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.


This week, I finished 3 books. I finally got round to reading Meltdown by Ben Elton, one of my favorite writers. A satirical book about the credit crisis.

I also read The Friday Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs, which I read for the Play Book Tag group at Shelfari. Quite a fun book about relationships and friendship.

And I read a Dutch book, by one of my favorite Dutch authors, Vaslav by Arthur Japin. Coming Wednesday there is a reading of this author that I’m going to go to!

Meltdown by Ben EltonThe Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate JacobsA Separate Peace by John KnowlesTender Graces by Kathryn Magendie


Currently I’m reading A Separate Peace by John Knowles. I won this book a while ago and it looks nice. I’m also reading Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie, but since this is an e-book, I may be a while.


I’ve got a lot I want to read at the moment. Highest on the list is a book that I’m supposed to review on Wednesday, for the Green Books Campaign. 200 Bloggers will be posting a review that day of a book that is printed on environmentally-friendly paper. Make that 199 bloggers: I haven’t got the book yet! If I get it today, there is a small chance that I can finish it, but otherwise… no.

If that book remains missing in action, I will move straight on to Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. This is a book for the Steampunk challenge. Unfortunately, the book looks rather childish. No YA-childish, but child-childish. I will give it a try, but fear I may give up. If you’ve read it let me know what you think!

Then there is De grote zaal [The Large Ward] by Jacoba van Velde, a Dutch book that I feel I should read, whether I like it or not (see below)!

And finally, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, one of my favorite authors. I have read this book a very long time ago, and would like to re-read it for the Japanese Literature challenge.

Mortal Engines by Philip ReeveThe Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki MurakamiAsylum by Patrick McGrath

NEW Books!

I had more new books than I read this week, which is NOT GOOD! First I got Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve from the library (see above).

While I was there, I got the free book De grote zaal [The Large Ward] by Jacoba van Velde. This is because of a yearly event called Nederland leest, or “The Netherlands Is Reading”. The whole nation is invited to discuss one literary book over a period of weeks. In the USA this event is known as One Book, One City.

I finally got my e-book of Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie, which I won during the Book Bloggers Appreciation Week back in September.

From Bookmooch I got Asylum by Patrick McGrath. This was recommended by Coffee and a Book Chick and it seemed something I’d like to read.

Other news

Do you follow the Book Bloggers Abroad? In this series, book bloggers tell about blogging in their country. Last Thursday, Cathy from Arizona in the USA told her story. Check it out HERE.

I posted my review of The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Hmm, I didn’t like this too much. At least not as much as I expected to.

That’s it! What are YOU reading this week?

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45 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. Mystica says:

    I like the sound of the Kate Jacobs book very much. I am reading Anita Shreve’s Strange Fits of Passion and a new author for me Pankaj Mishra A Romantics Life next!

    • leeswammes says:

      Sound like good books, Mystica. I think I read something by Anita Shreve before, but I can’t quite remember now. It wasn’t memorable, obviously! Enjoy your books!

  2. I can’t wait to read your review of A Separate Peace. It has been eons since I read this in high school,but it left a huge impression at the time. Hope you enjoy all your reads. Have a great week.

    • leeswammes says:

      Jan, I’ve only just started in A Separate Peace, and so far it looks a little sedate, but OK. It’s not a big book so I’ll probably be finished quite soon.

  3. Teddyree says:

    Sounds like you have a pretty busy schedule all planned out. The Friday Night Knitting Club has been on my tbr pile for a while, glad it was a fun read. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

    • leeswammes says:

      Pretty busy, indeed, Teddyree. I keep looking to see if the postman is coming yet, with the book that I need to review on Wednesday. What are the chance? 🙂 Happy reading!

  4. Amanda says:

    Hopping by on a Monday evening just after… you guessed it! A gym class 😉

    I’ll be interested to hear what you think of Mortal Engines. It looks a bit like a Terry Pratchett book. And Asylum. Can’t wait to hear whether that’s worth a read.

    Ok. Taking my sweaty smelly bod off to the shower!

  5. Kathy Martin says:

    I hope you enjoy all the books you are planning to read this week. I remember reading A Separate Peace years ago but don’t remember anything about it. Have a good week!

  6. Tes says:

    It looks like you have busy schedule with all the fantastic books as usual. I am going to read “Melt Down” this week. Very exciting about it after reading your review 🙂

  7. Asylum looks wonderful! I cant wait to read your review… I may need to look for that one at my library 🙂

  8. Aleksandra says:

    Interesting books 🙂 Haven’t read Mortal Engines, but it’s on my tbr list! Happy reading & have a great week!

  9. Suzanne says:

    I think it’s great that the Netherlands have a country-wide reading project.
    I might have to start learning Dutch in addition to French …

  10. Asylum sounds intriguing…and I’m curious to know more about Tender Graces.

    Glad you liked The Friday Night Knitting Club…I did, too.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  11. Glad you liked Friday Night Knitting Club. It’s buried in my TBR list somewhere. I should push it closer to the top 😀

  12. Esme says:

    Melt Down reminds me slightly of The Recessionistas-it is the same concept. I will have to check it out.

  13. Yay! I’m so excited you got Asylum — can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this one! (I’m crossing my fingers you like it and enjoy the psychological piece that is key). I just picked up another one of McGrath’s novel called Trauma, and I’m looking for more of his work. He wrote the introduction for one of Daphne du Maurier’s collection of short stories (Don’t Look Now) and I’m just fascinated by this author!!

  14. I received for review Expiation by Greg Messel from Author Solutions.

  15. Cat says:

    You have a great list to choose from this week. Nathalie’s review of Asylum took my eye too but so far I haven’t been able to track it down.

    re Greenlanders – loved it! Awesome book but I agree it’s probably not for everyone.

    Have a great week!

  16. rikkiscraps says:

    You might be right about Mortal Engines. rates it for age group 7-10. Not sure you will like THAT.
    Other than that, Happy Reading!

    • leeswammes says:

      Rikki, in my library Mortal Engines is on the 12+ shelves (that are not the adult shelves, but include YA). If it’s really age 7-10 I think I won’t last long. But I’m still going to try.

  17. Betty says:

    Wow you’ve got some good books listed here. The Friday Night Knitting Club sounds like something my reading club would like. I’ll have to preview it for them. I’m currently enthralled with a great book called The Three Insights by author Tim Pond. It’s a non-fiction, self improvement book that talks about looking for purpose in life and happiness will follow…not the other way around.
    I can’t seem to put it down.

    • leeswammes says:

      Hi Betty, the Friday Night Knitting Club is not a deep read but I’m sure your book group could have a good conversation about it. If you have some people that don’t read a lot (as I do in my club!) then this book would be ideal.

      Have fun with your self-help book. I sometimes read them, think what a great ideas the author has, then forget about it again. Hope it works better for you!

  18. Bellezza says:

    I hope you enjoy A Separate Peace better than I did; to me, it was disappointing.

    But, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle? Yippee! We’ll have fun talking about that one!

    • leeswammes says:

      Belezza, I’m happy with A Separate Piece at about 25% in. Sofar I found it OK, although not brilliant. I like the way it’s written and how the boys get on together. We’ll see…

  19. I read The Friday Night Knitting Club last year and I loved it, I seriously regretted that I didn’t read it sooner. It was so touching, I felt like those ladies were my friends too, and the end totally made me cry!

  20. Jane says:

    Thanks for the tip-off about the Japanese Literature Challenge – I love Haruki Murakami too so will keep an eye out for your write-up of that one!

  21. Dorte H says:

    I had planned to read Laua Wilson´s “Stratton´s War” (a paper book) this week, but then my Kindle arrived yesterday so for some reason I happened to buy her “Dying Voices” (Kindle edition) instead. Well, if I didn´t want to try out e-books, I shouldn´t have bought the thing I suppose ;D

  22. I’m reading Healer which I should have waited to read until 2011 but it sounded good (Feb book club selection). I also had to throw in true chick lit this week (I’m meeting the author this weekend). She’s so sweet, can’t wait to meet her.

    I’ve lost my writing mojo… I need to post on the MMBC and a few other things. There were tears!

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

    • leeswammes says:

      Mari, if I read a book now that’s for my February bookclub meeting, I would have forgotten all about it by the time we got together – maybe even whether I’d read it. 🙂

      Don’t despair about the writing, we all have our moments when it doesn’t flow. Don’t cry!

  23. MarthaE says:

    Hello Judith –
    Thanks for stopping by my blog this week. I have read Kate Jacobs but otherwise I don’t know the authors you are reading. There are so many good books out there!
    I will watch for how you like Mortal Engines. I like steampunk and want to get more to read. Have a good week.

    • leeswammes says:

      Hey Martha, thanks for visiting! Mortal Engines will be my second steampunk book, but I fear I’m 4 times older than the intended reader… we’ll see!

  24. Jeremy says:

    Mortal Engines is very, very far from childish. I’m not sure what gave you that idea (though I know the covers on international editions are often pretty dumbed-down and terrible…) but it really doesn’t belong in the 7-10 bracket.

    It’s also not really very steampunk, but the steampunk crowd seem so desperate for quality writing they’ll stamp their cog on anything. Very tiresome.

    • leeswammes says:

      Thanks, Jeremy. I have just started on the book, and I didn’t find it childish so far. At the moment, I would say it’s a YA book.

      What a pity it isn’t very steampunk. I can’t find many steampunk in the library (this book seemed the best bet). And, as I have a large number of unread books at home, I’m not (yet) willing to buy any new ones. But who knows? If steampunk turns out to be just the thing for me, I will of course delve into the catalogs of the Book Depository or Amazon!

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