The Monday Check-In ~ 4/17/2017

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:

 

Ugh. Can I get a do-over for last week? I spent almost all week sitting around my house or lying in bed, with a cough/cold/flu that just refuses to go away. I never thought I’d say this, but I’d rather be back at work!

 

 

What did I read last week?


Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg: I absolutely loved this YA novel, which is the sequel to another book I loved, Openly Straight. Check out my review of Honestly Ben, here.

Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox: I liked but didn’t love this story of family, love, magic, and secrets — disappointing, but I adored this author’s Dreamhunter Duet, and had hoped to feel the same about this one.

Final Girls by Mira Grant: This new novella is everything you’d expect from Mira Grant — a fast-paced, hold-your-breath, scary, compelling blend of horror story nightmares and modern-technology-run-amok disasters. A terrific read.

West With the Night by Beryl Markham: I’ve had this book on my shelf for YEARS… and I can finally say I’ve read it! Sometimes, it takes a commitment — like my book group discussion coming up this week — to force me into reading something that I’ve had pending for so long. A fascinating memoir! Unfortunately, my foggy head left me perhaps not in the best frame of mind to fully appreciate it, but I enjoyed it anyway.

Pop culture goodness:

Anyone else watching 13 Reasons Why on Netflix? I’ve only watched the first two episodes so far, but it’s good! I read the book years ago, but the details have really faded for me, so most of the plot of the show feels fresh and surprising. I hope the rest of the episodes are just as powerful.

Fresh Catch:

I treated myself to books 4 and 5 in the incredible Expanse sci-fi series:

I still need to start #3, but hey, it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

I’m bouncing back and forth between two very different books at the moment:

  • The Book of Etta by Meg Elison: A follow-up to the powerful post-apocalyptic The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (review).
  • Miniatures by John Scalzi: A collection of short fiction by one of my super-favorite sci-fi writers.
Now playing via audiobook:

Hamilton! I’m continuing to feed my obsession by listening to the audiobook of Ron Chernow’s definitive biography of Alexander Hamilton. The audiobook is about 36 hours, so… this is going to take a while.

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 — although I’m not sure how long I’m going to last. I read about 50% of this book 20 years ago, and always swore I’d go back to it. Well, now I’m at about 50% again, and I’m just not having fun. Trying to stick it out…

So many books, so little time…

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7 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 4/17/2017

  1. Hello Lisa, well you’ve managed to keep up with your reading despite being sick. I hope you are feeling better! This is Day 8 for me of having the flu and in the beginning, I could do nothing except lie on the couch. Now I can read, but I am still foggy in the head. Feel better!

    • Ugh, sounds like we’re in the same boat! I’m actually much less foggy today… but I’d like to make it through a full day without needing naps before heading back to work. 🙂 I hope you’re on the mend!

  2. I watched 13 Reasons Why. I finished it last night. It was really good, tragic and thought provoking. I never read the book, and in an odd way (and something I never thought I’d say) but I’m kind of glad I didn’t read the book and just watched. I didn’t have any expectations.

    • Even though I vaguely remember the book, the big secrets are all a blur to me, so I’m enjoying each new revelation. And I like how the small moments have been updated to include today’s technology, selfies, etc. So far (having seen 4 episodes), it seems like an excellent production.

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