It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
May 28, 2012 39 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.
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 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
Reviews and other news
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
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What are you reading this week?