The Monday Check-In ~ 4/24/2017

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.

What did I read last week?

Miniatures by John Scalzi: A collection of short (funny) fiction by one of my super-favorite sci-fi writers. My review is here.

The Book of Etta by Meg Elison: A follow-up to the powerful post-apocalyptic The Book of the Unnamed Midwife. My review is here.

Also:

I accidentally ended up rereading Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher over the weekend. How do you accidentally read a book? After binging the excellent TV series (see below), I picked the book back off the shelf to look up a particular moment, turned to the beginning of the book, and just kept reading.

My library hold request for book one of the graphic novel series March by Congressman John Lewis finally came in, and I read it immediately. It’s a wonderful, important book, perfect for the younger generation who might dismiss history as “boring”. And now, I’m waiting for book #2.

Pop culture goodness:

I wrote up my thoughts on 13 Reasons Why, after an intense week of binge-watching. You can find my post here; I’d love to hear others’ opinions!

I ended up watching the movie of The Girl With All the Gifts. I read the book when it came out, but needed a refresher before starting The Boy on the Bridge!

The movie was pretty good, and pretty gross at times. (My husband was in the kitchen while I was watching in the living room — he had to come see what all the disgusting noises were from). I liked the cast, and thought the girl playing Melanie was incredible.

Fresh Catch:

One new book this week:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

I’m juggling three books at the moment:

  • The Book Collector by Alice Thompson
  • The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Now playing via audiobook:

Hamilton! This biography is actually fascinating — but it’s really long. I’ve amped up my listening speed to 1.25x, which makes it a bit weirdly fast at times, but helps the entire listening project feel less daunting. I’ve gotten through about 20% so far. Onward I go!

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. I’m hanging in there — barely — but I can’t say I’m enjoying it much.

So many books, so little time…

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8 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 4/24/2017

  1. I’m trying to hurry and finish my American Gods read before picking up The Boy on the Bridge but I am SO excited for it. Hoping the movie becomes available on redbox soon. 🙂

  2. Miniatures looks like a lot of fun! And I’d like to read Norse Mythology also. I’ve heard a lot about Girl With All The Gifts but haven’t read or watched it…

    • The Girl With All the Gifts is a great read… but only if you can stomach zombies. 🙂 Miniatures is really terrific — after reading it, I downloaded the audiobook as well. I think some of the stories would be amazing to listen to.

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