Weekly Reading Roudup
March 18, 2013 17 Comments
Generally a quiet week. My son got a new bike which means I can use mine again! He “stole” my bicycle several mornings in the past few weeks to get to the station (to take the train to school). I need mine almost every day for getting around town – you know, here in the Netherlands we do a lot by bicycle. In fact, my particular town is built such that it’s faster to get around by bike than by car!
On Wednesday I went 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 was around Amsterdam visiting the places that are mentioned in the book. This was very good fun, I loved every minute of it. The author and publisher people were very friendly and it was a great night out. See my report (in Dutch) for photographs.
Books I finished in the last week: 3 and a DNF
Click on the blue links to see my review
MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche. Non-fiction (memoir) about a woman who moves to a new town and tries to make new friends by “dating” someone new every week for a year. 4 stars
De wake [The Wake] by Ronald Giphart [Dutch]. Three long short stories with three impossible narrators: a dead man, a boy in a coma and the heart of a young woman. 4.5 stars
Gone: Fear by Michael Grant. Part 6 of this science-fiction for YA. Some developments, finally! 4 stars
The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver. Historical fiction. Started really good, but after changing view points (and time setting) twice I lost interest. Did not finish.
Books I’m reading and planning to read
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
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
What are you reading this week?