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 read 7 books in the last week

2 of them I had almost finished before the week started, and in the weekend I read 3 books as it was the 24 hour read-a-thon. I have a lot of reviews to catch up on!

The Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende. Historical fiction on a Caribbean island where a plantation owner takes in a slave girl and has a long standing relationship with her. 4 stars

Nothing by Blake Butler. Non-fiction about insomnia. Written in a very literary manner. Hard to follow sometimes, but also interesting and recognisable. 3 stars

Fauna by Alissa York. In Toronto, a number of people that are all interested in the welfare of animals become involved with each other. 4 stars

The Ugly Sister by Jane Fallon. A woman is spending her summer with her famous modelling sister in London. But is the sister really interested in her, the unsuccessful librarian? 4.5 stars

The Literary Circle by Marjolein Februari. A woman and a journalist are looking forward to their a former class mate, now famous for writing a successful book, coming to give a lecture in the small town. But the literary circle doesn’t seem so keen. 4 stars

What To Do When Someone Dies by Nicci French. A woman has to deal with the fact that her husband has died in a car crash together with another woman. She can’t believe he had an affair and she does anything to find out the truth. 4 stars

My Year With Eleanor by Noelle Hancock. Memoir about the author spending a year doing things she’s afraid of. Small things like phoning someone, and big things like skydiving and doing stand-up comedy. 4 stars

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel AllendeNothing by Blake ButlerFauna by Alissa YorkThe Ugly Sister by Jane Fallon
What To Do When Someone Dies by Nicci FrenchMy Year With Eleanor by Noelle Hancock

Currently Reading

The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale. A couple is on a plane that crashes in the sea near the Galapagos Islands. The man’s great-grandfather was in the First World-War in France. That’s all I know so far!

The Blasphemer by Nigel FarndaleLies by Michael GrantWe All Ran Into the Sunlight by Natalie Young

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Lies by Michael Grant. The third in the Gone series. The struggle in the FARZ is continuing with children nearly ready to kill eachother. Some disturbing events make their lives even more uncertain than they already were. 4 stars

We All Ran into the Sunlight by Natalie Young. A fire happened in a French castle years ago. When the castle is put up for sale years later, the people involved in the fire have to revisit the past again. 3 stars


WIN WIN WIN You can win a book with an ugly cover! Look here (at the bottom of the post).  WIN WIN WIN

I took part in the 24 Read-a-thon! Opening post & Update post.


On my Dutch blog:

Review: Doodskap [Death Mask] by Arnaldur Indridason. A woman who is suspected of blackmail is found murdered, while a deranged man is keeping a man prisoner that he knew from when he was young. Detective Sigurdur Óli is on the case. 4 stars

Report: Eerste Hoofdstukken – 5. Een uur en achttien minuten van Peter Zantingh


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


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

  1. Leslie says:

    All I can say is that’s an amazing number of books to read in one week, for me anyway. I would have to stop sleeping to finish that many! And congrats on a successful read-a-thon over the weekend.

  2. Uniflame says:

    I am going to place fauna and a year with eleanor on my to read 🙂 Thanks!

  3. I reallyb liked The Ugly Sister, and I’d love to read Fauna. Enjoy!

  4. Oh my gosh, you read a lot last week! I’m off to read your read-a-thon posts. 🙂

    ps: even though I didn’t officially participate, I did pick up the new Sparks title… read it in two sittings. yeah me!

  5. I haven’t read a Nicci French book in awhile, but What to Do When Someone Dies sounds really good! And The Ugly Sister. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog. Have a great week!

  6. Carol N Wong (@Carolee888) says:

    That’s a big lot of books to have read!!!!! I just finished “The Diva Haunts the House” and am 70 pages into “Learn to Live Through Cancer” by Stewart B. Fleishman”. I am already giving it 5 stars and going to recommend it to my friends and family who have cancer. It covers everything that you can imagine and things you don’t think of. I have a pre-cancer so will keep this book in case the cancer comes. I can’t say enough about this one.


    • Leeswammes says:

      Carol, glad to hear you found a book that is really helpful. I hope you will be spared the disease, though. Nothing they can do for you at the moment, then?

  7. Julie says:

    Wow! You got a lot of reading done last week! I’m impressed! Lots of 4 stars too, which means you must have enjoyed all that reading. Hope you have another good week!

  8. Amy says:

    It looks like you had a great reading week last week. Many of the books you read sound intriguing and you gave them all high marks!

    I have Island Beneath the Sea so I’m thrilled to see you enjoyed it!

    I was wondering if Fauna was difficult in that it has many stories about animal cruelty? I have a hard time reading about cruelty to animals.

    The Blasphemer sounds interesting. I hope you like it!

    Looks like you had a good Readathon day!
    ~ Amy

    • Leeswammes says:

      Amy, Fauna isn’t too full of animal cruelty. In fact, most of it is about rescuing animals. I’m sure you’ll be ok with it.

      The readathon was *great*!!!

  9. Ally says:

    A book on geisha 🙂 It is translated from German into Romanian, it’s called Geisha’s smile 🙂
    I am totally impressed with the amount of books read…

  10. dollycas says:

    Wonderful week, everyone of them looks good to me!!

    Here’s my week:


  11. Nadine Nys says:

    You seem to have had a good reading week, Judith, both in quantity and quality.

  12. Vasilly says:

    I love the cover and title of We All Ran into the Sunlight. Happy reading!

  13. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    All the books you read last week sound great! I look forward to your reviews!

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  14. Looks like a great week of reading. My Year with Eleanor is on my TBR.

  15. Teddyree says:

    Wow mostly 4 and 4.5 ratings, a great reading week for you. I’m pretty sure I’ve got The Island Beneath the Sea on my wishlist and I’m keen to start on the Gone series.
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

  16. Mardel says:

    Whoa! you did read a lot of books. That’s great. Have fun reading this week. 🙂

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