It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
December 26, 2011 27 Comments
“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 4 books in the last week
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. 5/5
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto. Three long short stories about love and loss. 4/5
Dodelijke hobby [Deadly Hobby] by M.P.O. Books (ebook). André is hoping for a quiet Christmas looking after the remote villa of his cousin’s who is gone on holiday. When there is a break-in through his fault, he is determined to find the stolen goods before his cousin comes back. Fun cozy mystery. 4/5.
Eleven by Mark Watson. Eleven people are influenced by a chain of events started by a late-night radio host. A fun read with a narrator that not only knows what happens now, but also what will happen in the future. 4.5/5
Een steek diep [Under the Ground] by F. Starik. A non-fiction book about “solitary funerals” (where there are no guests). The writer researches the background of the deceased and presents a poem (that is read at the funeral, made especially for the occasion). Quite interesting.
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. The story is told by one of twin brothers who was born from a nun and possibly the doctor she worked for. A good, but slow read.
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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
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
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I’m taking part in the Mid Winter’s Eve Giveaway Blog Hop, giving away one of my favorite books from this year. Check it out and enter!
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Check out my New Arrivals – a load of new books that I got in the past few weeks.
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?