March 10, 2014 9 Comments
“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what we’ve read the past week and are planning to read next.
The last two weeks
Two weeks in which the weather changed from wet and not-warm to dry and pretty good! I think it’s spring!
I had great fun in the jury of a read-aloud competition between the best readers of several classes of 11 and 12 year olds. It’s so nice when you can be the hero of your class for reading a book! I have been in the jury last year and the year before and it’s a fun thing to do.
I was also on the other side of the table… in a literairy quiz, in a team with three other book bloggers. There were lots of very literature-aware people and we became 17th out of 24. But it was just great fun. Look here for the pictures and put the whole text in Google Translate if you are curious (it’s in Dutch).
I was featured on Booker Talk, where I answered questions about literature in the Netherlands. Have a look!
Books I finished in the last TWO weeks: 5
Bubble by Anders de la Motte. Third in a series about a young man who plays The Game in book 1 and regrets it throughout the rest of the books. 3.5 stars
Lexicon by Max Barry. A group young people are trained to persuade people using special words. Then a word is stolen and causes great harm. 4 stars
Stoner by John Williams. A man grows up very poor but becomes a university lecturer. Not much happens, great book. 5 stars
IJstijd [Ice Age] by Maartje Wortel. A young man who does not need a job as his mother is very rich, is totally bored until he falls in love with a woman. 3 stars
Arctisch dagboek [Arctic Diary] by Jelle Brandt Corstius. The writer travelled to the White Sea above Russia and describes his ‘adventures’ aboard a ship. 5 stars
Books I’m reading & planning to read
Cold Storage, Alaska by John Straley. A fun read about a small town in Alaska that gets visited by some criminals. 4.5 stars
A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan. A weird estate agent has the keys to all the houses he’s ever sold. And he uses them, too. 4.5 stars
Miss Verstand [Miss Sensibility] by Astrid Harrewijn. A psychologist with her own practice is having a difficult time with her employees and with men. 4 stars
What are you reading this week?