The Monday Agenda 1/20/2014

MondayAgendaNot a lofty, ambitious to-be-read list consisting of 100+ book titles. Just a simple plan for the upcoming week — what I’m reading now, what I plan to read next, and what I’m hoping to squeeze in among the nooks and crannies.

How did I do with last week’s agenda?

The VanishingDirty Magic (The Prospero's War, #1)Cruel BeautyHeartbeatdinosaur summer

The Vanishing by Wendy Webb: Done! My review is here.

Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells: I read a few chapters, then decided it wasn’t for me — at least, not right now. It looks like fun urban fantasy, but I suppose I just wasn’t in the mood. Maybe another time.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: Done! My review is here.

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott: I just finished this book late on Sunday, with more than a few tears in my eyes. Review to follow.
Updated to add: The review for Heartbeat is up now, here.

Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear: My kiddo and I finished reading this terrific sci-fi adventure story this past week. My thoughts on Dinosaur Summer are here.

Fresh Catch:

It’s a bonanza of books, some new and some picked up from the used bookstore:

The Splendour FallsJoe Golem and the Drowning City: An Illustrated Novel

The Haunting of Hill House Hollow City (Miss Peregrine, #2)

What’s on my reading agenda for the coming week?

First up, a couple of ARCs for January new releases:

Ophelia and the Marvelous BoyThe Swiss Affair

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

The Swiss Affair by Emylia Hall

If I finish both of these, I’ll be caught up on review copies for the month, and can then indulge myself with a book or two just for me! The one I’m most looking forward to? The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley! This is one author who has never let me down, and I’m really excited to read this new reissue of one of her older books.

My son and I are debating our choices for our next “together” book. Right now, we’re leaning toward The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King. So far, he’s liked the first few chapters that we’ve read, so this is looking like a definite maybe. My kiddo’s first Stephen King — what a great milestone!

echoThe Outlander Book Club’s re-read of An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon is now underway! The goal is to read a chapter each weekday, from now until June, finishing just in time for the release of the next Outlander book, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood. Up this week in Echo: chapters 4 -8. Want to join in? Just let me know and I’ll provide all the details!

So many book, so little time…

That’s my agenda. What’s yours? Add your comments to share your bookish agenda for the week.

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5 thoughts on “The Monday Agenda 1/20/2014

  1. Ooh, first Stephen King, that is special!

    I read the first Outlander book… I liked it, but I didn’t think it was amazing. And I’ve never really gotten the itch to pick up the others in the series.

    • Well, I guess it’s not everyone’s cup of tea — I will say, though, that the historical elements are much more important in later books, so if you like historical fiction (not to get spoilery, but especially the American Revolution), it might be worth returning to someday. I’m not 100% sold on reading the King book w/my son — within the first couple of chapters, it’s talking about the king and queen’s sex life, and I had to do a quick bit of creative skipping since I felt uncomfortable reading parts out loud to my kid! We’ll see…

      • I think I read The Eyes of the Dragon when I was 14 (I think that’s the target age?), and I remember feeling pretty grossed out about some stuff. I don’t really remember much else about the book, though.

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