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Connie ROOTS again in 2021

Editado: Fev 8, 2021, 7:55 am

Hello ROOTers

I'm known to most of you, but here is a small introduction.
I'm Connie (67) 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.

I've been reading ROOTs when they were called BOMBs in 2012 so this is my tenth year. And I'm loving to be among all the people I got to know here.

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 (34)
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).

Editado: Jan 4, 2021, 10:33 am

My family
Peter, Eveline, me, Cyrille, Jeroen and Rianne.

Editado: Jan 4, 2021, 10:41 am

The granddaugthers




Editado: Fev 10, 2021, 1:33 pm

This is where I will keep a list of the ROOTs I read in 2021.
My rules are simple: A book counts as a ROOT when it has been on my shelves for more than 6 months. And I will raise my goal from 42 to 50

01. Draken van een verdwenen maan - Margaret Weis & Tracey Hickman -
02. Het boek der stormen - James Clemens -
03. Livaks waagstuk - Juliet E. McKenna -

Editado: Fev 8, 2021, 7:49 am

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

This first post is for January, February and March.

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 -

Editado: Fev 8, 2021, 7:51 am

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

This post is for April, May and June.

Editado: Dez 30, 2020, 5:30 pm

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

This post is for July, August and September.

Editado: Fev 8, 2021, 7:51 am

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

This post is for October, November and December.

Editado: Fev 8, 2021, 7:51 am

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 -

Editado: Fev 8, 2021, 7:52 am

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

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

Cursief is read

Dez 30, 2020, 8:33 am

Happy ROOTimg 2021, Connie. Gorgeous family photos.

Dez 30, 2020, 9:15 am

Glad to see you're back for 2021, Connie! I loved the family photos. The girls are getting so grown up!

Dez 30, 2020, 9:55 am

Welcome back Connie. I really enjoyed looking at all of your family photos.

Dez 30, 2020, 10:13 am

Welcome back, Connie! The girls are getting so big!

Dez 30, 2020, 10:14 am

Thanks, everyone!

Dez 30, 2020, 11:57 am

Hi Connie, thanks for being the first to visit my thread. I hope you have a great reading year and can begin to meet with your bookclub soon. Like me, I'm sure you miss yours.

Dez 30, 2020, 12:13 pm

> Hi Luanne. I've been busy visiting new threads for the 2021 ROOTers. I know. I am very enthusiastic about the new, old group. I only skipped for 2 hours tp meet online and talking to my bookclub friends by ZOOM. That was really nice. We had a lot to tell and share.
Not as good as a real live meet but it was great we could do it this way.

Dez 30, 2020, 12:23 pm

Happy 2021, Connie! Nice pictures of your lovely family!

Dez 30, 2020, 12:30 pm

Thanks, Jennifer!

Dez 30, 2020, 4:39 pm


Love all the pictures - you have a beautiful family!
Glad to see another Ticker fanatic!

FYI - I think you have 2020 that should say 2021 in a few messages.

Happy 2021 reading!

Dez 30, 2020, 5:33 pm

>20 cyderry: I don't need to say: watch out when you copy and paste!

Dez 30, 2020, 8:38 pm

Love the pictures of your family!

Dez 30, 2020, 10:47 pm

Cute pictures! Wishing you a fun year of reading.

Editado: Jan 4, 2021, 12:07 pm

Time for stats!

Stats for 2020: total

TBR on 2021-01-01: 406 including 25 ebooks = 381 tree-books
Total books/ebooks read in 2020 so far: 135
Tree-books read in 2020: 86 including 63 ROOTS
e-books read in 2020: 49

Total tree-books into the house: 27 (all read but 2)
22 books bought
5 as presents

Dez 31, 2020, 8:02 am

I wish you a Happy New Year. May it be better than the old one.

Dez 31, 2020, 8:47 am

Thanks, Barb!

Editado: Jan 31, 2021, 6:19 am

It's time to start talking books!

What am I reading at the moment

1 tree-book and a ROOT # 1 - BFB # 1 - FF-Challenge # 1

Draken van een verdwenen maan by Margaret Weis & Tracey Hickman

The Blurb

The flames of war devour Ansalon. The army of dead souls marches toward conquest, led by the mystical warrior Mina, who serves the powerful One God. A small band of heroes, driven to desperate measures, leads the fight against overwhelming odds. Two unlikely protagonists emerge. One is a dragon overlord who will not easily relinquish her rule. The other is an irrepressible kender who has been on a strange and remarkable journey that will end in startling and unforeseen fashion. The stirring climax of the War of Souls.

2 e-books

A BookBullet by Jackie.

Graaf in Moskou by Amor Towles FF-Challenge # 2

The Blurb

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery...

Bloedrode maan by Geoffrey Huntington FF-Challenge # 3

The Blurb

The mystery of the Tower at Ravenscliff is at last revealed, in the long awaited continuation of The Ravenscliff Series. A returning threat roams the halls of Ravenscliff Manor, the mad sorceress Clarissa, but she is only one of many problems facing Devon March. His budding relationship with Cecily takes a hit when he discovers she might be his (gulp!) sister, while his pal Marcus is mysteriously linked with the savage, gorilla-like beast that turns up in Misery Point on nights of the full moon. The only way to solve these mysteries is to take another trip down the Staircase Into Time, with Devon emerging at the Ravenscliff of thirty years ago. A time when his guardian Amanda and the mysterious Rolfe are toddlers, and the Madman is very much alive.

Dez 31, 2020, 2:29 pm

Hello Connie,

Welcome back and thanks for the lovely photos.
I wish you a happy reading year !

Dez 31, 2020, 3:24 pm

Beautiful photographs :)
A Gentleman in Moscow was a very popular book in our library -- hope you enjoy!

Dez 31, 2020, 4:11 pm

>29 beach85: I'm enjoying it.

Dez 31, 2020, 4:19 pm

Welcome back! Good luck with 2021.

Dez 31, 2020, 4:25 pm

Hi Connie, glad to find your thread.
I love to see the family pictures, your granddaughters are adorable.

Happy New Year and good luck ROOTing!

Dez 31, 2020, 8:34 pm

Happy New Year, Connie! Lovely to see how your grandchildren have grown.

I don't have to wish you good luck with your reading goals, you're always on target :) I enjoyed A Gentleman in Moscow more than I thought I would - hope you like it too.

Dez 31, 2020, 9:55 pm

Lovely family photos, Connie. That is an impressive number of tickers to track. I am still planning my approach this year. I too, have difficulty parting with books so have read and unread shelves. Happy reading.

Jan 1, 2021, 2:13 am

Happy and healthy ROOTing in 2021, Connie

Jan 1, 2021, 5:15 am

Thanks all. New Year's Eve was quiet and eventless. Just Peet and me and the TV.
But I'm looking forward to this brand-new year with vaccines on the way. And hopefully a more free live for everyone.

Jan 1, 2021, 7:07 am

Happy New Year Connie, wishing you a great year of reading in 2021.

Jan 1, 2021, 7:39 am

Thanks, Kristel.

Jan 1, 2021, 9:34 am

Jan 1, 2021, 10:52 am

Thanks, Chéli!

Jan 1, 2021, 6:48 pm

Hi Connie, and Happy New Year! Good luck with your ROOTing.

>2 connie53: I love the photos.

>27 connie53: Oh, I do hope you like A Gentleman in Moscow as much as I did.

Jan 1, 2021, 9:09 pm

Happy new year, Connie! I hope you have a great reading year :).

Jan 2, 2021, 2:55 am

>41 karenmarie: >42 readingtangent: Thank you both.

>41 karenmarie: Did I get hit by your BB? I read a very enthusiastic review and found Graaf in Moskou among my ebooks. So hey! I like it a lot. It's like a slow rippling brook and so beautiful written.

Jan 2, 2021, 3:20 am

TBR-list 2019-01-01 = 474
TBR-list 2020-01-01 = 447
TBR-list 2021-01-01 = 406

TBR down by 27 books in 2019
TBR down by 41 books in 2020

Jan 2, 2021, 8:50 am

Hello Connie! I'm looking forward to following along with your reading.

Jan 2, 2021, 8:55 am

68 books less now than 2 years ago is great. That's a lot of shelf space saved.

Editado: Jan 2, 2021, 10:31 am

>46 clue: Unfortunately they just move to another place on the shelves. I can't part from my books. Maybe it's time for new pictures of my bookshelves.

Hi Susan. Good to see you here.

Jan 3, 2021, 5:51 am

Hi Connie
Just stopping by to visit your new thread. Good luck on your new reading year!

Jan 3, 2021, 6:30 am

Thank you, Henrik!

Editado: Jan 4, 2021, 11:55 am

First ROOT down! Root # 1, BFB # 1

Draken van een verdwenen maan - Weis & Hickman -

My Review

Third part in the series of The War of the Souls, part of Dragonlance. Many characters, many nations, such as minotaurs, elves, gnomes and giants and of course the Kender, with Tasslehoff Burrfoot as the exceptional specimen. Although it was difficult to follow at times, I really enjoyed it. Lots of intrigue and battles. My favorite people were Gerard (human), Galdar (Minotaur) and Gilthas (elf).

Jan 3, 2021, 6:48 am

Congrats on your first ROOT.

Jan 3, 2021, 7:01 am

Thanks Barb!

Editado: Jan 31, 2021, 6:20 am

I decided on a new tree-book and ROOT # 2 - BFB # 2 - FF-Challenge # 4

Het boek der stormen by James Clemens

The Blurb

Five centuries after the destruction of the Mages of Alasea, a young girl, Elena, inherits the powers that the Mages had so carefully hidden from their terrible enemy. Elena bears the mark of the wit'ch upon her palm, a crimson stain that belies the wild power it may wield. Only a mistress of blood magick can stand against the Dark Lord - but Elena is not yet mistress of her magick. To discover the key to the Dark Lord's defeat, Elena must travel to A'loa Glen - a perilous journey, for if the Dark Lord finds her first, she will become his most fearsome weapon.

Jan 3, 2021, 12:31 pm

You are certainly off to a good start in 2021, Connie! I have heard so many good things about A Gentleman in Moscow that I really should read it one of these days. But since I don't own it, I'm off the hook for now. :-)

Your family photos are lovely. It's nice to have a face to put with the name.

Editado: Jan 3, 2021, 1:19 pm

Thanks, Rosalita for your visit and kind words!

I've found a more recent group picture of Peet, me and de kids. So I replaced the one on top.

Jan 3, 2021, 1:21 pm

It's lovely to see your family photos - you're all so photogenic! And interesting to read about your previous job. It explains why your thread is so organised and your IT skills so good :)

Jan 3, 2021, 1:25 pm

LOL, more compliments! Thank you. I like my things to be organized.

Jan 3, 2021, 3:03 pm

I've been in awe of your ability to read through everything life brings and wow - you really did so in 2020. Wonderful pictures of your beautiful family - I love opening a new thread by you.

Jan 4, 2021, 9:48 am

Connie!! Oh, I am *so* glad to find you here! I've missed you over in the 75ers, tons. I'll definitely try to keep track of you from here, now. And gosh, look at that beautiful family up top! Just wonderful.

Jan 4, 2021, 10:13 am

Thanks Amber, for your kind visit. I miss some of the 75ers too. But it was just to much keeping up with 3 groups on LT. I'm a ROOTer for 10 years now and I am in the BIG FAT BOOK group that John Simpson is hosting. The 75ers are just to big a group to follow. But maybe I will pay a visit.

Jan 4, 2021, 10:14 am

>60 connie53: Oh, I get that the 75ers group can be overwhelming and I'm not blaming you for setting up shop elsewhere. I'm just happy to have found you again!

Jan 4, 2021, 10:26 am

>60 connie53: Now I'm thinking I might join again and just give a few stars to people I know from the old days.

Jan 4, 2021, 10:35 am

>62 connie53: Aw, yay! (Although I hope i haven't pressured you into doing so...)

Jan 4, 2021, 10:46 am

>62 connie53: No you did not! I'm big enough to make my own decisions.

Jan 4, 2021, 11:19 am

>64 connie53: Ha! Excellent!

Jan 4, 2021, 11:34 am

>62 connie53: You don't have to actually join the 75ers to follow threads there — you can just visit the group's homepage and star the threads you want to follow. That's what I do so I don't get the whole group clogging up my timeline. I only want people like Amber clogging up my timeline. :-)

Jan 4, 2021, 11:36 am

>66 rosalita: Aw, that's so touching. *sniff*

Jan 4, 2021, 11:37 am

Jan 4, 2021, 11:46 am

Hi Connie!

>43 connie53: There were quite a few enthusiastic reviews about A Gentleman in Moscow. I love your description of it as a slow rippling brook.

>47 connie53: Yes to new pictures of your bookshelves!

>55 connie53: I love the new photo.

Jan 4, 2021, 12:11 pm

>69 karenmarie: I will make some photo's tomorrow in daylight.

Jan 5, 2021, 9:07 am

Happy belated New Year Connie! The girls are growing up beautifully!

Editado: Jan 5, 2021, 12:22 pm

Thank you, Birgit. Too fast I think. Marie is not a baby anymore.

Look at them

Jan 5, 2021, 9:25 am

>72 connie53: Oh my goodness. Those smiling faces are so sweet!

Editado: Jan 5, 2021, 9:26 am

Don't they look naughty?

Jan 5, 2021, 9:31 am

>72 connie53: Oh my. Time really flies, doesn't it?

Jan 5, 2021, 6:01 pm

Happy new year, Connie and Happy ROOTing!
What a beautiful family! I see some little ones have arrived since the last time I participated in ROOTs. Adorable!

Jan 6, 2021, 12:49 pm

Finished book # 2 for 2021, not a ROOT or a BFB.

Bloedrode maan by Geoffrey Huntington -

My Review

Third part in the RavensCliff series. Great reading for young teens who like a bit of excitement. But what a special ending. I expected a part four but there is none. And this part is from 2005, so if it is not here yet, I'm sure it will not come ever. Of course, the writer may have wanted to suggest that it's a never ending story, but I thought it was very strange. It was a four star read but I deducted 1 star.

Jan 8, 2021, 1:19 am

Love the new photos, Connie.
I, too, need to readA Gentleman in Moscow but likewise don't own it. Although I see it is available through my local library. The pressure - it is so hard to keep up with new releases and balance it with those languishing on my shelves.

Jan 8, 2021, 2:43 am

>78 HelenBaker: I came to the conclusion that, at my age, I want to read what I like to read and not feel any pressure. I can't afford to waste any time on books I 'HAVE' to read, when I don't want to.

Jan 9, 2021, 1:00 am

>79 connie53: I hear you Connie but these are all books I want to read, therein lies the problem. LOL. i am currently reading Shuggie Bain, and loving it.

Editado: Jan 10, 2021, 9:20 am

Happy Sunday to all of you.

Today I did some grocery shopping in the early morning. All supermarkets have an hour or so for the elderly (and I am eligible) but I never used that before, but now it just happened and I really loved it. There were very little people, (Sunday 9.30) and it was so easy keeping distance.

And I defrosted the freezer. Which was very necessary so it took a while. Now everything is clean and shining again. The remainder of the day is for book related things!

Jan 10, 2021, 9:13 am

Yay for nearly-empty supermarket shopping! And happy reading today!

Jan 10, 2021, 3:30 pm

>81 connie53: Well done on the chores and enjoy the reading! I'm especially interested in the freezer defrosting because I'd planned to do that too, during the winter so I could stow the food outdoors, but lately feel hesitant to fool with it...

Jan 10, 2021, 4:47 pm

Well, I have a freezer with 3 drawers, so like a cupboard not a big one with the lid on top. And it has glass dividers which are easy to clean. I think if you want hints as to how to defrost a lid-on-top freezer I'm not the person to talk to. ;-)

Jan 10, 2021, 8:55 pm

Happy 2021, Connie! I saw that you have a thread on the 75ers this year and have it starred but I'm way behind on those threads just like I am on the ROOTs threads. Looks like you have a good start on reading your ROOTs for 2021.

Editado: Jan 11, 2021, 5:04 am

Thanks Meg. Yes, Amber found me on the ROOTers and I thought I give the 75ers a try again. I'm a bit overwhelmed by the speed some threads have. Some 75ers have started their # 2 thread already.

Jan 11, 2021, 5:02 am

>86 connie53: I remember when I was over there, some people were so active on their threads and other peoples', I used to wonder when they actually found time to read.

Jan 11, 2021, 5:05 am

Or sleep, or work!

Jan 11, 2021, 4:39 pm

>84 connie53: It was only in late 2019, when I accidentally bought a new refrigerator with too small a freezer unit, that I finally bought a standalone freezer. I don’t know what we would have done without it during covid! And the last time I had anything to do with defrosting a freezer is watching my mom in the 1960s :) so I think I’ll leave it alone until we’re not as reliant on it.

Jan 11, 2021, 5:51 pm

>89 detailmuse: I think that's a real good plan.

Editado: Jan 11, 2021, 6:39 pm

>81 connie53: Isn't it a relief to have the early a.m. hours to go shopping? I've been doing the same for months, as it is just too crowded for any level of comfort later in the day.

Also, good luck keeping up with the 75ers. It looks fun. I had intended to participate but quickly realized I just couldn't keep up with posting and reading topics.

Jan 11, 2021, 10:17 pm

>83 detailmuse:, >89 detailmuse:

I'm confused at why you're hesitating with defrosting your freezer. It's a super easy job, maybe a little time consuming, depending which method you use. Can I help? I do mine on the hottest day in summer, and just put the freezer contents in coolers (and try to empty it as much as possible for a few weeks before I do it). If you have questions, ask me. If you don't want to have the conversation here, PM me.

Jan 12, 2021, 3:43 am

I wait until my freezer is almost empty and because mine is a small one that's really not that difficult. What is still in the freezer I put in the refrigerator, and it takes me about half an hour to defrost and clean.

Jan 12, 2021, 3:55 am

Oh my. The whole layout of the group-page is completely changed

Jan 12, 2021, 9:33 am

Hi Connie!

Good to hear about taking advantage of the time set aside for the elderly to shop and yay for defrosting the freezer.

>94 connie53: I just saw that. I don’t like change very much.

Jan 12, 2021, 11:36 am

>95 karenmarie: I don't either. I still lost, but I'm making a map in mind to find what I want to know. Like new members .

Jan 12, 2021, 5:57 pm

>92 Nickelini: Joyce that's so kind!! The frost is not thick and my worry is letting the freezer stock get low. During covid I grocery shop online with curbside pickup and restocking amid store outages isn't a given...

Jan 12, 2021, 8:52 pm

>97 detailmuse: really, as long as it isn’t bothering you, I think you can go years ....

Editado: Jan 14, 2021, 6:34 am

Bougth my first two books of 2021.

De verloren legioenen - David Hair part 7 of De brug der getijden series. (Touchstones are not working.) The English series has 4 books and all books are divided in 2 parts in The Netherlands, so this is the first half of the 4th English book

The Blurb

The last few months of the moontide-when the bridge connecting East and West rises above the sea-has come, and in the West Emperor Constant prepares the final phase of his plan to conquer the East.
For failed mage Alaron and his companion Ramita-widow to the mage who built the Leviathan Bridge-the unthinkable has happened. They have lost the Scytale of Corineus, the key to the Rite of Ascendancy, as well as one of Ramita's infant sons, to the hands of their deadliest enemies.
In Javon, Cera Nesti, the imprisoned queen, has been freed, and plots to take on the overwhelming might of the Rondian Empire. But standing between her and her goal is a band of deadly mercenaries playing a dangerous game of their own.
And in the East, Seth Korion's Lost Legions must navigate treacherous roads to gain safety, bearing secrets that could bring down the Emperor.
The time has come for the Rite of Ascendancy to be performed. New powers must rise to save or damn Urte, and on the mighty Leviathan Bridge itself, all will be decided.

Een dodelijke opleiding - Naomi Novik

The blurb

There are no teachers, no school holidays, friendships are purely strategic, and the chances of survival are never equal. Once you are in there are only two ways to get out again: you pass or you die.
Galadriel (El) Higgins is particularly well prepared for the many dangers of the Scholomance. She may not have allies, but she does have a dark form of magic powerful enough to ravage mountains and kill millions of people with one stone. Not to mention the countless monsters that prowl the hallways of the school.
Chances are that she will accidentally kill all the other students as well. And so El does her best not to use this power ... unless she has no other choice.

Jan 14, 2021, 7:07 am

>99 connie53: I have the Novik on my e-reader but haven't gotten to it yet. I've loved both of her fairytale books and the early Temeraire books, so I hope this one is good.

Jan 14, 2021, 7:37 am

>100 rosalita: Hi Julia. Yes, I loved Ontworteld en Zilvergaren and the first Temeraire books too. I did read the first 6 temerair books. I even don't know how many were published. I loved the fairytale books. And this book is book of the month on my RL Dutch book-club.

Jan 14, 2021, 12:30 pm

>99 connie53: I hope you enjoy A Deadly Education! I read it at the end of last year and it snuck onto my top books of 2020 list.

Editado: Jan 17, 2021, 9:11 am

I was told it takes some courage and perseverance to get through the first part, but I know several people who loved the book. So I will persevere! ;-))

Jan 17, 2021, 9:35 am

Finally finished ROOT # 2, BFB # 2

Het boek der stormen by James Clemens -

My review:

Exciting and sometimes a bit gruesome second part in the Prohibited and Banished series. We follow 3 young people and their friends: Elena and her brother Joach who are separated and the sea girl Sywen. They are assisted on their journey in search of the Thunder Hammer by all kinds of characters: elves, witches, shape-shifters, dragons and trolls. They all emerge in the book and can contribute to the fight against the Dark Lord through their own specific talents. Wonderful reading.

Editado: Jan 18, 2021, 10:08 am

And finished Graaf in Moskou by Amor Towles

My review

Great book with many deep layers and philosophical reflections, but also absolutely with humor.
When Count Rostov is sentenced to life under house arrest in Hotel Metropol in Moscow, a wonderful story begins, written like a slowly rippling brook.
We follow the count through his life in this large hotel, but also through the events that took place in Russia during that period.
The four women who played an important role in his life are of course also discussed, as are the friends from inside and outside the hotel that he has made over the years, the cook Emile, the manager Andrej, envoys from different countries, journalists.
Actually, he makes more friends in his life than the average man.
He has the closest bond with Sofia, his foster daughter, who is one day left in his care by an old female friend.
I can't say exactly what fascinated me about the book, but I am actually a bit enchanted by it, maybe even going to reread it.

Jan 18, 2021, 9:13 am

>105 connie53: Oh I'm so pleased you loved it! I felt the same as you, enchanted by it.

Jan 18, 2021, 10:10 am

>106 Jackie_K: You hit me with a very good BB, Jackie

Editado: Jan 18, 2021, 11:10 am

>105 connie53:, >106 Jackie_K: I loved this too and CBS News did a piece on the Metropol Hotel and I would think "Oh, that's where the Count walked!" The book seemed that real to me. There was to be a TV movie, like a mini series, with Kenneth Branaugh in the role of Count Rostov and Towles was involved. I just checked on it though and there is no updated information that I can find and the early information on it was dated 2019. When I read Gentleman I had already read Rules of Civility, his first book, and liked it too but not as much, it is very different though and I think I may reread it soon because although I remember it, I don't remember it that well.

Editado: Jan 31, 2021, 6:21 am

I started another ROOT # 3 - FF-Challenge # 5

Livaks waagstuk by Juliet McKenna

The Blurb

In Einarinn, the secret of magic is known only by an elite few. They live in deliberate isolation, under the watchful eye of the Archmage. But nothing last for ever. Livak is a part-time thief and a full-time gambler, long accustomed to living by her wits and narrowly avoiding serious trouble. When she attempts to sell a stolen antique to a passing merchant, she finds herself pulled into a new and dangerous world of political intrigue in which the stakes are higher than anyone involved can imagine. For the antique she has acquired dates from a particular period in the history of Einarrin about which little is known, but much has been speculated. And when the truth begins to emerge, Livak decides to take the greatest gamble of her life.

And as e-book

Het boek van vergeten woorden by Pip Williams FF-Challenge # 6

The blurb

In 1901, the word 'Bondmaid' was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it. Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the 'Scriptorium', a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme's place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word 'bondmaid' flutters to the floor. Esme rescues the slip and stashes it in an old wooden case that belongs to her friend, Lizzie, a young servant in the big house. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. They help her make sense of the world. Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women's experiences often go unrecorded. While she dedicates her life to the Oxford English Dictionary, secretly, she begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words. Set when the women's suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It's a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape the world and our experience of it.

Editado: Jan 19, 2021, 12:08 am

>109 connie53:
Oh, that sounds interesting, and the cover is gorgeous. Did you like it?

ETA - this isn't even available in Canada until April - guess I'll have to be patient

Jan 19, 2021, 5:26 am

Still reading it, Joyce. But you can read my review here eventually.

Editado: Jan 20, 2021, 1:28 am

Hi Connie, The Dictionary of Lost Words is on the reading schedule, for my online book group, later this year. I am looking forward to it and will be interested in your review.

Jan 20, 2021, 4:38 am

I will keep you posted, Helen.

Jan 23, 2021, 7:28 am

Here we have the first day with a curfew. People have to stay indoors from 21.00 to 04.30 hours (with exceptions for people who have crucial jobs or have to work in nightshifts and can't work at home) and we can just see one visitor a day. There was a lot to do about the curfew. Lots of debates in the government meeting. First the starting time was 20.30 and that was changed under pressure to 21.00. For Peet and I nothing much will change. We stay at home and don't go out in the evening.

Jan 23, 2021, 7:50 am

>114 connie53: I hope the curfew works, Connie. We've not gone for curfews here (that I'm aware of), but I guess if a lot of the infections are coming from night-time activities then that would make sense (and like you, a curfew really wouldn't affect me and Pete). Here, our rates seem to be coming down, but not yet enough to consider lifting restrictions. I think that's the right call.

Jan 23, 2021, 8:16 am

They hope the curfew will lessen the visits people make to family and friends. You don't go over for coffee after diner if you have to be home by 21.00. And the fact that you can have just 1 person visiting per day lowers the amount of contacts you have. Of course there will be people that break the curfew. Lots of young people say they just stay overnight and go home in the morning. There are people that don't care at all. But we have to limit the amount of contacts in order to get the rates go down. We now are dealing with the British mutant too.

Jan 24, 2021, 2:56 am

There is Snow here. Not to much, just a layer of maybe 2 cm and it's thawing away. But I love waking up in a white world.

Jan 24, 2021, 6:46 am

I really hope the curfew helps bring the nummer of infections down. I guess there are not all that many more things to do, if it doesn’t.

Here infections rates are coming down, but they seem to stabilize on a pretty level and the new mutations are in either already here or knocking on the door. Still, I feel optimistic. Spring is approaching and more people are vaccinated every day (despite slower deliveries that expected) so eventually normality will return.

Hope everything works out for the best for you and your family.

Jan 24, 2021, 7:11 am

Here deliveries are slowing down too, due to atrazenica having problems producing the promised amounts. I'm not sure when we will get vaccinated. Peet is above 70 years and I'm below that mark. And he has underlying illnesses. But we will get a letter from the townhall with an invitation. So we have to wait and see when it's our turn.

I hope you and your family stay safe and healthy, Henrik.

Jan 24, 2021, 1:43 pm

Oh, we are good. Bored but good!

We are in last category for the vaccine (basically healthy people under 65 without any underlying illnesses) so my mother, who will be 85 this year, and my sister, who works at a hospital, will probably be the first in my family to get the vaccine. We'll see.

Jan 25, 2021, 2:44 am

Last night some hooligans destroyed MY shopping center. Not entirely, but they bashed in the big doors that close of the center for the night and smashed in windows of shops. The police came of course and ended it. They were similar attacks in other cities, like Amsterdam and The Hague. Really awful and I don't think I dare to go groceries shopping today.

Jan 25, 2021, 4:43 am

>121 connie53: That is utterly scary. I hope things calm down.

Jan 25, 2021, 8:26 am

>121 connie53: There was a short piece on National Public Radio here in the states about the protests of your current lockdown situation. It's scary to have it happen so close to you — I hope cooler heads prevail.

Jan 25, 2021, 10:43 am

>122 MissWatson:; >123 rosalita: Yes, I know. Scary enough.

I just copied/pasted my posts I wrote for my Dutch book-club

They were in MY mall too.
I find it really scary to go shopping now. Fortunately, it is not necessary today, but the idea alone.
No idea if my center is actually open. I can't find anything about that (yet).

I just went to get some vegetables for tonight and went on foot. I did not know what the situation was and I did not intend to just park my bike there. All doors had glass again at least at the front where the unrest was the most. At a smaller exit they were still working with plywood sheets. Many shop owners were talking in groups and apparently all had gone there yesterday evening. A lot of complaints about the police, but I heard on TV that the police had gone to Venlo for assistance and so on.

Jan 25, 2021, 6:28 pm

>121 connie53: Yikes! That is scary indeed. I hope things have calmed down by the time you need to go grocery shopping again.

Jan 26, 2021, 3:36 am

Third night with unrest spreading through the Netherlands. It's unbelievable that people can do this. I think it has nothing to do with corona protesting. I think it has something to do with boredom and and a call on social media to provoke violence. For the most part they are young boys, ages 14 to 25, in black cloths with hoodies and masks. They are just there for the kick of it. And they communicate through darker kinds of social media. So many shops were looted and destroyed. There was a shop selling vitamins and supplements. Not something I think they want to have. They just threw everything on the streets and dismantled the whole shop.

There were several policemen injured and a disabled girl almost suffocated because the medics were hold back by the mob. Luckily they could save her.

And now in the early morning the people that live in those towns are cleaning everything with brooms.

Editado: Jan 26, 2021, 1:44 pm

Hi Connie!

I’m sorry that the looting and unrest have gotten so bad. For some reason it shocks me that there is this problem in the Netherlands. I hope you and Pete Peet can stay safe.

Jan 26, 2021, 1:38 pm

Hi Karen. So far we are safe. We live on the outskirts of our town. And what happened here in Roermond was nothing compared to yesterday in the bigger towns.

Jan 26, 2021, 3:17 pm

I'm glad you're safe Connie. Although people who are involved in this kind of thing may not mean to hurt anyone (except maybe police), you just never know where it can lead. I know we can't live without the Web now, but I believe it's the impetus for many of these incidents.

Jan 26, 2021, 4:25 pm

Stay safe, Connie! It sounds awful. My colleague's brother lives in the Netherlands (he's married to a Dutch woman) and she was telling me that it was happening where they are too. Hopefully the novelty of trashing everywhere will wear off soon, and the poor business owners can get back to clearing up and repairing.

Jan 27, 2021, 1:57 am

That sound very distressing for you, Connie. As if the worries of Covid aren't enough for people to deal with.
We are very fortunate living in New Zealand, as it is life as normal, and people have been able to enjoy our summer holiday period. In fact one recent case has been a reminder to us all not to become complacent.
We watch with horror, on the television news, what is happening around the world and count our blessings. Stay safe everyone.

Editado: Jan 27, 2021, 4:40 am

Last night it was relatively quiet. Only in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Hilversum were minor riots that the police could handle quickly. There was one girl on a bus injured by bricks thrown at that bus. She had a head wound that got threated in hospital.
And there are all kinds of crowdfunding initiatives for shop owners that have damaged stores and goods. Groups of soccer hooligans have offered to secure hospitals (there were al least 2 hospitals attacked in the weekend). Who could have thought that from soccer hooligans. And people bring flowers and cake to the police and affected shop owners. So there is a kind of hope that good will beat evil.

Jan 27, 2021, 10:17 am

It is always scary how a bunch of nasty individuals can do so much damage, but it is nice to learn that there have been so many willing to help.

Jan 27, 2021, 5:33 pm

This violence is frightening and maddening, I'm so sorry that it's happening so near to you. Your reports of people cleaning up and donating and protecting make me teary with gratitude.

Jan 28, 2021, 1:01 pm

It's sad to read that you're frightened in your own neighborhood. I hope these crimes end quickly and you can go shopping.

Editado: Jan 29, 2021, 4:21 am

The riots have ended, at least last evening there were almost non. It might have helped that judges sentenced some men by speed-law and they got no community service but jailtime. That may have scared a lot of the youngsters to stay clam and follow all the measurements.

Another sad thing happened in my family. We had a phone call from the institute where Peets brother has lived for almost 3 years that he suddenly died yesterday evening. He suffocated when he choked on food and they could not reanimate him. We were shocked because he has just turned 67 years old. He has had some difficulty swallowing for a year or so. And he choked before but they were able to help him then. So we had a very strange and sad day and more to come I guess.

On the book thing

I finished Livaks waagstuk by Juliet E. McKenna and give the book

My review

Wonderfully uncomplicated fantasy. With battles, naval battles, magicians, elements magic and spells magic. And a group of heroes and a heroine, Livak. She is a gambler and also does not shy away from theft every now and then when she needs money. When she steals an inkwell from someone who tried to rape her years before, she's actually doing it more out of revenge. When the jar is sold somewhere in a back street, she is more or less reluctantly involved in a quest for certain magical objects. The kind of objects that give the owner very vivid dreams that he cannot forget and in which that object plays a role. If objects are exchanged with other owners who have the same experience, the dreams stop, when they have their own object back and the dreams start again.
A number of magicians believe these dreams can fill the gaps in historiography.
Livak joins this group to steal these items and then the adventures begin. People from another part of the world emerge who have different magical talents. And they have to fight those people in order to overcome. Very nice to read, perhaps also because of the light and humorous writing style. I enjoyed it very much.

Jan 28, 2021, 1:38 pm

I'm so sorry about Peet's brother. Thinking of you all.

Jan 28, 2021, 1:42 pm

>136 connie53: What sad news - I am sorry to hear of your grief. Our thoughts are with you.

Jan 28, 2021, 2:06 pm

>136 connie53: I'm so sorry for your loss, what a shock that must have been. I'm thinking of you all too.

Jan 28, 2021, 2:43 pm

>136 connie53: My condolences to you and Peet on the loss of his brother. How terrible for it to happen so suddenly, also. We are thinking of both of you.

Jan 28, 2021, 8:33 pm

I'm so sorry, Connie. Condolences to you and Peet.

Jan 29, 2021, 12:53 am

>136 connie53:
So sorry to hear the sad news about the death of your brother-in-law. My own brother died earlier this month and it's been a sad and strange time. Glad to hear your unrest and destruction seem to be over -- that sounded scary.

Jan 29, 2021, 1:13 am

>136 connie53:. My deepest sympathy to you and Peet and your family, at this sad time. It is so hard to adjust to a sudden unexpected death. He was far too young. Thinking of you. Are you able to hold / attend his funeral with covid restrictions?
I hope the civil unrest ceases to restore your sense of safety and quiet in these troubled times.

Jan 29, 2021, 4:20 am

Thanks all,

>143 HelenBaker: Yes, we can hold a funeral with a limited amount of people attending. Peet's sisters have contacted a funeral company that organizes those things.

>142 Nickelini: Joyce, I know exactly what you mean. It's very sad.

Jan 29, 2021, 6:54 am

I am so very sorry for your loss, Connie. My deepest sympathy for you and your family.

Jan 29, 2021, 7:26 am

Thank you, Birgit!

Jan 29, 2021, 12:42 pm

>136 connie53: Connie, I'm so sorry to hear about Peet's brother -- thinking of you.

Jan 29, 2021, 12:43 pm

Thank you, Natalie! It was a real shock.

Jan 30, 2021, 1:37 am

>3 connie53: Great pictures of the family. And glad to see you seem to be getting on well with your reading so far.

I am not in a book club, but have found myself going to a lot of Zoom meetings in the past year.

Happy reading!

Editado: Jan 31, 2021, 3:27 am

Editado: Fev 10, 2021, 1:28 pm

I'm now reading two books.

An e-book Het boek van vergeten woorden by Pip Williams FF-Challenge # 6

The blurb

In 1901, the word 'Bondmaid' was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it. Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the 'Scriptorium', a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme's place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word 'bondmaid' flutters to the floor. Esme rescues the slip and stashes it in an old wooden case that belongs to her friend, Lizzie, a young servant in the big house. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. They help her make sense of the world. Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women's experiences often go unrecorded. While she dedicates her life to the Oxford English Dictionary, secretly, she begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words. Set when the women's suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It's a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape the world and our experience of it.

And Een duister vermoeden by Elizabeth George ROOT # 4 - BFB # 3 - FF-Challenge # 7

The blurb

In this novel Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives. Deborah's investigation of the prime suspect, Bernard's prodigal son Nicholas, a recovering drug addict, leads her to Nicholas' wife, a woman with whom she feels a kinship, a woman as fiercely protective as she is beautiful. Lynley and Simon delve for information from the rest of the family, including the victim's bitter ex-wife and the man he left her for, and Bernard himself. As the investigation escalates, the Fairclough family's veneer cracks, with deception and self-delusion threatening to destroy everyone from the Fairclough patriarch to Tim, the troubled son Ian left behind.

Both books are also read for the 2021 challenge of my RL Bookclub
We have 21 categories and per category we have to read 10 books, max. 2 books per person per category.

The categories are

Big fat books
New to you authors
Beautiful covers
Not occidental
Object with Awareness
Festive days
Name of a City
Non-hetero love
FF on the cover
Highest rating on LT or GR
First name

Jan 31, 2021, 10:41 am

>151 connie53: I'm going to put The Dictionary of Lost Words on my wishlist, that sounds great!

Editado: Jan 31, 2021, 11:56 am

>151 connie53: Hi Connie! The Dictionary of Lost Words looks really interesting. I've added it to my wishlist.

Edited to add: Well, looks like it isn't being released here in the US until April, so it will be a while. But at least I've got it on my list.

Jan 31, 2021, 5:39 pm

>153 rosalita: Wow, that takes a long time to be relased!

Jan 31, 2021, 5:44 pm

>154 connie53: Yes, it's frustrating sometimes but I guess it's not like I don't have plenty of books already to read! Now that I'm keeping a spreadsheet of books I want to read that aren't currently available from my library, it's been easier to keep track of books like this with a long lead time until they are published here.

Fev 1, 2021, 4:05 am

>155 rosalita: Spreadsheets are awesome. I use them whenever I can. For books, for household spending and for LT groups.

Editado: Fev 5, 2021, 9:15 am

Finished Het boek van vergeten woorden by Pip Williams this book gets

My review

Everyone I spoke to was so enthusiastic about this book and then it also became book of the month for my RL book club so I started reading it. In the beginning I was like, 'Where is this going?'. But as I progressed the book got hold of me. We follow Esme Norell from a little girl of about 5 to the end of the First World War. And her story is a special one. She grows up without a mother, but with a loving and patient father who takes her early on to his work for the Oxford English Dictionary (the first version) and teaches her to read through the leaflets of words assessed for suitability in the scriptorium for inclusion in the dictionary. The sheets also include sentences that clarify the way in which a word is used. Esme is given some tasks to do and so she grows up while the parts of the encyclopedia also grow slowly.

But Esme realizes that some words don't end up in the dictionary at all. And she keeps those rejected leaflets and sentences in a briefcase under the bed of Lizzie, the maid of Mr. Murray, the editor-in-chief whose garden contains the scriptorium. Over the years she collects more and more leaves and she also looks for words she does not know. She goes to the market with Lizzie and talks to the people who man the stalls. In this way she gets many words that are typical for the common people, especially for women.
Meanwhile, her personal life continues as well. She goes to boarding school, which is like hell. She gets a friend and loses him. Then slowly an idea arises to do something with all those words used mainly by women. Although she does not physically participate in the fight for women's rights, she does want to contribute in a peaceful way. When the First World War comes, her world is turned upside down.
Nicely written with a lot of attention to the words. And definitely recommended

Editado: Fev 9, 2021, 12:52 pm

Started another book on my kobo The once and future witches by Alix E. Harrow

The Blurb

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 Eastwood sisters -- James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna -- join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and 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 will need to 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.

Editado: Fev 8, 2021, 7:53 am

Stats for 2021: January

TBR on 2021-01-02: 418 including 38 e-books = 380 tree-books
Total books/e-books read in 2021 so far: 6
Tree-books read in 2021: 6 including 3 ROOTS
e-books read in 2020: 3

Total tree-books into the house: 2
2 books bought
0 as presents

Fev 2, 2021, 6:16 pm

>157 connie53:, >158 connie53: Those covers are so similar! It's fascinating.

Fev 2, 2021, 8:30 pm

>157 connie53: Glad you enjoyed this book Connie. It is on my book group schedule for August i think, so my copy sits waiting.

Fev 2, 2021, 10:34 pm

Hi, Connie! *waves* The grands are gorgeous. If Fiene really getting that big or is that an optical illusion? :D

PS- I enjoyed How to Stop Time. I have Haig's other book The Midnight Library on my digital queue. I only have 900 titles on that. Oy.

Fev 3, 2021, 2:19 am

>160 detailmuse: I think it's a trend to have those kind of banners on the cover. But I think it's a pretty sight, MJ

>161 HelenBaker: Hi Helen, It was really beautiful and got me thinking about words a lot.

>162 enemyanniemae: *Waves back*. Yes, Fiene is getting that big! I enjoy talking to her because she has some great ideas and can make conclusions and combines the things she knows and hears.

Fev 3, 2021, 9:33 am

I had read something on The Dictionary of Lost Words and hoped it would be good so I'm glad to see you liked it. It's not available in the US or England until early April. Sometimes one of the used book sites will have some prepublication copies to sell and there are a few - at about 5 times the normal selling price. So, I can wait, it's not like I don't have anything to read in this house!

Fev 6, 2021, 3:29 am

>164 clue: It's definitely a book to watch for. Good luck with the search.

Editado: Fev 8, 2021, 7:06 am

Snow for Lonne

Not for Marie (on her walking bike) and Fiene (at home with mama)

Fev 8, 2021, 7:11 am

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