Sunday, January 31, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading?

Hosted by J. Kaye at J. Kaye's Book Blog.

A good week for reading despite being a truly bad week health wise. Books completed last week:

RANDOM PASSAGE by Bernice Morgan is a very good historical fiction about a family in Ireland who are forced into exile to Newfoundland's most isolated outpost two hundred years ago. A truly great read. I cannot wait to read its sequel WAITING FOR TIME. Both books are bestsellers here in Canada and I can see why.

NIKOLSKI by Nikolas Dickner is a French Canadian story about three Montrealers that David Mitchell (author of Cloud Atlas and Black Swan Green) called “Stylish, offbeat, poignant and perceptive.” A very enjoyable read.

WHAT THE BIRDS SEE by Sonya Hartnett will break your heart. The original title in Australia is OF A BOY. A shy but obedient little boy who feels unwanted tries to interpret the world around him and finds it a daunting task. Don't miss this one if you can get your hands on it.

THE HOUSEWIFE AND THE PROFESSOR by Yoko Ogawa is a wonderful story of a mathematician with brain damage, and how the maid deals with the fact that he does not recognize her every morning when she arrives at his home.

Books I gave up on:

TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf felt like too much work. I have pain control issues right now and am barely able to concentrate on some things. It will have to wait.

Book in hand...

BLACKLANDS by Linda Bauer is a psychological suspense and the premise alone gives me a chill. A boy writes anonymously to a child killer in prison hoping the man will help him find the body of one of the local boys he's murdered. Eventually the man figures out that he's communicating with a twelve year old boy...

Up Next:

GOOD TO A FAULT by Marina Endicott
THE COMEDIANS by Graham Greene

CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese

Books I Still Need to Write Reviews On:

Those my readers request. Just ask.
What are you reading?


  1. I LOVED The Housekeeper and the Professor and Blacklands -- hope u r enjoying them as well.

  2. I can't wait to see what you think of The Housekeeper and the Professor.

  3. I have heard a lot of good things about 'The Housekeeper and the Professor'. Hoping to read it soon. Sonya Hartnett's 'What the Birds See' ('Of a Boy') looks quite interesting. Thanks for writing about it. Will look for it.

  4. You have some great books on your list ! I'll have to check into Blacklands.

  5. They are some interesting reads - I like Grahame Greene.

    Here is mine

  6. I'm reading The Cellist of Sarajevo today... I LOVE IT! And I know you love it too :)

  7. You have a great list of books.

    Virginia Woolfe has felt like work to me before. Wise of you to set it aside a this time. I hope you feel better soon.

    I am very interested in The Housekeeper and the Professor.

  8. I had to put down To The Lighthouse too when I first started it.

    Blacklands sounds freaky!

  9. The Housewife and the Professor sounds good and so does What the Birds See. And I am for SURE going to read Cutting For Stone. I've wanted to read that since it first came out.

    Quite the list you have there! Have a great week of reading.

    Lynne's Book Reviews

  10. I am sorry to hear that you are not well. My health is not very good either which is why I read so much (and why I often choose crime fiction as it doesn´t tax my head as much as wonderful Virginia Woolf would).

    Get well soon!

  11. I am sorry to read you have not been well. I ope this week is better for you. Happy reading. My Monday, if you have time:

  12. I can feel myself reaching for my TBR list as I read this post! So many of these books look fascinating.

    I am sorry you're suffering pain right now. I hope you get some relief soon

  13. Random Passage sounds a good one and Cutting for Stone is one I'm looking forward to reading very soon.

    Happy reading!



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