The Monday Check-In ~ 7/31/2017

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.

You know what today is, right?

Happy birthday to Harry Potter!

Life.

Back from vacation. Back to work. Kiddo home from camp. It’s been a busy week!

If you’re interested, you can see my Montana photos here.

What did I read last week?

Fail. I’ve barely read anything (except for mountains of emails…). I’ve been on the same book all week.

Abaddon’s Gate by James S. A. Corey: Okay, granted, this is a 500+ page book, so I suppose I can forgive myself for taking a whole week to read it (and I’m still not done).

I posted a mini-review of a recent audiobook listen, Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris. If you’re convinced that grammar can’t be fun, then you need to check out this book, stat.

Pop culture goodness:

I’ve been playing catch-up on TV watching all week! I finally caught up on all episodes of Fear the Walking Dead (and my response is still meh… and yet I keep watching), and I’m now up to date on Killjoys as well. Next up, the kiddo and I have about six Doctor Who episodes to watch.

And on a more serious note, we saw Dunkirk over the weekend, and it was incredible. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, and structured in such an unusual way that I think I’ll need to watch it again at some point just to sort a few things out.

Fresh Catch:

One new book this week:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

Abaddon’s Gate by James S. A. Corey: Book #3 of The Expanse series. I have about 50 pages to go!

Next up will be Bannerless, the newest from Carrie Vaughn. Looks great!

Now playing via audiobook:

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman: I decided to do an audio re-read of the His Dark Materials trilogy, so I’ll be all ready for The Book of Dust this fall.

Ongoing reads:

My book group’s next classic read, Ivanhoe, starts in August. Meanwhile, I have no long-term reading commitments at the moment, and it’s kind of nice.

So many books, so little time…

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