðason
from the library, e-book, Erlendur 14, translated from Islandic, English title Into oblivion, 253 pages

Again back to the earlier years of Erlendur, 1979, when he worked with Marion Briem. A man is found in a lake, but did not die there. He worked at the American base and the investigation leads there. Meanwhile Erlendur works on a cold case, a young woman who disappeared 25 years ago.

250charl08
Oct 31, 2016, 6:28am Top

>243 FAMeulstee: I didn't like this one as much as I liked the cover. She's not the most cheerful writer.

251FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 31, 2016, 5:48pm Top


book 175: Het negerboek by Lawrence Hill
seen at the threads of Deborah (vancouverdeb) and Mark (msf59)
from the library, e-book, TIOLI #5, translated from English, original title The book of negroes, 447 pages

The life of Aminata Diallo: abducted from her village in Africa, taken to America by sailing ship, sold in Charles Town, worked at an indigo plantation, got a child that was taken from her, was sold again, went to New York and from there to Nova Scotia when the English gave up. From Nova Scotia to Freetown (Sierra Leone), where ex-slaves tried to build a new community with help of the abolitionists and finally to London to help the abolitionists fight slave trade.

An impressive read, almost incomprehensable that slave trade was so inhumane and so wide spread. By telling the story of one strong black woman, who was lucky to survive, the author gives us some idea of slaves hardships in the 18th century.

252FAMeulstee
Oct 31, 2016, 6:32am Top

>250 charl08: You nailed it, Charlotte :-)

253kidzdoc
Oct 31, 2016, 2:14pm Top

I'm glad that you also loved Someone Knows My Name, Anita! I'll add it to my list of TBR books to read in 2017.

254vancouverdeb
Oct 31, 2016, 4:54pm Top

Great review of Someone Knows My Name or The Book Of Negroes as the author preferred. I am so glad that you enjoyed it as much as I did . Aminata had such a strong character and the story was impressive, as you say and added to my knowledge of the slave trade in the USA as well as the part that Canada played in the slave trade.

255vancouverdeb
Oct 31, 2016, 4:57pm Top

I'm with you and Charlotte on The Bookshop. I agree , she is quite a humourless writer and rather dry.

256FAMeulstee
Oct 31, 2016, 7:00pm Top

>253 kidzdoc: I hope you get to read it, Darryl, for me it was a great read!

>254 vancouverdeb: You are right, Deborah, my edition ended with a few pages about the Dutch slavetrade, I should read more about our Dutch slave history...

>255 vancouverdeb: Indeed...

257FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 1, 2016, 10:00am Top

Today my laptop was returned from reparation. I was sooo happy!
Everything was gone, so I started to put everything back, but have problems again :-(
So I returned to Franks computer again, sigh....

258karenmarie
Nov 1, 2016, 10:11am Top

I'm so sorry that your computer is having problems, Anita. I feel totally stressed when mine is out of commission! I hope you get it working again soon.

259FAMeulstee
Nov 1, 2016, 12:57pm Top

>258 karenmarie: Thanks Karen, my old computer died in March, got a new one that stopped working a few weeks back... I hope they can get it working proper again... I have an external harddisk, so nothing much is lost.
Luckely I can use Franks computer when needed, but would be glad to have my own laptop back.

260charl08
Nov 1, 2016, 2:51pm Top

Sorry to hear about the computer problems. Hope they can fix it!

261Deern
Nov 2, 2016, 9:14am Top

>231 FAMeulstee: I loved Wolf Hall, but it was one of the hardest reads ever. I spent as much time on wiki as with the book. It was rewarding - and the sequel was much easier to follow - but I'm scared of rereading it once #3 will be published. I remember someone told me a trick how to recognize when a "he" or a "Thomas" was Cromwell or another Thomas or another he - and I'd love to tell you, but of course!!! I forgot. Grrr....

>243 FAMeulstee: Yes, that ending was a real let-down... :(

>251 FAMeulstee: I ignored this book for too long, it seems. I should get to it early in 2017

Happy Wednesday, and I hope the computer issues will be resolved quickly!

262FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 2, 2016, 4:42pm Top

>261 Deern: Thanks Nathalie, if you ever remember that Wolf Hall trick, please don't hesistate and tell me!

So we agree on The bookshop and next year we'll find out about The book of negroes.

Computer problems not solved yet, they were supposed to call today... but nothing :-(

263FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 4, 2016, 7:51am Top

September and October were exceptional reading months with 37 and 28 books read.

Sept-Oct stats:

5 books acquired

65 books read

19/46 own/library
24/41 e-books/paper books
9/56 Dutch/translated
17/48 female/male authors

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