September 3, 2013 16 Comments
August seemed like a really slow month for me, in which I didn’t read much. That is odd, because in the end, all together, I read 19 books and that is A LOT. I spend a lot of time on my new business, which took away a lot of my reading time. And really, that is fine – I love the idea of a booming business. 🙂
Book that stood out:
The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed. The description of the book didn’t appeal to me at all, but I loved this book!
This is what I read
Click on the blue links to go to the review (as you can see, I still need to post a few reviews!).
The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed. Contemporary fiction about three women in Somalia who experience the war there in very different ways. 5 stars
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson. Non-fiction. The author (American) travels through his adoptive country, England. Hilarious! 5 stars
Tongue by Kyung-Ran Jo. Contemporary fiction. South-Korea, when the boyfriend of the main character finds someone else, she gives up her cooking school and goes back to working in a restaurant’s kitchen, all the while considering how to get her man back. 5 stars.
Killer Queens by Rebecca Chance. Chicklit about two commoners who both marry royalty. 4.5 stars
Lighthouse Island by Paulette Jiles. Dystopian novel about an orphan girl that wants to get to Lighthouse Island, in a cruel world where there is very little water and people get arrested and executed just because. 4.5 stars
Tulipomania by Mike Dash. Non-fiction. Very readable history book about the tulip fever in 17th Century Netherlands. 4.5 stars
The Long Shadow by Liz Marklund. Thriller, a journalist is researching the deaths of a Swedish family in Spain and uncovers a lot more while she’s at it. 4 stars
Fondly by Colin Winette. Short stories/novella about family relations. 4 stars.
The infinite Within by Michael Drakich. Science fiction. A woman astronaut is sent to Mars. When she comes back she poses a problem for the authorities. 3.4 stars
Me Before You [Voor jou] by Jojo Moyes. Chicklit about a young woman taking a job looking after a paraplegic man who has lost all will to live. 5 stars
De boer op [To the Farmer] by Irene van Aart [Dutch]. Memoir about a city girl falling in love with a farmer. 5 stars
Spanning & Retourtje Hato [Excitement & Return Ticket to Hato] by René Appel [Dutch]. Two thriller novellas. 4.5 stars
Het huis met de schaduw [The House with the Shadow] door Aminatta Forna. A Croatian man observes the arrival of an English family in his village and the recent history of the village is uncovered. 4.5 stars
Hemelvaart by Judith Koelemeijer, a non-fiction memoir about the death of a friend of the author when they were twenty years old, on a holiday. 4.5 stars
De verdwijners [The Disappearers] by Niels ‘t Hooft [Dutch]. Science fiction. 2018, Google employs street interviewers to find out what people’s thoughts are. Three interviewers do more than that. 4 stars
Het reservaat [The Reservation] by Liselotte Stavorinus. Thriller, Dutch. A woman moves with her family to a rich neighborhood, where one of the ladies befriends her. But is she really a good friend? 4 stars
Vals Alarm [False Alarm] by Marellle Boersma. Thriller. A woman’s life is turned upside down when her husband divorces her and tries to take her daughter away from her. 4 stars
De huisvriend [Friend of the Family] by Bertram Koeleman [Dutch]. A butler living with a man who likes solitude feels their life is threatened by the arrival of a new friend of the family. 4 stars
Doelwit in de nacht [Target in the Night] by Ricardo Piglia [Read in Dutch] Mystery in Argentina where a visitor to a small town is killed. 2.5 stars
Leave me a comment with a book you really enjoyed in August!