February 6, 2011 24 Comments
Much to my chagrin and at the same time delight, books keep entering Leeswammes’ house through various means. I’m trying to reduce my TBR, as frequent readers will know, but it seems I’m not reading fast enough. Books keep sneaking in, taking their place on the TBR shelf, that was getting smaller, and now increasing again. Oh my!
For review from Harper Perennial. This is a memoir (i.e. non-fiction). Angela Balcita is suffering from kidney disease and when she needs a kidney transplant her boyfriend Charlie is keen to donate. The book follows their life and struggle against this awful disease.
I finished this already and loved the story. Bitter sweet.
Pooldrift by David Mulder [Dutch]
I got this e-book from the author. The book is about a procrastinator called Krijn, who spends his days dreaming and blaming others for his failures. He’s staying on an island, far away from the Netherlands. With his African friend he undertakes a journey to the inner parts of the island to find an enlightened Guru.
Borrowed from friends and family
The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers by Paul Torday
I’ve read two other books by this writer which I thoroughly enjoyed: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and (even better) The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce.
This book, The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers is about a man who fails any business he starts. The main character, Hector, meets him in France when sitting on a café terrace with his friend, and Charlie somehow manages to wriggle his way into their lives.
I’ve started this and it’s very well written and quite funny.
The Girl on the Landing by Paul Torday
The same writer as the book above. From bol.com: “An imagined glimpse of a female figure in a painting is only the first in a series of incidents that lead Michael to question his grip on reality. His wife Elizabeth is also unsettled by the changes she sees in the dependable man she married, but also begins to sees signs in this new man of someone she could fall in love with. In the meantime, Michael is disturbed by events up at his ancestral home in Scotland as well as by a past that is threatening to destroy everything, and everyone, he has ever loved.”
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
From bol.com: “From the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century, Isabel Allende’s latest novel tells the story of a mulatta woman, a slave and concubine, determined to take control of her own destiny in a society where that would seem impossible.”
Duma Key by Stephen King
I like to read Stephen King’s books… when they are not too scary. Unfortunately, this one is very scary. Will I hide under the covers or make it through to the end?
A man moves to Duma Key after he barely survives a terrible accident, in which he lost an arm. Out of the blue he begins to paint. With the hand on the arm he lost. Aaahhh!
From the library
Buzz Aldrin, What Happened To You In All the Confusion? by Johan Harstad
I got the Dutch edition. The English edition will be out this coming June. It’s about a man called Mattias, who was born in 1969 on the exact moment that Buzz Aldrin first set foot on the moon. Aldrin is his idol. He joins a friend on a sailing trip to the Farœr, which is a group of islands above Scotland but belonging to Denmark. Its surface resembles the moon.
But then Mattias finds himself waking on land, on his own, with a large amount of money. This sounds like a bit of a surreal story that appeals to me. Earlier, I read another book by Harstad, Hässelby, which was enjoyable and also surreal.
Wagamama Cookbook by Hugo Arnold
For the Hello Japan! mini-challenge I’m supposed to cook something Japanese. Well, I barely finished my first sushi, so where do I start? With this cookbook, of course! At first sight, it seems like there should be enough nice recipes to find something I can make. I’ll let you know in a blogpost when I’ve succeeded.
Have you read any of these books? Which of these would appeal to you?