This may come as a surprise to some of you, but I like to read. I just never really took the time to read books. This year I’ve gotten the hang of it though.
And what a better way to start a book section than with a book called ‘De ereronde van de eland’ (victory lap of the moose). It’s written by a former professional cyclist, Thijs Zonneveld and describes the thoughts of a rider who’s escaped from the main bunch in the Tour de France, but still has a long way to go. Unfortunately the book is a bit short, but it does give a nice insight in the life of a cyclist.
My sister introduced me to Douglas Coupland, a Canadian author who writes about everyday life in corporate environments. This may sound boring, but he presents it in an incredibly funny way. Not much later I noticed his name on the cover of another book: The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas. It looked interesting, with the edges of the pages painted black and because of his recommendation I decided to buy it. The plot was even more mysterious and exciting than the title and artwork. So I also got her previous novel, Popco, which was even more interesting as it deals with marketing and mathematical puzzles.
And what better time to read than on holiday. I took four novels to Egypt and finished them all. I started with A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz, about a disrupted Australian family. On the road to Cairo and back I read The Cairo Diary by Maxim Chattam. An ingenious thriller about a woman who has to take refuge in Mount St. Michel and discovers the diary of an English detective stationed in 1928 Cairo in which he describes his investigations into a serial killer. Back on the beach I raced through Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich, where a Nascar-driver and his spotter get involved in some criminal activities and a fast-paced romance. Finally, I read Slam by Nick Hornby, a very funny description of the life of a teenage boy who knocks up his girlfriend and turns to a Tony Hawk poster for advice.