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Connie ROOT's again in 2016 part 3

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2016 ROOT Challenge - (Read Our Own Tomes)

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1connie53
Edited: Jul 9, 2016, 1:55am Top



I'm back again for 2016. I need to do some further ROOTing to get those unread books removed from the shelves. My goal is 36 books that have been there for half a year or more.
My TBR is now 535 books.

I'm Connie from the Netherlands. I am 63 years young. I'm married to Peet (65)
2 children: Jeroen (33) and Eveline (30)
Proud 'kind of' mother in law to Rianne (28). She and Jeroen are living in a nice house right near where we live.
Cyrille (33) is living with Eveline in a city not too far away. They are expecting their first child in June. So Yeah! I'm going to be a grandmother or oma (as we say in Dutch).

On top you can see our house as it is today. It's sunny and nice and warm (May 2)

3connie53
Edited: Jul 9, 2016, 1:56am Top

Non-ROOTS in 2016




Non ROOTs in 2016:
01. Robin Hobb - De geheimen van de nar - 744 pages - book -
02. Cecelia Ahern - Voor jou - 216 pages - ebook -
03. Naomi Novik - Ontworteld - 506 pages - book -
04. David Mitchell - Dertien - 359 pages - book -
05. Emma Healey - Ze is zoek - 248 pages - ebook -
06. Harlan Coben - De verbeelding - 380 pages - book -
07. Tess Gerritsen - Speel met vuur - 220 pages - book -
08. Ruth Ware - In een donker donker bos - 317 pages - book -
09. Nikki French - Als het zaterdag wordt - 387 pages - book -
10. Naoki Higashida - Waarom ik soms op en neer spring - 139 pages - book -
11. Juliet Marillier - Dromerspoel - 447 pages - book -
12. Robert Galbraith - Het slechte pad - 568 pages - book -

On the joined project thread
Kate Atkinson - Achter de schermen (ROOT after September 2016)

* currently reading

4connie53
Edited: Jul 9, 2016, 1:56am Top

Total read books in 2016




01. Robin Hobb - De geheimen van de nar - 744 pages -
02. Lucretia Grindle - De duivel van Florence - 498 pages -
03. James Dashner - De labyrintrenner - 382 pages -
04. James Dashner - De schroeiproeven - 378 pages -
05. James Dashner - De doodskuur - 365 pages -
06. Simone van der Vlugt - Rode sneeuw in december - 436 pages -
07. Tad Williams - Stad van Gouden Schaduw - 784 pages -
08. Tad Williams - Rivier van Blauw Vuur - 660 pages -
09. Cecelia Ahern - Voor jou - 216 pages - ebook -
10. Naomi Novik - Ontworteld - 506 pages -
11. David Mitchell - Dertien - 359 pages -
12. Tad Williams - Berg van Zwart Glas - 697 pages -
13. Tad Williams - Zee van Zilveren Licht - 960 pages -
14. Janet Evanovich - Schoppen negen - 255 pages -
15. Anne Bishop - Rode letters - 534 pages -
16. Anne Bishop - Zwarte veren - 428 pages -
17. Maria V. Snyder - Studie van gif - 334 pages -
18. Maria V. Snyder - Studie van magie - 364 pages -
19. Maria V. Snyder - Studie van vuur - 380 pages -
20. Patricia Briggs - Onder de maan - 343 pages -
21. Patricia Briggs - In het bloed - 352 pages -
22. Lauren Beukes - Stralende meisjes - 344 pages -
23. David Mitchell - De niet verhoorde gebeden van Jacob de Zoet - 542 pages -
24. Emma Healey - Ze is zoek - 248 pages - ebook -
25. Rosamund Lupton - Zusje - 350 pages -
26. David Mitchell - Tijdmeters - 587 pages -
27. Marion Zimmer Bradley - Geestenlicht - 320 pages -
28. Harlan Coben - De verbeelding - 380 pages -
29. Tess Gerritsen - Speel met vuur - 220 pages -
30. Ruth Ware - In een donker donker bos - 317 pages -
31. Nikki French - als het zaterdag wordt - 386 pages -
32. David Mitchell - De geestverwantschap - 442 pages -
33. Peter James - Als de dood - 378 pages -
34. Naoki Higashida - Waarom ik soms op en neer spring - 139 pages -
35. Rachel Hore - De droomtuin - 382 pages -
36. Kate Morton - Aan de rand van het meer - 492 pages -
37. Juliet Marillier - Dromerspoel - 447 pages -
38. Robert Galbraith - Het slechte pad - 568 pages -
39. Juliet Marillier - De ontbieder - 363 pages - *

* currently reading




Chunksters are books with more than 500 pages:

01. Robin Hobb - De geheimen van de nar - 744 pages -
02. Tad Williams - Stad van Gouden Schaduw - 784 pages -
03. Tad Williams - Rivier van Blauw Vuur - 660 pages -
04. Naomi Novik - Ontworteld - 506 pages -
05. Tad Williams - Berg van Zwart Glas - 697 pages -
06. Tad Williams - Zee van Zilveren Licht - 960 pages -
07. Anne Bishop - Rode letters - 534 pages -
08. David Mitchell - De niet verhoorde gebeden van Jacob de Zoet - 542 pages -
09. David Mitchell - Tijdmeters - 587 pages -
10. Robert Galbraith - Het slechte pad - 568 pages -

6connie53
Edited: May 1, 2016, 1:31pm Top

The Grand Tour

1. Read Thrillers & Novels.

They are in one of the bedrooms upstairs and I need to get 2 more bookcases soon because now I have stacks on top of cases















The shelves are organized from left to right and the 'read' section ends behind the yellow duck

7connie53
Edited: May 1, 2016, 1:32pm Top

2. Unread Thrillers & Novels



moving downstairs to the livingroom



The section ends behind the brownish chicken

8connie53
Edited: May 1, 2016, 1:33pm Top

3. Read Fantasy























This section ends in the upper right where you can see a bit of a white statue

9connie53
Edited: May 1, 2016, 1:33pm Top

4. Unread Fantasy







This section ends with the books by Zindell - the EA cycle books

10connie53
Edited: May 1, 2016, 1:34pm Top

5. Soon to be read







THE END!!

11connie53
Edited: May 1, 2016, 1:26pm Top

Welcome to the May and June Thread.

12Jackie_K
May 1, 2016, 2:00pm Top

Thank you for the tour of your shelves! Happy new thread!

13connie53
May 1, 2016, 2:18pm Top

Thanks, Jackie!

14Robertgreaves
May 1, 2016, 7:14pm Top

I love the idea of using the ornaments as place markers

15connie53
May 2, 2016, 2:23am Top

>14 Robertgreaves: I'm a bit of a fan of ornaments, Robert. Some of them are very old and belonged to my mother. The white male/female statue is the only one that moves across the shelves to mark the border between read and unread fantasy.

16MissWatson
May 2, 2016, 4:05am Top

Happy new thread!

17Ameise1
May 2, 2016, 5:44am Top

Hapoy New Thread, Connie. Wishing you a great start into the new week.

18connie53
May 2, 2016, 5:57am Top

>16 MissWatson: and >17 Ameise1: Thanks.

The new week started out well. I cleaned the frig and some of the kitchen drawers. Off to see my Physical therapist and after that an afternoon in the sun with my book.

19tess_schoolmarm
May 2, 2016, 9:41am Top

>So no work this week? Do schools in The Netherlands attend 9 months and off 3 like the U.S. or do they go all year around with shorter vacations?

20karenmarie
May 2, 2016, 10:15am Top

I love seeing other peoples' bookshelves and yours are wonderful, Connie! I love all the ornaments. I do that in my library too, and, like you, have some ornaments from family members.

It sounds like a good day - cleaning, taking care of yourself, and reading.

21connie53
May 2, 2016, 10:42am Top

>19 tess_schoolmarm: We have several short vacations. 6 weeks in the summer, 2 around Chrstmas and Newyear, 1 week in Februari (carnaval), 2 weeks in April/May (kingsday, liberation day and memorial day) and 1 week in Oktober. And several single days too.

>20 karenmarie: Thanks, Karenmarie

22tess_schoolmarm
May 2, 2016, 11:55am Top

>21 connie53: Not much different than us...our summer is a bit longer, but we attend school 180 days in my State.

23connie53
Edited: May 3, 2016, 2:03am Top

I like the way vacations are spread over the school year now. 6 or 7 weeks school and 1 or 2 weeks off. That is a nice balance I think.

I finished another ROOT. Number 12 for the year
Anne Bishop - Zwarte veren. A 7 for me. It's not as strong as the first part in the series was. The first 75 pages have lots points were things from book 1 are explained of told again. That will work when enough time has passed between the two books, but for me it was a bit to much, reading them one after the other. But in the end the story gets interesting again. 7/10

For the May-challenge for my real-live bookclub we have to read a book that was chosen in the past for all the categories we have.
That could be an
FF = Foreign Fantasy - book in another language chosen to read (6 books a year)
Opperboek = Book chosen to read together (6 books a year)
Sidekick = Book that ended as runner up to the Opperboek (6 books a year)
Challenge boek = Any book read by an other member for a monthly challenge in the past.
The only thing is, it can't be a book read in any of those categories by another member in this year.

I hope my explanation makes sense ;-))

I choose a book that was an FF in 2009 and has been translated so I can read it.

Studie in gif by Maria V. Snyder



This is the translation of Poison Study
Part 1 in the Study trilogy.

From LT
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace -- and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust -- and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear . . .

24FAMeulstee
May 2, 2016, 6:11pm Top

Happy new thread, Connie!
Thanks for sharing the pictures of your well filled shelves :-)

25avanders
May 3, 2016, 12:14am Top

Happy new thread!! I love the pic of your house today! Very bright :)

>14 Robertgreaves: and >15 connie53: agreed and very cool!

>23 connie53: bummer that the 2nd wasn't as good as the first in that series... It's such a hard balance, I think, knowing how much to put in from the prior book. Otherland seemed to handle it well :)

26connie53
May 3, 2016, 2:03am Top

>25 avanders: Otherland has a recap in the books. That works better for me. You can chose to read it or not.

Re: my house. Yes it was a very sunny day. The big tree in front of the house has lost most of it's blossom. It's very beautiful when in full bloom.


27avanders
May 4, 2016, 10:05am Top

>26 connie53: Yes, I like their recaps ... especially once you get to the later books and need to remember what's important from the earlier ones :) I think I prefer that method to spending a bunch of pages in the beginning of the actual book repeating what's happened already... :)

28Carmenere
May 4, 2016, 12:00pm Top

Happy new thread, Connie! Oh my goodness! Your books look soooo pretty! I see your Roots continue to be plucked at a good pace, too!!

29enemyanniemae
May 5, 2016, 12:28am Top

Connie, you have Flora, Fauna and Meriwether on your shelves... AND Malificent too. And did I see her alter-ego on the top shelf?

I am pea green with envy at your neatness. My books are everywhere. EVERYWHERE.

30connie53
May 5, 2016, 3:58am Top

>29 enemyanniemae: It took me some time to understand what you meant! But I know now. And yes the dragon is there too.

31connie53
May 5, 2016, 4:07am Top

the last couple of days I was absent from LT. My BFF Vera stayed the night and we went shopping and had lots of things to talk about. Vera bought clothes and I? I bought a book!



Het slechte pad by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling

This is the translation of Career of Evil

From BOL.com

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them...

32karenmarie
May 5, 2016, 9:35am Top

>31 connie53: A very good book to buy, Connie. I loved Career of Evil, hope you do too. I've read all three books and just finished listening to the audiobooks of the first two. I've got Career of Evil audiobook reserved at the library.

33avanders
May 5, 2016, 10:43am Top

>31 connie53: Sounds like a great couple of days! :)
And of course you bought a book... ;)

Oh yes, I really do want to start reading those Galbraith books....

34connie53
Edited: May 5, 2016, 2:32pm Top

>32 karenmarie:,>33 avanders: I will get to the third book eventually. Right now I'm into Maria V. Snyder
I finished book 1 Studie van gif this morning and gave it ****. I like Yelena a lot. She is a kick-ass girl with lots of magic talents. I started book 2 immediately.



Studie van magie by Maria V. Snyder

This is the translation of Magic Study

In spoiler font because of....spoilers!

You know your life is bad when you miss your days as a poison taster . . .

With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways -- and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better . . .

Despite the turmoil, she's eager to start her magic training -- especially as she's been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia's throne for a lost prince -- and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians.

If that wasn't bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with all her new enemies . . .

35Amberfly
May 6, 2016, 1:01pm Top

>34 connie53: Glad to see you enjoyed Poison Study. I read the trilogy a few years ago and really liked them all.

36connie53
May 6, 2016, 2:27pm Top

Thanks to the beautiful weather with temps up to 25 C I spend my day in the garden reading.
Studie of magie by Maria V. Snyder is finished too and it gets ****.

I started part three immediately Studie van vuur



This is the translation of Fire Study

From LT

You know why.....

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder -- able to capture and release souls -- spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before ... Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself -- and save the land she holds dear.

37connie53
Edited: May 8, 2016, 3:48am Top

Finished ROOT # 15 for the year, # 4 for May.

Studie van vuur wasn't as good as part 1 and 2. It looked af if it was written by someone else who used words and sentences from the first two books a lot! And who thought nobody would notice. Really disappointing ***

Now I'm going to read Onder de maan by Patricia Briggs



This is the translation of Moon called

From LT
Mercy Thompson's next-door neighbor is a werewolf. She's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy Thompson isn't exactly normal herself. Mercy is a shapeshifter, and though she was raised by werewolves, she can never be one of them, especially after the pack ran her off for having a forbidden love affair. So she's turned her talent for fixing cars into a business and now runs a one-woman mechanic shop in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State. But Mercy's two worlds are colliding.

38Carmenere
Edited: May 9, 2016, 4:59pm Top

Hey Connie,

I just purchased Silkworm and The Cuckoo's Calling. I'm pretty darn excited to add them to my ROOTS

ETA: I was looking around my favorite bookstore over the weekend and stumbled upon something that made me think of you.
A 38,000 piece puzzle for 350 US Dollars! Where would someone even assemble this?!

39avanders
May 9, 2016, 10:56am Top

>34 connie53: Very cool - how many books are in the series? Do you have them all?

>35 Amberfly: Ah, I see it's a trilogy ;) Is it YA?

40Amberfly
Edited: May 9, 2016, 5:48pm Top

>39 avanders: It is a trilogy =) I found them in the YA section, but it's one of those series that would fit just as well in the regular fantasy shelves. At least, that was my impression at the time--it's been a few years. Might even be time for a re-read...

41connie53
May 10, 2016, 1:32am Top

>39 avanders: Amberfly is right about the three books. I only wish book 3 wasn't that disappointing. And it's YA according to the label it got, but I thought the same as Amberfly did. It could fit perfectly in the regular Fantasy shelves.

>38 Carmenere: LOL 38.000 pieces! You would have to have a very very big house to fit all the pieces and assemble the puzzle.

I got a new one for mothers day.

42avanders
May 10, 2016, 10:37am Top

>40 Amberfly: >41 connie53: thanks! :) I may have to look into them..... :)

43detailmuse
May 10, 2016, 10:50am Top

Connie, I love your books and bookshelves!! Thanks for sharing.

44connie53
Edited: May 10, 2016, 1:29pm Top

Finished Onder de maan by Patricia Briggs today and loved it. ****.
Did I tell you that I love kick-ass women! Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic with her own garage and she is a shapeshifter, her best friends are werewolves and vampires. She is loyal and fearless and has powers that are unknown to her yet.

So I had no choice then to start in book number 2 In het bloed



This is the translation of Blood Bound

Mechanic Mercy Thompson is woken at 3am by a vampire calling in a favour. He has to deliver a message to a fellow undead and needs a witness that won't be noticed and Mercy's shapeshifting abilities make her the perfect candidate. But the assignment turns into a bloodbath and Mercy attracts the attention of not just a powerful vampire, but the even more powerful demon possessing him. She can count on the supernatural community for protection and alpha werewolf Adam would like her to rely on him in other ways too but when it comes to being proactive, she's on her own.

And I bought two new ones to celebrate the month of May.

Zilveren zicht by Anne Bishop
Part 3 of the Others



The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…


and

De kroon van de Tearling by Erika Johansen



On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen's Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon--from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic--to prevent her from wearing the crown.

I know there was somebody here who recommended that series to me, so I ordered the first part.

45ipsoivan
May 10, 2016, 8:32pm Top

Sounds fun!

46johanna414
May 11, 2016, 11:35am Top

I'm glad you enjoyed Moon Called! I discovered Patricia Briggs last year and devoured the first 5 books in the series! Mercy Thompson is one of my favorite characters ever!

47avanders
May 11, 2016, 11:49am Top

>44 connie53: lol yes, you mentioned you love kick-ass women ;) The books sound fun!
And yay to buying new books in honor of May!
Oooooooooooh The Queen of the Tearling! I recommended that specifically for you -- I hope you love it!!

48karenmarie
May 11, 2016, 3:47pm Top

Just a quick hello, Connie! Hope you had a good day.

49connie53
May 12, 2016, 1:28pm Top

>46 johanna414: Only the first two books are translated and the third one will be published in July. I only hope they will continue to translate the whole series. Stopping translation half way happened before.

>47 avanders: I knew it was some one like you or Tess who recommended the Tearling series. I will tell here what I think of it once I get around to it ;-))

>48 karenmarie: Hello back, Karenmarie! I had some very good days. The weather is very good the last couple of days. So I spend lot of time outside in the garden reading.

50avanders
May 13, 2016, 10:47am Top

>49 connie53: I'll look forward to your thoughts! And w/ the third book in the trilogy coming out this year... well, I hope it ends as well as it began!!

51karenmarie
May 13, 2016, 10:52am Top

>49 connie53: Good day, Connie! Reading in the garden is heaven on earth. I hope the weather continues to allow garden reading for you.

52tess_schoolmarm
May 13, 2016, 1:06pm Top

I will miss reading in the garden this summer as it will be too hot for my newly cut-up knee! My Dr. told me the heat would likely cause infection and will draw gnats & bugs! Also, can't get in the pool! But...I will be lurking in the shade devouring those books!

53connie53
May 14, 2016, 1:46am Top

>52 tess_schoolmarm: Ohh, to bad, Tess! Can't you sit in the shade or something? I don't know how hot is gets in summer where you live. Do you have a date for the surgery?

>51 karenmarie: Weather is changing and the coming days will be cold and wet. So I think reading will slow down a bit for me.

>50 avanders: I'm thinking the same thing, Ava. Part two is translated and will be published in June. So that looks promising.

54connie53
May 14, 2016, 1:55am Top

I finished In het bloed by Patricia Briggs yesterday and was very happy with it. **** for me. I love Mercy Thompson! And Adam and Samuel and Stefan.

Started a book for the Challenge for May for my real live book club. See >23 connie53: where you can see what the challenge is.

Stralende meisjes by Lauren Beukes



This is the translation of The shining girls

From LT

A time-traveling serial killer is impossible to trace-- until one of his victims survives. In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back. Working with an ex-homicide reporter who is falling for her, Kirby has to unravel an impossible mystery

Although this book has the House that allows Harper to travel to other times it's more like a thriller with all the killing going on. But I'm liking it very much so far.

55tess_schoolmarm
May 14, 2016, 2:11am Top

>53 connie53: Yes, Connie. I will be sitting on the deck under a 3 foot overhang that goes all the way around our house, so it will be shady. Surgery is June 6, assuming a cardiologist and my regular doctor give the green light. I have that appt. on Tuesday.

56connie53
May 14, 2016, 5:49am Top

>55 tess_schoolmarm: Ahh, good you can sit outside and read while recovering.

57johanna414
May 14, 2016, 11:46pm Top

I can't even imagine how frustrating that must be to get halfway through a series and they stop translating it! I hope they translate them all, and quickly!

58connie53
May 15, 2016, 2:26am Top

>57 johanna414: I know! And I hope so too.

59karenmarie
May 15, 2016, 10:22am Top

Just a quick Sunday Hello, Connie! I hope you're having a good day and getting in some good reading.

60connie53
May 15, 2016, 4:00pm Top

I did some reading and in the morning some ironing. The weather turned cold again. I tried sitting in the sun, but the wind was strong and there were lots of clouds. So I came back inside and sat in behind the window in the sun and out of the wind. After dinner I started another jigsaw puzzle. My son and his girlfriend bought me a new one for Mother's Day.

Curious Cupboards no.3 : The Gardener's Cupboard

61tess_schoolmarm
May 15, 2016, 4:08pm Top

Beautiful!

62clue
May 15, 2016, 10:47pm Top

>60 connie53: Oh, I especially love this one.

63connie53
Edited: May 16, 2016, 1:38pm Top

It really is lovely and has all this little details that make you smile. I will take some pictures of those things and post them here.

64Ameise1
May 16, 2016, 3:27am Top

What a beautiful puzzle.

65avanders
May 16, 2016, 9:30am Top

>54 connie53: The Shining Girls sounds very interesting... perhaps a BB...

>60 connie53: ooh another beautiful puzzle! What a nice gift from your son & his girlfriend!

66connie53
May 16, 2016, 2:04pm Top

I finished Stralende meisjes by Lauren Beukes and I give it a 7.

I think it's a bit strange. There is a hole in the plot. Some things aren't explained and that is a bit disappointing for me. And you should be prepared to make leaps in time. Each chapter is in an other year. You jump back and forth the whole time.
It's exciting but sometimes very cruel. If you think Val Mcdermid is bad, you might reconsider reading it.

I'm now reading De niet verhoorde gebeden van Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell



From LT
Summary: 1799, Dejima in Nagasaki Harbour. Jacob de Zoet, a devout and resourceful young clerk, has intentions to make a fortune in five years and return home to Holland to win the hand of his fiancée. He has a chance encounter with Orito Aibagawa, the disfigured daughter of a samurai doctor. she is a midwife to the city's powerful magistrate. The borders between propriety, profit, and pleasure blur until Jacob finds his vision clouded, one rash promise made and then fatefully broken - the consequences of which will extend beyond Jacob's worst imaginings.

67Jackie_K
May 16, 2016, 2:52pm Top

You're doing very well this month with the ROOTing, Connie!

68connie53
May 16, 2016, 4:28pm Top

I know! I'm surprising myself. The weather has been good and the first week was a vacation week. I'm now half way my goal so I could squeeze in a new and shiny one.

69tess_schoolmarm
Edited: May 16, 2016, 6:04pm Top

>66 connie53: I'm interested to see what you think, that is shelved TBR!

70Robertgreaves
May 16, 2016, 9:04pm Top

>66 connie53: A wonderful David Mitchell book

71connie53
May 17, 2016, 1:27am Top

>69 tess_schoolmarm:, >70 Robertgreaves: I'm liking it a lot. Page 33, so not very far into the story yet.

72avanders
May 17, 2016, 10:19am Top

>66 connie53: Good info on The Shining Girls, Connie! It's one of the books on my shelves, and I find it helps knowing those knids of things before going into it :)

Hope you enjoy the Mitchell book - that's yet another that I hope to read someday soon!

>68 connie53: Your weather sounds lovely! Congrats on reaching your halfway point!

73connie53
May 17, 2016, 2:09pm Top

>72 avanders: Thanks! I'm preparing for New and Shiny ones during the summer break.

Re the Mitchell book. page 63. The writing is nothing like the other books I've read by him. The style is, but the language is old Dutch. Appropriate, because the book starts in 1799 and that's what was spoken then. But that takes some getting used too.
Here on LT the book is named as the first of the Horologists trilogy.
The second one is Tijdmeters, the third one Doorgang.
David himself says that he spend a part of 2006 in The Netherlands, funny!!

74Robertgreaves
May 17, 2016, 9:25pm Top

>73 connie53: In the English version some of the Dutch characters speak a more 18th century type of English but the narrative and other characters' language is more like today's standard literary English.

75ipsoivan
May 17, 2016, 9:31pm Top

I love that book. A 5 star read from me.

76connie53
May 18, 2016, 2:05am Top

>74 Robertgreaves: I think that is what I mean, Robert. The language is elaborate and colourful. And courteous.

77karenmarie
May 18, 2016, 11:00am Top

>54 connie53: A book bullet! Just ordered The Shining Girls from Amazon.

78connie53
May 18, 2016, 11:06am Top

A new book entered the house today.

De verbeelding by Harlan Coben



This is the translation of Fool me once

From LT
Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself.

79avanders
Edited: May 20, 2016, 10:19am Top

>73 connie53: "I'm preparing for New and Shiny ones during the summer break." that sentence made me drool just a little...... ;D
Interesting about the Mitchell book... that would definitely take some getting used to!
I did not realize it was a trilogy! Funny I read the 3rd first, but of course it's a great standalone too... :)

>78 connie53: yay! looks like a great new book :) :)

80connie53
May 20, 2016, 3:09pm Top

>79 avanders: I read the 3rd first too!

I started another book today. I had to go to the physical therapy and wanted to take my Kobo with me to read in the waiting room.
And I had finished my ebook Wednesday. So time to choose a new one

Zusje by Rosamund Lupton

This is the translation of Sister



From LT

When Beatrice hears that her little sister, Tess, is missing, she returns home to London on the first flight available. But Bee is unprepared for the terrifying truths she must face about her younger sibling when Tess's broken body is discovered in the snow.The police, Bee's friends, her fiancé and even her mother accept the fact that Tess committed suicide. But nobody knows a sister like a sister, and Bee is convinced that something more sinister is responsible for Tess's untimely death. So she embarks on a dangerous journey to discover the truth, no matter the cost.

The book I finished was Ze is zoek by Emma Healy ***1/2
I liked this book but I had a big problem with believing the way dementia is described.

81karenmarie
May 20, 2016, 6:46pm Top

>78 connie53: Oh, Connie! I hope you love Fool Me Once as much as I did! Good, good, book.

82MissWatson
May 21, 2016, 11:36am Top

Just dropping in to wish you a great weekend!

83connie53
Edited: May 21, 2016, 5:03pm Top

My weekend started perfect. The girls were giving a babyshower for my daughter

Here are some pictures



And the mom to be

84tess_schoolmarm
May 21, 2016, 5:06pm Top

How nice and the weather looks beautiful!

85connie53
May 22, 2016, 2:24am Top

>84 tess_schoolmarm: It was a beautiful day, with sun and temps up to 24C.

86connie53
Edited: May 22, 2016, 9:12am Top

Puzzle completed



Some details









87rabbitprincess
May 22, 2016, 9:44am Top

Awww the plant pot full of bunnies! So cute! :)

88karenmarie
Edited: May 22, 2016, 9:50am Top

Lovely pics of the baby shower. And amazing detail in your newest jigsaw puzzle. Thanks for sharing, Connie.

89connie53
May 22, 2016, 10:56am Top

Thanks girls!

90connie53
Edited: May 22, 2016, 12:27pm Top

I really like the book I'm reading right now. It's De niet verhoorde gebeden van Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. The setting is Japan in 1799 - 1800 and it took some getting used to but now I'm into the story. So for anyone who has some connection with Japan, I can recommend it.

91MissWatson
May 22, 2016, 4:44pm Top

>90 connie53: I gave this to my nephew because he has started to learn Japanese. Looks like I should get my own copy!

92readingtangent
May 22, 2016, 7:28pm Top

>86 connie53: Great puzzle! Yesterday I went to a puzzle exchange a few minutes from my apartment. There are a group of people who get together there once a month and swap puzzles. I was able to take some of the ones I'd already completed and get a few "new-to-me" ones, which excites me :).

93connie53
May 23, 2016, 1:32am Top

>92 readingtangent: Lovely idea!

>91 MissWatson: Please do!

94avanders
May 23, 2016, 10:08am Top

>80 connie53: Starting w/ the 3rd doesn't seem to have ... negatively impacted your reading of the "trilogy", right?
Sounds like an interesting book that you started.. You always seem to find the most interesting thriller-type books!
Hope your physical therapy went well!

>83 connie53: oh how nice! Looks so wonderful! Thanks for sharing pics with us!

>86 connie53: awesome! Very cool puzzle :)

>90 connie53: I've heard such good things about that book - glad you are enjoying it so much!

95connie53
May 23, 2016, 11:34am Top

>94 avanders: No it does not have any impact at all. I really don't see how book 1 connects to book 3.

I only know that the series is called Horologists. I don't know that word. Has it something to do with time and clocks?

96avanders
May 23, 2016, 2:04pm Top

>95 connie53: ok good! And interesting ... I'm looking forward to reading them! :)

And yes, basically.
Horology is the scientific study of time. Specifically, horology involves the measurement of time and the making of clocks. You need a small leap of imagination to see hour in horology, but if you do, you've pretty much nailed the meaning: it refers to the study of time and the art of making timepieces.

97connie53
May 23, 2016, 2:11pm Top

>96 avanders: thanks! I thought it might be something like that.

98connie53
May 27, 2016, 2:49pm Top

Well I finished two more ROOTs

Yesterday De niet verhoorde gebeden van Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell Which was really very good. ****3/4. Excellent read

And today Zusje by Rosamund Lupton which was good too but took some time to get into. ****

Now reading Tijdmeters by David Mitchell



From BOL
One drowsy summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking . . .

The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly's life from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland's Atlantic coast as Europe's oil supply dries up - a life not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air and brief lapses in the laws of reality. For Holly Sykes - daughter, sister, mother, guardian - is also an unwitting player in a murderous feud played out in the shadows and margins of our world, and may prove to be its decisive weapon.

99MissWatson
May 28, 2016, 8:43am Top

Great ROOTing, Connie. Have a lovely weekend!

100tess_schoolmarm
May 28, 2016, 9:11am Top

>98 connie53: Sounds like a great book, a BB for me! Have a nice weekend!

101karenmarie
May 28, 2016, 9:51am Top

Hi Connie! I hope you're enjoying your weekend.

102connie53
May 29, 2016, 2:23am Top

So far I had a very good weekend. Yesterday we had a meet with 12 people from my real live bookclub. Usually they come to my house every year. But since Peet has been feeling bad, we decided to go into town and have the meet there. The weather was very good, sunny and warm. We had lunch and dinner and we did buy books.

I was weak and bought two new ones.



Later by Rosamund Lupton

This is the translation of Afterwards

From LT

The school was on fire, and Grace's last memory is of trying to reach her daughter, Jenny, trapped inside the inferno. While their burned bodies are frantically cared for by doctors, Grace and Jenny awaken in the hospital in a strange in-between state. When they learn that someone purposefully set the fire, and Jenny may still be in grave danger from someone who wants her dead, Grace realizes she may be the only one who can discover who might be responsible. The police are looking at Adam, Jenny's younger brother, who is struck mute by the horror he witnessed and can't defend himself when he is accused of the arson.



Dochter by Rosamund Lupton

This is the translation of The Quality of Silence

From BOL

On 24 November Yasmin and her ten-year-old daughter Ruby set off on a journey across Northern Alaska. They're searching for Ruby's father, missing in the arctic wilderness.

More isolated with each frozen mile they cover, they travel deeper into an endless night. And Ruby, deaf since birth, must brave the darkness where sight cannot guide her.

She won't abandon her father. But winter has tightened its grip, and there is somebody out there who wants to stop them.

Somebody tracking them through the dark.


103avanders
May 31, 2016, 11:40am Top

>98 connie53: ahh! 4 and 3/4 stars! I'm glad it was so good!
And onto the Bone Clocks... I'll look forward to your thoughts once you've finished the "trilogy" re how much do they really tie together? Once you've finished them, do you still think the order doesn't matter?

>102 connie53: I was also weak this weekend.. seems it was a good weekend for it ;)
You seem to really be enjoying her books.. I will have to check one of them out!

104connie53
Jun 1, 2016, 4:28am Top

>103 avanders: I really love Tijdmeters a lot. I was reading outside yesterday and suddenly it was 10pm. I'm on page 299/587 now.

But I started another book this morning for the June challenge for my RL book club: Read a book published for the first time before 2000.

Geestenlicht by Marion Zimmer Bradley

This is the translation of Ghostlight part 1 in the Light series
First published in 1995



From LT

Truth Blackburn’s father thought he knew what it was. Thorne Blackburn and his followers settled at Shadow's Gate, a magnificent old house in upstate New York, and sought the Truth about life through ritual and magic. One night, something went badly wrong during Thorne’s most powerful ceremony. When the chaos had passed, Thorne had vanished, and Katherine, mother of Thorne’s young daughter Truth, was dead.

Thirty years later, Truth Blackburn searches for smaller truths: what really happened that night at Shadow's Gate? Did Thorne truly have magical powers? And what happened to her half-siblings, a boy and girl Truth last saw that horrible night when her mother died?

105avidmom
Jun 2, 2016, 12:31am Top

Just trying to catch up.

I love your beautiful jigsaw puzzles and all those bookshelves!
Congrats to the mommy to be. :)

106connie53
Jun 2, 2016, 1:59am Top

>105 avidmom: Thanks. Just 2 more weeks to go before becoming a grandmom.

107MissWatson
Jun 2, 2016, 4:31am Top

>106 connie53: The last days are the longest, aren't they? Best wishes that all goes well for your daughter-in-law and all your family!

108connie53
Jun 2, 2016, 1:50pm Top

Hi Birgit! Well it's my own daughter and my son-in-law that are having a babygirl. So that makes it a bit more special.

109tess_schoolmarm
Jun 2, 2016, 1:58pm Top

Take it from a 6 time grandma: It's good stuff! I never thought I could love anybody more than my own children, but I was soooo wrong!

110connie53
Edited: Jun 2, 2016, 2:02pm Top

I had to order books for a quarterly commitment with the ECI bookclub and they arrived today.

In een donker donker bos byRuth Ware

The translation of In A Dark, Dark Wood



From BOL

Nora hasn't seen her former best friend, Clare, for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back. Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare's hen party arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her? But out in those dark, dark woods, something goes wrong. Very wrong. And Nora soon discovers that some things can't stay secret for ever.

Vuur by Mats Strandberg & Sara B. Elfgren

This is the translation of Eld (Vuur = Fire)



From BOL

THE CHOSEN ONES are about to start their second year in senior high school. The whole summer break they have held their breaths waiting for the demons' next move. But the threat shows up from another direction, somewhere they could never have foreseen.
It becomes more and more obvious that something is very, very wrong in Engelsfors. The past is woven together with the present. The living meet the dead. THE CHOSEN ONES are tied even closer together and are once again reminded that magic cannot ease unhappy love or mend broken hearts...

111avanders
Jun 3, 2016, 10:25am Top

>104 connie53: oh I LOVE those books!! Where you are to into it you lose whole chunks of time.... :)
Interesting ... I've never heard of that Zimmer Bradley book... how are you liking it so far? I was actually not that much a fan of Mists of Avalon (I know... I don't know how that happened either).. but I didn't think she was a bad writer...

>110 connie53: lol I love that phrase: "I had to order books"... ;) But yay!
Oh, my friend is reading the Ware book right now and really liking it!

112karenmarie
Jun 3, 2016, 12:14pm Top

Just dropping by to say Hi, Connie!

113connie53
Jun 5, 2016, 2:57am Top

Yesterday we had an LT-meet up in Leiden. Darryl (Kidzdoc), Claire (Sakerfalcon) and her sister Karen were there. And Mark (Thorold), Sanne (Ennas), Jaqueline (Zjak) and Ester (Wester). So we were 8 in total. We had a very nice time. The weather was perfect and we visited the Hortus Botanicus and strolled around the city.

Here are some pictures.













114tess_schoolmarm
Jun 5, 2016, 7:42am Top

So lovely!

115clue
Jun 5, 2016, 9:08am Top

Oh, thanks for the pictures Connie. It looks like you had a wonderful day.

116connie53
Jun 5, 2016, 11:51am Top

We did Luanne! It was really lovely, but my feet and legs hurt from all the walking we did. No I have some real muscle ache. But it was worth it.

117karenmarie
Jun 5, 2016, 12:47pm Top

Great pictures, thanks for sharing!

118connie53
Edited: Jun 5, 2016, 4:10pm Top

Finished 2 ROOTs today

Tijdmeters by David Mitchell a ***** book. I really, really loved it. Very good writing, very good plot, very lovable main character. In fact a shed a lot of tears in the end.

and a let down.

Geestenlicht by Marion Zimmer Bradley *** with effort. This one I read for my RL book club: read a book first published before 2000.
It was very slow, with lots of repetitions and an whining main character. I'm not going to read the 2 other books in these series. They go straight to the give away box.

I've now started a new and shiny one.
De verbeelding by Harlan Coben



This is the translation of Fool me once
Verbeelding = imagination

From LT

Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself.

119avanders
Jun 6, 2016, 11:16am Top

>113 connie53: so fun! Thanks for sharing :)

>118 connie53: wow! A full 5 stars! Awesome - can't wait to get to it! :)
Your new shiny one sounds interesting too .. as usual :)

120connie53
Jun 6, 2016, 4:33pm Top

>119 avanders: Sisters in books, Ava!

121avanders
Jun 6, 2016, 9:05pm Top

122connie53
Edited: Jun 7, 2016, 10:42am Top

From Jackie's thread I stole the idea of doing my buying/reading stats for the first 5 months of 2016.

I will count all my read paper books
Jan.: bought 02 - read 05
Feb.: bought 02 - read 02 + 1 ebook
Mar.: bought 05 - read 03
Apr.: bought 05 - read 04
May: bought 06 - read 09 + 1 ebook
----------------------------
Tot.: bought 20 - read 25

123avanders
Jun 7, 2016, 12:54pm Top

>122 connie53: nice stats! Mine swing in the opposite direction... :-o

124connie53
Jun 7, 2016, 2:44pm Top

Thanks, Ava. I'm just trying very hard to read more than buy.

125avanders
Jun 8, 2016, 12:35pm Top

It's a very good goal.. and one I need to do much better with!

126detailmuse
Jun 8, 2016, 4:17pm Top

>113 connie53: LOVE these photos!

127Jackie_K
Jun 8, 2016, 4:18pm Top

>122 connie53: That's pretty impressive! I'm just pleased I've only bought twice as many as I've read! I think I need to get a bit stricter with myself!

128karenmarie
Jun 9, 2016, 9:06am Top

>124 connie53: You seem to be succeeding, Connie! Congrats. I'm way in the hole based on that stat, but my goal for this year was to read more off my shelves, not control what comes into my shelves.

129connie53
Jun 11, 2016, 2:19am Top

Ohhh, I'm so excited. My daughter is having her baby right now!

130Robertgreaves
Jun 11, 2016, 2:21am Top

Good luck Connie and daughter

131connie53
Jun 11, 2016, 2:59am Top

Thanks Robert!

132tess_schoolmarm
Jun 11, 2016, 5:23am Top

O wow, right now! Good luck to you and your daughter!

133clue
Jun 11, 2016, 9:32am Top

Best wishes to you and your family as you welcome the little one!

134Jackie_K
Jun 11, 2016, 12:04pm Top

>129 connie53: Ooh how exciting! I hope you get to meet grandbaby very soon!

135connie53
Jun 11, 2016, 2:28pm Top

The little baby girl was born at 13.05 this afternoon. She is so lovely and small. We are all in love with her.

136rabbitprincess
Jun 11, 2016, 2:31pm Top

>135 connie53: Yaaaaaay!! Congratulations to all!

137tess_schoolmarm
Jun 11, 2016, 3:19pm Top

Congrats! When you have time let us know her weight and name, and of course a pic, if mom says it's ok!

138Ameise1
Jun 11, 2016, 3:24pm Top

>135 connie53: Congratulations to all of you. I wish the little baby girl every luck and joy on earth.

139Jackie_K
Jun 11, 2016, 4:27pm Top

>135 connie53: What lovely news, congratulations to you all and welcome to the world baby girl!

140connie53
Edited: Jun 18, 2016, 4:59am Top

Here she is

141connie53
Jun 11, 2016, 5:37pm Top

she is 50 cm and weighs 3490 grams

I will keep her name a secret for now.

142Ameise1
Jun 11, 2016, 5:40pm Top

Two beautiful ladies. :-)

143FAMeulstee
Jun 11, 2016, 5:53pm Top

Congratulations!

144tess_schoolmarm
Jun 11, 2016, 6:37pm Top

Beautiful!

145bragan
Jun 11, 2016, 7:08pm Top

Hello, new baby!

146avanders
Jun 11, 2016, 8:50pm Top

Oh congratulations!! How wonderful!

147Robertgreaves
Jun 12, 2016, 2:04am Top

Lovely pic. Congratulations to all.

148connie53
Jun 12, 2016, 3:32am Top

Thanks, Robert.

If you follow me on facebook, please don't congratulate me there.

149connie53
Edited: Jun 12, 2016, 4:01am Top

>118 connie53: Since post 118 I've been reading a few new and shiny ones.

Speel met vuur by Tess Gerritsen

This is the translation of Playing with fire



From BOL.

Julia doesn't understand what is happening to her daughter, but she thinks she knows what's causing it. She is terrified for Lily, and for herself, but what scares her more is that no one believes her.
If she is going to help Lily, she will have to find the answers alone, embarking on a search that will take her to the shadowy back streets of Venice.
There, Julia uncovers a heartbreaking, long-buried tale of tragedy and devastation - a discovery that puts her in serious danger. Some people will do anything in their power to keep the truth silent . . .


I always love the books by Tess Gerritsen and this is no exception. Really loved it and I gave it ****

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In een donker donker bos by Ruth Ware

This is the translation of In a Dark Dark Wood



From BOL

Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since the day Nora walked out of her old life and never looked back. Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare's hen party arrives. A weekend in a remote cottage - the perfect opportunity for Nora to reconnect with her best friend, to put the past behind her. But something goes wrong. Very wrong. And as secrets and lies unravel, out in the dark, dark wood the past will finally catch up with Nora.

A very nice first thriller by Ruth Ware. Loved it although there are some down-points. The characters are a bit flat in my opinion. But it as an easy read and an exciting one, so ****

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I'm now reading Als het zaterdag wordt by Nikki French

This is the translation of Saturday Requiem and part 6 in the series about Frieda Klein.



From BOL

Thirteen years ago eighteen-year-old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the brutal murder of her family.
It was an open and shut case and Hannah's been incarcerated in a secure hospital ever since.
When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to meet Hannah and give her assessment of her she reluctantly agrees. What she finds horrifies her.
And Frieda is haunted by the thought that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family; that something wasn't right all those years ago.
And as Hannah's case takes hold of her, Frieda soon begins to realise that she's up against someone who'll go to any lengths to protect themselves.

150karenmarie
Jun 12, 2016, 9:07am Top

Hi Connie! I'm so happy for you, your daughter, and your new granddaughter. A new generation is always such a miracle.

151connie53
Jun 12, 2016, 9:28am Top

Thanks Karenmarie!

152thorold
Jun 12, 2016, 9:28am Top

Congratulations, Connie, that's great news!

153Jackie_K
Jun 12, 2016, 11:47am Top

What a beautiful girl! Well done to your daughter, who looks amazing too! (I know I didn't look that good so soon after having my baby!)

154avidmom
Jun 12, 2016, 3:09pm Top

What wonderful news! Congratulations :)

155connie53
Edited: Jun 18, 2016, 4:59am Top

Post removed for privacy reasons

156avanders
Jun 12, 2016, 6:00pm Top

>149 connie53: Both of those are on my radar -- glad to see you enjoyed them so much!

>155 connie53: oooh what a beautiful baby!

157tess_schoolmarm
Jun 13, 2016, 2:04am Top

158karenmarie
Jun 13, 2016, 8:12am Top

Happy Monday, Connie!

159MissWatson
Jun 13, 2016, 11:34am Top

Congratulations on your granddaughter, Connie! Such a lovely little girl!

160connie53
Jun 13, 2016, 2:02pm Top

Finished Als het zaterdag wordt by Nicci French and gave it

It was a good read and I like to read about Frieda Klein and her adventures. You have to read these books in sequence and this was part 6. So I think there will a 'Sunday' book.

Now reading De geestverwantschap by David Mitchell



This is the translation of Ghostwritten

From LT

A gallery atendant at the Hermitage. A young jazz buff in Tokyo. A crooked British lawyer in Hong Kong. A disc jockey in Manhattan. A physicist in Ireland. An elderly woman running atendant at the Hermitage. A young jazz buff in Tokyo. A crooked British lawyer in H tea shack in rural China. A cult-controlled terrorist in Okinawa. A musician in London. A transmigrating spirit in Mongolia. What is the common thread of coincidence or destiny that connects the lives of these nine souls in nine far-flung countries, stretching across the globe from east to west? What pattern do their linked fates form through time and space?

161connie53
Jun 17, 2016, 2:34pm Top

Bought some books (again) sighhhhhh

I had to really, to be prepared for the next RL book club month book, so I bought

Dromerspoel by Juliet Marillier



This is the translation of Dreamer's pool

From GR

In exchange for the help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she'll lives on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help.

Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais. He knows her only from a portrait and sweetly poetic correspondence that have convinced him Flidais is his destined true love. But Oran discovers letters can lie. For although his intended exactly resembles her portrait, her brutality upon arrival proves she is nothing like the sensitive woman of the letters.

With the strategic marriage imminent, Oran sees no way out of his dilemma. Word has spread that Blackthorn possesses a remarkable gift for solving knotty problems, so the prince asks her for help. To save Oran from his treacherous nuptials, Blackthorn and Grim will need all their resources: courage, ingenuity, leaps of deduction, and more than a little magic.


And

DroomNummerNegen by David Mitchell



This is the translation of number9dream

From BOL

Eiji Miyake, 20, naïve and wholly loveable, encounters a frantic, exotic world when he comes to Tokyo from his small island home to find the father he has never met.
Pin-stripped drones, a lip-pierced hairdresser, midday drunks ... Not a single person is standing still ... a thousand faces per minute ... oven-hot ... ready to buckle under the weight of cloud at any moment.
Eiji is a dreamer, a Billy Liar for the Cyberpunk generation. His fantasies structure this frenetic kaleidoscopic narrative, conducting the reader on an exhilarating, disorientating tour of metropolis and mind. One minute Eiji is contending with arcade-game cybourgs, the next caught up in a Blue Velvet-type nightmare with real-life (perhaps) gangsters: "dragged into a turf war between wolves with rabies". So what was crazed and charming becomes dangerous and gripping.


And because June is 'Month of the thriller' in the Netherlands I got a free novella

Vector by Simon de Waal



162connie53
Edited: Jun 18, 2016, 2:51am Top

Here's me and my granddaughter Fiene



And her birth card (front)



And back



The little poem on top says literally

It's too beautiful to be true
But it's true and that's the most beautiful
Fiene has moved house
From mama's belly, to daddy's arms

163Jackie_K
Jun 17, 2016, 4:24pm Top

She looks so peaceful! I'm wondering how Fiene is pronounced - is it something like the English Fiona? (which is the name of my niece).

164karenmarie
Jun 17, 2016, 5:48pm Top

Lovely picture of you and your granddaughter, Connie, and I love the birth announcement. Thanks for sharing.

165Robertgreaves
Jun 17, 2016, 7:51pm Top

Lovely pic of you and the little one.

Do let us know what you think of Number9Dream. It's been on my wishlist for quite a while now.

166connie53
Edited: Jun 18, 2016, 2:56am Top

>163 Jackie_K: Fiene is pronounced with the eee sound in sleep, just like the end of my name Connie. and the end a little like the e in the. Feene

>164 karenmarie: Thanks Karenmarie.

>166 connie53: I will Robert.

167ipsoivan
Jun 18, 2016, 7:10am Top

Many congratulations connie! She's a beauty.

168Carmenere
Jun 18, 2016, 7:46am Top

Greetings, Connie! My oh my, June has been a busy month for you. First a meet up of LT faithful and then the arrival of your lovely granddaughter. Congratulations!!!

169tess_schoolmarm
Jun 18, 2016, 8:44am Top

Again, congrats and such a beautiful name!

170connie53
Jun 18, 2016, 9:00am Top

Thanks Tess, Lynda and Maggie

I removed some of the pictures because my daughter asked me to be careful with them.

171MissWatson
Jun 18, 2016, 3:33pm Top

Thanks for the pics, Connie, she's lovely. I wish you happy days reading to her!

172Ameise1
Jun 19, 2016, 4:56am Top

>162 connie53: What a beautiful photo. She's got such a lovely name. Happy Sunday, Connie.

173enemyanniemae
Jun 19, 2016, 6:35am Top

>162 connie53: Your little granddaughter is lovely, Connie! May she sleep through the night... every night.

And I love your puzzles. My dad and I used to spend entire afternoons, each with a puzzle. He even made me a board to put the pieces. (this was many years ago) I have started buying puzzles again recently. I got a card table and chairs for my spare room so I'd have a place to do the puzzles. I need to get them out of their respective boxes.

174connie53
Jun 19, 2016, 4:27pm Top

Today was a really lovely day for some garden reading. And I finished De geestverwantschap by David Mitchell

Really a very good book! I loved the way David writes. He has such a lovely way to say things. You can almost see the things he is talking about. I loved the way the stories intertwine and kept a notebook near by to scribble names down. It's a kind of a puzzle and I was even more surprised when somebody from newer books appeared. (Luiza Rey from Tijdmeters )

Now I'm reading Als de dood by Peter James

This is the translation of Want you dead



From LT

If he can't have her, then nobody can. Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead.

When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror. Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But Red's nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed with her, and he intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved - and then her too.

175connie53
Edited: Jun 19, 2016, 4:29pm Top

Thanks Barb and EAM!

>173 enemyanniemae: I love jigsaw puzzles a lot. It's nice to do on cold nights

176avanders
Jun 20, 2016, 9:43am Top

>160 connie53: yay, another David Mitchell! I don't own that one, but I'll see how you like it before dashing off to the bookstore ;p
>174 connie53: there it is! Looks like, well worth it!

>161 connie53: sigh, me too ;) bookstores are perfect refuges from 100+ degree weather! :)
Your book group book sounds interesting!
And hee hee another David Mitchell -- that one I do have (but haven't yet read)...

>162 connie53: So cute!! Thanks for sharing!
And I love those announcements and her name ... I actually considered Josephine as well (though we've settled on another if we ever get the chance to name a baby... :))

>170 connie53: It's sad that we have to be so careful like that :( But completely understandable!

177detailmuse
Jun 21, 2016, 4:41pm Top

Welcome, sweet granddaughter! Terrific pics and birth announcement.

178connie53
Jun 25, 2016, 9:21am Top

Wow, almost a week without visiting my own thread. That's exceptional, but RL got in the way, as it sometimes does.

The book by Peter James was not as good as I hoped. I normally love his books, but this was just one big boring thing. Especially the chapter were Bryce (the bad guy) and Red (the victim) telling their part of the story. The other chapters where Roy Grace is the POV were much better and up to the standard I am used to when reading a Peter James book. ***

I've read a small book too.
Waarom ik soms op en neer spring by Naoki Higashida about autism. Naoki wrote this book when he was 13 years old and being autistic himself he can tell things nobody else could. interesting read, also ***

Now I'm reading De droomtuin by Rachel Hore



This is the translation of The Memory Garden

Lamorna Cove, in Cornwall's far west, has become home to Melanie Pentreath, who has retreated to the overgrown gardens of Merryn Hall following the death of her mother and the end of a relationship. It is in this idyllic setting that Melanie meets Patrick, and they soon find themselves becoming closer to one another.

A really enjoyable light-hearted read.

179connie53
Jun 26, 2016, 3:49pm Top

De droomtuin by Rachel Hore is finished. I loved it, ****
It's the perfect book for summerreading. A bit of romance, a bit of suspense and a search for things that happened in the past .

Now I'm reading Aan de rand van het meer by Kate Morton



This is the translation of The Lake House

From BOL

Alice Edevane, sixteen years old and a budding writer, is especially excited. Not only has she worked out the perfect twist for her novel, she's also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldn't. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever.

An abandoned house...Seventy years later, after a particularly troubling case, Sadie Sparrow is sent on an enforced break from her job with the Metropolitan Police. She retreats to her beloved grandfather's cottage in Cornwall but soon finds herself at a loose end. Until one day, Sadie stumbles upon an abandoned house surrounded by overgrown gardens and dense woods, and learns the story of a baby boy who disappeared without a trace. An unsolved mystery...Meanwhile, in the attic writing room of her elegant Hampstead home, the formidable Alice Edevane, now an old lady, leads a life as neatly plotted as the bestselling detective novels she writes. Until a young police detective starts asking questions about her family's past, seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape...

180tess_schoolmarm
Jun 27, 2016, 2:29am Top

>179 connie53: Glad you loved it--it's on my TBR pile!

181avanders
Jun 30, 2016, 11:41am Top

>178 connie53: I can completely relate! RL has been biiiiiizeee (busy) lately!

>179 connie53: another Kate Morton! Looking forward to your thoughts... :)

182karenmarie
Jul 5, 2016, 9:59am Top

Hi Connie! Hope you're doing well. Sounds like you're real busy too.

183LauraBrook
Jul 5, 2016, 2:41pm Top

Congratulations on your beautiful new granddaughter! I, too, hope you're well. And thank you for all of those lovely bookshelf photos!

184connie53
Jul 5, 2016, 3:56pm Top

I'm still around! And doing great. I had a lovely weekend with my BFF Vera. And did lots of reading, working and RL.

185MissWatson
Jul 6, 2016, 4:10am Top

Hi Connie, just waving hello! I hope RL is treating you well.

186connie53
Jul 7, 2016, 4:12pm Top

Thanks, Birgit! I'm doing fine. The waether is so nice now. I'm outside reading all the time. I just came in and thought to visit LT for a short while. Just getting my top posts up to date. Because I'm hopelessly behind.

187MissWatson
Jul 8, 2016, 3:39am Top

>186 connie53: That sounds lovely! Enjoy the weather, LT will still be there when it turns rainy again.

188Jackie_K
Jul 8, 2016, 4:22pm Top

>186 connie53: oh there's nothing quite like outside reading! The weather isn't really up to that here at the moment, sadly.

189tess_schoolmarm
Jul 9, 2016, 12:49am Top

I try to sit outside and read as much as I can. However, the temp is about 90 and the humidity is the same...it's like a sauna, not to mention the biting/stinging bugs when it's like this.

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