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  1. Read-a-thons 2021

    I'm glad you were able to get drawn back in . Of course it does ! I read Phoebe and her Unicorn 4: Razzle Dazzle Unicorn by Dana Simpson (children's comic / graphic novel, 181 pages), Mees Kees 2: Op de kast by Mirjam Mous (ill. Rick de Haas) (children's illustrated book, 85 pages), and Summer Wars by Mamoru Hosoda, Iqura Sugimoto, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (manga, 589 pages).
  2. What's the weather like?

    31 °C predicted here today (here = in the south of the Netherlands), 32 °C tomorrow.. ugh. It's been hot the past while, it's hot inside the house and both my partner and I have trouble sleeping because it is so hot. I hope it will cool down next week here with some rain.
  3. It is so far, thanks !
  4. Read-a-thons 2021

    Thank you! I hope you enjoy it more than I did. Congratulations on having your first vaccine appointment today! I hope it goes well . I hope you get to see your gran tomorrow! Happy reading to all of you who are joining the read-a-thon this weekend !
  5. Books read in May 2021 71. Angela Hartlin - Forever Marked 72. E. J. Copperman - Mysterious Detective 2: Edited Out 73. Dana Simpson - Phoebe and her Unicorn 3: Unicorn vs. Goblins 74. Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed - When Stars Are Scattered 75. Robin Hobb - The Farseer Trilogy 2: Royal Assassin 76. Sheila M. Averbuch - Friend Me 77. Talia Hibbert - The Brown Sisters 2: Take a Hint, Dani Brown 78. Guus Kuijer (ill. Mance Post) - Madelief 1: Met de poppen gooien (From: Het grote boek van Madelief) (re-read) 79. Guus Kuijer (ill. Mance Post) - Madelief 2: Grote mensen daar kan je beter soep van koken (From: Het grote boek van Madelief) (re-read) 80. Guus Kuijer (ill. Mance Post) - Madelief 3: Op je kop in de prullenbak (From: Het grote boek van Madelief) (re-read) 81. Guus Kuijer (ill. Mance Post) - Madelief 4: Krassen in het tafelblad (From: Het grote boek van Madelief) (re-read) 82. Guus Kuijer (ill. Mance Post) - Madelief 5: Een hoofd vol macaroni (From: Het grote boek van Madelief) (re-read) 83. Kay Kerr - Please Don't Hug Me 84. Gillian Cross - The Demon Headmaster 2: The Demon Headmaster and the Prime Minister's Brain 85. Sonja K. Solter - When You Know What I Know 86. Lucy Cuthew - Blood Moon 87. Tommie Niessen - Tommie in gesprek 88. Gina Sheridan - I Work at a Public Library 89. Jaap Bartelds - Het ABC van de Nederlandse gezelligheid 90. Cornelia Funke - Inkheart 2: Inkspell (Tintenblut) 91. Ann M. Martin - De Babysittersclub 55: Jessie en de grote zwemwedstrijd (re-read) 92. Mario Giordano - Heb jij dat ook? (1000 Gefühle für die es keinen Namen gibt) 93. Jordan Reid and Erin Williams - Het grote maak-je-niet-drukboek (The Big Activity Book for Anxious People) 94. Jordan Reid and Erin Williams - Het grote doeboek voor digitale detox (The Big Activity Book for Digital Detox) 95. Jeroen de Leijer and Marjolein Schalk - Niemand de deur uit! 96. Séverine Clochard, Cécile Hudrisier and Audrey Gessat - For Girls Only: Alles wat coole meiden moeten weten! (Vives les Filles!) 97. Angie Manfredi & Others - The (Other) F Word Least favourite book(s) I read this month: Jeroen de Leijer and Marjolein Schalk - Niemand de deur uit! Séverine Clochard, Cécile Hudrisier and Audrey Gessat - For Girls Only: Alles wat coole meiden moeten weten! (Vives les Filles!) Mario Giordano - Heb jij dat ook? (1000 Gefühle für die es keinen Namen gibt) Best book(s) I read this month: Kay Kerr - Please Don't Hug Me Robin Hobb - The Farseer Trilogy 2: Royal Assassin Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed - When Stars Are Scattered Talia Hibbert - The Brown Sisters 2: Take a Hint, Dani Brown Lucy Cuthew - Blood Moon
  6. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I hope you get book 2 in soon and that it is an enjoyable read for you also . I'm reading A Column of Fire by Ken Follett this month, with a friend, we read a chapter a day. I also started Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke, another friend and I read that together, 100 pages a week (ish). I re-read A Meditation on Murder by Robert Thorogood (Death in Paradise 1), which I finished on Thursday, then I read a Dutch children's book called Mees Kees 2: Op de kast by Mirjam Mous (ill. Rick de Haas), which I finished (it was 85 pages). Today then I will read another chapter in A Column of Fire, and I hope to read something else.
  7. I saw some of Michael Palin's travel shows, when I was in the UK my boyfriend's mother had a DVD of it. I just looked it up and it was called Around the World in 80 Days with Michael Palin. I liked it. Good to know his travel books are nice too! I loved The Midnight Library. I don't mind 'tell instead of show' much though.
  8. I enjoyed The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy too when I read it years ago . I'm glad you liked it! I should re-read it some time, as well as the other books (I have an omnibus with 5 books).
  9. Hi Muggle Not! Maybe you'll read more in the second half of the year. Sorry you've been struggling a bit with your reading.
  10. My copy of Dune has just over 600 pages, definitely a longer book.
  11. Read-a-thons 2021

    I look forward to it . I only know one of the people, my friend. Everyone else are people I don't know, which is what makes me hesistant as they don't know me either. True . Yay! I'm glad to know it is not just me!! Yes, I found it boring too.
  12. Read-a-thons 2021

    I've been in a bit of a reading slump the past week (because I am really not liking War and Peace, even though now I've decided to DNF it for now (though am worried about telling the people I read it with because they seem to like it.), I still feel slumpy and not really feel like reading), I only realised yesterday that it was supposed to be the read-a-thon weekend . My bad! I'm sorry for not realising it last week and then posting about it. I have re-read a couple of manga yesterday evening because it was the only thing I felt up for reading (aside my daily chapter in A Column of Fire). It's fine with me to move the read-a-thon to next weekend. I will see if I feel in the mood for more reading then, we shall see.
  13. Aww thank you, that is very nice of you !
  14. From what I know, as a non-Brit Dutch person living in the Netherlands, it is/was something started in the 2000's somewhere to help non-readers get into reading. Every year they asked several authors to write a novella / short story, which would be published and available to buy in certain English book shops for £1 during a limited period (February/March or May/June? Some thing like that). I have quite a lot of them collected throughout the years, though they are not always easy to find from the Netherlands (I only managed to order 1 or 2 of this year's so far). In the past when I travelled to the UK I have got lucky before finding them in shops. I also ordered some from Amazon UK back in the day before they changed their shipping prices to NL, now we have Amazon NL since just over a year but they can't always find them for me. The recent few years QuickReads have had some financial trouble, they shut down for a while but then opened again. Well, I'm sure the internet will tell you more, but this is just on top off my head . I'd like to know what you think of it when you've read it .
  15. You're welcome, thank you so much for the nice reply . It is nice to hear/read about your family and how you experience things! I don't read in a waiting room either, I'd be worried about missing my appointment, plus I need the time to mentally prepare myself anyway. Aww thank you! Thank you, me too. We don't do it anymore (my partner's back to not reading much anymore) but it was fun. I liked reading the parts about her family and the parts about her being a bookseller and later on working for QuickReads (which I've read a number of). I was less interested in some of the books she talked about, I didn't recognise many of them, and most were not the kind of books that I normally read. It probably doesn't help that I'm not British, as I've heard from several people I know who are British, they really liked the book and recognised more of the books.
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