March Book Haul #3


My last book haul of the month of March. And I think this will also be the last (motivational) book haul for a while, because I guess I now have enough books to read for the coming year. This week five books arrived, but I won’t be talking about one of them, since that’s a book for an essay I have to write for uni. So, here are the four other books!

Handlettering Doe Je Zo! by Karin Luttenberg

This is a non-fiction, how-to book! There are all kinds of tips and tricks on how to get good at handlettering. I’ve been wanting to buy this book for a while now, but I never did. Since this week is the Bookweek in the Netherlands, I thought why not?! And when you spend 12,50 on Dutch books (translated or not) you get a book for free!

Makkelijk Leven by Herman Koch

Tom Sanders is een gevierd schrijver van zelfhulpboeken. Van zijn bestellers ‘Misdaad zonder grenzen’ en ‘Makkelijk leven’ zijn wereldwijd meer dan veertig miljoen exemplaren verkocht. Tom leidt een uiterst comfortabel leven; hij is gelukkig getrouwd met Julia en heeft twee volwassen zonen, van wie de jongste, Stefan, zijn oogappel is.

Tijdens een verjaardagsfeestje voor Julia staat hun schoondochter Hanna – op wie Tom en Julia niet dol zijn – opeens voor de deur. Snikkend vertelt ze dat ze door Stefan is geslagen en dat dat niet de eerste keer is. Moet Tom zijn lievelingszoon Stefan aanspreken op zijn gedrag? Of loont het misschien meer om de adviezen uit zijn zelfhulpboeken in praktijk te brengen, zoals zijn bekende richtlijn ‘Probeer problemen niet altijd op te lossen door eraan te denken; vaak worden ze eerder opgelost door er niet aan te denken’?

Okay, you see it right, this is a Dutch book. It’s the book you get as a bookweek gift! But maybe you recognize the author, since his work is translated in 17 countries and also in English! This book is about Tom Sanders, an author of bestselling selfhelp books. But of course, what’s a book without a little drama? When his daughter in law claims that Stefan, Tom’s most treasured son, has hit her, Tom’s whole world gets turned upside down.
I’m really curious about this little book.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll’s anarchic, disturbing, and boisterously funny Alice stories, conjured up one afternoon to entertain a young girl, are a unique blend of wordplay, logic, parody, puzzles, and riddles.

Their dream worlds of nonsensical Wonderland and the back-to-front Looking Glass kingdom depict order turned upside-down: a baby turns into a pig, time is abandoned at an unruly tea-party and a chaotic game of chess makes a seven-year-old girl a Queen. But, amongst the eccentric humour and witty conundrums, are poignant moments of nostalgia for a lost childhood. 

I read the about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the first time about two years ago. I read it on my ereader and I’ve always wanted to have a paper copy of it. Since the Penguin English Library collection books are only 6-9 euros (paperbacks) (and absolutely gorgeous), I add them to my cart everytime I buy a book at Mainly to get rid of the shipping costs. oops.

Maus by Art Spiegelman

Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents. A contemporary classic of immeasurable significance.

Last week we discussed the graphic memoir by Marjane Satrapi in class and this made me really curious about graphic narratives. In my first year of uni I already read Fun Home by Alison Bechdel and this week I had to read Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse and I absolutely love reading stories this way! On social media I got recommended to read Maus by a lot of people and I’m really looking forward to it!

Do you read graphic novels/narratives?

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