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!