Favorite books of 2016

It was really hard to cut this list down to only ten books. I wanted it to be a mix of fiction, non-fiction, Dutch, English, German, children’s, young adult and adult books. So it took me a while to get all those categories represented in the best way!

So, without furrther ado, in no particular order (or well, the order they were read in throughout the year):

  1. De Gouden Dolk by Thea Beckman 1551208

  2. 16147181The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

  3. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne39999

  4. 21686Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

  5. Feed by Mira Grant7094569

  6. 18808023I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

  7. Room by Emma Donoghue24968083

  8. 22011085The Life Changing Magic of Tyding my Mari Kondo

  9. Das Paket by Sebastian Fiztek28254289

  10. 19542841More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

What were your favorite books of 2016? Did you read any of the books I read, what did you think of those?

Favorite German books of 2015

I’ve decided to do three favorite posts. One for each language. These are my favorite German books that I’ve read in 2015!


1. Rubinrot by Kerstin Gier
(translations according to Goodreads: Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish)

My first introduction to Kerstin Gier. YA, romance, contemporary with a bit of magic. A cute romance with a quirky teen caught in a time-travel cult. I finished the series in days.

2. Die Mütter-Mafia by Kerstin Gier
(translations according to Goodreads: Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Slovenian, Turkish)

I decided to also pick up the adult novels by Kerstin Gier. This one was brilliant! About a the less-than-perfect not-so-super mom. An hilarious account of this divorced mother of two and how she deals with life.

3. Katzenkönig Mauzenberger by Erwin Moser
(translations according to Goodreads: Dutch)

One of the funniest children’s books I’ve read this year. A king of cats has four wishes for his birthday, which his citizens (and the mice since they’re not at war with mice anymore) try to make come true. It ends differently than one would expect. A rarity in children’s literature.

4. In Wahrheit wird viel mehr gelogen by Kerstin Gier
(translations according to Goodreads: Czech, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish)

The last Gier book in this list. One that really resonated with me, because I could really identify with this main character (though I have a feeling others might have a bit more trouble with this; the main character is eccentric). Loved it! Kerstin Gier writes the funniest books!

5. MondSilberLicht by Marah Woolf
(translations according to Goodreads: English, French)

My first mermaid book. I didn’t know that when I started it, or I probably wouldn’t have. I have no interest in mermaids. This one was brilliant though. The first one of the series had a bit of a Twilight-esque vibe (without the stalking); a romance between mystical beings.

Have you read any of these books before? And what were your favorite (German) books of 2015? Let me know in the comments.

Favorite Dutch books of 2015

I’ve decided to do three favorite posts. One for each language. Have you seen my posts about my favorite English books?

These are my favorite Dutch books that I’ve read in 2015!

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1. Het Diner by Herman Koch
(translations according to Goodreads: Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish)

A seemingly boring dinner with friends turns into a gripping story when the elephant in the room is finally revealed. The tension has been build up in a masterly fashion. You have to continue reading, because you have to know what is going on!

2. Ontvoerd by Arjan Erkel
(no translations available)

An auto-biographical story of Erkel’s experiences when I was kidnapped working for Doctors without Borders. I was scared to read this one, because I thought it would be too sad and boring (as in: I got kidnapped it sucked). However, through the communication with the kidnappers and the way the story is told, it becomes exceptional.

3. Kinderen van Moeder Aarde by Thea Beckman
(translations according to Goodreads: German)

An arresting first book in a dystopian series from 1985. The world has been destroyed through a nuclear war, which changed the axis. Greenland now has a lovely climate and is a perfect country, run by women. Until some men start to realize that this is not all too great for them.

4. Nachtverhaal by Paul Biegel
(translations according to Goodreads: German)

A type of retelling of 1001 Nights, with fairy tale creatures. It is the cutest children’s story I read all year!

5. De Gouden Dolk by Thea Beckman
(no translations available)

I chose this one not merely for the story (which is also amazing!), but also for the way it made me think about the world. The crusade leads the characters to where at this moment IS/Daesh are wreaking havoc. Reading this book made me realize (again) how much religious conflict has been brought to that region for so many years.

Have you read any of these books before? And what were your favorite (Dutch) books of 2015? Let me know in the comments!


Favorite English books of 2015

I’ve decided to do three favorite posts. One for each language that I’ve read books in. The Dutch and German ones will be up next year (It’s so weird to say that)!

These are my favorite English books that I’ve read in 2015!

Unfortunately there are a couple of books missing from this picture. One of them has been lent to a friend and the others are ebooks.

1. The Martian by Andy Weir

This was such a realistic Mars adventure! It was all suspense from beginning to end. If you like science fiction and haven’t read this yet, what are you waiting for!?

2. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

I’d never read Peter Pan before. I honestly thought it was going to be ‘meh’. It wasn’t. It was incredible! I suppose Disney ruined it for me, because the real thing was actually amazing.

3. I don’t know how she does it by Allison Pearson

It wasn’t just the story that I loved about this book. It was also one of those books that make you think. One of those questions keeps coming back: Why is it that (in a lot of cases) the women are raising the children and the men are making money. Why can’t everyone do both?

4. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

A beautiful story with wonderful worlds to explore. I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book (I’ve not been able to buy it yet). The different worlds are so alluring and appealing that I keep wanting more!

5. Schizo by Nic Sheff

A superb story about mental health, from a more realistic point of view. Besides that it’s a story about love (non-romantic), and bravery. I can’t say much more without spoiling it, so go check it out!

6. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I read the three books by Gillian Flynn this year, and while they were all first-rate books, this one was my favorite. She really is the master of bizarre twists.

7. Imogene in New Orleans by Hunter Murphy

A very quirky family adventure, where grandma uncovers who murdered a friend of the family. She and the bulldog make great side characters. Another lovely thing is that the main characters are gay men, but that their sexuality isn’t part of the plot line. It’s just who they are.

8. The Legacy Human by Susan Kaye Quinn (ebook)

Another science fiction/dystopian book, where robots have taken over the world and humans are just kept around because wiping them out completely would reduce biological diversity. A resistance is forming though…

9. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis (ebook)

What would a world with little water look like? The way it does in the dystopian world McGinnis created. It’s chaos. It’s girl power. It’s tough. It does not have a traditional happy ending.

10. Slated by Teri Terry (ebook)

Another dystopian science-fiction read. Minds of minors are wiped of all memories when they’ve committed a crime, … or an infraction, … or anything that goes remotely against what the government wants. Obviously, that makes for an amazing story!

Have you read any of these books before? And what were your favorite (English) books of 2015? Let me know in the comments!


Top 10 books I plan to re-read soon(ish)

Time for a list, a list of the books I plan on re-reading soon, because I really enjoyed reading them the first time around. Some of them I might’ve already re-read, for others it will be the first time they’ll be picked up again.
Without further ado, though in no particular order, here are the books (or series) I’m planning to re-read:

Books I plan to reread | Harry Potter1. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

I’m always re-reading Harry Potter, so I’m not quite sure if that counts. At the moment I’m re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in German, just to boost my German a bit. Once I’ve got that finished, I might just wait until the illustrated version has been released and read that!

Books I plan to reread | The Hunger Games2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I’ve only read this series twice. That’s very little, considering I love the story. Also, I’ve seen the movies more times than that. Yet, somehow, due to the ridiculous pile of TBR books, I’ve not gotten the chance to re-read these in a while (i.e. years). Therefore, a re-read is warranted!

Books I plan to reread |The Lightning Thief 3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Yes, another series. I’ve read this one about 5/6 years ago, and well, it’s such an amazing series that I need to re-read it again. Honestly though, I’m currently listening to the audio book of The Titan’s Curse, thus I’m slowly making my way through the hilarious and sarcastic world of Percy Jackson once more.

Books I plan to reread | Kruistocht in spijkerbroek4. Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek* by Thea Beckman

This is my single most favorite Dutch book in the world. The first time I read it, I borrowed my mom’s copy, which I then tried to claim. My mom wasn’t having it; she wanted to keep her own copy, because she loves the book as well. At some point, I was therefore forced to buy my own copy. It’s been a couple years since I last read it (2 or 3), so it’s about time to dive into 15th century Europe again with Dolf.

Books I plan to reread | De stam van de holenbeer5. De Aardkinderen** by Jean M. Auel

I’ve only read this series once as well, but I love the world Auel created through her extensive research and imagination. Though some of the passages that describe the scenery are quite long-winded, I love the story and the adventures. I read this when I didn’t yet read English, which is why I’ve got the books in Dutch. I’m only still missing the first book in hardcover. Once I’ve got that, I’ll restart my journey through prehistory.

Books I plan to reread | The Host 6. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

I only really picked this up the first time, because I really enjoyed reading Twilight. Turns out, this book is so much better! I still like Twilight, don’t get me wrong, but The Host is so much more complicated and in depth. Also, aliens, and something almost post-apocalyptic, except not really. I love post-apocalyptic novels, and since I haven’t re-read one, it’s about time!

Books I plan to reread | The Awakening & The Struggle 7. The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith

What I remember from these books is that I loved them. The first one started off horrible with a very shallow Elena, but after that there were so many strange supernatural things going on that I was completely sucked in! I’ve only ever read these once, which means I need to get to these as well.

By now, I’ve got the terrible feeling that this list is going to be way too long to re-read this year. Hopefully though, I will get to them. At least some of them. If not, I’ll just continue working my way down this list next year. My main problem is the fact that there’s so many (pretty long) series I want to re-read. If these were all standalones it wouldn’t be a problem. I love series though!

Books I plan to reread | The Age of Miracles8. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

I bought this in Toronto, Canada, when I was staying there for my internship. How ever could I resist the lure of the Indigo Chapters at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre? Or the one downtown in the Eaton Centre? Well, I couldn’t. I’ve spent quite some time in there and a lot of money as well. This was one of the books I bought. I’m constantly reminded of it, especially now that they’re going to add an extra second again. Amazing book! Due for a re-read!

Books I plan to reread  | De tweeling9. De Tweeling*** by Tessa de Loo

The first time I read this book, it was for school. I don’t have very happy memories associated with that, since my teacher almost failed me, because I didn’t agree with her on certain aspects of the book. Anyway, I did really enjoy this book. The copy I have now (and read from for school as well) belonged to my grandma, which I got (read: took) after she passed away. It’s about twins who got split up before the Second World War. One lived in Germany while the other lived in the Netherlands. Once they’re about 90 or so, they meet again at a Spa… I would recommend this to anyone.

10. There are more books that I definitely want to re-read. It’s just not been all that long since the last time I read them, or they’re not as high on my list as the previously mentioned books. There’s a whole bunch of YA that I would love to go through again as well.

The Legend trilogy, the Ugly series, the Selection series, the Matched trilogy, the Rosie Project & the Rosie Effect, Schizo, the Lovely Bones, 1984, the Divergent trilogy, the Across the Universe trilogy, the Kane Chronicles, I don’t know how she does it, the Taliban Cricket Club, Shatter Me trilogy, De Griezelbus serie, Nooit de Buren Bijten, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, Het Diner, the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time…

Well, uhm, I think you got the idea, right? Plenty more I’d like to re-read at one point or another.

What are books that are on your TBRR (to be re-read)? Let me know in the comments!

*translated to English as: Crusade in Jeans
** original title: Earth’s Children
*** translated to English as: The Twins