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.


My reading week

Us by David NichollsTegenpool by Pauline SlotDisclaimer by Renée KnightIsland of the Lost Girls by Jennifer McMahonSlaap zacht, Johnny Idaho by Auke HulstFunny Girl by Nick Hornby

I finished Us by David Nicholls. This was a fun book to read. A bit of a road movie, traveling through Europe, 4 stars. I also finally finished a Dutch book, Tegenpool by Pauline Slot, which I liked so-so. But to be fair, I only read small bits at a time.

I enjoyed Disclaimer by Renée Knight, which is a psychological thriller. Not too thrilling but it had some unexpected developments, which I really liked, 4 stars. I also read Island of the Lost Girls by Jennifer McMahon, which was a quick and enjoyable read, 4 stars.

Currently I’m reading a Dutch book, Slaap zacht, Johnny Idaho [Sleep tight, Johnny Idaho] by Auke Hulst. After that, it’s time for my book group book, Funny Girl by Nick Hornby.

I posted my review of The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell HERE and if you read Dutch, check out my post about the evening with David Mitchell HERE.

My challenges


#Fitreaders is a challenge for all readers (and everyone else, really) who like to get more active. Last week, I did three days at 7,000+ steps (twice above 10K!), three at around 5,000 and one below 4,000. My goal is 3 x 7,000  and 3 x 5,000 per week, and one day off. So, that was a good week.


The Cut out Processed Food in 14 Weeks challenge was easy last week (the third week of the challenge):  Eat less meat and if possible, local and organic. Since I don’t eat meat, my challenge was to eat fewer highly processed meat replacement foods. I did manage this for most of the week and I also kept the earlier challenges going (more fruit, drink only coffee, tea, milk, or water). The challenge for the coming week is to eat no take away or deep-fried food. No so hard, except for the oven chips that we regularly eat.


What are YOU reading this week?



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

  1. erdeaka says:

    Hi, this week I’m reading Yoko Ogawa’s The Diving Pool short story collection. I’m not sure I’m getting the message/core idea the writer wants to deliver, but I find it very disturbingly beautiful. Ever read Ogawa?

  2. Leeswammes says:

    Hi Erdeaka, thanks for your comment. Ogawa is on my wishlist (The Housekeeper and the Professor – do you know it?). Good to see that you’re enjoying her book!

  3. I enjoyed Funny Girl though I didn’t get round to reviewing it.
    Happy Monday!,

  4. erdeaka says:

    Oh, I happen to have The Housekeeper and the Professor on my TBR pile, might read it next 🙂 and yes, I’m quite overwhelmed by Ogawa’s stunning narrative :)))

  5. Mystica says:

    The Bone Clocks sound intriguing.

  6. bibliosue says:

    I am glad you enjoyed US, and I look forward to reading your thoughts about Funny Girl – Nick Hornby is one of my favorite writers and I am excited that I will be attending an event with him in a few weeks. Good job on your step goals!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Will you now, Suzanne? Why do you get to meet all those great authors? Oops, I met David Mitchell the other day, so I must not complain too much. Have fun. Is it another weekend?

      • bibliosue says:

        No Nick Hornby will be in the Chicago area but in May there will be another booktopia weekend that I’m very excited about 🙂

  7. I am curious about Us. Glad you enjoyed it…and thanks for sharing. Have a great week!


  8. You had an excellent week! I have US on my radar!

  9. mpartyka says:

    I enjoy Jennifer McMahon, about as creepy as I can stand… but good. Have you read ‘I’d recognize you anywhere’?

    Both of your challenges are great – would you believe it if I told you my husband is the king of processed food? We have lively debates on GMO and all things food.

  10. I’m currently reading “The stranger’s child” (“Kind van een vreemde” in Dutch) by Alan Hollinghurst and started today in “The miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily M. Danforth. Very differently, but so far good reads

  11. Deep in the snow of Swedish Lappland 1717 with the mysterious Wolf Winter by Cecelia Ekbäck.

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