Weekly Reading Roundup
October 1, 2012 13 Comments
One evening I went out with the volunteers at the school library (where I just started this term) and had a nice evening out. We had a tour through the former town hall, which was initially built in 1535. As I love visiting old buildings, this was really nice. Then we had drinks and talked about our experiences as library assistants.
I took part in Blogfest this weekend, giving away one of my favorite books. This is a big, big, giveaway blog hop. I had some fun with this, but was annoyed by the number of authors that jump on the hop giving away just their own ebook (sometimes you even have to subscribe to their blog in order to qualify). I found that a bit… cheap (sorry, if any of you are authors – I know you are just trying to promote your books, but we book bloggers don’t get paid for anything and we still give away books for free out of our own pocket). My minor irritation for the weekend!
I also took part in Bloggiesta which was a wonderful event! I got lots of work done on my blog and on other things related to blogging and reading. And the community aspect is a big draw too. I loved the Twitter chat that I did on Saturday, with maybe 40 others. HERE you can see what I got done.
This week I hope to go to a press showing of a new movie that features books and reading. If I do, I’ll tell you about it next week (with details). It would be my first press-something, so it’s pretty exciting (I just need final confirmation about it).
I hope you all have a good week – let me know what you’re reading, too!
Books I finished in the last week: 4 + 1 DNF
The Treatment by Mo Hayder. A good thriller about a man kidnapping a whole family. A police investigator gets confronted with issues from his past relating to the disappearance of his own brother. A very good read. 5 stars
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers. A quick and fun read about an American man who is to pitch his company’s invention to the King of Saudi Arabia. He and his colleagues spend days on end in a tent in the dessert hoping for the king to show up. 5 stars
Ghostwritten by David Mitchell (DNF). I love David Mitchell’s books…. but not this one. It’s a collection of interlinked stories, but the links weren’t strong enough for me. And I don’t tend to like short stories. After 130 pages I had to give up.
Het perpetuum mobile van de liefde [The Perpetuum Mobile of Love] by Renate Dorrestein. A feministic kind of memoir about the author and the suicide of her sister. About the role that women are forced to play. I found it tedious in places. Another favorite writer who didn’t live up to my expectations. Still, it had some good bits. 3 stars
My Legendary Girlfriend by Mike Gayle. A quick and fun lad-lit about a young teacher who, at 27, is still trying to come to terms with the fact that his girlfriend left him 3 years ago. Over the course of a weekend, things change rapidly and almost surrealistically. 5 stars
Books I’m reading and planning to read
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San Miguel by T. C. Boyle Historical fiction by one of my favorite authors. Disappointing. 3.5 stars
Choose the Life You Want by Tal Ben-Shahar. Self-help about making choices in your life. 4 stars
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What are you reading this week?