It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

itsmonday“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

Click on the orange links to go to review or blog post.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen SimonsonDe geboorte van een wees by Maaike GerritsenBaby Be Mine by Paige ToonThe Lantern by Deborah LawrensonThis Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman

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

Reading Now

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?

One Day by David NichollsHamlet's Blackberry by William PowersThe Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla GibbThe Quarry by Johan Theorin

I wrote a review of

(Click on the orange links for reviews and other posts.)

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)

Other news

Check out my New Arrivals.

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?


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

  1. Cindy says:

    I am reading my way through two bumper issues of BBC Good Food.

  2. Louise says:

    I loved One Day, I’m not sure when the movie is released but I’ll be going to see it, I’m currently reading The Book of Negroes and The Obscure Logic of the Heart. Yesterday I read Hotel Iris, a disturbing but beautifully written book 😉

    • Leeswammes says:

      I didn’t know about the movie of One Day, Louise, I’ll look out for it. I loved The Book of Negroes, hope you do, too. The other book I haven’t heard of, but of course I’ve heard of Hotel Iris. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. Heather says:

    I’m so glad you loved Mr. Pettigrew! That book positively enchanted me. I have One Day, I keep forgetting that. I need to read it. I’m currently reading Tolstoy and the Purple Chair.

    • Leeswammes says:

      I’d love to know what you think of *Tolstoy and the Purple Chair*, Heather. It wasn’t quite what I expected. My review is on my blog if you’re interested.

  4. Karen says:

    I like the sound of Major Pettrigrew and The Lantern. I might have to add them to my tr list. I loved One Day. It was one of my favourites last year. Hope you enjoy it.

  5. Debbie Nance says:

    I liked (but didn’t love) One Day. Nice idea, I thought. Got a bit tedious. Just my two cents.

    Here’s my It’s Monday post for this week: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
    And don’t forget to stop in and sign up to win in the Readerbuzz August Giveaway!

  6. Julie P says:

    You had some really great reads last week! Thanks for sharing, Judith. I am going to add a few of these to my TBR list….

  7. I’m reading Minishopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. It’s really funny!

  8. The Lantern sounds good…love that cover! And I want to read One Day.

    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.

    Enjoy your reading….Here’s MY MONDAY MEMES POST

  9. I’ll be interested to see what you think of One Day. I read it a few months ago and just thought it was ok, at least until the end.

  10. Tracy H says:

    Thanks for stoppin’ by today. Looks like you have a some great reads this week. Enjoy! :0)

  11. Kame says:

    This beautiful life is really intriguing…I want to know what happens after that mail was sent….sooo curious.

    Well, I am still reading One Piece, it has reached volume 27 now. But I will read my 1st Indonesian shorts tomorrow, just for a day, and get back to One Piece again.

  12. Cat says:

    Look forward to your review of The Lantern. I have that and The Quarry on hold at the library.

    Have a great reading week.

  13. Aths says:

    I need to check your review of Humanity Movement! I really enjoyed that book! Have a good week!

  14. Mystica says:

    The Lantern went on my TBR a while ago.

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