This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
  • LibraryThing
  • Book discussions
  • Your LibraryThing
  • Join to start using.

EllaTim's 2018 Pleasure of Reading, part three

This is a continuation of the topic EllaTim's 2018 Pleasure of Reading, part two.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

Join LibraryThing to post.

Edited: Sep 26, 7:54am Top

I loved this picture, hope that Sigrun from weblog Sub Rosa will forgive me for "borrowing" it from her. This is Antiquariaat Brinkman, (https://www.antiquariaatbrinkman.nl/) specializing in books about history, language, and books about books:-)

I'm Ella, living in Amsterdam, with my husband Marc. And an allotment garden where I spend a lot of my time, out of town.

I've been a reader and a library member from the age of six, when my mother gave me a subscription. And now I subscribe to LT, and like it for all the conversations about books, and the opportunity to meet people who love to read as well.

Welcome to all visitors!

Edited: Oct 5, 5:22am Top

Books I'm reading now.

Bewegen voor beginners by Bram Bakker

Ruim Duizend Dagen werk by Koos van Zomeren

De levens van Jan Six by Geert Mak (audiobook)

Dochter van de verhalenverteller by Saira Shah (need to finish this one fast)

Edited: Oct 11, 5:53am Top

Books read in 2018:


1. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (UK, 835 pages) ****1/2 (UK)
2. I capture the Castle by Dodie Smith **** (UK)
3. Love story, with murders by Harry Bingham ***1/2 (UK)
4. The Rainbow Troops by Andrea Hirata **** (Indonesia)

5. Niets liever dan zwart by Antjie Krog ****1/2 (South Africa)
6. Brood voor de vogeltjes by Simon Carmiggelt (Dutch) ****
7. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (USA) ****
8. The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths (UK) ***1/2
9. The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge (UK) ****
10. Hoe duur was de suiker by Cynthia McLeod (Surinam) ***1/2
11. De vorm van water by Andrea Camilleri (Italy) ****

12. Schildpadden tot in het oneindige by John Green *** (USA)
13. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell, (UK) *****
14. Epitaph for a spy by Eric Ambler (UK) ***1/2
15. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb (UK) ****1/2
16. Het Dovemansorendieet by Maarten 't Hart (dutch) ****
17. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb, fantasy (UK) ****1/2

18. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (UK) ***1/2
19. De Tienduizend Dingen by Maria Dermoût (Dutch, Indonesia) *****
20. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (USA) ****
21. Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (USA) ****
22. A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Sweden) ****1/2
23. Eeuwelingen by Steffie van den Oord (dutch) ****1/2
24. Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie (USA) ****

25. Contrapunt by Anna Enquist (dutch) ****1/2 (208pp)
26. Het Bittere Kruid by Marga Minco (Dutch) ***** (93pp)
27. Fire upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge ***
28. De Cock en de broeders van de zachte dood by A.C. Baantjer (Dutch)***
29. Aarde en Klimaat {Earth and Climate} Dutch by professor Salomon Kroonenberg. ****
30. On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder (USA) *****
31. The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves (UK) ***

32. The Pride of Chanur by C. J. Cherryh (UK), **** (SF) (1982)(237pp)
33. Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes by Robert Louis Stevenson (UK) ***
34. Witches abroad by Terry Pratchett (UK) ****
35. Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett (UK) ****
36. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (UK) ***
37. De Voorlezer by Bernhard Schlink (Germany) ****1/2
38. Omweg naar Santiago by Cees Nooteboom (Dutch/Spain, audiobook) **** 1/2
39. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell (UK) ***1/2

40. De witte buldog by Boris Akunin (Russia) ***1/2 (English title: Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog)
41. A buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson. (UK, non-fiction) ****1/2
42. Monteverdi by Leo Samama (Dutch) **** (audio)
43. The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde (UK) ****
44. Gebr. by Ted van Lieshout (Dutch) ***1/2 Audiobook, English translation Brothers
45. Elizabeth and her German garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim (UK) ***1/2
46. Abeltje by Annie M. G. Schmidt (dutch) ***

47. The long way to a small, angry planet by Becky Chambers (USA) ****
48. A closed and common orbit by Becky Chambers (USA) ****
49. We were eight years in power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates ****1/2
50. Kwartet by Anna Enquist (Dutch, audio) ****
51. The song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde (UK) ***1/2
52. Het Water komt by Gerda van Wageningen (Dutch) ***
53. The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (Malaysia) ***
54. De Cock en het lijk in de kerstnacht (Dutch) ***1/2
55. Ja Omdenken als levenshouding by Berthold Gunster (Dutch) ****

56. Just one damned thing after another by Jodi Taylor ** (UK)
57. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold (USA) ***
58. Vox by Christina Dalcher (SF, USA) ***1/2
59 Wij weten niets van hun lot by Bart van der Boom (Dutch, non-fiction)
60. The Cuckoo's calling by Robert Galbraith (UK) ***1/2
61. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik ****1/2
62. Het Bomenboek by Koos van Zomeren (dutch) ****1/2

63. Absolution by Murder by Peter Tremayne (UK) ***1/2 (historic mystery fiction)
64. Happiness by Aminatta Forna (UK) ****

The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse
- No is not enough by Naomi Klein. Reading it with trepidation, as all the bad things happening in the world don't leave me cold, but I want to understand them better as well! Still planning to finish this.
- Het achtste leven (voor Brilka) / Nino Haratischwili Didn't finish this one, partly because of it's length, partly because it didn't grab me. And then I had to return it to the library
- De Thibaults deel 1 by Roger Martin-du Gard, read five of the six books it is comprised off, found the sixth too heavy for my mood.
- Congo by David van Reybrouck, just too much, I guess

Sep 26, 6:06am Top

Reading around the world

Sep 26, 6:07am Top


Edited: Sep 26, 6:45am Top

Interesting sites for readers.

The history of the Dutch language in 196 sonnets. Plan is to read them all, just finished number one.

Dutch poetry, recent and old.

Sep 26, 6:34am Top

That's it, come on in, and welcome!

Sep 26, 7:26am Top

Happy new thread, Ella!

Sep 26, 8:19am Top

Hi Ella and happy new thread to you!

From your last thread, I'm so glad you liked The Cuckoo's Calling. Rowling is quite versatile. I admit that I only tolerated her first non-Harry Potter effort, The Casual Vacancy, but these mysteries are quite wonderful.

Sep 26, 9:10am Top

Happy new Theead, Ella.

Sep 26, 9:50am Top

Happy new thread!

Sep 26, 10:18am Top

Happy New Thread, Ella! I love your bookstore topper. Home is Where the Books Are! Indeed!

Sep 26, 3:15pm Top

Happy new thread Ella my dear.

Sep 26, 4:59pm Top

Happy new thread, Ella, lovely bookshop at the top!
Liked all books by Koos van Zomeren and Geert Mak, but haven't read those two yet.

Sep 26, 6:15pm Top

Happy new thread!

Sep 26, 8:47pm Top

Happy New Thread, Ella. Love the bookstore topper!

Edited: Sep 26, 11:40pm Top

Happy new one!! LOVE the topper with the little sign in the window.

BTW--Cormoran Strike showed up on my doorstep today--yay!

Sep 26, 11:55pm Top

Happy New Thread, Ella. Hope you are enjoying Spinning Silver as much as I did.

Sep 27, 5:06am Top

Thanks, Anita, Marc, Kim and Roni!

>17 Berly: Have fun Kim, I keep hearing it's good!

>18 ronincats: I'm enjoying Spinning Silver very much, it's really good. I must have found it on your thread, I guess. So thanks for the BB!

Sep 27, 7:58pm Top

Happy New Thread, Ella!

We're back home, and I'm finally catching up on LT. It was a pleasure for Debbi and me to meet you in person in Amsterdam - that was a fun dinner, wasn't it. Thanks for making the time.

I just finished the 4th Cormoran Strike and Robin mystery, Lethal White, and loved it. If you liked that first one, the series is a good one.

Sep 28, 4:27am Top

>20 jnwelch: Hi Joe! it was nice meeting you, and Debbi! She's good company as well.

What a trip you have had, I loved your London stories. But punting I can do in my own backyard;-)

It's so good to start a series you like, and know there's more to come.

Sep 29, 11:37pm Top

I hope to get to Amsterdam again soon, Ella and would love to meet up.

Have a lovely weekend and thanks for all the visits when I was MIA.

Edited: Sep 30, 6:12am Top

Hi Paul, good to see you again! Real life demands sometimes, can't be helped. Would be nice to have you visit Amsterdam! I could take you book shopping;-)

Sep 30, 6:10am Top

61. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik ****1/2


Naomi Novik does a wonderful fairy tale retelling. Well, I do think there are elements of several fairy tales involved.

But here is the millers daughter from Rumpelstiltskin. Only, here she is the daughter of an impoverished Jewish moneylender, who takes over his job. She does very well, getting her family out of poverty again, until she is visited by the Winter King, who demands she turns his silver into gold.

A very satisfying and interesting story follows, that also involves, for instance, the fire demon Chernobog, who also plays a part in the opera Rusland and Ludmila.

Can't tell more, don't want to give away more of the story!

Edited: Oct 1, 7:05am Top

62. Het Bomenboek by Koos van Zomeren (dutch) ****1/2


This book contains a large number of small pieces, all about trees. The form is the result of how it was written, as a series of columns for the dutch paper, the NRC. In fact each piece has about a 1000 words, no more.

The book was a pleasure to read. Koos van Zomeren is a journalist, a writer, and a nature lover, but not a tree specialist. For this series he has talked with a number of people, tree specialists, ecologists, people who specialize in nature conservation. The result is a very informational book, but written in a light, and easy style. It's very interesting, and very readable. He often writes about visiting a tree, a forest, or a city, with one of these specialists, looking at the trees, what can be seen. So it's a non-fiction in a journalistic style. Van Zomeren had to keep every piece within this frame of 1000 words, and he has made an art of it.

And of course there are some pieces about birds, that are among the nicest, as he is a real bird lover.

A good inspiration to maybe do some more reading about books, maybe The Overstory, or The Hidden Life of Trees or Barkskins? I'll have to see.

Oct 1, 8:53am Top

>62 Good reaview, Ella, it is on my library list.
Both The hidden life of trees and Barkskins were great reads for me, the first is a lot shorter than the second ;-)

Edited: Oct 2, 5:49am Top

Hi Anita, I think I'd like to read both, and The Overstory as well;-) Greedy...

Went and saw Michael Moore's new movie, Fahrenheit 11/9. Definitely a movie with an agenda, but I thought it interesting and worth while. I am not an American, so lots of what he shows was new to me (Flint, parts of the very moving campaign against gun violence etc).

He ends with excerpts of an interview with Timothy Snyder. And a call to action. So you can agree or disagree with what he says, but for me, the movie does make me think.

Oct 2, 5:58am Top

Happy new thread, Ella! I love the bookshop photo in message 1. It was great to have met you over dinner in Amsterdam next month, and seeing you, Anita & Frank in Amsterdam and Utrecht, and Connie (connie53) and Sanne (ennas) in 's-Hertogenbosch has encouraged me to visit the Netherlands at least once a year.

I had no idea that Michael Moore had made a movie titled "Fahrenheit 11/9". I saw "Fahrenheit 9/11" many years ago, and for a secon I thought that your post was a typo! That movie is currently playing in my local arts cinema in Midtown Atlanta, so I may try to see it later this week.

Oct 2, 11:00am Top

>28 kidzdoc: Hy Darryl! It was so nice to meet you all! I saw your photos of Den Bosch, you have reminded me to go see it as well;-)

Glad you had a good time here!

I had to look the title of Michael Moore's movie up, as I kept mixing it up with his earlier movie. Warning: there is a lot of Trump in it, but it isn't the majority. He also shows positive things. I was very much impressed by some of the people he talks with, like the group from Flint.

Oct 2, 5:40pm Top

>27 EllaTim: I just saw there is a Dutch translation of The Overstory: Tot in de hemel, so I added it to my library list.

Oct 2, 5:53pm Top

>30 FAMeulstee: Right! That's wonderful, there's been so much love for this book in LT.

And I bet you'll have it finished before me then;-)

Edited: Oct 4, 9:08am Top

61. Absolution by Murder by Peter Tremayne (UK) ***1/2 (historic mystery fiction)

This mystery revolves around Irish nun sister Fidelma. It is set in the 7th century AD.

Fidelma has been called to a church synod, will the church in Northumberland be following the Irish customs, or those of Rome. Tempers run high, and politics plays a large part.

But then a woman is murdered, and Fidelma is asked to investigate.

The setting of this novel is interesting, 7th century, the dark ages. The Irish customs and laws for women as opposed to these of the Saxons, were much more enlightened.

The writing is a bit stilted though, and I thought Peter Tremayne was laying it on a bit too thick, making sister Fidelma a bit annoying. Still, it was interesting and enjoyable, for anyone who loves this genre.

Oct 4, 10:44am Top

I'm also eager to read The Overstory but I decided to take a break of listening to literary fiction and nonfiction and listen to something scary for October. When I'm done with The Passage, I'll probably get The Overstory.

Oct 4, 4:34pm Top

Hi Rachel! Have fun with the scary one! The Overstory will wait.

I have picked my first pumpkins and found two that had been partially eaten by mice, made me think of Halloween!

I'm usually not much of a fan of scary books, I thought of reading a Stephen King, for Marc's AAC, but it would have to be one of his lighter books;-)

Edited: Oct 4, 7:43pm Top

I once was interviewed by a Japanese TV station after leaving a viewing of Fahrenheit 9/11. The reporter seemed astonished when I basically called Moore a grifter with a facile grasp on facts and a love of conspiracy theories. Apparently, everyone else was giving it rave reviews. I sometimes wonder if I made the final cut of their broadcast, and whether or not they mislabeled me as right-wing!

I've not seen his new film, but his misogyny and his dumb "the primary was rigged" comments have irked me since 2016.

Sorry to swan in to your thread on such a weird note. :)

Edited: grammar correction

Edited: Oct 5, 6:17am Top

>35 libraryperilous: Hi Diana. Hm, let me think. Political discussions over the internet can turn out bad, in my experience. But I do want to stick up for Michael Moore.

I have not seen his earlier movie, but I understand that it was controversial. I looked it up in the IMDB, pretty mixed comments!

In this movie I didn't see any misogyny, to the contrary, Moore is enthusiastic about the number of new female candidates for the coming elections.

And what I see is Moore trying to understand the election of Trump, trying to get a grip on current political issues, like the influence of privatisation, big money and big corporations. This is a big issue in my country, Holland, at the moment as well. So I thought this really interesting.

And trying to point to a way forward, promoting good democratic means like good elections. Not so bad in all.

Edited: Oct 5, 6:40am Top

Happy Friday, Ella. I like Michael Moore. My favorite of his, is Bowling For Columbine but I am not sure I want to see his latest. I am not sure it would offer anything fresh. We are stuck in this nightmare right now.

I recently requested The Overstory. I would also like to read The Hidden Life of Trees. I would also highly recommend The Man Who Climbs Trees.

Oct 5, 7:51am Top

>37 msf59: - I haven't yet read The Hidden Life of Trees but it appeals to me very much. Yesterday, I was in a bookstore and saw a large illustrated edition of it. Well, they were photos, not illustrations. It looked gorgeous. I have to see if my library has that version.

Oct 6, 3:24am Top

>32 EllaTim: A branch of my library has some books of him. I put it on my list. It reminds me of Ariana Franklin's Mistress of the Art of Death series, which is very good.

Happy weekend, Ella.

Oct 7, 11:38am Top

Hi Ella!

>34 EllaTim: Wow, pumpkins eaten by mice.

I'm reading Lisey's Story for Mark's Stephen King AAC Challenge. It's not terribly scary right now, but I'm only reading it in the day time! I have no idea where it's going, but I'm really liking it, having read 159 of 512 pages.

I'm boycotting US news and politics right now because of the devastating confirmation of Kavanaugh. I'll be turning to the BBC only for a while and skipping anything about my terriby-afflicted country. Sigh.

Oct 7, 5:10pm Top

>37 msf59: Hi Marc! Yes, I can imagine. I think this movie is easier when you are an outsider, and probably a lot would not be new, when you follow American news rather closely. For me, it was interesting and offered good perspective.

Oh yes The Man Who Climbs Trees. Not available in my library yet, but looking at a Dutch online book seller I can buy it, along with scores of other attractive books ...:-)

>38 jessibud2: Hi Shelley, Oh, that sounds wonderful. Good illustrations can add a lot.

>39 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! Yes, sounds a bit similar. I like this kind of book mostly because of the historical background. Will start looking for her. Thanks for the suggestion.

>Hi Karen. And I found another half-eaten pumpkin today. Maybe I should harvest them earlier? The mice make a start and then they tunnel inside, and can eat cosily sitting in their food:-)

The problem with some of his books was that they start well, rather slow, but full of suspense, and then things start getting faster and I usually like that second half far less. Will wait on your report I think;-)

I totally get that. Good idea, skipping to the BBC.

Oct 7, 6:15pm Top

Had a busy weekend at the allotment. The whole month is going to be busy there. But we had wonderful weather, sunny and warm during the day. Then a cool night with some rain and lots of wind, and then a sunny day again. Ideal.

And no WiFi access unless I walk to our common canteen.

So very good for reading, I'm making good progress in Happiness, by Aminatta Forna and liking it a lot.

Started in De kunst van het Woord. A selection of the best letters of Vincent Van Gogh, but it's a daunting 1030 pages. I'm a bit taken aback by that!

Oct 8, 5:17pm Top

>42 EllaTim: More good weather for you working at the allotment is on the way, Ella, so maybe you can get through the letters of Vincent :-)

Oct 8, 10:40pm Top

Sorry the mice are getting to your pumpkins, Ella! Glad you also very much liked Spinning Silver.

Edited: Oct 9, 5:34am Top

>43 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! Yes, very nice weather expected. I will make use of it, and I have to be there early on Saturday. So I'll be spending at least one night, maybe more.

I found a site that contains all his letters, with annotations, and illustrations of all the art that is mentioned in the letters. It's wonderful, but I need Wifi access to use it.

>Hi Roni. My brother said they could also be rats, I hope not. There's this little hole in the ground, where they have pulled a small pumpkin to their doorstep and almost eaten it there. I need a cat! Or anything that will eat mice.

Oct 9, 9:40am Top

Reading Van Goghs early letters, I'm quite surprised that he was such a religious person. At the time of these letters he is clearly interested in art, writes often of what he likes, but he is preparing for a career as a preacher. And that is obviously his main ambition. It's unexpected, I've never seen a painting of his hand that has any obviously religious theme.

Edited: Oct 9, 6:30pm Top

We went to see a movie tonight
The Children Act, with Emma Thompson. story after the book by Ian McEwan.

Emma Thompson plays a judge who has to decide in a case of the son of religious parents (Jehova's Witnesses) who won't allow him to get life saving blood transfusions, because of their religious beliefs.

Emma Thompson is really very good, very convincing, and the story of the movie interesting and touching.

Edited: Oct 12, 4:48am Top

64. Happiness by Aminatta Forna (UK) ****

The story of two very different people, Attila, a psychiatrist from Ghana, specialising in trauma and PTSD, and Jean, a biologist from the USA. They both have come to London, and there they meet by accident.

Attila' nephew has been lost, and together they start looking for him, helped by a network of Jean's: people who were helping her with her study of Londons foxes.

I liked this book a lot, its writing, how colourful the story is, the way she describes the people. It's really worth the read. I found the story of Jean, and her love for nature something I could empathise with easily. Attila a very interesting person.

Still, there were some drawbacks, I felt there was a lot of theorising going on, in the background. Of course a writer chooses the story, the people, it's fiction, and wants to tell us something, but here the message felt too much.
I also felt the book would have benefitted from some editing, the wolf and coyote stories did not seem to add much.

So criticism, but I can still recommend reading this book, wholeheartedly.

Oct 12, 4:59am Top

Harvest time, yesterday. Pumpkins, lots of them, I 'll hand some to neighbors and friends:-) Today the potatoes, then there still are some leeks and small stuff.

Busy weekend ahead at the allotment, my own garden and community stuff. Hope to get some reading done, but I will be absent from LT for a few days, sorry!

Hope I can get started in The Overstory

Oct 12, 5:20am Top

>47 EllaTim: I don't know how closely the film follows the book, Ella, but it does sound interesting.

My weekend is about to start. I hope you enjoy yours. xx

Oct 12, 5:20am Top

Good luck with the harvest, Ella.
The weather this weekend will be nice to spend at the allotment :-)

Oct 12, 7:25am Top

Happy Friday, Ella. Good review of Happiness. I liked that book as well. I also have a library copy of The Overstory. I am starting that one next.

Oct 12, 8:31am Top

Nice review of Happiness, Ella. I hope to get to it before the year is out.

Congratulations on your successful harvest!

Oct 12, 6:03pm Top

Echoing what Darryl said, Ella. I liked your review of Happiness, and you've got me thinking about reading it.

I'm glad it worked out well at the allotment. That was where you were headed, I think, when Debbi and I last saw you.

Edited: Oct 13, 3:48am Top

>48 EllaTim: Nice review. Have you read other books by this author?
>49 EllaTim: It looks like you have a great harvest.
Happy weekend, Ella.

Oct 13, 8:55am Top

Hi Ella!

Good luck with the community, harvest and the allotment work.

Oct 14, 1:28am Top

Happy Sunday, Ella!
I love pumpkins! No allotment, but there's an organic farm with shop two minutes from my house and in the last 5 weeks I had pumpkin/ butternut in some form 4 days out of 7 and still not betting tired. Btw the weather here turned so hot again, on Friday I passed a little private garden on my way home and saw strawberries ripening.

I bought The Overstory a while ago and want to get to it soon.

Yesterday, 8:39am Top

>50 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! I didn't read the book, could be interesting to compare book and movie.

>51 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita, harvest not done completely, but the weather is still holding. It was wonderful this weekend.

>52 msf59: Hi Marc. Nice to know we will be reading together, then.

>53 kidzdoc: Hi Darryl, so many good books to read. I'm following your thread, as always, to see what you are picking.

>54 jnwelch: That's right, Joe. Saturday is an early start, and I usually spend the night before over there.

>55 Ameise1: Hi Barbara, no this was my first book by her. I read that she has received a prize for an earlier book. I really liked her style.
(35 pumpkins and some more very small ones still waiting;-) Nonsense to grow so many, but I didn't have time for more sensible choices.

>56 karenmarie: Thanks Karen!

>57 Deern: Hi Nathalie. That's nice, to have such a resource so close by. There are lots of different recipes using pumpkins, so they don't get boring. I usually make soup, what is your favourite?
Strawberries, wow.

Yesterday, 3:05pm Top

Hi Ella, hope you had a good weekend my dear, sending love and hugs dear friend.

Yesterday, 4:57pm Top

Hi John, hugs right back at you. We had a very nice weekend, enjoying the autumn weather. Hope the same for you!

Group: 75 Books Challenge for 2018

393 members

115,030 messages


This topic is not marked as primarily about any work, author or other topic.




About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 129,532,133 books! | Top bar: Always visible