The Monday Check-In ~ 1/8/2018

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.

After a lovely week off, which included a trip to Universal Hollywood with my kiddos, it’s back to work for me today. Sigh.

What did I read last week?

A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell #3) by Deanna Raybourn: Such a fun way to kick off 2018! My review is here.

The Angry Tide by Winston Graham: The 7th book of the Poldark series is a real knock-out — granted, it gets a bit too bogged down in parts by politics and banking, but the human drama is intense and it has a heart-breaker of an ending. I’d planned to take a break before reading more in the series… but now I’m thinking I want to continue a whole lot sooner than originally planned.

Pop culture goodness:

My family has been obsessed with playing the Hogwarts Battle game. It’s so much fun!

Seriously, if you’re an HP fan, you have to check this game out. You’ll love it, I promise.

Fresh Catch:

Two new books this week — a graphic novel, and a book for book group:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

A few different things while I wait on pins and needles for this coming week’s new arrivals:

I’m catching up on the last few Saga volumes before starting the newest…

… and I’m getting back to the illustrated edition of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, which looks beautiful.

Now playing via audiobook:

I hit pause on my current listen (below) so that I could listen to Binti instead. I read Binti last year, but need a refresher before book #3 comes out next week.

And once I finish Binti, I’ll go back to…

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman: I got about halfway through before this past week’s vacation, when I didn’t listen to audiobooks at all. I’m looking forward to finishing — what I’ve heard so far was really interesting.

Ongoing reads:

Book group reads:

  • Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott: My book group’s classic read! We’re reading and discussing two chapters per week, and have only a few more chapters to go.
  • Lord John and the Succubus by Diana Gabaldon: We’re starting our group read of this novella this week! Contact me if you’d like to join in.

So many books, so little time…

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6 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 1/8/2018

  1. On your recommendation my daughter and I watched series 1 of Poldark on Prime this week, we’re hooked! Binti is on my reading list, I’m interested to know if you recommend the audio or book version when you’re done. & thanks for the tip on the Hogwarts game, engaging for a 15-yr-old? We’ll check it out!

    • I spent the weekend playing the Hogwarts game with my 15 year old and 27 year old! We all loved it. (My daughter and her boyfriend, who are both adults, play it a lot — she’s the one who told me we had to get it!). I’m so glad you enjoyed Poldark! So far, I’d say read the Binti book — I’ve just started listening, and it’s good, but I think it would be hard to follow if I hadn’t read it first.

  2. Love love love!! I started Saga in the beginning of the month and just finished volume 2, it’s so good! My bookstore doesn’t have volume 3, but 4,5 & 6! 😀 I have to wait now.. But that’s okay, or I will just race through them, I’d like to space it out a bit.

    Your first picture looks amazing! I’d hang that on the wall 😀

    • Sigh, the Hogwarts castle was so beautiful, and they did this amazing sound and light show at night. I love Saga! I’d read 1 – 5 earlier, and then this week went back to 5 for a refresher, and then read 6, 7, and 8. The story and the characters are so great! But now I’m sad about having to wait for more…

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