It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
November 26, 2012 43 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.
A quiet week which culminated in a quiet read-a-thon, the Thankfully Reading Weekend. I read almost 1,000 pages! The weekend started on Thursday, I should admit. Still, I’m pleased with the result. I finished two books and wrote the reviews as well.
Most things happened to the family, and not me: my son and I had a meeting with his tutor to see how he could improve his scores at school, my other son had his FCE speaking test (an official Cambridge-English exam), my husband had a check-up in hospital and is going to need an operation.
Books I finished in the last week: 3
Annabel by Kathleen Winter. About a boy in Canada who was born with both male and female characteristics. His father wants him to be a boy, his mother wouldn’t have minded a girl. A good story. 4 stars
Heft by Liz Moore. A very overweight former college professor is contacted by a former pupil. Horrified about his circumstances, he starts to take action to improve himself and his house. The pupil’s son lives in a similarly bad situation with his mother. 5 stars
Nacht in Parijs [Night in Paris] by Michael Berg. A thriller about a Dutch woman in Paris whose friend finds a body. They are both chased by a hired killer who actually is quite a decent guy. 4 stars
Books I’m reading and planning to read
Click on the blue link to see the review
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. 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
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander. Short stories, all very different, about Jewish issues. 3.5 stars
This review was published on my Dutch blog:
Lies of the Heart [Raak mij aan] 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
There’s also a giveaway of De regenboogbende by Andrea Hirata on my Dutch blog – you do need to know Dutch to enter, though!
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I’m joining the Dickens in December Event!
What are you reading this week?