I love reading, but you don’t always find the time to read, d’ya know what I mean? Where I read many mental health related books, as you can see from the photo above which is totally unrelated to the books I read in April. This month or rather, last month, I read different books!
Tim Parks – A Season with Verona
If you are a fan of everything to do with Italy, culture, language and football, this is the perfect book for you. Tim Parks, an Englishman living in Italy travels around the country with the local professional football club called Hellas Verona. Where we all know Verona from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Julia, it also is the home of two football clubs: Chievo and Hellas Verona. Seeing a football club from the outside, seeing the passion, euphoria, sorrow and anger, is something special. It’s one of my favourite books and I would 100% recommend it to football fans and culture lovers alike.
Bart Deelen – De race naar het Witte Huis (The race to the white house) [DUTCH]
This Belgian correspondent followed American Politics for almost twenty years and covered five presidential elections. The thing which I found particularly interesting about this, is the different view it gives us. We all get the elections from an American or European perspective, which is often very in depth or briefly. This tells the story of someone who’s been in the US for almost 20 years and gives us the perspective of someone who became part of the American society. A very interesting read.
Hans Jaap Melissen – IS – Tot alles in staat ( ISL/ISIS – capable of everything) [DUTCH]
This is written by an Dutch correspondent who visited in Iraq and Syria, and followed the developments of radical Islamic movements in that part of the world. He starts with 9/11, and the bombing of Iraq which got rid of the majority of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. This left a vacuum for Islamic State to grow. It’s a great read for everyone interested in the development of those radical movements and to understand the world a bit better. It’s maybe not the most bright story of the world, but it’s very raw and it depicts the reality.