Book Unhaul 2017 Part 1

I’ve written a couple of posts before, about unhauling books. It definitely feels very freeing to just let go of the ones I didn’t like, or the ones I’ll never read again. 20160920_192848

Unhaul #1 (2015)

Unhaul #2 (2015)

Unhaul #3 (2016)

Unhaul #4 (2016, Mari Kondo)

Like I did the end of last year, I’m planning to go through all of my books again at the end of this year. Before that though, there are a lot of books I’ve already said goodbye to this year.

  1. 10335308The Farm by Emily McKay
  2. Dem Tod auf der Spur by Michael Tsokos
  3. In Defence of English Cooking by George Orwell
  4. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  5. The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer
  6. Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
  7. Computer Angst by Steven Klamm
  8. De Jongen die niet Bestond by Steven Klamm
  9. Enge Buren by Steven Klamm
  10. Overal Spinnen by Steven Klamm
  11. 28245487Stemmen in je Hoofd by Steven Klamm
  12. Tirza by Arnon Grunberg
  13. Ich hab’s euch immer schon gesagt by Alex Hacke
  14. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  15. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  16. Leven na Haley by Jonathan Tropper
  17. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
  18. Haantjes by Kluun
  19. Nach(t)sicht by Jo Jansen
  20. Der Totenleser by Michael Tsokos
  21. Mind Games by Teri Terry
  22. Jungs sind wie Kaugummi by Kerstin Gier
  23. The Circle by Dave Eggers
  24. Is everyone hanging out without me by Mindy Kaling

A lot of them, I’ve read but didn’t like. Others I liked, but I know I won’t read them again. Some, I wasn’t even able to finished, so they ended up on my DNF list. There’s too many books in the world and too little time to give those books another chance. So, I’m moving on!

Bookhaul: April & May

Don’t be scared, but be warned. It’s a long list. I was lucky enough to find someone giving away their entire YA English collection and get a bunch of books from them. Also allowing me to spend most of my money otherwise. So, sit back and relax. It’s gonna take a while.

In the other that I bought/got them:

28802358Bought second hand at a flea market near Göttingen:

  1. In Sonnennähe by Januz A. Zajdel – a collection of Polish science fiction short stories by Zajdel.
  2. Wege zur Unmöglichkeit by various authors – a collection of (I think) German science fiction short stories.

Bought at a second hand store in Enschede:

  1. 156377Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
  2. The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance
  3. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
  4. Haantjes by Kluun

Got from my boyfriend, just because:

  1. The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell
  2. 20631808The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  3. We should all be feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Got for free through Facebook:

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  3. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
  4. 23766623Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  5. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  6. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  7. Slammed by Colleen Hoover
  8. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
  9. This Girl by Colleen Hoover
  10. Jewel by Amy Ewing
  11. The White Rose by Amy Ewing
  12. 25467610All the Light we cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  13. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  14. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  15. Great Short Stories of the World by Whit and Hallie Burnett
  16. Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore
  17. Is everyone hanging out without me? by Mindy Kaling
  18. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  19. 20775154The Christmas Books by Charles Dickens
  20. The Circle by Dave Eggers
  21. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
  22. Mind Games by Teri Terry

Bought as audiobooks to listen on our drive to Switzerland:

  1. Ach wär’ ich nur zu Hause geblieben by Kerstin Gier
  2. Lügen, die von Herzen kommen by Kerstin Gier
  3. Noah by Sebastian Fitzek503828

Bought in Switzerland, because you can’t go home without souvenirs. The first one at the flea market in Geneva, the second in a regular book shop:

  1. Feminist Perspectives on Eating Disorders by Patricia Fallon (and other authors)
  2. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

20893527Got from the boyfriend, because I really loved the Netflix show:

  1. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Yep, that’s all of them. For those (which I’m assuming is everyone) who didn’t count along. It’s a total of 37 books in two months.

This obviously means reducing my TBR isn’t going as well anymore as it did at the beginning of the year. Oh, well. I’m really excited about all the new (to me) books, so I’ll dive in as soon as I can. I’ve already finished a few of these. Others I’m currently reading.

How many books did you add to your bookshelves this month?

Bookhaul – January-March 2017

Last week, you saw which books I’d read so far this year. Now it’s time to show you the books I actually bought this year. So, get a snack while you scroll through the books, because three months is a long time and there are many books to go through.

Before I get started though, I’d like to share that so far, I’ve only spend €24,- on books. Which has gotten me a total of 19(!) books. Most of the books I’ve acquired second hand. Another few were gifts. Plus, I still had a gift card for a bookshop, which currently still has some money left on it. So far, I’m pretty proud of my.

In chronological order:

January

Bildergebnis für Nach(t)SichtNach(t)sicht by Jo Jansen – A bed time story book for adults. We’ve read a couple of stories from it so far, but there not really bed time stories. Mostly the made me go WTF!? Keeping me up, thinking about the story. I’m afraid this one will probably end up DNF’ed.


17378684Het Gulden Vlies van Thule by Thea Beckman – I’ve already read this one and it’s been added to me Thea Beckman collection. I already wrote a little bit to what I thought of it in my post last week. I gave it four stars on Goodreads.


6066864Tirza by Arnon Grunberg – it’s a pretty strange book. It’s all about a family and the relationships within this family. It’s crazy, but weirdly fascinating at the same time. Three stars on Goodreads.


30016The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov – This one hasn’t been touched yet. I just haven’t had the time. I was excited to be able to pick this up though for only 50 cents.


40698Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – I’ve read this story once before and I remember quite enjoying it, so when I saw this one for only 50 cents as well, I figured ‘why not?’.


651640Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov – another Asimov (yes, also 50 cents). Though, I only just found out, that technically, this is not the second book, but the third in the Foundation ‘series’. So I suppose I’ve got a reason to buy the second one now too.


432352Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer – This one is supposed to be awesome, right? Hopefully I’ll get to it soon. Another second hand buy for cheap, so I couldn’t leave it on the shelves. Have you read it? How is it?


168668Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – who could walk right past such a classic, when it’s only €2,-? Hopefully it’s as good as one of the other buyers there told me.


135839Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh – another book I’ve heard a lot about and therefore couldn’t leave behind. I absolutely love the book market in Glanebrug, where I bought so many of these books.


178864The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – I’ve read this before ages ago, but I had small paperback copy, that since has gone lost. I saw this one at the book fair and obviously had to get the amazing illustrated hard cover version for €1,50. How could I not?


13559107Camera Obscura by Hildebrand – so, this is a very pretty old book. I have no idea what it’s about. My mom made me get it at the book market, so I did. That’s all there is to it at the moment.


11806716Blackout by Mira Grant – loved it! Here you can find my review of the series.


February

31176886The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer – this was a pretty good book with a kick-ass female lead. Definitely recommend, I gave it four stars on Goodreads. Unfortunately not a book you for rereading, in my opinion.


25378382Das Josuha Profil by Sebastian Fitzek – A great thriller, where it’s hard to figure out who to believe at times. Some very interesting characters, which alone would make it worth reading this book. As far as I can gather from Goodreads though, there is no English translation available, but if you can read Dutch, German or Spanish, you should give this book a shot. Or any of the other books by Fitzek.


6290530Die Girls von Riad by Rajaa Alsanea – original title: بنات الرياض (Girls of Riyadh). I’ve still to read this, but I’m quite excited I found this. A perfectly lovely second hand hard cover in all pink. The reviews on Goodreads seem either very positive or very negative. Can’t wait to find out where I stand!


18070793Running like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley – I thought this one was great! I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads and wrote a review on the blog here. Have you read it? Let me know what you thought!


Bildergebnis für Das Autogene Training by Abbas SchirmohammadiDas Autogene Training by Abbas Schirmohammadi – a not so concise book about autogenic training. It has some great practices in the back though, so I keep it around at work.


33412061Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly – I still haven’t had the time, but I really want to write a review of this one, explaining why I didn’t love it as much as everyone else seemed to. It does have a beautiful cover however! I felt quite generous giving it 3 stars on Goodreads.


March

17564870Die Therapie by Sebastian Fitzek – this one was just waiting for me on the shelves of a free little library. As I’ve loved the previous book I’ve read by Fitzek, I couldn’t leave this one behind. I hope it’s as good as the other two I’ve read.


So, those were the books I’ve acquired so far this year. How many books have been added to your shelves? Do you also get excited when you find a great book in a second hand store, or do you prefer to buy your books new? Let me know!

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
  18. Recepten klaar in 10 seconden
  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

18246134 23519340  18657633 Schindlers Lijst  289026

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.