Weekly Reading Roundup
October 15, 2012 32 Comments
I entered and won a competition to go to a 50 Shades night on Monday, where several tv personalities discussed the Fifty Shades of Grey books. I took my husband along (he was one of 15 men in an audience of 200). It was good fun to hear the different opinions of the ladies present: one said it was just like Mills&Boon (Harlequin) books and nothing new. Another, a feminist, complained that the contract that Christian wants Ana, the main character, to sign doesn’t really differ that much from the marriage contracts as we used to have them, in the sense that men had complete power over women and women had to be submissive in every way. Another lady who likes a bit of BDSM herself, was pleased with the book because it inspires women to take a more active role in the bedroom. There was also some discussion with the audience. A fun night out – my husband and I had a meal in an Italian restaurant beforehand.
On Friday, I was in the jury of a read-aloud competition at a local primary school. This is a yearly competition in which the best reader of a town goes to the national finals. In the jury were also a teacher and the head teacher. I was there as a library representative.
Also on Friday, it was Book Group Night. We discussed The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (by Rachel Joyce). We all liked the book and found it more sad than funny. I’m not sure if it was the book or us, but soon we were talking about completely different topics! We had a good time.
And then on Saturday and Sunday, it was readathon time! I didn’t read for 24 hours, because I really need my sleep, so I took a break half-way. I read for about 17 hours total and finished 3.5 books, around 1150 pages. It was great fun, I “met” some new people online who were also doing the readathon and I had made a really good choice of books, I enjoyed them all.
This week: It’s autumn holidays and the kids are at home. It’s time to buy winter coats and cleaning up bedrooms. On Saturday, there’s a book blogger meeting that I’m looking forward to. Another discussion of Harold Fry.
I hope you all have a good week – let me know what you’re reading, too!
Books I finished in the last week: 5 and one DNF
Corpus Delicti by Juli Zeh. About a future in which everyone has to live healthily or be sued. It was too slow for me. I liked the ideas in the book, but I gave up after 130 pages as it didn’t grab me at all. (DNF)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. A fun (and sad!) read about a man who only goes to post a letter and keeps walking. 4 stars
Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn. The Queen of England does a similar thing to Harold Fry: she leaves the palace to buy some cheese and decides to make a trip to Scotland. 4 stars
Tweestrijd [Duel] by Linda Jansma. A Dutch thriller about a woman with a very dominant husband who beats her up whenever he feels like it. But then a policewoman moves in across the street and she doesn’t believe the perfect couple story that they seem to exude. 5 stars
Strangers on the 16:03 by Priya Basil. A short novel about a journey in a very crowded train in which two strangers become closer than they could imagine. 5 stars
Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie. A laywer comes back from an extended holiday in an African country, to find that she’s been resumed dead. She has to build up her life again as good as she can. 4.5 stars
Books I’m reading and planning to read
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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
My Legendary Girlfriend by Mike Gayle. A quick and fun lad-lit about a young teacher who, at 27, is still trying to come to terms with the fact that his girlfriend left him 3 years ago. Over the course of a weekend, things change rapidly and almost surrealistically. 5 stars
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What are you reading this week?