What We’re Reading

Or, In Which Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) and Dutch Authors Make A Strong Showing

Bonita Avenue (NL version) - Peter BuwaldaPurity - Jonathan FranzenThe Rebirths of Tao - Wesley ChuVoodoo Salon - Erroll FullerHe Who Fears the Wolf - Karin Fossum

Purity - Jonathan FranzenA Question of Belief - Donna LeonJust Kids From the Bronx - Arlene AldaIk kom terug - Adriaan van DisDe hoogmoedige doden - Kenzaburo Oe

De Brieven - Frans KellendonkDeath Without Company - Craig JohnsonPines - Blake Crouchthe-name-of-the-windThe Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden (UK cover) - Jonas Jonasson

Finders Keepers - Stephen KingThe Flamethrowers - Rachel KushnerVirgo - Ryuji KagamiUnbroken - Laura HillenbrandOn Writing - Stephen King

JeroenW: Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda.  Bought this on impulse from our neighbours at Van Stockum*.  I’ve read the first 50 pages or so and thus far I really like it.  I also just started Purity by Jonathan Franzen (the ARC).

*He’s reading the Dutch version.  The English version is also titled Bonita Avenue and in stock in both of our stores, usually. 🙂

Tiemen:  The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu.  The final part of the Tao trilogy and once again a wonderfully geeky James Bond-like scifi book.

Maarten: Voodoo Salon by Errol Fuller. Not exactly in print anymore, alas…

Simone: He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum, Purity by Jonathan Franzen and A Question of Belief by Donna Leon.

Daria: Just Kids from the Bronx: Telling It the Way It Was: An Oral History by Arlene Alda.  Small pearls from former (mostly famous) residents; you’d jump in a time machine right away to share their adventures!  Ik kom terug by Adriaan van Dis.  The first time in a long time I’m reading a book by a Dutch author.  Enjoying it so far, on-the-nose characterisations, easy to read.

Renate: De Hoogmoedige Doden by Kenzaburo Oe, a short story collection bought for € 1 on Kingsday. 🙂  Also: De Brieven by Frans Kellendonk (edited by Oek de Jong and Jaap Goedegebure).  Wonderful and funny and touching.

Martijn: Death without Company by Craig Johnson.  Parte deux in a Western whodunnit series revolving(!) around Sherrif Longmire in today’s small-town Wyoming. I think I’m gonna read them all (12 books and counting)…

Nicki: The “Wayward Pines” series by Blake Crouch (starts with Pines).  I started watching the TV series, and had to know what next. Now that I know what’s next, I’m curious how it plays out in the series.  I was just past half last night at bed time, and couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it, 3 hours later!

Klaartje:  The Name of the Wind by Patrck Rothfuss. And for in the train The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson.

PleunFinders Keepers by Stephen King! 🙂

Jesse: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner.  I am halfway through the book and I really like it so far. Although it’s a bit of a slow read, it’s definitely one of the better books I’ve read this year.

Sophie: Virgo by Ryuji Kagami. This was a gift from a friend. It’s not your average astrological guide telling you the auspicious dates for investing in banana funds, but instead focuses on what kind of job would suit you well (i.e. “look for one where you will continually learn something”).  A refreshing look at your horoscope (although it really, really, REALLY could have done with a spellcheck).  Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.  A book club book that I would otherwise never have picked up.  It’s a fast-paced and well-written adventure story that is hard to put down – so thank you book club!  On Writing by Stephen King.  My first King!  🙂  Click on the title to see my Staff Choice thoughts at the bottom of the page.

Ebooks available for Bonita Avenue, The Rebirths of Tao, He Who Fears the Wolf, A Question of Belief, Death Without Company, The Name of the Wind, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, The Flamethrowers, Unbroken, and On Writing.