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Dic 2, 2019, 4:03am

Welcome to my tenth 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.

In the last week of Franks vacation we went to see Riff PD#18245 by Bob Gramsma, the newest land art in our province. It was placed to celebrate it was 100 years ago that the Zuiderzee Act passed parliament.

You can read more about Riff PD#18245 at

Left: the making of Riff PD#18245, right: Riff PD#18245 seen from aside (not my pictures)

Left: Riff PD#18245 seen from above (not my picture), right: what we saw at our visit (it was very misty that day)

Editado: Dic 31, 2019, 2:09pm

Books read since 2008: 2,178
Pages read since 2008: 566,638

total books read in 2019: 413
192 own / 219 library / 2 other

total pages read in 2019: 110,873 pages

books read in December 2019 (28 books, 9,484 pages, 5 own / 23 library)
book 413: De milieubeheerder (The Conservationist) by Nadine Gordimer, 349 pages (msg 152)
book 412: De legende van de heilige drinker (The Legend of the Holy Drinker) by Joseph Roth, 84 pages, TIOLI #6 (msg 149)
book 411: Wees onzichtbaar by Murat Isik, 597 pages, TIOLI #3 (msg 148)
book 410: Pieterpad deel I: Pieterburen-Vorden by Toos Goorhuis-Tjalsma ea, 192 pages, TIOLI #3 (msg 147)
book 409: De lange droogte (The long dry) by Cynan Jones, 135 pages, TIOLI #1 (msg 146)
book 408: Het geschikte moment, 1855 (The Opportune Moment, 1855) by Patrik Ouředník, 124 pages, TIOLI #3 (msg 145)
book 407: De goede zoon by Rob van Essen, 382 pages, TIOLI #17 (msg 137)
book 406: De Nederlandse kinderpoëzie in 1000 en enige gedichten by Gerrit Komrij, 1040 pages (msg 136)
book 405: Verborgen bewijs (Doctored Evidence) by Donna Leon, 223 pages, TIOLI #3 (msg 135)
book 404: Pionierspad by Rutger Burgers, 112 pages, TIOLI #9 (msg 134)
book 403: Lolita (Lolita) by Vladimir Nabokov, 375 pages, TIOLI #6 (msg 133)
book 402: Oorlogsroes (Storm of Steel) by Ernst Jünger, 346 pages, TIOLI #11 (msg 132)
book 401: De valk van Sparta (The Falcon of Sparta) by Conn Iggulden, 374 pages, TIOLI #6 (msg 89)
book 400: Mijn verhaal (Becoming) by Michelle Obama, 479 pages, TIOLI #8 (msg 88)
book 399: Een rimpel in de tijd (A wrinkle in time) by Madeleine L'Engle, 207 pages, TIOLI #6 (msg 87)
book 398: Gilead (Gilead) by Marilynne Robinson, 227 pages, TIOLI #17 (msg 75)
book 397: Sjakie en de chocoladefabriek (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) by Roald Dahl, 176 pages, TIOLI #14 (msg 73)
book 396: De Thibaults. Deel 2 by Roger Martin du Gard, 1038 pages, TIOLI #11 (msg 72)
book 395: De meeste mensen deugen by Rutger Bregman, 521 pages, TIOLI #3 (msg 71)
book 394: Darwin in de stad (Darwin comes to town) by Menno Schilthuizen, 351 pages, TIOLI #15 (msg 68)
book 393: Naar de top (The honest truth) by Dan Gemeinhart, 227 pages, TIOLI #16 (msg 67)
book 392: Het woud by Nele Neuhaus, 551 pages, TIOLI #6 (msg 66)
book 391: Als je terugkomt (When you reach me) by Rebecca Stead, 208 pages, TIOLI #6 (msg 65)
book 390: Wild (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail) by Cheryl Strayed, 381 pages, TIOLI #12 (msg 62)
book 389: In de wildernis by John Muir, 197 pages, TIOLI #3 (msg 61)
book 388: Het bomenboek by Koos van Zomeren, 247 pages, TIOLI #9 (msg 60)
book 387: Vlucht zonder einde (Flight Without End) by Joseph Roth, 158 pages, TIOLI #11 (msg 59)
book 386: Groter dan de lucht, erger dan de zon by Daan Remmerts de Vries, 183 pages, TIOLI #10 (msg 16)

Editado: Dic 31, 2019, 12:14pm

December 2019 reading plans only one children's/YA book left, I am half way reading this anthology of childrens poetry of 1,040 pages - finished

TIOLI December 2019
#1: Read a book which pictures on its cover a person, an animal, or a creature with horns
- De lange droogte (The long dry) - Cynan Jones, 135 pages
#2: Read a book where there is a dance in the title
#3: Read a book you have acquired (by any means) in 2019
- De meeste mensen deugen - Rutger Bregman, 521 pages (e-library)
- In de wildernis - John Muir, 197 pages (e-library)
- Verborgen bewijs (Doctored Evidence) - Donna Leon, 223 pages
- Het geschikte moment, 1855 (The Opportune Moment, 1855) - Patrik Ouředník, 124 pages
- Pieterpad deel I: Pieterburen-Vorden - Toos Goorhuis-Tjalsma ea, 192 pages
- Wees onzichtbaar - Murat Isik, 597 pages (library)
#4: Read a book with something connected to winter in the title, highlight the word
#5: Read a book with snow on the cover
#6: Read a book that was touchstoned by a group member between 1/1/19 and 11/30/19 - not self!
- Als je terugkomt (When you reach me) - Rebecca Stead, 208 pages (e-library)
- Een rimpel in de tijd (A wrinkle in time) - Madeleine L'Engle, 207 pages (library)
- Het woud - Nele Neuhaus, 551 pages (e-library)
- De valk van Sparta (The Falcon of Sparta) - Conn Iggulden, 374 pages (library)
- Lolita (Lolita) - Vladimir Nabokov, 375 pages
- De legende van de heilige drinker (The Legend of the Holy Drinker) by Joseph Roth, 84 pages (library)
#7: Read a book where the first word of the title fits a rolling challenge based on the word Christmas
- De milieubeheerder (The Conservationist) - Nadine Gordimer, 349 pages (library)
#8: Read a book for the December CFF Mystery Challenge Challenge
- Mijn verhaal (Becoming) - Michelle Obama, 479 pages (e-library)
#9: Read a book that fits a Trivial Pursuit Genus I Category (rolling challenge)
- De Nederlandse kinderpoëzie in 1000 en enige gedichten by Gerrit Komrij, 1040 pages
- Pompeii het dagelijks leven in een Romeinse stad (Pompeii: The Life of A Roman Town) - Mary Beard, 458 pages (library 7/1)
- Het bomenboek - Koos van Zomeren, 247 pages (e-library)
- Pionierspad - Rutger Burgers, 112 pages (library)
#10: Read a book with a hot word in the title or set somewhere hot
- Groter dan de lucht, erger dan de zon - Daan Remmerts de Vries, 183 pages (library)
#11: Read a book set in the first half of the 20th century
- De Thibaults. Deel 2 - Roger Martin du Gard, 1038 pages (library)
- Vlucht zonder einde (Flight Without End) - Joseph Roth, 158 pages (e-library)
- Oorlogsroes (Storm of Steel) - Ernst Jünger, 346 pages (e-library)
#12: Read a book from one of the lists that rate the 10 best books of the last decade (2010 to 2019)
- Wild (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail) - Cheryl Strayed, 381 pages (library)
#13: Read a book that is dedicated to husband or wife and is the same sex as the author
#14: Decorate a Christmas tree with words from title or author
- Sjakie en de chocoladefabriek (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) - Roald Dahl, 176 pages (library)
#15: Read a book from NPR's annual Book Concierge
- Darwin in de stad (Darwin comes to town) - Menno Schilthuizen, 351 pages (e-library)
#16: Read a book with a (predominantly) blue cover for the December birthstone challenge
- Naar de top (The honest truth) - Dan Gemeinhart, 227 pages (library)
#17: Read a book by an author whose name has an odd number of characters
- Gilead (Gilead) - Marilynne Robinson, 227 pages (e-library)
- De goede zoon - Rob van Essen, 382 pages (library)

Dic 2, 2019, 4:14am

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 581* childrens/YA books on the shelves, of those 114 are TBR.

End of January update own childrens/YA books project:
16 books read, 2 books added, 6 books culled, new total 577 books on the shelves, 100 TBR

End of February update own childrens/YA books project:
15 books read, 8 books culled, new total 569 books on the shelves, 85 TBR

End of March update own childrens/YA books project:
6 books read, 3 books culled, new total 566 books on the shelves, 79 TBR

End of April update own childrens/YA books project:
5 books read, 1 books culled, new total 565 books on the shelves, 74 TBR

End of May update own childrens/YA books project:
8 books read, 3 books culled, new total 562 books on the shelves, 66 TBR

End of June update own childrens/YA books project:
2 books read, no books culled, total 562 books on the shelves, 64 TBR

End of July update own childrens/YA books project:
9 books read, 3 books culled, total 559 books on the shelves, 55 TBR

End of August update own childrens/YA books project:
18 books read, 4 books added, 6 books culled, total 557 books on the shelves, 41 TBR

End of September update own childrens/YA books project:
22 books read, 12 books culled, total 545 books on the shelves, 19 TBR

End of October update own childrens/YA books project:
22 books read, 4 books added, 7 books culled, total 542 books on the shelves, 1 reading

End of November update own childrens/YA books project:
30 books culled, total 512 books on the shelves, reading the last book

* durig this year I found two books on the shelves, that were wrongly catalogued as culled in 2005

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.

Dic 2, 2019, 4:14am

Monthly statistics
38 books / 9,413 pages in January 2019 in numbers
42 books / 10,836 pages in February 2019 in numbers
34 books / 10,829 pages in March 2019 in numbers
35 books / 10,266 pages in April 2019 in numbers
25 books / 5,819 pages in May 2019 in numbers
30 books / 9,058 pages in June 2019 in numbers
29 books / 8,415 pages in July 2019 in numbers
46 books / 10,828 pages in August 2019 in numbers
35 books / 7,631 pages in September 2019 in numbers
42 books / 9,221 pages in October 2019 in numbers
29 books / 9,073 pages in November 2019 in numbers

Previous threads in 2019
book 1 - 25: thread 1
book 26 - 74: thread 2
book 75 - 114: thread 3
book 115 - 172: thread 4
book 173 - 217: thread 5
book 218 - 279: thread 6
book 280 - 314: thread 7
book 315 - 356: thread 8
book 357 - 385: thread 9

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 (110,248 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

Editado: Dic 29, 2019, 2:47pm

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 52/70

Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith 4/4

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

Flavia de Luce by Alan Bradley 5/5

De Grijze Jager (Ranger's Apprentice) by John Flanagan 17/17

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

Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg by Fred Vargas 9/9

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

Kurt Wallander by Henning Mankell 12/12

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 11/11

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

Ruth Galloway by Elly Griffiths 4/4

Sir Baldwin by Michael Jecks 8/8

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

Editado: Dic 31, 2019, 12:18pm

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

Editado: Dic 19, 2019, 10:25am

Books acquired in 2019: 86
(11 e-book replacements for paper books)

December (1)
Pieterpad deel I: Pieterburen-Vorden - Toos Goorhuis-Tjalsma & Bertje Jens

November (7)
Grote verwachtingen : In Europa 1999-2019 - Geert Mak
Verhalen - Andrej Platonov (Russische Bibliotheek)
Machten der duisternis - Anthony Burgess
Het tumult van de tijd - Julian Barnes
Als op een winternacht een reiziger - Italo Calvino
De lange droogte - Cynan Jones
Goudzand - Konstantin Paustovski

October 2019 (14)
Het grote Suriname magazine - Magda Augustijn
Surinaams onbehagen - Hans Ramsoedh
Het eind van de kaart - Albert Helman
Houthakken. Een afrekening - Thomas Bernhard
Op de boomgrens - Thomas Bernhard
Platero en ik - Juan Ramón Jiménez
Memoires van een man die op vossen jaagde - Siegfried Sassoon
Memoires van een infanterieofficier - Siegfried Sassoon
Verborgen bewijs (Guido Brunetti 13) - Donna Leon
De stille elite (Guido Brunetti 12) - Donna Leon
Alles komt goed, altijd - Kathleen Vereecken (Woutertje Pieterse prijs 2019)
Haaientanden - Anna Woltz (Kinderboekenweekgeschenk 2019)
Ze gaan er met je neus vandoor - Ted van Lieshout (Boekensleutel 2019)
Zeb. - Gideon Samson (Gouden Griffel 2019)

September (1)
Tot in de hemel - Richard Powers

August 2019 (4)
Ballade van de dood - Koos Meinderts & Harrie Jekkers
Floris : de vijand te slim af - Frans de Regt
Floris en het beleg van Oldenstein - Jacques Constant
Floris en het verraad van Oldenstein - José Kiestra (thanks Caroline!)

July 2019 (1)
De reizen van Ólafur Egilsson (The Travels of Reverend Olafur Egilsson) - Ólafur Egilsson

June 2019 (2)
De pruimenpluk - Dimitri Verhulst
Duitse expressionisten - Edwin Jacobs (exhibition catalogue)

May 2019 (18)
Brieven - Boris Pasternak (Russische Bibliotheek)
Werken - Daniil Charms (Russische Bibliotheek)
Kenau - Theun de Vries
De uitgestotenen - Elfriede Jellinek
Dit zijn de namen - Tommy Wieringa
I Will Never See the World Again - Ahmet Altan (gift from Charlotte)
Marx Collection: 40 Works - Nina Schallenberg
Het spel der tronen - George R.R. Martin (e-book replacement for paper book)
De strijd der koningen - George R.R. Martin (e-book replacement for paper book)
Een storm van zwaarden : Staal en sneeuw - George R.R. Martin (e-book replacement for paper book)
Een storm van zwaarden : Bloed en goud - George R.R. Martin (e-book replacement for paper book)
Een feestmaal voor kraaien - George R.R. Martin (e-book replacement for paper book)
Een dans met draken : Oude vetes, nieuwe strijd - George R.R. Martin (e-book replacement for paper book)
Een dans met draken : Zwaarden tegen draken - George R.R. Martin (e-book replacement for paper book)
Vuur en bloed - George R.R. Martin (e-book)
Top 10 : Berlijn - Jürgen Scheunemann, 192 pages
Berlijn Alexanderplatz - Alfred Döblin
Als de graankorrel niet sterft - André Gide

April 2019 (3)
Vrijheid : De vijftig Nederlandse kernkunstwerken vanaf 1968 - Hans den Hartog Jager
De heilige Rita - Tommy Wieringa
Weg met Eddy Bellegueule - Édouard Louis

March 2019 (20)
Vuur van Brigid en andere wintermythen - Pierre Michon
De blauwe jurk van Camille - Michèle Desbordes
Jas van belofte - Jan Siebelink (bookweek gift)
Mijn moeders strijd - Murat Isik (bookweek)
Vonkt - Marije Langelaar
Niemandslandnacht - Annemarie Estor
Exit geest - Philp Roth
Serotonine - Michel Houellebecq
Vriendendienst by Donna Leon (e-book)
Onrustig tij - Donna Leon (e-book)
Bedrieglijke zaken - Donna Leon (e-book)
Doem en dorst - Albert Besnard
Nog pas gisteren - Maria Dermoût
Klein t(er)reurspel - Jan Elburg
Zonder dansmeester - Jozef Eyckmans
Het innerlijk behang en andere gedichten - Hans Lodeizen
Going my way - Michiel van der Plas
Ik was getrouwd met een communist - Philip Roth
Werelden - Nes Tergast
Met het oog op morgen - Bert Voeten

February 2019 (4)
De Vaticaanmoorden - David Hewson (e-book replacement for paper book)
Het Bacchus offer - David Hewson (e-book replacement for paper book)
De Pantheon getuige - David Hewson (e-book replacement for paper book)
De engelen des doods - David Hewson (e-book replacement for paper 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) + 97 (ready to go) = 97
(11 paper books replaced by e-books)

Dic 2, 2019, 4:15am

Come in!

Dic 2, 2019, 4:36am

What an amazing sculpture! Did you climb to the top?

Dic 2, 2019, 6:11am

A really interesting topper on top. Impressive. would be a photogenic object and probably worth a trip.

Dic 2, 2019, 7:34am

Happy new thread!

Interesting land art. I notice stairs leading into the middle. Were you able to go inside as well?

Dic 2, 2019, 12:19pm

Happy new thread!

Dic 2, 2019, 12:48pm

Happy new thread!

Dic 2, 2019, 2:18pm

>10 CDVicarage: Thank you, Kerry! There are now 10 land art sites in our province now.

>11 paulstalder: Thank you, Paul, we will go back on a less misty day.

>12 figsfromthistle: Thank you Anita! I have seen pictures of the inside but didn't see how to get there.

>10 CDVicarage: >12 figsfromthistle: No we didn't go to the top, as there is a temporary fence now. The stairs end about 75 cm from the top and it was ment to look around from there. But of course at opening day people climbed on to the top and walked to the edge. This was seen as dangerous, so now the stairs is inaccessable until there is a solution.

>13 foggidawn: Thank you, Foggi!

>14 quondame: Thank you, Susan!

Editado: Dic 2, 2019, 2:56pm

book 386: Groter dan de lucht, erger dan de zon by Daan Remmerts de Vries
library, YA, Dutch, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 2016, no translations, 183 pages
TIOLI Challenge #10: Read a book with a hot word in the title or set somewhere hot

Elmer is 11 years old and doesn't like school. He is very sensitive to noises, and has a hard time concentrating in noisy classrooms. At summer camp on the island Vlieland he is hit by one of the other boys with a ladle. That night he hears a voice in his head, that summons him to stand up against his bullies. That works out well at the camp, but back at school he starts doing the same, on the voice's advise, but soon things get out of control. Elmer has to find a way to silence this voice and take back control over his actions.

Dic 2, 2019, 4:23pm

Happy New Thread, Anita!

That land art up top is memorable, isn't it. I can imagine it would be worrying to have people up top leaning out over the edge. Tough problem to solve.

Dic 2, 2019, 10:59pm

Happy new thread, Anita.

400 books again this year, I'm sure!

Dic 3, 2019, 2:37am

>1 FAMeulstee: Fascinating!!

>16 FAMeulstee: Can you teach me to read as fast as you? Pleeeeezzzz!! : )

Happy new thread.

Dic 3, 2019, 5:46am

Happy new thread, Anita!!

Dic 3, 2019, 6:31am

Happy Tuesday, Anita! Happy New Thread. Have a great week.

Dic 3, 2019, 7:34am

Happy new one Anita. The sculpture is really striking (but I would definitely be happy to stay at the bottom of the stairs).

Dic 3, 2019, 7:44am

Happy new thread, Anita.
>1 FAMeulstee: what a magnificent work of art.

Dic 3, 2019, 9:31am

Happy new thread!

Dic 3, 2019, 11:04am

Happy New Thread!

Riff is absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing the photos!

Dic 3, 2019, 11:22am

Happy New Thread, Anita!

Dic 3, 2019, 2:34pm

>17 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe.
I hope they find a solution without altering too much. They could make a fence at the end of the stairs, but that would break the topline. Or keep the stairs inaccessible, and only open it under supervision.

>18 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul, I will end somewhere between 400 and 425 I think.
Last year will stay my best year ever wirh 500+

>19 Berly: Thank you, Kim.
Of course I'll explain how to read this much, it isn't that hard ;-)
1 - quit working, a job keeps you from reading
2 - no kids or pets, they keep you from reading as well
3 - quit all other activities that keep you from reading
3a - it helps if you don't need much sleep
4 - now you have enough time, it doesn't need to be fast reading if you have enough time!

>20 scaifea: Thank you, Amber!

>21 msf59: Thank you, Mark!
I hope your Tuesday was a good one.

Dic 3, 2019, 2:38pm

>27 FAMeulstee:
"Of course I'll explain how to read this much, it isn't that hard ;-)
1 - quit working, a job keeps you from reading
2 - no kids or pets, they keep you from reading as well
3 - quit all other activities that keep you from reading
3a - it helps if you don't need much sleep
4 - now you have enough time, it doesn't need to be fast reading if you have enough time!"


But also so true. Reverse this list, and it's exactly why I haven't read much this year. ;)

Dic 3, 2019, 2:40pm

>17 jnwelch: >27 FAMeulstee: A clear plastic bubble over the staircase area and surrounds is the best I could imagine - a soap bubble effect seems an interesting contrast to the solid, but not quite, land look.

>27 FAMeulstee:,>19 Berly:.2 Oh, it's the dogs holding me back, it is! 3a is also a bit of a catch.

Dic 3, 2019, 2:45pm

>22 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte.
The artist hopes it will grow green in time, as there is still a bit of soil on the outside. It will be interesting to follow it through time. I would not drag you up there ;-)

>23 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas.
When Flevoland was stuctured, the government planned some space for land art. On those places the first land art projects were realised. It is nice that 3 more are added in the last years.

>24 drneutron: Thank you, Jim!

>25 streamsong: Thank you, Janet.
We thought it was amazing too, although the mist was keeping it a bit hidden when we visited. We will go again someday.

>26 ronincats: Thank you, Roni!

Dic 3, 2019, 2:56pm

>28 London_StJ: Glad you are back with us, Luxx!
Indeed, a reverse list would leave very little reading time.
Time is usually the main factor with reading a lot. There are others that can keep from reading, I had very bad reading years because of taking anti-depressants.

>29 quondame: Yes, that could work well. I think the artist will have a say in a solution, maybe he can come up with something brilliant.
LOL, blame the dog for only 337 so far this year ;-)

Dic 3, 2019, 2:58pm

Happy new thread, Anita! Well on your way to 400 books this year, I see.

Dic 3, 2019, 3:40pm

Happy new thread Anita my dear.

Dic 3, 2019, 4:21pm

>32 harrygbutler: Thank you, Harry, you might reach that number with watching movies ;-)

>33 johnsimpson: Thank you, John.

Dic 3, 2019, 4:31pm

Happy new thread, Anita! Wow, the topper Landart is pretty incredible! The mist makes it appear so eerie!

Dic 3, 2019, 6:12pm

>35 Carmenere: Thank you, Lynda!
It was barely visible from the road and slowly came out of the mist while we approached. Indeed eerie is the right word.

Dic 3, 2019, 9:11pm

Hi Anita!

From your previous thread, congrats on 5 x 75!! An amazing accomplishment and I am so happy for you that your reading is humming along at such a high level. And, sorry you didn’t like Olive Kitteridge very much as I really loved the stories and her character.

Happy new thread. The Riff is fascinating. The link provides a lot of good information, and I love it that there’s a time capsule in it!!

>27 FAMeulstee: I like it!
Of course I'll explain how to read this much, it isn't that hard ;-)
1 - quit working, a job keeps you from reading
2 - no kids or pets, they keep you from reading as well
3 - quit all other activities that keep you from reading
3a - it helps if you don't need much sleep
4 - now you have enough time, it doesn't need to be fast reading if you have enough time!
I’ve got #1, don’t have #2, don’t have #3 because my Friends of the Library activities but I’m not complaining, don’t have 3a – I need 7-8 hours per night. So, I’m happy to get my 100 in each year. At this rate I have 24 years of tbr books on my shelves right now, much less re-reads and new books.

Dic 3, 2019, 9:23pm

Happy new thread, Anita. Interesting land art up top. Is it recent? I ask because of the artist thinking that it will become green.

Dic 5, 2019, 10:27am

>37 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen!
I am going lower my numbers for next year. My children's/YA project is nearly done, so I want to dedicate next year to the big tomes (500+ pages) on the shelves.
We can't like all books, I am happy you enjoyed Olive Kitteridge better than I did :-)

I spend a lot of time on reading, but the time of our daily walk is increasing. We started two years ago with half an hour each day, now it has gone up to nearly one and a half hour a day.

>38 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg.
Yes, Riff PD#18245 is very recent. The opening day was on October 12th, 2019.

Dic 5, 2019, 11:52pm

Just checking in, Anita. The Riff is formidable!
I just looked up Grand Hotel Europa and see that it's not available in English. Do you know if anybody plans to translate it? (Maybe you should consider doing it............) (Sorry)

Dic 6, 2019, 6:29am

>1 FAMeulstee: Wonderful land art, Anita. Loved the photo in the mist, it made me think of a big ship looming up, eerie indeed.
The soft yellow colour, what material is it? I can imagine people wanting to get up there!

Dic 7, 2019, 11:39pm

Hope this weekend finds you well, Anita.
Hope you close on 400 books soon.

Dic 8, 2019, 12:40am

>27 FAMeulstee: Of course I'll explain how to read this much, it isn't that hard ;-)
1 - quit working, a job keeps you from reading
2 - no kids or pets, they keep you from reading as well
3 - quit all other activities that keep you from reading
3a - it helps if you don't need much sleep
4 - now you have enough time, it doesn't need to be fast reading if you have enough time!

Oh, is that all? No wonder I can't get enough books in. I am screwed!! LOL

Dic 8, 2019, 7:34am

>40 LizzieD: Hi Peggy, nice to see a note from you!
I do hope Grand Hotel Europa does find a translator and publisher. It is a big tome, so a big investment to translate. He has written many books, and only his debut seems to be translated. Maybe he is considered very Dutch or difficult for international readers?

>41 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella. I had an association with a ship as well, when we saw it in the mist.
The work is made shotcrete (spuitbeton) and the stairs and top are concrete (beton).

>42 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul.
Book 400 takes a bit longer, just finished book 392, as I am in a slight reading dip.

>43 Berly: I knew you would understand my explanation, Kim ;-)

Sorry I haven't been around the last days, it might take a few more days before I will go around the threads again.
I forgot to take more thyroid pills, with the temperatures going down I need a higher dose. This affects my reading and upping the dose affects my mood. I hope to be in better shape soon.

Dic 8, 2019, 7:40am

Hi, Anita. Sorry, you are not feeling well and not reading as much, as usual. I hope you get the meds sorted out, and we can see you back to normal.

Dic 8, 2019, 9:14am

I hope you are feeling better soon Anita.

Love the atmosphere final photo in >1 FAMeulstee:.

Dic 8, 2019, 10:56am

Wishing you to feel better soon, Anita!

Dic 8, 2019, 2:44pm

Hope you feel better soon, Anita.

Dic 9, 2019, 12:19am

Hope you feel better soon!

Dic 9, 2019, 12:04pm

Adding my support for getting those thyroid meds tuned in right, Anita.

Dic 10, 2019, 6:06pm

Thanks Mark, Caroline, Ella, Charlotte, Rhonda and Joe.

I am not there yet, upped my meds with ½ and I think I need an other ½ to get in full shape again. So if temperatures are not dropping below 0 degrees Celsius in the next week, I should be back to normal within a couple of days.

It wasn't helping I started a 1000+ pages tome at the end of November. Normally I would have finished De Thibaults. Boek 2 (containing book 7 Summer, 1914 and book 8 Epilogue of The Thibaults) a few days ago, but I am only halfway... It is an intense read, the first time I read about all the events in Europe building up before WWI started.

I did finish a few other books, see >2 FAMeulstee:, reviews will come when I feel up to writing them.

Dic 12, 2019, 2:35pm

Eccchhh, the dreaded thyroid mismatch. I truly hate that wobbly cycle, so I'm very empathetic. 400 reads should be a doddle by the 31st, so could 450 still be in view?

Editado: Dic 13, 2019, 5:01am

>52 richardderus: Thank you, Richard dear. Somehow my body needs twice as much thyroxine (T4) in winter, compared to summer. Upping the dose is harder than lowering.
400 books is still in sight, I don't think 450 is doable unless a miracle happens.


ETA: I am deeply saddened by the election results in the UK :'(

Editado: Dic 13, 2019, 1:53pm

>53 FAMeulstee: Glad you're slowly creeping back towards the right balance Anita.

Commiserations very welcome. I'm not a happy woman, stuck with Boris til I retire!

Dic 13, 2019, 3:51pm

>53 FAMeulstee: You and me both Anita. Maybe time for me to spend some time abroad.

Dic 13, 2019, 11:49pm

Dear, Anita. Balance soon! That's my hope for you.
Meanwhile, the whole world has gone crazy, it seems. I wish it were not so.

Dic 14, 2019, 12:02pm

>53 FAMeulstee: I watched that unfold like watching cancer cells spread in real time. The US election of 2016 wasn't a harsh enough wake-up call for the Brits, but the one that's coming to disrupt their lives is going to be horrible.

Dic 15, 2019, 3:57am

>54 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline, I do feel a bit better. Nearly there I hope.
So sorry, only time can tell what really will happen now...

>55 charl08: Yes, Charlotte, I do understand you would like to be somewhere else now.

>56 LizzieD: Thank you, Peggy, I will get there.
Yes, it feels that way. Still some hope, there are little rays of light like Greta Thunberg.
Can't imagine a day without reading :-)

>57 richardderus: I am afraid you are right, Richard dear.
Somehow most of the western world is longing back to a falsified right wing picture of the 1950s...

I'll be gone for most of the day.
Tomorrow I'll start writing reviews for the 11 books I am behind. And catch up with the threads.

Dic 16, 2019, 6:02pm

book 387: Vlucht zonder einde by Joseph Roth
library, e-book, translated from German, English translation Flight Without End, 158 pages
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a book set in the first half of the 20th century

Frans Tunda is an officer in the Austrian army during WWI. He is taken captive by the Russians, but escapes and hides in the Siberian woods finding shelter at the place of a man from Poland. Because they are far from civility, Tundra only learns that the war is over in 1919. He decides to go home, but it is going to be a long way, leading him from the Red Army to Austria and Paris. He never really finds his home, as his country, his family, and his way of life is gone.

Editado: Dic 17, 2019, 4:19pm

book 388: Het bomenboek by Koos van Zomeren
library, e-book, non-fiction, Dutch, no translations, 247 pages
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a book that fits a Trivial Pursuit Genus I Category (rolling challenge)

Short articles about trees, originally published in a Dutch newspaper (NRC) between 2006 and 2008.
The writer went every week to see a tree, all through the Netherlands, together with an expert (with various backgrounds). Informative short articles about special trees, tree diseases, the problems with trees in the city, tree habitats etc. Informative and fun to read.

Title translated: The tree book

Dic 16, 2019, 6:20pm

book 389: In de wildernis by John Muir
library, e-book, non-fiction, translated, no English equivalent, 197 pages
TIOLI Challenge #3: Read a book you have acquired (by any means) in 2019

Parts of the writings of John Muir, containing "Life on a Wisconsin Farm" from The Story of My Boyhood and Youth; "To the High Mountains" from My first Summer in the Sierra; "Stickeen" An Adventure with a Dog and a Glacier; "A Geologist's Winter Walk" published in The Overland Monthly; Parts of "The Passes", "The Glaciers", and "A Wind Storm in the Forests" from The Mountains of California, "The Wild Parks and Forest Reservations of the West" published in Our National Parks, and"Alaska" from Picturesque California and the Region West of the Rocky Mountains from Alaska to Mexico.

John Muir writes vividly about nature, but my favourite was "Stickeen" about a very brave little dog.

Dic 16, 2019, 6:30pm

book 390: Wild by Cheryl Strayed
library, non-fiction, translated, original title Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, 381 pages
TIOLI Challenge #12: Read a book from one of the lists that rate the 10 best books of the last decade (2010 to 2019)

Cheryl went to walk part of the Pacific Crest Trail, to cope with her mothers death and a recent divorce.
Starting with no experience and way too much stuff in her backpack, she struggles to walk a few miles a day. With help from other walkers a lot of stuff is thrown out, and walking becomes a bit easier along the way. Beauty and dangers of nature, encounters with many nice people and a few not so nice.

Nice read, about sometimes annoying character.

Dic 17, 2019, 4:43am

>15 FAMeulstee: a less misty day oh I guess the mist makes it a bit more mystic. I think approaching that monument through some fog may make quite an impression.

>27 FAMeulstee: I like that, too, but
1) I still work till 2021
2) kids are grown up but still need some attention time :)
2a) the cat needs some feeding and stroking
3) maybe I should quit LT to get more time reading
3a) I have some sleeping troubles but can't replace them always with reading
4) so I am quite happy with my 100 books

I hope your health is improving.

Dic 17, 2019, 4:04pm

>63 paulstalder: As we have seen it in the mist, Paul, we will choose a clear day for our next visit.
Don't change anything if you are happy with it :-)

Thank you, I am slowly getting back some energy.

Dic 17, 2019, 4:18pm

book 391: Als je terugkomt by Rebecca Stead
library, translated, YA, awarded, Eervolle Vermelding 2011, original title When you reach me, 208 pages
TIOLI Challenge #6: Read a book that was touchstoned by a group member between 1/1/19 and 11/30/19 - not self!

New York, 1970s. Miranda starts getting strange notes, shortly after her friendship ended with Sal, who lives downstairs. The notes seem to indicate the writer knows things and asks her to help preventing a death. Miranda get frightened that somebody spies on her.

A clever story, that I probably would have liked more if I had read A wrinkle in time, as the story refers a lot to this book.

Dutch title translated: When you return

Dic 17, 2019, 4:29pm

book 392: Het woud by Nele Neuhaus
library, e-book, translated from German, no English translation, 551 pages
TIOLI Challenge #6: Read a book that was touchstoned by a group member between 1/1/19 and 11/30/19 - not self!

Bodenstein & Kirchhoff book 8.
When someone is murdered the police soon finds out it may be connected to the disappearance of a child back in the 1970s. Arthur was back then only 10 years old and Olivier von Bodensteins best friend. This case brings many memories back for Olivier.
As always an enjoyable read.

Dutch title translated: The wood

Dic 17, 2019, 4:40pm

book 393: Naar de top by Dan Gemeinhart
library, YA, translated, awarded, Gouden Lijst 2016, original title The honest truth, 227 pages
TIOLI Challenge #16: Read a book with a (predominantly) blue cover for the December birthstone challenge

Mark has cancer. Just after he finally thought he was cured of the disease that troubled his whole life, it came back. He decides to run away to climb Mount Rainier. There are many miles between his home and the mountain, his dog Beau accompanies him. Soon he is all over the news as runaway, and also runs into other trouble.
Meanwhile his best friend Jessie thinks she knows where Mark is going, she isn't sure what to do.

Dutch title translated: To the top

Editado: Dic 17, 2019, 5:56pm

book 394: Darwin in de stad by Menno Schilthuizen
library, e-book, non-fiction, awarded, Jan Wolkers prijs 2018, original title Darwin comes to town, 351 pages
TIOLI Challenge #15: Read a book from NPR's annual Book Concierge

Interesting read about evolution in the city. Plants, insects, birds and mamals change (sometimes faster than was thought possible) when adapting to city life. Humans are part of nature and so are the cities they build. And nature adapts to new circumstances. Two examples: a new mosquito evolved in the London underground; blackbirds in the city stopped migrating, they live the year round in the city, their DNA has changed compared to the blackbirds that still live in rural circumstances.

Schilthuizens book is easy to read and to understand, he uses many examples from all over the world and is sometimes funny. Enjoyable read.

Dutch title translated: Darwin in the city

Dic 17, 2019, 5:22pm

>68 FAMeulstee: Sounds good, will have a look for it here.

Glad to read you are feeling improved. I have 3 days left at work: ready for a rest!

Dic 17, 2019, 5:58pm

>69 charl08: I hope you find a copy, Charlotte, it was a very good read.

Three days should be doable ;-) Enjoy your vacation!

Editado: Dic 18, 2019, 6:03am

book 395: De meeste mensen deugen by Rutger Bregman
library, e-book, non-fiction, Dutch, no translations, 521 pages
TIOLI Challenge #3: Read a book you have acquired (by any means) in 2019

In this book Bregman debunks the theories and experiments about all people being beasts inside. The majority of humans are nice, want to help echother, can feel compassion and want friendship.
Some famous psychological researches, that "proved" humans were "homo economicus" or so mean they should be repressed, were never true. The real "Lord of the flies", when shoolboys did end up at an island, ended in coöperation and friendship.
Basicly with wide research he unraffles Hobbes and finds Rouseau's thoughts about humans more true.

I loved this book, giving the arguments for what I have always felt, in nature most people are good. In disastrous times most try to help eachother. Patriarchal society and the need to suppress only started with agriculture and the first cities.

Title translated: Most people are nice

Editado: Dic 21, 2019, 5:05am

book 396: De Thibaults. Deel 2 by Roger Martin du Gard
library, translated from French, Nobelprize winner, English translation Summer, 1914 and Epilogue, 1038 pages
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a book set in the first half of the 20th century

Book 7 and 8 of Les Thibault.
Jacques lives in Geneva, in socialist circles. We follow all the events leading up to the First World War, the Second International has plans to prevent the war with nationwide strikes in all countries that prepare for the conflict. After murder of Jean Jaurés, the French socialist leader, the International breaks apart and nationalist feelings take over. And so the war begins. Jacques is very disappointed, as he is a pacifist at heart.
His brother Antoine has turned his fathers house into a modern medical research center, and still has a practice both at home and in the hospital. One of his patiens is a diplomat, and though him we hear about all diplomatic efforts to prevent the war. When the war starts, Antoine goes as a medical. During his last mission he is exposed to poisonous gas, and the whole last book (Epilogue) contains his last months when he slowly dies in hospital.

The last years I have read a lot about WWI, but I had never read such a complete overview of all the events between the assasination of archduke Franz Ferdinand and the start of the war. The assasin was a Bosnian Serb, and Serbia got an impossible ultimatum of the Austio-Hungarian Empire, they could not completely obey, so Belgrade was bombed and the war started. Ironically almost the same happened in 1999 :'(

Dic 18, 2019, 6:25am

book 397: Sjakie en de chocoladefabriek by Roald Dahl
library, YA, translated, original title Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 176 pages
TIOLI Challenge #14: Decorate a Christmas tree with words from title or author

Chocolate factory owner Willy Wonka gives five children the chance to visit his factory. They can win this visit finding a golden ticket in a chocolade bar. Poor Charlie thinks he has no chance winning, as he is very poor and only gets a chocolate bar on his birthday...

A classic, but I prefer other Dahl books like Matilda and The BFG.

Dic 18, 2019, 6:34am

Happy Wednesday, Anita. I hope you are feeling much better. I like the nature books you have been reading. There are so many good ones out there. I especially liked The Man Who Climbs Trees, if you can track that one down.

Dic 18, 2019, 6:38am

book 398: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
library, e-book, translated, Pulitzer Prize 2005, original title Gilead, 227 pages
TIOLI Challenge #17: Read a book by an author whose name has an odd number of characters

Gilead is a letter written in the 1950s by an elderly, dying preacher to his very young son. He is tries to give his son his thoughts and memories, if the son would ever be interested in those. Memories of family, his very late marriage, theological thoughs, his struggles in life.

I didn't like the book nor the main character.
This book probably suffered from the previous two five star reads I had (#395 and #396). Every read after was doomed to disappoint a bit.

Dic 18, 2019, 6:46am

>74 msf59: Thank you, Mark, happy Wednesday to you!
I feel better, but reading is still not back as it should be. I have five books laying beside me that I started, but none has kept my interest yet.
I will keep an eye out for The Man Who Climbs Trees, as it is not available in translation yet. I do have a copy of The Overstory to be read soonish.

Editado: Dic 18, 2019, 3:55pm

>59 FAMeulstee: Hmm, not a Roth I've read.

>61 FAMeulstee: I recently bought a volume of Muir's work, looking forward to it.

>75 FAMeulstee: That can happen, but it may just not have sated your tastebuds Anita. And, of course, occasionally a translation doesn't do a work justice.

Dic 18, 2019, 5:05pm

>71 FAMeulstee: >72 FAMeulstee: Two five-star reads! Very good. And I've always hated Lord of the Flies. Will have to try De meeste mensen deugen. Me, I'm more of the school of the flesh is weak, but I am interested;-)

>76 FAMeulstee: No book holding your interest, I'm having to deal with that as well. Hope you get your reading mojo back!

Dic 19, 2019, 2:02pm

I hope that you are back to full reading strength soon, Anita. You'll need to be to tackle larger tombs in 2020!

Dic 19, 2019, 3:35pm

Hi, Anita. I'm sorry Gilead didn't work better for you; it cast a spell on me that I still feel.

I want to read The Man Who Climbs Trees some day, but I just started The Man Who Planted Trees. Do you know this one? It has some very enthusiastic fans.

Dic 20, 2019, 9:13am

>77 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks, Caroline, I read my first Roth earlier this year The Radetzky March followed by The Emperor's Tomb. I want to read more of his books. Luckely many are available at the e-library.
I hope you like Muir, I hadn't heard from him before reading this book. I loved his descriptions of untouched nature.
The writing in Gilead wasn't bad, it was the stucture and the content that did not hold my interest. I saw a review by Nathalie (Deern) from a few years back about all three books, where she rated the individual books lower than the whole trilogy. She liked Gilead the least, so it might be worthwile to continue with Home some day.

>78 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella, they were both great reads. Me: Power corrupts.
Reading was a bit easier the last two days, but still not at my regular speed. No big deal, only slightly annoying.

>79 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg.
As long as I don't fall back to 13 books a year, like in 2013, I don't complain. Maybe this is the end of reading very large numbers, we will see. With my plans of reading some large tomes from the shelves, my number of books will drop anyhow.

>80 jnwelch: No need to be sorry, Joe, tastes do differ. Glad you liked it a lot more.
I hadn't heard about The Man Who Planted Trees, it looks like it was translated back in 1988. I will look around for a copy.

I finished Een rimpel in de tijd (A Wrinkle in time) and Mijn verhaal (Becoming).
Still reading Lolita, De valk van Sparta (The Falcon of Sparta) and De Nederlandse kinderpoëzie in 1000 en enige gedichten

Dic 20, 2019, 4:57pm

>81 FAMeulstee: Power corrupts- Yes, I agree.

And then there is this one Wangari Maathai The woman who planted millions of trees.

Here NRC's selection of the 110 best books of 2019. Some surprises as they've also included new Dutch translations of older books:

For instance Anthony Trollope's The Way we Live now.

Dic 20, 2019, 9:00pm

>75 FAMeulstee: I'm surprised that Gilead didn't pan out. I will read her Housekeeping next week so that I can round off my AAC reading with at least one more book for Linda.

Have a lovely weekend.

Dic 21, 2019, 4:02pm

Only two more....

Soviet Santa says "Happy Yule!" Solstice Greetings to all. Read more here:

Dic 21, 2019, 6:24pm

Greetings to my fellow biblio-geeks! It has been a privilege to chatter here with you.

A winter solstice is the moment in time when the Earth's tilt away from the Sun is at its maximum and the Sun's maximum elevation in the sky is at its lowest. Thus the ice crystals form magical lighting effects ~

Sundogs and a sunrise on the Winter Solstice

Editado: Dic 22, 2019, 4:35am

>82 EllaTim: Hi Ella, so many people planting trees :-)
I want to read the Stefan Zweig book and a few others.

>83 PaulCranswick: Can't like them all, Paul, I might give her one more chance with Home or Lila.
Happy Sunday to you.

>84 richardderus: Two are done, only not reviewed yet, Richard. Might get it done right away.

Thanks for the link, I like that Ded Moroz! :-)
Happy winter solstice, winter starts in 4½ hours !

>85 SandyAMcPherson: Lovely picture, Sandy, thank you.
Winter is my favorite season :-)

Editado: Dic 21, 2019, 7:06pm

book 399: Een rimpel in de tijd by Madeleine L'Engle
library, YA, translated, awarded, Newbery Medal 1963, original title A wrinkle in time, 207 pages
TIOLI Challenge #6: Read a book that was touchstoned by a group member between 1/1/19 and 11/30/19 - not self!

It is a classic, but I did not like the story as much as I hoped. Some parts were nice. The youngest child acted very old for a five year old... Ending felt rushed.

Editado: Dic 21, 2019, 7:35pm

book 400: Mijn verhaal by Michelle Obama
library, translated, original title Becoming, 479 pages
TIOLI Challenge #8: Read a book for the December CFF Mystery Challenge Challenge

Nice look into Michelle Obama's life from childhood to life in the White House.
I did read Barack's book Dreams from My Father in 2017, and this was partly the same story from Michelle's viewpoint. I admire them both.

Reached my goal of 400 books for 2019 :-)
Passed my goal of 100.000 pages in November
Passed my goal of 150 ROOTs in October.

Dic 21, 2019, 7:18pm

book 401: De valk van Sparta by Conn Iggulden
library, translated, original title The Falcon of Sparta, 374 pages
TIOLI Challenge #6: Read a book that was touchstoned by a group member between 1/1/19 and 11/30/19 - not self!

Nice retelling of Xenophon's The Anabasis, adventure in Persia 5th century B.C.
Now I want to read the original.

Dic 21, 2019, 10:14pm


Dic 22, 2019, 7:12am

400! wow! Applause, congratulations to you.

Dic 22, 2019, 7:24am

Happy Sunday, Anita! I hope you are feeling better. Hooray, for Becoming. It is such a beautiful memoir. I miss this woman, along with her equally wonderful husband.

Dic 22, 2019, 10:25am

>88 FAMeulstee: Nicely done Anita. I am not sure if I will make 300 this year!

Dic 22, 2019, 1:56pm

>89 FAMeulstee: cheering for goals reached and passed Anita.

>81 FAMeulstee: You might like Lila better, of the three. That's the one I gifted friends.

Dic 22, 2019, 2:59pm

>88 FAMeulstee: >89 FAMeulstee: Wow. Congratulations!

Dic 22, 2019, 3:53pm

Wow, congrats on reading 400 books, Anita!

Dic 22, 2019, 4:54pm

Hi Anita my dear, congratulations on hitting 400 books for the year, sending love and hugs.

Dic 22, 2019, 6:05pm

Have a great holiday, Anita. We're off to a family gathering starting tomorrow.

Dic 23, 2019, 8:41am

>90 richardderus: Thank you, Richard dear!

>91 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella!

>92 msf59: Thank you, Mark, I do feel better but reading is still not on usual speed. Maybe my speed-reading spree is over, we will see how it tirns out next year.
Becoming was a very good read, even I miss the Obama's.

>93 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte, I am happy to have reached my goal. Not as stellar as last year with 534.
Twenty more won't be easy, maybe you can make it if you read some short books.

Dic 23, 2019, 8:46am

>94 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline.
I will keep your recommendation in mind, but as part of the trilogy isn't it essential to read Home before Lila?

>95 quondame: Thank you, Susan!

>96 bell7: Thank you, Mary, I am happy to have reached my goal for the year.

>97 johnsimpson: Thank you, John.
Love and hugs to you and Karen.

>98 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe, safe travels and wishing you good time!
As always we keep it quiet during the holidays, I try to keep away from any festivities. This year only diner with my father on the 26th, Frank has to work the 24th and 25th.

Dic 23, 2019, 12:36pm

Hi Anita - I'm glad you are feeling better!

Wow - you've read so many great books in the short time since I've been here.

CONGRATS on reaching 400!!!! So amazing!

>61 FAMeulstee: The John Muir book sounds interesting. I'm familiar with his name, of course, but not much else. I need to read more about him.

I felt the same way you did about Wild. Unfortunately, one of the results of her book is that the Pacific Crest Trail is now overcrowded with neophyte hikers trying to recreate her journey.

Darwin Comes to Town is available through my library. I've requested a hold, and then suspended it - my way of releasing my library books a few at a time.

I also enjoyed Michelle Obama's story in Becoming.

I'm also having a quiet Christmas this year, as I decided to stay home instead of going to my brother's house in Arizona. Enjoy your quiet ttime with Frank and dinner with your father.

Dic 23, 2019, 1:43pm

>100 FAMeulstee: It isn't strictly a trilogy Anita, it is a series of books with the same characters and offering different perspectives to some of the stories. She has said it doesn't matter what order they are read in.

Editado: Dic 23, 2019, 6:01pm

>101 streamsong: Thank you, Janet!
I was lucky picking the right books from the library. I can't remember ever reading two 5* books back to back before.

I came across John Muir's name in Wild, and found this compilation of stories at the e-library.

Maybe you remember we talked about long distance walking on your thread a few years back. The last months Frank and me are walking longer distances every day. We might actually give the Pieterpath a try next autumn, planning a week with a friend, who is willing to bring us to the start of our daily trail and pick us up again at the end. So we bought the trail guide Pieterpad deel I: Pieterburen-Vorden :-)

Whishing you a happy and quiet Christmas time!

>102 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks, Caroline, then I will try Lila next year.

Today we walked to the library and back again, I found some books that were on my wishlist:
Wees onzichtbaar - Murat Isik
De jongens van Nickel (The Nickel Boys)- Colson Whitehead
Grensgangers - Aline Sax
Pionierspad (Long Distance Walk trough Flevoland) - Rutger Burgers

and from the e-library today:
Stenen voor een ransuil - Maarten 't Hart
Tirza - Arnon Grunberg
Ziggy - Bram Hulzebos

December is already more than filled with books to read, so these have to wait until January :-)

Dic 23, 2019, 5:59pm

Congratulations on reading 400 and beyond, Anita. That is twice my goal of 200. We'll see how that pans out. I enjoyed Becoming too. We seemed to be in a more civilized world back when they were in the White House.

Dic 24, 2019, 5:26am

Congratulations on reaching 400, Anita. I hope, you will be well soon.
>66 FAMeulstee: I think Bodenstein & Kirchhoff book 9 is available in dutch translation now.

I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a peaceful time.

Dic 24, 2019, 10:08am

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Dic 24, 2019, 11:34am

Or in other words, Happy Christmas! And have a great New Year as well.

Dic 24, 2019, 12:36pm

Have a comfy, caring, and very

Merry Christmas!

Dic 24, 2019, 12:49pm

I'm really behind on threads, Anita, but congrats on reaching 400.

Dic 24, 2019, 2:53pm

Happy holidays, Anita! Congrats on reading 400-plus books! It looks like most were really good with a few stinkers thrown in. (If it makes you feel better, I couldn't get into Gilead so didn't finish it, though it could have been my mood. My way of thinking is, you can't love 'em all!) John Muir is an icon in California where I lived for most of my life. Glad you enjoyed his book. If you ever get to the States, you must visit Yosemite, which is magical and one of my favorite places on Earth - at least out of those that I've been to. Big Sur, which is nearby on the coast, is another magical place.

Anyway, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dic 24, 2019, 4:23pm

Merry Christmas Anita and Frank from both of us dear friend.

Dic 24, 2019, 5:24pm

Here's a fitting book to wish you a Very Merry Christmas!

Happy Christmas, Anita!

Dic 24, 2019, 5:57pm

Merry Christmas Anita. I'm looking forward to learning what your 2020 reading challenges will be.

Dic 25, 2019, 6:29am

>104 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg, good luck making (it near) your goal.
Sadly I think the present situation is the result of a hefty counter reaction on Obama being president :'(

>105 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas.
I am heading in the right direction, at least it looks like I am avoiding a fall back that would result in phobia's returning.
Yes, I saw Moederdag at the library catalogue. I hope to read it soon.
Merry Christmas!

>106 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle, happy Christmas to you and your family!

>107 SandDune: Thank you, Rhian, wishing you the same!

>108 quondame: Thank you, Susan, and a Merry Christmas to you!

Dic 25, 2019, 6:29am

>109 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen. So am I, the threads move fast at the moment.
Merry Christmas!

>110 Storeetllr: Thank you, Mary. We can't like all books, an occasional stinker reminds us of what we like in other books.
I have seen pictures of Yosemite, it looks beautiful. It would be amazing to see it in real, but I doubt if we ever get that far from home.
Merry Christmas to you!

>111 johnsimpson: Thank you, John, Merry Christmas to you and Karen.

>112 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella, happy Christmas!
I am listening to the Top 2000, for me that is the best part of Christmas ;-)

>113 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline, Merry Christmas to you.
I am going to lower my number of books to read next year, so I can read a lot of big tomes I would like to read. We will see how that works out.

Dic 25, 2019, 8:13am

Have a great holiday, Anita!

Dic 25, 2019, 9:46am

Merry Christmas, Anita!

Dic 25, 2019, 9:49am

Hope you're having a nice day and wishing you a lovely 2020. Hope we can meet up again.

Editado: Dic 25, 2019, 11:35am

Merry Christmas from Montana, my friend!

Dic 25, 2019, 3:52pm

Merry Christmas from North Carolina!

Dic 25, 2019, 6:32pm

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, some other tradition or none at all, this is what I wish for you!

Dic 25, 2019, 9:00pm

Thank you for keeping me company in 2019.......onward to 2020.

Dic 26, 2019, 2:14am

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Dic 26, 2019, 8:05am

Anita, I’m stunned (in a good way) at your 400! That’s an amazing number!

I kept a low profile at Christmas as well; dinner with just immediate family who live close by. It was fine. So many have gone on to the unknown, this can be a bit of a sad time for us.

I’m looking forward to seeing your 2020 plans.

Editado: Dic 29, 2019, 3:21pm

calm and I could use some friends over here in this new joint...

The 2020 Group is up!

Dic 27, 2019, 12:02am

Best wishes this holiday season!! See you in 2020!

Dic 27, 2019, 7:00am

Thanks Mark, Harry, Charlotte, Janet, Jenn, Roni, Paul, Anne, Gail, Jim and Kim!

Traditionally we had dinner with my father on 2nd Christmas day. Sadly this time without my aunt and uncle, as their children kept them busy this Chrismas with diners and lunches.
Although Frank had to work on Chrismas day and the night before, he managed to make us a special dinner. I had lobster and he had pork tenderloin, with green beans, cooked pear(sp?) and potatoes.

Again traditionally I will start my thread in the 2020 group at the last day of the year. See you there on the 31st!

I'll be back later today for some reviews, I am behind, as always ;-)

Editado: Dic 27, 2019, 11:27am

>127 FAMeulstee: Sounda lovely Anita. I am buried behind a (fast-disappearing) pile of Ferrero rochers today, but have had a nice walk along the canal. Reading some Israeli crime today - A Long Night in Paris).

Dic 27, 2019, 1:28pm

>127 FAMeulstee: You had a cooked peer/pear as a dessert? Did Frank poach the pears in wine or something similar? I do love a poached pear with meringue!

Dic 27, 2019, 1:56pm

Wishing you a happy New Year, Anita.

Editado: Dic 27, 2019, 2:08pm

>128 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte, after a good walk it is nice to enjoy some sweets. I hope you enjoy your Israeli crime, not available in Dutch yet.

>129 richardderus: Hi Richard dear!
Pears not as dessert, but as a side dish, it is a traditional over here at Chrismas. Using the variety "Giesser Wildeman", that colores red by itself, when cooked long enough. So no wine needed for color, only additions (on 1 kilo) one tablespoon honey and the juice of half a lemon.

Here a picture how they look:

We had a Gü chocolate dessert, the most delicious pre-made dessert ever!

>130 avatiakh: Thank you, Kerry, the same to you!

Editado: Dic 29, 2019, 2:49pm

book 402: Oorlogsroes by Ernst Jünger
1001 books, library, e-book, non-fiction, translated from German, English translation Storm of Steel, 346 pages
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a book set in the first half of the 20th century

Ernst Jünger fought almost the whole WWI on the German side of the front. In his memoirs he writes about his years in the war. This is the first WWI memoir I have read that does not take a stand against war, Jünger seems to have enjoyed most of his time at the front. Of course he lost comrades, he gets wounded many times, but is happy each time he is well enough to return to the action in and around the trenches. His writing style is rather detached, only a few times he gets emotional.

The complete opposite of All quiet on the Western Front.

Dic 27, 2019, 2:31pm

book 403: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
1001 books, own, translated, original title Lolita, 375 pages
TIOLI Challenge #6: Read a book that was touchstoned by a group member between 1/1/19 and 11/30/19 - not self!

Incredible written, disturbing subject, great reading experience.

Dic 27, 2019, 2:50pm

book 404: Pionierspad by Rutger Burgers
from the library, non-fiction, Dutch, no translations, 112 pages
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a book that fits a Trivial Pursuit Genus I Category (rolling challenge)

Two years ago we started walking each day, as a part of fighting Frank's diabetes. Two years later we walk about 4 miles on average every day. We now think about how far we want to increase our milage and that maybe we could try parts of the long distance walking trails in our country.
This book is about the Pioneers Path, the trail that crosses our province. This edition was published in 2004, so it isn't really up to date. But it gave me some ideas about longer walks near Lelystad.

Dic 27, 2019, 2:58pm

book 405: Verborgen bewijs by Donna Leon
own, translated, original title Doctored Evidence, 223 pages
TIOLI Challenge #3: Read a book you have acquired (by any means) in 2019

Commissario Brunetti returns from vacation and finds that his dislikable collegue Scarpa had a murder case. The Romanian help of the murdered woman was the suspect, but was run over when chased by the police. Brunetti finds a witness who claims the Romanian woman is innocent, as she was with her at the time of the murder. Brunetti wants to go to the bottom of this tragedy.

Dic 27, 2019, 3:09pm

book 406: De Nederlandse kinderpoëzie in 1000 en enige gedichten by Gerrit Komrij
own, Dutch, awarded, Zilveren Griffel 2008, no translations, 1040 pages
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a book that fits a Trivial Pursuit Genus I Category (rolling challenge)

Anthology of Dutch poetry for children, starting in the 15th century up to the first years of the 21st century.

I started reading this book last January, so it took almost a year. I am glad it is finished, I discovered some new to me poets, and was happy to see poems of favorite poets :-)

Editado: Dic 31, 2019, 6:05am

book 407: De goede zoon by Rob van Essen
library, Dutch, awarded, Libris Literatuur prijs 2019, no translations, 382 pages
TIOLI Challenge #17: Read a book by an author whose name has an odd number of characters

Written from a future perspective where robots have taken over most of the work, and people get a basic income so they don't need to work anymore. The nameless writer of "thrillers without plot" takes us back to parts of his life. His fist work experiences at the Amsterdam archieves, his mothers slow decline into dementia and her recent death, and the return of some collegues from the archive in his present life.

The well written book was not likable at first, the writing about his mother later on were more engaging. The ending was not very statisfying.

Dic 27, 2019, 3:31pm

Hi Anita!

>127 FAMeulstee: Your special dinner sounds lovely - I am a particular fan of lobster but only have it maybe once a year. Yum. And the pears sound lovely.

I'm already getting my 'first thread of 2020' ready for both the 75ers and ROOTs groups, but won't post until January 1. I'll be so far behind by then that I'll need to spend hours just starting the new year right with my LT friends.

Dic 27, 2019, 3:54pm

>138 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen, LT-friend and fellow lobster fan.
My frequency of having lobster is as much as yours, once a year (or even less) at special occasions. Next year we are going to skip Christmas diner at our place and instead celebrate the winter solstice with a special dinner.
I might poke around a bit in the 2020 group in the next days, but I wait with the "big read of the new threads" until the New Year has started. That will keep me busy the largest part of January 1st. I use the last days of December to finish some books I already started and maybe a few more ;-)

Dic 27, 2019, 5:15pm

>131 FAMeulstee: The pears look good as does the cheesecake, Anita. I like the sound of lobster for Christmas.

Dic 28, 2019, 5:46am

>131 FAMeulstee: Nice dinner, Anita!

>139 FAMeulstee: I think I'll start reading now, or I'll never manage.

>134 FAMeulstee: Good idea, those long walks, and starting out near your own home. The planners and writers of the path know all the best routes and the hidden gems along the way!

Dic 28, 2019, 3:58pm

407 books read!!!! Amazing!

Enjoy the rest of the holiday season :)

Dic 28, 2019, 4:19pm

I was just bragging (enviously) about how many books you have read this year!! I see 410 in your future. : )

Dic 28, 2019, 4:32pm

>140 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg. Frank liked the pears so much he bought them again for New Years Eve, no lobster though ;-)

>141 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella, both Christmas dinners were good. The cook at my fathers place did a good job again.
Monday we plan to walk to the library, and then to have someting to eat at the Lelycentre (7,5 km). If we feel up to it we will walk back, if not we can take the bus.
The book gave some ideas to take the bus and then walk back home, or to an other busstop.

>142 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita, I am having a perfect holiday season, nice and quiet at home and reading.

>143 Berly: That is funny, Kim, bragging about fellow group members!
The actual number is 409, like always I am behind on reviews. I hope to finish 410 tomorrow.

Dic 29, 2019, 6:03pm

book 408: Het geschikte moment, 1855 by Patrik Ouředník
library, translated from Czech, English translation The Opportune Moment, 1855, 124 pages
TIOLI Challenge #3: Read a book you have acquired (by any means) in 2019

This novel starts with the letter of an old anarchist, written in 1902. He was the initiator of an untopian settlement in Brazil, but left the community because of differences in opinion how the community should develop.
Next we go back to a 1855 diary about a group of European anarchists, communists and socialists, who emigrate to Brazil to join the utopian community. Next we get some very different diary entrances about what happened (or did not happen) next.

Thoughtprovoking, how ideal and practice conflict.

Dic 29, 2019, 6:08pm

book 409: De lange droogte by Cynan Jones
own, translated, original title The long dry, 135 pages
TIOLI Challenge #1: Read a book which pictures on its cover a person, an animal, or a creature with horns

A day from the life of a Welsh farmer. When he wakes in the morning a cow is missing, he wants to go after the cow, but other duties come first. Meanwhile we learn about the farmers youth, his wife and children. Happiness and drama go alongside all day.

Dic 29, 2019, 6:19pm

book 410: Pieterpad deel I: Pieterburen-Vorden by Toos Goorhuis-Tjalsma
own, Dutch, no translations, 192 pages
TIOLI Challenge #3: Read a book you have acquired (by any means) in 2019

The Pieterpad is the best know long distance walking trail in the Netherlands, it starts in the village Pieterburen in the north and ends at the Sint Pietersberg in the south, totaling 482 km in length.
This book contains the route of the first half of the trail, with detailed maps, historic places, and touristic information. Frank and I consider to walk (a part) of this trail.

Dic 31, 2019, 6:14am

book 411: Wees onzichtbaar by Murat Isik
library, Dutch, awarded, Libris Literatuur prijs 2018, no translations, 597 pages
TIOLI Challenge #3: Read a book you have acquired (by any means) in 2019

Metin is a Turkish boy, who arrived in Amsterdam with his father, mother and older sister, when he was five years old. He grows up in the Bijlmer, a new part of Amsterdam that detoriated through the years. While Metin gets older the neighborhood gets worse. He has trouble at school, being bullied, trouble at home with his violent father.

Both coming of age story and the story of a declining neighborhood.

Title translated: Be invisible

Dic 31, 2019, 6:20am

book 412: De legende van de heilige drinker by Joseph Roth
library, translated from German, English translation The Legend of the Holy Drinker, 84 pages
TIOLI Challenge #6: Read a book that was touchstoned in a group member's thread between 1/1/19 and 11/30/19 - not self!

An alcoholic foreigner roams through Paris, sleeping under bridges as he is broke. One day he meets a stranger who gives him 200 franc. Luck stays on his side for a few days.

Part text, part graphic novel, works well together.

Dic 31, 2019, 6:23am

>147 FAMeulstee: A long distance trail sounds fun, Anita. I would love to see pictures if you decide to go.

Dic 31, 2019, 6:28am

>150 charl08: Of course there will be pictures if we go, Charlotte. I hope we will start next autumn...
We are well on our way stretching our walking, yesterday it was almost 15 km. The longest trail from the Pieterpath is 24 km.

Dic 31, 2019, 2:06pm

book 413: De milieubeheerder by Nadine Gordimer
library, translated, Booker prize, Nobelprize, original title The Conservationist, 349 pages
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book where the first word of the title fits a rolling challenge based on the word Christmas

Set in South Africa during Apartheid. Mr. Mehring is a rich, white businessman who bought a farm recently, including workers and livestock. Many black people work on the farm, the owner only spends his weekends there. He is divorced and has a problematic relation with his son.

Dic 31, 2019, 2:43pm

December 2019 in numbers

28 books read (9,484 pages, 289.8 pages a day)

own 5 (18 %) / library 23

19 male author / 9 female author
6 originally written in Dutch / 22 translated into Dutch
19 fiction / 9 non-fiction

28 books in TIOLI Challenges
  9 e-books
  2 1001 books
  6 childrens/YA
  2 mystery/police procedural
  2 poetry

longest book 1040 pages
shortest book 84 pages
average book 339 pages

own books read were on the shelf since:
before 2008: 1
2008: 1
2019: 3

date first published:

20th century
1910s: 1
1920s: 2
1930s: 1
1940s: 1
1950s: 1
1960s: 2
1970s: 1
1980s: 1
1990s: 1

21st century
2000s: 7
2010s: 10

  3 x
  1 x
15 x
  6 x
  2 x
  1 x

Best books in November

De Thibaults. Deel 2 by Roger Martin du Gard
Lolita (Lolita) by Vladimir Nabokov
De meeste mensen deugen by Rutger Bregman,

Darwin in de stad (Darwin comes to town) by Menno Schilthuizen

Editado: Jul 21, 2020, 5:41pm

2019 totals:

413 books read (110,873 pages, 303.7 pages a day)

own 192 (46 %) / library 219 / other 2

278 male author / 135 female author
145 originally written in Dutch / 268 translated into Dutch
349 fiction / 64 non-fiction

398 books in TIOLI Challenges
135 e-books
  32 1001 books (total 139)
    5 Dutch Literary Canon (total 25/125)
175 childrens/YA
  65 mystery/police procedural
    10 poetry

longest book 1040 pages
shortest book 23 pages
average book 268 pages

own books read were on the shelf since:
before 2008: 127
2008: 13
2009: 1
2011: 1
2012: 2
2014: 1
2017: 2
2018: 14
2019: 31

date first published:
8th century BC: 1
2nd century: 1
16th century: 2
17th century: 2
18th century: 2
19th century: 14

20th century
1900s: 3
1910s: 3
1920s: 8
1930s: 9
1940s: 5
1950s: 9
1960s: 20
1970s: 34
1980s: 55
1990s: 57

21st century:
2000s: 70
2010s: 118

  18 x 180
  42 x 378
156 x 1248
132 x 924
  60 x 360
    3 x 15
    2 x 8

average rating: 3.77

Dic 31, 2019, 2:47pm

books read in January 2019
book 1: IJsmoord (A Climate of Fear) by Fred Vargas (thread 1, msg 67)
book 2: Zwaard en kroon (The Sword and the Circle) by Rosemary Sutcliff (thread 1, msg 113)
book 3: Schild en kruis (The Light Beyond the Forest) by Rosemary Sutcliff (thread 1, msg 114)
book 4: Afscheid van een koning (The Road to Camlann) by Rosemary Sutcliff (thread 1, msg 115)
book 5: Twee ons liefde by Ted van Lieshout (thread 1, msg 116)
book 6: Deesje by Joke van Leeuwen (thread 1, msg 117)
book 7: De show van je leven (I Am Half-Sick of Shadows) by Alan Bradley (thread 1, msg 118)
book 8: Een dodelijk venijn by Fred Vargas (thread 1, msg 119)
book 9: Het toernooi van Gorlan (The Tournament at Gorlan) by John Flanagan (thread 1, msg 171)
book 10: Muren van alle tijden by Fik Meijer (thread 1, msg 172)
book 11: De slag op de Heckingse Heide (The Battle of Hackham Heath) by John Flanagan (thread 1, msg 173)
book 12: Ik ben Joshua en mijn vader is een held (Piggy in the middle) by Jan Michael (thread 1, msg 190)
book 13: En straks komt Emilio by Gudrun Pausewang (thread 1, msg 191)
book 14: Ongebaande paden by Sylvain Tesson (thread 1, msg 192)
book 15: De onbekende ridder (The Mystery Knight) by George R.R. Martin (thread 1, msg 193)
book 16: Broere (Brothers) by Bart Moeyaert (thread 1, msg 194)
book 17: Het rechte pad (The Heretic's Apprentice) by Ellis Peters (thread 1, msg 195)
book 18: De tijdkring (Mr Was) by Pete Hautman (thread 1, msg 208)
book 19: De toverberg (The Magic Mountain) by Thomas Mann (thread 1, msg 209)
book 20: Het wonderlijke verhaal van Angelino Brown (The Tale of Angelino Brown) by David Almond (thread 1, msg 248)
book 21: Zomer van de vriendschap (Ostend: Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark) by Volker Weidermann (thread 1, msg 249)
book 22: De erfenis van de Tempeliers (The Templar Legacy) by Steve Berry (thread 1, msg 250)
book 23: Tin Toeval en de kunst van Madelief by Guus Kuijer (thread 1, msg 251)
book 24: Ik ben Polleke hoor! (I am Polleke) by Guus Kuijer (thread 1, msg 252)
book 25: IJsprinses (The Ice Princess) by Camilla Läckberg (thread 1, msg 253)
book 26: Barst by Boris Dittrich (thread 2, msg 37)
book 27: Een muur van schilden (The Shield Ring) by Rosemary Sutcliff (thread 2, msg 38)
book 28: Het Oerlanderboek (Legacy of Magic) by Leonie Kooiker (thread 2, msg 39)
book 29: Op de vlucht (Toby Alone) by Timothée de Fombelle (thread 2, msg 40)
book 30: Er zijn nog 17 miljoen wachtenden voor u by Sander Heijne (thread 2, msg 43)
book 31: De ruïnes van Gorlan (The Ruins of Gorlan) by John Flanagan (thread 2, msg 44)
book 32: Een schrijver in oorlog (A Writer at War) by Vasili Grossman (thread 2, msg 56)
book 33: De smokkelaars van de Tigris by Karl May (thread 2, msg 57)
book 34: Het verhaal van Bobbel (The Story of Bobble Who Wanted to Be Rich) by Joke van Leeuwen (thread 2, msg 58)
book 35: Een mond vol dons (A Mouthful of Feathers) by Lydia Rood (thread 2, msg 59)
book 36: Een stap en dan de volgende by Pierre Bergounioux (thread 2, msg 60)
book 37: Zenuwmoord (Nerve) by Dick Francis (thread 2, msg 78)
book 38: De ondergrondse spoorweg (The underground railroad) by Colson Whitehead (thread 2, msg 79)

Dic 31, 2019, 2:50pm

books read in February 2019
book 39: Het Achterhuis (The Diary of a Young Girl) by Anne Frank (thread 2, msg 88)
book 40: Waar is de taart? (Where Is the Cake?) by Thé Tjong-Khing (thread 2, msg 90)
book 41: Mijn botjes zijn bekleed met deftig vel by Ted van Lieshout (thread 2, msg 92)
book 42: Briefgeheim by Jan Terlouw (thread 2, msg 93)
book 43: De ogen van Elisha (Toby and the Secrets of the Tree) by Timothée de Fombelle (thread 2, msg 125)
book 44: Een nieuw begin (New Spring) by Robert Jordan (thread 2, msg 126)
book 45: Een leeuw met lange tanden by Dolf Verroen (thread 2, msg 127)
book 46: Het geheim van de keel van de nachtegaal by Peter Verhelst (thread 2, msg 128)
book 47: De gouden ezel (The Golden Ass) by Apuleius (thread 2, msg 129)
book 48: Het oog van de wereld (The Eye of the World) by Robert Jordan (thread 2, msg 158)
book 49: De Cock en de dood in antiek by A.C. Baantjer (thread 2, msg 159)
book 50: Jacques de fatalist en zijn meester (Jacques the fatalist) by Denis Diderot (thread 2, msg 160)
book 51: Een onbeminde vrouw by Nele Neuhaus (thread 2, msg 161)
book 52: Voor de vorst (Before the Frost) by Henning Mankell (thread 2, msg 162)
book 53: Zip en andere verhalen by Wim Hofman (thread 2, msg 163)
book 54: Offersteen (The Janus Stone) by Elly Griffiths (thread 2, msg 164)
book 55: Zaterdagmorgen, Zondagmorgen by Jacques Vriens (thread 2, msg 191)
book 56: De wet van staal (The Alloy of Law) by Brandon Sanderson (thread 2, msg 193)
book 57: De leeuw van Vlaanderen (The Lion of Flanders) by Hendrik Conscience (thread 2, msg 194)
book 58: De sprookjes van Moeder de Gans (The Tales of Mother Goose) by Charles Perrault (thread 2, msg 195)
book 59: Parijs is een feest (A Moveable Feast) by Ernest Hemingway (thread 2, msg 196)
book 60: Springvloed (The House at Sea's End) by Elly Griffiths (thread 2, msg 206)
book 61: Mij 'n zorg (Adam and Eve and Pinch-me) by Julie Johnston (thread 2, msg 207)
book 62: Sterren en strepen (Notes from a Big Country) by Bill Bryson (thread 2, msg 208)
book 63: Beenderhuis (A Room Full of Bones) by Elly Griffiths (thread 2, msg 209)
book 64: De brandende brug (The Burning Bridge) by John Flanagan (thread 2, msg 210)
book 65: Het ijzige land (The Icebound Land) by John Flanagan (thread 2, msg 211)
book 66: De dragers van het Eikenblad (The Battle for Skandia) by John Flanagan, 327 pages (thread 2, msg 233)
book 67: Verhalen uit de godenwereld van de Edda by Henk van Kerkwijk (thread 2, msg 234)
book 68: Een stille dood (Quietly in Their Sleep) by Donna Leon (thread 2, msg 235)
book 69: Nobilità (A Noble Radiance) by Donna Leon (thread 2, msg 236)
book 70: Kikker is een held (Frog is a hero) by Max Velthuijs (thread 2, msg 237)
book 71: Fatalità (Fatal Remedies) by Donna Leon (thread 2, msg 238)
book 72: De rotsvesting in Sonora by Karl May (thread 2, msg 239)
book 73: Dicht langs de huizen by Willem Wilmink (thread 2, msg 240)
book 74: Wallanders wereld by Henning Mankell (thread 2, msg 241)
book 75: Verhaal van een leven 2 by Konstantin Paustovski (thread 3, msg 8)
book 76: Tonkie in de wildernis by Alet Schouten (thread 3, msg 41)
book 77: Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann (thread 3, msg 42)
book 78: Ik ben een held by Ted van Lieshout (thread 3, msg 46)
book 79: Wij zeggen hier niet halfbroer by Henk van Straten (thread 3, msg 47)
book 80: Een vlucht regenwulpen (Flight of Curlews) by Maarten 't Hart (thread 3, msg 48)

Dic 31, 2019, 2:54pm

books read in March 2019
book 81: Moordvrienden by Nele Neuhaus (thread 3, msg 64)
book 82: De grote jacht (The Great Hunt) by Robert Jordan (thread 3, msg 65)
book 83: Alles stroomt (Everything flows) by Vasili Grossman (thread 3, msg 66)
book 84: Winnetou bij de bedoeïenen by Karl May (thread 3, msg 67)
book 85: Hoe gaat het met jou? Met mij gaat het goed by Liesbeth van Lennep (thread 3, msg 68)
book 86: Radetzkymars (The Radetzky March) by Joseph Roth (thread 3, msg 100)
book 87: Predikant (The Preacher) by Camilla Lackberg (thread 3, msg 101)
book 88: Papillon (Papillon) by Henri Charrière (thread 3, msg 102)
book 89: Het vuur (Under Fire) by Henri Barbusse (thread 3, msg 103)
book 90: Ademnood (Forfeit) by Dick Francis (thread 3, msg 104)
book 91: De dood van Winnetou by Karl May (thread 3, msg 105)
book 92: Het teken van Wichart (Flight into Danger) by Alet Schouten (thread 3, msg 106)
book 93: De ijzeren engel (Clockwork angel) by Cassandra Clare (thread 3, msg 122)
book 94: Laura's gedichten (Laura's Poems) by Laura Ranger (thread 3, msg 123)
book 95: M. by Shira Keller (thread 3, msg 124)
book 96: De gekwelde man (The Troubled Man) by Henning Mankell (thread 3, msg 125)
book 97: In de greep van de citroenzucht by Alet Schouten (thread 3, msg 126)
book 98: Dolende ridders op Verda by Hermann Molenkamp (thread 3, msg 127)
book 99: Stormnacht (Storm Front) by Jim Butcher (thread 3, msg 144)
book 100: Het eind van het verhaal (The End of the Story) by Lydia Davis (thread 3, msg 145)
book 101: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (thread 3, msg 153)
book 102: Een overtollig mens by J.M.A. Biesheuvel (thread 3, msg 154)
book 103: Een onberispelijke man (Old Filth) by Jane Gardam (thread 3, msg 155)
book 104: Het zevende gebod (The Leper's Return) by Michael Jecks (thread 3, msg 156)
book 105: Tweede persoon enkelvoud (Second Person Singular) by Sayed Kashua (thread 3, msg 181)
book 106: De ridderslag (Knight's Fee) by Rosemary Sutcliff (thread 3, msg 182)
book 107: Ik Jan Cremer (I, Jan Cremer) by Jan Cremer (thread 3, msg 183)
book 108: Mijn haat krijgen jullie niet (You Will Not Have My Hate) by Antoine Leiris (thread 3, msg 184)
book 109: Het schrift van Perle (The Book of Pearl) by Timothée de Fombelle (thread 3, msg 185)
book 110: Middlemarch (Middlemarch) by George Eliot (thread 3, msg 186)
book 111: Het roze huis by Pierre Bergounioux (thread 3, msg 187)
book 112: Doofpot (Decider) by Dick Francis (thread 3, msg 189)
book 113: Vroeger was de aarde plat by Marten Toonder (thread 3, msg 204)
book 114: Waar je bang voor bent (The Places That Scare You) by Pema Chödrön (thread 3, msg 205)

Dic 31, 2019, 2:58pm

books read in April 2019
book 115: De ontsnapping by Theun de Vries (thread 4, msg 44)
book 116: Thomas en de laatste draken (Dragon Rider) by Cornelia Funke (thread 4, msg 45)
book 117: De herrezen draak (The Dragon Reborn) by Robert Jordan (thread 4, msg 46)
book 118: De Cock en een deal met de duivel by A.C. Baantjer (thread 4, msg 47)
book 119: Het masker van Dante (Dante's numbers) by David Hewson (thread 4, msg 68)
book 120: Langs velden en oevers (Over Strand and Field) by Gustave Flaubert (thread 4, msg 69)
book 121: De Weense sigarenboer (The Tobacconist) by Robert Seethaler (thread 4, msg 70)
book 122: Het drama van het begaafde kind (The Drama of the Gifted Child) by Alice Miller (thread 4, msg 71)
book 123: Daar komt de bruid by Lévi Weemoedt (thread 4, msg 72)
book 124: De reis van Yarim by Hans Hagen (thread 4, msg 73)
book 125: De vrouw met de hondekar by Alet Schouten (thread 4, msg 74)
book 126: Colometa (In Diamond Square) by Mercè Rodoreda (thread 4, msg 75)
book 127: Vriendendienst (Friends in High Places) by Donna Leon (thread 4, msg 76)
book 128: Zeezicht by Linda van Rijn (thread 4, msg 95)
book 129: Zeezicht by Simone Schell (thread 4, msg 96)
book 130: Het geluid van bloemen by Marten Toonder (thread 4, msg 97)
book 131: Milena by Jan Prochazka (thread 4, msg 98)
book 132: Onder het kollende meer Doo by Marten Toonder (thread 4, msg 99)
book 133: Tera by Marten Toonder (thread 4, msg 100)
book 134: De beulse (The Hangwoman) by Pavel Kohout (thread 4, msg 101)
book 135: De kristallen grot (The Crystal Cave) by Mary Stewart (thread 4, msg 114)
book 136: Blauwe demonen (The Blue Demon) by David Hewson (thread 4, msg 116)
book 137: Waterschapsheuvel (Watership Down) by Richard Adams (thread 4, msg 117)
book 138: Weg met Eddy Bellegueule (The end of Eddy) by Édouard Louis (thread 4, msg 118)
book 139: De weg terug (The road back) by Erich Maria Remarque (thread 4, msg 119)
book 140: Thomas en de veer van de griffioen (The Griffin's Feather) by Cornelia Funke (thread 4, msg 120)
book 141: Nemesis by Philp Roth (thread 4, msg 137)
book 142: De wraakgodin (Nemesis) by Agatha Christie (thread 4, msg 138)
book 143: Slotakkoord voor een moord (Speaking From Among the Bones) by Alan Bradley (thread 4, msg 139)
book 144: Grand Hotel Europa by Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer (thread 4, msg 140)
book 145: De rode belofte (Red plenty) by Francis Spufford (thread 4, msg 150)
book 146: Minoes (The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof) by Annie M.G. Schmidt (thread 4, msg 151)
book 147: De dood van de erfgenaam (Squire Throwleigh's Heir) by Michael Jecks (thread 4, msg 152)
book 148: Geen ochtend ter wereld (All the World's Mornings) by Pascal Quignard (thread 4, msg 153)
book 149: De boodschap van Winnetou by Karl May (thread 4, msg 154)

Dic 31, 2019, 2:59pm

books read in May 2019
book 150: Langzaam, zo snel als zij konden by Toon Tellegen (thread 4, msg 161)
book 151: Lincoln in de bardo (Lincoln in the Bardo) by George Saunders (thread 4, msg 196)
book 152: Berlijn 1989-2009 by Cees Nooteboom (thread 4, msg 197)
book 153: Gezworen woorden by Akky van der Veer (thread 4, msg 198)
book 154: Wilhelm Meisters leerjaren (Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship) by Johann Wolfgang Goethe (thread 4, msg 282)
book 155: Berlijn (Berlin Now: The City After the Wall) by Peter Schneider (thread 4, msg 282)
book 156: Top 10 : Berlijn (DK Eyewitness Top Ten Travel Guide : Berlin) by Jürgen Scheunemann (thread 4, msg 282)
book 157: Emiel en zijn detectives (Emil and the Detectives) by Erich Kästner (thread 4, msg 282)
book 158: Steenhouwer (The Stonecutter) by Camilla Läckberg (thread 4, msg 282)
book 159: Het meten van de wereld (Measuring the World) by Daniel Kehlmann (thread 4, msg 283)
book 160: Reizigster op een been (Traveling on One Leg) by Herta Müller (thread 4, msg 283)
book 161: Bombaaj! by Els Pelgrom (thread 4, msg 283)
book 162: De zevenslaper (7 x 7 Tales of Sevensleeper) by Hanna Muschg (thread 4, msg 283)
book 163: Een waanzinnig begin (Nightmare in Berlin) by Hans Fallada (thread 4, msg 283)
book 164: De pijnboomeilanden (The Pine Islands) by Marion Poschman (thread 4, msg 286)
book 165: Kantjil : dwerghert bij het Tobameer by Alet Schouten (thread 4, msg 287)
book 166: Tinus-in-de-war by Jacques Vriens (thread 4, msg 287)
book 167: De holle heuvels (The Hollow Hills) by Mary Stewart (thread 5, msg 28)
book 168: Een wolf in de stal by Carl-Anders Norrlid (thread 5, msg 30)
book 169: Moord in de pastorie (Murder at the Vicarage) by Agatha Christie (thread 5, msg 31)
book 170: De magier van Macindaw (The Sorcerer of the North) by John Flanagan (thread 5, msg 33)
book 171: Het beleg van Macindaw (The Siege of Macindaw) by John Flanagan (thread 5, msg 33)
book 172: Asterix de Galliër (Asterix the Gaul) by René Goscinny (thread 5, msg 35)
book 173: Valentijn (Small Pig) by Arnold Lobel (thread 5, msg 36)
book 174: De Kapucijner crypte (The Emperor's Tomb) by Joseph Roth (thread 5, msg 37)

Dic 31, 2019, 3:01pm

books read in June 2019
book 175: Over de kling (To the Hilt) by Dick Francis (thread 5, msg 56)
book 176: Het vogelhuis (Bird Cottage) by Eva Meijer (thread 5, msg 58)
book 177: Feo en de wolven (The Wolf Wilder) by Katherine Rundell (thread 5, msg 60)
book 178: Bede aan de zee (Sea Prayer) by Khaled Hosseini (thread 5, msg 61)
book 179: Overspoeld by Gideon Samson (thread 5, msg 62)
book 180: Weg by Jowi Schmitz (thread 5, msg 63)
book 181: Moord in het klooster (Belladonna at Belstone) by Michael Jecks (thread 5, msg 91)
book 182: De roep van de wildernis (The Call of the Wild) by Jack London (thread 5, msg 92)
book 183: Wij tegen jullie (Us Against You) by Fredrik Backman (thread 5, msg 93)
book 184: De komst van de schaduw (The shadow rising) by Robert Jordan (thread 5, msg 94)
book 185: Ik ben nooit onverschillig geweest by Ilja Ehrenburg (thread 5, msg 95)
book 186: Diepe wonden (The Ice Queen) by Nele Neuhaus (thread 5, msg 110)
book 187: Onrustig tij (Sea of Troubles) by Donna Leon (thread 5, msg 111)
book 188: Losgeld voor Erak (Erak's Ransom) by John Flanagan (thread 5, msg 112)
book 189: Er is geen vorm waarin ik pas by Erna Sassen (thread 5, msg 113)
book 190: Verloren grond by Murat Isik (thread 5, msg 119)
book 191: Zomervacht by Jaap Robben (thread 5, msg 120)
book 192: Ik zal er zijn (I'll be there) by Holly Sloan (thread 5, msg 121)
book 193: Hand & tand (Tooth & nail) by Ian Rankin (thread 5, msg 122)
book 194: Warhorse (Warhorse) by Michael Morpurgo (thread 5, msg 130)
book 195: Vuur uit de hemel (The Fires of Heaven) by Robert Jordan (thread 5, msg 131)
book 196: Hoe word ik gelukkig? by Guus Kuijer (thread 5, msg 132)
book 197: Op weg naar de regenboog (Brother Dustyfeet) by Rosemary Sutcliff (thread 5, msg 133)
book 198: Sergeant in de sneeuw (The Sergeant in the Snow) by Mario Rigoni Stern (thread 5, msg 147)
book 199: Kenau by Theun de Vries (thread 5, msg 148)
book 200: Ze hebben mijn vader vermoord (Who killed my father) by Édouard Louis (thread 5, msg 149)
book 201: Dingen die mijn zoon moet weten over de wereld (Things My Son Needs to Know about the World) by Fredrik Backman (thread 5, msg 150)
book 202: Het verraad (The Shining Company) by Rosemary Sutcliff (thread 5, msg 152)
book 203: Berlijn Alexanderplatz (Berlin Alexanderplatz) by Alfred Döblin (thread 5, msg 153)
book 204: De weg (Solace of the road) by Siobhan Dowd (thread 5, msg 154)

Dic 31, 2019, 3:04pm

books read in July 2019
book 205: Marten Toonder by Wim Hazeu (thread 5, msg 196)
book 206: De straat waar niets gebeurt by Els Pelgrom (thread 5, msg 197)
book 207: Sneeuwwitje moet sterven (Snow White must die) by Nele Neuhaus (thread 5, msg 198)
book 208: En toen waren er nog maar... (And then there were none) by Agatha Christie (thread 5, msg 199)
book 209: De avonturen van Huckleberry Finn (The adventures of Huckleberry Finn) by Mark Twain (thread 5, msg 200)
book 210: Zoektocht in Katoren by Jan Terlouw (thread 5, msg 201)
book 211: Het Rosie project (The Rosie Project) by Simsion Greame (thread 5, msg 229)
book 212: De duivelskunstenaar by Matthias Rozemond (thread 5, msg 230)
book 213: Hoe Tortot zijn vissenhart verloor (Tortot the cold fish who lost his world and found his heart) by Benny Lindelauf (thread 5, msg 231)
book 214: Moergrobben by Theun de Vries (thread 5, msg 232)
book 215: Zusje (The Stranger) by Camilla Läckberg (thread 5, msg 233)
book 216: Gevallen engel (The fallen angel), David Hewson (thread 5, msg 234)
book 217: Schaduw van de Zijderoute (Shadow of the Silk Road) by Colin Thubron (thread 5, msg 236)
book 218: Pogingen iets van het leven te maken (The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen) by Hendrik Goen (thread 6, msg 35)
book 219: De beschermengel (The invisible guardian) by Dolores Redondo (thread 6, msg 36)
book 220: De vlucht (Out in the Open) by Jesús Carrasco (thread 6, msg 37)
book 221: Desperado's by Karl May (thread 6, msg 38)
book 222: Met het mes op tafel (When she hollers) by Cynthia Voigt (thread 6, msg 40)
book 223: Eén mens is genoeg by Els Beerten (thread 6, msg 42)
book 224: Toen er nog bizons waren by Käthe Recheis (thread 6, msg 43)
book 225: Klik (Attachments) by Rainbow Rowell (thread 6, msg 44)
book 226: Dagboek van een boekverkoper (The Diary of a Bookseller) by Shaun Bythell (thread 6, msg 69)
book 227: De regenboog heeft maar acht kleuren by Peter Pohl (thread 6, msg 70)
book 228: Het dierelirium van professor Revillod by Javier Saez Castán (thread 6, msg 71)
book 229: De liefste poes van de wereld by Dolf Verroen (thread 6, msg 72)
book 230: De schok van de val (The Shock of the Fall) by Nathan Filer (thread 6, msg 73)
book 231: Als de bergen huilen by Gerda Van Erkel (thread 6, msg 74)
book 232: Nieuwe maan (Moonrise) by Sarah Crossan (thread 6, msg 75)
book 233: Koen, maak je mijn schoen? by Willem Wilmink (thread 6, msg 86)

Dic 31, 2019, 3:06pm

books read in August 2019
book 234: Afvalrace (Rat Race) by Dick Francis (thread 6, msg 87)
book 235: Verhaal van een leven 3 by Konstantin Paustovski (thread 6, msg 88) book 2000 read since 2008
book 236: Dans van de doden (Carnival for the Dead, Nic Costa) by David Hewson (thread 6, msg 89)
book 237: De koning van Clonmel (The Kings of Clonmel) by John Flanagan (thread 6, msg 111)
book 238: Halt in gevaar (Halt's Peril, Ranger's Apprentice 9) by John Flanagan (thread 6, msg 111)
book 239: Alaska by Anna Woltz (thread 6, msg 113)
book 240: Karl May en zijn wereld by Karl May (thread 6, msg 114)
book 241: Het reisgezelschap van de Amstel by Willem Wilmink (thread 6, msg 115)
book 242: Ballade van de dood by Koos Meinderts & Harrie Jekkers (thread 6, msg 116)
book 243: Pluk van de Petteflet (Tow-Truck Pluck) by Annie M.G. Schmidt (thread 6, msg 117)
book 244: Wie wind zaait by Nele Neuhaus (thread 6, msg 118)
book 245: Jorrie en Snorrie by Annie M.G. Schmidt (thread 6, msg 119)
book 246: De vogels (The Birds) by Tarjei Vesaas (thread 6, msg 120)
book 247: Tegenwoordig heet iedereen Sorry by Bart Moeyaert (thread 6, msg 121)
book 248: Wonder (Wonder) by R.J. Palacio (thread 6, msg 155)
book 249: De oorlog van de kleine paardjes by Johan Fabricius (thread 6, msg 156)
book 250: Maanzaad by Lydia Rood (thread 6, msg 157)
book 251: De kwade knecht (Saint Peter's Fair) by Ellis Peters (thread 6, msg 158)
book 252: Bedrieglijke zaken (Willful Behavior) by Donna Leon (thread 6, msg 159)
book 253: Het varenwoud by Alet Schouten (thread 6, msg 161)
book 254: Dromen androïden over elektrische schapen? (Do androids dream of electronic sheep?) by Philip K. Dick (thread 6, msg 175)
book 255: Hotel du Lac (Hotel du Lac) by Anita Brookner (thread 6, msg 177)
book 256: De reizen van Ólafur Egilsson (The Travels of Reverend Ólafur Egilsson) by Ólafur Egilsson (thread 6, msg 179)
book 257: Erfenis van de botten (The Legacy of the Bones) by Dolores Redondo (thread 6, msg 180)
book 258: Goedenavond, speelman by Willem Wilmink (thread 6, msg 198)
book 259: De shockdoctrine (The Shock Doctrine) by Naomi Klein (thread 6, msg 199)
book 260: Het Rosie effect (The Rosie Effect) by Graeme Simsion (thread 6, msg 200)
book 261: De woudloper by Karl May (thread 6, msg 201)
book 262: Vuur van Brigid en andere wintermythen by Pierre Michon (thread 6, msg 202)
book 263: Het verkeerde pannetje by Willem Wilmink (thread 6, msg 203)
book 264: Dat hebben we gehad (Goodbye to All That) by Robert Graves (thread 6, msg 204)
book 265: De zelfmoord van de meisjes (The Virgin Suicides) by Jeffrey Eugenides (thread 6, msg 207)
book 266: Het verhaal van een huwelijk (The Story of a Marriage) by Geir Gulliksen (thread 6, msg 208)
book 267: De stederedders by Alet Schouten (thread 6, msg 209)
book 268: Lanny (Lanny) by Max Porter (thread 6, msg 210)
book 269: De keizer van Nihon-Ja (The Emperor of Nihon-Ja) by John Flanagan (thread 6, msg 219)
book 270: De zandkroon Hakim Traïdia (thread 6, msg 220)
book 271: De baai van Kara-Bogaz by Konstantin Paustovski (thread 6, msg 221)
book 272: Dani Bennoni lang zal hij leven (Dani Bennoni: Long May He Live) by Bart Moeyaert (thread 6, msg 222)
book 273: De komst van de Katteturk by Alet Schouten (thread 6, msg 223)
book 274: Mauwtje by Rascal (thread 6, msg 224)
book 275: De koninklijke leerling (The Royal Ranger) by John Flanagan (thread 6, msg 225)
book 276: De zee (The Sea) by John Banville (msg 226)
book 277: Vandaag is het de grote dag by Willem Wilmink (thread 6, msg 227)
book 278: Driedelig paard by Ted van Lieshout (thread 6, msg 228)
book 279: Snippers (Journey) by Patricia MacLachlan (thread 6, msg 229)

Editado: Dic 31, 2019, 3:08pm

books read in September 2019
book 280: Witte dood (Lethal white) by Robert Galbraith (thread 7, msg 56)
book 281: Jubeltenen by Rita Verschuur (thread 7, msg 57)
book 282: Boze wolf (Bad Wolf) by Nele Neuhaus (thread 7, msg 58)
book 283: Och, ik elleboog me er wel doorheen by Ted van Lieshout (thread 7, msg 59)
book 284: Verzetsjongen by Hans Werner (thread 7, msg 60)
book 285: Bij ons op het dorp by Rudie van Meurs (thread 7, msg 61)
book 286: Hillbilly Blues (Hillbilly Elegy) by J.D. Vance (thread 7, msg 81)
book 287: Niet zo, maar zo! deel 1 by Joost Swarte (thread 7, msg 82)
book 288: Het testament van de Inca by Karl May (thread 7, msg 83)
book 289: Vreemd land by Rita Verschuur (thread 7, msg 84)
book 290: Mosje en Reizele by Karlijn Stoffels (thread 7, msg 85)
book 291: Raffie en de 9 aapjes (Cecily G. and the 9 Monkeys) by H.A. Rey (thread 7, msg 108)
book 292: Toen niemand iets te doen had (Far Away Across the Sea) by Toon Tellegen (thread 7, msg 109)
book 293: Nacht und Nebel (Nacht und Nebel = Night and fog) by Floris B. Bakels (thread 7, msg 110)
book 294: De huisjongen (Houseboy) by Ferdinand Oyono (thread 7, msg 117)
book 295: Oorlogskind (The Hidden Child) by Camilla Läckberg (thread 7, msg 118)
book 296: Het geheim van Mories Besjoer by Anke de Vries (thread 7, msg 119)
book 297: Noodlanding (To the Wild Sky) by Ivan Southall (thread 7, msg 120)
book 298: Over de indianen van Noord-Amerika (North American Indians) by George Catlin (thread 7, msg 121)
book 299: Zolang het nog kan (Only love) by Susan Sallis (thread 7, msg 122)
book 300: Steen op steen (Stone upon stone) by Wiesław Myśliwski (thread 7, msg 123)
book 301: De stilte van de vrouwen (The Silence of the Girls) by Pat Barker (thread 7, msg 141)
book 302: Het ratteplan (A rat's tale) by Tor Seidler (thread 7, msg 142)
book 303: Inbreuk (Break In) by Dick Francis (thread 7, msg 143)
book 304: Sneeuwstorm en amandelgeur (The Scent of Almonds) by Camilla Läckberg (thread 7, msg 144)
book 305: De jacht op het schaduwdier by John Flanagan (thread 7, msg 145)
book 306: Teunis by Toon Tellegen (thread 7, msg 146)
book 307: Het lange verblijf by Régine Detambel (thread 7, msg 147)
book 308: Het Wilhelmus by Willem Wilmink (thread 7, msg 148)
book 309: Jip en Janneke by Annie M.G. Schmidt (thread 7, msg 150)
book 310: Het feest op de maan by Toon Tellegen (thread 7, msg 177)
book 311: Als je goed om je heen kijkt zie je dat alles gekleurd is by Tine van Buul (thread 7, msg 178)
book 312: Op weg naar het schavot by Kees Fens (thread 7, msg 179)
book 313: Het bergje spek by Harriët van Reek (thread 7, msg 180)
book 314: Hou van mij by Ted van Lieshout (thread 7, msg 181)

Editado: Dic 31, 2019, 3:09pm

books read in October 2019
book 315: De binnenste cirkel (The savage shore) by David Hewson (thread 8, msg 40)
book 316: Floris en het verraad van Oldenstein by José Kiestra (thread 8, msg 41)
book 317: Floris en het beleg van Oldenstein by Jacques Constant (thread 8, msg 41)
book 318: Floris : de vijand te slim af by Frans de Regt (thread 8, msg 41)
book 319: Ons derde lichaam by Edward van de Vendel (thread 8, msg 42)
book 320: We noemen hem Anna by Peter Pohl (thread 8, msg 43)
book 321: Alles komt goed, altijd by Kathleen Vereecken (thread 8, msg 51)
book 322: Willis : het doet er niet toe hoe by Daan Remmerts de Vries (thread 8, msg 52)
book 323: Ysa's schreeuw (Every time a rainbow dies) by Rita Williams-Garcia (thread 8, msg 53)
book 324: Boeddhisme in alle eenvoud (Buddhism plain and simple) by Steve Hagen (thread 8, msg 54)
book 325: De stille elite (Uniform Justice) by Donna Leon (thread 8, msg 56)
book 326: De uitdaging en andere verhalen by Jan Terlouw (thread 8, msg 72)
book 327: De kunstrijder by Jan Terlouw (thread 8, msg 74)
book 328: Dit is de spin Sebastiaan by Annie M.G. Schmidt (thread 8, msg 75)
book 329: Kaloeha Dzong by Lydia Rood (thread 8, msg 76)
book 330: Mormels paard (Groundhog's horse) by Joyce Rockwood (thread 8, msg 79)
book 331: De Jiddische politiebond (The Yiddish Policemen's Union) by Michael Chabon (thread 8, msg 80)
book 332: Winnie de Poeh compleet (The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh) by A.A. Milne (thread 8, msg 81)
book 333: De levenden en de doden (I Am Your Judge) by Nele Neuhaus (thread 8, msg 82)
book 334: Haaientanden by Anna Woltz (thread 8, msg 83)
book 335: De weglopers (The runaways) by Ruth Thomas (thread 8, msg 84)
book 336: Juffrouw Kachel by Toon Tellegen (thread 8, msg 85)
book 337: Kikker is kikker (Frog is Frog) by Max Velthuijs (thread 8, msg 86)
book 338: De kracht van het NU in de praktijk (Practicing the power of now) by Eckhart Tolle (thread 8, msg 94)
book 339: De stemmenimitator (The voice imitator) by Thomas Bernhard (thread 8, msg 95)
book 340: Siddhartha's brein (Siddhartha's brain) by James Kingsland (thread 8, msg 96)
book 341: Zeb. by Gideon Samson (thread 8, msg 97)
book 342: Het bestverkochte boek ooit by Sanne Blauw (thread 8, msg 114)
book 343: Sprookjes voor kind en gezin (The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm) by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm (thread 8, msg 115)
book 344: Ze gaan er met je neus vandoor by Ted van Lieshout (thread 8, msg 116)
book 345: Ziezo : de 347 kinderversjes by Annie M.G. Schmidt (thread 8, msg 117)
book 346: Het stof dat van dromen valt (The dust that falls from dreams) by Louis de Bernières (thread 8, msg 127)
book 347: Elementaire kynologische kennis by Robert van der Molen (thread 8, msg 128)
book 348: Dzjengis Khan De strijd om het bestaan - deel 1 by Anton Quintana & Jos Looman (thread 8, msg 129)
book 349: Dzjengis Khan De strijd om het bestaan - deel 2 by Anton Quintana & Jos Looman (thread 8, msg 129)
book 350: Gratis geld voor iedereen (Utopia for Realists) by Rutger Bregman (thread 8, msg 130)
book 351: De geboorte bij de hond by C. Naaktgeboren (thread 8, msg 131)
book 352: Hoe gaan we dit uitleggen by Jelmer Mommers (thread 8, msg 148)
book 353: Vaders en zonen (Fathers and sons) by Ivan Toergenjev (thread 8, msg 149)
book 354: De negen kamers by Peter-Paul Rauwerda (thread 8, msg 150)
book 355: Amerikanah (Americanah) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (thread 8, msg 152)
book 356: Suzy en de kwallen (The thing about jellyfish) by Ali Benjamin (thread 8, msg 153)

Editado: Dic 31, 2019, 3:12pm

books read in November 2019
book 357: De Thibaults. Deel 1 (The Thibaults) by Roger Martin du Gard (thread 9, msg 36)
book 358: SPQR : Een geschiedenis van het Romeinse rijk (SPQR : a history of ancient Rome) by Mary Beard (thread 9, msg 37)
book 359: Zolang er leven is (On the Bright Side) by Hendrik Groen (thread 9, msg 38)
book 360: De clan van de Rode Vos (The Red Fox Clan) by John Flanagan (thread 9, msg 39)
book 361: Het duel bij Araluen (Duel at Araluen) by John Flanagan (thread 9, msg 39)
book 362: Aan de grond in Londen en Parijs (Down and out in Paris and London) by George Orwell (thread 9, msg 40)
book 363: De groene stad by Redmond O'Hanlon (thread 9, msg 60)
book 364: De melancholie van het verzet (The melancholy of resistance) by László Krasznahorkai (thread 9, msg 61)
book 365: Op hol (Bolt) by Dick Francis (thread 9, msg 62)
book 366: Het wezen van de olifant by Toon Tellegen (thread 9, msg 64)
book 367: Het oude land (This House Is Mine) by Dörte Hansen (thread 9, msg 96)
book 368: En ik was zijn held by Rindert Kromhout (thread 9, msg 97)
book 369: Zeemeermin (The drowning) by Camilla Läckberg (thread 9, msg 98)
book 370: De vrije val van Vestia by Hans Verbraeken (thread 9, msg 119)
book 371: Sterremeer by F. Springer (thread 9, msg 120)
book 372: Ach, deze leegte, deze verschikkelijke leegte by Joachim Meyerhoff (thread 9, msg 121)
book 373: Lazarillo van Tormes (The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes) (thread 9, msg 122)
book 374: De glazen brug (The glass bridge) by Marga Minco (thread 9, msg 123)
book 375: Odysseia (The Odyssey) by Homerus (thread 9, msg 124)
- short story The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
book 376: De boeken der kleine zielen (The Book of the Small Souls) by Louis Couperus (thread 9, msg 142)
book 377: De val (The Fall) by Albert Camus (thread 9, msg 143)
book 378: De pruimenpluk by Dimitri Verhulst (thread 9, msg 144)
book 379: Utopia (Utopia) by Thomas More (thread 9, msg 145)
book 380: De blauwe engel (The Blue Angel) by Heinrich Mann (thread 9, msg 147)
book 381: De pianoman by J. Bernlef (thread 9, msg 148)
book 382: De koffiehandelaar (The various flavors of coffee) by Anthony Capella (thread 9, msg 149)
book 383: Olive Kitteridge (Olive Kitteridge) by Elizabeth Strout (thread 9, msg 162)
book 384: Descartes in Amsterdam by Hans Dooremalen (thread 9, msg 163)
book 385: 14 (1914) by Jean Echenoz (thread 9, msg 164)

Editado: Dic 31, 2019, 3:14pm

books read in December 2019
book 386: Groter dan de lucht, erger dan de zon by Daan Remmerts de Vries (thread 10, msg 16)
book 387: Vlucht zonder einde (Flight Without End) by Joseph Roth (thread 10, msg 59)
book 388: Het bomenboek by Koos van Zomeren (thread 10, msg 60)
book 389: In de wildernis by John Muir (thread 10, msg 61)
book 390: Wild (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail) by Cheryl Strayed (thread 10, msg 62)
book 391: Als je terugkomt (When you reach me) by Rebecca Stead (thread 10, msg 65)
book 392: Het woud by Nele Neuhaus (thread 10, msg 66)
book 393: Naar de top (The honest truth) by Dan Gemeinhart (thread 10, msg 67)
book 394: Darwin in de stad (Darwin comes to town) by Menno Schilthuizen (thread 10, msg 68)
book 395: De meeste mensen deugen by Rutger Bregman (thread 10, msg 71)
book 396: De Thibaults. Deel 2 by Roger Martin du Gard (thread 10, msg 72)
book 397: Sjakie en de chocoladefabriek (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) by Roald Dahl (thread 10, msg 73)
book 398: Gilead (Gilead) by Marilynne Robinson (thread 10, msg 75)
book 399: Een rimpel in de tijd (A wrinkle in time) by Madeleine L'Engle (thread 10, msg 87)
book 400: Mijn verhaal (Becoming) by Michelle Obama (thread 10, msg 88)
book 401: De valk van Sparta (The Falcon of Sparta) by Conn Iggulden (thread 10, msg 89)
book 402: Oorlogsroes (Storm of Steel) by Ernst Jünger (thread 10, msg 132)
book 403: Lolita (Lolita) by Vladimir Nabokov (thread 10, msg 133)
book 404: Pionierspad by Rutger Burgers (thread 10, msg 134)
book 405: Verborgen bewijs (Doctored Evidence) by Donna Leon (thread 10, msg 135)
book 406: De Nederlandse kinderpoëzie in 1000 en enige gedichten by Gerrit Komrij (thread 10, msg 136)
book 407: De goede zoon by Rob van Essen (thread 10, msg 137)
book 408: Het geschikte moment, 1855 (The Opportune Moment, 1855) by Patrik Ouředník (thread 10, msg 145)
book 409: De lange droogte (The long dry) by Cynan Jones (thread 10, msg 146)
book 410: Pieterpad deel I: Pieterburen-Vorden by Toos Goorhuis-Tjalsma (thread 10, msg 147)
book 411: Wees onzichtbaar by Murat Isik (thread 10, msg 148)
book 412: De legende van de heilige drinker (The Legend of the Holy Drinker) by Joseph Roth (thread 10, msg 149)
book 413: De milieubeheerder (The Conservationist) by Nadine Gordimer (thread 10, msg 152)

Dic 31, 2019, 3:48pm

Dic 31, 2019, 4:34pm

>167 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara, I wish you and yours all the best in 2020!

Dic 31, 2019, 4:35pm

Dic 31, 2019, 4:41pm

An amazing haul of books again Anita. Happy reading for 2020. Have a wonderful new year.

Dic 31, 2019, 4:45pm

>170 sirfurboy: Thank you, Stephen, all the best and happy reading in 2020 to you!

Funny thing is that the last three years my number of pages read is rather constant.

Dic 31, 2019, 7:41pm

Congrats for reading 413, Anita. I hope you have a Happy New Year!

Dic 31, 2019, 7:45pm

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

Editado: Dic 31, 2019, 8:11pm

>149 FAMeulstee: An Old favourite, though not tried in this edition. Loved the film too Anita..

Dic 31, 2019, 8:54pm

The lists of books read are even more impressive than the numbers.

Happy New Year, Anita!

Dic 31, 2019, 9:31pm

Well, you blew past 410. LOL. : )

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!!

Dic 31, 2019, 10:20pm

Truly an amazing reading year!!

Dic 31, 2019, 11:02pm

Whew! 413 books read. Wonderful, indeed, Anita.

Ene 1, 2020, 7:48am

>172 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg.
Frank was home this year, we hd a nice evening together with champagne at the start of the New Year.

>173 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul, happy New Year!

>174 Caroline_McElwee: You pointed me to this book, Caroline, so thank you. I liked the combination of text and graphic novel in this edition.

>175 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella, all the best to you and Marc in 2020!

>176 Berly: Thanks, Kim, I was on a roll :-)
I hope 2020 treats you well in all aspects.

>177 ronincats: Thank you, Roni.
I will add decade statistics later today.

>178 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen, it was a good reading year :-)

Ene 1, 2020, 7:56am

2010 - 2019 statistics

Books read
2010: 121
2011:   84
2012:   53
2013:   13
2014:   17
2015:   29
2016: 253
2017: 453
2018: 534
2019: 413

Pages read
2010:   38,119
2011:   30,256
2012:   18,779
2013:     3,692
2014:     3,700
2015:   10,079
2016:   72,474
2017: 110,248
2018: 111,906
2019: 110,873