The Monday agenda 3/18/2013

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 Best of All Possible Worlds, by Karen Lord: Done! My review is here. (Amazing book. √ it out!)

Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg: Finished reading on Sunday – review to follow. Lots of fun!

And in the category of unbelievable accomplishments:

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman: At long last, done! It may have been a struggle at times, but I’m glad I stuck with it. My review is here.

New Monday Agenda feature: Fresh Catch!

In addition to looking at my reading plans from the last week and setting goals for the coming week, I thought it might be fun to provide an update each week on all the new acquisitions that make their way into my home and onto my shelves. So, Fresh Catch for the past seven days:

From the library, I checked out four different urban fantasy anthologies for one specific purpose: To read the short story by Patricia Briggs in each collection! After reading the newly published Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson series, book #7) last week, I felt like a starving woman grasping at crumbs — please, give me more! The Patricia Briggs stories in these collections are not about Mercy herself, but do take place in her world:

book cover of Strange Brew byP N Elrod

Other new books purchased or received:

A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

That Time I Joined The Circus by J. J. Howard

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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

I’m in pre-vacation mode, heading out of town for a week starting next weekend, and that puts me into serious book decision-making panic. What to bring? What to read on the plane? What do I bring as back-up? See what I mean? Decisions, decisions, decisions.

To start the week, I want to read the review copy I received of That Time I Joined The Circus, a YA novel which sounds like a lot of fun.

I should try to read Eleanor and Park before I leave, so I can return it to the library and into the hands of whoever is eagerly awaiting it. (I understand there’s a rather long waiting list right now).

For “serious” vacation reading, I’m planning to bring with me Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell and The Uninvited Guests by Sadie  Jones. And if I get through those, maybe I’ll finally read one of the 40 or so titles on my Kindle that I still haven’t gotten to!

My son seems to have bailed on our co-read of Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham, although he hasn’t yet declared himself officially out. I want to know what happens! If the kiddo decides not to keep going, then I’m definitely going to gobble this one up on my own. It’s quite wonderful so far!

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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