Anita's armchair travels in 2009
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The name of my thread came from Nickelini message 177 in the thread akeela aims for 75 in the group of 2008. I liked it because we have a similair saying in Dutch.
I think my total on the end of 2008 will be around 125 books, so I will try that again.
My 75 thread in 2008.
I have no special goals, I just keep on reading and hope to find many new gems in 2009.
In Europa part 2 by Geert Mak
book #29 Charmed life by Diana Wynne Jones (msg 235)
book #28 Conrad's fate by Diana Wynne Jones (msg 235)
book #27 The lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones (msg 235)
book #26 The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander (msg 213)
book #25 Bashan and I by Thomas Mann (msg 202)
book #24 Clay by David Almond (msg 195)
book #23 The zookeepers wife by Diane Ackerman (msg 188)
book #21 and #22 Tomorrow when the War began, The dead of night, A killing frost, Darkness be my friend, Burning for revenge, The night is for hunting and The other side of dawn by John Marsden (msg 164)
book #20 Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl (msg 158)
book #19 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (msg 152)
book #18 All families are psychotic by Douglas Coupland (msg 144)
book #17 The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (msg 136)
book #16 Het kleine meisje van meneer Linh by Philippe Claudel (msg 130)
book #15 Life of Pi by Yann Martel (msg 129)
book #14 Dierenpraat by Armando (msg 127)
book #13 Meester Pompelmoes en de mompelpoes by Hans Andreus (msg 127)
book #12 Don Quixote - part 2 by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (msg 126)
book #11 Eldest by Christopher Paolini (msg 122)
book #10 Eragon by Christopher Paolini (msg 106)
book #9 Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (msg 96)
book #8 Secret heart by David Almond (msg 94)
book #7 Don Quixote - part 1 by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (msg 88)
book #6 Dragonkeeper by Carole Wilkinson (msg 74)
book #5 Kinderen van Amsterdam by Jan Paul Schutten (msg 74)
book #4 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (msg 64)
book #3 Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (msg 55)
book #2 The uncommon reader by Alan Bennett (msg 32)
book #1 The Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (msg 20)
edited to correct spelling error
Anita, you're too sweet! :)
What is the Dutch saying you have? I studied Dutch at varsity some years back ... I think I'd still be able to appreciate it!
I'll be following your 2009 trip. Happy travels!
In Dutch it is "reizen vanuit je leunstoel".
Of course I'll follow your readings too in 2009 :-)
Anita, I visited Amsterdam a few times "vanuit mijn leunstoel" via Ciske by Piet Bakker. It's one of my all-time favorite books. I read it in Afrikaans, first as a child in primary school, then again after I'd completed high school, and two years ago, I read it a third time. And each time, it touched me more deeply! Are you familiar with Ciske? Is it as popular in your country as I imagine it would be?
akeela I have read Ciske de rat once in my youth and later I have seen the movie.
I lived for many years in Rotterdam and my husband was born in Rotterdam. There is a bit of rivalry between Rotterdam and Amsterdam, so I did not read about Amsterdam much ;-)
Now, three years away from Rotterdam, and living nearer to Amsterdam, I don't feel so "Rotterdams" anymore LOL
Well, all is set up, feeling comfy in the 2009 group...
At this moment 2009 is exactly 24 hours away ;-)
Happy New Year, Anita! Glad to see you are joining us for another one :)
yes BDB, 2009 started here before you all on the other side of the Atlantic.
Happy New Year to you too Stasia, and to all others reading this ;-)
Now back to the The Complete Chronicles of Narnia!
>11 blackdogbooks: BDB
Only put the book down for reading the threads here on LT ;-)
Found your topic, I'm going to follow your travels in the world of books!
I have finished the first 5 Narnia books.
I only have not decided yet if I count all books separate, or as I read them all together in one book...
I do like the books and am enjoying my read!
AlcottAcre: I have met Reepicheep in Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I love him too :-)
You definitely have to count them separately.
Can't wait to hear which was your favourite and why!
I am with Flossie on this, count them separately! Yes, and now spill the beans on which one is your favorite . . .
Oh, wow! 125 books for last year? I'm impressed! :D I think I made it to 80. Anyway, best of luck, and I can't wait to see your list.
>17 saraslibrary: Sara
The final count was 129 books for last year. But that included 112 YA books.
Looking at my reading plans now, I might read less books this year. I nearly finished The Chronicles of Narnia and planning to read Don Quixote, I will be glad if I read those two this month.
An intriguing title, and I liked the first chapter.
I hope to read chapter 2 today and will let you know.
book #1 The Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
All 7 books in Dutch translation.
I never read any of the Narnia books before.
The first time I "heard" of them was in Cynthia Voigt's Come a Stranger.
I liked all the stories, and most lovable side characters were for me Reepicheep, the Talking Horses and the Flying Horse (is his name in English Fledge? He appears in the first book "The Magicans Nephew" and briefly in the last book "The Last Battle").
Of course Aslan is special, in some ways divine.
It was a very good read, 4 stars
edited for touchstone
I am so very glad you liked the books! OK, tell me now - which was your favorite?
And Anita, despite the fact that they were all collected in one omnibus edition, I think you should count them as seven books. Okay, what was your favorite? I think my favorite is atypical--I'll share after you do!
It will be interesting to compare choices for favorites - I will share my fave after Anita does, too.
Stasia and roni
You two are responding fast :-)
I think my favourite was The Horse and his Boy with The Lion, The Witch and the wardrobe and The voyage of the Dawn Treader both as close second.
For administrative reasons I count them all as one book. I did the same with The Lord of the Rings and Kristin Lavransdotter last year.
If it is physical one book I count it as one book.
>24 FAMeulstee:: ooh, interesting. I think you are the very first person I have met who has that as their favourite Narnia.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book I ever read completely independently (the first was The Phoenix and the Carpet), but it doesn't make my faves list - my favourite is Dawntreader by a country mile, next most closely followed by The Last Battle (touchstone won't load grrr). And my son's favourite is Prince Caspian.
This is bad... so many threads on here conjuring overwhelming nostalgia for my childhood reads; I run a severe risk of spending the rest of 2009 re-reading everything I read between the ages of 5 and 15 (I'd stop at 15 as that's when I went through a Virginia Andrews phase ;-))
I run a severe risk of spending the rest of 2009 re-reading everything I read between the ages of 5 and 15
And what's so wrong with that?
Anita, I think you are the first one I have known to have the same favorite as me. I don't know why, but although I love the first four books unreservedly, The Horse and His Boy has always clicked with me--I love the irony and the situations and the shifts in attitudes due to events that occur along the story line.
Flossie, I am at that stage where I have to reread those books I read 20 or 30 or 40 years ago because I don't remember them any more!! At least most of them are still sitting on my shelves!
Looking at the rating statistics:
4.18 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
4.14 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
4.00 The magicans nephew
3.99 The Last Battle
3.97 The Horse and his Boy
3.95 Prince Caspian
3.94 The Silver Chair
>29 FAMeulstee:, definitely agree with The Silver Chair being the weakest. Eustace is just too, too annoying to be saved, even as the "experienced" member of the party.
>27 alcottacre:: Stasia, the only 'wrong' thing is that I was trying to make this year the year of reading as-yet-unread books that I already own!! So far I'm not doing well at all, as I have read a totally pathetic 2 books (second still to post on my thread), purchased 3 (all self-help, bleurgh), and borrowed a further 5 from the library (although you could argue that last figure should be a 4, as one of them was a later edition of a book I already own :-)). These numbers probably disintegrate before your astonishing public-library habit, but for those of us that need a little more sleep, "we're very concerned."
>28 ronincats:; Roni, nearly all my childhood(adolescent-hood) books are still on my shelves in my mum's house, so as well as depriving me of reading "new" stuff, I would have to (a) steal them back again (b) find somewhere to PUT them.... aiee. I do find, though, that my memory of them is MUCH clearer than a lot of stuff I have read more recently. I can count a lot of books that I have picked up to read and got about 100 pages into before realising, no, I've already read this and completely forgotten it.
(sorry for threadjacking, Anita!! Really glad you enjoyed Narnia. I still love them unreservedly.)
never be sorry for threadjacking Flossie.
Posting here or somewhere else in the 75 group, I'll read it anyway ;-)
Re-reading books from childhood makes me always happy, so just enjoy them!
I have the same, some books I read long ago are crisp clear in my memory and of my recent reads only a few have nested in my brain.
book #2 De ongewone lezer by Alan Bennett
Library book, Dutch translation of The uncommon reader
Like many others from last years group, I enjoyed this funny fictionary book about Queen Elisabeth II who discovers the joy of reading.
Roni and Anita -- The Horse and His Boy is my fav too :)
Anita, I am so thrilled for you! You crawled out of the mire of non-reading, taking those tentative steps to see if you could do it again and shazam! 129!! Woot!!!
Where's a glitter graphic with fireworks when I need one :)
Where's a glitter graphic with fireworks when I need one :)
At glittergraphicwithfireworks.com, of course :)
My favourite is absolutely The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I was traumatised as a child by The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and now can neither read the book nor watch any film/tv adaptation. I can however read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and love it.
I also love Johnny Tremaine so I hope you really enjoy it Anita, its a very good book :)
oooh in English -- boy howdy your world is expanding. Wish we could get together and have a cuppa. Maybe next time I'm in Holland for more than a change of planes...
It is fun to see what Narnia books are favorites :-)
Susan: that would be great to meet IRL.
Chances me getting to Romania are small.
#40: From what I read on IMDB the other day, it does not look like Dawn Treader is going to be filmed any time soon. Disney has pulled out, and Walden Media is looking for a new backer for the remaining Narnia films :(
36 WWW: "Uh, oh, I know I am in trouble now if I am being compared to TT :)"
You weren't before, but for that remark you definately are now! :(
As Scooby Doo says "Ruh roh"
And Anita says I am not in trouble
#46: That was pretty much my reaction, too. I sure hope Walden Media finds someone to back them. Fox may be interested, but with the economy the way it is, who knows?
Yes I enjoy Johnny Tremain, I did hear from the Boston Tea Party, but never really knew what it was about. I am in chapter 7 (of 12).
#48: I am glad you are enjoying the book, Anita. I hope you like the other one as well.
thanks to Stasia I am reading Johnny Tremaine in English now
??? huh ???
how are you finding Ella Minnow Pea? Its a book I've just ordered, so don't give me any details, just let me know if its good or not!!
luna, I love it so far, its great and I bet you will love it too!
(this is the only detail I will give you) Life without letters would be hard.
book #3 Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
YA, Newberry Medal 1944
The story of a boy in Boston at the time of the start of the American Revolution.
I did not know much about that time in the US, I had heard of the Boston Tea Party, but did not know it was about refusing to pay English taxes.
Reading in English took some more time, but it was easier than I thought/feared to be. Reached for the dictionary only 4 times ;-)
>54 FAMeulstee:: Ah, I thought she had perfected a better-than-Berlitz method for teaching English and wondered why you needed it since you were obviously already reading in English.
Edit: Never mind the rest of it.
>56 TadAD:: TadAD
yes I read English, but I can read Dutch much faster :-)
Maybe we should employ this as a method for slowing Stasia down. Make her read in various different languages so she is the same pace as the rest of us.
Any takers for my idea??
> Msg 55 I'm impressed! Only 4 times to the Dictionary. I do that too in my own language (except I go online as the movers shipped my dictionaries to storage!!!)
#55: I am glad you enjoyed it - and I am with suslyn on this only 4 trips to the dictionary thing! Great job.
I cannot wait to see what you think of Celia Garth.
book #4 Eilandpost by Mary Ann Shaffer
Dutch translation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, library book
I had seentis book in some threads of last year, with mostly positieve reviews. So I was pleased when I saw it at the library ;-)
The story is about Guernsey during WWII, written in letters just after the war. Guernsey was occupated by the Germans in 1940 and for 5 years cut off the world outside the island.
Athough the story is not light, there is some wit and humor to make it a light read, that I enjoyed very much.
4 1/2 stars
book #5 should have been Reading Lolita in Teheran, but I have abandoned it. Maybe it is just not the right book at the right time, or I am not into reading this kind of non-fiction. Anyhow I did not enjoy it and stopped reading after 50 pages.
So now I started Don Quixote, enjoyed the first 7 chapters today!
I hope you both give Reading Lolita in Tehran another shot - it really is worth the read.
Glad to see you enjoyed Guernsey, Anita!
#68: On a different tack, but along the same lines, you might try The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo.
Anita: thanks for the link! You've gotten me even more excited to finish the Narnia series - I will definitely pick up the third book today!!
Also, it took me a little while to get into Reading Lolita in Tehran - maybe after about 1/3 of the book I really got into it. It was a few years ago that I read it, so I can't really remember what the problem was... Once I got over that hump then I really loved it!!
But f you're not into it, then it may help to just put it aside for a few weeks and try something else. Good luck!
>70 neverlistless:: fasciknitting
Thanks for visiting my thread!
I look forward to your thoughts about the remaining Narnia books.
I might try Reading Lolita in Tehran again, but not sure yet, so many great books out there ;-)
Wow, I thought I was an alien for not really liking Reading Lolita in Tehran! Glad to know I'm not alone!
I took a little break from Don Quixote after Chapter 27 (book three).
book #5 Kinderen van Amsterdam by Jan Paul Schutten
Awarded Dutch YA
Translated the title would be Children of Amsterdam.
History of Amsterdam told in 9 chapters
Each chapter starts with a 4 page comic, introducing the child whose life we follow in that chapter. The book starts in 1170 and ends in 1943.
Next to the story there are some facts about that time in the chapters.
book #6 Drakenhoeder by Carole Wilkinson
translation of Dragonkeeper, thanks avatiakh for mentioning this book!
I am not sure to say if it is Childrens or YA.
A nameless young slave girl takes care of the remaining two Imperial Dragons. Due to neglect the other dragons have died and one of the two remaining dragons dies just before the Emperor comes to visit them.
The girl and the dragon escape, to avoid the Emperors anger, and make a long journey through China.
A very good read, a beautiful quest tale, the friendship between a chinese dragon and a girl.
4 1/2 stars
DragonKeeper sounds fantastic, I want it!! Its gone onto the wishlist/tbr list. I'm gonna be catching up on you soon Stasia, if I keep adding at this rate!!!!!!
>75 alcottacre:: alcottacre
Yes I know Stasia, but sadly those two are not available yet in Dutch :-(
#77: Sorry about that, Anita. I do not know how to check first before I mention things like that or I would have.
#76: I kind of sort of doubt it, lunacat, since I have at least 20 years start on you! But good (bad?) for you if you do!
I am glad you mentioned, in this case I already knew, and had looked for the others.
Dragonkeeper was published here in 2008, so maybe the next one will come this year...
>74 FAMeulstee:: my 7YO (7 today!! blimey where does the time go?) adores dragons and is just beginning to tentatively try longer books, so I'll definitely note this one down for him - thanks!
What an airhead I am. I've been trying to find your thread and finally located it.
I am so impressed with your ability to write in English so well when your native language is Dutch.
Nah, you didn't make it difficult. I was simply looking for Fam in the title...
I hope the weather where you are is warmer than where I am in Pennsylvania...
I went to the library today and obtained more YA books... I was surprised to find the book The Things They Carried in this section.
Take good care,
some librarians seem to have a strange view on YA....
The weather here was very rainy and cold the last few days, around +4 Celcius. Today was dry, that made the dogs very happy: more time outside :-)
book #7 De vernuftige edelman Don Quichot van La Mancha, vol 1 by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Dutch translation of Don Quixote, part 1
I finished the first part of Don Quixote today.
It was a dense/hard read, long sentences, difficult words, but greatly enjoyable and funny.
We all know about Don Quixote fighting the windmills, it surprised me to find that very early in the book and wonder if the populairity of it comes because many readers never read beyond the windmills?
possible spoiler alert
Don Quixote goes into the world as knight to become famous, like the knights in the books he read and takes Sancho Panza with him as his shield-bearer.
Although he obvious is an intelligent man, whenever is spoken about the high deeds of knights, he takes this over seriously and believes everything that is written in novels of chivalry is absolutely true. He sees the world through "chivalry eyes" and the windmills look for him like evil giants. At the start of his adventures Sancho Panza tries to convince his master to look at the world like it is, later on Sancho Panza is also affected by Don Quixote's view.
Of course Don Quixote and Sancho Panza get in a lot of trouble because of this. In between there are some romances with beautiful woman and their admireres and stories how they find eachother.
Funny was how the writer mentions himself as a slave (a spanish guy named Saavedra) in one of the stories.
Thanks for the great comments of Don Quixote. I confess, I've never read this book but now, based on your comments, will aim to do so in 2009.
I started it because of our group read and I had this book staring from the shelf ;-)
Hey, Anita, I am so glad to see that you enjoyed Don Quixote! Having never read it myself before this year, I must admit that some of the things early in the book have surprised me. I have only read the first 8 chapters though, so I am sure more surprises await me in the remainder of the book.
Don Quixote is coming up soon on one of my lists and I'm excited about it!
Stasia & Amber
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I am going to read some lighter books now and then on to Don Quixote vol. 2
book #8 Tijgerhart by David Almond
YA, translation of Secret heart
Yet another great book by David Almond.
Joe Malony is different as the other kids in the village Helmouth, he stutters and the other kids call him names.
Then a circus comes to town and Joe meets Corinna and they become friends. With help of her, the other from the circus and a magical tiger he overcomes his fears.
I'm slowly making my way through Don Quixote, but so far, it's enjoyable! I'm glad to hear that you made it all the way through the first part and still enjoy it.
book #9 Zwijg als het graf by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA, translation of Speak
Melinda starts at highschool and does not fit in. It gets harder and harder for her to speak. Her former best friend Rachel is no friend anymore after a party in the summer that ended because Melinda called the police.
Slowly the truth of what happend is revealed. On the way some people try to help Melinda, but most ingore her or actively exclude her.
The theme of this book is heavy, but it is witty and funny too. I fully recommend it!
Another one for the Continent! Thanks for the review of Speak, Anita.
As for David Almond's books, I have decided I will just have to buy them all having expended my local library's contents.
Secret Heart sounds interesting; unfortunately, I only have 1 book by David Almond--Heaven Eyes--which I'll have to look for. He's an author I've been wanting to read for a long time now. Thanks for inadvertently reminding me about him. :) And I'm glad you liked Speak. I've been looking for my copy, but haven't been able to find it. :/ Maybe my cats ate it? (pokes their full bellies)
#103: I'll have to keep my eyes out for those books when I'm book shopping again. Thanks. :)
Yes, my cats are nonstop garbage guts. :) They eat everything--paper, plastic, you name it. In fact, I keep most of my books in a closed-off room or in drawers. My dog is somewhat behaved like yours. I saw on your profile page that you have 2 Chows. They're beautiful! I have 1 dog (a silky terrier), and I'm dog-sitting 2 more (a jack russell/maltese mix and a lab/great dane mix).
thank you Sara,
yes we have 2 smooth Chow Chows and hope Chimay will give birth in March...
I know Silky Terriers, but am curious how the mixes you dog-sit turned out!
book #10 Eragon by Christopher Paolini
An enjoyable read, not great, but I will look for the sequels tomorrow at the library.
A boy finds a stone, the stone turns out to be a dragon-egg. Boy and dragon go on a quest.
3 1/2 stars
Anita - I've been seeing these books everywhere, but hadn't bothered to find out what they were about. Your description is just enough to make me interested - I'll have to give Eragon a try!
>107 porch_reader:: Amy
I am glad to know my shortest review ever is appriciated ;-)
#105: I'm a little biased, but I'm think they're beautiful. :) The jack russell/maltese mix is starting to grow out of her puppy phase (slowly). She's all white like a maltese, but very high-strung like a jack russell. The lab/great dane mix is much older, I think almost around her early teens. She's all black (with a small white patch on her chest) and weighs about 150 lbs! Oddly enough, the two of them are best friends. :)
Btw, good luck with Chimay's birth. March isn't too far away! Is your other Chow the father?
#106: I see Eragon at work all the time, though the size of it kind of intimidates me. Do you plan on watching the movie now that you've read the book? (I haven't seen it yet.)
poop! i hit the wrong button... Just said that I watched the movie Eragon and enjoyed it. Then I read the book... I think now that the only way I could enjoy the movie is to pretend it's a different story altogether.
LOL, I found the movie intolerable, I guess that is because I watched it after I read the book
>109 saraslibrary:: Sara
No the father is an other red smooth Chow.
Gladdich is blind in his right eye and had surgerie on both knees last year, so he is not good enough to breed. To prevent accidents between him and Chimay, he was neutered.
He will act like a father for the litter, he was very good with our last litter in 2007.
>109 saraslibrary:, 111, 112
Eragon was many pages, but easy to read.
Most movies after a book are disappointing, so I might see it when it comes on TV one day.
Recently I watched Crusade in jeans, a book I loved when I was young and of course the movie was disappointing...
The only time I was happy with a movie after a book were the tree movies after The lord of the rings, but even there I missed some scenes from the book.
chiming in on books that were made into movies..There are three that come to mind that I thought were great renditions of the books.
Simon Birch (modeled after A Prayer for Owen Meany To Kill a Mockingbird
The A&E adaptation of Jane Eyre
I'm a touch audience and judge of these movies because all three are my top favorite books.
I'll add the A&E adaptation of Pride and Prejudice to well-done movies of books! I LOVE that version.
Ditto here on P&P. No Country for Old Men was great too. The movie was almost exactly word for word with the book. I saw the movie first then read the book. When I finished the book, I wondered why I bothered. I usually do read the book first though.
#115 I didn't know that A Prayer for Own Meany was made into a movie. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the tip! I love the three books you mentioned, they are among my all time favorites.
The title of the movie is Simon Birch. And while it follows the storyline for the most part, there are differences as well. Still, I highly recommend it.
Here is a link describing the movie:
Thanks for the link Whisper. Interesting that the movie doesn't have the same title as the book at Irving's request because he didn't think it could be done successfully. I think I'll take a reading break this coming weekend and watch a movie!
It was done very successfully. I'll be interested in hearing what you think about it.
hi Linda :-)
book #11 Oudste by Christopher Paolini
translation of Eldest
The second book is again an enjoyable read.
Eragon and his dragon are trained by the elfs and the war against the bad king starts.
I hope the third book is available at the library next week, now i want to know how it all ends :-)
3 1/2 stars
Glad you liked Eldest. Unfortunately, you will discover that Brisingr is now the 3rd of 4 books. When I figured that out it was very frustrating. I was looking forward to the conclusion.
that is a bummer, I like to wait unil a series is complete before starting to read. I don't like waiting for the next... well maybe I'll wait a while before reading Brisingr now.
Hmm, I did not know that either, and I wonder if Catey does? She was planning on reading the books, too. I will have to check. Thanks for letting us know, Jennifer!
book #12 De vernuftige edelman Don Quichot van La Mancha, vol 2 by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Dutch translation of Don Quixote, part 2
I finished the second part of Don Quixote today.
This part was published 10 years later (1615), a bit easier to read, not so funny as the first part, but still enjoyable.
Don Quixote leaves his village again with his shield-bearer Sancho Panza.
This time it is not Don Quixote who misinterpretates the world, but the people they meet have read the first book and create adventures for their own amusement.
4 1/2 stars
Yesterday and today I spend most of the day upstairs on the couch in my cosy little library. In two weeks we are going to put the whelping-box in this room. Chimay and I spend some more time here in anticipation.
The scanner and the children's en YA books are here, so the time is well spend scanning covers.
Meanwhile I have read two awarded childrens books today:
book #13 Meester Pompelmoes en de mompelpoes by Hans Andreus
Awarded as best Dutch Children's book in 1969.
Funny stories about Master Pompelmoes and his amazing pets: Joachim the Educated Cat, The Cheerful Dog and Gettit the Gardencrow. The stories are a bit dated, but for me that was no problem, I grew up back then ;-)
book #14 Dierenpraat by Armando
Awarded with Zilveren Griffel in 2000
Short stories. The writer meets all kind of talking animals, some absurd humor.
Both books only available in Dutch, sorry...
Now back to reading Life of Pi
thank you Piyush
Yes I liked it!
I hope you are doing a bit better with your leg.
book #15 Het leven van Pi by Yann Martel
translation of Life of Pi, Booker Prize 2002
This was the first book that was added to my TBR pile, when I started here on LT. Last week I took it from the library.
It is a good book, I did not expect the end and I am still an atheist (if you read the book you know what I am talking about) ;-)
The story is about Pi, an boy from India, who grows up in the zoo his father owns. His parents decide to sell to zoo and move to Canada. They go by ship and some of the zoo animals are sold to the USA and Canada, so they travel with the same ship. Sadly the ship wrecks and Pi finds himself on an lifeboat with a tiger. Pi floats around for 227 days.
I feel some hope that the tiger roamed somewhere in Mexico, I know, that hope is idle, but some of me wants it to be true...
book #16 Het kleine meisje van meneer Linh by Philippe Claudel
translation of the French book La petite fille de monsieur Linh
Mister Linh comes from Vietnam as a refugee into France. He does not understand the language, the surroundings, the people. All that is left is his grand-child and later a French widower, who becomes his friend, despite their inabillity to understand eachother.
It is all there.
The tragic of a refugee, lost in a new country and holding on to the past.
The loneliness of the widower, despite all the people around him in the city.
The powerlessness of the social-workers, not able to help mister Linh, so sending him off to a mental hospital.
And a dramatic, yet beautiful ending...
A great book, if there is an English translation (I could not find one), or if you can read French, I recommend it!
the Life of Pi sits on my shelf, waiting, waiting, waiting to be read.
Thanks for your recommendation. I'll have to at least dust it off and put it up to the top of the huge tbr pile.
Because I recently finished two books re. Viet Nam that were excellently written by Tim O'Brien, I wish your book #16 was in English. Alas, one semester of French in high school does not a reader or speaker make... So, I'll look out for an English translation.
Life of Pi is on my shelf too, and has been waiting there for... uh... a loooooong time. I've heard everything from excellent reviews to terrible ones, but your positive review inspires me to consider allowing it to move a little closer to the TBR pile... :)
I tried to read Life of Pi and couldn't get through it. Maybe I should try again. Sometimes books have to be read at the right time to be appreciated.
Anita, count me in as one of the people who really like Life of Pi. It seems to be one of those 'either you love it or hate it' books though.
book #17 Uitzicht op zaterdag by E.L. Konigsburg
YA translation of The View from Saturday, Newberry Medal winner
Despite the lousy translation a lovely book.
Four sixth graders together in a team, winning even against seventh and eighth graders and going strong in the regional academic bowl.
Each character feels real, with their own weaknesses and strengths, struggeling into puberty.
Kindness and compassion ultimate win from negative forces and the four kids and their teacher find eachother and themselves.
4 1/2 stars
Message #136, Fam, once again you come shinging through on YA books. I've added this latest one to be pile.
You can also get an e-book for Moby Dick, Planet PDF is one of the sites you can get a copy with decent font and line spacing from.
> 139: Linda
I hope you will like it too.
> 140: Piyush
Thank you, but I don't think I will manage the English version yet. So I go on looking for a decent Dutch translation ;-)
> 141, Anita, I saw I Dutch translation of Moby Dick on one of those display tables at a bookstore. Don't know if it's a new translation, as I didn't skip through it, but it might be. I can recommend to read it. Sometimes it's a little bit slow with all the details about whales, but it's a good story.
Thank you. I just ordered the new translation, it is in the "Pepetua-reeks van Atheneum-Polak & Van Gennep". I hope to receive it next week.
book #18 Alle families zijn psychotisch by Douglas Coupland
library book, translation of All families are psychotic
mentioned by Flossie in one of the threads last year, when we were chatting about dysfunctional families, and recommended this year by Eliza (girlunderglass).
An bizarre and absurd story about a dysfunctional American/Canadian family. They all travel to Florida because of the only succesfull member of the family is going into space.
A fun and interesting read.
#144: Ha, nice title. :D I've heard of this one, but I had no idea what it was about. Thanks for the review. I'll have to keep my eye out for it at the bookstores (even though LT has predicted I won't like it--go figure).
I noticed this book as well. And put it on my TBR list. Now, thanks to your recommendation, I'm heading to the library to see if they have it.
The title is catchy and I certainly can relate to a psychotic family...
> 145: Sara
Yes the title was the first part that attrackted me ;-)
The LT predictions are just for fun, not very accurate though.
> 146: Linda
I have a similair family, in the book there are some very absurd things happening, but I could tell as absurd tales about my own family.
It is a generation thing I guess, at least Coupland makes me feel I am not the only one with a weird and total dysfunctional family, with only one succesfull member (not me)!
>144 FAMeulstee:: glad to be the source of a successful recommendation! I think I enjoyed it more than 3 stars myself, but it's a while since I read it... also I read a whole bunch of Coupland back to back so I was 'in the zone'
I really really liked Coupland a few years back, but somehow have stopped buying and reading his more recent stuff; I have a special edition of JPod, complete with special little Lego person, that I have never broken out of his box, and still haven't acquired a copy of The Gum Thief. I guess reading tastes change as we do.
If you liked the zanier side of this, Miss Wyoming is excellent, and utterly preposterous.
I am not sure what zanier means, something like funny and absurd?
My library has no other titles by Coupland, but some other regional libraries have. I might read some more Coupland, but not straight away.
book #19 De boekendief by Markus Zusak
Dutch translation of The Book Thief
awarded YA, Zilveren Zoen 2008
This might be the best book I read this year.
Beautifully and poetic written; great, compelling, heartwrenching story...
There are so many raving reviews on LT, it is hard to add something meaningful.
This story, set in WW II in Germany, is told by Death, who has a hard time during the war. About a girl living with her foster parents in a village between Munich and Dachau. About a Jew hiding in their basement. About the neighbors and friends living in the same street.
She is growing up in a dark time, but she discovers the power of books and words. And goes out to steal books.
The Jew in the basement paints the pages of Main Kampf white so he can use them to write his story.
I read The Book Thief last year and loved it. It's one of my all time favorite reads. I thought that Death as the narrator made it especially unique and interesting. I'm glad you liked it as well. I can't agree with it's listing as a young adult book, which may influence the adult reader against reading it. It has a more universal appeal and sophistication than that genre may suggest to some readers.
That looks really good, Anita! I only have Getting the Girl by the same author, so I'll have to keep my eyes out for The Book Thief.
#153: I can understand how adults are sometimes put off by books geared towards kids (I wouldn't be one of those, however), but I think The Book Thief is still a YA book. Not sure. :)
If you give The Book Thief five stars and say it is the best book you ever read, then naturally, I have to read it as well.
Thanks for your recommendation.
>153 loriephillips:: Lorie
I agree with you, it is for a wider audience, but it was awarded with a YA prize here, that was why I bought it.
>154 saraslibrary:: Sara
I hope you read it one day, it is well worth your time.
>155 Whisper1:: Linda
I am not sure about best book ever, but I think it will be my top read for this year. I'll look forward to your review ;-)
no problem Linda :-)
book #20 De fantastische Meneer Vos by Roald Dahl
translation of Fantastic Mr. Fox
awarded childrens Zilveren Griffel 1972
With others in the group reading Dahl, I thought it was a good time to read my own Dahl books. They are in my collection of awarded Childrens and YA books. Five have won a Zilveren Griffel and two a Vlag en Wimpel.
A short story about a family of foxes and three farmers who want to kill the foxes. But Mr Fox is smarter than 3 farmers ;-)
A fun read, I don't think the best Dahl wrote, but enjoyable.
3 1/2 stars
re: The Life of Pi, I couldn't read it. I tried. I moved to Romania and had none of my books (movers hadn't arrived). My neighbor took pity on me and loaned me that, Inkheart and something else (a la Danielle Steele). So I eagerly commenced. Figured it must just be the move etc but I couldn't get into it. A year later the neighbor moved and I inherited those books along with some others. So I tried again. Not happening. I decided not to bother a third time. However, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
I'm not a Life of Pi fan either. Couldn't get through it. I may try again sometime.
I also couldn't get through Life of Pi at my first attempt. The key for me the second time around was to get through the first 100 pages, after that I couldn't put it down! Maybe the 100 page rule would work for you too...
I also found Life of Pi very slow going at first, but managed to stick with it. I loved the ending, though I'm not sure it quite made up for the early slogging.
So there are mixed feelings about Life of Pi.
I did not expect that when I finished the book. I read reviews mostly after finishing a book, so then I found out it seems to be either LOVE or hate this book ;-)
book #21 and #22 Morgen toen de oorlog begon Omnibus 1 & 2 by John Marsden
YA from the library
translation of Tomorrow when the War began, The dead of night, A killing frost, Darkness be my friend, Burning for revenge, The night is for hunting and The other side of dawn
Seven books together in two bands (do you call that omnibus too?).
Seven teenagers in Australia go hiking in the bush for five days. When they return to their homes they find the farms empty, a war has started and their families are imprisoned in a camp in town.
They decide to fight back.
A well written story, all seven books long. At times almost too thrilling for someone like me, who does not like any violence. But in a war there are casulties, and fighting for your freedom changes norms and values.
Here and there a bit too many coincidences, but overall a good and believable story of teenagers who have to grow up way to fast to survive in a very changed environment.
This sounds like a good series.
Thanks for your well-written review.
#164: The Marsden books sound good to both Catey and me. Thanks for the recommendation!
I hope you all like the books too!
I am reading now The zookeepers wife, but I am not sure if I can finish it before tomorrow...
Chimay, our smooth Chow Chow is pregnant and I expect the puppies will be born tomorrow or the day after. Then I will have not much time to read for 8 or 9 weeks.
I am so excited for you and Chimay. I do hope you post some photos. Good luck with the births.
#167: Oh, how fun! I think in this case, we'll forgive you for being on hiatus for awhile. ;) Let us know how it goes.
I am very anxious to see photos of Chimay. I love your website. What a beautiful dog! And, I imagine the puppies will be just as spectacular. Good luck with all this Anita.
Here's hoping the new pups are as cute as the ones I looked at on your website! I hope mother and puppies come through safely.
7 pups are born today, 4 males, three females.
Some trouble with the first, but the vet helped and Chimay did the others on her own.
exhausted, off to bed now, wil update the website & weblog tomorrow.
That's great, sorry to hear she had trouble with first puppy, I hope she's alright now.
Have a good rest :)
#173: Get some rest - and I am glad the puppies and Chimay are OK. I cannot wait to see pictures!
Sweet puppies. I like the names you chose. I hope they bring you and Chimay a lot of joy.
I want to reach out and gently hug all those beautiful puppies! They are so very adorable. What an incredible photo!
Glad everyone slept well after the birth.
Anita, I love the names you've chosen for the pups! And they're all so beautiful -- looking forward to seeing more pictures of them.
Wow! Looks like Chimay came through OK in spite of the early difficulties. Thanks for the pictures.
#178: I want to reach out and gently hug all those beautiful puppies! LOL, that was my first reaction too, Whisper! I just wanted to cuddle up with them.
Congrats, Anita (or should I say Chimay? ;)! I'm glad everything went well. I remember watching one of my cats being born, and I was the one who was a total mess, because I couldn't bear watching the mother cat in pain (which was very minimal actually).
P.S. Anita, I hope you don't mind, but I'm now one of your blog Followers. :)
thanks for the compliments
I think tomorrow I will take the first series of weekly photos of the pups on Franks lap. That way you can "see" them grow.
Not much cuddling: Chimay barely allows us to take her pups away for weighing and putting clean sheets in the whelping box. Strangers are not allowed near yet. But we have Gladdich, he likes to hug and kiss!
Of course you are welcome to follow my blog :-)
Nearly no reading the past days, I managed to read 10 pages in The zookeepers wife.
It certainly is understandable why you don't have time to read. Chimay and the pups must be very time consuming. I'll be curious to see your comments on The Zookeeper's Wife. I was able to obtain a copy from my local library.
And, I owe you a BIG thanks for recommending A View From Saturday. I cannot say enough great things about this wonderful book. Once again, my friend, you came through with another stellar book!
thank you, and that was a very comfy one.
Sadly it was too big for this house, so we sold it.
I am glad you enjoyed A View From Saturday :-)
Chimay had some trouble at first and I did not get much sleep last nigt, but she seems calmer now.
I have put the first photos of the pups at Franks lap at the website
off to bed now, for a better night I hope!
Love the pictures of the pups! I hope you have a good night's rest.
Yes, please do post more when you have time.
I hope you are getting some rest.
book #23 Antonina's dierentuin by Diane Ackerman
translation of The zookeepers wife
from the library
I found this book a bit disappointing. In it there is a great story, but the way it is told is not very gripping.
At times the details are overwhelming and in other parts the details are severely lacking. I missed the feel of the persons.
Lilac_Lily01 wrote a review of this book that is very similair to my feelings
thanks Stasia and Linda
The pups are doing well, but I haven't slept much. Not because of the pups, but because a very dear friend died recently and yesterday at the funeral Frank heard he was brutally murdered...
I can't believe it, he was such a dear and gentle soul. I feel devastated and numb.
Luckely Chimay and the pups need me, so I have enough to do to keep my mind a bit in focus.
Oh my Gosh! I am so sorry that a dear and gentle soul friend of yours was brutally murdered. Ah, I never, never understand violence.
I'm glad Chimay and the pups keep your mind focused.
BIG hug to you!
Another big hug your way Anita! I'm so sorry and hope you feel better soon! It's such a cliche to say it but time really does heal everything...
Anita: I know I don't post much, but I do follow your thread and I just wanted to say that I'm so sorry for what you're going through. I'm keeping you in my thoughts, and give those puppies a hug for me.
I am so sorry to hear about your friend. I will keep you in my prayers as well as the family.
thanks Linda, Eliza, Amber and Stasia
I am still in shock, it is not fair and in some ways unacceptable... This should only happen on TV, not hit so close to home...
The pups are doing well, gaining weight every day, we can nearly see the pile growing ;-)
Saturday I will take new photos for the website.
book #24 Duister by David Almond
translation of Clay, from the library
David Almond did it again, he wrote a great book.
The story reminds a bit of Kit's Wilderness, but it is darker.
Davie and Geordie are two Catholic boys, they regular fight with the Protestant boys from the next village. But one of those is very big and strong, he hurted Davie bad in the last fight.
Then a new boy comes into town: Stephen Rose, he can do magic with clay. He makes clay sculptures that seem alive...
#195: Anything by David Almond is immediately going on the Continent these days. Thanks for another great recommendation, Anita!
I've just read through your thread - I have a lot of catching up to do. I'm glad that you enjoyed Dragonkeeper, there is now a prequel as well to look forward to,Dragondawn, it came out last year in Australia, New Zealand - I have yet to read it. Carole's daughter Lili is also a writer of teen books and manages a great Australian YA books website www.insideadog.com.au
Have you got Lian Hearn's Across the Nightingale Floor available in Dutch? It's the first book in the Tales of the Otori series an exciting YA fantasy set in medieval Japan.
I'm also a fan of David Almond's books but haven't read Clay - it is on my TBR List so will have to bump it up.
thank you Terri.
book #25 Baas en hond by Thomas Mann
translation of Herr und Hund, English translation is called Bashan and I
I saw this book mentioned in kiwidoc's thread and it seemed right to read it now.
Thomas Mann tells about his Birddog-mix Bauschan, he arrived after their Collie Perceval had died.
Some of the observations feel a bit dated, there is a lot more knowledge about dogbehavior available these days, but Thomas Mann touches the essence of his dog. Doglovers will recognise a lot.
I was able to obtain a copy of Bashan and I from my local library. I hope to read it this week. Thanks for your comments.
And, of course, I'm curious, are Chimay's puppies eyes opened as yet?
I hope you like Bashan and I and look forward to your review.
Four pups have opened their eyes, the other three are waiting a bit longer ;-)
#204: Maybe by the time you take pictures on Saturday, they will have their baby browns(?) open . . .
Are puppies like kittens in that their eyes are always blue to begin with?
The only dog I ever had from a puppy had blue eyes anyway so I don't know...............
>205 boekenwijs:: boekenwijs
I have both The Buddenbrooks and The magic mountain waiting on the shelf.
>206 alcottacre:: alcottacre
five pups have opened their eyes, the other two are on their way, so yes, they will have their baby blues open on Saturday :-)
>207 lunacat:: lunacat
Yes, they have darkblue-ish eyes when they open up at first. Later they turn brown. I think kittens have lighter blue eyes. But we can compare soon!
Indeed, any day now. 60 days was yesterday so we are waiting with baited (or sleepy) breath. Mostly she has been waking me up a lot wanting cuddles...........................
They are really starting to get cute and fuzzy. I want to snuggle with them.
thank you Jennifer
they are very cute and will become cuter in the next weeks ;-)
They will move downstairs next week, and then the first visitors come.
book #26 De keukenjongen by Robert Alexander
from the library, translation of The kitchen boy
recommended by Linda (Whisper1) last year
Fiction, reads like a memoir.
The book tells about the last weeks of the Romanovs, through the eyes of kitchenboy Leonka, who was imprisoned with them in Siberia. Their hope to be rescued and their death.
Well researched and quite well written. The story did not really grip me. The last twist was not expected.
3 1/2 stars
I had not thought of looking like guineapigs ;-)
How is your beautiful cat today?
What I found most interesting about The Kitchen Boy was the fact that the author took one obscure phrase from the diaries of the Romanov's and developed an entire book around that statement.
#212: I want to visit!! Now if I can just figure out how to hold my breath clear across the Atlantic to get there . . .
#213 I read De keukenjongen some years ago and had the same feelings: it was interesting and well written but not gripping.
Hey Anita, good to finally find you. Alcot pointed me in the right direction.
I see that you read the whole Narnia series. I plan to read them and started with book one last year but the sheer volume of books that came into my house last year did not allow me to get back to them. I will try again this year and I hope to get it done this time around.
I see you read a book by Laurie Halse Anderson. I read Wintergirls also by her and I liked it. It was hard to read but very well written.
I absolutely love The Book Thief. By the way I read an interview with the author. He talks about how he does not know why the book's classification was changed to YA lit when it made it to the US. Apparently in most other countries it is sold as an adult book.
None of the local libraries have Wintergirls so I'll have to obtain this interlibrary loan. I am interested in reading this book.
>221 TrishNYC:: Trish
I am glad you found my thread ;-)
The 75 group has grown a lot this year.
I loved The Book Thief too, great book I am sure I will read it again. Over here it got an Young Adult award, but I found it in the adult section of the bookshop.
Wintergirls is not translated yet, but I am sure it will be some day. Her other book Speak was very good, and I read Fever 1793 last year.
The forth page with picture of the pups is on my website, this week they started to eat on their own and they moved from the whelping-box to the puppy-pen in the livingroom.
Your puppies are soooo cute! They've grown a lot in a very short period of time and they look like little bears.
Anita, I simply want to hug and hold all puppies. It is such great fun to see the photos each week and note their growth. Frank looks so darn happy holding them. I can see they bring lots of joy to you and your house.
Do you have homes for all of them?
thanks Lorie, Linda and Stasia
Puppies grow incredible fast Lorie, when they are 8 weeks they are ready to go to their new homes.
Yes Linda, they bring a lot of joy, and we can very well use that. We have not yet homes for them all, for some reason everyone is looking for rough pups at the moment. But they will stay until we have found proper homes for them, does not matter how long it takes
I'm sorry Stasia, that one is sold ;-)
Omg they are gorgeous. Its been such a pleasure having baby kittens around so I can imagine what its like having the puppies :)
baby Chows don't do that either, Roni ;-)
Well to be honest, they chew occasianally at eachother or a chewie, but none of our Chows ever destroyed something that was not given to them.
Sheltie puppies chew. When a puppy, Simon chomped on all slippers that he could find. He was adept at crawling under the bed to find them.
Linda & Luna
My Belgian Sheepdog destroyed about half of my belongings: clothes, shoes, books, couch and much more. In those days I had cats as well and they did a nice job on the wallpaper & houseplants... So I know pets can be destroyers LOL
Luckely the Chows are different, a bit cat-like, clean and very well behaved for dogs. The downside is that they are usually not very good with other dogs and most can not walk off leash, some because they are hunters, others because they don't like other dogs.
and now back to the books:
book #27 De twaalf werelden by Diana Wynne Jones
translation of The lives of Christopher Chant
from the library, YA fantasy
book #28 Het wisselkasteel by Diana Wynne Jones
translation of Conrad's fate
from the library, YA fantasy
3 1/2 stars
book #29 De negen levens by Diana Wynne Jones
translation of Charmed life
Awarded YA fantasy, re-read
4 1/2 stars
In 1980 Charmed life was translated into Dutch and was awarded with a Zilveren Griffel in 1981.
I read it twice and liked it very much.
Here on LT I found out it was part of a series, the other books were translated between 2001 and 2005. I found them at the library and had a good time reading them.
Charmed life is still my favourite (4 1/2 stars), The lives of Christopher Chant comes second (4 stars) and Conrad's fate was a bit less (3 1/2 stars), but still an enjoyable read.
Next time I visit the library I hope the other two books in this series are there.
As you know, I trust your judgment in YA. I'm adding your latest reads to my tbr pile.
actually in your first thread flissp wrote in msg 483 about books by Diana Wynne Jones and mentioned the Chrestomanci Series ;-)
It was my first day back at work. I'm a little slow today.
I'll have to check to see if I already added all the books.
I hope you are well.
you had to go back to work already, is that not a bit too fast?
I am well, pups are thriving ;-)
I checked my library to find I had added The LIves of Christopher Chant, but missed the other two you mentioned, so I added them to the TBR pile.
I'm so glad the puppies are thriving. You and Frank must be ever so happy!
Roni, sadly that one is not translated yet, but the four books of the The Dalemark quartet are, do you know them?
Yes, that set is frequently assigned in our schools. It is a completely separate fantasy, much more serious in tone, and excellent in both conceptualization and actualization.
I saw you wrote on another thread that you're changing threads tomorrow so I thought I'd quickly squeeze in one comment to say how much I'm enjoying your reviews!
I don't know if I've mentioned this but my boyfriend is half-Dutch and I'm encouraging him to read more in Dutch (as he usually only reads in English) so I've checked your library many a times for recommendations.
See you on your new thread ;)
Thanks Roni, I put them on my librarylist.
Eliza, no you did not mention that before. I am glad I could help without knowing ;-)
What kind of books does he like?
Yes I am planning to start a new thread tomorrow, this thread is well over 200 messages now.
hmm..well he loves Brett Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk and Tom Wolfe and those sort of writers. The whole post-modern thing. And Roald Dahl.
Nah he's actually very open to different genres and suggestions though. He ended up loving lots of stuff I've tried to get him into, like Salinger, the Harry Potter series and things like Iris Murdoch or Vonnegut. We have this thing where every third book he reads has to be one recommended by me and vice-versa. That sounds corny, but yeah. We would appreciate some more suggestions if you have them :)
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