It's Monday July 21 2014! What are you reading?

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It's Monday! What are You Reading! is a weekly hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. This weekly is meant to keep you people updated on what I read the last week and what I am planning to read the upcoming week.

I finished reading De vrouw die een jaar in bed ging liggen by Sue Townsend and One of Us by Tawni O'Dell.

De vrouw die een jaar in bed ging liggen, Sue TownsendOne of Us, Tawni O'Dell

I will be reading We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas.

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

Next up I am not sure yet. For now I really want to read The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker but I still have Shattered Secrets by Karen Harper and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon fighting for my attention too. And there are 7 shows of Jersey Boys left this week still so I will probably not get that much reading done.

Review: Big Brother, Lionel Shriver

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Big Brother, Lionel Shriver
For Pandora, cooking is a form of love. Alas, her husband, Fletcher, a self-employed high-end cabinetmaker, now spurns the “toxic” dishes that he’d savored through their courtship, and spends hours each day to manic cycling. Then, when Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at the airport, she doesn’t recognize him. In the years since they’ve seen one another, the once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? After Edison has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It’s him or me.

Lionel Shriver's was born in Gastonia, North Carolina. She studied at Barnard College, Columbia University (BA, MFA). Her novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London and Brooklyn, New York.

We picked this book up for the book group read. I am not sure I would have read it otherwise. Though Lionel Shriver wrote some interesting books that sound interesting but the subject of this book would not really pull me.
There are some funny thins mentioned in the book and it does bring up some great points of discussion but overall I did not really enjoy the book. Sentences were long making me loose focus all the time. I did not understand decisions made by the characters. I was annoyed with the way people were treating each other. Did not understand why Pandora calls Fletcher considerate when they cannot even talk to one another. The story does make you realize how important food is in your every day life.

Big Brother
Author: Lionel Shriver
Publisher: Atlas Contact
Pages: 414
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789025441524
Original title: Big Brother
Publisher: Paperback
Big Brother
3 stars

Review: The Book of Life, Deborah Harkness

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*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*
The Book of Life, Deborah Harkness
After travelling through time, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the family, with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

Deborah Harkness is a student and scholar of History. She has two non fictional works in her name and is the founder of the Good Wine Under $20 blog.

You must know that feeling. You want to read the next book in a series, in this case a trilogy, but you know it is the last and when you are done reading... it is over. Though I never really gave the All Souls Trilogy very high star ratings I love it. It is an engaging story with a lot of action and one very powerful woman. I totally love Diana Bishop and she should be president of the world. But you know it is vampires and witches and romance and all that so it is not really a book I would quickly recommend or that anyone would like.

As said Diana is a woman who knows how to handle herself. In The Shadow of the Night a lot happened and with a lot of new knowledge and other surprises Diana and Matthew return home. Knowing what happened (trying to be spoiler free here) I would have expected her to be more careful but her goal is clear and she just goes for it trying to make everything right for her future and that of her family. I loved the developments in the third book and felt that most story lines were closed in a correct way.

The Book of Life
Author: Deborah Harkness
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages: 576
Format: eGalley
ISBN-10: 0670025593
ISBN-13: 9780670025596
Series: All Souls #3
Viking Adult: eBook | Hardcover | Audiobook

4 stars

Review: De Vlucht, Jesús Carrsaco

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De Vlucht, Jesús Carrsaco
A boy hides in an olive tree orchard. He hears the men from the village looking for him and crawls deeper in his hideout. When the voices fade he is alone. In front of him are endless dry plains he has to cross while fighting heat, hunger and thirst. In the middle of the night he walks into a goat herders camp. Under the stars a friendship starts that will define both their lives.

Jesús Carrasco (1972) was born in Extremadura, Spain. He is working as editor and writer in Sevilla.

I received this book as part of a festival where they had 30 people book groups with the author. You could sign up for various authors but this one got a lot of attention the last year and I was very curious.
This book is a very interesting read due to a lot of factors. People following my blog know I love to get enough details on characters to be able to connect. In this book there are not much details given not even names. Still it works. It is clear something terrible has happened to the boy and he is struggling and being scared not sure how to continue. The distant writing style makes the despair even jump of the page more. I love the shepherd character too. Though he seems to be distant I felt he could be trusted. It was a very interesting read.

De vlucht
Author: Jesús Carrasco
Publisher: Meulenhoff
Pages: 207
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9789029088800
Original title: Intemperie
Publisher: eBook | Hardcover
De vlucht
4 stars

Wishlist Wednesday: The Undertaker's Daughter, Kate Mayfield

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Wishlist Wednesday is a weeklies hosted by Pen to Paper. As I have enough wishes when it comes to books I decided to join this weekly and tell you about them. I am obviously curious about the books on your wishlist too so feel free to leave a message.

The Undertaker's Daughter, Kate Mayfield
After Kate Mayfield was born, she was taken directly to a funeral home. Her father was an undertaker, and for thirteen years the family resided in a place nearly synonymous with death. A place where the living and the dead entered their house like a vapor. The place where Kate would spend the entirety of her childhood.
Kate's father set up shop in a small town where he was one of two white morticians during the turbulent 1960s. Jubilee, Kentucky, was a segregated, god-fearing community where no one kept secrets, except the ones they were buried with. By opening a funeral home, Kate's father also opened the door to family feuds, fetishes, and victims of accidents, murder, and suicide. The family saw it all. They also saw the quiet ruin of Kate's father, who hid alcoholism and infidelity behind a cool, charismatic exterior. As Mayfield grows from trusting child to rebellious teen, she begins to find the enforced hush of the funeral home oppressive, and longs for the day she can escape the confines of her small town.

The cover is lovely. The story sounds interesting. It is not really a common life I guess and I am curious about the influence of being an undertaker on someones life.

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