The Monday Agenda 10/28/2013

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?

Science fiction, contemporary fiction, YA fiction, and a graphic novel — what a fun week it’s been!

incrementalistsgood wife

Reality BoyRASL

The Incrementalists by Steven Brust and Skyler White: Done! My review is here.

How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman: Done! My review is here.

Reality Boy by A. S. King: Done! My review is here.

RASL by Jeff Smith: This newly released hardcover compilation of Jeff Smith’s RASL comic series is about parallel universes, art theft, Nikola Tesla, quantum physics, and government conspiracies, among other things. Plus there’s a very creepy little girl, lots of desert landscapes, and plenty of sex and violence. In other words, not for kids! Jeff Smith is the creator of one of my all-time favorites, the Bone series, which my son and I both love. RASL is not one that I’ll be sharing with him any time soon! That said, I really enjoyed RASL. It’s mind-bendy, twisty, smart, and fast-paced, with a great hero and plenty of food for thought to go with all that action. If you like a good graphic novel every once in a while, check it out!

The Expeditioners by S. S. Taylor: Such a great kids’ adventure story! The end is in sight…

Fresh Catch:

I’m still respecting my self-imposed reading diet — no reading books from my shelves (or the library’s shelves) until I catch up on all of my review copies! I did get one new book this week, preordered some time ago:


Argh! It’s so hard to be good!

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

This week I’ll be reading:
Parasite (Parasitology, #1)Palace of SpiesThe Tulip Eaters

I’ve just started Parasite by Mira Grant. This is going to be a good one!

Once I’m done, next up will be two more review books:

  • Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel
  • The Tulip Eaters by Antoinette van Heugten

Bellman & Black: A Ghost StoryAnd if by some miracle I get through all of these (which is unlikely), then I’ll move on to Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield, which I’ve really been looking forward to.

Believe it or not, after these four books, I’ll be caught up (for now!), and can start sprinkling in some of my new on-my-shelves books in between upcoming review copies! Oh, happy day!

So many book, so little time…

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


17 thoughts on “The Monday Agenda 10/28/2013

  1. Well done you! I am nowhere near caught up yet, but I’ve decided it’s simply time to revel in the chaos! lol. RASL sounds interesting, but definitely not ‘son’ appropriate yet. 🙂 Love the sound of this week’s books, I’ll look forward to the reviews.

    • Aw, thanks! My son picked up RASL and started looking through it. He thought it looked cool at first, but got to a physics-heavy page and decided “nah”. (Luckily, he stopped before one of the semi-naked pages… )

      I decided to go all-out geek and made myself a spreadsheet to track my review books… and it’s actually helping! I’m getting a bit frustrated by all the other stuff I want to read, but meanwhile, I’m actually making progress!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I’ve seen Parasite popping up a few places and it looks pretty good (and a little scary too!). Curious about that one… and will look for your review of The Abominable too. That’s another one I’ve been thinking of getting.

    • I’ve read about 30% of Parasite at this point, and it’s really good (although I’m blaming it for the creepy dreams I had last night!). I know a lot of people loved the Feed trilogy by the same author, so I may have to check those books out too. Thanks for stopping by!

    • LOL. I am trying SO hard to be good. That’s the positive thing (I suppose) about making resolutions publicly — I’d have to ‘fess up if I don’t stick with it. Getting there…

  3. Well I already mentioned earlier how I want to read How to Be a Good Wife. I’ve already read Parasite and Bellman & Black… but I’ll reserve further comments until you’re done.

    • Oh, now I’m intrigued! I’m at about 60% now with Parasite, and I’m fascinated and repulsed all at the same time. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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