The Monday Agenda 12/2/2013

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.

Did everyone survive Black Friday? I avoid shopping frenzies like the plague… except I did venture out on Small Business Saturday to shop at my local (and wonderful) used book store. Always a great pick-me-up… any excuse to browse and play with books works for me.

How did I do with last week’s agenda?

The Lover's DictionaryRose Under FireRacing Savannah

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan. Done! My review is here.

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein: Done! My review is here.

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally: Just started. A romantic, contemporary YA novel feels perfect right about now.

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen: One chapter to go! The long weekend, with all the holiday festivities, really threw off our reading schedule. We should be done with Hoot today — a mother/son review will likely follow in the next few days.

Fresh Catch:

It’s a George R. R. Martin kind of week!

17279560According to Amazon, my copy of Dangerous Women, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, has shipped! I’m expecting delivery on Tuesday. Why am I so excited about this book? Read on…

The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister

My lovely daughter gave me a copy of The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister as a Hanukkah gift — perfect!

Last but not least:

photo(27)I had a bookstore voucher burning a hole in my pocket… expiration date just a few days from now… so I used it. Wisely, wouldn’t you say? Me + used book stores = throwing moderation to the wind! The new Jane Eyre I picked up is especially cute, with a rubbery purple cover. Adorbs.

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

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I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on my copy of Dangerous Women, which should be here on Tuesday. Why? First and foremost, this anthology includes a brand-new novella by Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series. “Virgins” is a Jamie Fraser story (!) that takes place chronologically before the events in Outlander. Be still my heart! In addition to “Virgins”, I’m most looking forward to “The Princess and the Queen” by George R. R. Martin, a novella set in Westeros a couple of hundred years prior to A Song of Ice and Fire, and “Bombshells” by Jim Butcher, a story set in the Dresden Files world which focuses on Dresden’s protégé Molly. I think eventually I’ll read many of the other stories in this collection, but for now these three are my priority. (Jumping up and down now. Can it be Tuesday already? Please?)

Since I’m usually terrible about reading short stories, once I read these three, I’ll probably put the anthology aside for a bit and just pick it back up here and there for random reading.

Meanwhile, for the rest of this coming week? For once, I really have no idea what I’ll read next, once I put down Dangerous Women. The suspense is killing me!

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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9 thoughts on “The Monday Agenda 12/2/2013

  1. Oooh, I love it when you’ve got a book voucher and can go nuts! 🙂 This week I’m working on Time’s Echo by Pamela Hartshorne. It’s a time slip one and I’ve not read anything like that in ages! After that I think I’m going to read Unholy Night.

  2. I’m super excited for Dangerous Women. SO many fabulous authors. Whenever anthologies are published I’m usually only interested in a couple but I’ll definitely be reading all of that one. So glad you loved The Lover’s Dictionary, that’s one of my all-time favorites ever. 🙂
    I have City of Women on my shelf that I still need to read! And I still need to read Jane Eyre. Fail.
    Happy Reading!

    • The nice thing about Jane Eyre is that it’s never too late! I just read it last year for the 1st time since college, and was surprised by how much I liked it. 🙂 I really loved The Lover’s Dictionary! I agree, it sounds like everything in Dangerous Women is going to be amazing!!

        • Yeah, I can understand that! So much pressure, especially when it’s something that everyone else has read and/or loves. In fact, when I reread Jane Eyre, it took me about 50 – 100 pages to get into it and I kept thinking that it must be ME, since the whole world raves about the book.

          • I’m having that issue right now with Watership Down. Never read it before. Finally attempting it.

  3. Used bookstores are so nice, we have fewer of them than we used to which is sad. There are still a few good ones around however…

    I’m reading The Princess and the Queen now, wow. Just like Game of thrones, only with grown dragons. GRRM doesn’t pull any punches in this story, as you can imagine. Hope you like it. The whole anthology should be pretty good I think, looking forward to reading them all.

    • Ooh, lucky you for having a copy already! I can’t wait! GRRM never does pull any punches, does he? My dream is to own my own used bookstore someday… although in this day and age, there’s probably no chance of doing that and still being able to pay rent!

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