Or, In Which We Start The New Year With A Bit Of Vim
Nyjolene: Life’s Operating Manual: With the Fear and Truth Dialogues by Tom Shadyac and Room by Emma Donoghue.
Lilia: Still reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I went on vacation and took a break from reading it. I’m also reading Tot hier en niet verder by Carien Karsten, to recognize the signs of burn out and to try and avoid one. Always good to know in this busy society and with our busy lives.
Daniele: I took Renate’s advice and started reading Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller. By the way, the title of this book had already caught my attention because it’s the same title as Iron and Wine’s album Our Endless Numbered Days. I did some research and I found Claire Fuller’s own explanation of this on Goodreads : “The title of the book was taken from the album title. I’m a big Iron and Wine fan and I listen to his music as I write. It’s a beautiful title and seemed very appropriate to the story”. Interesting how music and literature often influence each other! Also reading The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.
Ester: Killing Time in St. Cloud by Judith Guest & Rebecca Hill. (Only available via our supplier of second-hand books.)
Renate: I now started in The Door by Magda Szabo, a novel about a young writer who’s being ‘terrorised’ by her housekeeper. Sounds right up my alley. Also looking forward to reading Human Acts by Han Kang, who wrote The Vegetarian, one of my favorite reads of last year.
Maarten: Just finished The Sandman : Overture, by Neil Gaiman, the latest of the classic Sandman graphic novels, which takes place before the beginning of the series. Really amazing, psychedelic art, and a rather weird story. Also just finished Waanzinnen by André Baillon. This mostly forgotten writer writes about writing, madness, language, and about writing about language and writing that leads to madness…
PeterL: The Church of Dead Girls by Stephen Dobyns. I read The Burn Palace by him more than two years ago, and I like it so much that I ordered The Church of Dead Girls from our supplier of second-hand books. Apparently more people think highly of him, though because the publisher has republished it in the meantime and I’ve ordered some for the Crime section in Amsterdam. Dobyns is not a very fast, harsh thriller writer, by the way. His stories go more slowly and get under your skin. In short, The Church of Dead Girls is about a small university town where everyone knows each other and where life is good until a few small incidents happen which make it all that bit less relaxed. And then it goes from bad to worse, gossip and scandal and murder.
Sigrid: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Loved it, such a fun protagonist and a great story about botany, science and the mystery of life. Sometimes the story got a tad unbelievable, but it was a fun read. The main character was inspired by Gathering Moss from Robin Wall Kimmerer which I also highly recommend.
Sophie: I just finished The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm by Robert “J. K. Rowling” Galbraith. Really enjoyed them. PI Cormoran Strike and his dapper secretary Robin make a fun duo, and Rowling has a way of describing places and characters with just the right adjective so that they jump off the page in all their idiosyncratic glory. I’m currently reading Lila by Marilynne Robinson, for my book club. What a beautiful, damaged soul is Lila. I wish I’d read Gilead and Home first, though, because I feel I’m missing a few pieces of the puzzle. And I’m also reading The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis. Steampunk-ish fantasy featuring a worldwide, evil, Dutch Protestant empire, with a grand opening scene that takes places not 100 meters from ABC The Hague’s front door, on the Binnenhof. He takes a bit of creative license concerning the lay-out of the Binnenhof, but I don’t care! 🙂
There are ebooks available for Room, Rogue Lawyer, The Street Lawyer, The Accidental Woman, Landline, Our Endless Numbered Days, The Door, Human Acts, The Magic Strings of Frankie Pesto, The Signature of All Things, The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, Lila, and The Mechanical.
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