The Monday Check-In ~ 1/2/2017

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.

Life.

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Wishing all my bookish friends a healthy and happy 2017!

On a programming note: I’m heading out of town on a family matter, and will be gone for pretty much all of the coming week. My posts here may be few and far between — but I’m sure I’ll be reading plenty!

Year in review:

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I started working on a year-in-review post to sum up the highs and lows of my 2016 reading… and then I just ran out of steam and didn’t bother finishing it. But even without a year-end post, I’m happy to say that I read lots and lots of amazing books last year! Probably my biggest bookish achievement of 2016 was finally reading Moby Dick — but really and truly, I read a ton of books that I ended up loving.

According to Goodreads:

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Granted, those 190 books includes a whole slew of graphic novels, novellas, and short stories, but still — not too shabby!

What did I read last week?

A graphic novel binge!

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I read all six volumes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – season 10 and the five volumes of Angel & Faith season 10. The Buffy books are phenomenal, showing our beloved characters trying to figure their way forward in the weird dimension known as adulthood. Along with slaying and exploring magical portals… ya know, the usual. The Angel & Faith books are okay. The storyline is somewhat of a parallel to the Buffy books, so I feel like I need to read them, but they’re not nearly as good.

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I also read the new YA release The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti. It was strictly a “fair” read for me. Quick moving, but the story and characters felt forced. The main character is unconvincing, and I just didn’t buy into the basic premise of the plot.

Fresh Catch:

Lovely new books!

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I’m pretty sure I won The Women in the Castle in a  giveaway, but I never got an email confirmation — the book just showed up in the mail! I’m thrilled of course… but just a little puzzled.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers: I’m trying to start the new year right by making a concerted effort to stay on top of my ARCs! This one sounds right up my alley — historical fiction set during the Civil War, centered around a marriage and a mystery. Really looking forward to digging in!

Now playing via audiobook:

Book Review: Etiquette & Espionage

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger: I thought I’d have time to finish E&E this past week, but life got in the way. I’ve listened to 75%, so a few more days should do it… and then I’ll probably move on to the 2nd book in the series.

Ongoing reads:

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My book group is STILL reading Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — and will be until June 2017!

So many books, so little time…

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4 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 1/2/2017

  1. My reading achievement in 2016 was definitely finishing Utopia by Thomas More! Moby Dick sounds ike an intimidating read 🙂

  2. 190! NICE! I hit a nice 175 (with the help of a last minute short story lol) and I’m pretty pleased with it even if I also had many graphic novels throughout the year. I’m aiming for 150 this year and hope it’s not too much of a struggle. 🙂

    • I’m going for a lower target this year – 135 — because I’m assuming I’ll be reading less YA (hasn’t appealed to me lately), and probably fewer graphic novels too, since I’m mostly caught up at the moment. But who knows — in the moment, sometimes those novellas and short stories are perfect.

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