Author Archive: carpediemblogger

Books read in 2016…

These are the books I read this year: January: Agatha CHRISTIE – Het wespennest (1928). Agatha CHRISTIE – De eindeloze nacht (1966). Heinrich BÖLL – The train was on time (1949). J.R.R. TOLKIEN – The Hobbit (1937). Belinda BAUER – Darkside (2011). Amélie NOTHOMB – Dagboek van Zwaluw (2006). Judy BLOOME – Forever (1975). Justin …

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Books – What I’ve Read in 2015!

Here are the books I read this year, in the order in read them in… Agatha CHRISTIE – In Hotel Bertram (1965) Oscar WILDE – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) Jonathan FRANZEN – The Corrections (2001) J.K. ROWLING – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1997) J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Chamber of …

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Books – The Classic Tales Podcast

© leaguefreak.com I discovered podcasts some years ago, when I bought my first iPod, and have loved them ever since.  Of course, most of the podcasts I regularly listen to are all book-related: Here are a few of the ones I like most, in alphabetical order (because I honestly could not say which are my …

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Books – The Elegance of the Hedgehog

 © bol.com & http://www.indiebound.org As I mentioned in an earlier post, Elegant als een egel by Muriel Barbery was my favourite read of 2014.  I have to admit I bought this book mostly for its title, which I loved and, yes, found so elegant 🙂 .  I didn’t know anything about the book, nor of …

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Books & TV-series: I, Claudius

I watched the TV-series I, Claudius when I was in my teens and had no idea it was based on a book.  Only when I was in my twenties, did I see the two books by Robert Graves, I, Claudius and Claudius, the God in the book-store.  I didn’t hesitate and bought them immediately and …

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Authors – Haruki Murakami

Wikipedia I first discovered the Japanese author Haruki Murakami when a Belgian magazine offered a reduced copy of his 1999 novel Sputnik Sweatheart.  I liked the book, but thought nothing special of it.  Then I heard about the title Kafka on the shore, published in Japanese in 2002.  Because this title intrigued me, I bought …

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Movies – Erin Brockovich

© IMDb If there is one film I can’t seem to get enough from, it is Erin Brockovitch, brought out in 2000 and starring Julia Roberts.  I think this is really one of Robert’s best films: great characters (although perhaps some a bit too ‘characteristic’), a strong plot-line and a captivating story, based on real …

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(Books!) What we see when we read

© GoodReads I’ve already heard about this book here and there and, so it seems, everywhere.  And everywhere, people, that is, readers, are enthusiastic.  And so am I. This is what is says on GoodReads: A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading-how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from …

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TV-Series – Poirot

© Flanders/News.be My grandfather owned all the books by Agatha Christie (in Dutch), together with many many other books, and when he moved to a home for elderly people, I was one of the grandchildren who could choose books from his extensive library to keep.  Now, that was not a big problem, because I was the …

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Books – Best books of 2014!

Here is a list of the 5-star books I read in 2014, in the order I read them: J.R.R. TOLKIEN, The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955) Agatha CHRISTIE, Waarom Evans niet? (1934) Alex KAVA, At the Stroke of Madness (2003) Dan BROWN, Angels & Demons (2000) W. Somerset MAUGHAM, The Painted Veil (1947) Alex KAVA, …

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