The Monday Check-In ~ 5/22/2017

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?

Read and reviewed:

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein: Definitely worth a read, especially for fans of Code Name Verity. My review is here.

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar: Awesome, un-put-down-able novella. A must-read for King fans. My review is here. (And if you’re wondering about why and how Stephen King wrote this novella with a co-author, check out this article from Entertainment Weekly.)

Read but not reviewed:

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman: This collection of myths is fun to read, but didn’t strike me as anything all that special. I suppose it would be good for people who’ve perhaps never read Norse mythology before, but for anyone with previous familiarity, it doesn’t exactly tread new ground.

This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison: A quick read, this novel looks back on the life of a 78-year-old widow as she embarks on an Alaska cruise, putting together the pieces of her life’s secrets and her troubled relationships with her husband, best friend, and children. I’d describe this one as a solid 3-star read — enjoyable in the moment, but not particularly memorable.

In audiobooks:

I finished my revisit to the world of Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. The audiobook is excellent! I’m glad I took the time for this one, and can’t wait for the sequel in June.

Pop culture goodness:

I took myself to see Everything, Everything — and it was really good! I thought the movie lived up to the book, and the casting was terrific. Of course, I disliked the ending of the book, and that doesn’t change in the movie, but at least I knew it was coming this time.

And talk about late to the party — I just started watching season 1 of The Walking Dead! Only a few years behind…

Fresh Catch:

No new physical books this week, although I did take advantage of A LOT of Kindle price drops to add bunches more books to my collection.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North: Just getting started. I seem to keep stumbling across recommendations for this author, and thought it was about time to give her books a try. At 25% at the moment — the book is odd, but I like it.

Now playing via audiobook:

Lady Copy Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart: I loved Girl Waits With Gun (review) when I listened to it last year. The story itself and the narrator make these books such fun to experience via audio.

Ongoing reads:

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The end (of the book) is nigh! After over a year of reading and discussing Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — we’re within sight of the final chapters.

I’m slowly working my way through Ron Chernow’s massive biography of Alexander Hamilton — mainly trying to read 15 – 30 minutes a day, although I did sit with it for a few hours over the weekend. I’m currently at 66%. Maybe I’ll actually finish this week!

So many books, so little time…

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2 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 5/22/2017

  1. So glad to hear Gwendy’s Button Box was good! I’m like #7 on hold at the library and the wait is quite possibly going to kill me. lol Ha! Walking Dead eh? Better late than never. 🙂

    • I really enjoyed Gwendy — now I’m waiting for the audiobook to become available at the library so I can experience it again! Walking Dead — well, I knew years ago that I should be watching… don’t know what took me so long, but here I go! Finished season 1… so much more to go. 🙂

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