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

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?

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?

Sunday Post #39 – Oh Scotland…

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This way, I can tell you a little about my week and sum up what happened on the blog and everything else that I find interesting.


This week on the blog

Next week on the blog

  • Review: De Dochter by Jessica Durlacher

Personal

I’ve seen so many things already, during this one week in Scotland. I don’t even know where to start. I’ll be writing some longer posts with more details about all my experiences and adventures. So far though, I’ve been Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town, I’ve walked to the top of a mountain, I went shopping in Glasgow, and saw the biggest bookstore Scotland has to offer. And that’s just the beginning.

My book-experiment, where people everywhere I go sign my book, is going pretty well, though most people seem to go for the front page. Maybe it’s because there’s plenty of space there, or maybe because they’re reluctant to write through the rest of the book. No idea, but since I’ve been using chapters to keep track of the days we spend here, the whole book is going to be written on pretty soon anyway. It looks great!

I’m hoping to write some more posts about some of the separate bookshops I visited here in Scotland so far, or maybe something else for next week, but so far there’s only been a review scheduled, so I hope you won’t blame me if I can’t get anymore posts out.

Especially, since the most exciting part of the journey is about to begin: we’re going on a roadtrip through the northern parts of Scotland! Starting today! So, I might be out of Internet, or just not have time. I’ll be sure to let you know all about it afterwards though.

Happy reading!


Book-related

new books:

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books finished:

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