2014 in Review

Even though I’ve been seriously neglecting this website for most of the year (I’m still a write up of a book behind), I’m not about to stop writing up the past year in a series of lists.

So. 2014. In lists.


  1. Erasmus — De lof der zotheid (2014-10-16—2014-12-22)
  2. Charles Vess (et al) — The Book of Ballads (2014-09-23—2014-10-15)
  3. Neil Gaiman & Eddie Campbell — The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains (2014-09-17—2014-09-21)
  4. Stephen King — Mr. Mercedes (2014-08-12—2014-08-28)
  5. Douglas Adams & John Lloyd — The Deeper Meaning of Liff (A Dictionary of Things That There Aren’t Any Words for Yet) (dates unknown)
  6. Bradley P. Beaulieu — The Flames of Shadam Khoreh (The Concluding Volume of The Lays of Anuskaya) (2014-06-25—2014-08-11)
  7. Bradley P. Beaulieu — The Straits of Galahesh (The Second Volume of The Lays of Anuskaya) (2014-04-19—2014-06-25)
  8. Neil Gaiman — Fortunately, the Milk (2014-04-06)
  9. Neil Gaiman — Odd and the Frost Giants (2014-03-06—2014-03-07)
  10. W.F. Hermans — De donkere kamer van Damokles (2014-02-27—2014-04-18)
  11. Bradley P. Beaulieu — The Winds of Khalakovo (The First Volume of The Lays of Anuskaya) (2014-02-13—2014-04-14)
  12. Richard Matheson — I am Legend (2014-02-06—2014-02-12)
  13. Jeanette Winterson — Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (2014-01-29—2014-02-06)
  14. Neil Gaiman and Yoshitakia Amano — The Sandman: The Dream Hunters (2014-01-28)
  15. Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter — The Long Earth (2014-01-07—2014-01-27)
  16. Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die (edited by Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo and David Malk) (2013-12-17—2014-01-06)

And I’m currently finishing Bradley P. Beaulieu’s collection Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories. Once I moved back to Amersfoort from Leeuwarden, my daily commute was cut in two, and also having a decent laptop at my disposal, severely cut into my reading time. And if you take into account that my bedtime reading habits all but vanished … it’s no surprise that I read less books than before. For next year, I see some possibilities to turn that around, though.


  1. Le Bal des Vampires, Théâtre Mogador, Paris, France
  2. Vellamo, De nieuwe bibliotheek, Almere
  3. “De passie: De Matthäus Passion meets Jesus Christ Superstar”, Theater De Flint (Stadshal), Amersfoort
  4. Daniël Lohues, “D”, Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden
  5. Wende, “Last Resistance: The Theatre Sessions” (tryout), Theater De Flint, Amersfoort
  6. Dream Theater, “Along for the Ride World Tour”, Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam
  7. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam

My streak of seeing something cultural each month ended in April, after 79 months. Something with priorities. Picking a favorite is hard, as I’ve got good memories of all shows for different reasons.


  1. — The Fault in Our Stars (Euroscoop Maastricht)
  2. — Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano (Pathé Groningen)
  3. — The LEGO Movie (3D, Pathé Groningen)
  4. — The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (3D HFR, Pathé Amersfoort)

This year’s new list: movies seen in cinemas. The LEGO Movie was completely kick-ass awesome, The Fault in Our Stars was perhaps not as gut-wrenching as the book, but very good in it’s own right.

Tasks Checked Off from My List of 100 Things

  1. #20: Find the perfect place to live, and live there.
  2. #67: Read the books on my list of 40 books to read before my 40th birthday before my 40th birthday:
    1. W.F. Hermans — De donkere kamer van Damokles
    2. Erasmus — De lof der zotheid
  3. #89: Visit all occupied inhabited Waddeneilanden: Terschelling
  4. #92: Visit the Louvre in Paris
  5. #101: Officially leave the Roman Catholic Church. After I moved to Leeuwarden, the local parish send me a letter asking me if I a) would like to join their congregation and become a visiting member, B) would like to join their flock but be like the black sheep that only visits once in a while, or C) so long and thanks for all the fish. Well, since you asked …

Next year, I might just need to take a critical look at the whole list, and revise it a bit.

Places I’ve Been

As always, an asterisk (you know, the little *) indicates multiple stays.

  1. Zandfoort aan Zee
  2. Noorden*
  3. Leeuwarden*
  4. Amersfoort*
  5. Formerum, Terschelling
  6. Maastricht
  7. Paris, France

Museums, Zoos and Other Cultural Attractions

  1. Drents Museum, Assen
  2. Musée de Louvre, Paris, France
  3. Artis, Amsterdam
  4. Teylers Museum, Haarlem
  5. Burgers’ Zoo, Arnhem
  6. Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, Arnhem
  7. Museum Flehite, Amersfoort
  8. Museum aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht
  9. Wrakkenmuseum Terschelling, Formerum
  10. Natuurmuseum en zeeaquarium, West-Terschelling
  11. Eisenga Planetarium, Franeker
  12. Het Nederlands Stripmuseum, Groningen
  13. Natuurmuseum Fryslân, Leeuwarden
  14. Fries Museum, Leeuwarden

O, the joys of having a Museumjaarkaart. Even with skipping large parts of the Louvre, it was of course still the cherry on the top.

Speaking of cherries on top:

The list of the-number-one-with-sprinkles,-whipped-cream-and-a-big-juicy-cherry-on-top,-like-seriously-you guys,-best-thing-that-happened in 2014

  1. Sneakily getting married.

She’s awesome. She completes me. I luvs her crazy-madly-deeply-do. And then some.

As for 2015? There’s stuff coming up. Trust me.