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

Two weeks in which the weather changed from wet and not-warm to dry and pretty good! I think it’s spring!

I had great fun in the jury of a read-aloud competition between the best readers of several classes of 11 and 12 year olds. It’s so nice when you can be the hero of your class for reading a book! I have been in the jury last year and the year before and it’s a fun thing to do.

I was also on the other side of the table… in a literairy quiz, in a team with three other book bloggers. There were lots of very literature-aware people and we became 17th out of 24. But it was just great fun. Look here for the pictures and put the whole text in Google Translate if you are curious (it’s in Dutch).

I was featured on Booker Talk, where I answered questions about literature in the Netherlands. Have a look!

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Books I finished in the last TWO weeks: 5

Bubble by Anders de la MotteLexicon by Max BarryStoner by John WilliamsIJstijd by Maartje WortelArctisch dagboek by Jelle Brandt Corstius

Bubble by Anders de la Motte. Third in a series about a young man who plays The Game in book 1 and regrets it throughout the rest of the books. 3.5 stars

Lexicon by Max Barry. A group young people are trained to persuade people using special words. Then a word is stolen and causes great harm. 4 stars

Stoner by John Williams. A man grows up very poor but becomes a university lecturer. Not much happens, great book. 🙂 5 stars

IJstijd [Ice Age] by Maartje Wortel. A young man who does not need a job as his mother is very rich, is totally bored until he falls in love with a woman. 3 stars

Arctisch dagboek [Arctic Diary] by Jelle Brandt Corstius. The writer travelled to the White Sea above Russia and describes his ‘adventures’ aboard a ship. 5 stars

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Books I’m reading & planning to read

The Amber Fury by Natalie Haynes.The Visionist by Rachel UrquhartBred in the Bone by Christopher BrookmyreThe Sweetness of Liberty James by Janey LewisBezoedeld by Linda Fontijn

Reviews

Cold Storage, Alaska by John StraleyA Pleasure and a Calling by Phil HoganMiss Verstand [Miss Understanding] by Astrid Harrewijn
Cold Storage, Alaska by John Straley. A fun read about a small town in Alaska that gets visited by some criminals. 4.5 stars

A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan. A weird estate agent has the keys to all the houses he’s ever sold. And he uses them, too. 4.5 stars

Miss Verstand [Miss Sensibility] by Astrid Harrewijn. A psychologist with her own practice is having a difficult time with her employees and with men. 4 stars

 

That’s it!

What are you reading this week?

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.

*****

The last two weeks

I spent way too much time indoors, the last two weeks. I mean, as in not seeing anyone else. I had a lot of work to do which kept me inside with as few as possible fun outings. 😦

Well, I did go to see St Vincent, an up and coming band from New York. They played in Amsterdam and my husband is a fan. I’ve seen them three times in two years. Luckily the music is OK. I had a fun meeting with a publisher and another editor, talking about our work. Just for fun, to exchange experiences and ideas.

Well, OK, I did meet some friends, too, but had to firmly say No to the friend who kept insisting we go to The Hague, where a new Marks & Spencer’s has opened. I like M&S but I just haven’t got the time!

Today I’m in the jury of a read aloud competition. The best readers from each primary school in my town are competing to go to the regional rounds. I’ve been in the jury before. It’s good fun.

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Books I finished in the last TWO weeks: 3

Cold Storage, Alaska by John StraleyA Pleasure and a Calling by Phil HoganMiss Verstand [Miss Understanding] by Astrid Harrewijn
Cold Storage, Alaska by John Straley. A fun read about a small town in Alaska that gets visited by some criminals. 4.5 stars

A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan. A weird estate agent has the keys to all the houses he’s ever sold. And he uses them, too. 4.5 stars

Miss Verstand [Miss Sensibility] by Astrid Harrewijn. A psychologist with her own practice is having a difficult time with her employees and with men. 4 stars

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Books I’m reading & planning to read

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Bubble by Anders de la MotteIJstijd by Maartje WortelLexicon by Max BarryThe Visionist by Rachel UrquhartBred in the Bone by Christopher Brookmyre

Reviews

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley CashThe 5th Wave by Rick YanceyMiss Match by Astrid HarrewijnAndermans zaken [Other People's Business] by Goran Tribuson

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash. Two girls in a foster home are abducted by their father, who is at the same time being chased for having stolen money. 5 stars

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. The aliens are wiping out humanity in waves. A girl is trying to survive on her own, at the same time hoping to find her little brother back. 5 stars

Miss Match by Astrid Harrewijn. A fun chicklit in which a woman who is running her own business is dealing with difficult (male) business partners. 4.5 stars

Andermans zaken [Other People’s Business] by Goran Tribuson. Kroatian mystery in which a woman who was apparently abducted, returns home but is later murdered. A police detective investigates. 4.5 stars

 

That’s it!

What are you reading this week?

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.

*****

The last two weeks

Not a lot happened, things are quiet. I had a few off-days, a little bit ill but not enough to call it that. I took the opportunity to read a bit more. 

I also went to a really nice book presentation of a new Dutch chick-lit, especially for bloggers and for winners of a facebook competition. We had a nice lunch and had fun talking with the author.

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Books I finished in the last TWO weeks: 7

To Be a Cat by Matt HaigThis Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley CashThe 5th Wave by Rick YanceyDossier 64 by Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki MurakamiMiss Match by Astrid HarrewijnAndermans zaken [Other People's Business] by Goran Tribuson

To Be a Cat by Matt Haig. A boy who is bullied at school wishes he had the simple life of a cat. Oops! Children’s book, 4.5 stars.

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash. Two girls in a foster home are abducted by their father, who is at the same time being chased for having stolen money. 5 stars

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. The aliens are wiping out humanity in waves. A girl is trying to survive on her own, at the same time hoping to find her little brother back. 5 stars

Dossier 64 by Jussi Adler-Olson. A mystery in which a former prison island for feeble minded girls plays a large role. 4 stars

The kleurloze Tsukuru Tazaki en zijn pelgrimsjaren [The Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Pilgrim Years] by Haruki Murakami. A man in his thirties is still suffering from the fact that his high school friends suddenly dropped him, years ago. 5 stars

Miss Match by Astrid Harrewijn. A fun chicklit in which a woman who is running her own business is dealing with difficult (male) business partners. 4.5 stars

Andermans zaken [Other People’s Business] by Goran Tribuson. Kroatian mystery in which a woman who was apparently abducted, returns home but is later murdered. A police detective investigates. 4.5 stars

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Books I’m reading & planning to read

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Cold Storage, Alaska by John StraleyBubble by Anders de la MotteLexicon by Max BarryIJstijd by Maartje WortelMiss Verstand [Miss Understanding] by Astrid Harrewijn

Reviews

Shovel Ready by Adam SternberghBuzz by Anders de la Motte

Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh. Science fiction featuring a contract killer. 4 stars

Buzz by Anders de la Motte. Thriller. Second in a series about a man on the run for a deadly Game. 4 stars

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And furthermore…

It’s the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop as we speak! Until Wednesday you can win books on 40 participating blogs. So HAVE A LOOK and enter!

I got some new books already… 🙂

 

That’s it!

What are you reading this week?

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.

*****

The last two weeks

Two relatively quiet weeks. The first week, I worked a lot, the second, I was out half the time. Book-wise, I did my volunteer stint at the school library as always, half a day a week. A lot of the time, we’re assigning computers to the students, but there are enough children who need new books or hand back books they’ve read. They were very good paying their fines this week (amazing how many people don’t renew online!). It’s fun work. 

The big thing this week was my appearance on a radio show for Radio Amsterdam FM. They have a book program every week and an author whose book I edited and I were invited to come and talk about the book and about our co-operation. It was very relaxed and fun to do. The studio is in the library in Amsterdam, it was nice to go there (my local library has one floor, this one has 5 or so!).

There was also the book group meeting, where we discussed A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Well, actually, the book was mentioned, then we talked about many other things (bad us!).

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Books I finished in the last TWO weeks: 4 + DNF

Out of the Woods by Lynn DarlingShovel Ready by Adam SternberghPristina by Toine HeijmansBuzz by Anders de la MotteDe weldoener by P. F. Thomése

Out of the Woods by Lynnne Darling. Memoir about a woman trying to find a path through life. 4 stars

Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh. Science fiction featuring a contract killer. 4 stars

Pristina by Toine Heijmans. Novel about an official who tracks illegal immigrants and removes them from the country [Dutch]. 4.5 stars

Buzz by Anders de la Motte. Thriller. Second in a series about a man on the run for a deadly Game. 4 stars

De weldoener [The Philantropist] by PF Thomése. Contemporary novel that I never got into. Normally I read at least 100 pages but this book I abandoned at 50 pages. Nothing wrong with it, just not for me [Dutch]. DNF

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Books I’m reading & planning to read

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Dossier 64 by Jussi Adler-OlsenThis Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley CashTo Be a Cat by Matt HaigThe Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki MurakamiLexicon by Max Barry

Reviews

 A Highly Unlikely Scenario by Rachel CantorDe drie levens van Tomomi Ishikawa [The Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa] by Ben ConstableDead Scared by Sharon Bolton

A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee’s Guide to Saving the World by Rachel Cantor. In a near future, a Neetsa Pizza employee with agoraphobia discovers there is a whole world outside his converted garage/office. 4 stars

De drie levens van Tomomi Ishikawa [The Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa] by Benjamin Constable. A woman who killed herself leaves behind clues for her friend to go on an adventure. 3.5 stars

Dead Scared by Sharon Bolton.  A female detective goes undercover in Cambridge, UK, where several female students have committed suicide. 4.5 stars

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And furthermore…

The next Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is coming soon! February 8-12. Join in as a giver of a nice book (literary or not).

I got some new books and I took part in the Mini-Bloggiesta this weekend.

 

That’s it!

What are you reading this week?

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