Anita (FAMeulstee) goes where the books take her in 2019 (1)
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Welcome to the my first 2019 thread!
I am Anita Meulstee married with Frank since 1984.
We live in Lelystad, the Netherlands. We both love modern art and books.
I joined the 75 group in 2008, but have not been been active in 2013 & 2014 because I could not read much as a side effect of an anti-depressant (Paxil). In 2015 I was able to wean of the Paxil and I regained my ability to read. Since then my readings went significant up each year. 2018 turned out to be my best reading year ever with 534 books read!
I have read 1,764 books since I started to keep track in 2008.
I read (almost) everything, from childrens and YA books to more serious literature, mysteries, historical fiction, fantasy and I try not to forget to throw some non-fiction into the mix.
I wish everyone happy readings in 2019!
total books read in 2019: 19
10 own / 9 library
total pages read in 2019: 4,839 pages
poetry: De Nederlandse kinderpoëzie in 1000 en enige gedichten by Gerrit Komrij, 1040 pages, TIOLI #2
e-book: Zomer van de vriendschap (Ostend: Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark) by Volker Weidermann, 159 pages, TIOLI #8
YA: Het wonderlijke verhaal van Angelino Brown (The Tale of Angelino Brown) by David Almond, 254 pages, TIOLI #11
books read in January 2018 (19 books, 4,839 pages, 10 own / 9 library)
book 19: De toverberg (The Magic Mountain) by Thomas Mann, 972 pages, TIOLI #2
book 18: *De tijdkring (Mr Was) by Pete Hautman, 237 pages, TIOLI #9
book 17: Het rechte pad (The Heretic's Apprentice, Cadfael 16) by Ellis Peters, 233 pages, TIOLI #18 (msg 195)
book 16: Broere (Brothers) by Bart Moeyaert, 127 pages, TIOLI #11 (msg 194)
book 15: De onbekende ridder (The Mystery Knight, Dunk & Egg 3) by George R.R. Martin, 141 pages, TIOLI #11 (msg 193)
book 14: Ongebaande paden by Sylvain Tesson, 175 pages, TIOLI #18 (msg 192)
book 13: *En straks komt Emilio by Gudrun Pausewang, 125 pages, TIOLI #7 (msg 191)
book 12: *Ik ben Joshua en mijn vader is een held (Piggy in the middle) by Jan Michael, 153 pages, TIOLI #3 (msg 190)
book 11: De slag op de Heckingse Heide (The Battle of Hackham Heath, Ranger's Apprentice prequel 2) by John Flanagan, 363 pages, TIOLI #5 (msg 173)
book 10: Muren van alle tijden by Fik Meijer, 173 pages, TIOLI #17 (msg 172)
book 9: Het toernooi van Gorlan (The Tournament at Gorlan, Ranger's Apprentice prequel 1) by John Flanagan, 372 pages, TIOLI #16 (msg 171)
book 8: Een dodelijk venijn (Adamsberg 9) by Fred Vargas, 392 pages, TIOLI #8, TIOLI #4 (msg 119)
book 7: De show van je leven (I Am Half-Sick of Shadows) by Alan Bradley, 288 pages, TIOLI #10 (msg 118)
book 6: Deesje by Joke van Leeuwen, 88 pages, TIOLI #7 (msg 117)
book 5: Twee ons liefde by Ted van Lieshout, 25 pages, TIOLI #11 (msg 116)
book 4: Afscheid van een koning (The Road to Camlann) by Rosemary Sutcliff, 152 pages, TIOLI #1 (msg 115)
book 3: Schild en kruis (The Light Beyond the Forest) by Rosemary Sutcliff, 151 pages, TIOLI #1 (msg 114)
book 2: Zwaard en kroon (The Sword and the Circle) by Rosemary Sutcliff, 242 pages, TIOLI #4 (msg 113)
book 1: IJsmoord (A Climate of Fear, Adamsberg 8) by Fred Vargas, 439 pages, TIOLI #8 (msg 67)
* these books are to be culled
January 2019 reading plans:
#1: Read a book where you take one letter from each word in the title to make a new word
#2: Read that nagging book
- De Nederlandse kinderpoëzie in 1000 en enige gedichten - Gerrit Komrij, 1040 pages
#3: Read a book with an animal in the title that isn't a real animal
#4: Read the first book of a series/trilogy or saga
- De ruïnes van Gorlan (The Ruins of Gorlan) - John Flanagan, 286 pages (e-library, 1/2)
- De erfenis van de Tempeliers (The Templar Legacy) - Steve Berry, 496 pages (e-library, 24/1)
- IJsprinses (The Ice Prinsess) - Camilla Läckberg, 358 pages (e-library, 27/1)
- De kristallen grot (The Crystal Cave) - Mary Stewart, 446 pages
#5: Read a book that contains (or is about) a first
#6: Read a book that has happy, new, or year in the title
#7: Read a book by a female author, in Rolling Alphabetical order
#8: Read a book originally published in French or German
- De smokkelaars van de Tigris - Karl May, 378 pages
- Zomer van de vriendschap (Ostend: Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark) - Volker Weidermann, 159 pages (e-library, 24/1)
? Een stap en dan de volgende - Pierre Bergounioux, 185 pages
? Het roze huis - Pierre Bergounioux, 167 pages
#9: Read a paper book thicker than your two smallest fingers
#10: Read a book about sisters
#11: Read a Book where a word in the title starts with the same letter as one of the author's initials
- Het wonderlijke verhaal van Angelino Brown (The Tale of Angelino Brown) - David Almond, 254 pages (library, 24/1)
#12: Read a book which features a new beginning / fresh start
#13: Read a book which was recommended on a 'best of 2018' list
#14: Read a book where a word in the title is a game
#16: Read a book that has something 'slashy' on the cover
#17: Read a book with a wall or barrier as part of the narrative
#18: Read a book when the author has double letters in his name.
- Op de vlucht (Toby Alone) - Timothée de Fombelle, 350 pages (library, 24/1)
? Het verhaal van Bobbel die in een bakfiets woonde en rijk wilde worden (The Story of Bobble Who Wanted to Be Rich) - Joke van Leeuwen, 111 pages
? Een mond vol dons (A Mouthful of Feathers) - Lydia Rood, 162 pages
Other reads from the library:
Er zijn nog 17 miljoen wachtenden voor u - Sander Heijne, 189 pages (library, 24/1)
TIOLI books read between 2010 and 2018: 960
TIOLI books read in 2019: 19
Reading plans in 2019
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.
I start in 2019 with 578 childrens/YA books on the shelves, of those 111 are TBR.
I keep trying to read more of my own books, of the 534 books I have read in 2018 365 (67%) were my own.
This year I try to read at least 50% books of my own.
I join the TIOLI (Take It Or Leave It) challenges each month.
My readings in previous years
534 books (111,906 pages) read in 2018/1, 2018/2, 2018/3, 2018/4, 2018/5, 2018/6, 2018/7, 2018/8, 2018/9, 2018/10, 2018/11, 2018/12, 2018/13
453 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
53 books (18,779 pages) read in 2012/1, 2012/2, 2012/3
84 books (29,387 pages) read in 2011/1, 2011/2
121 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
My best of lists on the WikiThing
Series I read, mostly mysteries, a list to keep track
Bernie Gunther by Philip Kerr 4/12
Broeder Cadfael by Ellis Peters 7/20
De Cock by A.C. Baantjer 50/70
Flavia de Luce by Alan Bradley 4/5
Guido Brunetti by Donna Leon 5/25
John Rebus by Ian Rankin 2/18
Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg by Fred Vargas 9/9
Konrad Sejer by Karin Fossum 4/12
Kurt Wallander by Henning Mankell 9/12
Martin Beck by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö 3/10
Nic Costa by David Hewson 6/11
Ruth Galloway by Elly Griffiths 1/4
Sir Balwin by Michael Jecks 5/8
Happy New Year, Anita!
You remind me that I need to get back to The Magic Mountain at some point. I think I have started the book at least 3 times but always gotten distracted by the new and shiny. Maybe I will read it as a classic this year for fuzzi's challenge!
Amazing 2018 leads to astounding 2019? May it be so! All your reads be good ones *whammy*
Happy new year! Congrats on your good year of reading and best wishes for an even better year in 2019.
>8 Kristelh: Thank you, Kristel, the same to you!
>9 alcottacre: Thank you, Stasia, good to see you back!
I loved The Buddenbrooks and hope I will love The Magic Mountain too. I have been very good with reading my own, older books in 2018, although some shiny new ones sneeked into my readings.
>10 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle, the same to you and your family!
>11 richardderus: That would be great, Richard dear. In January my reading will be less stellar, I have ignored some household duties for too long now ;-)
Wishing you and yours a happy and joyous 2019, filled with peace, love, and great books.
>24 harrygbutler: Ohhh how sweet of you a Dutch card, Harry, thank you!
And a very happy new year, filled with books and movies, to you and yours.
Happy New Year, Anita and Frank, and very happy reading! I caught your 2019 book counter at 0, I‘m sure this will change during the day, looking at your January plans. :)
Love your thread title, planning the same. If we let them, books lead us where we should be.
Happy New Year, Anita! You are very organised for January. No doubt you will have finished something by the end of today!
Thank you, Nathalie, we wish you a very happy 2019. May the books treat you well!
I started The Magic Mountain yesterday and won't finish it today. Unless one of the two other books jumps in today, the counter will stay at 0 until I finish it.
The thread title popped up in my head after Christmas. I wrote it down immediately, so I would not forget.
>27 susanj67: Thank you, Susan, the same to you!
As I said to Nathalie ^, I am not sure to finish a book today. I have been reading like crazy in December and it is time to slow down a bit with reading.
Happy new year and happy new thread, Anita! Wishing you a happy and healthy year ahead and another stellar reading year!
Happy New year Anita - wishing you a fabulous 2019. I look forward to hearing about your art gallery visits, always remind me to get out myself.
I wish you from my heart a healthy 2019 filled with happiness, satisfaction, laughter and lots of good books.
Happy New Year, Anita and Happy New Thread. Looking forward to sharing another year of books with you!
>30 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley, a happy new reading year to you too!
>31 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte, the same to you. Our first planned visit is the Chihuly exhibiotion in Groningen later this month.
>32 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara, all the same to you and your family.
>33 LibraryLover23: Thank you, a happy reading year to you!
>34 msf59: Thank you, Mark, a happy new year to you and your family. Looking forward to all the books, birds and beers on your thread :-)
Hi Anita my dear, I have dropped my star off and will be visiting on a regular basis dear friend.
Hi Anita. A very Happy New Year to you! 534 books last year. My goodness! That's amazing!
>25 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. That was the old postcard image that I found most appealing this year. If we get out to a postcard show this year, I may try to pick up old greetings like this to be prepared for other holidays and for next year.
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised
I look forward to keeping up with you, Anita (and Frank), this year.
Well, it's January 2, 1218 UTC. How many books have you read so far this year? 😉
Happy New Year Anita! And happy new thread!
Wishing you and your family the best for 2019.
(What, no books yet? You're slow off the mark.)
>48 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul, the same to you and your family.
I will come bye at your thread later, I bet it has exploded by now ;-)
>49 neverstopreading: Just finished the first one, Cody. I am slowing down a bit, as I need to recuperate from my reading run in the last months of 2018. And keeping up with the threads is almost a full-time job at the start of a new year ;-)
>50 brenzi: Thank you, Bonnie, the same to you! I will also try to keep up.
>51 foggidawn: Thank you, foggi, Happy New Year to you!
>52 banjo123: Thank you, Rhonda, looking forward to a whole new year of reading and following threads.
>53 humouress: Thank you, Nina, the same to you and yours!
I just finished my first book this year :-)
>54 Ameise1: Have you read The Magic Mountain before, Barbara? I like the start of it, but then got distracted by A Climate of Fear (Adamsberg 8) and finished that book first. Going back to Thoman Mann now.
Hi Anita! Happy new year and happy first thread of 2019.
Congratulations on your stunning reading accomplishment last year, and give my kind regards to Frank.
I look forward to seeing where the books take you.
book 1: IJsmoord by Fred Vargas
from the library, e-book, translated from French, Adamsberg 8, English translation A Climate of Fear, 439 pages
TIOLI Challenge #8: Read a book originally published in French or German
Commissaire Adamsberg doesn't believe an older woman committed suïcide. Diving into the case his journey leads him first to an expedition in Iceland years ago, and later to a Robbespiere society. The last investigation gave me a nice lesson in the hisory of the French Revolution.
As always a clever mystery and a very enjoyable read. I love all the odd police officers who work in Adamsbergs team.
HAPPY NEW YEAR Anita, I was sure I dropped off a cushion in here already.
Wishing you another great reading year.
I hope the health and the family matters are kinder to you this year too.
>68 avatiakh: I am going to look for the last Adamsberg book at the library today. Thanks for mentioning Pepe Carvalho, had not heard of that series before. It looks like only a few are available in Dutch translation.
>69 jennyifer24: Thank you, Jenny, the same to you!
>70 Berly: LOL, Kim! My reading is a bit off in these first days of the year. I spend most of my time at LT looking at all the shiny new threads ;-)
>71 Caroline_McElwee: Well, now you are here, Caroline, and you are very welcome!
Thank you, happy New Year to you and wishing you all the best.
You are reminding me that I need to get back to that Fred Vargas series - I read the first one last year and really enjoyed it.
Happy New Year, Anita!
Nice to see the photo of Frank up there. It was such a pleasure to meet him, and to meet you in person.
What a reading year you had in '18! I think that works out to about a book and a half a day. Amazing.
Best wishes for another great year of reading and everything else.
>73 Crazymamie: I liked them all, Mamie. I went to the library today to get the latest in the series Een dodelijk venijn, no English translation of that one yet.
>74 calm: Thank you, Calm, the same to you!
>75 aktakukac: Thank you, Rachel, the same to you!
>76 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe, best wishes to you and yours!
Yes, it was a pleasure to meet, I hope we can do it again some day.
Indeed I had a fabulous reading year. I am still recuperating of the last month and a half, when I really pushed my limits in reading.
As I decided to quit sweeping in the TIOLI challenges, I no longer just look at books that fit the challenges. And my project on own childrens/YA books is nearing the end with only 111 to go. This made me go on the loose at the library and the e-library today, I took 6 books home from the library and got 6 books from the e-library:
Het wonderlijke verhaal van Angelino Brown (The Tale of Angelino Brown) - David Almond, 254 pages (library)
De erfenis van de Tempeliers (The Templar Legacy) - Steve Berry, 496 pages (e-library)
Het toernooi van Gorlan (The Tournament at Gorlan) - John Flanagan, 372 pages (e-library)
De slag op de Heckingse Heide (The Battle of Hackham Heath) - John Flanagan, 363 pages (e-library)
Op de vlucht (Toby Alone) - Timothée de Fombelle, 350 pages (library)
Er zijn nog 17 miljoen wachtenden voor u - Sander Heijne, 189 pages (library)
De onbekende ridder (The Mystery Knight) - George R.R. Martin, 141 pages (library)
Muren van alle tijden - Fik Meijer, 173 pages (e-library)
Het rechte pad (The Heretic's Apprentice, Cadfael 16) - Ellis Peters, 233 pages (library)
Ongebaande paden - Sylvain Tesson, 175 pages (e-library)
Een dodelijk venijn (Adamsberg 9) - Fred Vargas, 392 pages (library)
Zomer van de vriendschap (Ostend: Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark) - Volker Weidermann, 159 pages (e-library)
>78 FAMeulstee: It looks like you're enjoying your more relaxed approach, Anita!
>81 avatiakh: I didn't know he inspired Camilleri. That Pepe Carvalho book is translated :-)
Happy new thread and happy 2019, Anita. I hope things continue at a relaxed pace for you in the coming months.
Hello! It is good to see you back for 2019.
Taking on that Thomas Mann book will itself take some time. I would probably not make it all the way through.
It looks like you have an interesting plan for 2019 at the ready.
>78 FAMeulstee: It's funny, Anita - I had decided to stop sweeping every month, too. Ironically, my reading is already falling very nicely into different Challenges - I may have to deliberately NOT sweep to break the habit!
>78 FAMeulstee: I'm not even looking at TIOLI this year. I discovered I wasn't enjoying it that much any more so I just decided to drop out. If you all spot a book I read that matches one of yours, feel free to add it as a match though.
I've only read three of the Vargas books so far. I probably should go back to that series this year. But first there are lots of books of my TBR pile which need my attention first before visiting the library.
>67 FAMeulstee: A book sighting!
>72 FAMeulstee: Yes, I think LT should be number 1 on all our 'books read' lists. I have a book cooling on my bedside table as we ... er ... speak.
>78 FAMeulstee: Anita on the loose in the library! Now there's a thought.
As for sweeping, I've never bothered trying; mainly because I always try and fit books that I've already finished into the challenges but anyway, I've never read enough books in a month to get a sweep. So, no stress. :0)
(Which reminds me; I was waiting for my spot in the rolling challenge to come around...)
At the loose in the library sounds like heaven: hope you enjoy the Zweig as much as I did. Lovely little book.
Wow, you're on Adamsberg book 9! I have some catching up to do with this series!
>83 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg, happy reading in the new year to you. I start the year relaxed, and I will see in which direction the reading year evolves.
>84 bell7: Thank you, Mary, the same to you!
>85 Forthwith: Hi Michael, nice to see you on my thread.
Yes, The Magic Mountain is a slow read, but I am enjoying it. As my thread title says, I am going where the books take me :-)
>86 Dejah_Thoris: That is funny, Dejah. I won't deliberate NOT sweep, so I might run into one or two this year. I DO stop doing evertyhing to make a sweep. The 5x sweep opportunity in December was a great ending of the two year run.
With the last January challenge I could fit some of the library books into TIOLI ;-)
>87 thornton37814: If the TIOLI is no fun anymore it is time to quit, Lori.
Thanks, I will keep an eye on your books for shared reads.
>88 Berly: Thank you, Kim, I will have fun. I always have fun with my books :-)
>89 souloftherose: Thank you, Heather, the same to you!
>90 Ameise1: The Vargas books will patiently wait for you, Barbara.
>91 humouress: And a second was just finished, Nina! No review yet.
Where would we be without LT....
It was fun to walk around in the library, just looking for books that appealed to me. Last year I was only going to pick up reserved titles.
Maybe one day so few challenges you can make a sweep? I hope the rolling challenge comes to the M quickly.
>92 charl08: It was, Charlotte. And thanks for reading the Zweig book, I found it on your thread.
>93 Sakerfalcon: I think the latest one isn't available in English yet, Claire, I didn't see any English copies at LT. So it is one less for you at the moment.
>78 FAMeulstee: A good start of the year Anita! It is fun to just browse and follow your fancy. Have a nice and relaxed reading year.
At seven books read now (>2 FAMeulstee:) and only one review written. I am feeling a bit under the weather, so those six reviews and the threads have to wait.
We had to do some shoveling and there were lots of accidents on the roads.
Feel better soon.
>105 FAMeulstee: I hope you feel better soon Anita.
Seven books already, you are off to a good start.
>105 FAMeulstee: Sorry to hear you're not feeling well, Anita. Get well soon!
Hi Anita and happy new year from me. I'm so impressed that you've read 7 books already in 2019! I am happy with just one! Hope you are feeling better soon.
A little belated Happy New Year.
A little belated Happy New Thread.
I wish you and yours a year full of books, love, friends and health.
>106 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara, today is a little bit better as yesterday.
>107 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella.
>108 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline. Book eight just finished.
>109 harrygbutler: Thank you, Harry, I will.
>110 cushlareads: Thank you, Cushla. I have a lot of time to read, and I use it well :-)
>111 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas, wishing you all the same.
book 5: Twee ons liefde by Ted van Lieshout
own, Dutch, YA, poetry, no translations, 25 pages
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a Book where a word in the title starts with the same letter as one of the author's initials
Surprising and sometimes funny poetry. With nice illustrations.
book 6: Deesje by Joke van Leeuwen
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Gouden Griffel 1986, no English translation, 88 pages
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book by a female author, in Rolling Alphabetical order
Deesje is send to her half-aunt in the big city. Instead of finding her aunt, adventures find her.
book 8: Een dodelijk venijn by Fred Vargas
from the library, translated from French, Adamsberg 9, no English translation yet, 392 pages
TIOLI Challenge #8: Read a book originally published in French or German
In a short time three older men die of a spider bite. Oddly the bite of this kind of spider usually isn't deadly. Commissaire Adamsberg dives into this case, without authorisation of his superiors. His deputy Danglard turns against him.
Sadly the last book in the series for now. As always it was a clever mystery and a very enjoyable read.
Where would we be without LT....
I hope you're feeling better today.
Wow, things are very busy over here on your thread. I look forward to following your reading in 2019. I must read my first Fred Vargas mystery soon! Happy reading in 2019 Anita!
>120 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen, I do feel a bit better. I am looking forward to our visit to Rotterdam in the next days, that does help to get my spirits up.
>121 mdoris: Thank you, Mary. Threads are always fast at the start of the year. I found Fred Vargas on someone's thread last year, don't remember where. Commissair Adamsberg is very different from other police officers in books, I enjoyed them all.
>122 swynn: Thank you, Steve, good luck with keeping up with the threads.
Feeling a bit low might be my "thyroid winter low" kicking in. Next Thursday my blood will be checked for that, getting the results early in the week after.
Tomorrow we go to Rotterdam for two nights. Tuesday Frank and his friend Wilco have their traditional evening together at "The Six Days of Rotterdam", the annual six-day indoor track cycling races in Ahoy. Before they go to Ahoy, the three of us will have diner together.
On our way we first go visit my mother and father at my mothers place. We have some bookstore visits planned for Tuesday, last year we made a nice haul over there :-)
>113 FAMeulstee: You've managed all three Sutcliff books and I've barely scratched the surface of book 1. I'm only reading a chapter a day so not expecting to finish it anytime soon.
Hope you are feeling better.
I like your detailed quantification of what you read, very interesting and maybe I will get inspired to do something like it. Good reading in 2019.
>128 avatiakh: The first book is the longest one, Kerry, and the best read for me.
Felling better and ready to leave for Rotterdam.
>129 brewbooks: Thank you, John, I like to keep my stats :-)
Packed my bag and ready to leave. No sure if I have time to catch up in the next two days. If not I'll be back on Wednesday.
Wishing you a safe and happy time in Rotterdam. Hope you find some good things at the bookshops!
Hi, Anita. I hope you had a nice weekend and have a good time in Rotterdam. I am sure you are bringing plenty of books.
Have a nice time in Rotterdam! And happy book shopping! Won't be a task I guess;-)
Hi Anita! Happy New Year and happy trip! This must be a different trip than what you posted on my thread about going to Groningen. Will you be doing that one, too?
I'm feeling a bit low myself lately. I hate the short short days, especially when they are cloudy and dark.
Have a great trip, Anita! I hope being away helps improve how you feel.
Wishing you a good trip Anita - hope you feel better. I got away on Saturday (only for the day) and it was so nice to see some different scenery. I never get used to the short winter days, always such a relief when they start lengthening again.
Enjoy your trip to Rotterdam Anita and I hope you feel better soon.
Could I ask which thyroid tests your doctors run (if you don't mind)? I'm trying to navigate thyroid investigation for my husband and finding it all a bit confusing - there seem to be so many different things they can measure and some the NHS will test for and some they won't.
>131 Sakerfalcon: >133 msf59: >134 EllaTim: >135 mstrust: >136 Dejah_Thoris: >137 richardderus: >138 streamsong: >139 Familyhistorian: >140 charl08:
Thanks Claire, Mark, Ella, Jennifer, Dejah, Richard, Janet, Meg, Charlotte and Heather
We had a good time, it is always good to be back in Rotterdam for a few days. It did improve my mood.
Minor bookhaul, only 5 books came home.
De vrouw van Toulmond by Wim van Til (poetry)
Grand Hotel Europa by Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer
De vernedering by Philip Roth (translation of The Humbling)
Hoe Tortot zijn vissenhart verloor by Benny Lindelauf
Nieuwe maan by Sarah Crossan (translation of Moonrise)
>132 charl08: Extra pat on the back from me :-)
>138 streamsong: We go to Groningen next week, Janet.
I also dislike the short days, they are more bearable when there is snow and/or sunshine.
>140 charl08: The days are getting longer, Charlotte, but only very slow.
>141 souloftherose: The doctors test the free T4 (free thyroxine) and the TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone). For me the free T4 has to be at the high end of normal (around 20) and the TSH should be around 2,5.
The other tests are only done if these two are good, and the patient still has problems that might be related to the thyroid. Or when is suspected TG antibodies are the problem.
I hope this helps. Always feel free to ask!
Here is a reference chart of all references and optimal ranges from Izabella Wentz, who has a lot of good information on her website.
>142 FAMeulstee: Glad to hear that you had a good time! Congratulations on the book haul.
>138 streamsong: I understand about feeling low as a result of the short days. One of the things I like most about retirement is that I do not have to drive home from work in the dark!
I hope that your time away brings some solace!
And, I am anxious to learn what YA books you will be reading this year!
>142 FAMeulstee: Nice book haul, Anita!
We're having some sunshine today, so enjoy!
>142 FAMeulstee: I am impressed both by your restraint and your taste, Anita. The thyroid chart is fascinating! Picoliters?! How do they even measure that small an amount?
Glad you had a good trip Anita - I'm after your advice about a Dutch book -
The Guardian has just reviewed a book by a Dutch author, The Cut Out Girl, about a girl who was hidden during WW2 in the Netherlands, and the memories of the grandson of the family who hid her, and his attempts to work out what happened afterwards to her and the family. The weird thing is, I remember this story - I'm sure I've read it. She gets moved on from the first family, but always remembers them as kind, even after the war. But LT doesn't match - Does it sound at all familiar to you?
>144 alcottacre: Thank you, Stasia, boks have been processed and found their place on the shelves :-)
>145 Whisper1: Thank you, Linda, the days are heading into the right direction, getting longer.
>146 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella. We had our daily walk in the sunshine, but the wind was still cold.
>147 richardderus: Thank you, Richard, we only bought books from our wishlists.
I don't know how they can measure those tiny amounts. A chemist probably could explain. All I know is that tiny amounts of timy amounts can have great impact on my body and mind.
>148 charl08: I have been looking around for a similair book, Charlotte, but was not able to find one. Of course there are more stories like this one. This book was originally written in English, as the author has been living in England for a long time. So you could have read it when it was first published last year. The Dutch translation was only recently published, I did add it to mount TBR.
>149 FAMeulstee: I am right there with you. I take 25 micrograms of levothyroxine and it has reduced my susceptibility to anxiety attacks by a huge, huge margin. Makes me so happy I live in a time when we *can* measure things in micrograms and picoliters.
>150 richardderus: *hear hear*
That makes me happy too.
On the other hand it is sad how few doctors are aware of this, and how other hormones influence our mind.
>149 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita: it's a mystery! I'll see if my library has a copy so I can at least see if it's what I remember reading!
>143 FAMeulstee: this is interesting information to me. I believe those are exactly the same tests they're running on IL, only his T3 was 6, which they told me was "normal for infants." According to your chart, it's normal for adults, too. *shrug
>154 The_Hibernator: Izabella Wentz has an informative site, Rachel, I learnt a lot there and from the Dutch forums about thyroid problems.
My niece was born with the same problem, sadly they did not check thyroid back then, so it was only discovered after 6 months. She is still has problems because of that.
If memory serves me well, she was kept on the low side of T4, to keep her from growing too fast. Policies might have changed since.
>155 charl08: :-)
I dislike undissolved mysteries as much as you do ;-)
>157 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas, the Vargas books are among my favorite mysteries/police procedurals.
Enjoy the weekend!
I'm so glad you got away, Anita. And a small book haul never hurts. Like you, the short days do get to me too. I can't wait for more light and longer days. We don't have snow here, but lots of rain . Lots of rain!It can get to me. Oh to be a duck, sometimes.
Thank you, Deborah, it was nice to be away for a short while. Althoug I am also perfectly happy at home, surrounded by my books :-)
We have also a lot of rain at moment. After the very dry summer and autumn, we still can use it. But I do prefer the rain falling during the night. At least it makes me very happy to have a roof above my head that keeps us dry.
Happy Saturday, Anita. I am finally wrapping up my long work week and I am looking forward to the next days off. I hope those books are treating you well.
>156 FAMeulstee: That is too bad for your niece. Especially when just a little pre-screening can avoid these problems. I was pretty stressed out when IL was first diagnosed, but am feeling much better now that I've found out that despite his TSH problem, his thyroid hormone levels were always within the normal range. I'm also confident in my pediatric endocrinologist, who seems to know what she's doing.
>161 msf59: Thank you, Mark, the books are always good to me :-)
Today I managed to take a picture of the pair of Eurasian Collared Doves in my garden:
>162 The_Hibernator: Two years after she was born it became common practice to test newborns on thyroid. I am glad to hear you have confidence in the pediatric endocrinolist.
>163 Crazymamie: Thank you, Mamie, almost bedtime now.
>156 FAMeulstee: Thanks for making me feel less of a weirdo for being so bugged by it. I saw a paperback copy today and nearly bought it just to answer the question!
>165 charl08: I would be very annoyed by it, and would have bought the paperback!
>156 FAMeulstee: Will check out this website. Always interested in ways to fine tune my body & mind
>167 Caroline_McElwee: Yes they are, Caroline. I am happy they replaced the big Wood Pigeon couple that we had before. The Wood Pigeons have more color, but are seldom seen together like the Collared Doves.
>168 markon: The thyroid hormones have a huge impact on body and mind, Ardene, it is always good to gain knowledge in this field.
>169 kidzdoc: Thank you, Darryl!
There are always birds in my garden. I don't feed them, as many neighbors provide enough food. I rarely think of making pictures.
book 9: Het toernooi van Gorlan by by John Flanagan
from the library, e-book, translated, Ranger's Apprentice prequel 1, original title The Tournament at Gorlan, 372 pages
TIOLI Challenge #16: Read a book that has something 'slashy' on the cover
Way back when Halt first came to the Rangers, he and Crowley got into a battle against Morgoroth.
book 10: Muren van alle tijden by Fik Meijer
from the library, e-book, Dutch, non-fiction, no translations, 173 pages
TIOLI Challenge #17: Read a book with a wall or barrier as part of the narrative
Memories of a travel guide, specialised in old Greek and Roman history.
The title means "Walls of all times".
book 11: De slag op de Heckingse Heide by by John Flanagan
from the library, e-book, translated, Ranger's Apprentice prequel 2, original title The Battle of Hackham Heath, 363 pages
TIOLI Challenge #5: Read a book that contains (or is about) a first
After their initial win over Morgorth, Halt, Crowley and new king Duncan have to battle him again.
>164 FAMeulstee: Awwww.... lovely picture! :)
Have a lovely Sunday, Anita and Frank
I'm having a real hard time keeping up with people just now, but am glad you to see you had a wonderful trip and that your reading is perking right along.
>164 FAMeulstee: Very nice. I've heard Eurasian Collared Doves but never seen them - they sound different than the Mourning Doves I'm used to.
>164 FAMeulstee: Nice picture, Anita! And do I see flowers in the background?
>142 FAMeulstee: Glad to hear you had a lovely trip.
>143 FAMeulstee: Thank you - that is really helpful. What we've been told is that Free T4 tests would be refused by the lab so there isn't any point the doctor requesting it. Instead she has requested TSH and T3. I'm not really sure why they won't test Free T4 but we may look at getting it tested privately here just to rule it out as I don't think the test is too expensive.
>164 FAMeulstee: Beautiful!
>174 Deern: Thank you, Nathalie, they are together nearly all the time.
I hope you had a good weekend
>175 karenmarie: You are not the only one, Karen. I manage to read the threads, but hardly leave replies, as that takes too long.
I have never seen Mourning Doves, looked them up at Wikipedia.
>175 karenmarie: Thanks, Ella, you have a sharp eye. That is my autumn/winter blooming tree: Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea'.
>176 EllaTim: Thanks, Heather, glad to help.
The testing of TSH and T3 might give you enough information. The range of T3 is clear enough and for first testing the TSH is the most important part to indicate if there is a problem. If you want to test the T4 somewhere else, be sure the same lot of blood is tested, as results may fluctuate during the day.
Hi there, Anita, your reading continues to be satisfying I'm happy to note. Sending hugs
>164 FAMeulstee: What lovely garden visitors!
Hello and well met, Anita! Thanks for stopping by and the welcome. Happy to return the favor and visit you. Got you starred now. Though I will NEVER keep up with you. It will be fun to see you speed along, though.
>164 FAMeulstee: Lovely visitors, Anita!
And 15 books already! I thought I was doing quite well with nearly 5 :-)
>179 richardderus: Thank you, Richard dear, hugs back to you.
>180 alcottacre: Thanks, Stasia, they are often together in the garden.
I liked the prequels as much as the series.
>181 justchris: Thanks for your visit, Chris, my reading speed has increased much in the last years. So the speed of threads went up with it.
>182 susanj67: Thank you, Susuan. Please don't mesure your reading with mine ;-) I think 5 books is well on your way to an early 75 books.
>183 harrygbutler: Thank you, Harry, they were nice enough and didn't move until I took the picture.
Got my thyroid values from last week back today. Despite upping the dose in October/November (I have to go up very slow, to avoid side efffects), the free T4 is lower than it was early October. The TSH was slightly better. So here I go again upping the dose in the next six weeks, hoping for a better result in three months.
>184 FAMeulstee: Drat that your thyroid test results weren't more positive. I remember driving home from work one evening and almost falling asleep at the wheel. A visit to my primary care doctor showed I needed medication for my thyroid. I take a drug call synthroid and it helps!
>164 FAMeulstee: What lovely birds!
>185 Whisper1: When it was first discovered I got Thyrax. Two years ago the Thyrax became inavailable and I had to switch to Levothyroxine. I kept having problems with Levothyroxine and switched back to Thyrax last June, as it was available again. And since we are trying to get me back on the right dosage and right T4 level.
I had hoped to avoid phobia's coming back by upping the dose in time, as I had phobia's before when my thyroid level (T4) was low. Sadly I had a little incident outside today, wich triggered my agoraphobia to return.
>187 richardderus: Thank you, Richard, I am glad I switched to this GP. I trust her to do anything needed to get back on track.
No fun, althoug the previous phobia that appeared last year was even worse, sleepphobia: waking up all anxious the moment after I fell asleep. A low dose of valium did wonders to suppres that one. I will try tomorrow if valium does the same for the agoraphobia. We never tried that in previous years, as 25 years ago we all thought the phobia's were mental not hormonal and using valium on long term is not good. Now it would only be needed for some weeks.
>188 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte, it is a long way to get to the right dosage this time...
book 12: Ik ben Joshua en mijn vader is een held by Jan Michael
own, translated, YA, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1997, original title Piggy in the middle, 153 pages
TIOLI Challenge #3: Read a book with an animal in the title that isn't a real animal
Joshua's father is the only butcher in a village of fishermen. Joshua and his father both look different, more like the people in the mountains, then like the villagers. When some kids start to tease Joshua calling him a "mountain man" he gets angry and runs away.
book 13: En straks komt Emilio by Gudrun Pausewang
own, translated from German, YA, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1980, no English translation, 125 pages
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book by a female author, in Rolling Alphabetical order
When Martin finds a cat with 5 kittens, he want to take care of them. His mother doesn't want any pets, so he asks his friend Anton if they can stay with him at the junkyard. When Anton ends up in hospital, Martin is desperate and asks the migrant workers from Spain, who live next door, if they can help out. His mother and Anton don't like foreigners, but Martin asks them to come to his birthday party.
book 14: Ongebaande paden by Sylvain Tesson
from the library, e-book, translated from French, non-fiction, no English translation, 175 pages
TIOLI Challenge #18: Read a book when the author has double letters in his name.
After an accident that kept the writer in hospital for a long time, he decides to recover on his own. He walks from the south east of France to the north west.
book 15: De onbekende ridder by George R.R. Martin
from the library, translated, Dunk & Egg 3, original title The Mystery Knight, 141 pages
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a Book where a word in the title starts with the same letter as one of the author's initials
Further adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall and Egg, ending up at a tournament in honor of a marriage.
book 16: Broere by Bart Moeyaert
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Woutertje Pieterse prijs 2001, English translation Brothers, 127 pages
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a Book where a word in the title starts with the same letter as one of the author's initials
Autobiographical stories of the Belgian writer, who was the youngest of seven brothers.
book 17: Het rechte pad by Ellis Peters
from the library, translated, Cadfael 16, original title The Heretic's Apprentice, 233 pages
TIOLI Challenge #18: Read a book when the author has double letters in his name
Elave arrives in Shrewsbury, with the dead body of his master, who wanted to be burried at the Abbey. Very soon Elave is accused of heresy and not much later of murder.
Looks like you are back on a reading streak, Anita. I hope you are able to get rid of the agoraphobia soon.
17 books !?!?! That's more than a book a day. Either I need to read faster or (this is the real problem) I need more reading time. I have only finished one and I am WAY behind on LT. Oh well. I'll just keep trying and have fun while I am at it. : )
I'm sorry to hear that the thyroid issues are slow to get remedied. I know that's been the case in the past with my mom's thyroid issues, too. And boo to the phobia incident! I hope that gets sorted for you, too, and fast!
Sorry to hear about the ongoing thyroid problem. Glad you have a good GP now, who can help you see through the agoraphobia!
Lots of good reading again. The Sylvain Tesson sounded appealing to me. Would love to do a walk like that:-)
>184 FAMeulstee: Good to know that the prequels are good. My local library has some of them.
>196 Familyhistorian: Yes, Meg, the reading still goes well. It will probably take some weeks/months to get rid of the phobia. Last year I had phobias coming back twice...
>197 Berly: Last year I ended with nearly 1.5 book a day, Kim, so I seem to continue that rate. Indeed I am lucky to have a lot of time to spend on reading. And a lot of time to have fun with reading :-)
>198 humouress: The bridal suite is in the large conifer, Nina. The reason the birds like it here is because cats still avoid our garden. Chimay used to chase every cat that dared to come near, and although she is gone now for over two years, the cats still stay away.
>199 scaifea: Thank you, Amber, it is a long road. In my case the phobia's are just a sign of low thyroid, so at least I know it is only temporary.
>200 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella, as I said above it will take some time, but at least I know the phobia is temporary. And a good and caring GP helps a lot.
I liked Sylvain Tesson's other book better: Zes maanden in de Siberische wouden.
>201 alcottacre: I will see them on your thread someday, Stasia :-)
Did a little experiment with taking a small dose of valium. That helped to manage to take a walk in the neighborhood, as it helps to keep the anxiety down. Only side effect is that I get slow in my movements, talking and reading, and a bit sleepy, so I can't drive a car. I am reluctant to take it every day. But this way I have a solution when it is needed, until the phobia is gone again.
Sorry to see your thyroid levels aren't where they need to be. Good luck with the next round of adjustments!
Wow, you're way ahead of me on reading of Ranger's Apprentice! Lol. I got into a muddle of family drama, but will start today. I started a thread in case you wish to discuss it, though keep it to the first book for now, please! lol
>203 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle, I hope this adjustment finally gets me somewhere near the right levels!
>204 The_Hibernator: I am sorry for the trouble you had last weekend, Rachel, and hope a solution will come soon.
The Rangers Apprentice might just be what you need now, a nice YA adventure to dive into.
I have starred the thread :-)
Sorry to hear that the thryoid problems come with a heaping helping of not fun side effects. Glad the tranquilizer is helping manage the phobias a little better. And having a doctor you can really trust is huge. Good luck finding the right dosage/formulation for you. I know more than one person who has thyroid problems, and witnessing them deal with one thing and another has certainly given me a greater appreciation for the endocrine system in general.
Thank you, Chris, it was sheer luck we found out my phobia's were thyroid related. After upping the dose somewhere in in 2013 I found my phobia's were gone. Before that time I had been treated for a long time by a psychatrist (not only phobia's, but also depression and other problems). Those "mental" problems are gone now, well not completely, but turned into minor nuisances. I sometimes wonder if everything always was thyroid related...
For now: we have found the right dose before, so I am confident I get there again :-)
book 18: De tijdkring by Pete Hautman
own, YA, translated, awarded, Eervolle Vermelding 2001, original title Mr Was, 237 pages
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a paper book thicker than your two smallest fingers
After his grandfather dies, Jack Lund, finds a time door that takes him over 50 years back in time.
book 19: De Toverberg by Thomas Mann
1001 books, own, translated from German, English translation The Magic Mountain, 972 pages
TIOLI Challenge #2: Read that nagging book
In 1907 Hans Castorp travels to Davos to spend three weeks with his cousin Joachim who is staying in a sanatorium. The planned three weeks turn into seven years.
Great read, might be the best I read this year. In some years I am going to read this book again (as the writer recommended).
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