It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

itsmonday“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.


The week

After a week on holiday in the sun, I’ve spend last week at home, in the sun, rain, cold and heat. The weather is going all over the place. It’s going to be warm but wet this week. Well, we’ll see.

I had a bookish evening out to The Hague, where the UK writer Nathan Filer was interviewed by a Dutch writer, Auke Hulst. I managed to finish Filer’s book, The Shock of the Fall, in the train on my way to the event. It was good fun to hear him talk about the book and the writing process.

On Saturday it was my oldest son’s 16 birthday and I defected to a personal development course. I don’t think he missed me and in the evening we had  a nice Saturday Evening In, watching The Voice UK, eating potato chips, drinking cola, and all the rest.

I’ve decided to re-start my goal of walking some distance every day – I did this a while ago but I somehow got out of the habit. So, come rain or shine, Leeswammes will be out there!


Books I finished in the last week: 4 and a DNF

Perfect by Rachel JoyceThe Tea Rose by Jennifer DonnellyThe Shock of the Fall by Nathan FilerThe Dog Stars by Peter HellerFrequent Traveller by Pandora Poikilos

Star ratings: 4.5 stars, 5 stars, 4.5 stars, 5 stars, not rated.

Books I’m reading & planning to read

De prins van Filettino [The Prince of Filletino] by Geert KimpenLife After Life by Kate AtkinsonHet grijze gebied [The Gray Area] by Goran Tribuson


Big Brother by Lionel ShriverThe Apple Orchard by Susan WiggsA Tale for the Time Being by Ruth OzekiHet laatste land by Threes Anna

Big Brother by Lionel Shriver. A woman invites her middle-aged brother to her home and discovers he has become extremely fat in the time they haven’t seen each other. 4.5 stars

The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs. A city woman discovers she has family in a rural area who want her to get to know them. 4 stars

Een tijdelijke vertelling [A Tale for the Time Being] by Ruth Ozeki. A Japanese-American woman finds the diary of a Japanese teenage girl and is intrigued. 4.5 stars

Het laatste land [The Last Land] by Threes Anna. An island is disconnected from the mainland and tries to survive as best as possible. 5 stars


And further…

The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop will start next weekend!!! Are you participating? Sign up here if you want to give away a book via your blog and join up with other blogs. More than 40 people have signed up so far.

Check out my new books.


That’s it!

What are you reading this week?


About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

36 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. parrish says:

    I’m reading Is that a fish in your ear by David Bellos & wheel with a single spoke & other poems by Nichita Stanescu . Glad your holiday went well. Texting this from a train station shelter whilst outside it’s absolutely chucking it down 🙂

    • Leeswammes says:

      Gary, hope today the weather is better. Do you read while waiting for the train?

      I’ve heard of David Bellos before (probably via you). Happy reading!

  2. I’m so glad you like The Dog Stars. I loved that book when I read it a while back.

  3. readerbuzz says:

    I will be curious to see what you think about the Atkinson Life After Life.

    I’m looking forward to the Literary Blog Hop! Thanks for hosting this!

    Here’s my It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  4. fanficfan44 says:

    I am going to be reading Perfect. I liked her other book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  5. Mystica says:

    Nice mix of reads. Enjoy.

  6. bibliosue says:

    I’m glad to hear you liked The Dog Stars — I have yet to read it but the author will be attending Booktopia in September where I will also be!
    Have a great week.

  7. I have had my eye on The Apple Orchard….hope you enjoy all of your books! I need to get back into walking, too!


  8. Wow…great line up. I want to read The Apple Orchard. Going to check out your review.

    Perfect looks good too.

    ENJOY your week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday!! What are You Reading?

  9. Kathy Martin says:

    Our weather has been very volatile too. the sun comes out and then a few minutes later there are thunderstorms. It does make staying inside and reading more desirable. Come see my Monday Report here. Happy reading!

  10. Charlie says:

    I have to ask, who do you think’s going to win The Voice? My ‘money’ is on Leah.

  11. Vasilly says:

    LIfe after Life and Big Brother are two books I’m hoping to get to this summer. So glad to see high ratings for A Tale for the Time Being. Happy reading.

  12. I am very interested in the new book by Rachel Joyce, I am curious to see how you like it. I loved her first book, so I have high hopes.

    Have a great reading week, kind regards,

    • Leeswammes says:

      This new book by Rachel Joyce is very different, Bettina. It’s maybe more literary, a lot less happens, I’d say. But a very good read.

  13. Great looking books- I want to read The Apple Orchard! I wish I could do the blog hop, but have a crazy weekend/week coming up- hope it goes great!!

  14. I like the looks of the new Rachel Joyce book but as her previous one is still on my TBR I will not add it just now.
    I keep eying De Prins van Filettino in the bookstore so am really curious what you have to say about that one.
    Have a great week!

  15. Athira says:

    I need to go walking and running too but I’ll have to get myself to wake up earlier first. The heat is my enemy and boy, how scorching hot it is even at 7 in the morning!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Athira, that doesn’t sound nice, scorching heat at 7am! Maybe the summer is a good time to work out in the gym (with air conditioning!).

  16. Jamie says:

    Life After life sounds like it would be a different interesting read. Hope you enjoy!
    Here is my Monday .

  17. Trish says:

    I haven’t yet seen that cover of Life After Life. I like it! I really want to read the book but will probably wait until it is out in paperback and some of the hype dies down. Enjoy!!

  18. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    I’m really interested to see what you think of life after life

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