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Connie ROOTs in 2017 part 3

This is a continuation of the topic Connie ROOTs in 2017 part 2.


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Edited: Dec 22, 2017, 10:44am Top

I will keep my goal small. 36 books this year, the same as in 2016. 3 ROOTs a month leaves room for those new and shiny ones.
I'm Connie, married to Peter (Peet). We have one son, Jeroen. He lives with Rianne in the same town we live in. Roermond, The Netherlands. And we have a daughter, Eveline, She lives with her boyfriend Cyrille in Maastricht, The Netherlands. They have a baby-daughter Fiene.

The topper is a picture from Fiene and she is, of course, reading some books.

This is me. We had a meet with our real live book club in Den Bosch in April 2017. And I bought a book. What else can you do?

And this one, because Fiene is so cute like this.

Edited: Dec 31, 2017, 7:49am Top

ROOTs are all paper books that have been on the shelves for 6 months or more.

01. Erika Johansen - De kroon van de Tearling - bought 2016/05/10 - 444 pages -
02. Martijn Lindeboom en Remco Nieboer - De legende van de zwarte wolven - bought 2005/12/17 - 73 pages -
03. Erika Johansen - De invasie van de Tearling - bought 2016/7/13 - 506 pages -
04. Patricia Briggs - Ziel van ijzer - bought 2016/08/02 - 329 pages -
05. Dorothy Hearst - Geheimen van de wolven - bought 2012/03/31 - 366 pages -
06. Stepenie Meyer - het korte tweede leven van bree tanner - bought 2012/03/05 - 185 pages -
07. Benny Lindelauf - Hoe Tortot zijn vissenhart verloor - bought 2016/04/05 - 234 pages -
08. Tom Michell - De pinguïnlessen - bought 2016/03/15 - 279 pages -
09. Anita Amirrezvani - Dochter van Isfahan - bought 2010/09/01 - 325 pages -
10. David Mitchell - DroomNummerNegen - bought 2016/06/17 - 424 pages -
11. Simone van der Vlugt - Nachtblauw - bought 2016/03/15 - 309 pages -
12. Henriette Power - De erfenis - bought 2014/06/03 - 356 pages -
13. Brandon Sanderson - De wet van staal - bought 2014/11/29 - 316 pages -
14. Kate Elliott - Koud vuur - bought 2012/10/28 - 542 pages - Chunkster -
15. Natalie Koch - De stad van de alchemist - bought 2014/2/16 - 696 pages - Chunkster -
16. Rachel Hore - Het droomhuis - bought 2016/8/10 - 394 pages -
17. Matthijs Kleyn - Cesar - bought 2016/9/29 - 221 pages -
18. Christina Baker Kline - De kindertrein - bought 2015/10/13 - 297 pages -
19. Nina George - De boekenapotheek aan de Seine - bought 2015/11/01 - 317 pages -
20. Jennifer Fallon - Damin Wolfsblad - bought 2011/06/30 - 527 pages -
21. Jennifer Fallon - Wolfsblad voor altijd - bought 2011/06/29 - 542 pages -
22. Peter James - Tot in de dood - bought 2016/12/26 - 364 pages -
23. M.J. Arlidge - Pluk een roos - bought 2017/02/25 - 397 pages -
24. Karen Miller - Eiland van geheimen - bought 2010/01/27 - 575 pages -
25. Karen Miller - De hamer Gods - bought 2011/01/05 - 574 pages -
26. Karen Miller - De vloek van de magiër - bought 2012/02/23 - 639 pages - book -
27. Stella Gemmell - De onsterfelijke troon - bought 2017/02/07 - 622 pages - book -
28. Eleanor Catton - Al wat schittert - bought 2014/03/05 - 830 pages - book -
29. Mats Strandberg & Sara B. Elfgren - De cirkel - bought 2016/04/05 - 401 pages - book -
30. Mats Strandberg & Sara B. Elfgren - Vuur - bought 2016/06/02 - 485 pages - book -
31. Mats Strandberg & Sara B. Elfgren - De sleutel, het begin - bought 2016/11/15 - 422 pages - book -
32. Ransom Riggs - Bibliotheek der zielen - bought 2016/09/06 - 507 pages - book -
33. Unni Lindell - Honingval - bought before 2010 - 359 pages - book -
34. Unni Lindell - Suikerdood - won 2014/10/31 - 344 pages - book -
35. Santa Montefiore - Onder de ombu-boom - bought 2014/04/24 - 479 pages - book -
36. Katherine Neville - De acht - entered to LT 2010/01/07 - 671 pages - book -
37. Sarah Waters - Affiniteit - entered to LT 2010/11/15 - 357 pages - book -
38. Ilona Andrews - Op de grens - bought 2017/03/28 - 357 pages - book -
39. Nicci French - Zondagochtend breekt aan - bought 2017/04/20 - 372 pages - book -
40. Harman Nielsen - Het Lichte Duister - bougth 2016/10/11 - 463 pages - book -
41. E.O. Chirovici - Boek der spiegels - bought 2017/05/15 - 305 pages - book -
42. John Boyne - De scheepsjongen - entered to LT 2013/06/10 - 463 pages - ebook -
43. Tatiana de Rosnay - Overspel - bought 2014/11/15 - 166 pages - book -
44. Sarah Waters - Fluwelen begeerte - entered to LT 2015/02/17 - 405 pages - ebook -
45. G.R.R. Martin - De onbekende Ridder - bought 2013/09/03 - 104 pages (just the story) - book -

* Currently reading

Edited: Dec 31, 2017, 7:51am Top

This will show the total of books read in 2017 (ROOTs and new books and ebooks)

01. Lemony Snicket - De slangenserre - 85 pages - ebook -
02. Anne Bishop - Grijze ogen - 490 pages - book -
03. Erika Johansen - De kroon van de Tearling - 444 pages - book -
04. Martijn Lindeboom en Remco Nieboer - De legende van de zwarte wolven - 73 pages - book -
05. Erika Johansen - De invasie van de Tearling - 506 pages - book -
06. Patricia Briggs - Ziel van ijzer - 329 pages - book -
07. Dorothy Hearst - Geheimen van de wolven - 367 pages - book -
08. Stephenie Meyer - het korte tweede leven van bree tanner - 185 pages - book -
09. Brandon Sanderson - Staalhart - 412 pages - book -
10. Brandon Sanderson - Mitosis - 39 pages - ebook -
11. Robert Haasnoot - De heugling - 163 pages - ebook -
12. Brandon Sanderson - Vlammenwerper - 412 pages - book -
13. Brandon Sanderson - Calamity - 412 pages - book -
14. Benny Lindelauf - Hoe Tortot zijn vissenhart verloor - 234 pages - book -
15. Tom Michell - De pinguïnlessen - 279 pages - book -
16. Anita Amirrezvani - Dochter van Isfahan - 325 pages - book -
17. David Mitchell - DroomNummerNegen - 424 pages - book -
18. M.J. Arlidge - Iene Miene Mutte - 372 pages - book -
19. M.J. Arlidge - Piep zei de muis - 382 pages - book -
20. Jane Harper - De droogte - 334 pages - book -
21. Simone van der Vlugt - Nachtblauw - 309 pages - book -
22. Henriette Power - De erfenis - 356 pages - book -
23. Branson Sanderson - De wet van staal - 316 pages - book -
24. Kate Elliott - Koud vuur - 542 pages - book -
25. Paula Hawkins - In het water - 351 pages - book -
26. Natalie Koch - De stad van de alchemist - 696 pages - book -
27. Helen Simonson - De majoor en mevrouw Ali - 382 pages - book -
28. Rachel Hore - Het droomhuis - 394 pages - book -
29. Matthijs Kleyn - Cesar - 221 pages - book -
30. Robin Hobb - Het lot van de moordenaar - 938 pages - book -
31. Christina Baker Kline - De kindertrein - 297 pages - book -
32. Nina George - De boekenapotheek aan de Seine - 317 pages - book -
33. Jennifer Fallon - Damin Wolfsblad - 527 pages - book -
34. Jennifer Fallon - Wolfsblad voor altijd - 542 pages - book-
35. Jennifer Fallon - Medalon - 439 pages - ebook -
36. Jennifer Fallon - Treason Keep - 469 pages - ebook -
37. Jennifer Fallon - Harshini - 450 pages - ebook -
38. Jennifer Fallon - The Lyre Thief - 444 pages - ebook -
39. Jennifer Fallon - First Kill - 29 pages - ebook -
40. Jennifer Fallon - Retribution - 426 pages - ebook -
41. M.J. Arlidge - Pluk een roos - 397 pages - book -
42. Peter James - Tot in de dood - 364 pages - book -
43. Simon Beckett - Watergraf - 445 pages - book -
44. Karen Miller - Eiland van geheimen - 575 pages - book -
45. Karen Miller - De hamer Gods - 574 pages - book -
46. Anthony Ryan - Het vuur van de draak - 702 pages - book -
47. Karen Miller - De vloek van de magiër - 639 pages - book -
48. Stella Gemmell - De onsterfelijke troon - 622 pages - book -
49. Eleanor Catton - Al wat schittert - 830 pages - book -
50. Claire Douglas - De pier - 334 pages - book -
51. Mats Strandberg & Sara B. Elfgren - De cirkel - 401 pages - book -
52. Mats Strandberg & Sara B. Elfgren - Vuur - 485 pages - book -
53. Mats Strandberg & Sara B. Elfgren - De sleutel, het begin - 422 pages - book -
54. Mats Strandberg & Sara B. Elfgren - De sleutel, de finale - 339 pages - book -
55. Ransom Riggs - Bibliotheek der zielen - 507 pages - book -
56. Unni Lindell - Honingval - 359 pages - book -
57. Unni Lindell - Suikerdood - 344 pages - book -
58. Santa Montefiore - Onder de ombu-boom - 479 pages - book -
59. Bradley P. Beaulieu - De twaalf koningen van Sharakhai - 607 pages - book -
60. Sarah Naughton - Leugenaar - 380 pages - book -
61. Katherine Neville - De acht - 671 pages - book -
62. Tess Gerritsen - Ik weet een geheim - 316 pages - book -
63. Sarah Waters - De kleine vreemdeling - 396 pages - ebook -
64. Sarah Waters - Affiniteit - 358 pages - book -
65. Harlan Coben - Laat niet los - 347 pages - book -
66. Ilona Andrews - Op de grens - 357 pages - book -
67. Nicci French - Zondagochtend breekt aan - 372 pages - book -
68. Harman Nielsen - Het Lichte Duister - 463 pages - book -
69. E. O. Chirovici - Boek der spiegels - 305 pages - book -
70. John Boyne - De scheepsjongen - 463 pages - ebook -
71. Alexandre Seurat - Het onhandige kind - 138 pages - book -
72. Tatiana de Rosnay - Overspel - 166 pages - book -
73. Ilona Andrews - Tussen twee vuren - 454 pages - book -
74. Margaret Atwood - Het verhaal van de dienstmaagd - 329 pages - book -
75. Sarah Waters - Fluwelen Begeerte - 405 pages - ebook -
76. Griet op de Beeck - Vele hemels boven de zevende - 271 pages - book -
77. G.R.R. Martin - De onbekende ridder - 104 pages (just the story) - book -

00. Elena Ferrante - De geniale vriendin - 334 pages - ebook - stopped

* Currently reading

I want to read 10 Chunksters too. (ROOTs or new and shiny). Chunksters are big books with more than 500 pages.

01. Erika Johansen - De invasie van de Tearling - 506 pages - book -
02. Kate Elliott - Koud vuur - 542 pages - book -
03. Natalie Koch - De stad van de alchemist - 696 pages - book -
04. Robin Hobb - Het lot van de moordenaar - 938 pages - book -
05. Jennifer Fallon - Damin Wolfsblad - 527 pages - book -
06. Jennifer Fallon - Wolfsblad voor altijd - 542 pages - book -
07. Karen Miller - Eiland van geheimen - 575 pages - book -
08. Karen Miller - De hamer Gods - 574 pages - book -
09. Anthony Ryan - Het vuur van de draak - 702 pages - book -
10. Karen Miller - De vloek van de magiër - 639 pages - book -
11. Stella Gemmell - De onsterfelijke troon - 622 pages - book -
12. Eleanor Catton - Al wat schittert - 830 pages - book -
13. Ransom Riggs - Bibliotheek der zielen - 507 pages - book -
14. Bradley P. Beaulieu - De twaalf koningen van Sharakhai - 607 pages - book -
15. Katherine Neville - De acht - 671 pages - book -

* Currently reading

Edited: Dec 30, 2017, 9:34am Top

Here I will keep track of the books bought in 2017. I do not need to reach my goal, but I will certainly try not to surpass my goal of 45 bought books.

I had 40 books as a goal to not surpass but I changed that to 45 books (2017-11-09)

01. Brandon Sanderson - Staalhart -read
02. Brandon Sanderson - Vlammenwerper - read
03. Brandon Sanderson - Calamity - read
04. Justin Cronin - De stad van spiegels
05. Stella Gemmell - De onsterfelijke troon - read
06. M.J. Arlidge - Iene miene mutte - read
07. M.J. Arlidge - Piep zei de muis - read
08. M.J. Arlidge - Pluk een roos - read
09. Stephenie Meyer - De chemicus
10. Ilona Andrews - Op de grens - read
11. Nicci French - Zondagochtend breekt aan
12. Jane Harper - De droogte - read
13. Anthony Ryan - Het vuur van de draak - read
14. Paula Hawkins - In het water - read
15. E.O. Chirovici - Boek der spiegels
16. Helen Simonson - De majoor en mevrouw Ali - read
17. Karin Slaughter - Goede Dochter
18. Simon Beckett - Watergraf - read
19. M.J. Arlidge - Klikspaan
20. J.D Robb - Vermoorde getuige
21. Guillaume Musso - Vlucht uit New York
22. Sebastian Fitzek - Het pakket
23. M.J. Arlidge - Naar bed, naar bed
24. Mats Strandberg & Sara B. Elfgren - De sleutel, de finale - read
25. Claire Douglas - De pier - read
26. Bradley P. Beaulieu - De twaalf koningen van Sharakhai - read
27. Camilla Läckberg - Heks
28. Tess Gerritsen - Ik weet een geheim - read
29. Sarah Naughton - Leugenaar - read
30. Erika Johansen - Het lot van de Tearling
31. Anne Bishop - Witte kaarten
32. Harlan Coben - Laat niet los - read
33. Peter James - Dodelijke affaire
34. Karen Miller - De valkentroon
35. Diana Gabaldon - Zeven stenen
36. Ilona Andrews - Tussen twee vuren - read
37. Tad Williams - Het Hart van Steen
38. M.J. Arlidge - Wie niet weg is
39. Paolo Cognetti - De acht bergen
40. Alexandre Seurat - Het onhandige kind - read
41. Margaret Atwood - Het verhaal van de dienstmaagd - read
42. Philip Pullman - La Belle Sauvage
43. Carlos Ruis Zafón - Het labyrint der geesten
44. Katherine Arden - De beer en de nachtegaal

Extra non fiction book Margriet Sitskoorn - ik2 de beste versie van jezelf
Week of books: gift in the shop Herman Koch - Makkelijk leven
Month of the thrillers: gift in the shop Deon Meyer - De vrouw in de blauwe mantel


I decided to make a list of the BB's that are no doubt going to hit me here.

BookBullets in 2017

01. Helen Simonson - De majoor en mevrouw Ali - read
02. Fredrik Backman - Een man die Ove heet -

Edited: Sep 4, 2017, 2:21pm Top

Hi to all followers! You are so welcome!

Sep 4, 2017, 2:23pm Top

Happy new thread, Connie!

Sep 4, 2017, 2:43pm Top

Thanks Tess!

Edited: Sep 10, 2017, 7:39am Top

Last post from my previous thread.


I finished Suikerdood today and gave it .
The beginning of the book was a bit messy. But it got better after 50 pages or so. I will read more Unni Lindell in the future but not right now.

Now I'm reading another ROOT Onder de ombu-boom by Santa Montefiore.
This is the translation of Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree
Only 'meet me' is not translated. It should have been 'Ontmoet mij onder de Ombu-boom'

I read this for the September challenge: trees and leaves on the cover.

From LT

Sofia Solanas grew up on a magnificent ranch in the middle of the Argentine pampa, amid the grand traditions of the Argentine nobility and the mysticism of the native gauchos. Spoilt, wilful, resourceful and proud, she is loved by all around her. All, that is, except her Irish mother, Anna, who punishes her daughter for her own sense of alienation and inadequacy while doting on her sons. Then Sofia embarks on a passionate love affair that can only bring shame upon the family. When Anna discovers the relationship, she is horrified and sends Sofia away to Europe, inadvertently exiling her from her family and the man she loves for over twenty years. Until, years later, a family tragedy calls Sofia home.

AND I bought a new and shiny one

De twaalf koningen van Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu

This is the almost exact translation of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai

Part 1 in the series: The Song of the Shattered Sands

Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings -- cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite ompany of Blade Maidens and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule.
Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings' laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha'ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings' mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings' power...if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don't find her first.

Sep 4, 2017, 4:37pm Top

Happy new thread Connie!

I recognise a few of those books in the first photo. Where's Spot? and The Very Hungry Caterpillar (which is a big favourite here).

Sep 4, 2017, 7:19pm Top

Hi Connie, happy new thread - you're off to a great start already! Lovely pictures of you and Fiene - she is very sweet cuddling her toy.

I also recognise Spot and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, both favourites of my son, now 30 - great to see them still being enjoyed by little ones.

Sep 4, 2017, 7:27pm Top

Happy new thread and thank you for sharing more cute Fiene photos!

Sep 4, 2017, 10:15pm Top

Happy new thread.

Sep 5, 2017, 2:09pm Top

Hi Connie and happy new thread.

Lovely photos at the top, thanks for sharing!

And of course you had to buy a book.

Edited: Sep 6, 2017, 10:07am Top

Hi Connie, looks like Fiene is well on her way to having her own library!

Sep 6, 2017, 11:35am Top

She already owns one! My colleague gave me a bag full of books her daughter is too big for now. So she has at least 50 books here in my house and her own shelve at home.

Sep 7, 2017, 5:15pm Top

>1 connie53: so happy and cute (both of you!)

Sep 9, 2017, 1:18pm Top

Hi Connie, just dropped in to say hello - hope you're having a good weekend and some enjoyable downtime from work :)

Sep 10, 2017, 2:41am Top

>17 floremolla: Thanks, Donna. I'm having a good weekend with lots of reading and some ironing.

Sep 10, 2017, 7:55am Top

Hi Connie!

I personally like ironing because it's an immediate-gratification sort of thing.

I'm glad that you're getting a lot of reading done, and well done with Fiene's library.

Sep 10, 2017, 9:06am Top

I love ironing too, I find it really relaxing. And, like Karen, I love that you get an instant result with it!

Mind you, the instant gratification thing doesn't translate itself to other housework, which I do really begrudgingly (and leave till the last minute, in the hope that my husband notices it and does it first! Sometimes it works).

Sep 10, 2017, 9:48am Top

>19 karenmarie:, >20 Jackie_K: I just skipped the ironing. It was supposed to be a sunny day. So I thought I would spend it in the garden reading in the sun and postpone the ironing to a rainy tomorrow. But although it's sunny, there are also big clouds and a heavy wind, so it's not very comfy outside. I just came inside again with Ice Cold Legs. But I did start a new book, and a shiny one! The very last book I bought. De twaalf koningen van Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu >8 connie53:. So far so good.

And I finished Onder de ombu-boom by Santa Montefiore. It wasn't as good as I hoped it would be. To much repetition as if the writer thought it would take the reader months to finish and he/she might need some repeating of facts every second chapter. The story was nice, about a niece and nephew who live with a lot of family-members together on the pampas in Argentina. They grow up with uncles and aunts and give big BBQ's in the summer holiday. Sofia and Santi play together and are very fond of each other and when they are in their teens they fall in love. And that is something the parents can not tolerate and plans are made to separate them. And then the story follows them for about 30 years. I thought the story was promising, but the repetition took the pace away and left me unsatisfied. It could have been a **** starbook, but this flaw made it into

Sep 10, 2017, 10:36am Top

Odd man out here, I HATE ironing! But there is an upside, I can turn on an audio book while doing so........but I still hate it! Now cooking is a different story. Yesterday for me was a baking/cooking kind of day. I made homemade vegetable soup, zucchini bread, molasses cookies (6 dozen) and 2 dozen deviled eggs and put another 2 dozen eggs soaking to become pickled eggs.

Sep 10, 2017, 10:38am Top

See, I'm really not a big watcher of TV, but ironing is my TV time (which is why I usually do it when I'm on my own in the house). I usually stick on a nature or travel documentary, and iron away to my heart's content!

Tess, your baking and cooking sounds amazing, I am drooling just reading that!

Edited: Nov 10, 2017, 1:47pm Top

>20 Jackie_K: So true. Ironing is the easiest of housework. I hate cleaning the bathroom and toilet. I don't really mind dusting and vacuuming the rooms. And I do ironing on Sunday mornings while looking out and letting my thoughts wander.

>15 connie53: Fiene's bookshelves in our house

Sep 11, 2017, 10:57am Top

Another book bought

Heks by Camilla Läckberg

No blurb in English

But this is the dutch blurb ;))

Wanneer een vierjarig meisje van een boerderij net buiten Fjällbacka verdwijnt, denkt men meteen aan een oude zaak. Dertig jaar geleden verdween daar namelijk een vierjarig meisje dat later werd teruggevonden – vermoord.
Destijds werden twee tienermeisjes beschuldigd van deze moord; de een leidt sindsdien een teruggetrokken bestaan in Fjällbacka en de ander is een beroemde actrice die even is teruggekeerd. Patrik Hedström acht de kans klein dat er een verband is tussen de verdwijningen, maar moet de mogelijkheid toch onderzoeken, daarbij bijgestaan door schrijfster Erica Falck.
Hoe dieper ze in de zaak verwikkeld raken, hoe meer ze zich realiseren dat deze ver teruggaat in de geschiedenis. Het verhaal gaat namelijk dat een vrouw die in de zeventiende eeuw werd beschuldigd van hekserij meerdere gezinnen vervloekt had…

Sep 11, 2017, 5:13pm Top

Happy new thread, Connie! It's great to see Fiene enjoy her books. I hope you do, too.

Edited: Sep 17, 2017, 2:33am Top

Another one bought:

Ik weet een geheim by Tess Gerritsen

The exact translation of I know a secret

From BOL

I have a secret. And someone wants to make sure I never tell . . .

In a house decorated with horror movie posters, a young woman's body is found. She lies on her bed, two bloodied objects clutched in her palm. Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles are called to the murder scene, but even faced with this gruesome sight they are unable to identify the immediate cause of death. Their investigation leads them to a high-profile murder case that was seemingly solved years before. But when another body is found in horrific circumstances, the link between the two bodies is clear. Was the wrong person sent to prison? Is the real killer out there right now, picking off new targets? One woman knows the killer is coming for her next. She's the only one who can help Rizzoli and Isles catch him. But she has a secret that she has to keep . . .

Edited: Nov 10, 2017, 1:48pm Top

Here is one photo I love to share with you all. Just because of her sparkling eyes.

Excuse my thumb in the picture. I'm really very clumsy taking pictures with my phone. ;-))

Sep 17, 2017, 3:40am Top

So pretty!

Sep 17, 2017, 4:32am Top

Very cute, Connie! Looks like she's having fun with you.

Sep 17, 2017, 1:51pm Top

She's gorgeous, Connie!

Sep 17, 2017, 4:28pm Top

>28 connie53: She's adorable! I love how at that age standing in the washing basket is just the Best Thing Ever!

Sep 17, 2017, 4:55pm Top

Now there's a happy baby! :)

Sep 18, 2017, 9:39am Top

Hi Connie!

I hope you're doing well. That picture of Fiene is priceless.

Edited: Sep 18, 2017, 1:42pm Top

Thanks girls. She is such a happy little girl.

Sep 23, 2017, 2:58am Top

Almost finished Leugenaar by Sarah Naughton

This is the translation of Tattletale
Tattletale = Klikspaan
Leugenaar = Liar.

One day changes Jody's life forever.
She has shut herself down, haunted by her memories and unable to trust anyone. But then she meets Abe, the perfect stranger next door and suddenly life seems full of possibility and hope.

One day changes Mags's life forever.
After years of estrangement from her family, Mags receives a shocking phone call. Her brother Abe is in hospital and no-one knows what happened to him. She meets his fiancé Jody, and gradually pieces together the ruins of the life she left behind. But the pieces don't quite seem to fit...

It's really a very good book. With tension and secrets.

Sep 23, 2017, 12:21pm Top

Sounds intriguing, one for the wish list!

Edited: Sep 25, 2017, 1:46am Top

>37 floremolla: I finished the book this morning. I really loved it. I gave it .

Now I'm reading De Acht by Katherine Neville

The exact translation of The Eight
On my shelves since forever: I entered it to my LT lists in 2010 and with 671 pages it's a chunkster too.

Katherine Neville's debut novel is a postmodern thriller set in 1972 ... and 1790. In the 20th century, Catherine Velis is a computer expert with a flair for music, painting, and chess who, on her way to Algeria at the behest of the accounting firm where she is employed, is invited to take a mysterious moonlighting assignment: recover the pieces of an old chess set missing for centuries.

In the midst of the French Revolution, a young novice discovers that her abbey is the hiding place of a chess set, once owned by the great Charlemagne, which allows those who play it to tap into incredible powers beyond the imagination. She eventually comes into contact with the major historical figures of the day, from Robespierre to Napoleon, each of whom has an agenda.

Sep 23, 2017, 8:25pm Top

>38 connie53: I really liked The Eight when I read it, also.

Edited: Sep 25, 2017, 3:31pm Top

Hi Connie!

I loved The Eight. Weighty, but you have to pay attention. The touchstones don't seem to be working right now.

9/25 - I edited the message and re-saved it and got the touchstone to work.

Edited: Sep 25, 2017, 1:55am Top

>40 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen. Yes, I know what you mean by paying attention. I have several markers in the book, so I can find the puzzles again. Touchstones are working now!

Sep 29, 2017, 12:55pm Top

I finshed ROOT 36 today and reached my goal! Yeah!! De Acht by Katherine Neville

A good read. 2 women in different periods of time follow the path of a number of artifacts that form a chess set. The book contains some puzzles that I liked to solve together with the women.

All other Roots will be added to the group total.

Now I'm reading a brand new shiny one

Ik weet een geheim by Tess Gerritsen

Edited: Sep 29, 2017, 2:51pm Top

Congratulations Connie on reaching your goal! As usual you are a shining example to us others to get a move on! :)

Have a lovely weekend!

Sep 29, 2017, 5:31pm Top

Congrats, Connie!

Sep 29, 2017, 6:33pm Top

Well done Connie! :)

Sep 29, 2017, 7:01pm Top

Woo hoo! Congratulations! :D

Sep 29, 2017, 7:22pm Top

Congratulations! I'm hoping finishing next month.

Sep 30, 2017, 8:59am Top

Congratulations, Connie!

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

Sep 30, 2017, 2:48pm Top

Today was a good day. We went to Brussels for a day with Peet's family.
Peet's oldest sister Maria
Her son Thomas
Her son Rogier with wife Linda and son Tijn (almost 11) and daughter Julia (8)
her son Maarten with wife Liesbeth and daugthers Nienke (4) and Elsa (almost 2)
Peet's younger sister Ineke (she was the host)
With daughter Jessica (21) and daughter Elisa (17) with her boyfriend Luchino
Peet and I
Jeroen and Rianne
Eveline and Cyrille with Fiene.

We had very nice time with a long walk and nice food and excellent company.

Sep 30, 2017, 3:04pm Top

Sounds like a wonderful day. I always like family visits when we can take a walk! So many times our holidays are in sub-zero temps with 4 feet of snow--no walks!

Sep 30, 2017, 3:21pm Top

That does sound really lovely. I hope Peet enjoyed the day too and it was a source of enjoyment and not stress for him.

I really love how in so many places in Europe it's possible to go to a whole other country for a day trip!

(we won't think about how much harder that will be for us Brits after Brexit because I'll just get grumpy and sad)

Sep 30, 2017, 5:20pm Top

Wow Connie congrats on getting to your goal! You inspire me!

Oct 2, 2017, 3:17pm Top

Congratulations Connie, well done! And the family gathering sounds wonderful. It's great to do something together - hopefully the weather collaborated as well.

Edited: Oct 3, 2017, 2:34pm Top

>52 detailmuse: >53 Henrik_Madsen: Thanks!

>50 tess_schoolmarm: >51 Jackie_K: It was a wonderful day, Tess and Jackie. Too bad Sunday and Monday were such bad days.

Sunday we spend the morning in the hospital on the First Aid center. Peet was in so much pain. They could not really help him because his stomach ache and nauseousness is mainly mental. So we went home with some gel to protected his stomach. That helped for a bit but he got a new suggestion to get a reference form the GP for the Pain center ( okay, I'm not really sure if the words I use are right. Just ask if something is not clear).

Monday was even worse. He woke up with stomach ache again and he got into a panic-attack with hyperventilation. He phoned the GP and asked for an ambulance. They could hear he was breathing wrong and heard the panic in his voice. So an ambulance arrived with 3 male nurses and they had a big task getting Peet to breath like he should do. It took them an hour or so and then the GP arrived to speak to Peet. Peet was crying, a thing I have not seen him do in 20 years. He was so distressed by everything. This GP was not our own but I liked his style a lot. He was down to earth and straight to the point. He could really reach Peet and talk to him. He made some adjustments to the medication and phoned to get an ultrasound moved to today. I really was very happy with him.

So today we went for the ultrasound (stomach region) and we get results tomorrow or Thursday.

Oct 3, 2017, 3:09pm Top

>54 connie53: Oh dear that does sound like a difficult time, but how wonderful to find a GP who was able to communicate so well with Peet. I hope you get to see him again.

Oct 3, 2017, 5:54pm Top

>54 connie53: I''m sorry that Peet and hence you are going through this rough patch.

Oct 3, 2017, 6:32pm Top

>54 connie53: Oh Connie, I know this must have been so frightening for you both. I hope today has been better and that some relief for Peet can be found.

Oct 3, 2017, 6:49pm Top

>54 connie53: what a bad day for both of you - hope Peet gets some reassuring results from his ultrasound - sending you a big hug x

Oct 4, 2017, 2:24pm Top

Hi Connie, congrats on reaching your goal and my best wishes that Peet can get some relief.

Oct 4, 2017, 11:42pm Top

If this GP is building a rapport with Peet, is it possible to get transferred on to his list?

Oct 5, 2017, 2:07am Top

>60 Robertgreaves: We will certainly be asking if he can transfer. Our old GP is nearing his retirement so I think it is no problem.

Oct 5, 2017, 5:02am Top

Connie, I am so sorry that after such a wonderful day on the 30th was followed by two awful days. I hope that you can switch to the new GP and that the ultrasound results provide some insight and potential for relief.

Hugs to both of you.

Oct 7, 2017, 3:28am Top

>62 karenmarie: The ultrasound showed two cysts that don't have to me removed. It is really a mental thing. So Peet will be visiting a Psychiatrist to see if he gets the right medication and I hope some good advise about how to handle his depression and the pain he is feeling in his stomach.

Oct 7, 2017, 3:35am Top

So sad to hear about the rough times you are going through. All the best to you and your family.

Edited: Oct 7, 2017, 3:46am Top

What am I reading! I neglected mentioning the books I'm reading!

De acht by Katherine Neville was a good read.

And I finished Ik weet een geheim by Tess Gerritsen.

From BOL

I have a secret. And someone wants to make sure I never tell . . . In a house decorated with horror movie posters, a young woman's body is found. She lies on her bed, two bloodied objects clutched in her palm. Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles are called to the murder scene, but even faced with this gruesome sight they are unable to identify the immediate cause of death. Their investigation leads them to a high-profile murder case that was seemingly solved years before. But when another body is found in horrific circumstances, the link between the two bodies is clear. Was the wrong person sent to prison? Is the real killer out there right now, picking off new targets? One woman knows the killer is coming for her next. She's the only one who can help Rizzoli and Isles catch him. But she has a secret that she has to keep . . .

This was really good. One of Tess's better books, I thought. With lots of creepy tension and religious fanaticism that I find very eerie. And it fitted right into the October challenge on my RL bbokclub: Read a creepy book!

The book I'm reading now is also fitting: De kleine vreemdeling by Sarah Waters

From LT

In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his. Prepare yourself. From this wonderful writer who continues to astonish us, now comes a chilling ghost story.

Oct 7, 2017, 5:51am Top

>65 connie53: hope you enjoy the Sarah Waters book - I read it a few years ago and liked it. I always like a ghost story when the nights start to draw in and it's cosy by the fire :)

Oct 7, 2017, 10:19am Top

Just dropping in to wish you a quiet weekend, Connie, with no worries.

Oct 7, 2017, 1:23pm Top

Hope you have a restful weekend, Connie!

Oct 7, 2017, 2:39pm Top

>66 floremolla: I finished it half an hour ago. And liked it a lot.

>67 MissWatson: >68 tess_schoolmarm: Thanks, Birgit and Tess. So far so good. Quiet and uneventful.

Now reading Affiniteit by Sarah Waters

Margaret Prior, assigned to visit the women's ward of Victorian London's Millbank prison as part of her rehabilitative charity work for a suicide attempt, is drawn into a dark romance with spiritualist Selina Dawes who has been jailed after a seance she was conducting went horribly wrong.

Oct 9, 2017, 6:17pm Top

Hi Connie!

Hugs for you - I hope that Peet can get some relief soon.

Oct 15, 2017, 3:22am Top

Hello boys and girls.

Yesterday I was invited by my son Jeroen for a lunch downtown. He did that before and it was very nice spending some time with him away from Peet who is still suffering from depression. So I took my bike and went to his house. We drank some coffee and chatted in the sun in the garden. We have some very warm days and it was lovely outside. After half an hour we cycled down town and parked our bikes on a square. Jeroen walked in a direction that was unexpected and a bit strange. But I just followed him into a little cafe. And there were 8 members of my RL book-club. They traveled from all over the country to surprise me and cheer me up. I was in tears. Jeroen had told them to keep some tissues handy, because I would certainly cry. I was overwhelmed with emotions. I knew we were a close knit group but I never expected them to arrange this for me. We had lunch (without Jeroen, who was just a tool to get me there)and visited a bookstore.

And I bought a book of course

Witte kaarten by Anne Bishop

This is the translation of Etched in bone book 5 in the series The Others

After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders, a primitive and lethal form of the Others, the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-mans-land beyond their borders and the darkness...

As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery's shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.

With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end with her standing beside a grave...,

Oct 15, 2017, 3:26am Top

What a lovely surprise. Such moments really are precious.

Oct 15, 2017, 5:27am Top

>71 connie53: How so very lovely!

Oct 15, 2017, 7:04am Top

Your RL book club sounds like a wonderful group of women, Connie, who obviously care deeply for you. And bravo to Jeroen for getting you there for the surprise.

And of course you had to buy a book!

Oct 15, 2017, 7:37am Top

What a lovely surprise, I would have cried buckets too! How thoughtful of everyone involved to plan all that for you!

Oct 15, 2017, 7:39am Top

how kind of them all - sounds just what you needed, Connie :)

Oct 15, 2017, 8:02am Top

What a wonderful surprise, Carrie. It's great you have so many caring people in your life.

Oct 15, 2017, 10:05am Top

Thanks for sharing this with us Connie. Sometimes we need to be reminded of how kind people are. And how sweet of Jeroen to jump in and help surprise you!

Oct 15, 2017, 1:24pm Top

I feel really blessed with my friends from my book-club. We have known each other for 2 decades. There are some new(er) members but we welcome everyone with open arms. We have a Secret Santa too. Only without really buying the books, just giving some titles we think would be loved. So you have to know what they like.

Oct 15, 2017, 4:44pm Top

>71 connie53: WOW what a great surprise!! You are so loved and appreciated! Plus a wonderful forever-memory to buoy you through worrying times.

Oct 16, 2017, 12:22am Top

Echoing the others' comments -- that was so thoughtful of your book club to organize a get-together.

Edited: Nov 10, 2017, 1:50pm Top

And more happy news to share! My son Jeroen and his girlfriend Rianne are expecting a baby in april. I will be a grandmother again!

Oct 20, 2017, 2:15pm Top

Oh what lovely news Connie, congratulations to them! (and you!) x

Oct 20, 2017, 7:02pm Top

Hurray, Fiene will have a cousin! :D Congratulations!

Oct 20, 2017, 7:14pm Top


Oct 20, 2017, 7:49pm Top

lovely news, Connie, congrats to all!

Oct 20, 2017, 9:17pm Top

Congratulations, Connie

Oct 21, 2017, 9:48am Top

Exciting news, Connie, and something wonderful to look forward to. Congratulations to all.

Oct 21, 2017, 4:11pm Top

All the best to you and your increasing family!

Oct 21, 2017, 4:34pm Top

Great news - congratulations!

Oct 24, 2017, 4:10pm Top

>82 connie53: very happy news!

Oct 25, 2017, 12:51am Top

Congratulations on the new grandbaby and on reaching your ROOT goal. Hope Peet is doing better and that things are going well with you.

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Nov 3, 2017, 6:39am Top


Peet is doing better, with some 'not that good' days. But we are slowly getting there. The only thing is his younger and single brother. Peet found him one late afternoon two weeks ago. He was laying on the couch, completely drunk and in his own filth. Peet called the ER and his brother is now on the psychiatric ward. He is doing very poorly, He is very confused and has memory problems. We had his apartment cleaned by a professional company. There is little hope he can return to his normal life. Peet, his sisters and I are taking care of money things, laundry and other stuff that pops up. So my mind was not really on LT and keeping up with threads.

Nov 3, 2017, 10:59am Top

Peet doing better is very good news, even if there a few not-so-good days. I'm sorry to hear about his younger brother, and hope it doesn't set Peet back at all.

I can understand your not being in an LT frame of mind.

Sending hugs.

Nov 3, 2017, 1:10pm Top

I'm sorry to hear you've got even more to take care of. Take care of yourself!

Nov 3, 2017, 2:21pm Top

>94 connie53: That does sound very stressful, although good news that Peet is (in general) going in the right direction. I hope that the situation with his brother gets better and he is in a better place soon. Also that you have some time for relaxation too. Don't worry about LT, we'll all still be here and totally understand that you have other priorities. Take good care of yourself x

Nov 3, 2017, 2:52pm Top

Thanks, Ladies! I still find relaxtion in reading, so that's a good thing.

Nov 3, 2017, 3:15pm Top

>94 connie53: Moving in the right direction is a good thing! Continue to relax by reading and take care of yourself!

Nov 3, 2017, 8:11pm Top

sorry to hear of this latest development with Peet's brother, Connie. Hopefully Peet himself will keep improving and not let this get him down. Take care x

Nov 7, 2017, 12:20pm Top

Connie, very difficult times. I hope Peet continues to be better and that there are good sources of care to help the family with his brother.

Nov 10, 2017, 10:26am Top

Very soon all my pictures will be a blank hole in my posts. Because photobucket decided to quit with it's services or ask a ridiculous amount of money ( 399 $ a year ). I'm searching for another website that will host my pics and allows third party posting. I'm a bit pi**ed about that.

Nov 10, 2017, 10:47am Top

How very annoying for you.

Nov 10, 2017, 11:06am Top

I've heard about Photobucket's extortion and am sorry you are going through it.

Nov 10, 2017, 11:52am Top

Oh how awful. It's not a service I've ever used, but have been thinking about online/cloud storage of photos and it would have been one I'd look into. Not now. I hope you find something soon.

Nov 10, 2017, 1:36pm Top

Edited: Nov 11, 2017, 1:41pm Top

I found postimg.org, Jackie. I only will use that for images I really want to share.

Nov 10, 2017, 1:48pm Top

Hi Connie!

What a lovely photo of you and Fiene! She's getting so big.

Nov 10, 2017, 2:42pm Top

That is a lovely picture of you and your grown-up girl!

Nov 10, 2017, 4:23pm Top

Lovely photo - hope the new arrangement works out for your future photo storage!

Edited: Nov 10, 2017, 8:28pm Top

Sorry to hear about that, Connie, I hope you find a way round it because I really enjoy your pictures.

Nov 10, 2017, 9:09pm Top

I had the same problem with Photobucket! It is ridiculous how much they are demanding.

Nov 11, 2017, 8:46am Top

Wow, it sounds like they will be losing a lot of customers if that's the case. Hopefully proving that greed isn't good.

Nov 11, 2017, 1:43pm Top

>111 Robertgreaves: I did, Robert. I now have an account at postimg.org. The pictures on this thread are hosted on that site. It takes a bit of trying things and the way it works is very different from Photobucket. But I will figure it out and I can at least post my pics here.

Nov 11, 2017, 6:52pm Top

>82 connie53: Congrats on the new grandbaby, Connie :). I hadn't heard about Photobucket yet. I have an account w/them but I never use it. I use Dropbox, usually, for my pictures.

Nov 11, 2017, 7:07pm Top

>114 connie53: Great pic, Connie! I don't use any service, I just d/l the pics to my comp, put them in the gallery and post in here the same way as I post pics of book covers.

Nov 12, 2017, 10:07am Top

I'm currently reading a book by a Dutch writer. It's part 6 in a series.

Het lichte duister by Harman Nielsen

Nov 13, 2017, 4:57pm Top

I wondered what happened to your opening photo for this thread, Connie, but I see that it was a victim of Photobucket. I don't know what the company is thinking to hold everyone's photo's hostage. Not a great PR move for sure.

Such wonderful photos of Fiene on your thread, she is really growing up fast. Congrats on expecting your second grandchild. I was sorry to hear that Peet is still having problems but maybe the responsibility of having to look after his younger brother may help? How nice of your son and your bookclub friends to arrange that wonderful surprise for you.

I recently retired and hope to be able to find more time to keep up on the ROOTs threads so you should be seeing more posts from me going forward.

Nov 14, 2017, 5:58am Top

Hi Connie!

I wonder how many millions of photos are 'victims of Photobucket' as Meg puts it? I'm glad you've got a new solution, but I'm like >116 tess_schoolmarm: and just keep putting them here on LT as I want to share.

Nov 17, 2017, 1:14pm Top

Strange things happen! I send an email to photobucket explaining I was very sorry to hear about their plans and the large sum of money they are going to ask. I told them I was an older Dutch women (with limited knowledge of the English language) and could not afford to pay that much to keep my account. I asked them to close my account. And to my surprise I got an answer almost immediately. They would make an exception for me and keep my account up and running! HA!!

Nov 17, 2017, 1:17pm Top

I'm now reading Boek der spiegels by E.O. Chirovici

When literary agent Peter Katz receives a partial book submission entitled The Book of Mirrors, he is intrigued by its promise and original voice. The author, Richard Flynn, has written a memoir about his time as an English student at Princeton in the late 1980s, documenting his relationship with the protege of the famous Professor Joseph Wieder. One night just before Christmas 1987, Wieder was brutally murdered in his home. The case was never solved. Now, twenty-five years later, Katz suspects that Richard Flynn is either using his book to confess to the murder, or to finally reveal who committed the violent crime. But the manuscript ends abruptly -- and its author is dying in the hospital with the missing pages nowhere to be found. Hell-bent on getting to the bottom of the story, Katz hires investigative journalist John Keller to research the murder and reconstruct the events for a true crime version of the memoir. Keller tracks down several of the mysterious key players, including retired police detective Roy Freeman, one of the original investigators assigned to the murder case, but he has just been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. Inspired by John Keller's investigation, he decides to try and solve the case once and for all, before he starts losing control of his mind. A trip to the Potosi Correctional Centre in Missouri, several interviews, and some ingenious police work finally lead him to a truth that has been buried for over two decades? Or has it?

Nov 17, 2017, 2:25pm Top

>120 connie53: well done, Connie, just goes to show it's worth pursuing these things :)

>121 connie53: sounds good - look forward to hearing what you think of it.

Nov 17, 2017, 5:53pm Top

>120 connie53: Excellent!! *virtual high-five* :D

Nov 17, 2017, 6:01pm Top

>120 connie53: Wow, Connie. How very unexpected. Good for you!

Nov 18, 2017, 10:54am Top

>120 connie53: Some good news at last. Enjoy!

Nov 19, 2017, 3:37am Top

>121 connie53: This is really a interesting book. I have no idea where it is going, but I enjoy it very much. And it is a fast read too. So I might reach my goal for 75 books for the year.

Edited: Nov 24, 2017, 10:41am Top

>121 connie53: And I finished it. I did not like it, I loved it! A big fat 9 for me.

The story is told by three men. Peter Katz is a literary agent and he is very enthusiastic about the first few chapters of a manuscript that is written around a real murder some 25 years earlier. When he approaches the writer that man is very ill and dies within a few days. His wife (common law) can't find the remaining chapters anywhere. So Peter decides to ask investigative journalist John Keller to help him and dig into the story. Then the part where John Keller tells the story starts. He finds out some things and when he is stuck at the end he approaches Roy Freeman, who was a policeman assigned to the case. And there the part of Roy Freeman starts.
I think that is very cleverly done. The book is a fast read and I really really loved it.

Now I'm reading De scheepsjongen by John Boyne

December 23, 1787, Portsmouth: A 14-year-old boy, John Jacob Turnstile, has got into trouble with the police and is on his way to prison when an offer is put to him - a ship has been refitted over the last few months and is about to set sail with an important mission. The boy who was expected to serve as the captain's personal valet has been injured and a replacement must be found immediately. The deal is struck and he finds himself onboard just as the ship sets sail.The ship is HMS Bounty, the captain is William Bligh, and their destination is Tahiti. The first novel to explore all the events relating to the Bounty's voyage, from their long journey across the ocean to their adventures on the island of Tahiti and the subsequent 48 day expedition towards Timor. A vivid recreation of the famous mutiny, the story is packed with humour, violence and historical detail, while presenting a very different portrait of Captain Bligh and Mr Christian

Loving it thus far!

Nov 23, 2017, 12:51pm Top

>127 connie53: The Book of Mirrors is now on my wishlist!

I'm not sure about Mutiny on the Bounty - will see how you get on with it...

Hope you're having a good week and got good things planned for the weekend :)

Nov 23, 2017, 6:15pm Top

>127 connie53: Ooh, that sounds great! Adding it to the TBR.

Nov 23, 2017, 9:28pm Top

Book of Mirrors goes on my wishlist! The author should pay you a commission!

Nov 24, 2017, 2:11am Top

>127 connie53: wishlisted

Nov 24, 2017, 10:36am Top

Hello Connie, just dropping in to wish you a lovely weekend!

Edited: Nov 28, 2017, 2:21pm Top

Two new books entered my house. In fact three, but one book is meant as a Christmas present for Fiene.

Books for me:

Het onhandige kind by Alexandre Seurat

Original French
This is the translation of La Maladroite

Maladroite = Clumsy
Onhandig = Clumsy

From BOL.

In "Het onhandige kind' van Alexandre Seurat wordt een achtjarig meisje vermist. Bij het horen van het amber alert weet haar vroegere lerares meteen dat ze dood is. Ze herinnert zich Diana nog goed, het meisje dat stelselmatig door haar ouders werd mishandeld. Steeds werden de verdenkingen gesust door de uiterst geloofwaardige ouders met logisch klinkende verhalen, en door de ingestudeerde verklaringen van het kind zelf. Iedereen die het meisje heeft gekend doet verslag. Zelf heeft ze slechts een stem in het politierapport.

My own translation of the Dutch blurb above.

When an eight year old girl is missing, her former teacher knows immediately that she is dead. She remembers the little girl Diana that was abused by her parents on a regular basis. On each occasion the suspicions where explained with logical sounding stories by the very credible parents and by the rehearsed explanations by the child. In this book everyone who met the girl at on point tells a story, the brother, the grandmother, the aunt, doctors, policemen, etcetera. Diana is only heard in the police rapport

De acht bergen by Paolo Cognetti

Original Italian
This is the translation of Le otto montagne

De acht bergen = Le otto montagne = The eight mountains

From BOL.

Pietro, a lonely city boy, spends his childhood summers in a secluded valley in the Alps. Bruno, the cowherd son of a local stonemason, knows the mountains intimately. Together they spend many summers exploring the mountain's meadows and peaks, discovering the similarities and differences in their lives. As time passes, the two boys come to find the true meaning of friendship and camaraderie even as their paths diverge, Bruno's in the mountains and Pietro's in cities across the globe.

Nov 28, 2017, 1:47pm Top

Hi Connie!

I can sort of relate to your buying books for Fiene as me buying books for my daughter. It's so much fun!

Nov 28, 2017, 2:38pm Top

>135 karenmarie: It really is. I can just love her face when she sees all the funny pictures when we read a book. She is slowly starting to listen to real short stories, until now she was just looking at cows, horses, lots of sheep and other animals.

I finished Het onhandige kind by Alexandre Seurat and think it is a very strong book. It simple but very impressive and I started thinking if there could be such a child in my neighborhood. I hope not, but I can see how parents will convince all sorts of authorities, like Diana's parents did.

Now I will be starting in Overspel by Tatiana de Rosnay Another Root!

My own translation of the Dutch blurb.

This is the story of Hélène, a woman who lives a structured live with her husband, children and grandchildren. On one sunny day she responds to the charms of a stranger. Her short and one night affair ends in a nightmare because her lover dies of a heart attack. She flees from the apartment, decides to forget all about it and never talk about it with anyone. That same evening she discovers she left her purse in the apartment. She has to go very far to conceal the truth. But then a young woman comes forward who claims to have seen all...

Nov 28, 2017, 4:38pm Top

>135 karenmarie: >136 connie53: I love choosing books for my daughter too. It was her birthday this past weekend and she got a few new books, from us and others, so we're enjoying reading some new stories. And kids' books these days are so imaginative and funny!

One of the books I got, which we've not started yet, is Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. I'm still trying to think what to do about the inclusion of Margaret Thatcher (who, for all her achievements, was not good for girls and women overall, in my opinion). My daughter is still a little bit young for my Maggie Thatcher rant :D

Nov 29, 2017, 6:44am Top

Here's a poem for all girls, Young and Old



By Sarah McMane

“Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.” – Clementine Paddleford

Never play the princess when you can
be the queen:
rule the kingdom, swing a scepter,
wear a crown of gold.
Don’t dance in glass slippers,
crystal carving up your toes --
be a barefoot Amazon instead,
for those shoes will surely shatter on your feet.

Never wear only pink
when you can strut in crimson red,
sweat in heather grey, and
shimmer in sky blue,
claim the golden sun upon your hair.
Colors are for everyone,
boys and girls, men and women --
be a verdant garden, the landscape of Versailles,
not a pale primrose blindly pushed aside.

Chase green dragons and one-eyed zombies,
fierce and fiery toothy monsters,
not merely lazy butterflies,
sweet and slow on summer days.
For you can tame the most brutish beasts
with your wily wits and charm,
and lizard scales feel just as smooth
as gossamer insect wings.

Tramp muddy through the house in
a purple tutu and cowboy boots.
Have a tea party in your overalls.
Build a fort of birch branches,
a zoo of Legos, a rocketship of
Queen Anne chairs and coverlets,
first stop on the moon.

Dream of dinosaurs and baby dolls,
bold brontosaurus and bookish Belle,
not Barbie on the runway or
Disney damsels in distress --
you are much too strong to play
the simpering waif.

Don a baseball cap, dance with Daddy,
paint your toenails, climb a cottonwood.
Learn to speak with both your mind and heart.
For the ground beneath will hold you, dear --
know that you are free.
And never grow a wishbone, daughter,
where your backbone ought to be.

Nov 29, 2017, 9:24am Top

Nov 29, 2017, 12:46pm Top

“Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.”
Love this.

Nov 29, 2017, 6:38pm Top

Dec 1, 2017, 2:43am Top

>138 connie53: Love the poem, Connie. Speaking of which - >120 connie53: good for you for speaking up and getting back your photos. I think that Photobucket got more backlash with their move than they thought they were going to get.

Dec 2, 2017, 10:07am Top

>142 Familyhistorian: I think so too!

I'm now reading two books that are both Non-ROOTs

Tussen twee vuren by Ilona Andrews

This is the translation of Bayou Moon
Tussen twee vuren = Between two fires

From LT

Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan's long-time rivals are suspect number one. But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge and Cerise's life. William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation's spymaster. When William's and Cerise's missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly but they'll have to work together if they want to succeed and survive.


Vele hemels boven de zevende by Griet op de Beeck

Vele hemels boven de zevende = Lots of heavens above the Seventh

Original Dutch by a Belgium female writer.

Lou is twaalf, Eva zesendertig, Elsie tweeënveertig, Casper zesenveertig, en Jos eenenzeventig. Vijf mensen, met elkaar verbonden, vertellen hun verhaal. Over onverwacht geluk dat de dingen moeilijk maakt, over geheimen die te groot lijken, over de complexe kunst van het jong zijn, over obstakels die bergen worden, amper te beklimmen, over blijven proberen, tot waar geen mens meer verder kan.
In Vele hemels boven de zevende vechten vijf uiteenlopende figuren meer met zichzelf dan met elkaar in dit bestaan dat belachelijk mooi en geweldig lastig is, allemaal tegelijk.

Lou is 12, Eva 36, Elsie 42, Casper 46 and Jos is 71. Five people, connected to each other, tell their stories. About unexpected luck, that makes things complicated, about the complexity of being young, about obstacles that grow into mountains, hardly to be climbed, about keep on trying, to where no man can pass.
In Vele hemels boven de zevende five very different people fight themselves more than each other in this existence that is ridiculously beautiful and enormously tough, all at the same time.

Dec 3, 2017, 2:26pm Top

I've been looking at my books read vs. books bought for this year.

So far I've bought 40 books (not including non-fiction or gifts (3)) and read 72. So 32 books of the tbr.

Dec 3, 2017, 2:35pm Top

>144 connie53: that's terrific ROOT math ... and so hard to achieve!!

Dec 3, 2017, 2:58pm Top

>144 connie53: Oh wow Connie, that's really impressive. So far I am 40-something books added to the TBR if I consider acquisitions - ROOTs. I wonder what next year will bring. I think I'd better count my TBR titles, maybe if I give myself a fright it will stop me buying so many!

Dec 3, 2017, 3:12pm Top

>144 connie53: Excellent work! I am trying the "read two books for every one book you buy" scheme, and I am seriously in the red. Oh well :)

Dec 3, 2017, 5:06pm Top

>144 connie53: good work, Connie!

Dec 4, 2017, 7:52am Top

Wow, that's a great ratio, Connie. Well done.

Dec 8, 2017, 1:32am Top

>144 connie53: That's very good, Connie. You're headed in the right direction. I wish I could say the same thing.

Edited: Dec 9, 2017, 2:33pm Top

Just a bit about Peet. It's not going to well. He has got a lot of new medication and I think he is not doing any better. He's absentminded, sometimes confused and aggressive and he can sit for hours just staring at nothing. I'm really not in a Christmas mood. The weather is not helping any. It's grey and snowy and cold. I feel my positive energy draining away. Luckily I can still read and that is my only place of refuge.

Dec 9, 2017, 6:44am Top

>151 connie53: I'm really sorry to hear this, Connie, it must be very distressing for you. I hope that Peet has a review soon where you're able to give this feedback and something can be changed.

I'm sending you warm thoughts and much love. I know it's only words, but the feeling behind it certainly isn't! I hope that you have good people around you who can help out.

Dec 9, 2017, 8:16am Top

Connie, I'm so sorry. I hope something can be done soon. We are all thinking of you!

Dec 9, 2017, 8:24am Top

Connie, I'm so sorry to hear about Peet. I can understand why you're not in a Christmas mood for sure, when your husband/partner is not doing well. I hope his medications can be adjusted quickly.

My MiL's medications got adjusted when she was in a hospital about 10 years ago and she became psychotic, with hallucinations and aggressive behavior. Once they were adjusted again and the new regimen in place, the behaviors and hallucinations went away. My dad became verbally and physically abusive to hospital staff when he was in the hospital after an aortic aneurism - a man who never ever swore and would never raise a hand against any person or animal.

Reading is a refuge and a blessing, for sure. And of course you have Fiene, your children/partners, and the joy of a new baby on the way.

Hugs to you, dear friend.

Dec 9, 2017, 9:32am Top

>151 connie53: I hope Peet's turn for the worse is just a bad reaction and that they can get his meds adjusted - and that you are looking after yourself as well. All the best.

Dec 9, 2017, 12:06pm Top

>151 connie53: Sorry to hear about Peet's regression. I know it's very hard on the spouse or caregiver. I am sending good thoughts your way. Enjoy your books and Fiene as much as you can.

Dec 9, 2017, 12:58pm Top

So sorry to hear how difficult things are for you. It must be scary when medication changes a person so much. Remember to take care of yourself!

Dec 9, 2017, 2:37pm Top

Thanks to everyone. I'm a bit in tears right now reading all of your nice words. Thanks, dear friends!

Dec 9, 2017, 3:39pm Top

>151 connie53: I'm so sorry to hear that, Connie. I know what it's like when things at home are difficult and you're powerless to make them better. Going through the motions and not feeling the joy of the festive season, just a heavy heart, not easy to shrug off.

You can't support Peet if your own spirits are low. But it helps to remember it will pass if you keep putting one foot in front of the other; be kind to yourself, find distractions in the things you enjoy, and the people you love - you're allowed to feel down, or angry, too. It's hard but you will bounce back. Thinking of you x

Edited: Dec 10, 2017, 11:25am Top

>159 floremolla: Thanks, Donna, for your kind words. I'm hanging in there and try to do my own things too. Next Saturday I have a meet planned with my friends from my real live bookclub. I'm looking forward to that.

Now Reading:

Het verhaal van de dienstmaagd by Margaret Atwood

This is the exact translation of A Handmaid's Tale
verhaal = tale
Dienstmaagd = Handmaid

In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies?

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now....

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.

Dec 10, 2017, 3:43pm Top

I'm sorry Connie and like everyone else hope that life rights itself soon. I went through a similar experience with my sister recently and in her case meds were adjusted and she's doing well. I wish the same for you and Peet. I'm so glad you're a reader and have your books for an escape. I hope you have a wonderful day with your book club friends next week.

Dec 11, 2017, 6:40am Top

Thanks, Luanne.

Today I took the day of. The weather is really awful today. Lots of snow is falling and they expecting much more in the afternoon. I'm really scared driving in snow and on icy roads. The official message was to stay home and not go out if not absolutely necessary. So I canceled my dental appointments too. I will write my Christmas-cards instead.

Dec 11, 2017, 7:06am Top

I hope you have a nice day indoors, Connie. We've had a bit of snow in our corner in Germany, but not much, while elsewhere they've cancelled flights and trains. I'm so glad we are spared that.

Dec 11, 2017, 7:13am Top

Hi Connie!

Christmas cards and reading sound like a lovely day. I'm glad you cancelled your appointments for today and that you're going to spend time with your RL book club soon.

Dec 11, 2017, 8:03am Top

We're having snow here today to (in Vermont) but nothing too terrible. I love those real snow days!

Unfortunately today there is not quite enough snow happening to allow me to cancel plans.

Happy reading!

Dec 11, 2017, 10:07am Top

There's been a lot of snow in the UK too, although not in the central belt of Scotland - we just have a lot of frost, and it's very cold. It's icy enough for me to worry about my husband till he gets home, but I don't have to worry about him being stuck in a pile of snow anyway.

Today is one of my non-work days. I dropped my daughter at nursery a couple of hours ago, and need to pick her up soon, but other than that I'm not planning on going out again! According to the Met Office website it is currently 2 degrees outside, but it feels much colder!

Dec 12, 2017, 3:43am Top

Yesterday was a very snowy day. The government warned people to stay home if it was not necessary to go out and if possible work from home. The warning was Code Red which is the highest warning possible. Where I live it was not that bad but I stayed home anyway. And today we are not going to Maastricht to babysit Fiene. Yesterday evening there was still a warning out for today and Eveline and I decided we could stay home and not drive to Maastricht.

Dec 12, 2017, 12:36pm Top

Connie I'm so sorry to read about Peet. Being a caregiver is so hard, and compounded when it's a partner, and more so when emotional/psychological issues come in. Can you contact the doctor (or a pharmacist) now with your concerns vs. waiting for Peet's next appointment?

Dec 12, 2017, 1:53pm Top

Well, Peet had to go to the psychiatrist today and I went with him. So we had a long talk, and Peet's medication is adjusted. The problem is Peet takes other medication on the side without anybody knowing. He told us that when we were there. I got angry and told him, that was something he can't do. You never know how medication behaves in combination with other pills. The doctor agreed with me. I hope Peet will keep his promise and won't do that again. But I hope the new medication will do him good.

Dec 12, 2017, 5:49pm Top

Oh my, Connie. I'm so glad you went with him and that he admitted that he takes other meds on the side. He wouldn't have admitted it if he didn't think it was contributing to his problems and wanted you and the doctor to react the way you did.

*hugs* to you, dear friend.

Dec 12, 2017, 6:16pm Top

Oh dear, Connie, that must have been so hard to hear. Still, now that issue is out in the open, perhaps things will start to improve.

Dec 12, 2017, 6:53pm Top

I do hope this represents some kind of breakthrough, Connie. Peet must have been very worried about himself to be taking meds on the side - it’s good he told the doctor and promised not to do it again, it’s like he’s taking a bit of responsibility, and surely that’s a positive?

Dec 13, 2017, 1:46pm Top

Thanks guys and girls.

Dec 15, 2017, 9:39am Top

Hello... sorry for such a long absence! I kept seeing that "unread" number get higher and higher and was completely intimidated... Finally, I figured it's better to just stop by and say HI. :)

>169 connie53: I'd like to add, though, that I'm so sorry you're still going through such a difficult time with Peet, but I'm so happy to hear that he is starting to be honest! It is SO important when dealing with psychological difficulties!! My thoughts & prayers are with you!

And also, Fiene remains gorgeous :)
I'm not sure how I will remain involved next year, but I will be around in some fashion!

Dec 15, 2017, 1:59pm Top

>174 avanders: Thanks Ava, I hope you will join us next year. But just being around is a good thing too. Take it easy.

Dec 16, 2017, 12:05pm Top

Hello Connie, I hope your weekend is lovely and brings you no worries.

Dec 17, 2017, 1:58pm Top

It was a lovely weekend, Birgit. Saturday we had a meeting in Eindhoven. My book-club came there from all directions in the Netherlands and we chatted, had lunch, chatted some more, had coffee, visited a few bookstores (no books bought) and then had dinner and chatted. So I had a very good day. Today Peet felt good enough to go downtown with me to buy Christmas presents. That was rel nive too. So yes, I had a good weekend.

On the books: I finished Het verhaal van de dienstmaagd by Margaret Atwood and loved it so much it got ***** from me, The first 5 star book in years. Really very good and very horrible.

Dec 17, 2017, 3:49pm Top

>177 connie53: I MUST read that book and you finally tipped it into my shopping cart! Thank you.

Sounds like such a nice weekend!

Dec 18, 2017, 6:22am Top

I'm glad you had a lovely time. Even better that Peet could share in the Christmas preparations!

Dec 18, 2017, 7:26am Top

That sounds like a really lovely weekend, and I'm glad Peet was able to share in it too. I wish you both a good week!

Dec 18, 2017, 7:45am Top

Hi Connie!

I'm glad you had a good weekend with your book club and shopping with Peet.

Dec 18, 2017, 10:01am Top

Sounds like a nice weekend and a nice read!

Dec 23, 2017, 10:30am Top

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.

Dec 23, 2017, 10:31am Top

Reading my last ROOT for the year:

Fluwelen begeerte by Sarah Waters

Translation of Tipping the Velvet.
I'm not really sure who the English title fits the Dutch or vice versa.

From BOL

Nance Astley, an oyster girl, is captivated by the music hall phenomenon Kitty Butler, a male impersonator extraordinaire treading the boards in Canterbury. Through a friend at the box office, Nan manages to visit all her shows and finally meet her heroine. Soon after, she becomes Kitty's dresser and the two head for the bright lights of Leicester Square where they begin a glittering career as music-hall stars in an all-singing and dancing double act. At the same time, behind closed doors, they admit their attraction to each other and their affair begins.

I'm about half way now.

Dec 23, 2017, 10:32am Top

>183 Ameise1: Thanks Barb!

Dec 24, 2017, 2:28am Top

Happy Christmas and a very good 2018 for all my friends and ROOTers!

Dec 24, 2017, 4:36am Top

>184 connie53: If it helps and if you didn't already know, tipping the velvet was Victorian slang for cunnilingus (mouth to vagina sex).

Edited: Dec 24, 2017, 5:28am Top

I thought it must be something like that. Thanks, Robert, for explaining.

Dec 24, 2017, 8:39am Top

Hi Connie!

Stopping by to wish you and yours all good things this holiday season.

Dec 24, 2017, 9:41am Top

Thanks, Karen.

Dec 24, 2017, 10:40am Top

Thank you for your holiday wishes on my thread, Connie! I hope you have a peaceful and happy Christmas with your lovely family, and are rested well for the new year!

Also, >187 Robertgreaves: I didn't know that. *blush*

Dec 26, 2017, 3:35pm Top

I got a book for Christmas:

Het labyrint der geesten by Carlos Ruis Zafón

This is the translation of El laberinto de los espíritus (Spanish) which means The labyrinth of ghosts

Part four in the series Kerkhof der Vergeten Boeken

No description in English yet.

Dec 27, 2017, 7:34am Top

Belated season's greetings, Connie!

>192 connie53: interested to hear how you like this one - I've read two of the series but didn't enjoy the second one so much, so I'm not sure if I'll continue.

Dec 27, 2017, 8:26am Top

>193 floremolla: Well, we are going to read this series as an SLS (Samen (together) Lees (read) Serie (series) om my real live book club. I have to read book 2 and 3 first. But I will put my thoughts on all the books here. Just be patient. It might take a while.

Dec 27, 2017, 11:22am Top

Finally I finished another ROOT # 44 for the year and #75 overall. So one more challenge met. Read 75 books in 2017.

It was Fluwelen begeerte by Sarah Waters and I gave it

The book is divided in three parts. Part 1 and 3 are really good, part 2 is a bit strange.
Nancy is a lesbian girl living around 1897 in London. She has her first crush on Kitty, a young girl too, who is making a living as an impersonator of boys in a music hall theater. She starts participating in the act and they become lovers. When Kitty chooses a man to marry Nancy leaves her in panic and starts a kind of career on the streets of London, servicing to men (part 2). The description of the sex in the book is rather explicit.

Dec 27, 2017, 5:49pm Top

Well done on meeting your 75-book challenge, Connie - there's a lot of substantial reads there! Have you any specific reading challenges in mind for 2018?

Dec 27, 2017, 6:20pm Top

Congratulations on reaching 75 books and 44th ROOT!

I read Tipping the Velvet. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I culled it....

Dec 28, 2017, 1:01am Top

Hi Connie! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas & Happy New Year!

Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 4:04am Top

Congrats on reaching your target, Connie. Well done. :-)

Dec 28, 2017, 7:32am Top

I'm now reading a book I loaned from my colleague Isabelle.

Vele hemels boven de zevende by a Belgium writer Griet op de Beeck

The title would translate into Many heavens above the seventh.

It's the story of five people: Lou, a girl aged 12; Eva who is 36; Elsie who is 42; Casper aged 46; Jos, 71 years.
They are all connected to each other and tell their side of the story. About unexpected happiness complicating matters, about secrets that seem to big, about the complex skill of being young, about obstacles that become mountains that are hard to conquer, about keep on trying, to where no men can go.

This was the first book published by this writer that has become famous and wrote some awesome books (according to the media). It is my first book by her, so I have to see if I agree.

Dec 29, 2017, 10:53am Top

And I finished the book today. # 76 for the year. Let's see what I will be reading next. I have no idea about what I would want to read.
The book was quit good and I gave it

Dec 30, 2017, 2:48am Top

I found a small book on my shelves to read during the last two days of the year. only 141 pages.

De onbekende ridder by George R. R. Martin
Translation of The mystery knight
Onbekend = Unknown

Own translation of the Dutch blurb.

Duncan and Egg are asked to move to the North of the Seven Kingdoms to participate in a skirmish with the Greyjoys. When they are on their way they hear about a tournament to celebrate an important wedding. That's something the two knights cannot let pass, even more so when they hear that the price for the winner is a dragon's egg.

Dec 30, 2017, 9:40am Top

And the last book bought in 2017 finally made it's way to my door. That takes my total of books bought to 44/45 planned.

De beer en de nachtegaal by Katherine Arden

This is the exact translation of The Bear and the Nightingale

From LT

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, Vasilisa spends the winter nights huddled near the fire with her siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. She loves the chilling story of Frost, the winter demon, who claims unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him and honor the spirits of house, yard, and forest that protect their homes from evil. After Vasilisa's mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa's stepmother forbids her family from honoring household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa senses that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

Dec 30, 2017, 5:52pm Top

Hi Connie!

You're wrapping up the year nicely. Congratulations!

Dec 31, 2017, 7:53am Top

De onbekende ridder by G.R.G. Martin is finished. Not the best book!

To many people, too many names, to many pages. (and only 104 of them)

# 45 for the year.

Dec 31, 2017, 3:42pm Top

Hi Connie!

>202 connie53: I am contemplating reading the Fire and Ice series in 2018..... Daughter has loaned it to me, so we'll see.

Peace, Health, and Happiness in 2018

Dec 31, 2017, 7:35pm Top

>206 karenmarie:. I love the actual series but this little prequel kind of novella was not up to standard!

Thanks for the good wishes.


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