Weekly Reading Roudup
March 25, 2013 18 Comments
This week was Book Week in the Netherlands. That meant a lot of bookish events all over the country. I went to a talk by a Dutch author whose book I read recently. It was in my local book store, so that was very handy. I also bought some books. In Book Week, you just have to, don’t you?
Some curious facts about Book Week: Every year a (different) well-known author writes a short book (around 100 pages) especially for Book Week. Customers buying a book that week get this Book Week Present (book) for free. And on the last Sunday of Book Week, when you bring along your Book Week Present Book on the train, you can travel for free the whole day. I didn’t do this, but it’s very popular (obviously).
This past weekend was Bloggiesta weekend! I spent a lot of time working on my blog and other book related issues. Great fun and I got much more done than I expected.
Books I finished in the last week: 5 and a DNF
Click on the blue links to see my review
There was an Old Woman by Hallie Ephron. Thriller about an old woman who is let to believe she has to go into a care home. 4,5 stars
Zoet als zure kersen [Sweet as Morello Cherries] by Claudia Schreiber [Dutch]. An over-protected girl and a girl left to her own devices meet by accident. Their meeting has great consequences. 4.5 stars
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. Non-fiction psychology about how people tend to be consistently irrational. With examples from his own research and real-life examples. 4 stars
Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge. A woman loses her memory and her fiancé picks her up from the hospital. Not a thriller but a good story on how they try to get their relationship started again. 4.5 stars
De leeuw en zijn hemd [The Lion and its undershirt] by Nelleke Noordervliet [Dutch]. Non-fiction historical essay about Dutch history and being Dutch. 4 stars
Flamenco Baby by Cherry Radford. An English woman takes flamenco lessons in Spain and falls in love. DNF
Books I’m reading and planning to read
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
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.
What are you reading this week?