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Connie ROOTs again in 2018, part 2

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Edited: May 1, 3:08pm Top

Here I'm with part 2 of my ROOT-thread.

I'm known to most of you, but here is a small introduction.
I'm Connie (65) and I live in the Netherlands. I work at a school for girls and boys between 12 and 19. I do not teach, but are an administrative assistant.

I'm married to Peet (67) and we have one son Jeroen (35) and one daughter Eveline (32)
Jeroen lives with his girlfriend Rianne (30) near by and they have a daughter Lonne (3 weeks old)
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 turns 2 in June.
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. This picture was made today in a children's bookstore

This is Lonne, only two weeks old with my son Jeroen

Edited: Nov 10, 2:29pm Top

My ROOTs for 2018.

My TBR: 496 books and ebooks on May 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 -
22. Justin Cronin - De oversteek - bought 2010/07/24 - 993 pages -
23. Anne Bishop - Witte kaarten - bought 2017/10/14 - 477 pages -
24. M.J.Arlidge - Naar bed, naar bed - bought 2017/07/10 - 364 pages -
25. M.J. Arlidge - Klikspaan - bought 2017/06/23 - 443 pages -
26. M.J. Arlidge - Wie niet weg is - bought 2017/11/09 - 395 pages -
27. Santa Montefiore - In de schaduw van het palazzo - bought 2012/04/16 - 330 pages -
28. Santa Montefiore - Valentina's laatste reis - bought 2012/04/11 - 336 pages -
29. Sean French - Dit is het begin - on the shelves from before 2005 - 303 pages -
30. Robert Jordan - Een nieuw begin - entered to LT list 2012/04/02 - 349 pages -
31. Scott Lynch - Rode zee onder een rode hemel - bought 2012/05/06 - 608 pages -
32. Anne McCaffrey - Drakentocht - 2012/06/11 - 399 pages -
33. Anne McCaffrey - De witte draak - 2012/06/11 - 488 pages -
34. Anne McCaffrey - De afvalligen van Pern - 2012/06/11 - 339 pages -
35. Anne McCaffrey - De redding van Pern - 2012/06/11 - 432 pages -
36. Anne McCaffrey - Dageraad van de draken - 2012/06/11 - 496 pages -
37. Anne McCaffrey - Drakenvrouwe - 2012/06/11 - 420 pages -
38. Anne McCaffrey - Drakenoog - 2012/06/11 - 364 pages -
39. Nora Roberts - Meer dan liefde -2018/02/16 - 365 pages -
40. Philip Pullman - La Belle Sauvage - 2017/12/06 - 444 pages -
41. Joe Abercrombie - De weg van de angst - 2009/11/15 - 539 pages -
42. Ken Follett - Pilaren van de aarde - 2010/01/23 - 1006 pages -
43. Ken Follett - Brug naar de hemel - 2010/01/23 - 1103 pages -
44. Douglas Adams - Het restaurant aan het eind van het heelal - 2009/11/17 - 229 pages -
45. Margaret Weis - Drakenzoon - 2012/08/08 - 332 pages -
46. Katherine Neville - Het vuur - 2011/01/05 - 454 pages -
47. Griet op de Beeck - Gezien de feiten - 2018/03/12 - 94 pages -

* Currently reading.

Edited: Nov 10, 2:29pm 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 -
28. Justin Cronin - De oversteek - bought 2010/07/24 - book - 993 pages -
29. Anne McCaffrey - Het zingende schip - gift from brother 2018/05/02 - ebook - 252 pages -
30. Katherine Arden - De Beer en de Nachtegaal - bought 2017/12/30 - book - 349 pages -
31. Jane Harper - Wildernis - bought 2018/05/02 - book - 366 pages -
32. Anne Bishop - Witte kaarten - bought 2017/10/14 - 477 pages -
33. Linwood Barclay - Onhoudbaar - bought 2018/05/08 - 367 pages -
34. M.J. Arlidge - Naar bed, naar bed - bought 2017/07/10 - 364 pages -
35. M.J. Arlidge - Klikspaan - bought 2017/06/23 - 443 pages -
36. M.J. Arlidge - Wie niet weg is bought 2017/11/09 - 394 pages -
37. Robert Bryndza - Het meisje in het ijs - bought 2018/03/29 - 379 pages -
38. M.J. Arlidge - Klein klein kleutertje - bought 2018/05/19 - 347 pages -
39. Jay Kristoff - Nimmernacht - bought 2018/05/18 - 651 pages -
40. Santa Montefiore - In de schaduw van het palazzo - bought 2012/04/16 - 330 pages -
41. Santa Montefiore - Valentina's laatste reis - bought 2012/04/11 - 336 pages -
42. Nora Roberts - Hart van de zee - ebook since 2017/02/01 - 296 pages -
43. Sean French - Dit is het begin - from before 2005 - 303 pages -
44. Linwood Barclay - Broken Promise - ebook since 2018/05/16 - 398 pages -
45. Linwood Barclay - Final Assignment - ebook since 2018/06/06 - 74 pages -
46. Linwood Barclay - Far from True - ebook since 2018/06/06 - 408 pages -
47. Linwood Barclay - The Twenty-Three - ebook since 2018/06/06 - 386 pages -
48. Robert Jordan - Een nieuw begin - entered on LT 2012/04/02 - 349 pages -
49. Karin Slaughter - Gespleten - bought 2018/06/13 - 492 pages -
50. Nora Roberts - Zeezucht - ebook 2018/06/19 - 386 pages -
51. Nora Roberts - Windvangst - ebook 2018/06/22 - 375 pages -
52. Nora Roberts - Thuishaven - ebook 2018/06/23 - 377 pages -
53. Nora Roberts - Waterblauw - ebook 2018/06/24 - 360 pages -
54. Nora Roberts - Catherine - ebook 2018/06/24 - 126 pages -
55. Nora Roberts - Amanda - ebook 2018/06/25 - 128 page -
56. Nora Roberts - Lilah - ebook 2018/06/28 - 124 pages -
57. Nora Roberts - Suzanna - ebook 2018/06/28 - 172 pages -
58. Diana Gabaldon - De oorsprong - 2016/10/14 - 213 pages -
59. Nora Roberts - Megan - 2018/06/30 - 154 pages -
60. Lynne Cox - De kleine walvis - 2018/01/03 - 155 pages -
61. Scott Lynch - Rode zee onder een rode hemel - 2012/05/06 - 608 pages -
62. Lucinda Riley - De zeven zussen - 2018/07/11 - 616 pages -
63. Karin Slaughter - Laatste adem - 2018/05/16 - 126 pages -
64. Ruth Ware - Het leugenspel - 2018/07/03 - 381 pages -
65. Lucinda Riley - Storm - 2018/07/15 - 591 pages -
66. Lucinda Riley - Schaduw - 2018/07/15 - 576 pages -
67. Robert Bryndza - De stalker in de nacht - 2018/06/26 - 380 pages -
68. M.J. Arlidge - Schuitje varen - 2018/07/15 - 125 pages -
69. Kate Mosse - Tijden van vuur - 2018/06/26 - 478 pages -
70. Santa Montefiore - Onder de Italiaanse zon - 2018/05/31 - 396 pages -
71. Lucinda Riley - Terug naar Wharton Park - 2018/07/01 - 471 pages -
72. Ruth Ware - De vrouw in suite 10 - 2017/11/26 - 352 pages -
73. Lucinda Riley - De lavendeltuin - 2018/07/30 - 416 pages -
74. Lucinda Riley - Het meisje op de rotsen - 2018/07/30 - 416 pages -
75. Santa Montefiore - De dochter van de imker - 2018/08/02 - 321 pages -
76. Anne McCaffrey - Drakentocht - 2012/06/11 - 399 pages -
77. Anne McCaffrey - De witte draak - 2012/06/11 - 488 pages -
78. Anne McCaffrey - De afvalligen van Pern - 2012/06/11 - 339 pages -
79. Anne McCaffrey - De redding van Pern - 2012/06/11 - 432 pages -
80. Anne McCaffrey - Dageraad van de draken - 2012/06/11 - 496 pages -
81. Anne McCaffrey - Drakenvrouwe - 2012/06/11 - 420 pages -
82. Anne McCaffrey - Drakenoog - 2012/06/11 - 364 pages -
83. Anne McCaffrey - Voorbij tussen - 2018/08/14 - 39 pages -
84. Anne McCaffrey - Renner van Pern - 2018/08/14 - 57 pages -
85. Lucinda Riley - Parel - 2018/08/17 - 592 pages -
86. Nora Roberts - Meer dan liefde - 2018/02/16 - 365 pages -
87. Clare Mackintosh - Ik zie jou - 2018/08/26 - 348 pages -
88. Clare Mackintosh - Mea Culpa - 2018/08/28 - 382 pages -
89. Clare Mackintosh - Valse hoop - 2018/08/28 - 414 pages -
90. Nora Roberts - Dansen op lucht - 2018/04/29 - 273 pages -
91. Philip Pullman - La Belle Sauvage - 2017/12/06 - 444 pages -
92. Joe Abercrombie - De weg van de angst - 2009/11/15 - 539 pages -
93. Ken Follett - Pilaren van de aarde - 2010/01/23 - 1006 pages -
94. Ken Follett - Brug naar de hemel - 2010/01/23 - 1103 pages -
95. Douglas Adams - Het restaurant aan het eind van het heelal - 2009/11/17 - 229 pages -
96. Margaret Weis - Drakenzoon - 2012/08/08 - 332 pages -
97. Ken Follett - Het eeuwige vuur - 2018/09/09 - 861 pages -
98. Mads Peder Nordbo - Meisje zonder huid - 2018/08/22 - 364 pages -
99. Lucinda Riley - De nachtroos - 2018/10/26 - 587 pages -
100. Katherine Neville - Het vuur - 2011/01/05 - 454 pages -
101. Griet op de Beeck - Gezien de feiten - 2018/03/12 - 94 pages -

** Currently Reading

Edited: Nov 1, 3:17pm 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 -


08. Justin Cronin - De oversteek - bought 2010/07/24 - 993 pages -
09. Jay Kristoff - Nimmernacht - bought 2018/05/18 - 651 pages -


10. Scott Lynch - Rode zee onder een rode hemel - bought 2012/05/06 - 608 pages -
11. Lucinda Riley - De zeven zussen - bought 2018/07/11 - 616 pages -
12. Lucinda Riley - Storm - bought 2018/07/15 - 591 pages -
13. Lucinda Riley - Schaduw - bought 2018/07/15 - 576 pages -


14. Lucinda Riley - Parel - 2018/08/17 - 592 pages -

15. Joe Abercrombie - De weg van de angst - 2009/11/15 - 539 pages -
16. Ken Follett - Pilaren van de aarde - 2010/01/23 - 1006 pages -
17. Ken Follett - Brug naar de hemel - 2010/01/23 - 1103 pages -


18. Ken Follett - Het eeuwige vuur - 2018/09/09 - 861 pages -

19. Lucinda Riley - De nachtroos - 2018/10/26 - 587 pages -

** Currently reading

Edited: Nov 9, 5:18am Top

Books bought in 2018

Ticker adjusted on July 4 (from 40 to 50)


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 Roberts
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


14. Wildernis - Jane Harper
15. Onhoudbaar - Linwood Barclay
16. Laatste adem - Karin Slaughter
17. Klein klein kleutertje - M.J. Arlidge
18. Nimmernacht - Jay Kristoff
19. Onder de Italiaanse zon - Santa Montefiore
20. Kijk niet terug - Nora Roberts


21. Gespleten - Karin Slaughter
22. Tijden van vuur - Kate Mosse
23. De stalker in de nacht - Robert Bryndza


24. Het leugenspel - Ruth Ware
25. De goddeloze oorlog - David Hair
26. De bloedrode rivier - David Hair
27. De zeven zussen - Lucinda Riley
28. Het Pauluslabyrint - Jeroen Windmeijer
29. Storm - Lucinda Riley
30. Schaduw - Lucinda Riley
31. Schuitje varen - M.J.Arlidge


32. Vlak voordat ik stierf - S.K. Tremayne
33. De bekentenissen van Petrus - Jeroen Windmeijer
34. Parel - Lucinda Riley
35. Streken - Natalie Koch
36. Meisje zonder huid - Mads Peder Nordbo
37. Mea Culpa - Clare Mackintosh
38. Valse hoop - Clare Mackintosh


39. Het eeuwige vuur - Ken Follett
40. Zilvergaren - Naomi Novik


41. De nachtroos - Lucinda Riley
42. Het vijfde seizoen - N.K. Jemisin


43. Het meisje in de toren - Katherine Arden
44. Donker water - Robert Bryndza

00. Gezien de feiten - Griet op de Beeck (boekenweekgeschenk 2018)
00. Barst - Boris O. Dittrich - (Spannende Boeken weken 2018)

Cursief is read

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


Edited: May 1, 3:02pm Top

Welcome to my second thread everyone.

May 1, 3:00pm Top

A bit late I know. Congrats on your beautiful 2nd grandaughter.

May 1, 3:38pm Top

Such sweet pictures! And great reading progress, including on chunksters!

May 1, 4:07pm Top

Happy new thread, Connie. Those photos of the girls are gorgeous!

May 1, 4:15pm Top

Happy new thread, Connie!

Very cute new pic of Fiene and wonderful photo of Jeroen and Lonne.

May 1, 4:35pm Top

Very cute photos, Connie! Glad to see your second thread all organized and ready to go for May. :-)

May 1, 8:10pm Top

Ah, another cute photo! Happy new thread, Connie!

May 1, 9:36pm Top

Happy New Thread, Connie.

May 2, 2:36am Top

Thanks everybody.

May 2, 4:31am Top

Happy new thread, Connie. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Fiene looks so grown-up already! And Lonne is lovely.

May 2, 8:29am Top

Happy new thread, Connie. Great pictures!

May 2, 9:48am Top

Congratulations on the new granddaughter!

May 4, 2:21am Top

Thanks all!

On the books

I'm now reading two books;

On my Kobo het zingende schip by Anne McCaffrey

A SF book that I'm reading for the Challenge for May on my RL bookclub. The theme is: read a book in which music plays a big roll.

From LT

The brain was perfect, the tiny, crippled body useless. So technology rescued the brain and put it in an environment that conditioned it to live in a different kind of body - a spaceship. Here the human mind, more subtle, infinitely more complex than any computer ever devised, could be linked to the massive and delicate strengths, the total recall, and the incredible speeds of space. But the brain behind the ship was entirely feminine - a complex, loving, strong, weak, gentle savage - a personality, all-woman, called Helva...

It's interesting but I'm having trouble with all the technical details. Once again I find SF is not really my thing.

And as a paper book I'm reading De beer en de nachtegaal by Katherine Arden

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.

I don't really know where this book is taking me. I still don't feel 'it'.

Edited: Sep 2, 5:39pm Top

Het zingende schip by Anne McCaffrey is finished.

Not the best book by Mrs. McCaffrey. I'm not that into SF but I love her Pern books. This was too technical for me but I loved Helva and would like to know more about her. And I keep thinking about the stories, so there must be something good in there.

I've started another ebook by Nora Roberts - Hart van de zee

Darcy Gallagher has always believed in the pull of fate, the magic of legend...and the importance of money. She longs to find a rich man who will sweep her away--into a world filled with glamour and adventure, and the exotic life that is her destiny... A wealthy businessman with Irish blood, Trevor Magee has come to Ardmore to build a theater--and to uncover the secrets hidden in his family's past. He thought he had given up on love long ago, but Darcy Gallagher tempts him like no woman ever has. She's gorgeous and intelligent, and she knows what she wants--and he's more than willing to give it to her. But as their mutual attraction flares into passion, they look into their hearts--and find out what happens when you truly believe

May 5, 2:47am Top

I've had trouble with the touchstones for books newly added to LT. Does anyone know what to do about that?

Edited: May 10, 2:47pm Top

And I finished another one, not a ROOT though.

Wildernis by Jane Harper

I liked the first book by Jane Harper De droogte a lot so when I saw her second book in the shop at the train-station I did not hesitate and bought it and I started reading it yesterday en finished it today.

From BOL.com

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.
The four day hike through the rugged landscape is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team-building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

Police officer Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing walker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case - and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with.
Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew.

Now I'm reading Witte kaarten by Anne Bishop

From LT

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-man's-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..

Edited: May 6, 6:41pm Top

>21 connie53: glad to see you enjoyed the Jane Harper one - I liked The Dry too, and seems like it's the same police officer - onto the wishlist it goes!

ETA...only I can't add it to my wishlist because of the touchstone problem! Hopefully that'll be fixed soon.

May 7, 12:49am Top

In English it's called Force of nature, Donna.

May 7, 6:32pm Top

Thanks, Connie - now it's on the wishlist!

Edited: May 10, 2:48pm Top

Bought Onhoudbaar by Linwood Barclay. In English the book is called Parting Shot

From LT

When a young girl from Promise Falls is killed by a drunk driver, the community wants answers. It doesn't matter that the accused is a kid himself: all they see is that he took a life and got an easy sentence. As pack mentality kicks in and social media outrage builds, vicious threats are made against the boy and his family. When Cal Weaver is called in to investigate, he finds himself caught up in a cold-blooded revenge plot. Someone in the town is threatening to put right some wrongs... And in Cal's experience, it's only ever a matter of time before threats turn into action.

May 8, 3:35pm Top

Hi Connie!

Just a quick hello - I hope you're doing well. You're getting in lots of good reading, congrats.

May 9, 6:19pm Top

>25 connie53: Yay!!! I still have to read The Twenty-Three before I can get to that one.

May 10, 2:31am Top

>27 rabbitprincess: I don't think The twenty three is translated. I have to go and try to find out about that.

Edited: May 12, 2:59am Top

>25 connie53: I finished Witte kaarten by Anne Bishop and gave it

It's part 5 and it was fun to be back with Meg and Simon and find out how they are all doing.

Now reading Onhoudbaar by Linwood Barclay see >25 connie53:

May 10, 6:27pm Top

>28 connie53: I hope it is! Are the other two books in the trilogy (Broken Promise and Far from True) translated?

May 11, 2:31am Top

>30 rabbitprincess: Nope! they only translated prequels 1, 2 and 3. And now a part 4. How strange is that!

May 11, 6:54am Top

>31 connie53: That must be so frustrating! I take for granted how much is available to me, as a native English speaker. I suppose it is a publishing, commercial decision what does and doesn't get translated, but if they've started with a series you'd think they'd finish it.

May 11, 3:05pm Top

>32 Jackie_K: Yes, you would think that. But now they didn't translate the regular first, second and third part. Maybe I should email the publisher and ask 'Why"

May 11, 5:22pm Top

>33 connie53: I'd like to hope it was because they were waiting for all three books to be released before starting. You should write to the publisher! I hope they'll be able to give you a reasonable answer.

Edited: May 12, 3:44pm Top

I finished Onhoudbaar by Linwood Barclay yesterday.
The weather is gorgeous over here so I spend lots of time in the garden reading.

This was a good story that follows 2 story-lines. One is the investigation by Barry Duckworth, a police detective, and Cal Weaver, a private investigator. Slowly the two stories come together and that's cleverly done.

Now I'm reading book # 5 in the Helen Grace series.

Naar bed, naar bed by M.J.Arlidge

The translation of Little Boy Blue

Detective Inspector Helen Grace is no stranger to tragedy. But when a body is found in a Southampton nightclub, the death cuts too close to the bone. Hiding her personal connection to the victim - and a double-life which must remain secret at all costs - Helen becomes a woman possessed, working her team around the clock to chase down every lead. The investigation takes its toll not only on Helen but also her senior officers. Tempers flare, friendships fray and Helen faces an impossible choice. Confess her sins and lose control of the case? Or keep living a lie, protecting her darkest secrets, and risk getting trapped in this tangled web? But whatever she does, this killer will not stop until the truth is revealed: there are some fates worse than death ...

May 12, 11:09am Top

Just dropping in to wish you a lovely weekend, Connie!

Edited: May 20, 3:05am Top

>36 MissWatson: Thanks Birgit, so far so good! I finished another ROOT

Naar bed, naar bed by M.J. Arlidge

Very exciting and with a real cliffhanger. Very short chapters tell the story of Helen Grace and her colleagues when they are investigating a murder.

Whille reading and nearing the end of the book I missed some information and started wondering why. Hmm, I skipped book 4 in the series, That's why.

So I started that book this evening Klikspaan by M.J.Arlidge

The transation of Liar, Liar

Detective Helen Grace gets caught in an inferno of death and destruction in the red-hot new thriller from the author of Eeny Meeny, Pop Goes the Weasel, and The Doll's House ... Detective Helen Grace has never seen such destruction. Six fires in twenty-four hours. Two people dead. Several more injured. It's as if someone wants to burn the city to the ground ... With the whole town on high alert, Helen and her team must sift through the rubble to find the arsonist, someone whose thirst for fire--and control--is reducing entire lives to ashes. One misstep could mean Helen's career--and more lives lost. And as the pressure mounts and more buildings burn, Helen's own dark impulses threaten to consume her ...

May 12, 8:49pm Top

Hi Connie! I'm dropping a star and catching up: your grand babies are too cute!

May 13, 3:42am Top

>38 Miss_Moneypenny: Thanks, Miss M. And thanks for visiting my thread.

May 18, 1:43pm Top

Just saying 'hi,' Connie! Congrats on your new grandbaby :). So cute.

I saw you read Sleeping Giants. It's on my wish list and I saw my library has it, so hopefully I'll get to it soon.

Edited: May 20, 3:10am Top

>40 readingtangent: Thanks Elizabeth. Real good reads!

I've been buying some new books the last week.

Laatste adem by Karin Slaughter

Translation of Last Breath prequel for Goede dochter

From LT
When she begins to defend motherless teenager Flora Faulkner, lawyer Charlie Quinn is reminded of her own troubled past, and she begins to realize that her client is in far deeper trouble than she initially anticipates.


Klein klein kleutertje by M.J. Arlidge

Translation of Love me not part 7 in the series about Helen Grace.

From LT

A woman's body lies in the road. At first it looks like a tragic accident. But when Helen Grace arrives on the scene it's clear she's looking at a coldblooded killing. But why would anyone target a much-loved wife and mother? Across town, a shopkeeper is killed while his customers are left unharmed. But what lies behind the killer's choices? Who lives? Who dies? Who's next? The clock is ticking. If Helen can't solve this deadly puzzle then more blood will be shed. But any mistake and it might be her own.


Nimmernacht by Jay Kristoff

Translation of Nevernight, part 1

From LT

In a world where the suns almost never set, a woman gains entry to a school of infamous assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers that destroyed her family. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she wanders a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and its thugs. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the hearth of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined. Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic-the Red Church. Deadly trials await her within the Church's halls: blades and poisons, treachery and death. If she survives to initiation, she'll be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and be one step closer to the only thing she desires. Revenge.

May 18, 2:30pm Top

And I'm reading Klein klein kleutertje right now. see>41 connie53:

Edited: May 20, 3:31am Top

I finsihed Klein klein kleutertje by M.J. Arlidge yesterday and gave it

Good read, good story but the ending was just too simple in comparison to the largest part of the book.

I'm now reading Nimmernacht by Jay Kristoff see >41 connie53:

Today promises to be a beautiful warm sunny day. So I will be in the garden reading. Yesterday was a nice day too. It started with grey clouds and low temps and we were invited to a BBQ. My goddaughter celebrated her 30th birthday and her pregnancy and her new home. Luckily the clouds went away and we had a very nice time with family and friends. (lots of them, I think there were about 60 people and 15 little children)

May 20, 4:27am Top

Hi Connie, sounds like you're having a nice weekend. The weather here isn't so good today but it's dry and will be about 16C - enough to get a bit of gardening done, then we're celebrating my husband's birthday with family. There will be no small children - his choice! The good weather is coming during the week so hopefully I'll find some time for reading al fresco too. :)

May 21, 11:37am Top

Hi Connie, looks like you had a great weeekend!

May 25, 7:47am Top

Hi Connie!

Glad you had a good time at the BBQ. I hope you're doing well.

May 26, 2:05pm Top

Hi Connie, I hope you're having a good weekend. We're having lovely weather here (unlike much of England, from what I can gather!) and I've already been out in the back yard reading, that was really nice.

Edited: May 27, 7:32am Top

Hi all!

It's real hot here, the temps are around 30 C. So I'm spending my time in the garden. In the early morning I do some household chores and then I settle in the garden. Sometimes in the sun but mostly in the shade.

I've started two ROOTs

De weg van de angst by Joe Abercrombie

This is the translation of Before they are hanged

From LT

Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It's enough to make a torturer want to run -- if he could even walk without a stick. Northmen have spilled over the border of Angland and are spreading fire and death across the frozen country. Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to drive them back and win undying glory. There is only one problem -- he commands the worst-armed, worst-trained, worst-led army in the world. And Bayaz, the First of the Magi, is leading a party of bold adventurers on a perilous mission through the ruins of the past. The most hated woman in the South, the most feared man in the North, and the most selfish boy in the Union make a strange alliance, but a deadly one. They might even stand a chance of saving mankind from the Eaters -- if they didn't hate each other quite so much. Ancient secrets will be uncovered. Bloody battles will be won and lost. Bitter enemies will be forgiven -- but not before they are hanged.

And just because this book fits in the tropical temps we have over here. We call a ZZZ-boek. Zomer, Zwoel, Zwijmel (Summer, Sultry, Swoon) only we have a different meaning of to Swoon. It's more like being intoxicated by feelings. You can dream away with a book like that.

In de schaduw van het palazzo by Santa Montefiore

This is the translation of The Italian Matchmaker

From LT

Luca has to admit his life is empty. His high-pressure City job, his seven-figure income, his glossy girlfriends -- all have long ceased to satisfy him. His marriage is over and he barely knows his young daughters. In search of serenity and a deeper purpose to his existence, he flees to Italy, to the magical Palazzo Montelimone lovingly restored by his parents, to chill and to assess his future. But life on the sun-drenched Amalfi coast is not as peaceful as Luca anticipates. The palazzo is filled with his mother's eccentric friends and haunted by the ghosts of its murderous past. He meets a woman whose dark eyes are heavy with sorrow and a solemn little boy with an incredible secret. As he begins to unravel a mystery that has its roots in a long-ago act of violence, Luca is forced to face his greatest fear in exchange for the greatest truth.

May 28, 4:57am Top

Hi Connie! Summer really has come early this year. I hope you enjoy the Abercrombie book. I rather liked his odd heroes.

Jun 3, 8:27pm Top

Congrats on the birth of your second granddaughter, Connie. She already looks very alert in the picture with Jeroen and Fiene looks ready for her big sister role.

Good to hear that the second book by Jane Harper is also a good one. I really liked The Dry.

Jun 4, 8:05am Top

Hi Connie!

I hope you're reading some good books and enjoying your granddaughters.

Jun 5, 2:01am Top

>50 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg. Lonne is doing much better now. The first few weeks were really heavy for Jeroen and Rianne. Rianne had to recover from giving birth and Lonne cried a lot. But now after 7 weeks she is settling down. Breastfeeding was difficult to because Lonne is a restless baby, but she is gaining weight as she is supposed to do. They are slowly introducing bottled milk now. And she sleeps better. Fiene is very proud of her little niece.

>51 karenmarie: Yes I'm, Karen. Fiene is staying with us a lot. And we always enjoy that. She is such a funny little girl.

And I'm reading three books at the same time, including one English book.

De weg van de angst by Joe Abercrombie See above


Dit is het begin by Sean French

From LT

Mark Foll is someone you might have spoken to, although you wouldn't necessarily know it; he might have called you in the middle of your favourite television programme to ask if you could take part in some market research, or you might even have called him to sort out your mobile phone contract or to find out where your airline tickets are. Mark has been drifting from terrible job to even worse job when he washes up at Wortley Insurance, working as claims adjuster. It is only when he is sent to Marson Greem, a Norfolk village, to investigate what might or might not be a cancer cluster caused by a waste management company insured by Wortley, that life beging to become something Mark might believe actually involves him. "Start From Here" is a social comedy, a love story, and a novel about patterns, randomness, and the patterns we see in randomness - in love, in life, and in insurance.


The book in English!

Broken promise by Linwood Barclay one of the 'Promise Falls' novels

From LT

After his wife's death and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back into his childhood home in Promise Falls, New York. David believes his life is in free fall, and he can't find a way to stop his descent. Then he comes across a family secret of epic proportions. A year after a devastating miscarriage, David's cousin Marla has continued to struggle. But when David's mother asks him to check on her, he's horrified to discover that she's been secretly raising a child who is not her own-a baby she claims was a gift from an "angel" left on her porch. When the baby's real mother is found murdered, David can't help wanting to piece together what happened-even if it means proving his own cousin's guilt. But as he uncovers each piece of evidence, David realizes that Marla's mysterious child is just the tip of the iceberg. Other strange things are happening. Animals are found ritually slaughtered. An ominous abandoned Ferris wheel seems to stand as a warning that something dark has infected Promise Falls. And someone has decided that the entire town must pay for the sins of its past... in blood

Jun 5, 3:35am Top

Happy reading, Connie!

Edited: Jun 11, 4:36am Top

>53 MissWatson: Thanks, Birgit.

I finished my first ROOT for June Dit is het begin by Sean French and gave it

It was a good read but sometimes a bit slow.

Jun 11, 5:03am Top

I finished two more books in the past few days.

Broken Promise and Final Assignment both by Linwood Barclay and both in English.

I'm now reading another book by Linwood Far from true.

From LT

When private investigator Cal Weaver looks into a break-in at the home of a recently deceased man, he uncovers far more than he is prepared for after he finds a hidden room in the basement. All evidence points to the room being used for salacious activity. Perhaps something illegal. He also finds that a cache of DVDs has been stolen from the room and soon realizes it may not be discs the thief was actually interested in. But there is something even darker than thievery in town. Detective Barry Duckworth is doggedly trying to solve two murders, one of which is three years old. He believes the killings are connected, since each featured a similar distinctive wound. And the key to his mystery may lie with Cal Weaver's own labyrinthine case. As the lies begin to unravel, and another murder happens, Cal and Barry find themselves headed straight into the heart of a dark secret as they uncover more startling truths about Promise Falls. Evil deeds long thought buried are about to haunt the residents of this town as the sins of the past and present collide with terrifying results

I love the way Linwood has these three storylines. One is Detective Barry Duckworth, another PI Cal Weaver and the third is former Journalist David Harwood. All three men are searching for answers and all three have some of the information to solve the murders and other stuff happening in Promise Falls. In the first 200 pages of the book they don't meet, although they know each other from former occasions. I felt like I should do something to make them see each other and compare their notes. But now on page 215, things are happening.

Jun 12, 1:57am Top

I started another ROOT Een nieuw begin by Robert Jordan for the challenge for June: read a book that tells about a beginning or the origin of something.

This book is the translation of New Spring

From LT

For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a Foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmount, the immense mountain that looms over the city, is born an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before the forces of the Shadow have an opportunity to kill him. Moiraine Damodred, a young Accepted soon to be raised to Aes Sedai, and Lan Mandragoran, a soldier fighting in the battle, are set on paths that will bind their lives together. But those paths are filled with complications and dangers, for Moiraine, of the Royal House of Cairhien, whose king has just died, and Lan, considered the uncrowned king of a nation long dead, find their lives threatened by the plots of those seeking power.

Edited: Jun 13, 9:58am Top

>52 connie53: I'll be interested to hear what you think of the Sean French novel, when you finish it. :-) There aren't many readers reviews posted for it.

Edited: I just saw the review above. Sorry the book was slow but 3.5 stars is a decent rating.

Edited: Jun 13, 2:37pm Top

>57 Lisa805: This is my review in Dutch

Mark is echt een beetje een nobody. Hij valt nergens door op, maar op een moment heeft hij daar genoeg van. Hij wil meer en hij wil vooral iets 'leuks' te doen hebben als baan. Dus neemt hij het besluit om naar de directie van de verzekeringsmaatschappij, waar hij bij werkt, te gaan. En hij vraagt om een nieuwe leuke functie. Iets waardoor hij meer mensen ziet en hij een verschil kan maken. Hij blijkt er een talent voor te hebben en gaat zich steeds beter voelen. Als hij, samen met zijn collega Giles, naar een dorpje wordt gestuurd om daar een mogelijke grote claim van het dorp te onderzoeken, kan hij zijn talent benutten en vind hij ook de liefde. Zijn besluit om de grote sprong te maken en niet klakkeloos te blijven zitten waar hij zat, is voor hem het begin van een nieuw leven.

And this is the translation:

Mark is just a nobody. He has a dull job at the call centre of an insurance company, a dull love live, nothing much is happening. He does not stand out and he is fed up with that. He wants to do something 'fun" so he decides to go to the head of the company, surpassing all his superiors. He asks for a position with more fun and more face-to-face contact with real life people. He wants to make a difference. His action gets rewarded by the CEO and he and his colleague and mentor Giles are sent into fieldservice to people's homes to find out if claims are ligit. He has a talent for seeing if people lie about things and he gets better and better at that. After a while Mark and Giles are sent to a small village. The village is blaming the waste-management company nearby for all the people who are sick with cancer and is charging the company for a big amount of money. Mark can use his talent to solve this and he finds love too. His decision to make this big jump forward is the beginning of a new life, This book is not fast-going and not spectacular, but an easy slow read

Jun 13, 9:21am Top

Hi Connie!

I just recently read Blue Monday by the husband-and-wife-writing time Nicci French, and of course Sean French is the husband half. I've just added this book to my wish list.

Jun 19, 3:02pm Top

Hi Connie, just popping in to say hope all's well with you. How is Lonne doing?

Jun 21, 3:54am Top

Hi Connie, I hope everything is going well for you.

Jun 21, 4:20am Top

>60 Jackie_K: >61 MissWatson: Things are getting better. Peet has had some hypnotherapy and he had an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). He is not that bad as weeks ago but now it's taking it's toll on me too. I'm feeling not that great and a bit depressed too. It's taking so long for him to get a grip on things and move forward. And I'm getting tired of being positive all the time. Fiene and Lonne and books are keeping me going on. Fiene is such a delight and I feel happy when she is with me. Lonne is now 2 months old and doing better too. She still cries a lot (in fact she screams) and Rianne is very uncertain about herself as a mother. And when mum feels unsure and restless a baby feels that. So.. that's what is happening here.

Jun 21, 6:49am Top

It must be very hard indeed to be positive all the time. My best wishes that things will look much brighter for you, too!

Jun 28, 11:21am Top

>62 connie53: Really empathizing with your difficult times, Connie, and sending best wishes.

Jun 28, 11:47am Top

>62 connie53: Wow - Connie I think you're doing an amazing job, but it's so hard being strong for everyone else all the time, isn't it? I'm glad Peet is doing a bit better, and I hope that you soon have space to make time for yourself too. Take care.

Jul 7, 2:27am Top

>62 connie53: That's rough. You just can't be strong and positive all the time when there is so much stress. I hope you still savour the little things like reading and grandchildren and take your time for them.

Best wishes for you and your family.

Jul 7, 8:50am Top

Thinking of you, Connie. Take care of yourself.

Jul 8, 8:58pm Top

>62 connie53: People can be thoughtless about the effect that a partner's illness has on the main care giver, Connie. I used to feel heartless when I took time out for myself when dealing with my husband but it really needed to be done. Care giving takes an enormous toll on those giving the care. It is not just the time but the not knowing if things will get better or back to "normal". Make sure that you take time for yourself to do things that you value that will improve your future.

Jul 12, 3:27am Top

Thank you all. After a kind of crisis and drama on Sunday with a big clash between Peet and Jeroen, I decided to take some time for myself. Peet needs to know he has to DO things too. He knows the theory and he talks about those things with his therapist, who is very enthusiastic about what he says, but he has to follow up with deeds. So I'm going on a little holiday with my BFF Vera.

Jul 12, 3:30am Top

>69 connie53: Letting them get on with it and sort things out for themselves while you go out with your friends sounds like an excellent idea, Connie. Have fun.

Jul 12, 3:42am Top

>69 connie53: Taking time out for yourself is an excellent idea, indeed. Enjoy yourself, Connie!

Jul 12, 4:11am Top

>69 connie53: That sounds like a really good start, Connie - it's important to take time for yourself too. Have a wonderful holiday!

Jul 12, 11:32am Top

>69 connie53: Wishing rest and merriment for you and Vera!

Jul 21, 12:11am Top

I hope that you are having an enjoyable and relaxing holiday, Connie.

Jul 21, 5:10am Top

Take care of yourself, Connie. All the years I had to be strong for my family took its toll too. Since I make a therapie I feel m6ch better. Should have started earlier. Hugs

Jul 21, 8:12am Top

I hope your vacation with your BFF is wonderful, Connie. So glad to hear that you are taking care of yourself.

I'm sorry to hear about all the stresses in your family, especially Peet not getting a grip and moving forward. *Hugs*

Jul 28, 4:51pm Top

Hi all! Back again from a lovely week with Vera, first 3 days at her place in Tilburg and then 4 days at her families mobile home (though not so mobile, it's been there for 34 years) on the coast of Zeeland (province of the Netherlands). We chatted a lot, did some shopping and lots of reading. Nice food and drinks.

I decided to make an appointment with my GP to get some help for me in coping with what's happening here with Peet and express my concerns about that. I need him to know somethings about Peet and his chancing behavior and about Peet's drinking habits. That could be connected things and I want to know what I can do to help Peet onward.

Jul 28, 5:42pm Top

Glad you had a good time with friend Vera.

Good idea, too, about seeing your GP to help yourself AND Peet.

Jul 28, 8:17pm Top

Good to have you back, Connie. I hope your GP can come up with some useful suggestions

Jul 29, 6:57am Top

Welcome back, Connie. It's good to hear you had a nice time with your friend. And best wishes that your GP will be able to support you.

Jul 29, 10:17am Top

I'm so glad you had a good time! I have a mentally ill sister I have to be responsible for and I know that sometimes just being away from her for awhile is a great relief.

Jul 30, 10:05am Top

Welcome back from me too, Connie. Your holiday sounded great, just what you needed - I hope you get the chance to do it again some time soon. I hope the GP can help you both.

Aug 3, 2:52pm Top

It sounds like you had a good break, Connie. It's a good idea to talk to your GP, talking to a counselor might also help. I know that I did that in the past when dealing with my husband's issues.

Aug 4, 12:31pm Top

Just dropping in to wish you a nice weekend, Connie.

Aug 5, 1:34am Top

Thanks, Birgit and Meg.

I've been away from LT for too long. And I hope to do better in the future. It's too hot in the Netherlands right now to do anything else but sit in the garden in the shade of a big tree and read. Temps are up to 36 C and I do some household chores in the early morning when it's still relatively cool. So I've been reading a lot. Mostly books by Lucinda Riley or Santa Montefiore.
I've met my challenge of 75 books for this year and now I'm reading ROOTs to meet that challenge too.

Edited: Aug 5, 1:57am Top

Here's what I'm reading right now

Drakentocht by Anne McCaffrey ROOT!

After the latest storm of destructive, deadly silver threads, F'lar knows that he must devise a better way to protect his beloved home. The fire-breathing dragons are effective in protecting Pern, but F'lar fears that, using them, his brother might go on another suicide mission. Will F'lar compose an effective plan before it's too late?

Aug 5, 3:56am Top

And finished! ROOT # 32 for the year.

Starting # 33 De witte draak by Anne McCaffrey

There had never been a bonding as close as that between the young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary pure white and incredibly agile dragon, Ruth. Too young to be allowed to help fight the dreaded thread, the Weyrmates trained themselves in secret. Disobeying all rules, Jaxon taught Ruth to fly back in time - as well as between - to escape detection. Their illicit flight seemed but a minor disobedience, until unexpected events put them in the path of danger and in a position to prevent what could be the biggest disaster of all: a battle that set dragonrider against dragonrider!

Aug 5, 8:04am Top

>85 connie53: Ew, that is much too hot to do anything! I hope the temperatures get back to more comfortable levels soon.

Aug 5, 8:51am Top

>85 connie53: I agree with >88 rabbitprincess:, I would really struggle to do anything in that heat! (even read!)

If you want to send about 10 degrees our way that would be great - we'd both be in the mid-20s then, which would be lovely!

Aug 5, 8:54am Top

I will send you your asked degrees, Jackie. And Tuesday they predict another very hot day with 38 degrees, so I will send you some more on Tuesday too. ;-))

Aug 5, 9:25am Top

Indeed, way too hot to do anything, Connie, and here it is a few degrees less than at your place.

Aug 5, 9:31am Top

>90 connie53: Ooft, that's way too much! When I was on holiday we had temperatures of high 20s/low 30s, and we could barely move we were so exhausted with it! (not that it stopped the kids leaping around, but us adults were well and truly defeated by it!)

Aug 7, 4:30pm Top

And finished ROOT # 33

Starting in ROOT # 34

De afvalligen van Pern by Anne McCaffrey

As long as the people of Pern could remember, the Holds had protected them from Thread, the deadly silver strands that fell from the sky and ravaged the land. In exchange for sanctuary in the huge stone fortresses, the people tithed to their Lord Holders, who in turn supported the Weyrs, whose dragons were Pern's greatest weapon against Thread.

But not everyone on Pern was part of that system of mutual care and protection, particularly those who had been rendered holdless as punishment for wrongdoing. And there were some, like Jayge's trader clan, who simply preferred the freedom of the roads to the security of a hold. Others, like Aramina's family, had lost their holds through injustice and cruelty. For all the holdless, life was a constant struggle for survival.

Then, from the ranks of the criminals and the disaffected, rose a band of renegades, led by the Lady Thella. No one was safe from Thella's depredations, and now her quarry was Aramina, reputed to have a telepathic link with dragons. But when Thella mistakenly vented her rage on Jayge's family, she made a dangerous mistake. For Jayge was bent on revenge . . . and he would never let her have the girl who heard dragons!

Aug 8, 3:53am Top

Reading in Bragan's thread about the TBR-pile going down in 2018.

I started with a TBR-pile of 504 books and I'm now down to 483 books. So that means 21 down in comparison to the beginning of the year!

Aug 8, 4:40am Top

>94 connie53: Way to go, Connie! I have read quite a few off the TBR, but the new ones keep coming in.

Aug 8, 4:51am Top

>94 connie53: That's very good. I have had a good year reading ROOTs so far, but i have also had a great year buying books, so my total probably haven't moved. (At least not in the right direction.)

Aug 8, 9:52am Top

Aug 8, 7:01pm Top

>94 connie53: Excellent work! :D

Aug 9, 8:42am Top

Thanks guys, and one more down!

Now Reading De redding van Pern by Anne McCaffrey

For generations, the dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fighting Thread, the dreaded spores that periodically rained from the sky to ravage the land. On the backs of their magnificent telepathic dragons they flew to flame the deadly stuff out of the air before it could reach the planet?s surface. But the greatest dream of the dragonriders was to find a way to eradicate Thread completely, so that never again would their beloved Pern be threatened with destruction. Now, for the first time, it looks as if that dream can come true. For when the people of Pern, led by Masterharper Robinton and F'lar and Lessa, Weyrleader and Weyrwoman of Benden Weyr, excavate the ancient remains of the planet's original settlement, they uncover the colonists' voice-activated artificial intelligence system - which still functions. And the computer has incredible news for them: There is a chance - a good chance - that they can, at long last, annihilate Thread once and for all.

Aug 10, 11:26am Top

>99 connie53:, wow, you are working your way through the Pern books quickly. :D I've been reading the last few, either written by her son, or by Anne with her son, and hope to finish the series later this year. Her daughter has a Pern book coming out in October too.

Aug 10, 4:23pm Top

>100 Quaisior: Sadly those aren't translated into Dutch and my English is not good enough for SF books. So I will read just the ones that are translated if I can find them somewhere. I own 8 of them and finished De redding van Pern this afternoon. I really was in tears at the end.

Of course I started Dageraad van de draken immediately

Pern was a beautiful planet, Earth-like enough to feel like home, yet unspoiled by the industrial development and interstellar wars that had ravaged the other planets of humankind. And the few thousand colonists who came to Pern intended to keep it that way. They staked their claims on the land and settled down to build a low-tech, agricultural paradise on the world they had loved at first sight. Then disaster struck. Deadly spores fell like silver threads from the sky, devouring everything and everyone in their path. Fire and water could destroy the thread, but the colonists could not keep up with their relentless attacks. At this rate the colony would not survive. However, the colonists noticed that the small dragon-like lizards that inhabited their new world were joining the fight against the thread, breathing fire on it and then teleporting to safety. If only the dragonets were big enough for a human to ride, and intelligent enough to work as a team with a rider! And so they set their most talented geneticist to work to create the creatures Pern so desperately needed, dragons!

Aug 11, 3:04am Top

Piew! No more threads to catch up with! Now it's time to visit LT every day and keep it that way.

An update on Fiene

She has got her little house for reading

And Lonne

Aug 11, 6:56am Top

>102 connie53: Oh those two girls are so adorable! They're both growing up so fast! (A does that too - we keep feeding her! ;) ).

Aug 11, 5:24pm Top

>101 connie53: Amazing that you're flying through the Pern books and the ROOTs. Personally speaking, I prefer the books that Anne McCaffrey wrote alone (although I've not read all Todd's books), so if they haven't been translated I wouldn't worry too much. Unless of course you have to read every book in the series!

Aug 11, 7:01pm Top

I love Fiene's little reading house, I think I'd like to have such a cozy place to read! I see both girls are off to a great start with their books.

Aug 12, 4:17am Top

>104 martencat: Your are so right, Martencat. I will leave the not translated books alone and not bother to find them.

>105 clue: How could they not? With a grandmother with a house full of books and parents that read too.

Aug 12, 4:04pm Top

And with finishing Dageraad van de draken by Anne McCaffrey I've reached my goal of 36 books. Any additional books will go to the group total.

Yeah, Yeah!!

Aug 12, 6:14pm Top

>107 connie53: Congratulations! :D

Aug 12, 7:35pm Top

Well done, Connie. And what a one to finish on! It's one of my favourites of the Pern books. The first time I read it I was screaming at them all to get under cover at the first Threadfall (mentally, not quite out loud).

Aug 13, 2:42am Top

>109 Robertgreaves: I know, Robert. I did that too. And I shed some tears while reading. That happened a lot while reading Pern books. Only 2 more are translated, but next Saturday my RL bookclub have a meet up in Utrecht and we will be visiting bookstores there (Duh!) And when I find some English Pern books I will buy them. And try my luck reading in English.

Aug 13, 5:37am Top

Hi Connie, congrats on your gorgeous granddaughters!

Aug 13, 6:29am Top

>107 connie53: Hooray, well done on meeting your goal!

Aug 13, 10:43am Top

>104 martencat:, I totally agree. I'm kind of regretting my decision to read the Todd McCaffrey books, but I wanted to read the last two co-written with Anne and they are direct sequels to the ones he wrote alone.

>107 connie53:, Congratulations on meeting your reading goal, Connie! And I love the pictures of your granddaughters with their books. :D

Aug 13, 2:19pm Top

>107 connie53: Congratulations on reaching your goal, Connie!

Your granddaughters are adorable!
I have read most Pern books in 2009-2010, sadly the library didn't have them all.

Aug 13, 3:06pm Top

Thanks guys!

Aug 13, 3:58pm Top

Congratulations! -21 on your TBRs ... ROOT goal met … two precious g-daughters!!

Aug 16, 2:01am Top

I finished Drakenvrouwe by Anne McCaffrey yesterday and gave it .

And I started the last translated book by Anne McCaffrey on my shelves.

Drakenoog by Anne McCaffrey

From LT

It's been two-hundred years since the deadly Thread fell like rain upon Pern, devouring everything in its path. No one alive remembers that first horrific onslaught and no one believes in its return--except for the dragonriders. For two centuries they have been practicing and training, passing down from generation to generation the formidable Threadfighting techniques. Now the ominous signs are appearing: the violent winter storms and volcanic eruptions that are said to herald the approach of the Red Star and its lethal spawn. But one stubborn Lord Holder, Chalkin of Bitra, refuses to believe--and that disbelief could spell disaster. So as the dragonriders desperately train to face a terrifying enemy, they and the other Lord Holders must find a way to deal with Chalkin--before history repeats itself and unleashes its virulence on all of Pern.

Aug 16, 5:11pm Top

Congratulations on reaching your goal - very impressive with two such gorgeous grandchildren to distract you from reading!

Aug 17, 1:56am Top

Thanks, Henrik.

Aug 17, 9:40am Top

Hi Connie!

Sweet and appropriately bookish pictures of both your granddaughters. Congrats on reaching your ROOT goal, too.

Have fun with your RL book club on Saturday!

Aug 19, 3:55am Top

Yesterday I went to Utrecht for a meeting with my real live bookclub friends. I have known some of them for more then 20 years and we are a close group. We had lunch and coffee and dinner and of course visited some bookstores.

Here we are:

I'm the middle one on the right top three. You can see we are a strange group. The guy with the purple hairdo was a real eyecatcher and me walking right behind him was a big contrast for some people. But we had fun.

I scored one new book for the shelves. One of the girls gave it to me

Streken by Natalie Koch

Original Dutch. So there is no description in English.

Aug 19, 8:55am Top

>121 connie53: What a great looking group! I'm glad you pointed out that the young man had purple hair...I thought he was the only one with a party hat and it must be his birthday! LOL!

Aug 19, 2:01pm Top

>121 connie53: The group looks like so much fun!

Aug 19, 4:48pm Top

>107 connie53: Congratulations on reaching your goal

Aug 24, 12:20pm Top

Hi Connie, just dropping in to wish you a nice, relaxing weekend.

Sep 1, 10:12am Top

Hi Connie!

>121 connie53: Excellent photo. Thanks for sharing.

Sep 18, 6:49am Top

Hi everyone. I've been away the last few weeks due to Real Live. Peet had asked to be committed to the psychiatric ward of the general hospital for a few days. That did not do much for his well being, but I got a few days of air and rest and I was disappointed when he decided to go home after four days because he did not feel any better. But he got used to a structured day (with breakfast, lunch and dinner) and his medication was adjusted to almost halve. He felt better, not great but better. I will try to catch up on threads again and keep my own thread more current.

Sep 18, 7:32am Top

It's good to hear from you, Connie.

Sep 18, 3:25pm Top

>127 connie53: I'm glad you popped in Connie. Don't feel any pressure about visiting the threads - keeping your head above water is more important! The threads will still be here. In the meantime, I hope that despite the respite not being as long as either of you hoped for, that Peet has made some progress and has turned a corner.

Sep 18, 10:29pm Top

Always good to see you, Connie. But we know you've got a lot going on so just take the time you need. Hopefully Peet will now have some ideas on what he needs to do.

Edited: Sep 19, 7:12am Top

Thanks Robert and Jackie, Peet is doing better, but it's a 'one-day-at-a-time' thing. Some days are better than others.

On the reading:

I've been reading a lot since >117 connie53:

Parel by Lucinda Riley -
Meer dan liefde by Nora Roberts -
Ik zie jou by Clare Mackintosh -
Mea Culpa by Clare Mackintosh -
Valse hoop by Clare Mackintosh -
Dansen op lucht by Nora Roberts -
La belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman -
De weg van de angst by Joe Abercrombie -
Pilaren van de aarde by Ken Follett -

Sep 19, 9:36am Top

Hi Connie!

>129 Jackie_K: What Jackie said.

Sending hugs and sympathy your way.

Sep 19, 1:50pm Top

It's good to hear from you. We're thinking of you. See us when you can and take care of yourself.

Sep 22, 6:40am Top

Hi Connie, just dropping in to wish you a nice weekend.

Sep 23, 2:47am Top

The last few days Peet is doing better. He's got new antidepressant medication which seems to have no side effects, or at least less. He is speaking more clearly, not as self-centered. Doing things in the house like vacuuming. I'm flabbergasted by the difference. But enjoying every minute.

On the reading:

I've finished Pilaren van de aarde by Ken Follett -

And a now reading part two in the series and another ROOT

Brug naar de hemel by Ken Follett

From LT

On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war. One boy will travel the world but come home in the end; the other will be a powerful, corrupt nobleman. One girl will defy the might of the medieval church; the other will pursue an impossible love. And always they will live under the long shadow of the unexplained killing they witnessed on that fateful childhood day. Ken Follett's masterful epic The Pillars of the Earth enchanted millions of readers with its compelling drama of war, passion and family conflict set around the building of a cathedral. Now World Without End takes readers back to medieval Kingsbridge two centuries later, as the men, women and children of the city once again grapple with the devastating sweep of historical change.

Sep 23, 10:55am Top

>135 connie53: I really want to read this series but keep putting it off because of the size...

Great news about Peet's treatment!

Sep 23, 10:58am Top

>135 connie53: I'm so happy for you, Connie. Long may it continue.

Sep 23, 11:50am Top

I'm glad Peet's new medication seems to be helping so dramatically.

Sep 24, 6:12am Top

>136 clue: It certainly will be worth your while, Luanne. They may be big books (and there's a challenge for B(ig)F(at)B(ooks) ) but they read fast enough and I think they are very entertaining. It took me 16 days to finish part 1. I'm on page 451/1100 (digital edition)

>136 clue:, >137 MissWatson:, >138 karenmarie: Thanks Luanne, Birgit and Karen. And it still continues !!

Sep 24, 6:44am Top

>135 connie53: So good to read that Peet is doing better on his new medication, Connie. I know from own experience it can take a very long time to find the right one.

Sep 24, 6:49am Top

>135 connie53: I'm really glad to hear of Peet's improvement on this new medication. It's amazing, isn't it, the difference meds can make when you get the right one.

Have a good week!

Sep 24, 6:55am Top

>140 FAMeulstee:, >141 Jackie_K: Thanks! I'm thrilled too.

Sep 30, 2:01pm Top

Today I finished part two in the Kingsbridge trilogy

Brug naar de hemel by Ken Follett and gave it

And I started part three Het eeuwige vuur by the same author

From LT, not a review.

In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love.

Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country’s first secret service, to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings precariously to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.

The real enemies, then as now, are not the rival religions. The true battle pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else—no matter what the cost.

Sep 30, 4:21pm Top

>143 connie53: I've only read Pillars of the Earth and often consider reading further into the trilogy. So glad to hear of Peet's improvement and the relief that gives to you!

Oct 1, 11:18am Top

I'm also reading Het restaurant aan het eind van het heelal by Douglas Adams for the October challenge on my book-club.

From LT

If your planet has just been destroyed, your best friend turns out to be from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse (and not Guilford, as you'd thought), and you find yourself in the company of a two-headed man who also happens to be president of the galaxy, and a beautiful girl you utterly failed to connect with at a party in a city that no longer exists...you probably shouldn't be surprised to find yourself having breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the end of the Universe...

Oct 1, 8:23pm Top

Good to hear that a change in medication has made a dramatic improvement for Peet and for you, Connie. Your book club looks like fun.

Oct 2, 2:20pm Top

My book club is lots of fun. We have known each other for at least 25 years. And share not only a love for fantasy books, but lots of other stuff. They all are very supportive of my troubles with Peet. And I know about their kids and/or parents, spouses (we even went to the marriage of two of them (to each other)), jobs and RL things.

And they never tire of my stories about Fiene or Lonne.

Here is picture of my kids with their kids

Eveline with Fiene and Jeroen with Lonne.

Oct 2, 8:01pm Top

Lovely pics, Connie. Have the little cousins met each other yet?

Oct 3, 2:11am Top

Yes, they did. Fiene is a bit jealous of Lonne. She doesn't really want to share her mother with her niece. We only live half an hour apart from each other so it's easy to visit.

Oct 3, 10:09am Top

Hi Connie!

I hope that Peet is continuing to do well with the changed drug regimen, and thank you for the lovely pictures of your kids with their kids!

Oct 3, 12:45pm Top

Hi Connie! Lovely photos, I hope you enjoy every minute of it.

Oct 3, 1:08pm Top

Great family photos, Connie.

Oct 3, 1:32pm Top

>147 connie53: What gorgeous photos - I bet you're really proud! As you should be! :)

Oct 3, 6:29pm Top

Oct 8, 1:50pm Top

I finished Het restaurant aan het eind van het heelal by Douglas Adams.
Not my kind of book, I really did not get 'it'. There is no story to speak of. It's just a lot of rubbish to me.

Now I'm reading Drakenzoon by Margaret Weis

Ven (short for Vengeance) lives in seclusion under the watchful eye of his deceased mother's Amazonian lover. He is a child whose appearance betrays his heritage - half man, half dragon. Marcus is raised at court and given all of the protections his status entails. He appears to be completely human, yet his psychic link with the brother he has never known reveals the dragon magic that lies within him. It is up to the dragon emissary who passes himself off as a man, Draconas, to protect them both, even as the internecine struggle threatens to destroy the Parliament of Dragons and bring an oppressive reign of fire down upon all mortal men.

Edited: Nov 12, 4:00am Top

And finisihed Drakenzoon yesterday and gave it . I really liked reading about dragons but forgot about this series. On my bookclub we have a new monthly challenge: "read the next installment in a series you have been neglecting". And this was one of them, together with Het restaurant aan het eind van het heelal by Douglas Adams.

Now I'm reading a new and shiny one. Also a bookclub book and in English! The invisible library by Genevieve Cogman. That's a real challenge. Fantasy/SF books in English is not comparable with thrillers or novels. But I want to read is, because it's about books and a library!

From LT

Collecting books can be a dangerous prospect in this fun, time-traveling, fantasy adventure from a spectacular debut author. One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction... Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself. Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option—because it isn't just Irene's reputation at stake, it's the nature of reality itself...

Oct 11, 4:45pm Top

>156 connie53: My husband Pete is a big fan of Genevieve Cogman's books. I think they look beautiful, but will wait till my TBR pile is lower before starting on his books!

Oct 12, 6:01am Top

Hi Connie, just dropping in to wish you a lovely weekend. I hope you're having the same fine weather that we have!

Oct 13, 2:07am Top

>158 MissWatson: Yes, we do. And I'm loving every minute of it. Today might be the last day of this nice weather with temperatures up to 27C.

Oct 13, 5:57pm Top

I hope you got to spend some time in the garden. I went to Hamburg and walked around in a short-sleeved t-shirt most of the day, this is most unusual for mid-October. And I bought some books!

Oct 29, 11:52pm Top

Hello, Connie. Just thought I'd ask how Peet's doing on the adjusted medication

Nov 1, 3:06pm Top

>161 Robertgreaves: Hi Robert, he is still struggling, but in comparison with a year ago he is definitely doing better. Thanks for asking. I don't think the medication has changed things. And now his blood-pressure is to high, so that has to be tackled too.

Nov 2, 4:28am Top

Hi Connie, nice to see you checking in. I hope you'll have a nice weekend!

Edited: Nov 3, 6:13pm Top

Hi Connie!

I hope you're getting some good reading in. I'm glad to hear that Peet is better than a year ago and hope the high blood pressure gets under control soon.

Nov 9, 6:29am Top

A few new books have found its'way to my house.

Het vijfde seizoen - by N.K. Jemisin

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world's sole continent, a great red rift has been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries. But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes -- those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon -- are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back. She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.


De nachtroos by Lucinda Riley

Spanning four generations and two very different cultures, it sweeps from the glittering palaces of the great maharajahs of India to the majestic stately homes of England, following the extraordinary life of a girl, Anahita Chaval, from 1911 to the present day...In the heyday of the British Raj, eleven-year-old Anahita, from a noble but impoverished family, forms a lifelong friendship with the headstrong Princess Indira, the privileged daughter of rich Indian royalty. Becoming the princess' official companion, Anahita accompanies her friend to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury, reluctant heir to the magnificent, remote Astbury Estate, and his scheming mother. Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley - a young American film star - has the world at her feet.


Het meisje in de toren by Katherine Arden

Vasilisa has grown up at the edge of a Russian wilderness, where snowdrifts reach the eaves of her family's wooden house and there is truth in the fairy tales told around the fire. Vasilisa's gift for seeing what others do not won her the attention of Morozko Frost, the winter demon from the stories, and together they saved her people from destruction. But Frost's aid comes at a cost, and her people have condemned her as a witch. Now Vasilisa faces an impossible choice. Driven from her home by frightened villagers, the only options left for her are marriage or the convent. She cannot bring herself to accept either fate and instead chooses adventure, dressing herself as a boy and setting off astride her magnificent stallion Solovey. But after Vasilisa prevails in a skirmish with bandits, everything changes. The Grand Prince of Moscow anoints her a hero for her exploits, and she is reunited with her beloved sister and brother, who are now part of the Grand Prince's inner circle. She dares not reveal to the court that she is a girl, for if her deception were discovered it would have terrible consequences for herself and her family. Before she can untangle herself from Moscow's intrigues, and as Frost provides counsel that may or may not be trustworthy, she will also confront an even graver threat lying in wait for all of Moscow itself.


Donker water by Robert Bryndza

Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. Above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning. When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child. The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news twenty-six years ago. As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she must dig deeper and find out more about the fractured Collins family and the original detective, Amanda Baker. A woman plagued by her failure to find Jessica. Erika soon realises this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on. Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone is keeping secrets. Someone who doesn't want this case solved. And they'll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.

Edited: Nov 9, 8:27am Top

Hi Connie!

Robert Bryndza's Erika Foster series sounds good. I was just able to BookMooch the first in the series, The Girl in the Ice.

Nov 9, 9:16am Top

Hi Connie! I keep hearing such good things about N.K. Jemisin...

Nov 9, 1:42pm Top

>166 karenmarie: Good for you, Karen! Those are really good books.

>167 MissWatson: I know, I did so too. That's why I really want to read it and bought it.

Nov 12, 5:40am Top

Finished a few books in the last couple of weeks.


Meisje zonder huid by Mads Peder Nordbo and gave that book

I wanted to like this book, but the names of the people in it are so strange and different. So I was very confused and that did not really help.


De nachtroos by Lucinda Riley -

Spanning four generations and two very different cultures, it sweeps from the glittering palaces of the great maharajahs of India to the majestic stately homes of England, following the extraordinary life of a girl, Anahita Chaval, from 1911 to the present day...In the heyday of the British Raj, eleven-year-old Anahita, from a noble but impoverished family, forms a lifelong friendship with the headstrong Princess Indira, the privileged daughter of rich Indian royalty. Becoming the princess' official companion, Anahita accompanies her friend to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury, reluctant heir to the magnificent, remote Astbury Estate, and his scheming mother. Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley - a young American film star - has the world at her feet.

I really liked this book a lot. I've grown very fond of the books by Lucinda Riley. This one is no exception, although I'm getting used to the structure of the books.


Het vuur by Katherine Neville

2003, Colorado: Alexandra Solarin is summoned home to her family's ancestral Rocky Mountain hideaway for her mother's birthday. Thirty years ago, her parents, Cat Velis and Alexander Solarin, believed that they had scattered the pieces of the Montglane Service around the world, burying with them the secrets of the power that comes with possessing it. But Alexandra arrives to find that her mother is missing and that a series of strategically placed clues, followed swiftly by the unexpected arrival of a mysterious assortment of houseguests, indicates that something sinister is afoot.
1822, Albania: Thirty years after the French Revolution, when the chess service was unearthed, all of Europe hovers on the brink of the War of Greek Independence. Ali Pasha, the most powerful ruler in the Ottoman Empire, has angered the sultan and is about to be attacked by Turkish forces. Now he sends the only person he can rely upon-his young daughter, Haidee--on a dangerous mission to smuggle a valuable relic out of Albania, through the mountains and over the sea, to the hands of the one man who might be able to save it.

Confusing book!


Gezien de feiten by Griet op de Beeck -

Original Dutch book

Lovely little book, read with lots of pleasure. Oliva, 71 years, is a recent widow. After the funeral she realizes that she feels relieved and free. Her husband was rather dominating and wanted everything done his way. She decides to travel to an African country with a friend who organizes help trips. There she meets Daniel and you can guess the rest of the story.



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