Weekly Reading Roundup
August 26, 2013 9 Comments
It was a read-a-thon week last week! The Bout of Books read-a-thon. I planned to read 5 books, but I barely managed 3. That’s not very much, even without the context of a read-a-thon. Oh well, I always say, I read too much, I should get a life. Maybe I am! 🙂
Last week, I did a short course for one-person-business owners. That was very useful. I learned a few new things, but I also learned that I’m more or less doing things right. That’s good!
My husband and I went to a concert by David Byrne (from The Talking Heads) and St. Vincent, which I found very enjoyable. I’m not at all into their music, but it was a great show, including 8 brass players. Meanwhile my sons made Rocky Road (Nigella’s Christmas page 28), aka Tiffin – a kind of brownie with loads of chocolate that doesn’t require baking in the oven. They did a good job and left the kitchen in an acceptable state. 🙂
This week is the last week of the school holidays – it’s book picking-up time tomorrow already! For me, there are two bookish events, a book presentation of a Dutch book I read recently and a two-day event this weekend, where Dutch publishers and authors show off their new books for the coming half year. There will be author interviews and other bookish happenings, too.
Books I finished in the last week: 3
Hemelvaart by Judith Koelemeijer, a non-fiction memoir about the death of a friend of the author when they were twenty years old, on a holiday. 4.5 stars
Lighthouse Island by Paulette Jiles. Dystopian novel about an orphan girl that wants to get to Lighthouse Island, in a cruel world where there is very little water and people get arrested and executed just because. 4.5 stars
The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund. Thriller, a journalist is researching the deaths of a Swedish family in Spain and uncovers a lot more while she’s at it. 4 stars
Books I’m reading & planning to read
The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed. Contemporary fiction about three women in Somalia who experience the war there in very different ways. 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
Het huis met de schaduw [The House with the Shadow] door Aminatta Forna. A Croatian man observes the arrival of an English family in his village and the recent history of the village is uncovered.
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Here are my new books!
What are you reading this week?