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?

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!

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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?