Weekly Reading Roundup
December 31, 2012 20 Comments
It was Christmas, as many of you may have noticed! We spent 4 days at my in-laws in England which was good fun. We spent a disappointing time shopping on Monday (Nottingham is just not what it used to be. Erm, no, it’s exactly what it used to be, that’s the thing. It’s (now) older and more dilapidated. Only the Park and Ride is really very good!)
On Christmas Day we had lunch at my brother in law – my sons (14, 15) got on really well with their female cousins (11, 13) whom they hadn’t seen for 18 months. They played cards and games all day, well, for 3 whole days, really!
On Boxing Day my parents in law were host to the family. With 4 different rooms to sit in and talk, play, and eat, no one was in each other’s way. Ideal!
On Thursday we drove home, via Tesco Peterborough, which is probably about 10 times the size of my local XL supermarket, no kidding! We got our favorite English staples, including mushy peas, malted wheats, spaghetti hoops, rice pudding, crisps (potato chips) of (for Dutch people) unimaginable flavours, and mince meat for next year’s home made mince pies. And more.
And would you believe it: I.bought.no.books! I didn’t come across anything special (yes, I looked, of course). All the books had a been there/done it kind of story. I was hoping for a scoop, but no.
I read a lot, even at the in-laws, mostly during tv time. My FIL read his new Bernard Cornwell, so I felt justified in reading too. And on the drive to and from Nottingham (about 10 hours each way).
Books I finished in the last week: 5
Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen. Thriller, 4 stars.
Reach for a Different Sun by Jenni O’Connor. Thriller, 4 stars.
Incognito by Henk Rijks. Contemporary fiction (Dutch), 5 stars
The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern. Contemporary fiction, 4.5 stars.
The Uninvited by Liz Jensen. Apocalyptic fiction, 5 stars.
I wanted to read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Netgalley ebook), but it didn’t display well enough on my Sony e-reader – the font was too small and could not be increased.
Books I’m reading and planning to read
Paaz by Myrthe van der Meer. Dutch, contemporary fiction, 4 stars.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Classic, did not finish.
The Age of Miracles by Karen Walker Thomson. Apocalyptic, 4.5 stars.
I got my Secret Santa package, and wow, it was good!
What are you reading this week?