The Monday Check-In ~ 4/3/2017

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:

I’m back! I spent the past week in Florida, both vacationing (hello, Universal Studios!) and visiting family. All in all, fun – but exhausting. But hey, I did manage to read a lot!

What did I read last week?

Two novels:

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty: Awesome science fiction! My review is here.

Unequal Affection by Lara S. Ormiston: A terrific Pride and Prejudice retelling. My review is here.

And two novellas:

Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant: Horror with mermaids! My review is here.

Give In To the Feeling by Sarah Zama: Supernatural doings in a 1920s Chicago speakeasy. Check it out here.

Pop culture goodness:

During the family portion of our trip, my son and I found ourselves with time on our hands in the evenings, so here’s how we entertained ourselves:

I also watched this on one of our flights (hurray for Amazon Video downloads), and thought it was one of the best movies I’ve seen all year:

Fresh Catch:

I treated myself to this gorgeous edition of Pride and Prejudice:

This picture doesn’t actually do the book justice: It’s a beautiful hardcover edition, with fancy edges and amazing illustrations throughout. Definitely something to savor and treasure!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey: I’m reading the 2nd book of the Expanse series, and loving it! And PS – who else was thrilled to hear this week that the Syfy series based on these books has been renewed for a 3rd season?

Now playing via audiobook:

Since I was away, I ditched audiobooks for the week and listened to this instead:

But now I need to decide on a new audiobook as I move back into my daily routine.

Ongoing reads:

MOBYOne Hundred Years of Solitude

My book group is reading and discussing Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — with an end date coming up in June.

Outlander Book Club’s group read of One Hundred Years of Solitude continues! We’re discussing one chapter per week.

So many books, so little time…

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10 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 4/3/2017

  1. I am such a sucker for beautifully illustrated books. I never used to have multiple copies of books (except for Harry Potter and print/audio “duplicates”), but I recently ordered two illustrated editions from Book Outlet of classics I already had editions of by different illustrators. I haven’t decided yet if I feel guilty about that! That Pride and Prejudice looks just lovely…why do I have a feeling I’m going to add a third to that list?

    • I’ll have to post some pictures from my actual copy of the P&P book. I’d been thinking about getting it for a while, and finally just gave in! I do have multiple copies of my love-them-forever books (like Harry Potter and the Outlander series). So long as I can fit them on a shelf, it’s fine with me!

  2. Totally agree with your assessment of Captain Fantastic. I also watched it a couple of weeks ago as a download on an international flight. Great film.

    • I think I want to watch it again, and maybe make someone from my family watch with me so we can discuss! Viggo really deserved best actor for that movie.

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