It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
December 10, 2012 32 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.
I went into my local bookshop three times last week, and bought a book on two of those occasions. One is for my Secret Santa partner and the other, for moi myself, because of a twitter reading group. As they’re discussing May We Be Forgiven by one of my favorite authors, A. M. Homes, I decided I had to join in. So I bought the book, and will read it this week, in time for the discussion.
I’ve been writing Christmas cards, and need to send them off today to be sure they arrive on time in different places in the world. 🙂 Yes, some are for the Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange. My partners are in Canada and the UK.
I’ve also been looking through publishers’ brochures and asking for review books for the new year. I haven’t done that before, but it seems a better way than finding out a book is published and then wondering if I could have reviewed it if I’d been asking for it on time.
Friday is my next real-life book group meeting. We’re discussing The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling. I’m reading it at the moment and it’s a good read, better than I expected.
I got a nice email from an author thanking me for my positive review of her book. I love it when authors do that. As if I have anything to do with it! It’s their book, if it’s good, it gets a “good” review. 🙂
Have a good week!
Books I finished in the last week: 3
Miracle on Regent Street by Ali Harris. Contemporary fiction, 4.5 stars
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. Science fiction, 4 stars.
Het bamischandaal [The Noodle Scandal] by P. F. Thomése. Contemporary fiction, Dutch, 4 stars.
Books I’m reading and planning to read
Click on the blue link to see the review
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.
Heft by Liz Moore. A very fat former college professor is contacted by an old student and realises what state he and his house are in. Hiring a cleaning lady changes his life. Contemporary fiction. 5 stars
This review was published on my Dutch blog:
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.
See also my New Arrivals! (new books).
I’ve joined the Eclectic Reader Challenge – read from 12 different genres.
—> Enter my giveaway (world-wide) of a Dutch literary fiction book (translated to English): Mercy by Renate Dorrestein.
What are you reading this week?