Joined Sunday, November 18, 2007
Home page moriquensbookshelf.webs.com/
"Not a shred of evidence exists in favour of the idea that life is serious."
If you like any of the books on my AVL shelf, please feel free to contact me! If you would like to surprise me (thank you) with a book from my wishlist (thank you, thank you), I am on RABCK.com! :D
Let me introduce myself:
I am a teacher from Belgium. I can teach Dutch, English and History, although I've also taught Technology ... don't ask.
I have very few hobbies apart from reading and travelling! And even those hobbies I can't practise as much as I would like to. Teaching does tend to take up a lot of your time and energy. :D I also love music. I like a lot of different music, but my favourite kinds of music are rock and metal.
I've lived together with my boyfriend in my hometown of Antwerp for five years and we have recently moved to a small village, where life moves at a different speed altogether. In 2013 and 2016 I became the proud mother of our two girls and I must admit that since then reading and bookcrossing has taken a bit of a backseat, but I'm still trying to do both as much as I can.
I am usually a rather upbeat and optimistic person, except once a month I become slightly evil ... (So I've been told!) ;)
What do I read?
Well, basically anything that I find interesting. I like all things magical, so you can always please me with some fantasy. I'm also a big history fan, so any historic novel is good. Books that contain a certain amount of humour are always a big hit with me! But in trying to define what you like to read, you always exclude what you don't like. (D'uh) And I try to exclude as little as possible. (Except chicklit/womens fiction ... I'm not a fan of that at all!)
Most books I have at home will never be registered. (So that is why my shelf doesn't really reflect my taste.) But on the other hand I will never keep a BC book, if I like it so much that I actually want to own it, I'll put it on my Christmas or Birthday list.
My permanent collection
The books that are listed in my permanent collection are books for in my classroom. I have a small classroom library with which I hope to get my pupils interested in books and reading. The aim is to create the automatic response to grab a book when they are finished with their work or test. And with many of them it seems to work! If you have any Dutch novels for teens (ages 12 to 16) I would be very interested in them. Easy Readers (beginner or elementary level) in English and French are also welcome!
My 'extra' bookshelf:
Less important information like which challenges I'm participating in, which books I've read in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, lists of caught and found books can be found on what I call my 'extra' bookshelf. In order to declutter this one. You can find it here.
Books I read in 2014: (Books indicated with * are rings/rays.)
1. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
2. Pyramids by Terry Pratchettµ
3. Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
4. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
6. The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory
7. Sword of Shame by Medieval Murderers
8. Falling Sideways by Tom Holt
9. Boudica door Manda Scott
10. Noah Barleywater gaat ervandoor door John Boyne
11. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
12. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
13. Eric by Terry Pratchett
14. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Books I read in 2015:
1 The Hippopotamus by Stephen Fry
2. Alice's Bloody Adventures in Wonderland by Raul Alberto Contreras
3. Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
4. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
5. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
6. Ragnarok by A.S. Byatt
7. The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton
8. Heldere Hemel door Tom Lanoye
9. Boxer Beetle by Ned Beauman
10. The Assassine's Prayer by Ariana Franklin
11. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
12. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
13. Heartstone by C.J. Sansom
14. Die Eeuwige Egyptenaren door Terry Deary en Peter Hepplewhite
15. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
16. The Soul Slayer by Paul Doherty
17. De 100-jarige man die uit het raam klom en verdween door Jonas Jonasson
18. Weg met de literatuur door Herman Brusselmans
19. De dood van Bunny Munro door Nick Cave
Books read in 2016:
1. Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
2. Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
3. Maskerade by Terrey Pratchett
4. Graveminder by Melissa Marr
5. Citadel by Kate Mosse
6. The Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell
7. Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop
8. Heretic by Bernard Cornwell
Books read in 2017:
1. Red Rode, White Rode by Joanna Hickson
2. Toen niemand iets te doen had door Toon Tellegen
3. Septemberlichten door Carlos Ruiz Zafon
4. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
5. Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
6. Toevluchtsoord door Lydia Verbeeck
7. Spreeuwenjong door Lydia Verbeeck
8. Duivelsgesel door Lydia Verbeeck
9. Zeven minuten na middernacht door Patrick Ness
10. A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly
11. De magiërs door Lev Grossman
12. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
13. Een zoon van het circus door John Irving
14. The lady and the unicorn by Tracy Chevalier --> Reading now!
14. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Orfeo by J.R.R. Tolkien --> Reading now!
Rings/Rays I started: (If you want to join in, please feel free to PM me!)
- De Trein der Traagheid door Johan Daisne [Ring: Closed]
- De ordening door Kees van Beijnum [Ring: Closed]
- Psychics and Swords: The Amazing and Totally Plausible Adventures of Steve Walton by J.M. Naydol [Ray]
- Huppel en Sy Maats by W.O. Kuhne [Ray]