The Monday Check-In ~ 10/17/2016

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.

What did I read last week?

Wrath & the DawnRose & DaggerKaren Memory

The Wrath & the Dawn and The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh: Done! My thoughts on these two books are here.

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear: Done! My review is here.

glittering-world

The Glittering World by Robert Levy: I read this, but didn’t review it. This is one odd book. It seems like a changeling story at the beginning, but gets weirder and weirder as it goes along. Don’t get me wrong — I’m a big fan of weird, but this book didn’t make a whole lot of sense. An interesting premise to start with, but by the end I just couldn’t wait to be done so I could move on to something I’d actually enjoy.

In audiobooks:

dispatcher

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi, narrated by Zachary Quinto: Loved it! My review is here.

Fresh Catch:

The new illustrated Harry Potter arrived!

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What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 orphan-train

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline: I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while now. Three cheers for my book group discussion this coming week, finally motivating me to get it done!

Now playing via audiobook:

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling: I started this audiobook a while ago, then took a break to listen to a few other books. It’s always nice to get back to Harry.

Ongoing reads:

MOBYFarewell to Arms 2Moby Dick

With my book group (2 chapters per week of each):

  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Via the Serial Reader app (read about it here):

  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville:  — Making progress. I’m now at 82%. Man, I’m ready to be done.

So many books, so little time…

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9 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 10/17/2016

    • The plot develops didn’t make a whole lot of sense. It seemed to be about fae and changelings, but the creatures themselves and their world and its rules weren’t well enough developed to work within the plot, and the characters’ motivations didn’t seem consistent a lot of the time as well. I liked the first 25% or so, but it went downhill from their.

    • Oh my, I suppose I should confess my guilty secret — I still haven’t read the illustrated edition of the first one. 🙂 But it’s so nice to have them both on my shelf! I hope they’ll end up doing the whole series.

      • I hope they do the whole series too, though I imagine some of the later books might get a bit unwieldy! I only got to #1 late this summer after I read The Cursed Child and was in the mood for a re-read. I’m sure whenever you might feel like re-read, you’ll really enjoy both of these — you have been working your way through the audios! 🙂

        • I asked my rep at work about their plans for the series. They will be doing all 7 books, but she thought that the last three will be split in half. Therefore it will be a ten year project for Jim Kay!

          I’m always curious about cover choices for different countries. The Australian/UK cover has a simpler font for the title – curious.

          • I hadn’t even thought about it until reading these comments, but it makes sense for them to split the books. An illustrated #5 would be huge!

          • Oh, that’s so good to know! Thanks for looking into it Brona 🙂 It is probably wishful thinking, but it would be so nice if they released those 3 books as double volumes on the same date instead of a year apart — like a box set or something like that. There is still have a ways to go, regardless!

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