May 20, 2013 12 Comments
I’ve been taking part in the Bout of Books read-a-thon and I read a lot! Except on Saturday… I went out with my friend, shopping in Amsterdam – first to Marks & Spencer’s (an English department store with one store in the Netherlands), where I bought some of my favorite English foodies (egg custards, scones and carrot & coriander soup). Then we had dinner (fish & chips) in an Irish Pub and thereafter we went to Waterstone’s (an English bookstore with one store in the Netherlands) – it opened especially for the people attending the book group that we were going to. For the first hour there were just a very few of us, browsing the shelves (I bought one book – I was good) and then more people arrived. The book group meeting was part of a big organisation of 30 authors each meeting 25 readers at different locations in Amsterdam. We had a great meeting with Joe Dunthorne, writer of Wild Abandon and the recently-made-into-a-movie Submarine.
Books I finished in the last week: 6
De laatkomer [The Late Arrival] by Dimitri Verhulst [Dutch]. To escape his domineering wife, a man pretends to have Alzheimer’s and moves into a care home. 4.5 stars
A Trick I Learned From Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge. A young man works as an assistant-undertaker and finds his life around him falling to pieces. 5 stars
Poollicht [Polar Light] by Jolanda Linschooten [Dutch]. Non-fiction travelogue about trips to artic areas. 4 stars
The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura. A pickpocket gets involved with a mafia-type individual, against his wishes. 5 stars
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro. A beautiful historical fiction story about a woman who inherits a lot of money from a woman she doesn’t know. She investigates. 5 stars
IV by Arjen Lubach [Dutch]. A young woman investigates something her father was working on when he was killed. 5 stars
Books I’m reading & planning to read
Wild Abandon by Joe Dunthorne. Contemporary fiction about a family living at a commune. 3.5 stars
Schroder by Amity Gaige. A divorced man wants to see more of his little daughter and takes her on an unscheduled holiday, after which he is wanted for kidnapping. 5 stars
Vrij spel [Free Game] by Carlijn Vis. Historical novel about a woman who fled the Netherlands in WWII and her adventures in order to get to England. 4 stars
Some new books that I recently got.
What are you reading this week?