Favorite Dutch books of 2015

I’ve decided to do three favorite posts. One for each language. Have you seen my posts about my favorite English books?

These are my favorite Dutch books that I’ve read in 2015!

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1. Het Diner by Herman Koch
(translations according to Goodreads: Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish)

A seemingly boring dinner with friends turns into a gripping story when the elephant in the room is finally revealed. The tension has been build up in a masterly fashion. You have to continue reading, because you have to know what is going on!

2. Ontvoerd by Arjan Erkel
(no translations available)

An auto-biographical story of Erkel’s experiences when I was kidnapped working for Doctors without Borders. I was scared to read this one, because I thought it would be too sad and boring (as in: I got kidnapped it sucked). However, through the communication with the kidnappers and the way the story is told, it becomes exceptional.

3. Kinderen van Moeder Aarde by Thea Beckman
(translations according to Goodreads: German)

An arresting first book in a dystopian series from 1985. The world has been destroyed through a nuclear war, which changed the axis. Greenland now has a lovely climate and is a perfect country, run by women. Until some men start to realize that this is not all too great for them.

4. Nachtverhaal by Paul Biegel
(translations according to Goodreads: German)

A type of retelling of 1001 Nights, with fairy tale creatures. It is the cutest children’s story I read all year!

5. De Gouden Dolk by Thea Beckman
(no translations available)

I chose this one not merely for the story (which is also amazing!), but also for the way it made me think about the world. The crusade leads the characters to where at this moment IS/Daesh are wreaking havoc. Reading this book made me realize (again) how much religious conflict has been brought to that region for so many years.

Have you read any of these books before? And what were your favorite (Dutch) books of 2015? Let me know in the comments!



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    1. I’m slowly working my way through a whole bunch of Dutch books I still have but haven’t read. It’s strange how sometimes I forget that there’s actually a whole bunch of awesome Dutch authors!

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