18 October, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading?

What are you reading Monday  is hosted by Shelia over at Book Journey. Head over and check out what others are reading!
What I finished this week (click the links for my reviews)

The Book of Illusions - Paul Auster

Salvation Creek - Susan Duncan

Love is the Higher Law - David Levithan

What I am reading now

Breakout. How I Escaped From the Exclusive Brethren - David Tchappat

From Boomerang Books:

Imagine a life without television, music or freedom; imagine every minute of your spare time being spent attending church; imagine growing up believing swimming pools, cinemas and dancing were evil. For members of the Exclusive Brethren, a strict religious sect, constraints such as these are normal. No member is allowed to eat in the same room as a 'worldly' person, they are forbidden from owning a pet and they are restricted from socialising with anyone outside of the Exclusive Brethren. Most members are so isolated within the sect that they can't even imagine a life on the outside. But not all members can live such a controlled existence. Once David Tchappat had a taste of the real world as a teenager, there was no going back despite the fact he knew he would be cruelly ostracised from his family, friends and the only life he had known
When I was in high school, I had a friend who was a member of the Exclusive Brethren. For various reasons, I became the devil incarnate to her family (and no, I'm not exaggerating, that was the term used.) Several events lead her to question whether she stayed or left. She decided to stay and slowly cut herself off from her group of worldly (non sect) friends. I still wonder what happened to her.

What's next?

I've made a pact with myself to work through the huge number of books I have out from the library. (30 at last count, although some are CD's, DVD's and magazines.) Basically I'm trying to go from the ones I can't renew again, to those whose due date as furthest away! In the meantime I'm going to try really hard to NOT bring home anything new this week at least! - Unless it's a book I've had on hold.

So what are you reading? Leave me a link!


  1. Breakout sound like an interesting read and one that you really could personally relate to. Hope you have a great week!

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a problem! 30 books (etc.) from the library! Your strategy sounds good and maybe you should try and dedicate a few evenings just to reading if you can.

    And never, ever get so many items from the library again! :-)

    I usually only get one or two books (down from 3 or 4 already) because I can go quite often, so if need be I can easily pick up a new books. The reserved ones are sometimes a problem, when they come in when I already have a load to read.

  3. Breakout sounds good.

    I have a library addiction problem too. I get emails when things are near due and a lot of the time I don't even realize I have that book at home.

  4. wow, when you have a personal experience is can bring a whole new perspective to a book.

    Good luck on your pact!!


  5. I have three books that I'm hoping to tackle, one at sleep clinic tonight :) to get me to fall asleep. Have fun with the pact!

  6. I think I have heard of Salvation Creek before - I will have to check out your review. Have a good week!

  7. Breakout sounds fascinating!
    I have a library problem too but luckily I work there so I don't have to pay overdue fines or anything :)
    Hope you have a great reading week!

  8. Breakout sounds really powerful. Good luck with working through that pile of library books :)

  9. Visiting on the "What are you reading Monday" meme. I have a bookcase by my chair that is overflowing. However, I own all of them so there is no due date!!! Anyway, I can relate to your book pile problem.

    Come visit my blog if you get a chance:

    Have a great week!

  10. Wow, that's quite a load of library loot :oD

    Here's my Monday post. Cheers!