Reading challenge 2019

January – Start the year with a book you wish you’d read in school
Het achterhuis by Anne Frank

The diary describes Anne’s life in Het Achterhuis but also gives a bit of background information about her life before. I shouldn’t have been surprised by the boys and girls she didn’t like, the boys who liked her, etc. But I was. For a moment I forgot I was reading a diary of a child who was just thirteen years old… read more

Three comrades

February – Read a book recommended by a friend
Three comrades by E.M Remarque

This fascinating book tells the story of Otto Köster, Lenz Gottfried, and Robert Lohkamp. It’s actually written from Robert Lohkamp’s point of view but during the book Lohkamp describes his two other comrades frequently as well. War, friendship, drinking, and love are all passing by in this story. It shows the aftermath of war; how does it affect you but also what happens to companionship (hence the title)… read more

circe-madeline-millerMarch – Judge a book by its cover
Circe by Madeline Miller

My eyes fell on the golden cover of Circe by Madeline Miller. This book tells the story of Circe (really?!) who never got accepted by her family. She was different than all of them, not the same golden look, not the same voice as the gods, just nothing like them. When she discovers she has magic power, Zeus bans her to her own island… read more

April – Read a book with more than 500 pagesThe Chimney Sweeper's Boy by Barbara Vine
The Chimney Sweeper’s Boy by Barbara Vine*
Uncommon type by Tom Hanks
Milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
* this book had ‘just’ 441 pages.

51x3libtE4L._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_May – Read a book with a number in the title
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

What did I think about Fahrenheit 451? I thought it was an interesting look at how technology can change people/the world. A lot of people claim it’s about censorship and the government, which I do understand: they ban books and no one is allowed to have their own thoughts/ideas. Without books, everyone’s happier they sayread more

June – Read a book that starts with the same letter as your first name220px-LordOfTheFliesBookCover.jpg
Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This book was published in 1954, just one year after Fahrenheit 451. The books are both so different. As Golding clearly described: “The theme is an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature”. And it’s truly an interesting book. I’m always interested in human behavior… read more

Force of natureJuly – Read a book featuring a holiday
Wildernis/Force of Nature by Jane Harper
*This month I also read Broertje by Michael Berg (Dutch author) and started Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

This book is different than all the classics I’ve been reading. Don’t get me wrong, I love crime novels full of suspense, drama, murder, and mystery. Because I love the genre and missed reading a story like that, I selected Force by nature. Basically, it’s men versus women trying to survive and get to the end of the trip (without phones). Mind you: it’s the Australian wilderness where there used to be a serial killer… read more

August – Read a debut novelc3ff5a31-d372-4269-9cb3-ac5060706d40
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

It’s Honeyman’s debut novel and, I can tell you, pretty good. The character, Eleanor, is not your typical loveable character. She’s had a tough past and this reflects on her behavior nowadays. She’s alone but she’s completely fine. But sometimes fine is not good enough. Fine is just fine and you need to realize that before you’re able to change it… read more




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