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

Anita (FAMeulstee) reads on in November 2017 (12)

This is a continuation of the topic Anita (FAMeulstee) reads on in October 2017 (11).

This topic was continued by Anita (FAMeulstee) reads on in December 2017 (13).

75 Books Challenge for 2017

Join LibraryThing to post.

This topic is currently marked as "dormant"—the last message is more than 90 days old. You can revive it by posting a reply.

1FAMeulstee
Nov 1, 2017, 8:39am Top

More landscape art from Flevoland: Sea Level (1996) by Richard Serra

A concrete wall in the landscape, that marks the sea level. Without dikes the water would come to the top of the wall.

 

2FAMeulstee
Edited: Dec 30, 2017, 4:09am Top

total books read in 2017: 412
own 214 / 152 library / 46 BolKobo+

total pages read in 2017: 101.722
--

Books read in November 2017 (40 books, 10.165 pages)
book 412: Zes zaken voor rechter Tie (Judge Dee at work, short stories) by Robert van Gulik, 130 pages, (msg 223)
book 411: Nagels in Ning-tsjo (The Chinese Nail Murders, Judge Dee) by Robert van Gulik, 188 pages, (msg 223)
book 410: Satyricon by Petronius, 176 pages, TIOLI #14, (msg 219)
book 409: Ready player one (Ready player one) by Ernest Cline, 396 pages, (msg 219)
book 408: Vijf gelukbrengende wolken (Judge Dee short stories) by Robert van Gulik, 174 pages, (msg 219)
book 407: The Hate U Give (The Hate U Give) by Angie Thomas, 362 pages, (msg 207)
book 406: Dwaalspoor (Watching the dark, DCI Banks 20) by Peter Robinson, 368 pages, TIOLI #3, (msg 197)
book 405: Tussen galg en gekkenhuis (Black Jack) by Leon Garfield, 204 pages, (msg 196)
book 404: Prinses Roosje by Peter van Gestel, 55 pages, TIOLI #9, (msg 195)
book 403: Reis om de wereld in tachtig dagen (Around the World in Eighty Days) by Jules Verne, 261 pages, TIOLI #5, (msg 194)
book 402: Het spook in de tempel (The Phantom of the Temple, Judge Dee) by Robert van Gulik, 173 pages, TIOLI #3, (msg 193)
book 401: Nou hoor je het eens van een ander by Kees Fens, 176 pages, TIOLI #10, (msg 179)
book 400: Uitschot (Bad boy, DCI Banks 19) by Peter Robinson, 331 pages, TIOLI #11, (msg 178)
book 399: Vermoorde onschuld (Like a virgin, DCI Banks short story) by Peter Robinson, 90 pages, (msg 169)
book 398: De avonturen van Jack Holborn (Jack Holborn) by Leon Garfield, 227 pages, (msg 165)
book 397: Oliver by Edward van de Vendel, 207 pages, (msg 164)
book 396: Labyrint in Lan-fang (The Chinese Maze Murders, Judge Dee) by Robert van Gulik, 264 pages, TIOLI #3, (msg 163)
book 395: Overmacht (All the Colours of Darkness, DCI Banks 18) by Peter Robinson, 343 pages, TIOLI #3, (msg 150)
book 394: De kinderen van de nacht : over wolven en mensen by Dik van der Meulen, 372 pages, TIOLI #17, (msg 139)
book 393: Het meisje met alle gaven (The girl with all the gifts) by M.R. Carey, 432 pages, TIOLI #15, (msg 138)
book 392: Duivelsgebroed (Friend of the devil, DCI Banks 17) by Peter Robinson, 359 pages, TIOLI #11, (msg 136)
book 391: Testosteron Rex (Testosterone Rex) by Cordelia Fine, 256 pages, TIOLI #15, (msg 134)
book 390: Midzomermoord (One Step Behind, Wallander 7) by Henning Mankell, 603 pages, TIOLI #3, (msg 133)
book 389: Krokodil en het meesterwerk (Crocodile's masterpiece) by Max Velthuijs, 16 pages, TIOLI #17, (msg 114)
book 388: Nooit hier, altijd daar : reis door Alaska, de Aleoeten, Newfoundland, Québec en Labrador by Gerrit Jan Zwier, 204 pages, TIOLI #7, (msg 113)
book 387: Op een blauwe dag geboren (Born on a Blue Day) by Daniel Tammet, 222 pages, TIOLI #12, (msg 111)
book 386: Het wilde paard van Santander (The wild horse of Santander) by Helen Griffiths, 175 pages, TIOLI #16, (msg 109)
book 385: Vlinder voor Marianne (The magic moth) by Virginia Lee, 70 pages, TIOLI #13, (msg 108)
book 384: Ik heet Kim by Liesbeth van Lennep, 112 pages, TIOLI #9, (msg 107)
book 383: Zeven korte beschouwingen over natuurkunde (Seven brief lessons on physics) by Carlo Rovelli, 95 pages, TIOLI #11, (msg 91)
book 382: Schateiland (Treasure Island) by Robert Louis Stevenson, 232 pages, TIOLI #8, (msg 87)
book 381: De hut van Oom Tom (Uncle Tom's cabin) by Harriet Beecher Stowe, 511 pages, TIOLI #5, (msg 75)
book 380: Hond Vrijdag (Dog Friday) by Hilary McKay, 132 pages, TIOLI #14, (msg 68)
book 379: Sonny Boy by Annejet van der Zijl, 267 pages, TIOLI #1, (msg 64)
book 378: Liefs uit Bagdad (From Baghdad, with love) by Jay Kopelman, 215 pages, TIOLI #6, (msg 63)
book 377: Moord op het maanfeest (Poets and murder, Judge Dee) by Robert van Gulik, 169 pages, TIOLI #3, (msg 62)
book 376: En elke ochtend wordt de weg naar huis steeds langer (And every morning the way home gets longer and longer) by Fredrik Backman, 62 pages, TIOLI #10, (msg 53)
book 375: Voor wie de klok luidt (For whom the bell tolls) by Ernest Hemingway, 573 pages, TIOLI #15, (msg 52)
book 374: Het innerlijke leven van dieren (The Inner Life of Animals) by Peter Wohlleben, 223 pages, TIOLI #2, (msg 38)
book 373: Terug uit Irkoetsk by Theun de Vries, 740 pages, TIOLI #4, (msg 28)

3FAMeulstee
Edited: Dec 1, 2017, 4:52am Top

Reading plans in November 2017:

TIOLI November 2017 sweep done, total 31 TIOLI books read.

4FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 2, 2017, 3:56pm Top

Reading plans in 2017

I have a large collection of mostly awarded childrens & YA books. At the moment I am reading the books I haven't read since joining LT, mostly alphabeticly, to decide wich to keep. The ones not to keep are donated to a library in Rotterdam (where we lived until 2005).
I started in 2016 with 803 books, now down to 713 books (on 30 September: 92 culled, 2 added).

I will try to read more of my own books, of the 244 books I have read in 2016 83 were own and 161 from the library.

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

And I try to read a Russian classic each month mostly from our Russian Library editions.

--
Previous threads in 2017
2017/1, 2017/2, 2017/3, 2017/4, 2017/5, 2017/6, 2017/7, 2017/8, 2017/9, 2017/10, 2017/11

--
My readings in previous years

252 books (72.452 pages) read in 2016/1, 2016/2, 2016/3, 2016/4, 2016/5, 2016/6
  28 books (9.407 pages) read in 2015
  17 books (3.700 pages) read in 2014
  12 books (3.320 pages) read in ROOT 2013
  50 books (18.779 pages) read in 2012/1, 2012/2, 2012/3
  81 books (29.021 pages) read in 2011/1, 2011/2
120 books (37.668 pages) read in 2010/1, 2010/2, 2010/3, 2010/4
  78 books (22.698 pages) read in 2009/1, 2009/2
130 books (39.901 pages) read in 2008

--

Other lists

My best of lists on the WikiThing

5FAMeulstee
Edited: Dec 1, 2017, 1:22pm Top

Series I read, mostly mysteries, a list to keep track

Armand Gamache by Louise Penny 4/4 (others not translated)

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

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

De Cock by A.C. Baantjer 43/70

Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith 3/3

DCI Banks by Peter Robinson 19/21
1 Stille blik; 2 Nachtlicht; 3 Tegenstroom; 4 Zondeval; 5 Schijnbeeld; 6 Woensdagkind; 7 Zwanenzang; (8 Innocent Graves and 9 Dead Right not translated); 10 Verdronken verleden; 11 Kil als het graf; 12 Nasleep; 13 Onvoltooide zomer; 14 Vuurspel; 15 Drijfzand; 16 Hartzeer; 17 Duivelsgebroed; 18 Overmacht; 18.5 Vermoorde onschuld (short story) 19 Uitschot; 20 Dwaalspoor; 21 Dankbare dood; 22 Slachthuisblues

Erlendur Sveinsson by Arnaldur Indriðason 14/14

Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham 2/2

Flavia de Luce by Alan Bradley 2/5
1 De smaak van venijn; 2 Het stroeve touw; 3 De kunst van het liegen; 4 De show van je leven; 5 Slotakkoord voor een moord

Floris V by Renée Vink 2/3
1 Floris V en de Schotse troon; 2 De laatste dagen van Floris V; 3 De wreker van Floris V

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

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

Kurt Wallander by Henning Mankell 7/12
prequel De jonge Wallander; 1 Moordenaar zonder gezicht; 2 Honden van Riga; 3 De witte leeuwin; 4 De man die glimlachte; 5 Dwaalsporen; 6 De vijfde vrouw; 7 Midzomermoord; 8 De blinde muur; 9 Voor de vorst; 10 De gekwelde man; 11 Wallanders wereld

Mijn strijd (My Struggle) by Karl Ove Knausgård 6/6

Nic Costa by David Hewson 10/10

Pieter Vos by David Hewson 1/4
1 Poppenhuis; 2 Het verkeerde meisje; 3 Het derde zusje; 4 De stenen engel

Rechter Tie by Robert van Gulik 15/17
0 De vergiftigde bruid; 1 Fantoom in Foe-Lai; 2 Het Chinese lakscherm; 3 Meer van Mien-yuan; 4 Het spookklooster; 5 Klokken van Kao-yang; 6 Halssnoer en kalebas; 7 De parel van de keizer; 8 Het rode paviljoen; 9 Moord op het maanfeest; 10 Labyrint in Lan-fang; 11 Het spook in de tempel; 12 Zes zaken voor rechter Tie (short stories); 13 Nagels in Ning-tsjo; 14 Vijf gelukbrengende wolken (short stories); 15 Het wilgenpatroon; 16 Moord in Canton

Reders & Reders by Jan & Sanne Terlouw 6/6

Sir Balwin by Michael Jecks 4/8
1 De laatste tempelridder; 2 De heks van Wefford; 3 De gehangene van Dartmoor; 4 Het mooie lijk; 5 Het lijk zonder hoofd; 6 Het zevende gebod; 7 De dood van de erfgenaam; 8 Moord in het klooster

Yashim Togalu by Jason Goodwin 4/4

6FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 1, 2017, 9:12am Top

Books read in October 2017 (35 books, 8.626 pages)
book 372: Duvelstoejager op een slavenschip (The slave dancer) by Paula Fox,
book 371: Liefdewerk oud papier by Karel Eykman,
book 370: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley,
book 369: Oma heeft me gestuurd om te zeggen dat het haar spijt (My grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry) by Fredrik Backman,
book 368: Het fort van Sjako by Karel Eykman,
book 367: Liefdesverdriet by Karel Eykman,
book 366: Schildpadden tot in het oneindige (Turtles All the Way Down) by John Green,
book 365: Het joodse koninkrijk van Himyar en de christelijke martelaars van Nadjrân by Pieter W. van der Horst,
book 364: Kleine Sofie en Lange Wapper by Els Pelgrom,
book 363: Alles voor het moederland by Michel Krielaars,
book 362: Saluut aan Catalonië (Hommage to Catalonia) by George Orwell,
book 361: Het gouden suikerriet (Village of outcasts) by Siny van Itterson,
book 360: Hartzeer (Piece of My Heart, DCI Banks 16) by Peter Robinson,
book 359: De hele Bibelebontse berg by Harry Bekkering et al.,
book 358: Het eiland in de Vogelstraat (The Island on Bird Street) by Uri Orlev,
book 357: Sint-Petersburg by Theun de Vries,
book 356: Het ijshuis (Ice House) by Minette Walters,
book 355: Honderd uur nacht (A hundred hours of night) by Anna Woltz,
book 354: Wij waren er ook bij by Gertie Evenhuis,
book 353: Drijfzand (Strange affair, DCI Banks 15) by Peter Robinson,
book 352: Het rode paviljoen (The Red Pavilion, Judge Dee 9) by Robert van Gulik,
book 351: Willem van Oranje by Jaap ter Haar,
book 350: Bij uil thuis (Owl at home) by Arnold Lobel,
book 349: Jan, mijn vriend (Johnny, my friend) by Peter Pohl,
book 348: In Patagonië (In Patagonia) by Bruce Chatwin,
book 347: Veren by Veronica Hazelhoff,
book 346: Schuilen onder je schooltas by Peter van Gestel,
book 345: Stefan en Stefan by Gertie Evenhuis,
book 344: Een vreemde vogel in het tuinhuis (The Summer House Loon) by Anne Fine,
book 343: Jenny en de rode storm by Stig Ericson,
book 342: Naar de overkant van de nacht by Jan van Mersbergen,
book 341: De zaak Styles (The Mysterious Affair at Styles) by Agatha Christie,
book 340: Vrouw (My Struggle: Book Six) by Karl Ove Knausgård,
book 339: Oosterschelde windkracht 10 by Jan Terlouw,
book 338: Kikker en Pad zijn altijd samen (Frog and Toad together) by Arnold Lobel,

7FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 1, 2017, 9:13am Top

Books read in September 2017 (35 books, 9.498 pages)
book 337: Het meisje met het rode haar by Theun de Vries,
book 336: Mannen leggen me altijd alles uit (Men explain things to me) by Rebecca Solnit,
book 335: Graaf in Moskou (A gentleman in Moscow) by Amor Towles,
book 334: Paulus de hulpsinterklaas by Jean Dulieu,
book 333: Vuurspel (Playing with Fire, DCI Banks 14) by Peter Robinson,
book 332: De tolk van Java by Alfred Birney,
book 331: De parel van de keizer (The Emperor's Pearl, Judge Dee 8) by Robert van Gulik,
book 330: Poppenhuis (The House of Dolls) by David Hewson,
book 329: De Cock en 't wassend kwaad (De Cock 43) by A.C. Baantjer,
book 328: Mee met Aeneas by Imme Dros,
book 327: Reizen met Charley (Travels with Charley) by John Steinbeck,
book 326: En een tijd van vrede by Imme Dros,
book 325: Het oneindige verhaal (The Neverending Story) by Michael Ende,
book 324: De vier geschriften van de Gele Keizer (The Yellow Emperor's four canons) by the Yellow Emperor,
book 323: Termietenheuvels in de savanne (Anthills of the Savanna) by Chinua Achebe,
book 322: Religie voor athei¨sten (Religion for Atheists) by Alain de Botton,
book 321: Ik heet Karmozijn (My name is Red) by Orhan Pamuk,
book 320: De huiveringwekkende mythe van Perseus by Imme Dros,
book 319: Woeste hoogten (Wuthering Heights) by Emily Brontë,
book 318: De Oostakkerse gedichten by Hugo Claus,
book 317: De laatste dagen van Floris V by Renée Vink,
book 316: Hee meneer Eland by Eva Gerlach,
book 315: Een koning voor de Dalriaden (The Mark of the Horse Lord) by Rosemary Sutcliff,
book 314: Aardzee (The Earthsea Trilogy) by Ursula LeGuin,
book 313: Het koningsboek (Codex Regius) by Arnaldur Indriðason,
book 312: Warenar by P.C. Hooft, , msg 78
book 311: Montalbano en het verdwenen kind by Andrea Camileri,
book 310: Onvoltooide zomer (The summer that never was, DCI Banks 13) by Peter Robinson,
book 309: Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë,
book 308: Het dovemansorendieet by Maarten 't Hart,
book 307: Decamerone by Giovanni Boccaccio,
book 306: Hamlet by William Shakespeare,
book 305: Jesse 'ballewal-tsjí' by Harm de Jonge,
book 304: De eerste zaak van Montalbano (Montalbano's First Case) by Andrea Camileri,
book 303: De reizen van de slimme man by Imme Dros,

Books read in August 2017 (56 books, 11.871 pages)
book 302: Water is gevaarlijk by Tonke Dragt,
book 301: Een halve gele zon (Half of a Yellow Sun) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
book 300: De moeder (Mother) by Maxim Gorky,
book 299: Dood van een maestro (Death in La Fenice) by Donna Leon,
book 298: Tilt by Michiel Stroink,
book 297: Morgen ga ik naar China by Imme Dros,
book 296: Dit is het huis bij de kromme boom by Imme Dros,
book 295: Roosje kreeg een ballon by Imme Dros,
book 294: De o van opa by Imme Dros,
book 293: Wat niemand weet by Tonke Dragt,
book 292: Annetje Lie in het holst van de nacht (Annelie in the depths of the night) by Imme Dros,
book 291: Het gevaarlijke venster, twee verhalen uit het rijk van Unauwen by Tonke Dragt,
book 290: De kleine Brief voor de koning by Tonke Dragt,
book 289: Nasleep (Aftermath, DCI Banks 12) by Peter Robinson,
book 288: De aankomst (The Arrival) by Shaun Tan,
book 287: Het verborgen leven van bomen (The Hidden Life of Trees) by Peter Wohlleben,
book 286: De Cock en de sluimerende dood (De Cock 42) by A.C. Baantjer,
book 285: Regels van de zomer (Rules of Summer) by Shaun Tan, (1000 unique books read since 2008)
book 284: Terug (Return) by Aaron Becker,
book 283: Zoektocht (Quest) by Aaron Becker,
book 282: Aan de andere kant van de deur by Tonke Dragt,
book 281: Het geheim van de klokkenmaker by Tonke Dragt,
book 280: De ijsmakers (The Ice-Cream Makers) by Ernest van der Kwast,
book 279: Dolfijn en zeemeermin by Robert Lowell,
book 278: Trash by Andy Mulligan,
book 277: Halssnoer en kalebas (Necklace and Calabash, Judge Dee 7) by Robert van Gulik,
book 276: Verhalen van de tweelingbroers by Tonke Dragt,
book 275: De geheime tuin (The Secret Garden) by Frances Hodgson Burnett,
book 274: Het transgalactisch liftershandboek (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) by Douglas Adams,
book 273: Het vuur van de zon (To Spoil the Sun) by Joyce Rockwood,
book 272: Oblomow by I.A. Gontsjarow,
book 271: De bergreis by Theun de Vries,
book 270: Het gemene gewas (Monk's Hood, Cadfael 3) by Ellis Peters,
book 269: De rechter en zijn beul (The Judge and His Hangman) by Friedrich Dürrenmatt,
book 268: De diddakoi (The Diddakoi) by Rumer Godden,
book 267: Judas by Amos Oz,
book 266: Kil als het graf (Cold is the Grave, DCI Banks 11) by Peter Robinson,
book 265: Blauw licht (Blue Lightning, Sheltand 4) by Ann Cleeves,
book 264: De Cock en de dode meesters (De Cock 41) by A.C. Baantjer,
book 263: De vrolijke revolutie by Fons Strijbosch,
book 262: De adelaar van het negende (The Eagle of the Ninth) by Rosemary Sutcliff,
book 261: Op reis (Journey) by Aaron Becker,
book 260: De smalle weg naar het verre noorden (The Narrow Road to the Deep North) by Matsuo Basho,
book 259: De smalle weg naar het verre noorden (The Narrow Road to the Deep North) by Richard Flanagan,
book 258: De wraak van Flame, de hengst van Azul (The Island Stallion's Fury) by Walter Farley,
book 257: De Soul Brothers en Sister Lou (The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou) by Kristin Hunter,
book 256: De vuurbewoners (The fire-dwellers) by Margaret Laurence,
book 255: James Brown : op zoek naar de Godfather of Soul (Kill 'Em and Leave) by James McBride,
book 254: De gelukkige krijgers (The Happy Warriors) by Halldór Laxness,
book 253: De blauwe maansteen by Tonke Dragt,
book 252: Verdronken verleden (In a Dry Season, DCI Banks 10) by Peter Robinson,
book 251: Haat die kat (Hate that cat) by Sharon Creech,
book 250: Waar het licht is (All the Bright Places) by Jennifer Niven,
book 249: Blindeman (Hide & Seek, John Rebus 2) by Ian Rankin,
book 248: Kat & muis (Knots and Crosses, John Rebus 1) by Ian Rankin,
book 247: Wij houden van Tsjernobyl (Voices from Chernobyl) by Svetlana Alexievich,

Books read in July 2017 (46 books, 11.485 pages)
book 246: Verdriet is het ding met veren (Grief is the Thing with Feathers) by Max Porter,
book 245: De Finklerkwestie (The Finkler Question) by Howard Jacobson,
book 244: Hou van die hond (Love that dog) by Sharon Creech,
book 243: Meer van Mien-yuan (The Chinese Lake Murders, Judge Dee 3) by Robert van Gulik,
book 242: Tijgereiland by Daan Remmerts de Vries,
book 241: Het complete Rekelboek by Koos van Zomeren,
book 240: Lange maanden by Imme Dros,
book 239: De zonderlinge geschiedenis van Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) by R.L. Stevenson,
book 238: Het Chinese lakscherm (The Lacquer Screen, Judge Dee 3) by Robert van Gulik,
book 237: Zwanenzang (Dry Bones that Dream, DCI Banks 7) by Peter Robinson,
book 236: Het mes dat niet wijkt (The Knife of Never Letting Go) by Patrick Ness,
book 235: Grootvaders reisdoel (When grandfather journeys into winter) by Craig Strete,
book 234: Engelse rozen (David Austin's English Roses) by David Austin,
book 233: Max Havelaar by Multatuli, (1000 books read since 2008, including re-reads)
book 232: Het herdersleven (The Shepherd's Life) by James Rebanks,
book 231: De een van de ander (The One from the Other, Bernie Gunther 4) by Philip Kerr,
book 230: De Aran-eilanden (Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage) by Tim Robinson,
book 229: Kind van sneeuw (The Snow Child) by Eowyn Ivey,
book 228: De Cock en kogels voor een bruid (De Cock 40) by A.C. Baantjer,
book 227: Tot de honden komen (Dog Boy) by Eva Hornung,
book 226: Uitgestoten (Outcast) by Rosemary Sutcliff,
book 225: Lengtegraad (Longitude) by Dava Sobel,
book 224: De 100-jarige man die uit het raam klom en verdween (The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared) by Jonas Jonasson,
book 223: Kleurenblind (Born a Crime) by Trevor Noah,
book 222: Woensdagkind by (Wednesday's child, DCI Banks 6) Peter Robinson,
book 221: De heksen (The witches) by Roald Dahl,
book 220: 1984 by George Orwell,
book 219: Witte nachten (White Nights, Shetland 2) by Ann Cleeves,
book 218: De jonge prinsen by Guus Kuijer,
book 217: Rashomon en andere verhalen (Rashomon and Other Stories) by Ryûnosoke Akutagwa,
book 216: Schijnbeeld (Past reason hated, DCI Banks 5) by Peter Robinson,
book 215: Moenli en de moeder van de wolven by Klaus Kordon,
book 214: Jeugdherinneringen by J.J. Voskuil,
book 213: De derde man (The Third Man) by Graham Greene,
book 212: Geen bloemen by Lévi Weemoedt,
book 211: De honden (The Dogs) by Allan Stratton,
book 210: De vijfde vrouw (The Fifth Woman, Wallander 6) by Henning Mankell,
book 209: Soldaat Peaceful (Private Peaceful) by Michael Morpurgo,
book 208: Hij heette Jan (A Night in Distant Motion) by Irina Korschunow,
book 207: Bonfire, zoon van de Zwarte Hengst (The Black Stallion's blood bay colt, The Black Stallion 6) by Walter Farley,
book 206: Zout van de zee (Salt to the Sea) by Ruta Sepetys,
book 205: Reis met een ezel door de Cevennen (Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes) by Robert Louis Stevenson,
book 204: Het wonderlijke verhaal van Hendrik Meier (The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar) by Roald Dahl,
book 203: Haringen in sneeuw by Remco Ekkers,
book 202: Waar is onze moeder (Please Look After Mom) by Kyung-Sook Shin,
book 201: Anna Karenina by L.N. Tolstoj,

8FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 1, 2017, 9:14am Top

Books read in June 2017 (26 books, 6.592 pages)
book 200: Zondeval (The Hanging Valley, DCI Banks 4) by Peter Robinson,
book 199: De rommelkist van grootvader by Elfie Donnelly,
book 198: Wiele wiele stap by Miep Diekmann,
book 197: De griezels (The Twits) by Roald Dahl,
book 196: De GVR (The BFG) by Roald Dahl,
book 195: Schrijver (Some Rain Must Fall, My Struggle 5) by Karl Ove Knausgård,
book 194: Spoo Pee Doo by Dimitri Verhulst,
book 193: Mijn naam is Bud (Bud not Buddy) by Christopher Paul Curtis,
book 192: De brug van San Luis Rey (The bridge of San Luis Rey) by Thornton Wilder,
book 191: In plaats van een vader by Kerstin Thorvall,
book 190: De blikken trommel (The Tin Drum) by Günter Grass,
book 189: Het mooie lijk (The Crediton Killings, Sir Baldwin 4) by Michael Jecks,
book 188: Kroniek van een aangekondigde dood (Chronicle of a death foretold) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez,
book 187: Arenden vliegen alleen by Tonny Vos-Dahmen von Buchholz,
book 186: Aan de verkeerde kant van de aarde (Homesick : my own story) by Jean Fritz,
book 185: Candy, kom terug (Hurry home, Candy) by Meindert DeJong,
book 184: Het grauwe huis (Bleak house) by Charles Dickens,
book 183: De verloren brief aan Thomas Mann (Inside the head of Bruno Schulz) by Maxim Biller,
book 182: Hellehonden by Jan & Sanne Terlouw,
book 181: Steeds verder weg : de verzamelaar op reis by Boudewijn Büch,
book 180: Ravenzwart (Raven Black) by Ann Cleeves,
book 179: En Appels aan de overkant by Henri van Daele,
book 178: De verschrikkelijke man uit Säffle (The Abominable Man) by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö,
book 177: De Wilg aan het Begin van de wereld by Alet Schouten,
book 176: De langschepen (The Long Ships) by Frans Gunnar Bengtsson,
book 175: Blauwzuur by Arnaldur Indriðason,

Books read in May 2017 (38 books, 10.225 pages)
book 174: Problemski Hotel by Dimitri Verhulst,
book 173: Frank, of hoe je vrienden vindt by Klaus Kordon,
book 172: En de zwakken ondergaan wat ze moeten ondergaan? (And the Weak Suffer What They Must?) by Yanis Varoufakis,
book 171: The Chessmen by Peter May,
book 170: Nacht (Dancing in the Dark, My struggle 4) by Karl Ove Knausgård,
book 169: Kaas (Cheese) by Willem Elsschot,
book 168: Alles op één kaart (Seventeen Against the Dealer) by Cynthia Voigt,
book 167: De verloren vader (Sons from Afar) by Cynthia Voigt,
book 166: Flame, de hengst van het eiland Azul (The Island Stallion) by Walter Farley,
book 165: Wilhemina Smits (Come a stranger) by Cynthia Voigt,
book 164: The Lewis Man by Peter May,
book 163: De hardloper (The Runner) by Cynthia Voigt,
book 162: Het verhaal van Dicey (Dicey's Song) by Cynthia Voigt,
book 161: Samen onder dak (2nd part of Homecoming) by Cynthia Voigt,
book 160: Onder de blote hemel (1st part of Homecoming) by Cynthia Voigt,
book 159: Niemand anders dan ik (A Solitary Blue) by Cynthia Voigt,
book 158: Het Midden Oosten (The Middle East) by Bernard Lewis,
book 157: De Rode Pimpernel (The Scarlet Pimpernel) by Barones Emma Orczy,
book 156: Toen de wereld nog jong was Jürg Schubiger,
book 155: Cybele's geheim (Cybele's Secret) by Juliet Marillier,
book 154: Bijna jarig by Imme Dros,
book 153: Dwaalsporen (Sidetracked, Wallander 5) by Henning Mankell,
book 152: De jongen met de gele ogen (The Haunting) by Margaret Mahy,
book 151: De trimbaan by Imme Dros,
book 150: Overvloed en onbehagen (The Embarrassment of Riches) by Simon Schama,
book 149: Het laatste bevel by Peter Aspe,
book 148: Na het baden bij Baxter en de ontluizing bij Miss Grace by J.M.H. Berckmans,
book 147: Die stad komt nooit af by J.A. Deelder,
book 146: De vertrapte pioenroos by Bertus Aafjes,
book 145: Oorlog op Kreta '41-'44 (The Ariadne Objective) by Wes Davis,
book 144: De tolbrug (The Toll Bridge) by Aidan Chambers,
book 143: Orkaan en Mayra by Sonia Garmers,
book 142: Het jaar dat de zigeuners kwamen (The Year the Gypsies Came) by Linzi Glass,
book 141: two editions of De Blauwe Boekanier by Tonke Dragt,
book 140: Djingo Django (Jingo Django) by Sid Fleischman,
book 139: Een huis met een poort en een park by Henri van Daele,
book 138: De ontdekking van de hemel (The Discovery of Heaven) by Harry Mulisch,
book 137: De vuurtoren by Jan & Sanne Terlouw,

Books read in April 2017 (37 books, 7.825 pages)
book 136: Koude berg : onthechting als weg by Han Shan,
book 135: De stad van goud (The city of gold) by Peter Dickinson,
book 134: Een stinkdier is een prachtig beest by Daniil Charms,
book 133: Wildewoud (Wildwood Dancing) by Juliet Marillier,
book 132: ... en de zon werd koud by Jean Coué,
book 131: Just kids by Patti Smith,
book 130: Tirannen (The present takers) by Aidan Chambers,
book 129: Het geheim van de grot (Seal secret) by Aidan Chambers,
book 128: Leven en lot (Life and Fate) by Vasily Grossman,
book 127: De rode kous (Offbeat Friends) by Elfie Donnelly,
book 126: Fantoom in Foe-lai (The Chinese Gold Murders, Judge Dee 1) by Robert van Gulik,
book 125: Aurelio en de wilde hengst (Stallion of the sands) by Helen Griffiths,
book 124: Dichtbij ver van hier by Tonke Dragt,
book 123: De plaats van de ster (La Place de l'Étoile) by Patrick Modiano,
book 122: Je moet dansen op mijn graf (Dance on my grave) by Aidan Chambers,
book 121: Tot aan het bittere eind by Werner J. Egli,
book 120: M-train by Patti Smith,
book 119: De weg naar Little Dribbling (The Road to Little Dribbling) by Bill Bryson,
book 118: Begin een torentje van niks by Ted van Lieshout,
book 117: Dan ben je nergens meer by Miep Diekman,
book 116: Tobbe by Mikael Engström,
book 115: De robot van de rommelmarkt ; Route Z by Tonke Dragt,
book 114: Federico by Helen Griffiths,
book 113: Jij zegt het by Connie Palmen,
book 112: Het einde van de rode mens (Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets) by Svetlana Alexijevitsj,
book 111: Het spookklooster (The haunted monastery, Judge Dee 5) by Robert van Gulik,
book 110: Matilda by Roald Dahl,
book 109: Abels eiland (Abel's island) by William Steig,
book 108: Een grapje van God (A jest of God) by Margaret Laurence,
book 107: Lieveling, boterbloem by Margriet Heymans,
book 106: Een heel lief konijn by Imme Dros,
book 105: De poorten van Anubis (The Anubis Gates) by Tim Powers,
book 104: Boris (The ice road) by Jaap ter Haar,
book 103: De levende doden (Barefoot Gen, Vol. 2: The Day After) by Keiji Nakazawa,
book 102: De boten van Brakkeput (The haunted island) by Miep Diekmann,
book 101: Oorlog en terpentijn (War and turpentine) by Stefan Hertmans,
book 100: De Cock en de dood van een profeet (De Cock 39) by A.C. Baantjer,

9FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 1, 2017, 9:15am Top

Books read in March 2017 (32 books, 7.901 pages)
book 99: De Penderwicks (The Penderwicks) by Jeanne Birdsall,
book 98: De laatste wildernis (The Wild Places) by Robert Macfarlane,
book 97: Klokken van Kao-yang (The chinese bell murders, Judge Dee 3) by Robert van Gulik,
book 96: Het zwaard van de Islam (Children of the book) by Peter Carter,
book 95: De stenen engel (The Stone Angel) by Margaret Laurence,
book 94: De weglopers (The runaways) by Victor Canning,
book 93: De dag van de geitenman (After the goat man) by Betsy Byars,
book 92: De gebroeders Karamazow (The brothers Karamazov) by F.M. Dostojewski,
book 91: Stilte (Silence) by Shusaku Endo,
book 90: De blauwe tweeling (Reders & Reders 4) by Jan & Sanne Terlouw,
book 89: Tegenstroom (A necessary end, DCI Banks 3) by Peter Robinson,
book 88: De gehangene van Dartmoor (A Moorland Hanging, Sir Baldwin 3) by Michael Jecks,
book 87: Hoe schilder hoe wilder : Haarlem by Miep Diekmann,
book 86: Hoe schilder hoe wilder : Leiden by Miep Diekmann,
book 85: Het laatste lijk (One corpse too many, Cadfael 2) by Ellis Peters,
book 84: Blote handen (Bare hands) by Bart Moeyaert,
book 83: De geest op de rotswand (Spirit on the Wall) by Ann O'Neil Garcia,
book 82: De Boeddha in de wereld (An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World) by Pankaj Mishra,
book 81: Winterdieren by Bibi Dumon Tak,
book 80: Zoon (Boyhood Island, My Struggle 3) by Karl Ove Knausgård,
book 79: Chocolade oorlog (The chocolate war) by Robert Cormier,
book 78: Boris Beer by Dick Bruna,
book 77: Lieve oma Pluis (Goodbye Grandma) by Dick Bruna,
book 76: Het dansende licht by Tonke Dragt,
book 75: Tegenvoeters (In a sunburned country) Bill Bryson,
book 74: Aan de rivier (By the river) by Steven Herrick,
book 73: Balthasar by Henri van Daele,
book 72: De man in het bruine pak (The man in the brown suit) by Agatha Christie,
book 71: Rokus en het Tiende Leven by Alet Schouten,
book 70: Heraios en de beker by Sacha Burger,
book 69: De zwerfkatten (The pinballs) by Betsy Byars,
book 68: Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow,

Books read in February 2017 (34 books, 7.778 pages)
book 67: Kinderverhalen by Mies Bouhuys,
book 66: De Cock en het duel in de nacht (De Cock 38) by A.C. Baantjer,
book 65: Het bittere kruid (Bitter herbs) by Marga Minco,
book 64: De vloek van Woestewolf (The curse of the werewolf) by Paul Biegel,
book 63: Lang zul je leven : bakerrijmpjes by Ienne Biemans,
book 62: De kleine kapiteinThe (Little Captain) by Paul Biegel,
book 61: Nachtlicht (A dedicated man, DCI Banks 2) by Peter Robinson,
book 60: Bij nader inzien by J.J. Voskuil,
book 59: The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan,
book 58: Kwaad bloed by Marita de Sterck,
book 57: Laatste verhalen van de eeuw by Paul Biegel,
book 56: Heerlijke nieuwe wereld (Brave new world) by Aldous Huxley,
book 55: Dief van de duivel by Mikael Engström,
book 54: Wie is Julia (Finding Grace) by Alyssa Brugman,
book 53: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín,
book 52: Ver heen by P.C. Kuiper,
book 51: Misdaad en straf (Crime and punishment) by F.M. Dostojewski,
book 50: Van den vos Reynaerde (Of Reynaert the Fox) by Willem, transl H. Adema,
book 49: Lasse Länta by Cor Bruijn,
book 48: Man zonder land (A man without a country) by Kurt Vonnegut,
book 47: Dromen van mijn vader (Dreams from my father) by Barack Obama,
book 46: Lawines razen (Avalanche!) by An Rutgers van der Loeff,
book 45: Walden ; Burgerlijke ongehoorzaamheid (Walden & On the duty of Civil Disobedience) by Henry David Thoreau,
book 44: De rode prinses by Paul Biegel,
book 43: De verjaardag van de eekhoorn (The Squirrel's Birthday and Other Parties) by Toon Tellegen,
book 42: De verjaardag van alle anderen by Toon Tellegen,
book 41: Bajaar by Martha Heesen,
book 40: De eeuwigheid verzameld : Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939) by Eva Rovers,
book 39: Overal en nergens (Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe) by Bill Bryson,
book 38: De Cock en de ontluisterende dood (De Cock 37) by A.C. Baantjer,
book 37: Zand erover by Laura Broekhuysen,
book 36: Sjanetje by Thea Dubelaar,
book 35: Krik by Miep Diekman,
book 34: De twaalf rovers (The twelve robbers) by Paul Biegel,

Books read in January 2017 (33 books, 9.756 pages)
book 33: In de ban van de ring (The Lord of the Rings) by J.R.R. Tolkien,
book 32: Fiona : In koelen bloede (Love story, with murders) by Harry Bingham,
book 31: Fiona (Talking to the dead) by Harry Bingham,
book 30: Het olifantenfeest (The elephant party) by Paul Biegel,
book 29: Stille blik (Gallows view, DCI Banks 1) by Peter Robinson,
book 28: Het eiland daarginds by Paul Biegel,
book 27: De mens is een grote fazant (The passport) by Herta Müller,
book 26: Swing by Paul Biegel,
book 25: Haas by Paul Biegel,
book 24: Liefde (A man in love, My struggle 2) by Karl Ove Knausgård,
book 23: Anderland by Paul Biegel,
book 22: Het gen: een intieme geschiedenis (The Gene: an intimate history) by Siddharta Mukerjee,
book 21: Tussen de wereld en mij (Between the world and me) by Ta-Nehisi Coates,
book 20: 7 jaren van een wielrenner by Herbert Friedrich,
book 19: De inspirerende wijsheid van de Dalai Lama by Dalai Lama,
book 18: Zout op mijn huid (Salt on our skin) by Benoîte Groult,
book 17: Padden verhuizen niet graag by Gerard Brands,
book 16: Francesco by Jean Dulieu,
book 15: Het knoopjeskabinet (The Hare with Amber Eyes) by Edmund de Waal,
book 14: De aanslag (The assault) by Harry Mulisch,
book 13: We moeten allemaal feminist zijn (We should all be feminists) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
book 12: Dokter Zjivago (Doctor Zhivago) by Boris Pasternak,
book 11: Kikker in de kou (Frog in Winter) by Max Velthuijs,
book 10: Ik maak nooit iets mee by Guus Middag,
book 9: Een goudvis van tweeduizend pond (The two-thousand-pound goldfish) by Betsy Byars,
book 8: Hidden Doe : Wij zijn Mesquakie, wij zijn één (We are Mesquakie, we are one) by Hadley Irwin,
book 7: De donkere kamer van Damocles (The Darkroom of Damocles) by Willem Frederik Hermans,
book 6: Het veterdiploma by Wiel Kusters,
book 5: Onvoltooide geschiedenis ((The German Mujahid in US, An Unfinished Business in UK) by Boualem Sansal,
book 4: De wervelstorm (Hills End) by Ivan Southall,
book 3: Nachtverhaal by Paul Biegel,
book 2: Oorlog en vrede 2/2 (War and Peace 2/2) by Leo Tolstoj,
book 1: Oorlog en vrede 1/2 (War and Peace 1/2) by Leo Tolstoj,

10FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 26, 2017, 6:32am Top

Books aquired in 2017: 33

November 2017
Fontamara by Ignazio Silone
Een erfenis van spionnen by John LeCarré
Schorshuiden by Annie Proulx
Ik, robot by Iaac Asimov (Nederland Leest)

October 2017
De tolk van Java by Alfred Birney (Libris Literatuur prijs 2017)
Saluut aan Catalonië by George Orwell
Leven en lot by Vasily Grossman

August 2017
Wolfijzers en schietgeweren by Richard Minne (Nederlandse canon)
De Oostakkerse gedichten by Hugo Claus (Nederlandse canon)
Een muur van schilden by Rosemary Sutcliff
Vincent in Den Haag by Theun de Vries
De geschikte jongen by Vikram Seth

July 2017
De Indische reis van H. P. Berlage editor Joris Molenaar
The sketchbook of Jan van Goyen from the Bredius-Kronig collection by Edwin Buijsen

May 2017
Ravenzwart, Shetland book 1 by Ann Cleeves (e-book)
Witte nachten, Shetland book 2 by Ann Cleeves (e-book)
Blauw licht, Shetland book 4 by Ann Cleeves (e-book)
Mijn naam is Bud by Christopher Paul Curtis

April 2017:
Verontwaardiging by Philip Roth
De boerderij der dieren by George Orwell

March 2017:
Verzamelde werken 2 : Gedichten by Boris Pasternak
Het nieuwe vogels kijken by Kester Freriks
Makkelijk leven by Herman Koch (Boekenweekgeschenk)
De moeder van Nicolien by J.J. Voskuil
De klokkenluider van de Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo

February 2017:
Bajaar by Martha Heesen (e-book, Gouden Lijst 2012)
Kwaad gesternte by Hannah van Binsbergen (VSB Poëzieprijs 2017)
Tussen de wereld en mij by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Walden ; Burgerlijke ongehoorzaamheid by Henry David Thoreau
Tegen verkiezingen by David van Reybrouck
The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Binnen de huid by J.J. Voskuil
Terloops : Voettochten 1957-1973 by J.J. Voskuil

Books culled in 2017: 55

11FAMeulstee
Nov 1, 2017, 8:40am Top

A new month, a new thread, next one is yours.

12jessibud2
Nov 1, 2017, 9:11am Top

Happy new thread, Anita! I'm first?!

:-)

13FAMeulstee
Nov 1, 2017, 9:13am Top

>11 FAMeulstee: Thanks Shelly, yes! you are first :-)

14Berly
Edited: Nov 1, 2017, 10:28am Top



I am diving in!!

>1 FAMeulstee: Love that! Kinda of scary, too.

15foggidawn
Nov 1, 2017, 10:46am Top

Happy November thread!

16EllaTim
Nov 1, 2017, 11:09am Top

>1 FAMeulstee: I love that, so simple. How high is it, There's no way to see from the photo?

You have read a long list of books this year!

>3 FAMeulstee:. And a new book by Peter Wohlleben. I haven't even read the first one, but the subject of what it is that animals really feel and think is fascinating of course.

17drneutron
Nov 1, 2017, 1:07pm Top

Happy new thread!

18ChelleBearss
Nov 1, 2017, 1:18pm Top

Happy November 1st, Anita!

19richardderus
Nov 1, 2017, 2:16pm Top

>1 FAMeulstee: Oh wow. Like the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC, it's a very simple and effective artistic technique: Put an object in a space, and the space becomes a context, and the context becomes art.

20FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 2, 2017, 4:48am Top

>14 Berly: Thanks, Kim, I like that image and I love Charly Brown & Snoopy!
Less scary for us Dutch, as most of our counrty is beneath sea level.

>15 foggidawn: Thank you, Foggi!

>16 EllaTim: I haven't been there yet, Ella, but I think it is about 4 meters at the highest point.
I do look forward to the next book by Peter Wohlleben, I was pleasantly surprised by his tree book.
(The book was posted today)

21FAMeulstee
Nov 1, 2017, 4:47pm Top

>17 drneutron: Thanks Jim!

>18 ChelleBearss: Thanks Chelle, sometimes I am glad we have no kids ;-)

>19 richardderus: Yes it is, Richard, I like this kind of art. It is a nice visualization of the sea level.

22karenmarie
Nov 1, 2017, 4:56pm Top

Hi Anita, and happy new thread!

23EllaTim
Nov 1, 2017, 4:57pm Top

>20 FAMeulstee: Thank you very much, I'm looking forward to the mail!

24johnsimpson
Nov 1, 2017, 5:12pm Top

Hi Anita, Happy new thread my dear, sending love and hugs from both of us dear friend.

25FAMeulstee
Nov 1, 2017, 5:43pm Top

>22 karenmarie: Thanks Karen!

>23 EllaTim: You are welcome, Ella :-)

>24 johnsimpson: Thanks John, love and hugs back to you and Karen.

26tymfos
Nov 1, 2017, 11:24pm Top

Happy new thread, Anita! You have read a great many books this year!

27FAMeulstee
Nov 2, 2017, 4:51am Top

>26 tymfos: Thanks, Terri, I have an incredible good reading year :-)

28FAMeulstee
Nov 2, 2017, 5:23am Top


book 373: Terug uit Irkoetsk by Theun de Vries
BolKobo+, e-book, Dutch, no translations, 740 pages
TIOLI challenge #4: Read a book by an author from a country other than the one written about

Sequel to Sint-Petersburg that I read last month
Sergej Danilin is banned to Siberia. His wife Nina has followed him in exile, their first child, daughter Xenia, was born in Saint Petersburg, in Siberia their son Pavel is born. After 15 years of forced labor the banned Dekabrists get a bit more freedom, they can live anywhere in Siberia, but not in the towns. A petition to the Tsar is granted, they are allowed to live in Irkoetsk. Nina dies in exile, Xenia marries a well to do man, Ivan Passek, and returns to Saint Petersburg.
When Tsar Alexander II starts his reign, there is a short time of 'glasnost', serfdom is abolished and the few remaining Dekabrist are pardonned and Sergej can come back to his daughter and see his grandson, Arkadi. There is nothing arranged for the former serfs, their owners are compensated, but their only get their freedom often without any chance for work. This leads to troubles throughout Russia. Meanwhile Xenia's husband has risen in the ranks of civil service and has become a powerfull and very wealthy man.

With a large cast of both fictional and historical figures, Theun de Vries has written a very good novel about 19th century Russia.

29scaifea
Nov 2, 2017, 7:27am Top

Happy new thread, Anita!

30Crazymamie
Nov 2, 2017, 9:24am Top

Happy new one, Anita! Your reading is amazing.

31streamsong
Nov 2, 2017, 9:57am Top

Happiest of new threads, Anita!

That's an amazing image in your topper! Is there concern about rising sea levels?

And of course, like everyone else, I applaud you on your wonderful reading!

32sibyx
Nov 2, 2017, 10:00am Top

Serra is so . . . brilliant, isn't he? Simplicity with a punch.

33Deern
Nov 2, 2017, 10:22am Top

Anita, please forgive me if I can't keep up with your thread! A Happy New One for you! :)

34FAMeulstee
Nov 2, 2017, 11:28am Top

>29 scaifea: Thanks, Amber, happy Thursday to you!

>30 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie, I am baffled myself how easy reading goes this year.

>31 streamsong: Thanks, Janet!
Yes, there is concern about rising sea levels. There are plans to make dikes stronger and higher if needed. As more than half of our country is beneath sea level, there is a lot of knowledge about keeping our land safe and dry.

>32 sibyx: Yes, Lucy, he is brilliant. I have been impressed before by other works from Serra.

>33 Deern: I am always happy when I see a post from you, Nathalie, here or on your own thread.
I know you don't always have the time, or lack the mood, to respond.
And with so many books read, my threads go a bit faster ;-)

35jnwelch
Nov 2, 2017, 11:57am Top

Happy New Thread, Anita.

I'm enjoying the Serra sculpture, too - what a message about the dikes and the water level.

36charl08
Nov 2, 2017, 1:33pm Top

Happy New thread Anita, sorry it took so long to find your latest one. I see the reading continues at a great speed. Wonderful stuff.

37FAMeulstee
Nov 2, 2017, 3:16pm Top

>35 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe, it is nice how Serra visualises our reality. This little corner of the world is build on land that was originally swamp and water.

>36 charl08: Glad you found me, Charlotte. You are not late, I only started this one yesterday.

38FAMeulstee
Nov 2, 2017, 6:12pm Top


book 374: Het innerlijke leven van dieren : liefde, verdriet, empathie - een verbazingwekkend inkijkje in een verborgen wereld by Peter Wohlleben
from the library, non-fiction, translated from German, English title The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion - Surprising Observations of a Hidden World, 223 pages
TIOLI challenge #2: Read a book with three things you are grateful for in the title

I loved Peter Wohlleben's previous book The Hidden Life of Trees, so I was very happy to find his next book in Dutch translation.
Somehow almost the same formula doesn't work again, scientific research combined with personal anecdotes. Reading in his previous book about trees having awareness and feelings was new to me. The same message about animals was not, I have never doubted that animals have the same/similair feelings as humans. Still I think there is a large group of readers who don't know how recent research has found remarkable similairities between humans and animals. For those I recommend this book.

39PaulCranswick
Nov 2, 2017, 8:16pm Top

Happy new thread Anita.

I see that I arrive as congratulations are being prepared for 5x75 in 2017!

40EllaTim
Nov 2, 2017, 8:31pm Top

>38 FAMeulstee: I'm still interested, mostly because of that research, but also because science used to claim that we shouldn't anthropomorphise animals. So what does science have to say now? (And I would really love to know what goes on inside the head of my cat)

41FAMeulstee
Nov 3, 2017, 12:26pm Top

>39 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul, yes I am nearly at 5x75 :-)

>40 EllaTim: It is an interesting book, Ella, but I know more about recent research with animals, than I did about trees. In animals there are similair neuro-pathways and brain activities that are connected in humans to certain emotions. You can't say for sure it is the same, but they probably are. Most what is called anthromorphizing is the same. But if you want to think humans are a very special species, it is difficult to admit most animals have the same palet of emotions...

42FAMeulstee
Nov 3, 2017, 12:30pm Top

We are just back from the vet. The last two days Ari got worse, so we made an appointment with our regular vet at the clinic. She thinks it comes from his spine, probably hernia. Next Tuesday she is going to sedate Ari and take some x-rays. We got some other painkillers to get Ari through until then.

43Crazymamie
Nov 3, 2017, 12:31pm Top

Oh, poor Ari! Hoping the pain meds work well.

44FAMeulstee
Nov 3, 2017, 2:22pm Top

>43 Crazymamie: Thanks Mamie, as long as Ari is inside it is doable, he just moves around slowly.
Walks are difficult, but he is used to his 3 walks a day and doesn't want to go in the garden. So I take him in the buggy to the dog walking place.

45Caroline_McElwee
Nov 3, 2017, 4:11pm Top

Omms for Ari, Anita.

46FAMeulstee
Nov 3, 2017, 5:48pm Top

Thanks Caroline, I think... what is omms??

47msf59
Nov 3, 2017, 5:55pm Top

Happy new thread, Anita! I have wanted to read The Hidden Life of Trees, but I have not tracked a copy down.

48FAMeulstee
Nov 3, 2017, 6:12pm Top

>47 msf59: Thanks, Mark, I am sure you are going to find a copy.

49Deern
Nov 4, 2017, 5:53am Top

I guess omms are the best energy, yoga-style (in German om, sometimes a-um). Anyway, adding more towards Ari, all the best to him, poor little guy!

Great review of the Wohlleben, I guess I'll have the same feelings. There's much more known about animals, and I don't doubt the close similarities to us humans. Re the treees, it's all new and fascinating for me, also the intelligent co-operation with mushrooms.

50charl08
Nov 4, 2017, 8:11am Top

Interesting about the animal book - you remind me I want to read the book about trees, maybe I'll add it to the Xmas wish list!

Hope the vet is able to find a solution for Ari so he's not in pain.

51FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 4, 2017, 8:22am Top

>49 Deern: Thanks for the explanation, Nathalie, I hadn't made that link. And a thanks from Ari, he feels a tiny bit better today.

The tree book was very facinating, I never knew there was so much co-operation in the woods. I did like the animal book, it just wasn't as amazing.

>50 charl08: Hi Charlotte, his book about trees is great, I hope you get to it.
Ari isn't in pain all the time, picking him up can be painfull. Inside moving around is a bit slow, but otherwise he is his happy self.

52FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 4, 2017, 4:17pm Top


book 375: Voor wie de klok luidt by Ernest Hemingway
from the library, 1001 books, translated, original title For whom the bell tolls, 573 pages
TIOLI challenge #15: Read a book whose title can be scrambled to form a different title (using all the letters)

Robert Jordan is a Spanish speaking American who joined the International Brigades in support of the Republic. He is send out to guerillas in the mountains near Segovia, to blow up a bridge after a larger attack has started. We follow Robert Jordan in three days, starting at his arrival at the hiding place of the guerillas. He falls in love with a young girl, who escaped the fascists.
Great descriptions of the intense feelings that come up when everyone is preparing for their important job and the conflicts that arise from this state of mind.

53FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 4, 2017, 9:10am Top


book 376: En elke ochtend wordt de weg naar huis steeds langer by Fredrik Backman
from the library, e-book, translated from Swedish, English title And every morning the way home gets longer and longer, 62 pages
TIOLI challenge #10: Read a book where the title has at least seven words (NOT including subtitles)

Beautiful and touching story of the loving relation between a grandfather, with slowly declining memory because of dementia, and his grandson.

54Caroline_McElwee
Nov 4, 2017, 10:30am Top

Oommm ommmm, Buddhist or one more of the Asian meditation chants Anita.

55richardderus
Nov 4, 2017, 1:08pm Top

I'm whammying Ari some pain-free life-vibes.

56banjo123
Nov 4, 2017, 2:08pm Top

Hi Anita! Sorry to hear about poor Ari. I hope the vet has some magic. Our Chica is getting older, blinder, deafer and slower. But she remains unfailingly sweet. She is on pain medication, and we keep our fingers crossed that it continues to work.

57FAMeulstee
Nov 4, 2017, 4:05pm Top

>54 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks Caroline, my shattered brain didn't make that connection, I am almost sure I won't forget again.

>55 richardderus: Thanks Richard dear, Ari is a bit better today, he even trotted a bit at our afternoon walk :-)

>56 banjo123: Thanks Rhonda, I think the vet was right. The medications work better than the ones he got the week before. We hope the x-rays next Tuesday can pinpoint the problem(s).
Old dogs are dear to our hearts, I hope Chica keeps going well with help of the medication.

58charl08
Nov 4, 2017, 4:12pm Top

Glad Ari is feeling better Anita!

I've not read the Hemingway, you make it sound tempting.

59FAMeulstee
Nov 4, 2017, 4:20pm Top

>58 charl08: Thanks on Ari's behalf, Charlotte.

For whom the bell tolls was a long and very good read.
I might have rated it higher if I hadn't read Orwell's Hommage to Catalonia shortly before.

60EllaTim
Nov 4, 2017, 6:37pm Top

Hi Anita, your package has arrived! Thank you very much, I had this birthday-present feeling:-)

Sending good vibes to Ari, now all of us together, I hope he will feel better.

61FAMeulstee
Nov 4, 2017, 6:51pm Top

>60 EllaTim: Glad to read the package arrived, Ella.

Ari is moving a bit better, so I hope this slow progress continues. All the good vibes (and the pills) are certainly helping :-)

62FAMeulstee
Nov 5, 2017, 2:53pm Top


book 377: Moord op het maanfeest by Robert van Gulik
BolKobo+, e-book, translated (by the writer), mystery, Rechter Tie (= Judge Dee), original title Poets and murder, 169 pages
TIOLI challenge #3: Read a Mystery

Robert van Gulik translated the original Chinese first Judge Dee book from Chinese into English, and wrote the next books himself.

Judge Dee is out of his district again, visiting his collegue judge Lo. Whenn he arrives at judge Lo's place a murder is reported and Judge Dee tries to help. When more murders occur, Judge Dee finds a lead that dates back 18 years.

I found this Judge Dee books a bit less than others, the charcters were well drawn, but the mystery wasn't great.

63FAMeulstee
Nov 5, 2017, 3:08pm Top


book 378: Liefs uit Bagdad by Jay Kopelman
from the library, non-fiction, translated, original title From Baghdad, with love, 215 pages
TIOLI challenge #6: Read a biography or memoir of a military or naval officer

While on duty in the Iraq-war LtCol Jay Kopelman of the U.S. Marines finds a puppy in his quarters. Against all regulations (soldiers are not supposted to be empatic or attached) he tries to save the puppy and get it to the USA.

War is horrific. The glimpses of the war in Iraq, in between the feel good story of the rescue of a puppy, show an incomprehensable life of those who are fighting in wartime. Those who return home alive are not prepared for life without war and have a hard time trying adjust to "normal life".

64FAMeulstee
Nov 5, 2017, 3:26pm Top


book 379: Sonny Boy by Annejet van der Zijl
from the library, e-book, non-fiction, Dutch, no translations, 267 pages
TIOLI challenge #1: Read a book whose author has an A,B, or C in the first name word and an X, Y, or Z in the last name word

Waldemar Nods, born in Suriname is in his early twenties when he meets Rika in The Hague. She is a mother of four, in her fourties and lives apart from her husband. When she got a son from her black lover, it is a scandal. Rika looses her children and her family. They stick together with their son Waldy, their 'Sonny Boy'. Then World War II comes, when Jews are deported, they open up their home as a hiding place. Unfortunately they are arrested and don't live to see the end of the war.

65johnsimpson
Nov 5, 2017, 4:36pm Top

Hi Anita, hope you have had a really good weekend my dear and send love and hugs dear friend.

66charl08
Nov 5, 2017, 5:41pm Top

>64 FAMeulstee: Did the son survive, Anita? What a tragic story.

67FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 5, 2017, 5:45pm Top

>65 johnsimpson: Thanks John, I got lots of reading done this weekend :-)

>66 charl08: Yes, their son survived, Charlotte.
A very tragic story, she died in Ravensbrück in April 1945, he died near Lübeck on May 3rd 1945...

68FAMeulstee
Nov 6, 2017, 9:20am Top


book 380: Hond Vrijdag by Hilary McKay
own, YA, translated, awarded, Vlag en Wimple 1997, original title Dog Friday, 132 pages
TIOLI challenge #14: Read a book with a day of the week in the title OR the abbreviation of a day of the week embedded in the title or author's name

Robin had a very bad experience with a dog. After a stay in hospital he lives in fear of all dogs. Then a new family moves into the house next door, with four children and a dog. They try to help Robin to overcome his fear. When Robin finds a stray dog at the shore one day, he wants to keep it.

69FAMeulstee
Nov 7, 2017, 8:52am Top

We are just back from the vet with Ari. The x-rays show two problem areas in his spine, one at shoulder hight and one between the rib-cage and the hips. As he responds well to the meds, we keep him one more week on them. As long as the meds are sufficient, no other action is needed. Else he would need an MRI to get a more complete view of the problems.

For now, Ari is still a bit groggy from anestetics, but glad to be home.

70richardderus
Nov 7, 2017, 9:09am Top

>69 FAMeulstee: I am beaming intense "respond to meds" whammys for Ari! Glad you know now what is happening and have a plan.

71Berly
Nov 7, 2017, 9:28am Top

Hope the meds do the trick for poor Ari.

Book #380?? Blinks. Closes gaping jaw. Wow!!

72harrygbutler
Nov 7, 2017, 12:13pm Top

Hi, Anita!

Sorry to hear about Ari's medical issues, but I'm glad the medications seem to be helping. Hildy goes for a follow-up later this afternoon to see how she is responding to a change in medication.

73RebaRelishesReading
Nov 7, 2017, 1:41pm Top

Glad the meds are helping Ari. Poor puppy. It's tough getting old, isn't it?

74FAMeulstee
Nov 7, 2017, 1:57pm Top

>70 richardderus: Thanks, Richard, Ari is up and walking and hungry. It is always better to know.

>71 Berly: Thanks, Kim, luckely Ari takes life as it comes. As long as he is pain free he doesn't mind tripping over once or twice.
And I finished book #381 this morning, review of Uncle Tom's Cabin will follow later. As I said on Paul C,'s thread I have an exceptional good reading year :-)

>72 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry, Ari is returning to his happy self. Only our walks are a bit shorter now. I hope Hildy's follow-up goes smoothly.

>73 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba, Ari isn't that old, only 7 years. Sadly Pekingese are prone to hernia, due to the somewhat long back.

75FAMeulstee
Nov 7, 2017, 4:00pm Top


book 381: De hut van oom Tom by Harriet Beecher Stowe
BolKobo+, e-book, 1001 books, translated, original title Uncle Tom's cabin, 511 pages
TIOLI challenge #5: Read a novel written in the 19th century

I read an abridged version in my youth and my only vivid memory was Eliza with her son escaping over the ice floes on the river.
It is still a powerful book, despite its overly religous, racist and preachy content.

76Dejah_Thoris
Nov 7, 2017, 5:29pm Top

Hi Anita - and congratulations on passing 75x5! You've done some stupendous reading this year.

I'm thinking good thoughts for Ari - I hope that time and medication do the trick.

77drneutron
Nov 7, 2017, 6:52pm Top

Yup, good thoughts from me to Ari too!

78jessibud2
Nov 7, 2017, 7:16pm Top

Anita, I send healing vibes to Ari, too. Aging (or in Ari's case) aching, pets are so hard to watch. My own 2 are in the slowing down years (ages 16 and 17) and on pills, as well. Good to hear that he is otherwise doing ok

79LovingLit
Nov 7, 2017, 10:40pm Top

>38 FAMeulstee: >53 FAMeulstee: some good books there, by the looks!
>75 FAMeulstee: and this one, I have been meaning to read for ever.....*sigh*

80ronincats
Nov 7, 2017, 10:49pm Top

Hugs for Ari, Anita!

81FAMeulstee
Nov 8, 2017, 3:05am Top

>76 Dejah_Thoris: Thanks Dejah, I haven't read like this since my teens.
It looks like the meds to their work, so we have good hope for Ari.

>77 drneutron: Thanks Jim!

>78 jessibud2: Thanks Shelley, yes that is hard. I am glad Ari has a very happy nature, that isn't easely disturbed.
Your dogs are really old, we never had a dog living past 13.

>79 LovingLit: Thanks Megan, I discovered Peter Wohlleben this year, his book about trees was great.
One day you will get to Uncle Tom's cabin.

>80 ronincats: Thanks Roni!

82jessibud2
Nov 8, 2017, 6:10am Top

>81 FAMeulstee: - My current pets are cats, Anita, not dogs. The only dog I had, growing up, lived to age 15, though.

83Caroline_McElwee
Nov 8, 2017, 6:52am Top

>69 FAMeulstee: glad Ari is responding well to the meds. Hope he won’t need anything more invasive Anita.

84FAMeulstee
Nov 8, 2017, 6:57am Top

>82 jessibud2: Sorry Shelley, my wrong. I shouldn't answer posts before I finish my first morning coffee...

>83 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks Caroline, we surely hope the same!

85jessibud2
Nov 8, 2017, 7:07am Top

>84 FAMeulstee: - :-). It's ok, Anita. One of my cats thinks she is a dog, anyhow. She follows me around from room to room all the time.

86karenmarie
Nov 8, 2017, 7:17am Top

Hi Anita!

I hope that the meds do the trick for Ari. Our kitties are on a NSAID called Metacam twice a week, in liquid form, for arthritis. They both are moving around much better for being on it.

I just could not get into Uncle Tom's Cabin but am glad you found it such a good read regardless of its shortcomings.

87FAMeulstee
Nov 8, 2017, 7:34am Top


book 382: Schateiland by Robert Louis Stevenson
BolKobo+, e-book, 1001 books, translated, original title Treasure Island, 232 pages
TIOLI challenge #8: Read a book containing gunpowder, treason or plot

Like the previous book, I read an abridged version in my youth. I vaguely remembered the story.
Jim Hawkins' parents have an inn. One day Jim finds a map in a trunk of a guest who died. He gives the map to the local doctor and eventually sails on the Hispanola with many others on a treasure hunt.

A classic pirate book, including a treasure on an island and a map (I love maps!).

88FAMeulstee
Nov 8, 2017, 7:44am Top

>85 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley, we have one like that in our neighborhood. She sometimes accompanies her owner and dog, when the dog is walked.

>86 karenmarie: Thanks Karen, Ari was (short time) on Metacam before. When that didn't help this time, we knew someting else was troubling him. Most of our dogs have been on NSAIDs when they got older.
Yes, Uncle Tom's cabin has much against it, but I enjoyed it anyhow. I think I rated it half a star more because of its historic significance.

89EllaTim
Nov 8, 2017, 7:51am Top

>87 FAMeulstee: You're really into the golden oldies, Anita. Somehow Schateiland is so familiar, the images and the story, that I'm not certain if I have read it or not.

It's good that there is medication, I hope Ari will benefit enough not to need anything else. And good for him that he's such a happy natured dog!

90FAMeulstee
Nov 8, 2017, 8:04am Top

>89 EllaTim: Yes, I am, Ella.
I found many classics on BolKobo+, and since I want to end my subscribtion in January next year, I try to read as many as possible.

Ari almost doubled his morning walk today, still only a quarter of his usual walk, but we are heading into the right direction :-)

91FAMeulstee
Nov 8, 2017, 8:06am Top


book 383: Zeven korte beschouwingen over natuurkunde by Carlo Rovelli
from the library, non-fiction, translated from Italian, English title Seven brief lessons on physics, 95 pages
TIOLI challenge #11 Read a book with a prime number in the title or series number

Seven essays on physics, previously published in an Italian newspaper, explaining some important concepts in this field.
From relativity to particle physics, it is all described in a way (almost) everyone can understand. The writer has, besides his grades in physics, a great writing talent. I have been reading on these themes before, and thanks to this book I understand a bit more.


92jnwelch
Nov 8, 2017, 8:32am Top

>91 FAMeulstee: I liked that one, too, Anita. He has a knack for explaining difficult concepts simply and understandably.

93FAMeulstee
Nov 8, 2017, 9:32am Top

>92 jnwelch: Thanks for leaving a note, Joe, we completely agree on this one :-)

94klobrien2
Nov 8, 2017, 6:50pm Top

>75 FAMeulstee: I've got an annotated version of Uncle Tom's Cabin which I'm anxious to get at.

Karen O.

95sirfurboy
Nov 9, 2017, 5:24am Top

>87 FAMeulstee: I read that one this year too (but in English).

96FAMeulstee
Nov 9, 2017, 6:35am Top

>94 klobrien2: Did you ever read it before, Karen?

>95 sirfurboy: I somehow missed it on your thread, how did you like it?

97vancouverdeb
Nov 9, 2017, 6:53am Top

Sorry to read about Ari's health problems, but I hope he continues to head in the right direction. Getting old - it is not easy for any of us . Hugs, Anita.

98FAMeulstee
Nov 9, 2017, 7:14am Top

>97 vancouverdeb: Thanks Deborah, Ari walked a bit further again today, so he keeps improving.
Hugs right back to you.

99charl08
Nov 9, 2017, 7:18am Top

>98 FAMeulstee: Glad to hear this Anita.

Looks like you are going to sail past 400 this year, then?! Impressed that Seven brief lessons on Physics translates so well into English and Dutch (from the comments from you and other readers). I would imagine (but not based on any knowledge!) that this would be tricky technical stuff to make 'readable'.

100FAMeulstee
Nov 9, 2017, 8:33am Top

>99 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte.
I still think I can get (near) to the 450 I hoped for. If I read some short ones from my shelf it can be done.
The great thing is that Carlo Rovelli manages to explain physics without much technical stuff.

101Deern
Nov 9, 2017, 9:30am Top

Yay for Ari responding well to the meds, sending more omms his way (and yours of course!). :D

When I started my "better reading" in my early 30s it was with childrens' classics I'd earlier read in abridged versions, and Treasure Island was among the first. Never got to Uncle Tom's Cabin though, neither as a child nor later, but have the free e-book on my Kindle. That phase was followed by a period of science (of which I forgot everything!), mainly physics, then came Shakespeare, then finally LT with the 1,001 list and all the book bullets. :)
Well, I'm planning UTC now very soon and I just downloaded the Rovelli book in Italian, so today's BBs from your thread will get me back to my reading roots.

102sirfurboy
Nov 9, 2017, 10:51am Top

>96 FAMeulstee: Well I knew the story, but still very much enjoyed it. It is very readable despite its age, and there were things in the book I had not appreciated from the various adaptions I had seen in the past.

103FAMeulstee
Nov 9, 2017, 1:30pm Top

>101 Deern: Thanks Nathalie, omms appriciated :-)
The childrens and YA books kept me reading in the years I read very few books. LT has broadened my taste. I am slowly reading some 1001 books, a total of 58 now, 33 of them this year.

>102 sirfurboy: Yes, it is still a good and very readable story.

104FAMeulstee
Nov 9, 2017, 2:08pm Top

Added a book today, the Dutch translation of I, Robot by Isaak Asimov.
Got it for free at the library. Every year in November there is a free book, it is called "The Netherlands Reads".

105EllaTim
Nov 9, 2017, 7:07pm Top

>104 FAMeulstee: Have fun reading it, Anita. A nice collection of stories, a bit like logica puzzels. I think I have it on my shelves twice.

106FAMeulstee
Nov 10, 2017, 7:33am Top

>105 EllaTim: Thanks Ella, I look forward to read it.

107FAMeulstee
Nov 10, 2017, 7:38am Top


book 384: Ik heet Kim by Liesbeth van Lennep
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1985, no translations, 112 pages
TIOLI challenge #9: Read a book where the first word in the first sentence of the very last paragraph of the book begins with the letter K, continue in rolling order L,M, N etc.

A peek in the daily life of Kim, a 10 year old girl. In short chapters she tells about her parents, friends and school.


108FAMeulstee
Nov 10, 2017, 7:47am Top


book 385: Vlinder voor Marianne by Virginia Lee
own, translated, YA, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1975, original title The magic moth, 70 pages
TIOLI challenge #13: Read a book with a butterfly on the cover

In a family with five children, the middle child is teminal ill. Her youngest brother gave her a caterpillar, that turned into a cocoon. When she dies the butterfly comes out and flies away.

Nice book for children about dealing with illness and death.


109FAMeulstee
Nov 10, 2017, 8:03am Top


book 386: Het wilde paard van Santander by Helen Griffiths
own, translated, YA, original title The wild horse of Santander, 175 pages
TIOLI challenge #16: Read a book that mentions horse/s to honour the Centenary of the Beersheva Cavalry Charge

Joaquim has been very ill and lost his vision. When his father buys a pregnant horse, he is promished the foal. He names the filly Linda and they have a special bond. Linda accepts no other humans, but is gentle and careful with the blind boy. When Joaquim has to go to hospital to get his vision back, Linda escapes, together with an other horse, and turns completely wild.

Loosely based on a news paper article about two escaped horses.


110Ameise1
Nov 12, 2017, 6:02am Top

Happy Sunday, Anita. It's stormy, cold and wet here.

111FAMeulstee
Nov 12, 2017, 6:15am Top


book 387: Op een blauwe dag geboren by Daniel Tammet
from the library, non-fiction, translated, original title Born on a Blue Day, 222 pages
TIOLI challenge #12: Read a book which starts with the word 'I'

Informative autobiography about life with Aspergers and synesthesia. After a troubled childhood (he was never diagnosed until in his twenties), he found ways to function in society. After breaking the world record, by memorizing pi in over 22,500 digits for a fundraiser, he even becomes famous. For a documentary he learns Icelandic in a week.


112FAMeulstee
Nov 12, 2017, 6:17am Top

>110 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara, we have the same weather today.
I hope it clears up, as Monday we are leaving for Limburg for 5 days.

113FAMeulstee
Nov 12, 2017, 6:49am Top


book 388: Nooit hier, altijd daar : reis door Alaska, de Aleoeten, Newfoundland, Québec en Labrador by Gerrit Jan Zwier
BolKobo+, non-fiction, travel, Dutch, no translations, 204 pages
TIOLI challenge #7: Read a book which contains the name of an American state in the title or author's name

Traveling through the north, visiting Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, Québeck, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Lots of nature, birding, landscape and a few bears. In many ways life is very different on the edge of civility. The writer likes to drop names, like the Russian and other explorers and cartographers. Also many quotes from Tolkien, Jack London and Annie E. Proulx.


114FAMeulstee
Nov 12, 2017, 6:55am Top


book 389: Krokodil en het meesterwerk by Max Velthuijs
own, picturebook, Dutch, English translation Crocodile's masterpiece, 16 pages
TIOLI challenge #17: Read a book with a zoo animal (singular or plural) in the title

Crocodile is a painter. When Elephant moves in next door, he wants to buy one of Crocodile's paintings. It is hard to decide, so Crocodile makes him an all white painting and tells Elephant he can see anything he likes in it.

Nice picturebook about art and imagination.


115Ameise1
Nov 12, 2017, 6:58am Top

>112 FAMeulstee: Fingers crossed that it will be better for you then. The forecast predicts snow for Monday here.

116PaulCranswick
Nov 12, 2017, 8:27am Top

Snowing in Europe already. I am worried that that is now making me a little homesick!

Have a lovely Sunday, Anita.

117FAMeulstee
Nov 12, 2017, 8:40am Top

>115 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara, according to the the forcast most days will be dry.

>116 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul, no snow here yet ;-)
Happy Sunday to you!

118Crazymamie
Nov 12, 2017, 8:50am Top

Happy Sunday, Anita!

119EllaTim
Nov 12, 2017, 9:29am Top

Hi Anita, Wishing you a nice stay in Limburg. The weather is supposed to get a bit better. Even a bit of sun maybe.

120FAMeulstee
Nov 12, 2017, 11:35am Top

>118 Crazymamie: Thanks Mamie, the same to you!

>119 EllaTim: Thanks Ella, sun or rain, we will enjoy our time away :-)

121richardderus
Nov 12, 2017, 11:49am Top

You are moving through the books at an amazing pace, Anita. I'm glad to see that you're enjoying most of them quite a bit.

I hope that you, Frank, and Ari are all well and happy.

122Berly
Nov 12, 2017, 11:50am Top

Happy Sunday!! ; )

123FAMeulstee
Nov 12, 2017, 12:39pm Top

>121 richardderus: Thanks to all the great recommendations here, most of my readings are good, Richard :-)
Ari had a minor set back on Friday, he thought he could run through the livingroom and slipped. He walked with his tail down for a day. Today he had his tail back on his back and could raise both backlegs to pee ;-)
Now back to packing our bags for our short vacation tomorrow.

>122 Berly: Thanks Kim, the same to you!

124karenmarie
Nov 14, 2017, 5:27am Top

Hi Anita!

I'm glad to hear that Ari's setback was minor and over quickly.

Do you have special plans for your vacation?

125Deern
Nov 14, 2017, 8:00am Top

>123 FAMeulstee: Aw, poor Ari - glad he recovered so quickly! Have a great time in Limburg!

126vancouverdeb
Nov 14, 2017, 8:22am Top

So glad that Ari is feeling better, Anita. Enjoy your holiday with Frank.

127kidzdoc
Nov 15, 2017, 5:05pm Top

Nice review of And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer, Anita. I’ll have to look out for that book.

(Hmm. Is this a touchstone issue, or an iOS 11 one?)

I hope that Ari is doing better, and that he makes a full recovery.

Have a nice vacation with Frank! Please send him my best wishes. Hopefully I’ll be able to see the two of you again next year.

128FAMeulstee
Nov 17, 2017, 9:26am Top

>124 karenmarie: Thanks Karen, we went to Limburg to visit an aunt and uncle (uncle is a younger brother of my father). He turned 80 last year and invited all cousins. I didn't go, as I don't feel comfortable around many people. So Frank and I decided to plan our short vacation near them and they were very happy with our visit.

>125 Deern: Thanks Nathalie, we all had a good time. Tuesday we went to my aunt and uncle, Wednedsday to Mönchengladbach, Thursday nothing much but reading and today back home.

>126 vancouverdeb: Thanks Deborah, we had a good time. Ari liked it there and didn't want to leave this morning ;-)

>127 kidzdoc: Thanks Darryl, it was a good book. Not sure what the problem is, my touchstone above gave no problems.
Ari is happy and not in pain, so that is good. We will see how he manages the next days, he did well with half of the painkiller the last days, going back to a quarter now.
Frank sends greetings back to you, we would love to meet next year.

129FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 17, 2017, 10:16am Top

On Tuesday when we were doing some shopping in the village of Reuver, Frank and I both bought a book: Een erfenis van spionnen (A Legacy of Spies) by John Le Carré for Frank and I took Schorshuiden (Barkskins) by Annie Proulx.

130streamsong
Nov 17, 2017, 12:10pm Top

I'm glad that Ari is doing so well. As you know from my thread, I deal with an elderly dog friend, too. She gets several tablets a day for arthritis. The older and more aches I get, the more sympathy I have for my elderly fur friends.

It's too bad that >113 FAMeulstee: is not translated. I think I would enjoy it!

131charl08
Nov 17, 2017, 2:02pm Top

>129 FAMeulstee: Sounding like a great bookshop visit, Anita!

132FAMeulstee
Nov 17, 2017, 2:21pm Top

>130 streamsong: Thanks Janet, aging isn't easy on pets and their humans.
Sadly not every book gets translated, works both ways :-(

>131 charl08: Yes, it was, Charlotte. I only wanted that one Annie Proulx book, but Frank had an eye on several books, so finally he decided to take the Le Carré.

133FAMeulstee
Nov 17, 2017, 2:37pm Top


book 390: Midzomermoord by Henning Mankell
from the library, e-book, translated, mystery, Kurt Wallander book 7, English title One Step Behind, 603 pages
TIOLI challenge #3: Read a Mystery

Three young people went missing on midsummer, as there were no bodies found, the police couldn't do much. Only one of the parents is very worried. Wallander decides to look further into the case. Then his collegue Svedberg doesn't show up at work... Wallander, who has serious healthproblems, has to find a killer before he strikes again.

As all Wallander books this was a very good read. Only three more to go.


134FAMeulstee
Nov 17, 2017, 2:57pm Top


book 391: Testosteron Rex by Cordelia Fine
from the library, non-fiction, translated, original title Testosterone Rex, 256 pages
TIOLI challenge #15: Read a book whose title can be scrambled to form a different title (using all the letters)

Found on the threads of Karen O (klobrien2) and Charlotte (charl08)

Cordelia Fine debunks "natural" differences between sexes. Man and woman are not that different at all. Most differences are because of culture. And that culture keeps up the gap between the sexes. Written with humor between the science, making it an enjoyable read. Recommended!


135charl08
Nov 17, 2017, 3:24pm Top

>134 FAMeulstee: I thought this was great, glad you did too. Hope more people will find it from your thread :-)

136FAMeulstee
Nov 17, 2017, 3:32pm Top


book 392: Duivelsgebroed by Peter Robinson
BolKobo+, e-book, translated, mystery, DCI Banks 17, original title Friend of the devil, 359 pages
TIOLI challenge #11 Read a book with a prime number in the title or series number

Annie Cabbot works temporary at an other division, and investigates the murder of a wheelchair bound woman. The answer on this lies in a past case. Meanwhile Alan Banks has his hands full with the investigation of a rape and murder of a young woman in Eastvale.

An other solid book in this series, I am looking forward to the next one!


137FAMeulstee
Nov 17, 2017, 3:33pm Top

>135 charl08: It does deserve a wide audience, Charlotte!

138FAMeulstee
Nov 17, 2017, 3:59pm Top


book 393: Het meisje met alle gaven by M.R. Carey
from the library, translated, original title The girl with all the gifts, 432 pages
TIOLI challenge #15: Read a book whose title can be scrambled to form a different title (using all the letters)

Found on various threads, Mary's review (Storeetllr) convinced me to read it.

Based on the book description I would not have read this, apocaliptic with zombies... not my cuppa. But it turned out to be a very good read.
Melanie is a 10 year old girl who goes to school, the difference is she is strapped tightly to a wheelchair, just like the other kids in the classroom. Her favorite teacher is Ms Justineau. One day she isn't taken to the classroom, but to Ms Caldwell's lab. Then a chain of events leads them into the dangers of the world outside.


139FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 18, 2017, 5:33pm Top


book 394: De kinderen van de nacht : over wolven en mensen by Dik van der Meulen
from the library, e-book, non-fiction, Dutch, awarded, Jan Wolkers prijs 2017, no translations, 372 pages
TIOLI challenge #17: Read a book with a zoo animal (singular or plural) in the title

Exploring wolves, from history to today, as wolves are on the edge of returning to our country. In Germany the wolf population has grown in the last two decades, and now and then a wolf is crossing the border.
Humans and wolves, they were our friends in ancient times, their offspring (dog) is still living with us. In the middle ages wolves were seen as devils and they were hunted into near extinction. Recently the view has changed again, and nature experts see wolves now as an important and crucial part of natural conservation.


140johnsimpson
Nov 17, 2017, 4:24pm Top

Hi Anita, glad you and Frank and Ari had a good time in Limburg my dear and I see that you are fast approaching 400 books for the year dear friend. Sending love and hugs from both of us.

141FAMeulstee
Nov 17, 2017, 4:27pm Top

>140 johnsimpson: Thank John, it was nice to be away for a few days and it is also good to be back home.
Not only approaching 400 books, also very near to 100,000 pages read this year :-)
Love and hugs back to you and Karen.

142FAMeulstee
Nov 17, 2017, 4:29pm Top

Finished all reviews of the books I have read while I was away.
I will try to catch up with the threads tomorrow. Maybe I can do a few tonight, I certainly won't get to them all.

143vancouverdeb
Nov 18, 2017, 3:26am Top

Wow! Nearly 400 books! Amazing, Anita!

144karenmarie
Nov 18, 2017, 10:37am Top

Hi Anita!

I'm glad to hear you had a nice visit with your aunt and uncle, glad to hear that Ari is doing well.

You got me with Testosterone Rex. I've added it to my wishlist.

I hope you're having a wonderful Saturday.

145FAMeulstee
Nov 18, 2017, 11:53am Top

>143 vancouverdeb: Thanks Deborah. I am amazed myself, as it is a lot of books ;-)

>144 karenmarie: Thanks Karen, Testosterone Rex deserves to be read widely.
We have a nice and quiet day today, tomorrow we will visit my parents.
Happy weekend to you.

146LovingLit
Nov 18, 2017, 3:28pm Top

>134 FAMeulstee: sounds like a great read! I like it when social theory gets into the mainstream.

147FAMeulstee
Nov 18, 2017, 4:42pm Top

>146 LovingLit: Yes it was a great read, Megan.
I bought a copy of the Dutch translation of Barkskins after seeing it on your thread, was it a birthday present? Let me know when you get to it, maybe we can read together.

148EllaTim
Nov 18, 2017, 4:50pm Top

Hi Anita, wishing you a nice sunday!

I' m curious to know how you will likeBarkskins. I read the reviews here on LT, and it seems like a good but not an easy read.

TBR: adding Testosterone Rex. I will get to it, one of these days, I hope;)

149FAMeulstee
Nov 18, 2017, 5:02pm Top

>148 EllaTim: Thanks Ella!
I saw the positive reviews and added it to my TBR. Then I saw it at the bookshop, a hardback of nearly 800 pages for only 25 euro felt like a bargain to me. I hope to get to it next year.
I hope you do get to it, as it is a very good book :-)

150FAMeulstee
Nov 18, 2017, 5:21pm Top


book 395: Overmacht by Peter Robinson
BolKobo+, e-book, translated, mystery, DCI Banks 18, original title All the Colours of Darkness, 343 pages
TIOLI challenge #3: Read a Mystery

A man is found hanging from a tree, later his boyfriend is found murdered. The conclusion is that the murderer hanged himself after committing the murder, but Alan Banks thinks there is more to this case, as the murder victim worked for MI6. He goes on with the investigation, even when his superiors close the case.

I didn't like this one as much as the previous DCI Banks books. It bothered me that suicide was described as a very selfish act, and I wasn't completely satisfied by the plot. Hoping the next one is better!


151klobrien2
Nov 18, 2017, 7:18pm Top

>132 FAMeulstee: I think I've heard it said that "getting old is not for sissies"--very true!

Congratulations on your reading this year!

Karen O.

152Deern
Nov 19, 2017, 3:01am Top

Glad you had a great time in Limburg.
Funny I stumbled over the zombie book yesterday browsing audible. I had never heard of it before, and just a day later I see a review here.
Considered getting it until I read "zombie". Well, I'll keep it in mind for a possible future challenge.

Have a nice Sunday!

153charl08
Nov 19, 2017, 9:28am Top

>139 FAMeulstee: This reminded me of Wolf Border, which imagines wolves being reintroduced in the UK. Sounds good!

Any particular book lined up for #400?

154msf59
Nov 19, 2017, 9:40am Top

>138 FAMeulstee: I also LOVED The Girl with all the Gifts. I warbled about this one to everyone I know. We also recently watched the film adaptation. They did a decent job with it. I want to read his follow-up.

Happy Sunday, Anita. I hope you are enjoying the weekend.

155scaifea
Nov 19, 2017, 10:08am Top

Hi, Anita! Happy Sunday!

156jnwelch
Nov 19, 2017, 12:47pm Top

Adding my greetings, Anita. I hope you're having a good weekend.

157FAMeulstee
Nov 19, 2017, 5:50pm Top

>151 klobrien2: Indeed, Karen, I have heard that one too, very true.
I am trying to read as much as possible this year, hoping to end around 450 books read.

>152 Deern: Thanks Deern, the "zombie" kept me off until I read the review on Mary's thread. It has horror, though not your Friday-the-13th kind of horror. It has gore, though not in-your-face-until-you-want-to-vomit gore. It has suspense and pathos, skullduggery and heroism.. That convinced me I might like it.

>153 charl08: Thanks Charlotte, I looked up Wolf Border, it is translated, did you like it?
No particulair book in mind yet, I have to make up my mind soon.

158FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 19, 2017, 6:37pm Top

>154 msf59: Yes I know, Mark, I did pit it on mount TBR after you warbled about it. Then I got some doubts about "zombie" and finally Mary convinced me (see above).

>155 scaifea: Thanks Amber, the same to you.

>156 jnwelch: Thanks Joe, I hope you feel a bit better by now.

We visited my parents today. First to my mother in the nursing home and after that to my father and had diner there. It is so strange how my mothers mind works, she has lost her memory for all the places she has lived, she only remembers her childhood home now. But people she only has met a few years back, she still knows them.

ETA: BTW this is the 3,000th post on my threads this year!

159vancouverdeb
Nov 19, 2017, 6:49pm Top

Wow! 3000 posts! That a lot Anita! And the way you are reading the books! Enjoy book 400.

160jnwelch
Nov 20, 2017, 5:10pm Top

>158 FAMeulstee: Good for you for visiting your folks. My dad's memory sounds similar to your mother's, and it can be disconcerting. For me, it's an odd feeling to know that he has no memory of his role in my life as I was growing up, or during my married life. But at least he still knows who I am, and he trusts me.

161Familyhistorian
Nov 21, 2017, 2:11am Top

A reading goal of 450? It looks like you might surpass that at the rate that you are going, Anita. All your DCI Banks reviews remind me that I should get back to that series. I am way behind you as my next book will be the second in the series.

162FAMeulstee
Nov 21, 2017, 6:46am Top

>159 vancouverdeb: Thanks Deborah, I am zooming through threads and books :-)

>160 jnwelch: Thanks Joe, it is sad at times. She has perked up a bit since she is in the nursing home. At first she wanted to go with my dad after his daily visit, now she wants him to stay there, so she does like it at the home.

>161 Familyhistorian: Thanks Meg, we will see where I end up at the end of the year. I started my first DCI Banks in January, I like them very much. There are only 4 more, available in Dutch translation, to go.

163FAMeulstee
Nov 21, 2017, 7:06am Top


book 396: Labyrint in Lan-fang by Robert van Gulik
BolKobo+, e-book, translated (by the writer), mystery, Rechter Tie (= Judge Dee), original title The Chinese Maze Murders, 264 pages
TIOLI challenge #3: Read a Mystery

Robert van Gulik translated the original Chinese first Judge Dee book from Chinese into English, and wrote the next books himself.

Judge Dee travels to his new post in Lang-fang, a town near the border in the North-West of China. He finds mysteries to be solved: a murder in a sealed room, a missing girl, a questionable testament and barbarians on the other side of the border, ready to attack... Judge Dee finds the clues, with help of his loyal staff, and solves everything in his own clever way.

Like most Judge Dee books: a statisfactory mystery, well plotted and set in historical Chinese times.

164FAMeulstee
Nov 21, 2017, 7:32am Top


book 397: Oliver by Edward van de Vendel
BolKobo+, e-book, YA, Dutch, awarded, Gouden Lijst 2016, no translations, 207 pages

Tycho and Oliver live together in Groningen. Oliver tells Tycho how he grew up in Norway. How the death of his uncle changed his life, and even more the life of his cousin and best friend Bendik. And how he slowly found out that he was different, loving boys instead of girls.

I have read one other book about Tycho and Oliver De dagen van de bluegrassliefde, where they first meet.

165FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 21, 2017, 3:28pm Top


book 398: De avonturen van Jack Holborn by Leon Garfield
own, translated, YA, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1973, original title Jack Holborn, 227 pages

London, 18th century: Jack Holborn is an orphan, he was found at a church when he was a baby. As soon as he was able to work, he was send to a shoe-maker. He didn't like it there, so when he was 14 he ran away. At night he climbed on a ship and hid in the hold. And there the great adventure starts, with pirates, a treasure, shipwreck and a long journey through the jungle.

A good adventure story and a good read.

166nittnut
Nov 21, 2017, 8:03am Top

Hello Anita! You're almost to 400! Wow. I am fascinated by some of your nature/travel reads (only in Dutch). I read a great book about wolves a few years ago - In the Temple of Wolves - about wolves in Yellowstone. It was beautiful. I like the sound of the Judge Dee books. I will add them to my list.

I'm so sorry your mother is suffering from dementia. It's tough on the family. My husband's grandmother had it, and didn't remember anyone after a while, but she loved having visits. It made her so happy that "nice people" came to see her.

167FAMeulstee
Nov 21, 2017, 9:22am Top

>166 nittnut: Thanks Jenn, this whole year my reading is above expectation.
The writer of De kinderen van de nacht did go to Yellowstone to see wolves in the wild. The reintroduction of wolves there and their impact has influenced many nature managers.

The funny thing is that my mother has lost most of her memory, except people. As if those are stored in an other part of her brain... For me it is a blessing, as she used to be very manipulative. For manipulation you need to be able to think back and ahead, so my visits to her are less a burden as they used to be.

168FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 21, 2017, 10:15am Top

Today Frank had an appoinment with the GP. A few months ago I accidentally stumbled upon a page about Cushings disease and found an alarming percentage of the symptoms correlating with Franks problems. It wasn't easy to convince hime to be tested, as he had many bad experiences with doctors in the years he was trying to find out what was wrong with him in the 1990s. So last month his cortisol level was tested, and it turned out to be too high.
Before being send to a specialist (endocrinologist) more blood test were done and today he got the surprising results. Cortisol was within normal range this time, but he had high bloodsugar (this can be a part of Cushings...), so now they want to treat that first. I am not sure what to think now, not that I hoped he had Cushings.

169FAMeulstee
Nov 21, 2017, 3:36pm Top


book 399: Vermoorde onschuld by Peter Robinson
BolKobo+, e-book, translated, mystery, DCI Banks short story, original title Like a virgin, 90 pages

DCI Banks thinks back to his last case in London in 1985, as he received a letter from a former collegue who still works in London. Two prostitutes were murdered, that case was solved, but a third murder was never solved.

170LovingLit
Nov 21, 2017, 9:59pm Top

>147 FAMeulstee: I think first quarter of 2018 was put out there as ain idea! (for Barkskins).
I am willing to go for that, at this point. But you know me, I am notoriously fickle when it comes to planned reads, anything else that comes along could bump my current read!

171Deern
Nov 22, 2017, 1:45am Top

I never herad of Cushings and just read the wiki entry. Seems not easy to diagnose, but I don't really get why they can't treat the high bloodsugar and at the same time see what the specialist has to say. I hope that whatever the doctors do now is going to help him, best wishes to Frank!

172EllaTim
Nov 22, 2017, 6:23am Top

Hi Anita, I'm sorry to hear about Franks health. At least he is going to the doctor now, that's something. I hope they can help him, high blood sugar can be treated very well, but they should keep testing for cortisol as well, I guess. And yes, best wishes to you and Frank!

173Caroline_McElwee
Nov 22, 2017, 7:35am Top

>168 FAMeulstee: I hope whatever Frank’s health problem is, it is manageable Anita. Having a diagnosis empowers control. Perhaps he is diabetic. That can be controlled both without and with medication depending on degree.

174charl08
Nov 22, 2017, 7:40am Top

Another set of good wishes for Frank, Anita.

175Sakerfalcon
Nov 22, 2017, 7:48am Top

Sending best wishes to Frank and hoping that the doctors can find a good course of treatment. And my best to you while you wait with him.

176jessibud2
Nov 22, 2017, 8:04am Top

Hi Anita. Adding my good vibes to the others, for Frank. Sometimes, the *search* for answers is the worst part. Once they actually know, and can come up with the right medications, that's the easy part.

Hang in there!

177FAMeulstee
Nov 22, 2017, 11:50am Top

>170 LovingLit: Yes, Megan, that is what I suggested. My TBR pile changes all the time, so I will ask you and Mark again in January or February.

>171 Deern:, >172 EllaTim:, >173 Caroline_McElwee:, >174 charl08:, >175 Sakerfalcon: & >176 jessibud2:

Thanks Nathalie, Ella, Caroline, Charlotte, Claire and Shelley

Frank has been ill for over 25 years, he finally got the label "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" in 1997, because nothing else was found back then.
One of his problems is his huge belly, but is has been impossible to loose weight. His arms and legs are thin and got thinner in the last 6 months. I expect that the diabetes nurse at the GP practice will start with telling Frank he has to loose weight, and then he will see where he gets from there. His appointment is on December 4th.
His liver values were elevated too.
For now he won't get a referral to a specialist, next year we try to test the cortisol again.

I am a bit worried, as he got worse lately, but that could be the diabetes.
If it is Cushings we still have a problem because that isn't easy to treat...

178FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 22, 2017, 12:17pm Top


book 400: Uitschot by Peter Robinson
BolKobo+, e-book, translated, mystery, DCI Banks 19, original title Bad boy, 331 pages
TIOLI challenge #11 Read a book with a prime number in the title or series number

While Alan Banks is on vacation in the USA, things in Eastvale rapidly escalate. A friend dies by police force, Annie Cabbott gets shot and his daughter Tracy ends up with a very mean young criminal.

Again a very good DCI Banks books, although there was a very cruel murder scene that bothered me.

179FAMeulstee
Nov 22, 2017, 12:12pm Top


book 401: Nou hoor je het eens van een ander by Kees Fens
own, Dutch, poetry for children, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1982, no translations, 176 pages
TIOLI challenge #10: Read a book where the title has at least seven words (NOT including subtitles)

Poetry collection for children, with works from Annie M.G. Schmidt, Han Hoekstra, Karel Eykman, Hans Andreus and many others.

180thornton37814
Nov 22, 2017, 2:12pm Top

>178 FAMeulstee: I'm listening to an Inspector Banks story right now. I'm sure I'll get to that one at some point. I've found some things in each with which I'm not particularly comfortable, but the overall book continues to enthrall, so I keep reading/listening.

181banjo123
Nov 22, 2017, 2:21pm Top

Hi Anita, hoping for the best with Frank's health. I think it's good you had him checked for Cushing's. Because, if he does have it, correct treatment will help.

182johnsimpson
Nov 22, 2017, 3:41pm Top

Hi Anita, congrats on reaching 400 books my dear and I suppose it is onwards to 450. I am sorry to hear about Frank's health and as a few have said it's good you had him checked for Cushing's. I must admit I had not heard of Cushing's before so had to Google it.

I have to admit I am in awe of your reading this year my dear and as you will probably end up near the 450 mark I will get somewhere between 85 and 90 which isn't a bad effort for me.

Sending love and hugs to you both dear friend.

183ronincats
Nov 22, 2017, 9:09pm Top

400 books!! How marvelous for you! And best wishes and hopes for both Frank and Ari to resolve their health issues well.

184Berly
Nov 22, 2017, 10:46pm Top

Anita--400?!?! That's incredible. Dropping onto my knees to bow before you. : )

I hop you can figure out what is wrong with Frank, because then maybe you can treat it. 25 years is a long time to not feel well.

Big hugs to the pair of you.

185FAMeulstee
Nov 23, 2017, 5:37am Top

>180 thornton37814: Hi Lori, I started to read the DCI Banks series in January and will probably read them all this year. Indeed in most books there are some uncomfortable scenes, but I did mention as this one was worse. It won't keep me from reading on.

>181 banjo123: Thanks Rhonda, sadly Cushings isn't easy to cure. It depends on what causes it. But it would be good to fanally KNOW what is wrong with Frank.

>182 johnsimpson: Thanks John, I never thought I would get to this many books in a year. My worst reading year ever, with only 12 books read, is only a few years back (2013).
Frank has been ill for years, and managed to get his life partly back on track despite it. It would be good if we finally find out what is wrong.
Love and hugs back to you and Karen.

>183 ronincats: Thanks Roni, it is awesome to be able to read so much :-)
It would be great if both Ari and Frank get better.

>184 Berly: Thanks Kim, please stand up ;-)
Yes, 25 years is a very long time, nearly half of Franks life and the most part of our married life. When the first quest to find out didn't work, he avoided doctors for years. I was very glad when he was willing to do some tests again and hope we do find out this time.

186vancouverdeb
Nov 23, 2017, 7:24am Top

Anita, I am sorry to hear about Frank's health difficulties I hope they can soon get a diagnosis . Of all things , our previous dog was thought to have Cushings Disease. Daisy was 13 1/2 years old and she started peeing in the house without meaning to do so and drinking a lot of water. It was summer, so for a couple of weeks I was not sure what to think, though I never got after her for loosing her bladder. Then I took her into the vet and they tested her for diabetes, which she did not have. They suspected Cushings Disease and told me that there was a treatment for it, but due to her age and the challenge of diagnosing Cushings in an older, anxious dog, they suggested not treating it. Apparently cortisol levels can rise quite a bit due to stress , and she would have to be in at the vets getting blood drawn several times, so we left it and used diapers for her.

In Franks case, I'm sure they will sort it out quickly without all of the complications of dealing with a dog . I wish you both the very best. Hugs.

Men. If my husband is any example, they always wait as long as possible to see a doctor! :-)

187FAMeulstee
Nov 23, 2017, 10:10am Top

>186 vancouverdeb: Thank you, Deborah, sorry your Daisy was suspected to have Cushings.
I knew for years about Cushings (and Addisons, that is the opposite) in dogs. It occurs fairly frequently in Chow Chows, so as a breeder I knew the names and roughly the symptoms. Sadly the treatment in humans is not as easy as it is in dogs. For dogs drugs with nasty long term side effects are used. Most dogs who suffer from it are older dogs, so they don't live long enough to be bothered by the side effects.

Not ony men, I am nearly as bad with visiting docters ;-)

188PaulCranswick
Nov 23, 2017, 12:15pm Top

This is a time of year when I as a non-American ponder over what I am thankful for.

I am thankful for this group and its ability to keep me sane during topsy-turvy times.

I am thankful that you are part of this group.

I am thankful for this opportunity to say thank you.

189streamsong
Nov 23, 2017, 2:40pm Top

Hi Anita:

I hope Frank gets diagnosed soon. It was a frustrating couple years for me until they got my eyes finally diagnosed and sorted out.

Horses are also susceptible to Cushings (genetic component). It's easily treatable in horses but expensive - between $2 -3 /day. As it usually only shows up in older horses, they often are left untreated. I have an old gelding that gets daily meds. So far he's comfortable; actually he's more than comfortable - he's the boss even though he's a small horse or large pony. :-) He's the one that chased the mountain lion out of the pasture a few years ago.

190johnsimpson
Nov 23, 2017, 3:49pm Top

Happy Thursday Anita my dear.

191sirfurboy
Nov 24, 2017, 5:03am Top

>165 FAMeulstee: It has been a long time since I read Jack Holborn, but I remember I loved it when I did, and can still remember parts of it. I think it had a TV adaption that must have been a German/British co production (or perhaps just German and British dubbing) as it starred Patrick Bach who also played in the German series Silas.

192FAMeulstee
Nov 24, 2017, 8:14am Top

>188 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul, and thank you for being you!

>189 streamsong: Thanks Janet, we hope so too. It is frustrating, but that wears off and we just keep going.
I didn't know horses could also have Cushings. Size doesn't always matter, Napoleon wasn't a big man either ;-)

>190 johnsimpson: Thanks John, happy Friday to you and Karen.

>191 sirfurboy: I had not read Jack Holborn before, it was on my shelf for many years. I think I bought it somewhere in the 1990s.
You have a good memory, according to Wikipedia it was a ZDF (German) TV production, aired in the UK by ITV.

193FAMeulstee
Nov 24, 2017, 9:46am Top


book 402: Het spook in de tempel by Robert van Gulik
BolKobo+, e-book, translated (by the writer), mystery, Rechter Tie (= Judge Dee), original title The Phantom of the Temple, 173 pages
TIOLI challenge #3: Read a Mystery

Robert van Gulik translated the original Chinese first Judge Dee book from Chinese into English, and wrote the next books himself.

Judge Dee is still in Lang-fang, a town near the border in the North-West of China. Again he has three cases going: the disappearance of a wealthy merchant's daughter, fifty stolen bars of gold and a decapitated corpse. The centre of his investigations is an old deserted tantric temple.

Like most Judge Dee books: an enjoyable and statisfactory mystery, set in historical Chinese times.

194FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 24, 2017, 10:00am Top


book 403: Reis om de wereld in tachtig dagen by Jules Verne
1001 books, BolKobo+, e-book, translated from French, English translation Around the World in Eighty Days, 261 pages
TIOLI challenge #5: Read a novel written in the 19th century

Phileas Fogg makes a bet at the gentlemans club, that he can travel around the world in 80 days. Together with his servant Jean Passepartout he travels though Europe and the Suez-canal to India, where they rescue a beautiful lady, called Aouda. They take her with them for the rest of the journey. By boat to Hong-Kong, Japan and San Francisco, by rail through the USA and again by boat to England.

An enjoyable adventure, with a tad of mystery and romance. A few forgivable geograpical mistakes, I found a few of them, the translator named them all in the afterword.

195FAMeulstee
Nov 25, 2017, 2:40pm Top


book 404: Prinses Roosje by Peter van Gestel
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1995, no English translation, 55 pages
TIOLI challenge #9: Read a book where the first word in the first sentence of the very last paragraph of the book begins with the letter K, continue in rolling order L,M, N etc.

Funny retelling of The Sleeping Beauty, instead of good fairies a white stork and instead of an evil fairy a black stork. The princess doesn't fall asleep, but can't understand what others say and others don't understand her. Of course she is saved by a prince ;-)

196FAMeulstee
Nov 25, 2017, 3:27pm Top


book 405: Tussen galg en gekkenhuis by Leon Garfield
own, translated, YA, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1974, original title Black Jack, 204 pages

18th century London, by accident the orphan Bartholomew (Tolly) Dorking saves the criminal Black Jack from hanging. Tolly falls in love with Belle, a girl on her way to the madhouse. They end up with a troup of fair customers, traveling through England.

A nice historical adventure, I liked Jack Holborn, from the same writer, better.

197FAMeulstee
Nov 25, 2017, 3:47pm Top


book 406: Dwaalspoor by Peter Robinson
BolKobo+, e-book, translated, mystery, DCI Banks 20, original title Watching the dark, 369 pages
TIOLI challenge #3: Read a Mystery

A police officer, Bill Quinn, is killed with a crossbow, while staying in a police rehabilitation centre. Alan Banks leads the investiagation, but has an officer from Internal Affairs, Joanna Pessaro, assigned to him, as there are rumors Bill might have been an informant for criminals. Annie Cabbot just returned to work, after a long rehabilitation after she was shot in the previous book. A second murder victim is found, the trail leads Banks and Pessaro to Estonia.

Knowing there are only two DCI Banks books to go (in Dutch translation) make me a bit sad...



With this book I passed 100.000 pages read this year.

198johnsimpson
Nov 25, 2017, 3:49pm Top

Congrats on passing 100,000 pages my dear.

199karenmarie
Nov 25, 2017, 4:04pm Top

Hi Anita!

Congrats on passing 100,000 pages this year. That is an amazing accomplishment and it's been fun watching, with awe, your reading year so far.

I'm very sorry to hear about Frank's health problems and hope you can get firm answers soon.

My husband is the opposite of most men whose health problems I hear about here on LT - he's not a hypochondriac but is always conscious of his health, medications, and symptoms. He goes for regular blood work and anything out of the ordinary he's either calling or e-mailing his doctor. He has had high blood pressure since high school. It's genetic, as is his high cholesterol. He was diagnosed with diabetes about 10 years ago, another genetic present and had quadruple bypass surgery in 2002 when he was 46. His heart is doing very well right now, but the diabetes is getting more and more out of control as he continues to eat all the wrong things. It's the only thing he doesn't follow doctor's orders on because he says he's going to eat what he wants to eat. He was doing a tad better about not eating so many carbs and sweets but has relapsed. Sigh.

200Whisper1
Nov 25, 2017, 5:09pm Top

I agree with Karen..It is amazing to learn of all your reads and 100,000 pages this year! WOW

201FAMeulstee
Nov 25, 2017, 5:23pm Top

>198 johnsimpson: Thanks John, it is fun to find out how far I have stretched my reading this year.

>199 karenmarie: Thanks Karen, amazes me too.
It would be great if after al these years a cause can be found. We are not overly optimistic, as we were disappointed many times through the years...
Sorry to hear your husband is ignoring docters orders about diabetes. It can have nasty effects on his body.
We ditched most sugars a few years back, so I was surprised Frank had high bloodsugar. It may be related to less excercise since our Chow Chow died last year, Ari can't walk that far. So now we try to make a longer walk each day, with Ari in the stroller.

>200 Whisper1: Thanks Linda, it is great to be able to read this much.
I think Stasia did read even more in the early years of this group.

202vancouverdeb
Nov 25, 2017, 7:36pm Top

Such amazing reading you have done this year, Anita! Congratulations! My best to you and Frank as you sort out of Frank's health issues. I know the feeling of doctor's not finding a definite diagnosis and the frustration of it all.

203PaulCranswick
Nov 26, 2017, 9:23am Top

>197 FAMeulstee: Way to go, Anita. I am in awe. Over 300 pages per day on average!

Have a lovely Sunday, dear lady.

204FAMeulstee
Nov 26, 2017, 10:38am Top

>202 vancouverdeb: Tanks Deborah, for me 2017 is an outstanding reading year :-)
Sorry you also know the frustration of not finding what is wrong.

>203 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul, last year it was just below 200 pages a day, so it is a significant rise.
Lovely Sunday to you, I hope Hani doesn't get into more trouble ;-)

205thornton37814
Nov 26, 2017, 1:15pm Top

I don't keep up with pages read. However, that's an impressive number.

206FAMeulstee
Nov 27, 2017, 3:47am Top

>205 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori, I only started counting the pages last year.

207FAMeulstee
Nov 27, 2017, 5:29pm Top


book 407: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
BolKobo+, e-book, YA, translated, original title The Hate U Give, 362 pages

Sixteen year old Starr is sitting next to Khalil in the car when a police officer pulls them aside. Only moments later Khalil is dead, shot by a cop. This is the second death of a friend for Starr, when she was ten her friend was the victim of a drive bye shooting, the case was never solved. Starr is afraid and confused, she wants to stand up for Khalil, but she is also terrified to speak up.

Recommended!


208EllaTim
Nov 27, 2017, 5:39pm Top

Hi Anita!

>207 FAMeulstee: Have it on my TBR pile as well. I have read so much praise for it here. Nice to see you loving it as well.

I intend to get to it, but first I have to finish The Shadow of the wind.

You're on book 407. It's astonishing!

209richardderus
Nov 27, 2017, 6:50pm Top

You're so back on the reading mojo, Anita, that I was distracted from your worries about Frank's condition briefly. I am so so so sad to hear that his diabetes isn't controlled well. My most potent *whammy* winging its way northeastward to him.

*smooch* for you and *schmoozle* for Ari

210jnwelch
Nov 28, 2017, 4:11pm Top

>207 FAMeulstee: Yes! I loved The Hate U Give, Anita. I hope the word spreads on this one.

211FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 28, 2017, 4:54pm Top

>208 EllaTim: Hi Ella, The Hate U Give was as good as everyone said it would be.
I hope you enjoy reading The shadow of the wind, I haven't read it (yet).
I know, it amezes me as much ;-)

>209 richardderus: Thank you, Richard, Frank has an appointment with the diabetes nurse/dietist next week.
Ari can use a schmoozle, he was back in pain a few days after the last painkiller was given. We went back to the vet yesterday, talked about MRI, but it turns out that will cost about 1,000 euro, only to diagnose if surgery is possible. If it is operable probably double that amount for surgery & revalidation :-(
Our vet has seen some remarkable results with acupuncture, so try that first. Tomorrow first appointment with the acupucturist.

>210 jnwelch: Thanks Joe, it is well worth warbling about :-)

212richardderus
Nov 28, 2017, 4:56pm Top

>211 FAMeulstee: Good re Frank, not great re Ari. Acupuncture would be so great if it works!

213FAMeulstee
Nov 28, 2017, 5:05pm Top

>212 richardderus: Thanks Richard, Ari's ancestors came from China, so it might work for him ;-)

214karenmarie
Nov 28, 2017, 5:20pm Top

Hi Anita!

I think the problem with at least some diabetes relates to carbs as much as sugar, since carbs convert to sugar. This seems to be the case with my husband, because when we went on a balanced carb-protein-fat regimen (The Zone) it worked well for both of us. I'm back on it, not as strongly as I should be, but at least 2 meals a day. Pasta, breads, potatoes, corn, carrots, peas, and etc. are high glycemic index items so one can only eat less of them to keep things in balance. It's hard to get it right, and sometimes one just needs a good bowl of pasta or a baked potato!

Sorry that Ari's having problems again. I guess I've heard about dog and cat acupuncture but have never known anybody to get it for their beloved pet. Let us know how it goes and I'll be sending positive thoughts.

215EllaTim
Nov 28, 2017, 5:38pm Top

>211 FAMeulstee: Ah poor Ari. I hope acupuncture will work out for him. The costs for just an MRI are pretty serious.

216LovingLit
Nov 29, 2017, 4:05am Top

>207 FAMeulstee: that one sounds like a sad read :( I was just finding YA books for my niece and nephew online, and found a lot of them were pretty dark in general!

>214 karenmarie: My mother has just settled into a good eating regime with her diabetes. And yes, carbs are out. She is glad to be back on the full fat milk and bacon though!

217harrygbutler
Nov 29, 2017, 9:27am Top

Sorry to hear about Ari's continuing pain, Anita, and hoping for some answers for Frank!

Managing a diet for diabetes can be difficult. I found it fairly easy to cut way back on carbs and sugars, especially as I don't really care for pasta, but it is also easy to slide back into having too many. For me potatoes are good, nutritious carbs that I can include in moderation, but pastas and breads are emptier of value.

218FAMeulstee
Nov 29, 2017, 5:45pm Top

>214 karenmarie: Hi Karen, Frank has already started to make small changes. He does the cooking. I love pasta, but he doesn't care for it, so today he made pasta for me and whole rice for himself. I think pasta and bread are the main things to change.
Ari did well at the acupuncturist, he didn't mind the needles. He did shake some off after a while. When we came home he slept deep and dreamed a bit. Next week we go again.

>215 EllaTim: Thanks Ella, I wasn't aware an MRI would cost that much. For Ari at the acupuncturist see my reply to Karen above.

>216 LovingLit: The Hate U Give was sad, but there was enough joy (friends, family, standing together) to keep it bearable.
The only problem is that carbs and sugar are way much cheaper as protein and fat...

>217 harrygbutler: Thanks Harry, Ari's first vitit to the acupuncturist seems to have helped a bit.
Luckely Frank prefers beans and potatoes over bread and pasta. He is adding more vegetables, lowering the potatoes and beans and cutting the bread and pasta. He already feels a bit fitter :-)

219FAMeulstee
Nov 29, 2017, 5:55pm Top

I finished 3 books, but I am not in the mood to write reviews, so just the covers & titles:


book 408: Vijf gelukbrengende wolken by Robert van Gulik
BolKobo+, e-book, short stories, mystery, Rechter Tie (= Judge Dee), 174 pages



--


book 409: Ready player one by Ernest Cline
from the library, e-book, YA, translated, original title Ready player one, 396 pages



--


book 410: Satyricon by Petronius
own, classic, 1st century, translated from Latin, English translation The Satyricon, 176 pages
#14: Read a book with a day of the week in the title OR the abbreviation of a day of the week embedded in the title or author's name


220Berly
Nov 29, 2017, 6:21pm Top

Anita--Good luck to Frank and Ari.

You, on the other hand, need no luck with your reading!! 410. Wow. Just wow.

221EllaTim
Nov 29, 2017, 9:21pm Top

>218 FAMeulstee: That's great that Frank feels a bit fitter already. I think food can really influence energy and mood. In autumn I always crave carbs and sweets but they also make me feel tired and sluggish (and they make me gain weight). They really are empty calories, though good tasting.

222FAMeulstee
Nov 30, 2017, 12:38pm Top

>220 Berly: Thanks Kim, they need it.
No extra luck needed for me with reading, finished two more today ;-)

>221 EllaTim: Thanks Ella, I tend to do the same in autumn, with similair results. Now Frank is changing his diet, I go along, maybe it makes me feel better too...

223FAMeulstee
Nov 30, 2017, 12:44pm Top

I finished 2 books, still not in the mood to write reviews, so again just the covers & titles:


book 411: Nagels in Ning-tsjo by Robert van Gulik
BolKobo+, e-book, translated, mystery, Rechter Tie (= Judge Dee), original title The Chinese Nail Murders, 188 pages



--


book 412: Zes zaken voor rechter Tie by Robert van Gulik
BolKobo+, e-book, translated, short stories, mystery, Rechter Tie (= Judge Dee), original title Judge Dee at work, 130 pages


224FAMeulstee
Nov 30, 2017, 12:49pm Top

November 2017 stats

40 books read (10.165 pages, 338.8 pages/day)

10/12/18 own/library/Kobo+
9/31 Dutch/translated
32/8 fiction/non-fiction

4 1001 books
14 childrens/YA
23 e-books
31 TIOLI books

--

2017 totals until November:

total books read in 2017: 412 (101.722 pages, 304.5 pages/day)

214/152/46 own/library/Kobo+
137/272/3 Dutch/translated/English
358/54 fiction/non-fiction

29 1001 books (total 52)
190 childrens&YA
113 e-books
292 TIOLI books

total ratings
  21 x
  83 x
162 x
  95 x
  43 x
    6 x
    2 x

225Chatterbox
Dec 1, 2017, 12:50am Top

I'm impressed that you got acupuncture needles into Ari! I don't think I could manage that with Molly-cat, but thankfully she's not in significant pain or incapacitated yet, just older and creakier (15). I'm more worried about Cassie, who is battling either inflammatory bowel disease or early stage lymphoma, and has lost enough weight to feel like fur and bones. A prescription diet and medication means she is doing better, but it's hard to explain things to an animal! At least with Frank, you know that he knows what is happening and what to try and the reasons for tests, etc. I hope things start to go better...

I think you may have hit me with a book bullet with Testosterone Rex; I keep hearing about that and will have to succumb. Shall see if I can get the library to order it for me. I have accumulated a lot of the DCI Banks mysteries during Kindle sales for 99p on my UK Kindle, or $1.99 in the US, but have never pushed past the first book. Perhaps 2018 will be the year, after making 2018 my Poldark year... (oh, and reading the "Billy Boyle" mysteries by James Benn, although I'm not finished those yet.)

You're way ahead of my reading pace for the year -- congrats!!

226FAMeulstee
Dec 1, 2017, 4:41am Top

>225 Chatterbox: Thanks Suzanne, I had my doubts about Ari accepting acupuncture, but he didn't mind much. After a while he shaked some of the needles off. Cats are harder to treat, both my vet and the acupuncturist told a story about a cat, who responded very well to the treatment, but got wary of the needles after a few times and refused to cooperate any longer.
I am sorry to read about Cassie, it is hard when a pet falls ill. I hope she keeps doing better with the diet and meds.

I hope you get to Testosterone Rex, it was a very good and enlightning read.
I started the DCI Banks books in January and hope to read the last two this month. Sadly two books (book 8 and 9) were never translated, so I missed those. Now I am waiting for the Dutch translations of the latest books.

Group: 75 Books Challenge for 2017

409 members

172,373 messages

About

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

Touchstones

Works

Authors

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 138,909,212 books! | Top bar: Always visible