With these book tips you will get through the month of January

The days are short and dark and on top of that are you in your break period? But don't worry, we collected the best book tips for the month of January. You will see: your break period will fly by!

It's cold, wet, dark and you want to relax. Unfortunately, no smooth red wine or warming drink for you. Correction: nothing unfortunately, because you can also relax without alcohol. And by reading a good book. Which books are worth reading, we leave entirely up to you. But to help you on your way, we selected a number of recommendations that have recently been launched.

Thriller / Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson:  Ari Thór, a young police officer, starts his first lane in Siglufjörður - an idyllic fishing village in the inhospitable north of Iceland that can only be reached via a narrow mountain tunnel. When a young woman is found half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a respected writer falls to his death at the local theater, Ari discovers that he can't really trust anyone in the small community and that secrets and lies are a way of life.

Literary war story (non-fiction) / End station Auschwitz by Eddy de Wind: In Auschwitz End Station, Eddy de Wind reports on the horrors in the camp and analyzes and observes the behavior – both good and evil – that people are capable of. He describes Auschwitz as never seen before, straight from the camp and with the emotion of that moment.

Collection of poems / This is how you heal me by Isa Hoes: The death of a friend, saying goodbye to a loved one or losing faith in yourself. Sadness is a part of life and creeps up on you at the most unexpected moments. With her new anthology, Isa Hoes offers comfort and relief for moments of severe grief, but also for the small setbacks of everyday life. This collection shows how poetry can put a smile on your face and wrap you in a blanket of comfort.

Novel / Tropical Bride by Susan Smit: Amsterdam, 1907. The orphaned girl Anna dreams of a different, grander life. One day she responds to an advertisement in which a civil servant in the Dutch East Indies is looking for a wife. Once in Batavia, Anna soon discovers that her marriage to the rigid Willem is nothing more than a cover for career scheming, secret loves and concealed family connections. Tropenbrid is a thrilling love story against the background of an underexposed part of our colonial history.

Personal novel / My father's hand by Bart Chabot: Many know Bart Chabot. As a writer, as a biographer of Herman Brood or of TV. But who really knows Bart Chabot? Who is hiding behind him? Only when he ends up in hospital for the umpteenth time in 2018 and looks death in the eye, does he ask himself this question, after a long delay. He digs for his roots in The Hague and burrows through his youth. In a ruthless and moving way, he reports from his hospital bed of a rich but troubled life. My father's hand is a penetrating and very personal novel, written soberly and with humor.

Which book gets you through the month of January?

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