It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
November 19, 2012 21 Comments
“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what we’ve read the past week and planning to read next.
NaNoWriMo isn’t really happening much, for me. I haven’t given up, but it’s not my main priority, like last year. This year, there seem to be more things happening around me, and I just don’t have the general drive to make it to those 50,000 words within the month.
I posted the Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange announcement post last week. Sign up if you’re a book blogger and would like to exchange a holiday card with a fellow book blogger.
I visited a publisher last week! They invited just a few people, such as tv people, book retailers and online review people (I was the only book blogger). I think there were a total of 20 people, almost half of which were authors and people from the publishing company. We were all sitting around a long table. Very intimate and very nice. Six authors talked about their (5) books (which all sounded really good and will be published in the new year) and there were cake and cookies and drinks for us to grab. After the book presentations, there was a tour of the building and a drinks party. I left with a very well-filled goodie bag with titles that were recently published.
I took my sons to a careers event, organised by their school. One son looks keen to be an architect, while the other enjoyed listening to a business advisor.
Books I finished in the last week: 2
I didn’t finish as much as normal because I took my time with Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, which was very enjoyable. It’s the story of a woman living in Appalachia where nothing much happens, until she finds a large colony of butterflies in the woods. Contemporary fiction. 4.5 stars
Lies of the Heart by Michelle Boyajian. A novel about a woman whose man was killed by a low-IQ man. Part court-drama, part-self discovery, this is about Katie and her relationship with Nick as much as about the reasons for the killing. 4 stars
Books I’m reading and planning to read
Click on the blue link to see the review
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy. A family’s quiet holiday is interrupted when a strange young woman comes to stay with them. Contemporary literary fiction. 4 stars.
Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer. A man and a woman start emailing each other by accident. An online relationship follows. Contemporary fiction. 4 stars.
The Red House by Mark Haddon. Almost didn’t finish this one. A family on holiday, all with their own issues. Contemporary fiction. 3 stars
These two reviews were published on my Dutch blog:
Houvast [Grip] by Linda Jansma. A woman whose husband died from an accident earlier in the year is worried when her brother is missing. At the same time another man is found dead. An thriller involving car chases and kidnapping. Thriller. 4 stars.
The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke. A boy living in poor circumstances thinks his best friend is a demon. When his mother is in hospital having attempted suicide, a psychiatrist tries to find out whether the boy has a psychosis. Contemporary fiction. 5 stars
I wrote a post about Why I Give High Ratings to Books.
Don’t forget to sign up for the Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange, if you’re a book blogger.
What are you reading this week?