On My Shelf is an original feature inspired by the On My Shelf tag. Each time I will take 5 random books from my shelves and tell you about them (how I got them, what I think of them etc.), and if they are in Dutch I will write a small synopsis of them.
I will roll some dice to find out which books it will be.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
I bought this audio book, because it was cheap and the synopsis of it sounded interesting. I really like it, the story is sort of weird but also truthful about the harsh living-conditions of people in that time.
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
I was looking for a thriller a couple of years ago, there was no movie with Tom Hanks that had the same name and the book was very popular with the adults around me. I really liked it, but I was pretty young and my English wasn’t that great. And still I read the entire book, without help of a dictionary or people, in English and within half a year. I am still pretty proud of that accomplishment, since my mom did not finish it in Dutch because it was too difficult. Also, they are releasing a new version of this book that leaves out the more detailed (and interesting) stuff and is there for more suitable for young adults and children.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
I saw the movie before I got the book. But I liked it so much I wanted to have the book too. And so I bought it. I like the story, it is funny but also gives something to think about.
Tow Truck Pluck by Annie M.G. Schmidt
I think I got this book as a present at some point. It is one of those childrens book, that every one gets (at least Dutch children do). It is very famous here and almost everybody knows the main character, even though they might not have read the books. I like it, it is funny and also nice to revisit every so often.
Eric in the Land of the Insects by Godfried Bosmans
Another childrens classic (for Dutch people). It is funny and this also was a present (probably from the same people, don’t ask why). I still enjoy reading this book because it also teaches about life, instead of being only for fun.
For now, let books enrich your life!