It’s Monday – What Are You Reading?

It's Monday

“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila to share with others what you’ve read the past week and planning to read next.

Finished

I finished only 2 books, that’s not very much for me:

  • Dona Nicanora’s Hat Shop by Kirstan Hawkins, a delightful book for lovers of the No. 1 detective Agency series or readers that like light-weight South-American stories.
  • Spiegels (Mirrors) by Bavo Dhooge, a disappointment: a YA Sci-Fi book that I’d picked up because I wanted another book towards my Dystopian Challenge. This wasn’t really dystopian and a boring read at that. I like the writer’s name, though. At least when pronounced the English way, it sounds pretty sci-fi to me!

Started
I started two books that turn out to be slow reads. That is, if a book takes longer than 3 days to read, I call it slow 🙂

  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell, a really good book about a 1799 Dutch settlement in the otherwise totally isolated Japan.
  • The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq, my new attempt to read a dystopian book. This is interesting but a very hard read.

Planned
Once I finish the above books, I want to read something more light-weight. I’m not sure yet, but possibly Awakenings by S. J. Bolton, a thriller (a genre that I haven’t read for some months now). After that, it’s really time to read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, for a competition on Shelfari. If I still have time, who knows?, I may be able to start in The House of Special Purposes by John Boyne for my RL book group that meet a week on Friday.

A lot planned! But my week is not very full (yet) so hopefully there should be a lot of reading time.

Acquired
The following books I acquired this week:

  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, from the library, for the Dystopian Challenge.
  • The Gentle Axe by R. N. Morris, a 1800s Russian detective story, that I got from my mother – I bought it for her, she read it, then gave it to me 🙂
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, American Slave by Frederick Douglass. I downloaded this from http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Literature/Douglass/Autobiography at the suggestion of Carin B.
  • I also downloaded The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, another dystopian novel. This I found on http://www.gutenberg.org .

What are YOU reading this week?

About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at bookhelpline.com. In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

15 Responses to It’s Monday – What Are You Reading?

  1. You have lined up intersting books. Glad I found your blog.

    Thanks for visiting me.

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  2. I will be interested to know how you enjoy The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Hope to read a review soon. Have a great week.

  3. gnoegnoe says:

    Don’t you think The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet an easy (light) read?

    BTW why don’t you Mr Gnoe, elm@ and me at our trip to Teylers Museum on June 5th, where we’ll be hearing an interview with David Mitchell? He’ll talk about how he came to the idea of Dr Marinus in Teylers 🙂

    • leeswammes says:

      That sounds like a nice outing, Gnoe. Thanks for asking me. I think, however that I’ll go to Utrecht the next day, where DM is interviewed by the same lady in the book shop Broese. It’s much closer for me.

      I find Jacob de Zoet a little hard to read some of the time and definitely it’s a slow read for me. But it’s a great book nevertheless.

      • gnoegnoe says:

        It was supposed to be a different topic, but it might be the same after all. In Teylers I hope to see the actual artifacts/documents that inspired Mitchell 😉

        Just another tip: boekgrrl Else is going to the Utrecht interview as well!

      • leeswammes says:

        You’re a bit more involved with the Mitchell/Japan “thing”, I think. For me, just seeing DM in an interview is good enough! 🙂

        Thanks for the tip – I’ll check with Else so we can meet up.

  4. Bookjourney says:

    The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet sounds wonderful! I picked up The KNife Of Never Letting Go at the library last week from someones rave about it on The Monday What Are You Reading posts.

    Have a great week!

  5. nancyo says:

    The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is one of my favorite books this year. Have you read any of his other books?

    • leeswammes says:

      I think it’s a good book, but I’m not sure yet how it ranks among the other books I’ve read this year. Do you have a review of it on your blog?

      I’ve read Cloud Atlas a long time ago but plan to read it again next week, in anticipation of David Mitchell’s appearance in a book shop near me. I also read Number9dream last year, which I liked a lot.

  6. I have The Gentle Axe on my shelf too. it looks like it’s going to be a good one. 🙂

  7. That’s too bad about the Spiegels novel, but I can understand, I’m not a huge sci-fi fan myself so I would have a hard time getting through it as well. The Metamorphosis is supposed to be amazing though, so enjoy!

    Have a fantastic reading week and if you get a chance, stop by: Monday Reading’s at There’s A Book

  8. amcatoir says:

    I read your review of Dona Nicanora’s Hat Shop by Kirstan Hawkins, and that sounds like a book I’d love. I have a passion for hats and must own 20 or so. Dona Nicanora is going on my wish list.

  9. Thanks for stopping by this morning – I know… I love the outside of the house too – pure bliss right?

    Good luck with all of your upcoming reading!

  10. Beverly says:

    Have a great week! Stop by and check out what I got at The Wormhole

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