Weekly Reading Roundup
April 30, 2012 15 Comments
Today it’s Queen’s Day in the Netherlands – the celebration of the Queen’s birthday. She goes to visit two towns with her family, while the rest of us have a day off and have street parties, there are flee markets (run by children), there is music everywhere and special games.
In my town there will be a Cycle It In competition, based on a very popular tv programme, On Land, At Sea and in the Air where contestants built their own (muscle powered) vehicles and have to try and ride over a narrow bridge (1 foot wide) over the water to a bell (which stops the time). The fastest contestant wins. Many people don’t get to the bell and fall off into the water. Prizes for fanciest vehicle, too!
We might go a watch or take our own bikes and go for a cycle ride.
Books I finished this week: 4
The Life Boat by Charlotte Rogan. It’s 1914 and a cruise ship has sunk. Grace is one of 40 people in a life boat. There are too many people aboard and something needs to be done to decrease their numbers. 4.5 star
Dirt by David Vann. A very dark story about faulty family relationships and a young man going crazy. 4 stars
Sister by Rosamund Lupton. Beatrice’s sister has committed suicide. Only Beatrice doesn’t believe it and investigates. 4 stars
More Like Her by Liza Palmer. Frances is a speech therapist at a secondary school and looks up to the new headmistress who has it all. But when things go wrong, she realises that perfect families aren’t always that perfect. She’s having boyfriend troubles, too. 4 stars
Books I’m reading
Reviews and other news
Just in Case by Meg Rosoff. About a boy, David Case, who is afraid fate will catch up with him and he changes his name to Justin and reinvents himself completely. But can he escape fate? 3.5 stars
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. A children’s book about a boy whose mother is very ill. Every night a monster comes to visit him and talks to him about good and evil. 4 stars
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson (DNF). A man is obsessed by his friends’ Jewishness and wonders if he might be Jewish himself. Too obsessive.
I was featured on Kimbofo’s Reading Matters blog!
And I’ve got some new books!
What are you reading this week?