Diana (Wilkie) reads, Part 9

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Editado: Sep 23, 2013, 5:29am

Another Library in Lego:

Stratford Public Library in Canada.

Inside the Stratford Public Library, it looks like there’s story time going on, as well as a nap in the back offices by one of the staff members.

Editado: Sep 23, 2013, 4:56am

My reading in 2013:


1. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins 9/10, 438 p.
2. PAAZ - Myrthe van der Meer 9/10, 351 p.
3. A Place of Greater Safety - Hilary Mantel 7/10, 873 p.
4. The Man Who Forgot His Wife - John O'Farrell 8/10, 393 p.
5. And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic - Randy Shilts 8/10, 630 p.
6. Sans Famille - Hector Malot 8/10, 406 p.
7. Defending Jacob - William Landay 8/10, 421 p.
8. Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson 7/10, 720 p.

Pages read in January: 4232


9. An Utterly Impartial History of Britain - John O'Farrell 7/10, 588 p.
10. Op zee - Toine Heijmans 6/10, 192 p.
11. The Expats - Chris Pavone 5/10, 500 p.
12. Growing Up Amish - Ira Wagler 6/10, 270 p.
13. No Name - Wilkie Collins 7/10, 762 p.
14. Devil's Peak - Deon Meyer 8/10, 409 p.
15. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher - Kate Summerscale 6/10, 372 p.
16. Verzamelde gedichten - M. Vasalis 9/10, 196 p.
17. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - Mary Roach 9/10, 304 p.
18. The Complete Polysyllabic Spree - Nick Hornby 7/10, 278 p.
19. Gedichten - Judith Herzberg 6/10, 75 p.

Pages read in February: 3946

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20. The Sealed Letter - Emma Donoghue 9/10, 483 p.
21. I, Claudius - Robert Graves 8/10, 468 p.
22. De eurocrisis - Martin Visser 7/10, 240 p.
23. Thirteen Hours - Deon Meyer 9/10, 410 p.
24. No et Moi - Delphine de Vigan 7/10, 248 p.
25. Here Be Dragons - Sharon Kay Penman 9/10, 704 p.
26. Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer 4/10, 205 p.
27. Shakespeare Wrote for Money - Nick Hornby 7/10, 131 p.
28. More Baths, Less Talking - Nick Hornby 7/10, 135 p.
29. The Woman Who Went to Bed For a Year - Sue Townsend 6/10, 437 p.
30. Bij nader inzien - J.J. Voskuil 8/10, 1207 p.
31. The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt 7/10, 328 p.
32. IV - Arjen Lubach 6/10, 319 p.

Pages read in March: 5315


33. Ik, Zlatan - Zlatan Ibrahimovic 6/10, 334 p.
34. Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn 7/10, 328 p.
35. 7 Days - Deon Meyer 8/10, 348 p.
36. Escape from Camp 14 - Blaine Harden 8/10, 242 p.
37. Left Neglected - Lisa Genova 8/10, 432 p.
38. Bonk - Mary Roach 6/10, 320 p.
39. Nothing to Envy - Barbara Demick 8/10, 324 p.
40. Wij zijn maar wij zijn niet geschift - Tim Krabbe 7/10, 416 p.
41. The Orphan Master's Son - Adam Johnson 8/10, 592 p.
42. Injustice - Clive Stafford Smith 5/10, 480 p.

Pages read in April: 3816

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43. The Secret River - Kate Grenville 9/10, 352 p.
44. The Keeper of Lost Causes - Jussi Adler-Olsen 8/10, 512 p.
45. Hoe sms't een Chinees - Eppo Konig 6/10, 234 p.
46. Dissolution - C.J. Sansom 8/10, 464 p.
47. Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod - Bastian Sick 7/10, 240 p.
48. Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod: Folge 2 - Bastian Sick 7/10, 268 p.
49. Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod: Folge 3 - Bastian Sick 7/10, 274 p.
50. Congo - David van Reybrouck 8/10, 680 p.
51. Verhalen uit de Ambulance - Mariette Middelbeek 8/10, 176 p.
52. The Absent One - Jussi Adler-Olsen 7/10, 685 p.
53. The Observations - Jane Harris 8/10, 546 p.

Pages read in May: 4431


54. Het zevende kind - Erik Valeur 9/10, 720 p.
55. Papillion - Henri Charriere 7/10, 612 p.
56. Dead before Dying - Deon Meyer 8/10, 432 p.
57. Dark Fire - C.J. Sansom 9/10, 608 p.
58. Still Alice - Lisa Genova 9/10, 400 p.
59. Of ik gek ben - Michiel Stroink 7/10, 238 p.

Pages read in June: 3010

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60. Sister - Rosamund Lupton 8/10, 384 p.
61. The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson 7/10, 496 p.
62. Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith 8/10, 512 p.
63. The Family - Mario Puzo 4/10, 608 p.
64. A Conspiracy of Faith - Jussi Adler-Olsen 8/10, 773 p.
65. Before I Go to Sleep - S.J. Watson 7/10, 500 p.
66. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry 10/10, 768 p.
67. Blood Safari - Deon Meyer 7/10, 576 p.

Pages read in July: 4617


68. The Bat - Jo Nesbo 6/10, 432 p.
69. Behind the Scenes at the Museum - Kate Atkinson 3/10, 496 p.
70. Case Histories - Kate Atkinson 8/10, 400 p.
71. This Side of Brightness - Colum McCann 7/10, 304 p.
72. The Redbreast - Jo Nesbo 8/10, 656 p.
73. The Know-It-All - A.J. Jacobs 7/10, 400 p.
74. Aarsrivalen, scheldkarbonades en terminale baden - Ewoud Sanders 7/10, 124 p.
75. Nemesis - Jo Nesbo 9/10, 720 p.
76. The Devil's Star - Jo Nesbo 9/10, 544 p.

Pages read in August: 4076

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77. In the Woods - Tana French 5/10, 608 p.
78. Team of Rivals - Doris Kearns Goodwin 10/10, 1241 p.
79. The Weight of Silence - Heather Gudenkauf 6/10, 418 p.
80. Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood 6/10, 624 p.

Pages read in September: 2891

Editado: Oct 15, 2013, 11:14am


81. Still Life - Louise Penny 8/10, 416 p.
82. Verzamelde liefdjes en gedichten - Willem Wilmink 8/10, 1423 p.
83. Ziezo - Annie M.G. Schmidt 9/10, 310 p.

Pages read in October: 2149

Editado: Ene 5, 2014, 9:51am


84. In the Darkness. An Inspector Sejer novel - Karin Fossum 6/10, 400 p.
85. A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny 8/10, 416 p.

Pages read in November: 816

Editado: Dic 16, 2013, 3:38am


86. The Cruellest Month - Louise Penny 8/10, 464 p.
87. A Conspiracy of Faith - Jussi Adler-Olsen 8/10, 472 p.
88. The Silent Wife - A.S.A. Harrison 2/10, 443 p.
89. A Rule Against Murder - Louise Penny 9/10, 372 p.

Pages read in December: 1751

Editado: Dic 16, 2013, 3:38am

Favourite reads 2013:


- A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
- Here Be Dragons - Sharon Kay Penman
- Thirteen Hours - Deon Meyer
- Het zevende kind - Erik Valeur
- Nemesis - Jo Nesbo
- A Rule against Murder - Louise Penny
- The Secret River - Kate Grenville
- Still Alice - Lisa Genova
- The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
- PAAZ - Myrthe van der Meer


- Team of Rivals - Doris Kearns Goodwin
- Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - Mary Roach

Editado: Dic 16, 2013, 11:25am

Currently reading:

Editado: Sep 23, 2013, 5:20am

80. Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
624 p.

This is historical fiction around the true story of a convicted murderess in the 1840s.

The book is well-written. However, it couldn't grab me, because none of the characters were likeable. This impeded my reading and to me the story unfolds rather slowly.


Sep 23, 2013, 4:24pm

Happy new thread, Diana!!

Sep 23, 2013, 8:36pm

Hi Diana- Congrats on the new thread! I liked Alias Grace a bit more than you did. I really admire Atwood's range. She can do anything.

Sep 23, 2013, 10:54pm

I'm another one who liked Alias Grace despite not being a fan of Atwood particularly.
Congratulations on another thread Diana.

Sep 27, 2013, 5:46am

Thank you Reba, Mark and Paul!

Sep 27, 2013, 10:41am

Congrats on the new thread, Diana!

I hope you like Still Life. The series only gets better as it goes along. The most recent one is a doozy.

Sep 28, 2013, 9:04am

Thank you, Joe. A doozy?

Sep 28, 2013, 10:15am

Ha! I thought that might be too USA-ian, Diana.

noun \ˈdü-zē\\-zər\

something outstanding or unique of its kind."

Love the sound of it.

Sep 28, 2013, 10:34am

Joe has something there Diana. I suppose I'm dozy and you're doozy.

Have a great weekend.

Sep 30, 2013, 10:27am

Ach so, Joe and Paul, I get it. Thank you gentlemen ;-)

Oct 1, 2013, 8:01am

I see I read just 4 books in September.

Life keeps interfering, but I hope I'll do better in October!

Oct 2, 2013, 5:59am

81. Still Life - Louise Penny
416 p.

This is the first Chief Inspector Gamache novel, situated in Three Pines, a rural village south of Montreal in Canada. One of the residents, Jane Neal, has been foud dead in the woods and Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team are called in to the scene.

Louise Penny draws realistic characters in a beautiful setting. She evokes a warm, charming atmosphere.

I want to read this series!


Oct 2, 2013, 7:28am

Hi Diana- Yah, for Three Pines. I was slow starting this series too. The good news is, the next book is even better. Hopefully, I can get to the third one before the year is out.

Editado: Oct 2, 2013, 9:20am

Hi Mark! Yes, yah for Three Pines. It's good to be early in the series isn't it, we have so much good stuff to go :-)

Oct 2, 2013, 12:01pm

Another Three Pines convert!! I have only two more to go before I'm caught up and I have mixed feelings -- want to read them, don't want it to end.

Oct 2, 2013, 3:36pm

I'll add my "Yah" for Three Pines, Diana. The whole series just gets better with each book.

Oct 3, 2013, 8:40am

Reba and Joe, Yah! I want to read the second one, but I don't have it yet. Boohooh.

Oct 3, 2013, 11:00am

They're available on Kindle :-)

Oct 3, 2013, 11:08am

Reba, I'm afraid that:
a. I don't have a Kindle
b. for some reason the book slipped in my basket of a Dutch online shop and will arrive at my doorstep in approximately 7 to 9 days.


Oct 3, 2013, 1:01pm

Oh well, you'll get to enjoy the anticipation then I guess :)

Oct 3, 2013, 8:39pm

I still haven't read any Louise Penney, but I do have Still Life on my wish list based on all the rave reviews for the Three Pines series I've been reading in this group lately!

Oct 5, 2013, 7:30am

Reba, I guess I will!

Tina, I hope you'll like it as much as I did.

Oct 5, 2013, 7:43am

82. Verzamelde liedjes en gedichten - Willem Wilmink
1423 p.

Poetry and light verse by Dutch author Willem Wilmink.


Oct 7, 2013, 11:15am

My time zone spontaneously changed to EST? Fortunately, I discovered the way to change my settings to my own time zone :-)

Good evening!

Oct 7, 2013, 11:22am

Time travel maybe?

Oct 7, 2013, 11:24am

That should it be it, Reba ;-)

Oct 8, 2013, 10:10am

Guess what?

A Fatal Grace arrived today! This will be my next read :-)

Oct 8, 2013, 4:04pm

I should finish up the 8th Penny today -- may move straight into How the Light Gets In. I'll be thinking about you reading A Fatal Grace

Oct 10, 2013, 7:15am

Reba, you're far in the series! A Fatal Grace is still untouched, but I hope to start it this weekend.

Oct 10, 2013, 10:58am

It turned out I had missed one. I should have figured that out earlier because a couple of books ago some references to things that happened in the past didn't make sense to me. I thought I had forgotten and tried to go back and reread the end of previous books as a memory jog but that didn't help. I finally figured out I had skipped Bury Your Dead so I've dropped back to read that one. After that I should still have time to read How the Light Gets In before I have to read the book for my F2F bookclub.

Oct 10, 2013, 1:06pm

That's kind of good news, isn't it? You can read an extra Louise Penny :-)

Oct 11, 2013, 9:45am


I'm hoping for a quiet and peaceful weekend for everyone.

Oct 11, 2013, 12:55pm

And for you too, Diana.

Oct 12, 2013, 7:36am

Thank you Reba! x

Editado: Oct 15, 2013, 11:18am

83. Ziezo - Annie M.G. Schmidt
310 p.

Songs for children, but not the sweet innocent ones. Every Dutch child knows the naughty books of Annie M.G. Schmidt, and it's great to read them again and again, also as an adult!


Oct 18, 2013, 11:45am

Hi dears!

I'm having hospital issues and I'm not able to be at my computer most of the time. Didn't forget you all!


Oct 18, 2013, 11:58am

Diana -- so sorry to hear you're having troubles. I'll be sending warm thoughts and good mojo your way.

Oct 18, 2013, 12:24pm

Ditto, Diana. I hope the hospital issues resolve quickly and well for you. Like Reba, sending positive thoughts your way.

Oct 18, 2013, 2:35pm

Hi Diana. Catching up and sorry to hear about the hospital issues. Thinking of you!

Oct 19, 2013, 10:52am

Diana we are at the hospital too (mom is). Sending you my thoughts for wellness and a few prayers thrown in for good measure. *hugs*

Oct 21, 2013, 10:28am

Reba, Joe, Heather and Roberta, thanks for your thoughts! xx

Oct 22, 2013, 10:42am

Dear Diana - Your hospital vacation coincided with my LT time being severely curtailed due to work issues. Sorry to see you've not been too well and trust that you are on the mend again. xx

Oct 22, 2013, 11:44am

Good to hear you're out of the hospital, Diana! Hope you're healing up and feeling better.

Oct 23, 2013, 8:48am

I hope that you're doing better, Diana!

Oct 23, 2013, 10:05am

Thank you Paul, Joe and Darryl. I hope I'll be able to be active and visit threads as soon as possible! xx

Oct 23, 2013, 11:02am

Yay! Diana is back home. Take extra good care of yourself.

Oct 23, 2013, 11:30am

So nice to have you active again

Oct 23, 2013, 12:51pm

Good to see you back Diana :-) Hope you continue to feel better.

Oct 29, 2013, 10:43am

Hi Roberta, Reba and Heather, thank you.

Oct 29, 2013, 10:46am

I finally start reading again. It's In the Darkness. An Inspector Sejer novel by Karin Fossum.

Nov 1, 2013, 10:51am

84. In the Darkness. An Inspector Sejer Novel - Karin Fossum
400 p.

This is the first book in the Inspector Sejer series by Karin Fossum. I think I like all the Scandi crime I've read this year, it's a great discovery!


Nov 1, 2013, 8:19pm

#62 This is such a great introduction into the series and the way Inspector Sejer works. I read this one first and then Don't Look Back shortly afterwards. I look forward to delving deeper into this series.

I hope you are well Diana

Nov 2, 2013, 11:40am

Roberta, it was your suggestion to read this one first, that's why I did so ;-). I think it won't be long before I'll read Don't Look Back too.

Nov 2, 2013, 4:19pm

Thank you for taking my suggestion. As a reader that is a huge compliment.

Nov 3, 2013, 10:25am

Roberta, it was a great suggestion, I'm glad you told me. xx

Nov 6, 2013, 10:19am

O no, it has empty shelves!

Nov 6, 2013, 11:04am

That's too high for me.

Nov 10, 2013, 7:00pm

Diana I hope all is well with you.

Nov 13, 2013, 3:55pm

Ditto, Diana.

Nov 14, 2013, 10:42am

Hi Roberta and Joe, I'm here :-)

We had a week in which we all waited for a diagnosis for my Dad. It didn't look good, but I'm so happy to have learned that he has no cancer! We all are doing a happy dance now.

Nov 14, 2013, 10:44am

Richard reminded me that it's my first Thingaversary today. Yeah!!

Nov 14, 2013, 10:53am

Great news about your Dad Diana. How stressful that was but fortunately happy results.

Happy Thingaversary today! Let us know the books you treat yourself to. Remember it is one for the number of your anniversary plus one! I don't know who started that tradition but I like it.

Nov 14, 2013, 11:52am

So glad to hear about your Dad and nice to have you back. Happy Thingaversary :-)

Editado: Nov 14, 2013, 2:04pm

What good news, Diana!

Nov 16, 2013, 11:30am

Thank you Roberta, Reba, Joe!

I love that Happy Dance :-)

Nov 17, 2013, 8:55am

I'll finally start A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny tonight.

Editado: Nov 17, 2013, 9:05am

Diana- That is great news about your Dad. Yahoo! I really liked A Fatal Grace and hope to get to the third one soon. I also need to get back to Fossum. I stalled out after the 3rd book.
Hope you are having a great weekend.

Nov 17, 2013, 9:08am

Hi Mark! We are having a great one, I hope you do too. We need a bit of rest after hearing the good news :-)

Nov 18, 2013, 7:35am

I read on Facebook that LT has been down for a couple of hours, during our night time. I hope everyone has recovered :-)

Nov 19, 2013, 4:57am

My Thingaversary books have arrived:

Er ist wieder da - Timur Vermes
The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton

I'm still not far in A Fatal Grace, but it's good!

Nov 19, 2013, 5:06am

Diana - Catching up after a weekend of no internet and I must say the shelves are attractive, if not hugely practical.

Nov 19, 2013, 10:05am

I totally agree, Paul!

Nov 19, 2013, 11:37am

Hi Diana -- just stopping by for catch up and a wave

Nov 20, 2013, 7:39am

Hi Reba *waves back*

Nov 20, 2013, 7:42am

85. A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny
416 p.

This is the second book in the Inspector Gamache series. I have this book and Dead Cold and they appear to be the same with just another title.

What can I say? You just want to be there, in Three Pines. It's wonderful.


Nov 21, 2013, 4:55am

You're right, Diana, the second one was published under two different names. So was the fourth. It's both "A Rule Against Murder" and "The Murder Store". Other than that I thing there's just one name each.

Nov 22, 2013, 10:04am

Thank you Reba. I have "A Rule Against Murder" as the fourth version and not "The Murder Store". Only one double in my collection, that's okay.

Nov 22, 2013, 10:06am

I decided to continue with "The Cruellest Month", the third Louise Penny book in the Gamache series.

Editado: Nov 22, 2013, 10:27am


Nov 22, 2013, 12:52pm

It's well worth continuing with the Inspector Gamache series, Diana, IMO. The series keeps getting better. One wallop you get on a beloved character gets a different perspective in the next book.

Nov 23, 2013, 3:36pm

Diana I'm glad you are enjoying your "trip" to Three Pines. I plan to visit there in 2014. Now you have me excited for my trip.

Nov 23, 2013, 9:57pm

Joe, you make it even more thrilling!

Roberta, I hope you'll trip will be as wonderful as mine.

Nov 23, 2013, 9:58pm

It's almost 4.00 in the morning and I haven't slept a minute. I'm having a terrible tooth ache, bleh.

Nov 23, 2013, 10:17pm

Oh dear Diana, toothache is the worst. If beliefs allow, gargle with a liberal dose of single malt or finest cognac. Then after gargling take another large slug. Want provide a cure to the cause of the pain thereafter but you'll probably not remember it. xx

Nov 24, 2013, 7:53am

Great news about your Dad, Diana, and a belated happy thingaversary!

#86 "What can I say? You just want to be there, in Three Pines. It's wonderful." Yep, I love those Three Pines books too :-)

#94 Sorry to hear about your toothache :-(

Nov 24, 2013, 8:10am

Hi Diana- Sorry to hear about the tooth ache. Ugh! I just started the 3rd book in the Three Pines series. I usually do not read this type of mystery but she adds the right edge, which keeps me happy.

Nov 24, 2013, 11:00am

Stopping by to wave hello and sorry to learn that you are suffering with a toothache!

Nov 24, 2013, 6:23pm

Hope the toothache goes away AND that you get some sleep!!

Nov 25, 2013, 9:00am

Paul, Heather, Mark, Lori, Reba - Thank you for your well wishes! xx

After 2 nights without sleep, I could visit the dentist this morning. There's a large infection in the wortelkanalen/root canals(?). I have to come back next week on Tuesday, then he'll finish the job.
I hope to get some sleep next night, but I don't know if I can kill the pain enough. Tootache is tough, bah.

Nov 25, 2013, 11:56am

I think we would just say the "root" but when they go down there to clean it out we call the procedure "root canal"...anyway, it's no fun but at least it should bring relief in the end. I'll be thinking aobut you!

Nov 25, 2013, 1:56pm

#100 Ow, ow, ow! Hope you can keep the pain at bay until next Tuesday.

Editado: Nov 26, 2013, 6:04am

They did clean it out, Reba, root canal it was.

Heather, I don't know if I can keep the pain at bay, but at least I can lie down again. That's beautiful, after 2 nights of sitting up :-)

Nov 27, 2013, 4:32am

I'm looking like a terrible Zombie, but I finally did get some sleep last night, yeah!

Nov 27, 2013, 11:59am

Glad to hear that you're feeling better, Diana.

Nov 28, 2013, 7:10am

Thank you, Darryl.

I'm glad I do too, because tonight we'll visit a close harmony concert by a group I love!

Nov 28, 2013, 10:25am

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Nov 28, 2013, 12:40pm

Thank you Diana ... Hope you have a good day too even though it isn't a holiday :)

Nov 29, 2013, 5:56am

I did Reba, thanks. The concert was marvellous!

My tootache is getting worse again and it's still a couple of days before Tuesday. If it stays this way, I'll manage.

Nov 30, 2013, 12:34pm

#107 Beautiful quote and image Diana.

#109 Hoping the toothache doesn't worsen between now and Tuesday!

Dic 1, 2013, 9:50am

Hi Heather, at this moment I can handle the toothache.

Dic 1, 2013, 9:51am

86. The Cruellest Month - Louise Penny
464 p.

Three Pines, Inspector Gamache part 3. Wonderful!


Dic 2, 2013, 8:50pm

and they just keep getting better :)

Dic 3, 2013, 11:15am

That's great, Reba :-)

Dic 3, 2013, 11:18am

This morning, the dentist cleaned the root canal again and finished his work on my tooth.
Tomorrow I'll be officially toothache-free and I love it!

Dic 3, 2013, 3:32pm

#113 They certainly do!

#115 Hooray for toothache free!

Dic 4, 2013, 7:04am

Heather, I hooray with you!

Dic 4, 2013, 7:06am

Yah, for Three Pines! I really enjoyed that one too! I hope to get to book 4, in a couple of months.

Dic 4, 2013, 7:07am

On the reading front: I'm having a dip.
I grab books from Mountain To Be Read and from the shelves, but I don't know which one I long for.

I'm busy with all kind of things, but it's time to read a book again :-)

Dic 4, 2013, 7:07am

Hi Mark! Three Pines is wonderful!

Dic 4, 2013, 11:21am

I'll add my Hooray! for your being on the far side of the dental trauma, Diana, and for your Three Pines enjoyment. It appears from her Facebook comments that she's busy laboring away on a new Three Pines mystery. As others have said, the series just keeps getting better.

Dic 4, 2013, 12:44pm

That's good news Joe! As long as she's writing new ones, we'll have plenty to enjoy :-)

Dic 4, 2013, 1:18pm

Here's to toothache free!! Hope you get some time to relax and enjoy it.

I finally got my permanent crown yesterday on the tooth I broke last June!! No pain although now that it's all done it's a bit cold sensitive. Hope that goes away soon too.

Dic 5, 2013, 4:38am

Reba, that's 6 months ago! I'm glad you've got your crown, I hope the sensitivity goes away.

Have a safe trip! x

Dic 5, 2013, 5:55am

I'll start Jussi Adler Olsen's 4th book in the Q department series, Contempt/Dossier 64.

Dic 5, 2013, 9:13am

Diana I left you a heartfelt note on my thread because you mean the world to me. (hugs)

I am hoping your toothache is better and will cause no more problems.

Dept Q book 4 is out at the very last day of this month here. I cannot wait!

Dic 5, 2013, 1:16pm

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Dept. Q #4, Diana. I still need to read #3.

Dic 6, 2013, 11:48pm

Diana - Also looking forward to your thoughts on Q4. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Dic 8, 2013, 7:07am

Dear Roberta, I saw the message on your thread. You didn't hurt my feelings and I'm glad I didn't hurt yours. I love you too. xx

In Dutch, I can express my thoughts with all necessary nuances. This LT year has taught me a lot about my limited capability to express myself in English.
My reactions are often short, because I'm not able to say exactly what I mean. It makes me humble to participate in a group with so many native speakers who discuss interesting, intelligent topics on such a high level. I almost never join these discussions because of my poor English, but I enjoy reading them and thinking about it.

LT has become a part of my life and I love this group of marvellous people.

Dic 8, 2013, 7:10am

Hi Joe, hi Paul!

I'm in the middle of Dept Q 4 and for me it's the best Jussi Adler-Olsen of the series. Does that help? ;-)

Dic 8, 2013, 7:12am

Diana - I am amazed at how articulate non native english speakers like yourself and Paws and Carsten Bianca and Paul Stalder etc etc are. I haven't noticed the slightest inability to communicate feelings or express opinions.
Without the heady brew of all its constituent members this group wouldn't be the same. xx

Dic 8, 2013, 8:42am

"I'm in the middle of Dept Q 4 and for me it's the best Jussi Adler-Olsen of the series." Wow! That is good enough for me. I just finished book 3 and loved that one too.

Hope you are having a good weekend, Diana!

Dic 8, 2013, 10:22am

Diana you are very kind and I treasure your company here on LT. Paul said it best in post #131.

I am thrilled that Dept Q 4 is the best yet. I am eagerly awaiting the US release.

Dic 10, 2013, 9:04am

Paul, thank you for your words, sir. You don't see me sweating while I search for the right vocabulary ;-) xx

Mark, I'll tell something about Q 4 in a moment!

Roberta, I know you're going to like it!

Dic 10, 2013, 9:12am

87. A Conspiracy of Faith - Jussi Adler-Olsen
472 p.

Book 4 in the Department Q series does not have the best plot and mystery of the series, imo. The author tells us about violation of human rights in a well-documented story with all the usual thriller ingredients.

The interaction between Carl, Assad and Rose in this book is so funny and that's the reason it's the best of the series for me.


Dic 10, 2013, 9:20am

Number 5 of the Department Q series, in Dutch Het Marco-effect, was not received well in the Netherlands. The first 4 books were very popular here, but there seems to be a change.

I won't read it straight away, but when I get to it, I won't listen to the Dutch reviewers :-)

Dic 10, 2013, 11:39am

Diana - Eva from the 2013/2014 Challenge group has read #5 of Department Q in Swedish. She seems to agree that the series took a dive downward in the fifth installment. She said there is hope so perhaps book 6 will redeem the series. Adler-Olsen says he has an outline for up to book 10.

Have a wonderful week!

Dic 10, 2013, 4:53pm

>130 wilkiec: Yes, that helps, Diana! A friend is giving me Dept Q #3 by the end of the year, so that'll get me set up for #4. Glad to hear that, for you, it's the best of the lot. I like series that just keeping getting better!

Editado: Dic 11, 2013, 5:13am

Roberta, #5 could be disappointing, but it's still Adler-Olsen. I don't think he can write bad books. He'd better not, because #5 is a fat one ;-)

Dic 11, 2013, 5:14am

Hi Joe, you've got 2 beautiful Q books to go. Enjoy!

Dic 11, 2013, 6:06am

I love the Three Pines series, Diana, so I am always glad to see another convert to it. I have the last one here to read when I am off for Christmas. Why does not Louise Penny write these books faster?!

Dic 13, 2013, 7:28am

Hi Stasia! I've read that Louise Penny's last one is a beauty. Enjoy!

Editado: Dic 13, 2013, 7:54am

88. The Silent Wife - A.S.A. Harrison
443 p.

Man and wife in bad marriage.
This book is liked by LT people, and I tried, but I couldn't like it. Why?

I think the way the story is told is boring and too long. Most of all, the writing seems to me a lot of psychological blabla and that irritates me too much to like the plot. It doesn't work for me.


Dic 13, 2013, 8:52am

I decided I deserve my 4th Louise Penny book, so I'll start A Rule Against Murder tonight :-)

Dic 14, 2013, 7:22am

I unpacked my packages this afternoon, and they're great:

- My Antonia
- Motherless Brooklyn
- The Known World

I'm excited! The last title was on my wishlist for ages and I'm looking forward to reading them all. Many thank you's to my Santa Bonnie! :-)

Dic 14, 2013, 7:52am

#142: Good news to hear! I have deliberately stayed away from reading any of the reviews for the book.

#145: Oh, I love My Antonia! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I have not read the other two, so I will be interested in seeing what you think of them.

Dic 15, 2013, 3:24am

Diana - wow 2/10 is a pretty crumby score....and I have the book too!

Hope your weekend brings you to a slightly better reading experience!

Dic 16, 2013, 11:23am

Stasia, I'm sure I'll love them all ;-)

Sorry about the 2/10, Paul. What irritates me in the book though is very personal. It's possible that you don't mind the way of writing and think it's a good one (like most LT-ers have done)!

My next reading experience was absolutely better :-)

Dic 16, 2013, 11:31am

89. A Rule Against Murder - Louise Penny
372 p.

Nr. 4 in Louise Penny's series.

This one is not situated in Three Pines, but we do meet the inhabitants. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team solve another mystery and this one is excellent.

Highly recommended!


Editado: Dic 16, 2013, 11:47am

I'm thinking about my reading plans for 2014. Each time I want to choose a new book to read, I don't pick it up because 'it's something for 2014'. It makes me wonder what I will read these last 2 weeks.

Do you recognize the need to postpone many books for the fresh start of the new year?

Dic 16, 2013, 1:50pm

#149 Glad to see you're still enjoying the Penny's, Diana!

#150 "Do you recognize the need to postpone many books for the fresh start of the new year?"

I think so, I have a lot of books that I always think I'm going to read 'next month' for which I've been thinking that for at least 6 months now! I guess there are quite a few books I want to read that I feel like I need a bit more space for and they become easy to put off until next week, next month or next year when I'll be able to think about them properly.

Dic 16, 2013, 3:06pm

Like Heather, I'm glad to see you continue to enjoy the Penny's, Diana.

Once Christmas arrives, I find myself postponing, as family members know I love to read, and I start getting inundated with good reading.

Dic 16, 2013, 4:31pm

I have also postponed a few reads for next year. Indeed I have postponed The Three Pines mysteries for 2014. This year has been such a chore that I have not had time to devote to Inspector Gamache and friends. I'm reading mainly short stories this month and of course another Martin Beck mystery.

Dic 18, 2013, 8:08am

Hi Heather and Joe and Roberta, my co-postponers!

Roberta, I hope your 2014 will be filled with beautiful Three Pines books. We should all live there together ;-)

Dic 18, 2013, 8:18am

This week before Christmas is extremely busy. A lot of preparations for the Holidays, and I have many medical appointments.

This morning, I had a doctor's appointment, and I forgot to bring a book with me. Forgot! This never happens, I never go anywhere without a book. Fortunately, the doctor was right on time.

Forgot a book...

Dic 20, 2013, 4:15pm

In happy hopes that 2014 will bring ever greater pleasures to your reading world, Diana:

Celebrate the return of the light with feasts, merriment, and gratitude for all the wonders of this wide green earth.


Dic 21, 2013, 11:17am

>155 wilkiec: This morning, I had a doctor's appointment, and I forgot to bring a book with me.

That's another benefit to having a smartphone. With the Kindle app you always have books at your fingertips!

Dic 21, 2013, 2:51pm

True story. I use Kindle on my phone all the time.

Dic 21, 2013, 5:51pm

I third that! I use Kindle and Audible on my phone all the time. Never without a book or audiobook.

Editado: Dic 21, 2013, 8:51pm

Hi Diana- I loved your Christmas Swap books! I was crazy about all three but the Known World was the biggest surprise. Great stuff.
Glad you liked the 3rd Three Pines book. I did too!

"Never without a book or audiobook." Sounds like a T-shirt to me!

Dic 22, 2013, 6:34am

Thank you Richard, what a beautiful pomegranate decoration. I have the same hopes for you! *smooches*

Dic 22, 2013, 6:41am

Darryl, Joe and Roberta, thanks for recommending the Kindle app so unanimously :-) The Dutch use another ebook system, I guess, something with ePub(?).

I have so many paper books, and I always carry at least one of them with me. Except for last Wedsneyday, obviously. I'll read ebooks when my Mountain TBR is smaller ;-)

Dic 22, 2013, 6:43am

Hi Mark, I'm excited about my Christmas Swap books too!
I liked the third Three Pines book, but the fourth is even better: you can safely read it!

Dic 23, 2013, 7:11am

These kids live in a house with a multi-story library AND a reading net. A READING NET.

Dic 23, 2013, 8:41am

Wow what a great idea. I think if I was the fly I'd fall into the spider's trap every time. xx

Dic 24, 2013, 9:42am

Yep, it's a wonderful idea!

Dic 24, 2013, 9:47am

Dear LT-ers,

Dic 24, 2013, 10:56am

Diana, have a great Christmas and New year!

Dic 24, 2013, 12:00pm

a blessed Christmas to you

I like the Lego library

Dic 24, 2013, 3:25pm

Merry Christmas Diana! What a wonderful addition to LT you have been this year.

Dic 24, 2013, 4:47pm

Have a wonderful Christmas and a great holiday season, Diana!

Dic 24, 2013, 10:25pm

Diana, it has been wonderful getting to know you a little this year, including sharing your son's first college days. Have a wonderful Christmas, my dear. xxx

Dic 24, 2013, 11:10pm

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!

Dic 24, 2013, 11:13pm

Merry Christmas, Diana!! May it be a wonderful day!

Dic 25, 2013, 9:18am

Merry Christmas, Diana - hope you are having a lovely day. Our friends in Barcelona are Dutch So I bet we are eating some of the same foods. Poached pears?

Dic 25, 2013, 9:25am

I hope you have a great day with the family! Hugs from the snowy Midwest!

Dic 25, 2013, 5:40pm

Hi Diana, thanks for the Christmas message, hope you have had a great day my dear.

Dic 25, 2013, 11:20pm

Merry Christmas, Diana! Hope it was filled with fabulous!

Dic 26, 2013, 9:20am

Dear Rhian, Paul S., Roberta, Caro, Paul C., Chelle, Tina, Cusla, Mark, John and Mamie, Thank you so much for all your wishes!

We had a lovely Christmas at my parents house, together with my sister and her husband and children. And yes, Cushla, we also had poached pears! :-)

Dic 26, 2013, 5:21pm

Hi Diana - Stopping by with belated Christmas wishes and to wish you a

Dic 27, 2013, 5:51am

Thank you Lori. That's a beautiful picture!

Dic 31, 2013, 8:21pm

DIana -- with travel and surgery I've gotten pretty far behind but still had to point out that your English is excellent. I know what you mean about being less able to express nuances of feeling/thought in a foreign tongue but don't let that stop you from participating in discussions because I'm betting you're getting so close to the precision you want that no one would ever notice the difference.

It's just past mid-night in NL right now. Hope you're having a fun evening and that you will have a wonderful 2014.

Ene 5, 2014, 8:27am

Reba, I'm sorry for being to so late to see this; what an enormous compliment you give me. Thank you! xx

Ene 5, 2014, 9:38pm