The Monday Agenda 12/15/2014

MondayAgendaMy Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus everything else I’m hoping to squeeze in among the nooks and crannies.*

*I’m thinking of changing the theme/title of these Monday posts. Please take my poll — see below!

How did I do with last week’s reading agenda?

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ms marvelunbroken

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion: Done! My review is here.

The Perfect Mother by Nina Darnton: I’d have to classify this one as an “it was fine” book. I read it; I wanted to see it through to the end; I finished it. But I never got particularly involved with the characters, I found the writing style inconsistent, and I didn’t feel any sense of suspense while reading it. And when I sat down to write a review, I just couldn’t find enough of interest to actually say. So, yeah: Fine.

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson:  Loved it! I’m by no means an expert on the Marvel universe, but this is one comic series that I’ll want to stick with.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand: One word response? Magnificent. You can read my reaction here.

Fresh Catch:

New this week:

ancillary falling

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

I’m changing my approach for this section of my Monday Agenda posts. Up to now, I’ve been listing the 2 – 4 books that I’ve been intending to read next. The problem is, it often feels like unwanted pressure to keep on track. One of my new goals is to read according to my mood, not according to a list or schedule. With that in mind, I’m going to start focusing on one book at a time — so my reading agenda for the week will show what’s current, but not what’s on tap for later in the week. Here we go…

Currently in my hands:


I’ve just started Jinn and Juice, the first book in a new urban fantasy series by Nicole Peeler.

Now playing via audiobook:


Cinder by Marissa Meyer: After hearing so much about this series (from so many fans!), I decided to finally give it a try.

Reading with my kiddo:

talking to dragons

Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #4) by Patricia C. Wrede: My son and I are enjoying the final installment in this series, although I’m not crazy yet about the new main character and wish we’d spend more time with characters from the previous installments. But we’ve only read about a quarter of the book so far, so there’s still hope!

Book club reading:


Classic read: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. (One chapter per week)

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon: Reading and discussing two chapters per week, from now through the end of 2015!

Landline by Rainbow Rowell: Outlander Book Club’s book-of-the-month for December.

Want to join any of the group reads? Let me know and I’ll provide the links!

POLL: Share your thoughts!

I’m not sure that I love the “agenda” concept any more, since I want to shift my focus a bit. As I mentioned above, I’m trying to do more of my reading to suit my mood, book by book, rather than planning the next several books in advance. I think these posts will become more of an update/review, rather than setting a course for the coming week. With that in mind, what do you think of my title options?

So many book, so little time…

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

Happy reading!





7 thoughts on “The Monday Agenda 12/15/2014

    • I’ll keep you posted. 🙂 It’s fun so far (I’ve read about 50%) — and I just always love reading Nicole Peeler. Such a great mix of magic, humor, and craziness.

    • Wow, busy! I wish I could come to your book club — I really loved The Girl With All The Gifts, but I had no one to discuss it with. 🙂 I picked up a copy of The Newlyweds earlier this year. Hope you enjoy it!

  1. I just reviewed The Perfect Mother for my blog and I didn’t like it very much. Like you, I just kind of wanted to see it through to the end. But there was zero suspense.

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