August Overview

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. ūüôā

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

The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadiga MohamedNotes from a Small Island by Bill BrysonTongue by Kyung Ran JoKiller Queens by Rebecca ChanceLighthouse Island by Paulette Jiles
Tulipomania by Mike DashThe Long Shadow by Liza MarklundFondly by Colin WinnetteThe Infinite Within by Michael Drakich

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

 

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Dutch blog:

Me Before You by Jojo MoyesDe boer op by Irene van AartSpanning & Retourtje Hato by René AppelHet huis met de schaduw [The Hired Man] by Aminatta FornaHemelvaart by Judith KoelemeijerDe verdwijners by Niels 't Hooft
Het reservaat by Liselotte StavorniusVals alarm [False Alarm] by Marelle BoersmaDe huisvriend by Bertram KoelemanDoelwit in de nacht [Target at Night] by Ricardo Piglia

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 ‚Äėt¬†Hooft [Dutch]. Science fiction. 2018, Google employs street interviewers to find out what people‚Äôs 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

 

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Leave me a comment with a book you really enjoyed in August!

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July Overview

In July, I read 14 books, but one I didn’t finish. That’s better than the month before, when I put four books aside.

Book that stood out:

I was glad I finally read To Kill a Mockingbird (as part of a read-a-long). I had this book on my shelves since Christmas, and had it on my wishlist for a long time before that. And it certainly didn’t disappoint.

This is what I read

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeAfterwards by Rosamund LuptonA Virtual Love by Andrew BlackmanSomeone Else's Wedding by Tamar CohenLetter from Skye Jessica Brockmole
Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'NanThe Returned by Jason MottIf You Were Here by Alafair BurkeChildren of the Fog by Cheryl Kaye TardifI Am Max Lamm by Raphael Brous

Click on the blue links to go to the review (as you can see, I still need to post a few reviews!).

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Historical fiction, 5 stars.

Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton. Mystery, 4.5 stars.

A Virtual Love by Andrew Blackman. Contemporary fiction, 4.5 stars.

Someone Else’s Wedding by Tamar Cohen. Contemporary fiction, 4 stars.

Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmore. Historical fiction, 4 stars.

Songs for the Missing by Stewart O’Nan. Contemporary fiction, 4 stars.

The Returned by Jason Mott. Science fiction, 4 stars.

If You Were Here by Alafair Burke. Thriller, 3.5 stars.

Children of the Fog by Cheryl Kaye Tardif. Thriller, 3.5 stars.

I am Max Lamm by Raphael Brous. Contemporary fiction, 3.5 stars.

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Dutch blog:

Zomerhuis met zwembad by Herman KochDe sleutel tot het familiegeheim [The Key to the Family Secret] by Luize ValenteEuforie by Christiaan Weijts

Zomerhuis met zwembad [Summer House with Swimming Pool] by Herman Koch. Contemporary fiction, 4.5 stars.

De sleutel tot het familiegeheim [The Key to the Family Secret] by Luize Valente. Contemporary fiction, 4 stars.

Koplopers [Front Runners] by Open Circles (no picture). Business book, 4 stars.

Euforie [Euphoria] by Christiaan Weijts  DNF

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Leave me a comment with a book you really enjoyed in July!

June Overview

In June, I read 17 books of which 7 were for my Dutch blog. I didn’t like everything I read. In fact, there were four books that I didn’t finish. That is rather a lot. Three of them I was looking forward to reading, so it wasn’t that I chose the books wrongly.

Books that stood out:

While I loved some of the books I read, the books that stood out most, were the ones that I did not finish.¬†The Twelve¬†especially was a book I expected to really enjoy, after reading¬†The Passage by the same writer.¬†Life After Life I expected to enjoy because of the topic, but unfortunately, I didn’t. Two real disappointments!

This is what I read

The Tea Rose by Jennifer DonnellyThe Dog Stars by Peter HellerBig Brother by Lionel ShriverPerfect People by Peter JamesPerfect by Rachel Joyce

The Aftermath by Rhidian BrookFrequent Traveller by Pandora PoikilosThe River by Tricia WastvedtLife After Life by Kate AtkinsonThe Twelve by Justin Cronin

Click on the blue links to go to the review (as you can see, I still need to post a few reviews!).

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. 5 stars

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. 5 stars

Big Brother by Lionel Shriver. 4.5 stars

Perfect People by Peter James. 4.5 stars

Perfect by Rachel Joyce. 4.5 stars

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook. 4.5 stars

Frequent Traveller by Pandora Poikilos. DNF

The River by Tricia Wastvedt. DNF

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. DNF

The Twelve by Justin Cronin. DNF

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Dutch blog:

The Twin by Gerbrand BakkerA Tale for the Time Being by Ruth OzekiThe Shock of the Fall by Nathan FilerDe prins van Filettino [The Prince of Filletino] by Geert KimpenHet grijze gebied [The Gray Area] by Goran TribusonNooit alleen [Never Alone] by Loes den HollanderDelete by Julltje van den Nieuwenhof

Boven is het stil [The Twin] by Gerbrand Bakker. 5 stars

Een tijdelijke vertelling [A Tale for the Time Being] by Ruth Ozeki. 4.5 stars

De schok van de val [The Shock of the Fall] by Nathan Filer. 4.5 stars

De prins van Filettino [The Prince of Filettino] by Geert Kimpen. 4 stars

Het grijze gebied [The Gray Area] by Goran Tribuson. 4 stars

Nooit alleen [Never Alone] by Loes den Hollander. 4 stars

Delete by Juultje van den Nieuwenhof. 3.5 stars

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What was YOUR favorite book in June?

April Overview

In April, I read 14 books and abandoned another one. Most of the books got 4-5 stars, so this was a good month. I took part in the 24 hour readathon, which was good fun (I read 2 and-a-bit books). I didn’t go on my holiday, which was bad.

This month was also my 3-year blogoversary! I celebrated with a giveaway. Oh, that reminds me… I asked people for books to add to my list of dystopian books for adults. I will update this list very soon and republish it.

Books that stood out:

I had three 5-stars books and two 4.5 stars. That is really good. I loved My Soul to Take, a mystery taking place in Iceland. Schroder, about a father abducting his daughter was good as well, and Amity & Sorrow, was Рin a way Рabout a mother abducting her daughters. A very special read, too.

This is what I read

My Soul to Take by Yrsa SigurdardottirSchroder by Amity GaigeAmity & Sorrow by Peggy RileyThe Wishlist by Jane CostelloThe Travel Auction by Mark GreenThe River of No Return by Bee RidgwayThe Pearl Savage by Tamara Rose BlodgettPieces of Light by James Fernyhough

Click on the blue links to go to the review (as you can see, I still need to post a few reviews!).

My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Murder in Iceland. Brilliantly told. 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

Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley. A mother and her two daughters escape from a cult and end up at the farm of a man who does not want them there. 5 stars

The Wish List by Jane Costello. A woman who is about to turn 30 rediscovers a wishlist she made at 15. She tries to tick off the items on the list. Chick-lit. 4,5 stars

The Travel Auction by Mark Green. When a man and his girlfriend split up, he advertises for someone with her name to take her place in a trip to South America (as he already got the tickets). Chick-lit/Lad-lit. 4,5 stars.

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway. Time travel story in which time plays an important role. Most of the story takes place in 1815. Great ideas, but the ending was a little sudden. 4 stars

The Pearl Savage by Tamara Rose Blodgett. Post-apocalyptic novel about a princess living in a dome who is targeted by savages living outside. 3.5 stars

Pieces of Light by Charles Fernyhough. Non-fiction about new research into how memory works. Interesting, but too many personal details for me. Did not finish.

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Dutch blog:

Dieptepunt [Low Point] by Maria RijkDe lijst van al mijn wensen [My Wishlist] by Gregoire DelacourtIjsland (Iceland) by Ronald GiphartBroer [Brother] by Maurits de BruijnNacht in Noorwegen [Norwegian by Night] by Derek B. MillerEen goed excuus [A Thousand Pardons] by Jonathan DeeVrij spel by Carlijn Vis

Dieptepunt [Low Point] by Maria Rijk. Thriller about a woman who is attacked by another woman and then tries to find out why. 4.5 stars

De lijst van al mijn wensen [My Wishlist] by Grégoire Delacourt. A French middle-aged woman wins a lot of money in the lottery. But she doesn’t really know what she wants to do with it. 4.5 stars

IJsland [Iceland] by Ronald Giphart. A comedian is making a trip to Iceland with his theatre group, leaving his wife and son at home. He thinks about them a lot. 4.5 stars

Broer [Brother] by Maurits de Bruijn. Fictional account of real-life story. The brother of a young man has been missing for 10 years. The man travels to different countries to find him, but really himself. 4 stars

Nacht in Noorwegen [Norwegian by Night] by Derek B. Miller. An 82-year old American man has moved in with his granddaughter in Norway and becomes the witness of a crime. He escapes with a little boy. 4 stars

Een goed excuus [A Thousand Pardons]by Jonathan Dee. A couple divorces and the woman, who hasn’t worked for years, unexpectedly finds herself successful at a job, while the husband gets into real trouble. 4 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

Reviews of books I read before April

Flamenco Baby by Cherry RadfordLove Water Memory by Jennifer ShortridgeThere Was an Old Woman by Hallie EphronHarlequin's Costume by Leonid YuzefovichThe Lens and the Looker by Lori S. Kaufman
Starters by Lissa PriceThe Dinner by Herman KochDe wezenlozen by Wytske Versteeg

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Flamenco Baby by Cherry Radford (DNF). An English woman takes flamenco lessons in Spain and falls in love. DNF

Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge. A woman loses her memory and her fiancé picks her up from the hospital. Not a thriller but a good story on how they try to get their relationship started again. 4.5 stars

There Was an Old Woman by Hallie Ephron. Thriller about an old woman who is let to believe she has to go into a care home. 4,5 stars

Harlequin’s Costume¬†by Leonid Yuzefovich. Harlequin’s Costume by Leonid Yozefovich. A Russian detective in the 1870s has to find the murderer of a Austrian diplomat. 4 stars.

The Lens and the Looker by Lory S. Kaufman. YA Science fiction, time travel. 4 stars.

Starters by Lissa Price. YA Science fiction. After a virus attack, only young and very old people are left. The elders want to use the young bodies for themselves via a mechanism that let them live in the body. Of course, this has to be stopped. 4 stars.

 

Dutch Blog:

Het diner [The Dinner] by Herman Koch. I’ll post an English review of this book on my blog in the next few weeks. 5 stars

De wezenlozen [The Vacant Ones] by Wytske Versteeg [Dutch]. Contemporary fiction about a family in which one of the twin girls hasn’t talked since she was six years old. 3.5 stars

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What was YOUR favorite book in April?

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