The Monday Check-In ~ 8/1/2016

cooltext1850356879 My 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 a smattering of other stuff too.

In real life:

Happy August! Or as we used to say at my summer camp on the first day of each month, Rabbit Rabbit!

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What did I read last week?

First and foremost, this:

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Loved it! My reaction post is here.

I also read:

19Restless in the Grave

Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow: Continuing with my Kate Shugak obsession, I read book #19 in the series. One more to go, and I’ll be all caught up!

In audiobooks…

Agent to the Stars

Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi: I finished listening to this hilarious sci-fi audiobook, and loved it! Check out my review here.

Pop Culture Goodness:

My book group finished our months-long read of Emma earlier in July, and we’ve all been watching movie adaptations. During the past week, I watched both of these:

The 1996 movie version starring Gwyneth Paltrow

The 1996 movie version starring Gwyneth Paltrow

The 2009 BBC mini-series starring Romola Garai

The 2009 BBC mini-series starring Romola Garai

Both were quite good, although with very different portrayals of Emma and the rest of the characters.

Fresh Catch:

A few new books last week — a graphic novel, my book group’s next classic read, and a book I plan to take with me when I travel this week — so glad it arrived in time!

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And best of all, in case I didn’t make it perfectly clear already:

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SO. FRICKIN’. FANTASTIC.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 20Bad Blood

Bad Blood by Dana Stabenow: The last published Kate Shugak novel (#20), although I understand that #21 is in the works. I guess I’ll have to find a new series to obsess over!

I have another trip coming up this week, and so far my traveling book companions are likely to be:

Truly Madly GuiltyBag of Bones

… and whatever delights are hidden on my Kindle!

Now playing via audiobook:

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Entirely coincidentally, I’ve gone back to the Harry Potter audiobooks! Just started Goblet of Fire, and it’ll probably take me a few weeks to get through it. And I’ll love every moment, I’m sure. (I’m on a Harry Potter high at the moment — can you tell?)

Ongoing reads:

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My book group is reading and discussing two chapters per week of Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon. This is an online group, and anyone is welcome to join us — so if you’re interested, just ask me how!

So many books, so little time…

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11 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 8/1/2016

  1. Seems like you had a good week. Restless in the Grave looks interesting, I hope that it was. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the new HP. Enjoy your next reads. I have read some reviews of Truly, Madly Guilty and it does sound good. The Stephen King also looks quite interesting. Have a lovely week and month. Rabbit Rabbit!

    • I don’t know why I haven’t read Bag of Bones before, but I’m really looking forward to it! (I haven’t read Tom Gordon yet, but I do have a copy, so that’s at least a step in the right direction.) 🙂

  2. ‘Agent to the Stars’ is such a fantastic title for a sci-fi novel! Lol. I love it. RE Harry Potter, I’d love to listen to it, read aloud by different actors, or see it on a stage! And I’m thinking I might hold out for that, instead of buying a paper copy… But you make it sounds good and JK Rowling good is like AMAZING, so I might not be able to wait! Happy August sweetie.

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