The Monday Check-In ~ 10/2/2017

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 went to a baby shower over the weekend. No matter how old I get, I never get tired of teeny-tiny little baby outfits! SO cute.

What did I read last week?

Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello: A beautiful, sad, and even humorous memoir, as the author shares the heartbreaking story of losing the love of his life to cancer. My review is here.

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak: Contemporary fiction about a family forced to spend the holidays together in quarantine from the rest of the world. My review is here.

Thornhill by Pam Smy: A haunting ghost story, told in prose and pictures. My review is here.

In audiobooks:

I finished listening to The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman. I’m not usually a fan of full-cast recordings for audiobooks, but this series is very well done. Great voices for Lyra and Will!

Outlander !!

My reaction post for the 3rd episode is here. Stay tuned for more — my reaction post for episode 4 will be up in a day or two.

Here’s a peek at episode 4:

 

Fresh Catch:

Ooh, two new books came this week, and they made me very happy:

Yes, that’s a brand new illustrated edition of Neverwhere, and it looks amazing!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King: I just started this over the weekend, and since it’s about 700 pages long, I’ll probably be reading it all week.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman: Book three of the His Dark Materials trilogy! I’ve been listening to the audiobooks to get myself back into the world of these stories before The Book of Dust comes out later this month.

Ongoing reads:

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott: My book group’s classic read! We’re reading and discussing two chapters per week.

Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander Book Club is doing a Lord John readalong — we’ll be reading all of the Lord John novels and stories in story chronology. Let me know if you’d like to participate! All are welcome.

So many books, so little time…

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