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Welcome to my second 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 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.

Me and Frank in The Groninger museum last week (picture by Claire)

Edited: Mar 1, 2019, 1:33pm

total books read in 2019: 74
36 own / 38 library

total pages read in 2019: 18,586 pages

books read in February 2019 (36 books, 9,173 pages, 16 own / 20 library)
book 74: Wallanders wereld by Henning Mankell, 313 pages, TIOLI #16 (msg 241)
book 73: Dicht langs de huizen by Willem Wilmink, 52 pages, TIOLI #7 (msg 240)
book 72: De rotsvesting in Sonora by Karl May, 358 pages, TIOLI #5 (msg 239)
book 71: Fatalità (Fatal Remedies) by Donna Leon, 206 pages, TIOLI #4 (msg 238)
book 70: *Kikker is een held (Frog is a hero) by Max Velthuijs, 32 pages, TIOLI #7 (msg 237)
book 69: Nobilità (A Noble Radiance) by Donna Leon, 208 pages, TIOLI #16 (msg 236)
book 68: Een stille dood (Quietly in Their Sleep) by Donna Leon, 220 pages, TIOLI #16 (msg 235)
book 67: Verhalen uit de godenwereld van de Edda by Henk van Kerkwijk, 202 pages, TIOLI #4 (msg 234)
book 66: De dragers van het Eikenblad (The Battle for Skandia, Ranger's Apprentice 4) by John Flanagan, 327 pages, TIOLI #7 (msg 233)
book 65: Het ijzige land (The Icebound Land, Ranger's Apprentice 3) by John Flanagan, 324 pages, TIOLI #4 (msg 211)
book 64: De brandende brug (The Burning Bridge, Ranger's Apprentice 2) by John Flanagan, 285 pages, TIOLI #6 (msg 210)
book 63: Beenderhuis (A Room Full of Bones) by Elly Griffiths, 286 pages, TIOLI #16 (msg 209)
book 62: Sterren en strepen (Notes from a Big Country) by Bill Bryson, 368 pages, TIOLI #11 (msg 208)
book 61: *Mij 'n zorg (Adam and Eve and Pinch-me) by Julie Johnston, 243 pages, TIOLI #13 (msg 207)
book 60: Springvloed (The House at Sea's End, Ruth Galloway 3) by Elly Griffiths, 301 pages, TIOLI #16 (msg 206)
book 59: Parijs is een feest (A Moveable Feast) by Ernest Hemingway, 255 pages, TIOLI #3 (msg 196)
book 58: *De sprookjes van Moeder de Gans (The Tales of Mother Goose) by Charles Perrault, 247 pages, TIOLI #5, (msg 195)
book 57: De leeuw van Vlaanderen (The Lion of Flanders) by Hendrik Conscience, 417 pages, TIOLI #7 (msg 194)
book 56: De wet van staal (The Alloy of Law) by Brandon Sanderson, 317 pages, TIOLI #7 (msg 193)
book 55: *Zaterdagmorgen, Zondagmorgen by Jacques Vriens, 72 pages, TIOLI #6 (msg 191)
book 54: Offersteen (The Janus Stone, Ruth Galloway 2) by Elly Griffiths, 285 pages, TIOLI #16 (msg 164)
book 53: *Zip en andere verhalen by Wim Hofman, 64 pages, TIOLI #4 (msg 163)
book 52: Voor de vorst (Before the Frost, Wallander 9) by Henning Mankell, 539 pages, TIOLI #5 (msg 162)
book 51: Een onbeminde vrouw by Nele Neuhaus, 314 pages, TIOLI #4 (msg 161)
book 50: Jacques de fatalist en zijn meester (Jacques the fatalist) by Denis Diderot, 300 pages, TIOLI #5 (msg 160)
book 49: De Cock en de dood in antiek by A.C. Baantjer, 140 pages, TIOLI #5 (msg 159)
book 48: Het oog van de wereld (The Eye of the World, Wheel of Time 1) by Robert Jordan, 782 pages, TIOLI #4 (msg 158)
book 47: De gouden ezel (The Golden Ass) by Apuleius, 367 pages, TIOLI #17 (msg 129)
book 46: Het geheim van de keel van de nachtegaal by Peter Verhelst, 64 pages. TIOLI #10 (msg 128)
book 45: *Een leeuw met lange tanden by Dolf Verroen, 69 pages, TIOLI #6 (msg 127)
book 44: Een nieuw begin (New Spring, Wheel of Time prequel) by Robert Jordan, 350 pages, TIOLI #4 (msg 126)
book 43: De ogen van Elisha (Toby and the Secrets of the Tree) by Timothée de Fombelle, 382 pages, TIOLI #9 (msg 125)
book 42: Briefgeheim by Jan Terlouw, 124 pages, TIOLI #3 (msg 93)
book 41: Mijn botjes zijn bekleed met deftig vel by Ted van Lieshout, 32 pages, TIOLI #6 (msg 92)
book 40: Waar is de taart? (Where Is the Cake?) by Thé Tjong-Khing, 26 pages, TIOLI #1 (msg 90)
book 39: Het Achterhuis (The Diary of a Young Girl) by Anne Frank, 302 pages, TIOLI #12 (msg 88)

books read in January 2019 (38 books, 9,413 pages, 20 own / 18 library)
book 38: De ondergrondse spoorweg (The underground railroad) by Colson Whitehead, 347 pages, TIOLI #14 (msg 79)
book 37: *Zenuwmoord (Nerve) by Dick Francis, 276 pages, TIOLI #9 (msg 78)
book 36: Een stap en dan de volgende by Pierre Bergounioux, 185 pages, TIOLI #8 (msg 60)
book 35: Een mond vol dons (A Mouthful of Feathers) by Lydia Rood, 163 pages, TIOLI #18 (msg 59)
book 34: *Het verhaal van Bobbel (The Story of Bobble Who Wanted to Be Rich) by Joke van Leeuwen, 112 pages, TIOLI #18 (msg 58)
book 33: De smokkelaars van de Tigris by Karl May, 378 pages, TIOLI #8 (msg 57)
book 32: Een schrijver in oorlog (A Writer at War) by Vasili Grossman, 458 pages, TIOLI #2 (msg 56)
book 31: De ruïnes van Gorlan (The Ruins of Gorlan, Ranger's Apprentice 1) by John Flanagan, 286 pages, TIOLI #4 (msg 44)
book 30: Er zijn nog 17 miljoen wachtenden voor u by Sander Heijne, 189 pages (msg 43)
book 29: Op de vlucht (Toby Alone) by Timothée de Fombelle, 350 pages, TIOLI #18 (msg 40)
book 28: *Het Oerlanderboek (Legacy of Magic) by Leonie Kooiker, 142 pages, TIOLI #18 (msg 39)
book 27: Een muur van schilden (The Shield Ring) by Rosemary Sutcliff, 183 pages, TIOLI #7 (msg 38)
book 26: *Barst by Boris Dittrich, 96 pages, TIOLI #11 (msg 37)
book 25: IJsprinses (The Ice Princess) by Camilla Läckberg, 358 pages, TIOLI #4
book 24: Ik ben Polleke hoor! (I am Polleke) by Guus Kuijer, 94 pages, TIOLI #18
book 23: *Tin Toeval en de kunst van Madelief by Guus Kuijer, 48 pages, TIOLI #18
book 22: De erfenis van de Tempeliers (The Templar Legacy) by Steve Berry, 496 pages, TIOLI #4
book 21: Zomer van de vriendschap (Ostend: Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark) by Volker Weidermann, 159 pages, TIOLI #8
book 20: Het wonderlijke verhaal van Angelino Brown (The Tale of Angelino Brown) by David Almond, 254 pages, TIOLI #11
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
book 16: Broere (Brothers) by Bart Moeyaert, 127 pages, TIOLI #11
book 15: De onbekende ridder (The Mystery Knight, Dunk & Egg 3) by George R.R. Martin, 141 pages, TIOLI #11
book 14: Ongebaande paden by Sylvain Tesson, 175 pages, TIOLI #18
book 13: *En straks komt Emilio by Gudrun Pausewang, 125 pages, TIOLI #7
book 12: *Ik ben Joshua en mijn vader is een held (Piggy in the middle) by Jan Michael, 153 pages, TIOLI #3
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
book 10: Muren van alle tijden by Fik Meijer, 173 pages, TIOLI #17
book 9: Het toernooi van Gorlan (The Tournament at Gorlan, Ranger's Apprentice prequel 1) by John Flanagan, 372 pages, TIOLI #16
book 8: Een dodelijk venijn (Adamsberg 9) by Fred Vargas, 392 pages, TIOLI #8
book 7: De show van je leven (I Am Half-Sick of Shadows) by Alan Bradley, 288 pages, TIOLI #10
book 6: Deesje by Joke van Leeuwen, 88 pages, TIOLI #7
book 5: Twee ons liefde by Ted van Lieshout, 25 pages, TIOLI #11
book 4: Afscheid van een koning (The Road to Camlann) by Rosemary Sutcliff, 152 pages, TIOLI #1
book 3: Schild en kruis (The Light Beyond the Forest) by Rosemary Sutcliff, 151 pages, TIOLI #1
book 2: Zwaard en kroon (The Sword and the Circle) by Rosemary Sutcliff, 242 pages, TIOLI #4
book 1: IJsmoord (A Climate of Fear, Adamsberg 8) by Fred Vargas, 439 pages, TIOLI #8

* these books are to be culled

Edited: Sep 27, 2019, 6:07pm

TIOLI January 2019: 37 books read
#1: Read a book where you take one letter from each word in the title to make a new word
Afscheid van een koning (The Road to Camlann) - Rosemary Sutcliff
Schild en kruis (The Light Beyond the Forest) - Rosemary Sutcliff
#2: Read that nagging book
De toverberg (The Magic Mountain) - Thomas Mann
Een schrijver in oorlog (A Writer at War) - Vasili Grossman
#3: Read a book with an animal in the title that isn't a real animal
Ik ben Joshua en mijn vader is een held (Piggy in the Middle) - Jan Michael
#4: Read the first book of a series/trilogy or saga
De erfenis van de Tempeliers (The Templar Legacy) - Steve Berry
De ruïnes van Gorlan (The Ruins of Gorlan) - John Flanagan
IJsprinses (The Ice Princess) - Camilla Lackberg
Zwaard en kroon (The Sword and the Circle) - Rosemary Sutcliff
#5: Read a book that contains (or is about) a first
De slag op de Heckingse Heide (The Battle of Hackham Heath) - John Flanagan
#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
Een muur van schilden (The Shield Ring) - Rosemary Sutcliff
En straks komt Emilio - Gudrun Pausewang
Deesje - Joke van Leeuwen
#8: Read a book originally published in French or German
De smokkelaars van de Tigris - Karl May
Een dodelijk venijn - Fred Vargas
Een stap en dan de volgende - Pierre Bergounioux
IJsmoord (A Climate of Fear) - Fred Vargas
Zomer van de vriendschap (Ostend: Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark) - Volker Weidermann
#9: Read a paper book thicker than your two smallest fingers
De tijdkring (Mr. Was) - Pete Hautman
Zenuwmoord (Nerve) - Dick Francis
#10: Read a Book about sisters
De show van je leven (I Am Half-Sick of Shadows) - Alan Bradley
#11: Read a Book where a word in the title starts with the same letter as one of the author's initials
Barst - Boris Dittrich
Broere (Brothers) - Bart Moeyaert
De onbekende ridder (The Mystery Knight) - George R.R. Martin
Het wonderlijke verhaal van Angelino Brown (The Tale of Angelino Brown) - David Almond
Twee ons Liefde - Ted van Lieshout
#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 (or words) in the title is the name of a game
De ondergrondse spoorweg (The Underground Railroad) - Colson Whitehead
#15: Read a book where the book revolves around a puzzle or game
#16: Read a book that has something 'slashy' on the cover
Het toernooi van Gorlan (The Tournament at Gorlan) - John Flanagan
#17: Read a book with a wall or barrier as part of the narrative
Muren van alle tijden - Fik Meijer
#18: Read a book where the author has a set of double letters in their name
Een mond vol dons (A Mouthful of Feathers) - Lydia Rood
Het Oerlanderboek (Legacy of Magic) - Leonie Kooiker
Het rechte pad (The Heretic's Apprentice) - Ellis Peters
Het verhaal van Bobbel (The Story of Bobble Who Wanted to Be Rich) - Joke van Leeuwen
Ik ben Polleke hoor! (I am Polleke) - Guus Kuijer
Ongebaande paden - Sylvain Tesson
Op de vlucht (Toby Alone) - Timothée de Fombelle
Tin Toeval en de kunst van Madelief - Guus Kuijer

TIOLI books read between 2010 and 2018: 960
TIOLI books read in 2019: 73

Edited: Feb 26, 2019, 6:09am

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 579 childrens/YA books on the shelves, of those 111 are TBR.

End of January update own childrens/YA books project
16 books read, 2 books added, 6 books culled, new total 575 books on the shelves, 97 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.

Previous threads in 2019
Book 1 - 25: thread 1

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 readings in January 2019

Other lists
My best of lists on the WikiThing

Edited: Feb 25, 2019, 4:06am

Series I read, 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 7/20
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 51/70

Erica Falck & Patrik Hedström by Camilla Läckberg 1/10
1 IJsprinses; 2 Predikant; 3 Steenhouwer; 4 Zusje; 5 Oorlogskind; 6 Zeemeermin; 7 Vuurtorenwachter; 8 Engeleneiland; 9 Leeuwentemmer; 10 Heks

Flavia de Luce by Alan Bradley 4/5
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

De Grijze Jager (Ranger's Apprentice) by John Flanagan 6/15
0.1 Het toernooi van Gorlan; 0.2 De slag op de Heckingse heide; 1 De ruïnes van Gorlan; 2 De brandende brug; 3 Het ijzige land; 4 De dragers van het Eikenblad; 5 De magier van Macindaw; 6 Het beleg van Macindaw; 7 Losgeld voor Erak; 8 De koning van Clonmel; 9 Halt in gevaar; 10 De keizer van Nihon-Ja; 11 De verloren verhalen; 12 De koninklijke leerling; 13 De clan van de Rode Vos

Guido Brunetti by Donna Leon 8/25
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; 26 Wat niet verdwijnt

Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg by Fred Vargas 9/9
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; 9 Een dodelijk venijn

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

Konrad Sejer by Karin Fossum 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; 13 De fluisteraar

Kurt Wallander by Henning Mankell 11/12
0 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; 9b Wallanders wereld; 10 De gekwelde man

Martin Beck by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö 3/10
1 De vrouw in het Götakanaal; 2 De man die in rook opging; 3 De man op het balkon; 4 De lachende politieman; 5 De brandweerauto die verdween; 6 De man die even wilde afrekenen; 7 De verschrikkelijke man uit Säffle; 8 De gesloten kamer; 9 De politiemoordenaar; 10 De terroristen

Nic Costa by David Hewson 6/11
1 De Vaticaanmoorden; 2 Het Bacchus offer; 3 De Pantheon getuige; 4 De engelen des doods; 5 Het zevende sacrament; 6 De Romeinse lusthof; 7 Het masker van Dante; 8 Blauwe demonen; 9 Gevallen engel; 10 Dans van de doden; 11 De binnenste cirkel

Oliver von Bodenstein & Pia Kirchhoff by Nele Neuhaus 1/8
1 Een onbeminde vrouw; 2 Moordvrienden; 3 Diepe wonden; 4 Sneeuwwitje moet sterven; 5 Wie wind zaait; 6 Boze wolf; 7 De levenden en de doden; 8 Het woud

Het rad des tijds (Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson) 2/15
0 Een nieuw begin; 1 Het oog van de wereld; 2 De grote jacht; 3 De herrezen draak; 4 De komst van de schaduw; 5 Vuur uit de hemel; 6 Heer van chaos; 7 Een kroon van zwaarden; 8 Het pad der dolken; 9 Hart van de Winter; 10 Viersprong van de schemer; 11 Mes van Dromen; 12 De naderende storm; 13 De Torens van Middernacht; 14 Het licht van weleer

Ruth Galloway by Elly Griffiths 4/4
1 Dodencirkel; 2 Offersteen; 3 Springvloed; 4 Beenderhuis

Sir Balwin by Michael Jecks 5/8
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

Edited: Feb 22, 2019, 6:24pm

Books acquired in 2019: 15

February 2019 (4)
De Vaticaanmoorden - David Hewson (e-book)
Het Bacchus offer - David Hewson (e-book)
De Pantheon getuige - David Hewson (e-book)
De engelen des doods - David Hewson (e-book)

January 2019 (11)
De vrouw van Toulmond - Wim van Til
Grand Hotel Europa - Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer
De vernedering - Philip Roth
Hoe Tortot zijn vissenhart verloor - Benny Lindelauf
Nieuwe maan - Sarah Crossan
Zenuwmoord - Dick Francis
Inbreuk - Dick Francis
Op hol - Dick Francis
Een stille dood (Guido Brunetti 6) - Donna Leon
Nobiltà (Guido Brunetti 7) - Donna Leon
Fatalità (Guido Brunetti 8) - Donna Leon

Books culled in 2019: 0 (really gone) + 20 (ready to go) = 20

Jan 22, 2019, 4:53am

That is it, thread is open!

Jan 22, 2019, 6:19am

Happy new thread, Anita! Am I really first? :-)

I love that pic in your topper - You both look like you're having fun!!

Edited: Jan 22, 2019, 6:47am

>8 jessibud2: Yes it is true, Shelley, you were the first to find my shiny new thread!

Thanks, it was fun to see the Chihuly works, here a room full with his work at the exhibition:

Jan 22, 2019, 6:47am

Happy new thread, Anita!

Jan 22, 2019, 6:48am

Happy new thread, Anita. Love the picture of you and Frank up top!

Jan 22, 2019, 8:06am

Great photo of you and Frank at the top, Anita. I love your bookshelves too.

Jan 22, 2019, 8:20am

Happy new thread!

Jan 22, 2019, 9:12am

Happy new one, Anita! Love the photo topper!

Jan 22, 2019, 9:14am

Happy new thread, Anita!

Jan 22, 2019, 10:17am

Happy new thread!

Jan 22, 2019, 10:33am

Happy New Thread, Anita!

Lovely photo of you and Frank at the Groninger up top.

Jan 22, 2019, 10:52am

>10 scaifea: Thank you, Amber!

>11 alcottacre: Thank you, Stasia, pictures of Frank and me are rare ;-)

>12 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline, you can see that our the shelves are well filled.

>13 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita!

Jan 22, 2019, 10:55am

>14 Crazymamie: Thank you, Mamie, we are a happy couple :-)

>15 harrygbutler: Thank you, Harry!

>16 The_Hibernator: Thank you, Rachel!

>17 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe!
Claire was up at the walkway to see the Chihuly's from above. I took a picture and so did she.

Jan 22, 2019, 11:07am

Happy new thread!

Jan 22, 2019, 2:04pm

Happy new thread!

Jan 22, 2019, 3:10pm

>20 banjo123: Thank you, Rhonda!

>21 drneutron: Thank you, Jim!

Jan 22, 2019, 4:19pm

Happy new thread Anita my dear.

Jan 22, 2019, 5:05pm

Happy New Thread, Anita! I love all the Chihuly pics on the last thread. What a neat collection of his various styles. It's amazing how similar the tall yellow and green one looks to my thread topper from the Phoenix Botanical Garden.

And of course, I love the topper of you and Frank. May you have many more years together and many more books!

Jan 22, 2019, 5:14pm

Hello Anita, here I am ready to be wowed by your amazing art photos and rapacious reading!

Jan 22, 2019, 6:32pm

>23 johnsimpson: Thank you, John.

>24 streamsong: Thank you, Janet, I remember seeing the Chihuly at your thread :-)
It was very special to have the opportunity to see his works in real.
Thanks again, Frank and I were very lucky to have found eachother. Books were around from the beginning, we both came with a lot of books.

>25 richardderus: Thank you, Richard dear. I hope I can live up to expectations ;-)

Jan 22, 2019, 6:45pm

> Real nice picture of you and Frank!

And I like those small photos of your books as well. The big advantage of an iPad, I can easily turn it 90 degrees;-)

Happy new thread.

Jan 22, 2019, 9:54pm

Happy new thread Anita, such a treat to read all your plans.

Jan 23, 2019, 3:09am

Happy new thread

Jan 23, 2019, 3:16am

Happy new thread and I love the photo of you and Frank up top and the Chihuly exhibit. I have seen his work before and I love it.

Jan 23, 2019, 6:35am

Happy New Thread, Anita. Happy Wednesday. Hope the week is going well. I am back to work today, after a few days off. Ugh!!

Jan 23, 2019, 4:38pm

Happy new thread Anita! Sorry to hear your thyroid levels are still not right and that the phobias have returned. I hope the increased medication helps and the side effects are manageable.

We got my husband's thyroid results and TSH and Free T4 were both within normal ranges so probably not related to his illness.

Jan 24, 2019, 3:58am

>27 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella!
Works for me with the laptop as well ;-)

>28 AuntieClio: Thank you, Stephanie, I like to plan my readings.

>29 applebook1: Thank you, Yoona.

>30 Berly: Thank you, Kim, it was the first time I saw Chihuly's work in real.

>31 msf59: Thank you, Mark, I hope your workday was easy on you. Happy Thursday.

>32 souloftherose: Thank you, Heather, it will take a while (again). At the moment the agoraphobia is manageable, and hope it stays that way.
I hope you find the cause of your husbands troubles.

Jan 25, 2019, 6:40am

Hi Anita and happy new thread.

Congrats on so many books read already.

Jan 25, 2019, 8:22am

Happy new thread!

Jan 25, 2019, 1:22pm

>34 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen, the reading goes well. It isn't as mad as it was in December ;-)

>35 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle.


A bit behind on reviews, let's see how far I can get right now.

Jan 25, 2019, 1:28pm

book 26: Barst by Boris Dittrich
own, Dutch, no translations, 96 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

Bit thin mystery/police procedural. Man is found dead in a park in Amsterdam. A young girl is getting famous in a TV show. Murdered man was backmailing her.

Edited: Jan 25, 2019, 1:40pm

book 27: Een muur van schilden by Rosemary Sutcliff
own, YA, translated, original title The Shield Ring, 183 pages
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book by a female author, in Rolling Alphabetical order

11th century, Norse/Viking settlers in the north of England (Lake district) resist against the Normand Conquest.

Edited: Jan 25, 2019, 1:47pm

book 28: Het Oerlanderboek by Leonie Kooiker
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1980, English translation Legacy of Magic, 142 pages
TIOLI Challenge #18: Read a book when the author has double letters in his name.

Okke spends the summer with his grandfather. Oene spends the summer as a witch apprentice. They become friends, and it turns out that Okke's grandfather owns a book about magic. Meanwhile the heir of a deceased nobleman is searching for the treasure of his uncle.

Jan 25, 2019, 1:54pm

book 29: Op de vlucht by Timothée de Fombelle
from the library, translated from French, YA, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 2008, English translation Toby Alone, 350 pages
TIOLI Challenge #18: Read a book when the author has double letters in his name

Toby Lolness is small, only one and half millimetres tall, and lives in a tree. His father is a brilliant scientist, his mother comes from a rich family.

Great fanatasy adventure, where a tree is the world and the destruction of environment the danger.
Looking forward to the sequel.

Jan 25, 2019, 2:08pm

Love the pics of you and Frank and the Chihuly's. I see you're almost caught up on reviews, Anita. I hope I can do a better job this year than last. Toby Alone sounds interesting. I'll have to add it to my exponentially expanding list.

>5 FAMeulstee: I hope for your sake that more of the Flavia de Luce series is translated soon. That series is one of my favorites!

Jan 25, 2019, 2:28pm

>41 rretzler: Thank you, Robin, it was a wonderful exhibition.
Somehow writing the reviews is always difficult, reading is so much easier! But I like to have (short) reviews on my threads, so I can go back to them.

I am afraid Flavia isn't populair enough over here. I might pick her up in English when the project of reading all my own childrens and YA books is done. I might care less then that it takes 3 to 4 times as long to read in English.

Edited: Jan 25, 2019, 2:41pm

book 30: Er zijn nog 17 miljoen wachtenden voor u by Sander Heijne
from the library, non-fiction, Dutch, no translations, 189 pages

A jounalist researched thirty years of market mechanism in the Netherlands, the government privatized and sold out in the last 30 years, believing market mechanism would cure everything. Many things went wrong (and some did well).
My personal conclusion is that right wing engineered society doesn't work either. Embracing neoliberalism did more harm than good.

Jan 25, 2019, 2:50pm

book 31: De ruïnes van Gorlan by John Flanagan
from the library, YA, translated, Ranger's Apprentice book 1, original titlte The Ruins of Gorlan, 286 pages
TIOLI Challenge #4: Read the first book of a series/trilogy or saga

Fantasy adventure, in an imaginary country in medieval-like times. In this first book we meet the orphan Will and ranger Halt.

Jan 25, 2019, 6:31pm

>43 FAMeulstee: Neoliberalism is a failed experiment. Time to change course!


Edited: Jan 26, 2019, 5:07pm

>45 richardderus: Yes, Richard dear, as long as it is a change for the better.
(Sadly I can imagine changes that might be even worse...)

*smooch right back*

Sorry I am not very talkative at other threads at the moment. As usual even slowly upping my thyroid medicines influences my mood and ability to read/write in English. Composing a few messages takes very long. And the sleep phobia joined the agoraphobia with returning :-(

And then there was this devastating phone call from the partner of a good friend, we hadn't heard from in a couple of years. We assumed he and his partner were too busy with work, as that happened before when we didn't hear from them for some years. Turns out he is deadly ill and near the end. We go see them Tuesday.

Jan 26, 2019, 5:17pm

So sorry to hear about your friend Anita. I hope you share some precious time on your visit.

Hugs to you too, as you are trying to sort out your meds.

There are no 'must do's' in LT. We visit when we can.

Jan 26, 2019, 7:19pm

Anita, I am so very sorry. I'll echo what Caroline said. Keeping you in my thoughts.

Jan 26, 2019, 8:11pm

>46 FAMeulstee: Sorry to hear your news, Anita.


Jan 26, 2019, 8:30pm

>46 FAMeulstee: {{{Anita}}} I'm sad about your friend's imminent passing.

Jan 27, 2019, 6:45am

>47 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline, I do hope so . He is in a nursing home now, hard to imagine, as he always was an active and sportive man.
The meds will work out in time.
I know, but usually I like to read all the threads and leave sometimes a comment .

>48 Crazymamie: Thank you, Mamie, I don't know yet in what state he is now.

>49 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul, he is our age. Life can be so unfair.

>50 richardderus: Thank you, Richard dear, the message of his partner was urgent. We will know more after our visit on Tuesday.

Jan 27, 2019, 2:14pm

So sorry to hear about your friend, Anita. I will be thinking of you and Frank.

Jan 27, 2019, 7:32pm

I'm sorry about your bad news Anita. Hugs to you and Frank.

And I do hope that sleep phobia will go away soon!

Jan 28, 2019, 1:21pm

I didn't see you had a new thread until now, Anita. It is getting harder to keep up with LT again. Great meet up shots on your first thread and fun topper. It looks like you and Frank were enjoying your museum visit. Sorry to hear about your friend. Unfortunately, that kind of news happens all to often at this time of life.

Jan 29, 2019, 2:36am

>52 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte, we will see him this afternoon.

>53 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella. I can get my sleep with help of some valium. Last year it lasted 5 months both times. Catched it sooner now, so I hope it fades faster.

>54 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg, threads are still moving fast. I will try to catch up later this week.
It is sad with getting older, you loose friends and family...

Jan 29, 2019, 3:20am

book 32: Een schrijver in oorlog by Vasili Grossman
from the library, e-book, translated, non-fiction, original titlte A Writer at War, 458 pages
TIOLI Challenge #2: Read that nagging book

Since reading Life and Fate in 2017, I wanted to read this book, with the original notes Grossman wrote in the years he was with the Red Army as a reporter. He used much of what he heard and witnessed in Life and Fate, so I recognised a lot. His notes from Ukraine, where he was trying to find out what happened to his mother and later when the Red Army reached Treblinka, are harrowing.

Jan 29, 2019, 3:27am

book 33: De smokkelaars van de Tigris by Karl May
own, YA, translated from German, no English translation, 378 pages
TIOLI Challenge #8: Read a book originally published in French or German

The last adventures of Kara Ben Nemsi and Hadji Halef Omar in the Middle East, near Bahgdad.

Jan 29, 2019, 3:54am

book 34: Het verhaal van Bobbel by Joke van Leeuwen
own, YA, Dutch, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1988, English translation The Story of Bobble Who Wanted to Be Rich, 112 pages
TIOLI Challenge #18: Read a book when the author has double letters in his name.

Bobble lives with her parents in a carrier tricycle. It is like always camping and Bobble dreams she will be rich one day. She arranges a long stay with her rich uncle, but regular life isn't what she thought it would be.

Jan 29, 2019, 4:03am

book 35: Een mond vol dons by Lydia Rood
own, YA, Dutch, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1994, English translation A Mouthful of Feathers, 163 pages
TIOLI Challenge #18: Read a book when the author has double letters in his name.

Marjan tells about her friendship with the girl next door Soof. Soof has run away, and at first Marjan doesn't understand why. She always thought Soof's parents were nicer than her own mother. Slowly Marjan finds out how oppressive Soofs parents are, beneath their nice surface.

Edited: Jan 29, 2019, 4:25am

book 36: Een stap en dan de volgende by Pierre Bergounioux
own, translated from French, no English translation, 185 pages
TIOLI Challenge #8: Read a book originally published in French or German

Early 20th century a poor boy in rural France falls in love with a rich girl. He knows he doesn't stand a chance, but he promises himself he will take twenty years to learn decent French and to earn enough to become an equal to her. For many years he works as woodworker far from home, near the Atlantic coast. He befriends a teacher, who collects insects. The teacher teaches him French grammar and he gives insects in return. He saves nearly all his earnings, and with some smart investments he becomes rich. His missing eye becomes a blessing in disguise, because an one eyed man isn't drafted for the army when World War I starts. His beloved married an other man, he dies in the war. Again luck is on his side, during the war the prices of land have dropped, so he invests his money in woodland in his village. But the villagers don't accept an one eyed who thinks he can rise above his place of birth.

Again a beautiful novel by Pierre Berginioux. The title translates "One step and the next", referring to the approach of the main character to reach his goal.

Jan 29, 2019, 6:42am

Glad to hear you can manage to get your sleep Anita!

>59 FAMeulstee: Lovely title, for the mouth feel of saying it;-)

>60 FAMeulstee: Interesting!

Jan 29, 2019, 7:32am

Hi Anita, stopping by to wish you and Frank all the best.
I am sorry about the bad news, I hope you can take it well.

Jan 29, 2019, 8:18am

>46 FAMeulstee: Sorry to hear you are struggling with the increase in thyroid medication Anita. And so sorry to hear the news about your friend too. I'm glad you and Frank at least have the chance to visit them today.

Jan 29, 2019, 12:45pm

What Heather said, Anita. I hope you settle in comfortably with the medication, and I'm sorry about your friend.

Jan 29, 2019, 1:42pm

Oh my goodness, Anita! I'm so sorry to read you're going thru a difficult time, both personally and also your friend. Sending warm and comforting thoughts your way.

Jan 29, 2019, 9:01pm

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I had a hypothyroidism problem so I can somewhat understand what you are struggling with the increase in thyroid medication. I hope the meds will work well for you!

Jan 30, 2019, 9:12am

>62 SirThomas: >63 souloftherose: >64 jnwelch: >65 Carmenere: >66 applebook1: Thanks Thomas, Heather, Joe, Lynda and Yoona.
I was very tored yesterday evening when we came home, it was an emotional draining visit.

Our friend was diagnosed multiple system atrophy (MSA, also known as Shy–Drager syndrome) five years ago, with a life expectancy of 5 to 9 years. The first few years he tried to ignore it, and he and his wife visited some places they always wanted to see. But his body was slowly giving in, until finally he needed care all day. He is in a nursing home now, bound at his wheelchair and since last June speeking is getting more and more difficult. He uses a tablet to communicate, but his hands get affected too, so even that is becoming difficult.
He has decided he doesn't want to live like this anymore. He filled a request to end his life and will die next month. His final weeks are filled with visits of friends who want to say goodbye.
The last years have been hard on him and his wife. For him living in a declining body, with a mind that still works well. For his wife to see the decline of her beloved husband and working ful time in a very demanding job. She got sickleave for these last weeks.

Jan 30, 2019, 9:49am

Back to books, some early birthday presents arrived:

Zenuwmoord (Nerve) - Dick Francis
Inbreuk (Break in) - Dick Francis
Op hol (Bolt) - Dick Francis
Een stille dood (Quietly in Their Sleep, Guido Brunetti 6) - Donna Leon
Nobiltà (A Noble Radiance, Guido Brunetti 7) - Donna Leon
Fatalità (Fatal Remedies, Guido Brunetti 8) - Donna Leon

Jan 30, 2019, 9:59am

Hi Anita.

I'm sorry that the recent adjustments to your thyroid medication has brought a return of agoraphobia and sleep phobia.

And so very sad about your friend. It doesn't seem fair at all. I hope your visit, painful though it must be, will be a good way to be supportive of his wife and a good way to say good-bye.

Jan 30, 2019, 11:34am

Anita, I'm so very sorry about your friend.

I hope your medication can be adjusted so your difficult reaction is soon resolved!

Jan 30, 2019, 1:07pm

>67 FAMeulstee: I'm glad you were able to make the visit Anita. One never regrets a final farewell if it is possible, and I'm in favour of the Dutch option to choose your time in extreme circumstances. May his journey be smooth.

>68 FAMeulstee: I think I read those Dick Francis's years ago. I should get back to Donna Leon. I read the first three, again, some time ago.

I hope your med tweaking starts to improve how you feel Anita.

Jan 30, 2019, 2:48pm

I'm crawling around the threads to say I'm not dead but woefully unread, both books and threads. Happy polar vortex.

Jan 30, 2019, 3:40pm

Hi Anita my dear, so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend and then your ongoing illness and the increase in your Thyroid medication, sending special Yorkshire love and hugs from both of us and love to Frank, dear friend.

Jan 30, 2019, 9:47pm

So sorry to hear about your friend, Anita. I'm glad you were able to visit for a bit, but that must have been hard.

Jan 30, 2019, 11:15pm

So sorry to hear about your friend, Anita, but glad you got to say goodbye. Hope your thyroid levels out and the phobias disappear again--such a struggle! And, happy new thread!

Jan 31, 2019, 7:37am

>69 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen, it looks like the thyroid medicaion needs adjustment all the time. I hope we can get back to where I was for a few years, without phobia's and no regular adjustments.
Yes, it was a painfull visit, but there was also laughter. Our friend has a harsh kind of humor and described his present state as his 2.0 version ;-)

>70 tymfos: Thank you, Terri, we have many good memories that will stay with us.
It has been a struggle since the original thyroid medication became unavailable. The production has moved and the new one isn't exactly the same.

>71 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline, we were glad to have these hours with him and his wife. And thankful it is possible for him to choose. During her life Frank's mother was working towards this legislation. Sadly she had to take her own life at the end, as her GP refused any help. Now there is a national working team of doctors you can turn to.
I got the Dick Francis just in time for the January group read of Nerve.

>72 richardderus: Thanks, Richard dear, glad you are still around. I am very behind on threads, will try to visit your thread later today.

Jan 31, 2019, 7:46am

>73 johnsimpson: Thank you, John, life can be very unfair. Compared to our friend my thyroid struggle is only a minor inconvenience.
Love and hugs to you and Karen.

>74 bell7: Thank you, Mary, it was a hard visit. But also glad we had the chance to say goodbye to him.

>75 ronincats: Thank you, Roni, it was so sad to see his decline. But he kept his sense of humor, so we had also some laughes.
As I said ^ to Terri, the thyroid medication has been stable for some years, from 2014 to 2016, so I hope I can get back there. Although my trouble is minor as confronted with the deadly illness of someone of my age.

Jan 31, 2019, 8:52am

book 37: Zenuwmoord by Dick Francis
own, translated, original title Nerve, 276 pages
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a paper book thicker than your two smallest fingers

In my youth I loved horses, when I lived in The Hague I helped regular at the stables of the the Duindigt racetrack. Yet I never read Dick Francis, not really knowing it would be my kind of read.
It was an entertaining book, a bit on the scary side, so I went for the last chapter when I was halfway. When I know the ending I can read more relaxed and enjoy the story.

It won't be my last Dick Francis book, although I might look at the last chapter early again.

Jan 31, 2019, 9:20am

book 38: De ondergrondse spoorweg by Colson Whitehead
from the library, e-book, translated, original title The underground railroad, 347 pages
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book where a word in the title is a game

Not easy to read the harsh descriptions of slavery on the plantations in the South in the 19th century, where slaves are held in line by brutal force and torture. Cora escapes this nightmare, she goes a long way in her desperate journey to freedom.

Edited: Mar 31, 2019, 5:03am

January 2019 in numbers

38 books read (9,413 pages, 303.6 pages a day)

own 20 (53 %) / library 18

24 male author / 14 female author
11 originally written in Dutch / 27 translated into Dutch
33 fiction / 5 non-fiction

37 books in TIOLI Challenges
12 e-books
  1 1001 book (total 107)
21 childrens/YA
  8 mystery/police prodedural

longest book 972 pages
shortest book 48 pages
average book 248 pages

own books on the shelf since:
before 2008: 14
2008: 2
2017: 1
2018: 2
2019: 1

date first published:
1890s: 1
1920s: 1
1950s: 1
1960s: 1
1970s: 3
1980s: 7
1990s: 3
2000s: 8
2010s: 13

  1 x
  5 x
12 x
12 x
  8 x

Best books in January

De toverberg (The Magic Mountain) by Thomas Mann

Een schrijver in oorlog (A Writer at War) by Vasili Grossman
Op de vlucht (Toby Alone) by Timothée de Fombelle
Een stap en dan de volgende by Pierre Bergounioux
Er zijn nog 17 miljoen wachtenden voor u by Sander Heijne
Twee ons liefde by Ted van Lieshout

Jan 31, 2019, 10:17am

>67 FAMeulstee: Oh that's so hard for everyone Anita. I'm glad you and Frank were able to visit. I will keep you all in my thoughts.

Jan 31, 2019, 11:17am


Jan 31, 2019, 11:21am

Oh, I'm glad you got to read The Underground Railroad, Anita. Hard on the heart, but so well done.

Jan 31, 2019, 4:13pm

>81 souloftherose: Thank you, Heather, indeed it is hard for everyone near and dear.

>82 richardderus: Thank you very much, Richard dear, from the both of us.

>83 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe, very well written. My next read about that time will be 12 years a slave by Solomon Nothup.

Feb 1, 2019, 6:40am

I'm so sorry about your friend, Anita! It must be incredibly hard for his wife.
Sending lots of (((((hugs))))) your way.

Feb 1, 2019, 12:43pm

>44 FAMeulstee: I'm just finishing up Ruins of Gorlan. Loved it! When I get the last few pages read, I'll stop by the thread and put in some thoughts. I'm hoping the rest of the series is as good.

I've been wanting to read Underground Railroad. It's been on my shelves since it was published.

I'm so sorry about your friend {{{{hugs}}}}

Feb 1, 2019, 6:55pm

>86 The_Hibernator: Thank you, Rachel, we were glad we could see him one last time.
I loved the whole Ranger's Apprentice series, I wouldn't read them again if I didn't! I just got my copy of the next book from the e-library.

Edited: Feb 2, 2019, 7:15am

book 39: Het Achterhuis by Anne Frank
1001 books, from the library, e-book, Dutch, Dutch canon, English translation The Diary of a Young Girl, 302 pages
TIOLI Challenge #12: Read a book where the title refers to a woman

I have read the first edition in my youth. This time I read the latest edition. The first edition was censorised by Anne Frank's father. In 1991 the complete diary was published, this 2001 editon includes 5 lost pages that were not in the 1991 edition.

The daily life of a Jewish teenage girl, hiding for the Germans in Amsterdam between 1942 and 1944. The constant fear of being discovered or betrayal. The tension building between two families together in a rather small space.
Anne became one of the faces of Holocaust, their hiding place can be visited in Amsterdam.

Feb 2, 2019, 6:10am

Morning Anita - wishing you a good weekend. I have Underground Railroad on the shelf, as I picked up a copy in the January sales. Must get to it soon: thank you for the reminder.

Feb 2, 2019, 6:15am

book 40: Waar is de taart? by Thé Tjong-Khing
own, picturebook, Dutch, awarded, Woutertje Pieterse prijs & Zilveren Penseel 2005, English translation Where Is the Cake?, 26 pages
TIOLI Challenge #1: Read a book whose title appropriately captions the posted hamster picture

With only pictures over two pages, no tekst, several stories are drawn. At the cover we see the dog couple with a cake on the table, two rats steel the cake and the dog couple goes after them.
Meanwhile we follow a bunny family, two cats, chameleons (hard to find as they take the color of the background), pigs, ducks, monkeys etc. So many story lines, I had to go back several times, because I missed one in previous pictures.

Feb 2, 2019, 6:25am

Hi Anita. I am sorry to hear about your friend. So sad at his age. A good visit, though it must have been difficult.

>88 FAMeulstee: Good for you, rereading this one! Did it give you any fresh perspectives?

Edited: Feb 2, 2019, 6:52am

book 41: Mijn botjes zijn bekleed met deftig vel by Ted van Lieshout
own, YA, poetry, Dutch, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1991, no translations, 32 pages
TIOLI Challenge #6: Read a book whose title includes at least two 4+ letter words starting with the same letter

Impressive poems for children and grown ups. About family, surroundings, war and love, larded with some humor. The poems are written on a background illustration, and I think in some cases there was an illustration first and then the poem. I translated the short two line poem at the last page (with a horse in pencil):

The car was the solution for the problem
of horse manure on the streets of the city

Ted van Lieshout is a writer and artist, he used several painting techniques to draw the background for the poems. At the last pages he explains the techniques he used (etch, gouche, pastel etc).
The title translates "My bones are covered with lofty skin".

This was book 1,000 read for TIOLI challenges since February 2010.

Edited: Feb 6, 2019, 5:59am

book 42: Briefgeheim by Jan Terlouw
own, YA, Dutch, no English translation, 124 pages
TIOLI Challenge #3: Read a book by an author who has written both fiction and nonfiction books

Eva's parents often argue, when things get bad they don't speak to eachother for days. Eva suffers from it, her friends Jackie and Thomas make a plan. Eva will go missing, hiding at their place, so their parents will worry and make peace with eachother. Eva goes to their friends place, but then she really disappears for some days. When she returns she is changed. A neighbor of Jackie and Thomas is murdered and the children are determined to find out what is going on.

The title means "Secret letter".

Feb 2, 2019, 7:13am

>89 charl08: Good morning, Charlotte, I hope you get to it soon.

>91 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella, it was hard to see him in this state. On the other hand glad we were able to see him one last time.
I forgot a lot, so re-reading was good anyway. There is some more about the developing relation between Peter and Anne, and how Anne discovers her own body like any girl at adolecent age.

Feb 2, 2019, 7:47am

Happy Saturday, Anita. Much more comfortable here. Yah! I am glad to see that you enjoyed The Underground Railroad. I did too and I am happy to report he has a new one coming out this year.

Feb 3, 2019, 3:17am

>95 msf59: Thank you, Mark, happy Sunday to you!
I will look for other books by Colson Whitehead.

Edited: Feb 3, 2019, 4:42pm

Happy new thread Anita! I’m catching up slowly. And happy birthday?

>9 FAMeulstee: Thank you for sharing your glorious photo of Chihuly pieces.

>67 FAMeulstee: So sorry to hear about your friend but I’m glad you got to spend some quality time with him and his wife.

Edited: Feb 3, 2019, 6:03pm

>97 humouress: Thank you, Nina, we were glad to have visited our friend. Life can be so unfair.

Yes, it was my birthday today, it ended three minutes ago ;-)

I had a good an uneventfull day, Frank gave me two German CDs: Tumult by Herbert Grönemeyer (found recently on swynn's thread, I never imagined to find German music recommendations in this group!) and Grosse Freiheit by Unheilig. We went out for diner at a Moroccan restaurant in town.
Only down was that my sister called, lucky Frank was around, so he answered the phone and told her I would NOT speak with her.

Feb 3, 2019, 9:59pm

In that case, (belated) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Sounds like a nice, relaxing day - but, no books?

Feb 4, 2019, 12:04am

Happy belated birthday!

Feb 4, 2019, 12:29am

>92 FAMeulstee: ONE THOUSAND!!! Wowee toledo, since 2010 that's over 100 per year. Amazing, Anita, and congratulations.

How much I loved The African Queen, and its stars, and its astounding ability to convince my air-conditioned Texan body that I was in fact in World War I Equatorial Africa sweating and...

...TMI, sorry, I was reading The Making of The African Queen by Katharine Hepburn and decided to write a review of it.

Edited: Feb 5, 2019, 5:51am

>99 humouress: Thank you, Nina.
The six books arrived early by mail and were mentioned up thread at >68 FAMeulstee: :-)

>100 banjo123: Thank you, Rhonda.

>101 richardderus: Thank you, Richard, that is only the TIOLI reads, those numers are mainly from the last 3 years. The total number of books read since I joined the TIOLI challenges is 1592. And 1800 books read since I joined LT in 2008, so I expect to hit 2000 this year.

Don't be sorry, it is always good when you are grabbed by a book! You wrote a raving review, sadly it isn't available in Dutch translation.

Feb 4, 2019, 5:06am

Belated felicitations Anita. I'm glad it was a mostly pleasant day for you. No book treats?

Feb 4, 2019, 9:24am

Somehow I missed the jump to this thread, so belated happy new thread and belated happy birthday!

Feb 4, 2019, 9:40am

Belated happy birthday, Anita!

Feb 4, 2019, 10:03am

Belated Happy Birthday, Anita! I am so impressed by how many books you have read since joining LT - just WOW!

Feb 4, 2019, 10:18am

Hello Anita, and happy belated birthday. I hope you had a wonderful day.

>84 FAMeulstee: Twelve Years a Slave is on my shelves, and I might read it soon as I've somehow read two books about slavery in a row (Barracoon and Kindred).

Feb 4, 2019, 10:22am

I'm so sorry about your friend. I'm glad you were able to see him. We don't have that option in the US to choose our death; I know my father would have chosen it. He hated his time in a nursing home. :(

>78 FAMeulstee: I hope to start Nerve soon. I've enjoyed the Dick Francis novels I've read, but I rarely seek them out. I think I read more by him before I joined LT and my book reading world opened up.

I so need to find time to read The Underground Railway!

And a belated happy birthday to you!

Feb 4, 2019, 12:26pm

More birthday wishes from me Anita. I can't believe another year has rolled round!

Feb 4, 2019, 2:20pm

Ditto, Anita. I hope you had a great birthday.

Your review reminded me how remarkable it was to visit Anne Frank’s house in your part of the world. What a job they’ve done with that house/museum. I still have trouble fathoming how far Nazism spread in Europe.

Feb 4, 2019, 2:48pm

Hi Anita my dear, Happy belated birthday dear friend.

Feb 4, 2019, 3:08pm

Happy Birthday, Anita, and I'm delighted you picked "Tumult" to celebrate!

It's been ages since I read Anne Frank's diary, and I wasn't aware that her father had censored it, nor that additional pages had been found since 1991. Now I'm curious.

Feb 4, 2019, 3:27pm

I join in the chorus of sadness for your continued health issues and your friend's situation. I'm grateful he is able to make the choice.

And happy birthday to you!

Feb 4, 2019, 5:54pm

Today I bought 4 e-books of the money I got for my birthday from my parents, to replace the books on the shelves.

De Vaticaanmoorden (A season for the dead, Nic Costa 1), Het Bacchus offer (The villa of mysteries, Nic Costa 2), De Pantheon getuige (The sacred cut, Nic Costa 3) and De engelen des doods (The lizard's bite, Nic Costa 4) all by David Hewson.

>103 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline. Yes, of course there were books! I got six books early, they arrived last week see >68 FAMeulstee: And the four e-books.

>104 foggidawn: Thank you twice, Misti!

>105 harrygbutler: Thank you, Harry!

>106 Crazymamie: Thank you, Mamie. I was a moderate reader when I started on LT, the last years have been great in reading numbers :-)

>107 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen. I think I wait a bit before reading 12 years a slave, I couldn't handle two books in a row about slavery and the inhuman way they were treated.

Feb 4, 2019, 6:15pm

>108 streamsong: Thank you, Janet. It was a good and sad visit. I am glad this is possible in our country. Although there are many doctors against and not willing to refer to doctors who will help.
Nerve was my first Dick Francis. And thanks for the birthday wish.

>109 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte, time flies! Yours will be soon :-)

>110 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe, nice and quiet is for me the best way to spend my birthday :-)
The Anne Frank house is an important memorial and warning against facism and Nazism.

>111 johnsimpson: Thank you, John.

>112 swynn: Thank you, Steve, and thanks for mentioning "Tumult"!
We are listeng more German music, to get a bit used to Geman language again, as we will go to Berlin in May.
Anne Frank's father censored the more intimate parts, I think he was right to do so when it was first published in 1947, as these details would have turned many from reading the diary.

>113 AuntieClio: Thank you, Stephanie. Ever since they stopped making the original thyroid medicines I have been going off and on. At first I tried an other thyroid medicine, without luck. Now I take one that is supposed to be the same as the original one, but it is made in a new factory and some ingedients come from other suppliers. Not sure yet if it is really the same.
As I said to Janet above, I am glad I live in a country where this choice is possible.

Feb 4, 2019, 6:31pm

Another set of belated Happy Birthday wishes for you, Anita!

Feb 4, 2019, 7:46pm

Happy belate Birthday wishes from me as well, Anita.

Going to Berlin in May, something to look forward to!

Feb 5, 2019, 10:07am

Happy belated birthday!!

Feb 5, 2019, 11:00am

>116 ronincats: Thank you, Roni!

>117 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella, we both do look forward to our trip :-)

>118 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle!

Feb 5, 2019, 12:38pm

Feb 5, 2019, 2:51pm

Happy birthday, Anita (belated?)

Feb 5, 2019, 6:10pm

>120 fuzzi: Thank you, Fuzzi, lovely birthday card!

>121 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley, belated yes, actual date was the 3rd. It will take a while to get used to the new age of 56 ;-)

Feb 5, 2019, 11:44pm

Belated greetings from me too, Anita. Holiday here so I am at last able to catch up a bit.

By the way I seem to recall you predicting your reading would fall away alarmingly this year. 47 already?!!

Feb 6, 2019, 3:22am

>123 PaulCranswick: Good to see you going around, Paul.
Compared to the 93 books read in December, it was inevitable I would fall back. I am trying to spend less hours on reading, but am failing miserably ;-)

Edited: Feb 6, 2019, 5:59am

book 43: De ogen van Elisha by Timothée de Fombelle
from the library, translated from French, YA, English translation Toby and the Secrets of the Tree, 382 pages
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a book where the chapters have titles

Second Toby Lolness book, after some years with the grasspeople Toby returns to the tree to free his parents.

Great ending to the adventures of Toby.

Edited: Feb 6, 2019, 5:59am

book 44: Een nieuw begin by Robert Jordan
from the library, translated, fantasy, original title New Spring, 350 pages
TIOLI Challenge #4: Read a book that was published at least 10 years ago

Prequel of the "Wheel of Time" series. Nina (humouress) started a group read of this series, and I started with the prequel, where we get to know Moraine Damodred and Lan Mandragoran.

It is debatable when to read this one, as it was written after the 10th Wheel of Time book. I decided to start with this one as I like to start at the beginning, and this book is a bit shorter as the next instalments, so I could decide if I wanted to go on without reading the nearly 800 pages of the first book.
(reading the first book now, glad I started with the prequel, so I do know some about 2 main characters)

Feb 6, 2019, 6:00am

book 45: Een leeuw met lange tanden by Dolf Verroen
own, YA, Dutch, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1987, no translations, 69 pages
TIOLI Challenge #6: Read a book whose title includes at least two 4+ letter words starting with the same letter

Short stories, often with an unexpected twist at the end. Only a few that I liked.
The title translates "A lion with long teeth".

Feb 6, 2019, 6:12am

book 46: Het geheim van de keel van de nachtegaal by Peter Verhelst
own, YA, Dutch, awarded, Gouden Griffel, Woutertje Pieterse prijs & Gouden Uil 2009, no English translations, 64 pages
TIOLI Challenge #10: Read a book whose title makes you break into song

Retelling of the fairytale "The Nightingale" by H.C. Andersen. With beautiful illustrations by Carll Cneut.

Feb 6, 2019, 6:28am

book 47: De gouden ezel by Apuleius
1001 books, from the library, e-book, translated from Latin, English translation The Golden Ass, 367 pages
TIOLI Challenge #17: Read a book which was listed by the same challenger who started any of the previous February TIOLI challenges

Lucius, a man traveling in Greece gets curious about magic and as a result he is turned into a donkey. He is mistreated, sold, stolen etc. until the godess Isis rescues him.
In between his adventures as a donkey other stories are told, as he hears them, I think the story of Amor and Psyche is the best known of them.

Written in the 2nd century, this book reads like it could be written in much more recent times. Sometimes funny, sometimes near gruwsome, but all the way a likable read.

Feb 6, 2019, 1:07pm

Just catching up here! Happy belated birthday :)

Feb 6, 2019, 2:45pm

Hi Anita, happy to see you're keeping up the fast pace of reading. I might read the Jordan book since it's shorter than the main books, which I didn't like. There is a new TV series coming from Amazon Prime next year. I think it's wise to use this opportunity to revisit the source material. I might like it as a 60-year-old reader.

Feb 6, 2019, 5:21pm

>130 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita!

>131 richardderus: I liked it well enough to go on with the next book, Richard. A little over halfway into The Eye of the World and probably going for the whole series. Not as good as The Lord of the Rings, which I re-read regular since my early teens. Sadly there is only one first epic fantasy you can read, next ones never can beat the first.

Feb 6, 2019, 6:42pm

>129 FAMeulstee: Isn't this on the 1001 books list? Funny that it's still so readable. Like the cover:-)

Feb 7, 2019, 4:45am

>129 FAMeulstee: Again a book I have to read - thank you.
And a belated Happy Birthday - seems I lost the track of your thread.

Feb 7, 2019, 12:47pm

>133 EllaTim: Yes, Ella, I did read it because it is on the 1001 books list. I won't read them all, but have found some really good books on that list :-)

>134 SirThomas: You are welcome, Thomas, and thank you for the birthday wishes.

Feb 8, 2019, 1:38pm

>129 FAMeulstee: Huh, interesting. I never would have thought it would be that readable. I'll have to bump it from Mount TBR Only in My Wildest Dreams to Mount TBR In the Realms of Possibility.

Feb 9, 2019, 5:08am

>136 Morphidae: LOL, Morphy, I like your names for the Mount TBRs. I never thought about my Mount TBR in multiples ;-)
I found many classics more readable than I anticipated.

Edited: Feb 9, 2019, 12:29pm

>137 FAMeulstee: I just made those up. Ha!

In actuality, I have three - TBR Soon, TBR, and TBR Maybe. So those would be subsets of TBR Maybe?

Feb 9, 2019, 12:57pm

>138 Morphidae: It's a proper TBR mountain range, then?

Feb 9, 2019, 2:41pm

>139 PawsforThought: Yes, it is! Rolling hills and cloudy peaks and everything.

Feb 9, 2019, 2:42pm

So far behind here...

Belated Happy Birthday wishes!!

I am sorry about the thyroid issues. I am still in the same boat with you.

I am glad you got to visit your friend and that he has the choice about when enough is enough. So hard.

I CAN NOT believe how many books you read and have read since you joined LT. If only I could read that fast! LOL

>138 Morphidae: I love the three TBR names. : )

Feb 9, 2019, 5:10pm

>138 Morphidae: I think I could split Mount TBR in that way, Morphy, TBR this year, TBR, and TBR someday. And add one more: TBR in the spur of the moment ;-)
Yes, I would put thos two in TBR Maybe.

>139 PawsforThought: >140 Morphidae: LOL, I like that image!

>141 Berly: Thank you, Kim, I am also getting behind on threads. Maybe I can catch up next week.
Thyroid issues are so annoying and have a big impact, sorry you are still dealing with it too :-(
It is hard, but I am glad it is legal over here. We were both thankful we had the chance to see him.
And most of those books were read in the last three years... when I started in this group, back in 2008, I was a moderate reader, and Stasia was my reading hero.

Feb 9, 2019, 6:04pm

>140 Morphidae: & >142 FAMeulstee: Better make sure to have some good hiking boots when you try to climb it! And always have snacks, some water and a compass with you.

Feb 9, 2019, 6:11pm

>143 PawsforThought: Good advise!

Happy reading, Anita.

Feb 10, 2019, 4:25am

>143 PawsforThought: I stay on my couch while climbing that mountain, so snacks and water are always near ;-)

>144 banjo123: Thank you, Rhonda, reading always makes me happy.

Feb 10, 2019, 4:27am

Love the idea of TBR maybe, and a TBR mountain range. I'll bring the snacks! Hope you're having a lovely weekend Anita.

Feb 10, 2019, 4:54am

>146 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte, hope you have a lovely Sunday.

I found some nice images of book mountains, I might go and visualise my personal TBR Mountain soon.

Feb 10, 2019, 5:59am

>145 FAMeulstee: You've learnt your survival skills. Well done.

>147 FAMeulstee: The last one looks a bit like when they're trying to climb the Misty Mountain via Caradhras in the Lord of the Rings.

Feb 10, 2019, 6:32am

>148 PawsforThought: Somehow Babel came to mind for that last one.

But mount TBR is rather fluid for me, books come to the fore and move out of range again. Sometimes I make a plan, and some will stay in front because of it.

Happy Sunday, Anita and visitors, I can only catch up with a few threads at the moment.

Feb 10, 2019, 6:32am

>148 PawsforThought: They tell you to "Be Prepared" at the girl scouts ;-)

A little larger and it could be Misty Mountain...
Actually it is: Literal mountain of books at the 32nd #SalonduLivre in Geneva. Congratulations to Alexandre Voisard, winner of the #RTS #FNAC Prix du Public 2018.

Feb 10, 2019, 6:35am

>149 EllaTim: Made out of books in all languages it would be very apropriate, Ella.
Thank you, happy Sunday to you. I am also behind with the threads.

Feb 10, 2019, 7:37am

>147 FAMeulstee: I like all those book mountains. I can relate to that dilemma. I am just adding a large stack to mine. A nice problem to have, right?

Happy Sunday, Anita. Keep enjoying those books!

Feb 10, 2019, 5:21pm

I actually have LT collections to fit those - LT Recommendations (TBR) and Maybe (TBR Maybe). TBR Soon changes too fast to have its own collection

Feb 10, 2019, 5:48pm

>152 msf59: One of the best problems to have, Mark :-)
Reading through my library books that have to be returned next week.

>153 Morphidae: I tag LT recommendations with the user name, and a tag for the childrens/YA project (only 92 to go!). The collection TBR is short, I use it mostly for planned reads in the running month.

Feb 11, 2019, 12:41am

Lovely pictures of TBR's, Anita! I wish I could organize mine so nicely.

Feb 11, 2019, 9:54am


Feb 11, 2019, 4:31pm

>155 vancouverdeb: Thank you, Deborah. I started organising our books when I moved in with Frank. His books were randomly on the shelves and I could never find books there... So I started to put them alphabeticly, and never stopped doing that ;-)

>156 richardderus: Indeed, Richard dear, so many books! Time for some reviews.

Edited: Feb 11, 2019, 4:48pm

book 48: Het oog van de wereld by Robert Jordan
from the library, translated, fantasy, original title The Eye of the World, 782 pages
TIOLI Challenge #4: Read a book that was published at least 10 years ago

First book in the epic fantasy series "Wheel of Time".
Evil strikes in a small village, three boys seem to be the target so they leave to protect their loved ones. Two village girls join them, traveling through dangers in a medieval-like land.

Enjoyable read, good enough to go on with the next book.

Feb 11, 2019, 4:53pm

book 49: De Cock en de dood in antiek by A.C. Baantjer
from the library, e-book, Dutch, no translations, 140 pages
TIOLI Challenge #5: Read a turn-of-the-century book

Book 51 in the "De Cock" series. A woman reports an Egyptian artefact stolen. When De Cock and Vledder go to the place where the artfact should have been, they find a man murdered.

As always, some mindless diversion.

Feb 11, 2019, 5:02pm

book 50: Jacques de fatalist en zijn meester by Denis Diderot
1001 books, from the library, translated from French, English translation Jacques the fatalist, 300 pages
TIOLI Challenge #5: Read a turn-of-the-century book

Jacques and his master travel in France. Jacques is very talkative and believes everything that happens "is ment to be". His master does not think so. Some adventures happen on their way, and both Jacques and his master tell stories to eachother.

Not an easy read. It is a funny book, and gives nice insights in 18th century France.

Feb 11, 2019, 5:13pm

book 51: Een onbeminde vrouw by Nele Neuhaus
from the library, e-book, translated from German, no English translation, 314 pages
TIOLI Challenge #4: Read a book that was published at least 10 years ago

First book about the German police in Hessen, with main characters Oliver von Bodenstein and Pia Kirchhoff.

After seven years Pia Kirchhoff returns to the police force. After her marriage she stayed at home, but she left her husband and wants to take her life back. Her superior is Oliver von Bodenstein.
They are confronted with a prosecutor who seems to have taken his own life and a young woman thrown from a watch-tower. Their search leads them to a riding school and questionable companies.

Nice start of the series. There are a bit to many coincidences in the plot.

Feb 11, 2019, 5:22pm

book 52: Voor de vorst by Henning Mankell
from the library, e-book, translated from Swedish, Wallander 9, English translation Before the Frost, 539 pages
TIOLI Challenge #5: Read a turn-of-the-century book

Kurt Wallanders daughter has decided to join the police, and finished police school. She will start working at the Ystad police force soon, and stays with her father until she has found a place for her own. When her friend Anna disappears, she feels her father does not take it seriously enough, as he is dealing with a gruwesome murder. Linda decides to investigate Anna's disappearance on her own.

I love the Wallander books. This one is different, as we see the story though Linda Wallanders eyes, wich shines an other light on her father.

Feb 11, 2019, 5:28pm

book 53: Zip en andere verhalen by Wim Hofman
own, Dutch, childrens, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1987, no translations, 64 pages
TIOLI Challenge #4: Read a book that was published at least 10 years ago

Short stories for young readers. Some were allright, others I did not like.

Feb 11, 2019, 5:46pm

book 54: Offersteen by Elly Griffiths
from the library, translated, Ruth Galloway 2, original title The Janus Stone, 285 pages
TIOLI Challenge #16: Read a work by an author you read in 2018

Headless remains of a child are found at a construction work in the city of Norwich. Ruth Galloway is called by police officer Harry Nelson to find out when the child died.

The second book in the Ruth Galloway series. An enjoyable mystery, with some thrilling scenes.

Edited: Feb 12, 2019, 8:51am

>161 FAMeulstee: Thank you for saying there are too many coincidences! I get so frustrated when I can't read a book because of my poor language skills...

Your pictures of the book stacks reminded me of this bookend:

Pretty handy superhero to have around!

Feb 12, 2019, 11:05am

>165 charl08: oh, that's clever!

Feb 12, 2019, 12:03pm

>165 charl08: - Love that!

Feb 12, 2019, 12:40pm

Hi Anita!

Just a quick hello - congrats on all the great reading.

Feb 12, 2019, 4:31pm

>165 charl08: I had to read that twice, Charlotte, before I understood what you ment. My language skills.... ;-)
I love that bookend! I likable superhero, thanks for sharing.

>166 fuzzi: >167 jessibud2: Now find a bookend like that :-)

>168 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen. I have been on your thread, but didn't have much to add the last days...
Back to my book :-)

Feb 13, 2019, 10:44am

Ah! You're one of the ones reading The Wheel of Time. I was am sorely tempted to join, but have to get the books from the library and there's a 16 week wait for the first book. Still, I put it on hold. I'll just be a bit behind everyone else.

I have bought The Burning Bridge, but got distracted by trying to finish up some books that I'd already started and set aside, so I might finish it the beginning of March instead of the end of Feb. But that's ok. I'm excited to get to it.

Feb 13, 2019, 1:17pm

Hi Anita!

I love all the tbr mountains, swamps, peaks and hills!

My favorite of your photos in >147 FAMeulstee: is the bottom one because there is a path. Knowing me, I would be looking for the book in the very center of the bottom of the mountain, though. I am at a loss to know why my books hide when I am looking for them.

Feb 13, 2019, 4:36pm

>170 The_Hibernator: Yes I am, Rachel. I never read (or heard of) this series before. When I found out that Brandon Sanderson wrote the last books, I got interested, as I LOVED his first 3 Mistborn books. I just finished The Alloy of Law (Mistborn 4) and it was great again. Sadly the next two are not translated (yet).
I have my copy of The Burning Bridge from the e-library until 2/22, so I will read it before that date.

>171 streamsong: Thanks, Janet, TBR stacks tend to grow into Mountains, or even Black Holes ;-)
That picture was my favorite to. It was an artwork "Literal mountain of books" at the Salon du Livre in Geneva by Alexandre Voisard.
My books are alphabeticly ordered by category, so I can always find mine. It is sometimes a bit impractical if I add an author at the beginning of the alphabet, as I have to move all books behind, but it saves a lot of time when I need a certain book.

Feb 14, 2019, 12:24am

Very belated Happy Birthday and super-punctual Happy Valentine‘s Day!

Love those book mountains! My tbr keeps growing, but my reading rate stays slow. :/

Feb 14, 2019, 1:37pm

Happy Valentine's Day!! ❤️💚💗💙

Edited: Feb 14, 2019, 6:55pm

>173 Deern: Thank you, Natalie!
Even my TBR is growing faster than I can read ;-)

>174 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle.

I had a bad day. Despite the returned agoraphobia I still managed to do my daily walk with Frank. Today agoraphobia struck, while Frank was with me. I hope I will manage my walk tomorrow...

Feb 14, 2019, 7:10pm

>175 FAMeulstee: Sorry you had a bad day. I hope tomorrow will be better for you.

Feb 15, 2019, 2:15am

I am sorry to hear this news.
I send you good thoughts and hope it helps.
One thing is for sure - you are not alone. We all support you.

Feb 15, 2019, 2:42am

Hope that you feel better, Anita. I'm glad Frank was with you today.

Feb 15, 2019, 7:00am

{{hugs}}, Anita. Just breathe, take one day at a time and do whatever you are able to manage.

Feb 15, 2019, 7:24am

Sorry to hear that the agoraphobia returned. I hope you will be able to get outside again soon. In the meantime, I hope you have some good books to read.

Feb 15, 2019, 8:08am

I'm hoping for a better day for you this Friday, Anita.

Feb 15, 2019, 11:59am

What I forgot - >129 FAMeulstee: Thank you for mentioning me this georgeous book.
Without you I never would have considered reading it.
So you help me and others to enrich life.
This may not cure you, but is hopefully a little bright spot for you

Feb 15, 2019, 12:25pm

Oh, Thomas said it well, Anita. You deserve a lot of bright spots - you certainly are one for all of us. I hope the agoraphobia stops pestering you for a while.

Feb 15, 2019, 5:34pm

>176 foggidawn: Thank you, Foggi, today was slightly better.

>177 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas, the support of this group means a lot to me.

>178 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte, it goes off and on since way too long now.

>179 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley, that is probably the best way. But the one day is easier than the other one day...

>180 Sakerfalcon: Thank you, Claire. With help of some valium I managed to do our regular walk today.

>181 richardderus: Thank you, Richard, sightly better day today. I would be so pleased when the thyroid values get back where they should be!

>182 SirThomas: That is so sweet of you, Thomas!

>183 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe, this group is for sure brightning my life.

Thanks again, for leaving your nice messages. Today was a little better, as I managed to walk our usual (6 km) walk with Frank. After that I felt a little less locked up in the house.
Upping my thyroid meds will eventually end the phobias again, but it is a bumpy road, as even changing the dose very slow gives mood swings. I am halfway now since early January, up 0,0625 mg and now in the next 6 weeks again up 0,0625 mg, making a total of 0,1625 mg. How these tiny amounts can have such a big impact on life and wellbeing...

Feb 16, 2019, 4:18am

{{hugs}} to you Anita!

Glad you managed to get out of the house and do that daily walk.

Feb 16, 2019, 8:40am

Hi Anita!

Ups and downs, so sorry to hear about them. It's too bad that the change has to be so gradual on the medication, and it is amazing that such tiny amounts can affect you so dramatically.


Feb 16, 2019, 7:45pm

Wishing you well and good health Anita. xx

Feb 16, 2019, 11:36pm

wishing you better days in the near future, Anita!

Feb 17, 2019, 5:21am

>185 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella, and yesterday I managed again :-)

>186 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen, it has been hit an miss for over a year now. Months with phobia's and only short times being well in between. I wish there were other ways to cure it all. If you think about all those different tiny amounts of hormones you need to function, it is amazing they work well in most cases.

>187 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul, it is a cliche, but health is the most important.

>188 banjo123: Thank you, Rhonda. It will take a while, but I am sure better days will come again.

Feb 17, 2019, 5:27am

How are you feeling today, Anita?

Edited: Feb 17, 2019, 5:36am

book 55: Zaterdagmorgen, Zondagmorgen by Jacques Vriens
own, Dutch, childrens, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1979, no translations, 72 pages
TIOLI Challenge #6: Read a book whose title includes at least two 4+ letter words starting with the same letter

It is weekend Katja and her little brother Jan keep their parents at their toes, doing things they are not supposed to do.
Often they just try to help, but the outcome can be disastrous.

The title translates "Saturdaymorning, Sundaymorning".

Feb 17, 2019, 5:33am

>190 Caroline_McElwee: Just started upping the dose of Thyroid yesterday, Caroline, so my mood is going a bit up and down.
Knowing our friend is living his last days doesn't help either. Neither does my sister, as she is disagreeing with the nursing home again and starting a complaint procedure against the GP in the home. She makes my dad very sad.

Edited: Feb 17, 2019, 5:49am

book 56: De wet van staal by Brandon Sanderson
from the library, e-book, translated, original title The Alloy of Law, 317 pages
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book with a four word title

Set is the same world as the first three Mistborn books, several centuries later we meet Wax, just returned from the "Wild West" to his rightful place at one of the noble houses.

I loved the previous Mistborn books, and loved this book too. It was great to see how the world had evolved into more modern times with electricity and guns, but keeping the special magic of the place useful.

Feb 17, 2019, 6:03am

book 57: De leeuw van Vlaanderen by Hendrik Conscience
1001 books, from the library, Dutch, English translation The Lion of Flanders, 417 pages
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book with a four word title

This Flemish book was first published in 1838, and has been called the "Flemish national epic". After Belgium split from The Netherlands, Flemish national feelings grew against the French speaking elite.
Concience wrote a romantic tale about the Battle of the Golden Spurs (1302), when the Flemish cities resisted the French and won the battle. "The Lion of Flandres" is one of the Flemish nobleman who joined the Flemish side.

The book itself is a slog at times, but it is very important in Flemish history.

Feb 17, 2019, 6:14am

book 58: De sprookjes van Moeder de Gans by Charles Perrault
own, translated from French, fairytales, English translation The Tales of Mother Goose, 247 pages
TIOLI Challenge #5: Read a turn-of-the-century book

I loved this book as a kid, especially "Donkeyskin", a tale where a princess runs away from home to avoid marriage. She has three beautiful dresses, but hides in a donkeyskin not to be recognised. I used to love those dresses described as "a dress as bright as the sun, a dress the colour of the moon, a dress with the colours of the sky". Irresistable to me at the time, a little girl who took a detour to kindergarten to see the dresses in the bridal fashion store ;-)

That magic is gone, the present me isn't as interested in romantic dresses, as I was as a 5 year old. What is left is a mediocre translation of Perraults fairytales.

Feb 17, 2019, 6:20am

book 59: Parijs is een feest by Ernest Hemingway
from the library, e-book, translated, Original title A moveable feast, 255 pages
TIOLI Challenge #3: Read a book by an author who has written both fiction and nonfiction books

Hemingway's memoires of his days in Paris in the 1920s.
Enjoyable read.

Feb 17, 2019, 6:32am

>192 FAMeulstee: keeping you in my thoughts Anita. It is too much to be dealing with all at once.

>196 FAMeulstee: I've nudged this up my pile, it is an old favourite.

Feb 17, 2019, 7:32am

>196 FAMeulstee: This is on my list after The Paris Wife. I should do something about that! Maybe they do a nice penguin edition...

And what Caroline said. Thinking of you both.

Feb 17, 2019, 8:42am

>197 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline, sadly it is too much. And I am afraid the family things won't stop until my parents are no longer around.
I have liked all Hemingway books I read in the last years.

>198 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte, my family is a never ending drama. Sometimes worse, sometimes bearable, but always there.
No idea if there is a penguin edition. There are two different editions, the original one from 1964 and a "restored" edition from 2009, with more content.

Feb 17, 2019, 10:32am

Hi Anita!

I'm sorry to hear that your sister can't just let go and is causing you and your dad so much sadness. It's horrible to think that she won't stop until your parents are no longer around.

Feb 17, 2019, 2:55pm

Hi Anita my dear, so sorry to read that you have not been well over the last few weeks and that your Agoraphobia has been plaguing you. I hope that the small increase in your thyroid meds has some significant help for you dear friend.

I see that your reading levels are at the same levels as the last two years, I am in awe of your prodigious reading, you are a star. Sending love and hugs to you and Frank from both of us dear friend.

Feb 17, 2019, 8:42pm

Sorry to hear all you are dealing with, again and still, Anita. I hope the weather stays nice to encourage your walks and that the flowers are out soon. ((((Anita))))

Feb 17, 2019, 8:59pm

Hello Anita! I am finally getting a little time to visit the threads and catch up. I am sorry you have not been feeling well. I hope that things improve soon. Happy belated birthday! I see you are reading the Mistborn series. I just read a new book by Brandon Sanderson called Skyward. It's a Young Adult, but was very enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed his artificial intelligence character. He is very, very good at world building. It was fun to pass along a book to my daughter for once. She is often passing hers to me.

Feb 18, 2019, 3:38am

Sending sunny greetings from Davos.

Feb 18, 2019, 2:40pm

>200 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen. Yes it is horrible, but I don't expect her to change her ways :'(

>201 johnsimpson: Thank you, John. Eventually the thyroid medication will help, but it is always a long way to get there. Meanwhile I hide in my books, and read a lot ;-)
Love and hugs to you and Karen.

>202 ronincats: Thank you, Roni, it is becoming like a neverending story. I still have hope to find the right dose of thyroid medication again.

>203 nittnut: Thank you, Jenn, I had a perfect birthday, no visitors, and a nice diner with Frank :-)
I first discovered Brandon Sanderson in 2016, read the first three Mistborn books and loved them. Recently I found the Dutch translation of The Alloy of Law at the library and read it immediately. Sadly the next two books are not translated (yet). Indeed his world building is great. I will be looking if this book comes out in translation. How nice you could pass on the book to your daughter this time :-)

>204 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara!
Greetings back from sunny and springlike Lelystad.

Feb 18, 2019, 2:48pm

book 60: Springvloed by Elly Griffiths
from the library, translated, Ruth Galloway 3, original title The House at Sea's End, 301 pages
TIOLI Challenge #16: Read a work by an author you read in 2018

When the remains of six men are found near the beach, Ruth Galloway is called to reserch them. Turnes out they are old, but not ancient, probably from the 1940s...

The third book in the Ruth Galloway series. Again an enjoyable mystery, with some scary scenes.

Edited: Feb 18, 2019, 3:00pm

book 61: Mij 'n zorg by Julie Johnston
own, translated, YA, awarded, Eervolle Vermelding 1997, original title Adam and Eve and Pinch-me, 243 pages
TIOLI Challenge #13: Read a book about a bad mother

Sara's mother abandoned her when she was a baby. She was adopted by a nice couple, but they died in a fire. Ever since Sara has been at many different foster parents, some bad, some okayish. When she has to leave again, she can only think of her next birthday, then she will be free of fosters and school. Although she doesn't want to get close to anyone, she starts to like the little boy in this house. She is sad when his mother turns up to take him, and very mad when he returns a few weeks later with a black eye.

Feb 18, 2019, 3:05pm

book 62: Sterren en strepen by Bill Bryson
from the library, translated, non-fiction, original title Notes from a Big Country, 368 pages
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a book whose cover has an image relating to the sea

Bill Bryson is always funny, this book is no exception. A collection of articles written in the 1990s for a Brittish newspaper after his return to the USA.

Feb 18, 2019, 3:13pm

book 63: Beenderhuis by Elly Griffiths
from the library, translated, Ruth Galloway 4, original title A Room Full of Bones, 286 pages
TIOLI Challenge #16: Read a work by an author you read in 2018

The coffin of a medieval bishop was found. Despite warnings not to open it, the coffin will be opened at the local museum. When Ruth arrives, she finds a dead man next to the coffin. Meanwhile indigeous people from Australia demand the remains of their ancestors back from the same museum.

The fourth book in the Ruth Galloway series, sadly it is the last one available in Dutch translation

Feb 18, 2019, 3:24pm

book 64: De brandende brug by John Flanagan
from the library, e-book, translated, YA, Ranger's Apprentice 2, original title The Burning Bridge, 285 pages
TIOLI Challenge #6: Read a book whose title includes at least two 4+ letter words starting with the same letter

The further adventures of Halt, Will, Horace and Evanlyn in this fantasy adventure series.
The book ended with a cliffhanger, so I went straigh on with the next book.

Feb 18, 2019, 3:27pm

book 65: Het ijzige land by John Flanagan
from the library, e-book, translated, YA, Ranger's Apprentice 3, original title The Icebound Land, 324 pages
TIOLI Challenge #4: Read a book that was published at least 10 years ago

The further adventures of Will and Evanlyn in Scandia, and Halt and Horace searching for them.
The book also ended with a cliffhanger, so I am reading the next book now.

Feb 18, 2019, 4:03pm

>208 FAMeulstee: - Agreed! I love this guy.

So sorry to hear that the family drama continues, Anita.

Feb 18, 2019, 4:21pm

Hopefully life gets a little perkier soon, Anita!

Feb 18, 2019, 5:43pm

>212 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley, Bill Bryson always makes me laugh. And I could use a bit of laughter...

>213 The_Hibernator: Thank you, Rachel, I hope so too!

Feb 18, 2019, 6:12pm

Hello Anita. It sounds like you've had a really tough start to your year. I'm thinking about you.

Feb 19, 2019, 9:41am

>206 FAMeulstee: I keep seeing Elly Griffiths. I guess I need to add that first book to my TBR!
Hope life improves for you soon!

Edited: Feb 19, 2019, 6:42pm

>215 AMQS: Thank you, Anne, only positive is that it probably won't get worse ;-)

>216 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle, I think you keep seeing Ellie Griffiths, because just published a next book (11) in the Ruth Galloway series.

Our friend's suffering has ended, farewell Rob :'(

Feb 19, 2019, 7:18pm

Condolences Anita. It has to have been a difficult road for all involved. May he rest in peace.

Feb 20, 2019, 3:08am

So sorry for your loss, Anita.

Feb 20, 2019, 3:35am

>206 FAMeulstee: >209 FAMeulstee: I like this series very much. I introduced it to my elder daughter Isabelle with her Adventskalender books 2018. She got addicted to this series too.

So sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking of you. Love and hugs xx

Edited: Feb 20, 2019, 10:24am

So sorry, though I’m comforted that his suffering has ended.

Feb 20, 2019, 4:30pm

I’m sorry to hear about your struggles. While my hypothyroidism is under control, I have dealt with mental illness for decades and I understand how difficult it can be. My heart goes out to you. *hugs*

Feb 20, 2019, 5:50pm

>217 FAMeulstee: {{{Anita}}}

Safe journey home, Rob.

Feb 20, 2019, 6:24pm

>218 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley, it was a difficult time. But glad it was possible this way.

>219 charl08: Thank you Charlotte.

>220 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara.
Sadly the 4th book was the last one in Dutch translation, so I am finished for now.

>211 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Jim. It was hard to see him when we visited. Must have been even harder for those close to him.

>222 Morphidae: Thank you, Morphy.
I know of your mental illness struggles, Morphy. Mine seem to have been related to the hypothyroidism. I am completely sure the phobia's are related, when the thyroid levels are high enough the phobia's are gone, when levels drop they come back.
I weaned off the anti-depressants successfully after a few years on the right level of thyroid medication. Now the return of phobia's makes me a bit down, but don't throw me back into depression.

>223 richardderus: Thank you, (((Richard)))

The cremation is Friday, Frank will go there. I stay home, because I can't handle so many people together at the moment.

Feb 20, 2019, 6:32pm


Feb 20, 2019, 8:17pm

Sorry to hear about your friend, Anita. So good that you got to visit him before the time came. I hope the increased thyroid medication dose means less phobias for you.

Feb 21, 2019, 4:21am

>217 FAMeulstee: keeping you in my thoughts Anita. May his next journey be a wild adventure.

Feb 21, 2019, 8:28am

Hi Anita.

I'm sorry to hear about your friend Rob's passing.

*hugs* to you

Feb 21, 2019, 8:40am

>217 FAMeulstee: My sympathies for your loss, Anita.

Feb 22, 2019, 7:54am

Anita, I'm sorry for your loss and hope your thyroid meds can be adjusted to just the right levels for you again soon.

Feb 22, 2019, 1:48pm

I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.

Feb 22, 2019, 6:37pm

>225 fuzzi: Thanks for the hug, Fuzzi.

>226 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg. We were glad to be able to say a final goodbye. The phobias seem to get less, hope it is over soon!

>227 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline, what a lovely thought.

>228 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen. I hope he is in a better place now.

>229 harrygbutler: Thank you, Harry.

>230 bell7: Thank you, Mary, it is a long way to right dose of thyroid meds this time.

>231 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita.

Frank attended to cremation today, it was a good gathering of family and friends.

Good news on my agoraphobia, I did a little walk in the neighborhood on my own today, as Frank was away. I felt a bit uncomfortable, but no freezing, anxiety or panick attack. So I am heading into the right direction (as long as it lasts...).

Feb 22, 2019, 6:41pm

book 66: Dragers van het Eikenblad by John Flanagan
from the library, e-book, translated, YA, Ranger's Apprentice 4, original title The Battle for Skandia, 327 pages
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book with a four word title

The further adventures of Will, Evanlyn, Halt and Horace in Scandia, when Scandia is under attack of foreign army.
No cliffhanger this time, so I can take a break ;-)

Feb 22, 2019, 6:48pm

book 67: Verhalen uit de godenwereld van de Edda by Henk van Kerkwijk
own, Dutch, YA, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1983, no translations, 202 pages
TIOLI Challenge #4: Read a book that was published at least 10 years ago

Retelling of the myths of the Nordic gods from the Edda.
The writer rearranged the tales to create one long story about Wodan, Freya, Loki and all others.

Feb 23, 2019, 4:38am

book 68: Een stille dood by Donna Leon
own, translated, Guido Brunetti 6, original title Quietly in Their Sleep, 220 pages
TIOLI Challenge #16: Read a work by an author you read in 2018

A former nun tells Commissario Guido Brunetti that she thinks some elder people in a nursing home might not have died a natural death. Meanwhile his daugther has some trouble at school.

Book 6 in the series was an enjoyable read, although I liked it a little less than the previous books.

Feb 23, 2019, 4:46am

book 69: Nobilità by Donna Leon
own, translated, Guido Brunetti 7, original title A Noble Radiance, 208 pages
TIOLI Challenge #16: Read a work by an author you read in 2018

In a small village near the mountains, the remains of a human body are found. Commissario Guido Brunetti gets involved because a ring found with the body suggests this might be son of a noble family from Venice, who was kidnapped some time ago.

Feb 23, 2019, 4:57am

book 70: Kikker is een held by Max Velthuijs
own, Dutch, childrens, awarded, Vlag en Wimpel 1996, English translation Frog is a hero, 32 pages
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book with a four word title

Frog is happy when it starts to rain. When the rain keeps falling, Frog's house and the houses of his friends are flooded. They find refuge at Hare's house, that is on higher grounds. When food runs out, Frog goes out to to get help.

The illustrations are beautiful, even without words you could follow the story.

Feb 23, 2019, 5:08am

book 71: Fatalità by Donna Leon
own, translated, Guido Brunetti 8, original title Fatal Remedies, 206 pages
TIOLI Challenge #4: Read a book that was published at least 10 years ago

When Commissario Guido Brunetti's wife throws a stone through a window of a travel agency, he fears for his job. At home he argues with Paola, who did this, because she is mad about facilitating sex tours to third world countries. When the owner of the travel agency is found murdered, the note found nearby suggests a similair anger about sex tours.

Feb 23, 2019, 5:16am

book 72: De rotsvesting in Sonora by Karl May
own, YA, translated from German, no English translation, 358 pages
TIOLI Challenge #5: Read a turn-of-the-century book

Adventures with Old Shatterhand and Winnetou in the north of Mexico.

Feb 23, 2019, 5:21am

book 73: Dicht langs de huizen by Willem Wilmink
own, YA, Dutch, poetry, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 1983, no English translation, 52 pages
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book with a four word title

First book with poetry in many different verse forms for older children/young adults by Willem Wilmink.

Feb 23, 2019, 8:57am

book 74: Wallanders wereld by Henning Mankell
from the library, e-book, translated from Swedish, Wallander 9.5, no exact English translation, 313 pages
TIOLI Challenge #16: Read a work by an author you read in 2018

This book contains the short story An Event in Autumn, where Wallander discovers the remains of a body in the garden of a house that he might buy. I would rate this story 4 stars.
The rest of the book countains facts about Wallander and a reference of all the main characters in the series, a list of all places and a list of all characters in all books. It was fun, but not worth more than 3 stars.

Only one more Wallander book left to read...

Feb 23, 2019, 11:10am

Ah, Wallander. I can't say I've ever really invested in his stories, but I've always liked the ones I've read a little better than the average. Sad about Mankell's early death from cancer, though the Wages of Sin of Smoking are an instructive lesson.

Edited: Feb 23, 2019, 2:58pm

>242 richardderus: I was hooked after reading his first Wallander, Richard.
Actually I am a smoker too, so I may end up the same. Although cancer is very rare in my family.

Feb 23, 2019, 4:30pm

I wish you a blessed weekend - soaring like this jackdaw

Feb 23, 2019, 7:05pm

Hi Anita, so sorry to hear about your friend. May he rest in peace indeed.

Glad that you were doing a bit better with the agoraphobia!

Feb 24, 2019, 4:28am

>244 paulstalder: Thank you, Paul, that is a beautiful picture!

>245 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella, he was a good man.
I was very happy about the progress, makes life a bit easier again.

Edited: Feb 24, 2019, 4:41am

On to the next thread to celebrate book 75 :-)

Mar 11, 2019, 2:56am

>147 FAMeulstee: I think in your case, Anita, the mountain comes to you.

Mar 11, 2019, 4:51pm

>248 humouress: That would be fun to watch, Nina ;-)