Connie is back, part 2

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Connie is back, part 2

Redigeret: apr 4, 5:52am

Welcome to my Second Thread

I'm known to most of you, but here is a small introduction.
I'm Connie (68) and I live in the Netherlands (which might explain my English being a bit off sometimes). I am retired and have worked in a school for kids from age 12 to19 for 15 years.
Not as a teacher but as a kind of assistant to the deans. So lots of lists and administrational things. And organizing parent evenings.

Since I can't rehome books (I just can't part with them) they just move to another room in the house. My favorite genres are Fantasy and Thrillers, but I like novels too. Especially in summer when it's warm and sultry.

I'm married to Peet (70) and we have one son Jeroen (37) and one daughter Eveline (35)
Jeroen lives with his girlfriend Rianne (33) near by and they have a daughter Lonne (2 years old)
Eveline lives with her boyfriend Cyrille (38) in another town, Maastricht, half an hour from us by car.
They have two girls, Fiene (4 years old) and Marie (1,5 year old).

This lovely collage was a gift for my birthday a few days ago.

Redigeret: apr 4, 5:44am

Here is a picture of the family, made a few years ago.

My family
Cyrille, Jeroen, Peet
Rianne, Eveline, Me

Redigeret: apr 4, 5:48am

Fiene, a few weeks ago when she fooled me with a fake ponytail (she used part of a carnival wig).
This was in our livingroom cluttered with Barbie stuff and Peet on the background.

Redigeret: apr 4, 5:49am

Lonne, this morning searching for Easter eggs

Redigeret: apr 4, 5:51am

So happy with her candy

Redigeret: I går, 2:59pm

This is where I will keep track of all books read in 2021: ROOTs, new and shiny tree-books, e-books.

001. Draken van een verdwenen maan - Margaret Weis & Tracey Hickman - book - BFB # 1 - ROOT # 1 -
002. Bloedrode maan - Geoffrey Huntington - ebook -
003. Het boek der stormen - James Clemens - book - BFB # 2 - ROOT # 2 -
004. Graaf in Moskou - Amor Towles - ebook -
005. Livaks waagstuk - Juliet E. McKenna - book - ROOT # 3 -
006. Het boek van vergeten woorden - Pip Williams - ebook -
007. Een duister vermoeden - Elizabeth George - book - BFB # 3 - ROOT # 4 -
008. Verloren onschuld - Elizabeth George - book - BFB # 4 - ROOT # 5 -
009. Het Paradijs - Toni Morrison - book - ROOT # 6 -
010. Een inktzwart hart - R.J. Ellory - book - ROOT # 7 -
011. Een mooie dag om te sterven - R.J. Ellory - book - ROOT # 8 -
012. Duizend schitterende zonnen - Khaled Hosseini - book - ROOT # 9 -
013. De vliegeraar - Khaled Hosseini - book - ROOT # 10 -
014. Het stille huis - Ruth Rendell - book - ROOT # 11 -
015. Het onzichtbare leven van Addie LaRue - V.E. Schwab - book - BFB # 5 -
016. De vrouw en de weduwe - Christian White - ebook -
017. 1953 - Rik Launspach - book - ROOT # 12 -
018. Laten wij aanbidden - Ann-Marie MacDonald - book - ROOT # 13 - BFB # 6 -
019. De eed van de zwaardvechter - Juliet E. McKenna - book - ROOT # 14 - BFB # 7 -
020. Het oneindige verhaal - Michael Ende - book -
021. Livaks fortuin - Juliet E. McKenna - book - ROOT # 15 -
022. Here is the Beehive - Sarah Crossan - ebook -
023. Verdwenen - Val McDermid - book - ROOT # 16 -
024. Win - Harlan Coben - book -
025. A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking - T. Kingfisher - ebook -
026. Clean Sweep - Ilona Andrews - ebook -
027. Sweep in Peace - Ilona Andrews - ebook -
028. One Fell Sweep - Ilona Andrews - ebook -
029. Sweep of the Blade - Ilona Andrews - ebook -
030. Sweep with Me - Ilona Andrews - ebook -
031. The Once and Future Witches - Alix E. Harrow - ebook -
032. Roverandom - J. R. R. Tolkien - book - ROOT # 17 -
033. Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood - book - ROOT # 18 -
034. Wie niet horen wil - Nicci French - book -
035. Een verre horizon - Santa Montefiore - book -
036. De Nazaten van Shannara - Terry Brooks - book - ROOT # 19 -
037. Winter in de kleine bakkerij - Jenny Colgan - ebook -
038. De druïde van Shannara - Terry Brooks - book - ROOT # 20 -
039. Heks van vuur en oorlog - S. Christina - book -
040. De zevende zus - Lucinda Riley - book - BFB # 8 -
041. Wen er maar aan - Maike Meijer - book -
042. Schaduwland - Robert Bryndza - book -
043. Het geheime kistje van Elle - Aline van Wijnen - book -
044. De elfenkoningin van Shannara - Terry Brooks - book - ROOT # 21 -
045. De wakers van Shannara - Terry Brooks - book - ROOT # 22 -
046. Het bloemenmeisje - Anya Niewierra - ebook -
047. De helden van New York - R.J. Ellory - book - ROOT # 23 -
048. Klifi - Adriaan van Dis - book -
049. Vrij uitzicht - Anya Niewierra - ebook -
050. Niemand zeggen - M.J. Arlidge - book -
051. Het laatste offer - Petra Hammesfahr - book - ROOT # 24 -
052. Dorsvloer vol confetti - Franca Treur - book - ROOT # 25 -
053. Ronja de roversdochter - Astrid Lindgren - book - ROOT # 26 -
054. De overlevenden - Jane Harper - book -
055. De schemering en de dageraad - Ken Follett - book -
056. De weg naar Callisto - Torsten Krol - book - ROOT # 27 -
057. Doods geheim - Robert Bryndza - book -

Redigeret: jun 10, 3:20pm

This is where I will keep track of Chunksters, books with more than 500 pages

01. Draken van een verdwenen maan - Margaret Weis & Tracey Hickman - 573 pages -
02. Het boek der stormen - James Clemens - 505 pages -
03. Een duister vermoeden - Elizabeth George - 587 pages -
04. Verloren onschuld - Elizabeth George - 724 pages -
05. Het onzichtbare leven van Addie LaRue - V.E. Schwab - 574 pages -
06. Laten wij aanbidden - Ann-Marie MacDonald - 600 pages -
07. De eed van de zwaardvechter - Juliet E. McKenna - 512 pages -
08. De zevende zus - Lucinda Riley - 688 pages -
09. De schemering en de dageraad - Ken Follett - 734 pages -

Redigeret: jun 10, 3:22pm

This is where I will keep track of all my bought books in 2021 (excluding e-books)

01. Een dodelijke opleiding - Naomi Novik
02. De verloren legioenen - David Hair
03. Het keren van het tij - David Hair
04. Het onzichtbare leven van Addie LaRue - V.E. Schwab
05. Een voor een - Ruth Ware (gift from Peet)
06. De schemering en de dageraad - Ken Follett (gift from Peet)
07. Het oneindige verhaal - Michael Ende
08. Klifi - Adriaan van Dis
09. Het geheime kistje van Elle - Aline van Wijnen
10. Win - Harlan Coben
11. Een verre horizon - Santa Montefiore
12. Wie niet horen wil - Nicci French
13. De brief voor de koning - Tonke Dragt
14. Heks van vuur en oorlog - S. Christina - (gift from Peet)
15. Schaduwland - Robert Bryndza
16. De zevende zus - Lucinda Riley
17. Doods geheim - Robert Bryndza
18. Niemand zeggen - M.J. Arlidge
19. De overlevenden - Jane Harper
20. Geheimen van het Wilde Woud - Tonke Dragt
21. Rosa en het vriendschapsengeltje - Lucinda Riley & Harry Whittaker
22. Wat wij zagen - Hanna Bervoets


And for Book Bullets that hit me here.

01. Graaf in Moskou by Amor Towles BB by Jackie_K that followed me from 2020
02. The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue BB by Susanj67
03. De boekwinkel voor gebroken harten by Robert Hillman BB by John Simpson
04. A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow BB by curioussquared
05. De jachtpartij by Lucy Foley BB by Nickelini
06. Moon of the crusted snow by Waubgeshig Rice BB by Nickelini
07. The other passenger by Louise Candlish BB by Susanj67
08. Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia BB by curioussquared
09. De gastenlijst by Lucy Foley BB by QuestingA
10. The Crow Folk by Mark Stay BB by Jackie_K
11. The midnight library by Matt Haig BB by Persephoneslibrary
12. Schuldig in eigen ogen by Agatha Christie BB by Robertgreaves.
13. Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan BB by Nickelini
14. Bermtoeristen by Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky BB by Sibylline

Cursief is read

Redigeret: jun 10, 4:09am

For my RL Book-club I will read books for the challenge we set for 2021
We have 21 categories and per category we have to read 21 books between the members, max. 4 books per person per category.

The categories are

Big fat books
** Een mooie dag om te sterven by R.J.Ellory
** De eed van de zwaardvechter by Juliet E. McKenna
** Niemand zeggen by M.J. Arlidge
** De schemering en de dageraad by Ken Follett
New to you authors
** Het boek van vergeten woorden by Pip Williams
** Klifi by Adriaan van Dis
Beautiful covers
** Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan
** De vrouw en de weduwe by Christian White
** Het bloemenmeisje by Anya Niewierra
** Bloedrode maan by Geoffrey Huntington
** De vliegeraar by Khaled Hosseini
** 1953 by Rik Launspach
Not occidental
** Duizend schitterende zonnen by Khaled Hosseini
** Roverandom by J. R. R. Tolkien
Object with Awareness
** Het oneindige verhaal by Michael Ende
** Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Festive days
** Sweep with Me by Ilona Andrews
** Winter in de kleine bakkerij by Jenny Colgan
Name of a City
** Graaf in Moskou by Amor Towles
** De helden van New York - R.J. Ellory
Non-hetero love
** Een duister vermoeden by Elizabeth George
** Laten wij aanbidden by Ann-Marie MacDonald
** Een verre horizon by Santa Montefiore
FF on the cover
** Het laatste offer by Petra Hammesfahr
Highest rating on LT or GR
** Een inktzwart hart by R.J. Ellory
** Win by Harlan Coben
** Draken van een verdwenen maan by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
** Het Paradijs by Toni Morrison
** De wakers van Shannara by Terry Brooks
First name
** Livaks waagstuk by Juliet E. McKenna
** Ronja de roversdochter by Astrid Lindgren
** Het boek der stormen by James Clemens
** Verloren onschuld by Elizabeth George

apr 4, 5:41am

Happy new thread, Connie!

I'll be back later to see the updated first messages.

apr 4, 5:42am

Happy new thread, Connie. I am always happy when my friends come back to the group and it has cheered me no end to see you back with us this year. xx

apr 4, 5:56am

Thanks Anita and Paul!

apr 4, 5:57am

Happy Easter and happy new threat. Your granddaughters are so beautiful.

Redigeret: apr 4, 6:03am

>14 Ameise1: Hi Barb. Thanks. And not only on the outside. Fiene is such a wonderful sister to Marie. Lonne is very smart, or rather wise for her age. And Marie is just a little heartbreaker. I'm Very happy with them.

apr 4, 6:09am

I'm currently reading to many books simultaneously.

The once and future witches by Alix E. Harrow - E-book
Livaks fortuin by Juliet E. McKenna - Treebook - Almost finished
A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher - E-book
Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan - E-book

apr 4, 6:15am

>16 connie53: I am stopping my practice of multiple book reading for this month at least, Connie. It will be one at a time for April at least.

I am reading Moth Smoke at the minute and enjoying it a lot.

apr 4, 6:22am

>16 connie53: Here the same, Connie, although for me it is not a problem. Three books are multiple months effords, not suitable to read on one go. The other three are different enough to keep the stories straight.

>3 connie53: >4 connie53: >5 connie53: So nice to see pictures of Fiene, Lonne and Marie. They grow so fast! You are lucky to have them all near.

apr 4, 6:23am

>17 PaulCranswick: That's what I decide on a regular basis too, Paul. But I find myself reading more than one over and over again.

apr 4, 6:24am

Thanks, Anita.

apr 4, 8:14am

Oh, those girls are absolute *darlings*! Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

And happy new thread, Connie!!

apr 4, 8:41am

Happy Easter, Connie! Happy New Thread! You have such beautiful grandchildren. They must bring much joy into your lives. We are waiting for our turn.

apr 4, 9:09am

Happy new thread! You have a great looking set of grandkids.

apr 4, 9:29am

Thanks Amber, Mark and Jim! I totally agree with all three of you!

apr 4, 9:43am

Finished Livaks fortuin by Juliet E. McKenna and give it

My Review

Wonderful relaxed reading. I needed that for now. Livak and her friends face another attack from the Eliëtimm. This time Eresken unleashed a war between the north and the middle of Einarinn.
Livak has been sent on a journey north to find out if in a book of songs references or spells are hidden that could be the origin of an other kind of magic used by the Northern people and the Eliëtimm. That could mean that the Eliëtimm are somehow descendants of the people in the north. The wizard Usara is also coming along, as are Sorgard and Sorgren. Of course they get into all kinds of difficulties again. I just enjoyed reading this. It is a pity that the following parts are no longer translated.

apr 4, 11:43am

Happy new thread, Connie and Vrolijk Pasen!
I cannot help but repeat myself that your granddaughters are so cute. You must be very proud of them.

apr 4, 12:13pm

>26 Trifolia: I can't be anything but proud. And a slave to their wishes, I spoil them very badly.

apr 4, 12:42pm

>27 connie53: - Never mind, that's what grandmothers are supposed to do :-) And rightly so.

apr 5, 5:51am

Lovely pictures, Connie! You probably have got a busy Easter weekend - lovely nontheless!

Redigeret: apr 5, 1:25pm

>29 PersephonesLibrary: Thanks, Käthe.

Today it was really strange weather. We were supposed to visit our son and his family but because of the forecast they decided to visit us instead. First Jeroen thought he might pick us up by car but than he had to ride the distance four times. So they came here and it was a pleasant visit. In the meantime outside it was raining and storming, then sunny, then hail, then sun again, all in ten minutes time. We were happy we did not have to cycle through that weather.
In the afternoon I tried to read, but not one of my books could keep my attention, so up I went to one of the bedrooms to see a book that could work and I found it.

Verdwenen by Val McDermid

The BLURB from the back

It's every parent's worst nightmare... Stephanie Harker is travelling through the security gates at O'Hare airport, on her way to an idyllic holiday. Five-year-old Jimmy goes through the metal detector ahead of her. But then, in panic and disbelief, Stephanie watches as a uniformed agent leads her boy away - and she's stuck the other side of Security, hysterical with worry. The authorities, unaware of Jimmy's existence, just see a woman behaving erratically; Stephanie is brutally wrestled to the ground and blasted with a taser gun to restrain her. And by the time she can tell them what has happened, Jimmy is long gone. But as Stephanie tells her story to the FBI, it becomes clear that everything is not as it seems with this seemingly-normal family. What is Jimmy's background? Why would someone want to abduct him? And, with time running out, how can Stephanie get him back? A breathtakingly rich and gripping psychological thriller, The Vanishing Point is Val McDermid's most accomplished standalone novel to date, a work of haunting brilliance.

So I spend all afternoon reading this book and loving it.

I made asparagus for diner combined with boiled eggs, ham , fried potatoes and butter sauce.

Now going to watch some instalments of 'Grantchester'

apr 5, 1:38pm

Happy new thread! Love the family photos.

apr 5, 1:42pm

Thanks Reba!

apr 5, 8:16pm

Hi Connie. What nice pictures of your grandchildren! Yes, grandmother is allowed to spoil them!

I usually read more than one book at a time as well. I keep a relaxing book for my reading at bedtime when I am tired. In the mornings I pick up something more demanding. That is, when I am feeling up to it. Different books for different moods.

>30 connie53: Same weather here, I was on the phone with my mum, Easter visit will have to wait a bit longer. And I watched it snowing, and clearing up, and the sun coming through...

The Val McDermid sounds great. And hmmm, asparagus!

apr 6, 3:18am

>33 EllaTim: The Val McDermid is really great so far, but she never disappoints as far as I'm concerned.

apr 6, 3:52pm

Hi Connie my dear, happy new thread and what lovely photo's of your gorgeous Granddaughters.

Hope that you and Peet are both well my dear and that you and the family had a really lovely Easter. We had the kids over and Amy is in full sail now with only four weeks to go before she has the baby. Sending love and hugs to you and the family from both of us dear friend.

apr 6, 7:10pm

>27 connie53: what >28 Trifolia: are only doing your socially appointed task when you indulge your beautiful granddaughters. Proceed without guilt!

Have a beautiful April, free of the blizzards afflicting your British neighbors.

apr 7, 2:45am

>35 johnsimpson: Hi John and Karen. Thanks for the well wishes. We are fine, just waiting for our vaccinations. We have no idea when it will be our turn. I must be a very exciting time for you, waiting for the baby to arrive. Lots of hugs back at you!

>36 richardderus: Ahh Richard! Now I feel I can spoil them to the limit. Buying them books and having sleep-overs. Fiene especially is asking for them and we will do that as soon as we have had our shots.
I don't know about staying free of blizzards. It is snowing right now with heavy wind. But we can stay indoors today, so warm and cozy.

apr 7, 2:55am

>35 johnsimpson: Full sail?! I love that expression, John.

Hope all is well, Connie.

apr 7, 3:45am

>38 PaulCranswick: All good, Paul. Just reading and hoping the weather will finally turn into spring. I long for some sun but now it's snowing fiercely.

Redigeret: apr 7, 5:15am

Finished Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan and I give this

My Review

Reading a book in English is in some cases quite difficult and that is also the case here because it is such an incoherent text. But the story is broadly accessible and it is an intriguing story about a forbidden love, about infidelity and friendship written in a diary formula. At least that's how I see it. Loose comments without knowing who or what it is about. That is already a challenge in Dutch, but for me in English it was for sure. The end really took me by surprise. Very well done.

apr 7, 1:28pm

Finished Verdwenen by Val McDermid and give it

My Review

Exciting book right up to the last minute. There are so many surprises and plot twists in it you'd think I was prepared for anything, but the ending was really WOW. This book is about everything, maternal love, friendship, infidelity, faithfulness, betrayal and love. I am not going to tell you anything about the content, which is not really useful if you want to read this book yourself.

apr 8, 4:56am

Bought and started to read today: the new Harlan Coben - Win

The Blurb from the back cover

Over twenty years ago, heiress Patricia Lockwood was abducted during a robbery of her family's estate, then locked inside an isolated cabin for months. Patricia escaped, but so did her captors, and the items stolen from her family were never recovered. Until now. On New York's Upper West Side, a recluse is found murdered in his penthouse apartment, alongside two objects of note: a stolen Vermeer painting and a leather suitcase bearing the initials WHL3. For the first time in years, the authorities have a lead not only on Patricia's kidnapping but also on another FBI cold case - with the suitcase and painting both pointing them towards one man. Windsor Horne Lockwood III - or Win as his few friends call him - doesn't know how his suitcase and his family's stolen painting ended up in this dead man's apartment. But he's interested - especially when the FBI tell him that the man who kidnapped his cousin was also behind an act of domestic terrorism, and that he may still be at large. The two cases have baffled the FBI for decades. But Win has three things the FBI does not:: a personal connection to the case, a large fortune, and his own unique brand of justice ...

apr 10, 1:05pm

And finished and the book gets

My review

This book is about Win (Windsor Horne Lockwood III) and his family. His family is very rich and they have useful contacts everywhere, both in the highest circles as in the lesser circles. Win has expensive cars and a few helicopters at his disposal. His PA is Kabir who is very good at researching and structuring things. Win himself has mastered all kinds of combat sports and can defend himself against anything. He is distant in nature and can think logically, but does not have much feeling or emotions. He doesn't love anyone, just in a platonic way his friend Myron Bolitar (who has no role in this story). He has sex for the sake of sex without being in a relationship. He even has an app on his phone that allows him to meet like-minded women. And he is incredibly tenacious when he finds a trail of a wrong and does not shy away from any means to find out the truth.
Harlan Coben has written an exciting story in the style of how Win would work and think. That makes this a very different book from all his other books. The atmosphere is more businesslike and a summary of factuality's. However, that makes it very interesting to read.
When a murdered man, a suitcase with Win's initials and a Vermeer stolen from the Lockwood family, are found in a penthouse, the police has found a new lead in the kidnapping case of Patricia Lockwood, Win's niece, 20 years previous. Win must find out exactly what happened to prove his innocence and find the other missing painting (a Picasso). But nothing is what it seems.

apr 11, 12:54pm

Also Reading.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood book

The blurb from the back cover

It's 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories?

A Wizard's guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher ebook

The blurb from the back cover

Fourteen-year-old Mona isn't like the wizards charged with defending the city. She can't control lightning or speak to water. Her familiar is a sourdough starter and her magic only works on bread. She has a comfortable life in her aunt's bakery making gingerbread men dance.
But Mona's life is turned upside down when she finds a dead body on the bakery floor. An assassin is stalking the streets of Mona's city, preying on magic folk, and it appears that Mona is his next target. And in an embattled city suddenly bereft of wizards, the assassin may be the least of Mona's worries...

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow ebook

The blurb from the back cover

In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box. But when the three Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote - and perhaps not even to live - the sisters must delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive. There's no such thing as witches. But there will be.

apr 11, 2:45pm

Happy Sunday, Connie! I hope you are enjoying a nice weekend. It looks like you are getting plenty of reading in. I really enjoyed Alias Grace. I am a big Atwood fan. I hope you like it.

apr 11, 6:07pm

And I have mixed feelings about the two Atwood's I've read so I wonder how you liked this one. Should I give it a go?

apr 11, 6:09pm

>45 msf59: I am too, Mark. I'm trying to buy all books by her that are translated.

apr 11, 6:31pm

Hi Connie, you have done a lot of reading lately, and good ones. Still a cold weekend wasn't it? But next week is supposed to be nicer, so wishing you a good week ahead.

apr 12, 3:09am

>48 EllaTim: Hi Ella. Yes it was, but mainly it was a wet weekend. I can use some sun by now! If I have a good week ahead you have one too. Enjoy!

apr 13, 12:37pm

Finished A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher and give that book

My Review

What a nice and funny book this is. Unfortunately not translated into Dutch, but the English was easy to do for me. Mona is a 14-year-old girl who works in her Aunt Tabitha's and Uncle Albert's bakery. She makes all kinds of delicious things. Mona has a little bit of magic that she can use to tell the dough what she wants them to do. Taste good, don't burn and things like that. The dough comes from a large vessel in which the sourdough starter grows. Mona is responsible for it, she has to feed it and make sure it grows and she calls him Bob!
But then bad luck strikes and she is arrested for a murder she did not commit. She just found the victim in the bakery. She is brought before the Duchess by the Inquisitor Oberon. The Duchess, however, acquits her but then Mona notices that anyone suspected of having magic, gets killed or disappears. When the little brother of the murdered girl, Spindle finds her and they become friends, an adventure begins. Spindle is a street boy and he brings her all kinds of pamphlets who urge the people of the city to report people with magic. Mona and Spindle go to the Duchess who barely knows anything about the pamphlets and the murders and disappearances and they all decide to do something about anti-wizardry. When an enemy army approaches the city walls it's up to Mona to save the city using Mona's magical powers with dough. Mona finds she can do more than she thinks she can. A Young Adult book but I really enjoyed it.

apr 13, 1:04pm

Now reading

Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

The blurb from the back Cover

On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is...different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can't leave the grounds because she's responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, "normal" is a bit of a stretch for Dina. And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night.... Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans--an alpha-strain werewolf--and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she's facing is unlike anything she's ever encountered before. It's smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.

Redigeret: apr 14, 6:23am

Bought two more new books, I'm so bad

Something went wrong translating this book. On the cover it says 'De verre Horizon' but inside it says 'Een verre horizon' This is the translation of The distant shores.

Een verre horizon by Santa Montefiore No touchstone yet

The blurb from the back Cover

Margot Hart travels to Ireland to write a biography of the famous Deverill family. She knows she must speak to the current Lord Deverill - JP - if she is to uncover the secrets of the past. A notorious recluse, JP won't be an easy man to crack. But Margot is determined - and she is not a woman who is easily put off. What she never expected was to form a close bond with JP and be drawn into his family disputes. Shouldering the blame for running up debts that forced him to sell the family castle, JP is isolated and vulnerable. With help from his handsome son Colm, it seems as though Margot might be the only one who can restore JP's fortunes. Will the family ever succeed in healing rifts that have been centuries in the making?


Wie niet horen wil by Nicci French No touchstone yet
This is the translation of The Unheard.

Jason and Tess broke up amicably a year ago and share custody of their daughter Poppy. Tess has yet to get used to her new situation, but is happy with the help she is getting from her friends. She tries to get over the fact that Jason is now married. She's herself is dating again and she's pretty happy, she tells herself, until her daughter Poppy starts speaking a foreign language and draws a picture with black crayon. A drawing showing a figure falling from a tower. Tess becomes convinced that Poppy has witnessed a crime. She goes to the police, but she is not believed. Then she decides to investigate herself ...

apr 15, 2:08pm

Finished Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews and it gets

My review

First part of the Innkeepers chronicles and I really like this book. A living Bed & Breakfast (the Inn) what more could you want. It was not difficult to read in English and there is some tension and some romance. And vampires and werewolves which are in some competition over the owner of the Inn, Dina Demille.
When in the village where Dina lives, a number of dead dogs are found that have been horribly battered and she meets her new neighbor Sean Evans, they decide to prevent worse things together. Because the injuries of the dogs are not normal but rather come from some other creature. Dina, who is no stranger to other species, recognizes a werewolf in Sean, which makes things more complicated. And then a few vampires arrive who are also looking for the strange creature. During an attempt to find it, a number of them are killed and one is left deadly wounded in the inn. And that attracts a new vampire who has to heal him. That's Arland, the three of them are going to battle. Lovely reading, going to start part 2 immediately.

Part 2

Sweep in peace by Ilona Andrews

The blurb from the back cover

Dina DeMille doesn't run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn defies laws of physics, her fluffy dog is secretly a monster, and the only paying guest is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. But the inn needs guests to thrive, and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance. Unfortunately, for Dina, keeping the peace between Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. On top of keeping her guests from murdering each other, she must find a chef, remodel the inn...and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it's all in the day's work for an Innkeeper...

apr 16, 12:37pm

Hi, Connie!

>53 connie53: This one sounds really fun - adding it to the list!

apr 16, 12:43pm

The whole series is fun, Amber!

apr 16, 1:21pm

>55 connie53: I realized as I was looking it up that it's #2 (even though of course your review says so - ha!), so I added the first book to my list!

apr 17, 3:14am

Ad all 5, Amber.

apr 17, 7:33am

Happy Saturday, Connie! Have a nice weekend. We are still waiting for our weather to warm up. It has been cool here, all week. Of course, that hasn't stopped me from getting out birding nearly every day.

apr 17, 9:13am

>57 connie53: Will do!

apr 18, 6:55am

>58 msf59: Hi Mark, have a good weekend too. The weather is not that good here too. It's dry but cool. Only yesterday the sun was nice enough to sit outside with my book and a sweater on. Next week is not going to be better.

>59 scaifea: Very good, Amber. once you've started you want to gone on.

Redigeret: apr 18, 10:32am

Finished Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews and give it

My Review

Second part of the Inn keepers Chronicles and a very exciting part. Dina Demille is asked to host 3 alien nations who want to hold a peace talk. That creates the necessary difficulties, because these nations have been on the warpath for decades. They have to come to an agreement to ensure peace and economic stability on the planet where all three are based. With the help of Sean and Arland, Dina tries everything to bring it to a successful conclusion.

Moving on to part 3

One Fell Sweep - Ilona Andrews

The blurb from the back cover

Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to a very particular kind of guest...the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don't stand too close, or you may be collateral damage. But what passes for Dina's normal life is about to be thrown into chaos. First, she must rescue her long-distant older sister, Maud, who's been exiled with her family to a planet that functions as the most lawless penal colony since Botany Bay. Then she agrees to help a guest whose last chance at saving his civilization could bring death and disaster to all Dina holds dear. Now Gertrude Hunt is under siege by a clan of assassins. To keep her guests safe and to find her missing parents, Dina will risk everything, even if she has to pay the ultimate price. Though Sean may have something to say about that!

apr 20, 2:36pm

Finished One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews and this book gets too

My Review

Part 3 in The Inn Keepers Chronicles. And it is just as wonderful a book to read as the first two volumes were.
Dina has to put everything she has when she gets a message from her sister Maud and that message is a cry for help. Together with Sean and Arland, Dina travels on one of Arland's spaceships to a harsh planet where Maud and her daughter Helen are trapped after the death of Maud's vampire husband. This is really just a small introduction story in which we get to know Maud and Helen. After some skirmishes with the other visitors to the café where they find Maud and Helen, they can safely return to the Inn.

And there new difficulties await. A Hiru, a hideous and smelly but peaceful creature, asks Dinah and the Inn for protection. She has to comply with that because that is the honor and task of the Inn. The Hiru, a dying race with only about 30 individuals left, are threatened by the Draziri, a people who kill for the sake of killing. And their attacks on the Inn can only barely be repelled. A police officer who has been watching the Inn since Book 1 learns the truth about the Inn, but ends up contributing to the final all-out attack.

Starting in part 4

Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews

The blurb from the back cover

Maud Demille is a daughter of Innkeepers—a special group who provide ‘lodging’ to other-planetary visitors—so she knows that a simple life isn't in the cards. But even Maud could never have anticipated what Fate would throw at her.

Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her young daughter, Helen, were exiled with him for his treachery to the desolate, savage planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud—completely abandoned by his family—has spent over a year avenging his debts. Rescued by her sister Dina, she's sworn off all things vampire.

Except... In helping Dina save the world, she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr, one of the most powerful vampire houses. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined. Arland is not used to hearing the word ‘no;’ and try as she might, Maud can't just walk away from Arland. It doesn't help that being human is a lot harder for Maud than being a vampire.

To sort it all out, she accepts his invitation to visit his home planet. House Krahr is extremely influential and Maud knows that a woman—a human, with a very questionable past—who's turned down a proposal from its most beloved son won't get a warm reception. Maybe she’s not sure about marrying Arland, but House Krahr isn’t going to decide for her. Maud Demille has never run from a fight, and House Krahr will soon discover that there's a lot more to Maud than they’re expecting.

Redigeret: apr 21, 2:15pm

I just fly through the books by Ilona Andrews

Finished Sweep of the Blade - Ilona Andrews -

My review

Part 4 of the Inn-Keepers Chronicles, but actually this is part 1 of the books about Maud, Dina's sister.
Maud and her daughter Helen went to Arland's planet. There she will meet his mother Ilemina and that is not easy, because Arland is important to the House of Krahr. He is their Lord Marchall and that means he is in charge of many things. So Maud has to do everything she can to prove that she is worthy to stay with him. Helen, who is half human - half vampire, also creates the necessary difficulties because she can do much more than the average 5 year old. Very entertaining and nice to read.

And started and finished - Sweep with Me by Ilona Andrews -

The Blurb

A charming, short novella in the Innkeeper Chronicles, from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ilona Andrews. Thank you for joining us at Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, during the Treaty Stay. As you know, we are honor-bound to accept all guests during this oldest of innkeeper holidays and we are expecting a dangerous guest. Or several. But have no fear. Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your hosts, Dina Demille and Sean Evans, will defend you at all costs. But we hope we don't have to. Every winter, Innkeepers look forward to celebrating their own special holiday, which commemorates the ancient treaty that united the very first Inns and established the rules that protect them, their intergalactic guests, and the very unaware/oblivious people of planet Earth. By tradition, the Innkeepers welcomed three guests: a warrior, a sage, and a pilgrim, but during the holiday, Innkeepers must open their doors to anyone who seeks lodging. Anyone. All Dina hopes is that the guests and conduct themselves in a polite manner. But what's a holiday without at least one disaster?

My Review

This book is thin and easy to read on a sunny afternoon. We are back with Dina and Sean and at the Inn. It keeps reading and this story is actually too short to be in-depth. Therefore a 7.

apr 21, 2:15pm

Happy Wednesday, Connie. We are going camping, starting tomorrow afternoon so I will be offline for a couple of days. I will probably not get much reading in either. Boo!!

apr 21, 2:16pm

Enjoy, Mark! Being off-line is sometimes really nice!

apr 23, 4:59am

Hi Connie, it seems you're really into Ilona Andrews' books. It's not really my cup of tea, but I'm glad you seem to enjoy them.
Wishing you an excellent start of the weekend!

apr 23, 1:57pm

Thanks, Monica. I love all genres of books and this books were just fun reads.

apr 24, 4:34am

>158 If you don't love crime books, these are not for you, Jackie.


The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow This book gets

My Review

What a great book this is. The three Eastwood sisters were estranged in their childhoods. Bella, Agnes and Juniper grew up in a motherless family and with a fairly easily flammable father. Bella and Agnes have fled early and Juniper is left with her grandmother Mama Mags and her alcoholic father. Juniper learns from her grandmother that there is power in the poems, fairytales and stories told by the grandmothers, mothers and aunts and passed down through generations. When Juniper finally also flees after the death of her grandmother and her father has died in a suspicious way. She flees to New Salem and there she ends up in a suffragette demonstration. Bella and Agnes are there too, although they don't know that about each other. When Bella accidentally casts a spell, it's mayhem all over. At that moment, the three sisters sense that the others are nearby and a tower appears in the square where they are standing. The tower of the last Three. And then the women of New Salem begin to secretly meet and exchange spells and stories. The three sisters face Gideon Hill, a city administrator with the ambition to become mayor.
This is a story about the power of words, of women and the power of love and sacrifice. I am very impressed with this. Read the book yourself if you want to know exactly what is happening.

And Roverandom by J. R. R. Tolkien gets

My Review.

Funny story that Tolkien wrote for his children. The book has 3 parts. The introduction (long) tells about the origin of the story with dates, certainties and deductions, then the actual story follows, which is nice and then a very long piece with an explanation of some sentences or clues that occur in the story. Nice to read.

apr 24, 8:19am

>68 connie53: I must admit that I am not familiar with that Tolkien book, Connie.....intrigued!

Have a lovely weekend.

apr 24, 9:02am

Hi, Connie!

I'm adding the Harrow to my list - it sounds really good!

apr 26, 2:53pm

Finished Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood and this book gets

My Review

Canada, between 1851 and 1872. Grace Marks is in a detention-center where she will be for the rest of her life. She has been found guilty for participating in the murders of her boss, Mr. Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery. Grace worked for them as a maid. Her co-perpetrator, James McDermott, is guilty of the murder of Kinnear because he fired the fatal shot and was hanged for it.
This is a true story and Margaret Atwood has used many books and other publications to provide an intriguing picture of the case. Simon Jordan was also actually involved in this. He is a young neurologist who has new ideas on how to fix memory loss. He's been able to visit Grace and record her story and see if he can get some of the still remaining questions answered. He does this with verve. Grace has been in the detention-center for 16 years now and, due to good behavior, is allowed to work in the house of the director of the detention-center. He comes to talk to her regularly and while she is working on her quilts, he listens to her story. That story is told in a simple way because Grace is a simple girl.
Grace is a young Irish woman from a family with many children who emigrate to Canada. Her mother dies on the boat trip and Grace has to take care of the smallest children. Her father is a lazy dude and only occasionally has work and therefore sends Grace out to work. Happy to be able to leave home, she moves from one family to another until she comes to work for Mr. Kinnear. Everything goes wrong there.
The story is partly the story that Grace tells and partly a number of exchanges of letters between head officials and some sections about Simon. You slowly get a sense of how the story could have happened. With the occasional aha moment. But you don't really know anything for sure at the end. You do get a good idea of ​​how things went in those days with the poorer and the rich families. Very nice book to read.

apr 26, 6:14pm

Your reading has been so very successful, Connie! It's a pleasure to see so much readerly happiness.

Alias Grace, besides being a very good read, was made into a TV miniseries that was a very good watch.

apr 27, 4:24am

>72 richardderus: Hi Richard. I know and I did see that series, but I hardly remember a thing about it. So this book was 'new' to me.

I can't remember the time when I did not read. So yes, I read a lot.


Started in this book yesterday and almost finished it. Today is going to be a sunny and warm day. So I probably will finish it today too.

Wie niet horen wil by Nicci French

The Blurb

Tess’s number one priority has always been her three-year-old daughter Poppy. But splitting up with Poppy’s father Jason means that she cannot always be there to keep her daughter safe.

When she finds a disturbing drawing, dark and menacing, among her daughter’s brightly colored paintings, Tess is convinced that Poppy has witnessed something terrible. Something that her young mind is struggling to put into words.

But no one will listen. It’s only a child’s drawing, isn’t it?

apr 27, 2:23pm

Finished Wie niet horen wil by Nicci French and this book gets

My review

Nicci French's latest book was a bit disappointing. It's a big book, but the line spacing is actually a bit too big. So you get a lot less story than you expect based on the size of the book. The story is exciting and the ending was quite unexpected. I hadn't seen that coming. I thought Tess was a bit premature with her action. She is rather quickly going to the police with her suspicions and that seemed rather strange. But still it was a good book and I finished it in 1,5 days.

Redigeret: apr 29, 6:25am

Started yesterday and finished today

Een verre horizon by Santa Montefiore and give it

The blurb

Margot Hart travels to Ireland to write a biography of the famous Deverill family. She knows she must speak to the current Lord Deverill – JP – if she is to uncover the secrets of the past. A notorious recluse, JP won’t be an easy man to crack. But Margot is determined – and she is not a woman who is easily put off.

What she never expected was to form a close bond with JP and be drawn into his family disputes. Shouldering the blame for running up debts that forced him to sell the family castle, JP is isolated and vulnerable. With help from his handsome son Colm, it seems as though Margot might be the only one who can restore JP’s fortunes.

My review

I don't really understand why Santa Montefiore's books can always bring me to tears. The story always catches me, but actually they are ordinary romantic stories where you can see from afar how it ends, namely everything turns out well and they are a loving couple in the end.
The road to it is often a bit different, but there is always a difficulty that comes along that way, that needs to be solved. This time it is a number of misunderstandings between the members of the Deverill family and the arrival of Margot Hart. She has a contract with the new owner of the castle to write a book about the history of the family. That does not go well with a number of family members.

maj 1, 5:45am

Stats for 2021: January, February, March and April

TBR on May 1 2021: 422 including 52 e-books = 370 tree-books
Total books/e-books read in 2021 so far: 33
Tree-books read in 2021: 22 including 18 ROOTs
e-books read in 2021: 11

Total tree-books into the house: 12 (5 read)
10 books bought,
2 books as presents

maj 1, 1:00pm

Finished De Nazaten van Shannara by Terry Brooks and the book gets

My Review

Nice to return to Shannara again. That has been a while ago. Fortunately, it is still fun to read. Par and Coll Ohmsford are summoned to a lake somewhere to meet the Shade of the Druid Allanon and more Ohmsfords are summoned to come as well. They all receive an assignment from Allanon. The adventures are a bit predictable: battles with creatures of shadow and fear, misunderstandings and dangerous roads. Just nice to be back.

Now starting in;

Winter in de kleine bakkerij by Jenny Colgan

The blurb from the back cover

In the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne, the Christmas season has arrived. But holiday bliss soon gives way to panic when a storm cuts the village off from the mainland. Now it will take all of the villagers to work together in order to ensure everyone has a happy holiday.


De druïde van Shannara by Terry Brooks

The Blurb from the back cover

In the three hundred years since the death of the Druid Allanon, the mysterious, evil Shadowen have seized control and are ruining the Four Lands. Using Cogline as messenger, the shade of Allanon summons the four scions of Shannara: Par, Coll, Wren, and Walker Boh. To Walker Boh he gives the duty of restoring the lost Druid's Keep, Paranor. For that, Walker needs the black Elfstone, but his search leads him only to a trap. Meanwhile, the King of the Silver River, a fabulous being as old as mankind, creates a daughter named Quickening and sends her to help. She is joined by Morgan Leah and Pe Ell, an assassin who plans eventually to kill her. They find Walker Boh dying after an attack by the Shadowen, Rimmer Dall. Quickening heals him and tells him that the Elfstone is in the hands of another ancient being, the Stone King, who seeks to turn all the world to stone. The journey will lead them to the far north, through the Charnal Mountains and beyond, into a perilous and unknown land. And no one knows what horrible monsters the Stone King has set to guard his citadel.

maj 1, 3:49pm

Hi Connie my dear, hope all is well with you, Peet and the family and that you have a really good weekend.

We are still waiting for Amy to give birth, her due date was Thursday and that came and went and as i type we are still waiting, it will come when it is good and ready i suppose.

Sending love and hugs to you all from both of us dear friend.

maj 1, 7:28pm

>77 connie53: I'm really happy to read that you're still enjoying the Shannara books! A good weekend's reads to you, Connie.

maj 2, 3:50am

Thanks John and Richard. Today promises to be a good one with lots of sun. I probably spend it reading out in the garden.

John, the waiting is the worst part of it. I hope Amy will have a smooth delivery ahead.
We are doing all right. I had my first shot last Thursday with no side effects to mention. A sore arm was all I felt. Peet will have his first shot next Friday.

@ Richard. I forgot the Shannara books were so nice to read so I was really surprised.

maj 2, 1:00pm

Finished Winter in de kleine bakkerij by Jenny Colgan this book gets

My review

This is of course a really 'feel good' series, but this part doesn't really work for me. I was quite irritated by the endless repeating of facts. They came up in just about every chapter. The story itself is likeable, but the book could have used a better editor.

maj 2, 8:26pm

Someday I need to finish reading the Shannara series.

maj 3, 5:48am

It seems that the last book in the Shannara series will be published in 2022.

Redigeret: maj 3, 6:00am

There is this little bookstore in the shopping center nearby. I get my groceries in the center and, now shops are open again and I like to support my local shops instead of buying everything online, I pop in the bookshop regularly. I wanted to make a reservation for the new book by Lucinda Riley that will be published next Thursday and I saw a book that I wanted to read sometime and then read for the girls. And it was a special edition published by the foundation 'geef een boek cadeau' (Give a book as a gift) so.....

De brief voor de koning by Tonke Dragt

The blurb from the back cover

A young messenger.
A secret mission.
A kingdom in peril.

It is the dead of night.

Sixteen-year-old Tiuri must spend hours locked in a chapel in silent contemplation if he is to be knighted the next day.
But, as he waits by the light of a flickering candle, he hears a knock at the door and a voice desperately asking for help.
A secret letter must be delivered to King Unauwen across the GreatMountains - a letter upon which the fate of the entire kingdom depends. Tiuri has a vital role to play, one that might cost him his knighthood.

Tiuri's journey will take him through dark, menacing forests, across treacherous rivers, to sinister castles and strange cities. He will encounter evil enemies who would kill to get the letter, but also the best of friends in the most unexpected places.

He must trust no one.
He must keep his true identity secret.
Above all, he must never reveal what is in the letter...

maj 3, 7:03am

>84 connie53: It is so nice that they re-publish classic Dutch childrens books this way, Connie.
I hope you and your grandchildren will enjoy it.

maj 3, 7:59am

I hope so too. I think they have to be a bit older then they are now.

maj 3, 9:06am

>86 connie53: I think I was seven or eight when I read it the first time.

maj 3, 11:04am

>87 FAMeulstee: Yes, that might be the right age for it. So in 3 years time I can read it to Fiene.

Redigeret: maj 5, 7:18am

Two new books into the house

One a gift from Peet for mothersday.

Heks van vuur en oorlog by S. Christina

Part one in the series about Lara Polaris
Original Dutch

The blurb from the back cover

In a land where magic is prohibited, 16-year-old Lara tries with all her might to suppress her powers. But then she is tested for witchcraft, and her world is turned upside down. The witch sign is tattooed on her neck and slowly but surely she is cut off from the rest of the world.
She gets to know her fellow companions; David, Noah, Philip and Alex, and together they start a resistance against the oppression. But just as everything seems to fall into place, Lara discovers a dark family secret. Magic is prohibited for a reason, and that reason is closer than she thinks ...

And because I like his books a lot and I was ordering the first book anyway

Schaduwland by Robert Bryndza

The blurb from the back cover

Criminology academic Kate Marshall is on a scuba jaunt with her son when they dive toward a shocking discovery: the body of a teenage boy entangled below the surface of the Shadow Sands reservoir. The detective chief inspector's too-quick narrative of a tragic drowning doesn't add up, and when Kate follows the evidence, it leads to a darker discovery.

The victim is only the latest in a series of mysterious deaths and disappearances linked to the moorlands and a mythic phantom said to hide in the rolling fog. When a researcher of urban legends vanishes without a trace, Kate and her associate Tristan Harper must act fast and look deep if they hope to find her alive.

But the elusive serial killer they're hunting isn't the only one a step ahead of Kate and Tristan. Someone else is making dead certain that the secrets of Shadow Sands stay buried.

maj 5, 7:23am

Happy Wednesday, Connie. I am back and trying to catch up on all the threads. Not an easy task. I hope you are doing fine. Glad you enjoyed Alias Grace. I liked it too.

maj 5, 8:21am

>90 msf59: thanks, Mark! We are doing fine. I had my first shot last Thursday and Peet gets his first one this Friday.

maj 5, 2:04pm

Finished De Druïde van Shannara by Terry Brooks and it gets

My review

I also enjoyed this book. This time we get to know Pe Ell and Horner Dees. The others in the company are Morgan Leah, Loper Boh, Carisman and also the girl Quickening (I know: a very strange name.), who is formed from trees and grasses, by the King of the Silver River. Together they set out to find the black elf stone in the lands of the Stone King Uhl Belk. Lots of fights and adventures.

Now reading a book I got from Peet this morning Heks van vuur en oorlog by S. Christina see>89 connie53: for the blurb from the back cover.

maj 6, 1:54pm

Finished Heks van vuur en oorlog by S. Christina

Now this was not the best book I've read. And it gets

My review

Bit of a disappointment. This book has a good starting point, but the effect is a bit too sloppy for me and at times unlikely. The end was rather exciting.

maj 7, 5:20am

This morning I went to the bookstore to get the newest book by Lucinda Riley - De zevende zus. I did pre-order that one and will start reading it NOW.

The blurb from the back cover

The mysterious seventh sister was always untraceable, but when Georg Hoffman reveals he might be on her trail, Maia and Ally discover two clues: the address of a New Zealand vineyard, and a drawing of a special, star-shaped ring. CeCe, who lives in Australia, starts to investigate.
This is only the beginning of the thrilling search for the seventh sister, because the woman with the special ring has just embarked on a long journey. It will be a race against time that takes the sisters all over the world. They try to follow her trail in New Zealand, Canada, England, France and Ireland, but they always seem to be one step behind ...

Redigeret: maj 8, 4:34am

Yesterday my daughter Eveline and Fiene visited us for mother's day. We had a nice time outside on a playground in the neighborhood. Eveline brought a book she had read and that was a real fun book, sometime hilarious, so she lend it to me to read. I made a small start in it yesterday.

Wen er maar aan by Maike Meijer

Original Dutch by a woman that is an actress and writer of scripts for TV-series.
She made the illustrations too.
Translation of the title: 'Get used to it.'

It's about a 40+ woman that finds herself in menopause and is completely thrown about it.

The blurb from the back cover

In her revealing diary, unemployed actress M. records the small and large decline in her life and all the things that happen in menopause. Her adolescent son Ole threatens to leave the nest and sex with husband Koos is something that has to happen now and then. "It's like a six-monthly check-up at the dentist, only less often." Meanwhile, she longs for a star role. She wants to prove to herself - and above all her son - that there is still a future in her.

Redigeret: maj 10, 5:55am

Another BFB # 8. This book is not a ROOT.

De zevende zus by Lucinda Riley, 688 pages

My review:

Another good story by Lucinda Riley, but one that starts up a bit slow and I feel it was written in a bit of a rush with short sentences that speed up the reading, but also feels a bit simple. When the seventh sister's story goes back to the past as usual, it works again for me. The story of the seventh sister goes back to Ireland in 1920 and tells about Nuala, a girl who grows up in a poor peasant family with seven children. They all have to work hard to stay afloat and besides that, the whole family is deeply involved in the IRA. Nuala and her sister Hannah convey messages to other members of the resistance and do laundry and cooking and provide temporary shelter to people who have to go into hiding. That continues in all the episodes that make up the story. Via Hannah to her daughter and so on with the Irish struggle for freedom as the common denominator.
In the present, the book is about Merry (Mary) who, after her husband's death, wants to take a trip to change her mind. Meanwhile, the D'Apliese sisters are on their way from all over the world to Geneva to the house where they lived as children. They want to honor Pa Salt by throwing a wreath in the sea in the spot where their father, Pa Salt, is said to have drowned. They have clues about the seventh sister and start looking for her so she can be there too. I'm not going to say more because of spoiler stuff. A huge cliffhanger at the end. And the announcement of an eighth book.

Redigeret: maj 10, 5:58am

Finished Wen er maar aan by Maike Meijer this book gets

My review

Funny and sometimes a bit wry book about an unemployed actress who fights for a new role and against the mesopause. Nice snack.

maj 10, 6:03am

Started in Schaduwland by Robert Bryndza yesterday

The blurb from the back cover

Criminology academic Kate Marshall is on a scuba jaunt with her son when they dive toward a shocking discovery: the body of a teenage boy entangled below the surface of the Shadow Sands reservoir. The detective chief inspector's too-quick narrative of a tragic drowning doesn't add up, and when Kate follows the evidence, it leads to a darker discovery.

The victim is only the latest in a series of mysterious deaths and disappearances linked to the moorlands and a mythic phantom said to hide in the rolling fog. When a researcher of urban legends vanishes without a trace, Kate and her associate Tristan Harper must act fast and look deep if they hope to find her alive.

But the elusive serial killer they're hunting isn't the only one a step ahead of Kate and Tristan. Someone else is making dead certain that the secrets of Shadow Sands stay buried.

maj 10, 2:57pm

And finished Schaduwland and give it

My Review

An exciting story. Kate, a professor of criminology and her assistant and partner as an occasional private investigator Tristan, investigate the disappearance of a university colleague, Magdalena.
Kate and her son Jake recently found the severely mutilated body of Simon Kendal during a dive in a reservoir. The body was stuck 20 meters below the surface of the water to a hook on the church tower of a sunken village. When the police dismiss this as an accident, Kate cannot believe it and when Simon's mother calls for her help, because she doesn't believe it either, that is another reason to investigate. They find many more names of people, mainly girls, who disappeared or were found dead around the reservoir. It slowly becomes clear that there is a pattern. Meanwhile, Magdalena has no intention of resigning herself to her kidnapping without a fight. Exciting and with the surprising return of Peter Conway as an extra.

maj 10, 3:37pm

>84 connie53: I am VERY much tempted to get this book in its original language. Though I just saw a German translation... but the cover art is just wonderful!

>94 connie53: It's so funny to see books that are bestsellers in other countries, too. I haven't read any book by Riley, but they must be lovely pageturners!

How is your Monday going?

Redigeret: maj 11, 3:35am

>100 PersephonesLibrary: Could you read a book in Dutch, Käthe? If that's the case, just give it a try.

re: Riley books. They are pageturners and there are a few standalones too. So maybe you could start with one of them.

My Monday was really quiet, I spend it reading outside.

maj 11, 4:17am

Starting ROOT # 21 De elfenkoningin van Shannara by Terry Brooks

The third volume of The Heritage of Shannara, which continues one of the most popular fantasy series of all time "Find the Elves and return them to the world of Men!" the shade of the Druid Allanon had ordered Wren. It was clearly an impossible task. The Elves had been gone from the Westland for more than a hundred years. There was not even a trace of their former city of Arborlon left to mark their passing. No one in the Esterland knew of them -- except, finally, the Addershag. The blind old woman had given instructions to find a place on the coast of the Blue Divide, build a fire, and keep it burning for three days. "One will come for you." Tiger Ty, the Wing Rider, had come on his giant Roc to carry Wren and her friend Garth to the only clear landing site on the island of Morrowindl, where, he said, the Elves might still exist, somewhere in the demon-haunted jungle. Now she stood within that jungle, remembering the warning of the Addershag: "Beward, Elf-girl. I see danger ahead for you . . . and evil beyond imagining." It had proved all too true. Wren stood with her single weapon of magic, listening as demons evil beyond all imagining gathered for attack. How long could she resist? And if, by some miracle, she reached the Elves and could convince them to return, how could they possibly retrace her perilous path to reach the one safe place on the coast?

maj 11, 7:20am

Hi, Connie! I hope the week is off to a good start. We still have cool weather here, far below the average temperature. This has not kept me from getting out for my bird walks, though. Migration is still happening, just more slowly.

Redigeret: maj 11, 12:13pm

>103 msf59: I know Mark. Here the weather is far below the average too. And rain kept me from walking. I don't mind a drizzle, but I draw a line at downpour!

The week started of great since we heard today that Peet's lung scan came back negative. There is a small dot somewhere that was seen two years back and Peet had his yearly control x-ray two weeks ago and because there was a little difference he had to go for a scan last week. Today we heard that the change was probably due to a different angle of approach when the last x-ray was made. So no change at all. And we were really happy about that. Our week is made.

I had started in book >102 connie53: but suddenly I was reading a totally different book.

Het geheime kistje van Elle by Aline van Wijnen

The blurb from the back cover

A gripping family story in which a young woman discovers who her grandmother really was, which helps her get to know herself better

Belarus, 1941. During a raid in her native village, the Jewish Ella witnesses her entire family being murdered in front of her. She manages to escape herself and flees into the forest, where she is taken in by a group of resistance fighters who are hiding there. She finds love there, but loses it again. After liberation, Ella, who has nothing left to lose, receives false papers named Elle and travels to Paris to pass on information about fugitive Nazis. When she meets a Dutch person who falls in love with her, she agrees to marry him and go to the Netherlands. She is completely silent about her origins and her past.

Netherlands, 2013. Janna is going through a difficult time after her husband has left her. When her grandmother Elle dies during the same period, Janna helps her mother clear out grandma's house. She finds a worn-out box in the attic containing things she can't place: a Star of David, an old ID in illegible language, and a smooth metal ring. Was her quiet, closed grandmother very different from what she has always thought?

maj 11, 3:42pm

>104 connie53: That is good news, Connie, about Peets scan!

We walked late today, at 19:00 when it finally got dry.

maj 12, 12:42pm

Finished Het geheime kistje van Elle by Aline van Wijnen and the book gets

I was somewhat hesitating between a 7 and an 8, but the fact that the story was intriguing enough to keep me reading all afternoon and I learned some things about the Russian resistance during WO II made me decide on an 8.

My Review

Based on a true story. Ella is a young Jewish woman studying at Minsk University. In the summer she returns to her family in a small village where her parents, two brothers and two sisters still live with her grandfather. Then the Germans invade Russia and eventually her entire family is murdered and Ella can only escape by fleeing into the forest. She ends up in a camp of resistance fighters. Ella takes part in the group's small and large attacks against the Germans.

Years later, after the death of Ella (who now calls herself Elle), her granddaughter Janna finds a small box containing a number of objects including a Star of David and a identity card. Janna and her parents have no idea to whom those things might belong. When her friend and colleague, Angel, in her enthusiasm, engages her friend and investigative journalist, Nick, and a personal situation gives Janna all the time to investigate, they decide together to try to find out the origin of the objects. The trail leads to what is now Belarus and Nick and Janna decide to drive there. Janna also discovers that she can, dares and wants much more than she previously thought.

maj 12, 5:18pm

>104 connie53: One of the times that "no news is good news" for certain, Connie!

maj 12, 7:08pm

>104 connie53: Congratulations Connie! What a relief, all clear.

>84 connie53: How nice to look forward to reading the book with your granddaughters.

maj 13, 4:15am

>107 richardderus:, >108 EllaTim: Thanks Richard and Ella. We are still very happy.

Redigeret: maj 30, 4:30am

Finished anther one and this book gets

My review of De elfenkoningin van Shannara by Terry Brooks

Third part of The Heritage of Shannara sub-series. This time we mainly follow Wren Ohmsford, the nomad girl with some Elven- and human blood. She has been instructed to find the elves and to bring them back to the Four Lands. She sets off with Garth, her teacher. On the way they are joined by Stresa, the splinterscat and Faun, the little treeweed (very adorable). Very occasionally also Walker Doh and his story appear. Furthermore, there are of course all kinds of dangers to brave, mountains and ravines to conquer. Starting in the last part of this sub-series in the great Shannara series.

De wakers van Shannara by Terry Brooks

The blurb from the back cover

Although some of the goals to keep Shannara safe had been met, the work of Walker Boh, Wren, and Par was not yet done. For The Shadowmen still swarmed over the Four Lands, poisoning all with their dark magic. Each Shannaran had a special death waiting for him- at the hands of The Shadowmen-unless Par could find a way to free them all with the Sword of Shannara.

maj 17, 5:02am

I think I'm totally crazy. I'm now vacuuming my books and rearranging them across the shelves. I found another spot where I could put at least ten books but that was a spot at the end of the line where the Z is. I will be doing that for the rest of the week working my way to the bedrooms.

I'm really crazy, but I'm loving it.

maj 19, 2:58am

>111 connie53: That is always a good thing, Connie, finding empty spots on the shelves. Enjoy the re-arranging.

maj 20, 6:39am

Thanks, Anita!

Bought another book. I was reading a book by Robert Bryndza and had a look at the list of his books and noticed I missed one, so... to the local bookstore I went to order it.

Doods geheim by Robert Bryndza part 6 in the Erika Foster series.

The blurb from the back cover

On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep?
Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.

Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman.

Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger…

maj 20, 7:54am

Sweet Thursday, Connie. I hope you are doing well. We are finally warming up here and it will be very warm over the weekend. No complaints here. Are those books treating you well?

maj 20, 12:59pm

>114 msf59: Those books certainly do, Mark. I wish I could say something similar for the weather. Here is still too cold and rainy. And this weekend will be stormy and even wetter. So no sitting outside with my book for me.

Redigeret: maj 30, 4:31am

Finished De wakers van Shannara by Terry Brooks and this book gets

My Review, short but I can say to much without spoilering.

Delicious closing part of the Heritage series within the Shannara series. Almost all of Allanon's assignments have been completed but there are still some things to be solved. It remains exciting, with grand battles and quests.


For the challenge you can see up in >1 connie53: my RL book-club reached our goal yesterday so we decided to alter the goal from 2 books p.p. to 4 books p.p., from 10 books per category to 21 per category.

maj 22, 4:37am

Finished Het bloemenmeisje by Anya Niewierra and this book gets

This is an original Dutch book, not translated
Title: The flower girl

My review

Intriguing book with rather heavy topics, such as rape and assault. It is the story of Nina and Théa. 2 Women who meet for the first time when they are already in their mid-40s. Théa had a quiet, sheltered childhood, Nina on the other hand lived with her mother deep in the Pyrenees and has not seen anyone else in all that time. She still has vague memories of men passing by from time to time. Her mother treated her like a slave and regularly locked her up in a dark room when she had to get her supplies in town. They are discovered as a helicopter crew has to search for new dangerous situations due to forest fires, see A girl, Nina, sitting at a funeral pyre with her mother on it. The transition to a world full of people and noise is major. But Nina is a smart girl and finally ends up going to study at a university in Paris. She completes a study in pharmacy and specializes in herbalism that makes her famous. Théa recognizes her in a magazine. This is how Nina comes into contact with Théa, who turns out to be her twin sister. Together they search for answers as to why they are separated at birth and why they have lived such different lives.

maj 22, 6:47pm

Hi Connie. I see you have been enjoying the Shannara series. Congratulations on finishing them, or are you sorry? Sometimes, when a series is really good I really regret reading the last book.

It's still way too cold here, but good for reading. Have a nice weekend.

maj 22, 7:01pm

>117 connie53: That sounds fascinating! I'm glad it was well-written and enjoyable to read.

Hoping your weekend is full of good fun.

maj 22, 11:36pm

I'm also here to wish you a lovely weekend, Connie.

maj 23, 5:29am

Hi Ella, Richard and Paul. Nice of you to visit my thread.

@ Ella. I still have a few to go. 4 books I think. It was nice to go back to Shannara and I will go there soon(ish)

@ Richard. It was fascinating, Richard. And really well worked out with a very plausible story.

@ Paul. Thanks. We could use some warmer and less stormy weather, but otherwise is promises to be a good one.

maj 23, 8:43am

Hi, Connie! Happy Sunday!

maj 24, 4:15am

Thanks, Amber! For you too.

maj 24, 7:57am

Hi, Connie. I hope you had a good weekend. I had a good one, socializing with friends, birding and of course reading.

maj 27, 1:22pm

Hi Mark, thanks for visiting. For my weekend adventures, see below!

I needed a comfort buy. Things are not well with Peet. He probably has diabetes and is feeling very wobbly and unwell.

Thursday last week Peet fell (again)) with his bike and Peet was brought home by one of his psychologist (he had an appointment but fell down while getting of his bike) and his bike was brought home by a stagiaire who works there too. So I phoned the GP to make an appointment for a general examination on Friday. She told us to go to the hospital, have blood taken to test for glucose. And if that was normal she could send us to the neurologist. And then it was Pentecost weekend and Monday was a day off too. So on Tuesday we went to the hospital for that, Peet was not allowed to eat or drink. And was feeling weak and unstable. When he had to get out of the car he could not use his legs, they could not hold him up. So I phoned the GP again and he came by in the afternoon. The glucose was a bit to high and we have to go for a second blood test and if that is too high too he gets treatment for diabetes and he has to go to the neurologist but that could take a while.

So I really needed a comfort book


Niemand zeggen by M.J. Arlidge No touchstone yet.

The blurb from the back cover

A crimewave sweeps through the city and no-one is safe. An arson at the docks. A carjacking gone wrong. A murder in a country park. What connects all these crimes without causes, which leave no clues? Detective Inspector Helen Grace faces the rising tide of cases which threatens to drown the city. But each crime is just a piece of a puzzle which is falling into place. And when it becomes clear just how twisted and ingenious this web of crime is, D.I. Grace will realise that it may be impossible to stop it . .

maj 28, 8:06am

I'm so sorry to hear that Peet is having some trouble, Connie. I hope his doctors are able to find the cause easily and that there's also and easy and simple treatment.

There's a lot of diabetes (both types) in my family, and so I know that there are good ways to treat and manage it these days. *hugs*

maj 29, 2:54am

>126 scaifea:. I know Amber. My dad had diabetes and I'm used to it being part of everyday live.

maj 29, 5:01am

I finished De helden van New York by R.J. Elorry yesterday and gave it

My review

One thing is certain R.J. Ellory can write and has written a very exciting story. Raw and certainly not for wimps, but very intriguing. Frank Parrish is a New York police detective just like his dad who was a 'hero of New York'. But the reality is different.
After a traumatic hostage situation, Frank is forced to go to a psychologist, but he doesn't like that at all, because there are a number of murders to solve, namely those of a small drug dealer and his sister. But the psychologist gives him the freedom to talk about his father. Meanwhile, he gets a new partner, Jimmy Radick. Together they find similar murdered or missing girls who are all linked by their being adopted and followed by childcare. It's difficult to penetrate in such an institute. Frank follows his intuition and decides to break some police rules.
Definitely recommended for someone who likes exciting police thrillers.

maj 30, 3:41am

>125 connie53: So sorry about Peet not feeling well, Connie. Falling with his bike is scary. I hope the doctors find a cause and solution soon.

maj 30, 4:18am

>129 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. I do hope so too.

maj 30, 4:35am

Finished Klifi by Adriaan van Dis and this book gets

My review

A very strange book, but a nice writing style. Jácob Hemmelbahn fled with his parents from Hungary in 1956 because of the Hungarian revolution. And now he is an old man, widowed, having worked as a librarian for 50 years, where he also met his wife. When the city became too busy for them, they moved to the countryside where they had bought a house on top of a mound. And that's good. Climate change has made the weather unpredictable and a hurricane is passing over the Netherlands. His neighbor Kees lives at the bottom of the mound on a rickety farm, but does odd jobs for Jácob. So he is working there when the water of the river starts to rise and the people who live in a kind of camp (The pit) come up to escape the water. The house is overrun by the people from the pit and Jácob shares everything he has with everyone. There are a lot of strange characters walking around. Soldiers come and set up an emergency hospital and act quite hostile. Jácob lets it all happen and sees his house and capital disappear. Not a bad idea per se and the execution is not that bad either.

And finished Vrij uitzicht by Anya Niewierra. This book gets

My review

This book was written before Het bloemenmeisje and Anya used the structure of that book here first. A Dutch woman returns to Mosset, a little town in France, where she went on holiday with her mother when she was 18. There she met a boy whom she fell madly in love with. Due to an event in which a victim falls, they fled back to the Netherlands in a hurry, but now Tess' mother has passed away and after the funeral she decides to go back to Mosset to process that. She likes her stay a lot and eventually she moves to the village permanently. The town is dominated by a chateau with a mystery surrounding it. Tess wants to renovate the chateau to turn it into an apartment building, but that is not well received by all residents of Mosset

maj 30, 8:02am

Happy Sunday, Connie. It looks like you have been doing some great reading. Glad those books are treating you well.

maj 30, 1:14pm

Lots of good reading indeed, Connie, and what a good choice for a comfort-buy book.

>125 connie53: Diabetes is no easy thing to live with, but it's easier than a neurological problem. I'm crossing everything I can cross that Peet has a solution that will bring him back to health and steadiness very, very soon.

Sending hugs to you, dear lady, across the Atlantic.

maj 30, 2:20pm

>132 msf59:. Thanks, Mark, the books are treating me real well. And the weather does too. Nice and warm. So my afternoons are spend in the garden with books.

>133 richardderus:. Thanks, Richard. If I could choose a would go for diabetes and stay clear from the neurology things, but we have to deal with what we get.

Tanks for the hugs and the crossed everythings.

Redigeret: maj 30, 2:36pm

Finished Niemand zeggen by M.J. Arlidge and this book gets

My review

This book is absolutely worthy of 5 stars because it is so ingeniously put together and all the ends come together so beautifully at the end. Once there, all you can do is say, "Mr. Arlidge, please write a new book quickly." .

Helen and her team are puzzled when several deaths occur for which no explanation can be found. There are no suspects and Helen cannot find any connection at all. In addition, the team is divided by her disagreement with Joseph Hudson, which is also tearing up the team internally. Somewhere in the second half of the book I thought I knew what was going on, but the ending was completely unexpected.

jun 2, 2:44am

It is not going well with Peet.

Monday evening around 8.00 pm I was sitting in the garden reading when I heard a loud noise and rushed inside. Peet had fallen down (because of his unstable walking) and he was lying in the living room. He is 1.94 meters tall and weighs around 95 kilos. I could not get him up again and he could not do it on his own. We tried to pull/push him in a chair, but nothing worked. I ran to our neighbor but nobody was home. I phoned Jeroen, but he was home alone with a already sleeping Lonne. I rang Peets friend Jos, he came over but he recently had surgery for an aneurysm in his aorta and was forbidden to lift heavy stuff. And Peet is heavy stuff. Finally we could get Peet up in a chair and I phoned the hospital.
They have an emergency department and a GP evening post for medical help when the GP's are closed. They could not do anything and just advised us to ring our GP the next morning and let Peet sleep on the couch. So I made a bed for him and he did sleep there. Yesterday I dismantled a spare bed and carried it downstairs. Jeroen came to help assembling it again and Peet slept in the living-room. We have to do something about regulating his medication. He is taking sleeping pills in the morning. That is not a good idea and might explain his dizziness and unstable walking.


I finished Het laatste offer by Petra Hammesfahr and it gets

My review

What a shame when a basically exciting story is so poorly developed, translated and printed. Lots of names and very few blank lspaces, so you can hardly tell the different events apart.

jun 2, 3:41am

>136 connie53: So sorry to read about Peet's troubles, Connie, that must have scared you a lot!
Taking sleeping pills in the morning doesn't sound good. Did he see the GP meanwhile?


jun 2, 8:00am

Oh, I'm so sorry that Peet's having a rough time (which mean you're having a rough time, too). Sending lots of hugs and I'll be keeping you both in my thoughts, friend.

jun 2, 11:35am

>136 connie53: So sorry to hear about Peet's medical problem. His fall sounds like a terrible time for both of you. I hope adjusting his medications can help. Best to you both.

jun 2, 3:38pm

Hi Connie my dear, so sorry to hear about Peet's fall, it sounds like you are both having a bit of a rough time of things. Thinking about you both and sending love and hugs to you and the family dear friend.

jun 3, 8:31am

Thank you John. It's really heavy sometimes.

Redigeret: jun 5, 4:38am

Hi everybody. Thanks for all the good thoughts and well-wishes. It helps a lot to read them.

Today we again went to the hospital for the blood test. They not only tested for diabetes but also for Liver functions and minerals. Afterwards Peet was very down and was meaning to phone the GP again. But we know he can't help us when he does not have the results and not before we have seen the neurologist (in 6 weeks time). So when he was put on hold and as number 7 in line he decided break off the call. It sometimes takes all my patience to not get mad or scream.

I did compensate by buying some new books

Geheimen van het Wilde Woud by Tonke Dragt

The blurb from the back cover

There is no place where you can get lost as quickly as in the Wild Woods, the thrilling and mysterious sequel to The Letter to the King.




One of the king's most loyal knights is missing. The Wild Wood, that's where he would go, but many don't come back from that Wood. Yet Tiuri, on his black horse Ardanwen, goes there. He finds a dark fortress, a mysterious damsel, he plays a game of life and death… Tiuri comes face to face with a ruthless enemy who is preparing a cowardly attack on the king. Can a 17-year-old boy save the kingdom?


Rosa en het vriendschapsengeltje by Lucinda Riley & Harry Whittaker

Title translates into 'Rosa and the little friendshipsangel Original written in English but no book to be found in that language.

The blurb from the back cover

The book tells the story of Rosa, a lively and cheerful toddler. She likes to draw, but the assignment she has now received makes her gloomy. She has to put her family on paper, which is hard for her because she doesn't have a mother and the other classmates do. Rosa is afraid that she will be considered strange and the children will laugh at her. She comes home gloomy and before going to sleep she muses: I wish I wasn't so alone…. And Frederik the little friendship angel hears that. Frederik springs into action and tries to solve the problem.

Wat wij zagen by Hanna Bervoets

Book as a present when you buy other books in the Dutch book-week

Title translates into 'What we saw'

The blurb from the back cover

When Kayleigh runs into financial trouble, she applies for a job as a content moderator for an online platform she's not allowed to name. Her job: to assess which offensive videos, photos and diatribes should be removed. The work is hard. Kayleigh and her colleagues see horrific things happen, and the platform's guidelines are often inimitable. Nevertheless, Kayleigh feels at home, within the moderator team she finds brotherhood. And when Kayleigh falls in love with her colleague Sigrid, the future smiles on them. Or does it just seem that way? What we saw is a story about who or what determines our worldview.

Now reading

De Overlevenden by Jane Harper

The blurb from the back cover

Kieran Elliott's life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences.

The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community on Tasmania he once called home.
Kieran's parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn.
When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away...

jun 4, 2:45pm

Peet's troubles are very disheartening, I know, but you're both doing the correct things to get a solution and not simply trying to make his situation *feel* better.

Your book-haul is a thing of beauty! A lot of very, very good reading ahead for you.

Happier-weekend *smooch*

jun 4, 2:46pm

Thanks Richard. That means a lot to me.

jun 5, 8:04am

Oh that waiting around for results business is so hard, Connie. *hugs* for the both of you, friend.

jun 5, 8:36am

Hi, Connie. Sorry to hear about Peet's medical issues. Please keep us updated.

jun 5, 12:28pm

>142 connie53: re required patience -- There are many of us, I'm sure, who know exactly what you mean! Here are hugs and wishes for strength, patience and a good outcome. ( (Connie) )

jun 6, 2:31pm

Thank you all. Tomorrow we have an appointment with a woman form the city counsel. They offer support to people like me and Peet. Not only some place you can talk but also practical advise. I'm hoping she will be able to help us.
I know we are not the only people with these issues and I'm happy there is a such a group as hers to help us now.

In the meantime I keep on reading

I've finished De overlevenden by Jane Harper and this book gets

My review

Another great book by Jane Harper. In the beginning you are a bit overwhelmed by names and it is not really easy to determine the mutual relationships. But if you can let that go, the story engulfs you. Kieran returns to his native village with his wife Mia and their newborn daughter Andrea to visit his parents. His father suffers from dementia and he and his wife will move to an institution where he can be better cared for. Kieran and Mia are supposed to help, but they soon find themselves reunited with their old circle of friends. Then Kieran formed a seemingly inseparable group with Sean and Ash. But when a very heavy storm hit their village and two people were killed and a girl disappeared without a trace, everything changed. And now Kieran is back and a girl is found dead on the beach. Everything is told from the point of view of Kieran who has always felt guilty about the deaths of the two men. But the distance of his absent years allows him to take a closer look and discover the truth about the day of the storm. Exciting and very captivating.

And I've started De schemering en de dageraad by Ken Follett

The blurb from the back cover

It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Those in power bend justice according to their will, regardless of ordinary people and often in conflict with the king. Without a clear rule of law, chaos reigns. In these turbulent times, three characters find their lives intertwined: A young boatbuilder's life is turned upside down when the only home he's ever known is raided by Vikings, forcing him and his family to move and start their lives anew in a small hamlet where he does not fit in. . . . A Norman noblewoman marries for love, following her husband across the sea to a new land. But the customs of her husband's homeland are shockingly different, and as she begins to realize that everyone around her is engaged in a constant, brutal battle for power, it becomes clear that a single misstep could be catastrophic. . . . A monk dreams of transforming his humble abbey into a center of learning that will be admired throughout Europe. And each in turn comes into dangerous conflict with a clever and ruthless bishop who will do anything to increase his wealth and power.

Redigeret: jun 13, 2:54pm

Well we had a busy week. The lady from the City Counsel was really nice and she sad some things I did not think of before. I tend to take everything out of Peet's hands, He told her that he did not cook anymore because he could not stand in the kitchen for a even a little time. She asked him if he had thought about peeling potatoes at the dinner table sitting down.
And I thought: How stupid am I doing everything for him?
When he asked me if I could clean an apple for him. I gave him a plate and a knife! Ha.

She also talked about Peet going to daytime activities that are organized for people like Peet. So we will go and have a look at some of the centers in the neighborhood.

And we went to the neurologist. Thanks to our GP, who put us on a list for when somebody else canceled an appointment, we got a telephone call if Peet wanted to come today. The neurologist ordered a MRI scan of neck and back and some additional blood tests. She thinks it might be a wedged in nerve in his neck or back of something like a hernia.

Will be continued...


Finished De schemering en de dageraad by Ken Follett and it gets

My review

What wonderful books these are. I was drawn into the story by Edgar and Ragna. Aldred is also an appealing character. The story is set before the other 3 books in the Kingsbridge trilogy. And for a prequel, it's wonderfully fat. The story is also about the hamlet of Dreng's ferry. Dreng is an unpleasant man who runs the ferry. That is, he has his wife, his mistress and a slave girl to do it. Edgar and his brothers and mother are allowed to live in an abandoned farmhouse after their father's death. The farm is in an almost unworkable place so that is quite a challenge. Edgar has a talent. He is good at visualizing how things should work. He is building a kind of bridge, which should make the ferry superfluous. Dreng does not agree with that, of course, because that is his source of income.
There is also a role for the brothers Wilwulf, an earl, Wynstan, a bishop and Wigelm, a feudal lord
Ragna is the daughter of Count Hubert of Cherbourg and she is betrothed to Wilwulf.
That is how she ends up in England.
The story tells of the growth of Breng's ferry until it is renamed and called Kingsbridge. Sometimes the story is cruel and rough. But you empathize with the main characters so much that it actually just fits into the story. Definitely recommended for people who love historical stories.

Redigeret: jun 11, 3:22am

>149 connie53: Glad the visit of the lady from the City Counsel went well, Connie.
Your only experience is with Peet now, she has way more experience, so she gave you good advice.
And then also to the neurologist last week. When wil Peet get the MRI?
Ouch, nerve problems in the spine can be very painful.

jun 11, 1:21pm

>149 connie53: One of the many issues around caregiving, Connie, is that one loses perspective and thus simple fixes are invisible to the caregiver. I'm so gladdened to know that there is such useful and important assistance available through your local authorities.

Have a splendid weekend!

jun 11, 9:31pm

Yeah, it’s weird how being close to a situation can blind you. We’ve learned so much about caring from my mother-in-law from the caregiver we hired for night duty.

Redigeret: jun 13, 3:02pm

We now have a rollator for Peet and it makes it easier for him to get around in the house.

The reading goes on, of course

I read and finished De weg naar Callisto by Torsten Krol which is a ROOT. I gave it

The blurb from the back cover

Odell Deefus may be a little dumb, but when he discovers a freshly dug grave at the back of Dean Lowry's house, he understands that it's intended for him. When he finds an old lady's corpse in the freezer, he knows that she has been murdered. And when the bomb in his car explodes, levelling every building in the vicinity, and Odell must suddenly hide the body of a terrorist, even he recognizes that things are getting seriously weird. This blackly funny novel of our times follows what happens when Odell Deefus takes one wrong turn on the journey of his life and crashes into a world of oddballs, misfits, drug-dealers, religious fanatics and crooked cops, hypocrisy, torture and bloody murder. In "Callisto", Odell Deefus discovers a vast web of corruption and deceit leading to the dark heart of America.

My review

Weird and at times a bit bizarre book. Odell Deefus is an otherworldly man who is not that bright. When he ends up with engine trouble somewhere around the town of Callisto, an adventure begins, in which Odell ends up in all kind of strange situations. He knocks on a house and the resident, Dean, invites him in. Dean knows a thing or two about cars, but it's already too dark to see what's going on and the men spend a pleasant evening with spirits and beer. Odell discovers a newly dug grave in the backyard. Dean had told him not to go in the back yard and now Odell thinks that grave is for him. When Dean wakes him up in an unpleasant way that night, Odell knocks him down with a club. He takes Dean to his bedroom and continues sleeping on the couch. The next morning, Dean is found dead and Odell is mistaken for Dean by a visitor. Terrorism kicks in and Odell tries to weather or change each new situation as best he can, but things get horribly out of hand, involving the FBI and a few other secret government agencies. The book is written in a certain rhythm. I thought it was an okay book, but it's still real weird.

I går, 6:41pm

>153 connie53: A rollator is a great thing! I'm glad it's helping Peet stay mobile.

The book sounds like it could either be played for laughs or grimaces, and the author chose grimaces. Maybe not the easiest choice to follow....