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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 521 books.
I'm Connie from the Netherlands. I am 63 years young. I'm married to Peet (66)
2 children: Jeroen (33) and Eveline (30)
Proud 'kind of' mother in law to Rianne (29). She and Jeroen are living in a nice house right near where we live.
Cyrille (34) is living with Eveline in a city not too far away. They have a lovely little babygirl named Fiene, who was born on June 11 and is 4 weeks old on this Saturday.
The picture on top shows Eveline with Fiene
ROOTS in 2016. They have to be in the house for more than 6 months.
ROOTs in 2016:
01. De duivel van Florence - Lucretia Grindle -
02. De labyrintrenner - James Dashner -
03. De schroeiproeven - James Dashner -
04. De doodskuur - James Dashner -
05. Rode sneeuw in december - Simone van der Vlugt -
06. Tad Williams - Stad van Gouden Schaduw -
07. Tad Williams - Rivier van Blauw Vuur -
08. Tad Williams - Berg van Zwart Glas -
09. Tad Williams - Zee van Zilveren Licht -
10. Janet Evanovich - Schoppen negen -
11. Anne Bishop - Rode letters -
12. Anne Bishop - Zwarte veren -
13. Maria V. Snyder - Studie van gif -
14. Maria V. Snyder - Studie van magie -
15. Maria V. Snyder - Studie van vuur -
16. Patricia Briggs - Onder de maan -
17. Patricia Briggs - In het bloed -
18. Lauren Beukes - Stralende meisjes -
19. David Mitchell - De niet verhoorde gebeden van Jacob de Zoet -
20. Rosamund Lupton - Zusje -
21. David Mitchell - Tijdmeters -
22. Marion Zimmer Bradley - Geestenlicht -
23. David Mitchell - De geestverwantschap -
24. Peter James - Als de dood -
25. Rachel Hore - De droomtuin -
26. Kate Morton - Aan de rand van het meer -
27. Juliet Marillier - De ontbieder -
28. Michel Faber - Onderhuids -
29. Kate Atkinson - Achter de schermen -
30. Joanne Harris - Vijf kwarten van de sinaasappel -
31. Garth Nix - Heer donderdag -
32. Diana Gabaldon - De reiziger -
33. Diana Gabaldon - Terugkeer naar Inverness -
34. Diana Gabaldon - De verre kust -
35. Diana Gabaldon - Het vuur van de herfst -
36. Diana Gabaldon - Het vlammende kruis -
37. Diana Gabaldon - Sneeuw en As -
38. Diana Gabaldon - Een echo in de tijd -
39. Diana Gabaldon - Met het bloed van mijn hart deel 1 -
40. Diana Gabaldon - Met het bloed van mijn hart deel 2 -
41. John Boyne - De jongen die zijn vader zocht -
42. Anne McCaffrey - Drakenvlucht -
43. Ruth Ozeki - Een tijdelijke vertelling -
44. Harman Nielsen - Het verscholen volk -
45. Harman Nielsen - De laatste jacht -
46. Harman Nielsen - De hoge stad -
47. Harman Nielsen - Nevels kind -
48. Annet de jong - Dossier Tobias -
* currently reading.
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 -
13. Anne Bishop - Zilveren zicht - 483 pages - book -
14. Joanne Harris - Stranddieven - 380 pages - ebook -
15. Joanne Harris - Bramenwijn - 322 pages - ebook -
16. Renee Knight - Het boek over jou - 287 pages - book -
17. Samuel Björk - Doodsvogel - 366 pages - book -
18. Robert A. Heinlein - Dan maar de kou in - 186 pages - ebook -
19. Santa Montefiore - De vrouwen van kasteel Deverill - 442 pages - book -
20. Santa Montefiore - Als de rododendron bloeit - 475 pages - book -
21. Aaf Brandt Corstius - Het jaar dat ik (2x) moeder werd - book -
22. Diana Gabaldon - De oorsprong - book -
23. Kate Atkinson - Bladeren van licht - book -
24. Kate Atkinson - Geschift - book -
25. Harlan Coben - Naar huis - book - +
26. Sue Durrant - Stukjes Hemelblauw - book -
27. Karin Slaughter - Verborgen - book - +
28. Brian Selznick - De wonderlingen - book -
29. Harman Nielsen - De oudste zang - book -
* currently reading
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 - book -
35. Rachel Hore - De droomtuin - 382 pages - book -
36. Kate Morton - Aan de rand van het meer - 492 pages - book -
37. Juliet Marillier - Dromerspoel - 447 pages - book -
38. Robert Galbraith - Het slechte pad - 568 pages -
39. Juliet Marillier - De ontbieder - 363 pages -
40. Michel Faber - Onderhuids - 300 pages -
41. Kate Atkinson - Achter de schermen - 332 pages -
42. Anne Bishop - Zilveren zicht - 483 pages -
43. Joanne Harris - Vijf kwarten van de sinaasappel - 393 pages -
44. Garth Nix - Heer donderdag - 224 pages -
45. Joanne Harris - Stranddieven - 380 pages - ebook -
46. Joanne Harris - Bramenwijn - 322 pages - ebook -
47. Diana Gabaldon - De reiziger - 736 pages - book - reread -
48. Diana Gabaldon - Terugkeer naar Inverness - 768 pages - book - reread -
49. Diana Gabaldon - De verre kust - 816 pages - book - reread -
50. Diana Gabaldon - Het vuur van de herfst - 864 pages - book - re-read -
51. Diana Gabaldon - Het vlammende kruis - 1053 pages - book - re-read -
52. Diana Gabaldon - Sneeuw en As - 1024 pages - book - re-read -
53. Diana Gabaldon - Een echo in de tijd - 826 pages - book - re-read -
54. Diana Gabaldon - Met het bloed van mijn hart deel 1 - 549 pages - book - re-read -
55. Diana Gabaldon - Met het bloed van mijn hart deel 2 - 626 pages - book - re-read -
56. John Boyne - De jongen die zijn vader zocht - 239 pages - book -
57. Robert A. Heinlein - Dan maar de kou in - 186 pages - ebook -
58. Renee Knight - Het boek over jou - 287 pages - book -
59. Samuel Björk - Doodsvogel - 366 pages - book -
60. Anne McCaffrey - Drakenvlucht - 304 pages - book -
61. Santa Montefiore - De vrouwen van kasteel Deverill - 442 pages - book -
62. Santa Montefiore - Als de rododendron bloeit - 475 pages - book -
63. Aaf Brandt Corstius - Het jaar dat ik (2x) moeder werd - 159 pages - book -
64. Ruth Ozeki - Een tijdelijke vertelling - 467 pages - book -
65. Kate Atkinson - Bladeren van licht - 320 pages - book -
66. Kate Atkinson - Geschift - 413 pages - book -
67. Harman Nielsen - Het verscholen volk - 251 pages - book - re-read -
68. Diana Gabaldon - De oorsprong - 133 pages - book -
69. Harman Nielsen - De laatste jacht - 343 pages - book -
70. Harman Nielsen - De hoge stad - 439 pages - book -
71. Harman Nielsen - Nevels kind - 327 pages - book -
72. Harlan Coben - Naar huis - 380 pages - book - +
73. Sue Durrant - Stukjes Hemelblauw - 208 pages - book -
74. Karin Slaughter - Verborgen - 479 pages - book - +
75. Brian Selznick - De wonderlingen - 645 pages - book -
76. Harman Nielsen - De oudste zang - 432 pages - book -
77. Annet de Jong - Dossier Tobias - 285 pages - book -
* 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 -
11. Diana Gabaldon - De reiziger - 736 pages - book - reread -
12. Diana Gabaldon - Terugkeer naar Inverness - 768 pages - book - reread -
13. Diana Gabaldon - De verre kust - 816 pages - book - reread -
14. Diana Gabaldon - Het vuur van de herfst - 864 pages - book - re-read -
15. Diana Gabaldon - Het vlammende kruis - 1053 pages - book - re-read -
16. Diana Gabaldon - Sneeuw en As - 1024 pages - book - re-read -
17. Diana Gabaldon - Een echo in de tijd - 826 pages - book - re-read -
18. Diana Gabaldon - Met het bloed van mijn hart deel 1 - 549 pages - book - re-read -
19. Diana Gabaldon - Met het bloed van mijn hart deel 2 - 626 pages - book - re-read -
20. Brian Selznick - De wonderlingen - 645 pages - book -
Books into the house in 2016
Into the house
01. Juliet Marillier - De ontbieder - bought
02. Tess Gerritsen - Speel met vuur - bought
03. Naomi Novik - Ontworteld - bought
04. Nathalie Koch - De stad van de alchemist - bought
05. Anthony Ryan - De vuurkoningin - bought
06. Ruth Ozeki - Een tijdelijke vertelling - bought
07. Simone van der Vlugt - Nachtblauw - bought
08. Tom Michell - De Pinguïnlessen - bought
09. Esther Gerritsen - Broer - given
10. Nicci French - Als het zaterdag wordt - bought
11. Samuel Bjørk - De doodsvogel - given
12. Mats Strandberg and Sara B. Elfgren - De cirkel - bought
13. Benny Lindelauf - Hoe Tortot zijn vissenhart verloor - bought
14. Renée Knight - Het boek over jou - bought
15. Robert Galbraith - Het slechte pad - bought
16. Erika Johansen - De kroon van de Tearling - bought
17. Anne Bishop - Zilveren zicht - bought
18. Harlan Coben - De verbeelding - bought
19. Rosamund Lupton - Later - bought
20. Rosamund Lupton - Dochter - bought
21. Ruth Ware - In een donker donker bos - bought
22. Mats Strandberg and Sara B. Elfgren - Vuur - bought
23. Juliet Marillier - Dromerspoel - bought
24. David Mitchell - DroomNummerNegen - bought
25. Simon de Waal - Vector - given
26. Naoki Higashida - Waarom ik soms op en neer spring - bought
27. Erika Johansen - De invasie van de Tearling - bought
28. Jax Miller - Mijn naam is Vrijheid - bought
29. Patricia Briggs - Ziel van ijzer - bought
30. Rachel Hore - Het droomhuis - bought
31. Ransom Riggs - Bibliotheek der zielen - bought
32. Santa Montefiore - De vrouwen van kasteel Deverill - bought
33. Santa Montefiore - Als de rododendron bloeit - bought
34. Marieke Nijkamp - 54 minuten - bought
35. Kate Atkinson - Bladeren van licht - bought
36. Kate Atkinson - Geschift - bought
37. Harman Nielsen - De oudste zang - bought
38. Harman Nielsen - Het lichte duister - bought
39. Harman Nielsen - Het eerste boek - bought
40. Diana Gabaldon - De oorsprong - bought
41. Philppa Gregory - De zusjes Boleyn- given
42. Matthijs Kleyn - Cesar - bought
43. Brian Selznick - De Wonderlingen - bought
44. Sue Durrant - Stukjes Hemelblauw - bought
45. Karin Slaughter - Verborgen - bought
46. Harlan Coben - Naar huis - bought
47. Mats Strandberg & Sara B. Elfgren - De sleutel, het begin - bought
48. Anne Bishop - Grijze ogen - bought
I've been reading some very nice books the last week.
Aan de rand van het meer by Kate Morton
This is the translation of The Lake House
I thought this was a very good book and I gave it ***** .
I loved all the intertwined stories and the way the puzzle in completed at the end.
This is the blurb from BOL
A missing child...June 1933, and the Edevane family's country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. 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...
Then I read
Dromerspoel by Juliet Marillier
This is the translation of Dreamer's Pool
I loved this book too ****1/2
It's well written and i loved the way Mrs. Marillier combines Fantasy with a detective story. Besides that I fell in love with Grim!
In exchange for 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 live 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.
Another good read was Het slechte pad by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling
This is the translation of Career of Evil and part three in the series about Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. Very captivating and ****1/2
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...
Hi Connie! Very sweet pic of Eveline and Fiene.
I'm glad you liked Career of Evil. But the ending! I need the fourth book quickly, but unfortunately I'm sure it will be a while.
Yes, that photo of your daughter and granddaughter is so precious! It brought a smile to my face, and heart!
Thanks! We will go visit her on Friday. On Monday I will leave for a few days with Vera at the sea side. Returning on Friday late in the day.
I've read another ROOT
De ontbieder by Juliet Marillier
This is the translation of The Caller part 3 in 'The Shadowfell Series'
Neryn has made a long journey to perfect her skills as a Caller. She has learned the wisdom of water and of earth; she has journeyed to the remote isles of the west and the forbidding mountains of the north. Now, Neryn must travel in Alban's freezing winter to seek the mysterious White Lady, Guardian of Air. For only when Neryn has been trained by all four Guardians will she be ready to play her role in toppling the tyrannical King Keldec
I'm now reading another ROOT
Onderhuids by Michel Faber
This is the translation of Under the Skin
sserley spends most of her time driving along empty, winding Highland roads in her red Toyota. She is interested in hitchhikers - so long as they are male, well-muscled and alone. But once she has coaxed them into her car, what she does to them is truly astonishing. Meeting Isserley is only the beginning of their journey, and a gateway to a new world.
Tomorrow is my last day at school before the big summer break. More than 7 weeks of vacation.
So I bought one more book on-line. I have them delivered at school, because there is always someone there who can accept the delivery.
De invasie van de Tearling by Erika Johansen
Part 2 in the Tearling series
This is the translation of The invasion of the Tearling
In spoiler font because of this being a part 2
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling - and that of Kelsea's own soul - may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
How excited you must be for summer break--and no knee to worry about!
>17 connie53: That's true. Walking is so much easier with no knee problems! I'm going to find your thread to read how your knee is doing!
Happy new one, Connie. What a lovely topper. Happy vacation. My one is starting today for five weeks.
Congratulations on your new granddaughter, Connie! She's so cute :).
It sounds as though you've been reading lots of good stuff!
>14 connie53: I saw the movie of Under the Skin and didn't like it too much :(. I didn't realize it was a book.
I'm back! I had some lovely and very hot days in Zeeland (Westenschouwen) with my friend Vera. We enjoyed the beach (just walking), talked and read a lot.
Now I have to catch up with all your threads.
>25 connie53: Oh, she is beautiful! Congratulations and welcome back from vacation.
>25 connie53: Oh wow--just beautiful! So rosy-cheeked...poster baby!
Unfortunately where I am staying there are parental controls on the internet, which for some strange reason means that I can't see photos or tickers on LT! I will look forward to seeing Fiene's photo when I get home in a few days! I bet she's growing up fast already!
Thanks, Connie, for sharing your granddaughter with us. She's adorable.
>29 Jackie_K: Well, you know what a notorious hotbed of vice LT is.
>29 Jackie_K: I feel your pain, Jackie! They have those controls on the computer SYSTEM at school....I teach history and when I try to find out about Nazi's or weapons, it blocks me! I have to get the stuff at home and forward to my school email! So dang annoying, but I do understand the premise. It also blocks any games or chat (blogs).
>29 Jackie_K: Understandable in some situations, of course. But you will see Fiene eventually, Jackie!
>31 Robertgreaves: LOL, well quite!
It lets me see book covers in 'Your Books' etc, but just not pictures or tickers on the forums. It hadn't occurred to me (as we're not yet at the point of needing to install parental controls) that they would affect what *I* access as well as the kids! I will have to get the resident techie (aka my husband) to set it up so that we can bypass the controls.
>34 Jackie_K: Good plan. I think you could do that by using different users.
Lots of catching up to do on my reading since my last posted book.
Here we go:
Achter de schermen by Kate Atkinson
This is the translation of Behind the Scenes at The Museum
In her profoundly moving, uniquely comic debut, Kate Atkinson introduces readers to the mind and world of Ruby Lennox, born above a pet shop in York at the halfway point of the twentieth century, and determined to understand both the family that precedes her and the life that awaits her. Taking her own conception as her starting point, the irrepressible Ruby narrates a story of four generations of women, from her great-grandmother's affair with a French photographer, to her mother's unfulfilled dreams of Hollywood glamour, to her young sister's efforts to upstage the Queen on Coronation Day. Hurtling in and out of both World Wars, economic downfalls, the onset of the permissive '60s, and up to the present day, Ruby paints a rich and vivid portrait of family heartbreak and happiness.
I simply loved this book. I read it on vacation and often read scenes out loud to my girlfriend Vera. Just because they made me laugh that much. I loved the way the story moves from great grandmother to great grandchild Ruby. A very big
Zilveren zicht by Anne Bishop
This is the translation of Vision in Silver part 3 in the series about The Others.
A young adult book
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…
Loved this one too. The writing is good and you simply have to be fond of Meg.
Vijf kwarten van de sinaasappel by Joanne Harris
This is the translation of Five quarters of the orange
When Framboise Simon returns to a small village on the banks of the Loire, the locals do not recognize her as the daughter of the infamous Mirabelle Dartigen -- the woman they still hold responsible for a terrible tragedy that, look place during the German occupation decades before. Althrough Framboise hopes for a new beginning. She quickly discovers that past and present are inextricably intertwined. Nowhere is this truth more apparent than in the scrap book of recipes site has inherited from her dead mother.
With this book, Framboise re-creates her mother's dishes, which she serves in her small creperie. And yet as she studies the scrapbook -- searching for clues to unlock the contradiction between her mother's sensuous love of food and often cruel demeanor -- she begins to recognize a deeper meaning behind Mirabelle's cryptic scribbles. Whithin the journal's tattered pages lies the key to what actually transpired the summer Framboise was nine years old.
I loved this book. I have been thinking a lot about Framboise since I finished the book and I just wanted to return to the feeling this book gave me.
Heer donderdag - Garth Nix
This is the translation of Sir Thursday part 4 in series about the Keys to the Kingdom. A book for children from 10 to 12 years old (my opinion)
Following their adventures in the Border Sea, Arthur and Leaf head for home. But only Leaf gets through the Front Door. Arthur is blocked because someone . . . or something . . . has assumed his identity and is taking over his life.
Before Arthur can take action, he is drafted by Sir Thursday and forced to join the Glorious Army of the Architect. While Leaf tries to banish Arthur's doppleganger on earth, Arthur must survive his basic training, avoid getting posted to the Front and work out how he can free Part Four of the Will....
I read this book for the challenge for my RL bookclub: read a book written by author living on the southern hemisphere or a book set in that region. Strangely enough they stopped translating after this 4th part.
Stranddieven by Joanne Harris
This is the translation of Coastliners
On the tiny Breton island of Le Devin, life has remained almost unchanged for over a hundred years. For generations, two rival communities, the wealthy La Houssiniere and the impoverished village of Les Salants, have fought for control of the island's only beach. When Mado, a spirited local girl, returns to Les Salants after a ten-year absence, she finds her home threatened, both by the tides and the machinations of a local entrepreneur. Worse, the community is suffering from an incurable loss of hope. Mado is not so easily discouraged. Dogged by prejudice from the superstitious villagers, she is forced to enlist the help of Flynn, an attractive drifter. But Mado's attempts to transform the dying community have unforeseen consequences. As Les Salants returns slowly to life, so do past tragedies, including the terrible secret that still haunts Mado's father. And is Flynn really who he says he is?
I thought this book was good but not as good as Five quarters of the orange
There were too many names and it was a bit of a chaos with everybody running after each new disaster.
Now I'm reading
Bramenwijn by Joanne Harris
This is the translation of Blackberry Wine
As a boy, writer Jay Mackintosh spent three golden summers in the ramshackle home of Joseph "Jackapple Joe" Cox in the tiny English town of Kirby Mockton. Jay found solace in old Joe's simple wisdom and folk charms, in his stories of far travel and wild adventure, and in his astonishing ability to make anything grow lush and luxurious. And then there were Joe's "Specials," his homebrewed wines, each bottle containing the sparkle of something truly magical. The magic was lost, though, when Joe disappeared without warning one fall.
Years later, Jay's life is stalled with regret and ennui. His novel Jackapple Joe was his artistic zenith, but it had been published ten years earlier and he has not been able to write a serious work since. When an unsolicited real estate brochure arrives in the afternoon mail, he impulsively abandons every urban thing he knows. sight unseen, he purchases a farmhouse in the remote French village of Lansquenet, in an attempt to recapture the magic that vanished twenty years ago.
Now Jay is packing up a few belongings-and the last remaining bottles of Joe's "Specials"-and relocating to the sleepy village rich in stories of its own is calling to him. There, in the strange yet strangely familiar place-and in the dark, guarded secrets of a reclusive woman and her young child-Jay Mackintosh hopes to find himself again. for he feels that somehow, as impossible as it seems, "Jackapple Joe" is waiting for him there.
I'm really enjoying this one.
>Wow, Connie, you've been busy reading! Both the Atkinson and the Harris books are now on my wish list. Thanks for the great reviews/information!
I think you will enjoy them too, Tess.
I was up at 6.15 this morning (on a Sunday!!!) and I thought I had time to get back to LT for a while and catching up on my reading and the Threads! Doing that now. So I will eventually reach your thread too.
So, what will I be doing in these weeks vacation?
I decided to do a 'project' each morning. Getting things done around the house. We need to get a room ready for our granddaughter. She is now 7 weeks old and after the holidays we are watching her on the Wednesdays at her own home. That will be our day. But she will sometimes stay at our place too, so we will need baby stuff like a bed and a dresser. So the room intended for her (and any other grandchildren) will have to be cleared out. And I need to do some back cleaning in the garage. That's really a mess.
An update picture of Fiene:
Me, giving her her bottle.
Oh, I finally caught up with the photo that parental control filters wouldn't let me see! She is so beautiful!
I loved Behind the Scenes at the Museum, it made me laugh out loud too. I really must read some more Kate Atkinson, as it's the only one of hers that I've read.
Enjoy your vacation! Good idea to have a bunch of little projects to do. And hurray for Fiene photos! She is a cutie.
Hi Connie! Excellent new pic of you and Fiene.
I loved the Atkinson and have enjoyed the Jackson Brody thrillers of hers, but didn't like Life After Life at all and won't read the new one. I am, however, seriously in the minority with this opinion.
I also enjoy Joanne Harris's books and have read Chocolat, Five Quarters of the Orange, and, my favorite, Gentlemen and Players. I have Blackberry Wine, Holy Fools, and The Girl With No Shadow on my shelves to read.
Good luck with the projects - the garage and the Grandchildrens' Room!
Hi Connie, clearing out the garage sounds like quite a project. Enjoy the days with Fiene!
And I did it! I tackled the garage! Just one side of it. A shelving unit with all kinds of stuff in it: blender, gourmet-set, pans, sewing machine, food in bins and boxes and many more stuff. But it's clean now.
Tomorrow my friend Vera is coming to stay for a few nights. We are going to visit Fiene and were planning on recoating the dining room chairs. But that last thing has to be postponed because the store where we were going to buy the fabric is closed for the holidays.
I finished Bramenwijn by Joanne Harris
Loved this book better than Stranddieven. I likes the way the story switches from 1975 (Jay's teen years) to 1999 when he is in a little French village trying to get grip back on his live.
And then I needed a new book.... And tomorrow is the first day of August and a new month challenge will be posted on my RL bookclub. So I found myself taking out a reread!
De Reiziger by Diana Gabaldon
This is the translation of Outlander
Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another... In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Happy cleaning! Hope you have a fun visit with your friend as well.
Beautiful baby pictures and what fun to prepare a children's room! Have a terrific summer break.
Wow, what a lot of reading you've been doing! And the picture of you and Fiene in >39 connie53: is adorable. Good luck on clearing out, and I hope you get a little time to read some more too. :)
Your granddaughter is beautiful! Such sweet pictures.
Your review of Behind the Scenes at the Museum makes me regret that I did not check it out from the library and bring it home (I have enough library books to get through as it is). I loved Life After Life but haven't read A God in Ruins yet.
It seems everybody I know is trying to declutter and/or organize their spaces (yours truly included). Must be something in the air!
>46 karenmarie: I love Outlander so much. In fact I have watched the TV-series (season 1 and 2) several times and read all the books when they were first published.
And....... the book now fits perfectly in our RL Bookclub August Challenge: Summer! Read a book outside for at least 80%. So it could be any book.
Wow, Connie! What an interesting challenge! It wouldn't work here in the nasty heat and humidity of North Carolina, but a spring or fall challenge would.....
It's hard to read outside now. It rained constantly yesterday. But luckily I had other things to do. Like Re-coating the dining room chairs. Vera, my friend came over for a few days to help me with that. She had done it before. And it worked! We have now chairs that look like new.
Pictures will follow shortly.
New book bought!
Ziel van ijzer by Patricia Briggs
This is the translation of Iron Kissed part 3 in the series about Mercy Thompson
From LT in spoiler font
>55 connie53: They look great. I so admire people who can do stuff like this!
>58 connie53: I rely on my sister to do stuff like that for me. I could try to learn, of course, but the results are so much better if people do it who actually like to work with their hands.
And I finished De reiziger by Diana Gabaldon and loved this reread. Since a watch the series too I now see faces when I read the books and I love that.
And I moved right along with part 2 Terugkeer naar Inverness
This is the translation of Dragonfly in Amber
A strange translation really. The Dutch title means Return to Inverness
It is a ROOT and a book that will fit the challenge for my RL book club: Summer: read a book outside for at least 80 % and since today promises to be a real sunny and warm day I will get lots of reading done.
Enjoy your reading outside! Interesting that the Dutch title is so different from the English.
I finished Terugkeer naar Inverness yesterday and gave it I really, really love these books. I love everything about it. So I started part 3 immediately. In fact I got the book from the shelves before I finished part 2.
De verre kust by Diana Gabaldon
This is the translation of Voyager
Strange how they translated this title too
De verre kust means The distant shore
Voyager = De reiziger (someone who is travelling)
The first book is called De reiziger in Dutch, the English title is Outlander.
So you have;
book 1 De reiziger=Outlander
book 2 Terugkeer naar Inverness = Dragonfly in Amber
book 3 De verre kust = Voyager
But who cares! As long as the books are this good I don't.
Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her...the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland... and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite—or forever doom—her timeless love.
A chunkster with 816 pages!
I haven't read a single Gabaldon but I hope to start them later this year. Last year one of my friends did just what you are. Once she read one she couldn't stop until the series was finished.
>64 clue: Hi Luanne! It took me 2 1/2 months to re-read the entire series, 7,530 pages in my mixture of mass market paperback and hardcover, with 6 non-Outlander reads thrown in during the re-read period.
Interesting about the Dutch titles, Connie.
>66 connie53: I am so happy that you are enjoying the adventures of Jamie and Claire. I love the series and I am enjoying the heck out of the TV series as well. And your chair re-do is just gorgeous! You are very talented. Love the cool color of the new upholstery too.
>67 enemyanniemae: thanks! We love the colour too.
Bought a new book again
Het droomhuis by Rachel Hore
This is the translation of The Dream House
Everyone has a dream of their perfect house - in the heart of the countryside, or perhaps a stately residence in the middle of a wonderful city? For Kate Hutchinson, the move to Suffolk from the tiny, noisy London terrace she shares with her husband Simon and their two young children was almost enough to make her dreams come true. Space, peace, a measured, rural pace of life have a far greater pull for Kate than the constantly overflowing in-tray on her desk at work. Moving in with her mother-in-law must surely be only a temporary measure before the estate agent's details of the perfect house fall through the letterbox. But when Kate, out walking one evening, stumbles upon the house of her dreams, a beautiful place, full of memories, it is tantalizingly out of her reach. Its owner is the frail elderly Agnes, whose story - as it unravels - echoes so much of Kate's own. And Kate comes to realize how uncertain and unsettling even a life built on dreams can be - wherever you are, at whatever time you are living and whoever you are with.
Does anyone know why I can't edit my posts? Is there a bug or something
>71 connie53: I can edit mine, so it doesn't seem to be a general bug. (Not much help to you, of course.)
You could try to log out and log in again.
I was off-line for a few days because my laptop broke down. But I have a new one now and I'm back again.
Welcome back Connie! I hope the lack of computer time meant more time for reading, and playing with Fiene!
I did read a lot, Jackie. I'm in book 6 from the Outlander series now. Tomorrow will be the first of a couple of hot days, so I will be spending even more time outside reading in the shade. But I can visit LT again and my online bookclub, so I'm happy.
Glad to hear you're all enjoying Outlander. I haven't read any of them though I have got her Lord John series on my wishlist. Are the two series related?
>78 Robertgreaves: Yes, they are. Lord John is certainly in the Outlander series. He plays a part in there, not a very big one, but an important one in my eyes. I think the Lord John series are spin offs. His role in Outlander came first.
Hi Connie! Wow! You're really moving along in Outlander.
I've read the first Lord John book, have a couple of others, too but haven't read them yet. Right now I'm catching up on all the other reading that got delayed for the 2 1/2 months it took me to read Outlander!
Congrats on achieving your rooting goal! I'm only on book #4 of Outlander, but it's addicting!
Shouldn't have glanced at this thread as a few more books have been added to my library requests. That said I am really looking forward to what sounds like some very enjoyable reading.
>85 brakketh: Now I'm curious, Kale! What were the bookbullets that hit you?
I'm really reading a lot of Outlander books. Right now I'm reading book # 7 Een echo in de tijd. The weather is so nice and I'm spending all my time in the garden with these books. It's too hot to do anything else. Up to 33C.
>86 connie53: Good spoiler, Connie! I'm almost ashamed to admit that I thought the series was done with book 8 (and the Lord John Books, and the novellas, and the short stories.....) but here's info about the 9th book in the series. This is from her website:
The ninth book in the OUTLANDER series now has a title: GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE.
Talking to your bees is a very old Celtic custom (known in other parts of Europe, too) that made it to the Appalachians. You always tell the bees when someone is born, dies, comes or goes—because if you don’t keep them informed, they’ll fly away.
Ahh, I'm so glad to know there is a 9th book coming! Do you know when?
>88 connie53: There was no indication of a date on her website. Her more recent Outlander books have been taking 3-5 years between each, so perhaps next year if we're lucky? Just a guess. I hope she surprises me with an earlier date, especially with announcing the title. I'm really itching to hear the story of
>89 brakketh: I'd be surprised if you won't want to read the second book, and then the third, and then.....
>89 brakketh:, Yes! good thinking, Kale
>90 karenmarie: I hope so too, Karenmarie!
I finished >86 connie53: today and gave it
When I first read this one, 6 years ago I gave it four stars, but now reading all books in a row it is even better. I think that is so because now I recognize even the smallest character from the week before.
Going right along in Met het bloed van mijn hart by Diana Gabaldon
The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family’s secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy . . . never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself.
It's Sunday morning and I was up very early. We had some very hot days here that ended in a big thunderstorm last night. You can't leave windows open because of the rain and the house is still damp and hot from the days before. Now the sun is out again and it promises to be a real nice day with temps up to 28C. I visited a few ROOT-threads today. Tomorrow I will visit the other ones and see what you are all up to!
I hope you have a good day! No sun here sadly, but at least it's not raining. The forecast is for more of the same tomorrow, so I think I will risk hanging some washing out and hope that it doesn't rain!
I miss the sun! Enjoy it for me! :)
>91 connie53: Good point about reading them consecutively, Connie! That's what I did this time around and the story is even more cohesive and compelling.
Hi Connie, I hope you enjoyed your weekend! We're having a thunderstorm right now, so no sitting outside, sadly.
Hi, Connie, right back atcha--Happy Sunday and maybe some good reading!
You are all such sweet friends! My day was really good. It was not that hot anymore, about 26C and there was a nice wind blowing. I spend the whole day in the garden reading and playing some games on my Ipad.
Almost finished DG8a (the eight book Met het bloed van mijn hart by Diana Gabaldon is divided into two books in the Netherlands). Tomorrow will be starting with rain, so I intend to do some household things and return to the garden when the weather clears up in the afternoon.
>93 Jackie_K: I will, Jackie!
Congratulations on meeting your goal! I'm waiting a few more weeks for our weather to cool a bit to get back to gardening. I'm choosing to ignore all the weeds in the meantime.
>98 LittleTaiko: Thanks Stacy.
This morning we had a bit of rain, as predicted and now I'm waiting for the sun to appear. It's getting lighter all ready, so I'm very hopeful it will be a sunny afternoon.
Finished Met het bloed van mijn hart part 1 and starting in part 2 right away
No need to tell what it's about because it's the same as in the spoiler in >91 connie53:
Hello! I couldn't possibly catch up on the threads after my crazy-long absence, but I just wanted to drop by and say :)
Also, Love the pic of Eveline and Fiene in your first post here..
and Congrats on passing your goal!
Today we are going to see Fiene again and getting back into the baby care. Learning how to make bottles and all about the new diapers. We are going to take care of her one day a week when Eveline is going back to work in September and so much has changed since Jeroen and Eveline were small babies.
>102 connie53: No worries - the basics are not that different! It sounds wonderful and must be a great help to the parents.
Also, I just wanted to put this here.. Now that I have taken a little more time to process things on the LT threads today, although I said congrats yesterday, I think it warrants this:
And what a great selection of ROOTs you've pulled!
>105 avanders: Thanks, Ava and look at the number of chunksters! I feel very good about that achievement.
My favorite picture of Fiene so far
And here she is reading a book with mama !
I love that picture of her reading! My little girl is mad on owls, so she'd like that book too - she still sometimes asks to look at her baby books, even though she is engaging more with the longer stories now (I read her the longer stories right from the start, but it's nice to see her really getting into them now).
Fiene is so beautiful!
Now I'm curious about the Outlander books. I've been aware of them for a long time, of course, but seeing how much the group members here love them is really making me curious about them for the first time :). Although it's intimidating that there are so many books in the series. Maybe I'll try them next year.
>106 connie53: Aww. Getting her started off right, with books!
Yesterday we saw Fiene again and we got our short course on baby caring.
>104 avanders: Yes, heating water in the microwave, mixing milk powder and water. In my time we did not have microwaves, or at least we did not own one. We heated them 'au bain Marie' (the bottle placed in a saucepan with water). Diapers have an indicator to show if a baby did pee without removing the diaper.
Today will be a nice day with warm weather, so I will be in the garden with the last few chapters of the last Gabaldon book. I'm now wondering what book to read next. I have to choose one that's totally different from the Gabaldons, something like a thriller, I think. Tomorrow (September first) a new challenge is announced for my real live Book Club, so it must be a small book too. Choices, choices!
>110 connie53: High-tech diapers, wow! And it's lovely to see Fiene enjoying her book.
>106 connie53: wow that is impressive - you should feel good!
Awww, love both those pics!
>109 readingtangent: I know, me too... ;)
>110 connie53: ooooh, makes sense! I never thought about that.. it's been a while since I've heated a bottle, but I definitely remember them being heated by being placed in hot water! Whaaaaaaat?! Diapers have an indicator now?! That's amazing.... so helpful! I bet it cuts down on unnecessary waste :)
Mmmm garden reading sounds lovely!
>115 avanders: I mixed fed (breast/bottle) and must admit I just used boiled water, and then either left it to cool down by itself while I breastfed first, or (when I was at the point where I gave the bottle first then breast - long story which I won't bore you with!) put it in a jug of cold water to cool it down. I was quite happy being low-tech!
Not all nappies have the indicator - it is indeed useful, but over here in the UK it tends to be mainly the expensive brands that have it (the ones we got from the hospital in the early days had it, although the brand we chose to use in the end didn't). I guess technology has got so good now, with the nappies being so much better at absorbing the urine so the baby still feels dry, that they felt they needed to add the indicator as the previous indicator (ie the baby feeling a bit wet so yelling for a change) doesn't work so well! ;)
I love the sound of garden reading too. I can't do that here - we only have a very small front garden, so not very private. There's just something about outdoor reading, isn't there?!
No microwave heating or diaper indicators for my children of the late 1970's. Microwaves were just coming out and we didn't have one, but I had heard not to heat in the microwave. I, like Connie, just sat the bottle in a pan of hot/warm water for about 5 minutes. However, for the 2nd child I just added warm tap water to the formula. We had well water and I was not afraid of the chemicals. We did have the well tested when we moved in to be sure there were no harmful germs/agents.
I have been reading some books in the last couple of days after finishing the Gabaldon books.
De jongen die zijn vader zocht by John Boyne
This is the translation of Stay Where You Are And Then Leave
Strange translation of a title.
De jongen die zijn vader zocht = The boy who searched for his father
Stay Where You Are And Then Leave = Blijf waar je bent en ga dan weg.
The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight - but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission. Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name - on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by - a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place...
I liked this book. It was sweet and touching. But I thought it was a bit unlikely that a 9 year old boy can do what Alfie did ( I can't be more specific because of spoilers, Sorry)
Dan maar de kou in by Robert A. Heinlein
This is the translation of The Door into Summer
Electronics engineer Dan Davis has finally made the invention of a lifetime: a household robot with extraordinary abilities, destined to dramatically change the landscape of everyday routine. Then, with wild success just within reach, Dan's greedy partner and greedier fiancée trick him into taking the long sleep--suspended animation for thirty years. They never imagine that the future time in which Dan will awaken has mastered time travel, giving him a way to get back to them--and at them . . .
The challenge for September for my RL bookclub is: Read a book about time traveling.
I liked this book. I did not expect I would do so. It's funny and although the technical things about time traveling was a bit confusing for my not so technical brain I wanted to read on. And I finished it on the same day I started it.
This was not a ROOT because it was an e-book.
Het boek over jou by Renee Knight
This is the translation of Disclaimer
When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up and begins to read.
But as she turns the pages she is horrified to realize she is a key character, a main player.
This story will reveal her darkest secret.
A secret she thought no one else knew…
Now I'm reading De doodsvogel by Samuel Bjørk
This is the translation of Uglen This is a Norwegian book.
De doodsvogel = The bird of death.
Uglen = Owl
When a young woman is found dead, the police are quick to respond. But what they find at the scene is unexpected. The body is posed, the scene laboriously set. And there is almost no forensic evidence to be found.
Detective Mia Krüger has been signed off work pending psychological assessment. But her boss has less regard for the rules than he should. Desperate to get Mia back in the office, Holger Munch offers her an unofficial deal.
But the usually brilliant Mia is struggling and the team are unable to close the case. Until a young hacker uncovers something that forces the team to confront the scope of the murderer's plans and face the possibility that he may already be on the hunt for a second victim.
Disclaimer sounds like a great book! On my wish list it goes.
Connie, I just finished The Forgotten Garden. Thank you so much for the recommendation- I positively LOVED it.
Hi, I'm back again. Maybe for a little while, but I really want to come here on a more regular base.
I've been reading off course. We had a real heatwave here, with temps up to 33C and school closed down in the afternoon. It was unbearably hot in some of the classrooms, so we were all sent home. All one could do was sit down, keep calm and read.
>118 connie53: finished Doodsvogel by Samuel Bjørk
I loved this book a lot.
My (some kind of) review
It was a real exciting sequel to Ik reis alleen. I had no idea who the killer was up until the last moment. A book to keep reading sitting on the edge of your seat with sweaty hands not wanting to do anything else but read.
After that I read Drakenvlucht by Anne McCaffrey
To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise--and take back her stolen birthright. But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa's world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world.
I read this book because of the September challenge for my bookclub: read a book on timetraveling.
It was okay, but I might have liked it more when I was younger and more easily impressed.
Last finished book was De vrouwen van kasteel Deverill by Santa Montefiore
From Santa Montefiores website
Set in the ruggedly wild countryside of West Cork, Ireland, in the early part of the twentieth century, Songs of Love and War is an epic tale of three very different women all born in the year 1900: Kitty Deverill, the flame-haired Anglo-Irish daughter of the castle, Bridie Doyle, the daughter of the cook and Celia Deverill, Kitty’s flamboyant English cousin. These three closely bonded girls enjoy a rare idyll in the dreamy grounds of the family’s grand estate, Castle Deverill. Yet their peaceful way of life is threatened when Ireland’s struggle for independence reaches their isolated part of the country and shapes them in ways they could never have imagined. A bastion of British supremacy, the castle itself is in danger of destruction as the war closes in around it, and Kitty, in love with the rebel Jack O’Leary and enflamed by her own sense of patriotism, is torn between loyalty to her Anglo-Irish family and her deep love of Ireland and Jack. Wrenched apart by betrayal, their world turned to ash, the girls’ friendship seems all but lost as they are swept to different parts of the globe. Yet, they have one thing in common: a fierce and unwavering longing for Castle Deverill and all the memories contained within it.
I liked it, it was a real summer book to read outside on the beach or in the garden
Now I'm reading the second book in the series Als de rododendron bloeit by Santa Montefiore
It is 1925 and the war is long over. But much has been lost and life will never truly be the same again.
From Santa Montefiores website
Castle Deverill, cherished home to the Deverill family in the west of Ireland for hundreds of years, has burned to the ground. But young and flighty Celia Deverill is determined to restore the sad ruins to its former glory. Celia married well and has the wealth, after all, to keep it in the family and she cannot bear to see it stand neglected.
But dark shadows are gathering once more, as the financial markets start to shake. And everything that felt so certain is thrown once again into doubt.
And I did buy some books, Sigh!
See my list in >5 connie53:
Good to see you, Connie!
Sadly the heatwave didn't make it this far north - last week on the phone my parents were telling me they were forecast for 29-30 degrees, while I was looking at the black rainclouds on our forecast...
>126 karenmarie: Thanks Karenmarie! Peet and I were babysitting her last Wednesday and we will do so each coming Wednesday. I was very nervous about it. Peet was real cool! At least that was whet he told me beforehand. It has been 30 years ago since I had so small a baby to care for, but it went fine. It all came back to me. On our way back home Peet told me he had been nervous too. Sigh! Now he tells me!
On the reading:
I finished Als de rododendron bloeit by Santa Montefiore
What can I say about it. the story was good, the writing not that good. I thought Mrs. Montefiore repeated her self a lot. As if the reader could take half a year to finish the book and needed constant explaining about the characters in the book. Really!! thanks to that last thing.
Now I'm trying to pick a new book!
I picked one. A ROOT too, but just by a few days
Een tijdelijke vertelling by Ruth Ozeki
This is the translation of A Tale for the Time Being
In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace--and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox--possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.
>128 connie53: sounds like a great read, a BB for me! Hope you are doing well Connie as well as that lil babe.
>124 connie53: That is the exact expression I had for several of my customers at the bookstore today.
We have one of our clearance sales going on. I've picked out 5 jigsaw puzzles that I must have. So far.
>128 connie53: I read that one last year and enjoyed it a lot. I think you will too.
And good to see you again.
>132 Henrik_Madsen: Thanks Henrik. Yes, I think I will enjoy this book. I will let you know!
Hi Connie and hope you have a wonderful day. As far as totaling books, I tag them "read" or read in 2016, etc. and LT keeps the totals.
Yes, I do that too, but I want to see my total pages read in 2016. I can see the number of pages per book, but I can't find a total anywhere.
>135 connie53:, do you have a ticker for pages read? I add to mine each time I read a book.
>127 connie53: Ignorance is bliss, Connie! You were probably better off not knowing Peet was nervous too.
>140 Robertgreaves:. That's what I remember about the other Pern books I've read. I remember I liked them a lot. Maybe I should give them another try.
I read the first three Pern books. I remember that it took me a while to get used to the way it was written (that was one of my first forays into fantasy- nothing was familiar and it was almost kind of jarring) but once I understood what things were, I thoroughly enjoyed the books. I think the sheer number in the series intimidated me though.
I'm now reading a book I gave to my daughter when she had her baby shower.
It's very funny to read
Het jaar dat ik (2x) moeder werd by Aaf Brandt Corstius
This is translated into: The year I became a mom, twice!
From the backcover
This book is not about pregnancy, but of live after, with a baby. Aaf got 2 babies within a year and is an expert in new motherhood. She tells about her own experiences in a witty and honest way. And she gives lots of tips and tricks.
'How do you keep your relationship with a babyphone next to your bed?'
'How do you prevent intimidation by the breastfeedmafia?'
'How do you integrate your baby into your interior designed house?'
'The new-mother-armagedonn: How do you survive the first getting-used-to day at the daycare center?'
>116 Jackie_K: Sounds like what I'll be aiming for ;)
Good to know re the diapers... :)
>117 tess_schoolmarm: that just feels more "normal" to me.. I guess I don't really see the huge advantage of heating milk in a microwave over warm/hot water.. Maybe it's just bc it's what I grew up around..
>118 connie53: and >122 connie53: wow you sure have been reading a lot of books!
Disclaimer is one that I've had my eye on for a while... sounds so interesting!
The Bjørk book also sounds interesting.. that's a sequel? Looks like I'm Traveling Alone is the first - would you recommend starting w/ that one?
>124 connie53: ooooh so cute! a lovely update :)
>128 connie53: Oh I look forward to your thoughts on that one! Based on a recommendation here on LT, I listened to that one a couple months ago... such an interesting book!
>143 connie53: sounds fun! I'll look forward to hearing more of your thoughts on that one... ;)
>144 avanders: Questions! Questions. So much fun.
1. Disclaimer is a bit vague at first but it ends very good with a large surprise
2. Yes I would read Ik reis alleen first
3. Een tijdelijke vertelling - I'm halfway now and I like it a lot. At first the style had to grow on me. The story switches between Ruth and Nao. Nao writes her diary the way she speaks and thinks, fast and chaotic (in the I-form). Ruth story is written in the third person and that's more like I'm used too. But once you get into the story it's an excellent one
4. I had a great time reading the mother book. And I did recognize a lot of situations. Aaf Brandt Corstius writes her own story about her own children who were born 1 year and 3 weeks apart
>143 connie53: Those 'parenthood as it really is' books are really popular over here too. I follow a few parent bloggers on facebook, and most of them have either written a book or have recently been commissioned to write one. My favourite one is called Hurrah For Gin.
About the books:
I really, really loved Een tijdelijke vertelling van Ruth Ozeki and gave it
It felt like the lives of Ruth and Nao slowly flowed into one live. Ruth has dreams about Jiko, the great grandmother of Nao. In those dreams things happen she can't know from Nao's writing. The dairy of Nao makes her wonder about the reality of her own live. Is she really here or is she just created by Nao as the reader of Nao's dairy.
The beginning of the book was a bit vague. The two stories seem to have their own speed and writing style. I feel that by my way of reading, by the way the sentences have a different cadence in my head.
I would have liked it to go on for ever.
Now I'm reading a book I just bought
Bladeren van licht by Kate Atkinson
This is the translation of Human Croquet
Bladeren van licht means: Leaves of light
Once it had been the great forest of Lythe--a vast and impenetrable thicket of green with a mystery in the very heart of the trees. And here, in the beginning, lived the Fairfaxes, grandly, at Fairfax Manor, visited once by the great Gloriana herself.
But over the centuries the forest had been destroyed, replaced by Streets of Trees. The Fairfaxes had dwindled too; now they lived in 'Arden' at the end of Hawthorne Close and were hardly a family at all.
There was Vinny (the Aunt from Hell)--with her cats and her crab-apple face. And Gordon, who had forgotten them for seven years and, when he remembered, came back with fat Debbie, who shared her one brain cell with a poodle. And then there were Charles and Isobel, the children. Charles, the acne-scarred Lost Boy, passed his life awaiting visits from aliens and the return of his mother. But it is Isobel to whom the story belongs--Isobel, born on the Streets of Trees, who drops into pockets of time and out again. Isobel is sixteen and she too is waiting for the return of her mother--the thin, dangerous Eliza with her scent of nicotine, Arpege and sex, whose disappearance is part of the mystery that still remains at the heart of the forest.
I finished Bladeren van licht by Kate Atkinson today.
I found this book very confusing in the beginning, a bit less so in the middle and confusing in the end. I liked it but not a much as her other books. ***1/2 stars
And started in another one of hers.
Geschift by Kate Atkinson
This is the translation of Emotionally Weird And that is very accurately translated.
On an island off the west coast of Scotland, Effie and her mother Nora take refuge in the large house of their ancestors and tell each other stories. Nora, at first, recounts nothing that Effie really wants to hear - like who her father was - while Effie tells of her life at college in Dundee and of her relationship with Bob. But strange things are happening. Why is Effie being followed? Is someone killing the old people? And where is the mysterious yellow dog?On an island off the west coast of Scotland, Effie and her mother Nora take refuge in the large house of their ancestors and tell each other stories. Nora, at first, recounts nothing that Effie really wants to hear-- like who her father was-- while Effie tells of her life at college in Dundee and of her relationship with Bob. But strange things are happening. Why is Effie being followed? Is someone killing the old people? And where is the mysterious yellow dog?
>155 MissWatson: Thanks, Birgit.
Finished Geschift by Kate Atkinson on Wednesday. I thought it was really weird and strange. But my mind kept going back to the story. So it must have something that hit me. ***1/2 star for me.
I'm now reading a book for the October challenge for my RL book club. The challenge is to read a book you have read before. And I don't really do that (just Gabaldon books) but it's a challenge so I choose a book I've read before 2005. It's number one in a series of 7 books (I own the first 4). So I see this reread as a start of reading the whole series in the next few weeks. I (of course) had to buy book 5, 6 and 7 ;-))
Het verscholen volk by Harman Nielsen
Harman Nielsen is a Dutch writer and I'm fairly sure his books aren't translated.
Het verscholen volk cpuld be translated as The hidden people
The slave ships of the K'zan carried of the total population of the Earth. Only a small vulnerable group escaped. For the first time the weak and not the strong survive. What are the forgotten talents of this small hidden group? How did they succeed in surviving? But servants of the K'zan observe them unnoticed. After three centuries these servants now have to choose between their own lives or the lives of the fragile, silent others, they have spared for so long.
I'm really loving this first book so far. It's sometimes beautifully written and the story is good.
Good idea to reread a book you haven't read in a long time! It meets the challenge parameters and could also feel just like a "new" book, depending on how much you remember of it ;)
I like that your book club has challenges that let you pick a book you want to read, rather than everyone reading the same book.
>157 rabbitprincess: My (sort of former - it's in Glasgow so I no longer go in person, although I stay in touch via facebook and sometimes do the read if the chosen book is a TBR or if I really fancy it) book group does that once a year, over summer. The rest of the time they have a Jar of Fate (well it's a box, but the same principle) so pick out the next book when they meet up, but over the summer they choose a theme (this year was weather) and we choose as many books as we like relating to the theme.
>159 tess_schoolmarm: I just re-read this one book for the challenge. The other ones in the series are ROOT's, very old ROOTs that have been on the shelves for ever.
The challenge on my RL book club has some rules. We are just a small group with about 25 to 30 active members.
1. Each month we read a book within the theme of the challenge.
2. Together we read 15 different books in that month.
3. Each member can read max. 3 books
4. You can only add a book if you really have started reading that book
5. You start a new thread for each book and tell something about it while reading
6. When you finished the book you mark it as read and give it a mark from 1 to 10 (like our stars)
7. Then one of the administrators puts it in the list we have each year.
This is the list from this year:
My nickname is Egwene,
Januari - Vrouwelijke auteur (Female writer)
01. De giftige pen / Wie adverteert een moord! - Agatha Christie (Gea)
02. The enchantment emporium - Tanya Huff (zjakkelien)
03. The Spirit Thief - Rachel Aaron (Marion)
04. Tien kleine negertjes - Agatha Christie (Minnie)
05. Piste alarm - Linda van Rijn (Jemima)
06. Sky - Ellen Lina (Dee-e)
07. Anders - Mel Hartman (Minnie)
08. Drowning Instinct - Ilsa J. Bick (Hezhi)
09. The Trouble with Valentine's Day - Rachel Gibson (Liekevo)
10. Timeless (Parasol Protectorate 5) - Gail Carriger (Maaike15274)
11. Reckless - Cornelia Funke (Sanne)
12. Een leven na jou - Jojo Moyes (Dee-e)
13. Third Grave Dead Ahead - Darynda Jones (Elondel)
14. De duivel van Florence - Lucretia Grindle (Egwene)
15. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie (Maaike15274)
Februari - Rood (the book has to have something to do with Red, a red cover, red as a word in the title, blood or a heart is red)
01. De 13 schatten - Michelle Harrison (Minnie)
02. Rode sneeuw in december - Simone van der Vlugt (Egwene)
03. Scarlet - Marissa Meyer (Sanne)
04. Anna dressed in blood - Kendare Blake (Minnie)
05. Red dragon - Thomas Harris (Minnie)
06. Goddelijk huishouden - Marie Phillips (Maaike15274)
07. Rood- Midas Dekkers (C@rolien)
08. The Progeny - Tosca Lee (Floratina)
09. Sterrengids voor gebroken harten - Silvia Zucca (Dee-e)
10. De rode canapé - Michèle Lesbre (Liekevo)
11. You - Caroline Kepnes (Hezhi)
12. The Wolf gift - Anne Rice (zjakkelien)
13. Robijnrood - Kerstin Gier (Liekevo)
14. A Red-Rose Chain - Seanan McGuire (Jemima)
15. Het roodleren dagboek - Lily Koppel (C@rolien)
Maart - Initialen (A writer who has the same initials as you have in real live)
01. Draw one in the dark - Sarah Hoyt (Sanne)
02. Follow You Home - Mark Edwards (Floratina)
03. Ze is zoek - Emma Healey (Minnie)
04. The Opposite of Fate - Amy Tan (Hezhi)
05. Het Heksenalfabet - Caitlin Kittredge (C@rolien)
06. Voor jou - Cecelia Ahern (Egwene)
07. Vernietiging - Jeff Vandermeer (Elondel)
08. Schaduwen boven Ulldart (De Donkere Tijd 1) van Markus Heitz (Maaike15274)
09. Psion - Joan D. Vinge (zjakkelien)
10. Glamour in Glass - Mary Robinette Kowal (Marion)
11. Bobbie - Mensje van Keulen (Marion)
12. Zeg dat het je spijt - Michael Robotham (marianneke)
13. Het onzichtbare licht - Evert Hartman (minnie)
14. De Insluiper - John Sandford (Jemima)
15. The Hunting of the Snark / De Jacht op de Slaai - Lewis Carroll (Marion)
April - Humor
01. Howl's moving castle - Diana Wynne Jones (Sanne)
02. Schoppen negen - Janet Evanovich (Egwene)
03. Phileine zegt sorry - Ronald Giphart (C@rolien)
04. Woordenvol - Dolf Jansen (Liekevo)
05. Chaos choreography - Seanan McGuire (Sanne)
06. Sizzling Sixteen - Janet Evanovich (Esk)
07. De waarheid is een Koe - David Duchovny (Hezhi)
08. Vision in silver - Anne Bishop (zjakkelien)
09. Summon The Keeper - Tanya Huff ( Esk)
10. Shattered - Kevin Hearne (Jemima)
11. Half-off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire (Yeti)
12. Hounded - Kevin Hearne (zjakkelien)
13. Rode letters - Anne Bishop (Egwene)
14. Jingo - Terry Pratchett (Fonzie684)
15. Definitely dead - Charlaine Harris (Yeti)
Mei - Forumboeken (books that have been read before for another challenge on the forum)
01. Flame of Sevenwaters - Juliet Marillier (Sanne) SLS2016
02. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians - Brandon Sanderson (Hezhi) FF11B
03. Studie van gif - Maria V. Snyder (Egwene) FF12
04. The witching hour - Anne Rice (zjakkelien) SK23
05. Domes of fire - David Eddings (Sanne) SLS2016
06. A Natural History of Dragons - Marie Brennan (Marion) FF71
07. Stralende meisjes - Lauren Beukes (Egwene) FF66
08. De alchemist - Michael Scott SLS2016/SK24
09. Stad van verloren zielen - Cassandra Clare (marianneke) SLS2015
10. Uprooted - Naomi Novik (Liekevo) OB69
11. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bagicalupi (Maaike15374) FF58
12. On the edge - Ilona Andrews (Jemima) BB56
13. City of Bones - Cassandra Clare (Floratina) SLS2015
14. City of Stairs - Robert Jackson Bennett (Isha) FF78
15. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde (Marion) BB38
Juni - Vóór 2000 (published before 2000)
01. Zuidamerikaanse sprookjes - Diverse auteurs (Sanne) 1992
02. De stalen holen - Isaac Asimov (Minnie) 1967
03. Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie (Liekevo) 1906
04. Geestenlicht - Marion Zimmer Bradley (Egwene) 1995
05. The death of the necromancer - Martha Wells (Sanne) 1998
06. Het oude koninkrijk boek 1 Sabriël - Garth Nix (Senhina) 1995
07. Jadie- Torey Hayden (Hezhi) 1992
08. De diamanten troon - David Eddings (marianneke) 1989
09. Luck in the shadows - Lynn Flewelling (zjakkelien) 1996
10. De kat die onderdook- Lilian Jackson Braun (Senhina)1989
11. Dansen met de demon - Terry Brooks (Marcella) 1997
12. The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis (Bazs) 1950-1956
13. The Tempest - William Shakespeare (Floratina) 1611
14. Déjà Dead - Kathy Reichs (Jemima) 1997
15. De ondergang van Hyperion - Dan Simmons (Maaike15274) 1991
Juli - Zuidelijk halfrond (Southern hemisphere)
01. Aan de rand van het meer - Kate Morton (Egwene) Australische schrijfster
02. Betrayal - Fiona McIntosh (Bazs) Schrijfster woont in Australië
03. Dreamer's pool - Juliette Marillier (zjakkelien) NZ schrijfster
04. Tower of thorns - Juliet Marillier (Sanne) NZ schrijfster
05. The book thief - Markus Zusak (Liekevo) Australische schrijver
06. Morgen toen de oorlog begon - John Marsden (Minnie) Australische schrijver
07. Clariel - Garth Nix (Fonzie684) Australische schrijver
08. Black Jade - Kylie Chan (Sanne) Australische Schrijver
09. Tegenvoeters, een reis door Australie - Bill Bryson (Esk) reisboek over Australië
10. De ontbieder - Juliet Marillier (Egwene) NZ schrijfster
11. Kind van de profetie - Juliet Marillier (Maaike15274) NZ schrijfster
12. Heer donderdag - Garth Nix (Egwene) Australische schrijver
13. Pocket Apocalypse - Seanan MdGuire (Yeti) Speelt zich af in Australië
14. De gelukkige eilanden - Paul Theroux (Marion) Reisboek over Oceanië
15. Marla Wolfsblad - Jennifer Fallon (Maaike123) Australische schrijfster
16. Slaves of Socorro - John Flannagan (Liekevo) Australische schrijver
17. Revenge - Fiona McIntosh (Bazs)
Augustus - Buiten (read 80% outside, it's summer!)
01. Franse Mickey pocket - Disney (Sanne) 100% buiten
02. De reiziger - Diana Gabaldon (Egwene) 97% buiten
03. The Giver - Lois Lowry (Hezhi)
04. Terugkeer naar Inverness - Diana Gabaldon (Egwene) 100% buiten
05. De onwaarschijnlijke reis van Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce (Marion) 100% buiten
06. Franse Mickey Fantasy pocket - Disney (Sanne) 100% buiten
07. De verre kust - Diana Gabaldon (Egwene) 96% buiten
08. Verloren - Harlan Coben (Jemima) 99% buiten
09. Onthuld geheim - Marie L Adeline (Dee-e) 90% buiten
10. Onderstroom - Gwen Hunter (Jemima) 100% buiten
11. Harry Potter and the cursed child - JK Rowling (Sanne) 100% buiten
12. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs (Jithran) 90% buiten
13. Hollow City - Ransom Riggs (Jithran) 100% buiten
14. Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs (Jithran) 95% buiten
15. Daughter of the Forest - Juliet Marillier (Judy) 86% buiten
September - Tijdreizen (time-traveling)
01. Dan maar de kou in - Robert A. Heinlein (Egwene)
02. The exile - Diana Gabaldon (Sanne)
03. Ruins - Orson Scott Card (zjakkelien)
04. Visitors - Orson Scott Card (zjakkelien)
05. Time Was - Nora Roberts (Marion)
06. 11/22/63 - Stephen King (Jithran)
07. Drakenvlucht - Anne McCaffrey (Egwene)
08. Necessity - Jo Walton (Sanne)
09. Just one damned thing after another - Jodi Taylor (zjakkelien)
10. The Accidental Time Machine - Joe Haldeman (Fonzie684)
11. The End of Eternity - Isaac Asimov (Fonzie684)
12. Times Change - Nora Roberts (Marion)
13. Thief of Time - Terry Pratchett (Fonzie684)
14. DD Fantasypocket 1 - Disney (Sanne)
15. Bladeren van licht - Kate Atkinson (Egwene)
Oktober - Herlezer (re-read)
01. From dead to worse - Charlaine Harris (Yeti)
02. Inkspell - Cornelia Funke (Sanne)
And I finished the first book Het verscholen volk by Harman Nielsen this morning. It was sunny outside and I could sit in the sun to read. I really still loved the book and gave it . The same as I did when I read this book for the first time.
I started in part 2 right away De laatste jacht by Harman Nielsen
De laatste jacht = The last hunt
Kauw, one of the servants of the K'zan has made a pact with Mus, Bles and Grit to defeat Mare who wants to destroy the world to save her own live. Now, twelve years later, Kauw's pact has unexpected effects. An almost forgotten danger comes back in a new shape. Kauw, Mus en the others come together in despair to start the Last Hunt
And I finished that one. Loved it. It's written in a very beautiful way, with lots of eloquent descriptions of the scenery.
And I went right along in part 3 De hoge stad
De hoge stad = the high city
Twelve years have passed and dusk threatens the word of the hidden people. Some of them give up on finding shelter in the cities. Victory from the past turns into defeat when the people find out who guided them. Hatred is growing and the children of Mus, barely grown up himself, have to fight against it. In the waning light they are facing enemies they did not know before and their father is hunting far away in the darkness.
>160 connie53: Hi Connie! Whew! A small group of 25-30 members. That's a huge group here where I live. Sounds like a lot of fun.
>164 karenmarie: Thanks Karen! I'm looking forward the the November challenge.
Right now I'm reading part 4 in the series by Harman Nielsen. It's called Nevels Kind
Nevel is a woman that plays a part in this book. (Nevel means mist). Kind means Child. So the title is Nevels child.
I translated this into English from the Dutch. I hope I did a good job and everybody can understand it.
In this book twelve years have passed and something in the world had changed. The light is fading and twilight is falling over the hidden people. Mus (Sparrow) has feared this change for years and now his fear is getting real.
There are 3 sorts of people in this world
1. The people of the carts that wander around in rows of 10 or more carts and live on the open fields near the edges of the woods
2. The people of the boats that live on the rivers and creeks. They form rows too
3. The people of the cellars that live in the ruins of the old and broken-down remains of the cities.
The cellar people are driven out of the cellars by the River-people and the Cart-people, They are roaming around unsure of where to go and what to do. Among them are Nevel and her daughter. Once there was a time when the two of them were the bringers of hope, but now their fate, and with that the fate of all peoples, takes a turn that that is not foreseen by anyone - Expect perhaps by Mus
I love that picture! Isn't it amazing when they are able to enjoy books so young?
>145 connie53: lol glad you enjoy ;)
Disclaimer sounds right up my alley -- it's on my wish list ;)
>148 connie53: so glad you enjoyed A Tale for the Time Being so much!
>148 connie53: and >152 connie53: .. I haven't heard of either of those books! Looks like they're good, but not amazing... perhaps they'll go on the "someday" list for me :)
>166 connie53: an early reader - so cute! Love the pic!
>172 connie53: ooooh, such a good reason to post! :)
Hi, just checking in. Wow, you are reading up a storm! Congratulations on passing your ROOT goal!
Another precious picture, makes me smile just looking at it!
Your little one is such a cutie! And how wonderful to be a big part of her future love of books. (although she already looks like she is enjoying her books)
Congrats on reaching your goal! I love the little challenges your book club has. And 25-30 active members is amazing.
Thanks Guys! I've been away from LT for while. For no particular reason really. And now I feel a bit overwhelmed seeing all those new posts. But I will start with my own threads and reading a few other threads per day.
I'm doing all right. Peet is doing better. He has only one more big test on Wednesday to get through and then we will know if there is anything wrong physically. If not, and we hope there isn't. He then can start getting mentally better with therapy (we started that already of course)
I've been reading some books since my last post.
I finished the book I mentioned in >165 connie53: yesterday. Beautifully written but a very slow read that got
During reading Nevels kind I read another challenge book for november: read a book with an ugly cover:
Dossier Tobias by Annet de Jong
An original Dutch book
I think the title is the same in English. It's about parents that are divorced. A Dutch wife and a Polish-American husband. They have lived in Warsaw for the last years of their marriage and she wants to go back to the Netherlands with Tobias (who is just 7 years old). She has that right because she has main custody. The father is determined to take his son back to Poland and that what the story is about. It's a good story in essence, but I thought It was written a bit cool. So it got
Now I'm reading the newest book by Harlan Coben - Naar huis
The translation of Home
A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: What can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend?
And I'm loving it so far! But then, how can you go wrong with a Harlan Coben book.
Hi Connie! Sorry about Peet's issues and hope you get good answers soon.
Harlan Coben is always a winner to me!
Hello! Glad to see you here, and hope that the overwhelming feeling is because you know how much you are loved and missed when you're not here! I hope that you and Peet get answers soon and his therapy helps.
Hi, Connie! Hoping for a speedy recovery for Peete. Hope reading is helping you cope.
>182 connie53: hello again! :)
we all completely understand how intimidating all those unread posts can be! Sounds like you have a good plan :)
Very glad to hear Peet's doing better - prayers for his test on Wednesday & for his continued recovery!
And great that you've found a few good books too!
>182 connie53: Hi Connie! Sending warm thoughts and best wishes for you and Peet.
>182 connie53: Good to see you! Don't worry about unread stuff. I don't think anyone minds. I sure don't. Hope you and Peet are doing well.
Hi Connie! Just a quick hello to tell you that I'm thinking of you.
Hi Connie, I just wanted to say that I hope you and Peet are doing OK, and that you are in my thoughts. Looking forward to seeing you back on LT when you're feeling up to it.
Echoing Jackie and Tess's sentiments, keeping you and Peet in my thoughts, and hoping your December is merry & bright!
A Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice and a Kewl Yule to you and yours, Connie
Thanks, dear friends!
There is nothing wrong with Peets physical condition, but mentally he is not doing fine at all. He had a few panic attacks with some extreme hyperventilation. Mainly because I was not at home. A few weekends ago I went to spend Saturday and Sunday with my friend Vera. He phoned me in total panic and asked me to come home again. Jeroen, our son cam over quickly because I had to go back by train, which took me almost 2 hours. He was shaking all over and was so emotional when I finally made it home.
Since that first attack he had a few more. He is doing better now but mental therapy starts in January. He had some tests (online, physical, mental) and they are now making a personal treatment plan. Next Wednesday he will hear what they are going to do and how the plan is put together. It takes so longggggggg! I get some distraction from reading and of course our Fiene is helping too.
Here's a picture of her
Oh Connie, what a doll she is! I'm sure she brings you great joy this Christmas.
I'm sorry Pete is having this trouble. I have a family member who also suffered from severe anxiety but fortunately medication has helped tremendously. Hopefully there will be a solution to Pete's also. Best wishes for a better 2017.
Oh Connie, look at her sweet face! She's so lovely!
I am glad to hear that they are drawing up a personalised plan for Peet, and I hope that it starts to work soon. Continuing to hold you both in my thoughts.
Hi Connie! I'm venturing out into the LT world again today, baby steps at first.
What sweet pictures of Fiene and her family. I am so, so sorry about Peet's condition and hope he and you can get the relief he needs soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.
And, a Belated Merry Christmas to you. I wish you and Peet a Happy New Year and best wishes for all good things in 2017.
>202 connie53: I'm so sorry to hear about the difficulties Peet is having with anxiety -- There are a few people close to me who also suffer from anxiety, and medication (and therapy and de-stressing) has DEFinitely helped -- I hope the personalized plan the docs come up w/ for Peet is at *least* as successful!
And I'm so happy you have the joy of Fiene around to make all things happier ;)
>204 connie53: love the pic! Thank you for sharing :)
>204 connie53: love all the pics and can't help but smile back at this family! Cheers for the new year and prayers for Peet (and you).
>202 connie53: Sorry to hear about your hard times. I wish you and your family all the best and a happy new year!
I hope Peet gets all the help he needs and that you are looking after yourself as well. Here's to a better 2017.
>204 connie53: Lovely picture, Connie! Happy New Year to you and yours, and I hope Peet is feeling better.
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