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 4 books in the last week

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

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. 5 stars

The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark. A wonderful, atmospheric story about an American woman moving to India in 1947 with her family who finds some old letters of the previous occupants of her house. 5 stars

Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson. Robots are taking over the world and a group of humans try to stop them in their tracks. 4 stars

Het graf van de voddenraper by Bart Vercautere [Dutch]. A grave digger who is going to retire soon thinks back on his life. 5 stars

One Day by David NichollsThe Sandalwood Tree by Elle NewmarkRobopocalypse by Daniel Wilson

Currently Reading

Duma Key by Stephen King. A man who was badly wounded in a car accident moves to Florida to start a new life. Knowing Stephen King, scary things are about to happen.

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?

Duma Key by Stephen KingHamlet's Blackberry by William PowersThe Lantern by Deborah LawrensonThis Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman

I wrote a review of

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

Other news

After the read-a-thon the week before last, I joined a review-a-thon last week, to help me get my reviews done. I managed loads of reviews!

Have you got a book with a particularly ugly cover? Send it in for the Ugly Covers Competition. It’s going to be great fun!

Here are my 5 Best Books… about Real People in Fiction.

Before you move on, check out my guest post on Stiletto Storytime’s Blog!


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


About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

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

  1. Mystica says:

    The Lantern, Hamlet’s Blackberry (that sounds a different interpretation !) , The Sandalwood Tree and One Day – all looking gorgeous!

  2. Louise says:

    I’d like to know more about Het graf van de voddenraper by Bart Vercautere is it available in English?

    • Leeswammes says:

      Louise, it’s a very new book and it doesn’t look like it’s been translated. Maybe when it wins a prize – I’m reading the shortlist for a Dutch literature prize and this book is one on the list.

      • Louise says:

        Oh that’s a shame..hopefully it will be translated.. I feel a lot of people miss out some great books due to translating, I’ve just started reading The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino, that’s huge in Japan but only recently been translated.

      • Leeswammes says:

        I’ve never heard of that book, Louise, but I do love modern Japanese literature.

  3. Karen says:

    Yay! You loved One Day. It always makes me happy when someone else loves that book because I enjoyed it so much (only one friend so far who gave up on it which I think is good going). I liked Duma Key. I think it was one of the better books out of the more recent publications by King.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Karen, I keep expecting *Duma Key* to get scary but so far, it’s not. I like the way it’s written and hopefully I’ll be able to sit it out without getting too scared (I can’t always handle King’s suspense).

  4. The Lantern has shown up a lot lately…I’m curious. This Beautiful Life looks like one I’d enjoy. Hope you have a great week.


  5. Ooh, Duma Key! I haven’t read that one yet but it sounds really good. I’m also looking forward to your review of One Day as most readers have mixed feelings about it, especially the ending.

  6. Leslie says:

    You’ve got some good reading going on this week. I have a copy of The Sandalwood Tree I still need to get to and I have The Lantern in audiobook. Lately about half of my reading is done by this listening… otherwise I would never get the house cleaned, dinner made or the gardening done. Although doing nothing but reading for a few days is tempting.

  7. You have read some awesome books lately. I’m particularly interested in The Lantern and Robopocalypse. Have a great week of reading!

  8. Ellie Warren says:

    I enjoyed Duma Key but found it a little over long…but then most of his books are!

    See what I’ve been reading!

  9. Angelica says:

    “Hamlet’s Blackberry” sounds very interesting.

  10. My, you have been busy. The Lantern sounds like something I would enjoy a lot.

    I have done fairly well by reading three books, but today the new semester began so I am busy finding Victorian poems, writing glossaries and such for my students. Also nice, but it doesn´t give me much to blog about.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Well, life takes over when it has to, Dorte. I was lucky with a lot of free time and a car trip in which I could read. It’s Wordworth Victorian? I do like him. 🙂

      • No Wordsworth is a Romantic (right before the Victorian period). Tennyson is Victorian, and I love his long poem “The Lady of Shalott”. Romantic and sinister, and many students think it is fun to read because it is related to King Arthur.

      • Leeswammes says:

        I’ve heard of The Lady of Shalott, maybe even read it once. It’s nice when you find something that both you and your students will like. Poems are difficult fare for most youngsters!

  11. Uniflame says:

    You are having good luck with the books! 5 stars! 🙂 I only read 4 star books recently so my blog is full of the same ratings. I wonder if people think, I rated them all the same on purpose 😉

    • Leeswammes says:

      I’ve had really good books, Uniflame. Just the luck of the draw, I guess. I wonder that as well, whether people think I never give different ratings. 🙂

  12. The Grave Digger read sounds good…. and I have been really interested in The Lantern!

  13. You have been a reading machine! Wow. I can’t wait to get back into the groove of reading. I have been reading so much, but have yet to completely finish reading any….blaming it on being a semi- ADHD Bookaholic.

    You have some great books. I want to read Robopocalypse, The Sandalwood Tree and Duma Key. But I honestly won’t get around to reading them this year. Great job on your reading success. Can’t wait to read the reviews to them.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Thanks Lena. Do try and finish some books, it’s a great feeling of achievement – well, for me it is. Although I don’t want my husband to see that I’m reading yet another book! 🙂

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