Two-weekly Reading Roundup
June 30, 2014 10 Comments
The last two weeks
Thanks to all for your feedback on my website. It was much appreciated and I did change a few things on the basis of your comments.
Of course, if you follow my blog, you know it was the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop last week. It was another great success. I didn’t win a book this time, but in a Facebook giveaway, I won a mosquito net from my local book shop. The owner bought one and liked it so much that they started selling them in the shop with the suggestion that you might read undisturbed this way. My son and I are planning to set it up soon – only he has been so busy with overdue school work this weekend that it will have to wait.
I went to the 40-year work anniversary of a blog follower of mine who works at the library of Amsterdam. I’m telling you: if you’re ever in Amsterdam, go there! It’s almost next to the central station (go left) opposite the Chinese boat restaurant. The top floor has food and a balcony so you can look out over all of Amsterdam. Brilliant! The anniversary party was also great, by the way. 🙂
This week, I’m doing a two-day course and it’s book group on Friday. I’m keeping busy!
Books I finished in the last TWO weeks: 5 plus a DNF
Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding. Third book in the Bridget Jones series. Darcy is no longer and Bridget has a much younger lover. Otherwise all as before. 3.5 stars.
Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante. A woman with Alzheimer may or may not have killed her best friend. 4 stars.
The Martian by Andy Weir. On a mission to Mars one of the astronauts stays behind. He has to survive until the next mission in a few years’ time. 4.5 stars
Longbourn by Jo Baker. Behind the scenes at Pride and Prejudice: the servants’ tale. 4.5 stars
Boer zoekt m/v [Farmer seeks m/v] by Rhija Jansen. Dutch. Easy, totally unbelievable story about a television programme in which a young woman is one of the candidates to become a farmer’s girlfriend. 4 stars
Het Boschhuis [The Bosch House] by Pauline Broekema. A fictionalised family history. Too detailed, too disconnected. DNF.
Other books I reviewed
Not the end by Kate Vane. The death of an older lady and her inheritance. 3.5 stars
Planning to read next
What are YOU reading this week?