The Monday Check-In ~ 3/19/2018

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.

I’m back! My husband and I just spent five glorious days in gorgeous Bora Bora in celebration of our 20th wedding anniversary. Sunshine, crystal blue water, and utter relaxation. Sigh. It’s a little tough to return to reality.

What did I read during the last two weeks?

Since I skipped last week’s Monday Check-in, I have two weeks’ worth of reading to report in on. Not surprisingly, I spent a lot of time reading while on vacation. (Thank heavens for husbands who read too!) As I’m in the middle of a series obsession, pretty much everything I read was from the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire:

I just can’t stop reading these books. I’m so in love with the world and the characters, and there’s just no hope for me until I’m completely caught up. Eight books down, three to go! Check out my thoughts on books 5 – 7 and book 8, plus comments on short stories from the Toby-verse too.

Fresh Catch:

I purchased a copy of the hardcover edition of Mira Grant’s Final Girls, which I’d read previously as an e-book.

The hardcover is a signed, limited edition, and I love it.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

No big shocker here — onward I go with October Daye! I’m now on book #9, A Red-Rose Chain.

Now playing via audiobook:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle: I’m close to the end of the audiobook, and to be honest, I’m not especially loving it. Maybe it’s the audio format, or maybe it’s the fact that the story doesn’t have the magic for me that it did when I was a child — either way, listening to the audiobook has been an okay but not great experience.

Ongoing reads:

Book group reads:

  • Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander Book Club is doing a group read of LJ&BotB, two chapters per week. If you’d like to join in, ask me how!
  • Classic read: My book group’s current classic read is Middlemarch by George Eliot.  We’re reading and discussing two chapters per week… so I’ll be reading Middlemarch for months and months to come.

So many books, so little time…

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