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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Leave some love for Clogs and Tulips

PhotobucketBeen rather lonely here on the blog, hasn't it? I guess an almost-eleven-month-old, a dog, a career change, a presidential election, and, well, just life in general will do that to you.

It's my sincere hope to get on the blog more, though I can't make any promises in regards to regularity. Believe you me, there is so much I need to share, so there's certainly no shortage of possible blog posts. It's just finding the time to make them a regularity.

What I can say is that, while the blog will still contain informational posts, guest posts, Q&As, and all that other stuff you've been coming here for, it's going to start taking a much more reflective tone. All I'll say for the time being is that it goes with the flow of some of the changes in my personal life in the last year.

It occurred to me today that I've been at this crazy blogging thing for three years now. And it's been an excellent three years. For me, anyway. I've learned more about myself and this country I now call home through this blog and met some incredible people.

If, during those three years, this blog has touch or helped you in some way, please consider taking a moment to support Clogs and Tulips by leaving a comment sharing some of those things and giving the blog a rating. You see, this blog has been nominated for the Expat Blog Award. And the comment and rating count as your vote. You can vote for Clogs and Tulips as well as the numerous other excellent expat blogs (in the Netherlands and throughout the rest of the world).

To leave a comment, click here or the award icon in the right-hand sidebar, scroll down the page that pops up until you get to the comment box, pop in a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5-star rating, your name, an email address, and a comment (at the moment, this area is completely empty, so you can even be the first to vote!).

Whether you vote or not, thank you so much for reading the blog, leaving comments, contributing, sharing, submitting your questions, and passing along the blog's information.

Till next time!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Reading List 2012

Let's face it, I can't keep my hands off a good book! And with so many hours spent by boat, plane, train, tram, metro and automobile, there's plenty of time to devour a good read. Here's what I've read this year...

2012
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
The End of Illness, David B. Agus, MD
Planet Germany: One British Family Bungles Being German, Cathy Dobson
Confessions of a Karaoke Queen, Ella Kingsley
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, A.J. Jacobs
Sunshine Soup: Nourishing the Global Soul, Jo Parfitt
The Help: A Novel, Kathryn Stockett
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, Elizabeth Gilbert
One Fifth Avenue: A Novel, Candace Bushnell
The Writing Circle, Corinne Demas
The Night Circus: A Novel, Erin Morgenstern
Not All So Tall Tales, Martin C. Coy
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement, David Brooks
Three Questions: because a quarter-life crisis needs answers, Meagan Adele Lopez
The Devil Wears Prada: A Novel, Lauren Weisberger

Reading List 2011

Let's face it, I can't keep my hands off a good book! And with so many hours spent by boat, plane, train, tram, metro and automobile, there's plenty of time to devour a good read. Here's what I've read this year...

2011
Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, David Sedaris
Naked, David Sedaris
Barrel Fever, David Sedaris
Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
Borneo Tom: Stories & Sketches of Love, Travel & Jungle Family in Tropical Asia, Tom McLaughlin
When You Are Englufed in Flames, David Sedaris
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris
Holidays on Ice, David Sedaris
The Love Verb, Jane Green
Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
The Beach House, Jane Green
The Confession of Katherine Howard, Suzannah Dunn
Girl Friday, Jane Green
Tales from the Expat Harem..., Anastasia M. Ashman & Jennifer Eaton Gokmen
The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog, Dave Barry
Percy Jackson en de Vloek van de Titaan, Rick Riordan (Dutch translation)
Percy Jackson en de Zee van Monsters, Rick Riordan (Dutch translation)
In Lucia's Eyes,Arthur Japin
The Singing Warrior, Niamh Ni Bhroin
My 'Dam Life, Sean Condon
Mary's Story, Tiffany Jarman Jansen
Mary's Holiday Story, Tiffany Jansen

Reading List 2010

Let's face it, I can't keep my hands off a good book! And with so many hours spent by boat, plane, train, tram, metro and automobile, there's plenty of time to devour a good read. Here's what I've read this year...

2010
Dial M for Merde, Stephen Clarke
Percy Jackson en de Bliksemdief, Rick Riordan (Dutch translation)
Merde Happens, Stephen Clarke
Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell
De Heksen, Roald Dahl (Dutch translation)
Merde Actually, Stephen Clarke
A Year in the Merde, Stephen Clarke
The Assault, Harry Mulisch (English translation of De Aanslag)
Sundays at Tiffany's, James Patterson
Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom
The Undutchables, Colin White and Laurie Boucke
The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown

Reading List 2009

Let's face it, I can't keep my hands off a good book! And with so many hours spent by boat, plane, train, tram, metro and automobile, there's plenty of time to devour a good read. Here's what I've read this year...

2009
Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity, Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King
Angels and Demons, Dan Brown
Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
Rembrandt's Whore, Sylvie Matton
The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold

Reading List 2008

Let's face it, I can't keep my hands off a good book! And with so many hours spent by boat, plane, train, tram, metro and automobile, there's plenty of time to devour a good read. Here's what I've read this year...

2008
The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides
The Wise Woman, Philippa Gregory
The Witches, Roald Dahl
Second Chance, Jane Green
How to be a Goddess: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Women, Valerie Khoo

Reading List 2007

Let's face it, I can't keep my hands off a good book! And with so many hours spent by boat, plane, train, tram, metro and automobile, there's plenty of time to devour a good read. Here's what I've read this year...

2007
The Queen's Lady, Shannon Drake
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line, Thommie Walsh & Baayork Lee
Lady in the Tower, Jean Plaidy
The Last Boleyn, Karen Harper
The Rose Without a Thorn, Jean Plaidy
The Boleyn Inheritance, Philippa Gregory
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and It's All Small Stuff, Richard Carlson, Ph.D
The Richest Man in Babylon, George S. Clason
For One More Day, Mitch Albom
Geography Club, Brent Hartinger