It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
May 27, 2013 43 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.
I was busy last week! I bought some clothes and a bag for my holiday at the Canary Islands (I’m leaving coming Sunday) – it was quite a search for the things I wanted, and I think I’ve got one or two other items left on my shopping list. The summer hasn’t started here in the Netherlands so this is the first time I’ve been interested in buying summer clothes this year.
I invigilated at some of the exams at my sons’ secondary school (exams for 17 and 18 year olds that will be leaving school). It’s rather brain dead work to sit and check whether nobody cheats. They never do, of course, it would be severely punished. The only people cheating are the teachers by not keeping to the (strict) rules. So annoying.
Then this weekend I went to Business Bootcamp. I would like to finally make a start as a freelance editor and hoped this would give me the push to really get going. I think it did, only now I’m unsure about the exact form the business should take: just editing? Offer also to help people find a publisher? Etc.
Anyway, I learned a lot, was taken WAY out of my comfort zone, learned how the organisers got 1200 people (yes, there were that many of us) to sign up for a weekend course without any advertising/marketing, and how to get 1200 people quiet within a very short time. I high-fived half the day, said “Yeah” a hundred times, danced on my chair and gave people next to me a neck and shoulder massage. Eek! If I’d known all this in advance, I may not have come. But still, it was worth my weekend while, I think.
Books I finished in the last week: 2
Down the Darkest Road [Review in Dutch] by Tami Hoag. Thriller, 5 stars. A man who is suspected of kidnapping a girl years ago, has now moved to the same town as the girl’s mother and sister.
Het laatste land [The Last Land] by Threes Anna. A post-apocalyptic novel about an island that becomes isolated from the rest of the world and how the inhabitants try to survive. 5 stars
Books I’m reading & planning to read
A Trick I Learned From Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge. A young man works as an assistant-undertaker and finds his life around him falling to pieces. 5 stars
The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura. A pickpocket gets involved with a mafia-type individual, against his wishes. 5 stars
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro. A beautiful historical fiction story about a woman who inherits a lot of money from a woman she doesn’t know. She investigates. 5 stars
IJsland [Iceland] by Ronald Giphart [Review in Dutch]. A comedian and his colleagues goes on a trip to Iceland. 4.5 stars
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What are you reading this week?