It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
July 18, 2011 27 Comments
“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what you’ve read the past week and planning to read next.
I finished 7 books in the last TWO weeks
Changeless by Gail Carriger. The second episode in the Parasol Protectorate series, in which Alexia is left to her own devices and ends up travelling to Scotland.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. After her mother dies in India, 16-year old Gemma is sent to boarding school in England, where she discovers an alternate world of magic.
The Lake of Dreams (Dutch translation) by Kim Edwards. Lucy has recently returned home from Japan and at her old family home, finds some objects that are related to her family’s past, a past that she never knew about.
The Lover by Marguerite Duras. A 15-year old French girl living in Vietnam becomes the lover of a much older and rich Chinese man.
Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson. As a child, Jane Margaux had an imaginary friend who she was supposed to forget about when she grew older. But when as an adult, she meet Michael, she knows it’s him!
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan. Hannah Payne is being punished by having had an abortion. Her skin is dyed red so everyone will recognise her as a criminal. Dystopia in the near future.
Snapshot by Craig Robertson. Someone is killing off criminals in Glasgow. Police photographer Tony Winter, who is always the first to be close up to the bodies, investigates, unofficial, of course.
My Life in France by Julia Child. Julia Child’s memoir of living in France and learning how to cook. She eventually became a famous cook in the US.
Instructions for an Inexperienced Lover by Amanda Leduc (ebook). Rosa wants to be a writer but she is being distracted by the unpredictable Aylish who one day appears at her door.
I wrote a review of
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Asylum by Patrick McGrath (5 stars). The wife of a doctor in a hospital for the criminally insane falls in love with one of the inmates.
Among Others by Jo Walton (4 stars). A girl survives boarding school by making friends with other book lovers. She sees faeries who help her deal with her crazy mother.
The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam by Chris Evans (3 stars). An author who makes money by breaking into people’s houses is asked to steal two worthless figurines. He isn’t keen but gets involved in a big way.
The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst (4 stars). A mother visits her estranged son when he is arrested for murder. Incidentally she finds out what happens, but the book is more about the relationship between mother and son.
Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald (4 stars). Seventeen-year old US city girl Jenna has to spent her summer with her aunt in Canada in a small town. She doesn’t fit in with the local kids.
Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman (3.5 stars). Tom is not enjoying his job and is writing a novel in his spare time. But will he be able to compete with his famous author-father? And how can he survive having several (step)parents staying with him?
I wrote an update about the Indie Lit Awards.
And finally… I’m back from my holidays!
That’s it! What are YOU reading this week?