Monday, 20 February 2012

It's Monday! What are you reading?

Since my last Monday post a few weeks ago I read:

The Gathering by Anne Enright (click here for review) - A somewhat dark and melancholic view on the protagonist's emotions and thoughts due to the loss of her suicidal and alcoholic brother. This book was awarded the Man Booker Prize 2007.

Room by Emma Donoghue (click here for review) - A new favorite of mine. Five year old Jack and his mother are captured in Room. Their daily routine is somewhat bizarre as Jack is not aware of the existence of a world outside of Room.

The Rain Before it Falls by Jonathan Coe (click here for review) - How Imogen was blinded was a secret until now, but Rosamond is going to lift it with great empathy, also describing wonderful moments of Imogen's life, trying to rouse apprehension for an incomprehensible deed. A very enjoyable read.

Mockinjay by Suzanne Collins - My first audio book and I loved it, though I didn't like the third part as much as the other Hunger Games parts.

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides - Insights on a marriage plot (as often spun in Jane Austen books)as it could have worked in the '80s. Unfortunately I couldn't connect to this time period that much and didn't get all the references.

A Thousand Days in Venice by Malena de Blasi - The memoir of an American woman who moved to Venice to follow her love, giving up her whole privileged and established life in the US. Didn't hold my interest.

Now I am reading:

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, which I think is adorable. The reader gets to know Olive through bits and pieces told through the stories of her neighbours and friends. I like this concept and though Olive Kitteridge is not the friendly, happy teacher woman from next door I like her too.

I plan on reading:

Whatever strikes my fancy or hopefully a book from my tbr challenge list (have a look here). I also have Great House by Nicole Krauss from the library, which, of course, I want to read before I have to return it.

It's Monday is hosted by Book Journey.


  1. Room caught my eye back when it first came out and everyone was talking about it. I have yet to read it however.

    I've heard mixing reviews about Olive Kitteridge! Enjoy. :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I enjoyed Olive Kitteridge. I'm glad you like it. I thought it was even better when it was done (the collection of stories being complete).

  3. I so agree about The Marriage Plot - way too many literary references. And I just finished reading Olive Kitteridge which I rather liked - and yes, she was a mean old bugger wasn't she!

    1. I'm glad you feel the same avout Marriage Plot, I stayed away from reviewing it until now, because I can't make up my mind about it.

  4. I picked up Room at a second hand store the other day . I hope I'll get to reading it soon .

  5. wow.. great list! I too much of a coward to read ROOM.. Thank you so much for visting my blog and leaving a comment on my post! Auch Dir eine angenehme Woche!

    1. You should, it's really worth reading.

  6. Hi - you wondered what MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN is about.. here's my review:

    ;") Just in case..

    Have a wonderful day!

    1. Thank you! I'll check it out right now.