Weekly Reading Roundup

The week

Still summer holidays, still working, visited my mother (again) and not much more. Boring! We’re hoping to go on holiday in a week or so, as soon as my husband has his new driving license (of course, we discovered it ran out only when it was almost summer! His passport ran out around the same time, which we did notice, unfortunately too late, but early enough for this next holiday).

A Dutch blogger organises a Reading Marathon for the upcoming week that I’m taking part in – reading for a whole week – with breaks, not the whole time. 🙂 We all set a goal (in my case, 4 books) and work towards achieving it. As I’ve got to work, too, I will try to fit it in. (Last week’s 4 books (see below) are really 2 whole books plus the last few chapters of 2 other books).

Books I finished in the last week: 4

Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'NanZomerhuis met zwembad by Herman KochThe Returned by Jason MottTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Songs for the Missing by Stewart O’Nan. After a young woman goes missing, her family and friends try to find her. 4 stars

Zomerhuis met zwembad [Dutch: Summer House with Swimming Pool] by Herman Koch. A doctor who doesn’t take his job too seriously holidays with his family at a patient’s summer house. 4.5 stars

The Returned by Jason Mott. Some dead return to their loved ones. What seems to be a miracle turns into a nightmare for all concerned. 4 stars

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Classic about a girl growing up in Alabama in the 1930s. 5 stars


Books I’m reading & planning to read

Tulipomania by Mike DashKiller Queens by Rebecca ChanceDe boer op by Irene van AartMe Before You by Jojo MoyesAfterwards by Rosamund Lupton


I Am Max Lamm by Raphael BrousChildren of the Fog by Cheryl Kaye TardifPoollicht by Jolanda Linschoten


I am Max Lamm by Raphael Brous. A man accidentally kills a Pakistani boy in London, leading to city-wide riots. 3.5 stars

Euforie [Euphoria] by Christiaan Weijts. Dutch contemporary novel. I lost interest, DNF.

Children of the Fog by Cheryl Kaye Tardif. Mystery about a mother whose little son is abducted. 3.5 stars.

Poollicht [Polar Lights] by Jolanda Linschooten. Travel adventures in the Artic North. 4 stars

And also…

I’m taking part in the Mockingbird read-along. Check out my second post.

That’s it!

What are you reading this week?

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15 Responses to Weekly Reading Roundup

  1. Shelleyrae says:

    I am so looking forward to reading The Returned. It is embargoed here til Sept 1st but I think I will read it early anyway.
    I hope you get your holiday soon!

  2. Book Blather says:

    I was in the class that didn’t get to read To Kill a Mockingbird when I was in school, I think we got Romeo and Juliet in stead – obviously a tragedy in more ways than one?! 🙂

  3. Good luck with your goals for the Leesmarathon

  4. Laurie C says:

    I started Songs for the Missing on audio this weekend and am reading Wish You Were Here by Stewart O’Nan at the same time. Enjoying both, and so far haven’t gotten the characters mixed up!

    • Leeswammes says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if you started to mix up the stories, Laurie! I guess they’re different enough – which is good, means the writer can write more than one sort of story. 🙂

  5. I’ve heard good things about The Returned. I hope you enjoy Afterwards, I liked that one a lot.

  6. I am looking forward to reading The Returned in the fall — I look forward to your review! Enjoy your holiday when it finally comes!

  7. Judie says:

    I’m curious to know what you think of Songs for the Missing. Goodluck on your readathon participation. 🙂

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