Navigating faith, love, and life in the Netherlands

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I read (or listened to) 37 books this year!

I've always been an avid reader - as long as I can remember.

One of my frustrations with the public library here in the Netherlands is that an adult membership costs around €40 per year.  (Thankfully the kids' memberships are free, but you can't check out grown-up books on that!)  Never mind the other detail that they don't have a wide selection of the English books I'd like to read.

I am, however, thankful for the local Bible college library with theology books.  I can borrow books there for free because I teach for them!  Also, I still have active library cards for two public libraries back in the US.  When we were stateside, I put far too many books on hold to read during our 2 week trip.

One library has access to Overdrive, a collection of audiobooks and ebooks.  This has usually sufficed for popular fiction books, some cookbooks, some books about Maryland, and other fiction books I've found through browsing the site.  For the really popular books or new releases, there's often a wait time, but that's fine with me.  The other library has access to Hoopla, which has ebooks, audiobooks, movies and music!  On this site you can check out a maximum of 8 items a month.

Anyway, thanks to those sites, I've read 37 books this year.  Four of those were textbooks about preaching that I had to purchase, but the others were free audiobooks (3), library books, and books from friends.

Looking forward to reading even more books in 2017!

Scroll down to see which books I devoured this year (Amazon affiliate links used):

{Note: I really tried to put these in rows of 4-5 books, but Blogger's editor was really not working for me.  Yet another reason to switch eventually to another hosting site!}





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