It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

itsmonday“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.


Today’s a day off, and then it’s only a few more weeks before sumer holidays start. We are having summer weather at the moment, and I’ve been spending a lot of time reading in the garden.

This week, it’s book group on Friday (we’re reading State of Wonder by Ann Patchett) and Saturday I plan to go to a literary festival.

LAST WEEK’S BIG NEWS: The announcement of the 5th Literary Giveaway Blog Hop. Over 50 participants signed up already; this is one not to miss. Participants can sign up now for the hop, which will take place in late June.


Books I finished this week: 5

Beneath the Shadows by Sara FosterThe Unseen by Katherine WebbThe Submission by Amy WaldmanThe Rock Star in Seat 3A by JIll KargmanDe noodkreet in de fles by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster. A man goes missing, leaving a pram with his tiny daughter on the doorstep of his cottage in a remote Yorkshire village.  A year later, his wife returns with their baby daughter to clear the cottage and discovers what happened to him. Spooky cottage! 4 stars

The Unseen by Katherine Webb. It’s 1911 and the wife of a vicar becomes worried when a young man, believing in faeries, convinces her husband to accept him in their household to investigate faerie sightings further. A maid, who has recently arrived from London, sees through him straight away. 4 stars

The Submission by Amy Waldman. Out of 5,000 designs, a memorial is to be chosen for the site of the Twin Towers. The jury’s favorite design turns out come from a Muslim architect. Discussions and demonstrations ensue. 4.5 stars

The Rock Star in Seat 3A by Jill Kargman. A woman meets her favorite rock star and becomes involved with him. A fantasy comes true! 2.5 stars

De noodkreet in de fles [The Cry for Help in a Bottle] by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Book 3 in the Department Q series about a policeman and his immigrant cleaner who helps him solve cold cases. 5 stars


Books I’m reading

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo HigashinoBEA Buzz Books


Reviews and other news

The Snow Whale by John MinichilloThe Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois LeveenThe Magician King by Lev GrossmanPerfecte Stilte [Perfect Silence] by Thomas Verbogt

The Snow Whale by John Minichillo. A really good story about a man who discovers he has Inuit DNA and decides to claim his right to kill a whale by joining his tribe in Alaska. 4.5 stars

The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen. A slave girl is bought into freedom and educated at a prestigious girl school in the North of the USA, then later goes back to the South pretending to still be a slave to spy on Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederates, during the civil war. 4 stars

The Magician King by Lev Grossman. The second book in a fantasy series, reminded me of Narnia. 4 stars

Perfecte stilte [Perfect Silence] by Thomas Verbogt. A Dutch book about a middle-aged man who has still not come to terms with the suicide of his best friend when they were teenagers. 4.5 stars

—> If you’re a book blogger, don’t forget to sign up for the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop!

That’s it!

What are you reading this week?

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39 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. Wendy says:

    Beneath the Shadows sounds good. I like spooky reads! 🙂

  2. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    I decided against reading the BEA excerpts – i would just get to jealous that I couldn’t be there! have fun at the literary festival!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Shelleyrae, the BEA excerpts have links to Netgalley so you can order the whole books! I’m just not sure whether they’ll accept non-USA people – probably depends on the publisher.

      So far, I’ve requested 3 of them but haven’t been accepted or declined yet.

  3. Mystica says:

    I have gone back to reading one at a time! your list is impressive.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Thanks, Mystica. It’s been such nice weather here that I’ve been out in the garden, reading, a lot. At the expensive of some of my chores, of course. Also, we had a couple of long weekends, which meant extra reading time.

  4. readerbuzz says:

    I thank you for letting us know about the upcoming Literary Blog Hop. I have already signed up!

    I’d love to have you stop by my
    It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  5. The Devotion of Suspect X sounds like a real mystery novel..hope you enjoy! Here is my meme:

  6. Liz says:

    Great books! The cover for The Unseen is beautiful. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  7. snowfeathers says:

    I’m reading Conversations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in between pages of 1Q84 🙂

  8. Looks like you enjoyed most of your books last week which is great! And Beneath the Shadows looks like one I might add to my reading pile.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Tanya, Beneath the Shadows is a great read if you like a good thriller where floorboards creak, people may not be what they seem, etc. I loved it.

  9. Okay, now I’m adding Beneath the Shadows to my list…it does sound tempting!

    And The Submission is on my list…enjoy your week!


  10. Kathy Martin says:

    Thanks for visiting my Monday Report. You read an interesting selection of books that are new to me. I am glad that you enjoyed most of them. Have a great week!

  11. You had a great reading week! I am curious about that BEA Buzz book…that I would like to get my hands on 🙂

    • Leeswammes says:

      Try Netgalley, Sheila (publisher is Publisher’s Lunch) or just google the words. It’s full of interesting new book-excerpts. I have noted down several books for my wishlist (or hopefully review list) already and I’m not halfway yet. 🙂

  12. curlygeek04 says:

    I just finished Beneath the Shadows. Great concept but I didn’t love it. Glad to hear you did though!

  13. Looks like a great week ahead. Signed up for the hop!!!
    Happy Reading!!

  14. Looks like some good reading. Too bad that the Rock Star in 3A didn’t work out — that could be a fun, light travel book but I think I’ll skip it.

    Joy’s Book Blog

  15. All this summer weather is helping the reading along nicely. Am amazed at how much I got through last week.

  16. parrish lantern says:

    At the moment it’s Easter Rabbit by Joseph Young.

  17. Leslie says:

    You have some nice choices here. I just wish I read faster so I could add them to my list! Beneath the Shadows sounds creepy good.

    • Leeswammes says:

      I know, Leslie – even I, the pretty fast reader, needs to be very careful what I put on my wishlist as it’s no use: I’ll never read them all.

  18. MarthaE says:

    You did get some good reading done. Several creepy sounding books and Submission sounds particularly interesting!
    Happy reading this week.

  19. Mary Bowser looks good – A very different concept but it looks good. 🙂

    What are YOU reading??

  20. Pussreboots says:

    Interesting selection of books. My favorite read last week was Amulet 4: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi. Please come see what else I’m reading.

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