What did I read this vacation?

When I began this vacation, I came up with a few books I liked to read from. I also know that the moment I have a list,  I usually read every book, but the ones on my list :-) How did I do this time?

From the Italian list I read the book by Christian Frascella, a detective set in Turin. Very good and well written in the best tradition of Raymond Chandler and Philip Kerr. 

From the French list I read Mathilde by Leila Slimani, which I liked, I read the novel about two sisters by David Foenkinos, which I loved and the book by Francoise Sagan, which I liked. (although I am not sure if I completely understood it)
I am currently reading the classic by Emile Zola, very, very good. 

From the American list I read none, and from the 'not in Europe' list I also read none. 

But I read other books as well, beside these. So what else did I read? 

French books
- 2 French thrillers (quite alright)
- The man who planted trees, a story by Jean Giono (beautiful) 
- Le cahier de recettes by Jacky Durand (in Dutch translation, really lovely)

- Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen (loved it again) 
- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (loved it again)
- Persuasion, Jane Austen (first time, and I think this is my new favorite, what an amazing book!! More about this later) 
- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

- Murder on the Nile,  Agatha Christie
- A Dutch historical novel about the giraffe that came to France in 1826, a gift from the pasha of Egypt to the French king, and who had to be brought by foot, from Marseille to Paris. 
- The world of Jane Austen by Maggie Lane, a beautiful non-fiction book about the life and world of Jane Austen. 
- biography of Virginia Woolf by Quentin Bell. 
- The other Bennet sister, Janice Hardlow, the story of Mary Bennet and puts a different light on the situations in Pride and Prejudice. I loved it and I will make a post about this soon. 
- two detectives by Ian Rankin (Inspector Rebus series) 
- a beautiful Dutch novel by Olga Majeau, really good. 

Books I disliked
- The waterdancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Beautifully written and in many respects a great book, but do not bring fantasy elements into a historical novel!!!)
- Unto us a son is given, Donna Leon. (I think I will not buy another book in the Brunetti series again. I loved the first ones, but this one and the one from last year have become very boring. Two pages about Brunetti looking at his computer screen and leaning back in his chair etc. Nothing happens for the first 150 pages. And god, I cannot stand his family.)
- a French novel by Julien Sorel about a woman who finds her twin sisters and then they switch places. Stupid, melodramatic and unbelievable. 


  1. I love Quentin Bell's biography of Virginia Woolf! And Persuasion is one of my favorite Austen novels, too. Glad you were able to read so many wonderful books on your vacation. When you head back to school will it be in person or online?

    1. Yes, I am glad I read so many great books! We will start as normal with all the children in school. Although we do have to follow guidelines like the adults have to keep 1.5 metres distance, and also from the students. So we will see how things go. Excited, but a bit worried as well.

      Kind regards,


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