Weekly Reading Roundup

Today, I’m not participating in It’s Monday! as I generally do, because it’s a meme and I don’t have the time to visit many other participating blogs today. But I love the meme and it’s a good way to keep track of what I’ve been reading.

Books I finished this week: 6

But… 3 of those were very short (two were about 150 pages and one was 50 pages), and another one I’d been reading for weeks, on and off.

The Borrower by Rebecca MakkaiThe Sense of an Ending by Julian BarnesI am Legend by Richard Matheson
Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline WinspearPlastic panda's by Bas Haring [Dutch]Gij zult bloggen by Ernst-Jan Pfauth

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai. A librarian abducts a willing 10-year old library visitor and travels around the country in her car, finding out more about her father’s history, and starting to doubt her prejudices about the boy’s parents. 4 stars

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. An older man is confronted with his past, and after investigation, discovers that there is a lot he didn’t know at the time. 4.5 stars

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. In an apocalyptic world where vampires reign, the (possibly) only man still alive tries to fight off the creatures and find a cure for their condition. 4.5 stars

Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear. Another book in the Maisie Dobbs series. Maisie researches the suspicious death of Eddie, a simple man that was loved by all. 4 stars

Plastic Panda’s by Bas Haring. A philosopher’s investigation into the importance of nature and the need for biodiversity: a little less will do, too. Easy read, non-fiction. 4.5 stars

Gij zult bloggen [Though Shalt Blog] by Ernst-Jan Pfauth. A guide for people who want to set up their own blog: how to start and how to keep going. 3.5 stars

Books I’m reading (1) and after that… (2)

De intrede van Christus in Brussel [The Arrival of Christ in Brussels] by Dimitri VerhulstBattle Royale by Koushun TakamiThe Other Life by Ellen Meister

Reviews and other news

Being Lara by Lola Jaye. Lara is adopted from Nigeria by an English couple. When she’s 30 she finally meets her birth mother and this causes Lara to reconsider who she is. 4 stars

The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen. A double murder in a convent and another corpse without hands and feet. Detective Rizzoli and pathologist Isles have a hard time finding out how these are related. 4 stars

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. A porn-star is badly burned in an accident and will never be beautiful again. He meets a woman who claims they have been lovers for the last 700 years. Is she mad? 4 stars

And I’ve got some new books!

Being Lara by Lola JayeThe Sinner by Tess GerritsenThe Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

That’s it!

What are you reading this week?

About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at bookhelpline.com. In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

13 Responses to Weekly Reading Roundup

  1. parrish says:

    Finished New Finnish Grammar & From the mouth of the whale for the IFFP shadow jury will possibly read Professor Anderson’s Night as part of that. My other news is that tomorrow (Tues) I’m on Kim’s site ( Reading Matters) as part of Triple choice Tuesday

  2. Gij zult bloggen heb ik gisteren op de iPad van mijn vriend gezet en wil ik van de week wel een keertje gaan lezen, gewoon omdat ik nieuwsgierig ben🙂 verder heb ik zelf niet zoveel gelezen deze week, omdat ik weer druk was met studeren. Ik ben al anderhalve week bezig in hetzelfde chicklit boek, maar hij is nu bijna uit (Sushi voor beginners, was het boek)

    • Leeswammes says:

      Roxanne, natuurlijk moet je school werk voorgaan. Sushi voor beginners van Marian Keyes is een leuk boek. Ik heb zo’n beetje alles van haar gelezen. Nog veel leesplezier.

  3. bibliosue says:

    I am a few books behind in the Maisie Dobbs series. I’ve heard good things about the newest installment.

    I’m currently reading MY NAME IS RED by Orhan Pamuk, MWF SEEKING BFF by Rachel Bertsche, and THE ART OF EATING IN by Cathy Erway.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Suzanne, I’ve only read this new Maisie Dobbs and the previous one. I liked the previous one better.

      Hope you’re enjoying My Name is Red – I only read Snow by Pamuk, and I liked it but not enough to try another of his books. The MWF/BFF book sounds great fun. I doubt that my library will have it at any time in the future – so is it worth buying?

  4. The Borrower is on my wishlist but I don’t know how it got there, good to see a positive reaction! I’ve never really thought about purposefully not doing the meme when I have a busy Monday. I generally comment on a lot of Monday round-ups anyway even if I don’t go via the link-up and it’s not always on the Monday. It’s just a routine I have now.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Ellie, I found myself commenting less and less on a Monday (on the meme at least) so for now, I decided not to link up to it. The blogs that I subscribe to I will come to at some point, the other blogs… seeing them once in a while is enough really.

  5. Corri says:

    Waaw: the amount of reading you get through! No way can I keep up! But I loved the Barnes Book and also loved the fact it was short – at least I read it pretty quickly. I don’t think I’ve read any of the others, although I’ve read some Tessa Gerritsen recently and quite enjoyed it. Carry on reading!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Corri, what I liked especially about the Barnes book was that it was short, but still a complete story, a rich story. There was a lot packed in just those few pages. I want to read more by him now (this was my first).

  6. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    I’d really like to read The Borrower, I know I should read The Sense of an Ending since it received an award but I probably won’t

    Thanks for stopping by Book’d Out earlier!

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

    • Leeswammes says:

      Shelleyrae, I enjoyed The Sense of an Ending but I have no idea whether you would like it. I am a bit wary about award-winning books because it doesn’t always make sense (for me) but in this case, I thought it was well-deserved.

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