The Monday agenda

Not 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.

Continuing with the Monday agenda concept started a few weeks ago, it’s time to see how well last week’s reading agenda worked out and sketch out the plan for the coming week.

From last week:

Going Bovine by Libba Bray: As of early last week, I’d gotten about 2/3 of the way through this bizarre, funny book about a boy with mad cow disease. And then I hit a wall. It’s not that the book stopped being interesting or engaging in any way; I just reached a point where I felt like moving on. Going Bovine is still in my huge messenger bag that I carry everywhere with me, and I haven’t officially given up or anything. It’s just become a “not right now” kind of situtation.

Gold by Chris Cleave. Finished last night a few breath’s shy of midnight (hence the dark circles under my eyes and the failure to watch the True Blood season finale). The review should be along shortly. The fact that I went from half-heartedly picking up the book on Friday to staying up reading way too late on a work-night should tell you something about how I felt about this book.

In graphic novels, I ended up going with the Locke & Key series by Joe Hill. My library had volumes 1 – 4 available, and I gobbled them up. Dark, creepy, compulsively readable, Locke & Key has me hooked. Here’s hoping the wizards at the public library decide to order volume 5 pronto.

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (group re-read): Two challenging, thought-provoking chapters. We’re really getting to the good stuff!

And this week’s new agenda:

Every Day by David Levithan: I’ve had this one on pre-order for a while, and it should arrive tomorrow. This was my Wishlist Wednesday book a couple of weeks ago; you can see why I want to read this one here.

Beyond that, for once I can’t say that I have absolute plans. I’ll try to get back into Going Bovine — would love to cross this one off my pending list already. Maybe a young adult novel from my to-read shelf: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer or Small Damages, perhaps. I have review copies of a few upcoming titles as well, so I should really start digging into some of those. (Thank you, Netgalley!)

In graphic novels, I have the Jack of Fables series ready to go, but seeing how I tend to start a series and then not come up for air until I’m done, I’d better try to get some other reading done first.

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (group re-read): Chapters 42 and 43 on deck for this week. Like I said, the good stuff! And by the way, if you’re a fan and want to jump into the conversation, please do! Let me know if you need directions to the online group — I’d be glad to point the way.

So many book, so little time…

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

4 thoughts on “The Monday agenda

  1. Hi Lisa,
    Love your weekly reading plan. 🙂 This week, I’m finishing up Warrior Daughter by Janet Paisley, The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell, and I have two chapter summaries for the group re-kilt. AND, if I magically finish all that ahead of time, I just checked out all of Susan Fletcher’s books from the library. Lots of pages to come. 🙂

  2. (spoiler alert) Half way through Drums of Autumn and I’m not feeling the love with the introduction of their children to the mix…? I’m hoping to get past the chapters of Jamie grinning at his daughter and getting back to the story line of a couple my age with kids (almost) the age of mine, who still face adventure and love on every page. Thought a wordsmith of Gabaldon’s caliber would be more artful in passing the baton — and future sequels — to the next generation…Lisa, what do you think?

    I have The Lifeboat (Charlotte Rogan), Bring Up the Bodies and Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel) on my nightstand with no renewals left but I have to finish Drums before I move on!

    • Hi Betsy, thanks for stopping by!! Regarding Drums, all I can say is — stick with it! Don’t worry, DG isn’t passing the baton. Jamie and Claire are central throughout the series, and Brianna and Roger et al just add more to the mix, rather than taking away from the characters we love. I know what you mean, though — it’s kind of rare to see characters of our (ahem) advanced age enjoying romance, passion, and excitement. Part of why I love these books so much! I’ve read the whole series, and I’ll admit that I get frustrated when the story strays too far from J & C, but I always end up appreciating the newer characters much more than I’d expected.

      I read The Lifeboat earlier this year – will be interested to hear your thoughts! And the Hilary Mantel books are on my to-read list as well.

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