Time travel & Confusion 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon & (probably) Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

***Spoilers****

I’m watching Outlander season two and I  thought I was missing something from the books. Didn’t Jamie own a print shop?  In Edinburgh?  Or was that later?

Then I thought: Am I confusing him with Matthew from the Discovery of Witches series by Deborah Harkness? Because it could be. Not that both book series are the same, but I did fall in love with both, so it may be a tad hard to distinguish the two after a few years.

Which ofcourse means I have to read Discovery of Witches again. *smiles happily*

And finish the whole Outlander series (I’ve read 1-3)

But first, off to the Dark Tower again!

Day 7 – Do you read? What are your favorite books?

​I don’t read books. I devour books. Currently I’m on a one-book-a-week spree and I hope it never ends.My goal is to read 52 books this year, it’s looking good so far. Luckily I have a long commute to work, which allows me to read for at least 2 hours a day. 

My favorite books? Well, there are way to many, but I can tell you my favorite series: The Dark Tower by Stephen King, The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, and Harry Potter by JK Rowling.

Right now I’m om my second journey to the Dark Tower . There are so many hidden layers I missed the first time. Also the details I missed the first time, the premonitions I clearly could not see. I wonder if the ending will be as mind blowing as the first time though. 

If you want to know about all the other books I read and loved, find me on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/profile/Denise_1508

Let me know in the comments what your favourite  books are. Always like to update my TBR list!

And the mountains echoed – Khaled Hosseini

The third book of the celebrated writer Khaled Hosseini. Hosseini is a master of creating characters in such a way that you sympathize with the person about whom the story is told, so you almost hate the person who sits opposite them. But as the story then goes into the perspective of the other person, you’re completely sympathise with this character.

It starts with a fairy tale and it turns out what truth there can be in fairy tales. How people can repel and reject each other, for money or an attempt at a better life. The tragedy runs rampant, but so fitting. This story is all over the world and shows how close chances of happiness and how quickly the accident can strike. It took a while before I understood who the real protagonist is perhaps that there is not, all lives are intertwined. A brother and a sister are separated from each other, further and further away from each other. Also a mother and son have years of distance between them are, there is no one who really together or just really only seems to be.

It takes place largely in Afghanistan off over a period of some 60 years. The wars that took place during that time come into it, but it’s more about how people deal with it. The Afghans who remained, the Afghans who were leaving and the foreigners who came to help with the building.

A personal tip: do not read this book in public. I was always my tears to flash off the bus because I was so very touched by the story. Of course I had already learned that lesson with A Thousand Splendid Suns, but hope springs eternal and maybe this book would have been different. Well, not so, what a wonderful story. It grabs you and drags you into the lives of these people. You can not help but read, because it remains so mysterious. Who are these people, what they do and above all: Why do they do what they do.