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Anita (FAMeulstee) keeps on going where the books take her in 2020 (1)

75 Books Challenge for 2020

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Edited: Dec 31, 2019, 7:14pm Top

Welcome to my first 2020 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.

I stumbled upon the 75 Books Challenge halfway 2008, a few months after joining LibraryThing, and have participated every year since (except 2013, when I had a huge reading dip). This group is the best thing I ever found on the World Wide Web.

Happy reading in 2020!

These are the 18 books that I rated 5* in 2019:

De meeste mensen deugen - Rutger Bregman
Berlijn Alexanderplatz - Alfred Döblin
Odysseia - Homeros
Bede aan de zee - Khaled Hosseini
De shockdoctrine - Naomi Klein
Mijn haat krijgen jullie niet - Antoine Leiris
Mijn botjes zijn bekleed met deftig vel - Ted van Lieshout
Hou van mij - Ted van Lieshout
Driedelig paard - Ted van Lieshout
Ze gaan er met je neus vandoor - Ted van Lieshout
De Toverberg - Thomas Mann
De Thibaults. Deel 2 - Roger Martin du Gard
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Verhaal van een leven 2 - Konstantin Paustovski
Verhaal van een leven 3 - Konstantin Paustovski
Grand Hotel Europa - Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer
De regenboog heeft maar acht kleuren - Peter Pohl
We noemen hem Anna - Peter Pohl

Edited: Today, 7:51am Top

total books read in 2020: 15
0 own / 15 library

total pages read in 2020: 5,536

currently reading:
De vertellingen van duizend-en-één nacht vertaald door Richard van Leeuwen, 3215 pages, started 2020-01-01
e-book: Ideeën van Multatuli. Eerste bundel by Mutatuli, 375 pages, started 2020-01-03
e-book: Sovjetistan (Sovietistan) by Erika Fatland, 446 pages, TIOLI #16
Anne van het Groene Huis (Anne of Green Gables) by L.M. Montgomery, 343 pages, TIOLI #7

books read in January 2020 (15 books, 5,536 pages, 0 own / 15 library)
book 15: De jongens van Nickel (The Nickel Boys) by Colson Whitehead, 271 pages, TIOLI #10
book 14: Grensgangers by Aline Sax, 392 pages, TIOLI #9
book 13: De verrader (The sellout) by Paul Beatty, 303 pages, TIOLI #5
book 12: Een stille vlam (A quiet flame, Bernie Gunther 5) by Philip Kerr, 367 pages, TIOLI #14
book 11: Waarom vuilnismannen meer verdienen dan bankiers by Rutger Bregman, 103 pages, TIOLI #14
book 10: Het achtste leven (voor Brilka) (The Eighth Life (for Brilka) ) by Nino Haratischwili, 1294 pages, TIOLI #7 (msg 137)
book 9: Pompeii het dagelijks leven in een Romeinse stad (Pompeii: The Life of A Roman Town) by Mary Beard, 458 pages, TIOLI #14 (msg 136)
book 8: Stommelen stampen slaan (Spill simmer falter wither) by Sara Baume, 240 pages, TIOLI #7 (msg 134)
book 7: Stenen voor een ransuil by Maarten 't Hart, 177 pages, TIOLI #9 (msg 133)
book 6: Tirza by Arnon Grunberg, 429 pages Libris 2007, TIOLI #1 (msg 132)
book 5: Ziggy by Bram Hulzebos, 176 pages, TIOLI #9, (msg 82)
book 4: De legende van Swanhilde (The Half-Drowned King) by Linnea Hartsuyker, 508 pages, TIOLI #7, (msg 81)
book 3: Huishouden (Visitation) by Jenny Erpenbeck, 173 pages, TIOLI #14, (msg 80)
book 2: De Cock en dood door hamerslag by A.C. Baantjer, 133 pages, TIOLI #6, (msg 65)
book 1: Saga's van de Westfjorden en omstreken translated by Marcel Otten, 512 pages, TIOLI #5, (msg 64)

Edited: Yesterday, 6:02pm Top

January 2020 reading plans
De vertellingen van duizend-en-één nacht translated by Richard van Leeuwen, 3215 pages
Ideeën by Mutatuli, 2522 pages

TIOLI January 2020
#1: Read a book whose number of title words equals the number of names you find in the title
- Tirza - Arnon Grunberg, 429 pages Libris 2007 (e-library)
#2: Read a book from a best of 2019 list
#3: Read a book in which travel is a significant aspect of the narrative
#5: Read a book you didn't get to in 2019
- Saga's van de Westfjorden en omstreken - vert Marcel Otten, 512 pages (e-library)
- De verrader (The sellout) - Paul Beatty, 303 pages (library)
? Platero en ik (Platero and I) - Juan Ramón Jiménez, 190 pages
? De laatste betovering (The last enchantment) - Mary Stewart, 405 pages
#6: Alphabetical Order – The author’s first initial preceeds the author’s last initial in the alphabet
- De Cock en dood door hamerslag - A.C. Baantjer, 133 pages (e-library)
- Ochtendwind (Dawn wind) - Rosemary Sutcliff, 254 pages
#7: Read a book by a woman author you've not read before
- Het achtste leven (voor Brilka) (The Eighth Life (for Brilka) ) - Nino Haratischwili, 1294 pages (e-library)
- De legende van Swanhilde (The Half-Drowned King) - Linnea Hartsuyker, 508 pages (e-library)
- Stommelen stampen slaan (Spill simmer falter wither) - Sara Baume, 240 pages (e-library)
- Anne van het Groene Huis (Anne of Green Gables) - L.M. Montgomery, 343 pages (library 27/1)
- Buurtsupermens (Convenience Store Woman) - Sayaka Murata, 143 pages (library 5/2)
- Ondergeschikt (Inferior) - Angela Saini, 304 pages (library 27/1)
#8: Read a book for the January CFF Mystery Challenge Challenge
#9: Read a book which you obtained in November or December of 2019
- Grensgangers - Aline Sax, 392 pages (library)
- Stenen voor een ransuil - Maarten 't Hart, 177 pages (e-library)
- Ziggy - Bram Hulzebos, 176 pages (e-library)
- Het nieuwe land - Eva Vriend, 318 pages (library 5/2)
#10: Humouress' January Birthstone Challenge - Read a book with a dark red cover
- De jongens van Nickel (The Nickel Boys) - Colson Whitehead, 271 pages (library)
#11: 2020 Vision - Read a book with a title word related to eyes or sight
#12: Read a book recommended to you by a friend
#13: Read a book, with something in the first sentence which was created according to Genesis on the different days
#14: Read a book with a LT rating of 3.8* or more
- Huishouden (Visitation) - Jenny Erpenbeck, 173 pages (library)
- Pompeii het dagelijks leven in een Romeinse stad (Pompeii: The Life of A Roman Town) - Mary Beard, 458 pages (library)
- Een stille vlam (A quiet flame) - Philip Kerr, 367 pages (library)
- Waarom vuilnismannen meer verdienen dan bankiers - Rutger Bregman, 103 pages (e-library)
- 1914 Het trauma van Europa (Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War) - Max Hastings, 780 pages (library 27/1)
- Moederdag - Nele Neuhaus, 475 pages (library 30/1)
- Tot in de hemel (The overstory) - Richard Powers, 603 pages
- De zeven gehangenen (The Seven Who Were Hanged) - Leonid Andrejev, 140 pages (library)
- Vrouwen & macht (Women & Power: A Manifesto) - Mary Beard, 119 pages (library 30/1)
#15: Read a book written/published/set in any XX20s decade
#16: Read a book set in, about, or written by an author residing in a country ending in "stan"
- Sovjetistan (Sovietistan) - Erika Fatland, 446 pages (e-library 5/2)

Library books not yet placed in TIOLI challenges:
Oorlogsvlieger (Flight to Arras) - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 191 pages (e-library 3/2)
Zoon van het Noorden (Odinn's child, Viking 1) - Tim Severin, 320 pages (e-library 3/2)
Eskimoland - Niko Tinbergen, 211 pages (e-library 3/2)
De essays (The Complete Essays) - Michel de Montaigne, 1557 pages (e-library 3/2)

Edited: Jan 15, 4:44am Top

Reading plans in 2020

2020 reading goal: 200 books

This year I want to tackle some big tomes (1,000+ pages), goal set at 12 big tomes.
Reading my own books is not top priority this year, ROOT goal set at 24.

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

Big tomes I hope to read in 2020:
Dutch translation of the complete Tales from the thousand and one nights, 3215 pages
Ideeën (1-7) by Multatuli, 2522 pages
Man zonder eigenschappen (The man without qualities) by Robert Musil, 1785 pages
De razende Roeland (Orlando furioso) by Ludovico Ariosto, 1783 pages
De essays (The complete essays) by Michel de Montaigne, 1557 pages
De hunnen by Jan Cremer, 1535 pages
Menselijke voorwaarden (Human condition) by Junpei Gomikawa, 1428 pages
De kracht van Atlantis (Atlas shrugged) by Ayn Rand, 1373 pages
De geschikte jongen (A suitable boy) by Vikram Seth, 1366 pages
Jozef en zijn broers (Joseph and his brothers) by Thomas Mann, 1344 pages
✔ Het achtste leven (voor Brilka) (The eighth life (for Brilka)) by Nino Haratischwili, 1275 pages
Luitenant-kolonel de Maumort by Roger Martin du Gard, 1077 pages
Baron by Theun de Vries, 1016 pages

Edited: Jan 3, 4:03pm Top

My readings in previous years
413 books (110,873 pages) read in 2019/1, 2019/2, 2019/3, 2019/4, 2019/5, 2019/6, 2019/7, 2019/8, 2019/9, 2019/10
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 (110,248 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
253 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   (30,256 pages) read in 2011/1, 2011/2
121 books   (38,119 pages) read in 2010/1, 2010/2, 2010/3, 2010/4
  78 books   (21,470 pages) read in 2009/1, 2009/2
130 books   (35,151 pages) read in 2008

Other lists
My best of lists on the WikiThing

Edited: Jan 5, 10:42am Top

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; 13 Vergeven en vergeten; 14 Metropolis

Broeder Cadfael by Ellis Peters 8/20
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 53/70

Erica Falck & Patrik Hedström by Camilla Läckberg 7/11
1 IJsprinses; 2 Predikant; 3 Steenhouwer; 4 Zusje; 4.1 Sneeuwstorm en amandelgeur; 5 Oorlogskind; 6 Zeemeermin; 7 Vuurtorenwachter; 8 Engeleneiland; 9 Leeuwentemmer; 10 Heks

Guido Brunetti by Donna Leon 13/25
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; 27 Vergiffenis

John Rebus by Ian Rankin 3/18
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

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

Oliver von Bodenstein & Pia Kirchhoff by Nele Neuhaus 8/9
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; 9 Moederdag

Het rad des tijds (Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson) 6/15
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

Sister Fidelma by Peter Tremayne 1/18
1 Absolutie voor moord; 2 Lijkwade voor een aartsbisschop; 3 Moord in de abdij; 4 De listige slang; 5 Het web van Araglin; 6 De vallei van het kwaad; 7 De verdwenen monnik; 8 Dood van een pelgrim; 9 Vrouwe van het duister; 10 Het klooster van de dode zielen; 11 De gekwelde abt; 12 De nacht van de das; 13 De leprozenbel; 14 Moord uit de golven; 15 Een gebed voor de verdoemden; 16 Dansen met demonen; 17 Het valse concilie; 18 De duif des doods

Edited: Dec 31, 2019, 4:33pm Top

List of Nobel Prize for Literature winners:
(in bold the writers I have read)

1901 Sully Prudhomme
1902 Theodor Mommsen
1903 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
1904 Frédéric Mistral
1904 José Echegaray y Eizaguirre
1905 Henryk Sienkiewicz
1906 Giosuè Carducci
1907 Rudyard Kipling
1908 Rudolf Christoph Eucken
1909 Selma Lagerlöf
1910 Paul Heyse
1911 Maurice Maeterlinck
1912 Gerhart Hauptmann
1913 Rabindranath Tagore
1915 Romain Rolland
1916 Verner von Heidenstam
1917 Karl Adolph Gjellerup
1917 Henrik Pontoppidan
1919 Carl Spitteler
1920 Knut Hamsun
1921 Anatole France
1922 Jacinto Benavente
1923 William Butler Yeats
1924 Władysław Reymont
1925 George Bernard Shaw
1926 Grazia Deledda
1927 Henri Bergson
1928 Sigrid Undset
1929 Thomas Mann
1930 Sinclair Lewis
1931 Erik Axel Karlfeldt
1932 John Galsworthy
1933 Ivan Boenin
1934 Luigi Pirandello
1936 Eugene O'Neill
1937 Roger Martin du Gard
1938 Pearl S. Buck
1939 Frans Eemil Sillanpää
1944 Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
1945 Gabriela Mistral
1946 Hermann Hesse
1947 André Gide
1948 T.S. Elliot
1949 William Faulkner
1950 Bertrand Russell
1951 Pär Lagerkvist
1952 François Mauriac
1953 Sir Winston Churchill
1954 Ernest Hemingway
1955 Halldór Laxness
1956 Juan Ramón Jiménez
1957 Albert Camus
1958 Boris Pasternak
1959 Salvatore Quasimodo
1960 Saint-John Perse
1961 Ivo Andrić
1962 John Steinbeck
1963 Giorgos Seferis
1964 Jean-Paul Sartre
1965 Michail Sjolochov
1966 Sjmoeël Joseef Agnon
1966 Nelly Sachs
1967 Miguel Ángel Asturias
1968 Yasunari Kawabata
1969 Samuel Beckett
1970 Aleksandr Solzjenitsyn
1971 Pablo Neruda
1972 Heinrich Böll
1973 Patrick White
1974 Eyvind Johnson
1974 Harry Martinson
1975 Eugenio Montale
1976 Saul Bellow
1977 Vincente Aleixandre
1978 Isaac Bashevis Singer
1979 Odysseas Elytis
1980 Czesław Miłosz
1981 Elias Canetti
1982 Gabriel Garciá Márquez
1983 William Golding
1984 Jaroslav Seifert
1985 Claude Simon
1986 Wole Soyinka
1987 Joseph Brodsky
1988 Naguib Mahfouz
1989 Camilo José Cela
1990 Octavio Paz
1991 Nadine Gordimer
1992 Derek Walcott
1993 Toni Morrison
1994 Kenzaburo Oë
1995 Seamus Heaney
1996 Wisława Szymborska
1997 Dario Fo
1998 José Saramago
1999 Günter Grass
2000 Gao Xingjian
2001 V.S. Naipaul
2002 Imre Kertész
2003 John Maxwell Coetzee
2004 Elfriede Jelinek
2005 Harold Pinter
2006 Orhan Pamuk
2007 Doris Lessing
2008 J.M.G. Le Clézio
2009 Herta Müller
2010 Mario Vargas Llosa
2011 Tomas Tranströmer
2012 Mo Yan
2013 Alice Munro
2014 Patrick Modiano
2015 Svetlana Alexievich
2016 Bob Dylan
2017 Kazuo Ishiguro
2018 Olga Tokarczuk
2019 Peter Handke

Edited: Jan 11, 8:51am Top

Books acquired in 2019: 7

January (7)
Essay over de geslaagde dag - Peter Handke
Misverstand in Moskou - Simone de Beauvoir
Wandeling - Thomas Bernhard
Kali : een voorwinterverhaal - Peter Handke
De pensionering van meneer Bougran - Joris-Karl Huysmans
De Thibaults. Deel 1 - Roger Martin de Gard
De Thibaults. Deel 2 - Roger Martin de Gard

Dec 31, 2019, 4:23pm Top

Dec 31, 2019, 4:34pm Top

Happy new year and happy new thread, Anita! Looking forward to following you into the new decade.

Dec 31, 2019, 5:05pm Top

Happy new thread, Anita. Wishing you a wonderful 2020.

Dec 31, 2019, 5:08pm Top

Hi, Anita! - best of luck with your 2020 reading plans. :)

I have the Nobel Prize Winners pencilled in for a future challenge (I definitely don't need another one now!); I will watch your progress with interest.

Dec 31, 2019, 5:14pm Top

Happy New Year Anita!

Dec 31, 2019, 5:30pm Top

Hi Anita. I missed most of 2019, but I see your amazing reading statistics continued. You listed The Thibaults as one of your favorites. I have that one on my shelf and hope to get to it soon.

Dec 31, 2019, 6:12pm Top

Hi Anita my dear, wishing you and Frank a very Happy New Year from both of us dear friend.

Dec 31, 2019, 6:35pm Top

Happy new year and happy new thread!

Dec 31, 2019, 6:45pm Top

Best wishes for 2020!

Dec 31, 2019, 6:46pm Top

>9 cyderry: Thank you, Chèli, happy New Year!

>10 jessibud2: Thank you Shelley, I hope for a great reading year for all.

>11 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara, all the best for 2020!

>12 lyzard: Thank you, Liz, we will see how my plans work out.
I predict that the Nobel prize progress will be slow but steady ;-)

Dec 31, 2019, 6:52pm Top

Happy New Year, Anita!

Dec 31, 2019, 6:53pm Top

>13 SandDune: Thank you, Rhian, the same to you!

>14 arubabookwoman: Thank you, Deborah, reading still goes great.
The Thibaults was an awesome read. Here it was published in two parts. I rated the first part 4½ stars and the second 5 stars.

>15 johnsimpson: Thank you, John, wishing you and Karen the same.

>16 foggidawn: Thank you, Foggi!

>17 DianaNL: Thank you Diana!

>19 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita!

Dec 31, 2019, 6:54pm Top

Happy new year, Anita and Frank!

Dec 31, 2019, 7:03pm Top

>21 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte, I hope you have safely arrived in 2020 :-)

Dec 31, 2019, 8:02pm Top

Happy 2020 ahead, Anita!

Dec 31, 2019, 8:04pm Top

Happy new thread and all the best for 2020 Anita.

Dec 31, 2019, 8:58pm Top

Welcome back!

Dec 31, 2019, 9:01pm Top

Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2019, 9:02pm Top

Dec 31, 2019, 9:43pm Top

I'll put this here, too...

Wishing you 12 months of success
52 weeks of laughter
366 days of fun (leap year!)
8,784 hours of joy
527,040 minutes of good luck
and 31,622,400 seconds of happiness!!

Dec 31, 2019, 10:41pm Top

Happy new year, Anita, and what an amazing reading year you had in 2019!

Jan 1, 2:02am Top

Dropping a star, so I can fiollow you! Yes, this group is just the greatest thing. Better than any book club, for me.

My 2020 75-book challenge thread is here

Jan 1, 3:28am Top

Another resolution is to keep up in 2020 with all my friends on LT. Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 4:24am Top

I have you starred, Anita. Happy New Year!

Edited: Jan 1, 5:14am Top

Happy New Year, Anita!

I have clicked on the Sister Fidelma series in your series list, and I now have the library catalogue open :-)

Jan 1, 8:03am Top

>23 richardderus: Thank you, Richard dear, happy New Year!

>24 mdoris: Thank you, Mary, happy 2020.

>25 drneutron: Thank you, Jim, thanks for continuing my favorite group!

>26 jayde1599: Thank you, Jess, the same to you!

>27 Storeetllr: Thank you, Mary, happy New Year. I think the library has enough books to keep me reading for many years to come :-)

>28 Berly: Thank you, Kim, good wishes are always welcome.
I wish you a splended 2020!

Jan 1, 8:08am Top

>29 cushlareads: Thank you, Cushla, 2019 was a great reading year.
For 2020 I plan more walking and less reading.

>30 SandyAMcPherson: Thank you, Sandy, happy reading in 2020.

>31 PaulCranswick: Happy New Year, Paul, may 2020 bring what you need.

>32 CDVicarage: Thank you, Kerry, happy New Year!

>33 susanj67: Thanks, Susan, the same to you.
Glad to be at service, I hope to return to Sisiter Fildelma in 2020 :-)

Jan 1, 8:09am Top

Happy New Year, Anita.

Happy reading! I like your reading plans for January.

Edited: Jan 1, 8:26am Top

And Happy New Thread, Anita! Looking forward to spending another bookish year with you!

Jan 1, 8:55am Top

>36 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella, the same to you and Marc.
I got a lot of books and e-books from the library to make a good start into the year :-)

>37 msf59: Thank you, Mark, I hope it will be a splended year again!

Jan 1, 9:14am Top

Happy new year! I have just discovered Brother Cadfael and have enjoyed the first two books. Ready to read more this year. Dropped my star!

Jan 1, 9:20am Top

Anita, your superpower is reading and your numbers are amazing! There really ought to be a prize! :-) It will be fun to watch you fly this year!

Jan 1, 9:40am Top

Happy New Year to you and Frank, Anita!

Jan 1, 9:46am Top

Happy New Year, Anita.

Jan 1, 10:05am Top

Happy New Year Anita, I look forward to following along in 2020.

Jan 1, 11:32am Top

Happy New Year Anita!

Jan 1, 11:34am Top

Happy New Year, Anita! I think my goal this year is to try and read more books from my overcrowded bookshelves instead of bringing more into the house.

Jan 1, 11:53am Top

Hi Anita! Happy new year!

Jan 1, 1:04pm Top

Happy new year, Anita!

Jan 1, 1:32pm Top

Happy New Year, Anita!

Looking forward to another great reading year.

Jan 1, 2:39pm Top

>39 witchyrichy: Thank you, Karen, happy New Year!
The Cadfael mysteries are enjoyable, I hope to read some more this year.

>40 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley, I plan to fly a bit less this year ;-)

>41 harrygbutler: Thank you, Harry, happy 2020!

>42 BLBera: Thank you, Beth, the same to you!

>43 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline. I will be following your readings.

>44 The_Hibernator: Thank you, Rachel, happy New Year to you and yours!

>45 cameling: Thank you, Caro, I intend to use the library more.

>46 PawsforThought: Thank you, Paws, happy New Year!

>47 banjo123: Thank you, Rhonda, happy new reading year!

>48 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe, so do I :-)

Jan 1, 3:11pm Top

Happy New Year, Anita! Happy first thread of 2020, too.

Jan 1, 5:13pm Top

Happy New Year, Anita. All the best in 2020!

Jan 1, 5:46pm Top

>50 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen, first day and first thread of the year, all happy occasions :-)

>51 tangledthread: Thank you, the same to you!

Jan 1, 7:23pm Top

Happy New Year, Anita! I'm dropping off my star and looking forward to reading adventures in 2020.

Jan 1, 10:20pm Top

Happy New Year, Anita!

Jan 1, 11:39pm Top

Happy New Year, Anita. I look forward to following your reading in 2020!

Jan 2, 8:33am Top

>53 EBT1002: Thank you, Ellen!
I hope we all find a lot of great reads in 2020.

>54 quondame: Thank you, Susan!
It took me a moment to see it were books in the picture ;-)

>55 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg!
I hope to read a bit less and walk a bit more in 2020.

Jan 2, 8:43am Top

reading less and walking more? That's what audiobooks are for! (but be careful if near traffic)

Jan 2, 9:00am Top

Happy New Year! Hope 2020 is kind to you!

Jan 2, 9:59am Top

Jan 2, 10:54am Top

Happy new year, Anita! Wishing you and Frank a delightful 2020!

Jan 2, 3:29pm Top

>57 tangledthread: That won't work, I walk together with my husband and we like to chat while walking. Besides I have no portable device that could do audiobooks.

>58 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle, happy New Year!

>59 paulstalder: Thank you, Paul.
Lovely picture, did you take it?

>60 Carmenere: Thank you, Lynda, the same to you!

Jan 2, 3:49pm Top

Happy New Year, Anita!

Jan 2, 5:46pm Top

>62 ronincats: Thank you, Roni, the same to you!

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book 1: Saga's van de Westfjorden en omstreken translated by Marcel Otten
library, e-book, translated from Old-Icelandic, 512 pages

started 2019-12-24
finished 2020-01-02
TIOLI Challenge #5: Read a book you didn't get to in 2019

Four 13th century Icelandic saga's translated by Marcel Otten.
De saga van Gisli (Gísla Súrssonar saga)
De saga van de Grindbankbewoners (Eyrbyggja saga)
De saga van de mensen uit het Zalmrivierdal (Laxdæla saga)
Het verhaal van Bolli (can't find the original title)

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book 2: De Cock en dood door hamerslag by A.C. Baantjer
library, e-boek, Dutch, no translations, 133 pages

started 2020-01-02
finished 2020-01-02
TIOLI Challenge #6: Alphabetical Order – The author’s first initial preceeds the author’s last initial in the alphabet

Book 53 in the "De Cock" series, police procedurals set in Amsterdam.
A homeless man is found dead, De Cock and Vledder suspect the family of his ex-wife are involved.
As always, good for some mindless diversion.

Jan 2, 8:07pm Top

Happy new year! I see you're off to a racing start with two books completed already!

Jan 2, 8:14pm Top

Dropping a star and a Happy New Year!

Jan 2, 10:14pm Top

Happy New Year, Anita!

Jan 2, 10:18pm Top

Two decent reads off the bat! Yay Anita!

Jan 3, 10:09am Top

Happy New Year and happy new thread, Anita!
And all good wishes for 2020,

Jan 3, 10:54am Top

Happy New Year Anita!

Jan 3, 11:40am Top

Happy New Year! Best wishes for 2020!

Jan 3, 4:34pm Top

>66 cbl_tn: Thank you, Carrie!
I was planning to read less ;-)

>67 swynn: Thank you, Steve!

>68 Copperskye: Thank you, Joanne, happy New Year!

>69 richardderus: Thank you, Richard dear, and finished #3 just now.

>70 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas, wishing you all the best in 2020!

>71 SandDune: Thank you, Rhian, the same to you and yours.

>72 nittnut: Thank you, Jenn, all the best for 2020!

Jan 3, 7:06pm Top

🌟 Hi Anita and Happy New Year. I like your goal to read the big books. I consider anything over 500 pages to be a chunkster. I just checked, and Ladies of the Club, which is near the top of my TBR pile, has 1,176 pages. It’s an oldie that came highly recommended by several friends. Have you read that one?

Jan 3, 11:41pm Top

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2020, Anita!

Jan 4, 12:35pm Top

Happy New Year, Anita! I value your friendship and your book reviews here on LT. Looking forward to 2020.

Jan 4, 6:53pm Top

>74 Donna828: Thank you, Donna, happy New Year!
I have a stack of books with 1,000+ pages that I want to read, so I thought to make a plan to read one every month. Sadly there is no Dutch translation of Ladies of the Club, so I haven't read it.

Planned reads:
A complete Dutch translation of Tales from the thousand and one nights in 3 books, 1056, 1112, and 1047 pages
Man zonder eigenschappen (The man without qualities) by Robert Musil, 1785 pages
De razende Roeland Orlando furioso by Ludovico Ariosto, 1783 pages
De hunnen by Jan Cremer, 1535 pages
De essays (The Complete Essays) by Michel de Montaigne, 1474 pages
Menselijke voorwaarden (Human Condition) by Junpei Gomikawa, 1428 pages
De kracht van Atlantis (Atlas shrugged) by Ayn Rand, 1373 pages
De geschikte jongen (A suitable boy) by Vikram Seth, 1366 pages
Jozef en zijn broers (Joseph and his brothers) by Thomas Mann, 1344 pages
Het achtste leven (voor Brilka) (The Eighth Life (for Brilka)) by Nino Haratischwili, 1275 pages
Baron by Theun de Vries, 1016 pages

>75 lkernagh: Thank you, Lore, the same to you!

>76 streamsong: Thank you, Janet, LT friends are the best! I am looking forward to a good reading year with all of you.

Jan 5, 3:38am Top

Good luck with your chunksters and Happy Sunday, Anita.

Jan 5, 8:08am Top

Happy Sunday, Barbara, I will manage the chunksters if I am not distracted by other books.


(not my picture)
I just saw two Goldcrests (Regulus regulus) in the garden!
It is the smallest bird in our country, usually seen in woods. This was probably a migrating pair. No own picture, they were so fast moving.

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book 3: Huishouden by Jenny Erpenbeck
library, translated from German, English translation Visitation, 173 pages

started 2020-01-02
finished 2020-01-03
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book with a LT rating of 3.8* or more

The story of a house build next to a lake in the former DDR (brandenburg), and the inhabitants in the 20th century. Each chapter about one of the inhabitants and in between a few pages about the gardener.

Beautiful written, I have liked / loved every book by Jenny Erpenbeck.

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book 4: De legende van Swanhilde by Linnea Hartsuyker
library, e-book, translated, original title The Half-Drowned King, 508 pages

started 2020-01-02
finished 2020-01-05
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book by a woman author you've not read before

Historical fiction, loosely based on the life of Harald Fairhair (9th century) with adventure, vikings, a brother and a sister and many kings.
Enjoyable read, except for a few inconsistencies.

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book 5: Ziggy by Bram Hulzebos
library, e-book, non-fiction, Dutch, no translations, 176 pages

started 2020-01-05
finished 2020-01-05
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a book which you obtained in November or December of 2019

Sport reporter, goes into harness racing with buying a young trotter named Ziggy.
Nice look into the Dutch horse racing and harness racing in decline.

Jan 5, 11:51am Top

>79 FAMeulstee: So cute! They are very hard to photograph, just getting to see them can be tricky, I often hear them somewhere up in a tree, without being able to spot them. So great, right in your garden.

Jan 5, 12:08pm Top

Five books in five days! Keep it up and you'll almost double your goal, though I'm sure the chunksters you have in store will slow that down a tad.

>81 FAMeulstee: Looks interesting! I love that era of history (to read about; I sure would not like to have lived then).

Jan 5, 1:19pm Top

>80 FAMeulstee: I loved Go, Went, Gone and have been meaning to read more by Erpenbeck. Five books already? Amazing.

Jan 5, 2:16pm Top

Happy 2020 reading!

Jan 5, 3:29pm Top

>77 FAMeulstee: I read and loved A Suitable Boy a few years ago. I am patiently waiting for the sequel.

Jan 5, 4:03pm Top

>83 EllaTim: They were right in front of the kitchen window, Ella, and I happened to be there at the right moment ;-)
Half an hour later they were gone.

>84 Storeetllr: That was the plan, Mary, read less books and the about same amount of pages (or a little less).
My favorite book about that era is The Long Ships by Bengtsson.

>85 BLBera: The other books I have read by Erpenbeck were all good reads, Beth, and Go, Went, Gone was the best.
I can spend a lot of time on reading :-)

>86 thornton37814: Thank you, Lori, the same to you!

>87 Donna828: I remember you loved A Suitable Boy, Donna, and I thought to read it soon back then ;-)

Jan 5, 4:09pm Top

Oh, that's so funny, Anita. I went to look at The Long Ships and put it on my Wishlist, and it's already there!. I wouldn't besurprised if you were the one who recommended it.

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>81 FAMeulstee: I've only read The Sea Queen and found it a well done historical.

Jan 5, 6:22pm Top

Very ambitious reading plans, especially The Man Without Qualities. I have it on the TBR shelf, so I'm interested in what you think after you read it.
I read A Suitable Boy many years ago. A sequel called A Suitable Girl has been promised for many years. I want to reread A Suitable Boy when and if the sequel ever appears, before reading the sequel.

Jan 5, 8:03pm Top

Hi Anita!

>79 FAMeulstee: Those Goldcrests must have been so lovely to see in the garden! Such a pretty little bird.

>80 FAMeulstee: I was also a fan of Go, Went, Gone so I'll be watching for more of Erpenbeck's works.

Jan 6, 12:43am Top

>80 FAMeulstee: I've read that one a few years ago and liked it.
Wishing you a good start into the new week. I'm back to work today.

Jan 6, 3:46am Top

Happy New Year, Anita! Visitation was my introduction to Jenny Erpenbeck, and I enjoyed it, and Go, Went, Gone was even better.

Jan 6, 2:53pm Top

>89 Storeetllr: That is funny indeed, Mary.
I read it after a cecommendation of Deborah (arubabookwoman) a few years ago.

>90 quondame: Sadly The Sea Queen is not translated yet, Susan. The inconsistencies were not in history, but in the story itself, could also be sloppy translation.

>91 arubabookwoman: Indeed ambitous, Deborah, but I think I can do it. We bought the Dutch translation of The Man Without Qualities right away when it was published between 1988 and 1991. My husband had read it in German for German Literature at school. He was ambitious in his reading back then.

>92 EBT1002: Very pretty and very small birds, Ellen. I never saw any in our neighbourhood before.
Erpenbeck is a very good writer, I also loved The End of Days.

>93 Ameise1: Glad you liked it too, Barbara, she is a very good writer.
I hope your first day back at work went well

>94 kidzdoc: Thank you, Darryl!
As I said to Ellen^ I would recommend The End of Days, not as stellar as Go, Went, Gone, still a very good read.

Jan 7, 1:28am Top

I'll be gone until Thursday for our annual short stay in Rotterdam for two nights. Tonight Frank and his friend Wilco have their evening together at "The Six Days of Rotterdam", the annual six-day indoor track cycling races in Ahoy. Before they go there, the three of us will have diner together.
Tomorrow some shopping and maybe a visit to the Chabot museum.

Jan 7, 9:56am Top

Enjoy your time away!

Jan 7, 10:15am Top

Happy New Year, Anita! Lovely to see the mention of The Long Ships - I started reading that towards the end of last year and then got sidetracked. You are reminding me that I need to get back to it.

Jan 7, 11:39am Top

Safe travels, Anita!

Jan 7, 11:44am Top

>96 FAMeulstee: Wish I was with Frank as the Six-Day event. I trained a few times as a youngster with Sean Yates who rode plenty of Six Day events.

Jan 7, 11:55am Top

>61 FAMeulstee: yes, I made the picture myself, close to Basel in the Black Forest. I like the mood of the picture: Does the fog grow closer or is the sun stronger - 2020 may go either way, too.

Jan 7, 1:52pm Top

>96 FAMeulstee: Shopping in the Lijnbaan? Many years ago I worked in a office at the big traffic circle at the end of the Lijnbaan and spent many a lunch hour walking there. Old, old memories but pleasant ones.

Jan 7, 3:43pm Top

Have a wonderful time away, Anita, and I'll be glad to see you when you return.

Jan 7, 3:53pm Top

>96 FAMeulstee: Have a lovely time Anita. The museum looks interesting.

Jan 7, 4:23pm Top

Oh, enjoy your Rotterdam trip. Looking forward to see some photos.

Jan 7, 5:29pm Top

Happy New Year, Anita. What an ambitious goal you've set! Enjoy it all.

Jan 8, 8:24am Top

Hi Anita!

Have a lovely 2-day stay in Rotterdam, and congrats on a good start in your reading for the year.

Jan 8, 2:00pm Top

Big reading plans - all the best and have fun! :-)

Jan 9, 7:15am Top

Have a wonderful mini vacation :)

Jan 9, 9:48am Top

A belated Happy New Year to you and Frank! I hope 2020 is kind to you both. Enjoy Rotterdam; I still have great memories of our day there with Darryl.

Jan 9, 12:29pm Top

Hi Anita! I'm still working on Flannagan's series! Lol. I'm such a slow reader.

Jan 9, 5:20pm Top

I hope you're enjoying your trip, Anita. I have good memories of Rotterdam when I last visited 2 years ago.

Jan 10, 6:36pm Top

We had a good time in Rotterdam. We stayed at hotel Bazaar, in the Nelson Mandela room. This hotel has all themed rooms, before we once stayed at the Frida Kahlo room and others I don't remember right now.

Frank and Wilco enjoyed their night at the cycling races, we walked a bit along the Maas, visited the Chabot museum and went to Donner, the best bookshop in town, where we bought six books:
Misverstand in Moskou - Simone de Beauvoir
Wandeling - Thomas Bernhard
Kali : een voorwinterverhaal - Peter Handke
De pensionering van meneer Bougran - Joris-Karl Huysmans
De Thibaults. Deel 1 - Roger Martin de Gard
De Thibaults. Deel 2 - Roger Martin de Gard

>97 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle, we did enjoy our stay.

>98 Crazymamie: Thank you, Mamie, I hope you get back to The Long Ships and enjoy it as much as I did.

>99 Dejah_Thoris: Thank you, Dejah, home safe and sound.

>100 PaulCranswick: Next time the event is in Novemeber, Paul, they changed the scedule. So if you are anywhere near at that time...

>101 paulstalder: The colors are also beautiful, Paul, the clear blue of the sky and the white snow. Fog always clears eventually ;-)

>102 RebaRelishesReading: For us it is down memorylane too, Reba, Frank was born in Rotterdam and I lived there from 1982, when I went to the Erasmus Universty, until 2005, when we moved here. Only briefly on the Lijnbaan, as Donner (the bookshop) and the Bijenkorf are on the Coolsingel.

>103 richardderus: Thank you, Richard, we came home yesterday. We had not avoided sugar while away, so Frank had a bit of sugar rush yesterday, we had to work hard to keep the peace... Today was better, I spend most of the evening catching up with the threads, still a bunch unread. Bedtime now, so I'll continue tomorrow.

>104 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline. They had an interesting exposition: the drawings of other artists that were collected by Armando during his life. A nice angle into his taste. I didn't take any pictures, but the whole collection can be seen online at https://collectie.chabotmuseum.nl/armando

Jan 10, 6:43pm Top

Sounds like a great trip, Anita! Glad you managed to fit in a bookshop too. I just read a GN about Bousquiet, an artist I'd not heard of before. Thank goodness for the explanatory notes!

Jan 10, 6:45pm Top

>105 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara, sorry no pictures this time.

>106 ffortsa: Thank you, Judy, I expect to meat my goals. Already started wih 2 of the big tomes.

>107 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen, as always we had a good time in Rotterdam. Finished a few more books, reviews will follow later.

>108 PersephonesLibrary: Thank you, Kathy, I hope to tackle those big tomes in 2020.

>109 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita, we did.

>110 Sakerfalcon: Thank you, Claire.
We stayed at hotel Bazaar, the place where we had dinner that day. We also have fond memories, hope we can meet again this year.

>111 The_Hibernator: I hope you enjoy them, Rachel, slower reading might be prolonged fun.

>112 cameling: Rotterdam is a great city, Caro. Please let me know if you ever go there again, or anywhere else in the Netherlands, I would love to meet you.

Jan 10, 6:53pm Top

>114 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte, we always manage to find the bookshop wherever we go ;-)
I am not sure who you mean by Bousquiet, maybe spell check mangled the name?

Jan 10, 7:47pm Top

Happy Friday, Anita. It sounds like you had a lovely time in Rotterdam. I would love to visit that city.

Jan 10, 7:50pm Top

Welcome home, Anita! Glad you had a good time in Rotterdam.

Jan 10, 9:07pm Top

Hi Anita - I enjoyed A suitable boy when I read it a couple of years ago. I also read Sacred Games around the same time, more of a mystery crime type read but utterly absorbing.

I have a copy of Joseph and his brothers but no plans to read it this year. Will look forward to your comments.

Jan 11, 7:13am Top

>113 FAMeulstee: Glad you had a good time in Rotterdam. The hotel sounds like fun, with those themed rooms.

Nice book haul. I've never read anything by Huysmans, so I'm curious now.

Jan 11, 8:17am Top

I'm glad that you had a nice visit to your old home of Rotterdam, Anita. As Claire said I'll always remember and be grateful for the lovely tour that you and Frank gave to her, her sister and me.

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Hmm...I just thought of something. Fliss (flissp), Margaret (wanderingstar), her sister Vicki and I are planning to meet in Edinburgh in the second half of August to go to the Edinburgh Festivals, as we did in 2017 and 2018. There are no direct flights on Delta from ATL to EDI, so I fly from ATL to AMS on Delta, and take a KLM Cityhopper flight from there to EDI. I could fly from EDI to AMS, and stay in Amsterdam (or, better yet, Utrecht) for a few days, and meet up with you, Frank, Ella, Connie, Sanne (ennas) and, hopefully, Jacqueline (zjakkelien) and Mark (thorold) while I'm there. Fliss will be in Edinburgh from 18-23 August, so I would probably come after then...although I need to be back in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend to attend the Decatur Book Festival with several other LTers. Will you be around in late August? I could also visit Amsterdam before I go to Edinburgh.

ETA: Oh, good...Labor Day isn't until September 7th this year. I could definitely come to Amsterdam at the end of August.

Jan 11, 3:41pm Top

>113 FAMeulstee: I like a lot of those drawings Anita. Glad you had a good time, and a successful spree in the bookshop.

Jan 11, 5:10pm Top

>117 charl08: Ah, thanks for the link, Chalotte, hadn't heard of him before. Some intriguing works.

>118 msf59: Thank you, Mark, happy Saturday to you!
Maybe you can come over after retirement?

>119 ronincats: Thank you, Roni, it is always good to be back at home ground.

>120 avatiakh: Thanks Kerry, I have heard many good things about A suitable boy. Bought it to join a group read in 2017, but didn't get to it. The other book sounds interesting too.
The e-library has a copy of Joseph and his brothers, the Dutch translation came fairly recent, in 2014. I have loved all Thomas Mann books, so I am eager to read this one.

Jan 11, 5:24pm Top

>121 EllaTim: Bazar is a very special place, Ella, it was started by a refugee and he still has many refugees working there. I think there is also a Bazar restaurant in Amsterdam. Just checked, it is at Albert Cuypstraat 182.
Like Celine Huysmans was trashed because of anti-semitism in his work. I haven't read him yet, but Frank is a fan of both Celine and Huysmans.

>122 kidzdoc: Thank you, Darryl, we have also fond memories of that day. We stayed at hotel Bazar, the place were we had diner that day. They have the best breakfast in town :-)

>123 kidzdoc: Oh, that would be great, Darryl. We have no plans in August, except that Frank will have to work 2 nights a week. I hope this works out!

>124 Caroline_McElwee: So did we, Caroline. The most remarkable thing about the drawings was that percentage male/female artists was about 50/50. Yet way more male artists get their work into museum collections.

Jan 11, 8:03pm Top

>126 FAMeulstee: Really? I know the restaurant you mean, good food, nice ambiance, good prices. And yes, lots of refugees working there.

OK I'll wait your judgment on the Huysmans.

Jan 12, 2:59am Top

I am glad that you had a nice trip - and thank you very much for drawing my attention to Jenny Erpenbeck. The reading was a pleasure.
Have a nice Sunday.

Jan 12, 4:27am Top

All the restaurant talk is making me hungry.

Have a great Sunday, Anita.

Jan 12, 2:48pm Top

I'm adding The End of Days to the wish list, Anita. Thanks for the tip!

Jan 12, 5:38pm Top

>127 EllaTim: Indeed, Ella.
We have Tegen de keer (Against Nature) by Huysmans at the shelves. It is at the 1001 books list, so I will get to it one day.

>128 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas. I am glad you enjoyed Jenny Erpenbeck!

>129 PaulCranswick: Did you have a nice Sunday diner, Paul?
Frank made us a nice traditional Dutch diner with stew, potatoes and green beans.

>130 EBT1002: You are very welcome, Ellen!

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book 6: Tirza by Arnon Grunberg
library, e-book, Dutch, awarded, Libris Literatuur Prijs 2007, no English translation, 429 pages

started 2020-01-05
finished 2020-01-07
TIOLI Challenge #1: Read a book whose number of title words equals the number of names you find in the title

Not my kind of book, I hoped until the end the story would improve somehow...

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book 7: Stenen voor een ransuil by Maarten 't Hart
library, e-book, Dutch, no translations, 177 pages

started 2020-01-07
finished 2020-01-08
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a book which you obtained in November or December of 2019

First published book by Maarten 't Hart (1971).
Ammer grows up in strict protestant family. He loves music, but music is only alowed for church. He manages to get music lessons on his own. His teacher is homosexual, and gets into trouble because of his sexual orientation. Later in life Ammer discovers his own homosexuality.

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book 8: Stommelen stampen slaan by Sara Baume
library, e-book, translated, original title Spill simmer falter wither, 240 pages

started 2020-01-08
finished 2020-01-09
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book by a woman author you've not read before

An older man adopts a dog, they live through 4 seasons together.
It is a beautiful written book about loneliness, harsh sides of society, a road trip and a man and his dog.

Jan 14, 3:05am Top

>134 FAMeulstee: Sounds worthwhile, Anita - and I've not read it so I've ordered a copy from the library.

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book 9: Pompeii : het dagelijks leven in een Romeinse stad by Mary Beard
library, translated, non-fiction, original title Pompeii: The Life of A Roman Town, 458 pages

started 2019-12-28
finished 2020-01-12
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book with a LT rating of 3.8* or more

Reconstruction of Roman life in Pompeii, based on what is known, debunking some myths.

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book 10: Het achtste leven (voor Brilka) by Nino Haratischwili
library, translated from German, English translation The Eighth Life (for Brilka), 1294 pages

started 2020-01-09
finished 2020-01-13
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book by a woman author you've not read before

The life of six generations of women in a Georgian family, from 1900 until the first decade of the 21st century. From Tsaristic Russia, the Russian revolution, Stalinistic times and World War II, to the decline of the USSR and the Georgian Civil war.

Jan 14, 3:25am Top

>135 charl08: It was both lovely and sad, Charlotte. I hope you can get to it soon.

Jan 14, 3:26am Top

>137 FAMeulstee: Ordered this one too. Impressed it's been translated into English.

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>139 charl08: You picked the right books to order, these two and Jenny Erpenbecks Visitation were the best reads this month :-)
The Eighth Life (for Brilka) is a BIG tome!

Jan 14, 8:04am Top

>134 FAMeulstee: I like that title, but I like the English title better, and the translation seems somehow wrong?

>137 FAMeulstee: I confess to starting this one, and getting stuck in part one, unable to finish it. It is a big tome, so hat off for you finishing and liking it.

Jan 14, 9:32am Top

>140 FAMeulstee: Maybe I should look for a kindle copy!

Jan 14, 10:48am Top

I haven't dared to read Haratischwili because I heard her books are brutal. But she is on my wishlist anyway.

And Erpenbeck... yep I definitely need to read her!

I read Mary Beard's Frauen und Macht and enjoyed it a lot!

Jan 14, 4:55pm Top

>134 FAMeulstee: I've had Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither on my kindle for quite a while. I must actually get around to reading it.

Jan 14, 5:03pm Top

>141 EllaTim: I don't think there is a perfect Dutch equivalent for the title.
The Eighth Life (for Brilka was worth the time and effort.

>142 charl08: Probably, I was glad ro read it on the e-reader.

>143 PersephonesLibrary: I wouldn't say the book is brutal. Yes, there are a some cases of brutal violence. I did see them as unavoidable in a story taking place in the century of Russian Revolution, Stalinist times, World War II, and Georgian civil war.
I just got Mary Beard's Vrouwen & macht from the library last week :-)

Jan 14, 5:04pm Top

>144 SandDune: I think it is well worth reading, Rhian.

Jan 14, 9:31pm Top

Happy Wednesday reads to you, Anita, to build on the successes before them. the 't Haart should be translated!

Jan 14, 9:35pm Top

>80 FAMeulstee: I really wish my local library had some of Jenny Erpenbeck's books. Sadly, it does not. Maybe one day!

Belated Happy New Year, Anita!

Jan 15, 11:37am Top

>137 FAMeulstee: The eighth life is on my TBR pile. I'm glad you enjoyed it and didn't think it too brutal. As you say, I would expect a certain amount of violence from that time and place in history!

Jan 15, 6:08pm Top

>147 richardderus: Thank you, Richard dear.
As far as I could find there are two of his books translated: The raging of the whole world and The Sundial. I have not read those two yet. But I am sure the are worth reading :-)

>148 alcottacre: Thank you, Stasia, happy reading year to you!
I hope your library staff comes to senses and gets Jenny Erpenbeck books for you.

>149 Sakerfalcon: There is one rather though scene, Claire. You will know what I mean when you get to read the book.

Jan 15, 7:00pm Top

Hi I found you! Have a Star.

Jan 17, 5:57pm Top

Have a great year of reading in 2020

Jan 17, 10:14pm Top

Belated happy new year Anita!

As usual, your reading is off to a great start.

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>151 BBGirl55: Glad you found me, Bryony.

>152 Kristelh: Thank you, Kristel, the same to you.

>153 humouress: Thank you, Nina, all the best for 2020!
I planned to read less, and it is a tiny bit less this year ;-)

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book 11: Waarom vuilnismannen meer verdienen dan bankiers by Rutger Bregman and Jesse Frederik
library, e-book, Dutch, non-fiction, no translations, 103 pages

started 2020-01-13
finished 2020-01-15
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book with a LT rating of 3.8* or more

Putting economics back with philosophy, where it originally came from. First economic theories were a part of how the writer thought about the world, like Aristoteles in Ethics. Present day economic theories put economics towards physical scienses, but it does not belong there. Conecting moral and ethic with economics gives a more wide look at all influences. And of course Bregman makes a case for a more egalitarian society.

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book 12: Een stille vlam by Philip Kerr
library, translated, Bernie Gunther 5, original title A quiet flame, 367 pages

started 2020-01-14
finished 2020-01-16
TIOLI Challenge #14: Read a book with a LT rating of 3.8* or more

1950: Bernie Gunther arrives in Argentina, together with other Nazi's. He gets a case that seems similair to a case he worked on back in 1932/1933, where the killer was never found. Searching around in Argentina he finds some horrific people, places and practises.

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