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Anita (FAMeulstee) goes where the books take her in 2019 (6)

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Edited: Jul 21, 10:04am Top

Welcome to my sixth 2019 thread!

I am Anita Meulstee, married with Frank since 1984. We live in Lelystad, the Netherlands. We both love modern art and books.
I read (almost) everything, from childrens and YA books to more serious literature, mysteries, historical fiction, fantasy and I try not to forget to throw some non-fiction into the mix.

Last week we went to Schiedam to see the exhibition Masterly Women, with works from ten Dutch female artists from roughly the first half of the 20th century.
From left to right: At the bar (1933) by Charley Toorop; Awake (1951) by Lotti van der Gaag; Humpie (1958) by Nola Hatterman

From left to right: Poster (1930s) by Fré Cohen; Indigo mood (1963) by Frieda Hunziker; Stained glass window (1921-1923) by Jacoba van Heemskerck

The other four artists were Adya van Rees-Dutilh, Eva Besnyö, Alida Pott and Lou Loeber.

My FB friends can see more pictures, I made an album of the exhibition on Facebook.

Edited: Yesterday, 5:37pm Top

Books read since 2008: 2,026

total books read in 2019: 261
112 own / 148 library / 1 other

total pages read in 2019: 72,180 pages

currently reading:
poetry: De Nederlandse kinderpoëzie in 1000 en enige gedichten by Gerrit Komrij, 1040 pages
e-book: Dat hebben we gehad (Goodbye to All That) by Robert Graves, 409 pages
Vuur van Brigid en andere wintermythen - Pierre Michon, 107 pages, TIOLI #15

books read in August 2019 (28 books, 7,544 pages, 12 own / 16 library)
book 261: De woudloper by Karl May, 320 pages, TIOLI #17
book 260: Het Rosie Effect (The Rosie Effect) by Graeme Simsion, 426 pages, TIOLI #12
book 259: De shockdoctrine (The Shock Doctrine) by Naomi Klein, 669 pages, TIOLI #16
book 258: Goedenavond, speelman by Willem Wilmink, 112 pages, TIOLI #8
book 257: Erfenis van de botten (The Legacy of the Bones) by Dolores Redondo, 495 pages, TIOLI #6
book 256: De reizen van Ólafur Egilsson (The Travels of Reverend Ólafur Egilsson) by Ólafur Egilsson, 176 pages, TIOLI #1
book 255: Hotel du Lac (Hotel du Lac) by Anita Brookner, 215 pages, TIOLI #5
book 254: Dromen androïden over elektrische schapen? (Do androids dream of electronic sheep?) by Philip K. Dick, 250 pages, TIOLI #10
book 253: Het varenwoud by Alet Schouten, 132 pages, TIOLI #8 (msg 161)
book 252: Bedrieglijke zaken (Willful Behavior, Brunetti 11) by Donna Leon, 317 pages, TIOLI #9 (msg 159)
book 251: De kwade knecht (Saint Peter's Fair, Cadfael 4) by Ellis Peters, 236 pages, TIOLI #14 (msg 158)
book 250: *Maanzaad by Lydia Rood, 157 pages, TIOLI #9 (msg 157)
book 249: De oorlog van de kleine paardjes by Johan Fabricius, 143 pages, TIOLI #14 (msg 156)
book 248: Wonder (Wonder) by R.J. Palacio, 380 pages, TIOLI #7 (msg 155)
book 247: Tegenwoordig heet iedereen Sorry by Bart Moeyaert, 128 pages, TIOLI #14 (msg 121)
book 246: De vogels (The Birds) by Tarjei Vesaas, 237 pages, TIOLI #9 (msg 120)
book 245: *Jorrie en Snorrie by Annie M.G. Schmidt, 93 pages, TIOLI #8 (msg 119)
book 244: Wie wind zaait by Nele Neuhaus, 478 pages, TIOLI #14 (msg 118)
book 243: Pluk van de Petteflet (Tow-Truck Pluck) by Annie M.G. Schmidt, 167 pages, TIOLI #8 (msg 117)
book 242: Ballade van de dood by Koos Meinderts & Harrie Jekkers, 26 pages, TIOLI #9 (msg 116)
book 241: *Het reisgezelschap van de Amstel by Willem Wilmink, 40 pages, TIOLI #8 (msg 115)
book 240: Karl May en zijn wereld by Karl May, 255 pages, TIOLI #4 (msg 114)
book 239: Alaska by Anna Woltz, 184 pages, TIOLI #9 (msg 113)
book 238: Halt in gevaar (Halt's Peril, Ranger's Apprentice 9) by John Flanagan, 430 pages, TIOLI #11 (msg 111)
book 237: De koning van Clonmel (The Kings of Clonmel, Ranger's Apprentice 8) by John Flanagan, 407 pages, TIOLI #3 (msg 111)
book 236: Dans van de doden (Carnival for the Dead, Nic Costa) by David Hewson, 432 pages, TIOLI #9 (msg 89)
book 235: Verhaal van een leven 3 by Konstantin Paustovski, 476 pages, TIOLI #13 (msg 88) book 2000 read since 2008
book 234: Afvalrace (Rat Race) by Dick Francis, 191 pages, TIOLI #2 (msg 87)

* these books are to be culled

Edited: Aug 14, 11:05am Top

books read in July 2019 (29 books, 8,415 pages, 10 own / 19 library)
book 233: Koen, maak je mijn schoen? by Willem Wilmink, 111 pages, TIOLI #14 (msg 86)
book 232: Nieuwe maan (Moonrise) by Sarah Crossan, 391 pages, TIOLI #4 (msg 75)
book 231: Als de bergen huilen by Gerda Van Erkel, 243 pages, TIOLI #14 (msg 74)
book 230: De schok van de val (The Shock of the Fall) by Nathan Filer, 264 pages, TIOLI #14 (msg 73)
book 229: *De liefste poes van de wereld by Dolf Verroen, 115 pages, TIOLI #14 (msg 72)
book 228: Het dierelirium van professor Revillod by Javier Saez Castán, 40 pages, TIOLI #14 (msg 71)
book 227: De regenboog heeft maar acht kleuren by Peter Pohl, 327 pages, TIOLI #10 (msg 70)
book 226: Dagboek van een boekverkoper (The Diary of a Bookseller) by Shaun Bythell, 351 pages, TIOLI #14 (msg 69)
book 225: Klik (Attachments) by Rainbow Rowell, 381 pages, TIOLI #12 (msg 44)
book 224: Toen er nog bizons waren by Käthe Recheis, 128 pages, TIOLI #14 (msg 43)
book 223: Eén mens is genoeg by Els Beerten, 251 pages, TIOLI #14 (msg 42)
book 222: *Met het mes op tafel (When she hollers) by Cynthia Voigt, 120 pages, TIOLI #2 (msg 40)
book 221: Desperado's by Karl May, 280 pages, TIOLI #12 (msg 38)
book 220: De vlucht (Out in the Open) by Jesús Carrasco, 206 pages, TIOLI #2 (msg 37)
book 219: De beschermengel (The invisible guardian) by Dolores Redondo, 411 pages, TIOLI #15 (msg 36)
book 218: Pogingen iets van het leven te maken (The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen) by Hendrik Goen, 356 pages, TIOLI #2 (msg 35)
book 217: Schaduw van de Zijderoute (Shadow of the Silk Road) by Colin Thubron, 366 pages, TIOLI #14
book 216: Gevallen engel (The fallen angel), David Hewson, 432 pages, TIOLI #2
book 215: Zusje (The Stranger) by Camilla Läckberg, 372 pages, TIOLI #2
book 214: Moergrobben by Theun de Vries, 372 pages, TIOLI #4
book 213: Hoe Tortot zijn vissenhart verloor (Tortot the cold fish who lost his world and found his heart) by Benny Lindelauf, 235 pages, TIOLI #14
book 212: De duivelskunstenaar by Matthias Rozemond, 287 pages, TIOLI #9
book 211: Het Rosie project (The Rosie Project) by Simsion Greame, 332 pages, TIOLI #2
book 210: Zoektocht in Katoren by Jan Terlouw, 211 pages, TIOLI #13
book 209: De avonturen van Huckleberry Finn (The adventures of Huckleberry Finn) by Mark Twain, 312 pages, TIOLI #14
book 208: En toen waren er nog maar... (And then there were none) by Agatha Christie, 187 pages, TIOLI #3
book 207: Sneeuwwitje moet sterven (Snow White must die) by Nele Neuhaus, 446 pages, TIOLI #2
book 206: *De straat waar niets gebeurt by Els Pelgrom, 120 pages, TIOLI #14
book 205: Marten Toonder by Wim Hazeu, 767 pages, TIOLI #5

* these books are to be culled

Edited: Aug 14, 1:21pm Top

First half of 2019
number of books read: 204
number of pages read: 56,221
90 own / 113 library / 1 other

Second quarter of 2019
number of books read: 90
number of pages read: 25,143
36 own / 54 library

First quarter of 2019
number of books read: 114
number of pages read: 31,078
54 own / 59 library / 1 other

Edited: Today, 4:04am Top

July 2019 reading plans
TIOLI July 2019, 29 books read in 10 challenges

August 2019 reading plans
TIOLI August 2019, sweep on 21-8
#1: Read a book whose author's first and last names start with a vowel and end with a consonant
- De reizen van Ólafur Egilsson (The Travels of Reverend Olafur Egilsson) - Ólafur Egilsson, 175 pages
#2: ROLLING Challenge: Read a book that begins with who, what, where, when, how
- Afvalrace (Rat Race) - Dick Francis, 191 pages
#3: Read a book where one of the title words begins with the letter “C”
- De koning van Clonmel (The Kings of Clonmel, Ranger's Apprentice 8) - John Flanagan, 407 pages
#4: Read a book for the August CFF Mystery Challenge Challenge: Book with a title that starts with one of the letters of "SQUEAKYCHU"
- Karl May en zijn wereld - Karl May, 255 pages
#5: Read a book in which the author acknowledges another writer in the dedication, forward, afterward, etc.
- Hotel du Lac (Hotel du Lac) - Anita Brookner, 215 pages
#6: Read a book with an inside part of the body in the title
- Erfenis van de botten (The Legacy of the Bones) - Dolores Redondo, 495 pages
#7: Read a book by a woman whose gender is not evident
- Wonder (Wonder) - R.J. Palacio, 351 pages
#8: Read a new-to-you book by one of the authors you've listed as a favourite on LT
- Pluk van de Petteflet (Tow-Truck Pluck) - Annie M.G. Schmidt, 167 pages
- Het reisgezelschap van de Amstel - Willem Wilmink, 40 pages
- Jorrie en Snorrie - Annie M.G. Schmidt, 93 pages
- Het varenwoud - Alet Schouten, 132 pages
- Goedenavond, speelman - Willem Wilmink, 112 pages
#9: Read a book where the first letter of the first name of the author comes alphabeticly before the first letter of the last name
- Alaska - Anna Woltz, 184 pages
- Ballade van de dood - Koos Meinderts & Harrie Jekkers, 26 pages
- Bedrieglijke zaken (Willful Behavior, Brunetti 11) - Donna Leon, 317 pages
- Dans van de doden (Carnival for the Dead, Nic Costa) - David Hewson, 432 pages
- Maanzaad - Lydia Rood, 159 pages
- De vogels (The Birds) - Tarjei Vesaas, 237 pages
#10: Read a book with the name Rick or Ricky in the title, author's name, or main character
- Dromen androïden over elektrische schapen? (Do androids dream of electronic sheep?) - Philip K. Dick, 250 pages
#11: MOB!! Read a book following the Man Over Board-rescue-manoeuvre in the first sentence
- De zelfmoord van de meisjes (The Virgin Suicides) - Jeffrey Eugenides, 203 pages (library)
- Halt in gevaar (Halt's Peril, Ranger's Apprentice 9) - John Flanagan, 430 pages
#12: Read a book with a college or university connection
- Het Rosie Effect (The Rosie Effect) - Graeme Simsion
#13: Read a book set in a country you've never read about before
- De baai van Kara-Bogaz - Konstantin Paustovskij, 202 pages (library 25/9)
- Verhaal van een leven 3 - Konstantin Paustovski, 476 pages
#14: Read a book by an author whose last name is longer than their first name
- De keizer van Nihon-Ja (The Emperor of Nihon-Ja, Ranger's Apprentice 10) - John Flanagan, 472 pages (e-library 1/9)
- De koninklijke leerling (The Royal Ranger, Ranger's Apprentice 12) - John Flanagan, 447 pages (e-library 1/9)
- De kwade knecht (Saint Peter's Fair, Cadfael 4) - Ellis Peters, 236 pages
- De oorlog van de kleine paardjes - Johan Fabricius, 143 pages
- Steen op steen (Stone Upon Stone) - Wieslaw Mysliwski, 524 pages (library 25/9)
- Tegenwoordig heet iedereen Sorry - Bart Moeyaert, 128 pages
- Het verhaal van een huwelijk (The Story of a Marriage) - Geir Gulliksen, 197 pages (e-library 28/8)
- Wie wind zaait - Nele Neuhaus, 478 pages
- De zee (The Sea) - John Banville, 223 pages (library 25/9)
#15: Read a book with something hot in the title
- Vuur van Brigid en andere wintermythen - Pierre Michon, 107 pages
#16: Read a book with at least two of these tags: "politics", "economics", "environment", "healthcare", "philosophy", "science"
- De shockdoctrine (The Shock Doctrine) - Naomi Klein, 669 pages
#17: Read a book published by a two word publishing house.
- Lanny (Lanny) - Max Porter, 215 pages (library)
- De woudloper - Karl May, 320 pages

TIOLI books read since 2010: 1,215

Library books, not yet placed in TIOLI challenges:
Nacht und Nebel (Nacht und Nebel = Night and fog) - Floris B. Bakels, 381 pages (library 16/9)
Over de indianen van Noord-Amerika (North American Indians) - George Catlin, 384 pages (library 25/9)
Dat hebben we gehad (Goodbye to All That) - Robert Graves, 409 pages (e-library 27/8)

Edited: Aug 14, 11:08am Top

Reading plans in 2019

I have a large collection of mostly awarded childrens & YA books. At the moment I am reading the books I haven't read since joining LT, mostly alphabeticly, to decide which to keep.
I start in 2019 with 580 childrens/YA books on the shelves, of those 113 are TBR.

End of January update own childrens/YA books project:
16 books read, 2 books added, 6 books culled, new total 576 books on the shelves, 99 TBR

End of February update own childrens/YA books project:
15 books read, 8 books culled, new total 568 books on the shelves, 84 TBR

End of March update own childrens/YA books project:
6 books read, 3 books culled, new total 565 books on the shelves, 78 TBR

End of April update own childrens/YA books project:
5 books read, 1 books culled, new total 564 books on the shelves, 73 TBR

End of May update own childrens/YA books project:
8 books read, 3 books culled, new total 561 books on the shelves, 65 TBR

End of June update own childrens/YA books project:
2 books read, no books culled, total 561 books on the shelves, 63 TBR

End of July update own childrens/YA books project:
9 books read, 3 books culled, total 558 books on the shelves, 54 TBR

I keep trying to read more of my own books, of the 534 books I have read in 2018 365 (67%) were my own.
This year I try to read at least 50% books of my own.

I join the TIOLI (Take It Or Leave It) challenges each month.

Edited: Aug 14, 11:07am Top

Monthly statistics
My readings (38 books / 9,413 pages) in January 2019 in numbers
My readings (42 books / 10,836 pages) in February 2019 in numbers
My readings (34 books / 10,829 pages) in March 2019 in numbers
My readings (35 books / 10,266 pages) in April 2019 in numbers
My readings (25 books / 5,819 pages) in May 2019 in numbers
My readings (30 books / 9,058 pages) in June 2019 in numbers
My readings (29 books / 8,415 pages) in July 2019 in numbers

Previous threads in 2019
book 1 - 25: thread 1
book 26 - 74: thread 2
book 75 - 114: thread 3
book 115 - 172: thread 4
book 173 - 217: thread 5

My readings in previous years
534 books (111,906 pages) read in 2018/1, 2018/2, 2018/3, 2018/4, 2018/5, 2018/6, 2018/7, 2018/8, 2018/9, 2018/10, 2018/11, 2018/12, 2018/13
453 books (110,248 pages) read in 2017/1, 2017/2, 2017/3, 2017/4, 2017/5, 2017/6, 2017/7, 2017/8, 2017/9, 2017/10, 2017/11, 2017/12, 2017/13
253 books   (72,474 pages) read in 2016/1, 2016/2, 2016/3, 2016/4, 2016/5, 2016/6
  29 books   (10,079 pages) read in 2015
  17 books     (3,700 pages) read in 2014
  13 books     (3,692 pages) read in ROOT 2013
  53 books   (18,779 pages) read in 2012/1, 2012/2, 2012/3
  84 books   (30,256 pages) read in 2011/1, 2011/2
121 books   (38,119 pages) read in 2010/1, 2010/2, 2010/3, 2010/4
  78 books   (21,470 pages) read in 2009/1, 2009/2
130 books   (35,151 pages) read in 2008

Other lists
My best of lists on the WikiThing

Edited: Aug 14, 11:11am Top

Series I read, a list to keep track

Bernie Gunther by Philip Kerr 4/12
1 Een Berlijnse kwestie; 2 Het handwerk van de beul; 3 Een Duits requiem; 4 De een van de ander; 5 Een stille vlam; 6 Als de doden niet herrijzen; 7 Grijs verleden; 8 Praag fataal; 9 De man zonder adem; 10 De vrouw van Zagreb; 11 De schaduw van de stilte; 12 Pruisisch blauw; 13 Vergeven en vergeten; 14 Motropolis

Broeder Cadfael by Ellis Peters 8/20
1 Het heilige vuur; 2 Het laatste lijk; 3 Het gemene gewas; 4 De kwade knecht; 5 De eenzame bruid; 6 De kille maagd; 7 Het vege lijf; 8 De duivelse droom; 9 De gouden speld; 10 Een wisse dood; 11 Een hard gelag; 12 De ware aard; 13 Een witte roos; 14 Het stille woud; 15 De laatste eer; 16 Het rechte pad; 17 Een zijden haar; 18 Een lieve lust; 19 De heilige dief; 20 De verloren zoon

De Cock by A.C. Baantjer 52/70

Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith 3/4
1 Koekoeksjong; 2 Zijderups; 3 Het slechte pad; 4 Witte dood

Erica Falck & Patrik Hedström by Camilla Läckberg 4/10
1 IJsprinses; 2 Predikant; 3 Steenhouwer; 4 Zusje; 5 Oorlogskind; 6 Zeemeermin; 7 Vuurtorenwachter; 8 Engeleneiland; 9 Leeuwentemmer; 10 Heks

Flavia de Luce by Alan Bradley 5/5

De Grijze Jager (Ranger's Apprentice) by John Flanagan 11/16
0.1 Het toernooi van Gorlan; 0.2 De slag op de Heckingse heide; 1 De ruïnes van Gorlan; 2 De brandende brug; 3 Het ijzige land; 4 De dragers van het Eikenblad; 5 De magier van Macindaw; 6 Het beleg van Macindaw; 7 Losgeld voor Erak; 8 De koning van Clonmel; 9 Halt in gevaar; 10 De keizer van Nihon-Ja; 11 De verloren verhalen; 12 De koninklijke leerling; 12.1 De jacht op het schaduwdier; 13 De clan van de Rode Vos

Guido Brunetti by Donna Leon 11/25
1 Dood van een maestro; 2 Dood in den vreemde; 3 De dood draagt rode schoenen; 4 Salto mortale; 5 Acqua alta; 6 Een stille dood; 7 Nobiltà; 8 Fatalità; 9 Vriendendienst; 10 Onrustig tij; 11 Bedrieglijke zaken; 12 De stille elite; 13 Verborgen bewijs; 14 Vertrouwelijke zaken; 15 Duister glas; 16 Kinderspel; 17 Droommeisje; 18 Gezichtsverlies; 19 Een kwestie van vertrouwen; 20 Dodelijke conclusies; 21 Beestachtige zaken; 22 Het onbekende kind; 23 Tussen de regels; 24 Ik aanbid je; 25 Eeuwige jeugd; 26 Wat niet verdwijnt; 27 Vergiffenis

Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg by Fred Vargas 9/9

John Rebus by Ian Rankin 3/18
1 Kat & muis; 2 Blindeman; 3 Hand & Tand; 4 Ontmaskering; 5 Zwartboek; 6 Vuurwerk; 7 Laat maar bloeden; 8 Gerechtigheid; 9 Door het lint; 10 Dode zielen; 11 In het duister; 12 Valstrik; 13 Lazarus; 14 Een kwestie van bloed; 15 De rechtelozen; 16 Gedenk de doden; 17 Laatste ronde; 18 Cold case;

Konrad Sejer by Karin Fossum 4/12
1 Eva's oog; 2 Kijk niet achterom; 3 Wie de wolf vreest; 4 De duivel draagt het licht; 5 De Indiase bruid; 6 Zwarte seconden; 7 De moord op Harriet Krohn; 8 Een andere voorkeur; 9 Kwade wil; 10 De waarschuwer; 11 Carmen Zita og døden (not translated); 12 Veenbrand; 13 De fluisteraar

Kurt Wallander by Henning Mankell 12/12

Martin Beck by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö 3/10
1 De vrouw in het Götakanaal; 2 De man die in rook opging; 3 De man op het balkon; 4 De lachende politieman; 5 De brandweerauto die verdween; 6 De man die even wilde afrekenen; 7 De verschrikkelijke man uit Säffle; 8 De gesloten kamer; 9 De politiemoordenaar; 10 De terroristen

Nic Costa by David Hewson 10/11
1 De Vaticaanmoorden; 2 Het Bacchus offer; 3 De Pantheon getuige; 4 De engelen des doods; 5 Het zevende sacrament; 6 De Romeinse lusthof; 7 Het masker van Dante; 8 Blauwe demonen; 9 Gevallen engel; 10 Dans van de doden; 11 De binnenste cirkel

Oliver von Bodenstein & Pia Kirchhoff by Nele Neuhaus 5/8
1 Een onbeminde vrouw; 2 Moordvrienden; 3 Diepe wonden; 4 Sneeuwwitje moet sterven; 5 Wie wind zaait; 6 Boze wolf; 7 De levenden en de doden; 8 Het woud

Het rad des tijds (Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson) 6/15
0 Een nieuw begin; 1 Het oog van de wereld; 2 De grote jacht; 3 De herrezen draak; 4 De komst van de schaduw; 5 Vuur uit de hemel; 6 Heer van chaos; 7 Een kroon van zwaarden; 8 Het pad der dolken; 9 Hart van de Winter; 10 Viersprong van de schemer; 11 Mes van Dromen; 12 De naderende storm; 13 De Torens van Middernacht; 14 Het licht van weleer

Ruth Galloway by Elly Griffiths 4/4

Sir Baldwin by Michael Jecks 8/8

Sister Fidelma by Peter Tremayne 1/18
1 Absolutie voor moord; 2 Lijkwade voor een aartsbisschop; 3 Moord in de abdij; 4 De listige slang; 5 Het web van Araglin; 6 De vallei van het kwaad; 7 De verdwenen monnik; 8 Dood van een pelgrim; 9 Vrouwe van het duister; 10 Het klooster van de dode zielen; 11 De gekwelde abt; 12 De nacht van de das; 13 De leprozenbel; 14 Moord uit de golven; 15 Een gebed voor de verdoemden; 16 Dansen met demonen; 17 Het valse concilie; 18 De duif des doods

Edited: Aug 11, 5:32am Top

Books acquired in 2019: 63
(11 e-book replacements for paper books)

August 2019 (4)
Ballade van de dood - Koos Meinderts & Harrie Jekkers
Floris : de vijand te slim af - Frans de Regt
Floris en het beleg van Oldenstein - Jacques Constant
Floris en het verraad van Oldenstein - José Kiestra (thanks Caroline!)

July 2019 (1)
De reizen van Ólafur Egilsson (The Travels of Reverend Olafur Egilsson) by Ólafur Egilsson

June 2019 (2)
De pruimenpluk by Dimitri Verhulst
Duitse expressionisten by Edwin Jacobs (exhibition catalogue)

May 2019 (17)
Brieven by Boris Pasternak (Russische Bibliotheek)
Werken by Daniil Charms (Russische Bibliotheek)
Kenau by Theun de Vries
Dit zijn de namen by Tommy Wieringa
I Will Never See the World Again by Ahmet Altan (gift from Charlotte)
Marx Collection: 40 Works by Nina Schallenberg
Het spel der tronen by George R.R. Martin (e-book replacement for paper book)
De strijd der koningen by George R.R. Martin (e-book replacement for paper book)
Een storm van zwaarden : Staal en sneeuw by George R.R. Martin (e-book replacement for paper book)
Een storm van zwaarden : Bloed en goud by George R.R. Martin (e-book replacement for paper book)
Een feestmaal voor kraaien by George R.R. Martin (e-book replacement for paper book)
Een dans met draken : Oude vetes, nieuwe strijd by George R.R. Martin (e-book replacement for paper book)
Een dans met draken : Zwaarden tegen draken by George R.R. Martin (e-book replacement for paper book)
Vuur en bloed by George R.R. Martin (e-book)
Top 10 : Berlijn by Jürgen Scheunemann, 192 pages
Berlijn Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin
Als de graankorrel niet sterft by André Gide

April 2019 (3)
Vrijheid : De vijftig Nederlandse kernkunstwerken vanaf 1968 by Hans den Hartog Jager
De heilige Rita by Tommy Wieringa
Weg met Eddy Bellegueule by Édouard Louis

March 2019 (20)
Vuur van Brigid en andere wintermythen by Pierre Michon
De blauwe jurk van Camille by Michèle Desbordes
Jas van belofte by Jan Siebelink (bookweek gift)
Mijn moeders strijd by Murat Isik (bookweek)
Vonkt by Marije Langelaar
Niemandslandnacht by Annemarie Estor
Exit geest by Philp Roth
Serotonine by Michel Houellebecq
Vriendendienst by Donna Leon (e-book)
Onrustig tij by Donna Leon (e-book)
Bedrieglijke zaken by Donna Leon (e-book)
Doem en dorst by Albert Besnard
Nog pas gisteren by Maria Dermoût
Klein t(er)reurspel by Jan Elburg
Zonder dansmeester by Jozef Eyckmans
Het innerlijk behang en andere gedichten by Hans Lodeizen
Going my way by Michiel van der Plas
Ik was getrouwd met een communist by Philip Roth
Werelden by Nes Tergast
Met het oog op morgen by Bert Voeten

February 2019 (4)
De Vaticaanmoorden - David Hewson (e-book replacement for paper book)
Het Bacchus offer - David Hewson (e-book replacement for paper book)
De Pantheon getuige - David Hewson (e-book replacement for paper book)
De engelen des doods - David Hewson (e-book replacement for paper book)

January 2019 (11)
De vrouw van Toulmond - Wim van Til
Grand Hotel Europa - Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer
De vernedering - Philip Roth
Hoe Tortot zijn vissenhart verloor - Benny Lindelauf
Nieuwe maan - Sarah Crossan
Zenuwmoord - Dick Francis
Inbreuk - Dick Francis
Op hol - Dick Francis
Een stille dood (Guido Brunetti 6) - Donna Leon
Nobiltà (Guido Brunetti 7) - Donna Leon
Fatalità (Guido Brunetti 8) - Donna Leon

Books culled in 2019: 0 (really gone) + 41 (ready to go) = 41
(11 paper books replaced by e-books)

Jul 21, 9:32am Top

Thread is open, welcome!

Jul 21, 9:35am Top

Happy new thread, Anita.
Great pictures.
Wish you a lovely sunday..

Jul 21, 9:37am Top

Happy new thread, Anita! Your toppers are lovely! I need to get myself to some museums soon! It feels like too long since I've been. There are a few great sounding exhibits out I the city now. For example, there aare a few dedicated to the recent anniversary of the moon landing one at the Science Centre, including a section called Women in Space, and another about the moon in history at the Aga Khan Museum. Hmm, I hope it's still on!! I had read some excellent reviews of it. You have inspired me now, I will go online to see!

Jul 21, 9:40am Top

Happy new thread, Anita! Thanks for sharing the artwork! It's awesome!

Jul 21, 10:24am Top

Happy new thread, Anita! Thanks for posting that artwork; I'll check out the rest on your Facebook timeline shortly.

Jul 21, 10:27am Top

Happy New Thread, Anita!

You're having another banner reading year. That looks like a good exhibition at the museum.

Edited: Jul 21, 11:54am Top

My gosh, that stained-glass window...! So gorgeous.

Book 225 is due this week. A triple 75! Can't wait to see which one gets the nod.

Jul 21, 11:56am Top

Happy New Thread, Anita!

Jul 21, 1:48pm Top

>11 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas!
Enjoy what is left of your Sunday :-)

>12 jessibud2: Thank you, Sheeley, it was a good exhibition. We saw some beautiful works.
I hope you get to one of those museums soon.

>13 Carmenere: Thank you, Lynda, it was awesome.

>14 kidzdoc: Thank you, Darryl, they had wonderful quotes of all artists. Ah, I see you found the one I ment.

>15 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe, I just keep on reading :-)
It was a good exhibition in one of the nicest museums of our country.

>16 richardderus: Thank you, Richard, the stained glass was one of the highlights.
Not sure I get to 225 this week, I have some long books planned, but might get to the shorter ones first. With the heatwave coming this week, there is not much else to do for me as to read.

>17 msf59: Thank you, Mark!

Jul 21, 2:40pm Top

Happy new thread. What an intriguing set of images for your header!

Jul 21, 3:35pm Top

Happy new thread Anita my dear.

Jul 21, 6:05pm Top

>1 FAMeulstee: Thanks for posting those pictures Anita! Intriguing, yes. And I love the stained glass, wonderful. (If I had a house where that could fit...:-)

Jul 21, 10:23pm Top

Happy new thread, Anita. This week I guess you'll pass 3x75?

Jul 22, 2:35am Top

Happy new one, Anita. Gorgeous topper. I saw the other photos on FB and I'm impressed.

Jul 22, 4:06am Top

What a shame the gallery didn't have a catalogue for the women artists exhibition! The pieces look really diverse.

Jul 22, 1:50pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jul 22, 4:22pm Top

>19 quondame: Thank you, Susan. Those are six 20th century works by Dutch female artists.

>20 johnsimpson: Thank you, John.

>21 EllaTim: It was beautiful, Ella. This piece was made for the Marine kazerne Kattegat in Amsterdam and is part of Rijkscollectie van het Cultureel Erfgoed.
We once had a house with sliding doors with stained glass between the livingroom and the dining room... Sadly the stained glass that had been in the upper windows was replaced.

>22 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul.
I hope to get there this week, not completely sure, as I only read 4 books last week...

>23 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara, enjoy your vacation!

>24 charl08: It is sad, Charloote. I am afraid it was hard enough the get the money for the exhibition. Making catalogues is expensive, only done if enough visitors are expected.

>25 drneutron: Thank you, Jim.

Jul 22, 4:33pm Top

Happy new thread, Anita :)

Jul 22, 6:45pm Top

>27 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita.

Jul 24, 12:29am Top

Happy New Thread, Anita!

Jul 24, 12:35am Top

Happy new thread!! Amazing to see your yearly book totals. Wow.

Jul 24, 8:56am Top

That looks like an amazing exhibition, Anita, comparable to the one I saw in Vienna of Austrian women artists. I'd love to get to Schiedam to see Masterly Women but I doubt I'll be able to fit it in. So thank you for sharing the pictures!

Jul 24, 4:45pm Top

>29 banjo123: Thank you, Rhonda.

>30 Berly: Thank you, Kim. It is only that way for the last years, between 2012 and 2015 I didn't read much.

>31 Sakerfalcon: Yes it was amazing, Claire, I knew only about two of those women before seeing this exposition.
The museum itself in Schiedam is very nice, so if you ever get near...

Jul 24, 10:02pm Top

Happy new thread, Anita! You have read so much!!!

Wonderful images to start your thread. It must have been a fabulous exhibition. Oh, wow, that stained glass is gorgeous!

Jul 25, 3:23pm Top

>33 tymfos: Thank you Terri.
I read much because I haven't much else I like to do. Except visiting art exhibitions of course ;-)
The stained glass widow was indeed beautiful, one of the highlights of the exhibition.

Some family worries, my brother and his wife are in Brazil to visit their son, DiL and the two grandkids. My brother ended up in hospital with prostate problems. He had surgery three days ago. My father was very worried, but all seems well. It is only not sure if my brother can return in time for my fathers birthday next week.

Now on to the reviews, as I finished book 225 today.

Edited: Jul 26, 2:56am Top

book 218: Pogingen iets van het leven te maken by Hendrik Goen
from the library, Dutch, English translation The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old, 356 pages
TIOLI Challenge #2: Read a book by an author from or about/set in one of the nations participating in the 2019 Women’s World Cup

Hendrik Groen lives in a retirement home and decides to start to keep a diary. He describes the daily quarrels, as in any group of people forced to live together, around him. He has a few friends at the home, they decide to spice up their lives a bit with outings to be held every 2 weeks. They call themselves The Old But Not Dead Club. Some other not so nice residents don't like that they have fun together.
I knew already a lot of the story, as I watched the TV-series that was made after the book in 2017. Both book and TV-series were very good.

It is a funny and sometimes sad read. Getting old, and getting even older, isn't easy. As Franks grandmother used to say: the trouble with retirement homes is that there are no babies born.

Edited: Jul 25, 3:51pm Top

book 219: De beschermengel by Dolores Redondo
from the library, translated from Spanish, English translation The invisible guardian, 411 pages
TIOLI Challenge #15: Read a crime/mystery/thriller by an author you’ve never read before from a country you’ve never visited

First book of the Baztan Trilogy, found on Barbara's thread (Ameise1) two years ago. The second book came out in Dutch translation last year, the third is available in English, but not yet in Dutch.

Amaia Salazar is a police officer, who leads the investigation of a murdered girl. The murder happened near the place she was born, so she is familiar with the place and the inhabitants. After leaving years ago she never returned to the region, but now she has to face some childhood trauma's.

A very good murder mystery, a very good backstory of the main character and some Basque mythology in between. A very enjoyable read, looking forward to the next books.

Edited: Jul 26, 2:57am Top

book 220: De vlucht by Jesús Carrasco
from the library, translated from Spanish, English translation Out in the Open, 206 pages
TIOLI Challenge #2: Read a book by an author from or about/set in one of the nations participating in the 2019 Women’s World Cup

A boy is on the run in an extreme hot and dry part of Spain. He hasn't done anything wrong, but the villagers are after him. An old and lonely goat shepherd, the only nice person the boy meets, hides him from the people who are after him.

A harsh, violent and beautiful book. I could not stop reading after I started.

Jul 25, 4:14pm Top

book 221: Desperado's by Karl May
own, YA, translated from German, no English translation, 280 pages
TIOLI Challenge #12: Read a book with a one word title beginning with a letter of the previous book

Seven short stories by Karl May, four of them situated in the Wild West, one in Germany, one in Spain and one in Russia. Amusing, most for sentimental reasons. Reminds me why I don't like short stories, all the different places and characters, I prefer to stay with characters for a longer time.

Jul 25, 4:16pm Top

YAY for reaching 225! I'm eager to learn which book it was. Out in the Open sounds very intriguing.

Jul 25, 4:23pm Top

book 222: Met het mes op tafel by Cynthia Voigt
own, YA, translated, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1996, original title When she hollers, 120 pages
TIOLI Challenge #2: Read a book by an author from or about/set in one of the nations participating in the 2019 Women’s World Cup

One morning Trish puts a big knife on the table, pointed to her stephfather. She will no longer tolerate his sexual abuse. But how on earth can she really escape her fate?

Very intense read, I could not read much at a time, only short bits.

Edited: Jul 25, 4:26pm Top

Thank you, Richard.

If I had planned better Out in the Open should have been book 225, it deserves attention. The actual #225 (see >2 FAMeulstee:) was okayish.

Edited: Jul 26, 12:42am Top

book 223: Eén mens is genoeg by Els Beerten
from the library, e-book, YA, Dutch, no translations, 251 pages
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book with a title of at least 4 words (subtitle excluded)

Belgium, 1960s, when the father of a family of musicans suddenly dies, all goes wrong. Julliette promished her father to take care of her youngest sister Mia. When Mia dies, because of her mothers problems, she looses it. Her older brother tries to take care of her.

Impossible to write a review that would do justice to this book, beautiful written, a tearjerker, without being obvious, almost a 5* read. Sadly this book is not translated. None of her books is available in English translation, but her other (even better) book Allemaal willen we de hemel is available in German, French, Spanish and Norwegian translation.

Jul 25, 4:52pm Top

book 224: Toen er nog bizons waren by Käthe Recheis
own, YA, translated from German, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1991, no English translation the original books are in English, 128 pages
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book with a title of at least 4 words (subtitle excluded)

Retelling for children of the two books Plenty-Coups, Chief of the Crows and Pretty-shield: Medicine Woman of the Crows by Frank B. Linderman. Stories of the Crow indians, with beautiful illustrations.

Jul 25, 5:11pm Top

book 225: Klik by Rainbow Rowell
from the library, e-book, translated, original title Attachments, 381 pages
TIOLI Challenge #12: Read a book with a one word title beginning with a letter of the previous book

A romance, set before and after the year 2000. Lincoln works on the IT department of a newspaper. Part of his job is to read flagged emails from the employees. This way he encounters the e-mail conversation of Beth and Jennifer, instead of sending out a warning, he keeps folowing their e-mails.

Not nearly as good as Eleanor & Park, but after some heavier reads this week, it was a nice escape. I rarely read romances lately, I don't enjoy them as much as I used to do.
I found this book on the thread of foggidawn earlier this month.

Jul 25, 6:12pm Top

>44 FAMeulstee: Oh, well yes...that doesn't sound as good as one might've hoped.

Is >42 FAMeulstee: misnumbered? Or >43 FAMeulstee:?

Jul 25, 6:57pm Top

>42 FAMeulstee: and >43 FAMeulstee: seem to be double numbered.

You have added to my TBR!

De vlucht seems interesting, and I had never heard of Els Beerten but now I have! So thanks.

Jul 25, 7:34pm Top

>44 FAMeulstee: I quite enjoyed Attachments but gave up on Carry On which is a Harry Potter wannabee type story that I had no time for.

I'll look out for Invisible Guardian, haven't read much with a Basque setting.

Jul 25, 9:41pm Top

Anita, I hope you are coping with the heat. It was on our news tonight. They said that at least you aren't dealing with the humidity we had during our big heat wave last week but still, even without humidity, anything above 35C is just way too hot! Stay cool.

Jul 26, 2:10am Top

>34 FAMeulstee: I'm so sorry to hear about your brother's issues. I hope he gets well soon.

>36 FAMeulstee: I'm glad you liked it as much as I did.

Stay cool, we have another hot day before it will cool down.

Jul 26, 2:15am Top

>35 FAMeulstee: The Old but not Dead Club sounds very sensible!

Sounds like you have been doing some good reading.

Jul 26, 5:29am Top

Happy new thread, Anita!

Jul 26, 12:24pm Top

>45 richardderus: Indeed, Richard, I should have planned better. But in my defence: it is almost too hot to think clear.
Yes, I misnumbered, it is changed now & I edited some typo's in the reviews, as I said too hot to think clear ;-)

>46 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella. I am afraid the way too high temperatures have affected my brain ;-)
Els Beerten has written some great books, labeled YA, but I think they are for all ages.

>47 avatiakh: Thanks, Kerry, I will skip that one.
I hope you can find a copy of Invisible guardian.

>48 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley, anything above 25°C is too hot in my book!
It is extreme hot, record breaking temperatures. In our city it was yesterday 36.8°C, the long standing national heat record from the summer of 1944 (38.6°C) was broken, the new record in our country is 40.7°C :-(
While typing this I suddenly wonder if the heat in 1944 was made by humans. The Battle of Normandy started in June and the whole summer the war went on... lots of air pollution: extreme high temperatures?

>49 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara, it looks like my brother is recovering well.
We try to stay cool, but even the airco can't keep it really cool, although it is bearable in the house at 24°C. We do our daily walks in the early morning, before it gets too hot. Elswhere it is cooling down, but we will have to endure a few more hot days.

>50 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte, with an Old but not Dead Club life might stay interesting despite old age.
Every cloud has its silver lining. With the hot weather I can't do anything but sit on the couch and read. And I was lucky enough to find some good ones ;-)

>51 scaifea: Thank you, Amber.

Jul 26, 12:36pm Top

Also coming by to say I hope you are dealing with the heat okay--it made our national news last night!

Jul 27, 6:40am Top

Nice review of Out in the Open, Anita. I just purchased the Kindle version of it, as I had a $5.00 credit from Amazon that shaved nearly half off the list price.

Jul 27, 11:18am Top

I can only imagine how horrifying 41C must feel to those unfamiliar with it. I hate that level of heat with a bitter passion, so I am deeply sad that y'all're experiencing it.

Jul 27, 2:25pm Top

>53 ronincats: We survive, Roni, surprising to read we made the news.
In our livingroom the max is (and has been) 25°C. I prefer lower temperatures, but it is bearable. The airco keeps the sleepingroom below 23°C. We do daily walks in the morning, when it is relative cool. I spend the rest of the day reading on the couch.

>54 kidzdoc: It was a great book, Darryl. You recommended the writer to me and I am happy you did.

>55 richardderus: Thankfully the temperatures are slowly going down, Richard, we have had the worst for now. Next week going down to 20°C max. It will take a few days before our house has cooled, the bricks in the wall stay warm for a while.

Jul 27, 8:59pm Top

>56 FAMeulstee: I did?! I haven't heard of him before!

Edited: Jul 28, 1:49am Top

>57 kidzdoc: My brain if suffering from the heatwave, it said it is Spanish, must have been Darryl ;-)
So I did a search, it was Beth who reviewed it last year. I put it on my list and forgot to add who recommended it.

Jul 28, 10:52am Top

Congratulations on 3 x 75 Anita!

Sorry about the heat wave.

Jul 28, 10:56am Top

The Van de Gaag in >1 FAMeulstee: always makes me smile Anita.

Jul 28, 11:04am Top

>59 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen!
It is very s-l-o-w-l-y cooling down here. South of us there was a lot of rain, so there the cooling went faster. But we will get there, I hope within the next month ;-)

>60 Caroline_McElwee: Yes it does, Caroline, certainly awake with wide open eyes :-)

I'll show it again a bit larger: Lotti van der Gaag - Awake (1951)

Jul 28, 11:10am Top

Happy Sunday, Anita. It's been raining since tonight. All windows are open so that the heat can escape from the house. I hope that it will soon be cool with you.

Jul 28, 1:18pm Top

Thank you for sharing some of the art in the exhibit. All new to me, unsurprisingly. The same is true for all the books you are reading. I appreciate having my horizons expanded, even if I never end up walking in those new directions.

>52 FAMeulstee: Interesting conjecture about the possible effects of war on weather conditions. I know that the grounding of airplanes at 9/11 proved to be an interesting impromptu experiment that demonstrated the impact of planes on weather/climate.

Jul 28, 5:58pm Top

>62 Ameise1: We still have no rain, Barbara, so I am still watering the potted plants.
We opened the window in the late afternoon, when the temp. outside went under 25°C. Tomorrow will be better, Tuesday we return to warmer weather for only a day. I hope August has cooler wethar for us.

>63 justchris: You are welcome Chris, just being aware of the existance of the art and books on my thread will do ;-)
I started thinking about it, as it was a heat record that stood very long (75 years!). Then I realised there was a war going on at that time and it might have been an influence.

Jul 29, 12:06pm Top

Our weekend was cooler and we had a bit rain, we felt much better.
Enjoy the cooler temperatures. I hope you get some rain, too.
(This wish would have led to misunderstandings in earlier times ;-))

Jul 29, 7:20pm Top

Congrats on reading 3x75, Anita. I hope that your temperatures have become more bearable.

Jul 30, 8:03am Top

Glad to hear things are cooling down a bit, Anita. I went to the Keith Haring exhibit at the weekend - some really lovely things, and such a cleverly designed exhibit, full of the atmosphere of the period too. They didn't have any bookmarks though, so I had to do with a notebook...

Edited: Jul 30, 12:16pm Top

>65 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas.
Today it is hopefully the last hot day of the season with 30°C. There is cooler weather and some rain predicted for the next days. I don't mind rain in all seasons, and neither does my garden ;-)

>66 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg. Tomorrow the temperatures go down and it looks like it stays that way for the next two weeks!

>67 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte. I saw the Keith Haring picture at your thread, but didn't respond. Changing the dosage of the thyroid meds (because of the hot weather, I need less when it is warm and more when it is cold) makes me going up and down & a bit tired.

Tomorrow we will celebrate my fathers 89th birthday.
Tonight I hope to write my last reviews for the month, if not it will be the day after tomorrow.

Jul 30, 5:14pm Top

book 226: Dagboek van een boekverkoper by Shaun Bythell
from the library, non-fiction, translated, original title The Diary of a Bookseller, 351 pages
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book with a title of at least 4 words (subtitle excluded)

Saw this book on some threads, and it was available at the library.
It was somewhat funny at times, but I didn't like the writer. Doing things to people because you know they don't like it, like hugging a worker at her last day, when he knows she hates it. I felt for him when he had difficult customers. It was interesting to read about the fast changing world of selling books. The diary format made it a bit repetitive at times.

And no, although it was funny that he did, I am not going to shoot my e-reader, my main use is reading e-library books, and replacing some tomes by e-books, neither would hurt a (second hand) bookshop.

Edited: Aug 4, 4:59am Top

book 227: De regenboog heeft maar acht kleuren by Peter Pohl
own, YA, translated from Swedish, no English translation, 327 pages
TIOLI Challenge #10: Baker's dozen ROLLING CHALLENGE: Read a book with a number in the title, from 1 - 13

Heinrich was born in Germany in 1940, his German father died in the war. His Swedish mother takes him to her homeland. The only person who welcomes them is her father, Heinrichs grandfather, who tells him fairy tales. His mother wants him to play outside, but the neighborhood kids bully and beat him up. When he finally finds a friend, the friend dies. When Heinrich has changed into Henrik, there comes a new girl in his class, Ylva, she stands up for him. He feels like he has gone from hell into heaven now he has Ilva on his side.

Peter Pohl writes beautiful books about heavy subjects like bullying, not fitting in, abuse and incest; the stories rather don't end well. His writing is so beautiful and penetrating, I always cry while reading, heartwrenching beauty.

Jul 30, 5:42pm Top

book 228: Het dierelirium van professor Revillod by Miguel Murugarren & Javier Sáez Castán
from the library, YA, translated from Spanish, awarded, Boekensleutel 2012, no English translation, 40 pages
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book with a title of at least 4 words (subtitle excluded)

Little fun book with 16 drawings of animals that are split in three, so you can turn parts of the pages and create new animals. Their names have also three parts, so you have instantly the name of the new animal & the same for a description. Briliantly translated by Kees van Kooten.

Edited: Jul 30, 5:49pm Top

book 229: De liefste poes van de wereld by Dolf Verroen
own, childrens, Dutch, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1989, no English translation, 115 pages
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book with a title of at least 4 words (subtitle excluded)

Sarah always wanted to have a cat. One day her mother brings home a little, strange kitten. She is white with a bit of gray, has one smaller ear and a knacked tail, but for Sarah she is a dream coming true. She calls her Uilalia. One day Uilalia falls out of the window. It takes a lot of time and adventures for both Sarah and Uilalia before they are reunited.

Edited: Jul 30, 6:03pm Top

book 230: De schok van de val by Nathan Filer
from the library, translated, original title The Shock of the Fall, 264 pages
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book with a title of at least 4 words (subtitle excluded)

The devastating effects of the loss of an older brother to his younger brother, Matthew, and his parents. Matt ends up in mental care.

Not an easy read, but very good descriptions of Matts feeelings.

Edited: Jul 30, 6:19pm Top

book 231: Als de bergen huilen by Gerda Van Erkel
from the library, YA, Dutch, Awarded, Eervolle Vermelding 2017, no translations, 243 pages
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book with a title of at least 4 words (subtitle excluded)

Suni lives in the north of Sweden. He is different and his mother died when he was born. He lives with his father and sister, but isn't accepted in the village. He is bullied there, but has to go once a week to get the groceries. Then in summer Borr comes with his mother for vacation. Borr and Suni become friends. When one of the village boys set fire in his fathers barn, he tries to blame Suni.

Jul 30, 6:14pm Top

book 232: Nieuwe maan by Sarah Crossan
own, YA, translated, original title Moonrise, 391 pages
TIOLI Challenge #4: Read a book that fits one of the squares on the 2019 Seattle Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo card

Joe was only seven years old when he took the phonecall, it was his older brother Ed, who had run away. Ed was in prison accused and convicted for murder. Ten years later a date is set for death row. Joe goes to Texas to see his brother before he is killed.

Written in free verse, this book is an emotional rollercoaster.

Jul 30, 7:09pm Top

>68 FAMeulstee: Congratulations on your father's 89th birthday! Did you have a nice celebration? How is he doing?

>70 FAMeulstee: You have been reading some good books again, this one should be on my TBR list, I guess. Oh, and your last book Moonrise.

Jul 31, 2:29am Top

Congrats on your father's birthday.
As you could see I got my Tolino ereader. Now I'm able to download ebooks from my library.

Jul 31, 6:35am Top

Happy Wednesday, Anita. I hope the week is going well. Seeing any good birds?

Jul 31, 5:04pm Top

>76 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella, we are just home.
We had dinner with my father and two aunts and uncles at my fathers place. We were having a good time, until my sister called and said she stood at the entrance. I managed to escape through the back door and stayed out until she was gone, wich was rather quick.
Always happy to add to your TBR list :-)

>77 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara.
Yes, I saw it on FB, now you can also read epub format, enjoy!

>78 msf59: Thank you, Mark, the temperatures have finally dropped and the rest of the week will be nice, quiet and cool!
No other birds than the usual, the sparrows, blackbirds and magpies in the garden, with an occasional great tit or bluetit. The starlings are starting to gather in troops and every day we see various ducks, geese and seagulls near the lake.

Aug 1, 6:46am Top

I also gave four stars to The Shock of the Fall, Anita. My dear friend Rachael recommended his new book, The Heartland: Finding and Losing Schizophrenia, to me, and I'll buy a copy when I return to London next month.

Aug 1, 6:00pm Top

>80 kidzdoc: I thought I found The Shock of the Fall on your thread, Darryl. Glad I am not mistaken this time ;-)
His new book isn't translated, I hope it will be available in Dutch translation soon.

Edited: Aug 3, 9:52am Top

July 2019 in numbers

29 books read (8,415 pages, 271.5 pages a day)

own 10 (34 %) / library 19

18 male author / 11 female author
11 originally written in Dutch / 18 translated into Dutch
25 fiction / 4 non-fiction

29 books in TIOLI Challenges
10 e-books
  1 1001 book
  0 Dutch Literary Canon
14 childrens/YA
  5 mystery/police prodedural

longest book 767 pages
shortest book 40 pages
average book 290 pages

own books read were on the shelf since:
before 2008: 6
2008: 1
2018: 1
2019: 2

date first published:

19th century: 2

20th century
1930s: 1
1960s: 1
1980s: 5
1990s: 1

21st century
2000s: 4
2010s: 15

  1 x
  3 x
12 x
  7 x
  6 x

Best books in July 2019

De regenboog heeft maar acht kleuren by Peter Pohl

Nieuwe maan (Moonrise) by Sarah Crossan
Eén mens is genoeg by Els Beerten
De vlucht (Out in the Open) by Jesús Carrasco

Edited: Aug 3, 10:28am Top

2019 totals to date:

233 books read (64,636 pages, 304.9 pages a day)

own 100 (43 %) / library 132 / other 1

155 male author / 78 female author
73 originally written in Dutch / 160 translated into Dutch
204 fiction / 29 non-fiction

226 books in TIOLI Challenges
85 e-books
18 1001 books (total 125)
  3 Dutch Literary Canon (total 23/125)
92 childrens/YA
44 mystery/police prodedural

longest book 1040 pages
shortest book 32 pages
average book 277 pages

own books read were on the shelf since:
before 2008: 67
2008: 6
2009: 1
2014: 1
2017: 2
2018: 10
2019: 13

date first published:
2nd century: 1
17th century: 2
18th century: 1
19th century: 9

20th century
1900s: 1
1910s: 2
1920s: 3
1930s: 5
1940s: 4
1950s: 4
1960s: 13
1970s: 19
1980s: 27
1990s: 37

21st century:
2000s: 41
2010s: 64

  8 x
25 x
88 x
78 x
31 x
  2 x
  1 x

January 2008 - July 2019 totals:

1,998 books read
520,401 pages read

Aug 4, 12:49am Top

>83 FAMeulstee: 2000 books in 127 months = 16 books a month; month on month.


Have a lovely Sunday

Aug 4, 4:08am Top

>84 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul, I guess you are tired as you made a mistake. It is 12 months more (11 years and 7 months), that makes a little over 14 books a month since January 2008. But if I coninue reading like the last 3 years that average number will keep going up. As it took 9 years and 7 months to read the first 1000 books...

Edited: Aug 4, 4:17am Top

book 233: Koen, maak je mijn schoen? by Willem Wilmink
own, YA, Dutch, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1984, no translations, 111 pages
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book with a title of at least 4 words (subtitle excluded)

First book of three books about poetry and poets for older children/young adults.
Nice way to make them read and enjoy poetry.

Aug 4, 4:28am Top

book 234: Afvalrace by Dick Francis
from the library, e-book, translated original title Rat Race, 191 pages
TIOLI Challenge #2: ROLLING Challenge: Read a book that begins with who, what, where, when, how

Matt Shore is a pilot for a flying taxi service. He flies trainer, owners an jockeys around to the racetracks.
One day when he is flying some people, he notices something odd with his plane. To be sure he lands at the nearest airport and when they have left the plane it explodes. He decides to go to the bottom of this attack.

Not Francis' best, a decent read.

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book 235: Verhaal van een leven 3 by Konstantin Paustovski
own, memoires, translated from Russian, Russische Bibliotheek, English translation Southern Adventure and The Restless Years, 476 pages
TIOLI Challenge #13: Read a book set in a country you've never read about before

Book five and six of The story of a life, the memoires of Konstantin Paustovski.

In book five Paustovsky travels south to Sokhumi (Abkhazia). He works for a marine paper and falls ill with malaria and later yellow fever. He meets Isaac Babel again and some other writers staying near. Later he travels on to the south and stays a while in Batumi.

In book six Paustovsky goes back to Moskow, working as a journalist again. Stalins Terror has started, so everyone tries to keep a low profile. People around disappear. He describes some journeys to the north that are work related.
This edition contains some chapters that were censored in the first editions, and only recently found. Even in 1963 (when it was first published) explicit critism towards Stalin was not allowed.

Impressive read.


This was the 2000th book I have read since 2008 (including re-reads).


Aug 4, 5:15am Top

book 236: Dans van de doden by David Hewson
from the library, e-book, translated, original title Carnival for the Dead, 432 pages
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a book where the first letter of the first name of the author comes alphabeticly before the first letter of the last name

More a spin off, than a real Nic Costa book, as the main character is Teresa Lupo.
Teresa Lupo and her mother travel to Venice to try to find out what has happened to her aunt, Sofia (her mothers sister), who has mysteriously vanished. Staying at her aunts flat she receives strange letters, containing short stories featuring herself and her aunt Sofia.

Re-read. I didn't like it as much as I did the first time. Back then I just had started reading mysteries and was more easely impressed. The other Nic Costa books held up way better.

Aug 4, 7:31am Top

Happy new thread Anita!

Congratulations on 225 books! Sorry to read about your family's troubles, but glad to hear they were resolved fairly quickly. You've been reading some emotional-sounding books; I think I will give those a pass, if you don't mind.

Aug 4, 8:55am Top

Hi, Anita.

I agree with you about Rat Race. Not his best, but a decent read. Julia's Dick Francis challenge certainly has got me going back to re-read his mysteries.

Aug 4, 3:09pm Top

Nothing as trifling as fireworks will do for this. Only a full solar flare of celebration!

Aug 4, 5:45pm Top

>90 humouress: Thank you, Nina.
No completely resolved, she removed herself physical from the scene. Of course the terrible and nasty e-mail came two days later...
Yes, I noticed that myself, very emotional reads. Now I am treating myself on re-reads of Ranger's Apprentice.

>91 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe, glad I am not alone. I had not read any Dick Francis before, in fact I started reading mysteries only three years ago. I did read a few in my early teens, but somehow mysteries vanished from my reading for 40 years.

>92 richardderus: Ohh thank you, Richard dear, that is a spectacular image.

Aug 4, 8:59pm Top

Hi Anita! I hope all is well. I'm doing my rounds while I'm motivated. :) Though IL is crying and trying to pound on my keyboard, so I didn't have time to even glance at your thread. Hopefully I'll be back later.

Aug 5, 2:58pm Top

2000! Wow. Impressive stuff. I liked the sound of the Russian author: will try and find his earlier ones.

Aug 5, 6:18pm Top

>94 The_Hibernator: Good to see you on my thread, Rachel, you are always welcome!

>95 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte. The first book is Story of a Life: Childhood and Schooldays by Konstantin Paustovsky. I hope you can find a copy.

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I kindly received Floris en het verraad van Oldenstein from Caroline. After the death of Rutger Hauer we chatted about the Floris TV-series, that made a great impression at the time. This is one of three books that were published after the TV-series.

Then I searched a bit online for the other two Floris books, and found them at a reasonable price. They arrived today: Floris : de vijand te slim af and Floris en het beleg van Oldenstein. Now I remember Frank used to have the last one. I don't remember when we culled it, probably in 1997. It is fun when youth sentiment returns. Thank you Caroline!

Aug 6, 6:12pm Top

Congrats on 3 x 75 and beyond!

And I am being hit by lots of book bullets; I reserved Out in the Open, and The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen and made a note of The Invisible Guardian.

>61 FAMeulstee: I love that sculpture - thanks for the larger photo.

Happy 89th to your father - special indeed.

Uh, oh, I need to request Rat Race, too, so I can get it done before the month is over.

Aug 6, 7:16pm Top

Congratulations on reading 2000 books! Wow. And a good one nr 2000 as well.

>97 FAMeulstee: Ah, but the tv- series itself? I liked Rutger Hauer best in Blade Runner. But he made a good knight in Floris.

Aug 7, 2:34am Top

Just keeping current here...carry on! : )

Aug 7, 6:07pm Top

>98 streamsong: Thank you, Janet!
Both books were very good reads, I hope you get to them soon.
I just got the sequel to The Invisible Guardian from the e-library. The third isn't translated yet.
Thanks for the birthday wish to my father, we are going to visit him next Monday, as my brother is out of the country again for two weeks.

>99 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella, I planned book 2000 better than book 225 for this year :-)
I think the TV-series is available on DVD, I looked it up, only secondhand copies that have gone way up in price since Rutger hauer died... Yes, he was great in Bladerunner, somehow he got more handsome as he aged.

>100 Berly: Thank you, Kim, I am :-)
Again a few reviews behind, not in the mood to write reviews, but very much in the mood for reading!

Aug 8, 12:41pm Top

>97 FAMeulstee: My pleasure Anita. It's nice to revisit special moments in time... err...

>99 EllaTim: Blade Runner and The Legend of the Holy Drinker were my absolute favourite Hauer films Ella - both are in my top ten fave movies, but there were many others both serious, fun and quirky.

Aug 8, 7:16pm Top

>101 FAMeulstee: Whereas Blade Runner is easy to find on DVD. Marc loves it, and has certainly bought a copy.

>102 Caroline_McElwee: Hi Caroline. I've never even heard of The Legend of the Holy Drinker and it's one of your favourite movies. Must look it up.

Aug 9, 2:33am Top

I'm enjoying the Rutger Hauer discussions. I have to admit I've never watched Blade Runner, because Hauer scared me too much in The Hitcher that I couldn't bear it. I saw you Anita were reading the book for the TIOLI so figured I'd read that and then finally watch the film. And now your discussion about his filmography is making me want to watch more films with him.

Aug 9, 6:28am Top

>103 EllaTim: It is an Italian film Ella. Beautifully observed, and great performance from RH. Hitcher was certainly perfectly pitched, he did relatively little in reality, but scared the hell out of me.

Other films I'd recommend of his:

Simon Magus
On a Moonlit Night (probably hard to get)
Soldaat van Oranje (Soldier of Orange)
A Breed Apart (unusual)
Escape From Sobibor
Wanted Dead or Alive

Of his really early stuff:

Turks Fruit (iconic)
Keetje Tippel
Grijpstrer en de Gier

And there are many quirky ones too.

I lost track of the smaller, later, and difficult to get roles he did.

He has a very fine website www.rutgerhauer.org which I participated a lot with many years ago, when it first started, hence being so familiar with his work.

Aug 9, 6:37am Top

>105 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks for the movie recommendations, Caroline!

Aug 9, 8:07am Top

>102 Caroline_McElwee: :-)
I haven't seen The legend of the Holy Drinker, I will keep an eye out for it. And for the book, as I realy liked the two books I have read by Joseph Roth.

>103 EllaTim: I remeber that Blade Runner (the movie) was on the edge of what I can handle, now I have the book from the library. Usually I deal better with reading.

>104 PawsforThought: That is why I skipped The Hitcher. As I said above, with reading I can handle more scare than watching.

>105 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline.
I have seen all his early Dutch movies, some others and a few you mentioned.
Last one I saw was the movie Michiel de Ruyter, where Rutger played a small part as Maarten Tromp.

Aug 9, 8:15am Top

>107 FAMeulstee: I can usually handle scary movies just fine, as long as there's not a lot of gore. The time I tried to watch The Hitcher was a period of my life when I watched TONS of scary movies (it was around the time the Scream movies where popular) and I'd simply overdosed on it. It took me a long, long time to be able to watch anything scary again after that. I could probably watch it now and be fine, but it's not been a pressing issue.

Aug 9, 4:02pm Top

>108 PawsforThought: when I watched TONS of scary movies Well, that is something I would never do ;-)

Aug 9, 4:07pm Top

>109 FAMeulstee: Well, I was 15 and thus not very wise.

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book 237: De koning van Clonmel by John Flanagan
from the library, e-book, YA, translated, original title The Kings of Clonmel, 407 pages
TIOLI Challenge #3: Read a book where one of the title words begins with the letter “C”

book 238: Halt in gevaar by John Flanagan
from the library, e-book, YA, translated, original title Halt's Peril, 430 pages
TIOLI Challenge #11: MOB!! Read a book following the Man Over Board-rescue-manoeuvre in the first sentence

Ranger's Apprentice book 8 and 9 are basicly one continued story.
Halt, Will and Horace go to Hibernia to stop a religious cult. We learn more about Halt's family and past.

As always the adventurous stories are a fun to read.


Aug 9, 4:16pm Top

book 239: Alaska by Anna Woltz
from the library, e-book, YA, Dutch, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 2017, no translations, 184 pages
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a book where the first letter of the first name of the author comes alphabeticly before the first letter of the last name

Story about a boy who suffers from epileptic seizures ans his service dog, Alaska.

Edited: Aug 11, 6:01am Top

book 240: Karl May en zijn wereld by Karl May
own, translated from German, no English translation, 255 pages
TIOLI Challenge #4: Read a book for the August CFF Mystery Challenge Challenge: Book with a title that starts with one of the letters of "SQUEAKYCHU"

Last book from the Dutch Karl May series.
Containing parts from 3 different original German books "Ich"(autobiography), Auf fremden Pfaden and Das Zauberwasser.

Title translated: Karl May and his world

Edited: Aug 11, 6:03am Top

book 241: Het reisgezelschap van de Amstel by Willem Wilmink
own, Dutch, no translations, 40 pages
TIOLI Challenge #8: Read a new-to-you book by one of the authors you've listed as a favourite on LT

This fairytale was originally published in a Dutch literary magazine (Tirade) in 1966.
Ten years later is was pubished in this edition.
A girl has an adventure with animals, around the river Amstel. The animals made me think of The wind in the Willows. With nice illustrations by Jantien Buisman.

Title translated: The travel company of the Amstel

Edited: Aug 11, 6:28am Top

book 242: Ballade van de dood by Koos Meinderts & Harrie Jekkers
own, Dutch, childrens, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 2009, no translations, 26 pages
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a book where the first letter of the first name of the author comes alphabeticly before the first letter of the last name

A king is afraid of Death. With help of the scientists in his kingdom, he manages to lock up Death. A few hundred years later everybody is bored, the kingdom is overcrowded, and the king longs for the return of Death.

Title translated: Ballad of (the) Death

Edited: Aug 11, 6:06am Top

book 243: Pluk van de Petteflet by Annie M.G. Schmidt
own, Dutch, childrens, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1972, English translation Tow-Truck Pluck, 167 pages
TIOLI Challenge #8: Read a new-to-you book by one of the authors you've listed as a favourite on LT

Pluck loves all animals. He lives with the cockroach Zaza in a room at the top of an appartment building. Whenever there is an animal in need, Pluck wants to help. If he can't manage on his own, he can always ask the owner of the nearby bookstore.

Suited to read a chapter a night as bedtime story. With perfect illustrations by Fiep Westendorp.

Title translated: Pluck of the Capbuilding

Edited: Aug 11, 6:06am Top

book 244: Wie wind zaait by Nele Neuhaus
from the library, e-book, translated from German, no English translation (yet), 478 pages
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book by an author whose last name is longer than their first name

Fifth book about the German police officers Oliver von Bodenstein & Pia Kirchhoff.
A man is found dead at the office of a windmill company. The investigation uncovers a lot of dirt.

I liked the previous two books a little bit better, still a solid murder mystery.

Title translated: Who sows wind

Edited: Aug 11, 6:08am Top

book 245: Jorrie en Snorrie by Annie M.G. Schmidt
own, Dutch, childrens, Kinderboekenweekgeschenk 1990, no translations, 93 pages
TIOLI Challenge #8: Read a new-to-you book by one of the authors you've listed as a favourite on LT

Trainconductor Snorrie is about to ride one a very special train, when the girl Jorrie stops him. Some escaped hedgehogs are under the train, so they can't leave. Two ministers and a foreign president are on the train, and they are not amused by the delay....

This was the free gift book of the Childrens Book Week in 1990 and the last cooperation between Annie M.G. Schmidt and her regular illustrator Fiep Westendorp.

Title translated: Jorrie and Snorrie ("snor"="mustache", "Snorrie"=nickname because he has a mustache)

Aug 9, 5:28pm Top

book 246: De vogels by Tarjei Vesaas
1001 books, from the library, e-book, translated from Norwegian, English translation The Birds, 237 pages
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a book where the first letter of the first name of the author comes alphabeticly before the first letter of the last name

Mattis is a mentally challenged man in his thirties. He lives in a small house with his sister, who cares for him. She earns a living with knitting, but money is tight. Mattis tries to get work at the farms, but rarely gets work, as he can't work right and is very slow.
His world is turned upside down when his sister finds a man.

The whole story is written from Mattis' perspective. His world is very different from how "normal" people see the world, other view, other priorities, other mind set. Impressive book.

Edited: Aug 18, 7:05am Top

book 247: Tegenwoordig heet iedereen Sorry by Bart Moeyaert
from the library, e-book, Dutch, YA, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 2019, no translations, 128 pages
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book by an author whose last name is longer than their first name

One day in the life of adolescent Bianca. She has a hard time with a brother who has a heart disease and a mothers alone. Now her father said she can't come every weekend anymore, so she can't escape her brother and mother. The grown ups say Bianca is unwieldy, but she just has a hard time with everyone around.

Bart Moeyaert's books received many awards, I have read most of them. But somehow I never really connect to his characters.

Title translated: These days everyone is named Sorry

Aug 10, 3:36pm Top

Hi Anita...happy Saturday! I have a Dutch-language question: I see Dutch titles like "De vogel" or The Birds, and "Het reisgezelschap van de Amstel" or The Cruise of the Amstel; in English we only have one definite article "The" and I don't know which of these is masculine or feminine, or what noun they're gendered on. Can you help?

Aug 10, 4:16pm Top

>122 richardderus: I will try, Richard, is this a hint I should return to my previous habit of translating the Dutch titles? ;-)

Articles in Dutch:
"De" is similair to "the", can be masculine, feminine or plural
"De vogel" = "The bird"
"De vogels" = "The birds"

"Het" is not masculine or feminine, I think that is called undenominational, or just neutral?
"Het reisgezelschap" = "The travel company"
All diminutive(?): words ending with "-je" always have "Het"
"Het vogeltje" = "The little bird"

"Een" is the same as "a" and can be used on every word, "Een vogel" = "A bird"

There are very few grammatical cases where masculine or feminine matters. I do know the difference intuitive if needed, but have to look up the specifics.

Aug 10, 6:39pm Top

>123 FAMeulstee: is this a hint I should return to my previous habit of translating the Dutch titles?
Perish forbid I should impose upon my hostess's time and energy in such a fashion! (Read: "yes, please")

"Het" is neuter (has no gender) and all diminutives use it; is it also a collective "the" as in "the (specific) Government" or "the Royal Family"?

Edited: Aug 10, 6:56pm Top

>124 richardderus: I will try to remember to do so when I write a review, Richard dear.

I am thinking if there is any collective that is neutral, as both Government ("de overheid" or "de regering)" and Family ("de familie") have a gender in Dutch, they are all female... Yes, of course the Dutch word for "the collective" is neutral, "het collectief" and "the orchestra" is "het orkest". So no, not all collectives are neutral.

Aug 10, 7:04pm Top

>124 richardderus: Oh, Richard, you’re so considerate. *heavy sarcasm* ;0)

Aug 10, 7:07pm Top

Oooh, language discussions! This is like candy to me!
I believe the same thing has (mostly) happened in Dutch as in Swedish and Danish - while there used to be masculine and feminine words, they've lost their "gender" and become a common gender instead.
In Swedish, the common gender is called "utrum" (uter) to counter the neuter ("neutrum"). Though outside of academia, people mainly call it -et and -en because those are the suffixes used for definiteness (where English uses "the").

Aug 10, 8:23pm Top

It's amazing for an ungendered language speaker to have intricacies like REgendering and UNgendering tossed into the mix!

Aug 11, 2:45am Top

>128 richardderus: >122 richardderus: >123 FAMeulstee: To be honest, I noticed ‘het’ because I have to think about the meaning (by process of deduction it means ‘the’ and my mnemonic is that it uses the same letters) but I didn’t even register ‘de’, possibly because I did German several decades ago and can actually translate that word without having to think about it. So you’re question was a kind of ‘aha moment’.

And now we’re all making Anita earn her stars.

Aug 11, 6:23am Top

>126 humouress: He always is, Nina ;-)

>127 PawsforThought: Gender of words has not completely vanished in Dutch, in some old sayings there are gendered words with gramatical case, like there is still in German.
So there are in Swedish no articles but suffixes at the end of the word?

>128 richardderus: Language is so complex, Richard, don't start me on some English words that have so many different meanings. Or words that sound almost the same, only distinguished by writing.
And I have edited from >113 FAMeulstee: to add the title translated. If Dutch and English are the same, I don't add the translation.

>129 humouress: Interesting to read how your line thought works, Nina.
It happens frequently that I type "het" instead of "the" and have to go back to edit.
LOL I think I originally started to add the title translated after you asked about it.

Aug 11, 6:50am Top

>130 FAMeulstee: Oh, no! I've given myself away.

I noticed on Kerry's thread (and you've said it before, elsewhere) that you only read the English translation if there isn't a Dutch one. I doubt that slows you down at all.

Aug 11, 7:11am Top

>127 PawsforThought: Yes, we don't normally use articles like the/les/die/etc. We use end of word-articles. The only time pre-word-articles are used is when we want to specify that it's not just "THE cat" but "THAT cat" or "the red car" and not just any car. This is true for all the Scandinavian languages, btw, not just Swedish - our Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic friends do it too.

Aug 11, 7:42am Top

>131 humouress: Yes, you did, Nina, and I am always happy to see a msg of yours on my thread.
Yes, reading English does slow my reading down. I kept records, English books takes 3 to 4 times the time I would need for the same book in Dutch. And with so many books I want to read... Reading threads also slows down reading, as do other activities ;-)

>132 PawsforThought: Thanks for the explanation, Paws.
I always understood that the Scandinavian languares are pretty close to eachother.

Aug 11, 8:22am Top

Happy Sunday, Anita. I hope you are having a good weekend. I am off the next 2 days and I plan on getting out to do some birding tomorrow. I am overdue.

Aug 11, 10:42am Top

Hi, Anita! It doesn't look as though I'll make it back to Amsterdam this year, but I hope to do so in 2020. One of my priorities when I see you, Frank, Ella, Connie, Sanne and hopefully Jacqueline then is to have y'all teach me how to pronounce the Dutch letter "g" without sounding like a cat trying to cough up a massive hairball.

Aug 11, 10:43am Top

>134 msf59: Thank you, Mark, enjoy your long weekend!
I hope you see some interesting birds tomorrow.

Edited: Aug 11, 10:48am Top

>135 kidzdoc: It is sad, but I saw it coming, Darryl. Your parents are more important.
I expect we will get a chance to meet in the 2020. Or when all else fails, when you are happily retired and living in Portugal ;-)

Aug 11, 10:52am Top

>137 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. As fond as I am of the Netherlands and my Dutch LT friends, especially you and Frank, you're right in saying that my parents take priority over anything and anyone else. I did request vacation time to return to Lisbon in October, but I'm tempted to spend that time with Mom & Dad, even though they make no demands on my time and want to see me travel and visit friends abroad. If I don't return to the Netherlands this year I will make it a priority for 2020!

Aug 11, 11:02am Top

>138 kidzdoc: We will see how it turns out, Darryl, we don't mind if other priorities change your plans.
Of course we are always happy with a chance to meet you.

We visit my father more often now, as he needs some extra attention. He isn't demanding either, but he deserves it.

Aug 11, 11:09am Top

>132 PawsforThought: Languages are so close to being actual living things, the way they make choices and set standards of behavior they will and won't tolerate. I suppose that's natural, given the intimate connection we have with language...which I still have some trouble convincing myself isn't an entity external to us!

Aug 11, 11:16am Top

>139 FAMeulstee: I hear you, Anita. My beloved maternal grandmother said, toward the end of her sadly too short life, that she would rather receive flowers while she was still alive than have them displayed at her funeral, when she couldn't appreciate them. My parents returned the inexhaustible love that she showed them and me during her final years, and they had no regrets when she died when I was a young child, unlike my mother's two sisters, who still wish they had returned her love and support when she was alive. I remember Nana and her husband fondly, even though she died before I turned 10, and I can still see their house on 222nd Street in the Bronx (one of NYC's five boroughs) as if I had visited it yesterday, although it's been nearly 50 years since they last lived there.

My parents are very grateful of the time I spend with them, and they tell me that they feel loved by me, which makes it difficult to leave them, as I had to do on Tuesday. They recognize their impending mortality, as do I, and given my mother's slow but progressive decline from dementia I know that it won't be too long before she no longer recognizes any of us, although I'm hopeful that we'll have at least three to five years before that happens.

Aug 11, 6:16pm Top

I hope you are enjoying the weekend, Anita. Those are impressive reading numbers!

Edited: Aug 11, 6:32pm Top

>140 richardderus: Languages are ever evolving and flexible, even grammar is ;-)

>141 kidzdoc: Lovely memories of your Nana, Darryl.
I wasn't so lucky. Both my grandfathers were gone before I was even born. My maternal grandmother died when I was seven. The last five years she had servere dementia, so I had no connection at all. I only knew my paternal grandmother. She and my mother didn't go along, so I only visited her once or twice a year with my parents.

My mothers decline from dementia went very slow at first, she was diagnosed in 2001 and lived 18 years after. It went faster with Franks aunt, there was six years between diagnose and death. So I hope you have some more years ahead with your parents.

>142 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg.
Frank was working the weekend, so I had lots of reading time :-)

Aug 11, 9:09pm Top

Reading your thread, Anita, always makes me so aware of how many good books I will never be able to read because they are written in another language! Hugs to you and Frank.

Aug 12, 7:47am Top

>143 FAMeulstee: Grammar certainly is evolving, I see articles getting skipped more and more when talking about institutions. It used to be "Het RIVM" says, but now it's "RIVM says", like RIVM is a person instaid of an institution, feels weird to me. But how does that happen?

Wishing you a good week ahead.

Aug 12, 7:58am Top

>145 EllaTim: sms txts ;0)

Aug 12, 5:10pm Top

>144 ronincats: Always hoping that they will be translated someday, Roni.

>145 EllaTim: I don't know either, Ella, and it annoys me too. Nina might have a point.
Thank you.

>146 humouress: That could be part of it, Nina. I never use sms ;-)

Aug 12, 8:07pm Top

Aug 15, 8:20am Top

Hi Anita!

Fascinating discussion of the Dutch language and languages in general.

One of my grandfathers died 24 years before I was born, the other when I was 4. One of my grandmothers died when I was 10, the other when I was 50. I have strong memories of both grandmothers, none at all of the one grandfather who was alive when I was. And so it goes.

Congrats on your reading.

Aug 16, 6:21pm Top

>149 karenmarie: Hi Karen, language and reading are close related.
So we have similair experiences with grandparents, both not known our grandfathers.

Reading continues, as always, just finished book #256.

Edited: Aug 17, 6:05pm Top

Sorry to be rather absent, I am reading The Shock Doctrine and although I am familiar with most of the events described it is hard to read and connecting the dots of greed and torture... I can't read this all at once, makes me sad and angry. I hope to finish it early next week.

Aug 17, 7:03pm Top

>151 FAMeulstee: Some things require us to suffer to understand the pain in the world Anita. It isn't easy. But understanding, and seeing with more clarity is a good thing. Does she offer up any suggestions for change?

I've just ordered a book called Radical Help which the article that lead me to it infers the author suggests ways of dealing with entrenched social ills in our societies.

Edited: Aug 18, 1:12am Top

>151 FAMeulstee: *shudder* I just had a look at the descriptions for The Shock Doctrine and it's ...nefarious.

This is why I stick to fantasy (and not Game of Thrones type stuff either).

Aug 18, 6:53am Top

>152 Caroline_McElwee: That is why I read it, Caroline, I think it is important to understand. No suggestions, just an historical overview, starting in Chile in 1973 up to the war in Irak. The book starts with my first political memory: the coup in Chile.

That might be an interesting read.

>153 humouress: Yes it is, Nina, but I can't live in the bubble of ignorance.
I read some light stuff next to it to keep me sane ;-)

Edited: Aug 18, 7:04am Top

book 248: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
from the library, e-book, YA, translated, awarded, Kinderjury 2015, original title Wonder, 380 pages
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book by a woman whose gender is not evident

From birth August Pullman had a facial defect. As a young kid he had many surgries, but he still looks totally different. He was always home schooled, but now he is going to a real school. Some choosen kids will help him to get through the first weeks. Soon he finds out he isn't really accepted, behind his back some kids are very nasty. But eventually he does find some friends.

A beautiful read, advocating kindness in every way you can.

Aug 18, 7:15am Top

book 249: De oorlog van de kleine paardjes by Johan Fabricius
from the library, e-book, Dutch, no translations, 143 pages
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book by an author whose last name is longer than their first name

Johan Fabricius went to WWI in 1918, when he just turned 18. The Netherlands were neutral in that war, and he was an adventurous young man. He became "Kriegsmahler" (Warpainter) for the Austrians, who were fighting the Italians in the southern Alps.
The writer wrote his memories down nearly sixty years later, in 1975.

Title translated: The war of the little horses.
The title both refers to the small horses that worked in the mountains, as to the Bosnian soldiers, who were fighting there far from home for a cause that wasn't theirs.

Edited: Aug 18, 7:28am Top

book 250: Maanzaad by Lydia Rood
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1990, no translations, 143 pages
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a book where the first letter of the first name of the author comes alphabeticly before the first letter of the last name

Papaver's mother died when she was young. She never gave it much thought, as she has a wonderful stephmother. On her 12th birthday her father gives her a big pile of paper, written to her by her mother. This way she gets the opportunity to know her mother, and that isn't always easy.

Title translated: Poppyseed
The main characters name "Papaver" could be translated to "Poppy".

Aug 18, 7:32am Top

book 251: De kwade knecht by Ellis Peters
from the library, translated, original title Saint Peter's Fair, 236 pages
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book by an author whose last name is longer than their first name

Brother Cadfael book 4.
Middle ages murder mystery, a corpse is found and as always brother Cadfael skilfully unravels the truth.

Dutch title translated: The angry servant

Aug 18, 7:37am Top

book 252: Bedrieglijke zaken by Donna Leon
own, e-book, translated, original title Willful Behavior, 317 pages
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a book where the first letter of the first name of the author comes alphabeticly before the first letter of the last name

Commisario Brunetti book 11.
Police in Venice. Murders connected to art theft in World War II.

Dutch title translated: False affairs

Aug 18, 7:39am Top

>155 FAMeulstee: A mix sounds like a good solution, Anita. I've just bought We have been harmonised about state electronic control in China. I'm not sure the UK is free of all of the control stuff: the CCTV face recognition was in the news here this week, used on people just passing by a property.

Aug 18, 7:45am Top

book 253: Het varenwoud by Alet Schouten
own, Dutch, YA, no translations, 132 pages
TIOLI Challenge #8: Read a new-to-you book by one of the authors you've listed as a favourite on LT

The world as we knew it has ended 70 years ago. Very few technology is left and the Netherlands is covered in big fern woods, not very accesible for humans. In the fernwoods live elf-like creatures, so they say. No one is sure until such a creature is left behind in a small human village.

Dutch title translated: The fernwood

Aug 18, 7:52am Top

>160 charl08: The mix works fine, Charlotte. I try to limit the heavy stuff, as I can get very emotional about it, but ignorance is no option either. I have been wanting to read The Shock Doctrine for a long time.

I have seen some of the Chinese state control in documentaries, scary stuff... Probably used over here as well, but not as openly.

Aug 18, 7:59am Top

>154 FAMeulstee: I prefer to keep my head in the sand :0)

Aug 18, 1:59pm Top

Het varenwoud sounds pretty optimistic to me, since sea-level rises are likely to render the country truly "Nether" by the end of the century!

Happy week ahead, Anita. Much good reading!

Edited: Aug 18, 6:19pm Top

>163 humouress: I hope the sand doesn't get too hot ;-)

>164 richardderus: Written in the 1970s, Richard, when we all thought the world would end nuclear. When only the Club of Rome (and my mother) was worried about the environment...
Thank you, the same to you!

Aug 19, 3:48am Top

>162 FAMeulstee: One of the reasons I bought it was on the back it said that some of the Chinese systems are being exported for use by other dictatorships / totalitarian regimes. Argh.

Aug 19, 3:05pm Top

Debbi and I loved Wonder, Anita, and I think its message advocating kindness, as you say, is a big part of why it remains so popular in the U.S.

Aug 19, 6:16pm Top

>166 charl08: It is a world gone crazy....

>167 jnwelch: I can understand you two love Wonder, I enjoyed the read and loved the message.

Yesterday, 6:33am Top

>167 jnwelch: >168 FAMeulstee: Last night at the school open house, Charlie and I were happy to see that his reading teacher has literal *stacks* of Wonder in her room. We think he may be rereading that one for class this year and he's pretty excited about that (it'll be his third time through it).

Yesterday, 6:33pm Top

>159 FAMeulstee: That would be great for Charlie, reading a favorite this year.
Is Charlie starting 5th grade in middle school, just like Auggie in the book?
It is always difficult to understand school sysytems in other countries, in most translations the grade is also translated to the Dutch system. In Wonder the translation followed the US system.

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