The Monday Check-In ~ 4/23/2018

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 during the last week?

Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire: As I said to a friend recently, you can never have too much Seanan McGuire. This is book #1 in her InCryptid series — light, bubbly fun. My review is here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Atrocities by Jeremy Shipp: A ghost story novella that starts off strong but petered out with a weird ending after a final third in which the story stopped making sense to me. Still, kudos to the author for the super creepy atmosphere of the bizarre, scary mansion and its odd, unreliable inhabitants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan: A moving, wonderful book, especially enjoyable in audio format. Just loved it. My review is here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also read this past week:

I re-read the first two Binti books, then continued on with the newest (and final) book in the trilogy, The Night Masquerade. It’s an amazing, unusual, mind-expanding trilogy, beautifully written and unlike anything else I’ve ever read. Not to be missed!

Fresh Catch:

It’s the new Christopher Moore novel! I’m really excited to start it. Also new this week is the latest volume of the Angel ongoing comic series, now on season 11. (I’m accumulating the various Buffy and Angel volumes for season 11, but won’t be reading them until the entire season is done, so I can read them all in one big binge.)

I was also delighted to receive a copy of My Lady’s Choosing, courtesy of Quirk Books, and can’t wait to give it a try this coming week! (Also, yay for the mug!)

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

I’m bouncing back and forth between two books:

Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid, #2) by Seanan McGuire: See, I meant what I said about there being no such thing as too much Seanan McGuire!

My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris: A choose-your-own adventure romance novel! So much fun.

Now playing via audiobook:

Lock In by John Scalzi: This is a re-read for me, although it’s my first time listening to the audiobook. With Wil Wheaton narrating, it should be loads of fun… and once I finish, I’ll be read to read the new sequel, Head On.

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… and this week, it’s my turn to write chapter summaries. Wouldn’t you know it — my chapters are huge! I need to buckle down and get to work if I’m going to get my summary for today posted in time.

So many books, so little time…

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4 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 4/23/2018

  1. I loved Night Masquerade and the whole series. Thanks for the recommendation! Excited for Noir, can’t wait to read it. I hear he’s working on the third Pocket novel now!

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