It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
August 8, 2011 24 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 5 books in the last week
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Major Pettrigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. Major Pettigrew is a widowed Englishman of the old kind. He’s trying to win over Mrs. Ali’s heart, a widow from Pakistani origins who runs the corner shop. Really good! 5 stars.
De geboorte van een wees [The Birth of an Orphan] by Maaike Gerritsen [Dutch]. About a woman whose father died a while ago and her mother is about to. She needs to look after her children as well as her mother and ends up in an identity crisis. Rather boring, 3 stars.
Baby Be Mine by Paige Toon. Nice chick-lit about a woman with a baby son whose father is a famous rock star and not her current boyfriend. But how long can she keep quiet about it? Nice read, 4 stars.
The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson. English Eve moves in with her much older and wealthy boyfriend to live in a run-down farm in Provence. He’s been there before, but won’t tell her about it. And there are secrets hidden in the old house too. Great read. 4.5 stars.
This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman. Upheaval in the life of a family when the teenage son forwards an email with a porn video that was meant for his eyes only. 5 stars
One Day by David Nicholls. Over a period of twenty years, the book describes one day in July for every year. The lives of the two main characters Emma and Dexter are thus followed through two decades.
Hamlet’s Blackberry by William Powers. Non fiction. In this digital age, we’re connected all the time and we’re almost afraid of downtime in case we miss something. Powers compares our time to the of several old philosophers (from ancient Greek to more modern) who were dealing with similar problems. What can we learn from them?
I wrote a review of
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The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb. A Vietnamese-born American woman goes to Vietnam to find evidence of her artist father having worked there. (5 stars)
The Quarry by Johan Theorin. A film studio is burned down and the owner has had a stroke and can’t say what’s going on. Meanwhile, on the island of Öland, some people are settling in their new houses near a quarry. (5 stars)
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The reason I read so much this week is that I took part in the OUAC Sizzling Summer Readathon.
And I announced the Ugly Covers Competition. It’s going to be great fun!
That’s it! What are YOU reading this week?