Glanerbrug Boekenbeurs 2017

Just like last year, the last weekend of January meant that there was going to be a second hand book fair in Glanerbrug (Enschede, the Netherlands). I’ve been there for the past couple of years and wrote about it last year as well. I explained that all of the money they raise goes to several different charities. If you’d like to read that, you can find it here.

This year, I ended up buying 10 different books (one for the boyfriend), for a total of 20 Euros. Not bad, right? Unfortunately, I was too absorbed in my book-buying, that I forgot to take any pictures at the book fair. Oops.

One cool new thing was, that when we bought the books, we all received a reusable linen bag. Love it!


6066864Now, let’s check out the books I bought. Some of them I’ve read before, some of them I’ve
just heard good things about. All of them are going to be read one day!

  1. Tirza by Arnon Grunberg
  2. The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov
  3. Second Foundation by Issaac Asimov
  4. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  6. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller4588
  7. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  8. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  9. Camera Obscura by Hildebrand
  10. Hitler’s Kinder by Guido Knopp

Reading statistics – July 2016

Another month has ended. I only managed to read 5 books this month. Not surprising, as I went to Scotland for two weeks and somehow rewatched all the seasons of Gilmore Girls. In between all of that, there wasn’t a lot of time left for reading. I also starting two other books that I didn’t finish, because I really just couldn’t get into them or find anything about it to keep me interested.

102927Here are the books I managed to read:

  1. Illuminati (Angels & Demons, German audio edition) by Dan Brown
  2. The Good Luck of Right Now (audio book) by Matthew Quick
  3. Juttertje Tim by Paul Biegel
  4. Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  5. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

And the ones I didn’t finish (and thus got rid off):

  1. The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
  2. 3483606Hoe God verdween uit Jorwerd by Geert Mak

All in all, very little books were removed from my TBR, and as you’ll see as you read on, a lot of books were added to my TBR. So, on the schedule of getting my TBR down, I’m months behind. I am very excited about all the books I bought in Scotland though.

  1. The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
  2. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  3. Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  5. Perfect People by Peter James
  6. 26183610Feed by Mira Grant
  7. A Certain Justice by P. D. James
  8. Room by Emma Donoghue
  9. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  10. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
  11. The Uninvited by Clive Harold
  12. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  13. Rainman by Leonore Fleischer

Yup, 13 new books, leaving my TBR at a very unsatisfying 196 books. At least I’ll never run out of anything to read. How are you doing with your reading goals? Doing well, or struggling to catch up, like me?

Book unhaul #3 – first 6 months of 2016

18047651In the past 6 months, I’ve gotten rid of quite a few books again. Books I either didn’t like, don’t see myself ever rereading or those I didn’t even finish. I find it’s always sad to see books go, however it also feels freeing: getting rid of items I no longer need in my life, because they didn’t/won’t make my life better. There are books I’ll never get rid of because of my love for them. These? They don’t get to that level for me, so out they go!

It doesn’t just feel amazing to tidy up, but it also ensures more space for books I do love!

  1. 17566243Bossypants by Tina Fey
  2. Vogelman by Mo Hayder
  3. Tin Toeval in de onderwereld by Guus Kuijer
  4. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  5. Silber (1) by Kerstin Gier
  6. Silber (2) by Kerstin Gier
  7. Silber (3) by Kerstin Gier
  8. 11.22.63 by Stephen King
  9. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
  10. Stupid White Men by Michael Moore13519397
  11. Schindler’s Lijst by Thomas Keneally
  12. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  13. De ondergronders by Margaret Mahy
  14. Es war einmal by various auhtors
  15. Alice Murphy’s Preservation by Maria Kennedy
  16. Home Made Winter by Yvette van Boven
  17. The Sainsbury Book of Italian Cooking by Mary Reynolds
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  19. Das neue Backen113269
  20. Ijs & desserts by Anne Wilson
  21. Kochbuch für kluge Köpfe by Ursula Fabian
  22. De Dochter by Jessica Durlacher
  23. 1984 by George Orwell
  24. WAB by Gerbrand Bakker
  25. Harry Potter et le Prisonnier d’Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  26. Harry Potter et la Chambre des Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  27. Harry Potter et la Coupe de Feu by J. K. Rowling
  28. Ο Χάρι Πότερ και η Κάμαρα με τα Μυστικά by J. K. Rowling
  29. Het laatste avontuur by Arend van Dam10866286
  30. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
  31. De tussenwereld by Robbert Leeuw
  32. Firmin by Sam Savage
  33. Der Herr der Ringe by J. R. R. Tolkien
  34. Naar het land aan de overkant by Rita Törnqvist
  35. Nur 6 Tage by Philip Webb
  36. Der lächelnde Odd und die Reise nach Asgard by Neil Gaiman
  37. Untot by Kirsty McKay
  38. Te cool by Duff Brenna

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Are there any books you’ve decided to part with these last few months? Do you ever get rid of any books? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

May 2016 statistics

It’s that time again! Time to review the previous month and show you some ‘statistics’. In the month of May, I read a total of 11 books. Finally! This was the first month that I read more than I planned to read (which is set for ten books per month). Perhaps there is hope for the Goodreads challenge after all.

I also started two audio books that I DNFed. They were just impossible to listen too and I felt myself distracted by something else whenever I tried to listen to these.

The books I read this month:

  1. This House is Haunted by John Boyne
  2. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  4. Die Verlorenen von New York by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  5. iBoy by Kevin Brooks
  6. Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell
  7. Simonehh en mijn tweelingbroer by Erdal Balci
  8. Nur 6 Tage by Philip Webb
  9. Untot by Kirsty McKay
  10. Te Cool by Brenna Duff
  11. Alice Murphy’s Preservation by Maria Kennedy

DNF

  1. Der lächelnde Odd und die Reise nach Asgard by Neil Gaiman
  2. Es war einmal by various authors

Unlike the previous month, I didn’t get a ridiculous stack of new books this month. Only four, one of which I’d already read (HP, duh!), so it only added three books to my TBR.

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1. Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell
2. Metro 2034 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
3. Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The small number of new additions to my shelves also means that my TBR went down again! It’s still pretty high. I’m just happy it’s really under 200 again though: 196! Perhaps I can still reach my goal of under 150… though I’m getting a bit skeptic about that.

Büchertag Göttingen 2016

Last Saturday I was at the Büchertag in Göttingen. This year, it was themed “Himmel, Sterne und Planeten” (sky, stars and planets). I didn’t see much of that part, since I didn’t have much time to walk about. Ok, I suppose I could have technically made/taken the time, but I’ve got to admit I was really only interested in the books. Understandable, right?

On this day, there’s a lot going on, with performances, readings and more. None of which I saw. So I’ve no idea if any of that was good at all.

What I do know, is that there were a lot of stands with books. Not just bookshops, although there were a bunch of those as well: independent and/or second hand, but also lots and lots of private book sellers. People who had cleaned out their shelves and now wanted to get rid of some of the books they felt they no longer needed.

Here is a small impression of what it looked like:

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So many small stands with so many books! I’m thinking that maybe I’ll set up shop myself next year and get rid of some of my unwanted books that way. Does anyone want to join me?

Even though there were so many people selling books, there weren’t very many people selling English books. As it took place in Germany, I expected most of the books to be German and those expectations came through. I don’t mind reading German, but I don’t like reading English bestsellers in German: it’s so much easier and more enjoyable to read them in English (for me). So, I only bought one book: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

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I’ve heard many things about Maya Angelou, but never have had the honor of reading one of her books. Time for a change!

Are there any book fairs where you live? What are your favorite ones? Any Dutch or German ones you know that I should definitely visit?

April 2016 book stats

It’s finally time for my April book statistics. Or: which books I read, which books I got and how far I’m behind on my Goodreads challenge.

In April, I read a total of 10 books, which is exactly the amount of books I planned on reading per month. However, since this was the first month I actually succeeded in reading 10 books, I was still 7 books behind on schedule.

  1. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  2. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  3. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
  4. De Dochter by Jessica Durlacher
  5. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
  6. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  7. How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
  8. Schindlers Lijst by Thomas Keneally
  9. Einführung in  die Psycho-Onkologie Fritz Meerwein
  10. Meditationspraxis by Johannes F. Boeckel

On my TBR challenge, I’m not doing so well. I wanted to bring my TBR down to 150 at the end of the year. At the end of April, my TBR pile was at 206, while it should’ve been at 183 according to my schedule. So… not doing to well on that one. Probably due to the amount of books I got. In April, I got 13 books:

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Some of the books I got; I’m too lazy to get the books that are in the car. 
  1. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
  2. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  3. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  4. Broer by Esther Gerritsen
  5. Erinnerungen an Philippe by Jürgen Vogel
  6. How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
  7. Die Verlorenen von New York by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  8. Untot by Kirsty McKay
  9. Nur 6 Tage by Philip Webb
  10. Der lächelnde Odd und die Reise nach Asgard by Neil Gaiman
  11. iBoy by Kevin Brooks
  12. An deiner Seite by Nicola J. West
  13. Es war einmal by multiple authors

How many books did you read in April? What were you favorites? Did you get any new books? Let me know in the comments below!

Book fair Enschede

As you probably already know, about three weeks ago I went to a book fair when I was staying with my parents. Now, the time has come to tell you a bit more about this book fair.

This book fair* only has second hand books that have been donated to them. During the last full weekend of January, the fair is held. The money made during this book fair all goes to three different charities, all for homeless people.

Firstly, there is de Wonne in Enschede*: a place for homeless people to live for a while. No matter why they are currently homeless, be it financial reasons, marital issues; whether they are refugees or anything else. They can find shelter here.

Secondly, they support Casa do Menino*. A home for children in Campina Grande, Brasil, where they receive everything they need. From food to education.

Lastly, the money raised goes to the Vincentius Vereniging* in Glanerbrug (Enschede). For all people in need.

DSCN2775Now, to the books I bought: in total I acquired 7 books, costing me a total of €9,50. A bargain, right?

1. The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells (€1.50)
2. Stupid White Men – Micheal Moore (€1.00)
3. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey (€1.00)
4. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho (€2.00)
5. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne (€1.00)
6. Symboliek van Sprookjes – J. F. Croes – van Delden (€0.50)
7. De Stam van de Holebeer – Jean M. Auel (€2.50)

I wish I could’ve taken some more pictures while I was there, but I didn’t want to bother all the people that were walking around trying to find the perfect little gem in the mess of books. So, there’s really only a picture of me that my mom took.

For all the Dutchies that live in the area: the book fair next year will be on the 27-29th of January. Every year they have about 20,000 books, so it’s definitely worth it!

So, anyone else all about the book fairs? If you know of any other ones, let me know in the comments!

*all these links are in Dutch, sorry