Anita (FAMeulstee) keeps on going where the books take her in 2020 (8)

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Anita (FAMeulstee) keeps on going where the books take her in 2020 (8)

Dez 2, 2020, 5:18am

Welcome to my eighth 2020 thread!

I am Anita Meulstee, 57, 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.

Our local walking project: walking the dikes that surround the Flevopolder, the largest artificial island of the world.

Once a week we go by car to the place where we ended the week before. We walk about 3 km (and back), the total distance is about 142 km, and we have walked over 100 km now.
Left: the province Flevoland (red) is in the middle of our country.
Right: Map of the Flevopolder and in red the part that we have walked until November 2020.
The blue line is the Knardijk, the first constructed dike. We did this dike by bike last August.

Editado: Dez 31, 2020, 6:25am

total books read in 2020: 226
33 own / 191 library / 2 other

total pages read in 2020: 79.216

currently reading:
e-book: Ideeën van Multatuli. Tweede bundel by Mutatuli, 469 pages, started 2020-04-30

books read in December 2020 (14 books, 5.863 pages, 3 own / 10 library)
book 226: De vertellingen van duizend-en-één nacht deel 1 translated by Richard van Leeuwen, 1056 pages, TIOLI #2 (msg 166)
book 225: Donderdagskinderen (Thursday's Children) by Nicci French, 378 pages, TIOLI #11 (msg 155)
book 224: Sint Sebastiaan by Simon Vestdijk, 192 pages, TIOLI #14 (msg 152)
book 223: Joop den Uyl, 1919-1987 : dromer en doordouwer by Anet Bleich, 568 pages, TIOLI #8 (msg 151)
book 222: De laatste getuigen (Last Witnesses) by Svetlana Alexijevitsj, 303 pages, TIOLI #5 (msg 150)
book 221: Het zoutpad (The Salt Path) by Raynor Winn, 318 pages, TIOLI #8 (msg 149)
book 220: De kant van Guermantes (The Guermantes Way; In search of lost time book 3) by Marcel Proust, 720 pages, TIOLI #9 (msg 115)
book 219: De Godfather (The Godfather) by Mario Puzo, 495 pages, TIOLI #6 (msg 114)
book 218: Fahrenheit 451 (Fahrenheit 451) by Ray Bradbury, 189 pages, TIOLI #2 (msg 113)
book 217: De oude man en de zee (The Old Man and The Sea) by Ernest Hemingway, 112 pages, TIOLI #10 (msg 112)
book 216: Onder de Drachenwand by Arno Geiger, 415 pages, TIOLI #11 (msg 57)
book 215: Op aarde schitteren we even (On earth we're briefly gorgeous) by Ocean Viong, 236 pages, TIOLI #1 (msg 56)
book 214: Mystiek lichaam by Frans Kellendonk, 194 pages, TIOLI #11 (msg 55)
book 213: Heks (The Girl in the woods) by Camilla Läckberg, 687 pages, TIOLI #1 (msg 54)

Editado: Dez 31, 2020, 3:44am

December 2020 reading plans
Ideeën by Mutatuli, 3846 pages (831/3846)

TIOLI December 2020
#1: Read a book with one of its title words making up part of a five-word sentence
- Heks (The Girl in the woods) - Camilla Läckberg, 687 pages (e-library)
- Op aarde schitteren we even (On earth we're briefly gorgeous) - Ocean Viong, 236 pages (e-library)
#2: Read a book you haven't read before but whose film / TV adaptation you've seen
- Fahrenheit 451 (Fahrenheit 451) - Ray Bradbury, 189 pages (e-library)
- De vertellingen van duizend-en-één nacht deel 1 translated by Richard van Leeuwen, 1056 pages
#3: Read a biography/autobiography of a woman
#4: Read a book that has won an obscure (to you) prize
- De dood in Rome (Death in Rome) - Wolfgang Koeppen, 217 pages (library 18/2)
#5: Read a book for the December CFF Mystery Challenge Challenge
- De laatste getuigen (Last Witnesses) - Svetlana Alexijevitsj, 303 pages (library)
#6: Read a book with a title or part of a title that you can use after the word “with” which indicates how you might be observing the holidays this year
- De Godfather (The Godfather) - Mario Puzo, 495 pages (e-library)
#7: Read a book which starts with a character's name
#8: Read a book written by a woman
- Joop den Uyl, 1919-1987 : dromer en doordouwer - Anet Bleich, 568 pages
- Het zoutpad (The Salt Path) - Raynor Winn, 318 pages (library)
#9: Read a book that is a follow up of a book you read earlier this year
- De kant van Guermantes (The Guermantes Way) - Marcel Proust, 720 pages (e-library)
#10: Read a book that has 250 pages or less
- De oude man en de zee (The Old Man and The Sea) - Ernest Hemingway, 112 pages (library)
#11: Read a book by an European born author
- Donderdagskinderen (Thursday's Children) - Nicci French, 378 pages (e-library)
- Mystiek lichaam - Frans Kellendonk, 194 pages
- Onder de Drachenwand - Arno Geiger, 415 pages (library)
#12: Read a comfort book
#13: Read a book which has a word in the first paragraph that is descriptive of the weather in your neck of the woods
#14: The Birthstone Challenge wrap-up; read a book that is predominantly one birthstone colour
- Sint Sebastiaan - Simon Vestdijk, 192 pages
#15: Read a book with a possessive pronoun in the title
#16: Read a book or story about Christmas

Editado: Dez 31, 2020, 3:42am

Reading plans in 2020
My childrens/YA project was finished in 2019.
- This year I want to tackle some big tomes (1,000+ pages). Goal read 12 big tomes.
- Reading my own books is not top priority this year, ROOT goal set at 24.

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

Big tomes I might read in 2020:
Ideeën (1-7) by Multatuli, 3846 pages
Man zonder eigenschappen (The man without qualities) by Robert Musil, 1785 pages
De razende Roeland (Orlando furioso) by Ludovico Ariosto, 1783 pages
Een jaar uit het leven van Gesine Cresspahl (Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl) by Uwe Johnson, 1596 pages
De essays (The complete essays) by Michel de Montaigne, 1557 pages
✔ Menselijke voorwaarden (Human condition) by Junpei Gomikawa, 1511 pages
De hunnen by Jan Cremer, 1419 pages
De kracht van Atlantis (Atlas shrugged) by Ayn Rand, 1373 pages
✔ De geschikte jongen (A suitable boy) by Vikram Seth, 1366 pages
✔ Jozef en zijn broers (Joseph and his brothers) by Thomas Mann, 1343 pages
✔ Het achtste leven (voor Brilka) (The eighth life (for Brilka)) by Nino Haratischwili, 1275 pages
Max, Mischa & het Tet-offensief by Johan Harstad, 1229 pages
De vertellingen van duizend-en-één-nacht deel 2 translated by Richard van Leeuwen, 1112 pages
Luitenant-kolonel de Maumort by Roger Martin du Gard, 1077 pages
✔ Kwaad bloed (Troubled blood) by Robert Galbraith, 1056 pages
De vertellingen van duizend-en-één-nacht deel 1 translated by Richard van Leeuwen, 1056 pages
✔ Heer van chaos (Lord of Chaos) by Robert Jordan, 1054 pages
De vertellingen van duizend-en-één-nacht deel 3 translated by Richard van Leeuwen, 1047 pages
Baron by Theun de Vries, 1016 pages

Editado: Jan 10, 6:55am

Totals 2008-2020:

2404 books

645.856 pages

Editado: Dez 2, 2020, 5:24am

books read in January 2020
book 1: Saga's van de Westfjorden en omstreken translated by Marcel Otten (thread 1, msg 64)
book 2: De Cock en dood door hamerslag by A.C. Baantjer (thread 1, msg 65)
book 3: Huishouden (Visitation) by Jenny Erpenbeck (thread 1, msg 80)
book 4: De legende van Swanhilde (The Half-Drowned King) by Linnea Hartsuyker (thread 1, msg 81)
book 5: Ziggy by Bram Hulzebos (thread 1, msg 82)
book 6: Tirza by Arnon Grunberg (thread 1, msg 132)
book 7: Stenen voor een ransuil by Maarten 't Hart (thread 1, msg 133)
book 8: Stommelen stampen slaan (Spill simmer falter wither) by Sara Baume (thread 1, msg 134)
book 9: Pompeii het dagelijks leven in een Romeinse stad (Pompeii: The Life of A Roman Town) by Mary Beard (thread 1, msg 136)
book 10: Het achtste leven (voor Brilka) (The Eighth Life (for Brilka) ) by Nino Haratischwili (thread 1, msg 137)
book 11: Waarom vuilnismannen meer verdienen dan bankiers by Rutger Bregman (thread 1, msg 155)
book 12: Een stille vlam (A quiet flame, Bernie Gunther 5) by Philip Kerr (thread 1, msg 156)
book 13: De verrader (The sellout) by Paul Beatty (thread 1, msg 158)
book 14: Grensgangers by Aline Sax (thread 1, msg 164)
book 15: De jongens van Nickel (The Nickel Boys) by Colson Whitehead (thread 1, msg 165)
book 16: Ochtendwind (Dawn wind) by Rosemary Sutcliff (thread 1, msg 178)
book 17: Erik, of het klein insectenboek (Eric in the Land of the Insects) by Godfried Bomans (thread 1, msg 179)
book 18: Anne van het Groene Huis (Anne of Green Gables) by L.M. Montgomery (thread 1, msg 180)
book 19: Buurtsupermens (Convenience Store Woman) by Sayaka Murata (thread 1, msg 181)
book 20: Sovjetistan (Sovietistan) by Erika Fatland (thread 1, msg 182)
book 21: Moederdag by Nele Neuhaus (thread 1, msg 183)
book 22: Vrouwen & macht (Women & Power: A Manifesto) by Mary Beard (thread 1, msg 184)
book 23: Het nieuwe land by Eva Vriend (thread 1, msg 219)
book 24: Het moerasmeisje (Where the Crawdads Sing) by Delia Owens (thread 1, msg 221)
book 25: Zoon van het Noorden (Odinn's child, Viking 1) by Tim Severin (thread 1, msg 222)
book 26: Eskimoland by Niko Tinbergen (thread 1, msg 223)

books read in February 2020
book 27: Oorlogsvlieger (Flight to Arras) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (thread 2, msg 28)
book 28: De beer en de nachtegaal (The bear and the nightingale) by Katherine Arden (thread 2, msg 29)
book 29: Het meisje in de toren (The girl in the tower) by Katherine Arden (thread 2, msg 31)
book 30: Spaar de spotvogel (To kill a mockingbird) by Harper Lee (thread 2, msg 32)
book 31: Schaduw van de vos (Shadow of the Fox) by Julie Kagawa (thread 2, msg 49)
book 32: De buitenjongen (The Wild Boy) by Paolo Cognetti (thread 2, msg 50)
book 33: De dood van Murat Idrissi (The death of Murat Idrissi) by Tommy Wieringa (thread 2, msg 51)
book 34: De zeven gehangenen (The Seven Who Were Hanged) by Leonid Andrejev (thread 2, msg 52)
book 35: Doodgeverfd (In the Frame) by Dick Francis (thread 2, msg 53)
book 36: De Engelse patiënt (The English Patient) by Michael Ondaatje (thread 2, msg 54)
book 37: Tot in de hemel (The overstory) by Richard Powers (thread 2, msg 84)
book 38: Buzz Aldrin, waar ben je gebleven? (Buzz Aldrin, what happened to you in all the confusion?) by Johan Harstad (thread 2, msg 85)
book 39: Ondergeschikt (Inferior) by Angela Saini (thread 2, msg 86)
book 40: Duister glas (Through a Glass, Darkly) by Donna Leon (thread 2, msg 87)
book 41: De wind in de wilgen (The Wind in the Willows) by Kenneth Grahame (thread 2, msg 88)
book 42: De geschikte jongen (A Suitable Boy) by Vikram Seth (thread 2, msg 90)
book 43: De laatste der Mohikanen (The Last of the Mohicans) by James Fenimore Cooper (thread 2, msg 100)
book 44: Er is geen daar daar (There There) by Tommy Orange (thread 2, msg 101)
book 45: Grand Guignol by Louis Ferron (thread 2, msg 102)
book 46: De laatste betovering (The last enchantment) by Mary Stewart (thread 2, msg 103)

books read in March 2020
book 47: De jungleboeken (The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book) by Rudyard Kipling (thread 2, msg 134)
book 48: De tuin (The Weather Detective: Rediscovering Nature's Secret Signs) by Peter Wohlleben (thread 2, msg 135)
book 49: De ontsnapping van de natuur by Thomas Oudman & Theunis Piersma (thread 2, msg 136)
book 50: Een jihad van liefde by Mohamed el Bachiri (thread 2, msg 138)
book 51: Italiaanse schoenen (Italian Shoes) by Henning Mankell (thread 2, msg 140)
book 52: Het water komt by Rutger Bregman (thread 2, msg 146)
book 53: De H is van havik (H is for hawk) by Helen Macdonald (thread 2, msg 147)
book 54: Zweedse laarzen (After the Fire) by Henning Mankell (thread 2, msg 148)
book 55: Vuurtorenwachter (The Lost Boy) by Camilla Läckberg (thread 2, msg 150)
book 56: Spinoza by Theun de Vries (thread 2, msg 210)
book 57: Reis door Armenië (An Armenian sketchbook) by Vasili Grossman (thread 2, msg 211)
book 58: Het lijden van de jonge Werther (The Sorrows of Young Werther) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (thread 2, msg 212)
book 59: De Hunnen by Jan Cremer (thread 2, msg 213)
book 60: Klopjacht (Blood sport) by Dick Francis (thread 2, msg 214)
book 61: Muizen en mensen (Of Mice and Men) by John Steinbeck (thread 2, msg 215)
book 62: Geef me de ruimte! by Thea Beckman (thread 2, msg 216)
book 63: Triomf van de verschroeide aarde by Thea Beckman (thread 2, msg 216)
book 64: Het rad van fortuin by Thea Beckman (thread 2, msg 216)
book 65: Wie wat vindt heeft slecht gezocht by Rutger Kopland (thread 2, msg 231)
book 66: Moord op de moestuin by Nicolien Mizee (thread 2, msg 232)
book 67: De avond is ongemak (The Discomfort of Evening) by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (thread 2, msg 233)
book 68: Platero en ik (Platero and I) by Juan Ramón Jiménez (thread 2, msg 234)

Editado: Dez 2, 2020, 5:25am

books read in April 2020
book 69: De bekeerlinge (The Convert) by Stefan Hertmans (thread 3, msg 59)
book 70: De asielzoeker by Arnon Grunberg (thread 3, msg 60)
book 71: Het fantoom van Alexander Wolf (The Spectre of Alexander Wolf) by Gajto Gazdanov (thread 3, msg 61)
book 72: Wanderlust (Wanderlust) by Rebecca Solnit (thread 3, msg 63)
book 73: Dit alles zal ik je geven (All This I Will Give to You) by Dolores Redondo (thread 3, msg 64)
book 74: Blauwe maandag (Blue Monday) by Nicci French (thread 3, msg 65)
book 75: Wij slaven van Suriname by Anton de Kom (thread 3, msg 71)
book 76: Anton de Kom by Alice Boots and Rob Woortman (thread 3, msg 127)
book 77: Dichter in de jungle by Roelof van Gelder (thread 3, msg 128)
book 78: De offerplaats (In the Woods) by Tana French (thread 3, msg 129)
book 79: Mama's laatste omhelzing (Mama's Last Hug) by Frans de Waal (thread 3, msg 130)
book 80: De pest (The Plague) by Albert Camus (thread 3, msg 131)
book 81: Tijl (Tyll) by Daniel Kehlmann (thread 3, msg 132)
book 82: Het probleem met bokken en schapen (The Trouble with Goats and Sheep) by Joanna Cannon (thread 3, msg 133)
book 83: De voorlezer (The Reader) by Bernhard Schlink (thread 3, msg 148)
book 84: Telefoon voor de dode (Call for the Dead) by John le Carré (thread 3, msg 149)
book 85: Dinsdag is voorbij (Tuesday's Gone) by Nicci French (thread 3, msg 150)
book 86: Cheops by J.H. Leopold (thread 3, msg 151)
book 87: Zwarte winter (Doomsday book) by Connie Willis (thread 3, msg 152)
book 88: Kinderspel (Suffer the Little Children) by Donna Leon (thread 3, msg 154)
book 89: Smeltend ijs by Arnaldur Indriðason (thread 3, msg 157)
book 90: Alle doden vliegen hoog : Amerika by Joachim Meyerhoff (thread 3, msg 160)
book 91: Ideeën van Multatuli. Eerste bundel by Mutatuli (thread 3, msg 162)

books read in May 2020
book 92: Het Haagse stadhuis by Adri Duivesteijn (thread 4, msg 11)
book 93: Oude wegen (The Old Ways) by Robert Macfarlane (thread 4, msg 12)
book 94: Eline Vere (Eline Vere) by Louis Couperus (thread 4, msg 13)
book 95: Jozef en zijn broers (Joseph and his Brothers) by Thomas Mann (thread 4, msg 14)
book 96: Duyvels End (World's End) by T.C. Boyle (thread 4, msg 15)
book 97: Droommeisje (Girl of His Dreams) by Donna Leon (thread 4, msg 70)
book 98: Sil de strandjutter by Cor Bruijn (thread 4, msg 71)
book 99: 1793 (The Wolf and the Watchman) by Niklas Natt och Dag (thread 4, msg 72)
book 100: Ik zal de wereld nooit meer zien (I Will Never See the World Again) by Ahmet Altan (thread 4, msg 73)
book 101: Niels Holgerssons wonderbare reis (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils) by Selma Lagerlöf (thread 4, msg 96)
book 102: Djinn patrouille op de paarse lijn (Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line) by Deepa Anappara (thread 4, msg 97)
book 103: Edelman, bedelman, schutter, spion (Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy) by John Le Carré (thread 4, msg 98)
book 104: Het gevaar (The Danger) by Dick Francis (thread 4, msg 99)
book 105: Candide, of Het optimisme (Candide) by Voltaire (thread 4, msg 100)
book 106: Ik, Robot (I, Robot) by Isaac Asimov (thread 4, msg 101)
book 107: Aarde, lucht, water en vuur by Empedokles (thread 4, msg 102)
book 108: Kleine brandjes overal (Little fires everywhere) by Celeste Ng (thread 4, msg 103)
book 109: De mystieke masseur (The Mystic Masseur) by V.S. Naipaul (thread 4, msg 104)
book 110: Wanneer wordt het eindelijk weer zoals het nooit is geweest by Joachim Meyerhoff (thread 4, msg 105)
book 111: De acht bergen (The Eight Mountains) by Paolo Cognetti (thread 4, msg 106)

books read in June 2020
book 112: Max, Mischa & het Tet-offensief by Johan Harstad (thread 4, msg 146)
book 113: Engeleneiland (Buried Angels) by Camilla Läckberg (thread 4, msg 148)
book 114: Zonder paniek geen paradijs by Joachim Meyerhoff (thread 4, msg 149)
book 115: Heer van chaos (Lord of Chaos) by Robert Jordan (thread 4, msg 150)
book 116: Heer van de vliegen (Lord of the flies) by Willliam Golding (thread 4, msg 156)
book 117: De brief voor de koning (The Letter for the King) by Tonke Dragt (thread 4, msg 157)
book 118: Geheimen van het Wilde Woud (The Secrets of the Wild Wood) by Tonke Dragt (thread 4, msg 157)
book 119: Station Elf (Station Eleven) by Emily St John Mandel (thread 4, msg 158)
book 120: Wij (We) by Jevgeni Zamjatin (thread 4, msg 178)
book 121: De genialiteit van vogels (The Genius of Birds) by Jennifer Ackerman (thread 4, msg 179)
book 122: Menselijke voorwaarden (Human condition) by Junpei Gomikawa (thread 4, msg 180)
book 123: Vrouwen in gevecht (Fearless Females) by Marta Breen and Jenny Jordahl (thread 4, msg 181)
book 124: De Midaksteeg (Midaq Alley) by Nagieb Mahfoez (thread 4, msg 182)
book 125: Een stralende toekomst (The Great Believers) by Rebecca Makkai (thread 4, msg 184)
book 126: Van de koele meren des doods (The Deeps of Deliverance) by Frederik van Eeden (thread 4, msg 185)

Editado: Dez 2, 2020, 5:25am

books read in July 2020
book 127: De tweede slaap (The Second Sleep) by Robert Harris (thread 5, msg 15)
book 128: Het beste wat we hebben by Griet Op de Beeck (thread 5, msg 55)
book 129: Uit het leven van een hond by Sander Kollaard (thread 5, msg 56)
book 130: Het feest (The Party) by Elizabeth Day (thread 5, msg 57)
book 131: Ver weg van het stadsgewoel (Far from the madding crowd) by Thomas Hardy (thread 5, msg 75)
book 132: De wand (The Wall) by Marlen Haushofer (thread 5, msg 76)
book 133: Neem mij terug, Suriname by Astrid Roemer (thread 5, msg 77)
book 134: De vreemdeling (The Stranger) by Albert Camus (thread 5, msg 78)
book 135: Wij zijn licht by Gerda Blees (thread 5, msg 79)
book 136: Hardlopen met Sherman (Running with Sherman) by Christopher McDougall (thread 5, msg 126)
book 137: Gedenkschriften by Lodewijk Napoleon (thread 5, msg 127)
book 138: Gezichtsverlies (About face) by Donna Leon (thread 5, msg 128)
book 139: De kleine Johannes I by Frederik van Eeden (thread 5, msg 129)
book 140: Moussa, of de dood van een Arabier (The Meursault investigation) by Kamel Daoud (thread 5, msg 130)
book 141: Het geslacht Wiarda by Theun de Vries (thread 5, msg 131)
book 142: Verboden magie (Shadowfell) by Juliet Marillier (thread 5, msg 132)
book 143: Ravenvlucht (Raven Flight) by Juliet Marillier (thread 5, msg 139)
book 144: De ontbieder (The Caller) by Juliet Marillier (thread 5, msg 140)

books read in August 2020
book 145: De schaduw van de wind (The Shadow of the Wind) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (thread 5, msg 181)
book 146: Een beetje meer naar rechts (Dog Will Have His Day) by Fred Vargas (thread 5, msg 209)
book 147: Een kwestie van vertrouwen (A Question of Belief) by Donna Leon (thread 5, msg 210)
book 148: Wapenbroeders (Sworn Brother, Viking 2) by Tim Severin (thread 5, msg 211)
book 149: De jacht op het recht by Inez Weski (thread 5, msg 212)
book 152: Een stad vol Chasch & Onder de Wankh (City of the Chasch and Servants of the Wankh) by Jack Vance (thread 5, msg 244)
book 151: Mani (Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese) by Patrick Leigh Fermor (thread 5, msg 243)
book 150: Hoe ik talent voor het leven kreeg (Two blankets, three sheets) by Rodaan Al Galidi (thread 5, msg 213)
book 153: Een kille rilling (The Frozen Dead) by Bernard Minier (thread 5, msg 245)
book 154: Stille blik (Gallows view) by Peter Robinson (thread 5, msg 246)
book 155: Meer dan een broer (At Night All Blood Is Black) by David Diop (thread 5, msg 251)
book 156: Saigoku by Cees Nooteboom (thread 5, msg 252)
book 157: De man op het balkon (The Man on the Balcony) by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö (thread 5, msg 253)

books read in September 2020
book 158: Mijn zusje, de seriemoordenaar (My Sister, the Serial Killer) by Oyinkan Braithwaite (thread 6, msg 32)
book 159: Het menselijk tekort (Man's Fate) by André Malraux (thread 6, msg 33)
book 160: Briljant groen (Brilliant Green) by Stefano Mancuso & Alessandra Viola (thread 6, msg 67)
book 161: Wachten op woensdag (Waiting for Wednesday) by Nicci French (thread 6, msg 68)
book 162: Ziel van het zwaard (Soul of the Sword) by Julie Kagawa (thread 6, msg 69)
book 163: Nacht van de draak (Night of the Dragon) by Julie Kagawa (thread 6, msg 70)
book 164: Paard, paard, tijger, tijger by Mette Eike Neerlin (thread 6, msg 71)
book 165: De kant van Swann (Swann's way) by Marcel Proust (thread 6, msg 88)
book 166: De eenzame bruid (The leper of Saint Giles) by Ellis Peters (thread 6, msg 89)
book 167: Leeuwentemmer (The Ice Child) by Camilla Läckberg (thread 6, msg 90)
book 168: Wit is ook een kleur by Sunny Bergman (thread 6, msg 92)
book 169: Het vijfde seizoen (The Fifth Season) by N.K. Jemisin (thread 6, msg 94)
book 170: De minstreel en de drakenpup (The Minstrel and the Dragon Pup) by Rosemary Sutcliff (thread 6, msg 95)
book 171: De Obeliskpoort (The Obelisk Gate) by N.K. Jemisin (thread 6, msg 96)
book 172: De stenen hemel (The Stone Sky) by N.K. Jemisin (thread 6, msg 97)
book 173: De kleine Johannes II by Frederik van Eeden (thread 6, msg 120)
book 174: De kleine Johannes III by Frederik van Eeden (thread 6, msg 121)
book 175: Gemeengoed (Commonwealth) by Ann Patchett (thread 6, msg 122)
book 176: Het veld by Robert Seethaler (thread 6, msg 123)
book 177: Kop in de wind by Wilfried de Jong (thread 6, msg 124)
book 178: De man van veel by Karin Amatmoekrim (thread 6, msg 125)

Editado: Dez 2, 2020, 5:26am

books read in October 2020
book 179: Zomerlicht, en dan komt de nacht (Summer Light and Then Comes the Night) by Jón Kalman Stefánsson (thread 6, msg 158)
book 180: Frankusstein (Fran Kiss Stein) by Jeanette Winterson (thread 6, msg 159)
book 181: Nachtlicht (A Dedicated Man) by Peter Robinson (thread 6, msg 160)
book 182: Een wereld valt uiteen (Things fall apart) by Chinua Achebe (thread 6, msg 161)
book 183: Als de doden niet herrijzen (If the Dead Rise Not) by Philip Kerr (thread 6, msg 179)
book 184: De odyssee van Mohamed by Mohamed El Bachiri (thread 6, msg 180)
book 185: De winter van de heks (The Winter of the Witch) by Katherine Arden (thread 6, msg 190)
book 186: De schippers van de Kameleon by H. de Roos (thread 6, msg 191)
book 187: Hallo witte mensen by Anousha Nzume (thread 6, msg 192)
book 188: Dodelijke conclusies (Drawing Conclusions) by Donna Leon (thread 6, msg 193)
book 189: De schimmelruiter (The Rider on the White Horse) by Theodor Storm (thread 6, msg 194)
book 190: Bericht voor de koning (King's man) by Tim Severin (thread 6, msg 195)
book 191: In de schaduw van meisjes in bloei (In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower) by Marcel Proust (thread 6, msg 206)
book 192: De witte veer (The Absolutist) by John Boyne (thread 6, msg 207)
book 193: Ben X by nDurlie (thread 6, msg 208)
book 194: Jaag je ploeg over de botten van de doden (Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead) by Olga Tokarczuk (thread 6, msg 209)

books read in November 2020
book 195: Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre) by Charlotte Brontë (thread 7, msg 68)
book 196: Catch 22 (Catch-22) by Joseph Heller (thread 7, msg 69)
book 197: De lotgevallen van de brave soldaat Švejk (The Good Soldier Svejk) by Jaroslav Hašek (thread 7, msg 70)
book 198: Beestachtige zaken (Beastly things) by Donna Leon (thread 7, msg 71)
book 199: Drie mannen in een boot (Three Men in a Boat) by Jerome K. Jerome (thread 7, msg 125)
book 200: De roep van de wolf (Lonesome howl) by Steven Herrick (thread 7, msg 126)
book 201: Smilla's gevoel voor sneeuw (Smilla's Sense of Snow) by Peter Høeg (thread 7, msg 127)
book 202: Het oog van de orkaan (Second wind) by Dick Francis (thread 7, msg 132)
book 203: De 100-jarige man die terugkwam om de wereld te redden (The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man) by Jonas Jonasson (thread 7, msg 133)
book 204: De onbekende soldaat (The Unknown Soldier) by Väinö Linna (thread 7, msg 134)
book 205: De geniale vriendin (My Brilliant Friend) by Elena Ferrante (thread 7, msg 150)
book 206: Kes (A Kestrel for a Knave) by Barry Hines (thread 7, msg 151)
book 207: Kwaad bloed (Troubled blood) by Robert Galbraith (thread 7, msg 152)
book 208: Verzet! : pleidooi voor communisme (Resist! In Defence of Communism) by Gustaaf Peek (thread 7, msg 155)
book 209: Onder moeders vleugels (Little Women) by Louisa May Alcott (thread 7, msg 183)
book 210: Geschiedenis van een gevallen engel (A Treacherous Paradise) by Henning Mankell (thread 7, msg 184)
book 211: De honden jagen niet meer by A. Alberts (thread 7, msg 185)
book 212: De nieuwe achternaam (The Story of a New Name) by Elena Ferrante (thread 7, msg 186)

Editado: Jan 3, 8:19am

Monthly statistics
26 books / 8.690 pages / 280,3 pages a day in January 2020 in numbers
20 books / 7.098 pages / 244,8 pages a day in February 2020 in numbers
22 books / 6.670 pages / 215,2 pages a day in March 2020 in numbers
23 books / 8.168 pages / 272,3 pages a day in April 2020 in numbers
20 books / 7.735 pages / 249,5 pages a day in May 2020 in numbers
15 books / 7.716 pages / 257,2 pages a day in June 2020 in numbers
18 books / 5.319 pages / 171,6 pages a day in July 2020 in numbers
13 books / 4.436 pages / 143,1 pages a day in August 2020 in numbers
21 books / 5.955 pages / 198,5 pages a day in September 2020 in numbers
16 books / 4.557 pages / 147,0 pages a day in October 2020 in numbers
18 books / 7.009 pages / 233,6 pages a day in November 2020 in numbers
14 books / 5.863 pages / 189,3 pages a day in December 2020 in numbers

Previous threads in 2020
book 1 - 26: thread 1
book 27 - 68: thread 2
book 69 - 91: thread 3
book 92 - 126: thread 4
book 127 - 157: thread 5
book 158 - 194: thread 6
book 195 - 212: thread 7
My readings in previous years
413 books (110.873 pages / 303,8 pages a day) read in 2019/1, 2019/2, 2019/3, 2019/4, 2019/5, 2019/6, 2019/7, 2019/8, 2019/9, 2019/10
534 books (111.906 pages / 306,6 pages a day) 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 / 302,0 pages a day) 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 / 198,0 pages a day) read in 2016/1, 2016/2, 2016/3, 2016/4, 2016/5, 2016/6
  29 books   (10.079 pages /   27,6 pages a day) read in 2015
  17 books     (3.700 pages /   10,1 pages a day) read in 2014
  13 books     (3.692 pages /   10,1 pages a day) read in ROOT 2013
  53 books   (18.779 pages /   51,3 pages a day) read in 2012/1, 2012/2, 2012/3
  84 books   (30.256 pages /   82,9 pages a day) read in 2011/1, 2011/2
121 books   (38.119 pages / 104,4 pages a day) read in 2010/1, 2010/2, 2010/3, 2010/4
  78 books   (21.470 pages /   58,8 pages a day) read in 2009/1, 2009/2
130 books   (35.151 pages /   96,0 pages a day) read in 2008

Lists on my WikiThing
My best books by year list on the WikiThing
Working on: Five star reads; Nobel prize winners; Booker prize winners; Dutch prize winners

Editado: Dez 30, 2020, 3:19pm

Series I read, a list to keep track

Alan Banks by Peter Robinson (re-read 2/20)
1 Stille blik; 2 Nachtlicht; 3 Tegenstroom; 4 Zondeval; 5 Schijnbeeld; 6 Woensdagkind; 7 Zwanenzang; 8 Innocent Graves (not translated); 9 Dead Right (not translated); 10 Verdronken verleden; 11 Kil als het graf; 12 Nasleep; 13 Onvoltooide zomer; 14 Vuurspel; 15 Drijfzand; 16 Hartzeer; 17 Duivelsgebroed; 18 Overmacht; 19 Uitschot; 20 Dwaalspoor; 21 Dankbare dood; 22 Slachthuisblues; 23 When the Music's Over (not translated); 24 Sleeping in the Ground (not translated); 25 Careless Love (not translated); 26 Many Rivers to Cross (not translated)

Bernie Gunther by Philip Kerr 6/12
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 9/20
1 Het heilige vuur; 2 Het laatste lijk; 3 Het gemene gewas; 4 De kwade knecht; 5 De eenzame bruid; 6 De kille maagd; 7 Het vege lijf; 8 De duivelse droom; 9 De gouden speld; 10 Een wisse dood; 11 Een hard gelag; 12 De ware aard; 13 Een witte roos; 14 Het stille woud; 15 De laatste eer; 16 Het rechte pad; 17 Een zijden haar; 18 Een lieve lust; 19 De heilige dief; 20 De verloren zoon

De Cock by A.C. Baantjer 53/70

Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith 5/5
1 Koekoeksjong; 2 Zijderups; 3 Het slechte pad; 4 Witte dood; 5 Kwaad bloed

Erica Falck & Patrik Hedström by Camilla Läckberg 11/11
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

Frieda Klein by Nicci French 4/8
1 Blauwe maandag; 2 Dinsdag is voorbij; 3 Wachten op woensdag; 4 Donderdagskinderen; 5 Denken aan vrijdag; 6 Als het zaterdag wordt; 7 Zondagochtend breekt aan; 8 De dag van de doden

George Smiley by John Le Carré 4/9
1 Telefoon voor de dode; 2 Voetsporen in de sneeuw; 3 Spion aan de muur; 4 Spion verspeeld; 5 Edelman, bedelman, schutter, spion; 6 Spion van nobel bloed; 7 Smiley's prooi; 8 De laatste spion; 9 Een erfenis van spionnen

Guido Brunetti by Donna Leon 20/27
1 Dood van een maestro; 2 Dood in den vreemde; 3 De dood draagt rode schoenen; 4 Salto mortale; 5 Acqua alta; 6 Een stille dood; 7 Nobiltà; 8 Fatalità; 9 Vriendendienst; 10 Onrustig tij; 11 Bedrieglijke zaken; 12 De stille elite; 13 Verborgen bewijs; 14 Vertrouwelijke zaken; 15 Duister glas; 16 Kinderspel; 17 Droommeisje; 18 Gezichtsverlies; 19 Een kwestie van vertrouwen; 20 Dodelijke conclusies; 21 Beestachtige zaken; 22 Het onbekende kind; 23 Tussen de regels; 24 Ik aanbid je; 25 Eeuwige jeugd; 26 Wat niet verdwijnt; 27 Vergiffenis

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

Konrad Sejer by Karin Fossum 4/12
1 Eva's oog; 2 Kijk niet achterom; 3 Wie de wolf vreest; 4 De duivel draagt het licht; 5 De Indiase bruid; 6 Zwarte seconden; 7 De moord op Harriet Krohn; 8 Een andere voorkeur; 9 Kwade wil; 10 De waarschuwer; 11 Carmen Zita og døden (not translated); 12 Veenbrand; 13 De fluisteraar

Martin Beck by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö 4/10
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

Martin Servaz by Bernard Minier 1/5
1 Een kille rilling; 2 Huivering; 3 Verduistering; 4 Schemering; 5 Weerzin

Oliver von Bodenstein & Pia Kirchhoff by Nele Neuhaus 9/9
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

Op zoek naar de verloren tijd (In Search of Lost Time) by Marcel Proust 3/7
1 De kant van Swann; 2 In de schaduw van meisjes in bloei; 3 De kant van Guermantes; 4 Sodom en Gomorra; 5 De gevangene; 6 De voortvluchtige; 7 De tijd hervonden

Het rad des tijds (Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson) 7/16
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; 13.1 Bij gevallen gratie en vaandels; 14 Het licht van weleer

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

Editado: Dez 2, 2020, 5:29am

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 Nagieb Mahfoez
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
2020 Louise Glück

Editado: Dez 18, 2020, 5:37pm

Books acquired in 2020: 42

December (2)
Dwaalgasten - Alfred Schaffer (P.C. Hooft-prijs 2021)
Het recht van de snelste - Thalia Verkade en Marco te Brömmelstroet (e-book)

November (2)
Een jaar uit het leven van Gesine Crespahl - Uwe Johnson
De jaren - Annie Ernaux

July (6)
Februari : roman uit het bezettingsjaar 1941. Deel 1 : De vreemde wet - Theun de Vries
Februari : roman uit het bezettingsjaar 1941. Deel 2: De vogelvrijen - Theun de Vries
Februari : roman uit het bezettingsjaar 1941. Deel 3: De opstand - Theun de Vries
Het meisje met het rode haar - Theun de Vries
Wieken tegen de tralies - Theun de Vries
Het wolfsgetij of Een leven van liefde - Theun de Vries

June (1)
Menselijke voorwaarden - Junpei Gomikawa

May (5)
Middaguur - Dörte Hansen
Inventaris van enkele verliezen - Judith Schalansky
Ten oosten van Eden - John Steinbeck
Jaag je ploeg over de botten van de doden - Olga Tokarczuk
Uit elkaar - Bette Westera

April (8)
Dit alles zal ik je geven - Dolores Redondo
Pieterpad deel I: Pieterburen-Vorden - Toos Goorhuis
Pieterpad deel II: Vorden-Maastricht - Toos Goorhuis
De eenzaamheid van de priemgetallen - Paolo Giordano
Nachtwegen - Gajto Gazdanov
De straat en het struikgewas - Armando
Telefoon voor de dode - John le Carré
Het verhaal van Aeneas - Vergilius

March (11)
CRUX by Ralph Keuning
Werner Tübke by Ralph Keuning
Wolfgang Mattheuer by Ralph Keuning
Seizoensroddel by Jan Baeke
Habitus by Radna Fabias
Boeddhisme in alle eenvoud by Steve Hagen
Generaal zonder leger by Özcan Akyol
Onze verslaggever in de leegte by Dimitri Verhulst
Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit (e-book)
Leon & Juliette by Annejet van der Zijl
Het water komt - Rutger Bregman

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

Dez 2, 2020, 5:30am


Dez 2, 2020, 6:29am

Happy new thread, Anita!

Dez 2, 2020, 8:21am

Happy new thread, Anita! It looks like you'll be hitting 3x75 soon.

Dez 2, 2020, 8:22am

Happy new thread, Anita!

Dez 2, 2020, 8:26am

>15 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley!

>16 harrygbutler: Thank you, Harry!
Not sure I will get to 225, with my planned reads for December I will end up at 224.
Maybe I can squeeze in a short one to get to 3 x 75, or drop a 1000+ book and read some other books instead.

>17 DianaNL: Thank you, Diana!
So good to see you around again.

Dez 2, 2020, 8:53am

Happy new thread, Anita - and the best wishes for 225!
But if the book is good - who cares about numbers!

Dez 2, 2020, 9:15am

Hi Anita, and happy new thread.

From your last thread, I'm glad you're able to get your dog fixes by visiting friends with dogs.

Dez 2, 2020, 9:25am

Hi Anita,

Happy new thread! I hope you and Frank are keeping well. Your walking project sounds great. It's good to have the goal of circling the island but no stress of a timeline in which to complete it.

Dez 2, 2020, 11:42am

Happy new one, Anita! I love how you have your series reading posted - I may steal that for next year.

Dez 2, 2020, 1:28pm

Happy new thread!

Dez 2, 2020, 1:30pm

>19 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas.
Indeed, and the books are treating me well this year :-)

>20 karenmarie: Thank you Karen.
And thanks for that, I miss the dogs sometimes. Although I don't miss walking them in bad weather ;-)

>21 Sakerfalcon: Thank you, Claire.
The walking project is also a nice way to get to know our province a bit better.

>22 Crazymamie: Thank you, Mamie.
Steal away anything you like :-)

Dez 2, 2020, 1:30pm

>23 drneutron: Thank you, Jim!

Dez 2, 2020, 2:47pm

Happy new thread!

Dez 2, 2020, 3:48pm

New thread! I can grab ahold of it while the number of posts is small. Hmm. As the year is winding down, you've planted something new.

Dez 2, 2020, 4:36pm

Hi Anita my dear, Happy New Thread dear friend.

Dez 2, 2020, 6:50pm

Happy New Thread Anita!

750 is a nice number, but 749 is very nice as well;-)

Dez 2, 2020, 7:03pm

>26 quondame: Thank you, Susan!

>27 weird_O: Thank you, Bill.
Welcome to my thread, it is never to late to join the fun.

>28 johnsimpson: Thank you, John.

>29 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella!
That must be a typo, I never get near that, not even in my best year ;-)
225 and 224 are more like it.

Dez 2, 2020, 7:24pm

Hi Anita, happy new thread!

Dez 2, 2020, 7:33pm

Happy new one, Anita.

Dez 2, 2020, 7:34pm

Happy New Thread, Anita!

Dez 2, 2020, 7:36pm

Happy new thread :)

Dez 3, 2020, 2:57am

Happy new thread Anita!

I see you're on track for triple 75. (>19 SirThomas: I'd say move the 1,000+ pager to January.)

Dez 3, 2020, 4:04am

>31 richardderus: Thank you, Richard dear.

>32 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul.

>33 msf59: Thank you, Mark.

>34 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita.

>35 humouress: Thank you, Nina.
Not sure what I will do yet. I hope to finish the big ones and squeeze in one more.

Dez 3, 2020, 10:20am

>1 FAMeulstee: I like this walking project. :)

Dez 3, 2020, 10:23am

>30 FAMeulstee: Oops, must have been tired. Paul has made a list on his thread, of who has read how many books, but noone has reached this magic number.

Dez 3, 2020, 11:18am

>37 sirfurboy: Thank you, Stephen, it is fun to do.

>38 EllaTim: That is what I thought, Ella.
The recordholder for this group is Stasia, she did read 578 books in 2010.

Dez 3, 2020, 11:29am

Happy new one Anita. A goal of 225 is most impressive (although you do that regularly I know).

Dez 3, 2020, 11:32am

See. I'm back to check up.

Totally baffled by folks, such as you, who can tear through hundreds of books in a year. I'm just not a speedy reader.

Dez 3, 2020, 11:36am

Hi Anita. I am so impressed that you and Frank are walking. And it looks like many miles have been accomplished thus far.

Years ago, I walked a lot throughout my neighborhood. Neighbors would call out a cheery hello along the way. I miss this.

Now, I've had a new neighborhood for 18 years. When this ablation pain stops, I vow to get the sneakers back on and start walking.

You are an inspiration.

Dez 3, 2020, 4:35pm

>40 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you, Reba.
Yes, even for me, the last years have been stellar.

>41 weird_O: Hi Bill, nice to see you back.
I did read like this in my youth, and had then some decades my reading was next to nothing. So I enjoy these great reading years, as I never know for sure how long it wil last.

>42 Whisper1: Thank you, Linda.
Walking has become a habit we both enjoy. I now include our walking distance in the monthly statistics.
I hop the pain will be gone soon, so you will be able to put on those walking shoes!

Dez 3, 2020, 5:33pm

Happy new thread Anita

I am thinking I'm going to try and do >13 FAMeulstee: next year. I always get too embarrassed by my purchases, but maybe I can... maybe?!

Dez 3, 2020, 5:50pm

Wow, I read Charlotte's "happy new thread" wish and thought "surely that's a joke, we're 44 comments in." But, wow, you're popular! :)

Dez 3, 2020, 5:56pm

Anita, I was thinking of you today, and remembering that before reading your thread, I didn't even know the term YA (young adult.) While I don't read as many as before, I vow in 2021 to go back to the goal of reading the Newbery's I didn't read yet.

The pain from the ablation will go away when the burnt nerves calm. Thank you for your kindness, which has never stopped since we communicated in 2008. You are an incredible person! I am blessed to know you.

Dez 4, 2020, 5:12pm

>44 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte.
You can start the new year anyway you want. Personally I like to see what books enter your house. And I don't think you can embarass anyone here with the numbers of books you buy ;-)

>45 The_Hibernator: Thank you, Rachel, this tread is certainly moving faster than I expected.

>46 Whisper1: Thanks, Linda, my YA reading has also declined. Last year I finished reading all my own childrens and YA books. This year only 25 books were childrens/YA.
I feel as blessed to know you.

Dez 5, 2020, 8:46am

>46 Whisper1: & >47 FAMeulstee: Thank you to both of you for having a part in opening up my own reading horizons.

Have a lovely weekend, Anita.

Dez 5, 2020, 8:39pm

happy new thread!

Dez 6, 2020, 5:45am

>48 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul, enjoy your weekend!

>49 banjo123: Thank you, Rhonda!

Dez 6, 2020, 6:48am

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Dez 6, 2020, 2:13pm

Hi, Anita! Happy newish thread! Hope your weekend has been enjoyable!

Dez 7, 2020, 6:12pm

>52 Storeetllr: Thank you, Mary.
Frank had to work the weekend nights, so I had a lot of much appriciated quiet time :-)

Dez 9, 2020, 8:30am

book 213: Heks by Camilla Läckberg
library, e-book, translated from Swedish, English translation The Girl in the woods, 687 pages

started 2020-11-29
finished 2020-12-02
TIOLI Challenge #1: Read a book with one of its title words making up part of a five-word sentence

Fjällbacka book 10
A 4 year old girl goes missing, everyone remembers a similair case that happened 30 years ago. Two teenagers are brutally bullied, their mothers were back then involved in the missing girl case, and the whole community thinks they did kill the girl. Some refugees from Syria have arrived in Fjällbacka, some inhabitants welcome them, some others think they should go back where they came from.
The historical timeline brings us back to the 17th century, when women were prosecuted as witches.

As always a good read, but this time Läckberg wanted to much in one book. Unraffeling a murder and finding out what happened 30 years back, teenagers bullying and teenagers being bullied, Syrian refugees and their backstories, and the witchtrials. And of course a peek in the daily life of the main characters.

Dutch title translated: Witch

Editado: Dez 17, 2020, 10:51am

book 214: Mystiek lichaam by Frans Kellendonk
own, Dutch, Dutch Canon, no translations, 194 pages

started 2020-12-02
finished 2020-12-04
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a book by an European born author

Story about a father and his two children. The father loves money and has managed to become a milionaire. Now it is hard work to stay a milionaire, despite inflation. His daughter never accomplished anything, and is pregnant now. His son is homosexual, came home with an unknown disease, and struggles with existential questions.
Al described in very constructed language, especially the first part. Later the language becomes a bit more fluent. The characters are all caricatures, a bit lifeless.

I had better hopes when I started reading this book. Kellendonk was seen as a great talent, who sadly died way to early from AIDS. This book is his magnum opus.

Title translated: Mystic body

Dez 9, 2020, 8:54am

book 215: Op aarde schitteren we even by Ocean Viong
library, e-book, translated, original title On earth we're briefly gorgeous, 236 pages

started 2020-12-04
finished 2020-12-06
TIOLI Challenge #1: Read a book with one of its title words making up part of a five-word sentence

Not easy to describe and rate this book, the compelling letter a son writes to his (illiterate) mother. About life, love, death, the war (in Vietnam). At times it is truely beautiful, but it also contains the most disturbing scene of animal torture I have ever read, and it is hard to get that image out of my brain.

Dutch title translated: On earth we shine briefly

Editado: Dez 9, 2020, 9:18am

book 216: Onder de Drachenwand by Arno Geiger
library, translated from German, no English translation, 415 pages

started 2020-12-03
finished 2020-12-09
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a book by an European born author

Austria 1944, Veith Kolbe has fought 5 years in Hitlers army in the east. He has returned as he was wounded in battle, and has to recover. At home with his parents in Vienna, he feels locked up, so he goes to Mondsee, where his uncle is a policeman and can help him finding a place to stay.
There he meets Margot, a young married woman with a baby. Her husband is at the front, and slowly Margot and Veil fall in love.
A few other stories are woven through the book: we learn about the tragic story of the young lovers Nanni (13) and Kurt (17) through their letters; the letters Margot and her mother (in Darmstadt) write to eachother; dairy entries of Oskar Meyer, who flies from Vienna to Budapest, where only temporary relief of his fate waits for him and his family; The "Brazilian", brother of Veil's landlady, who came back from Brazil and regrets it.

A penetrating account of the last full year of WWII, life goes on, but life is hard under attack. Some characters realise the end of the war is near, other clamp on their belief that Geman victory will come soon.

Title translated: Under the Drachenwand
  (Drachenwand means Dragonwall and is a mountain next to the Mondsee)

Dez 10, 2020, 7:11am

Happy Thursday!

>54 FAMeulstee: Too bad about that one. Läckberg usually delivers. Ah well.

Dez 10, 2020, 7:41am

>58 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita, the same to you!

It wasn't bad, Läckberg just tried to cover to many issues in one book...

Dez 10, 2020, 2:17pm

I can't believe I've gotten so far behind. Happy almost new thread!

Lots of BB starting with the previous thread. The Good Soldier Svejk may be one of my January reads. I like starting out the year with a long read - and that one certainly qualifies!

I have a copy of The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window on MT TBR. I should read it because the sequel sounds like great fun.

>56 FAMeulstee: animal torture. Sigh. What does it say about me that I enjoy murder mysteries, but can't read animal torture. Of course, I try not to read about human torture either.

I just picked up Second Wind from the library, so I'll be reading that one soon.

Dez 10, 2020, 5:56pm

>57 FAMeulstee: Another reason to regret not learning German! Sounds like a fascinating book.

Dez 10, 2020, 6:12pm

>57 FAMeulstee: I agree with Charlotte. Sounds like a good one.

Editado: Dez 12, 2020, 7:17am

>60 streamsong: Thank you, Janet, we all get behind from time to time.

Yes, The Good Soldier Svejk certainly qualiefies as a long read, it was enjoyable.
The Hundred Year Old Man made me laugh, much needed in these times.

With me it is the same. Reading a murder mystery is much easier, than reading about torture of animals.
For me Second wind wasn't the best Dick Francis, but still good enough to enjoy.

>61 charl08: It is also available in French, Italian and Spanish, Charlotte, but I am afraid that doesn't help either. It was a very good read.

>62 EllaTim: Yes, it was a good read, Ella. I picked it up because it won the Europese Literatuurprijs last year. A dutch prize for the best translated book, originating from one of the EU countries.

Dez 10, 2020, 8:26pm

>57 FAMeulstee: I have never really given a lot of thought to the issues Axis-nation civilians faced. Hm.

Well, no English translation = no way for me to read it! Boo hoo.

Have a stellar weekend, Anita.

Dez 11, 2020, 4:40am

>64 richardderus: Neither did I, Richard, so it was a new perspective.
It might get translated some day, just keep the name Arno Geiger in mind.

Thank you, I wish you the same.

Dez 11, 2020, 6:12am

Happy Friday, Anita!

>56 FAMeulstee: "...but it also contains the most disturbing scene of animal torture I have ever read, and it is hard to get that image out of my brain." Thank you for mentioning this - it is one I will avoid.

Dez 11, 2020, 8:41am

>66 Crazymamie: Was just about to comment saying the same!

>63 FAMeulstee: I absolutely loved The good soldier Svejk and recommend it to all!

Dez 11, 2020, 1:07pm

>66 Crazymamie: Thank you, Mamie, same to you!

I should have done the same, but it is hard for me to abandon a book. I have done twice in 12 years.
I might have avoided On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, if I had read Ellen's review (EBT1002) or Deborah's review (Cariola) more carefully.
!Warning! Cariola's review does include a description of this horrific scene.

>67 Sakerfalcon: See above, Claire.
Yes, that was a very good read.

Dez 11, 2020, 8:22pm

>63 FAMeulstee: I'd never heard of that prize, Anita. Too bad, because it seems really interesting. I looked up the site, and Arno Geiger. His book is not in the online library, so I will have to wait until the Oba opens again.

Editado: Dez 12, 2020, 1:04pm

Hi, Anita! From your last thread I noticed your photo of Ari, which reminded me of the day I met him, when you and Frank gave Claire (Sakerfalcon), her sister Karen, and I an amazing and unforgettable all day tour of Rotterdam in June, 2016. I just looked back at my Facebook photo albums from that day, as I was sure that I had taken a photo of him. Sadly I don't seem to have one, and only this photo at the end of our day, just before we entered Rotterdam Centraal Station, provides the barest shred of evidence that Ari was with us.

Dez 12, 2020, 2:10pm

>56 FAMeulstee: I agree with Anita, animal torture is something that very much upsets me.

I hope your day is a good one

Editado: Dez 13, 2020, 6:46am

>69 EllaTim: I got a paper copy from the library, Ella.
Fortunately our library is open, with restrictions: no more than 30 visitors, who have to wear a mask and keep distance.

>70 kidzdoc: Thank you, Darryl, for sharing that picture. We had a good day in Rotterdam in 2016!
I remember Ari enjoyed most of the day, except the Spido (the boat we toured through the harbor).
I vaguely remember a picture with all of us. I can't find any pictures of that day, maybe Claire or Karen took pictures.
ETA: I think my pictures of that day were lost when my laptop crashed later that year.

Looking forward to the time it will be possible to meet again!

>71 Whisper1: Indeed, Linda, any form of torture upset me.
Wishing you a wonderful and painfree day.

Editado: Dez 13, 2020, 6:44pm

>70 kidzdoc: >72 FAMeulstee: I found the pictures, Darryl!
I had all the pictures stored on my Google account.

All of us (Karen, Ari, Anita, Frank, Claire, Darryl) on the terrace next to the old harbor.

Dez 13, 2020, 8:48pm

>73 FAMeulstee: Nice picture Anita. You're all looking good. Comes in handy, that Google account.

Dez 13, 2020, 8:50pm

>73 FAMeulstee: Yes! That's the picture I was thinking of. Thanks for finding it, Anita.

Dez 13, 2020, 10:01pm

Belated happy new thread, Anita!

Dez 14, 2020, 6:47am

>73 FAMeulstee: That was a great day! Can't wait until we can all meet up again.

Dez 14, 2020, 7:54am

Love the photo, Anita! Looks like a great memory.

Dez 14, 2020, 8:15am

>73 FAMeulstee: - What a lovely pic. Can't wait for those days to return, to be able to sit innocently and comfortably together again. Seems an age ago!

Dez 14, 2020, 8:48am

Hi, Anita. I hope all is well. I have returned. Back to the retirement grind.

Dez 14, 2020, 8:51am

>80 msf59: Hard life ;0)

Dez 14, 2020, 9:13am

>73 FAMeulstee: The good old days - but they will come back, I am quite sure!
Have a wonderful Monday, Anita.

Dez 14, 2020, 6:09pm

>74 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella.
I was not even looking for these pictures. I just stumbled upon them, when I was checking my data limit.

>75 kidzdoc: Glad to have found it, Darryl.
If you want all pictures, pm me with your e-mail address.

>76 ronincats: Thank you, Roni!

>77 Sakerfalcon: Thank you, Claire, we were happy to show you around in Rotterdam that day.
It will take some time, but I am sure we will meet again.

Dez 14, 2020, 6:16pm

>78 Crazymamie: Thank you, Mamie. LT meet ups are the best!

>79 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley, those days will come back in time.
Yes, it feels long ago, being able to sit together. This has been a strange year, and I think it even will take time to feel comfortable being close to eachother again, when it is possible again.

>80 msf59: Hi Mark!
Glad you are back, I will check your thread later to see how wonderful your vacation has been.

>81 humouress: :-D

>82 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas, indeed the good old days :-)
Happy Tuesday to you.

COVID numbers were rising fast again in our country. Now we are back in almost complete lockdown for five weeks :-(

Dez 15, 2020, 3:53am

>84 FAMeulstee: It's good the government is taking action now, but they are so late with that! I feel sorry for the shops that depend on Christmas sales. Gardening centres for instance:-(

Editado: Dez 15, 2020, 8:55am

>85 EllaTim: I feel the same, Ella. Of course it is sad for some shops, it is always difficult to draw the line between health and economic impact, I am glad I don't have to decide!

ETA I just read that garden centers can sell chrismas trees and flowers outside.

Dez 15, 2020, 10:32pm

>86 FAMeulstee: Of course - Christmas trees are somewhat seasonal sales. Over here, apparently Christmas trees are in short supply. We just have one that we pull out of the attic every year. I'm not sure if that's less environmentally friendly but I'm not keen on the idea of chopping down a tree just for me. Plus the fact that one year the top of my mum's fir(?) tree broke off so we used it as a Christmas tree that year and it was a huge mess because it dropped needles all over the carpet and slowly turned brown.

Dez 16, 2020, 4:03am

>87 humouress: The real trees can only be sold a short time. Other shops with seasonal non-food items will be compensated.
We haven't had a christmas tree in years, I think once in the 15 years we live here.
When I am in the mood I decorate the house plants, this year I am not in the mood.

I think your tree is better that having a real tree, as it is used many years.

Dez 16, 2020, 7:48am

>84 FAMeulstee: I have a real tree this year, but I console myself that I am supporting a local business (literally just the other side of my town, we drive past their xmas tree farm year round).

Sorry to hear about the lockdown Anita. I do miss the festive markets, I think when this is over I'm going to try and go to one in Germany.

Dez 16, 2020, 12:59pm

>90 EllaTim: We make a two-dimensional Christmas tree, from several boughs, sometimes from our own garden, sometimes from the local gardening centre. Now that the shops are closed I'm suddenly finding lots of stuff I should have bought. Presents, Christmas cards. We're planning to visit an aunt, and some neighbours who will probably be spending Christmas more or less alone, and want to take some small gifts.

Dez 17, 2020, 1:46pm

Hi Anita, passing through to wish you a lovely weekend ahead.

Dez 18, 2020, 6:22am

>89 charl08: Supporting local business it important these days, Charlotte.
The lockdown affects me more than it did before, even though it doesn't change much for me personally.

>90 EllaTim: I hope you can find some of the items on-line, Ella. Some local shops started a webshop to keep on going.
Luckely we bought our New Year cards early this year.

>91 richardderus: Thank you, Richard dear.
We thought to have a nice weekend together, but one of Franks collegues is ill, so he took over to work Saturday and Sunday night.

Dez 20, 2020, 8:58am

>73 FAMeulstee: Nice.

I do think when this nightmare is over there are going to be quite a few LT meet-ups, Anita.

Dez 20, 2020, 9:35am

Happy Sunday Anita.

I send all good wishes for a wonderful holiday!

Dez 20, 2020, 10:40am

Hi Anita!

>68 FAMeulstee: Wow. Only abandoning 2 books in 12 years. I’ve abandoned 10 books just this year and am toying with the idea of officially abandoning everything I don’t finish by year’s end (except A Promised Land if I haven’t finished it by then) simply to take the stress off.

>73 FAMeulstee: I love meet up photos. Thanks for posting this.

>88 FAMeulstee: I’m not in the mood to decorate either although I bought 2 pandemic-related Christmas ornaments. I’m going to save them for the tree we get next year.

>92 FAMeulstee: I feel bad not buying a tree and wreath, which support a North Carolina tree farm. I also feel bad not going to the local stores to buy stocking stuffers. We're not putting out any decorations. But I’m still supporting the local grocery store and the local farm and garden store for bird seed.

Editado: Dez 21, 2020, 4:50am

>93 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul, LT meet-ups are the best.
I hope to meet some felow LT-ers (again), when this pandemic is over.

>94 Whisper1: Thank you, Linda, what a lovely image.

>95 karenmarie: Hi Karen!
I sometimes wish I could abandon books easier. I always hope a book will get better toward the end, and I just want to know how it ends.
Don't feel bad about not buying, you do support your local stores.

Editado: Dez 21, 2020, 6:24am

Today the winter starts, happy Yule to all!

Have a piece of Yule-log to celebrate!

ETA: And also today is the Saturn-Jupiter conjuction. We have seen those planets, while walking in nightfall on clear days, slowly moving to eachother in the south-west. Sadly today it is clouded, and not much chance we will see the conjuntion.

Dez 21, 2020, 7:39am

>97 FAMeulstee: Looks very tasty!

Today? We have been watching those planets as well. But too bad, much too cloudy today.

Dez 21, 2020, 10:53am

>98 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella.

It looks like the rain is going to end soon, we might have a little chance when we go for our walk in an hour.

Dez 21, 2020, 2:32pm

>97 FAMeulstee: Yum! Thanks, Anita!
Tachyon Publications, an SFF house, posted this on Twitter. Says it all, no?

Dez 22, 2020, 10:50am

>97 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita!

... and here's to a better 2021!

Dez 22, 2020, 4:10pm

Dez 22, 2020, 4:14pm

Dez 22, 2020, 4:32pm

Happy everything, Anita. Here's to good health, above all, and of course, good books.

Editado: Dez 22, 2020, 7:31pm

Happy Christmas, Anita! Hoping for all the best in the new year. I learned that Christmas baubles are supposed to be symbolic. I don't know what this bird stands for but I liked it, so here you go.

Dez 23, 2020, 12:21am

>97 FAMeulstee: >98 EllaTim: Oh wow - you could actually see the planets?

Here in Singapore the weather has been very England-like, as in overcast all day/ night rather than dropping a deluge in less than an hour and clearing up quickly. During May/ June when it seemed the whole world was in lockdown, the skies above us cleared enough for me to be able to identify the major stars in the Orion constellation (but not as many as we could see in Hawai'i). As things started filtering back to normal, so the skies started hazing up again even before the monsoon clouds. Heigh-ho; so much for lasting change.

But speaking of Hawai'i, a year to the day after we landed there, Mount Kilauea has erupted and the crater is filling with lava. I'm sorry that we missed it but I'm very glad that I could show my children what the stars in our night sky should look like without light pollution - which was the main reason I wanted to go there. Apart from the fact that I love Hawai'i.

Dez 23, 2020, 3:24am

>100 richardderus: Thank you, Richard, may 2021 give us some hope for the future!
(BTW a cat on a picture from you?!? LOL)

>101 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen, we all need a tree full of good wishes for 2021 :-)

>102 johnsimpson: Thank you, John, a Merry Christmas to you and Karen!

Dez 23, 2020, 3:28am

>103 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita, wishing you the same!

>104 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelly, what a lovely christmas tree.
Happy everything sums it all, whishing you the same.

>105 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella, it is a lovely bird.
Happy Chrismas to you and Marc!

Dez 23, 2020, 3:53am

>106 humouress: Yes, Nina, we could see them when the sky wasn't clouded. At the moment Mars is a faithful companion too.
I must say we can see more stars and planets here, than we could when we lived in the city of Rotterdam. You can really see what a difference light pollution makes.

Could you see the Milky Way on Hawai'i?

Editado: Dez 23, 2020, 4:49am

>109 FAMeulstee: Yes we did see the Milky Way but only partially. Unfortunately my phone battery had died so I couldn't take a photo on the day we went up Mauna Kea.

Editado: Dez 23, 2020, 4:55am

>110 humouress: That is great, Nina, I have never seen it myself. To bad about your battery :-(
There are only a few places in our country where you can see the Milky Way, if weather permits. I hope to see it someday.

Dez 23, 2020, 5:03am

book 217: De oude man en de zee by Ernest Hemingway
1001 books, library, translated, original title The Old Man and The Sea, 112 pages

started 2020-12-11
finished 2020-12-12
TIOLI Challenge #10: Read a book that has 250 pages or less

I think I read it in English way back in highschool, I vaguely remembered some of the story.
A very good read.

English and Dutch title are the same

Dez 23, 2020, 5:46am

book 218: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
1001 books, library, e-book, translated, original title Fahrenheit 451, 189 pages

started 2020-12-14
finished 2020-12-15
TIOLI Challenge #2: Read a book you haven't read before but whose film / TV adaptation you've seen

Did not like it, I liked Brave new world and 1984 way more. Even We was a better read for me.

English and Dutch title are exactly the same

Dez 23, 2020, 5:52am

book 219: De Godfather by Mario Puzo
1001 books, library, e-book, translated, original title The Godfather, 495 pages

started 2020-12-14
finished 2020-12-17
TIOLI Challenge #6: Read a book with a title or part of a title that you can use after the word “with” which indicates how you might be observing the holidays this year

A pageturner, Frank was watching the movies on TV and I saw them with half an eye, while reading the book.

English and Dutch title are the same

Dez 23, 2020, 6:02am

book 220: De kant van Guermantes by Marcel Proust
1001 books, library, e-book, translated from French, English translation The Guermantes Way, 720 pages

started 2020-12-07
finished 2020-12-21
TIOLI Challenge #9: Read a book that is a follow up of a book you read earlier this year

In search of lost time book 3
The first part was as good as the previous books, however the second part was a bit draining. It describes to parties where the narrator goes, and dives deeply in the genealogical charts of all the noble guests, the further back their family tree goes, the more important they feel.

Dutch title translated: The side of Guermantes or The Guermantes' way

Dez 23, 2020, 6:49am

>113 FAMeulstee: Oh no, one of my favourite books Anita. OK, still love you anyway.

Dez 23, 2020, 6:57am

>116 Caroline_McElwee: I am sorry, Caroline, I was afraid I might hurt someone...
Gladly there are books we both like :-)

Dez 23, 2020, 7:34am

Have a wonderful holiday, Anita! Looking forward to a much better 2021!! The Godfather is my favorite movie of all time. I remember also enjoying the book.

Dez 23, 2020, 2:21pm

>115 FAMeulstee: I'm with you...draining is the best description I can imagine for that table of begats like there is in 1st Chronicles of the Old Testament.

Dez 23, 2020, 3:55pm

>113 FAMeulstee: it is a strange on, huh? I can't say I have warmed to Ray Bradbury, even though he is a classic.

Happy Christmas!

Dez 23, 2020, 5:40pm

>118 msf59: Thank you, Mark, I think we all look forward to a better year :-)
Both the movie and the book were very good, enjoyed them both.

>119 richardderus: They wer not going THAT far back, Richard dear ;-) Some did go back as far as the 6th century, and looked down at any more recent nobility. Well it is done, I hope the next book is more enjoyable, as I still plan to read the whole In Search of Lost Time.

>120 LovingLit: Yes it was, Megan, I have no plans to read any other book by Bradbury.
And a happy Christmas to you and yours!

Dez 23, 2020, 6:43pm

>121 FAMeulstee: Fahrenheit 451 really isn't typical Bradbury, if there is such a thing. Though it may be the best known outside of the F&SF community. I'm not partial to it while I found much of the other work exceptional. But then it was a message piece, though he complained that the message received wasn't what he was sending.

Dez 24, 2020, 3:16am

Or in other words, Happy Christmas! And have a great New Year as well. Here’s hoping 2021 is an improvement on 2020.

Dez 24, 2020, 3:18am

>122 quondame: It is the only work of Bradbury that is available at our library, Susan, so there is little chance I will ever read his other works.

Dez 24, 2020, 3:20am

>123 SandDune: Thank you, Rhian, happy Chrismas to you!

Dez 24, 2020, 3:24am

I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a peaceful time, remain healthy and full of hope.
I took this picture 2 years ago when we were on our pre-Christmas vacation.
Last year there was no snow, this year we were not allowed to go. Therefore, we revel in fond memories and look forward to next year.

Dez 24, 2020, 9:04am

Wishing you and yours a lovely holiday season and a joyous 2021!

Dez 24, 2020, 12:38pm

Dez 24, 2020, 12:53pm

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
May next year bring you greater peace and joy, good health and many books.

Editado: Dez 25, 2020, 7:23am

I hope there are some treats, some relaxation, and some reading over the festive season, and that 2021 is a kinder year to everyone.

Hoping there will be some fine reads among your parcels Anita.

Dez 24, 2020, 5:22pm

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
May 2021 bring you less need for masks, loads of peace and joy, good health and, of course, books!

Dez 24, 2020, 5:33pm

Dez 24, 2020, 11:46pm

Dez 25, 2020, 12:58am

Happy Holidays Anita!

Dez 25, 2020, 1:35am

Wishing you and yours the very best of the season.

Dez 25, 2020, 3:24am

I hope you get some of those at least, Anita, as we all look forward to a better 2021.

Dez 25, 2020, 7:02am

Best wishes of the season, Anita!

Dez 25, 2020, 9:02am

Happy Newish Thread, Anita. I hope you and Frank are having a lovely holiday season, and best wishes for a happy new year.

Dez 25, 2020, 2:08pm

This year Chrismas Eve and Chrismas Day are this weeks working nights for Frank, so usual routine.
Tomorrow, second Christmas Day in the Netherlands, we will visit my father and have diner at his place.

>126 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas, lovely picture.
Hopefully next year you can go again. Best wishes to you and yours.

>127 Carmenere: Thank you, Lynda, wishing you a much better 2021!

>128 witchyrichy: Thank you, Karen, wishing the same to you and Bob.

Dez 25, 2020, 2:16pm

>129 nittnut: Thank you, Jenn, may next year bring you the same.

>130 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline, no Christmas packages here. Just the two of us and we have all we need ;-)
Ther is some of all the other things you mentioned, and we all can use a kinder 2021.

>131 Berly: Thank you, Kim, wishing the same to you and yours.
Let us hope for a better 2021!

Dez 25, 2020, 2:21pm

>132 AMQS: Thank you, Anne, happy and healthy 2021 to you and yours!

>133 Copperskye: Thank you, Joanne, I love Peanuts.
Happy 2021 to you!

>134 quondame: Thank you, Susan, what a lovely image. Wishing you the same!

Dez 25, 2020, 2:34pm

>135 humouress: Thank you, Nina, best wishes to you and your family.

>136 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul, we are all happy friends together here on LT, so those parts are always covered.

>137 harrygbutler: Thank you, Harry, the same to you!

>138 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe, happy holidays to you and Debi.

Dez 25, 2020, 4:00pm

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

Dez 25, 2020, 5:28pm

>143 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle!
No festivities here, it is just the two of us. Frank worked both last night and this night.
Tomorrow we will have Christmas diner at my fathers place.

Dez 26, 2020, 10:19am

Wanna help me kick 202 to the curb? 2021 group is here

Dez 27, 2020, 8:34am

>145 drneutron: Thanks for starting the new group, Jim.
I will start my 2021 thread later this week.

Dez 28, 2020, 10:49pm

Hi Anita and Frank. Happy New Year to you both!

Dez 29, 2020, 4:19am

>147 EBT1002: Thank you, Ellen, Happy New Year to you, P and Carson!

Dez 29, 2020, 4:32am

book 221: Het zoutpad by Raynor Winn
library, translated, original title The Salt Path, 318 pages

started 2020-12-21
finished 2020-12-24
TIOLI Challenge #8: Read a book written by a woman

Rayno and Moth Winn loose their house and income, and are at loss what to do now. Recently Moth was diagnosed with a servere, untreatable, terminal ilness. They decide to go and walk the South Coast Path (over 1000 km) together.

Inspiring story.

English and Dutch title are the same

Dez 29, 2020, 4:41am

book 222: De laatste getuigen by Svetlana Alexievich
library, translated from Russian, English translation Last Witnesses, 303 pages

started 2020-12-10
finished 2020-12-24
TIOLI Challenge #5: Read a book for the December CFF Mystery Challenge Challenge

In the 1980s Svetlana Alexievich interviewed people who were children, aged 2 to 14, when the Germans invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941. Their memories are harrowing, and most lives are still scarred.

Dutch title translated: The last witnesses

Editado: Dez 29, 2020, 4:53am

book 223: Joop den Uyl, 1919-1987 : dromer en doordouwer by Anet Bleich
own, Dutch, no translations, 568 pages

started 2020-12-21
finished 2020-12-27
TIOLI Challenge #8: Read a book written by a woman

Biography of Joop den Uyl, social-democrat politican, prime minister from 1973-1977.

Dutch title translated: Joop den Uyl, 1919-1987 : dreamer and persister

Dez 29, 2020, 4:58am

book 224: Sint Sebastiaan by Simon Vestdijk
own, Dutch, no translations, 192 pages

started 2020-12-27
finished 2020-12-28
TIOLI Challenge #14: The Birthstone Challenge wrap-up; read a book that is predominantly one birthstone colour

First book (of 8) about Anton Wachter, describing his childhood in Lahringen early 20th century. Some summers he went to his family in Amsterdam. The title refers to a painting of Saint Sebastian in the Rijksmuseum.

Dutch title translated: Saint Sebastian

Dez 29, 2020, 8:54pm

You have done some good reading again, Anita!

>149 FAMeulstee: I liked this book as well. Admired their courage in it.

>150 FAMeulstee: Sounds like another memorable one from this author.

>152 FAMeulstee: Finished in one day!

Wishing you a happy New Year, Anita! I won't get around to setting up a new thread until January, I think. So meet you there.

Dez 30, 2020, 8:09am

>153 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella, reading has slowed down compared to the last three years. I used to finish one or more book a day.
I hope to continue the Anton Wachtercyclus next year.

I will set up my thread for 2021 tomorrow I think.
Happy New Year to you and Marc!

Dez 30, 2020, 8:36am

book 225: Donderdagskinderen by Nicci French
library, e-book, translated, original title Thursday's Children, 378 pages

started 2020-12-28
finished 2020-12-30
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a book by an European born author

Frieda Klein, book 4
We learn more about Frieda's youth, as she returns to the place where she grew up. A former classmate asks for help for her daughter. Frieda tries to resolve both things from her past and present day.

English and Dutch title are the same

Editado: Dez 30, 2020, 8:46am

Still reading De vertellingen van duizend-en-één nacht (the complete One Thousand and One Nights), the first book (of 3) almost finished.
I started reading it in January, and had the ambitious plan to finish all tree books this month.
Less ambitious, more realistic: I hope to finish the second book next year.

Dez 30, 2020, 8:44am

>155 FAMeulstee: Congrats, Anita, 3 x 75!

Great series, isn't it?

Dez 30, 2020, 8:57am

>156 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Karen, I am glad I made it in this strange year :-)

Yes, a very good series, all 4* reads, except Tuesday that I gave 3½*. Looking forward to the next book.

Dez 30, 2020, 9:01am

Happy Wednesday, Anita. I hope all is well there. Hooray for the European Goldfinch. That made my week. I want to read another Svetlana Alexievich in 2021.

Dez 30, 2020, 9:29am

The Eighth Life - I'm on page 15. Of 934...

Dez 30, 2020, 9:46am

>159 msf59: Thank you, Mark, happy Wednesday!
I am happy to be near the end of this strange and awful year, and hope for a better 2021.
European Goldfinches are colorful little birds, they always lift my mood when I see them.
Next year I want to read Zinky Boys.

>160 charl08: Enjoy, Charlotte!
My copy had 1275 pages...

Dez 30, 2020, 4:17pm

Happy New Year Anita and Frank.

Dez 30, 2020, 11:22pm

>155 FAMeulstee: Congratulations on 225!

Dez 31, 2020, 1:35am

Time to take out the trash!

Dez 31, 2020, 4:29am

>162 johnsimpson: Thank you, John, happy New Year to you and Karen.

>163 quondame: Thank you, Susan, the last 75 milestone this year.

>164 weird_O: Thank you, Bill, I like that image :-)
May 2021 turn out to be a better year!

Editado: Dez 31, 2020, 5:29am

The last book for 2020

book 226: De vertellingen van duizend-en-één nacht deel 1 translated by Richard van Leeuwen
borrowed from a friend, translated from Arabic, 1056 pages

started 2020-01-01
finished 2020-12-31
TIOLI Challenge #2: Read a book you haven't read before but whose film / TV adaptation you've seen

Dutch translation of the complete The Arabian Nights in 3 volumes.
The sultan was betrayed by his favourite wife, and decides he will only sleep with virgins and kill them the next day. When Shahrazaad is choosen to be the sultans next bride, she starts telling him a story, and he lets her live to find out how the story ends.
In this first book 22 tales/fairytales/fables, told in 249 nights.

Dutch title translated: The tales of one thousand and one nights volume 1 (of 3)

Editado: Dez 31, 2020, 5:03pm

End of year meme:

Describe yourself: The girl in the tower

Describe how you feel: Things fall apart

Describe where you currently live: World's end

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: In the woods

Your favorite form of transportation is: Raven flight

Your favorite food is: The old ways

Your favorite time of day is: The discomfort of evening

Your best friend is: The absolutist

You and your friends are: Last witnesses

What’s the weather like: The winter of the witch

You fear: Man's fate

What is the best advice you have to give: A question of belief

Thought for the day: The trouble with goats and sheep

What is life for you: Far from the madding crowd

How you would like to die: The second sleep

Your soul’s present condition: Spill, simmer falter wither

What was 2020 like for you? Little fires everywhere

What do you want from 2021? Women & power

Dez 31, 2020, 12:33pm

December 2020 in numbers

14 books read (5.863 pages, 189,3 pages a day)

own 3 (21 %) / library 10 / other 1

9 male author / 5 female author
3 originally written in Dutch / 11 translated into Dutch
11 fiction / 3 non-fiction

14 books in TIOLI Challenges
6 e-books
4 1001 books
0 childrens/YA
2 mystery/police procedural
0 poetry

0 - 100 pages: 0
101 - 200 pages: 4
201 - 300 pages: 1
301 - 400 pages: 3
401 - 500 pages: 2
501 - 999 pages: 3
1000+ pages: 1

longest book 1056 pages
shortest book 112 pages
average book 419 pages

own books read were on the shelf since:
before 2008: 2
2009: 1

date first published:

15th century: 1

20th century
1920s: 1
1930s: 1
1950s: 2
1960s: 1
1980s: 2

21st century
2000s: 1
2010s: 5

  2 x
  6 x
  2 x
  4 x

Best books in December

Onder de Drachenwand by Arno Geiger
De laatste getuigen (Last Witnesses) by Svetlana Alexievich

Walking in December: walked 29 days, 174,4 km; average 6,01 km/a day
(e-)biking in December: biked 2 days, 36,1 km; average 18,05 km/a day

Dez 31, 2020, 12:33pm

2020 totals

226 books read (79.216 pages, 216,4 pages a day)

own 33 (15 %) / library 191 / other 2

135 male author / 91 female author
53 originally written in Dutch / 173 translated into Dutch
184 fiction / 42 non-fiction

216 books in TIOLI Challenges
103 e-books
40 1001 books (total 186)
6 Dutch Literary Canon (total 31/125)
25 childrens/YA
40 mystery/police procedural
  3 poetry

0 - 100 pages: 8
101 - 200 pages: 47
201 - 300 pages: 42
301 - 400 pages: 69
401 - 500 pages: 31
501 - 999 pages: 20
1000+ pages: 9

longest book 1511 pages
shortest book 32 pages
average book 350 pages

own books read were on the shelf since:
before 2008: 21
2009: 1
2011: 1
2016: 1
2017: 2
2019: 4
2020: 3

date first published:
5th century BC: 1
13th century: 1
15th century: 1
18th century: 2
19th century: 11

20th century
1900s: 7
1910s: 5
1920s: 3
1930s: 5
1940s: 9
1950s: 11
1960s: 11
1970s: 12
1980s: 9
1990s: 10

21st century
2000s: 23
2010s: 100
2020s: 5

  9 x
23 x
91 x
63 x
38 x
  1 x
  1 x


Walking in 2020: walked 299 days 1729,9 km; average 5,79 km a day
(e-)biking in 2020: biked 67 days 1325,7 km; average 19,79 km a day

Dez 31, 2020, 5:16pm

Best books of 2020

De brief voor de koning (The Letter for the King) by Tonke Dragt
Geheimen van het Wilde Woud (The Secrets of the Wild Wood) by Tonke Dragt
De geschikte jongen (A Suitable Boy) by Vikram Seth
Het geslacht Wiarda by Theun de Vries
Menselijke voorwaarden by Junpei Gomikawa
Muizen en mensen (Of Mice and Men) by John Steinbeck
De pest (The Plague) by Albert Camus
Tot in de hemel (The Overstory) by Richard Powers
Wij slaven van Suriname by Anton de Kom

De acht bergen (The Eight Mountains) by Paolo Cognetti
De buitenjongen (The Wild Boy) by Paolo Cognetti
De geniale vriendin (My Brilliant Friend) by Elena Ferrante
Hoe ik talent voor het leven kreeg (Two blankets, three sheets) by Rodaan Al Galidi
Ik zal de wereld nooit meer zien (I Will Never See the World Again) by Ahmet Altan
Jaag je ploeg over de botten van de doden (Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead) by Olga Tokarczuk
De jongens van Nickel (The Nickel Boys) by Colson Whitehead
Kwaad bloed (Troubled blood) by Robert Galbraith
De laatste getuigen (Last Witnesses) by Svetlana Alexievich
Meer dan een broer (At Night All Blood Is Black) by David Diop
Het menselijk tekort (Man's Fate) by André Malraux
De nieuwe achternaam (The Story of a New Name) by Elena Ferrante
De odyssee van Mohamed by Mohamed El Bachiri
De onbekende soldaat (The Unknown Soldier) by Väinö Linna
Onder de Drachenwand by Arno Geiger
Reis door Armenië (An Armenian sketchbook) by Vasili Grossman
Vrouwen & macht (Women & Power: A Manifesto) - Mary Beard
Vrouwen in gevecht (Fearless Females) by Marta Breen and Jenny Jordahl
De wand (The Wall) by Marlen Haushofer
De zeven gehangenen (The Seven Who Were Hanged) by Leonid Andrejev

Editado: Dez 31, 2020, 6:13pm

Taking my note to 2021..

Dez 31, 2020, 7:31pm

Dez 31, 2020, 9:28pm


As the year turns, friendship continues

Dez 31, 2020, 10:21pm

Jan 1, 4:16am

>171 Caroline_McElwee: Saw you there, Caroline :-)

>173 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul!

>174 quondame: Thank you, Susan!

I am glad 2020 is gone and hope 2021 turns out to be a lot better!

Jan 1, 6:51am

Love your meme answers - especially your hopes for 2021!

Jan 1, 6:57am

>176 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte, filling the meme was the second time I was glad I had read that book :-)