It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
June 25, 2012 36 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.
Still going strong at the gym, I went to a class last week. It was supposed to be a “nice way to wake up”. So, Wednesday early morning (which is 9.15 here ), I find out it’s with weights on bars, like weight-lifting and it looks all very scary. But there was someone I knew, and she reassured me it wasn’t all that bad (note: woman nicely shaped, in obviously good condition). Erm… it was hard work, but not too hard. Muscles shaking all over, but only during the class. So I took a Body Balance class later in the week, which is supposed to be easier, but I felt rather out of place. Ah well, everything takes practice!
On Saturday, I went to the yearly 2nd hand book market in town and got 6 books. There were loads of people getting loads of books, who reminded me of my old self. I only got books I either already wanted, or heard such good things about that I couldn’t leave them there. And only books that were in a nearly-new state, too.
Saturday was also the start of the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop, organised by moi. 60+ participants, and lots of great books on offer. If your literary brain needs feeding, have a look HERE.
And after you’re done with that, go to this post, where I have another giveaway, as part of another blog hop.
My post telling authors how to pitch to bloggers was very popular this week. Maybe it’s something you’d love to throw at authors that are sending you particularly bad pitches. Or maybe not.
Books I finished this week: 1 (and a bit)
Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. Have you heard of this book? I’ll post my review tomorrow. My lips are sealed (ha ha!) until then. X stars
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. I’m afraid to say I abandoned this book. I read 30 pages and I didn’t like any of them. A seemingly boring story with childhood memories. Maybe it’s really good, but I wasn’t able to get into it.
Remark: I usually read 80-100 pages before quitting, but this book was different. It was not on my wishlist and I hadn’t actually heard of it. But I needed a book for the Around the USA in 90 days challenge and so I tried it. It’s good to try something new, but this book didn’t work for me. Do you know it?
Books I’m reading
Waterline by Ross Raisin. A newly widowed man can’t stand staying 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
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. A woman kills her ex-husband and her neighbour helps her to cover up the case. But the police are on their tails. Will they discover what happened? 4.5 stars
The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell. Two teenage girls bury their parents in the back garden and try to get on with life. With the death of their neglective parents, it seems the girls’ lives are improving, but what will happen if the bodies are found, as they inevitably will? 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
Don’t forget to have a look at my giveaway in the Literary Giveaway Bog Hop! Absolutely world-wide.
What are you reading this week?