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I am Ciska, born and raised in the Netherlands. I love books, photography, baking & cooking and Binturongs

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Posts tagged "Wishlist Wednesday"
This year I went to Manuscripta and in the boot of A.W. Bruna I saw this book. I read the synopsis and was not sure what to think of it but I could not stop looking at the cover. Cause it is very very pretty. When I had some time left I reread the synopsis again and I wondered why I was so against it at first. Cause honestly this sounds like a great mystery but with a lot of supernatural stuff. For people who do not know what the book is about, the synopsis.
One night, while a mysterious red moon fills the sky, six girls meet in the park. They have nothing in common and have no idea how they got there or why they are in the park but they realize they will not survive without one another. Just before Minoo, Rebecka, Vanessa, Anna-Karin, Linnéa en Ida started a new school year in the city of Engelsfors. They do not know each other but all notice strange things happening and that each one of them has a special gift. When they are confronted with each other in the park they hear about the ancient Evil that is part of Engelsfors and according to an old legend they are the ones who can beat this Evil. Only when they cooperate they can beat this Evil but there is not much time left…

I went back to Manuscripta on Sunday and again I noticed myself being pulled to this book. It was than I decided I had to have this book on my to read shelf. I am not sure though if I want to read it in Dutch or English. So will see which one I will be able to get my hands on first.

Curious too or just in love with the cover. De Cirkel (Dutch version) eBook or De Cirkel (Dutch version) paperback from publisher A.W. Bruna. Is your Dutch not what it used to be you can get the book in English from Random House imprint Hammer The Circle

Wishlist Wednesday is a weeklies hosted by Pen to Paper. As I have enough wishes when it comes to books I decided to join this weekly and tell you about them. I am obviously curious about the books on your wishlist too so feel free to leave a message and tell me all about it.

This week on my Wishlist is a cook-book which I saw on Twitter this morning. It is called “Het Nederlandse bakboek” (the Dutch baking book) and holds a lot of recipes on “original” Dutch baking products. What is really nice too is that they added history about the recipes in the book.

The Netherlands is not knows for its culinary miracles. A lot of foreigners ever visiting here will probably say nice country but the food… Still the country has a very rich history of baking and we have a lot of specific recipes for holidays and celebrations. This book tells both the story behind the recipe and how to make it.

It was written by Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra who is a culinary historian (sounds like a very nice job) and has been living in the Netherlands for a long time. This book is a partial Dutch translation of her work Windmills In My Oven which was first published in 2002 by Prospect Books.

The Dutch translation is published by Uitgeverij Kosmos and I have ordered the book as soon as I saw it. I hope to have it before the weekend so I can spend my it in the kitchen surrounded by smells and even better food.

Interested in “Het Nederlands bakboek” you can order trough Uitgeverij Kosmos (ISBN 9789021552606)
Windmills in My Oven (ISBN 9781903018187) is available from various second hand sellers on the well known sites.

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper. Because I have enough book wishes I decided to join this meme.

A young man escaped a twisted life in Upstate New York and fled to Manhattan to start over. We meet him later in the prime of his life building the American dream; only to find out that his world is about to be turned upside down. Suddenly he is faced with his own mortality, and the possibilty that he may be saying goodbye forever to his pregnant wife, young children, and the big white house he has built in a quaint Long Island suburb. “Barefoot in November” is about dying and living, not living and dying. It’s a wrestling match between Man, God, and Destiny, and the stories that interconnect them.


I found this book when I entered the giveaway a while back at Goodreads. I got interested in the plot immediately and added to book to my to read pile. Unfortunately I did not win the giveaway so now the book is on my wish list waiting for my bank account to allow me to buy it.
What makes me curious about the book too is the reviews and ratings. It has a couple on Goodreads and they are all over the place. It seems to be a book you like or don’t like.

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper. Because I have enough book wishes I decided to join this meme.

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

I really want to read this book. It has been on top of my twitter and goodreads mentions for a week now and almost everyone is positive about the book. For now I still have to get my hands on it but I hope to be able to read it soon. 

The idea of this story is really intriguing. It reminds me to of a new project that is on the internet called The Beauty Inside and I would not be surprised if they are in one way connected.

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper.
Because I have enough book wishes I decided to join this meme.

Just to remind myself I still have so many great books on my TBR and I do not want to forget about them. Today in wishlist wednesday

When eighteen-year-old Ruth Becker visits her cousin Dora in Munich in 1923, she meets the love of her life, the dashing young journalist Hans Wesemann, and eagerly joins in the heady activities of the militant political Left in Germany. Ten years later, Ruth and Hans are married and living in Weimar Berlin when Hitler is elected chancellor of Germany. Together with Dora and her lover, Ernst Toller, the celebrated poet and self-doubting revolutionary, the four become hunted outlaws overnight and are forced to flee to London. Inspired by the fearless Dora to breathtaking acts of courage, the friends risk betrayal and deceit as they dedicate themselves to a dangerous mission: to inform the British government of the very real Nazi threat to which it remains willfully blind. All That I Am is the heartbreaking story of these extraordinary people, who discover that Hitler’s reach extends much further than they had thought.

I am very curious to find out how the title of this books holds itself to the story.

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper.
Because I have enough book wishes I decided to join this meme.

It all began with a letter inquiring about second-hand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road in London. As Helene’s sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the stodgy and proper Frank Doel of 84, Charing Cross Road, a relationship blossoms into a warm and charming long-distance friendship lasting many years.


Books about books about books.. I love them. I have had this book on my to read list for a long time now but still did not get my hands on a copy. So here it is on my wishlist wednesday just to remind myself of the hidden jewels that must still exist there.

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper.
Because I have enough book wishes I decided to join this meme.

Florence, 1943. Two sisters, Isabella and Caterina Cammaccio, find themselves surrounded by terror and death; and with Italy trapped under the heel of a brutal Nazi occupation, bands of Partisans rise up. Soon Isabella and Caterina will test their wits and deepest beliefs as never before. As the winter grinds on, they will be forced to make the most important decisions of their lives. Their choices will reverberate for decades. In the present day, Alessandro Pallioti, a senior policeman agrees to oversee a murder investigation, after it emerges the victim was once a Partisan hero. When the case begins to unravel, Pallioti finds himself working to uncover a crime lost in the twilight of war, the consequences of which are as deadly today as they were over sixty years ago.


First I was not sure whether I wanted to read this book. In a way the synopsis did sound interesting but it was not really pulling me.
But I keep on hearing great things about this book and feel an urge to read it now more and more.

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper.
Because I have enough book wishes I decided to join this meme.

In 1945, Elsie Schmidt was a naïve teenager, as eager for her first sip of champagne as she was for her first kiss. But in the waning days of the Nazi empire, with food scarce and fears of sedition mounting, even the private yearnings of teenage girls were subject to suspicion and suppression. Elsie’s courtship by Josef Hub, a rising star in the Army of the Third Reich, has insulated her and her family from the terror and desperation overtaking her country. So when an escaped Jewish boy arrives on Elsie’s doorstep in the dead of night on Christmas Eve, Elsie understands that opening the door puts all she loves in danger.

Sixty years later, in El Paso, Texas, Reba Adams is trying to file a feel-good Christmas piece for the local magazine. Reba is a rolling stone, perpetually on the run from memories of a turbulent childhood, but she’s been in El Paso long enough to get a full-time job and a full-time fiancé, Riki Chavez. Riki, an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, finds comfort in strict rules and regulations, whereas Reba knows that in every good story, lines will be blurred.

Reba’s latest assignment has brought her to the shop of an elderly baker across town. The interview should take a few hours at most, but the owner of Elsie’s German Bakery is no easy subject. Elsie keeps turning the tables on Reba, and Reba finds herself returning to the bakery again and again, anxious to find the heart of the story. For Elsie, Reba’s questions have been a stinging reminder of darker times: her life in Germany during that last bleak year of WWII. And as Elsie, Reba, and Riki’s lives become more intertwined, all are forced to confront the uncomfortable truths of the past and seek out the courage to forgive.


I keep hearing more and more about this book. Both on the net, twitter and in my surroundings people keep mentioning it to me that I should read it. I have had it on my TBR shelf for a while but might have to get it a bit quicker than expected cause I really feel like starting it soon. 

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper.
Usually I make a post on wednesday telling you people which book I would love to have.

Thing is that I had my birthday this month and joined the meme “Random act of Kindness (RAK)”. These two combined I got 11 books, which ones you will see later this month, and now all I am wishing for is time to hide in all these new books.

Obviously there are enough books in the world I probably want but for now I am so happy with the ones I got that I cannot make up my mind which book I want next or still miss. I still got a gift card left.

Which book is on your wish list this week? Do you get enough time to read? How big is your pile with books you got but still did not read?

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper.
Because I have enough book wishes I decided to join this meme.

It is 1904. When Frederick and Jette must flee her disapproving mother, where better to go than America, the land of the new? Originally set to board a boat to New York, at the last minute, they take one destined for New Orleans instead (“What’s the difference? They’re both new”), and later find themselves, more by chance than by design, in the small town of Beatrice, Missouri. Not speaking a word of English, they embark on their new life together.
Beatrice is populated with unforgettable characters: a jazz trumpeter from the Big Easy who cooks a mean gumbo, a teenage boy trapped in the body of a giant, a pretty schoolteacher who helps the young men in town learn about a lot more than just music, a minister who believes he has witnessed the Second Coming of Christ, and a malevolent, bicycle-riding dwarf.


One of my Goodreads friends was reading this book and mentioning she found it hard cause there was so much talk about music. I was not sure at first if I wanted to read the book but it kept coming back at me. I read more and more reviews and now I cannot wait to get my hands on this book.