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Holly Hudson

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Joined 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I love sci-fi, and I also enjoy historical fiction and the occasional nonfiction book. I live in Amsterdam, so I try to read Dutch books, with the emphasis on try. I also like to cook, so I'm including cookbooks in my reviews.

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Pati Jinich Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets (2021) No rating

I decided I really need a Mexican cookbook because I miss good Mexican food (hard to find in Northern Europe), and when I try to wing it is doesn't always work out. This is the first book I'm trying, and so far I couldn't be more pleased.

I tried my first recipe from the book today: Caldo de Oso, aka Mine Workers' Fish Soup, aka Bear Soup (it's actually a fish soup). OMG it was amazing. This is a great start!

The Dinner (Paperback, 2014, Atlantic Books) 2 stars

Het diner is een roman uit 2009 van de Nederlandse auteur Herman Koch. Het diner …

I hated this book and everyone in it

2 stars

Content warning This review gives away the ending.

Pluk van de Petteflet (Hardcover) 4 stars

Nice little window into the Dutch national personality

4 stars

This book is Dutch, and I read it in Dutch, but I'm reviewing it in English because if you're a native Dutch speaker you already read this book, so you don't need a review. If you would like to read it in English you can find it under the title "Tow-Truck Pluck".

This is a great book for Dutch language learners because, being a children's book, it has lots of pictures and uncomplicated vocabulary. Even better, it has some very lively characters, and if you've lived in the Netherlands, you'll see aspects of the national character mirrored in a lot of the situations in the book. The main character is a little boy with an independent and somewhat rebellious streak who is squatting a top floor flat in an apartment block that I believe is meant to evoke the Bijlmer. He has a kid-sized tow truck, and his adventures revolve …

And Then There Were (N-One) (2017) 4 stars

"And Then There Were (N-One)" is a 2017 science fiction/murder mystery novella by Sarah Pinsker. …

What other people could you have become?

4 stars

I, regrettably, haven't been reading fiction lately, and with this novella I got a toe back into the water. It's a quick read, and once it gets going, it hums right along, and you find yourself wondering what other people you could have been if things had gone slightly different in your life. Here the main character meets a whole convention-worth of these other people. And that helps her clarify what is actually most important in her life. It's charming, and there's a murder mystery, definitely a worthwhile read.

Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD, 2nd Edition-Revised and Updated (2012, Fair Winds Press; Rebound version / edition) No rating

I've read a few chapters of this book so far. It's the best ADHD book I've found for practical, actionable advice that will make your live easier. The author definitely prioritizes practicality over beauty -- suggesting you leave out what you use a lot, for instance. Or cut back your tuperware supply by half and store the lids on the bottoms. But you can't argue with an approach designed to make it as easy as possible to put things away and find things again later. If you have lovely decorative storage but your stuff ends up lying around cluttering every surface rather than going back into that storage, have you really won? The author "get's it". She actually understands how ADHD brains work. She knows the lies we tell ourselves and helps us be more honest about how we actually use the space we live in so that we stop …