The Monday Check-In ~ 5/14/2018

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?

Head On by John Scalzi: The follow up to his brilliant Lock In. My review is here.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whiltehead: A powerful book, to be discussed with my book group this coming week. Can’t wait to share thoughts with the group!

I also read two terrific novellas:

All Systems Red and Artificial Condition, books 1 & 2 of The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells. Great fun! My review is here.

Elsewhere on the blog:

I wrote about my weekend away at a surprise destination here. If you’re open to the idea of travel without tons of advance planning or information, this is a great way to see the country on a whim!

Fresh Catch:

The World of All Souls! This book is so pretty. It’s an illustrated reference guide to Deborah Harkness’s All Souls trilogy. I’m so looking forward to looking through it and savoring it!

My adorable daughter sent me a copy of John Oliver’s Marlon Bundo book, which is just so perfect.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

How To Walk Away by Katherine Center: After all the sci-fi lately, I thought it might be good to switch things up with some contemporary fiction.

Now playing via audiobook:

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel: Book #3 of the Themis Files trilogy! I have an e-ARC of this book, but I decided to listen to the audiobook instead. The first two audiobooks in the trilogy were amazing, and this one is every bit as good so far.

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 we have a long way still to go.

So many books, so little time…

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