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Anita (FAMeulstee) reads on in 2018 (5)

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1FAMeulstee
Apr 24, 2018, 5:31pm Top

On Sunday (April, 15th) Nathalie took us up to Hochmuth, at 1400 meter, by cable car.

Left: We had a marvelous view on Merano from up there. Right:Anita & Nathalie on the terrace of Gasthof Hochmuth
 

Left: Frank on the terrace of Gasthof Hochmuth. Right: Castle Tirol.
 

Later Nathalie & me walked a bit around in Algund/Lagundo, a city nect to Merano, where we stayed. Then we picked up Frank, after his afternoon nap and went to Meran/Merano to have diner. The time with Nathalie went way too fast!

2FAMeulstee
Edited: Apr 27, 2018, 4:55am Top

On Monday we traveled to Munich, where we mainly visited many museums. The first museum we went to see was "Haus der Kunst", where we saw two great exhibitions "Blind Faith" and "Kiki Smith".

Left: Benedikt Hipp: Neonatal refractions No18 (2017/2018); Middle: Otobong Nkanga: Infinite Yield (2015); Right: Wangechi Mutu: The Birth of Cackaling (2011)
  

3FAMeulstee
Edited: Apr 25, 2018, 3:35am Top

On Wednesday we visited Dachau, it was an emotionally draining experience.

The next three days we visited Museum Brandhorst that was partly closed, due to renovation. The part that could be visited contained the large Cy Twomby collection.
We visited the Pinakothek der Moderne twice, there the exhibition Paul Klee: "Construction of Mystery" attracted many visitors. The other parts of this museum were more quiet and we saw works from Salvador Dalí, Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky, Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Neo Rauch and many others.
We spend our last day at the Alten Pinakothek, with a large collection of famous 16th and 17th century painters like El Greco, Brueghel, Rubens, Velasques and Rembrandt.

Left: Paul Klee: Fire at Full Moon (1933); Right: Franz Marc: Kämpfende Formen (1914)
 

4FAMeulstee
Edited: Apr 25, 2018, 3:39am Top

Left: Andy Warhol: Self-Portrait (1967); Middle: Frank at the Pinakothek der Moderne; Right: Anita at the Pinakothek der Moderne
  

5FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 23, 2018, 4:17am Top

total books read in 2018: 192
130 own / 51 library / 11 other

total pages read in 2018: 40,171

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currently reading:

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books read in May 2018 (46 books, 9,808 pages, 30 own / 16 other)
book 192: Rooie, en andere verhalen over mij en mijn klas by Willem van Toorn, 111 pages, TIOLI #16, (msg 238)
book 191: De tranen knallen uit mijn kop by Guus Kuier, 112 pages, TIOLI #17, (msg 237)
book 190: De duivel draagt het licht (When the Devil Holds the Candle) by Karin Fossum, 282 pages, TIOLI #11, (msg 236)
book 189: Het lied van de honden (Dogsong) by Gary Paulsen, 140 pages, TIOLI #7, (msg 232)
book 188: Ongezocht ongeluk (A sorrow beyond dreams) by Peter Handke, 107 pages, TIOLI #4, (msg 221)
book 187: Boekenpest by Boudewijn Büch, 166 pages, TIOLI #19, (msg 220)
book 186: Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner, 300 pages, TIOLI #16, (msg 219)
book 185: Een tijd voor empathie (The Age of Empathy) by Frans de Waal, 307 pages, TIOLI #17, (msg 204)
book 184: Komplot op volle zee by Henk van Kerkwijk, 143 pages, TIOLI #10, (msg 203)
book 183: Heerlijke nieuwe wereld by Günter Wallraff, 318 pages, TIOLI #5, (msg 202)
book 182: Nancho van Bonaire by Diana Lebacs, 120 pages, TIOLI #9, (msg 201)
book 181: Hoe weet jij dat nou? by Dolf Verroen, 70 pages, TIOLI #14, (msg 190)
book 180: Schaduwliefde (Between Shades of Gray) by Ruta Sepetys, 368 pages, TIOLI #3, (msg 189)
book 179: Rutgers reis by Willem Wilmink, 153 pages, TIOLI #20, (msg 188)
book 178: De wraak van de Sith (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith) by Matthew Stover, 303 pages, TIOLI #21, (msg 187)
book 177: Motu-Iti, het meeuweneiland by Roberto Piumini, 122 pages, TIOLI #6, (msg 186)
book 176: Wie had gelijk Mary Rose? (The truth about Mary Rose) by Marilyn Sachs, 119 pages, TIOLI #12, (msg 176)
book 175: Pech (A Dangerous Game) by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, 93 pages, TIOLI #18, (msg 175)
book 174: Vechten met Veronica (Veronica Ganz) by Marilyn Sachs, 113 pages, TIOLI #2, (msg 174)
book 173: Het ga je goed, het ga je wel (Go well, stay well) by Toeckey Jones, 187 pages, TIOLI #4, (msg 173)
book 172: Siddhartha : een Indiese vertelling (Siddhartha) by Hermann Hesse, 139 pages, TIOLI #18, (msg 169)
book 171: De moedige R2-D2 (R2-D2 the brave) by Ace Landers, 65 pages, TIOLI #21, (msg 168)
book 170: Gaan, ging, gegaan (Go, Went, Gone) by Jenny Erpenbeck, 314 pages, TIOLI #2, (msg 164)
book 169: Toen onze Daniel dood ging (Isaac Campion) by Janni Howker, 115 pages, TIOLI #12, (msg 163)
book 168: Stormboy : een leven in de wildernis (Stormboy) by Colin Thiele, 61 pages, TIOLI #16, (msg 162)
book 167: Zwart water (Blackwater) by Kerstin Ekman, 376 pages, TIOLI #15, (msg 161)
book 166: Bloem water gist zout passie by Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, 268 pages, TIOLI #15, (msg 142)
book 165: De Cock en een dodelijk rendez-vous by A.C. Baantjer, 135 pages, TIOLI #8, (msg 141)
book 164: 1001 boeken die je gelezen moet hebben! (1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die) by Peter Boxall, 960 pages, TIOLI #19, (msg 136)
book 163: Markus en de meisjes (Markus and the girls) by Klaus Hagerup, 198 pages, TIOLI #11, (msg 134)
book 162: Jinx by Margaret Wild, 215 pages, TIOLI #14, (msg 133)
book 161: De jungle (The Jungle) by Upton Sinclair, 351 pages, TIOLI #5, (msg 118)
book 160: Wiplala weer by Annie M.G. Schmidt, 167 pages, TIOLI #20, (msg 117)
book 159: Wiplala by Annie M.G. Schmidt, 164 pages, TIOLI #1, (msg 116)
book 158: Ver van huis (Far From Home) by Ouida Sebestyen, 189 pages, TIOLI #10, (msg 112)
book 157: Aan de schitterende rand van de wereld (To the Bright Edge of the World) by Eowyn Ivey, 432 pages, TIOLI #6, (msg 111)
book 156: Jannes by Toon Tellegen, 61 pages, TIOLI #1, (msg 102)
book 155: Markus en Diana (Markus and Diana) by Klaus Hagerup, 174 pages, TIOLI #9, (msg 101)
book 154: Het huis in Niemandsland (Fly Away Home) by Christine Nöstlinger, 157 pages, TIOLI #13, (msg 93)
book 153: De gedaanteverwisseling (Metamorphosis) by Franz Kafka, 88 pages, TIOLI #3, (msg 91)
book 152: De zwarte stenen by Guus Kuijer, 237 pages, TIOLI #7, (msg 89)
book 151: Maak dat je wegkomt (Have Mercy on Us All, Adamsberg 3) by Fred Vargas, 349 pages, TIOLI #11, (msg 88)
book 150: De wereld bij benadering (The World More or Less) by Jean Rouaud, 237 pages, TIOLI #13, (msg 69)
book 149: Lola, de beer by Trude de Jong, 93 pages, TIOLI #17, (msg 67)
book 148: Op een ochtend was de khomre leeg by Hushang Moradi-Kermani, 84 pages, TIOLI #8, (msg 65)
book 147: Sjlasjduivels op Monta by Hermann Molenkamp, 545 pages, TIOLI #11, (msg 63)

6FAMeulstee
Edited: Jun 3, 2018, 5:43am Top

books read in April 2018 (37 books, 6,828 pages, 28 own / 9 library)
book 146: De verdenking (The Quarry) by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, 144 pages, TIOLI #12, (msg 55)
book 145: Eeuwelingen by Steffie van den Oord, 303 pages, TIOLI #6, (msg 51)
book 144: Bijna iedereen kon omvallen by Toon Tellegen, 122 pages, TIOLI #5, (msg 50)
book 143: Verkocht by Hans Hagen, 171 pages, TIOLI #1, (msg 49)
book 142: We gingen bramen plukken (A taste of Blackberries) by Doris Buchanan Smith, 71 pages, TIOLI #11, (msg 48)
book 141: Doodgewoon by Bette Westera, 112 pages, TIOLI #15, (msg 42)
book 140: Een huis met zeven kamers by Joke van Leeuwen, 127 pages, TIOLI #7, (msg 41)
book 139: Vogels in het zwart by Piet Meeuwissen, 139 pages, TIOLI #2, (msg 40)
book 138: Maak me niet kapot (Sticks and Stones) by Lynn Hall, 140 pages, TIOLI #3, (msg 39)
book 137: Athabasca (I be somebody) by Hadley Irwin, 145 pages, TIOLI #4, (msg 21)
book 136: De avonturen van Alice in Wonderland & Achter de spiegel en wat Alice daar aantrof (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass) by Lewis Carroll, 244 pages, TIOLI #10,
book 135: Liefde, enz (Love, etc.) by Julian Barnes, 222 pages, TIOLI #8,
book 134: Een vrouw op 1000 graden (Woman at 1000 degrees) by Hallgrimur Helgason, 541 pages, TIOLI #6,
book 133: De vergeten hacienda by Sven Wernström, 126 pages, TIOLI #14,
book 132: Ronja de roversdochter (Ronia, the Robber's Daughter) by Astrid Lindgren, 175 pages, TIOLI #10,
book 131: Operatie Napoleon (Operation Napoleon) by Arnaldur Indriðason, 350 pages, TIOLI #13,
book 130: De omgekeerde man (Seeking Whom He May Devour) by Fred Vargas, 285 pages, TIOLI #12,
book 129: Klein verhaal over liefde by Marit Törnqvist, 59 pages, TIOLI #16,
book 128: Het is fijn om er te zijn by Guus Kuijer, 100 pages, TIOLI #17,
book 127: Over tirannie (On tyranny) by Timothy Snyder, 123 pages,
book 126: Helden op sokken by Anne Makkink, 116 pages, TIOLI #13,
book 125: Wild vlees by Marita de Sterck, 170 pages, TIOLI #4,
book 124: Wie niet weg is wordt gezien (Hide and seek) by Ida Vos, 151 pages, TIOLI #14,
book 123: Vluchten kan niet meer (Collision Course) by Nigel Hinton, 124 pages, TIOLI #16,
book 122: Het wonderlijke archief van Mevrouw Fitzalan (From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler) by E.L. Koningsburg, 111 pages, TIOLI #6,
book 121: De aard van het beest (The nature of the beast) by Janni Howker, 150 pages, TIOLI #7,
book 120: Sprong in de leegte by Lydia Rood, 232 pages, TIOLI #5,
book 119: Trioloog (Talking it over) by Julian Barnes, 208 pages, TIOLI #8,
book 118: De genezing van de krekel by Toon Tellegen, 117 pages, TIOLI #11,
book 117: Mevrouw Vis, aap en de vuilniskoningin (Mrs. Fish, Ape, and Me, The Dump Queen) by Norma Fox Mazer, 119 pages, TIOLI #3,
book 116: Voor niks gaat de zon op by Els Pelgrom, 68 pages, TIOLI #2,
book 115: De paardentemmer (The Horse-Tamer) by Walter Farley, 155 pages, TIOLI #9,
book 114: Niemandsland (Regeneration) by Pat Barker, 318 pages, TIOLI #15,
book 113: Acqua alta (Acqua Alta) by Donna Leon, 349 pages, TIOLI #12,
book 112: Een osbork in de ruimte by Gerben Hellinga jr, 199 pages, TIOLI #17,
book 111: Coriolis, de stormplaneet by Gerben Hellinga jr, 198 pages, TIOLI #9,
book 110: De dood draagt rode schoenen (Dressed for Death) by Donna Leon, 343 pages, TIOLI #1,

7FAMeulstee
Edited: Jun 3, 2018, 5:38am Top

books read in March 2018 (47 books, 8,414 pages, 36 own / 11 library)
book 109: Het huilen van Urgje - Marten Toonder
book 108: De W.A.-man ; De pook ; Roest - Theun de Vries
book 107: De gevleugelde kat - Isabel Hoving
book 106: De kat en de adelaar - Hans Hagen
book 105: De koperen tuin - Simon Vestdijk
book 104: Geschiedenis van de Lage Landen deel 2 - Jaap ter Haar
book 103: Vrienden van de maan - Mensje van Keulen
book 102: Wat is dat? een voelboek - Virginia Allen Jensen
book 101: Dood in den vreemde - Donna Leon
book 100: De kwade inblazingen - Marten Toonder
book 99: Verhalen voor een Afrikaanse koning - Humphrey Harman
book 98: Verder alles goed - Nico Dijkshoorn
book 97: Stralend kruid - Roberto Piumini
book 96: Wachten op Doggo - Mark B. Mills
book 95: Het Gilgamesj-epos
book 94: De molen en de Boeseknor - Alet Schouten
book 93: Uk en Bur - Wim Hofman
book 92: Vaderland - Robert Harris
book 91: Vos en haas - Sylvia Vanden Heede
book 90: Metamorphosen - Ovidius
book 89: De Cock en de geur van rottend hout - A.C. Baantjer
book 88: Iolo komt niet spelen - Alet Schouten
book 87: Het betoverde land achter de kleerkast - C.S. Lewis
book 86: De prinses van Clèves - Madame de Lafayette
book 85: De zomer van 1927 - Bill Bryson
book 84: Elfenmiddag - Janet Taylor Lisle
book 83: Toen Faas niet thuiskwam - Martha Heesen
book 82: De kat in de gordijnen - Dolf Verroen
book 81: Roofvogels & uilen in Europa - Jaap Schelvis
book 80: De storm - Gaye Hiçyilmaz
book 79: Waarom kwamen de walvissen? - Michael Morpurgo
book 78: De encyclopedie van de grote woorden - Mark Boog
book 77: Lieve Tracey... Lieve Mandy... - John Marsden
book 76: Van Hector die een kater was - Alet Schouten
book 75: Twtti Rhys Hec : een meisje van zestien - Hadley Irwin
book 74: Het schnitzelparadijs - Khalid Boudou
book 73: Donderslag - Libby Hathorn
book 72: Zoals de wind om het huis - Johanna Kruit
book 71: Alptraum : Stanley's laatste gems - Koos van Zomeren
book 70: Birk - Jaap Robben
book 69: Piraten aan de Stille Oceaan - Karl May
book 68: Heksen en zo... - Annie M.G. Schmidt
book 67: Your future! hét trendwatchers handboek - Lieke Lamb & Richard Lamb
book 66: Wat dacht je van mij? - Corrie Hafkamp
book 65: De vloek van Cornelia - Martha Heesen
book 64: Noodweer - Suzanne Fisher Staples
book 63: Luna van de boom - Bart Moeyaert

8FAMeulstee
Edited: Jun 3, 2018, 5:40am Top

books read in February 2018 (30 books, 6,987 pages, 21 own / 9 library )
book 62: Josja Pruis - Harm de Jonge
book 61: Laat me nooit alleen - Kazuo Ishiguro
book 60: De wreker van Floris V - Renée Vink
book 59: Godje - Daan Remmerts de Vries
book 58: La Bruja, de merrie - Helen Griffiths
book 57: Zwart op wit - Akky van der Veer
book 56: Het huis tussen de bomen - Irene Hunt
book 55: Geschiedenis van de Lage Landen deel 1 - Jaap ter Haar
book 54: Britt-Marie was hier - Fredrik Backman
book 53: Sneeuw - Orhan Pamuk
book 52: Het boek van alle dingen - Guus Kuijer
book 51: Jonathan, wat zag je in die zomernacht? - K.M. Peyton
book 50: Edda translated - Marcel Otten
book 49: Morgen is de toekomst - An Rutgers van der Loeff
book 48: Zwart als inkt - Wim Hofman
book 47: De adjudant van de vrachtwagen - S.R. van Itterson
book 46: Een midzomernachtdroom - William Shakespeare
book 45: Anansi de spin weeft zich een web om de wereld - Noni Lichtveld
book 44: De verdwenen menora - Jan & Sanne Terlouw
book 43: De havik - T.H. White
book 42: Schorshuiden - Annie Proulx
book 41: Maliff en de wolf - Hans Hagen
book 40: Meneer Ratti - Mensje van Keulen
book 39: Pablo - Helen Griffiths
book 38: Tommie Station - Mensje van Keulen
book 37: Aardzee 2 - Ursula Le Guin
book 36: Mijn hersens draaien rondjes - Rita Verschuur
book 35: Het is nacht, we gaan op jacht - Hans Hagen
book 34: Muizensoep - Arnold Lobel
book 33: Zwaarden, paarden en ziektekiemen - Jared Diamond

9FAMeulstee
Edited: Jun 3, 2018, 5:39am Top

books read in January 2018 (32 books, 8,134 pages, 15 own / 7 library / 10 BolKobo+)
book 32: Stijfkop, de vechthond - Helen Griffiths
book 31: De hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
book 30: Het reality-essay - Dirk Vis
book 29: Het is maar een straathond - Helen Griffiths
book 28: De man van de blauwe cirkels - Fred Vargas
book 27: Zes maanden in de Siberische wouden - Sylvain Tesson
book 26: Francisco, olé ! - Helen Griffiths
book 25: De laatste zomer - Helen Griffiths
book 24: Een studie in rood - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
book 23: Naar Moskou! Naar Moskou! - Willem Oosterbeek
book 22: Lof der zotheid - Desiderius Erasmus
book 21: Wolvensaga - Käthe Recheis
book 20: Doldwazen en druiloren - Ulf Stark
book 19: Het heksenkind - Helen Griffiths
book 18: Woutertje Pieterse - Multatuli
book 17: Majesteit, Uw ontbijt - Sjoerd Kuyper
book 16: De rode hengst op de renbaan - Walter Farley
book 15: Sacha, de russische blauwe kat - Helen Griffiths
book 14: Kaas en de evolutietheorie - Bas Haring
book 13: Waarom ik lees - Tim Parks
book 12: De vergeten geschiedenis van mijn grootvader Sulayman Hadj Ali - Meltem Halaceli
book 11: De reizen van Gulliver - Jonathan Swift
book 10: Een handvol sneeuw - Jenny Erpenbeck
book 9: A van alibi - Sue Grafton
book 8: De oorlog heeft geen vrouwengezicht - Svetlana Alexievich
book 7: Het vierkant van de wraak - Pieter Aspe
book 6: De abdij van Northanger - Jane Austen
book 5: Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
book 4: Reizen zonder John - Geert Mak
book 3: De hond van Rafa - Helen Griffiths
book 2: Onafhankelijke mensen - Haldór Laxness
book 1: Het gouden oog - Hans Hagen

10FAMeulstee
Edited: May 31, 2018, 5:53pm Top

Reading plans:

TIOLI April 2018 double sweep done!

TIOLI May 2018 double sweep done!

11FAMeulstee
Edited: May 2, 2018, 8:55am Top

Reading plans in 2018

I have a large collection of mostly awarded childrens & YA books. At the moment I am reading the books I haven't read since joining LT, mostly alphabeticly, to decide which to keep. The ones not to keep are donated to a library in Rotterdam (where we lived until 2005).
I started in 2018 with 696 (was 702*) childrens/YA books, of those 350 (was 352*) are TBR.

End of April update:
- Childrens/YA books TBR: 350 - 85 read in 2018 = 265 + 2 books acquired = 267 TBR
- Childrens/YA books on the shelves: 696 + 2 books acquired = 698 - 2 culled = 696 - 54 ready to go = 642

* 6 books moved from childrens/YA collection to the adult collection.

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I keep trying to read more of my own books, of the 452 books I have read in 2017 238 (53%) were my own.
This year I try again to read at least 50% books of my own.

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

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January summary: January in numbers
February summary: February in numbers
March summary: March in numbers
April summmary: April in numbers

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Previous threads in 2018
book 1 - 25 (January 2018): thread 1
book 26 - 52 (January-February 2018): thread 2
book 53 - 92 (February-March 2018): thread 3
book 93 - 136 (March-April 2018): thread 4

My readings in previous years

452 books (110,222 pages) read in 2017/1, 2017/2, 2017/3, 2017/4, 2017/5, 2017/6, 2017/7, 2017/8, 2017/9, 2017/10, 2017/11, 2017/12, 2017/13
252 books   (72,474 pages) read in 2016/1, 2016/2, 2016/3, 2016/4, 2016/5, 2016/6
  29 books   (10,079 pages) read in 2015
  17 books     (3,700 pages) read in 2014
  13 books     (3,692 pages) read in ROOT 2013
  50 books   (18,779 pages) read in 2012/1, 2012/2, 2012/3
  82 books   (29,387 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

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Other lists

My best of lists on the WikiThing

12FAMeulstee
Edited: May 31, 2018, 6:09pm Top

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

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

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 47/70

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

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

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;

Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg by Fred Vargas 3/8
1 De man van de blauwe cirkels; 2 De omgekeerde man; 3 Maak dat je wegkomt; 4 De terugkeer van Neptunus; 5 De eeuwige jacht; 6 Vervloekt; 7 De verdwijningen; 8 IJsmoord

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

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

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

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

13FAMeulstee
Edited: Jun 1, 2018, 9:18am Top

Books acquired in 2018: 50

May 2018 (16)
Lazarillo van Tormes
Het einde van de rode mens by Svetlana Alexijevitsj
Verloren illusies by Honoré de Balzac (Franse bibliotheek)
Het martyrium by Elias Canetti (Perpetua reeks)
Het verzoek by Michèle Desbordes (Franse bibliotheek)
Gaan, ging, gegaan by Jenny Erpenbeck
Alleen in Berlijn by Hans Fallada
Faust, een tragedie by Goethe (Perpetua reeks)
De doden by James Joyce
De dag van de hond by Caroline Lamarche (Franse bibliotheek)
Een broze waarheid by John Le Carré
Verhalen Boris Pasternak (Russische bibliotheek)
Verhaal van een leven 1 by Konstantin Paustovski (Russische bibliotheek)
Verhaal van een leven 2 by Konstantin Paustovski (Russische bibliotheek)
De menselijke smet by Philip Roth
Operatie Shylock by Philip Roth

April 2018 (4)
Alte Pinakothek Munich by Martin Schawe
Pinakothek der Moderne Munich: Modern Art Collection by Bernhard Maaz
Reinhold Messner: Das Leben eines Extrembergsteigers by Michele Petrucci
The Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrews Cummin

March 2018 (13)
Soldaat Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
Ik herhaal je by Ingrid Jonker
Schuim by Alfred Schaffer
Kooi by Alfred Schaffer
Binnenplaats by Joost Baars
Aardzee 2 (omnibus 4-6) by Ursula Le Guin
Gezien de feiten by Griet Op de Beeck (boekenweekgeschenk)
Natuurlijk by Jan Terlouw (boekenweek essay)
Het slechte pad by Robert Galbraith (e-book)
Poppenhuis by David Hewson (e-book)
Het verkeerde meisje by David Hewson (e-book)
Het derde zusje by David Hewson (e-book)
De stenen engel by David Hewson (e-book)

February 2018 (6)
Neo Rauch - Dromos - Schilderijen 1993-2017 by Ralph Keuning
*De holle heuvels by Mary Stewart
*De kristallen grot by Mary Stewart
*De laatste betovering by Mary Stewart
*Arthur, koning voor eens en altijd, gevolgd door Het boek Merlijn by T.H. White
Aardzee (omnibus 1-3) by Ursula Le Guin

* secondhand replacements for books culled in 2005

January 2018 (11)
2314 by Philip Akkerman
Doodgewoon by Bette Westera
De Bosatlas van het Nederlandse voetbal
Amerikaanse pastorale by Philip Roth
Liefdesliederen by Hadewijch
Middlemarch by George Eliot
De avonturen van Alice in Wonderland & Achter de spiegel en wat Alice daar aantrof by Lewis Caroll
Het Gilgamesj-epos
**Bekentenissen van Zeno by Italo Svevo
Het rood en het zwart by Stendhal
Anton Heyboer : het goede moment by Doede Hardeman ea

**replacment for damaged book

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Books culled in 2018: 2 (really gone) + 87 (ready to go) = 89 1

1) + 6 double books removed from catalogue and ready to go.

14FAMeulstee
Apr 24, 2018, 5:34pm Top

last one

15EllaTim
Apr 24, 2018, 7:55pm Top

Hi Anita, nice to see you home! And happy new thread.

>1 FAMeulstee: What a view, and good pictures of the three of you.

>2 FAMeulstee: Fascinating. Love the colours of all three of them. All three very special.

And what a lot of reading you have done! You're well on your way to that second Tioli-sweep.

16figsfromthistle
Apr 24, 2018, 9:13pm Top

Happy new thread! It looks like you had a great vacation :)

17PaulCranswick
Apr 24, 2018, 10:05pm Top

Lovely to see you meeting up with Nathalie, Anita.

Happy new thread. xx

18ronincats
Apr 24, 2018, 11:33pm Top

Happy New Thread, Anita! Looking forward to more vacation pictures, cause I've loved the ones I've seen so far.

19Deern
Edited: Apr 25, 2018, 12:44am Top

Happy new thread Anita! Great pictures, glad the one of castle Tirol from the cable car came out so well! I've never been to Haus der Kunst, only to the two Pinakotheken several times and to the Stadtmuseum that has changing shows. HdK is noted for next time.

20FAMeulstee
Apr 25, 2018, 3:55am Top

>15 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella, those thre pictures are from the "Blind Faith" exhibition. The NRC had a raving review about this exposition. I have added some more pictures up there.

>16 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Anita, we had a great time in Merano and Munich.

>17 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul, it was great finally meeting Nathalie after two failed tries.

>18 ronincats: Thank you, Roni, there is more now on the top of my thread (>3 FAMeulstee: & >4 FAMeulstee:). And even more at Facebook.

>19 Deern: Thanks, Nathalie, we were attended on the Haus der Kunst by an article in a Dutch newspaper. They have a small permanent collection and changing contemporary exhibitions. There are three Pinakotheken now. We went to the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Alten Pinakothek. So we only missed the Neue Pinakothek this time, but I hope we can visit it next time we go to Munich as there is so much more to see :-)

21FAMeulstee
Edited: Apr 27, 2018, 2:43am Top


book 137: Athabasca by Hadley Irwin
own, YA, translated, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1986, original title I be somebody, 145 pages
TIOLI Challenge #4: Read a book that brings up the right title but the wrong touchstone

Based on true events in 1910, ten year old Rap lives in an all black community in Clearview, Oklahoma, with his aunt Spicey. The people in town are talking about migrating to Athabasca (= Amber Valley, Canada), as they are afraid the Jim Crow laws will also come to Oklahoma. At first Rap doesn't understand what is going on, as he never faced racism in his small comunity. His aunt does not think about leaving, but one day she seems to have changed her mind.
A compelling tale about the call of a "Promished Land", without segregation and racism.

Article about the history of Amber Valley and an article about All Black Towns in Oklahoma.

22scaifea
Apr 25, 2018, 6:21am Top

Happy new thread, Anita!

23msf59
Apr 25, 2018, 6:38am Top

Happy New Thread, Anita. Love the beautiful, vacation toppers. Glad you had a lovely visit with Nathalie.

24Sakerfalcon
Apr 25, 2018, 7:23am Top

Happy new thread! Your trip sounds great and the photos are lovely. Meeting a librarythinger, seeing great art and visiting beautiful places is the perfect combination!

25foggidawn
Apr 25, 2018, 9:05am Top

Happy new thread! Sounds like you had a great trip!

26drneutron
Apr 25, 2018, 9:40am Top

Happy new thread!

27karenmarie
Apr 25, 2018, 10:25am Top

Hi Anita! Happy new thread.

Lovely photos of you, Frank, Nathalie, a castle, and art work. Thanks for sharing.

Your trip sounds wonderful. I hope you have a lovely rest-of-Wednesday.

28jessibud2
Apr 25, 2018, 11:29am Top

Happy new thread, Anita and lovely photos up there!

29FAMeulstee
Apr 25, 2018, 12:05pm Top

>22 scaifea: Thank you, Amber!

>23 msf59: Thanks, Mark, we had a lovely time with Nathalie and in Munich.

>24 Sakerfalcon: Thank you, Claire, we enjoyed our time abroad. Meeting a LibraryThinger is always a great experience ;-)

>25 foggidawn: Thanks, Misti, it was a good trip. We are also glad to be back home.

30FAMeulstee
Apr 25, 2018, 12:11pm Top

>26 drneutron: Thank you, Jim!

>27 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen, glad you enjoyed my pictures.
We had a very good time, now all I have left to do is getting caught up with the long threads ;-)

>28 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley, it is a joy to share the photo's here!

31Crazymamie
Apr 25, 2018, 1:06pm Top

Happy new thread, Anita! Your topper photos are beautiful - sounds like your meet-up with Nathalie was full of fabulous.

32jnwelch
Apr 25, 2018, 1:14pm Top

Happy New Thread, Anita! Love the photos up top, and congratulations on the fun meetup.

33harrygbutler
Apr 25, 2018, 1:34pm Top

Happy new thread, Anita! Great photos!

34Caroline_McElwee
Apr 25, 2018, 1:44pm Top

A gallery glut, delicious, Anita.

I saw some huge Cy Twomby pieces last weekend, at an exhibition curated by the local people of a seaside town called Margate. They chose work that spoke to them of T S Eliot's The Waste Land. There was an amazing breadth of work. Another town are doing the project too, in September, so I plan to go and see what they chose.

35FAMeulstee
Apr 25, 2018, 3:10pm Top

>31 Crazymamie: Thank you, Mamie, we had a great time with Nathalie :-)

>32 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe, congratulations to you being a Grandfather now!

>33 harrygbutler: Thank you, Harry, it is fun to share the fun.

>34 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline, there is more on my facebook page. Are you on FB?
All Cy Twombly's paintings we have seen were huge. In the Museum Brandhorst they have two rooms specially designed for his work, one with the 12 paintings of his Lepanto series (2001) and two statues. The other with his Roses series.

36johnsimpson
Apr 25, 2018, 4:36pm Top

Happy new thread Anita my dear, great thread topper photos. Looks like you had a great meet up with Nathalie my dear and a nice break away.

I am getting back around all the threads and hope to be back to my normal visiting again after a horrible start to the year. Sending love and hugs to you and Frank from both of us dear friend.

37Storeetllr
Apr 25, 2018, 8:16pm Top

Happy new thread, Anita! What wonderful photos up top! Looks like you had a fantastic trip! I saw where you said you went to Dachau and that it was emotionally draining. I just bet it was!

38FAMeulstee
Apr 26, 2018, 7:10am Top

>36 johnsimpson: Thank you, John, good to see you around!
We had a great time with Nathalie and enjoyed our time in Munich. And now it is good to be back home :-)

>37 Storeetllr: Thank you, Mary! Yes, we had a great time away. Dachau was emotionally draining. We took a guided tour, but I had to quit halfway as I could not take more tales about the horrible, dehumanising things that happened there. We sat down for a while in the shade and after a while we walked a bit around on our own.

39FAMeulstee
Edited: Apr 27, 2018, 2:44am Top


book 138: Maak me niet kapot by Lynn Hall
own, YA, translated, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1976, original title Sticks and Stones, 140 pages
TIOLI Challenge #3: Read a book with the word 'fish' or a species of fish in the title

Tom and his mother moved to a small village in Iowa, after his parents divorce. It is where his mother grew up. At fist he likes living in Buck Creek, but he misses a true friend. He finds some comfort when he plays the piano. One day Ward comes back to the village, after a few years away. In Ward Tom finally finds a true friend. But soon the gossiping starts about two boys who are way too close. By the time Tom finds out why he has become an outcast, he is not able to turn the tide.
The Dutch title means "Don't destroy me".

40FAMeulstee
Apr 26, 2018, 7:32am Top


book 139: Vogels in het zwart by Piet Meeuwissen
own, YA, Dutch, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1985, no translations, 139 pages
TIOLI Challenge #2: Read a book where something you could find in the sky is part of the title

Joost, Sjanet and Steef live with their mother at their maternal grandparents place. They moved there after their father died. One day they see that two boys from the neighborhood kill a pair of jackdaws, who were nesting at the roof of the house. The three children save the young jackdaws, with help of a neighbour, who knows a lot about birds. Their grandfather is not happy with three young jackdaws in his house.

41FAMeulstee
Apr 26, 2018, 7:38am Top


book 140: Een huis met zeven kamers by Joke van Leeuwen
own, YA, Dutch, awarded, Zilveren Griffel and Gouden Penseel 1980, no English translation, 127 pages
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book with a title that is inclusive

Her favourite uncle takes a girl to his house. This house has seven chambres and in each chamber he tells her a story. Some are funny, some are a bit odd. With illustrations by the author, sometimes through and in the text.

42FAMeulstee
Apr 26, 2018, 7:49am Top


book 141: Doodgewoon by Bette Westera
own, YA, Dutch, awarded, Gouden Griffel, Vlag en Wimpel and Woutertje Pieterse prijs 2015, no translations, 112 pages
TIOLI Challenge #15: Read a book where the beginning of the title is following the musical scale, a rolling challenge

Poems for children about death, burying, rituals and mourning.
Everything is beautiful in this book: the contents, the illustrations, the thick paper and the edition. It got two major childrens/YA awards in 2014 and I can totally see why.

43Caroline_McElwee
Apr 26, 2018, 8:04am Top

>35 FAMeulstee: I'm a Luddite Anita, although I have a Facebook page, I don't really use it, mostly the friends are previous colleagues and a couple of cousins.

44Carmenere
Apr 26, 2018, 8:07am Top

Happy New Thread, Anita! Great pictures from Merano! How nice you and Nathalie were able to meet up!!

45FAMeulstee
Apr 26, 2018, 8:55am Top

>43 Caroline_McElwee: I use my FB page mostly for sharing pictures, Caroline, as it is easy. I have set the Cy Twombly pictures to public, so everyone can see them.

>44 Carmenere: Thank you, Lynda!
We tried to meet before. The first plan was to meet five years ago, but that fell apart as Ari got ill at the time. So we were very happy to finally meet eachother.

46Familyhistorian
Apr 28, 2018, 1:51am Top

Happy new thread, Anita. Those are great vacation pictures.

47FAMeulstee
Apr 28, 2018, 12:57pm Top

>46 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg, we had a great time :-)

48FAMeulstee
Edited: Apr 28, 2018, 1:49pm Top


book 142: We gingen bramen plukken by Doris Buchanan Smith
own, YA, translated, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1977, original title A taste of Blackberries, 71 pages
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a book which contains a word in the title that can be found in a garden

Jamie and his friend are neighbors, they do a lot together. Jamie always dares a bit more than his friend. When Jamie suddenly dies after a bee-sting, his friend (who tells the story) has a hard time coping.
The author has written e very good book about a difficult subject.

The Dutch title translates "We went picking blackberries".

49FAMeulstee
Edited: Apr 28, 2018, 2:03pm Top


book 143: Verkocht by Hans Hagen
own, YA, Dutch, awarded, Woutertje Pieterse prijs 2015, no translations, 171 pages
TIOLI Challenge #1: Read a book with at least three pages starting with the same word, but NOT the word “the”

Four year old Yaqub lives in Pakistan. Because of servere poverty his parents sell him to a man, who says Yaqub will earn a lot of money for them. Yaqub ends up near Dubai, with many other children, and is used as a jockey in camel-races. His parents don't get any money and Yaqub gets barely food, the lighter the child, the faster a camel can run. Some children die. Children who try to run away get serverely punished. After many years Yaqub comes back home, with help of outsiders who fight against child-slavery.
The title means "Sold".

Based on true events, at the end of the book the author shows publications in papers about child-slavery in the Gulf States. In the UAE it was forbidden by law since 1993 to use children, but the law came not in effect until there came international publicity. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camel_racing#Child_jockeys

50FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 2, 2018, 5:08pm Top


book 144: Bijna iedereen kon omvallen by Toon Tellegen
own, YA, Dutch, awarded, Gouden Griffel and Woutertje Pieterse prijs 1994, no translations, 122 pages
TIOLI Challenge #5: Read a book whose title references a physical action a human can perform

Toon Telligen has written many books about the animals in the wood. In this universe there is only one of every animal, so their names are "Squirrel", "Ant", "Cricket" "Elephant".
We meet Squirrel and Ant, who are best friends. Elephant has already started to climb trees.
The title would be in English: "Nearly everyone could fall over".

Toon Telligen has a wonderful way with words, I try to translate very poetic sentence from the book. Ant has a small box with good memories. One night the box was a bit open, so the memory of a great birthday comes back to Ant. He closes the box and "He even thought for a moment that he could hear the taste of honey, but he wasn't sure if that was possible".

Some of Toon Tellegen's books are available in English translation.

51FAMeulstee
Edited: Apr 28, 2018, 3:01pm Top


book 145: Eeuwelingen by Steffie van den Oord
from the library, e-book, non-fiction, Dutch, no translations, 303 pages
TIOLI Challenge #6: Read a book whose LT average rating is more than 4.0

22 interviews with Dutch men and women who were a 100 or more years old in 2001, so they lived through the whole 20th century and were still alive at the start of the 21st century.
This leads to many interesting stories, mainly from the first half of the 20th century. The first World War didn't affect the Netherlands directly (we remained neutral), but there were shortages and many men were called into the army, to defend our country if we might get tangled up into the conflict. Most Dutch expected the same would happen in WWII, but Germany did declare war and occupied our country within a few days. Some of the interviewed were in German camps, one of them was in a Japanese camp in the Dutch Indies.
Most of the interviewed had a very poor start in life, being one of many children, and siblings lost at a very young age. Only a few years school and from 12 year on they had to work, because their families needed the money.
The title means "Centenarians".

52LovingLit
Apr 29, 2018, 5:19am Top

>1 FAMeulstee: lovely! What a great meet up :)

53tymfos
Apr 29, 2018, 9:26pm Top

Happy new thread, Anita! Your thread-topper photos are amazing! I'm glad you had a good vacation. It looks like you've done a lot of interesting reading.

54FAMeulstee
Apr 30, 2018, 4:20pm Top

>52 LovingLit: Thanks, Megan, it was :-)

>53 tymfos: Thank you, Terri, we had a very good time.
I am still reading a lot, the number of books is a bit above last years numbers, although the page numbers are a bit down. I am reading many of my own childrens/YA books, they tend to be shorter, so that is a good thing.

55FAMeulstee
Edited: Apr 30, 2018, 4:40pm Top


book 146: De verdenking by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
own, translated from German, English translation The Quarry, 144 pages
TIOLI Challenge #12 Read a book that's in the library of another 2018 TIOLI challenger

Inspector Barlach is in the hospital, it is a few days before the New Year. When he is looking through an old magazine, his doctor comes along and looks at a concentration camp picture in the magazine. He is cleary off balance by what he has seen, be does not want to tell Barlach. When the inpector persists, the doctor gives in and tells he thinks he recognised a person on the picture, the man is also a doctor and runs a large private clinic in Bern.
As these are the last days as inspector for Barlach, his job will end at the end of the year, he decides to look into this, to see if there is a case.

56FAMeulstee
Edited: May 3, 2018, 6:25am Top

April 2018 in numbers

37 books read (6,828 pages, 227.6 pages a day)

own 28 (76%) / library 9

17 male author / 20 female author
15 originally written in Dutch / 22 translated into Dutch
35 fiction / 2 non-fiction

37 books in TIOLI Challenges (double sweep)
  6 e-books
  2 1001 books
25 childrens/YA
  5 mystery/police prodedural

longest book 541 pages
shortest book 59 pages
average book 184.5 pages

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date first published:
19th century: 1
20th century
1950s: 2
1960s: 2
1970s: 4
1980s: 9
1990s: 10
21st century
2000s: 6
2010s: 3

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ratings:
  2 x
11 x
16 x
  7 x
  1 x

Best books


Niemandsland (Regeneration) by Pat Barker
Doodgewoon by Bette Westera


Een vrouw op 1000 graden (Woman at 1000 degrees) by Hallgrimur Helgason
Over tirannie (On tyranny) by Timothy Snyder
De aard van het beest (The nature of the beast) by Janni Howker
Athabasca (I be somebody) by Hadley Irwin
Ronja de roversdochter (Ronia, the Robber's Daughter) by Astrid Lindgren
Wie niet weg is wordt gezien (Hide and seek) by Ida Vos
De genezing van de krekel by Toon Tellegen
Sprong in de leegte by Lydia Rood
Wild vlees by Marita de Sterck
Verkocht by Hans Hagen
Bijna iedereen kon omvallen by Toon Tellegen

57FAMeulstee
Edited: May 3, 2018, 6:27am Top

2018 totals first four months:

146 books read (30,363 pages, 253 pages a day)

January: 32 books, 8,134 pages
February: 30 books, 6,987 pages
March: 47 books, 8,414 pages
April: 37 books, 6,828 pages

own 100 (68%) / library 36 / BolKobo+ 10

79 male author / 69 female author (* two books by 2 authors)
64 originally written in Dutch / 82 translated into Dutch
130 fiction / 16 non-fiction

141 books in TIOLI Challenges (sweep January and February, double sweep March and April)
31 e-books
12 1001 books (total 71)
  3 Dutch Literary Canon (total 14/125)
  4 1001 Children's Books (total 124)
87 childrens/YA (85 own / 2 library)
14 mystery/police prodedural

longest book in 2018: 795 pages
shortest book in 2018: 22 pages
average book: 208 pages

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date first published:
between 13th - 10th century B.C.: 1
1th century: 1
13th century: 1
16th century: 2
17th century: 1
18th century: 1
19th century: 5
20th century: 95
21st century: 39

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ratings:
  8 x
28 x
52 x
42 x
14 x
  1 x
  1 x

58The_Hibernator
Apr 30, 2018, 5:17pm Top

Happy Monday Anita! (What's left of it for you...) Love your thread toppers!

59FAMeulstee
Apr 30, 2018, 5:50pm Top

>58 The_Hibernator: Thank you, Rachel!
When you posted there were 43 minutes of Monday left, now only 10 minutes until Tuesday. Bedtime for me! ;-)

60Ameise1
Apr 30, 2018, 5:55pm Top

Great photos of your trip and congrats on the meet-up. I followed your trip also on FB. Thanks so much for sharing these fantastic photos.

61Storeetllr
Edited: Apr 30, 2018, 11:31pm Top

>51 FAMeulstee: Sounds very interesting; too bad it hasn't been translated. My grandma was born in 1887 on a farm in Illinois and died in 1976, so she lived through huge changes in communications, transportation, and scientific discoveries especially. She told me once she was born in the era of the horse and buggy and now we were landing on the moon. It must have been mind bending!

62FAMeulstee
May 1, 2018, 10:07am Top

>60 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara, it was great finally meeting Nathalie.
Now we should get to Zürich one day, or the Black Wood when you are there :-)

>61 Storeetllr: It was a very good read, Mary.
I have heard similair things from both my paternal grandmother and Frank's maternal grandmother. They both lived from the end of the 19th century until the 1980s. It is mindboggling how much has changed in a century. The author originally had this idea for a radio show. When it got too much for a few shows, she decided to write a book instead.

63FAMeulstee
Edited: Aug 6, 2018, 9:27am Top


book 147: Sjlasjduivels op Monta by Hermann Molenkamp
own, Dutch, fantasy/adventure, no translations, 545 pages
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a book you acquired on or after January 25, 2018

This book is the first of a trilogy, it was first self-published in 2009. The first edition had way too many (spelling-) errors. This is where my dad came into the project: he was asked to proof read and got this book and the next (the next one will officially come out this month). Sadly some of the notes my dad put in the concept read were not removed, so there are still errors with comments in parentheses. The writer is near his death, due to illness. I hope he can finish the last book in time...

Three men, all retired and well into their 60s, get a mysterious red envelope. The message inside tells them to come to Berlin. Marc (Dutch), Stavos (Greek) and Paco (Spanish) arrive in Berlin and get an unusual request from aliens. Their empire is threatened by other aliens, and their only hope lies in three planets, inhabitated by humans (who were brought there by the aliens). The three men get a rejuvenation cure, wich makes them 30 years younger and are send to the planet Monta, where society looks a bit like European middle ages, to fulfill their quest. They go disguised as a Sjlasjfighters team, as that is a popular sports on the planet.

Nice adventurous story, the idea and plot are good, sadly the writer isn't that good. The story drags at times and the end feels a bit rushed. I will read the next book and hope the third one will be finished one day.

The title means "Sjlasjdevils on Monta".

64karenmarie
May 1, 2018, 2:50pm Top

Hi Anita!

Congratulations on your April and year-to-date totals. I am humbled - you read only 3 fewer in April than I've read all year. It's not a contest, I know, and I am happy with my reading, but impressed with yours, especially after your years of less reading. Yay!

65FAMeulstee
Edited: May 2, 2018, 1:49am Top


book 148: Op een ochtend was de khomre leeg by Hushang Moradi-Kermani
own, YA, translated (from the German translation), awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1995, English translation The Water Urn, 84 pages
TIOLI Challenge #8: Read a book whose title contains a word or words that are not in the book's main language

A small village in Iran, at the school yard is the khomre (a big water urn) that is filled each morning. The children get water to drink from the khomre. One morning the new teacher finds a big crack in the khomre. Now the children have to go to the stream to get a drink. The teacher tries to get the khomre repaired, or find a new one, but that is a difficult task. Meanwhile the villagers gossip a lot, the teacher has a hard time coping.

Nice look into daily life in a small village in Iran. In 1992 a film adaption was made with the title "Khomreh".

The Dutch title translates "One morning the khomre was empty".


66FAMeulstee
Edited: May 1, 2018, 5:19pm Top

>64 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen, I don't know how long my reading will go on like this. Of course I hope it will continue forever.
But as long as it lasts, I read through my own tomes with the end in sight. Only 267 childrens/YA books left to read! ;-)

67FAMeulstee
Edited: May 5, 2018, 11:56am Top


book 149: Lola, de beer by Trude de Jong
own, YA, Dutch, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1988, no English translation, 93 pages
TIOLI Challenge #17: SCHOOLHOUSEROCK! Rolling Challenge

Noor gets a teddybear from het aunt for her birthday, a very special one! The teddybear, named Lola, can talk, although Noor is the only one who can hear her. In short chapters we read about Noor and Lola's adventures. If Noor gets in trouble with her father, Lola was the one who suggested it. Then Lola falls in love with Romeo, the teddybear of Christiaan, and they run away together to get married.


68EllaTim
May 2, 2018, 5:52pm Top

>66 FAMeulstee: Oh my only 267 children's books left to read! In your reading tempo that's not much;-) what will you be reading then?

69FAMeulstee
Edited: May 5, 2018, 3:09am Top


book 150: De wereld bij benadering by Jean Rouaud
own, translated from French, English translation The World More or Less, 237 pages
TIOLI Challenge #13: Read a book related to the day in May you start or finish it - started by quondame

This is the third book of Rouauds family saga, and he is telling his own story.
We start on a soccer field, where the near-sighted main character is in trouble, as Gyf introduced him as the saviour of the team. But it was a long time ago he played, and only seeing 3 meters ahead doesn't help...
Then we return to the boarding school, where the main character and Gyf met. The boarding school was horrible, and then his father died, only 41 years old. But the main character finishes school and went to university. There he meets Gyf again and meets his first love Théo.

Self-ironic and sometimes even funny. The writer is well known for his use of very long sentences, the translator managed to make this work well in the translation.


70FAMeulstee
Edited: May 2, 2018, 6:23pm Top

>68 EllaTim: Probably more library books, Ella :-)
Besides we have a large collection of Dutch and translated literature, of those I have only read less than 10%. I probably won't read them all, Franks taste in books isn't always my taste.

71EllaTim
May 3, 2018, 4:41am Top

>71 EllaTim: Glad there are libraries.
But a bookcase and only 10% read, enough to go on with than. Part of them the Russian library you were reading from?

72FAMeulstee
May 3, 2018, 4:51am Top

>71 EllaTim: Yes, Ella, besides the Russian library, we also collected the French library and the Cingel reeks, all in the Proza collection in my library. But those can't be read as fast as the childrens/YA books ;-)

73EllaTim
May 3, 2018, 5:03am Top

>72 FAMeulstee: The Russian library is rather impressive, with all those Tolstoys collected. Most names I know, but can't say I have read a lot of them. The French library has a lot of unfamiliar names for me. They will definitely not be as fast to read as the children's books. But I guess you will want something lighter in between?

74FAMeulstee
Edited: May 3, 2018, 5:12am Top

>73 EllaTim: The French library was a project of Van Oorschot, that started in the 1990s. Sadly it stopped a few years back, as the latest publications did not sell well after the crisis in 2008. I have read four of them now (the book in >69 FAMeulstee: is part of the French library), and liked them all.
For the lighter reads I have some fantasy (re-)reads and of course the library!

But this year and probably part of next year is dedicated to finishing the childerens/YA books.

75Ameise1
May 3, 2018, 5:37am Top

>72 FAMeulstee: Your Russian library sounds gorgeous. I always liked Russian literature.
Wishing you a fabulous day, Anita. It's rather cold here.

76FAMeulstee
May 3, 2018, 7:01am Top

>75 Ameise1: I only started reading Russian literature in last years, Barbara, and loved some of them. I certainly will continue reading those on my shelves.
Over here we have one more cold and chilly day today, temps will go up tomorrow :-)

77EllaTim
May 3, 2018, 7:12pm Top

We talked about reading Het Bittere Kruid last year, do you remember Anita? I found it in the audiobook library. I'm going to listen to it tomorrow, for may 4th, seemed like a fitting moment to do so.

78FAMeulstee
Edited: May 4, 2018, 3:52am Top

>77 EllaTim: Yes I remember, Ella, and I think today is an appropriate day to listen to Het bittere kruid.

We will go to Dronten this evening, since we live in Flevoland we watched the ceremony there on regional TV. Every year some former airgunners come over, who fought battles above the IJsselmeer in WWII. This year only 4 airgunners came over, so we thought we should to go now before they are all gone.
When I lived in The Hague I went a few times to the Waalsdorpervlakte.

79EllaTim
May 4, 2018, 4:43am Top

That's special, every place has it's own tradition. Those airgunners must be near 90 right now!

I'm not going to the Dam, too big for me. My neighbour is, and I'm even a bit worried for her (she's 80). But I have been to a couple of smaller memorial ceremonies, quite impressive, there are so many stories. This year I'm just watching on TV I think.

80FAMeulstee
Edited: May 4, 2018, 5:03am Top

>79 EllaTim: The Dam would be too big for me too.
If you have digital TV you might be able to watch the ceremony in Dronten on Omroep Flevoland. Indeed, the remaining airgunners all are over 90 now.

ETA: When the polder fell dry plane wrecks were found. Many volunteers helped to identify the human remains, that is how the first contacts between Dronten and the airgunners started.

81EllaTim
May 4, 2018, 9:12am Top

No digital TV here. But maybe through the site.

Just now I thought I heard them fly over (not so, a helicopter) but I could suddenly understand what it means, a link to the past, very real.

82Ameise1
May 4, 2018, 12:41pm Top

Happy weekend, Anita. I've read lots of Russian literature in school and as a young adult.

83FAMeulstee
May 4, 2018, 4:59pm Top

>81 EllaTim: It was an impressive ceremony. At 19:30 a Lancaster flew over.
Here a link to an article in the local paper.

>82 Ameise1: Happy weekend to you, Barbara!
Leaving to the Black Forrest tomorrow?
I wasn't ready for most Russian writers at that age, it was hard enough to read the mandatory books for Dutch and English.

84LovingLit
May 4, 2018, 7:18pm Top

>56 FAMeulstee: >57 FAMeulstee: a nice bell-curve for your star ratings last month, and the first four months!

85EllaTim
May 5, 2018, 6:37am Top

Hi Anita, do you ever post your reviews to the book pages? I looked up Doodgewoon, and noticed it has just one review, and that one not very positive, nor very good. Just an example. Your reviews are good!

86ChelleBearss
May 5, 2018, 10:51am Top

HI Anita. I found you again and am woefully behind! Hope you are having a good weekend!

87FAMeulstee
Edited: May 5, 2018, 11:31am Top

>85 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella! I rarely post reviews on the bookpage. If I post a review I do it in Dutch, as I read the book in Dutch, so I have to translate my review back to Dutch. Often I am not in the mood to do that. I should go back to at least posting the reviews for the books that have no, or very little reviews.

>86 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle, glad to be found ;-)
We have a good weekend with sunny weather, not too hot, so I am very content.

88FAMeulstee
May 5, 2018, 11:54am Top


book 151: Maak dat je wegkomt by Fred Vargas
from the library, e-book, translated from French, Adamsberg 3, English translation Have Mercy on Us All, 349 pages
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a book you acquired on or after January 25, 2018

Third book with Commissaire Adamsberg in Paris.
When there are symbols to protect against the plague painted around Paris and a town crier gets mysterious messages to read out from ancient plague texts, Adamsberg is intrigued. As new head of the murder department he should not be investigating. But soon the first murder occurs and Adamsberg and his men have to think and work hard to stop the killer.

Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg is very different from other policemen, his mind meanders around until he finds something that might be related to the case. Often it seems at first a tiny detail. Together with his more analitical right-hand Adrien Danglard, he finds his way to solve the case.


89FAMeulstee
May 5, 2018, 12:06pm Top


book 152: De zwarte stenen by Guus Kuijer
own, YA, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1985, no English translation, 237 pages
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book where part of the author's name begins with G

Dolon and Omar live in a village of stonecutters. All boys go to work at 15, cutting stones for building a large tower. In the next town live the traders, traders and stonecutters are not supposed to mingle. Dolon is curious, and wonders why life is arranged like it is. His brother Omar has no affinity with stones, he loves living creatures and nature. On their 15th birthday they start to work, when Omar dies and Dolon finds out the world is not like he thought it was, he runs away with a traders-girl.

Many themes and layers to think about in this book, from religion and beliefs to position in the world, outcasts and unequality.


90Crazymamie
May 5, 2018, 12:14pm Top

>88 FAMeulstee: I just read the first book in that series last month, and I really liked the main characters.

Happy Saturday, Anita!

91FAMeulstee
May 5, 2018, 12:22pm Top


book 153: De gedaanteverwisseling by Franz Kafka
from the library, translated from German, English translation The Metamorphosis, 88 pages
TIOLI Challenge #3: Read (or listen) to a book from YA Sync 2017 or 2018

Metamorphosis (or The transformation) is the short story of a young traveling salesman Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a giant, beetle-like insect. He becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, trapped in an alien body.

Both tragic and absurdly comic, exploring feelings of guilt, isolation and mere existance. I was impressed how Kafka makes the main character more human than his human family members.


92FAMeulstee
May 5, 2018, 12:24pm Top

>90 Crazymamie: Then you have more good reads to go, Mamie. I have read three of them now and will certainly continue.
Happy Saturday right back at you :-)

93FAMeulstee
Edited: May 5, 2018, 12:45pm Top


book 154: Het huis in Niemandsland by Christine Nöstlinger
1001 children's books, own, YA, awarded, translated from German, Zilveren Griffel 1982, English translation Fly Away Home, 157 pages
TIOLI Challenge #13: Read a book related to the day in May you start or finish it

When Vienna is heavely bombed in the last months of the war, Christel's mother is happy to get an opportunity to stay in a large undamaged house at the edge of the city. Leaving grandfather and grandmother behind, as they refuse to leave their house in Vienna. Then the Russian liberators arrive, Christel's family is lucky as the major and his staff move in to their house. This way they are a bit protected against drunken soldiers. Christel befriends Cohn, the cook from Leningrad.

The book is based on the writers own experiences at the end of WWII and the first months after the libration by the Russians.
The Dutch title means "The house in no one's land".


94EllaTim
May 5, 2018, 1:42pm Top

>87 FAMeulstee: It is extra work, translating your reviews into Dutch. You could maybe just post your review in English?

What a nice and sunny day, hope you are having a good weekend.

95FAMeulstee
May 5, 2018, 2:29pm Top

>94 EllaTim: No, I won't post them in English, it annoys me if others post an English review for a Dutch book. (Just like the commotion recently about the student who had to do his thesis for Dutch literature in English...) I could do it for books available in English (translation). I will work on it ;-)

The weather has been great today, I made some progress in the garden removing weeds.

96EllaTim
May 5, 2018, 5:56pm Top

>95 FAMeulstee: I have a vague recollection of that incident, seem to remember it as the students having to read the Dutch literature in English...

Me tomorrow, off to the allotment, hope I can get something done, my back is not being helpful.

97Deern
May 6, 2018, 1:28am Top

Catching up, ducking from BBs flying at me, amd wishing you and Frank a Happy Sunday!

98PaulCranswick
May 6, 2018, 6:04am Top

Well beyond 2x75 already. Good heavens, Anita!

Have a lovely Sunday.

99FAMeulstee
May 6, 2018, 10:15am Top

>96 EllaTim: >95 FAMeulstee: We were both right, Ella, in January a student in Utrecht was in the news about having to read Van den Vos Reynaerde in English translation. And earlier a professor in Nijmegen criticised that students had to write their masters about Vondel in English.
I did post my review of Doodgewoon on the bookpage.
Hope you have a good day at the allotment without back problems.

>97 Deern: Happy Sunday, Nathalie!
I was not aiming the BB specific on you ;-)

>98 PaulCranswick: So good to see you doing the rounds, Paul!
Yes, I kept on reading, even if you didn't watch ;-)
It is a bit late to wish you anything for Sunday, so I'll wish you a good week ahead.

100karenmarie
May 6, 2018, 10:27am Top

Hi Anita!

I hope you are having a lovely Sunday.

101FAMeulstee
Edited: May 6, 2018, 10:36am Top


book 155: Markus en Diana by Klaus Hagerup
own, YA, translated from Norwegian, awarded, Eervolle Vermelding 2008, English translation Markus and Diana, 174 pages
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a book with a character from Greek or Roman mythology in the title or author's name

Markus is shy, clumsy and easily scared. Without his best friend Sigmund he would not cope at school.
He collects signatures of celebrities, he is very good in writing letters with made up stories by made up personalities to get what he wants: an autograph! One day he finds out his friend Sigmund has a picture of the actress Diana Mortensen in his pocket. Markus write a touching letter to Diana, who lives in Hollywood, disguised as a Norwegian milionaire. To his surprise Diana does not only send a signed picture, but also a long letter in reply. Their correspondence is getting more serious in time. Then Diana announces she is returning to Norway and wants to meet him....

Fun read!
I saw there is a sequel Markus en de meisjes and requested it at the library.


102FAMeulstee
May 6, 2018, 10:46am Top


book 156: Jannes by Toon Tellegen, illustrations by Peter Vos
own, YA, Dutch, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1994, no translations, 61 pages
TIOLI Challenge #1: Read a book with the bespectacled author’s picture somewhere on or in that book

Jannes is a young elephant. He lives together with his mother, as his father is away at sea for work. Not only Jannes, but every living creature is called an elephant: elephants who talk (humans), flying elephants (birds), barking elephants (dogs) etc. All creatures in this world have elephant trunks, even the tiny elephants (insects). In short stories we follow Jannes in his daily life: going to pre-school, a day to the zoo, receiving a letter from his father. With perfect matching illustrations by Peter Vos.

Great introduction to absurdist humor for children.


103streamsong
May 6, 2018, 12:27pm Top

Hi Anita - looks like your vacation was a lot of fun.

>51 FAMeulstee: What an interesting book! So many of those stories are being lost.

>66 FAMeulstee: "Only 267 childrens/YA books left to read! " Incredible. I imagine you've read a few more and the number has become lower since you posted that on 5/1.

>153 Great review of The Metamorphosis! I've never read it, but your review makes me want to do so. I've never before had the urge to read about the giant bug ...

104FAMeulstee
May 6, 2018, 2:05pm Top

>103 streamsong: Thanks, Janet, we had a good time in Italy and Germany :-)

I like these kind of writing down personal, oral history in a book. There is a lot lost, but I know many cities have their own small projects of recording & writing down personal history of old people.

You are right, today it is down to 261 books to go. I expect that should be done within a year. Might be wise to start thinking about a next project.

It was my very first Kafka and I was very impressed. I hope the humor keeps up in English translation. It was a lucky find for a TIOLI challenge.

105EllaTim
May 6, 2018, 5:39pm Top

>99 FAMeulstee: I read your review, and I like it! Short and to the point, but it's clear you loved it. (It's such a pity when a book doesn't get the praise it deserves).

My back keeps protesting, but it was a wonderful day, apple blossoms everywhere, lovely.

106Ameise1
May 6, 2018, 5:50pm Top

Yep, I'm at Schluchsee dince yesterday.
>88 FAMeulstee: I love Vargas books.
>91 FAMeulstee: Last year it was performed at Schauspielhaus Zürich. Marina was crying when she saw the play. It so strong.

107charl08
May 7, 2018, 11:50am Top

Some fascinating books here Anita, and the discussion about Dutch/ English exams is intriguing. Why would you have to do your exam in English?

108FAMeulstee
May 7, 2018, 4:58pm Top

>105 EllaTim: Thanks, Ella, you are right about a book needs the praise it deserves.
Sorry your back still bothers, at least you did enjoy your day at the allotment.

>106 Ameise1: Enjoy your stay, Ameise, I saw at your thread the food looks as delicious as always.
I am glad I discovered Fred Vargas, the Adamsberg books are very good.
It was a great read, I can imagine it could be very impressive performed on stage.

>107 charl08: Reading treats me well, Charlotte.
The whole discussion here is going, because many universities try to get more foreign students. The other argument to teach in English is that students might have a better chance to get work in an international market.
So complete studies are taught in English. I can understand that for economic and technical studies, not for Law, Medicines and Dutch...

109EllaTim
May 8, 2018, 4:30am Top

>108 FAMeulstee: The idea was that the Dutch literature course would attract foreign students as well. Which it didn't.

110FAMeulstee
May 8, 2018, 12:13pm Top

>109 EllaTim: There are not many foreigners interested in studying Dutch I am afraid. A few German universities teach Dutch, but you certainly won't attract those with a course in English... In Belgium they do it the other way around, foreign students get an extensive course in Flemish/Dutch and have to pass a test before they can start their study.

111FAMeulstee
May 8, 2018, 12:28pm Top


book 157: Aan de schitterende rand van de wereld by Eowyn Ivey
found on Claire's thread (Sakerfalcon), from the library, translated, original title To the Bright Edge of the World, 432 pages
TIOLI Challenge #6: Read a book with an egg or a bird on the cover

After Alaska was purchased from Russia, the Americans want to know more about the territory. Colonel Allen Forrester is send to survey the land and goes with a few men to the north, along the Wolverine river. His wife Sophie stays behind and has a hard time coping on her own. She starts photographing birds to pass the time.
We learn about the Colonels adventures and Sopie's life through their diary.


112FAMeulstee
May 8, 2018, 12:54pm Top


book 158: Ver van huis by Ouida Sebestyen
own, YA, translated, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1984, original title Far From Home, 189 pages
TIOLI Challenge #10: Read a book with characteristics of a vacation spot in the title

"Go to Tom Buckley he take you in, love him". That was his mothers last note to Salty, now all is left are his great-grandmother and his gander Tollybosky. Salty decided to go to Toms place, as his mother worked half her life there. Tom is obviously not happy when Salty arrives, he has enough trouble as it is, but his wife insists they can stay.
The story takes place during the depression years, when many struggled to survive.


113EllaTim
May 8, 2018, 5:05pm Top

>111 FAMeulstee: A good one for the birders in this group. Nice cover as well. Like the cover of >112 FAMeulstee: as well.

114Sakerfalcon
May 9, 2018, 4:39am Top

>111 FAMeulstee: I'm glad you enjoyed To the bright edge of the world. It's one of my favourite books that I've read this year.

115FAMeulstee
May 9, 2018, 4:43pm Top

>113 EllaTim: Yes, they have both nice covers, Ella.

>114 Sakerfalcon: It was an engaging read, Claire, and thanks for bringing it to my attention :-)

116FAMeulstee
Edited: May 9, 2018, 5:05pm Top


book 159: Wiplala by Annie M.G. Schmidt
own, Dutch, childrens, awarded, Beste Kinderboek 1957, no English translation, 164 pages
TIOLI Challenge #1: Read a book with the bespectacled author’s picture somewhere on or in that book

Wiplala is not a dwarf, he is a wiplala, a very little man who can do magic. But his magic goes often wrong, so he was send away by the other wiplala's. That is how he ended up in the house of the Blom family. Wiplala tries to stay away from magic, but sometimes it just happens and someone is turned into stone... After a lot of (sometimes hilarious) adventures all ends well and Wiplala returns to his own land.


117FAMeulstee
Edited: May 9, 2018, 5:12pm Top


book 160: Wiplala weer by Annie M.G. Schmidt
own, childrens, Dutch, no English translation, 167 pages
TIOLI Challenge #20: Read a book with a two-word title, both starting with the same letter

Wiplala returns to the Blom family. The two children are happy he is back, but father Blom sees trouble coming. Wiplala tries his best, but when someone is threatening his friends, he turns people into animals with his magic.

Again a fun read :-)


118FAMeulstee
May 9, 2018, 5:35pm Top


book 161: De jungle by Upton Sinclair
1001 books, own, translated, original title The Jungle, 351 pages
TIOLI Challenge #5: Read a book by or about a muckraking author

At the start of the 20th century a group of Lithuanian immigrants come to Chicago. They end up working in the meat industry and see all the terrible things that happen there. From the way the cattle is handled, how infected and rotten meat ends up canned to the terrible circumstances of the workers.
At first Jurgis Rudkus is convinced he will make it in the USA, but after being conned, lowered wages, fired more than once, loosing family members, he ends up broken. He finds strength and friends again when he joins the socialist movement.

Originally published in 1906, the same year Maxim Gorki's Mother was published. The theme is the same, although Sinclair emphasises more on what happens inside the factories. For workers it was no different to work in a factory in Russia or the USA, the same hopeless and desperate lives...


119EllaTim
May 9, 2018, 6:51pm Top

>161 Scandal in the meat industry, seems like not much has changed. Muckraking indeed!

120msf59
Edited: May 9, 2018, 8:28pm Top

Big warm waves to Anita, from the balmy Midwest. I think I read The Jungle back in my early school days. I really need to revisit that one.

I also really enjoyed To the Bright Edge of the World. I am glad you felt the same way. Did you read The Snow Child? That was also very good.

121FAMeulstee
May 10, 2018, 9:01am Top

>119 EllaTim: Changed a bit, Ella, these days the largest excesses are prevented by th NVWA (Dutch equivalent of FDA). Back then there was supervision that could very easely be bribed. Of course that still happens, but less.

>120 msf59: Thank you, Mark, *waving back*
If it was so long ago you read The Jungle a re-read might be good.
Yes, I have read Snow Child, I think To the Bright Edge of the World was a slightly better read.

122thornton37814
May 10, 2018, 8:34pm Top

>118 FAMeulstee: What is sad is that poor immigrants are still working in the meat-packing industry and conditions, at least at the one in Grainger County, Tennessee, are not much better.

123vancouverdeb
May 11, 2018, 2:28am Top

Stopping by to say hi, Anita and I hope all is going well.

124Deern
May 11, 2018, 6:22am Top

>118 FAMeulstee: I guess in the EU things are slightly better than in the US in the meatpacking industry, but it's the cheapest labor mainly done by immigrants. Not much talked about in Germany that has turned into main meat country in Europe.

I wish you a happy weekend!

125charl08
May 11, 2018, 6:54am Top

>108 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita. Studying a literature in translation if you have an alternative does seem a strange way to go about things! Moments like this make me think I must get back to studying a language again!

126PaulCranswick
May 11, 2018, 11:04pm Top

>118 FAMeulstee: Enjoyed your review of what is often considered to be a tough book to read. I liked your counterpoising factories in the USA with those in the USSR. Desperation is no respecter of national boundaries.

Have a lovely weekend.

127FAMeulstee
May 12, 2018, 1:39pm Top

>122 thornton37814: That is sad indeed, Lori. The book was written more than a century ago...

>123 vancouverdeb: Hi Deborah!
Recuperating, I had a bad week with all kinds of things going wrong. But I am bouncing back slowly.

>124 Deern: I do hope it is slightly better in the EU, Nathalie... Some of the filthiest jobs have been replaced by robots, at least over here.
Depending on when you read this: I hope you have (had) a restfull weekend :-)

>125 charl08: That is how many think about it, Charlotte. Getting foreign students has been so succesfull, some universities now ask for measures to be able to reject foreign students ;-)
Studying language in a foreign country? ;-)

>126 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul, I thought it would be a tough read, but it turned out a lot easier than I anticipated.
The paralels with Gorky's Mother struck me. When I looked it up, they were both first published in 1906 (before the Russian revolution) and both written in the USA. After the failed revolution of 1905, the Bolsheviks sent Gorky on a fund-raising trip to the United States in 1906 and he wrote Mother there.

128Storeetllr
May 12, 2018, 9:19pm Top

>118 FAMeulstee: Good review, Anita. Not sure how I managed not to read The Jungle, especially since my mom's family were immigrants from Lithuania in the early 1900s and lived near the Stockyards in Chicago, though I don't believe any of my aunts or uncles worked in the meat packing industry. My dad, though, worked at Armour - which was a meat packing company in Chicago - before WWII and after he returned from the war, until a hostile takeover by Greyhound in 1970, after which the company moved to Phoenix and my dad was let go. Luckily, he had a pension that he was able to retire on. Yep, it was a jungle.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

129foggidawn
May 14, 2018, 9:08am Top

>128 Storeetllr: How interesting -- my mom's side of the family were also Lithuanian immigrants in the 1920's. Not to Chicago, though; they lived in Indiana and Pennsylvania.

130EllaTim
May 14, 2018, 1:44pm Top

Hi Anita, hope you had a good weekend?

131FAMeulstee
May 14, 2018, 4:35pm Top

>128 Storeetllr: Thank you, Mary. Maybe you get to read it one day.
How special you have a connection to the characters in the book, being partly of similiar descendant and your dad working in the meat packing industry. Glad to hear he could escape and retire.

>129 foggidawn: I never knew so many from East-Europe went to the United States.

>130 EllaTim: Thanks for asking, Ella, it was a rough week...

I had a bit of a melt down last week after a visit of my regular social-psychiatric (male) nurse, assigned through the GP practice. He visits me for years now, and I still don't understand what went wrong, but it resulted in panic attack and not feeling safe in my own home. So last week was spend planning to re-arrange the living room, as I could not sit at my regular spot without trembling from panic. We had a lucky find at Marktplaats, a couch (Harvink, chaise longue) we had been looking for before. Sunday a friend could pick up that couch for us & take the other one away. The living room looks better now, so it all turned out in a good way.
Then my sister had an evaluation on Tuesday with the GP of the nursing home. She wants to visit my mom more often. Stupid GP said my father was responsible (No! The care-team is responsible, they decided and tried to keep my father out of the desicion, although he does agree). So now she is harrassing my dad again *big sigh*

132Storeetllr
May 14, 2018, 4:44pm Top

>129 foggidawn: There was a lot of immigration from Lithuania around that time, I think. At least, there was a large Lithuanian population in Chicago when I was growing up. My grandparents settled first in Harrisburg, IL, where my grandfather worked in the mines, then my grandma left my grandfather and moved with her kids to Chicago.

133FAMeulstee
Edited: May 14, 2018, 5:07pm Top


book 162: Jinx by Margaret Wild
own, YA, translated, awarded, Zilveren Zoen 2004, original title Jinx, 215 pages
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book where one word gives a Scrabble score of more than 2.5 points per letter

YA novel written in verse. Jen lives with her mother and her sister, Grace, who is special needs. Her father abandoned after Grace was born and lives now with Sheila. Jen falls in love with Charlie, who is a very toubled boy. When Charlie commits suicide, Jen has a very hard time. She starts daring and drinking in the park. One day she has a black out and Ben brings her home. She starts dating Ben, but he gets killed... Jen decides she does not want to be Jen anymore and renames herself Jinx.

A good read, although two dead teenaged boyfriends felt a bit over the top.

134FAMeulstee
Edited: May 15, 2018, 6:00pm Top


book 163: Markus en de meisjes by Klaus Hagerup
from the library, YA, translated from Norwegian, English translation Markus and the girls, 198 pages
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a book you acquired on or after January 25, 2018

Sequel to Markus and Diana (see msg 101)
Markus is falling in love, all the time... He has had a crush on every girl in his class. His best friend Sigmund tries to help, but Markus is too shy, he does not dare to make contact with a girl and hides when the girls look at him.
When a new girl, Alexandra, comes to the class of Markus and Sigmund, they plan the perfect plan to hook up Markus with Alexandra: they will perform Romeo and Juliet in the school play.

Again a fun read, just like the previous book.

135EllaTim
May 14, 2018, 5:18pm Top

>131 FAMeulstee: Ah, I'm very sorry to hear that, Anita. You shouldn't have to feel afraid in your own home. But I'm glad you managed to find that new couch, and that you feel good again. And that your room looks nicer, is a nice extra.

Sorry to hear about your father and sister. Family affairs, can be so difficult. Big sigh indeed. I hope things will lighten up a bit for you.

136FAMeulstee
Edited: May 15, 2018, 2:15am Top


book 164: 1001 boeken die je gelezen moet hebben! by Peter Boxall
from the library, translated, original title 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, 960 pages
TIOLI Challenge #19: Read a book about "old" books/writings

Revised Dutch 2017 edition, with 52 books originally written in Dutch.
I am so glad I did not buy this book! There are so many faults in this edition. Most readers will use the book as reference and probably never notice.
Of the 1001 books described 162 books are not available in Dutch translation and 24 books only in 19th or 18th century translation. In the book 134 times is mentioned a book is not available in Dutch, but that was wrong in 31 cases, often that book had a way other title than the English edition. On the other hand 60 are not translated, although the books said they were. Not to mention a lot of books that were under the wrong title and some minor faults where the original English text was not replaced.
It took me only a few hours a day in 4 days to verify 1001 books online, so an editor could have done the same.
It claimed that the new edition was more international, still over 40% of the writers originate from the UK or US.

137FAMeulstee
May 14, 2018, 5:40pm Top

>135 EllaTim: Thanks, Ella, it took a day before I could think straight again and come up with a solution. It feels good turning someting bad into something good again.
My family always has been and always will be trouble, I probably should be grateful it was relatively easy going for a few months ;-)

138countrylife
May 14, 2018, 8:49pm Top

>131 FAMeulstee: : Anita : Family issues! Sounds like you've got more than your share. I hope it resolves into a few more months of relatively easy going. I hope your husband is supportive during those prickly times.

I've never had a panic attack. But my husband has, so I have a little bit of understanding of how awful it must feel. I'm glad that you were able to address it in such a positive manner.

164 Books! Wow! I'm always so impressed with your reading!

139karenmarie
May 15, 2018, 5:11pm Top

Hi Anita!

>131 FAMeulstee: I'm sorry you've had such a rough time between your panic attack and the problems with your sister.

My daughter gets panic attacks occasionally, less in the last half year or so, but when she gets them I feel so bad for her and wish they could be mine instead.

140FAMeulstee
May 15, 2018, 5:51pm Top

>138 countrylife: Thanks, Cindy, I can't remember any time without family issues. My husband has always been supportive. He was introduced into my family in 1983, did not leave me immediately after that and still stands with me whenever I need it :-)
I have had panic attacks ever since a few months before my final highschool exams in 1982. The problem is that it is also related with my thyroid issues. When the thyroid meds are at perfect dosage the panic attacks are not completely away, but happen less frequently, like once or twice a year. Since my T4 (thyroid) levels went way too low in January I have had a panic attack every few weeks :-(
Luckely my reading is not affected by everything that is going on!

>139 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen, it wasn't my best week...
As I explained to Cindy above, the panic attacks are related to the thyroid issues... In two weeks I have an appoitment to draw blood again, I hope the levels will be better by then, although it does not feel like it yet.
I am sorry for your daughter, and understand how you feel about it. It is something you would not even wish upon your worst enemy :-(

141FAMeulstee
May 16, 2018, 4:14am Top


book 165: De Cock en een dodelijk rendez-vous by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, Dutch, 47th book of 70 De Cock, no translations, 135 pages
TIOLI Challenge #8: Read a book whose title contains a word or words that are not in the book's main language

A prostitute is murdered in her room. The next day a man is found murdered in the same room. De Cock and Vledder have a hard time to find out what happened.

142FAMeulstee
Edited: May 16, 2018, 4:30am Top


book 166: Bloem water gist zout passie by Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana
from the library, non fiction, translated from Italian, no English translation, 268 pages
TIOLI Challenge #15: Read a book where one word is an ingredient for baking bread, kind of rolling challenge

Some books I only read to match a TIOLI Challenge, this is one like that. I don't cook at all, so I will never make a pizza. But it was kind of fun to read ;-)
65 original napolitan pizza recepies. First the main ingredients are described extensively, how the dough is made, what tomatoes to use, the right kinds of mozarella etc. Between the recepies facts and tidbits about the origin and history of the pizza in Napels. Larded with many photo's.

It is evident that the writers are proud of their work. Some pictures made me want to try that pizza.
The title would be in English "Flour water yeast salt passion".

143EllaTim
May 16, 2018, 5:58am Top

Hi Anita!
>136 FAMeulstee: I did buy the first Dutch edition of this book. Can't say that I've used it much. It's the 2007 edition. Would like to compare your edition with mine. Nearly all the books in this edition have a Dutch title, so have been translated.
But somehow reading people's reactions in the 1001 books group seems to be more helpful to me than this book.

>142 FAMeulstee: Nice choice! I wouldn't pick a book like this just for reading, but it reminded me now of the TV series "Brood", which was really very interesting. I watched all episodes of that, although I don't do any baking myself.

144msf59
May 16, 2018, 6:58am Top

Happy Wednesday, Anita. Hope the week is going well and you are enjoying those books.

145FAMeulstee
May 16, 2018, 9:22am Top

>143 EllaTim: A Dutch title is no guarantee it is translated, Ella, at least not in the edition I had from the library. Some books had a Dutch title and after the original title stood (onvert.), but that was not always true either.
In the next months I will add the 1001 books to "Prijzen en onderscheidingen" at the book pages, then you can access them easy.
Normally I read no more than one or two books in a month that I would not read without the TIOLI challenge. As long reading is easy it doesn't take much time. We also watched "Brood", indeed those bakers gave a similair feel of being proud of their products.

>144 msf59: Thank you, Mark, at the moment I am reading Blackwater by Kerstin Ekman and Go, went, gone by Jenny Erpenbeck.

146Storeetllr
May 16, 2018, 1:01pm Top

Hi, Anita! Happy Wednesday.

>131 FAMeulstee: Panic attacks are the worst. I'm so sorry your experience with the therapist brought one on. I was prescribed drugs for mine and the lesser but still upsetting anxiety attacks, but I found that just having the drugs was enough to help ease them and never really had to take any pills. And aren't family dramas fun. Not. I am sorry you're going through all this but glad it hasn't affected your reading!

147EllaTim
May 16, 2018, 7:37pm Top

>145 FAMeulstee: A Dutch title is no guarantee it is translated? That is weird. Comes close to deception. Sigh. I agree, why not be a bit more careful about those things.
Oh, nice, when you can put them in a list. I can have a go and check how much mine and your edition really differ!

Happy Thursday, Anita.

148FAMeulstee
Edited: May 17, 2018, 7:29am Top

>146 Storeetllr: Thank you, Mary, happy Thursday to you!
Yes they are the worst. I always have some valium ready, but that works better in advance. It works well when I anticipate something that might trigger me, it works less when I am already in panick mode. Nothing more to add about family and drama... I just keep on reading :-)

>147 EllaTim: No, several books had a Dutch "title" that was just a translation of the English title. I have added the first 30 books to 1001 boeken die je gelezen moet hebben!.

149EllaTim
May 17, 2018, 7:23am Top

Hi Anita, trying to follow your link, but it just seems to point to this thread again...

150FAMeulstee
May 17, 2018, 7:30am Top

>149 EllaTim: Corrected, it should work proper now :-)

151EllaTim
May 17, 2018, 7:40am Top

It's working! I'll be browsing immediately, and come up with annoying comments, if you don't mind;-)

I see you are not using the translated titles, does that mean that the books in your list that do have a Dutch title are the ones that have been translated?
If so, a disappointing small number!

A suggestion: Die drei Reiche has also been translated into English as Three Kingdoms and that title provides a link to a Gutenberg edition.

152EllaTim
May 17, 2018, 7:51am Top

Another additions:
Genji has been translated into Dutch recently

http://www.worldcat.org/title/verhaal-van-genji/oclc/893352719&referer=brief...

153FAMeulstee
May 17, 2018, 8:00am Top

>151 EllaTim: Die drei Reiche (and so the Dutch translation, that was made after the German edition) is an abridged version of the original Chinese book, so in LT it is not the same book.
A few with English titles are translated, but there are no copies on LT, like Amadis of Gaul that was translated between 1546 and 1624. Not sure if a copy can be found as it is a series of 21 books.

154FAMeulstee
Edited: May 17, 2018, 8:04am Top

>152 EllaTim: I have Genji and read it :-)

Are you on the Dutch LT site? If you are at librarything.com, you get the English titles.
Try: https://www.librarything.nl/bookaward/1001+boeken+die+je+gelezen+moet+hebben%21

155EllaTim
May 17, 2018, 8:12am Top

>No I'm on the English site.

Big difference! Okay, I'll browse the Dutch list.

>153 FAMeulstee: Ah, live and learn. How complex.

156FAMeulstee
May 17, 2018, 8:42am Top

>155 EllaTim: Glad you found it now :-)

Abridges versions are not the same work as the full versions. If there was only an abridged Dutch edition, I listed that one.
And on Amadis of Gaule: I found online copies of (at least) 18 books. Link to the first one Het eerste boec van Amadis van Gaule.
It is from 1619, I can barely read those letters.

157EllaTim
May 17, 2018, 8:57am Top

>156 FAMeulstee: I see what you mean;-) Not easy at all.

Though I love the title: Het eerste boec van Amadis van Gaule, Sone van den Koninc Perion ende der Koninghinne Helizene: inhoudende syne gheboorte ende opvoedinghe ... Wt de Fransoysche in onse Nederduytsche tale overgezet. Met veel schoone Figueren (daer toe dienende) verciert, Volume 1

And then the pictures alone, are worth a look. And here's the dedication:

Zoo wie veel lancien wil zien breken,
Harnassen doorhouwen, doorkerven, doorsteken,
End' den vrijer de liefd'wil hooren prijzen,
Die leze Amadis, die zal't hem zeggen,
En wilt het alles wel overlegghen.

So now we know what Amadis is all about;-)
And can take or leave it.

158FAMeulstee
May 17, 2018, 2:44pm Top

>157 EllaTim: I think I will leave it ;-)

159EllaTim
May 18, 2018, 4:40am Top

I see you have already added a hundred books! A lot of work Anita. Especially finding Dutch translations of unfamiliar books. I saw the Dutch translation of Die Drei Reiche has a totally different title. How did you find it?

160FAMeulstee
May 18, 2018, 8:06am Top

>159 EllaTim: For my list from the book I mainly used the site of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek: http://opc4.kb.nl/xslt/ mostly searching on author and of course I used LT. A few times I searched boekwinkeltjes.nl, as there are a few lacks at the KB, mainly in the 1970s.
Adding on LT I use the English list of all 1001 books editions.

I like to do projects like this :-)

161FAMeulstee
May 18, 2018, 8:31am Top


book 167: Zwart water by Kerstin Ekman
own, translated from Swedish, English title Blackwater, 376 pages
TIOLI Challenge #15: Read a book where one word is an ingredient for baking bread, kind of rolling challenge

A double murder on two tourists in the late 1960s in the north of Sweden. There is an investigation, but the murderer was never found. We follow three main characters in the next 20 years: a young mother, who discovered the bodies, the village doctor and a teenage boy who ran away from home that night.
It is a dark story, set in the closed community of a small northern village. After the murder life goes on, through time people stoped to talk about it, don't want to talk about it anymore. The tension between the village and a small idealistic commune near the village. Subtil racism towards the original inhabitants of the north, the Samen.
Twenty years later some start to talk and try to follow the trail of the murderer...

162FAMeulstee
Edited: May 18, 2018, 8:43am Top


book 168: Stormboy : een leven in de wildernis by Colin Thiele
own, 1001 children's books, YA, translated, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1986, original title Stormboy, 61 pages
TIOLI Challenge #16: Read a book with a one word title that also has a multi-word subtitle

In the south of Australia, a boy called Stormboy lives with his father in the dunes. One day Stormboy finds three orphaned young pelicans and rescues them. They grow up and two return to the wild, but one stays with Stormboy and his father. He turns out to be a very special bird.

A good read, but with a sad ending :'(

163FAMeulstee
May 18, 2018, 8:53am Top


book 169: Toen onze Daniel doodging by Janni Howker
own, YA, translated, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1993, original title Isaac Campion, 115 pages
TIOLI Challenge #12: Read a book with the name of a specific flower in the title

An old man, Isaac Campion, tells what happened back in 1901, when his older brother Daniel died.
Isaac was born in a family of horse dealers. His father and the other horse dealer in town had a long standing hatred to eachother. Sadly it was a son of the other horse dealer who dared Daniel, what led to his death. Daniel was always his fathers favourite. Isaac has a hard time, he tries to keep his father from taking revenge and has to replace his brother at work.

A very good read, great way to learn how different life was at the start of the 20th century.

164FAMeulstee
May 18, 2018, 9:21am Top


book 170: Gaan, ging, gegaan by Jenny Erpenbeck
from the library, translated from German, English translation Go, Went, Gone, 314 pages
TIOLI Challenge #2: Read a book That Has A Title Word That Starts with the Letter G

Richard is a retired professor, living in Berlin. His wife has died and he is looking for ways to spend his time. He comes in contact with African refugees and gets interested in their lives. They are unwanted in Germany, European laws dictate that they must apply for asylum in the country where they first set foot on European soil. In most cases that is Italy. They are all entangled by laws. Politicians are not interested in them as humans, only in numbers and in ways to get them out of Germany.
While Richard learns more about the individual refugees, their time in Germany is limited. Richard and some others try to do as much as possible to help them.

I was deeply touched by this book.

165jnwelch
May 18, 2018, 1:57pm Top

>164 FAMeulstee: Oh good, Anita. Me, too. I hope the word keeps spreading about Go, Went, Gone.

166Ameise1
May 18, 2018, 4:16pm Top

Sorry to hear about your health issues, Anita. Sending lots of pisitve vibes. Hugs xx

167FAMeulstee
May 18, 2018, 5:05pm Top

>165 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe. I am afraid the ones who should get the message won't read the book.

>166 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara, it is a long way to get back on the right thyroid levels.

168FAMeulstee
May 18, 2018, 5:11pm Top


book 171: De moedige R2-D2 by Ace Landers
from the library, YA, translated, original title R2-D2 the brave, 65 pages
TIOLI Challenge #21: Read a Star Wars book

Children's book from the LEGO Star Wars series, containing three short stories about R2-D2. The figures in the illustrations are LEGO figurines.

169FAMeulstee
Edited: May 18, 2018, 5:30pm Top


book 172: Siddhartha : een Indiese vertelling by Hermann Hesse
1001 books, own, translated from German, English title Siddhartha, 139 pages
TIOLI Challenge #18 Read a book recommended to you by a spouse/partner/significant other or, if single, by a close friend

"Words do not express thoughts very well. They become a little different when they are expressed, a little deformed, a little foolish."

The life of Siddharta, son of a Brahmin, searching for answers of life. After leaving his fathers home he spends some years with ascetic Samana, learning a lot, but not what he longs for. He meets Buddha, but moves on learning physical love and becoming a wealthy man. This kind of life breaks him down and he leaves again, finding peace with a ferryman and the river.

170EllaTim
May 19, 2018, 11:32am Top

>164 FAMeulstee: Another book where you' hope lots of people would read it. Looking at the reactions to the We Are Here group :-(

171jnwelch
May 19, 2018, 12:05pm Top

>167 FAMeulstee: I am afraid the ones who should get the message won't read the book. Sad but true. It might give them some empathy for the immigrants, and they won't want to be bothered with that.

172FAMeulstee
May 19, 2018, 1:44pm Top

>170 EllaTim: Yes, Ella, hope it would be widely read. I always found it odd that poeple have different rights because they happen to be born somewhere else.

>171 jnwelch: No, lots of people don't want to be bothered with others problems, Joe. As I said to Ella it should not matter where someone was born...

173FAMeulstee
Edited: May 19, 2018, 3:29pm Top


book 173: Het ga je goed, het ga je wel by Toeckey Jones
own, YA, translated, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1981, original title Go well, stay well, 187 pages
TIOLI Challenge #4: Read a book that has a body part in the author's name

The story is set in Johannesburg (South Africa) in the 1970s. When Candy falls and hurts her ankle, Becky is the only one who cares. This is where an unlikely and difficult frienship starts, as Candy is white, lives in a nice house withe her brother and parents, and Becky is black, lives in Soweto with a lot of family members in a small house. There are very few places they can go together.

An enganging read written in the time of apartheid. Two ordinairy girls who try to maintain a friendship through fear, distrust and racial borders.



And with this book I finish my TIOLI sweep for May :-)

174FAMeulstee
May 19, 2018, 2:09pm Top


book 174: Vechten met Veronica by Marilyn Sachs
own, YA, translated, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1984, original title Veronica Ganz, 113 pages
TIOLI Challenge #2: Read a book That Has A Title Word That Starts with the Letter G

Veronica Ganz has bullied everyone in her class to do what she wants, or else avoid her. Now there is a new boy who dares to harass her! Veronica tries everything to get Peter, but he is way too smart and keeps avoiding a confrontation with her.
Her mother and stepfather have to work long hours to earn enough money, so often Veronica has to take care of her younger sister and half-brother.

175FAMeulstee
May 19, 2018, 2:30pm Top


book 175: Pech by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
own, translated from German, English translation A Dangerous Game, 93 pages
TIOLI Challenge #18: Read a book recommended to you by a spouse/partner/significant other or, if single, by a close friend

This was one of the first book Frank recommended me back in the 1980s. As I have read some other books by Friedrich Dürrenmatt lately, I thought it was a good time to read it again.

A traveling salesman strands in a small village. As all hotels are full, he finds a place for the night at a retired judges house. He is invited to have diner with the retired judge and his retired friends: a prosecuter, a lawyer and a hangman. They ask the salesman to be their defendant, as they like to play court of law in the evening. The salesman thinks he has never broken the law, but during the evening it turns out he might be a murderer...

A very good read, Friedrich Dürrenmatt is great in playing with suspence and a dark kind of humor I like.

176FAMeulstee
May 19, 2018, 2:43pm Top


book 176: Wie had gelijk, Mary Rose? by Marilyn Sachs
own, YA, translated, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1984, original title The truth about Mary Rose, 119 pages
TIOLI Challenge #12: Read a book with the name of a specific flower in the title

Mary Rose is named after her deceased aunt. Her grandmother always tells her how friendly, nice and heroic her aunt was, how she warned the other residents in the apparment building when a fire broke out. And how she sadly died in that fire. In the livingroom grandmother has framed newspaper articles about her heroic death. Mary Rose's mother tries to explain that her sister was no saint, but a human being with strong sides and faults, like everyone. But Mary Rose likes to be named after a hero. One day she finds out there must be a box that belonged to her aunt in her grandmothers house, so she goes searching for it.

177charl08
May 20, 2018, 5:38am Top

I have added that Friedrich Dürrenmatt to my wishlist Anita!
The lego book looks like fun too.

I hope Go Went Gone changes some minds. We had a visiting speaker at work Last week talking about the large number of children's fiction written about being a refugee in the last twenty years. She had found over 250, and then focussed on two books to talk about how they could be used in classrooms to help refugee children deal with their experiences as well as help all children gain understanding. There were over 50 students in the room, so maybe if some of them use those books in their classrooms...

178msf59
May 20, 2018, 7:15am Top

Happy Sunday, Anita. It looks like I need to find a copy of Go, Went, Gone. Many of my LT pals really seem to love this one.

179FAMeulstee
May 20, 2018, 8:16am Top

>177 charl08: I hope you like it, Charlotte, have you read any other books by Dürrenmatt?
The lego book was just a book for the TIOLI Challenge that happened to be available at the library ;-) I am now reading a next (more serious) Star Wars book Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. It is sometimes fun where these challenges lead me!
Books about refugees are good, with good use in classrooms there might be some change in the future.
My other read at the moment is a book by Günter Wallraff, the German writer and undercover journalist. In the first part of the book he goes undercover as a black refugee and it is terrible how many people treat him. However he does meet a few nice, unbiassed, non-racist people.

>178 msf59: Happy Sunday, Mark! Yes, go, find and read Go, went, gone!

180kidzdoc
May 20, 2018, 11:43am Top

I'm glad that you also loved Go, Went, Gone, Anita. It remains my favorite book of 2018 so far.

181Storeetllr
May 20, 2018, 3:30pm Top

Hi, Anita! Happy Sunday! So much love for Go, Went, Gone. Guess I'll be looking to read it too.

182charl08
May 20, 2018, 5:08pm Top

>179 FAMeulstee: re Dürrenmatt - I have read him before Anita, but don't seem to have kept records on LT very well. He was included in a fascinating radio series I listened to last year (I think? Possibly the year before even) about crime writers around Europe. I knew of Montalbano, of course, and a few others, but discovered lots of new books through the programme.

183ronincats
May 20, 2018, 5:34pm Top

Your reading is simply amazing, Anita. ((((Anita))))

184Familyhistorian
May 21, 2018, 12:52am Top

Looks like you might beat last year's reading numbers, Anita. I hope you have a good week.

185FAMeulstee
May 21, 2018, 8:23am Top

>180 kidzdoc: It was a great read, Darryl, it will certainly make my top 10 this year.

>181 Storeetllr: Thanks, Mary, I hope you can find a copy soon.

>182 charl08: Always good when writers lead you to other writers, Charlotte.
I discovered the genre two (three?) years ago. If I had more space I would start collecting crime & mystery books, maybe I should start collecting them as e-books, I already have a few. Sadly my library has only a few of the Montelbano books and I haven't seen them as e-book yet.

>183 ronincats: Thank you, Roni, it still amazes me how fast the books go.

>184 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg, indeed the numbers are up again. My planning was to read a bit less this year, but that is not going to happen ;-)

186FAMeulstee
May 22, 2018, 2:30am Top


book 177: Motu-Iti, het meeuweneiland by Roberto Piumini
own, YA, translated from Italian, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1994, no English translation, 122 pages
TIOLI Challenge #6: Read a book with an egg or a bird on the cover

Long ago Tou-Ema lived on on Easter Island. Each year there was a canoe race to decide who would be the leader of the tribe for the next year. Seven years in a row Tou-Ema won the race. Some tribe members go jealous and decided to get rid of Tou-Ema. Everyone forgets him, except his girlfriend Kintea-Ni.
A lovely story how the big heads on Easter Island might have originated.


187FAMeulstee
May 22, 2018, 2:32am Top


book 178: De wraak van de Sith by Matthew Stover
from the library, SF, translated, original title Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, 303 pages
TIOLI Challenge #21: Read a Star Wars book

The book after the movie. I haven't seen the movie, it took me a while to get into the book.
The Jedi Knights are spread across the galaxy, leading a massive war against the Separatists. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi work closely together. Anakin is secretly married to Padmé Amidala. He is also close to the supreme chancellor Palpatine, who convinces Anakin that the Jedi are conspire against him. Meanwhile Padmé and other senators meet the Jedi-council to save the Republic...

A fairly good story. Sadly the translation was probably done in a hurry, as there were some minor wrongs left in the text.


188FAMeulstee
May 22, 2018, 2:33am Top


book 179: Rutgers reis by Willem Wilmink
own, YA, no translations, 153 pages
TIOLI Challenge #20: Read a book with a two-word title, both starting with the same letter

15th century, Rutger lives in a monastry. He is send into the world by the abbot and is told to write down what he finds outside the monastry. Rutger travels through The Netherlands, Belgium and the North of France, making friends on the way.

The book is larded with poetry and citations from old books, all originals are named in the end-notes. An agreeable read, the writer was inspired by his favourite book from his youth Jan zonder vrees by Constant De Kinder. Now I am going to look for a copy of that book :-)


189FAMeulstee
May 22, 2018, 2:37am Top


book 180: Schaduwliefde by Ruta Sepetys
from the library, YA, Gouden Lijst nominee 2012, original title Between Shades of Gray, 368 pages
TIOLI Challenge #3: Read (or listen) to a book from YA Sync 2017 or 2018

1941, 15 year old Lina lives in Lithuania. The year before the country was occupied by the USSR. Life seems to go on like always, until one night Lina, her mother and her brother are picked up by the NKVD and are send to to the camps in Siberia. Her father was arrested before. Then comes the long and terrible jouney to and through Siberia. Despite the harsh conditions her mother tries to keep their spirits in positive way.

A well told and well researched story of the horrible things that happened during Stalinistic times.


190FAMeulstee
May 22, 2018, 2:38am Top


book 181: Hoe weet jij dat nou? by Dolf Verroen
own, YA, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1981, no translations, 70 pages
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book where one word gives a Scrabble score of more than 2.5 points per letter

Short stories for starting readers. Ten stories about a boy, named King, who is afraid of the dark and many other things. Ten stories about the girl Juul, who is never afraid. Then ten stories how Juul moves to the street where King lives. They become friends and find out King is braver than he thought and there are a few things Juul fears.


191charl08
May 22, 2018, 3:55am Top

>185 FAMeulstee: Space - yes, my penguins are taking over. >188 FAMeulstee: sounds like a great intro to other literature, love books like that.

192FAMeulstee
Edited: May 22, 2018, 10:25am Top

>191 charl08: Your penguins, Charlotte, and my children's & YA books. Although I am doing a good job this year in culling them, 63 so far!
Yes, from one book to the next.

193Berly
May 22, 2018, 11:05am Top

Hi there! I lost you for a bit. My apologies. As usual, you have been reading up a storm! I love that you read in one month what I have read thus far in 2018. LOL. : ) Love your photos up top.

194EllaTim
May 22, 2018, 5:31pm Top

>188 FAMeulstee: I didn't know Wilmink wrote books for children! (Well, there's a lot I don't know). I love the combination of Wilmink and poetry.

You are going strong, Anita.

195FAMeulstee
May 22, 2018, 6:18pm Top

>193 Berly: Hi Kim, always good to "see" you on my thread.
I hope to read some more this month, you probably hope to read some more this year ;-)

>194 EllaTim: Beside his poetry and songs Wilmink wrote lots of childrens books, Ella. As he is at the end of the alphabet I will get to most of his books early next year. Unless some qualify for future TIOLI Challenges, then they will be read sooner.
10 more planned books to go this month, I am half way in two of them.

196Berly
May 22, 2018, 6:31pm Top

: P

197FAMeulstee
May 22, 2018, 6:33pm Top

198Berly
May 22, 2018, 6:47pm Top

: )

199karenmarie
May 23, 2018, 8:34am Top

Hi Anita!

Congratulations on your TIOLI sweep, and for reading >169 FAMeulstee: Siddhartha. I read it in college and it moved me profoundly.

200FAMeulstee
May 23, 2018, 5:43pm Top

>199 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen, reading towards a double TIOLI sweep, almost there :-)
Siddharta was an impressive read, it was first time for me.

201FAMeulstee
Edited: May 23, 2018, 5:53pm Top


book 182: Nancho van Bonaire by Diana Lebacs
own, YA, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1976, no translations, 120 pages
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a book with a character from Greek or Roman mythology in the title or author's name

Nancho lives on Bonaire, one of the islands of the Dutch Antillen. His father is a sailor, so he is rarely home. When the roof of his house is blown away, he has to go and live with his grandmother. His brothers and sisters stay elsewhere, so his mother has her hands free to rebuild the house. At first Nancho doen't like it at his grandmothers house, but after a while he gets friends.


202FAMeulstee
May 23, 2018, 6:18pm Top


book 183: Heerlijke nieuwe wereld by Günter Wallraff
from the library, e-book, non-fiction, translated from German, no English translation, 318 pages
TIOLI Challenge #5: Read a book by or about a muckraking author

Nearly 25 years after his famous undercover story "Ik, Ali" (Lowest of the Low), Günter Wallraff went back as undercover journalist. Disguised as a black refugee it is terrible how the majority treats him. However he does meet a few nice, unbiassed, non-racist people. As homeless man he finds shelters and regulations that only makes his life worse. And some solidarity amongst the homeless. As worker in a callcenter he has to sell useless subscriptions, and sees how his collegues who hesitate to scam older people are brainwashed until they give in. (Partly because of his findings some European laws has changed since). As a worker in a breadfactory he finds out workers work in dangerous circumstances, so the big supermarkets can sell their products at low prices.
Besides the four times he went undercover, he exposes some other major atrocities, the worst is how law offices advise companies how to get rid of members of the works council (who are by law protected against being fired), by using psychological presssure, false rumours and lawsuits to push them over the edge, so they resign themselves...

Welcome in 21st century unbounded capitalism....


203FAMeulstee
Edited: May 23, 2018, 6:31pm Top


book 184: Komplot op volle zee by Henk van Kerkwijk
own, YA, awarded, Beste Jeugdboek 1969, no English translation, 143 pages
TIOLI Challenge #10: Read a book with characteristics of a vacation spot in the title

Amsterdam, 17th century, Isaäc is a Portuguese Jew. His parents fled from Portugal to Amsterdam, after his grandfather was burned, because he was a Jew. His father is a ship-owner. One day a letter from his uncle arrives, who fled to Algiers. Isaäc is send on his fathers ship to meet his uncle and bring him to Amsterdam. On his adventurous voyage he learns a lot and barely escapes mutany.


204FAMeulstee
May 23, 2018, 6:44pm Top


book 185: Een tijd voor empathie by Frans de Waal
from the library, e-book, non-fiction, translated, original title The Age of Empathy, 307 pages
TIOLI Challenge #17: SCHOOLHOUSEROCK! Rolling Challenge

Written after Obama's election, Frans de Waal is hopefull "greed is out, empathy is in".
He argues that empathy is deeply embedded in human behavior, as it is in a social living mamals. With studies and anectotes about elephants, primates and dolphis, he shows humans are not the only species who help eachother. And how some react on unequal rewards for the same efforts.

I like the way Frans de Waal presents his arguments for more empathy. Sadly the optimistic feel has vanished after the election of the present president of the USA.

205Storeetllr
Edited: May 23, 2018, 8:42pm Top

Sadly, in the U.S., optimism faded after the 2014 midterms ushered in GOP control of both Houses of Congress. It died a horrible death on November 8, 2016 and took empathy down with it. At least, while Obama was president, I wasn't in mortal fear of the president plunging us into WWIII, an economic depression worse than The Great Depression, or racist/nationalistic anarchy.

206msf59
May 23, 2018, 9:13pm Top

Hi, Anita. I have Go, Went, Gone waiting at the library for me.

I also enjoyed Between Shades of Gray. I loved her follow-up even more.

207charl08
Edited: May 24, 2018, 7:25am Top

>202 FAMeulstee: That sounds like eye-opening reading Anita. I came across a reference to a similar book by an Italian journalist, (possibly on Nathalie's thread? Not sure) who went undercover as if he was a refugee arriving on one of the little boats from Libya. I don't know how people do that!

208FAMeulstee
May 24, 2018, 1:00pm Top

>205 Storeetllr: It is very sad, Mary...

>206 msf59: Well, go to the library, Mark!
I read Salt to the Sea before this one, and liked it marginally better.

>207 charl08: Indeed it was, Charlotte. It also reminded my how small the part of society is that you actually (can) see. Going into those boats... how horrible life must be if you take that chance?

209FAMeulstee
Edited: May 24, 2018, 1:46pm Top

Today the first part of our bookhaul arrived. In May most Dutch get some extra salary, called vacation money, so we had some extra to spend. Surprise... we ordered some books. Eight books arrived today, four are on their way :-)

Books arrived today:
Lazarillo van Tormes
Het martyrium by Elias Canetti (Perpetua reeks)
Faust, een tragedie by Goethe (Perpetua reeks)
De doden by James Joyce
Een broze waarheid by John Le Carré
Verhalen by Boris Pasternak (Russische bibliotheek)
Verhaal van een leven 1 by Konstantin Paustovski (Russische bibliotheek)
Verhaal van een leven 2 by Konstantin Paustovski (Russische bibliotheek)

And these books are on their way:
Gaan, ging, gegaan by Jenny Erpenbeck
Mechaniek by François Bon (Franse bibliotheek)
Het verzoek by Michèle Desbordes (Franse bibliotheek)
De dag van de hond by Caroline Lamarche (Franse bibliotheek)

210EllaTim
Edited: May 24, 2018, 7:26pm Top

>209 FAMeulstee: Impressive book haul, Anita!

I'll be waiting for your reviews. The three french books are recent?

I vaguely remember Koos van Zomeren mentioning Paustovski, very positive about him. Is this a new translation, a new edition?

(There is a bookshop in Amsterdam called Het Martyrium, a good one, name inspired by Canetti?)

>185 FAMeulstee: I like Frans de Waal a lot. He wrote an earlier book, Chimpanzee Politics, basically confirming that chimpanzees can kill for power. It's interesting to see that apes can be so human, scheming for power, being jealous, having empathy. Maybe the gap between humans and apes isn't as large as we made it out to be.

211FAMeulstee
May 25, 2018, 4:05am Top

>210 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella!
The three French books are 2nd hand, they are the last ones missing from our Franse bibliotheek.
Paustovski was originally published in Dutch in Privédomein (De Arbeiderspers), it is a new edition in the Russische bibliotheek. The third book is expected later this year.
We used to have subscriptions at new books of both the Franse and the Russische bibliotheek at our regular bookshop, until we came into rough financial times in the 90s. Last years we are doing better finacially and have been searching to complete those two again.
The bookshop is undoubtably called after that book :-)

This was my third book by Frans de Waal, the first one was The Bonobo and the Atheist and then Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?. In my mind there is no strict line between humans and other mamals.
Many religions don't make such a big difference between different forms of life, only the three who believe in one devine being do so.

212EllaTim
May 25, 2018, 5:43am Top

>211 FAMeulstee: I'll check the library for the Paustovski, they might have this new edition.

Good idea, a subscription, but I get the financial thing. So good you could find your missing titles, it's nice to have them complete;-)

I have never read the titles you name here, of Frans de Waal, guess they're on the wishlist.
People used to make a big thing of it, that humans are not animals, think of the respons to Darwin. Going so far as saying animals have no real emotions, should be treated as black boxes, can't feel real pain.
I sometimes think we should consider it more often, in both ways, have more respect for animals and treat them better, and realise that humans are more subject to instinct and emotion than we think. Maybe see ourselves a bit more objectively.

213FAMeulstee
May 25, 2018, 6:36am Top

>212 EllaTim: If the new editions are not (yet) available, your library may have the six books of the Privédomein editions.
There are also a few writers we keep complete :-)
Darwin played a role in it and so did Descartes, but the roots are in christian beliefs. Many scientists still think that way. It will always be almost impossible to think about yourself in an objective way...

214EllaTim
May 25, 2018, 8:32am Top

>213 FAMeulstee: New and old editions available, but you have to search using different spellings: Paustovski, Paustovsky, or Paustovskij all give different results:-)

215karenmarie
May 25, 2018, 8:49am Top

Hi Anita!

Seeing Lazarillo de Tormes brought back the memory of reading it in Spanish, in high school.

Congrats on your book haul.

216charl08
May 25, 2018, 8:50am Top

I'd not come across the Canetti before - sounds intriguing! Congrats on filling in the gaps in your collection.

217Caroline_McElwee
May 25, 2018, 12:01pm Top

>209 FAMeulstee: oooh, I like the vacation bonus Anita. And lovely to spend it on a book haul too.

I've not been getting around so many threads lately, but I will improve.

218FAMeulstee
May 26, 2018, 4:28am Top

>214 EllaTim: Translating a name from a different alphabet gives many possibilities.

>215 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen, this was a very statisfying bookhaul :-)
I had not heard of Lazarillo de Tormes until I saw this edition.

>216 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte, gaps should be filled :-)
Canetti won the Nobelprize in 1981. He was born in Bulgaria, wrote in German and lived for a long time in London. I think this is his best known book, the English title is Auto-da-Fé.

>217 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks, Caroline, not all was spend on books. We kept some of it apart for... vacation ;-)
No need to apologise, the threads can always wait when needed.

219FAMeulstee
May 26, 2018, 4:48am Top


book 186: Freakonomics : een tegendraadse econoom ontdekt de verborgen kant van bijna alles by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
own, non-fiction, translated, original title Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, 300 pages
TIOLI Challenge #16: Read a book with a one word title that also has a multi-word subtitle

A try to make economics more interesting, through asking unusual questions and searching for the numbers behind the question. This gives sometimes surprising results like Wade vs Roe caused the decline of crime in the 1990s. The only trouble is that Levitt does not question his own questions.
The best message this book gives is that it firmly shows that economics is a social science, I know way too many economists who think it is an exact science, because they work with numbers...

220FAMeulstee
May 26, 2018, 5:24am Top


book 187: Boekenpest by Boudewijn Büch
from the library, e-book, non-fiction, no translations, 166 pages
TIOLI Challenge #19: Read a book about "old" books/writings

Boudewijn Büch was a well known bibliophile in our country. He died rather young (53) and left a large library and many publications.
In this book (originally published in 1987) he explores many "pests" that can hit books. From the large number of books falling apart because of acidics, to insects that eat paper. The large impact of WWII, not only the bookburning by the Nazi's, also many German libraries were bombed by the Allies.
Büch wrote this book before the world wide web, so he had to travel to visit libraries to find out what he wanted to know. He was completely in awe over The Library of Congress. He was very sad about the many copies of his most favoured writer, Goethe, that were destroyed. And sad about the conditions some books were kept, especially in the tropics.

I love this quote "Desniettegenstaande meen ik dat boeken niet te veel moeten reizen; dat is een pest voor ze. Behalve wanneer ze naar mij toe reizen. Dan is het goed." (roughly translated I do think books should not travel much, as it is a bad for them. Except when they travel to me. Then it is good.)

221FAMeulstee
Edited: May 26, 2018, 6:59am Top


book 188: Ongezocht ongeluk by Peter Handke
own, translated from German, English translation A sorrow beyond dreams, 107 pages
TIOLI Challenge #4: Read a book that has a body part in the author's name

Written after the suicide of his mother in 1971, the author tries to tell about her life and woman's life in general.
Growing up in a narrow-minded village in Austria, she escapes her faith finding work in Germany. The father of her first child is a married man. In Berlin she finds a man who will marry her, and her second child is his. There is no love between them. After the war they end up in the Sovjet zone, after a few years they escape and return to her hometown in Austria. So she ends up back in the trap of narrow-minded village life, where women have no rights, nor say. Her husband stays an outsider in the village and becomes an alcoholic. She slowly falls into depression and one day she uses her pills to end her life.

Peter Handke is deeply engaged with the terrible faith of his mother and all women who were trapped in life. The male dominated sociëty had no room for them, they were predestined to household chores. His mother once was a happy and intelligent girl, but life pushed her into deep depression.

222msf59
May 26, 2018, 7:04am Top

Happy Saturday, Anita. And Happy Reading! Very hot in the Midwest but I am not complaining...yet.

223FAMeulstee
May 26, 2018, 7:08am Top

>222 msf59: The same to you, Mark!
Rather warm over here, and dry... I am complaining a bit, as I prefer cooler weather and my garden needs some rain ;-)

224MGovers
May 26, 2018, 11:32am Top

>220 FAMeulstee: - Any author who uses the word Desniettegenstaande deserves to be read :-) I like your quote and your review may tempt me to take a closer look at B. B.'s books. The man looked a bit frightening to me when I saw him on tv.

225streamsong
May 26, 2018, 12:29pm Top

To the Bright Edge of the World is now on my wish list. Great review!

>165 jnwelch: " I am afraid the ones who should get the message won't read the book." Way too true. I haven't read it yet, but it is definitely on my radar.

226banjo123
May 26, 2018, 5:38pm Top

Hi Anita! Lots of good reading. I am glad that you liked Go, Went, Gone

227FAMeulstee
May 26, 2018, 6:11pm Top

>224 MGovers: Completely agree, Monica!
This was the second Boudewijn Büch book I have read, the other was Steeds verder weg : De verzamelaar op reis. So I haven't read any of his fiction (yet). I loved him on TV, he could talk so passionated about books. He could be a little obsessive sometimes with his love for Mick Jagger and islands.

>225 streamsong: Happy to be at book bullet service, Janet, To the bright edge of the world was a good read. I liked it slightly better than Snow child.
I hope you get to Go, went, gone soon, I read it from the library and got my own copy yesterday :-)

>226 banjo123: Thank you, Rhonda, Go, went, gone seems to be loved by almost everyone in out group.

228Storeetllr
May 26, 2018, 6:15pm Top

Happy weekend, Anita! Hope you are doing something fun (besides reading, of course). :)

229EllaTim
May 27, 2018, 6:14am Top

>223 FAMeulstee: I'm having trouble with the sunny weather as well, Anita. My windows face to the southwest, lots of sun. I'm dreaming of French louvre windows. But it's a monumental facade here, so we're not allowed to change anything.

Like these:


Have a nice Sunday!

230charl08
May 27, 2018, 10:13am Top

Hi Anita. I tried to buy Go Went Gone in the bookshop yesterday but they didn't have it. Found a few penguins though, so not a wasted trip!

231FAMeulstee
Edited: May 27, 2018, 4:05pm Top

>228 Storeetllr: Thank you, Mary, to be honest, not much else but reading ;-)
The weather is too warm to do anything outside, so I curled up on the couch with my books.

>229 EllaTim: That would help to keep it cool inside, Ella.
Upstairs we have screens outside at the windows and airco, that helps to keep is cool downstairs.

>230 charl08: Maybe better luck next time, Charlotte, maybe they can order it for you? Good there are so many penguins to be found ;-)

232FAMeulstee
May 27, 2018, 4:18pm Top


book 189: Het lied van de honden by Gary Paulsen
own, YA, translated, original title Dogsong, 140 pages
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book where part of the author's name begins with G

Fourteen year old Russel Susskit lives in Alaska with his father. He doesn't like modern life in the village. As his father can't help him, he goes for help to the oldest man in the village, named Oogruk. Oogruk tells Russel all he remembers about the old way of life and gives him tools he might need, his sled and dogs to use. It takes some time before Russell becomes a hunter and can handle the dogs. Then Oogruk sends Russell on a journey through Alaska to find his own way.



With this book I finished my double TIOLI sweep for this month.

233johnsimpson
May 27, 2018, 5:13pm Top

Hello Anita my dear, I am getting back around the threads once again after being busy in the garden taking advantage of the very good weather we have been having of late. We are decorating Amy's old room this Bank Holiday weekend and should be finished tomorrow. Karen is off work now until the 4th of June and after meeting up with her best friend Tina on Tuesday we should get a couple of date days in later in the wek and hope to get to the coast as long as the good weather holds.

Hope you and Frank have had a really good weekend my dear and send love and hugs to you both from both of us dear friend.

234Deern
May 28, 2018, 1:39pm Top

Anita, sorry I haven't read up yet. Just want to say "Hi" for now, and sending some {{{hugs}}} your way! :)

235FAMeulstee
May 28, 2018, 5:32pm Top

>233 johnsimpson: We had a lazy weekend, John, it was too warm to do anything in the garden.
Good luck finishing the decorating tomorrow, and I hope the weather holds so you and Karen can get to the coast.
Love and hugs to you and Karen.

>234 Deern: No need to be sorry, Nathalie, saying "hi" is good enough for me! I know my thread moves way too fast ;-)
(((hugs))) right back at you!

236FAMeulstee
May 28, 2018, 5:45pm Top


book 190: De duivel draagt het licht by Karin Fossum
from the library, translated from Norwegian, Konrad Sejer 4, English translation When the Devil Holds the Candle, 282 pages
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a book you acquired on or after January 25, 2018

Two 18-year old boys commit crimes, to get money and for the kick of it. When they follow an old lady on her way home, things turn in an unexpected way.
A rather uncomfortable story, none of the charactes seems likable. The parts with Konrad Sejer and Jacob Skarre were the easiest parts to read.


237FAMeulstee
Edited: May 28, 2018, 6:03pm Top


book 191: De tranen knallen uit mijn kop by Guus Kuijer
own, YA, Dutch, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1981, no English translation, 112 pages
TIOLI Challenge #17: SCHOOLHOUSEROCK! Rolling Challenge

Jonathan can completely vanish into his daydreams Stories tend to come up in his head and then he forgets he is in a classroom and should pay attention to his teacher. He is in love with his teacher, so he imagines all kind of situations where he can rescue her.
We follow Jonathan in daily life, at home and at school, with in between Jonathans imaginative daydreams.


238FAMeulstee
Edited: May 29, 2018, 9:14am Top


book 192: Rooie, en andere verhalen over mij en mijn klas by Willem van Toorn
own, YA, Dutch, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1992, no translations, 111 pages
TIOLI Challenge #16: Read a book with a one word title that also has a multi-word subtitle

1960s, Walter is attending a small high school. The teachers believe the children do want to learn, if you give the time to discover things on their own. There are only two rules: #1 Be kind and don't bother others, your freedom ends where another's begins; #2 If you decide to do something, do it the best you can. Walter describes his friends at school, their adventures with an Italian boy (the son of a migrant worker) and his first love.


239LovingLit
May 29, 2018, 10:19pm Top

>219 FAMeulstee: I am intrigued about this book, I haven't got a handle on which angle it comes in from yet. (I am not sure which agenda, if any, it is pushing, is what I mean). I will read it at some point, no doubt :)

240EllaTim
May 30, 2018, 4:27am Top

>238 FAMeulstee: I think I would have loved a school like that!

241FAMeulstee
May 30, 2018, 4:27am Top

>239 LovingLit: After reading it I don't think there is an agenda, Megan. He thinks the numbers behind the numbers are statistical 'truth'. In some cases it is, in some cases I think with slightly different questions you might find something else.

242FAMeulstee
May 30, 2018, 4:33am Top

>240 EllaTim: It was an expirimental school, Ella, a kind of "Montessori-school" with "brugklassen" before the "Mammoetwet" changed the secondary schools. In the first years everyone together and then split up to the different levels. Like you I think I would have liked it :-)

243karenmarie
May 30, 2018, 10:22am Top

Hi Anita!

>219 FAMeulstee: I was fascinated with the correlation made in the Roe V Wade/crime statistics of the 1990s by Levitt and Dubner. There were several other interesting chapters, too, which really opened my eyes about statistics and correlations. I like your conclusion that Economics is a social science not an exact science. Interpretation is open to the biases of the economist.

As always, lots of good books. I hope you and Frank are doing well.

244FAMeulstee
May 30, 2018, 11:47am Top

>243 karenmarie: However, statistics can be bend, Karin. I remember when we lived in Rotterdam they had a new scoring system for quality of living in neighborhoods. Turned out you could never score good if you lived in certain neighborhoods. I saw an article about that, it seems that Cathy O’Neil adresses thes problems in her book Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy.

--
I am not very well at the moment, the last two weeks I felt restless and uneasy. Monday I went to draw blood, turns out my thyroid values are up too high again :-(
Next Friday I have an appointment with my GP. I probably have to change meds again, as the one I take now has too much fluctuation in the dose (a variation of 10% is allowed, so the dose can fluctuate between 90% and 110%). According to the pharmacist the other brand is more stable than the one I use now. Then it will take months again to find the right dose for me...

245jnwelch
May 30, 2018, 12:09pm Top

Hi, Anita. I loved Gary Paulsen's Hatchet books and some of his others, but I've never read Dogsong. Thanks for the helpful review of it.

246Storeetllr
May 30, 2018, 3:05pm Top

Ugh, sorry to hear your thyroid troubles are back (or continuing), Anita. Having to take synthetic thyroid myself since my thyroid was "burned out" in 1978, I know what an unbalanced dose can do. I'm pretty lucky to have found a good balance and have been staying there for over a year, though I do get the values checked every year.

247Caroline_McElwee
May 30, 2018, 4:24pm Top

Good luck with the medication tweak, I'm sorry you are feeling unwell right now Anita, and hope you feel better soon,

248FAMeulstee
May 30, 2018, 5:06pm Top

>245 jnwelch: It was a good read, Joe. I have read his Hatched and Tracker in translation, and Winterdance in English! Last one Mark's fault ;-)

>246 Storeetllr: Thank you, Mary, it has been a mess since I had to switch brands because Thyrax was unavailable. Last year September way too high (worse than now), in January too low (then I got the phobia's back again) and now too high again. *sigh*
Since January blood is drawn every 2 months, I guess we will have to continue that untill we find a balance again.

>247 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline, it has been swinging from high to low since last year. I hope going back to Thyrax will solve the problems.

249charl08
May 30, 2018, 5:40pm Top

Hope your health improves soon Anita. The stats book sounds intriguing.

250FAMeulstee
May 30, 2018, 5:53pm Top

>249 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte, the last year has been a rough ride with my thyroid medicines.
Yes, it does sound good, sadly it is not translated (yet).

251karenmarie
May 31, 2018, 7:20am Top

I'm sorry to hear about your thyroid swings and resultant feeling not well, Anita. I hope going back to Thyrax gets you back on course. It's a shame that the unavailability of a good medicine for you has caused these problems.

252charl08
Edited: May 31, 2018, 7:24am Top

>250 FAMeulstee: Fingers crossed it gets translated soon. I should probably read it. Will see if it's in the library.
ETA: it is, so I've requested it.

253Sakerfalcon
May 31, 2018, 9:22am Top

Sorry to hear that you haven't been well, Anita. I hope you and your GP can get you back on the road to stability again.

254FAMeulstee
May 31, 2018, 4:22pm Top

>251 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen, there are many with the same problems. It all started when the factory was closed before the new factory was ready. As far as I understand it, the Thyrax from the new factory isn't as good as the old one was, but better than the generic I have now.

>252 charl08: Looking forwad to your thoughts about it, Chatlotte.

>253 Sakerfalcon: Thank you, Claire, I hope so. It has been though since last August.

255EllaTim
May 31, 2018, 6:23pm Top

Hi Anita, sorry to hear about the medication problems. I hope you can find the right balance again.

256FAMeulstee
May 31, 2018, 6:25pm Top

May 2018 in numbers

46 books read (9,808 pages, 316.4 pages a day)

own 30 (65%) / library 16

30 male author / 17 female author (one book by two authors)
14 originally written in Dutch / 32 translated into Dutch
41 fiction / 5 non-fiction

46 books in TIOLI Challenges (double sweep)
  5 e-books
  2 1001 books
26 childrens/YA
  3 mystery/police prodedural

longest book 960 pages
shortest book 61 pages
average book 213.2 pages

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date first published:
20th century
1900s: 1
1910s: 1
1920s: 1
1950s: 2
1960s: 4
1970s: 5
1980s: 10
1990s: 9
21st century
2000s: 7
2010s: 6

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ratings:
  2 x
  4 x
20 x
10 x
  9 x
  1 x

Best books


Gaan, ging, gegaan (Go, Went, Gone) by Jenny Erpenbeck
De gedaanteverwisseling (Metamorphosis) by Franz Kafka


De jungle (The Jungle) by Upton Sinclair
Toen onze Daniel dood ging (Isaac Campion) by Janni Howker
Rooie, en andere verhalen over mij en mijn klas by Willem van Toorn
Jannes by Toon Tellegen

257FAMeulstee
Edited: Jun 27, 2018, 6:58pm Top

2018 totals first five months:

192 books read (40,171 pages, 266 pages a day)

January: 32 books, 8,134 pages
February: 30 books, 6,987 pages
March: 47 books, 8,414 pages
April: 37 books, 6,828 pages
May: 46 books, 9,808 pages

own 130 (68%) / library 51 / from my dad 1 / BolKobo+ 10

79 male author / 69 female author (* 3 books by 2 authors)
78 originally written in Dutch / 114 translated into Dutch
171 fiction / 21 non-fiction

187 books in TIOLI Challenges (sweep January and February, double sweep March, April and May)
36 e-books
14 1001 books (total 73)
  3 Dutch Literary Canon (total 14/125)
87 childrens/YA (108 own / 5 library)
17 mystery/police prodedural

longest book in 2018: 960 pages
shortest book in 2018: 22 pages
average book: 209 pages

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date first published:
between 13th - 10th century B.C.: 1
1th century: 1
13th century: 1
16th century: 2
17th century: 1
18th century: 1
19th century: 5
20th century: 128
21st century: 52

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ratings:
10 x
32 x
72 x
52 x
23 x
  2 x
  1 x

258FAMeulstee
May 31, 2018, 6:43pm Top

Time for a new thread!

259humouress
Jun 8, 2018, 10:34pm Top

Hi Anita! I’ve fallen so far behind on LT and your thread moves so fast!

Nice meetup with Nathalie. Have you read the Chalet School books by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer? I think a lot of them were set in that area, though they were set pre-WWII so you also have to remember that attitudes were different then.

Sorry to hear your family troubles flared up again. I hope they’re all resolved now.

And hoping your thyroid is sorted out soon. Myself, I’m on Eltroxin and my level has been stable for long enough now that I avoid having my blood taken as much as possible :0) My GP’s office is always cold because of the air-conditioning and he’s not good at taking blood; I have often had bruises afterwards and I’m not fond of needles to start with.

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