Weekly Reading Roundup
December 16, 2013 6 Comments
Another week in which I went to Amsterdam, this time with a friend who lives nearby. We stocked up on mince pies, selection boxes, Christmas pudding, cheeses, and other goodies, both at Mark & Spencer’s and at Waterstone’s. The latter is a British bookstore, but it also sells a few foodie goodies for Dutch Anglophiles.
At book group we discussed The Rosie Project. Actually, we didn’t, well, hardly. We planned to, but ended up talking about other things and playing a bookish game. We all brought a wrapped up book that we were happy to part with (but that we thought our book club would like). Person 1 picked a book from the pile and opened it. Person 2 could either take a new book, or steal the book of Person 1. In the latter case, Person 1 then chose a new book from the pile. This way, a new person was only added to the game when all previous people were supplied with a book. Stealing didn’t happen as much as I would like (it adds a lot to the fun), but eventually we all had a book that we were (very) happy with. The book I went home with was The Guardian Angel’s Journal by Carolyn Jess-Cooke. A steal!
Books I finished in the last week: 3
Books I’m reading & planning to read
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri. Short stories about Indian immigrants in the USA. 4.5 stars
De gestolen kinderen [The Stolen Children] by Gerardo Soto y Koelemeijer. A Spanish man realises he may be one of tens of thousands of children that were taken from their parents and adopted by people in favour of the Franco government of the 1950s and 1960s. 3.5 stars
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. An autistic man is looking for a wife. Instead he meets Rosie who definitely does not fulfil his criteria. But he does like her. A lot. 5 stars
What are you reading this week?