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?

On my bookshelf #18

This is going to be an interesting one. Most of these books I didn’t even really know I had. Some are children’s books that until recently were living a ‘happily ever after’ in my parents basement. Until they, you know, were taken away from the one home they had ever known to move to a new and strange place. A book’s got a tough life!


1. Brenna, Duff – Te cool

One of those books described above. I don’t think I’ve read it. Once I have, you’ll be the first to know.

2. Brown, Dan – Inferno

Bought this one quite recently; I discovered a new book store with discounted books (probably scratch & dent, though I didn’t see any on the books I picked). Of course, books had to be bought.

3. Busser, Marianne – De Koning zonder Kroon

Another one from the opening paragraph. Don’t know it; one day soon.

4. Cabot, Meg – Give me Five

One of the princess diaries books. I don’t own (or have read) the other ones. Everyone seems to love them though, and I’m just wondering if I should jump straight into the fifth book or actually read the other ones first. I mean, they’re not going to have the most complicated story line, so how hard would it be to understand?

5. Chambers, Aidan – Tirannen

And another one from that first paragraph.

6. Cornwell, Patricia – Port Mortuary
7. Cornwell, Patricia – Portrait of a Killer

The first one I recently stole back from my mom. It was still in her bookcase, but I know she didn’t buy any of the Patricia Cornwell books in English, so it’s mine! (I think there’s more in her book case even). We both have a slight obsession with the Kay Scarpetta series. We read them all in the strangest order, which was kinda fun (and sometimes confusing, because…. can’t say: spoiler). The Portait of a Killer is about Jack the Ripper and the only (older) book by her that I haven’t read yet. I also need to catch up on the more recent releases of Kay Scarpetta.

8. Dekkers, Midas – Het Walvismeer
9. Diekman, Mies – Mens te Koop

More of those ‘first paragraph’ books. I’ll get to them at some point.

10. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan – The Hound of the Baskervilles

Still working my way to this one. I bought it second hand a while ago, but haven’t yet had the chance to pick it up.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments!

On my bookshelf #5

I hope you’re not all getting annoyed with the lists of books. I actually quite enjoy writing them. It’s interesting to go through a small number of books on your bookshelf and really look at them, instead of just casually glancing over them. I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am (or at least a little).

# of books: 443
# unread: 104

1. The Witch’s Daughter – Paula Brackston

I know I’ve read it, but I can’t quite remember what it’s about anymore. Oops… Maybe I’ll have time to reread this one next year.

On my bookshelf #5 - these books live with me too!2. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
3. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

I’m really no good at reading classics. Though, I’m pushing myself to read more of them, which is going quite well. Unfortunately these haven’t had the pleasure of being read by me yet. Yep, I just made it the book’s pleasure to be read. Accept it and move on (that’s what I’m doing, because it is a bit weird).

4. Angels & Demons – Dan Brown
5. De Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
6. De Delta Deceptie – Dan Brown
7. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

I used to have all of his books in English. I’m not really sure what happened to those. Of the original four I only have one in English, and then two in Dutch (which I’ve never read, but I have read them all in English). Hmm… strange things happen to books sometimes. I have to reread these at some point. Except for The Lost Symbol, I didn’t like that one much. It’ll be unhauled in the next unhaul!

8.Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops – Jen Campbell
9. More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops – Jen Campbell

These are absolutely hilarious! (and we’ve finally reached C!) I also still want the Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell.

On my bookshelf #5 - these books live with me too!10. Dualed – Elsie Chapman

I loved this book! Got it for Christmas last year from my boyfriend and immediately read it. An absolute must-read if you like dystopian YA. There’s also a sequel, which we’ll see in next week’s installment.

Are any of your favorites in here? Have you read any of these?