The Monday agenda 5/6/2013

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?

A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn: Finished it; enjoyed it; reviewed it. My review is here.

Ask The Passengers: Done! My review is here.

Read but not reviewed:

Far in the Wilds by Deanna Raybourn: A prequel to A Spear of Summer Grass. This novella provides the backstory for one of the main characters, and is worth checking out if you’ve read Spear.

Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story by Anne Rice and Ashley Marie Witter. This graphic novel retells events from Interview from the perspective of Claudia, the child vampire. Fans of Anne Rice’s books may want to read this as a side-note to the novels, but I wouldn’t recommend it in place of reading Interview with the Vampire.

Fresh Catch:

I managed not to buy any new books this week, although I did pick up a used copy of this book after a book club friend recommended it:

See? Real self-restraint this week. No guarantee that will last, however.

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

I wrote a bit of a blogging manifesto for myself over the weekend (you can read it here), in which I reminded myself to put reading ahead of blogging — in other words, read the books I really want to read, rather than picking books based on what might work well as blog posts. There are so many other sources of stress in my life. Reading shouldn’t be one of them. So, onward! With a fresh outlook, I hope.

That said, here’s where I stand in terms of a reading agenda for the coming week. I’m about midway through The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley, and I’m enjoying it very much. I decided it was finally time to make it a priority, even though it’s been on my shelf for months now, because the author has new book due out soon and I’ve heard that at least one of the characters from The Shadowy Horses will be showing up.

After much internal debate about continuing to buy brand-new hardcovers when I already have so many unread books in my house (you see where this is going, don’t you?), I finally broke down and ordered myself a copy of Joe Hill’s new novel, NOS4A2. It should be arriving on Tuesday, and I plan to start reading it the second it arrives.

Since NOS4A2 is 700+ pages, I’m guessing that will fill up my reading agenda very nicely this week, thank you very much.

But, if I do have any random down-time, I’ll continue my slow but steady read-through of Much Ado About Nothing. I’m aiming for a scene each day — not too ambitious, but it’s still not always happening. I don’t feel a great sense of urgency about this, but I would like to become more familiar with Shakespeare’s comedies, and this is a good start.

My son and I are approaching the end of The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis. We’re in Narnia and have met Aslan. Looking good. And seeming likely that we’ll continue with the Narnia books after this one is done.

So many book, so little time…

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

5 thoughts on “The Monday agenda 5/6/2013

  1. I leafed though Claudia’s Story in the library. Didn’t really feel like reading the same story from another point of view. Interview with the Vampire is my love, though!

    Oh, NOS4A2 is out? Must…not… buy… I, too, have a lot of unread books in my shelf, and just managed to return my last library books without borrowing any more, so I can focus on my bought books. I think Joe Hill will just have to wait for a while.

    • I really was trying to stay strong and not buy more books right now, but then a gift card happened to come my way just at the right moment! Interview is one of my “love” books too — reading Claudia’s Story made me realize that it’s been way too long since my last reread of Interview!

      • Gift card is a really good reason!

        I reread Interview last February – I had forgotten just how good it is! I read the first half with Lestat in one day almost without moving from my spot, then the rest over the next two days, pacing myself a bit. The language is so beautiful! I really want to reread The Vampire Lestat next.

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