It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
March 11, 2013 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 are planning to read next.
Last Friday was my book group meeting. I baked a delicious lemon cake but two of my friends also showed up with (shop-bought) lemon cakes, which was an amazing coincidence! We discussed The Untold Story by Monica Ali, although to be fair, we more discussed other topics that interested us.
I also had a fun time at the dentist’s (NOT). I came in with toothache and left after an unexpected root canal treatment that took the best part of 1.5 hours. At least I can eat and drink without severe pains now!
Then I developed a back ache (was it that dentist’s chair?) so I haven’t been able to do much walking – it ruined my “fitness” schedule. It’s getting a bit better now so I hope to be back on the
road pavement and paths again soon.
Later this week, I’ll be out for a walk & diner with an author and his publisher (together with a new friend of mine). I read the author’s book, enjoyed it, entered a competition, and won. The walk is around Amsterdam visiting the places that are mentioned in the book. I think this will be a bit scary, but foremost a lot of fun.
Books I finished in the last week: 5
Click on the blue links to see my review
The First Book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz. Brilliant but strange story about a girl who lives in a kind of farm with her 12 “sisters”. Outside the wall are injuns and demonmales. It takes a long time before you know what’s going on. And is this historical or modern fiction, fantasy or post-apocalyptic SF? 5 stars.
De vergelding [The Retalliation] by Jan Brokken. [Dutch] Non-fiction about a small Dutch town in WWII where seven men where killed by the Germans after one soldier is lethally wounded through what may have been sabotage. 4 stars
The Double by Jose Saramago. A fun story about a man who discovers that there is someone in his home town who looks (and talks) identical to himself. 4 stars
Dark Tide by Elizabeth Haynes. Thriller about a woman whose past as a pole dancer in a shady club comes back to haunt her. 4 stars
Maar buiten is het feest [But Outside It’s Party-Time] by Arthur Japin. [Dutch] A woman recalls how she was abused by her stepfather and now tries to stop the same fate from happening to her niece. 4 stars
Books I’m reading and planning to read
De toeschouwer [The Observer] by Charlotte Link. Thriller about a man who observes people in his street. When one of them is the victim of a crime, he is immediately suspect. 5 stars
Various Pets Alive and Dead by Marina Lewycka. With strongly left-wing parents, a man is scared to tell his parents of his banker’s job with fat bonuses. 4.5 stars
Curious to see which new books I got recently? Check it HERE.
What are you reading this week?