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.


Only 2 books this week! One was a large tome of 600 small-printed pages The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami and the other a small book, about 75 pages, a Dutch book called De grote zaal [The Large Ward] by Jacoba van Velde.

I liked both but The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle was great! I adore that book!

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki MurakamiLost on Planet China by J. Maarten TroostTender Graces by Kathryn Magendie


Currently I’m reading Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost. I’m reading this for the Bookhobo event organised by Carin from A Little Bookish. It’s funny and informative. Did you know that the Gobi Desert is only at 50 miles distance from Beijing? It’s likely to have caught up with Beijing in a few decades!

I’m also reading Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie, but since this is an e-book, I probably will be mentioning this for the next few weeks.


I didn’t get round to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Journey of the Dawn Trader by C. S. Lewis last week, so I’m planning it in for this week. First my son has to finish it, though! He’s enjoying it a lot.

I also want to read another Dutch book, Het geheim van Den Haag [The Secret of The Hague] by Joost Heldeman, which sounds like it’s going to be a political book/satire. It’s on the longlist for a Dutch literary prize (the Academica Debutantenprijs) and I want to read at least the shortlist (but that hasn’t been chosen yet, so I’ve started with the longlist).

If the week is long enough, I’ll start Tender is the Night by Scott Fitzgerald. I saw a documentary about this book and author on Belgian tv last night. I have had this book for a few months, so I’m now very much inspired to read it.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader by C. S. LewisHet geheim van Den Haag by Joost HeldemanTender is the Night by Scott Fitzgerald

NEW Books!

Only one, this week (well done, Judith!). I got Het geheim van Den Haag [The Secret of The Hague] by Joost Heldeman from the library. And that’s all!

Other news

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

If YOU want to feature in Book Bloggers Abroad let me know!

I mailed off my package for the Great Grocery Bag Exchange. This was a fun event and I got together some re-usable grocery and other bags as well as a few Dutch goodies. I hope Chachic in the Philippines is going to like them!

And do you remember me telling you that I had received some books by Sandra Brown in Norwegian? After long thinking, I did a giveaway via librarything and the books have found a home… in Sweden. In the meantime, I also became a member of Bookmooch and have received and sent out a lot of nice books! Just those Norwegian books didn’t want to shift, hence the giveaway.

I posted my review of Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve.

If you like cooking, check out my recipe on Dutch stewed pears. Very yummy!

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

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

  1. Woordenaar says:

    I finished Stephen Kings latest book Full dark, no stars (but in the Dutch translation: Aardedonker, zonder sterren), I loved the return of Pennywise in the third story.
    My next book will be The big sleep by Raymond Chandler.

    • leeswammes says:

      The Stephen King book is a very new book, Woordenaar, right? I’m always a bit unsure whether to read him because some of his books are too much for me. I loved “The Stand” which I read earlier this year.

      Enjoy Chandler!

  2. While I loved The Great Gatsby, I have never read Tender is the Night, I have a vague memory that the book was about Fitzgerald’s wife although I am not sure if that is correct. I will be looking forward to reading your review. Have a great week.

    • leeswammes says:

      Ja, I think Tender is the night is indeed partially about Fitzgerald’s wife (I learned all about it yesterday in a documentary). I have never read anything by Fitzgerald but it seems a nice book.

  3. I was eying the new S. King book. Hope you enjoy your new books. I got a few as well:

  4. I think I liked Tender is the Night; probably. I’m afraid it’s another one I’ve forgotten most details of. This week I’m reading Chuck Palahniuk’s Non-Fiction.

    • leeswammes says:

      I have that with lots of books, Kate, I forget them! I don’t know if Tender is the Night is going to be unforgettable for me, but I think I’ll enjoy it.

      I don’t know anything about Palahniuk’s non-fiction so hope to hear what you think when you’re done.

  5. Ah, Tender is the Night…reminiscent of everything lyrical….

    Thanks for sharing your books.

    Here’s my Monday:

  6. Dorte H says:

    I read an old cosy mystery in Danish yesterday, and today I have grabbed an English cosy. The funny thing is that their names are so similar: Else Fischer and Elizabeth Ferrars.

    NB: if you should stumble on good crime novels in Norwegian I might be able to help you out.

    • leeswammes says:

      Dorte, we in the Netherlands probably have ALL Scandinavian thrillers in the bookshops (translated). No, I’m exaggerating. But we seem to be very fond of them. Started writing them ourselves too (thrillers). They are ever so popular. But a Norwegian crime writer? I can’t name one off the top of my head. How odd!

      • Dorte H says:

        Three Norwegian favourites: Jo Nesbø, Anne Holt and Karin Fossum. And I have read some of them in Norwegian which is very close to Danish.

      • leeswammes says:

        I’ve heard of Nesb and Fossum, they are quite well known here. Anne Holt I’m not sure, it doesn’t sound totally unknown. Nesb is quite big here, I haven’t read anything by him, though. I should!

        My favorite Scandinavian crime writer is Arnaldur Indridason whose name I can write without looking it up. 🙂

  7. Suzanne says:

    Bravo for only obtaining one new book! I need to learn to follow your lead….

  8. I’ve never read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle but I keep meaning to! I read Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful & the Damned earlier this summer and loved it — enjoy Tender Is the Night. I love Fitzgerald!

  9. rikkiscraps says:

    I totally love F. Scott Fitzgerald. One of my earlier Weekly Geeks post was a week long feature about quotes from his short stories. Even though I like his novels, I adore his short stories. Have you ever read any of them

    • leeswammes says:

      Rikki, No I haven’t read any short stories by Fitzgerald. I haven’t read any Fitzgerald full stop. AND I’m not so keen on short stories. But if I like Tender is the Night, I will definitely read more by him.

  10. You had a great week! I completely missed the grocery bag exchange, but think I’ll sign up next time it comes around. Looked like a lot of fun!

    I love that you are reading the Chronicles of Narnia with your son, especially since the new movie is coming. I can’t wait!

    Have a fabulous reading week and thanks so much for stopping by earlier!

    • leeswammes says:

      1stdaughter, a pity you missed the grocery bag exchange, but it was quite a small-scale thing. Next time we must make sure it’s advertised more widely. 🙂

      I will do a post once my grocery bag(s) arrive.

  11. I love how you said, ‘if the week is long enough’. Sounds so much better than ‘if I find the time’ or ‘if I stay on task or ‘find time to relax on the sofa and read’. 🙂

    Most people in my company, who sit in the US, are on holiday this week. Since I work from home I’m working. Getting a lot of book ‘stuff’ done!

    Have a great week.

  12. Mystica says:

    Murakami has to be good. I will like to see what you think of Tender is the Night.

  13. I love the Chronicles of Narnia! Enjoy it this week!

  14. Heidi V. says:

    I hope you enjoy The Chronicles of Narnia I have been wanting to read it for awhile! I hope you enjoy your week and your reads…

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