The Monday Check-In ~ 2/26/2018

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.

What did I read last week?

Blackout by Mira Grant: Book 3 in the Newsflesh trilogy!!! I love these books so much. Check out my series wrap-up post, here.

Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange: Just okay. My Goodreads review:

A quick, light read, retelling Pride and Prejudice from Darcy’s point of view. As the events match up with the plot in P&P, there are no surprises, and I didn’t find Darcy’s narration particularly insightful. It’s one of those reads that I’d describe as “fine” — a pleasant way to pass the time, but not especially memorable or exciting. I might be interested enough to try another of the author’s “diary” books down the road… but it would have to be way, way down the road.

Fences by August Wilson: My book group’s read of this play wrapped up last week. Fascinating and thought-provoking. Next, I need to watch the movie version.

Pop culture goodness:

I saw Black Panther! Loved it.

And I especially loved the kick-ass women of Black Panther:

Fresh Catch:

One new book this week:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Rise: A Newsflesh Collection by Mira Grant: Because I can never get enough of the Newsflesh world! This is a collection of stories and novellas, and I’m loving it.

Now playing via audiobook:

An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire: October Daye, #3. I haven’t had much time for listening in the last couple of weeks, so this book is taking me forever. Still, I’m loving the series, and definitely plan to continue.

Ongoing reads:

Book group reads:

  • Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander Book Club has just started a group read of LJ&BotB, two chapters per week. If you’d like to join in, ask me how!
  • Coming soon: My book group’s next classic read will be Middlemarch by George Eliot. We’ll be reading two chapters per week, starting in early March. Anyone who’s interested is welcome to join us! We’re an online group, and we’re always happy to include new members, so ask me how to join if you’re interested.

So many books, so little time…

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