Reading update, September 2016

I am really lucky with the books I pick out at the moment. I have read some great books and am reading some even better ones.

What did I read? 
I read The sealed letter by Emma Donoghue. It was good, but not spectacular, I think.
I loved My cousing Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, and I really enjoyed reading it together with Lark. We both posted reviews. Mine can be found here.

I re-read Virginia Woolfs' Writers diary, and I thought it was really good again. I was amazed for the second time by how hard she worked and how much she thought about her writing and tried to be better at it.

I also read a good novel by Italian writer Cesare Pavese, a Dutch historical novel about captain Cook (or rather: his wife) and two beautiful French novels. Constellation by Adrien Bosc and An unfinished business by Algerian writer Boualem Sansal. These last two are also available in English translations and I will post reviews soon.

The same goes for the amazing book Van Gogh's ear by Bernadette Murphy, a book about one of my favorite painters Vincent van Gogh. I cannot wait to tell you what I thought about this, but I can already tell you I am very enthusiastic!!

Finally I read The old man and the sea by Ernest Hemingway. I loved it very much. It is perhaps a simple tale, but very powerful.

What am I reading now?
At this moment I am reading a Dutch biography about Charles de Gaulle, the French geneneral who led the Free French during WWII and who became president when the war was over. Really interesting. They do not make statemen like general de Gaulle anymore, sadly.

I also read The heart is a lonely hunter by Carson McMullers, in Dutch translation. I have not read much, just the first pages, but I have high expectations!

In the bus I am thorougly enjoying Street of thieves by French writer Mathias Enard. It is set in Marocco and I love this book so far.
The Dutch title of the biography of Charles de Gaulle is 'The man who said no'. 

What do I plan to read?
I have two very beautiful non-fiction books ready for me. One is Mad enchantment by Ross King, about the Waterlilies by Claude Monet. I was stunned by those paintings when I saw then in Paris last May, so I really want to read and learn more about them.

The edition is absolutely breathtaking, so very very beautiful. Some books you just want to have on your shelves and this is definately one of them.

The second book I cannot wait to begin in is Hold still. A memoir with photographs from photographer Sally Mann.
I will certainly post reviews of these books when I have finished them!


  1. I hope Mad Enchantment reads as good as it sound...and it sounds fascinating!

    1. Yes it does, doesn't it? It is strange, but I just like looking at the book, it is so beautiful! :-)

      Kind regards,


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