It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
June 18, 2012 53 Comments
“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what you’ve read the past week and planning to read next.
After reading a book a day the week before, last week I took it easy and didn’t hurry my reading. It was so nice! The TBR has grown again since last week, as I won some books and some library requests came in. I think I have more books now than ever.
Read about it in my New Arrivals post.
Otherwise, it was a quiet week. I went to the gym three times, as I should. It was also my son’s birthday (15!). My younger son (13) earned a day’s suspension from school. Sigh. He’s looking forward to it, because the suspension entails helping out at school on the first day of the summer holidays. He thinks it’s going to be great fun! (I thought suspension meant you’re not allowed into the school, but apparently not. Helping out at school is good, as long as it’s not too much fun!) The Netherlands are out of the soccer competition, but luckily, three of us here at home are English, so we’ll be supporting the English team now (handy!).
One more noteworthy news item: I wrote my 20,000th tweet last week. I obviously talk too much online!
Books I finished this week: 4
The Winemaker by Noah Gordon. In 1870, a young vineyard laborer tries to set up as a vintner himself. We follow him through a few years of hardship as well as good times. 5 stars
A Change of Altitude by Anita Shreve. A newly married couple move to Kenya where they experience a tragedy. The relationship starts to crumble. 4.5 stars
On the Road to Mr. Right by Belinda Jones. A UK woman and her friend try to find Mr. Right in the USA and flirt and party their way through several states. 3.5 stars
Waterline by Ross Raisin. A newly widowed man can’t stand living anymore in the house where he lived with his wife. When he also loses his job he decides to leave. His circumstances deteriorate rapidly. 5 stars
Books I’m reading
The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri. A woman takes her children to the island where she grew up to discover things from her past that she never knew. 4.5 stars
The Duplicate by Helen Fitzgerald. A strange girl who tries to become more popular at school turns into a rather scary mother. 4 stars
The Submission by Amy Waldman. Out of 5,000 designs, a memorial is to be chosen for the site of the Twin Towers. The jury’s favorite design turns out come from a Muslim architect. Discussions and demonstrations ensue. 4.5 stars
Sister by Rosamund Lupton. Beatrice’s sister has committed suicide. Only Beatrice doesn’t believe it and investigates. 4 stars
De noodkreet in de fles by Jussi Adler-Olsen [not translated to English]
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What are you reading this week?