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, huh? Well, yes, I finished two books but I abandoned one: Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost was a really nice travelogue, Het geheim van Den Haag [The Secret of Den Hague] by Joost Heldeman was a fun and short Dutch book, but Tender is the Night by Scott Fitzgerald I could not get through, unfortunately.

Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten TroostHet geheim van Den Haag by Joost HeldemanTender is the Night by Scott FitzgeraldGeneration A by Douglas CouplandTender Graces by Kathryn Magendie


Currently it’s Generation A by Douglas Coupland for me! I love this book, about a near-future world in which bees are extinct.

I’m also reading Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie, an e-book. Last week, I found it getting more interesting so I hope to finish this soon.


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 again (when my son is finished with it).

I will also be reading Bodies and Language by Vaidehi Ramanathan which I finally got for the Green Books Campaign. And I hope to read 31 Hours by Masha Hamilton, which looks like a detective kind of book.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader by C. S. LewisBodies and Language by Vaidehi Ramanthan31 Hours by Masha Hamilton

NEW Books this week!

  • Bodies and Language by Vaidehi Ramanathan finally arrived from England, a review copy from the publisher (Channel View Publications/ Multilingual Matters). I should have had it in time for the Green Books Campaign 2.5 weeks ago (so, getting it 4 weeks ago would have been nice!). I’ll read and review it still, of course, but it was a pity to have to do my post for this event without having the book.
  • 31 Hours by Masha Hamilton arrived, directly from the publishers, Unbridled Books. I’m not sure why they sent me the book. For review? Or is it a book that I won in a giveaway? I’m not sure. It looks nice, though, so I’m happy either way. Masha Hamilton is the writer of The Camel Book Mobile which I read and liked a lot.
  • De leesclub [The Book Club] by Renate Dorrestein, a favorite Dutch author. From the libary. Of course, I wasn’t going to get any books, but when I was there with my son and saw this book…

Other news

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

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

I got my package for the Great Grocery Bag Exchange, from Chachic. It was full of nice bags, postcards and bookmarks. Click HERE if you are curious.

I also tried to teach native speakers of English how to use their language. They were quite nice about it.

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

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

  1. Not alot of people actually get through Scott Fitzgerald books – so no worries there hon…

    Enjoy your reading week..


  2. Loved your post on How to use their language. I added my own comment to it too. Hope you have a great week.

  3. You know I am rooting for your Narnia experience! 😀 Have a super week!

    • leeswammes says:

      Sheila, my son is still reading the Narnia book and I don’t want to interrupt his reading. So, it’s moved up a week. He’s very close to finishing but he’s not that much of a reader. 🙂

  4. I haven’t read any of the Narnia books…I would like to someday, along with so many others….

    I haven’t read anything by Scott Fitzgerald…at least I don’t think so. But that’s hard to imagine….

    In my younger days, I spent a lot of time reading Daphne du Maurier books and Russian novels…LOL

    Nowadays (this week, anyway), here’s what I’m reading.

  5. Sweetie, by Kathryn Magendie is one of my new favorite books and I’ve been meaning to check out Tender Graces. Thanks for the reminder =)

    • leeswammes says:

      Tender Graces is my first book by Kathryn Magendie. I won it and I’m liking it a lot. I haven’t heard of Sweetie, will check it out (at first, I thought that’s what you called me!!).

  6. woordenaar says:

    I’ve read the latest Paul Auster novel, Sunset Park. It’s not bad but he has written better books. I’ve also read Het afzien van 2010 (Fokke & Sukke). I started in a free e-book called Abracadabra! (the complete story about The Beatles’ Revolver) by Ray Newman which I found on my harddisk.

    • leeswammes says:

      You find books on your hard disk, Woordenaar? Why don’t things like that happen to me? 🙂

      I would like to read the Paul Auster novel, too when my current pile is a bit shrunk.

  7. Wow, that’s a lot! Have you read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald? I did back in high school & wasn’t too fond of it, but then again, maybe re-reading it now would be a different experience. No Monday meme for me today–it would be identical to last week!

    • leeswammes says:

      Oh dear, no reading done, nothing finished, Teacher/Learner? For some people the weekend gave them extra reading time, while others have been twice as busy with other things.

      I haven’t read The Great Gatsby. I may try it, but won’t be running out to get it right away.

      Happy reading.

  8. Novroz says:

    Thank you for visiting my other blog Judith.

    I have only read 1 Narnia book, after reading TLoTR, somehow Narnia feels a bit childish for me…but I’d love to try reading another one because it’s quite fun.

  9. Wonderful books, great reading!

    Here is my Monday: Mailbox/Whereabouts post!

  10. Kylie says:

    Great week. Will have to check out that Book Bloggers Abroad. Thanks for visiting my blog

  11. Maree says:

    Looks like a great week ahead – happy reading!

  12. Mardel says:

    Well you seem to have some literary giants in your list of books. I don’t think I would have been tempted by Fitzgerald, much less opened it to start – so you’re a braver reader than I am! lol
    enjoy, enjoy!

    • leeswammes says:

      I wasn’t sure about Fitzgerald, Mardel, but people kept recommending it. And I won a copy! But I gave up on it. I do read a lot (and fast) so I don’t mind trying books that I’m not 100% sure about.

  13. Teddyree says:

    Generation A sounds interesting, will have to look out for it. Sounds like you’ve got some great books coming up ~ happy reading 🙂

  14. Kah Woei says:

    Hmm … I didn’t like the Narnia books myself. But I am enjoying the movies. Hope you do better than me. LOL.

  15. Tes says:

    This reading list is amazing. This week I still on lost on planet China, and Narnai for Yaseen 🙂

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