It’s Monday – What Are You Reading?
April 16, 2012 34 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.
A nice week! My book group went for dinner followed by the movie The Help on Tuesday. We had discussed the book a few years ago and it was great to finally see the movie.
On Wednesday I took my “tooth ache” to the dentist, and it turned out to be a return of my jaw dislocation, that I had 2 years ago, in a milder form, luckily. I will have to wear a tooth protector-kind-of-thingie in bed (I still had it somewhere, from before) and not eat food that’s too crunchy or chewy. Hopefully it will settle back to normal before it turns into a more serious dislocation. No fun, I tell you!
And on Thursday it was my birthday and a friend and I went to Amsterdam to spend some time in book shops. She’s probably the only person who can spend at least as much time in a book shop as I before getting bored. Maybe she’s worse than me, even! I bought several books, she bought more.
I read 4 books in the last week
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The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu. Vimbai, the best hairdresser in Mrs Khumalo’s salon, isn’t happy when a new male hairdresser is employed: he’s even better than her. Soon, though, they become friends. But there’s something about Dumisani that Vimbai isn’t sure about. 4.5 stars
The Taste of Tomorrow by Josh Schonwald. Non-fiction. What will we be eating in 2035? Will we have real meat, or meat from a lab? What salad will we prefer? And how about GM foods? 4 stars
The Bee-Loud Glade by Steve Himmer. A man who is fired for doing no useful work, is employed as a decorative hermit in the garden of a billionaire. 4 stars
The fourth book is one of two books by a beginning author who asked me to read his work and judge whether they are at all publishable (if I say yes, he’ll put more work in). So I’m now earning a tiny, tiny, amount of money for reading books! 🙂
Heaven and Hell by Jón Kalman Stefánsson [review in Dutch]. A beautiful story about a twenty-year old boy who loses his best friend when they are out at sea finishing in the dark, freezing, sea near Iceland. Historical fiction. 5 stars
Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel. A fun story about a boy who gets a chimpanzee to live with them, for research purposes. 4.5 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
11/22/63 by Stephen King. A man goes back in time to try and prevent the Kennedy assassination. 4.5 stars
Check out my new books… New Arrivals!
That’s it! What are YOU reading this week?