It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
December 17, 2012 34 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.
Some of the Christmas cards from the Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange have arrived. I’m ashamed for my poor handwriting. These people have really produced works of (writing) art! Must try harder!
I was glad to hear that the postal services are fast. I sent off loads of cards on Monday, and by Wednesday, a card had arrived in England, and on Friday in Spain and the USA. That’s pretty good, I think.
Friday was my real-life book group meeting. We discussed The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling. I loved the book, but one of the group didn’t. We had a good discussion about it and didn’t even get round to the reading group questions which I’d brought along. That’s a good sign!
I’ve bought “almost all” Christmas presents. That’s between brackets because we don’t need that many. We’re only buying for my husband’s family, but not the adults (only his parents) because we all have everything we could possibly want (or close to that) and it’s just unnecessary. So it’s just the children (teenagers or almost that age group) and the one baby (one year old). Buying for the baby was fun! I bought some Nijntje stuff which is typically Dutch, although my in-laws must know the English version, Miffy.
How’s your holiday shopping coming along?
Have a good week!
Books I finished in the last week: 5
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling. Contemporary fiction, 5 stars.
May We Be Forgiven by A. M. Homes. Contemporary fiction, 4.5 stars.
The Ghost of Neil Diamond by David Milnes. Contemporary fiction, 3 stars.
De rode loper [The Red Carpet] by Thomas Rosenboom. Dutch, Contemporary fiction, 5 stars.
Uit naam van de aartsengel [In the Name of the Arch Angel] by Olaf J. de Landell. Dutch, historical fiction, 4 stars.
Books I’m reading and planning to read
Miracle on Regent Street by Ali Harris. A young woman working in the stockroom of a run-down department store does everything she can to help the store survive byond Christmas. Contemporary fiction, 4.5 stars
Het bamischandaal [The Noodle Scandal] by P. F. Thomése. Two men take the plane from the Netherlands to Shanghai to track their common friend who has been lured away by a beautiful young Chinese lady. Contemporary fiction, Dutch, 4 stars.
Dickens in December Event: Oliver Twist (The Movie) Review of Oliver Twist, the movie. Classic, 5 stars.
I’ve joined the TBR Pile Challenge 2013.
I announced the winner of my giveaway of Without Mercy
What are you reading this week?