Weekly Reading Roundup
December 3, 2012 17 Comments
Nothing happened this week. Nothing. Well, nothing out of the ordinary. So in other words: my week was very ordinary. For me. I probably read more than you, but that’s normal too. Only the temperature is going down, slowly. You’d hardly notice, but I do. I should escape to a warm island for some change. No, not with a famous actor, that sounds totally awful. Just me and a few books. Enough to last me until my next Monday post.
I think it’s time to think about Christmas, though. No tree up yet, there’s Sinterklaas first (December 5th) before we Dutchies think of Christmas. But I’ll be thinking Christmas presents, as we’re going to visit the family in England.
Books I finished in the last week: 5
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De verzegelde brief [The Sealed Letter] by Emma Donoghue. Historical fiction about a woman rekindling her friendship with a feminist in Victorian London. 4 stars
Without Mercy by Renate Dorrestein. A couple are having a weekend away to try and save their relationship. Things went wrong when their son died a few years ago. Contemporary fiction, 4.5 stars.
Eerst een huis [First a House] by Cathelijn Schilder. A woman is looking for a new place to live and to get her life back on track. Meanwhile, Amsterdam is flooding because of the increasing sea level and falling apart because of the building of the undergrond metro. Dutch, contemporary fiction, 4.5 stars.
Nacht over Westwoud [Night over Westwoud] by Wanda Reisel. A GP moves to a small village to temporary take over the practice of a colleague. The village is split between those who hate Muslims coming to their village to buy ritually slaughtered sheep and those who think it’s fine and good for business. The doctor gets caught up in the struggle. Dutch, contemporary fiction, 4.5 stars.
Fingerprints by Marcia Leonard. A woman’s low-IQ son is arrested for murder. She’s sure he is innocent and starts investigating the case herself, as the police think they’ve got the right person and don’t look into other options. Mystery 4.5 stars.
Books I’m reading and planning to read
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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
This review was published on my Dutch blog:
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
There’s also a giveaway of De regenboogbende by Andrea Hirata on my Dutch blog – you do need to know Dutch to enter, though!
What are you reading this week?