Books ... As some of you may know, I have a rather big library (according to my LibraryThing-page there's nearly 5600 books in it. I'll probably never read a big part of it, especially since new books, magazines, eurocomics keep coming in.
On the photo you'll find the books and magazines which I've read in the last few weeks, the ones I'm reading right now, and the ones I'll be reading in the coming weeks.
The pile on the left are the ones I've read: Perestrojka (Michail Gorbatsjov), Naar Engeland gedeporteerd (Carlos H. Vlaemynck), Zwarte Zondag - Beschouwingen over de democratie in belgië (Piet Piryns and others), the most recent edition of TeKoS (I'm one of the editors-in-chief of this magazine and have my own "corner" in it), ADVN-mededelingen 65 (a magazine about Flemish history), the most recent edition of OKV-magazine (a magazine about musea and art in Flanders), and a number of eurocomics (Franka by Henk Kuijpers and Morgan by Hugo Pratt). With the exception of Gorbatsjov, you probably don't know any of the authors or XXXXs, but some would consider this pile a strange mix.
The pile on the left are comics I would like to read as soon as possible, but which will have to wait until I've done reading the books I have to read first: the adventures of Robbedoes by the first author of that series, Rob-Vel (or Robert Velter); Schateiland (Treasure Island) by Louis Stevenson (turned into a eurocomic by Hugo Pratt and Mino Milani); and Sandokan- De Tijger van Maleisië (again by Hugo Pratt and Mino Milani, based on Le tigri di Mompracem by Emilio Salgari).
The pile at the bottom are the books I'm currently reading: Op de keper beschouwd by Godfried Bomans (one of my favorite authors), De grote mythen van de moderne geschiedenis by Jacques R. Pauwels (a dreadful XXXX, but I've been asked to read it and judge if the author is worth an interview - no !), 12 Regels voor het Leven - Een remedie tegen Chaos (12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos) by Jordan B. Peterson (a great XXXX!), and the most recent edition of the French magazine Éléments - pour la civilisation européenne.
Then there's the pile above that one. Those are the books I have to read in the coming weeks, because I promised to review them for TeKoS. There's Wanderlust - Een filosofische geschiedenis van wandelen (Wanderlust: A history of Walking) by the American author Rebecca Solnit (it dates from 2001, but was only translated into Dutch this year), Een naoorlogse achtbaan - Europa 1950-2017 (Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017) by Englishman Ian Kershaw, and Neurocity - de Overbevolking van Nederland - 's lands laatste taboe by John Carver (a book about the overpopulation of the Netherlands).
And then the last (little) pile. The XXXX on top, The Revenge of Gaia (by James Lovelock) is what I'll start reading next: in 19 days I have to deliver my article for TeKoS and this book will probably be one of the subjects. Under that book there's De Schaduw van Erasmus by Joris Tulkens. It is what is generally called a "historical novel", so a mix of fantasy and reality, and I got it for my birthday from my old friend Patrick. I have no idea why, but people seem to think I'm into reading ...