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.

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The last week I read…

& Sons by David GilbertDit kan niet waar zijn by Joris LuyendijkThe Shut Eye by Belinda Bauerbal

I finished three books. &Sons by David Gilbert (click on the title for my review), Dit kan niet waar zijn [This Can’t be True] by Joris Luyendijk, a non-fiction book about banks, and The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer, a thriller with some supernatural elements.

I’ve just started in Bal Masqué by Elia Barcelo. My final Spanish author for this month. Not hugely interesting to start with, but I have great hopes.

Next up it’s

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander EssbaumGeachte Heer M [Dear Mr. M] by Herman Koch

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum.

If I get round to it, the new Herman Koch, Geachte Heer M. [Dear Mr. M.].

Reviews

The Green Pen by Eloy Moreno

The Green Pen by Eloy Moreno. I read together with Isi of FromIsi, but my review is in Dutch.

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My challenges

FitReaders2015

#Fitreaders is a challenge for all readers (and everyone else, really) who want to get more active. My goal is 3 x 7,000  and 3 x 5,000 per week, and one day off. Last week, I was not far off this target, so I am happy with that.

Cut-Out-Processed-Food

The Cut out Processed Food in 14 Weeks challenge for last week, was Eat local; at least one meal per day should contain something locally grown. I did go to a farm shop but was not convinced all their stuff was local (bananas, nuts? Not in the Netherlands, for sure!). But it was nice not to buy from a big supermarket. I got some things, but not enough for seven days. I may make it a habit to visit them once a week or so. This week’s challenge is to cut out sweeteners, which I’ll skip. I’m concentrating on the local thing.

What are YOU reading this week?

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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.

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It seems this post didn’t publish on Monday. Did I forget to press the button? Well, any day is a good day to talk about books! 

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The last week I read…

The Best Thing That Can Happen to a Croissant by Pablo TussetThe Green Pen by Eloy Moreno& Sons by David GilbertDit kan niet waar zijn by Joris LuyendijkThe Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer

I finished The Best Thing That Can Happen to a Croissant by Pablo Tusset. How about that for a title? It’s Spanish Month on one of the Dutch blogs and this is my first book. Click on the title for my review.

I also finished  The Green Pen by Eloy Moreno, another book by a Spanish author, which I read together with Isi of FromIsi.

At the moment I’m trying to get &Sons by David Gilbert finished for our book group meeting on Friday. It’s sometimes slow, sometimes a fast read. I think I’ll make it!

I also started The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer. A thriller. I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by this author, and it starts really interesting!

And this book, I just need to sit down and finish. But now that I’m reading &Sons in somewhat of a hurry, it’s just lying there. Dit kan niet waar zijn [This Can’t be True] by Joris Luyendijk, about banks and how no one really seems to know what they’re doing (including the banks themselves).

Next up it’s

bal

Bal Masqué by Elia Barcelo. My final Spanish author for this month. I have run out of books by Spanish authors, but not out of books. 🙂

There are also the three books above that I started but not finished yet. I think that will keep me busy this week!

 

Reviews

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel FaberThe Best Thing That Can Happen to a Croissant by Pablo TussetWeerwater by Renate Dorrestein

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber.

The Best Thing That Can Happen to a Croissant by Pablo Tusset

Weerwater (Dutch) by renate Dorrestein

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My challenges

FitReaders2015

#Fitreaders is a challenge for all readers (and everyone else, really) who want to get more active. My goal is 3 x 7,000  and 3 x 5,000 per week, and one day off. This week, I’ve done spectacularly badly with one day under 2,000 – that’s like sitting on the couch most of the day. And a few 3,000s and one 8,000. Let’s talk about something else!

Cut-Out-Processed-Food

The Cut out Processed Food in 14 Weeks challenge for last week, I didn’t do. It was No refined or hydrogenated oils. Since the week before I had been very careful not to eat anything with sugar, I didn’t feel like another week taking extreme care of what I ate. But this week, the challenge is to Eat local; at least one meal per day should contain something locally grown. I’m going to the farm shop tomorrow!

What are YOU reading this week?

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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.

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The last two weeks I read…

The Ship by Antonia HoneywellPublish Successfully on Amazon by Liesbeth HeenkThe Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

I read The Ship by Antonia Honeywell. A post-apocalyptic sea voyage. I enjoyed reading this! I also finished a Dutch book on how to publish your book on Amazon. Very useful information!

I finished (and loved!) The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. This is a large book, but it reads so easily, it’s never a slog.

Next up it’s

The Shut Eye by Belinda BauerDit kan niet waar zijn by Joris LuyendijkThe Best Thing That Can Happen to a Croissant by Pablo TussetThe Green Pen by Eloy Moreno

The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer. A thriller. I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by this author, and it starts really interesting!

Dit kan niet waar zijn [This Can’t be True] by Joris Luyendijk, about banks and how no one really seems to know what they’re doing (including the banks themselves).

The Best Thing That Can Happen to a Croissant by Pablo Tusset. How about that for a title? It’s Spanish Month on one of the Dutch blogs and this is my first book.

Together with Isi of FromIsi, I’m reading a book by another Spanish author, The Green Pen by Eloy Moreno!

Are you joining in the 24-hour readathon or the Literary Blog Hop (not hosted by me)? Look here for more information.

Reviews

dewitt

I reviewed Ablutions by Patrick DeWitt, but for now only in Dutch.

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My challenges

FitReaders2015

#Fitreaders is a challenge for all readers (and everyone else, really) who want to get more active. My goal is 3 x 7,000  and 3 x 5,000 per week, and one day off. I had 4 days above 7,000 steps and I never seem to get to those 5,000+ days… Oh well, I’m happy.

Cut-Out-Processed-Food

The Cut out Processed Food in 14 Weeks challenge was not terribly hard last week (the nineth week of the challenge): Eat no added sugar, or other sweeteners. It turns out, there is sugar in a lot of things, even foods where you don’t expect any. But I managed, mainly by cutting out foods – not something I can do indefinitely – and buying some alternatives from the health food store (since they don’t taste as nice, I don’t eat that much!). This week it’s No refined or hydrogenated oils. Well, they’re also in everything! 🙂

 

What are YOU reading this week?

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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.

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My reading week

Weerwater by Renate DorresteinMan o man by Mascha de GroofThe Ship by Antonia HoneywellPublish Successfully on Amazon by Liesbeth Heenk& Sons by David GilbertThe Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

I finished reading a Dutch dystopian book, Weerwater [Water Fort] by Renate Dorrestein. I love it 4.5 stars. I also finished Man o man [Man, Oh Man] by Mascha de Groof, another Dutch book, a chicklit that lost a few points along the way and ended with 3 stars.

I’m reading The Ship by Antonia Howell and a Dutch book on how to publish on Amazon by Liesbeth Heenk.

I’ve changed my mind about what I’ll be reading next. It’s going to be &Sons by David Gilbert, for our next real-life book group, and a Netgalley download, The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. Those are two very, very big books and should keep me happy for a few weeks!

 

Reviews

Funny Girl by Nick HornbyKoud-Zuid by Ariane Meijer

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby. A very good read!

Koud-Zuid [Cold South] by Ariane Meijer. A thrilling read – in Dutch.

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My challenges

FitReaders2015

#Fitreaders is a challenge for all readers (and everyone else, really) who want to get more active. Last week, I did quite well on average. I had two days of over 10,000 steps and one of 7,000. The other days were a little less.   My goal is 3 x 7,000  and 3 x 5,000 per week, and one day off. So, this is not bad.

Cut-Out-Processed-Food

The Cut out Processed Food in 14 Weeks challenge was easy last week (the seventh week of the challenge): Eat wholemeal everything. That went well! The kids loved the wholegrain rice and prefer it now over the white variant. They also ate the wholewheat biscuits/cookies rather than the left-over non-wholewheat chocolate ones. Very happy with that. This coming week we have to stop eating when we’re full and not eat if we’re not hungry. That’s one of those ha ha, yeah, if only, kind of challenges for me. But I’ll try. Honestly, I will!

 

What are YOU reading this week?

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