Here’s the list of books I read in 2004: 44 in total (and 1 abandoned); 39 works of fiction, 5 nonfiction.

And whatdoyaknow: I believe 2004 was my very last year without any reading challenges!

Some of my all-time favourites that I read in 2004

Some of my all-time favs, read in 2004

It was a great year for me: many favourites, some of which are in my top list of all times! Bold titles are those books that I especially enjoyed.

  • The Crimson Petal and the White, Michael Faber (2002)
  • De kat achterna, Doeschka Meijsing (1977)
  • Tijger, tijger!, Doeschka Meijsing (1980)
  • Atonement, Ian McEwan (2001)
  • Geestdrift (Skull Session), Daniel Hecht (1998, bx-copy)
  • De creatiespiraal, Marinus Knoope (1998, nonfiction)
  • Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood (1990)
  • Ghostwritten, David Mitchell (1999)
  • De Da Vinci code (The Da Vinci Code), Dan Brown (2003)
  • De moeder van Nicolien, J.J. Voskuil (1999)
  • Het geheim, Anna Enquist (1997)
  • De blinde huurmoordenaar (The Blind Assassin), Margaret Atwood (2000)
  • Een zachte dood (Une mort très douce), Simone de Beauvoir (1965)
  • Kartonnen dozen, Tom Lanoye (1991)
  • Nachtmerrie met dame (Incubo di signora), Nino Filastó (1981)
  • Life of Pi, Yann Martel (2001)
  • De gesloten kamer (Det slutna rummet), Sjöwall & Wahlöö (1972, bx-copy)
  • Familieziek, Adriaan van Dis (2002)
  • De opwindvogelkronieken (The Wind-up Bird Chronicle), Haruki Murakami (1994)
  • Sterremeer, F. Springer (1990)
  • De geschiedenis van de Roccamatio’s uit Helsinki (The History of the Roccamatio’s from Helsinki), Yann Martel (1993, bx-bookring)
  • The Passion, Jeanette Winterson (1987)
  • The Story of Lucy Gault, William Trevor (2002, bx-copy)
  • Mathilde, Thomas Ross (2003)
  • Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides (2002, bx-bookring)
  • Versluierde heuvels (A Pale View of Hills), Kazuo Ishiguro (1982)
  • The Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus (2002)
  • De ambassadeur, Jef Geeraerts (2000)
  • De ijsdragers, Anna Enquist (2002)
  • Spoetnikliefde (Sputnik Sweetheart), Haruki Murakami (1999)
  • After the Quake, Haruki Murakami (2000)
  • De stille kracht, Louis Couperus (1900)
  • Bezonken rood, Jeroen Brouwers (1981, bx-copy)
  • Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (2004)
  • The British Museum is Falling Down, David Lodge (1966, bx-copy)
  • The Turn of the Screw, Henry James (1898, bx-bookring)
  • De moorden in de Rue Morgue (The Murders in the Rue Morgue), Edgar Allen Poe (1841)
  • Het mysterie van Marie Rôget (The Mystery of Marie Rôget), Edgar Allen Poe (1842)
  • De gestolen brief (The Purloined Letter), Edgar Allen Poe (1844)
  • De vernuftige edelman Don Quichot van La Mancha I, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1605)
  • Museumfavorieten: verhalen van 15 vertellers, Middas Dekkers e.a. (2004, nonfiction)
  • Museumstukjes, Maarten Asscher e.a. (2002, nonfiction)
  • Goed bewaren: tips voor het omgaan met kunst in huis, Rijksmuseum Twenthe (2003, nonfiction)
  • Illicit traffic of cultural property: museums against pillage, Harry Leyten ed. (1995, nonfiction)


Abandoned
The Vasa’s New Battle (2003, nonfiction)

Disliked
Books by the male Flemish authors Lanoye & Geeraerts: Kartonnen dozen & De ambassadeur.
I can’t remember a thing about Nachtmerrie met dame (Incubo di signora), so I guess that was no success either – although I would have remembered at least something if I had hated it.

Worst pun
“Did you mount her?” in: The Da Vinci Code, asked to Robert Langdon and relating to the Eiffel Tower but coinciding with his daydream about Sophie Neveu…

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