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 3 books in the last week

Duma Key by Stephen King. A man who was badly wounded in a car accident moves to Florida to start a new life. It was OK but I wasn’t impressed by the sea ghosts. 3 stars

The Tortilla Curtain by T. C. Boyle. South California, a rich man with an open mind becomes annoyed by the illegal Mexicans he keeps coming across. 5 stars (re-read)

De tuinman van niemandsland [The Gardener of No-mans Land, Dutch] by Guus Bauer. A story taking place in rural Czechoslovakia, about 7 brothers. 3 stars

Duma Key by Stephen KingTortilla Curtain by T. C. Boyle

Currently Reading

The Obscure Logic of the Heart by Priya Basil. While Lina’s parents still dream of a suitable boy for their eldest daughter, she engages in an intricate game of deceit to hide her blossoming relationship with a man who is very different from herself.

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?

The Obscure Logic of the Heart by Priya BasilHamlet's Blackberry by William Powers

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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 Lake of Dreams 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. 4 stars

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. 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

Baby Be Mine by Paige ToonThe Lake of Dreams by Kim EdwadsChangeless by Gail Carriger
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That’s it! What are YOU reading this week?


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

  1. parrish says:

    As usual a great list & how (being a parent) do you fit it all in? At the moment “What the water gave me(poems after Frida Kahlo)” by Pascale Petit & “In praise of Shadows” by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki

  2. Rikki says:

    Yeah, I am wondering about that, too. How do you fit it all in? What’s the secret?

    • Leeswammes says:

      Haha. Rikki, read fast, read often. Oh, and I don’t watch much tv, either.

      • Rikki says:

        Right, then it must be the “read often” part that I am missing! TV? I haven’t watched TV in ages, if I watched TV I’d get even less reading done.

      • Leeswammes says:

        Hmm. I wonder! I don’t go to hobby or sports clubs at night, I don’t socialise a lot in the weekends (sometimes, but not every weekend and not the whole weekend). Maybe you do these things? My kids are teenagers and don’t take up a lot of my time (homework supervision, mainly).

        I don’t work (but don’t read much during the day – I read less in a year than when I did work, actually).

  3. Mystica says:

    Hamlets Blackberry and The Tortilla Curtain are the two which for me sound very intriguing.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Mystica, Hamlet’s Blackberry is going slowly for me because it’s non-fiction and so there is no storyline to keep me going. I keep forgetting to pick up the book. But it’s not bad at all.

  4. Louise says:

    I haven’t heard of The Tortilla Curtain, I’ll look out for this one, and I wish I could read your language so I could get my mitts on Het graf van de voddenraper 😉 I’m reading Blindness by Jose Saramago at the moment.

  5. Angelica says:

    How did you like “The Tortilla Curtain”? I read it for a book club read and wasn’t quite sure how I felt about it. I’m looking forward to reading the “Souless” series.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Angelica, I loved *The Tortilla Curtain*. I’ve read it for my book group meeting this Friday and I am very curious to see what the others thought of it.

      I’m not sure which standpoint I agree with though: pro or against the illegal immigrants, pro or against the walls they were putting up. It’s a difficult situation.

  6. Debbie Nance says:

    I keep thinking about reading Tortilla Curtain. I’m afraid it will be too preachy for me. Too Jodi Picault-ish.

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

    • Leeswammes says:

      Debbie, I didn’t find The Tortilla Curtain preachy at all! In fact, I couldn’t decide for myself which of the standpoints I agreed with. I thought the book was thought provoking without taking a stand.

  7. Duma Key was interesting, but my issue was less with the sea ghosts and more with the main character. I just didn’t find my sympathetic enough to really pull me in. Under the Dome was a much better read. 🙂

    • Leeswammes says:

      I haven’t read Under the Dome, Sally. I was OK with the main character in Duma Key myself. Just didn’t enjoy the convoluted story about sea monsters/ghosts etc.

  8. I’m curious about Hamlet’s Blackberry. Sounds like fun! I also enjoyed Lake of Dreams.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. Karen says:

    That’s a shame you were disappointed with Duma Key. I quite liked it. I did completely forget all about the sea ghosts mind you (was a while ago I read it). My least favourite King was Under the Dome. Just never took to it.

  10. dixie says:

    You (re-) read another T.C. Boyle! I am going to have to try another one of his books. I assume they are all thought-provoking?

    I’m not a huge Stephen King fan, but I am curious about Duma Key.

  11. Ellie Warren says:

    I like the sound of The Tortilla Curtain (great title!).

  12. Dollycas says:

    The T.C,. Boyle is on my reminder list as one I want to read! The others are new and I will be investigating a bit!


  13. Teddyree says:

    You had a great week, I liked The Memory Keeper’s Daughter so I’m keen to read The Lake Of Dreams. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

  14. I’m always amazed when I find yet again another Stephen King book I didn’t already know about. Duma Key? Never heard of it! The Tortilla Curtain sounds good too.

    Happy reading this week!

  15. Aths says:

    I’m so glad that you love Tortilla Curtain! I’ve been meaning to read it sometime!

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