The Monday Agenda 9/9/2013

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.

After a busy week of travel through Alaska (gorgeous!), I’m back and ready to dig into my ever-growing pile of books!

How did I do with last week’s agenda?

Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)The Shining (The Shining, #1)The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryBilly Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel: Done! I read this all in one intense day of travel, and was just blown away. My review is here.

The Shining by Stephen King: Done! Re-reading this book after 20 years, I was reminded all over again of how great Stephen King is at what he does. I’m so glad I read this one again — now I feel ready for the release of Doctor Sleep later this month! Further thoughts to follow.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce: Done! My review is here.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain: Just started, have read about 50 pages… and I think it’s going to be great.

The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis: Now that I’m back, my son and I are picking up where we left off.

Plus, I posted a review of a book I’d read earlier. If you missed it, check out my review of Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts — a surprisingly lovely book about living through the last week of life on earth.

Fresh Catch:

Despite being on vacation, I managed to pick up two books at a used book store, plus a couple of Kindle deals:

The Lady ElizabethIn Cold BloodThe Husband's SecretThe Rithmatist (Rithmatist #1)

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

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime WalkThe Book of Lost Things (Mister Max #1)The Girl You Left BehindThe Universe Versus Alex Woods

First up, I need to finish Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which I’m really enjoying so far.

Next, I plan to read a review copy of Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt. (For some reason, I keep thinking of this as Mad Max and visualizing a young Mel Gibson. No connection, I know, but there you have it.)

After that, I have a few more ARCs to get through, starting with either The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes or The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence.

Plus, I’m very eagerly awaiting the arrival of this new release later this week:


So many book, so little time…

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


9 thoughts on “The Monday Agenda 9/9/2013

    • Glad to hear you enjoyed The Rithmatist – I”m looking forward to it! I’m probably going to write a bit more about The Shining this week (if I can find time ) — but I definitely encourage you to re-read it! Not only had I forgotten so much of the detail, but now I’m feeling extra excited for the new book!

  1. Oooh, Alaska! Did everything look very autumn-y yet? We’re having a late-summer heat wave here in Finland and I haven’t really realized that “winter is coming”, and Alaska is about as high (at some points even a bit higher) on the world map as Finland.

    It seems it’s time for all the long-awaited releases of the year! My copy of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown just arrived at the post office, I need to go and pick it up. Apparently it didn’t fit through our mail slot – how big can it be??

    • Maija, I didn’t realize that you’re in Finland! See, this is why I love blogging — meeting people from all around the world! Alaska was definitely getting autumny. Very wet, lots of mud, cool-ish weather — but absolutely beautiful! We even got a teeny bit of snow on a day we went far north, and saw part of the Northern Lights as well. I can’t wait to go back… someday! I do want to read The Coldest Girl as well — I hope you like it!

      • I love talking to people from all around the world, too! And oh, snow. I hope I don’t get to see that very soon, I think Finland goes a bit overboard with it – I mean, do we honestly need five winter months?! But Northern Lights are always cool! I don’t often see them since I live in the southern parts.

    • Oh, I agree, I loved reading it for the 2nd time (although, to be honest, it’s been so many years that in some ways it felt like a new book for me!). I’m going to try to write something up over the weekend, if I have time. Counting the days until Doctor Sleep arrives! There was an excerpt in Entertainment Weekly, and my new copy of The Shining included an excerpt as well, but I don’t want to read those ahead of time. Can’t wait!

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