December Overview

December was a mixed month. I read some really nice books, and a few less good ones. But nothing I couldn’t finish, I’m glad to say.

Book that stood out:

I really enjoyed The Kept, a historical fiction about family and identity. Well written, bleak and beautiful.

This is what I read

The Kept by James ScottThe Rosie Project by Graeme SimsionUnaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa LahiriQueen Sugar by Natalie Baszile
This Year it Will be Different by Maeve BinchySalvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino Have Wormhole, Will Travel by Tony McFadden 

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The Kept by James Scott. Historical fiction, 5 stars.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Contemporary fiction, 5 stars.

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri. Short stories, 4.5 stars.

Queen Sugar by Nathalie Baszile. Contemporary fiction, 4.5 stars.

This Year Will be Different by Maeve Binchy. Christmas stories, 4.5 stars.

Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino. Mystery, 4 stars.

Have Wormhole, Will Travel by Tony McFadden. Science fiction, 3.5 stars.

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Dutch blog (reviews in Dutch):

The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay PapasanDead Scared by Sharon BoltonDe zonderlinge avonturen van het geniale bommenmeisje [The Curious Adventures of the Genius Bomb Girl]by Jonas JonassonDe gestolen kinderen by Gerardo Soto y Koelemeijer De mannenmaker [The Men Maker] by Petra Kruijt 

1 Ding [The One Thing] by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. Non-fiction, self-help, 5 stars.

Dead Scared by Sharon Bolton. Mystery, 4.5 stars.

De zonderlinge avonturen van het geniale bommenmeisje [The Curious Adventures of the Genius Bomb Girl] by Jonas Jonasson. Contemporary fiction, 4.5 stars

De gestolen kinderen [The Stolen Children] by Gerardo Soto y Koelemeijer. Contemporary fiction, 4 stars.

De mannenmaker [The Man Maker] by Petra Kruijt. Chick-lit, 3.5 stars

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November Overview

November was a quiet reading month. I would have liked to have had more time for reading, but the end result wasn’t that bad. And I read all the books – there were no DNFs this month.

Book that stood out:

I loved The Humans by Matt Haig, about an alien who lives the life of a Cambridge professor and discovers what it’s like to be human.

This is what I read

The Humans by Matt HaigThe Holdout by Laurel OsterkampClosed Doors by Lisa O'DonnellThe Whole Golden World by Kristina RiggleThe Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani

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The Humans by Matt Haig.  5 stars

The Holdout by Laurel Osterkamp. 4.5 stars

Closed Doors by Lisa O’Donnell. 4.5 stars

The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle. 3.5 stars

The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani. 3.5 stars

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Dutch blog (reviews in Dutch):

Luchtvissers [Air Fishermen] by Gerwin van der WerfThe Collector of Lost Things by Jeremy PageJouw gezicht zal het laatste zijn by Joao Ricordo PedroWat alleen de roman kan zeggen [Things only a Novel Can Tell] by Oek de JongVal by Tupla M.Dodenweg by Olga Hoekstra

Luchtvissers [Air Fishermen] by Gerwin van der Werf. 4.5 stars

The Collector of Lost Things by Jeremy Page. 4.5 stars

Jouw gezicht zal het laatste zijn [Your Face Will be the Last] by Joao Ricardo Pedro. 4 stars

Wat alleen de roman kan zeggen [Things Only the Novel Can Say] by Oek de Jong. 4 stars

Val [Fall] by Tupla M. 4 stars

Dodenweg [Road of Deaths] by Olga Hoekstra 4 stars

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October Overview

October was a great reading month! I read a few more books than the month before, and I didn’t put any aside – I read them all from beginning to end! 🙂

Book that stood out:

The Circle by Dave Eggers was an uncomfortable book – of the good kind! I kept shaking my head seeing the main character get into worse and worse trouble.

This is what I read

A gift to Remember by Melissa HilThe Circle by David EggersThe Reluctant Cannibals by Ian FlitcroftEtched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn MacklerChristmas Carol by Michele GormanLocked Room by Martyn V. Halm Microchip Murder by Martyn V. Halm

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A Gift to Remember by Melissa Hill. 5 stars
The Circle by Dave Eggers. 5 stars
The Reluctant Cannibals by Ian Flitcroft. 4.5 stars
Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra. 4 stars
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Makler. 4 stars
Christmas Carol by Michele Gorman. 4 stars
The Microchip Murder by Martyn V. Halm. Short story, 4 stars.
The Locked Room by Martyn V. Halm. Short story. 3 stars

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Dutch blog (reviews in Dutch):

De inwijding door Tess FrankeVallen als het heet is by Jelmer JepsenThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee BenderThe Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

De inwijding byTess Franke. 4 stars
Vallen als het heet is by Jelmer Jepsen. 4 stars
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. 4 stars
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. 4 stars

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September Overview

It’s a long time since I read just 10 books in a month. September is such a month. I just spent much longer on each individual book than normally (because I was busy with other things). It’s fine. I have some great books lined up for October, so I’m expecting another good month coming up.

Book that stood out:

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis was a great book that reminded me of The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. Not a Drop to Drink is a dystopian novel about water shortage and survival.

This is what I read

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnisThe Devil in Silver by Victor LaValleA Father's Son by Richard HarrisDubbele stilte by Mari Jungstedt
The History of Love by NIcole KraussCartwheel by Jennifer DuboisA Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdamGoat Mountain by David Vann

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Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle

A Father’s Son by Richard Harris

Dubbele stilte [Double Silence] by Mari Jungstedt

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

Cartwheel by Jennifer Dubois

A Beautiful Truth by Colin MacAdam

Goat Mountain by David Vann

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Dutch blog:

The Donor by Helen FitzgeraldNiets en niemand by Ivo Bonthuis

The Donor by Helen Fitzgerald

Niets en Niemand [Nothing and Nobody] by Ivo Bonthuis

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