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Connie ROOTs again in 2018

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Edited: May 1, 2:59pm Top

So glad we will ROOT again in 2018. This group feels like family and is a great help getting those ROOTs read.

I'm known to most of you, but here is a small introduction.
I'm Connie (64) and I live in the Netherlands in a little town in the province Limburg. The town is called: Roermond. There is a river named De Roer that flows into another river De Maas. We call that 'uitmonden'. So that explaines the name of our town.

I'm married to Peet (67) and we have one son Jeroen (34) and one daughter Eveline (32)
Jeroen lives with his girlfriend Rianne (30) near by and they expect their first child (a girl) in April.
Eveline lives with her boyfriend Cyrille (35) in another town, Maastricht, half an hour from us by car.
They have a little girl Fiene who is 1,5 years old now. One day a week we take care of her and I love that very much. She is a smart little girl and funny too. And she loves books!

This is Fiene now

Edited: May 1, 3:00pm Top

My ROOTs for 2018.

My TBR: 504 books and ebooks on January 1 2018

I aim for 36 ROOTS again this year. This leaves room for new and shiny ones too. A ROOT must have been on the shelves for more then 6 months. I count rereads too.


01. Marieke Nijkamp - 54 minuten - bought 2016/09/13 - 315 pages -
02. Jax Miller - Mijn naam is vrijheid - bought 2016/07/27 - 365 pages -
03. Nora Roberts - Wolken boven Montana - bougth 2012/02/27 - 622 pages -
04. Karin Slaughter - Goede dochter - bought 2017/06/13 - 506 pages -
05. Kate Mosse - De bruidskist - bought 2014/06/03 - 286 pages -
06. Rosamund Lupton - Dochter - bought 2016-05-28 - 340 pages -
07. Megan Lindholm - Het rendiervolk - bought in 2000 - 222 pages -
08. Megan Lindholm - Wolfs broeder - bought 2012/05/16 - 220 pages -
09. Rosamund Lupton - Later - bought 2016/05/28 - 395 pages -
10. Stephenie Meyer - De chemicus - bought 2017/03/28 - 523 pages -
11. Garth Nix - Clariël - bought 2015/08/26 - 387 pages -
12. Herman Koch - Makkelijk leven - on the shelves since 2017/03/28 - 96 pages -
13. Alice Hoffman - De ijskoningin - bought 2011/07/04 - 202 pages -
14. Deborah Chester - De ring - on the shelves since 2009/12/01 - 383 pages -
15. Deborah Chester - De bokaal - on the shelves since 2009/12/01 - 399 pages -
16. Camilla Läckberg - Heks - bought 2017/09/11 - 688 pages -
17. Erika Johansen - Het lot van de Tearling - bought 2017/09/28 - 474 pages -
18. Santa Montefiore - Het geheim van Montague - bought 2012/04/14 - 351 pages -
19. Justin Cronin - De twaalf - bought 2012/11/17 - 618 pages -
20. Justin Cronin - De stad van spiegels - bought 2017/02/10 - 806 pages -
21. Peter James - Dodelijke affaire - bought 2017/10/20 - 394 pages -

* Currently reading.

Edited: May 1, 3:01pm Top

This will show the total of books read in 2018 (ROOTs and new books, rereads and ebooks)


01. Marieke Nijkamp - 54 minuten - bought 2016/09/13 - 315 pages -
02. Jax Miller - Mijn naam is vrijheid - bought 2016/07/27 - 365 pages -
03. Nora Roberts - Wolken boven Montana - bought 2012/02/27 - 622 pages -
04. Karin Slaughter - Goede dochter - bought 2017/06/13 - 506 pages -
05. Kate Mosse - De bruidskist - bought 2014/06/03 - 286 pages -
06. Rosamund Lupton - Dochter - bought 2016/05/28 - 340 pages -
07. Megan Lindholm - Het rendiervolk - bought in 2000 - 222 pages -
08. Megan Lindholm - Wolfs broeder - bought 2012/05/16 - 220 pages -
09. Rosamund Lupton - Later - bought 2016/05/28 - 395 pages -
10. Diana Gabaldon - Zeven stenen - bought 2017/11/02 - 618 pages -
11. Stephenie Meyer - De chemicus - bought 2017/03/28 - 523 pages -
12. Garth Nix - Clariël - bought 2015/08/26 - 387 pages -
13. Herman Koch - Makkelijk leven - on the shelves since 2017/03/28 - 96 pages -
14. Alice Hoffman - De ijskoningin - bought 2011/07/04 - 202 pages -
15. Deborah Chester - De ring - on the shelves since 2009/12/01 - 383 pages -
16. Sylvain Neuvel - Slapende reuzen - bought 2018/03/06 - 303 pages -
17. Sylvain Neuvel - Ontwakende goden - bought 2018/03/19 - 349 pages -
18. Deborah Chester - De bokaal - on the shelves since 2009/12/01 - 399 pages -
19. Nora Roberts - Schittering van de zon - gift from brother 2017/02/01 - ebook - 247 pages -
20. Camilla Läckberg - Heks - bought 2017/09/11 - 688 pages -
21. Erika Johansen - Het lot van de Tearling - bought 2017/09/28 - 474 pages -
22. Nicci French - De dag van de doden - bought 2018/04/11 - 366 pages -
23. Santa Montefiore - Het geheim van Montague - bought 2012/04/14 - 350 pages -
24. Justin Cronin - De twaalf - bought 2012/11/17 - 618 pages -
25. Justin Cronin - De stad van spiegels - bought 2017/02/10 - 806 pages -
26. Peter James - Dodelijke affaire - bought 2017/10/20 - 394 pages -
27. Nora Roberts - Tranen van de maan - gift from brother 2017/02/01 - ebook - 238 pages - **

** Currently Reading

Edited: May 1, 3:01pm Top

Chunksters read in 2018. Chunkster are books with 500 page or more.


01. Nora Roberts - Wolken boven Montana - bought 2012/02/27 - 622 pages -
02. Karin Slaughter - Goede dochter - bought 2017/06/13 - 506 pages -
03. Diana Gabaldon - Zeven stenen - bought 2017/11/02 - 618 pages -


04. Stephenie Meyer - De chemicus - bought 2017/03/28 - 523 paged -


05. Camilla Läckberg - Heks - bought 2017/09/11 - 688 pages -
06. Justin Cronin - De twaalf - bought 2012/11/17 - 618 pages -
07. Justin Cronin - De stad van spiegels - bought 2017/02/10 - 806 pages -

* Currently reading

Edited: May 1, 3:02pm Top

Books bought in 2018


No books bought


01. De kracht van het hart - Nora Roberts
02. Meer dan liefde - Nora Roberts


03. De man die zijn schaduw zocht - David Lagercrantz
04. Slapende reuzen - Sylvain Neuvel
05. Verbonden door het lot - Nora Roberts
06. Gesloten hart - Nora Robert
07. Vergeet haar niet - Nora Roberts
08. De vrouw in het raam - A.J. Finn
09. Ontwakende goden - Sylvain Neuvel
10. Op zoek naar de bron - Nora Roberts
11. Het meisje in het ijs - Robert Bryndza


12. De dag van de doden - Nicci French
13. Het legioen van vlammen - Anthony Ryan

00. Gezien de feiten - Griet op de Beeck (boekenweekgeschenk 2018)

Cursief is read

A friend gave me 4 books but I did not buy them, so they won't count.


Dec 22, 2017, 10:40am Top

Good luck with your rooting, Connie. Fiene is so pretty!

Dec 22, 2017, 10:48am Top

>6 tess_schoolmarm: Thanks Tess!

Dec 22, 2017, 11:20am Top

Connie, Fiene has grown from baby to little girl, so sweet! Your tickers are full of baby, love, cheer and comfort, I love them.

Dec 22, 2017, 11:24am Top

Aww. She's adorable. Good luck reading and rooting!

Dec 22, 2017, 10:52pm Top

Welcome back, Connie! I very nearly typed Fiene instead. Welcome back to her, too ;) She is a cutie! Also, are those stroopwafels she's eating in the first picture?

Dec 23, 2017, 3:30am Top

No, they are potato slices on a stick. Never saw those before, but she was with her Mum in the Efteling (amusement park) and they sold it there. Stroopwafels are more like this.

Dec 23, 2017, 8:23am Top

Oh, like a twisted potato! That makes way more sense. I was like "how would they get the stroopwafels on a stick?"

Dec 23, 2017, 9:04am Top

I'm glad we're both going to be in the group again Connie. Setting up my ROOT page is beginning to feel like an end of year tradition!

Dec 23, 2017, 9:20am Top

>11 connie53: The airlines are now serving stroopwaffels as a snack instead of peanuts or pretzels. They are wonderful!

Dec 23, 2017, 9:36am Top

>14 tess_schoolmarm: Yes, they are Tess, especially when you heat them. But that would probably not be appreciated if you do that on an airplane ;-)

>12 rabbitprincess: They could do that, but you would have an overdose on stroopwafels if each slide was a wafel.

>13 clue: I feel the same, Luanne. I was impatiently waiting for the 2018 group to start.

Dec 23, 2017, 10:02am Top

>15 connie53: They stewardess told us to lay them over the top of our hot coffee or tea to warm them.

Dec 23, 2017, 10:39am Top

>16 tess_schoolmarm: that is a good way to do it.

Dec 23, 2017, 12:30pm Top

Those pictures of Fiene are just lovely, Connie - she is getting so grown up now! I wonder how she'll react to her new baby cousin next year?

Dec 24, 2017, 2:37am Top

>18 Jackie_K: Thanks Jackie. She talking now, mostly Swedish, but some words are Dutch. Like ja and nee, nog (again), papa, mama, boem (when something falls down), sjapen (sleep or sheep), Toet toet (the sound a car makes).

Dec 24, 2017, 2:38am Top

For all my fellow ROOTers!

Dec 24, 2017, 10:19pm Top

I am looking forward to following your ROOTing for another year, Connie. I hope that you and your family are having a Happy Holiday season.

Dec 25, 2017, 3:13am Top

Dec 25, 2017, 9:05am Top

Happy Holidays, Connie. What a cuty Fine is. I'm glad to hear that a second grandchild is on the way.

Dec 25, 2017, 1:17pm Top

>23 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara!

Dec 26, 2017, 5:52pm Top

glad you're with us again!

Your granddaughter is gorgeous!

Dec 28, 2017, 10:32am Top

Good luck with your ROOT goals.

Fiene is a darling!

Dec 29, 2017, 9:11am Top

welcome back, Connie, and good luck with your ROOTing!

lovely pictures of Fiene, it's been nice watching her grow through your photos. :)

Dec 29, 2017, 2:01pm Top

I edited my first posts because I was inspired by Detailmuse's plans for 2018 and want to do some purging too. I really have some books I know I will never read, so I want to go through my shelves and see what I can donate to the second hand bookstore in my town. So I added some tickers.

Dec 29, 2017, 2:51pm Top

>28 connie53: oh good, and good luck!! So much benefit from donated books!

Dec 29, 2017, 3:59pm Top

Hi! Good luck w/ your 2018 Goals!
I'll be stopping by to say Hi when I can :)

>1 connie53: Oh my goodness!! Fiene is so big and gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing!

Dec 31, 2017, 11:47am Top

So good to see you back again for another season. Happy new year and enjoy your wonderful family. :-)

Dec 31, 2017, 5:24pm Top

view from Zürich's landmark mountain Üetliberg

Jan 1, 1:24pm Top

Welcome back, and good luck with your ROOTing this year!

Jan 1, 2:28pm Top

Thanks Laura.

I finally started my first ROOT for the year. A member of my RL bookclub was supposed to start a new challenge for January this morning and reveal the theme for the month. I finally send him a App to remind him of his 'Duty'.

So the challenge is: read a book that is a debut. And I had a ROOT book that fitted right in.

54 minuten by Marieke Nijkamp
She is a Dutch writer but she wrote this book in English. So I'm now reading a translation. The original title is This Is Where It Ends

From LT.
Minutes after the principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech welcoming the student body to a new semester, they discover that the auditorium doors will not open and someone starts shooting as four teens, each with a personal reason to fear the shooter, tell the tale from separate perspectives.
10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
The auditorium doors won't open.
Someone starts shooting.
Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Jan 1, 2:43pm Top

>34 connie53: That sounds like a good book, Connie. I will be interested in how you liked it!

Jan 1, 3:36pm Top

Happy reading in 2018, Connie!

Jan 1, 3:41pm Top

Good luck with your reading goals for the year and happy new year to you! I look forward to getting to know you and all the fellow ROOTers this year!

Jan 2, 9:12am Top

Hi Connie!

Excellent reading goals, and adorable pictures of Fiene.

I look forward to another year with you here.

Jan 2, 1:54pm Top

>38 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen!

Jan 3, 8:52pm Top

I really like your countdown ticker! What a good idea. And I'm very impressed by your 15 chunksters goal. Good luck!

Jan 3, 8:54pm Top

>10 rabbitprincess: Ha! I also thought those looked like stroopwafels.

>14 tess_schoolmarm: Ok, what airline serves stroopwafels?? I may need to book my next flight based on this information.

Jan 4, 4:23am Top

Thanks, Shauna! Nice to see you around on my thread!

Edited: Jan 5, 2:06am Top

This morning I opened a box delivered to our house yesterday. A member of my RL bookclub started a mystery box and filled it with books. I took some out and put some of mine in.

2 books I've read before and 3 books that were not read yet. So three potential ROOTs left the house. I'm not counting them because I did not read them.

Going to enter the books I got this evening.

Jan 4, 10:53am Top

Hello Connie, I hope things are well with you and you have a great time with Fiene. She looks so happy!

Jan 4, 6:14pm Top

>43 connie53: The mystery box sounds like an interesting idea, Connie, and a good way to get some books off the shelf too.

Jan 5, 12:02pm Top

>43 connie53: that's an interesting idea, Connie, and very generous of you to give away some unread books - not sure I could do that, though I'm open to occasional lending, to select borrowers... ;)

Jan 5, 2:24pm Top

This are books I'm not likely to read, ever! And I know they will find a better home.

Yeah, I finished my first ROOT for the year and first book for the year.

About 54 minuten

I thought this was a real nice book if you keep in mind that it's a Young Adult book. It took me some time to realize that some of the teens in the book are brothers and sisters. And sometimes sweethearts to other teens. If I had known that I would have made a list to get the connections clear. But I figured it out after a while and then it became a real nice, if gruesome book to read. At the beginning of the school-year some 1000 kids are locked up in the assembly hall of a college while one of the students starts shooting around. His sister is in the hall and so are lots of his friends and classmates. There is panic and death and shouting and tears. Outside of the hall some kids are on the athletic track or secretly skipping the speech by the headmaster. In 54 minutes the book describes what happens from the ending of the speech to the saving of the kids inside. In the end I had to wipe some tears away

Now I'm reading another book to fit the challenge for January on my RL book-club.

Mijn naam is vrijheid by Jax Miller

This is the translation of Freedom's Child
Mijn naam is vrijheid = My name is Freedom
Freedom's Child = Het kind van Vrijheid.

From LT
Freedom Oliver has plenty of secrets. She lives in a small Oregon town where no one knows much about her. They know she works at the local biker bar; they know she gets arrested for public drunkenness almost every night; they know she’s brash, funny, and fearless.

What they don’t know is that Freedom Oliver is a fake name. They don’t know that she was arrested for killing her husband, a cop, twenty years ago. They don’t know she put her two kids up for adoption. They don’t know that she’s now in witness protection, regretting ever making a deal with the feds, missing her children with a heartache so strong it makes her ill.

Her troubled past comes roaring back to her when she learns that her daughter—whom she only knew for two minutes, seventeen seconds before they took her away—has gone missing, possibly kidnapped. Freedom gets on a motorcycle, and heads for Kentucky, where her daughter was raised. No longer protected by the government, she is targeted and tracked by her husband’s sadistic family, who are eager to make Freedom pay for his death.

Edited: Jan 5, 3:49pm Top

>47 connie53: Oh a BB for me!

Jan 6, 5:20am Top

>47 connie53: well done on finishing your first ROOT of 2018 - and that's a helpful review for anyone thinking of reading it. Not one I'll be rushing to read myself, I'm in the mood for something happier. :))

Your next book looks like it could be a really good read, look forward to your review.

Jan 8, 4:14pm Top

Just wanted to say hello and happy new year, Connie! That book club read sounds interesting :).

Jan 8, 4:48pm Top

Well done at rehoming the books - I'm so rubbish at that! One of my resolutions for this year is to be better at letting go of books I know I won't reread (being realistic - I'm not going to get rid of them before at least trying to read them first!).

Jan 8, 4:50pm Top

Hi Connie! I love the idea of the mystery box, putting some in taking some out.

Jan 8, 7:55pm Top

>47 connie53: A BB for me as well and my library has it!

Jan 8, 10:37pm Top

>47 connie53: Oh, wow! I love the idea of a mystery box! I'm in a very tightly knit postal book group and I think I'm going to propose this as a sideline! :-)

Jan 9, 1:11am Top

>54 Tanya-dogearedcopy: Nice Tanya-d. I love to hear how that worked out for you.

>53 clue: Let me know what you think, Luanne.

Edited: Jan 13, 8:08am Top

Finally finished my second ROOT Mijn naam is vrijheid by Jax Miller.

This book was a bit strange in the beginning and that took some getting used to. But then I got caught in the story and I read as much as RL allowed me to. It's a cruel story and the language is sometimes explicit, but it fitted in the story. Freedom lives a difficult live since forever. She gave up her 2 kids to foster care when she was sentenced to jail for the murder of a police officer (who happened to be her abusive husband). Now she is looking for her kids, Mason and Rebekah. And that search takes her to the compound of a minister and his wife and their followers.

Now I reading ROOT # 3

Nora Roberts - Wolken boven Montana

This is the translation from Montana Sky
Wolken boven Montana = Clouds over Montana
622 pages so I go for a BigFatBook challenge book too.


When multimillionaire cattleman Jack Mercy dies, he leaves his Montana ranch to his three daughters. The women are half-sisters and complete strangers to one another. But according to his will, the three women will only receive their inheritance under one condition: they must live together at the ranch for a full year. The sisters are challenged by a mysterious saboteur who is determined to see them fail and must solve some mysteries their father left behind in order to receive their inheritance.

Jan 14, 3:33am Top

Looking forward to seeing what you're reading in 2018, Connie.

Jan 14, 4:17am Top

>57 Robertgreaves: Thanks, Robert.

Jan 14, 3:05pm Top

>56 connie53: Sending best wishes for you in RL, glad you're finding some good books that fit.

Jan 15, 5:05am Top

Thanks MJ.

I'm home with some kind of flue. So I will have some reading time today.

Jan 15, 5:08am Top

Oh dear - I hope your day off is restorative and you feel much better soon!

Jan 15, 5:12am Top

thanks, Jackie.

Jan 15, 6:10am Top

Best wishes for a quick recovery!

Jan 15, 9:27am Top

Oh, that’s bad luck, Connie, hope you bounce back quickly - in the meantime I hope you’re in the mood for reading! :)

Jan 15, 5:51pm Top

Hope your recovery is quick, Connie!

Jan 17, 10:22am Top

I still feel horrible and not being able to concentrate on reading is something that never happened before. Yesterday I slept almost 20 hours, not in one stretch but in 3 or 4 blocks.

Jan 17, 10:39am Top

I'm so sorry, Connie. Keep an eye on fever and your lungs, doesn't hurt to call your doctor.

Jan 17, 10:41am Top

I'm sorry you're sick, Connie. Insult to injury, being too sick to read.

I hope you turn the corner to wellness soon.

Jan 17, 10:56am Top

Crossing my fingers that the non-reading part passes soon!

Jan 17, 11:02am Top

Oh no - I hope you pick up soon, and echoing the call to consider calling your doctor.

Jan 17, 12:09pm Top

That’s awful, Connie, look after yourself but also see the doctor if you can!

Jan 17, 7:29pm Top

Urgh, I hope you're feeling better soon! Not being able to read is terrible :(

Jan 17, 8:55pm Top

Get well soon, Connie, or at least well enough to read

Jan 18, 10:40am Top

Hi Connie, hope you're feeling a bit better today and not too affected by the snowstorm.

Jan 18, 11:15am Top

No snow, just one big storm. Trees falling down, buildings and roofs flying around. My son was on the phone a few minutes ago. He has a job in the management team of a big organization that has a lot of parks with cottages in Europe. He was driving home and once or twice a week he calls me when he leaves his office. This time he stopped a few times to get out of the car and make pictures of the damage. I waited patiently until he returned on the phone to hear what was wrong this time. There are no trains and no planes until now. Traffic is a disaster.

Edited: Jan 18, 11:26am Top

And I finished ROOT # 3 today. Wolken boven Montana by Nora Roberts

I liked the story, It's just right when you want to read something light and romantic with a touch of crime and murder. A soon as all six of the main characters where introduced I could see which girl would get which guy, but I could not care for that. Thoroughly enjoyed it

Jan 18, 11:31am Top

>75 connie53: that sounds scary, I hope your son got home safely!

>76 connie53: glad you got something nice to read - helps to pass the time when you’re poorly.

Jan 18, 12:21pm Top

>77 floremolla: Yes Donna, It was a real good book to do just that.

Jan 18, 12:24pm Top

I hope you're feeling better today, Connie.

Jan 18, 12:36pm Top

>79 Jackie_K: Not really, Jackie. But I hang in there. It won't last forever.

Edited: Jan 18, 2:24pm Top

>80 connie53: I'm sure you needed that long sleep Connie and I hope you soon get over whatever it is.

I agree that Nora Roberts can be one of those authors that hits the spot when you just need a story.

Jan 19, 2:07pm Top

Oh wow, what a storm, Connie! Please be safe and get better!

Jan 19, 2:44pm Top

Stopping by to say ACK! about the storm. That sounds scary. Hope you and yours are undisturbed by it. Also wanted to say that the little one is so cute!

Jan 21, 2:49am Top

Thanks, EAM. She is a real cutie.

Still too sick to read. When I cuddle up in bed with a book I'm asleep within 30 seconds.

Jan 21, 5:27am Top

Hi Connie, I hope sleep helps you to get over the flu.

Jan 21, 7:32am Top

Glad you can sleep! The flu strain we have at school is very serious....starts with a headache and then to the very high temps. Kids come back to school after 4-5 days and still look like death warmed over. Hope you are mending.

Jan 21, 8:20am Top

Hi Connie!

I'm sorry you're still sick, and sorry about the storm and its aftereffects.

>86 tess_schoolmarm: The flu is very bad here in the US this season. It's always a crap shoot about which strains to put in the vaccine and this one isn't as good as some others.

Jan 21, 8:45am Top

Hi Connie - these flu bugs can be so vicious - it's best that you sleep when you need to. Your body obviously needs it to try to slowly build up your energy levels again. I hope you feel better really soon x

Jan 21, 11:46am Top

Thanks, ladies. I'm getting all the sleep I can get, lots of fluids and sometimes paracetamol. I will try to get an appointment with the GP for tomorrow morning or Tuesday morning.

Jan 21, 12:06pm Top

Sorry to hear that you have the flu- this year's strain is a bear. Sounds like you're doing everything right though. Please take care of yourself! The books can wait.

Jan 21, 5:18pm Top

>89 connie53: That's good Connie, I know you probably don't feel like seeing the Dr. but you probably should. One of our large clinics has opened a flu only location and are seeing around 70 people a day. We're a small city and other clinics are open too so that's a pretty big number.

Jan 21, 6:45pm Top

sorry to hear you're still poorly - hope you start feeling better very soon, Connie x

Jan 21, 6:52pm Top

Hope you feel better soon!

Jan 22, 3:13am Top

Appointment made for tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11.00 am.

Edited: Jan 22, 5:04am Top

So I decided to join the Poly-read movement and I picked up another ROOT to read beside Het pakket by Sebastian Fitzek.

No English blurb available.

Hopefully I'll get both books done by skipping from one to the other.

So now reading too: De bruidskist by Kate Mosse

A wonderfully atmospheric collection of stories from one of our most captivating writers, inspired by ghost stories, traditional folk tales and country legends from England and France. These tales are richly populated by spirits and ghosts seeking revenge; by grief-stricken women and haunted men coming to terms with their destiny - all rooted deep in the elemental landscapes of Sussex, Brittany and the Languedoc. The collection will include The Mistletoe Bride, La Fille de Melisande, Red Letter Day, The Lending Library, The House on the Hill...

Jan 22, 5:26am Top

>95 connie53: the Kate Mosse book sounds like just the thing when you want a short read. Enjoy!

Jan 23, 8:27pm Top

I'm sorry to hear that you are so ill, Connie. My flu is still lingering but didn't hit me as bad as I could still read. I hope that they were able to give you something to help with the cure when you saw the doctor.

Jan 24, 3:04am Top

The doctor could not do too much. The only thing I can do is, drink a lot and take some paracetamol. Next to the flu I also have a case of lumbago. So keep warm, keep moving and again paracetamol.

Reading is still blhhhh. Can't get myself to pick up a book, any book.

Jan 24, 4:56am Top

>98 connie53: audiobook? you'd think I was on commission from the audiobook industry I recommend it so often, but when I'm not in the frame of mind for reading or struggling with a dense or lengthy book it really helps me! But I know you prefer paper books. Flu just has to run its course...but something gentle and entertaining might help pass the time (see? I can't stop myself :))

Jan 24, 12:16pm Top

I'm sorry you're still sick, but glad to hear that you're doing the right things per your Doctor. Not being able to read is awful, but I hope you can find a good movie or two to keep your brain occupied.

Jan 24, 4:54pm Top

Flu and lumbago. Insult to injury. I'm sorry, Connie, and hope that you at least feel well enough to read soon.


Edited: Jan 28, 11:54am Top

Thanks, friends.

>99 floremolla: I don't even own a recorder or whatever to play audiobooks. And yes, I like my books in paper format. But I think I found the right book. Goede dochter by Karin Slaughter

From LT

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself -- the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it's a case that unleashes the terrible memories she's spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly 30 years ago won't stay buried forever.

Jan 25, 4:33am Top

Hi Connie, I'm glad you feel able to read again. The whole world looks different then, doesn't it?

Jan 25, 6:39am Top

Hope you're feeling a bit better then, Connie - that's been a really nasty flu. By the way, you only need a smart phone and an app for audio - there are websites where you can get free audiobooks. But then you've probably got enough on your TBR pile without introducing a whole other book medium. Enjoy your thriller!

Jan 25, 8:43am Top

Connie, glad for your appointment and that your complications are confined to back ... and reading apathy :((

Jan 28, 5:19am Top

Update: I'm feeling better by the day. My back is doing better and I will be going back to work on Tuesday. Tomorrow I will visit the GP again because I think I might have a bacterial throat infection and I probably need some antibiotics to tackle that.

Reading is going good too. Goede dochter by Karin Slaughter is a great book, but a chunkster with 506 pages. I'm on 380 now so I'm getting there.

Jan 28, 5:22am Top

So glad you're feeling better, Connie! Have a good week.

Jan 28, 5:51am Top

That's great news, Connie! Glad you're on the mend.

Edited: Jan 28, 11:55am Top

Finally finished ROOT # 4 for the year. It was a great read. Karin Slaughter - Goede dochter -

Jan 28, 2:14pm Top

Hi Connie!

Glad to hear that you're feeling better and that you're reading again, although a bacterial infection in your throat doesn't sound too good. It's good that you're going to see your doctor about that.

Jan 28, 7:35pm Top

Sorry to hear you've been ill :(. I hope you feel better soon!

Edited: Jan 29, 1:54am Top

Connie, I am sorry you have been feeling unwell, especially if it also gave you a case of "book"itis! Not fun when illness gets in the way of reading. I hope you continue to improve. (In the US we have had a really bad flu season, along with cases of bronchitis.)

Best of luck with your ROOTing goals this year!

Jan 29, 3:46am Top

Hi Connie, I hope the visit to the GP means good news.

Jan 29, 7:07am Top

Thanks all. It took me 1,5 hour, 2 nurses and 1 GP but I'm okay. It's just a viral infection and it has to follow it's course. I bought some vitamin supplements for myself and got a tube of creme (prescription) to tackle the rash I have.

Back to work tomorrow.

Finished ROOT # 5 De bruidskist by Kate Mosse. Which was not great. This was a book of short stories and I did not like most of them. But it's finished and of the shelves.

Jan 29, 7:30am Top

Starting my ROOT # 6 Dochter by Rosamund Lupton

This is the translation of The Quality of Silence
Dochter = Daughter
The Quality of Science - De kwaliteit van de Wetenschap

From LT

Set in the extreme landscape of Alaska. Follows the story of Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby. Yasmin arrives in Alaska to be told her husband, Matt, is dead, the victim of a catastrophic accident. Yasmin, unable to accept this as truth, sets out into the frozen winter landscape, taking Ruby with her in search of answers. But as a storm closes in, Yasmin realises that a very human danger may be keeping pace with them. And with no one else on the road to help, they must keep moving, alone and terrified, through an endless Alaskan night. In a story that explores the very limits of human resilience.

Jan 29, 7:30am Top

Hope you're fit enough for work, Connie - at least take it easy in the evenings till you feel better.

Well done on finishing the Kate Mosse even though it wasn't so good!

Jan 29, 9:53am Top

I will take it easy tomorrow, Donna. My colleagues already told me to go home after a few hours and not stay until 16.00. So it will be alright, I guess.

Jan 30, 1:55pm Top

>115 connie53: And finished this book.

The only thing that is very unbelievable is the cover. Imagine a mother and her young daughter traveling for hundreds of miles in a truck with limited heating and with a prefab house as cargo. They travel over the plains of Alaska in minus 40 degrees IN THOSE CLOTHES? Really?

But that's not the writers fault but that of the publisher(s).

now I'm going to read Later by Rosamund Lupton

This is the translation of Afterwards meaning exactly the same.

Black smoke stains a summer blue sky. A school is on fire. One mother, Grace, sees the smoke and runs. She knows her teenage daughter Jenny is inside.Grace runs along to tree-lined driveway, which Jenny had walked down only a few hours earlier. She goes into the burning building to rescue her child. Afterwards, Grace must find the identity of the arsonist and protect her family from the person who's still intent on destroying them. Afterwards, she must confront the face of evil and discover the limitlessness of love.

Jan 31, 11:45am Top

>118 connie53: IN THOSE CLOTHES? Really?

Jan 31, 7:24pm Top

>118 connie53: Yeah, those clothes are more appropriate for like +10 or thereabouts. That coat doesn't look very warm.

Feb 1, 1:02pm Top

That was my thought, exactly, RP.

Starting another ROOT. One that has been on my shelves for more then 15 years.
I started this one because of the Februari-challenge for my RL book-club: Read a book with an animal on the cover. Our challenge is always a total of 15 books/ a month and everybody tries to participate for a least one book. (3 books p.p. is the max you can read) So I stood before my shelves and took this one because of the reindeer on the cover. I could have chosen the wolf but that is an animal that is rather common on covers for fantasy books.

Het rendiervolk by Megan Lindholm

The Reindeer People is the first in a series of reissues of Megan Lindholm's (Robin Hobb) classic backlist titles. It is set in the harsh wilderness of a prehistoric North America, and tells the story of a tribe of nomads and hunters as they try to survive, battling against enemy tribes, marauding packs of wolves and the very land itself. Living on the outskirts of the tribe Tillu was happy spending her time tending her strange, slow dreamy child Kerlew and comunning with the spirits to heal the sick and bring blessing on new births. However Carp, the Shaman, an ugly wizened old man whose magic smelled foul to Tillu desired both mother and child. Tillu knew Carp's magic would steal her son and her soul. Death waited in the snows of the Tundra, but Tillu knew which she would prefer.

Feb 4, 12:15pm Top

And I finished the book above this afternoon and gave it .

My thoughts: Megan Lindholm is the same person as Robin Hobb. So I expected something like the books by Robin Hobb. It felt more like the books by Jean Auel but I liked this first installment enough to get the second (and last) book of the shelves.

Wolfs broeder by Megan Lindholm

The magic is strong in Kerlew. Every day it grows, reaching out to the Wolf spirit that will be his guide. But the magic in Kerlew that calls to the beasts and to the spirit world also calls to Carp, the evil old shaman, who follows Kerlew and his mother, Tillu, across the frozen wastes.

Feb 8, 12:54pm Top

I finished Wolfs broeder by Megan Lindholm a few hours ago. I thought it was better than the first book in the series. It was a nice to read about Tillu, Kerlew and Heckram again. In the end all the loose ends came together neatly

I took the last book in my reading projects to finish in the coming days. Later by Rosamund Lupton >118 connie53:

Tomorrow is the last day in school and then it's Carnival break. Since we won't go into town Fiene is coming for a sleep over so Eveline and Cyrille can do some of their carnival things.

Feb 9, 4:06am Top

Hi Connie! Is Carnival a big thing in the Netherlands? I remember that normal life is suspended more or less in the Rhine province (think Cologne, Düsseldorf and Mainz) from the time when I lived in Westphalia, but here in the North it is pretty much a non-event.

Feb 9, 12:25pm Top

It is in some parts of the Netherlands. Certainly where I live. It's really big in the southern part of the Netherlands. But it slowly growing to other parts of the country. My kids are both going to festivity's but only in the cities where they live. Jeroen and Rianne are, of course taking it slow, because Rianne is 6 months pregnant.

Feb 9, 12:29pm Top

By the way, I feel really good about not buying one book this year so I'm 8 read, non acquired. I really amaze myself.

Feb 9, 12:51pm Top

Wow. No new books this year so far. Kudos.

And, happy to hear that you have Sue Grafton's Alphabet Series digitally! I'll be interested in what you think of them.

Feb 9, 6:11pm Top

>126 connie53: Whoa! That's amazing!

Feb 10, 5:59am Top

>126 connie53: Impressed (and slightly jealous!). That's super-impressive.

Enjoy Fiene's sleep-over!

Feb 10, 7:15am Top

>129 Jackie_K: thanks, Jackie! I hope I will get some sleep, but I love being with Fiene, so it will be alright even if I will get a few hours of sleep.

Feb 10, 7:27am Top

Finished ROOT # 9 of the year. Later by Rosamund Lupton and gave it

I really loved this book. Grace and her teenage daughter Jenny are seriously injured in a fire in the school of Grace's children. When the police find out that the fire is not an accident, Grace and Jenny find they can leave their bodies and spy on the people around them. They walk through the corridors of the hospital and try to solve the mystery. People are not who they seemed to be before. The 'out of body experience' is very believable woven into the story. It did not bother me for a moment.

Now: what to read next?

Feb 10, 7:56am Top

Hi Connie!

Now: what to read next? I hope you find the perfect book.

Feb 10, 10:10am Top

I think I did, Karen.

Zeven stenen by Diana Gabaldon

This is a collection of seven short stories set in the Outlander universe, never before published together, including two original stories and featuring character Jamie Fraser. So I'm thrilled because Diana Gabaldon is one of my favorite authors.

Feb 10, 10:38am Top

>131 connie53: The 'out of body experience' is very believable woven into the story. It did not bother me for a moment.
What a testament to how well the author wrote!

And wow, 0 acquisitions and (now) 9 ROOTed! Enjoy Fiene and the work break!

Feb 10, 11:53am Top

Hi Connie, lots of good reading going on and your lack of acquisitions is admirable!

I had to look up the Carnival event - we don't have that here, but we have community gala days in summer where towns have their own festival with bunting, a parade, dressing up, fairground rides, etc. It passes by our front door so we put out tables and chairs, have friends round and make a day of it.

It's nice Fiene's parents are getting to enjoy the Carnival while you're getting to enjoy having her sleep over!

Feb 11, 8:18am Top

Hi Connie, I hope you're having a wonderful time with Fiene!

Feb 12, 8:28am Top

We had a real good time with Fiene. She talks a lot now and learns new words every day. Some I can understand some are probably Swedish. She slept from 20.00 to 8.00 this night, so grand-mom slept good too.

Feb 12, 2:01pm Top

I am so glad that you are feeling better and it looks like you are plowing through a lot of those ROOTs! Wonderful that the grand sleeps so well. It's nice not to be awakened (or worry about a little one).

I am not a Carnival person. Mardi Gras is tomorrow and I have no intention of going anywhere near that chaos. But on the bright side, I have had 5 days off from work because of it. (my normal every-other-weekend off and 2 holidays tacked onto the end) YAY!

Feb 13, 1:43am Top

>138 enemyanniemae: We avoid carnival too. I'm perfectly alright with staying home and read. Enjoy your days off!

Feb 13, 5:16pm Top

Hi Connie!

>133 connie53: Ooh. Excellent. I need to add that to my wish list. I'm really trying to cut back on book buying (*smile*) so perhaps a summer birthday present.

I read all 8 books last year from April to July. So far it looks like Diana Gabaldon will finishing the writing of book 9 at the end of 2018. Hopefully that means publication in 2019!

Feb 14, 2:09pm Top

>140 karenmarie: I'm almost finished. There was one story I had read before. De oorsprong was published in the Netherlands as a novella. The other stories were new to me.

Three stories about Lord John Grey, one about Laoghaire's daughter Joan and Michael Murray (young Ians older brother), one about the parents of Roger MacKenzie and what really happened to them in WOII, (beautiful story), one about Hal, John Greys older brother (very good).

James and Claire are just mentioned sometimes, they don't play a role in any of the stories except for James in De oorsprong

Edited: Feb 18, 3:07am Top

Finished a non-ROOT today. Zeven stenen by Diana Gabaldon 618 pages.

I liked this book a lot because it was a very nice way to go back to the world of Outlander. Seven short stories (not all that short though). I loved A fugitive green and A leaf on the wind of All Hallows.

Feb 15, 10:17am Top

I started another chunkster but not a BFB De chemicus by Stephenie Meyer

This is the translation of The Chemist

She used to work for the U.S. government, one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came without warning, and they killed the only other person she trusted. When her former handler offers her a way out, it is her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous. And now she finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival?

Feb 17, 9:28pm Top

Hi Connie, it is good to see that you are starting to feel better and that you are back to reading again.

Feb 18, 3:25am Top

Thanks, Meg.

I finally bought two books. The first two for this year. I was at my hairdresser and Peet was going to pick me up afterwards. So I went to the drug store nearby and there they were. Books by Nora Roberts and I love to read her books on a warm summer evening. So now I have 4 more of her books on my wishlist because the new two are part of a series.

De kracht van het hart by Nora Roberts

This is part 3 of the Pagan Stone series

From LT

Years ago, after their blood ritual, Gage, Fox, and Caleb emerged from the woods, each with a piece of bloodstone. Now, it will become their weapon in the final fight against the demon they awakened. Shared nightmares, visions of blood and fire, and random violence begin to plague the longtime friends and Quinn, Layla, and Cybil, the women bound to them by fate. The demon has grown stronger--feeding off the terror it creates. The three pieces of the bloodstone have been fused back together, but now they need to figure out how to use it. A gambling man like Gage has no trouble betting on his crew to find a way. It could mean the difference between absolute destruction or an end to the nightmare for Hawkins Hollow.

Meer dan liefde by Nora Roberts

This is part 1 in the The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy

From LT

Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: County Mao, Ireland. Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan's directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. There she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O'Dwyer, and they invite her into their lives. When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Iona realizes that here she can live her life as she wants, even if that means falling for Boyle. But an ancient evil has wound its way around Iona's family tree and must be defeated.

Feb 18, 4:17am Top

>145 connie53: a small haul, but a nice one - roll on warm summer evenings, they can't come soon enough!

Feb 18, 1:22pm Top

>146 floremolla: I'm really looking forward to spring and summer! I spy around my garden for butting branches (very tiny little things on the roses), daffodils (Yes, they are there with their heads just above the ground) and other signs of spring. The birds were whistling their spring songs this afternoon!

Feb 18, 3:33pm Top

>147 connie53: yes, spring is definitely in the air!

Feb 18, 4:27pm Top

>147 connie53: My daffodils are up too. I went out this morning and made an inspection. One has a few buds on it but it will probably be at least another week before I see a bloom. Robins don't stay in the neighborhood during the winter. I've been told they go to some nearby woods and stay where the cold wind will not hit them so hard during the cold months. Yesterday there were 3 in my yard so they are beginning to visit. Right now we are having cold weather one day and warm the next. Another few weeks and I can read in the rocker on the porch!

Feb 18, 4:31pm Top

>147 connie53: No sign of my daffs yet. But I think they're dud bulbs - they flowered the year after I planted them (which I think was the year after we moved here, so around 5 years ago) and then each year since then they've thrown up leaves, but no flowers, which is very disappointing. No sign even of the leaves yet this year though. I did see some snowdrops in somebody else's garden this week though, and the crocuses are just starting to peep through the grass at our local park, so there are signs of spring even here! I just wish we'd have a few temperature-related signs too!

Feb 23, 2:11pm Top

Finished De chemicus by Stephenie Meyer and gave it . I loved this book. Very intriguing and exciting, sometimes cruel, but very entertaining. I even started reading before going to sleep again. A thing I did not do for as long as I can remember.

Now Reading Clariël by Garth Nix

Clariel is the daughter of the one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most importantly, to the King. When her family moves to the city of Belisaere, there are rumors that her mother is next in line for the throne. However, Clariel wants no part of it'a natural hunter, all she ever thinks about is escaping the city's confining walls and journeying back to the quiet, green world of the Great Forest. But many forces conspire against Clariel's dream. A dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she discovers hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King' In Clariel, New York Times bestselling author Garth Nix weaves a story that is as rich and compelling as the original Abhorsen novels. Clariel, prelude to the Abhorsen trilogy, is set approximately six hundred years before the birth of Sabriel.

Edited: Feb 24, 12:58pm Top

I removed the ticker for keeping track of my number of Books TBR. It got too confusing.

Feb 24, 6:27am Top

>152 connie53: I'm happy to just catalog my books and let LT work out how many are in my library - I even get confused with that sometimes when I add a new acquisition and forget to remove it from the wishlist, or decide to remove a book from my library but forget to move it to 'read but unowned' category. So my total is always going up and down.

Hope you're having a pleasant and relaxing weekend, Connie!

Feb 24, 6:45am Top

>152 connie53: It is a bit of a faff as an extra ticker. I'm keeping mine though, because I'm finding it a really excellent motivator to not acquire too many more books! Seeing that number so close to 400 is very sobering!

Feb 24, 1:03pm Top

>153 floremolla: I do the same, keeping track of my TBR is done by LT. So it felt good to remove that ticker.

>154 Jackie_K: Yes, I understand what you feel approaching 400 , Jackie. In my case it's 500.

Feb 24, 1:53pm Top

>155 connie53: It's scary what an effect that -00 on the end has, isn't it? It's the same with age - I have a birthday with a -0 on the end next year, and I'm already trying to think about what I can do to make me feel less old about it!

Feb 25, 2:47am Top

>156 Jackie_K: I know! I will be turning 65 in a few weeks. Very scary!

Feb 25, 3:59am Top

>156 Jackie_K: I had my -0 birthday last year, and I'm still thinking "How did that happen? It was supposed to take longer."

Feb 25, 8:52am Top

>158 Robertgreaves: I know! And yet when we were kids time went so slowly. I remember summer holidays that lasted forever, I wish that still happens!

Feb 25, 8:58am Top

>159 Jackie_K: There is some explanation about that somewhere, about time going faster when you get older. You can google that. I was talking to my BFF Vera about it not to long ago. She thought she was the only one thinking that, but now I can tell her it's an universal feeling.

Feb 25, 9:56am Top

Oh yes, even related to books time seems to fly. There was a book mentioned on LT a few weeks ago that I remembered liking very well. I was thinking I read it in 2016 but I looked and no, it was 2011!!

Feb 25, 10:10am Top

Ah, birthdays! I'll also be 65 this year, Connie, in June. Here in the US that's a big deal because I have to sign up for Medicare. I've already started trying to figure it out. Some of it will come out of my Social Security check and some I'll have to pay for directly, but all of what I'll have to pay for will be less than half what my husband is currently paying for my coverage out of his paycheck, so we're looking forward to the 'pay raise'.

We always call -0 and -5 birthdays significant.

Feb 25, 10:52am Top

>162 karenmarie: Turning 65 is a big thing here too. You can retire when you are 65, but I will work for another school-year and will retire when I'm 66 and 7 months. So that will be in September 2019.

Feb 25, 11:36am Top

The 'time flying' thing - yes...same here and yet the winter seems to be lasting for--e--ver!

My dad and husband both celebrate significant birthdays this year - neither wants a fuss but there'll be parties whether they like it or not. The younger generation demand it. ;)

Feb 25, 11:58am Top

>164 floremolla: I take it you're included in 'the younger generation', Donna? ;)

I'm a little over a year older than my husband, so I reckon if I can sell him on the 'year of fun things' idea we can pretty much have 2 years of doing awesome things for our significant birthday! My plan for me is to do one fun thing per month for the whole year of being -0 (I've already decided on a long weekend in Wigtown and another one in Inverness, to explore the bookshops!).

Feb 25, 12:06pm Top

My husband is eleven years older than me, so yeah! But also our daughter and her four wee cousins demand an excuse to wear a party dress and eat cake.

'Year of fun things' sounds like a grand plan!

Feb 25, 1:17pm Top

I'm planning a little party with the kids and Fiene, my sisters and brother with their significant others and some friends. Nothing like my 50th birthday when I had a big party with over 75 guests. That was really awesome and a very dear memory.

Feb 25, 1:22pm Top

>165 Jackie_K: And you will report back on the bookshops, yes? ;)

Feb 25, 2:21pm Top

>168 rabbitprincess: Oh yeah! I have had Leakey's in Inverness on my bucket list for a while, and all of Wigtown! I doubt they will replace Barter Books as my favourite 2nd hand bookshop, but I'd better check them all out, just in case :)

Feb 25, 4:51pm Top

Happy big-birthdays all round!! I had one last year, and when my husband or I come upon another I love the idea of "year-long awesome"!!

Edited: Mar 4, 12:47pm Top

Finished ROOT # 1 for March #11 for the year. 11/36

And started 2 new ones

Makkelijk leven by a Dutch writer Herman Koch

and Schittering van de zon by Nora Roberts

Mar 4, 7:23am Top

Hope you're having a good weekend, Connie, and aren't shut in by snow!

Edited: Mar 5, 1:29pm Top

>172 Jackie_K: The snow has disappeared because of the sun that was shining abundantly. The temps did go up with 12 degrees from -4 yesterday to + 8 today.

Today we had a kind of baby shower for Rianne. The baby is due in 7 weeks or so and her two best friends organized a surprise party for her. Eveline and I were asked too, being mother- and sister in law. It was a real surprise for her and she loved it and was enjoying it very much. It was a real nice afternoon.

About my reading:

I finished Makkelijk leven by Herman Koch, just a very small book with only 92 pages. Not enough pages to make a real impression on me.
I read this book because it fitted the challenge for my RL book-club (a challenge I introduced for March: read a book by a writer that was born in your birth-year, your birth-month or your birth-date (I'm form March 25 1953) Mr. Koch was born in 1953

I'm now reading another ROOT for the same challenge.

De ijskoningin by Alice Hoffman

From LT

Be careful what you wish for. A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day, she mutters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks it into a new beginning. She goes in search of Lazarus Jones, a fellow survivor who was struck dead, then simply got up and walked away. Perhaps this stranger who has seen death face to face can teach her to live without fear. When she finds him, he is her opposite, a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches. As an obsessive love affair begins between them, both are forced to hide their most dangerous secrets, what turned one to ice and the other to fire.

Mar 5, 9:29am Top

>173 connie53: Herman Koch writes lead characters who are such misanthropes!! I've made it through two of his novels and have Dear Mr. M long overdue for an Early Reviewers review. Hard to be with those characters but they fascinate me.

What a fun party for Rianne!

Mar 6, 5:48pm Top

Hi Connie!

How lovely to have a surprise shower for Rianne! Do they know the sex of the baby?

Mar 8, 1:30pm Top

Yes, they do! It will be a girl! So in a few weeks time I will have 2 grand-daughters.

I have to report 3 books that moved in to the house.

Mar 8, 1:30pm Top

Slapende reuzen by Sylvain Neuvel

This is the exact translation of Sleeping Giants

From LT

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand. Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected. But some can never stop searching for answers. Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?


Verbonden door het lot by Nora Roberts

This is the translation of Blood Brothers
Verbonden door het lot = Connected by fate
Blood Brothers = Bloed Broers.

From LT

In the small village of Hawkins Hollow, three best friends who share the same birthday sneak off into the woods for a sleepover the evening before turning 10. But a night of pre-pubescent celebration turns into a night of horror as their blood brother oath unleashes a three-hundred year curse. Twenty-one years later, Cal Hawkins and his friends have seen their town plagued by a week of unexplainable evil events two more times - every seven years. With the clock winding down on the third set of seven years, someone else has taken an interest in the town's folklore. Quinn is a well known scholar of local legends, and despite Cal's protests, insists on delving in the mystery. But when the first signs of evil appear months early, it's not only the town Cal tries to protect, but also his heart.


De man die zijn schaduw zocht by David Lagercrantz

This is the translation of Mannen som sökte sin skugga

De man die zijn schaduw zocht = The man who searched for his shadow

From LT

Lisbeth Salander has been forged by a brutal childhood and horrific abuse. And repeated attempts on her life. The ink embedded in her skin is a constant reminder of her pledge to fight against the injustice she finds on every side. Confinement to the secure unit of a women's prison is intended as a punishment. Instead, Lisbeth finds herself in relative safety. Flodberga is a failing prison, effectively controlled by the inmates, and for a computer hacker of her exceptional gifts there are no boundaries. Mikael Blomkvist makes the long trip to visit every week - and receives a lead to follow for his pains, one that could provide an important expose for Millennium: Salander tells him to check out Leo Mannheimer, a seemingly reputable stockbroker from Stockholm, somehow connected to the long-ago death of a child psychologist - and to the psychiatric unit where Lisbeth was an involuntary patient as a child. Lisbeth knows she is coming closer to solving the mysteries of her early life; and even within the confines of the prison, she feels the deadly influence exerted by her twin sister. Salander will stand up for what she believes in. She will find out the truth. Whatever the cost.

Edited: Mar 8, 1:53pm Top

And I finished one too!

Alice Hoffman - De ijskoningin -

I really doubted between a 7 and an 8. The beginning felt like one long monologue, but after 30 pages or so It turned out better. The women telling the story (no name is mentioned for her) is traumatized when she is 8 and she withdraws from live. She becomes a librarian because that way she doesn't have to interact with other people. Just telling them where to find a book. No deep discussions or anything like that. She becomes obsessed by death and knows a lot about ways to die of to murder someone. But then she is struck by Lightning...

Now reading De ring by Deborah Chester part 2 in a series:

This is the exact translation of The Ring

From Goodreads

It is a world of betrayals and alliances, of spells and magic, of haunting dreams and dark desires...
The rebel princess Alexeika is captured and tortured by the evil Grethori--but is sustained by dreams of the man who will set her free...
Prince Gavril yearns to control the dark magick of a cursed sword--while his desperate betrothed pursues another man's heart...
Asked to help protect Gavril, the half-elven Dain continues a quest to fulfill his adoptive father's dying wish...
It is a journey that will give him the chance to save the woman he loves--and will place him at odds with the destiny that he and Alexeika share.
A destiny that can only be realized with the help of a long-lost talisman...

Mar 8, 6:38pm Top

Lots of interesting reads, Connie! I'm thinking my husband might like to read the follow-on from Stieg Larsson's Millennium series. It was one of the few series we both liked!

It's nice that Fiene will have a little girl cousin to play with!

Mar 11, 12:37pm Top

You've been reading some good books lately, Connie! And congratulations on your 2nd granddaughter. I hope her entrance into the world is smooth and easy for all involved. Nora Roberts is a favorite easy-to-read author of mine too. I tend to save her books for summer, but really, why?!? They would be fun any time.

Mar 11, 1:24pm Top

>180 LauraBrook: I do too, Laura. I like them best read on a nice summer afternoon and evening in the garden. Why, indeed! I'm reading one now on my Kobo (who is slowly dying from old age). In two weeks I will turn 65 and I've asked for money to buy a new one!

Schittering van de zon by Nora Roberts

Determined to re-evaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage in the small Irish village of Ardmore. There she immerses herself in the study of Irish folklore - and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the past. Finally back home in Ireland after years of travelling, Aidan Gallagher possesses an uncommon understanding of his country's haunting myths. He's now devoting himself to managing the family business - the local pub. But in Jude he sees a woman who can soothe his heart and stir his blood. And he begins to share the legends of the land with her - while they create a passionate history of their own.

Mar 12, 3:26pm Top

I gave in to my Nora Roberts-mania!

3 books entered the house today (Okay really 4, but one is a gift)

Gesloten hart by Nora Roberts

This is the translation of Shadow Spell
Gesloten hart = Closed heart
Shadow spell = Schaduwspel

Three cousins inherit a gift that will transform their lives...Meara Quinn is in trouble. Fiercely independent and scarred by a tough childhood, she is convinced that love is for other people. She is certainly not going to fall for Connor O'Dwyer - her best friend's brother. He may be drop dead gorgeous, with a good heart and a wicked smile, but he's never taken his relationships seriously. Safer for them to stay friends, share the odd pint - nothing more. And loving Connor would be a dangerous business. With his sister Branna and his American cousin Iona, Connor has inherited a dark gift, passed down through generations. The cousins use their powers for good, but they are being hunted by evil. An evil that is determined to destroy them - and everyone they care for...In the enchanted woods of County Mayo, Meara must fight the one thing she fears the most - her own heart.


Vergeet haar niet by Nora Roberts

This is the translation of Blood Magick
Vergeet haar niet = Don't forget her
Blood Magick= 'De magie van bloed' or 'bloedmagie'

County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch.
Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love
She had it once for a moment with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion.
Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.


De vrouw in het raam by A.J. Finn

This is the exact translation of The Woman in the Window

Anna Fox lives alone, a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble?and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Twisty and powerful, ingenious, and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.


And because it's 'Boekenweek' (10 days of celebrations and events about books and reading. A yearly event where everyone who buys books for € 12,50 or more gets a free small book)

Gezien de feiten by Griet Op de Beeck

This would translate into "given the facts"

A story about Olivia (71) who's live changes a lot when her husband dies. She does not want to behave as others want her to or give in to the traditional image of what elderly people should do. She searches for a way to make her live count.

Mar 13, 5:25am Top

Ah, it's that time of the year again! Boekenweek and the Leipzig Book Fair here in Germany. Happy reading, Connie!

Mar 13, 9:33am Top

>182 connie53:, >183 MissWatson: Great celebrations! I was in Barcelona two years ago during St. George's Day, what a treat to wander Las Ramblas with all the book displays!

>182 connie53: I've been eyeing The Woman in the Window, looking forward to when you read it.

Mar 16, 7:28am Top

Hi Connie, just dropping in to wish you a good weekend. I hope you're not being blown away? We're having a serious storm here...

Mar 17, 6:07am Top

>185 MissWatson: We do too. At least this morning it was snowing and the wind is fierce. We were planning to go into town, just to do some shopping and have lunch somewhere. But now we decided to stay home and I plan to read.

I started a new book, completely by accident. On my RL book-club the book of the month is Slapende reuzen by Sylvain Neuvel. One of my friends there started it yesterday and was very enthusiastic. So I thought I could give that book a try too. And now I'm hooked.

From LT

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand. Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.
But some can never stop searching for answers. Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

It's very intriguing. Set up in a, new to me, way. Each chapter is an interview with one of the main characters and the nameless interrogator or a transcription of a part from an audio-diary. I think one of the dilemma's in the book is how far people will go to get to the solution of this mystery. Are they willing to sacrifice the lives of innocent citizens in order to find what the gigantic metal body-parts mean.
I now have to order the second book in this series, of course!

Mar 17, 9:10am Top

Hi Connie!

Lots of good reading over here, glad to hear that you're staying in because of the storm. Too many people here in my part of the US seem to think it's a good idea to go out and brave the elements. We had black/clear ice last week and there were over 200 accidents in the business area surrounding our state capital. Bill stayed home sick, but would have delayed going in simply because it's not safe to be out when there's ice on the roads that you can't see.

Mar 17, 1:18pm Top

Hi Connie, I'm glad to hear you're taking things easy. The storm has been howling all day and there are some weird noises from the chestnuts across the street. I hope they survive.

Mar 18, 3:51am Top

It's still cold outside. -2 C but because of the wind it feels like -10C. So another day inside for us. I plan to do some ironing, because that pile is getting bigger and I will get the sewing machine out. Jeroen brought a pair of trousers with a tear near the back-pocket and he can't mend that, so mum has to do the job. Maybe we go to their house to bring it back in the afternoon. But first some breakfast: a bun with a boiled egg.

Mar 18, 12:29pm Top

Hi Connie, that sounds like a nice, domestic day. Did you have sunshine with the cold and the wind? We did, and the world looks so much brighter with the sun out.

Mar 18, 2:51pm Top

>190 MissWatson: We did get some sunshine, but later in the afternoon. We first had snow, like yesterday. Temps did not go past zero.

I finished Slapende reuzen by Sylvain Neuvel just half an hour ago and I spend that half hour to adjust all tickers, post reviews on my book-club and GR.

So here we go: For those who like to try Dutch

Spannend en heel apart boek. Niet alleen is het format van het boek anders dan ik ooit ben tegengekomen, maar ook het idee van het verhaal ken ik nergens anders van. Het hele boek bestaat uit transcripties van gesprekken en ondervragingen tussen een van de hoofdpersonen en een naamloze ondervrager of gedeeltes van dagboeken van een van de hoofdpersonen. Het verhaal zelf is apart en wordt eigenlijk steeds groter. In het begin heb je nog niet precies in de gaten wat de consequenties kunnen zijn, maar het wordt eigenlijk als maar heftiger en de vondst van de grote metalen reuzenhand heeft uiteindelijk ook allerlei politieke inmenging tot gevolg. Ik ben heel erg nieuwsgierig naar deel 2.

And the translation:

Exciting and special/weird book. Not only is the format of the book different to anything I have ever seen, but also the idea of the story is unknown to me. The whole of the book exists of transcriptions of conversations and interrogations between one of the main characters and a nameless interrogator or are parts of diaries of one of the main characters. The story itself is strange and gets bigger by the chapter. I the beginning one is not really aware of what the consequences can be, but it only gets more fierce. In the end the find of the big metal giant-hand has all kinds of political interference as a result. I'm very curious to read part 2

Mar 22, 11:44am Top

Hello!! Just dropping by. It has just been TOO long. But I'm happy to see you're doing so well with your ROOTing! Life for me has been a bit crazy these past couple months, but maybe in the couple months to come, it'll calm down ;)

Mar 23, 4:42am Top

Hi Connie, just dropping by to wish you a lovely weekend!

Edited: Mar 29, 1:54pm Top

Okay, I really, really promised my self I would buy no new books for a few weeks. But then.....

So now I have one new book to report:

Het meisje in het ijs by Robert Bryndza

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London. What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?


And I did finish another ROOT

De bokaal by Deborah Chester

This is my review

Good, but not brilliant, third and last part in the series Het zwaard, de ring & de bokaal. Dain continues his adventure and of course everything ends well. I liked it but there was to much fighting and battles and that went on for pages in a row. So it gets . Without the battles it would have been ****.

Mar 29, 6:32pm Top

Hi Connie, just popping in to say I hope you have some lovely plans for Easter and have an enjoyable break from work!

Mar 31, 1:22pm Top

>195 floremolla: No real plans, Donna. We are going to Eveline and Cyrille and Fiene tomorrow-morning. Just for a few hours. And then we have nothing planned for the Easter days. I have Tuesday of as well, no babysitting for the next three Tuesdays because they are going on vacation. I will have a lot of time to read.

I finished Schittering van de zon by Nora Roberts Gallaghers of Ardmore (1) this afternoon and gave it ****

I really love Nora's books. They are very romantic and one can see which boy gets which girl from the beginning, but that doesn't bother me at all. I just enjoy the book and the story.

I'm now waiting for tomorrow when the challenge for April is announced. And because I can't spend time without a book on the go I started Tranen van de maan by Nora Roberts. This is part two of the Gallaghers of Ardmore and I don't mind pausing it for a few days while reading the challenge book.

From LT

A talented songwriter, Shawn Gallagher spends his days lost in reverie and wonder, oblivious to the wiles of woman and the ways of the world. He claims that he's content with his life, but his music tells a different story-one of loneliness and desperate longing?

No one understands why Shawn doesn't put his musical gift to profitable use-least of all Brenna O'Toole, a fiercely independent tomboy who has been secretly in love with him for years. But it is only when Shawn gives in to the mysteries of magic that he gets the chance to fulfill his destiny as a man and a musician.

Mar 31, 1:27pm Top

Hi Connie!

I hope you have a lovely time tomorrow morning.

Apr 1, 2:09am Top

Hi Connie and Happy Easter. Is the weather better there now?

Apr 1, 3:38am Top

Hi Connie and happy Easter. To the North we are once again having snow - I hope you escaped it this time. It's time for spring!

Apr 1, 7:28am Top

Happy Easter, everybody.

Here the weather is rainy and grey. The temps are between 6 and 9 C. No snow! And I hope there will be none until December 2018.

I agree that's time for spring.

The April-challenge on my RL book-club is: Read the last published book by any author. I decided to read the last translated book by Camilla Läckberg - Heks

From LT

Tragic memories are brought back to life when four-year-old Linnea disappears from a farm outside Fjällbacka. Thirty years earlier a little girl disappeared from exactly the same farm and was later found murdered. That time, two thirteen-year-old girls were accused of killing the girl. They were found guilty in court, but escaped prison because of their age. After that, one of them lived a quiet life in Fjällbacka. The other has just returned for the first time since the event, now as a celebrated actor to portray Ingrid Bergman in a movie to be recorded in the neighborhood.

The people of Fjällbacka search for Linnea, and eventually, they find her. Nude, next to the same forest lake where the first girl was found. The horror spreads in the small society. Can more girls be in danger? Patrik Hedström thinks it seems farfetched, but he and his colleagues at the Tanumshed police start to investigate whether there are any similarities between the two cases. To help them, they get Erica Falck, who has long been working on a book about the old murder. The investigation opens ups many wounds, and the inhabitants' fear of the unknown has terrible consequences.

Apr 1, 8:15am Top

Happy Easter to you too Connie!

Apr 3, 6:05am Top

Hi Connie, I hope you had a lovely Easter!

Apr 5, 1:54pm Top

Just stopping by to catch up and wave hello. Lovely Easter greeting. :)
Congrats on 2nd grand daughter!

Apr 6, 9:30am Top

Hi Connie, just dropping in to wish you a lovely weekend. Hopefully there's lots of sunshine to sit and read in the garden!

Apr 6, 9:55am Top

Hi Connie!

I hope you're getting some spring-like weather.

>200 connie53: The April-challenge on my RL book-club is: Read the last published book by any author What a clever challenge! I really like that idea.

Apr 7, 3:16am Top

Hi all, Spring has finally reached the Netherlands. So today I plan to read a lot outside in the garden.
We are waiting for granddaughter # 2 to arrive. She is due in the next two weeks, so it can be any day now. Peet tried to bribed Jeroen into disclosing her name. But Jeroen did not blink an eye and just shook his head in shear disbelief. How could Peet ask such a thing. So we will wait and wait and wait.

I've been neglecting LT threads a bit (again) and will be trying to catch up in the next few days.

Almost finishing Heks and with this weather ( 22 C today) that will certainly be today. And starting a new one of course.

Apr 7, 5:26am Top

>206 connie53: how nice to be able to read in the garden already - we are just into double figures today, it's to be 11 C. I have a backlog of housework and ironing but hope to fit in an hour of gardening. Hauling out the stuff that's died of cold, for a start. I'll be listening to War and Peace on audiobook, so there will be some 'reading' done :)

Not long now till your new grandchild makes an appearance. How exciting!

Apr 7, 12:34pm Top

Hi Connie, great to hear you can enjoy your garden.

Apr 7, 12:42pm Top

I'm glad that the weather seems to finally be improving for you! And that you're still on a Nora Roberts streak too! It's still very cold where I am, so please go outside and take a deep breath for me! :)

Apr 7, 12:46pm Top

I'm very jealous of the garden reading! It's still too wet and cold here. We had hoped to sew our veg seeds in the cold frame today, but the rain has put paid to that. Maybe tomorrow.

How exciting, these last few days before the baby's arrival! I bet you can't wait to meet her!

Edited: Apr 10, 2:01am Top

Hi all, WOW. LT off line for a few days so there's lots to read and to tell.

Granddaughter # 2 has not arrived yet, so we have to wait and wait some more.

We had a lovely weekend with Summer temps up to 27C. Excellent for reading and being outside again.
That's what I did on Saturday. Just reading in the garden. I finished Heks and gave it

This is my very short review.

Book number 10 in the series about Patrick Hedström en Erica Flack. Exciting, but with a few things that could have been more subtly written or introduced (I mean the way the people in the town immediately blamed immigrants from Syria of the murder for the little girl). But is was really very familiar and comfortable to be back in Fjällbacka

I started a new book of course. Het lot van de Tearling by Erika Johansen part 3 in De tearling

From LT

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear. To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne. Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.

And that is almost finished. Yeah, and it fits in the April-challenge just fine.

On Sunday I did some reading, but in the afternoon my brother, sisters and I went for a longer walk. Real nice to be with my siblings and just talk about present and past. Exchange memories of our childhood.

From left to right: Me (the oldest), Martin (the youngest), Hetty (the third child) and Ineke (the second child)

Here are some pics of where we walked:

Fiene, Eveline and Cyrille are on holiday on Tenerife and here's Fiene reading her mothers book ;-))

Apr 9, 1:28pm Top

Perhaps there are things I forgot but I will tell them in another post.

Apr 9, 5:46pm Top

>211 connie53: Oh my goodness wasn't Fiene a baby just, like, yesterday?! That's a wonderful picture :)

Apr 9, 6:32pm Top

Hi Connie!

Thanks for sharing the lovely pics of your siblings and Fiene.

Apr 10, 5:09am Top

Hi Connie! The landscape looks a little spooky! Thanks for sharing the news. And the pics!

Apr 10, 6:25am Top

Wonderful pictures, Connie! That looks like my kind of walk (ie, flat!).

Fiene looks so grown up, doesn't she?

Apr 10, 8:41am Top

Fiene looks like she's developing good habits and will grow up to be a reader.

Apr 10, 10:03am Top

Nice update and lovely pics, Connie - Fiene is more a little girl now than a baby!

Apr 10, 10:57am Top

Thanks guys!

>215 MissWatson:, >216 Jackie_K:. I agree, it looks spooky and a bit flat. Certainly those black trees. Somehow Stonehengy (Outander, time travel here I come, I should have tried touching one of those trees). We walked around the lake near a mill. The Mill is the beginning and the end of the route.

Apr 11, 10:50am Top

Connie, I love the pic of you and your siblings! And looking at the dense text of Eveline's book in Fiene's hands, wow you raised quite a reader and are influencing quite a grand-reader :)

Edited: Apr 12, 1:55am Top

>220 detailmuse: That is a wonderful book she is 'reading'.

Dochter van Isfahan by Anita Amirrezvani

BTW: Jeroen and Rianne are now in the hospital for the birth of granddaughter # 2 !!

Apr 12, 3:48am Top

>221 connie53: Great news! Congratulations on the very imminent family expansion 8-)

Edited: Apr 13, 2:08am Top

It's a girl and her name is Lonne. 46 cm and 3,1 kg.

Picture follows as soon as I'm home

Apr 12, 6:09am Top

>223 connie53: Congratulations Connie, what lovely news!

Apr 12, 6:47am Top

>223 connie53: Congratulations to all the family on the new arrival! :))

Apr 12, 12:24pm Top

>223 connie53: Congratulations, Connie, and to Lonne's parents!

Apr 12, 1:45pm Top

Congratulations, Connie, and all the best wishes to your and your family!

Apr 12, 2:16pm Top

We just came back from the hospital. Jeroen asked us to wait with our visit until Rianne had recovered a bit from the delivery. It was really heavy for her in the end. The gynecologist decide to do a vacuum delivery (I hope you all understand what I mean by that). Rianne was exhausted from 1,5 hour of the contractions to push the baby out, but Lonne had her head slightly turned and could not get past some point. So that was a unexpected end of delivery that started rather peaceful. We just visited for half an hour and just watched Lonne sleep in her glass cradle. Tomorrow they will go home and we will visit them again.

Apr 12, 8:32pm Top

Glad to hear mother and baby are fine.

Apr 12, 8:33pm Top

Congratulations Connie, won't it be fun to have two little girls!

Apr 12, 8:45pm Top


Apr 13, 12:14am Top

Wow! Congratulations :) Looking forward to more adorable pics!

Apr 13, 2:10am Top

Here is Lonne, just a few hours old

Apr 13, 3:56am Top

Aw, she looks very sweet and tranquil - long may that continue:))

Apr 13, 6:23am Top

Have a lovely weekend with your new granddaughter!

Apr 13, 7:10am Top

>233 connie53: Oh how precious! She looks perfect!

I have a picture of my daughter in her hospital cot at a few hours old, and it's still one of my favourites. They look so peaceful! (in my daughter's case, she obviously knew it was daytime. Different story once Pete went home and it was her and me together and I needed to sleep!!!).

Apr 13, 5:44pm Top

Aww, it looks like she's waving! Hello! :)

Apr 15, 6:05am Top

Congratulations, Connie!

Beautiful picture of Lonne.

Apr 15, 9:49am Top

Such happy news, welcome Lonne!

Apr 15, 2:15pm Top

>234 floremolla: It doesn't. She is not that tranquil. Rianne had a bit of trouble with breastfeeding and Lonne was clearly not happy with that. So Jeroen and Rianne are very tired. Luckily the maternity nurse knew a few tricks and now Lonne is settling down and everybody is happy.

Apr 15, 2:21pm Top

In the meanwhile I have finished Het lot van de Tearling by Erika Johansen and the newest Nicci French - De dag van de doden (no touchstone)

Now reading and almost finished Het geheim van Montague by Santa Montefiore

From LT

Celestria always spends her summer holiday at Pendrift Hall, the rambling Cornish mansion that has been home to the Montague family for generations. In the summer of 1958, the highlight is a lavish ball in honour of Archie Montague's fiftieth birthday, and the beautiful girl, on the cusp of womanhood, is looking forward to practising her flirtation skills. But what is supposed to be a night of celebration ends in catastrophe. As a result, Celestria's grandfather encourages her to play detective, to seek out an explanation for the bewildering events. The quest takes her to Italy, to the rugged beauty of Puglia and the cool cloisters of the Convento di Santa Maria del Mare. Here Celestria meets an enigmatic stranger and confronts unwelcome truths about her family--and about herself.

Apr 16, 1:47pm Top

I finished Het geheim van Montague by Santa Montefiore today en gave it

I like to read this kind of books when it's summer and I feel like a book that's not to difficult. And this book is just that. Romantic with a hint of a thriller/detective.

Now I'm reading De twaalf by Justin Cronin part 2 in De oversteek series.

In the present day: As a man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos, desperate to find others, to survive, to witness the dawn on the other side of disaster. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, has been so broken by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child's arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver," has been forced by loss of electrical power to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a minefield of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned--and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

A hundred years in the future: Amy, Peter, Alicia, and the others introduced in "The Passage" work with a cast of new characters to hunt the original twelve virals . . . unaware that the rules of the game have changed, and that one of them will have to sacrifice everything to bring the Twelve down. Survivors of a government-induced apocalypse endure their violent and disease-stricken world while protecting their loved ones; while a century into the future, members of a transformed society determinedly search for the original twelve virals.

Now I read this part two I realize how much I liked the first part. It just read very easy and within an hour I was 60 pages along in the book. Love it!

Edited: Apr 24, 2:33pm Top

I finished De twaalf by Justin Cronin yesterday and gave it

I really loved it and it took me only 4 days to read this book, all 618 pages.

Continuing in part 3 immediately now that everything is fresh in my head. Because these are complicated books and part 3 is even bigger with 806 pages.

From LT

In The Passage and The Twelve, Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity's desperate fight to survive. Now all is quiet on the horizon--but does silence promise the nightmare's end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last, this bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale. The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place? The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew--and daring to dream of a hopeful future. But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy--humanity's only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him. One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.

Edited: Apr 28, 1:59pm Top

And I finished the book above yesterday. I loved it. This will probably a series I might read again next year in the summer holidays. I gave it . I maybe will read part one this summer because I want to know how everything started. Hmm, even typing this down gives me the strong inclination of doing that right now.

But I won't do that because I started another book today.

Dodelijke affaire by Peter James

From LT

An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life--to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect... Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city.

Apr 28, 2:02pm Top

And I finished Dodelijke affaire today and gave it .
This was really a good and exciting story. With different story-lines that come together somewhere in the middle of the book.

And now I'm reading De oversteek by Justin Cronin for the second time.

From Lt

At an army research station in Colorado, an experiment is being conducted by the U.S. Government: twelve men are exposed to a virus meant to weaponize the human form by super-charging the immune system. But when the experiment goes terribly wrong, terror is unleashed. Amy, a young girl abandoned by her mother and set to be the thirteenth test subject, is rescued by Brad Wolgast, the FBI agent who has been tasked with handing her over, and together they escape to the mountains of Oregon. As civilization crumbles around them, Brad and Amy struggle to keep each other alive, clinging to hope and unable to comprehend the nightmare that approaches with great speed and no mercy.....

I forgot a lot but while reading I often thought: "O yes, I know that bit". And reading the books 2 and 3 in the last few weeks I can link people from the first book with people in the second and third one. I'm almost at the halfway point 441/993 pages.

Apr 28, 2:03pm Top

Hi Connie!

How's the new granddaughter doing? Has she met her first cousin yet?

Apr 29, 2:16am Top

Hi Karen, yes she did! Fiene can even say her name: "baby Lonne" and Lonne is doing real good after the first few heavy days. She eats well and is gaining weight again.

Here she is with her daddy

Apr 29, 10:26am Top

Good news! And a very cute photo of Jeroen and Lonne.

Apr 30, 4:28am Top

Lonne is so lovely! There's just something so perfect about newborns.

And doesn't Jeroen look so like you?

Apr 30, 6:53am Top

Lovely picture of Lonne and her daddy. She looks very alert for a newborn!

And you're reading up a storm, Connie, getting through some big chunksters, well done!

Apr 30, 1:51pm Top

>249 Jackie_K: Thanks Jackie. That's what my sister said when she went for a visit to congratulate Jeroen and Rianne. He opened the door and she thought exactly the same.

>250 floremolla: Thanks Donna. I'm on spring break and De oversteek series is a fast read. Nearing the end of part 1 but not today, so this will be my first ROOT for May. Still 155 pages to go.

May 1, 9:27am Top

Trying to catch up a little bit. Congratulations on your granddaughter's safe arrival!!

May 1, 2:54pm Top

>252 sibyx: Thanks, Lucy!

May 1, 2:56pm Top

Please follow me to my second thread!

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