It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

itsmonday“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.


The week

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 WinterHeft by Liz MooreNacht in Parijs (Night in Paris) by Michael Berg

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

The Sealed Letter by Emma DonoghueWithout Mercy by Renate DorresteinEerst een huis (First a House) by Cathelijn Schilder



Flight Behavior by Barbara KingsolverWhat We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan EnglanderLies of the Heart by Michelle Boyalian

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!


Other news

Don’t forget to sign up for the Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange, if you’re a book blogger.

I’m joining the Dickens in December Event!


That’s it!

What are you reading this week?

About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

43 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    1,000 pages – that is a lot of reading!

    I hope it is nothing too serious for your husband Judith.

    Have a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  2. Great list! I have Barbara Kingslover on my list to read as well. Over the weekend I finished up Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick – nonfiction, a look at the ordinary lives of North Koreas as told by defectors. Loved it. Now I’m headed back to the final Percy Jackson. ~ hope your hubby’s well!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Librarianeats, that sounds interesting, *Nothing to Envy*. Have you read the Adam Johnson book, *The Orphan Master’s Son*, fiction about North Korea? I have it on the shelves but not read yet. If I enjoy that, then your non-fiction book sounds like a good follow-up read.

  3. Fay says:

    I keep seeing Flight Behaviour popping up around the blogosphere may have to give it a whirl! I look forward to seeing how you get on this week. The sealed letter looks good 😀

  4. Mystica says:

    I’ve only read Prodigal Summer by Kingsolver. It was a bit intense and I found it slow going. But I still like to read this one.

  5. readerbuzz says:

    Hope all goes well with your husband. Glad your reading went well. I never got around to Thankfully Reading. Sigh.

    Here’s my It’s Monday!

  6. 5 stars for Heft?! Yay! Knew you’d love it as much as I did.

    Hope your husband’s operation goes well.

  7. therelentlessreader says:

    I’m glad that the Thankfully reading event was so productive for you! I wanted to participate but I was out of town, boo!

    Happy reading!!

  8. Flight Behavior is definitely on my list…and I’m curious about Heft. Hope you enjoy your books…and here’s MY MONDAY MEMES POST

  9. Congratulations with your almost 1000 read pages, Judith. That’s a lot.
    Whish your husband all the best.

  10. Woe, almost 1000 pages for the weekend, awesome! It’s been so long since I’ve read that much in a few days.

    Happy reading!

  11. bibliosue says:

    I hope your husband’s operation is not too serious. I hope he has a safe and quick recovery.

  12. You got quite a bit of reading done! Not me. This was such a busy weekend. Hope your hubby’s operation is not too serious.

  13. For a busy week you did well with the reading. I need a good week soon 🙂

  14. Jo says:

    It’s wonderful that you got in a read-a-thon. And What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander sounds interesting. Probably especially so just coming off of reading Beyond Courage.

  15. So much reading. I wish I could get 1/2 that done in a week. Annabel has been on my to read list. I need to get to that one.

  16. Myra GB says:

    Readathons are always funfunfun. Congratulations on the 1000 pages, that’s a lot! You definitely should start reading Captain Bluebear too. Moers is amazing, but I recognize that he’s not for everyone. You’ve also done a lot of reviews. Barbara Kingsolver used to be a favorite but I haven’t read any of her books lately, this seems to be a new title. 🙂

    • Leeswammes says:

      Myra, yes, the Kingsolver book is a new title. I think it’s more like the “old” Kingsolver than for instance, The Lacuna. If you used to like her books, try this one.

  17. Wendy says:

    Heft sounds like an interesting read. You did so well in the readathon! I’m finding it really hard to join in with memes and even visiting while I’m writing school reports! Hope the lead up to your husband’s operation is not too stressful. 🙂

  18. Marie says:

    Glad to hear you enjoyed Heft! I’ll look forward to your review 🙂 I hope all is well with your husband and your sons’ academic pursuits – hope it’s not too much stress for you all in the run up to Christmas. I notice the comment above mentions Captain Bluebear by Moers – it’s so lovely, I would second the recommendation!

  19. Care says:

    SO many things to comment on! I had forgotten about the Annabel book – thanks for the reminder. The Night in Paris sound very interesting. Congrats on all those pages read for the ‘thon.
    Hope that tutor helps with the raising of the scores – sounds like the ambition is a good thing! 🙂 (so often the tutee doesn’t quite have the motivation.) and I hope the English exam went well and so does that surgery.

    Happy Almost December!

  20. Annabel sounds like a tough, but good, read. I may have to check it out.

    Great job on the readathon!!!

  21. alexia561 says:

    Great job with the read-a-thon! Sorry to hear that your husband needs an operation. Hope everything works out well!

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