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 5 books in the last week

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Don’t Look Now by Daphne Du Maurier. Five long-ish short stories all with a twist. Good fun to read. 4/5

Low Town by Daniel Polansky. In an alternate world, a former policeman is a drugs dealer in a criminal part of town. He gets the chance to investigate the murders of some girls to prove that he wasn’t involved himself. An almost real, but fantasy world, with swords and magic. 4/5

A Twitter Year by Kate Bussmann. A year of events in tweets. Divided into current affairs, celebrity, sports, etc. Good fun for the devoted tweeter. 4/5

Vissen veranderen bij kou van zwemrichting [Fish Change Swimming Direction when Cold] by Pierre Szalowski. A Canadian boy wants to stop his parent from divorcing and calls the sky for help. Several days of ice rain ensue and the whole town is in disarray. 5/5

Little Children by Tom Perrotta. About some thirty-something parents and their affairs. And a paedophile who’s moved into the area. 5/5


Don't Look Now by Daphne du MaurierLow Town by Daniel PolanskyA Twitter Year by Kate BussmannVissen veranderen bij kou van zwemrichting van Pierre SzalowskiLittle Children by Tom Perrotta

Currently Reading

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey. A Jane Eyre in the 1960s. Gemma, an orphan, is sent to boarding school by her awful aunt, ends up working as an au pair in the Orkneys, and meets the lord of the manor. Need I say more? A good read.

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

Other news

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Garden Spells by Sarah Allen. About two sisters and their catering company that uses magical flowers to change people’s moods or attitudes. Some male interest, too. Fun book. 4/5

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. A fun read about a teenage American Indian boy who goes to school outside the reservation and is then an outcast in both worlds. 5/5 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? 4.5/5 stars


A post about myself… From A-Z, everything you never wanted to know.

Virtual cookie exchange: have you been baking? I’m planning to.

I’m joining the What’s in a Name challenge.

I’m running the Wishlist Challenge for people who own so many unread books that they will never, ever get round to reading their wishlist (books they don’t own). Unless they do this challenge!

Have you voted yet for the Indie Lit Awards? Your chance to nominate your favorite new books of 2011. Don’t forget!

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.

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

  1. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    What a great week – mine wasn’t nearly so accomplished!

    Have a great reading week and Merry Christmas!

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d OUt

  2. parrish says:

    A great list as per usual, my books of the moment are Nuala Ní Chonchúir’s The Juno Charm, a wonderful collection of poetry that manages to be both visceral & yet ethereal & The end of my tether by Neil Astley, which is part Detective tale, part myth & magic & wholly insane.

  3. I LOVED Little Children. Of all the Perrotta books I’ve read, that one was my favorite. I have the movie, too.

    I’d like to read The Flight of Gemma Hardy…I read another book by Margot Livesey and enjoyed it.

    Have a great week!


  4. The Flight of Gemma Hardy sounds lovely. I will be adding this to my list!

    While I’m not sure I can say I loved Little Children… I loved it. A dark book!

    Have a wonderful week 🙂

    • Leeswammes says:

      Mari, yes, I’m sure you’ll love Gemma Hardy. It’s a modern(ish) Jane Eyre who goes to a Dickensian boarding school. I’m very much enjoying the book.

  5. A Twitter Year sounds cool 🙂 Isn’t it cool that social networking is becoming such a intregal part of books now? The new Jay Asher book is pretty much all about Facebook 🙂 Awesome week!!

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Little Children sounds interesting and looks like you enjoyed it! Have a great week 🙂

  7. Chris says:

    Gemma Hardy sounds great! I enjoyed The Leftovers by Perrotta and heard his other books were good. Don’t Look Now and Low Down look great, too. Thanks!

  8. Vasilly says:

    Gemma Hardy is a book I’ve seen many bloggers write great things about. I’m glad you loved the Alexie book. It’s one of my favorites. Happy reading!

  9. Leslie says:

    Another great week in reading for you. I’ve been doing, ummm, other things, and only read 2.5 books. I guess a half book counts!

  10. Pussreboots says:

    I’m on vacation and the time off has given me time to finish my GoodReads challenge. Please come see what I’m reading.

  11. Little Children sounds really intense. Yeesh! And i loved Part-Time Indian too! It’s amazing it gets challenged so frequently in the U.S.

  12. Some great reviews. You will have your plate full with the challenges and with running one. Should be lots of fun.

  13. Trish says:

    Have been hearing SUCH great things about Little Children. Think I might have it on my shelf at home but am not sure. Sad, huh?! 😉

    Not reading anything this week. Would like to get back to Affinity but with holiday guests coming into town, I’ll be preparing for them.

    Hope you have a lovely Christmas Judith!

  14. JoV says:

    5 books a week is too amazing!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Jo, I had read 3 of them half already. But it was still a good week. I like it when the reading goes quick (rather than being ‘stuck’ in the same book for 5 days).

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