Its Monday December 30th 2014! What are you reading?

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.

As you might have noticed last week has been a bit quiet on the blog. I was very busy with a lot of family gatherings and did not have much inspiration for blog posts. I did participate in Jamie's End of the Year Book Survey. I like that one a lot so if you joined do not forget to link me up so I can check out your post. I totally screwed up my reading plan for this week. Reason is that I knew what book was living under the Christmas tree and I could not wait to start it so I made some little adjustments. I read The Dark Lady by Irene Adler which was a cute read. I also read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum which was the first time I picked up this book and it is great read.

The Dark Lady, Irene Adler cover The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Frank L. Baum cover

I am currently reading Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film, Marisha Pessl cover

Next up are I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe (for real this time). I will be reading two book for Jazz Age January organized by Leah over at Books Speaks Volumes. The first is Rules of Civility by Amor Towles and the second is The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. If those get me in the mood I might end up reading a few extra books for this great event.

Rules of Civility, Amor towles cover The Paris Wife, Paula, McLain cover

On the 31th I will celebrate New Years eve with a few friends. Usually we end up playing games like Mah jong or other small games. In the Netherlands we have a snack specially for this occasion called Oliebollen. For those who want to try here is a recipe http://dutchfood.about.com/od/breadspastriescookies/r/Oliebollen.htm. A friend of mine spends the whole day baking them and after your house smells terrible but they do make very nice snacks. We also have a liberal fireworks policy which means that every Dutch person is allowed to create their own firework show with pre-approved fireworks. As we will be having a few cats in the house that evening we will be spending a lot of time comforting them probably. What are your plans for New Year's eve? And more important... what is the first book you have on your pile for 2014?
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30 December, 2013 delete

Wow. Your own fireworks show? Amazing!

Happy New Year!

Here's my It's Monday!

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Kathy Martin
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30 December, 2013 delete

I bet the fireworks get chaotic if so many people are setting them off. Enjoy your new year celebration. I plan to read in the year. Come see my Monday Report here. Happy reading and happy new year!

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Marce
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30 December, 2013 delete

Ohhh Sherlock, enjoy. I am really considering another by Daphne duMaurier, author of Rebecca, a must read if you haven't.

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Lindsey
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30 December, 2013 delete

Your New Years celebration sounds like fun. I think the husband and I will enjoy a glass of champagne or two after the kids go to sleep!

Happy New Year and I hope you love your books this week. :)

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leeswammes
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30 December, 2013 delete

Curious to know what you think of Night Film. I still haven't decided whether or not I want to read it.

Yes, the fireworks... I hate them! It gets really smelly in the streets and it's one big noise. Mostly I hate people setting them off before New Year's Eve, as lots of young people do here (illegally). I hope they ban them soon - although I don't think you will agree, Ciska.

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30 December, 2013 delete

Night Film is a great read. It is very captivating.

I do not really mind the fireworks at 12. It is very noisy yes but often very beautiful, to be able to see pretty fireworks wherever you look instead of just one spot. We once watched it on the bridge over the highway when you go to Nieuwegein which is a very nice spot (not to much fireworks close by but seeing all of Utrecht and Houten is pretty)
But I am no supporter of setting them off early :)

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Greg
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30 December, 2013 delete

Have a great New Years and enjoy the fireworks! We are probably having a quiet New Years after traveling all last week, we're still recovering. :) Hard to believe tomorrow is New Years Eve already...

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Elizabeth
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31 December, 2013 delete

Looks like a very good week despite all the family gatherings.

I enjoyed Rules of Civility but not The Paris Wife. :)

ENJOY your week.

Happy New Year.

International giveaway on my blog on January 2. Hope you can stop by.

Elizabeth
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31 December, 2013 delete

That cover for Night Film is really awesome. I read that book near Halloween and thought it was really great.

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