It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
October 8, 2012 29 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.
It wasn’t a particularly eventful week last week, and still I only read 2 books (and skim-read two more). I edited some chapters of a novel for a Dutch writer (I guess I’m a professional editor now – I just need more customers!), and helped out at the library at school.
One morning I went to Amsterdam to see a press showing of a new movie, Dans la Maison [In the House], which was a fun experience as well as a very good movie.
The movie: It’s about a teacher who becomes obsessed with the short stories of one of his pupils, who writes about his visits to the house of a fellow pupil. Soon, you don’t know what is true anymore, and the teacher’s personal life is affected too. I’m sure my book group would love this movie!
The experience: From the tram, walk with a typical journalist (short, black (possibly leather) coat, and reporter’s bag) to the cinema’s entrance. As it’s 10.30am, the doors are closed. Ring the bell, and a silent man lets you in. You and the reporter decide to sit down in the cinema’s café where you are offered a cup of coffee. You talk a bit. He’s from a major Dutch newspaper (you actually subscribe to it!). More journalists arrive. You speak to a woman who writes for a movie blog. When you see people leaving the coffee bar area, you follow and find yourself in a small auditorium, 100 seats or so. There are about 15 journalists in total. Without warning, the movie starts. Afterwards, you leave the building with Miss Movie Blog, having not seen anyone from the organisation, not received any folder material, nothing. It’s been a mysterious experience, just like the movie was.
You know how you should be careful what you ask for?🙂 I entered and then won a competition to go to a 50 Shades night, where several tv personalities will discuss the Fifty Shades of Grey books and especially whether they are the new Lady Chatterly’s Lover or just highly popular Mills & Boon (Harlequin)-type books. I think I know the answer, but it will be fun to hear what they have to say. This is open to anyone, but I won tickets, so now I’ll definitely go. My husband, bless his soul, is prepared to tag along, even though I warned him he may be one of the very few men there. Anyway, it should be a fun night out, as we’ll have dinner beforehand in an Italian restaurant.
This week: It’s the Readathon next weekend! You can’t imagine how much I’m looking forward to it. I love readathons!! I’ve got my list of books ready. Don’t know what it is? Check it out here. It’s an excuse to read for 24 hours (or for as long as you last) and connect up with over 300 readers from around the world who are also taking part.
I’ll be preparing for NaNoWriMo, which is National Novel Writing Month, in November, but actually is totally international these days. The idea is to write a 50,000 word novel within one month, with support from other NaNos. You can’t start writing until November 1st, but you can prepare, which is what I’m doing now. I’m Leeswammes there, so connect up with me if you like.
I’m also going to edit a few chapters for a blogging friend and there is a book group meeting later on in the week (we’re reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce).
I hope you all have a good week – let me know what you’re reading, too!
Books I finished in the last week: 2 + 2 skip-read
The Round House by Louise Erdrich. On an Indian reservation, a 13 year old boy researches the vicious attack on his mother. The experience makes him grow up rapidly as he becomes involved in things way beyond his years. 4 stars
The Housemaid’s Daughter by Barbara Mutch. A South-African housemaid experiences apartheid from the start and suffers a great deal under the regime. 4 stars
I also skim-read the 2nd and 3rd book in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. The first book I read a while ago. Since I’m visiting the 50 Shades event tonight, I spent the weekend reading the other two books, but skipped a lot. I think I got most of the plots, which isn’t hard with such an easy read. I could not have done this with literary fiction, where every single sentence may be important.
Books I’m reading and planning to read
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A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers. A quick and fun read about an American man who is to pitch his company’s invention to the King of Saudi Arabia. He and his colleagues spend days on end in a tent in the dessert hoping for the king to show up. 5 stars
Ghostwritten by David Mitchell (DNF). I love David Mitchell’s books…. but not this one. It’s a collection of interlinked stories, but the links weren’t strong enough for me. And I don’t tend to like short stories. After 130 pages I had to give up.
The Miracle Inspector by Helen Smith. A dystopia story in a future London. Well-written, interesting story. 4.5 stars
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What are you reading this week?