It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
January 23, 2012 33 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 5 books in the last week (and one other I didn’t finish)
As I’m doing a reading competition on Shelfari, where we read random books from our shelves and wishlists, I have been reading more than normal. I pretend I’m not taking extra time reading, but I’m competitive, so I do! Oh well, as soon as someone wins, the game is over… so I better read some more and make sure it’s me. 😉
11/22/64 by Stephen King. A man goes back in time to try and prevent the Kennedy assassination. I’m reading this as a judge for the Indie Lit Awards
Life’s a Beach by Claire Cook. A fun, easy read about a woman who is at a cross-roads in her life. 3.5 stars
The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen. This turned out to be historical fiction combined with some modern fiction. Enjoyable. 4 stars.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. A janitor with a good taste in books and music pretends to be a working class woman with no such interests. But two of the people in her apartment building befriend her, and discover the real her. 3.5 stars
Away By Amy Bloom. 1924, a Russian Jewish woman loses all her family in a terrible killing. She moves to America where she hopes to have a better future. Then she hears her daughter is still alive in Russia and wants to go back to find her. An adventurous book. 4.5 stars
Vals licht by Joost Zwagerman (DNF). A Dutch book that I just didn’t enjoy enough to finish. In fact, I read it for this competition that I told you about (above), so it actually set me back, as I had read 130 pages of this book, then decided I’d take a different book altogether. I could not face reading any more.
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Have you been waiting for it? It’s time for another Literary Giveaway Blog Hop! It will run from February 18-22. Do you want to give away a book to your readers? Join up so you are linked to all the other blogs that are participating.
New Arrivals! Check out what books entered my house.
First You Try Everything by Jane McCafferty. The account of a divorce. The woman can’t accept it and takes dramatic measures. 4 stars
The Look of Love by Mary Jane Clark. A fun mystery about a luxury spa where a murder takes place. 4 stars
The Trout Opera by Matthew Condon. A 100-year old man is asked to open the Olympic games in Australia. He’s kidnapped by the Olympic committee to make sure he’ll attend. 4 stars
Room by Emma Donoghue. A boy and his Mum have been held captive in a room for more than 5 years. The boy tells about his daily life. 5 stars
That’s it! What are YOU reading this week?