Or, In Which We Don’t Want Purple Or Pink On Our Covers
Maarten: Just finished Het behouden huis by W. F. Hermans (in this beautifully published Literaire Pocket/Bezige Bij edition, designed by K. Beunis), Het Nutteloze Kennisparadijs by Martin van Neck, and Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities (pretty pictures of a gorgeous collection, very diverse, with a dragon!).
Jitse: De mooie voedselmachine by Giulia Enders. I’m reading the Dutch edition, bought at Artis, but there’s an English-language version available, too, called Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ.
Simone: When the Devil Holds the Candle by Karin Fossum, The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø, and now reading Black Seconds by Karin Fossum. It has a cracking start! It reminds a bit of Lost by Joy Fielding, which I thought a fabulous book.
Jouke: Armada by Ernest Cline (Advanced Reader’s Copy).
Martijn: Us by David Nicholls. Simone said I had to. (Simone: “That’s right”)
Tom: Native English for Nederlanders by Ronald van der Krol. Light-heartedly describes how people in English-speaking countries use language in a different way from the Dutch. This can generally be heard quite clearly in the English that Dutch people speak. A useful book, then, for people like us, but also a fun read.
Jesse: In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and Modernism in Paris, 1900-1910 by Sue Roe. Very interesting and lively.
Daria: 111 Places in San Francisco That You Must Not Miss by Floriana Peterson.
One of my favorite cities! The cool cover drew me in and it’s filled with quite cool off-the-beaten-track sights and sounds. Usually these guides are more for browsing but this one drew me in.
Sophie: Blacksad: Amarillo by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido (meh, especially compared to the first collection), Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson et al (cute), Saga, vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (wow! Just as good as the first one!), Ms. Marvel, vol 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson et al (cute), A Venetian Reckoning by Donna Leon (Commissario Brunetti #4, always lovely to visit him), and Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement (book club book, set in Mexico, only just started it).