Anita (FAMeulstee) goes on where the books take her in 2023 (11)

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Anita (FAMeulstee) goes on where the books take her in 2023 (11)

Editado: Nov 25, 2023, 2:29 am

Welcome to my eleventh thread in 2023!

I am Anita Meulstee (60), married with Frank (61 62) since 1984.
We live in Lelystad, the Netherlands. We both love modern art, books and walking.

I have been hanging around in this group since July 2008.
I read (almost) everything, from childrens and YA books to more serious literature, mysteries, historical fiction, fantasy, and I try not to forget to throw some non-fiction into the mix.

Editado: Dez 1, 2023, 6:21 am

total books read in 2023: 257
29 own / 228 library

total pages read in 2023: 85,599

currently reading:

books read in November 2023: 22 books, 6,659 pages, 4 own / 18 library)
book 236: Verstand en gevoel (Sense and Sensibility) by Jane Austen, 414 pages, TIOLI #5 (msg 61)
book 237: De kop in het zand by Jan Guillou, 294 pages, TIOLI #5 (msg 62)
book 238: Verlaten (The lost man) by Jane Harper, 416 pages, TIOLI #5 (msg 63)
book 239: Het liefdeslied van Queenie (The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy) by Rachel Joyce, 366 pages, TIOLI #2 (msg 64)
book 240: Een lieve lust (The Summer of the Danes; Cadfael 18) by Ellis Peters, 237 pages, TIOLI #8 (msg 95)
book 241: Het rood en het zwart (The Red and the Black) by Stendhal, 563 pages, TIOLI #3 (msg 96)
book 242: Wij drieën: een familiekroniek (The three of us: a family story by Julia Blackburn, 367 pages, TIOLI #2 (msg 97)
book 243: Mijn wilde tuin (My Wild Garden) by Meir Shalev, 316 pages, TIOLI #1 (msg 129)
book 244: Lente (Spring) by Ali Smith, 304 pages, TIOLI #5 (msg 130)
book 245: Een vrouw (A Woman) by Sibilla Aleramo, 271 pages, TIOLI #12 (msg 131)
book 246: Het leven is vurrukkulluk by Remco Campert, 153 pages, TIOLI #12 (msg 132)
book 247: Normale mensen (Normal People) by Sally Rooney, 253 pages, TIOLI #16 (msg 185)
book 248: Bob Popcorn (Popcorn Bob) by Maranke Rinck, 156 pages, TIOLI #4 (msg 186)
book 249: Tot het ons loslaat by Rutger Kopland, 38 pages, TIOLI #15 (msg 187)
book 250: Inès en de vreugde by Almudena Grandes, 1040 pages, TIOLI #7 (msg 188)
book 251: Marigold en Rose (Marigold and Rose) by Louise Glück, 62 pages, TIOLI #15 (msg 197)
book 252: De Camino by Anya Niewierra, 382 pages, TIOLI #16 (msg 198)
book 253: Misjka by Edward van de Vendel and Anoush Elman, 148 pages (msg 199)
book 254: De andere naam : Septologie I-II (The Other Name: Septology I-II) by Jon Fosse, 357 pages, TIOLI #11 (msg 200)
book 255: 17 gedichten (17 Poems) by Tomas Tranströmer, 30 pages, TIOLI #11 (msg 204)
book 256: Paradijs (Paradise) by Abdulrazak Gurnah, 350 pages, TIOLI #11 (msg 213)
book 257: Het einde van de bijen by Caroline Lamarche, 142 pages, TIOLI #6 (msg 214)

Editado: Nov 30, 2023, 5:50 pm

November 2023 reading plans

TIOLI November 2023
#1: Read a book (F or NF) by an Israeli or Palestinian author
- Mijn wilde tuin (My Wild Garden) - Meir Shalev, 316 pages (e-library)
#2: Read a book where the title completes the phrase, "I am thankful for..."
- Het liefdeslied van Queenie (The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy) - Rachel Joyce, 366 pages (library)
- Wij drieën: een familiekroniek (The three of us: a family story) - Julia Blackburn, 367 pages (library)
#3: Read a book where a color is part of the title
- Het rood en het zwart (The Red and the Black) - Stendhal, 563 pages
#4: Read a book whose title includes some kind of food
- Bob Popcorn (Popcorn Bob) - Maranke Rinck, 156 pages (e-library)
#5: Read a book where the author's name consists of 11 or fewer letters
- De kop in het zand - Jan Guillou, 294 pages (library)
- Lente (Spring) - Ali Smith, 304 pages (library)
- Verlaten (The lost man) - Jane Harper, 416 pages (e-library)
- Verstand en gevoel (Sense and Sensibility) - Jane Austen, 414 pages (e-library)
#6: Read a book where the last word of the title is an animal or plant
- Het einde van de bijen - Caroline Lamarche, 142 pages (library)
#7: Read a book you've been eagerly awaiting
- Inés en de vreugde - Amundena Grandes, 1040 pages
#8: Read a book including a main character over the age of 50
- Een lieve lust (The Summer of the Danes; Cadfael 18) - Ellis Peters, 237 pages (library)
#9: Read a book with a female detective character
#10: In honor of Louisa May Alcott’s birthday, read one of her novels, a biography of her, a pastiche or homage to her
#11: Read a book written by a Nobel Prize winner
- 17 gedichten (17 Poems) - Tomas Tranströmer, 30 pages (library)
- De andere naam : Septologie I-II (The Other Name: Septology I-II) - Jon Fosse, 357 pages
- Paradijs (Paradise) - Abdulrazak Gurnah, 350 pages (library)
#12: Read a book to escape your current situation
- Het leven is vurrukkulluk - Remco Campert, 153 pages (library)
- Een vrouw (A Woman) - Sibilla Aleramo, 271 pages (e-library)
#13: Read a book which features birds, flying, or migration in the title or text
#14: Read a book you bought this year
#15: Read a work of 100 pages or less
- Marigold en Rose (Marigold and Rose) - Louise Glück, 62 pages (library)
- Tot het ons loslaat - Rutger Kopland, 38 pages
#16: Read a book that has either "yes" or "no" in the title
- De Camino - Anya Niewierra, 382 pages (e-library)
- Normale mensen (Normal People) - Sally Rooney, 253 pages (e-library)

Editado: Dez 2, 2023, 6:34 am

December 2023 reading plans

TIOLI Deember 2023
#1: Read a book with a word, phrase, clause, prefix or suffix of negation in its title
#2: Read a book you mean to get to earlier in 2023
- Praag fataal (The Prague fatale) - Philip Kerr, 376 pages (library)
#3: Read a sequel to a book you read earlier in the year. Please name the original book.
- Blauwe ster - Jan Guillou, 352 pages (library 20/12)
#4: Read a book that is a re-telling, remix or is based on a previous story or character
#5: Read a book with a connection to the number 3
- Het gouden boek (The Golden Notebook) - Doris Lessing, 591 pages
- De heilige dief (The Holy Thief; Cadfael 19) - Ellis Peters, 234 pages (library 20/12)
#6: Read a book connected to this season of the year
#7: Read a book that it's easy to dip in and out of
- Kramp (Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather) - Gao Xingjian, 126 pages (library)
- Specht en zoon (The portrait) - Willem-Jan Otten, 142 pages (library 20/12)
#8: Read a book that fits any of the "page 2" challenges for 2023
- Hotel Savoy (Hotel Savoy) - Joseph Roth, 158 pages (e-library 15/12)
- Jean-Christophe. Deel I - Romain Rolland, 628 pages (library 20/12)
- Open zee (Woman at Sea) - Catherine Poulain, 353 pages (e-library 9/12)
- Tonio : een requiemroman (Tonio: a requiem memoir) by A.F.TH. van der Heijden, 632 pages (e-library 5/12)
#9: Read a book with a musical instrument in the title or author's name
- De pianiste (The Piano Teacher) - Elfriede Jelinek, 296 pages
#10: Read a book with the word "tomorrow" or "future" in the title
#11: Read a book with at least three letters of "December" in the title
- Brieven in de nacht (Voices of the Lost) - Hoda Barakat, 176 pages (e-library 11/12)
- Weerwater - Renate Dorrestein, 301 pages (e-library 21/12)
#12: Read a book with some connection to 12
- Biljarten om half tien (Billiards at Half Past Nine) - Heinrich Böll, 297 pages
#13: Read a book with a variant of death in the title
- Dode zielen (Dead Souls; John Rebus 10) - Ian Rankin, 416 pages (e-library 18/12)

De filosoof, de hond en de bruiloft (The Philosopher, the Dog and the Wedding) - Barbara Stok, 295 pages (library)
Dagen van zand (Days of Sand) - Aimée De Jongh, 288 pages (library)

Editado: Nov 4, 2023, 4:29 am

books read in January 2023
book 1: De fundamenten by Ramsey Nasr
book 2: Bestaat er een raarder leven dan het mijne? Jef Last (1898-1972) by Rudi Wester
book 3: Levensgevaar (Rivierdelta 2) by Arttu Tuominen
book 4: Broers (Brothers) by Bernice Rubens
book 5: Mijn dertigjarige oorlog (No surrender: my thirty-year war) by Hiroo Onoda
book 6: Het schemeren van de wereld (The twilight world) by Werner Herzog
book 7: Eigen welzijn eerst by Roxane van Iperen
book 8: Wolven op het ruiterpad by Tijs Goldschmidt
book 9: Rotterdam: ode aan de inefficiëntie by Arjen van Veelen
book 10: Doctor Vlimmen by Mr. A. Roothaert
book 11: Vlimmen contra Vlimmen by Mr. A. Roothaert
book 12: Vlimmens tweede jeugd by Mr. A. Roothaert
book 13: Het weeshuis in de azuurblauwe zee (The house in the cerulean sea) by T.J. Klune
book 14: Job: roman over een eenvoudige man (Job: the story of a simple man) by Joseph Roth
book 15: Vogels van West- en Midden-Europa by Philip J.K. Burton
book 16: De raaf by Louis Beyens
book 17: Zwartboek (The black book; John Rebus 5) by Ian Rankin
book 18: Met lichte tred by Ton Lemaire
book 19: Onheilstijding (A dying fall; Ruth Galloway 5) by Elly Griffiths
book 20: Leven en lot (Life and fate) by Vasili Grossman
book 21: Vallende stenen (Konráð 4) by Arnaldur Indriðason
book 22: De opwindvogelkronieken (The wind-up bird chronicle) by Haruki Murakami
book 23: De uitverkorene (The elected member) by Bernice Rubens

books read in February 2023
book 24: De bijzondere woorden van Gioia by Enrico Galiano
book 25: Verweven leven (Entangled life) by Merlin Sheldrake
book 26: Transit (Transit) by Anna Seghers
book 27: Vissen hebben geen voeten (Fish have no feet) by Jón Kalman Stefánsson
book 28: Perenbomen bloeien wit by Gerbrand Bakker
book 29: De zaak van Münster (Münster's case; Van Veeteren 6) by Håkan Nesser
book 30: Verzen van nu by Garmt Stuiveling
book 31: Koning Lear (King Lear) by William Shakespeare
book 32: Pony (Pony) by R.J. Palacio
book 33: Verwilderd (Bewilderment) by Richard Powers
book 34: Karel en Elegast - Anonymus
book 35: De veensoldaten by Wolfgang Langhoff
book 36: Zwarte seconden (Black seconds; Konrad Sejer 6) by Karin Fossum
book 37: Het hart is een eenzame jager (The heart is a lonely hunter) by Carson McCullers
book 38: Toen ik dit zag by Rutger Kopland
book 39: Wilde rozen en andere verhalen by Konstantin Paustovski
book 40: De memoires van Norton, filosoof en hond (Norton's philosophical memoirs) by Håkan Nesser
book 41: De alchemist (The alchemist) by Paulo Coelho
book 42: Laatste zomernacht by Maarten 't Hart
book 43: Uit de bek van de walvis (From the mouth of the whale) by Sjón
book 44: Reisverslag van een kat (The travelling cat chronicles) by Hiro Arikawa
book 45: Madame le Commissaire en de verdwenen Engelsman (Isabelle Bonnet 1) by Pierre Martin
book 46: Het gele behang en andere verhalen by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
book 47: Dat weet je niet by Jens Christian Grøndahl
book 48: Wat bomen ons vertellen (Tree story) by Valerie Trouet
book 49: De val (The fell) by Sarah Moss
book 50: Zo begint het slechte (Thus bad begins) by Javier Marías
book 51: Eurotrash by Christian Kracht
book 52: Een jaar in scherven by Koos van Zomeren
book 53: Vang de haas (Catch the rabbit) by Lana Bastašić

books read in March 2023
book 54: Madame le Commissaire en de uitgestelde wraak (Isabelle Bonnet 2) by Pierre Martin
book 55: De werkplaats van de duivel (The devil's workshop) by Jáchym Topol
book 56: De ontdekking van de natuur by Hans Mulder
book 57: De niet verhoorde gebeden van Jacob de Zoet (The thousand autumns of Jacob de Zoet) by David Mitchell
book 58: Haas (The year of the hare) by Artro Paasilinna
book 59: Het boek van de doodgraver by Oliver Pötzsch
book 60: Jasper en zijn knecht by Gerbrand Bakker
book 61: Pelgrim zonder God by Herman Vuijsje
book 62: Niet alleen by Tim Voors
book 63: Vluchtig verlangen (Transient desires; Brunetti 30) by Donna Leon
book 64: De verliefden (The infatuations) by Javier Marías
book 65: Duitse les (The German lesson) by Siegfried Lenz
book 66: Hoe duur was de suiker? (The cost of sugar) by Cynthia Mc Leod
book 67: De foltering van Eldorado by Albert Helman
book 68: Het geluk van de wandelaar (The gentle art of tramping) by Stephen Graham
book 69: De rode ruiterij (Red cavalry) by Isaak Babel
book 70: Wereld & wandel van Michael K (Life & times of Michael K) by J.M. Coetzee
book 71: Het schot dat niemand raakte (The bullet that missed) by Richard Osman
book 72: Dwars door de Lage Landen by Arnout Hauben
book 73: Het plezier van wandelen (Walking: one step at a time) by Erling Kagge
book 74: Boud by Eva Rovers

Editado: Nov 4, 2023, 4:29 am

books read in April 2023
book 75: De geschiedenis van het pad (In praise of paths) by Torbjørn Ekelund
book 76: Onder buren by Juli Zeh
book 77: Joe Speedboot (Joe Speedboat) by Tommy Wieringa
book 78: Madame le Commissaire en de dood van de politiechef by Pierre Martin
book 79: Het hoofdkussenboek (The pillow book) by Sei Shōnagon
book 80: Het meisje met de luidende stem (The girl with the louding voice) by Abi Daré
book 81: De wandeling (The walk) by Robert Walser
book 82: Ademloos (Whiteout; Dark Iceland 4) by Ragnar Jónasson
book 83: Erfgoed (Heritage) by Miguel Bonnefoy
book 84: Slechts een diefstal (Stolen) by Ann-Helén Laestadius
book 85: Een heel leven voor je (The life before us) by Romain Gary
book 86: Pelgrim langs Tinker Creek (Pilgrim at Tinker Creek) by Annie Dillard
book 87: Titanic : de laatste beelden (Titanic: the last great images) by Robert Ballard
book 88: De winnaars (The winners) by Fredrik Backman
book 89: Ik weet waarom gekooide vogels zingen (I know why the caged bird sings) by Maya Angelou
book 90: De brug met drie bogen (The three-arched bridge) by Ismail Kadare
book 91: Historiën (Histories) by Publius Cornelius Tacitus
book 92: Vuurwerk (Mortal causes; John Rebus 6) by Ian Rankin
book 93: Erasmus : dwarsdenker by Sandra Langereis
book 94: Trage paarden (Slow horses) by Mick Herron
book 95: Lessen in chemie (Lessons in Chemistry) by Bonnie Garmus
book 96: Regeneration : De klimaatcrisis opgelost in één generatie (Regeneration: ending the climate crisis in one generation) by Paul Hawken

books read in May 2023
book 97: Madame le Commissaire en het mysterieuze schilderij by Pierre Martin
book 98: Knecht, alleen by Gerbrand Bakker
book 99: Het gelijk van Spinoza (Looking for Spinoza) by Antonio Damasio
book 100: De patiënten van dokter García by Almudena Grandes
book 101: Michael Kohlhaas (Michael Kohlhaas) by Heinrich von Kleist
book 102: Aristoteles en Dante duiken in de wateren van de wereld (Aristotle and Dante dive into the waters of the world) by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
book 103: De eigenwijze helden van Sassoen by Nairi Zaryan
book 104: Kalevala : het epos der Finnen (Kalevala) by Elias Lönnrot
book 105: Hemel en hel (Heaven and hell) by Jón Kalman Stefánsson
book 106: Herfst (Autumn) by Ali Smith
book 107: Anders : Gender door de ogen van een primatolooog (Different: gender through the eyes of a primatologist) by Frans de Waal
book 108: Zuidstraat by Denis Henriquez
book 109: Sinaasappels zijn niet de enige vruchten (Oranges are not the only fruit) by Jeanette Winterson
book 110: Gaandeweg by J.J. Voskuil
book 111: Zipper en zijn vader (Zipper and his father) by Joseph Roth
book 112: Landlijnen (Landlines) by Raynor Winn
book 113: Riskante relaties (Dangerous liasons) by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
book 114: Mekka, in de tweede helft van de negentiende eeuw (Mekka in the latter part of the 19th century: daily life, customs and learning) by Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje
book 115: Schol in de Noordzee by Roelke Posthumus en Adriaan Rijnsdorp
book 116: Ali en Nino (Ali and Nino) by Kurban Said
book 117: Het glazen hotel (The glass hotel) by Emily St. John Mandel
book 118: De woede van het vuur (The fury in the fire) by Henning Mankell
book 119: Jan Terlouw : jeugdboekenheld op het Binnenhof by Joep Boerboom
book 120: Bloedbroeders (Blood brothers) by Ernst Haffner
book 121: Mens of wolf? by An Rutgers van der Loeff-Basenau
book 122: Tsjik (Why we took the car) by Wolfgang Herrndorf
book 123: Het drijvende koninkrijk (The kingdom by the sea) by Paul Theroux

books read in June 2023
book 124: De moeder van Frankenstein by Almudena Grandes
book 125: De tovenaar (The magican) by Colm Tóibín
book 126: 't Manco (A void) by Georges Perec
book 127: Een algemene theorie van het vergeten (A general theory of oblivion) by José Eduardo Agualusa
book 128: Bier in de snookerclub (Beer in the snooker club) by Waguih Ghali
book 129: Ik mooi praten (Me talk pretty one day) by David Sedaris
book 130: Het korte maar wonderbare leven van Oscar Wao (The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao) by Junot Díaz
book 131: Schuilplaats voor andere tijden (Time shelter) by Georgi Gospodinov
book 132: Stoner (Stoner) by John Williams
book 133: Inktzwart hart (The ink black heart; Cormoran Strike 6) by Robert Galbraith
book 134: Monddood (Rivierdelta 3) by Arttu Tuominen
book 135: De diepst verborgen herinnering van de mens (The most secret memory of men) by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr
book 136: Lieg met mij (Lie with me) by Philippe Besson
book 137: Bruggenbouwers (De grote eeuw 1) by Jan Guillou
book 138: Het verdriet van de engelen (The sorrow of angels; Heaven and hell 2) by Jon Kalman Stefánsson
book 139: Kerewin (The bone people) by Keri Hulme
book 140: De belijdenis van de stilte by A. Roland Holst
book 141: 1q84 (1Q84) by Haruki Murakami
book 142: Driedaagse reis (Three day road) by Joseph Boyden
book 143: Laat maar bloeden (Let it bleed; John Rebus 7) by Ian Rankin

Editado: Nov 4, 2023, 4:30 am

books read in July 2023
book 144: Natuuramnesie by Marc Argeloo
book 145: Aan open zee (By the open sea) by August Strindberg
book 146: Het hart van de mens (The heart of man) by Jón Kalman Stefánsson
book 147: Niet te stoppen (On the come up) by Angie Thomas
book 148: Dandy uit het noorden (De grote eeuw 2) by Jan Gillou
book 149: Sneeuw, hond, voet (Snow, dog, foot) by Claudio Morandini
book 150: Ten oosten van Eden (East of Eden) by John Steinbeck
book 151: Het puttertje (The goldfinch) by Donna Tartt
book 152: Hoe je geliefde te herkennen by Tomas Lieske
book 153: Circusnachten (Nights at the circus) by Angela Carter
book 154: De stenen dagboeken (The stone diaries) by Carol Shields
book 155: Rabbit rent (Rabbit, run) by John Updike
book 156: De jongen die het paard van Attila stal (The boy who stole Attila's horse) by Iván Repila
book 157: Hoffman's honger (Hoffman's hunger) by Leon de Winter
book 158: Godverdomse dagen op een godverdomse bol by Dimitri Verhulst
book 159: De Cock en moord in reclame (De Cock 59) by A.C. Baantjer
book 160: De vrouw die terug moest (For the missing) by Lina Bengtsdotter
book 161: Wat doe ik hier (What am I doing here) by Bruce Chatwin
book 162: Ik = cartograaf by Jeroen Theunissen
book 163: Portret van een dame (The portrait of a lady) by Henry James
book 164: Aarde der mensen (This earth of mankind) by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
book 165: De hongerende weg (The famished road) by Ben Okri

books read in August 2023
book 166: Een geest in de keel (A ghost in the throat) by Doireann Ní Ghríofa
book 167: Eeuwige vriendschap (von Bodenstein en Kirchhoff 10) by Nele Neuhaus
book 168: De kartuize van Parma (The charterhouse of Parma) by Stendhal
book 169: Het geheime dagboek van Adrian Mole 13¾ jaar (The secret diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾) by Sue Townsend
book 170: Het eiland van de verdwenen bomen (The island of missing trees) by Elif Shafak
book 171: Winterthur by Alexander Nieuwenhuis
book 172: Melkboer (Milkman) by Anna Burns
book 173: Pleegkind (Foster) by Claire Keegan
book 174: De blauwe schuit by Yamamoto Shūgorō
book 175: De belofte (The promise) by Damon Galgut
book 176: De tuin van de avondnevel (The garden of evening mists) by Tan Twan Eng
book 177: Lentehonger by Sander Kollaard
book 178: Stechlin (The Stechlin) by Theodor Fontane
book 179: Weerzin (Martin Servaz 5) by Bernard Minier
book 180: De akte van mijn moeder (The acts of my mother or No live files remain) by András Forgách
book 181: Oud genoeg om dood te gaan (Natural causes) by Barbara Ehrenreich
book 182: Met moeder mee by Joyce Roodnat
book 183: Casino Royale (Casino Royale) by Ian Fleming
book 184: Het verdriet van België (The sorrow of Belgium) by Hugo Claus
book 185: Ogentroost by Yolanda Entius
book 186: Spion van nobel bloed (The honourable schoolboy) by John Le Carré
book 187: De vlammenwerpers (The flamethrowers) by Rachel Kushner
book 188: Een geslaagde grap (A perfect hoax) by Italo Svevo
book 189: Honderd jaar eenzaamheid (One hundred years of solitude) by Gabriel García Márquez
book 190: Het is te koud om te sterven by Christian Frascella

books read in September 2023
book 191: De beloning by Stine Jensen
book 192: In ongenade (Disgrace) by J.M. Coetzee
book 193: De horizon by Wiesław Myśliwski
book 194: Hamsters in je hersenen by Joachim Meyerhoff
book 195: Gerechtigheid (Black and Blue; John Rebus 8) by Ian Rankin
book 196: Langs de rivier (River) by Esther Kinsky
book 197: Half leven by Aya Sabi
book 198: Tussen rood en zwart by Jan Guillou
book 199: Kartonnen dozen by Tom Lanoye
book 200: Zijde (Silk) by Alessandro Baricco
book 201: Het verdwenen kind by Esther Vermeulen
book 202: De zeven broers (Seven Brothers) by Aleksis Kivi
book 203: Terug naar Oegstgeest (Back to Oegstgeest) by Jan Wolkers
book 204: Schittering by Margaret Mazzantini
book 205: Zomerboek (The Summer Book) by Tove Jansson
book 206: Wij zijn licht (We Are Light) by Gerda Blees
book 207: Winter (Winter) by Ali Smith
book 208: Corpus delicti (The Method) by Juli Zeh
book 209: Arsène Lupin, gentleman-inbreker (Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar) by Maurice Leblanc
book 210: Over het verlangen naar een sigaret by Rutger Kopland
book 211: De kikkerbruid by Alet Schouten
book 212: Een klein leven (The Road) by Vasili Grossman
book 213: Kleine dagen by Bernard Dewulf
book 214: De ogen van Osiris by Oliver Pötzsch
book 215: Kassa 19 (Checkout 19) by Claire-Louise Bennett

Editado: Nov 4, 2023, 4:30 am

books read in October 2023
book 216: De kleine blonde dood by Boudewijn Büch
book 217: Leven na leven (Life After Life) by Kate Atkinson
book 218: Door het lint (The Hanging Garden; John Rebus 9) by Ian Rankin
book 219: Ik moet je verraden (I Must Betray You) by Ruta Sepetys
book 220: Broeder ezel by Liesbeth Goedbloed
book 221: Het Mussolinikanaal (The Mussolini Canal) by Antonio Pennacchi
book 222: Het bezoek van de lijfarts (The Royal Physician's Visit) by Per Olov Enquist
book 223: Osebol (Osebol) by Marit Kapla
book 224: De stille kracht (The Hidden Force) by Louis Couperus
book 225: Skippy tussen de sterren (Skippy Dies) by Paul Murray
book 226: De zonderlinge avonturen van het geniale bommenmeisje (The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden) by Jonas Jonasson
book 227: Gevallen god (A God in Ruins) by Kate Atkinson
book 228: Tante Poldi en de Siciliaanse leeuwen (Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions) by Mario Giordano
book 229: De zon en de wereld by Arjen Duinker
book 230: De grote cirkel (Great Circle) by Maggie Shipstead
book 231: De dood is een zware klus (Death Is Hard Work) by Khaled Khalifah
book 232: Tussentijds by Peter Zantingh
book 233: Een vlecht van heilig gras (Braiding Sweetgrass) by Robin Wall Kimmerer
book 234: Kind van alle volken (Child of All Nations) by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
book 235: Roadtrip (Two Steps Onward) by Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist

Editado: Nov 4, 2023, 4:31 am

Reading plans in 2023
Reading books from the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list
Read some big tomes (1000+ pages)
Read books by Nobel Prize for Literature winners

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

Some big tomes I might read in 2023:
Ideeën (1-7) by Multatuli, 3846 pages
De razende Roeland (Orlando furioso) by Ludovico Ariosto, 1783 pages
De kracht van Atlantis (Atlas shrugged) by Ayn Rand, 1373 pages
✔ 1q84 (IQ84) - Haruki Murakami, 1296 pages
✔ Inktzwart hart (The ink black heart) - Robert Galbraith, 1190 pages
Vestdijk, een biografie - Wim Hazeu, 1051 pages

Some other books I want to read in 2023, as my library wishlist got out of control:
Het verhaal van een leven (The story of a life) - Aharon Appelfeld, 210 pages
Een ander land (Another country) - James Baldwin, 578 pages
De mandarijnen (The mandarins) - Simone de Beauvoir, 732 pages
Oorlogsgedruis (Undertones of war) - Edmund Blunden, 359 pages
Anatomie van een moment (The anatomy of a moment) - Javier Cercas, 539 pages
✔ Wat doe ik hier (What am I doing here?) - Bruce Chatwin, 337 pages
✔ Wereld en wandel van Michael K (Life and times of Michael K) - J.M. Coetzee, 222 pages
Jean-Paul Sartre : zijn biografie (Sartre: a life) - Annie Cohen-Solal, 610 pages
Het valse leven (Tree of life) - Maryse Condé, 398 pages
De tweeënveertigste breedtegraad (The 42nd parallel) - John Dos Passos, 445 pages
✔ Het bezoek van de lijfarts (The royal physician's visit) - Per Olov Enquist, 325 pages
De stille Amerikaan (The quiet American) - Graham Greene, 239 pages
✔ Duitse les (The German lesson) - Siegfried Lenz, 511 pages
✔ Kalevala (The kalevala) - Elias Lönnrot, 331 pages
De huid (The skin) - Curzio Malaparte, 413 pages
De verloofden (The betrothed) - Alessandro Manzoni, 651 pages
Sjostakovitsj : zijn leven, zijn werk, zijn tijd - Krzysztof Meyer, 576 pages
Een staat van vrijheid (In a free state) - V.S. Naipaul, 285 pages
Een beloofd land (A promised land) - Barack Obama, 896 pages
✔ De hongerende weg (The famished road) - Ben Okri, 492 pages
✔ Mekka, in de tweede helft van de negentiende eeuw (Mekka in the latter part of the 19th century) - Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje, 643 pages
✔ Aan open zee (By the open sea) - August Strindberg, 207 pages
Laatste ronde (Last orders) - Graham Swift, 289 pages
✔ Het drijvende koninkrijk (The kingdom by the sea) - Paul Theroux, 375 pages
De Moeras-Arabieren (The marsh Arabs) - Wilfred Thesiger, 287 pages
✔ Aarde der mensen (This earth of mankind) - Pramoedya Ananta Toer, 457 pages
✔ Rabbit rent (Rabbit run) - John Updike, 300 pages
Rembrandt - Theun de Vries, 303 pages
Wilt Tjaarda - Theun de Vries, 296 pages
Herinneringen van Hadrianus (Memoirs of Hadrian) - Marguerite Yourcenar, 346 pages
✔ Landlijnen (Landlines) - Raynor Winn, 351 pages

Editado: Nov 29, 2023, 12:25 pm

Trying to read an author from every country in the world

Afghanistan: Khaled Hosseini
Albania: Ismail Kadare
Algeria: Kamel Daoud
Angola: José Eduardo Agualusa
Argentina: Alberto Manguel
Armenia: Nairi Zaryan
Aruba: Denis Henriquez
Australia: John Marsden
Austria: Marlen Haushofer
Azerbaijan: Kurban Said
Belarus: Svetlana Alexievich
Belgium: Els Beerten
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Saša Stanišic
Brazil: Malba Tahan
Bulgaria: Elias Canetti
Cameroon: Ferdinand Oyono
Canada: Naomi Klein
Chile: Isabel Allende
China: Cao Xueqin
Colombia: Gabriel García Márquez
Croatia: Slobodan Šnajder
Curaçao: Frank Martinus Arion
Czechia: Pavel Kohout
Danmark: Tove Ditlevsen
Dominican Republic: Junot Díaz
Egypt: Nagieb Mahfoez
Finland: Väinö Linna
France: Annie Ernaux
Georgia: Nino Haratischwili
Germany: Uwe Johnson
Ghana: Yaa Gyasi
Greece: Yanis Varoufakis
Hungary: Miklós Bánffy
Iceland: Hallgrimur Helgason
India: Vikram Seth
Indonesia: Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Iran: Hushang Moradi Kermani
Iraq: Rodaan Al Galidi
Ireland: Paul Murray
Israel: David Grossman
Italy: Elena Ferrante
Japan: Junpei Gomikawa
Lithuania: Romain Gary
Malaysia: Tan Twan Eng
Mexico: Mariano Azuela
Morocco: Fayza Oum'Hamed
Netherlands: Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer
New Zealand: Margaret Mahy
Nigeria: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Norway: Marta Breen
Palestine: Sayed Kashua
Peru: Mario Vargas Llosa
Poland: Olga Tokarczuk
Portugal: António Lobo Antunes
Romania: Herta Müller
Russia: Konstantin Paustovski
Senegal: Mohamed Mbougar Sarr
Slovakia: Sándor Márai
South Africa: Trevor Noah
South Korea: An Na
Spain: Almudena Grandes
Suriname: Anton de Kom
Sweden: Henning Mankell
Switzerland: Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz
Syria: Khālid Khalīfah
Tanzania: Abdulrazak Gurnah
Tibet: Tenzin Gyatso
Trinidad and Tobago: V.S. Naipaul
Turkey: Orhan Pamuk
Ukraine: Isaac Babel
Venezuela: Miguel Bonnefoy
United Kingdom: Robert Macfarlane
United States: John Steinbeck
Vietnam: Viet Thanh Nguyen

visited 73 countries (32.4%)

Editado: Nov 4, 2023, 4:34 am


Totals since 2008:

Editado: Nov 4, 2023, 4:35 am

My reading in previous years
2008: 130 books -   35,152 pages   (96.0 ppd)
2009:   78 books -   21,470 pages   (58.8 ppd)
2010: 121 books -   38,209 pages (104.7 ppd)
2011:   84 books -   30,256 pages   (82.9 ppd)
2012:   53 books -   18,779 pages   (51.3 ppd)
2013:   13 books -     3,692 pages   (10.1 ppd)
2014:   17 books -     3,700 pages   (10.1 ppd)
2015:   29 books -   10,080 pages   (27.6 ppd)
2016: 253 books -   72,391 pages (197.8 ppd)
2017: 453 books - 110,222 pages (302.0 ppd)
2018: 534 books - 111,906 pages (306.6 ppd)
2019: 413 books - 110,873 pages (303.8 ppd)
2020: 226 books -   79,216 pages (216.4 ppd)
2021: 288 books -   94,339 pages (258.5 ppd)
2022: 323 books - 102,275 pages (280.2 ppd)

Previous threads in 2023
book 1 - 23: thread 1
book 24 - 53: thread 2
book 54 - 74: thread 3
book 75 - 96: thread 4
book 97 - 123: thread 5
book 124 - 143: thread 6
book 144 - 165: thread 7
book 166 - 190: thread 8
book 191 - 215: thread 9
book 216 - 235: thread 10

Monthly statistics
January: 23 books / 8,293 pages
February: 30 books / 7,531 pages
March: 21 books / 6,990 pages
April: 22 books / 7,384 pages
May: 27 books / 9,034 pages
June: 20 books / 8,968 pages
July: 22 books / 7,927 pages
August: 25 books / 8,306 pages
September: 25 books / 6,795 pages
October: 20 books / 7,712 pages

Editado: Nov 4, 2023, 4:35 am

Editado: Nov 23, 2023, 7:41 am

Series I read, a list to keep track

Alan Banks by Peter Robinson (re-read 4/20)
1 Stille blik; 2 Nachtlicht; 3 Tegenstroom; 4 Zondeval; 5 Schijnbeeld; 6 Woensdagkind; 7 Zwanenzang; 8 Innocent Graves (not translated); 9 Dead Right (not translated); 10 Verdronken verleden; 11 Kil als het graf; 12 Nasleep; 13 Onvoltooide zomer; 14 Vuurspel; 15 Drijfzand; 16 Hartzeer; 17 Duivelsgebroed; 18 Overmacht; 19 Uitschot; 20 Dwaalspoor; 21 Dankbare dood; 22 Slachthuisblues

Ari Thór Arason (Dark Iceland) by Ragnar Jónasson 4/4
1 Sneeuwblind; 2 Inktzwart; 3 Poolnacht; 4 Ademloos

Bernie Gunther by Philip Kerr 7/12
1 Een Berlijnse kwestie; 2 Het handwerk van de beul; 3 Een Duits requiem; 4 De een van de ander; 5 Een stille vlam; 6 Als de doden niet herrijzen; 7 Grijs verleden; 8 Praag fataal; 9 De man zonder adem; 10 De vrouw van Zagreb; 11 De schaduw van de stilte; 12 Pruisisch blauw; 13 Vergeven en vergeten; 14 Metropolis

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

De Cock by A.C. Baantjer 59/70

Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith 6/6
1 Koekoeksjong; 2 Zijderups; 3 Het slechte pad; 4 Witte dood; 5 Kwaad bloed; 6 Inktzwart hart; 7 Stromend graf

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

De grote eeuw by Jan Guillou 4/10
1 Bruggenbouwers; 2 Dandy uit het noorden; 3 Tussen rood en zwart; 4 De kop in het zand; 5 Blauwe Ster; 6 Echte Amerikaanse jeans; 7 1968; 8 Zij die dromen doden slapen nooit; 9 De tweede hoofdzonde; 10 Het einde van het verhaal

Guido Brunetti by Donna Leon 30/31
1 Dood van een maestro; 2 Dood in den vreemde; 3 De dood draagt rode schoenen; 4 Salto mortale; 5 Acqua alta; 6 Een stille dood; 7 Nobiltà; 8 Fatalità; 9 Vriendendienst; 10 Onrustig tij; 11 Bedrieglijke zaken; 12 De stille elite; 13 Verborgen bewijs; 14 Vertrouwelijke zaken; 15 Duister glas; 16 Kinderspel; 17 Droommeisje; 18 Gezichtsverlies; 19 Een kwestie van vertrouwen; 20 Dodelijke conclusies; 21 Beestachtige zaken; 22 Het onbekende kind; 23 Tussen de regels; 24 Ik aanbid je; 25 Eeuwige jeugd; 26 Wat niet verdwijnt; 27 Vergiffenis; 28 De troonopvolger; 29 Duister water; 30 Vluchtig verlangen; 31 Liefdadigheid; 32 So Shall You Reap (not translated)

Isabelle Bonnet by Pierre Martin 4/6
1 Madame le Commissaire en de verdwenen Engelsman; 2 Madame le Commissaire en de uitgestelde wraak; 3 Madame le Commissaire en de dood van de politiechef; 4 Madame le Commissaire en het mysterieuze schilderij; 5 Madame le Commissaire en de dode non; 6 Madame le Commissaire en de dode minnaar; 7 Madame le Commissaire und die Frau (not translated); 8 Madame le Commissaire und die panische Diva (not translated); 9 Madame le Commissaire und die Villa der Frauen (not translated)

John Rebus by Ian Rankin 9/23
1 Kat & muis; 2 Blindeman; 3 Hand & Tand; 4 Ontmaskering; 5 Zwartboek; 6 Vuurwerk; 7 Laat maar bloeden; 8 Gerechtigheid; 9 Door het lint; 10 Dode zielen; 11 In het duister; 12 Valstrik; 13 Lazarus; 14 Een kwestie van bloed; 15 De rechtelozen; 16 Gedenk de doden; 17 Laatste ronde; 18 Cold case; 19 Saints of the Shadow Bible (not translated); 20 Even Dogs in the Wild (not translated); 21 Rather Be the Devil (not translated); 22 Een web van leugens; 23 Een lied voor duistere tijden

Konráð by Arnaldur Indridason 4/4
1 Smeltend ijs; 2 Boven water; 3 Smeulend vuur; 4 Vallende stenen; 5 Razende storm

Konrad Sejer by Karin Fossum 6/14
1 Eva's oog; 2 Kijk niet achterom; 3 Wie de wolf vreest; 4 De duivel draagt het licht; 5 De Indiase bruid; 6 Zwarte seconden; 7 De moord op Harriet Krohn; 8 Een andere voorkeur; 9 Kwade wil; 10 De waarschuwer; 11 Veenbrand; 12 De fluisteraar; 13 De verduistering; 14 Zwanenzang

Martin Servaz by Bernard Minier 5/7
1 Een kille rilling; 2 Huivering; 3 Verduistering; 4 Schemering; 5 Weerzin; 6 Afdaling; 7 Afrekening

Oliver von Bodenstein & Pia Kirchhoff by Nele Neuhaus 10/10
1 Een onbeminde vrouw; 2 Moordvrienden; 3 Diepe wonden; 4 Sneeuwwitje moet sterven; 5 Wie wind zaait; 6 Boze wolf; 7 De levenden en de doden; 8 Het woud; 9 Moederdag; 10 Eeuwige vriendschap

De Rougons-Macquarts (The Rougon-Macquarts) by Émile Zola 4/20
1 Het fortuin der Rougons; 2 De buit; 3 De buik van Parijs; 4 De verovering van Plassans; 5 De misstap van pastoor Mouret; 6 Zijne excellentie Eugène Rougon; 7 De nekslag; 8 Liefde; 9 Nana; 10 In troebel water; 11 In het paradijs voor de vrouw; 12 Levensvreugde; 13 De mijn; 14 Het werk; 15 Het land; 16 De droom; 17 Het beest in de mens; 18 Het geld; 19 De ondergang; 20 Dokter Pascal

Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle 4/8
1 Een studie in rood; 2 De vallei der verschrikking; 3 De hond van de Baskervilles; 4 Het teken van de vier; 5 Het laatste probleem; 6 Het avontuur van de duivelsklauw; 7 Zijn laatste buiging; 8 De onbekende avonturen van Sherlock Holmes

De tandeloze tijd by A.F.Th. van der Heijden 1/11
0 De slag om de Blauwbrug; 1 Vallende ouders; 2 De gevarendriehoek; 2.1 Weerborstels; 3.1 Het hof van barmhartigheid; 3.2 Onder het plaveisel het moeras; 3.4 Doodverf; 4 Advocaat van de hanen; 5 De helleveeg; 6 Kwaadschiks; 8 Stemvorken

Van Veeteren by Håkan Nesser 6/11
1 Het grofmazige net; 2 Het vierde offer; 3 De terugkeer; 4 De vrouw met de moedervlek; 5 De commissaris en het zwijgen; 6 De zaak van Münster; 7 Carambole; 8 De dode op het strand; 9 De zwaluw, de kat, de roos en de dood; 10 Van Veeteren en de zaak-G; 11 De vereniging van linkshandigen

Editado: Nov 4, 2023, 4:38 am

Books acquired in 2023: 31

January (2)
Het gouden boek - Doris Lessing
Episoden uit het leven van Lulu - Almudena Grandes

February (4)
Job: roman over een eenvoudige man - Joseph Roth
Beton - Thomas Bernhard
Correctie - Thomas Bernhard
Watten - Thomas Bernhard

March (6)
Waar alles nog toegaat zoals het hoort - Jef van Gool
Vernietigen - Michel Houellebecq
De eerlijke vinder - Lize Spit (bookweek gift)
Boto Banja - Raoul de Jong (bookweek essay)
DealersDochter - Astrid Roemer
Brave new world : zestien schilders voor de eenentwintigste eeuw - Hans den Hartog Jager

April (4)
Spion van nobel bloed - John le Carré
Natuuramnesie - Marc Argeloo
Kroniek van Eldorado. I: Folteraars over en weer - Albert Helman
Kroniek van Eldorado. II: Gefolterden zonder verweer - Albert Helman

May (1)
Dagen in huis - Roelof ten Napel

June (1)
Wilde dood - marwin vos

August (2)
Melkboer - Anna Burns
Wraakengelen : 1500 jaar oorlog op de Balkan - Borislav Čičovački

October (11)
Drenthepad : Streekpad 6 by Jolanda Denekamp
De andere naam : Septologie I -II by Jon Fosse
Ik is een ander : Septologie III - V by Jon Fosse
Een nieuwe naam : Septologie VI - VII by Jon Fosse
De grote cirkel by Maggie Shipstead
Het ijzig hart by Almudena Grandes (e-book)
Inés en de vreugde by Almudena Grandes (e-book)
De drie bruiloften van Manolita by Almudena Grandes (e-book)
De patiënten van dokter García by Almudena Grandes (e-book)
De moeder van Frankenstein by Almudena Grandes (e-book)
Ravi en de laatste magie by Sanne Rooseboom (kinderboekenweekgeschenk 2023)

Nov 4, 2023, 4:25 am


Nov 4, 2023, 4:37 am

Happy New 🧵, Anita!

Nov 4, 2023, 4:40 am

>16 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Deborah!

Glad to see you as the first visitor of my brand new thread. Are you up late or up very early?

Nov 4, 2023, 5:38 am

Happy new thread, Anita!!

Nov 4, 2023, 5:51 am

Happy new thread!

Nov 4, 2023, 6:20 am

Happy new thread, dear Anita.

Have a lovely weekend.

Nov 4, 2023, 7:30 am

I lost you for a while there Anita, just caught up. Love your holiday photos, and the arboretum.

I hope your father continues to improve after covid.

Good to see you have a red breasted feathered friend visiting.

Nov 4, 2023, 7:30 am

>19 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you, Reba!

>20 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita!

Nov 4, 2023, 7:42 am

>21 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul, wishing you the same.

>22 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline, we had a lovely time again at the Pieterpad.
We were glad to get to the arboretum during our short visit to Rotterdam. I finally saw the new statue 'Moments Contained' in front of Central Station, sadly it was raining both times I was there, so no picture with me yet. Will have to do with the picture with Frank from July:

Thanks, my father is still improving, but way to slow to him. Still no patience at 93 :-)

I am always happy when the robin returns.

Nov 4, 2023, 7:56 am

>24 FAMeulstee: Great statue Anita.

Nov 4, 2023, 8:28 am

>25 Caroline_McElwee: Indeed, Caroline, I lke how it is standing on the pavement.
The artist is Thomas J. Price, there is also work by him in London.

Nov 4, 2023, 8:31 am

Happy Saturday, Anita. Happy New Thread. Glad to hear your Dad is improving.

Nov 4, 2023, 8:38 am

>27 msf59: Thank you, Mark.
My father had a bad case of Covid at the time my sister died. It took a long time to recover. Now, two months later, he is amost back where he was before that time.

Nov 4, 2023, 9:25 am

Happy New Thread!! and happy Saturday. Your stats are amazing.

Nov 4, 2023, 11:28 am

>29 Kristelh: Thank you, Kristel, and thanks!
And a happy Saturday to you.

Nov 4, 2023, 11:39 am

Hi Anita, and happy new thread!

From your last thread, I love the picture of the European Robin, glad your visitor is back. I also love the pic of the Grey Heron. We have Herons and Egrets here in Central NC, and it's always exciting to see them.

Excellent October stats, and very nice to have 3 4.5 star books.

>1 FAMeulstee: Yellow shirt and yellow headband, love it.

Nov 4, 2023, 11:52 am

>1 FAMeulstee: Great pictures Anita and Frank!

Nov 4, 2023, 1:37 pm

Happy new thread Anita!

Nov 4, 2023, 1:45 pm

>31 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen!

I am always happy when 'our' robin returns, such a cute little bird.
The Grey Heron was a very lucky shot. It was so near I could almost touch it. Big birds, like herons and egrets, are attractive, even more in flight.
The books keep treating me well, although my reading is slowing down a tiny bit. Next week drawing blood to check my thyroid levels, might be on the low side, affecting my reading.

LOL, so glad you noticed!

Nov 4, 2023, 1:45 pm

>32 mdoris: Thank you, Mary!

>33 quondame: Thank you, Susan!

Nov 4, 2023, 2:35 pm

New 🧵 orisons, Anita!

Nov 4, 2023, 3:25 pm

>36 richardderus: Thank you, Richard dear!

Nov 4, 2023, 5:10 pm

Happy new thread, Anita! I am also glad to hear that your father is doing better.

Nov 4, 2023, 5:59 pm

>38 atozgrl: Thank you, Irene.
I was rather worried about him for a while, and very relieved now.

Nov 4, 2023, 6:01 pm

Read, not yet reviewed:
#236: Verstand en gevoel (Sense and Sensibility) by Jane Austen

Reading now:
De kop in het zand by Jan Guillou
Verlaten (The lost man) by Jane Harper

Nov 4, 2023, 7:18 pm

Happy new thread, Anita.

Nov 4, 2023, 8:29 pm

Happy new thread, Anita!

Nov 5, 2023, 3:49 am

>41 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley.

>42 bell7: Thank you, Mary.

Nov 5, 2023, 4:07 am

I'm a dreadful night owl, Anita, I'm up very late, not early. Thanks for the info re my new thread number. Much appreciated!

Nov 5, 2023, 4:41 am

Happy new one Anita. Love the topper photos.

Nov 5, 2023, 5:04 am

>44 vancouverdeb: So am I, Deborah, usually I go to bed around 01:30. And tonight you had an hour extra, if I understood right from the worldclock site. Our clock went back last week.
You are very welcome!

Nov 5, 2023, 5:05 am

>45 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte.
The photo's are from our last Pieterpad walk.

Nov 5, 2023, 9:12 am

Happy new thread, Anita!
Animal visitors are always a pleasure, and we are also happy about every visit.
We live in the city, so they are not so numerous.
We have lots of blackbirds and sparrows (the latter had almost disappeared and are slowly becoming more common again).

Nov 5, 2023, 11:34 am

>48 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas!
We live near the edge of the city, with a large nature reserve near, so many birds around.
It is always a pleasure to see birds in the garden. There are nearly always blackbirds, sparrows, dunnocks, magpies, and occasional some tits, chaffinches, and wrens.

Nov 5, 2023, 8:18 pm

Happy new one, Anita!

Nov 6, 2023, 3:43 am

>50 drneutron: Thank you, Jim!

Nov 6, 2023, 12:36 pm

Happy New Thread!!

Nov 6, 2023, 12:47 pm

Glad your father is doing better. 93 is a nice long life especially when he's well enough to enjoy it.

Nov 6, 2023, 4:47 pm

Hi Anita my dear, Happy New Thread, hope all is well with you and Frank and we both send love and hugs my dear friend.

Nov 7, 2023, 3:10 pm

>52 hredwards: Thank you, Harold!

>53 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba, he is doing very good for his age, especially after having Covid in September.
He walks again almost every day, only skips his walk when it is raining all day. Lots of people visit him, family, former collegues, acquaintances, other residents. I am not worried he will get lonenly.

>54 johnsimpson: Thank you, John. All is well here, love and hugs back to you and Karen.

Nov 7, 2023, 3:28 pm

Happy new-ish thread, Anita! Hopefully I can keep up better with this one than I did the last one.

Nov 7, 2023, 5:14 pm

>56 alcottacre: Thank you, Stasia.
It is hard work to keep up with the threads ;-)

Nov 7, 2023, 5:18 pm

Read, not yet reviewed:
#236: Verstand en gevoel (Sense and Sensibility) by Jane Austen
#237: De kop in het zand by Jan Guillou
#238: Verlaten (The lost man) by Jane Harper
#239: Het liefdeslied van Queenie (The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy) by Rachel Joyce

Reading now:
Het rood en het zwart (The Red and the Black) by Stendhal
Een lieve lust (The Summer of the Danes) by Ellis Peters

Nov 7, 2023, 6:57 pm

I agree, Anita, it can be hard to keep up with threads. I'm glad that your dad is doing so well, and getting out to walk and enjoying friends. Very good news.

Nov 8, 2023, 2:08 am

>59 vancouverdeb: Thank you, Deborah, the threads can move very fast.
Of course my father is slowing down a bit, to his dismay, but that is to be expected at his age.

Nov 8, 2023, 2:18 am

book 236: Verstand en gevoel by Jane Austen
1001 books, library, translated, original title Sense and Sensibility, 414 pages
TIOLI Challenge #5: Read a book where the author's name consists of 11 or fewer letters

The long and bumpy road to marriage of the sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.
Not much more to say, I did enjoy the story, but liked Pride and Prejudice and Persuation better.

English and Dutch title are the same

Nov 8, 2023, 2:27 am

book 237: De kop in het zand by Jan Guillou
library, translated from Swedish, no English translation, 293 pages
TIOLI Challenge #5: Read a book where the author's name consists of 11 or fewer letters

De grote eeuw book 4
The brothers Lauritz, Oscar, and Sverre live through World War II in neutral Sweden.
With their main capital invested in Germany, the turn of the war makes their financial situation unsure.

English and Dutch title are the same

Editado: Nov 8, 2023, 2:51 am

book 238: Verlaten by Jane Harper
library, e-book, translated, original title The lost man, 416 pages
TIOLI Challenge #5: Read a book where the author's name consists of 11 or fewer letters

Two brothers, Nathan and Bub, meet in the outback, where the body of Cameron, the third brother, is found. Slowly we find out what has happened in the years before, and how Cameron ended up there.

A very well constructed mystery that I enjoyed.

Dutch title translated: Abandoned

Nov 8, 2023, 2:47 am

book 239: Het liefdeslied van Queenie by Rachel Joyce
library, translated, original title The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, 366 pages
TIOLI Challenge #2: Read a book where the title completes the phrase, "I am thankful for..."

The story of Queenie Hennessy, who spends her last days in a hospice. She is the woman where Harold Fry (from the previous book The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry) is walking to. Queenie tells the story of her life, how she met Harold, and why she left Kingsbridge 20 years ago.

Dutch title translated: The lovesong of Queenie

Nov 8, 2023, 7:56 am

Happy Wednesday, Anita. I hope you are having a good week. I plan on reading/rereading Austen next year. I have neglected that author.

Nov 8, 2023, 9:42 am

>65 msf59: Thank you, Mark, happy Wednesday.
I am just back from the docters office to draw blood for thyroid testing. I will get te results tomorrow.

Slowly working my way through Jane Austen's works, next will be Mansfield Park or Emma.

Nov 10, 2023, 5:44 pm

Read, not yet reviewed:
#240: Een lieve lust (The Summer of the Danes; Cadfael 18) by Ellis Peters
#241: Het rood en het zwart (The Red and the Black) by Stendhal

Reading now:
Wij drieën: een familiekroniek (The three of us: a family story by Julia Blackburn
Mijn wilde tuin (My Wild Garden) by Meir Shalev

Nov 12, 2023, 5:47 am

Happy not so new thread, Anita!

I can’t keep up with the threads, at all. My reading’s not fast enough.

I liked My wild Garden! I hope you’ll like it too.

Editado: Nov 12, 2023, 6:06 am

>68 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella.

No need to keep up, always glad to see a message from you, anytime.

Yes, reading My Wild Garden because I saw it on your thread last year.
I am not far in yet, but I do like it, and such lovely illustrations!
I read it on my laptop because of the illustrations, as they show in black and white on my Kobo e-reader.

Nov 12, 2023, 12:40 pm

>69 FAMeulstee: I’m glad I inspired you for once, instead of the other way round. Yes, the illustrations are lovely, but I liked the whole ‘vibe’ of the book.
It is a real disadvantage of the e-reader, and I think Kobo really does a bad job of displaying illustrations.

Nov 12, 2023, 2:33 pm

>70 EllaTim: My Kobo does black and white illustrations well. It is just old, nearly 8 years, and not able to show color. I have read nearly 1000 e-books on it, and only a few with illustrations, so I don't mind to use Adobe Digital Editions for a book with colored illustrations.

What model Kobo do you use? I have an Aura H2O, the battery isn't loading 100% anymore, but it still works well.

Nov 12, 2023, 4:38 pm

Thank you for visiting my thread, Anita! I hope you're well.

>71 FAMeulstee: I'm very fond of my Kobo Forma, although I do wish it did colour. I used to have a Kobo Glo, but the battery life got shorter and shorter, and now that I'm getting a little older I appreciate the larger screen of the Forma.

Nov 12, 2023, 7:04 pm

>72 Jackie_K: Thank you, Jackie, all is well here.

A larger screen is nice. I have been looking around what I would want if the battery of my Kobo Aura gets to short. Not sure yet, and I hope a new one won't be needed soon.

Nov 12, 2023, 7:23 pm

Mine is a Kobo Libra. I was using a Sony. I chose the Libra because it’s a similar size to that Sony. Meaning it’s very easy to read in bed. Lying on my side I can easily hold the Kobo in one hand.
But pictures and drawings are rendered too small. On the Sony I could choose to display them larger. The Kobo can’t do that, so I often can’t read tables with information or see details.

Nov 12, 2023, 9:38 pm

>66 FAMeulstee: So far behind here. Look at you -- book #241!! : ) Good luck with the blood testing.

Nov 12, 2023, 9:44 pm

Anita, Have you received results of your thyroid tests? I hope all is well. Much Love

Nov 13, 2023, 2:27 am

>74 EllaTim: Ah, I understand, the Kobo is the only e-reader I know, so I never had a feature to enlarge the pictures. Like I said, if needed I use the laptop.

>75 Berly: Happy to see you around, Kim!
Test results revealed I still take to much Thyrax, TSH was low and free T4 high. This came as a surprise as the dose was lowered in January, and with the previous test in April it looked better.
Lowered the dose again and testing again in two months.

>76 Whisper1: Thank you, Linda.
Se above in my answer to Kim. I hope next blood test gives better results.

Nov 13, 2023, 2:31 am

Today we celebrate our 39th anniversary!

Nov 13, 2023, 2:36 am

Happy anniversary Anita and Frank. That is a lovely picture of you both.
Hope the next test results have the result you are hoping for.

Nov 13, 2023, 5:06 am

Happy anniversary to you both!
We have our 39th next February and it feels like it was only recently...
All the best for you and your test results, Anita.

Nov 13, 2023, 5:33 am

>78 FAMeulstee: That is lovely, Anita!

Congratulations to you both.

Nov 13, 2023, 6:37 am

Happy Anniversary!

Nov 13, 2023, 6:47 am

>79 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte, we were so young back then!
I hope so, I don't feel very bad, so have to go on the test results.

>80 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas!
In some ways it feels recent, time does fly by.
Drawing blood again in early January, we will see.

Editado: Nov 13, 2023, 9:05 am

>81 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul!
Our very own fairytale: once upon a time, long long time ago. And lived happily ever after ;-)

>82 Kristelh: Thank you, Kristel!

Nov 13, 2023, 10:14 am

Happy Anniversary!!!

Nov 13, 2023, 11:59 am

Happy Anniversary to you both! Lovely photo!

Nov 13, 2023, 12:41 pm

>78 FAMeulstee: Happy Anniversary. What a great picture You both look so happy!

Nov 13, 2023, 1:12 pm

>78 FAMeulstee: Those smiles have lasted thirty-nine years...impressive!

Happy fortieth to come.


Nov 13, 2023, 1:57 pm

Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on a real accomplishment.

Nov 13, 2023, 5:43 pm

>85 hredwards: Thank you, Harold!

>86 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you, Reba, from both of us. It is my favorite photo of that day.

>87 mdoris: Thank you, Mary.
It was a very happy Tuesday in 1984.

Nov 13, 2023, 5:46 pm

>88 richardderus: At least the smiles lasted at the photo ;-)
Thank you, Richard dear!

>89 quondame: Thank you, Susan. We are stil glad to be together.

Nov 13, 2023, 6:36 pm

>63 FAMeulstee: My local library has a copy of that one! I will see if I can get hold of it and read it this month.

>64 FAMeulstee: I still have not read the first book. I really need to remedy that.

>78 FAMeulstee: Congratulations to both you and Frank!

Nov 14, 2023, 12:55 am

What a lovely picture of both of you, Anita and Frank! Congratulations on 39 happy years together!

Editado: Nov 14, 2023, 5:01 am

>92 alcottacre: Hope you can get The lost man, Stasia, it was a good read.
I just found out recently there was a second book. I read the first five years ago.
Thank you, from both of us.

>93 vancouverdeb: Thank you, Deborah, it is my favorite photo of that day.
Of course we have had our ups and downs, we are still happy to be together!

We had a lovely diner in a restaurant at the local marina. We often pass it on our daily walk, but never went there. Our new neighbors told us it had good food, so we tried, and were very happy with our meal.

Nov 14, 2023, 3:26 am

book 240: Een lieve lust by Ellis Peters
library, translated, original title The Summer of the Danes, 237 pages
TIOLI Challenge #8: Read a book including a main character over the age of 50

Brother Cadfael book 18
Brother Cadfael accompanies brother Mark on a mission to Wales. There is a murder, and eventually it is solved. Less a mystery, more an adventurous story, with invading Danes on the Welsh coast.

Dutch title translated: A sweet delight

Nov 14, 2023, 3:35 am

book 241: Het rood en het zwart by Stendhal
1001 books, own, translated from French, English translation The Red and the Black, 563 pages
TIOLI Challenge #3: Read a book where a color is part of the title

After the French Revolution and Napoleon, France went back being a kingdom, the years of the restauration. Nobility wanted back their privileges from before the Revolution, and ordinary people should know their place.
In this time Julien Sorel grows up, son of a carpenter, so no social status. He is a very bright boy, and tries to climb up socially. He seduces the wife of his local employer, and does the same with the daughter of his next employer in Paris. Eventually his downfall is unavoidable.

English and Dutch title are the same

Editado: Nov 14, 2023, 4:03 am

book 242: Wij drieën: een familiekroniek by Julia Blackburn
library, translated, original title The three of us: a family story, 367 pages
TIOLI Challenge #2: Read a book where the title completes the phrase, "I am thankful for..."

Memoir. Julia Blackburn grew up with her father, the poet Thomas Blackburn, and her mother, the painter Rosalie de Meric. Her father was an alcoholic, could be very violent, and also suffered from depressions. Her mother loved men, and after the divorce she rented rooms in the big house to men she seduced. At that time she started to see Julia as a rival to her love life. Julia did start an affain with one of her mothers lovers, and after his suicide they became enimies.
Julia writes this memoir after her mothers death. In her last months they reconceiled.

Her youth is described in a rather distant voice, which makes all drama in her dysfunctional family somewhat bearable to read.

English and Dutch title are the same

Nov 14, 2023, 5:53 am

A happy belated anniversary Anita! Sounds like you had a nice celebration.

Nov 14, 2023, 7:54 am

>98 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella. It is a special day to us, that we celebrate each year.

Nov 14, 2023, 8:13 am

Hi Anita my dear, a belated Happy 39th Wedding Anniversary to you and Frank, sending love and hugs.

Nov 14, 2023, 12:47 pm

Happy anniversary, Anita.

Nov 14, 2023, 7:02 pm

>78 FAMeulstee: - Such a beautiful photo, Anita! Congratulations!

Nov 15, 2023, 4:14 am

>100 johnsimpson: Thank you, John, we had a lovely day.
Hugs and love to you and Karen.

>101 BLBera: Thank you, Beth.

>102 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley, it is my favorite photo of that day.

Nov 15, 2023, 5:40 pm

>1 FAMeulstee: Happy new thread!

Nov 15, 2023, 6:36 pm

Happy Wednesday, Anita! Happy anniversary! I love the wedding photo.

Nov 15, 2023, 9:17 pm

>94 FAMeulstee: I was able to pick up The Lost Man from my local library today and am starting on it tonight. I hope I like it as much as you did!

Nov 16, 2023, 4:58 am

>104 ocgreg34: Thank you, Greg!

>105 msf59: Thank you, Mark!
So glad we still are together for so long. It is my favorite photo og that day.

>106 alcottacre: I love you like it, Stasia.
Makes one more shared TIOLI read this month :-)

Editado: Nov 18, 2023, 3:43 am

Read, not yet reviewed:
#243: Mijn wilde tuin (My Wild Garden) by Meir Shalev
#244: Lente (Spring) by Ali Smith

Reading now:
Een vrouw (A Woman) by Sibilla Aleramo
Het leven is vurrukkulluk by Remco Campert
Tot het ons loslaat by Rutger Kopland

Nov 16, 2023, 11:59 am

Thursday orisons, Anita! Hoping all goes well for you today.

Nov 16, 2023, 6:09 pm

>109 richardderus: Thank you, Richard dear, Friday just arrived here :-)
Thursday went well enough. My reading is a bit off after lowering the Thyrax dose a week ago. Walking goes easier, so my body seems happy with the change.

Happy Friday to you and *smooches*

Nov 17, 2023, 11:47 am

>78 FAMeulstee: Looks like I am late to the party. Belated happy anniversary wishes to you both!

Nov 17, 2023, 12:42 pm

>111 atozgrl: Thank you, Irene, from both of us.
Never mind you are late, it keeps the celebration going :-)

Nov 17, 2023, 1:07 pm

I'll add my congratulations for a long and happy marriage.

Nov 17, 2023, 1:33 pm

Hi Anita! I am very behind on wishing you a happy new thread. Happy anniversary as well -- I love that wedding photo :)

Nov 17, 2023, 3:31 pm

>78 FAMeulstee: What beautiful happy smiles Anita, belated Happy Anniversary.

Nov 17, 2023, 9:21 pm

I finished The Other Name today. I am glad I read it and would consider reading the rest of the Septology.

Nov 18, 2023, 3:40 am

>113 ffortsa: Thank you, Judy, we hope to add many more happy years.

>114 curioussquared: Thank you, Natalie, and thank you. It was a special day back then, and again each year after.

Nov 18, 2023, 3:43 am

>115 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you, Caroline.
On that day I never realised how incredible happy we both looked, only after we got the photo's.

>116 Kristelh: Thanks, Kristel, good to know you liked The Other Name. I hope to start it in the next week.

Nov 18, 2023, 3:45 am

Read, not yet reviewed:
#243: Mijn wilde tuin (My Wild Garden) by Meir Shalev
#244: Lente (Spring) by Ali Smith
#245: Een vrouw (A Woman) by Sibilla Aleramo
#246: Het leven is vurrukkulluk by Remco Campert

Reading now:
Tot het ons loslaat by Rutger Kopland
Normale mensen (Normal People) by Sally Rooney

Nov 18, 2023, 5:49 am

>78 FAMeulstee: HAppy anniversary! Wishing you many more years filled with laughter together.

Nov 18, 2023, 7:46 am

>120 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita!
I will share one more happy photo of that day, Frank and I with Youri, our black Belgian Shepherd.

Nov 18, 2023, 11:47 am

Nice photo, Anita.

Nov 18, 2023, 3:01 pm

>121 FAMeulstee: Ah, happiness indeed!

Nov 18, 2023, 6:26 pm

>122 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you, Reba.

>123 quondame: Indeed, Susan, so many good memories with my first dog!

Nov 18, 2023, 6:30 pm

>124 FAMeulstee: You are especially lucky that both the husband and the dog were keepers. Dogs have a much better track record than husbands in my observations.

Editado: Nov 18, 2023, 6:45 pm

>125 quondame: LOL! Yes, they both were keepers. Sadly dogs have a much shorter life.
As long as Youri was with us, I told Frank the dog had first rights ;-)

Nov 18, 2023, 11:05 pm

Happy belated anniversary. Love the photos!

Nov 19, 2023, 7:00 am

>127 banjo123: Thank you, Rhonda!
It was a very happy day in my life :-)

Nov 20, 2023, 3:51 am

book 243: Mijn wilde tuin by Meir Shalev
library, e-book, non-fiction, translated from Hebrew, English translation My Wild Garden, 316 pages
TIOLI Challenge #1: Read a book (F or NF) by an Israeli or Palestinian author

When the writer moved to the Jezreel Valley, near the Carmel Mountains, he got a large unattended garden with the place. He starts growing native plants there, and writes where he found them and the work they need to thrive in his garden.
You might think a wild garden isn't much work, well it is probably more work than a traditional garden, if you want variety. My mother had the same in my parents last house with a garden. She visited Israel in 1982, and I wonder if she ever met this writer and his garden.

English and Dutch title are the same

Nov 20, 2023, 4:04 am

book 244: Lente by Ali Smith
library, translated, Europese Literatuurprijs 2020, original title Spring, 304 pages
TIOLI Challenge #5: Read a book where the author's name consists of 11 or fewer letters

Hard to tell about this story, three parts, three people end up together in the end. Meanwhile we read about Brexit, refugees, and how refugees are treated, movies, literature, death and mourning.
An intense read, that left me a bit sad.

English and Dutch title are the same

Editado: Nov 20, 2023, 4:22 am

book 245: Een vrouw by Sibilla Aleramo
library, e-book, translated from Italian, English translation A Woman, 271 pages
TIOLI Challenge #12: Read a book to escape your current situation

A nameless girl grows up in Italy, at the end of the 19th century. She is smart, the oldest of four children, loves to learn. But in this time women don't count, only men do. So she is married to her rapist, at barely 16. Not a happy marriage... and only one son is born. She deeply loves her boy, but when she finally decides to get out of her abusive marriage, the law makes that her boy ends up with his father.

An early feminist novel, first published in 1906. A gripping account of a woman who tries to go her own way in a very male oriented society.

English and Dutch title are the same

Nov 20, 2023, 4:46 am

book 246: Het leven is vurrukkulluk by Remco Campert
library, Dutch, Dutch Canon, no translations, 153 pages
TIOLI Challenge #12: Read a book to escape your current situation

A warm, boring, and sunny Sunday, somewhere in the early 1960s. Mees, a young jazz pianist, and Boeli, a poet, wander through Amsterdam when they meet Panda, an irresistible 16 year old girl. We follow them, and many others they meet, through the day, that is filled with sex, alcohol and drugs.

Not sure why this ended up in the Dutch Canon. Probably because Dutch language teachers at the time had good memories of it. It was something when it was published!

Both annoying and sometimes funny is that some words are written phoneticly, like 'verrukkulluk' in the title for 'verrukkelijk'.

Dutch title translated: Life is delicious

Nov 20, 2023, 7:54 am

I love the look of the word 'vurrukkulluk' (I was going to say 'sound of' but I'm pretty sure I won't be pronouncing it right!)
I went to add >131 FAMeulstee: to my wishlist and found it already there. Too many books!
Hope you have a good week.

Nov 20, 2023, 12:28 pm

>133 charl08: You might come near the right pronunciation, Charlotte. I try to think how it would sound in English, and that is close ;-)
A Woman is rightful a feminist classic, I hope you get to it.

My week started fine, I hope you also have a good week.

Nov 20, 2023, 12:33 pm

>129 FAMeulstee: Adding that one to the BlackHole as the subject matter intrigues me.

>130 FAMeulstee: Dodging that BB as I have already read it.

>131 FAMeulstee: Adding that one to the BlackHole too.

Have a marvelous Monday, Anita! Thank you again for the recommendation of The Lost Man.

Nov 22, 2023, 3:36 am

>135 alcottacre: Happy Wednesday, Stasia!

Always glad to add to your immense TBR :-)

Nov 22, 2023, 6:45 pm

>132 FAMeulstee: I think I tried this for my reading list at school. But I didn’t finish it as I didn’t like it. I remember the alternative spelling, sign of the times.

Editado: Nov 23, 2023, 5:41 am

>137 EllaTim: Wise to abandon it, Ella.
A very early sign of the times. Most books with alternate spelling I know, are leftist writings from the 1970s. This one was published in 1961!

I am sad today, after the terrible outcome of our elections. Right wing pupulists won :'(
Usually I catch up with the threads on Thursday, not sure I will get around today. Going to hide in my current read Inés en de vreugde.

Nov 23, 2023, 5:51 am

>138 FAMeulstee: I was reading about that this morning Anita! After all the political turmoil here over the last few years you have my deepest sympathy.

Nov 23, 2023, 6:06 am

>138 FAMeulstee: Sorry to hear about this terrible outcome. Perhaps it won't last long.....

Nov 23, 2023, 7:38 am

>139 SandDune: Thank you, Rhian, I suppose it is big news in a lot of places.
It was bad all these years with Mark Rutte, and it is going to be worse in an other way.

>140 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita, that is the only hope I have left for now.

Nov 23, 2023, 7:45 am

Sweet Thursday, Anita. I hope you are having a good week. I have to get to Summer. I keep forgetting about that one. I really liked the first 3.

>121 FAMeulstee: Love the wedding photo!

Nov 23, 2023, 7:49 am

Just dropping in to commiserate on the horrible election results. What is wrong with the world?

I love your wedding photos! I hope there will be days to come when you and Frank will be so happy again!

Nov 23, 2023, 7:49 am

Hopelessly behind on threads but glad to wish you a belated happy anniversary! It's Thanksgiving here in the states and I am grateful for our connection in LibraryThing!

Nov 23, 2023, 9:24 am

>142 msf59: Thank you, Mark, happy Thursday.
We could read Summer together, if you like.

>143 Sakerfalcon: Thank you so much, Claire.
I don't know either, it looks like most are only interested in their own gain. All empathy and solidarity seems to have vanished...

Nov 23, 2023, 9:26 am

>144 witchyrichy: Thank you, Karen. I am very grateful we all found our way to LibraryThing!
Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving Day

Nov 23, 2023, 10:03 am

>138 FAMeulstee: Commiserations with you on your national shame. We might be following you back down into that rank pit. I hate this timeline.

You, OTOH, I love. *smooch*

Nov 23, 2023, 10:11 am

>147 richardderus: Thank you so much, Richard dear.
Sadly many of my fellow citizens think otherwise. Frank calls what we feel right now a mental hangover.
I do hope your country will be spared in the next turn.

Similair feelings, love you too! *smooch*

Nov 23, 2023, 4:06 pm

Hi Anita my dear, sorry to hear about the election result, it is not good for the Dutch people and will give the other right-wing leaders in the rest of Europe some hope which is not what is needed.

Nov 23, 2023, 5:21 pm

I too am sorry to hear about the election result, and I also wonder what is wrong with the world these days. Maybe it won't be too bad? We can only hope.

Nov 23, 2023, 5:37 pm

>149 johnsimpson: Thank you, John, we hoped for a better outcome.
Now we have to see what the negotiations between the parties will bring. Wilders did win but only has 37 of 150 seats. At least 3 parties are needed for a majority in parliament, so it will probably take a while.

Nov 23, 2023, 5:41 pm

>150 atozgrl: Thank you, Irene, it was a sad day for us.
The winning populist party can't govern on its own, 15 parties have one or more seats in parliament. But it looks most likely we will get a right wing coalition in government in the next four years.

Nov 23, 2023, 6:24 pm

>138 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! A shocking result. I’ve been reading twitter, trying to get some understanding. Hard. There’s just one good thing, the VVD lost some chairs, finally. After how many years of bad politics. Anyway, nothing useful to say about it.

Nov 23, 2023, 6:30 pm

Sorry, Anita! Geert Wilding! Ugh! I recall when our right wing party ( but not the far right, just the right ) , the Conservative Party won. I had to cry on the couch for a day while I took it in. It is shocking.

Nov 24, 2023, 3:42 am

>153 EllaTim: It is, Ella, very shocking. And so many youngsters voting far right!
I am afraid the loss of the VVD is mainly because of their new leader. A woman of Turkish descent is too much for some of their regular voters.

>154 vancouverdeb: Thank you, Deborah, it is really hard to take.
It will probably take a few days to sink in. And then it will take a while before we have a new government, first the parties have to negotiate, and at least three parties are needed to get a majority in parliament.

Nov 24, 2023, 5:38 am

Read, not yet reviewed:
#247: Normale mensen (Normal People) by Sally Rooney
#248: Bob Popcorn (Popcorn Bob) by Maranke Rinck
#249: Tot het ons loslaat by Rutger Kopland
#250: Inès en de vreugde by Almudena Grandes
#251: Marigold en Rose (Marigold and Rose) by Louise Glück

Reading now:
De Camino by Anya Niewierra
De andere naam : Septologie I-II (The Other Name: Septology I-II) by Jon Fosse

Nov 24, 2023, 7:04 am

I was reading about your political news yesterday in the queue for the coffee at work. I got so distracted the guy had to call to me to get my order. Grim stuff, sending sympathy.

I have my fingers crossed for a turn to something different at our next election, but feel like I've been here before. (I've typed and then deleted a long rant here about our latest govenrment budget announcement. So depressing. Sigh.)

Nov 24, 2023, 5:22 pm

>138 FAMeulstee: Quite a shock that!! I don't know what is happening to the world these days. It isn't enough for us to be having a crazy time even the nice stable NL is getting into the act :(

Nov 25, 2023, 2:37 am

>157 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte, we had better hopes. Surveys before the election said he would win, but not this much.
You are always welcome to rant here! And I do hope your next elections turn out better.

>158 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you, Reba, it was really shocking!
A lot has changed here since you left. There isn't much left of the country you used to know :-(

Nov 25, 2023, 2:50 am

Happy birthday my love!

Frank turned 62 today.

Nov 25, 2023, 3:38 am

Happy Birthday, Frank, I wish you a wonderful day!

Nov 25, 2023, 3:54 am

Happy Birthday, Frank ! Wishing you a wonderful day and year ahead! 🎂🎉

Nov 25, 2023, 4:30 am

>161 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas.
We go for a nice and quiet day, with take out for diner.

>162 vancouverdeb: Thank you, Deborah, our plan for today are above. And I hope for a good year too.
Can't believe his (our) age now, time really flies. And it means I'll be a year older in ten weeks...

For his birthday Frank got a pair of really nice waterproof walking shoes earlier this week. He walked right away on them, and was very pleased :-)

Nov 25, 2023, 7:43 am

Happy Birthday Frank.

Nov 25, 2023, 8:20 am

>164 Kristelh: Thank you, Kristel!

Yesterday I started The Other Name: Septology I-II. It is a rather dense read, because the lack of punctuation.

Nov 25, 2023, 8:32 am

>165 FAMeulstee: I had an audio book which made it possible to not know about the lack of punctuation. I would not have read it as fast as I did in book form. The reader did a very good job with the book.

Nov 25, 2023, 8:55 am

>166 Kristelh: Can imagine it would be easier as audio book. I expect to get through my paper copy before the end of the month.

Nov 25, 2023, 10:08 am

>160 FAMeulstee: Gelukkige verjaardag, Frank!

Nov 25, 2023, 12:33 pm

Happy Birthday Frank.

Nov 25, 2023, 12:38 pm

>168 richardderus: Dank je, beste Richard!

>169 johnsimpson: Thank you, John.

Nov 25, 2023, 1:38 pm

Happy birthday to Frank!

Nov 25, 2023, 3:09 pm

>160 FAMeulstee: Happy Birthday, Frank!!

Have a wonderful weekend, Anita!

Nov 25, 2023, 11:07 pm

>160 FAMeulstee: Happy birthday to Frank!

Nov 26, 2023, 12:38 am

I hope Frank had a lovely birthday and you and he enjoyed your celebrations.

Nov 26, 2023, 4:50 am

>171 CDVicarage: Thank you, Kerry!

>172 alcottacre: Thank you, Stasia!
We will, Frank didn't have to work on his birthday, so his two nights start this evening.

Nov 26, 2023, 4:52 am

>173 atozgrl: Thank you, Irene!

>174 quondame: Thank you, Susan.
Low in celebrations, one telephone call from my father, a birthday card from my niece and her family, and take out for diner. Frank had Chinese and I had sushi, both were excellent.

Nov 26, 2023, 10:37 am

>176 FAMeulstee: Sushi is on of our favourite dishes - and chinese is yummy too.
I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Editado: Nov 27, 2023, 7:33 am

>177 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas.
I love sushi, Frank doesn't, so he goes to the sushi bar for me, and to the Chinese for himself. Other times I join him with the Chinese food. Perfect arrangement for us both :-)

Nov 27, 2023, 11:59 am

Hi Anita!

>63 FAMeulstee: I just read alcottacre’s comments about The Lost Man. All three of us have liked it and given it 4 stars. I read it in May of 2019.

>77 FAMeulstee: It’s ongoing with your thyroid, isn’t it? Up and adjust dosage, down and adjust dosage. I hope you’re not feeling effects too much.

>78 FAMeulstee: Congratulations! You both look so happy, and 39 years is wonderful.

>83 FAMeulstee: I don't feel very bad, Good news. But of course you must go by the test results so you don’t get into trouble down the road.

>121 FAMeulstee: Another photo, also quite wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

>138 FAMeulstee: You mentioned it on Richard’s or my thread, and now I see it here, of course. It is terrible for your country, such a horrible step backwards. It also is symptomatic of too much going on in the world, not least here in the US.

>160 FAMeulstee: Belated happy birthday to Frank. Not so much hair on top, but the beard is epic.

Nov 27, 2023, 4:53 pm

Happy Birthday to frank!!

Nov 27, 2023, 7:55 pm

Happy belated birthday to Frank! Watertight shoes, very useful present at the moment.

I read Het leven is Vurrukkulluk. Found it in my bookcase, and realized I hadn’t read it. Must have been mistaken with some other book. Now I know what it is about, and can clear it from my shelves.

Nov 27, 2023, 9:11 pm

>160 FAMeulstee: Happy belated birthday to Frank!

Nov 28, 2023, 3:06 am

>179 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen, for the anniversary and birthday wishes. We enjoyed both days.
Frank still has hair on his head. It is less that in his younger days, and it is completely grey/white now. He keeps it very short. That way the beard stands out even more :-)

I don't feel very bad with the lowered thyroid medicines, but my brain is slowing down. Reading is a bit slower, and I put off writing reviews. Eight books read that are not reviewed yet, I hope to get to some reviews today. On the other hand my physical endurance is progressing. For some months now I needed a lot of breaks when walking, after 4 km or 45 minutes I needed to sit down and recuperate. That is slowly progressing, in the last two days I walked a little over 5 km without needing a break.

The election results were devastating, I don't understand why people vote for this. It will take some time before we have a new government, as at least 3 parties have to work together. So they have to negotiate about their plans for the next four years.

Nov 28, 2023, 3:09 am

>180 hredwards: Thank you, Harold!

>181 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella. Frank is very happy with his new shoes, he could test them well in the last days.
No need to keep Het leven is vurrukkulluk :-)

>182 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita!

Nov 28, 2023, 3:30 am

book 247: Normale mensen by Sally Rooney
library, e-book, translated , original title Normal People, 253 pages
TIOLI Challenge #16: Read a book that has either "yes" or "no" in the title

Marianne and Connell grow up in a small Irish town. Connnell is populair at school, and Marianne is the odd, and disliked outcast. They only meet irregular when Connell picks up his mother at Mariannes place, as his mother works there. When they go to university in Dublin, they switch places, Marianne is the popular girl and Connell the outcast.
They do have a sexual relationship, off and on, since highschool. They might be able to save eachother, but life and others stand in the way.

I saw the TV adaption before reading the book, both were very good.

English and Dutch title are the same

Nov 28, 2023, 3:40 am

book 248: Bob Popcorn by Maranke Rinck
library, e-book, children's, Dutch, English translation Popcorn Bob, 156 pages
TIOLI Challenge #4: Read a book whose title includes some kind of food

When there is a campaign on Ellis' school to promote healthy food, popcorn is on the banned food list. Ellis LOVES popcorn, and isn't planning to give it up. When she secretly makes some popcorn one kernel refuses to pop, and grows into a little popcorn man, called Bob. Ellis tries to hide Bob, but that isn't easy, because Bob has his own ideas.

Sometimes funny, but no geat read. I read it because it is on last years list of most liked children's, juvenile and YA books (De Grote Vriendelijke 100). There are sequels.

English and Dutch title are the same

Nov 28, 2023, 4:24 am

book 249: Tot het ons loslaat by Rutger Kopland
own, poetry, Dutch, no translations, 38 pages
TIOLI Challenge #15: Read a work of 100 pages or less

Again a lovely poetry collection by Rutger Kopland, I am always glad to read his poems. This book was awarded with the VSB Poëzieprijs (the main Dutch poetry prize) in 1998.

Title translated: Until it let us go

Nov 28, 2023, 4:44 am

book 250: Inés en de vreugde by Almudena Grandes
own, e-book, translated from Spanish, no English translation, 1040 pages
TIOLI Challenge #7: Read a book you've been eagerly awaiting

Last year I discovered the books Almundena Grandes. I stumbled upon The Frozen Heart for a TIOLI Challenge, and have been looking for her other books since. Grandes had planned to write 6 books for her magnum opus Episodes in an interminable war, but sadly only 5 were published, as she died before finishing the last one.

Strangely the first book of this (loosely connected) series was the last to be translated into Dutch. I already had read the other 4, so I was eager to finally read it.

Besides the story of Inés, a girl from a falangist family, who chooses to fight on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War, it is the story of Spanish communists in exile, who fight along the Resistance in France during WWII. In 1944 they try to force the allies into freeing Spain, by invading a small Spainish valley in the Pyrenees.
I recognised some characters from the later books.

Title translated: Inés and the joy

Nov 28, 2023, 6:55 am

Happy belated birthday to Frank!

Nov 28, 2023, 11:28 am

Happy birthday to Frank from me too!

Nov 28, 2023, 2:36 pm

>189 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley!

>190 Sakerfalcon: Thank you, Claire!

Nov 28, 2023, 2:41 pm

>138 FAMeulstee: Understandable Anita.

>160 FAMeulstee: Belated happy birthday to Frank.

Nov 28, 2023, 6:34 pm

>191 FAMeulstee: Thank you, and again, Caroline.
I still can't understand why so many voted for a racist climate denier.

Editado: Nov 28, 2023, 6:49 pm

Happy Belated Birthday to Frank! I hope he had a good day. Let's do a shared read of Summer early next year!

Boo to the racist climate denier. We do not need any more of those.

Nov 29, 2023, 2:07 am

>188 FAMeulstee: I've added this series to my list.

Happy birthday to Frank. Hope you are both staying warm. It's bitter here.

Nov 29, 2023, 3:42 am

>194 msf59: Thank you, Mark! We did have a good day on Frank's birthday.
Okay, I will remind you in January, I am looking forward to read Summer.
Sadly they are popping up everywhere :'(

>195 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte.
Not bitter cold her yet, not warm either. The temperatures stay above freezing for now. In the north there was some snow, but we stayed clear of that.
As far as I know the books of Episodes in an interminable war haven't been translated into English yet.

Nov 29, 2023, 3:51 am

book 251: Marigold en Rose by Louise Glück
library, translated, Nobel Prize, original title Marigold and Rose, 62 pages
TIOLI Challenge #15: Read a work of 100 pages or less

I finally found a book by Louise Glück at the library.
The first year in the life of the twins Marigold and Rose. Marigold is an introvert, and Rose more outgoing, so they see the world in a different way.

English and Dutch title are the same

Nov 29, 2023, 4:04 am

book 252: De Camino by Anya Niewierra
library, e-book, Dutch, NS Publieksprijs 2023, no translations, 382 pages
TIOLI Challenge #16: Read a book that has either "yes" or "no" in the title

Lotte was married for over 20 years to Emil, a refugee from Bosnia. The year before Emil went to walk a part of the Camino de Santiago, and committed suicide. Lotte still has no answers, as it came totally unexpected. Now she has decided to walk the same route, exactly one year later. On her way she slowly finds out she didn't know her husband at all. And she might be a target now...

A thriller, with a lot of history of the war in Yugoslavia. Engaging read.

Title translated: The Camino

Nov 29, 2023, 4:13 am

book 253: Misjka by Edward van de Vendel and Anoush Elman
library, e-book, children's, Dutch, Gouden Griffel 2023, no translations, 148 pages

A family from Afghanistan is finally allowed to stay. After years in asylum centers, they have now a house that they don't have to share. They also want a pet, and Roya, the youngest, wants a rabbit. She gets a small, white rabbit and calls him Misjka. The whole family adores Misjka.

A sweet story, how a pet can help to overcome trauma.

Title translated: Misjka

Nov 29, 2023, 4:48 am

book 254: De andere naam : Septologie I-II by Jon Fosse
own, translated from Norwegian, Nobel Prize, English translation The Other Name: Septology I-II, 357 pages
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a book written by a Nobel Prize winner

Right after the anouncement of this years Nobel Prize winner, we bought his Septology series.
In the first two Septology books we meet Asle, a painter, who lost his wife, Ales, 12 years ago. Once a year there is an exhibition of his works in town, and he can live from the revenues.
He lives in a remote place, where his only human contact is with his neighbor, Åsleik, who helps him where needed. In exchange Asle takes some groceries for his neighbor, when he goes to town once a month.
In town lives an other Asle, also a painter, not very succesful, and an alcoholic. The first Asle went to town, thinking he should visit the other Asle, but forgets to do so. Back home he remembers, and goes back, to find the second Asle in a bad shape.

A strange read, written without punctuation, which makes it a difficult read at first. Once I was used to it, it went a bit better. Alse thinks about life, the past, religion, God, his paintings, and much more. It isn't clear if the other Asle is a double, or a possible other life. Other characters also appear in double. The neighbor Åsleik seems the only main character being one person. Not sure yet what to think of the book, although it is still in my mind.

English and Dutch title are the same

Nov 29, 2023, 4:49 am

Read, not yet reviewed:
#255: 17 gedichten (17 Poems) by Tomas Tranströmer

Reading now:
Paradijs (Paradise) by Abdulrazak Gurnah
Het einde van de bijen by Caroline Lamarche

Nov 29, 2023, 4:51 am

Perfect, waterproof hiking boot that fit right away!

Nov 29, 2023, 4:53 am

>202 vancouverdeb: Indeed, Deborah, Frank was very happy with his birthday present!

Editado: Nov 29, 2023, 6:06 am

book 255: 17 gedichten by Tomas Tranströmer
1001 books, library, translated from Swedish, Nobel Prize, English translation 17 Poems, 30 pages
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a book written by a Nobel Prize winner

Actually 15 poems, but one has three parts. Translated by J. Bernlef and illustrated by Herma Deenen.
Poems about nature, the sea, people, religion, and isolation. Not sure what to think of it, only two poems spoke somewhat to me. I liked the illustrations.

Well, a next Nobel Prize winner can be removed from my list.

English and Dutch title are the same

Nov 29, 2023, 10:28 am

You and I are in heavy review-posting mode, Anita. I've got five to do today, but am taking a break before I do the last two. Tomorrow I'm cutting back to two so I can do it more easily on my hands, and my brain!


Nov 29, 2023, 12:04 pm

>183 FAMeulstee: Glad you are feeling a bit better, Anita. Thyroid doses are always tricky to get the right balance.

>188 FAMeulstee: A definite BB for me.

Editado: Nov 29, 2023, 3:27 pm

>205 richardderus: Haven't looked at your thread yet, Richard dear, now I will be prepared when I visit.
Four yesterday and four today, and one extra today, so the book could be returned to the library.
It is a rare occasion that I am complete up to date with my reviews!
So I finished a next one this evening, one more book to finish this month.

>206 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita, it has always been up and down with the thyroid.
I fear down more, as the phobia's tend to come back with low thyroid. I think I just had bad luck this time with a batch that was on the high side. The manufacturer is allowed to be 10% off, so the real dosage can be between 90% and 110%.
This book by Almudena Grandes isn't available in English translation (yet), so far it is available in Spanish, Italian, French, German and Dutch.

Nov 30, 2023, 7:15 am

Yesterday I finished Paradijs (Paradise) by Abdulrazak Gurnah, and only 24 pages to go in Het einde van de bijen by Caroline Lamarche.

Now off to for our monthly visit to my father. He fell again last week, this time during his walk. It took a while before someone came by to help him to get up. No injuries, but of course we worry. He seems to get over it faster than we do.

Editado: Nov 30, 2023, 12:35 pm

>200 FAMeulstee: Saw your review of Fosse. A good description. Hard to know what one is to make of it. Is it two different paths that could have been taken?

Sorry to hear about your dad’s fall. I know you’ve probably said, but what is your father’s age. Falls are scary things for older people. I try very hard to be careful but it only takes a lapse and down you go.

Nov 30, 2023, 4:59 pm

>209 Kristelh: Thank you, Kristel.
It is all possible, a double, a different path, an earlier part of his life, and probably other possibilities that didn't come to mind. It is fascinating in some ways, and I don't think it will get much clearer in the next books.

My father is 93, so rather old. At the start of the year he fell out of bed at night, and had a concussion. It felt like a miracle how he bounced back. Then he had a large setback after my sisters death in September.

Nov 30, 2023, 7:38 pm

That is a goodly age. Does he live independently. When things happen it gets harder and harder to spring back.

Dez 1, 2023, 5:40 am

>211 Kristelh: Yes it is a good age, Kristel. He lives independent, in an apartment in a residence for eldery, with some extra facilities like a restaurant, a hairdresser and a fitness room. There is always a nurse on call, but it isn't possible to get 24/7 care. I hope he can stay there until the end of his days.

Dez 1, 2023, 5:55 am

book 256: Paradijs by Abdulrazak Gurnah
library, translated, Nobel Prize, original title Paradise, 350 pages
TIOLI Challenge #11: Read a book written by a Nobel Prize winner

Yusuf, a 12 year old muslim boy, is taken away from his family by his 'uncle Aziz', as payment for the debts of his parents. He has to work in a small shop in the city. Years later he accompanies 'uncle Aziz' on a trade trip into the inlands.

I really liked the descriptions of various cultures in East-Africa, seen through the eyes of Yusuf.

Again a Nobel Prize winner read, and the author was born in Tanzania, so I added him to my world list in >10 FAMeulstee:

English and Dutch title are the same

Editado: Dez 1, 2023, 6:20 am

book 257: Het einde van de bijen by Caroline Lamarche
library, translated from French, no English translation, 142 pages
TIOLI Challenge #6: Read a book where the last word of the title is an animal or plant

Caroline Lamarch describes the last years of her mothers life. After her father died, she was alone in the large family house. With some help she could stay there. The author critisizes the doctors who kept her alive, by placing a pacemaker when she was 99 years old. Her mother was at peace with death, but had to live on in a body plagued by arthritis and other problems.
Then Covid came, the first lockdown she still was at home. But later that year she went downhill and had to be moved to a nursing home. She had a very hard time at the second lockdown, and died in February 2021.

Title translated: The end of the bees
(The writers mother used to keep bees)

Dez 1, 2023, 6:32 am

>212 FAMeulstee:. That sounds very nice for your dad. And also very good that you're not too far away.

Editado: Dez 3, 2023, 4:33 pm

November 2023 in numbers
  (Totals for the year between brackets)

22 books read, 6,659 pages, 222.0 pages a day
  (257 books read, 85,599 pages, 256.3 pages a day)


• own books: 4 (29)
• from the library: 18 (228)

• male author: 9 (176)
• female author: 13 (81)

• originally written in Dutch: 5 (62)
• translated into Dutch: 17 (195)
  - original language of translated books:
    • Albanian: 0 (1)
    • Arabic: 0 (1)
    • Armenian: 0 (1)
    • Bulgarian: 0 (1)
    • Czech: 0 (1)
    • Danish: 0 (1)
    • Dutch (Middle): 0 (1)
    • English: 9 (85)
    • Finnish: 0 (5)
    • French: 2 (11)
    • German: 0 (26)
    • Hebrew: 1 (1)
    • Hungarian: 0 (1)
    • Icelandic: 0 (7)
    • Indonesian: 0 (2)
    • Italian: 1 (8)
    • Japanese: 0 (6)
    • Latin: 0 (1)
    • Norwegian: 1 (4)
    • Polish: 0 (1)
    • Portugese: 0 (2)
    • Russian: 0 (4)
    • Serbian: 0 (1)
    • Spanish: 1 (7)
    • Swedish: 2 (16)

• fiction: 20 (209)
• non-fiction: 2 (48)

• paper books: 13 (135)
• e-books: 9 (122)

• mystery/police procedural: 3 (34)
• childrens/YA: 2 (12)
• 1001 books: 3 (42)
    Total 1001 books since 2008: 322
• Dutch Canon: 1 (5)
    Total Dutch Canon since 2008: 47 of 125


0 - 100 pages: 3 (18)
101 - 200 pages: 4 (39)
201 - 300 pages: 4 (60)
301 - 400 pages: 7 (78)
401 - 500 pages: 2 (28)
501 - 999 pages: 1 (31)
1000+ pages: 1 (3)

• longest book 1040 pages (1296 pages)
• shortest book 30 pages (30 pages)
• average book 303 pages (333 pages)

date first published:

2nd century: 0 (1)
11th century: 0 (1)
13th century: 0 (1)
17th century: 0 (1)
18th century: 0 (1)
19th century: 2 (10)

20th century
1900s: 1 (3)
1910s: 0 (3)
1920s: 0 (4)
1930s: 0 (6)
1940s: 0 (2)
1950s: 1 (6)
1960s: 1 (13)
1970s: 0 (8)
1980s: 0 (19)
1990s: 3 (21)

21st century
2000s: 1 (22)
2010s: 9 (71)
2020s: 4 (64)


0 (3)
2 (24)
10 (100)
7 (81)
3 (47)
0 (1)
0 (1)

best books in November

Tot het ons loslaat by Rutger Kopland
Inès en de vreugde by Almudena Grandes

Dez 1, 2023, 6:36 am

>215 Kristelh: We were very glad that my parents moved there ten years ago.
My brother is more near, he goes every week. We are at one and a half hour drive, so we keep it at visiting once a month. I call him three times a week.

Dez 1, 2023, 6:39 am

Yes, an hour and half drive is what I call a long drive. I thought maybe you were closer but still that is not as bad as it can be here in the states. I am blessed to have one child 2 hours away and the other 2 miles away. My oldest granddaughter checks on me almost daily. My son calls 1 to 2 x a week. My daughter being so close sometimes forgets about checking in.

Dez 1, 2023, 5:25 pm

>208 FAMeulstee: I'm so sorry to hear about your father's fall. I hope he is doing better this week!

Dez 3, 2023, 4:01 am

>218 Kristelh: We used to be closer, Kristel, until we moved to where we live now.
Glad to know you have your family near.

>219 atozgrl: Thank you, Irene, I hope so too!