The Monday Check-In ~ 7/9/2018

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! And finally starting to feel human again after a nasty, nasty week of jetlag. Want to know where I’ve been? Check out my vacation post, here.

What did I read during the last week?

First of all, I read a WHOLE BUNCH of books on vacation — you can see my wrap-up post here.

And since I’ve been back, I managed to finish two terrific books:

Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce: Captivating historical fiction by a debut author. My review is here.

Robots vs Fairies editied by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe: A sci-fi/fantasy collection, including works by some favorite authors. My thoughts are here.

And, in book group news — we finished our group read of Lord John and the Haunted Soldier by Diana Gabaldon. Another outstanding adventure!

Fresh Catch:

New books arrived this week:

The Dreamers is a Goodreads giveaway! After entering these for years, I finally won something… and it’s something I’m really excited to read!

I also treated myself to a little something from Out of Print — they were offering mystery grab bags for $40, and I couldn’t resist… and I’m thrilled with what I ended up getting:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Scythe by Neal Shusterman: Ssh, don’t tell — I stole my son’s required summer reading book!

Now playing via audiobook:

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1) by Tamora Pierce: It’s been at least 15 years since I read the Alanna quartet, and I’ve always meant to go back and read more of the Tortall books — but first I need to remember the basics. So, it’s back to the beginning I go! I’m enjoying the audiobook so far — we’ll see if I stick with the audio format for the whole series.

Ongoing reads:

Book group reads:

  • 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.
  • We’re continuing our way through all of Diana Gabaldon’s Lord John stories, currently on week 2 (of 3) focused on The Custom of the Army. Always great to revisit a favorite character.

So many books, so little time…

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9 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 7/9/2018

  1. I love Alanna’s adventures. I hope you will enjoy the re-reading experience. 🙂

    Happy Monday to you too and have a great week full of fun reads. Happy reading. 🙂

    • Thanks so much! Have you read more of the Tortall books beyond Alanna? My daughter made me a reading list with a recommended order — I”m excited to finally get started. 🙂

      • I’ve read the 3 books of the the Alanna quartet, have the 4th one waiting for me on my Kindle and I will definitely read it one day. I really enjoyed Tamora Pierce’s writing and want to read more of her books. Glad you daughter is also a fan! 😊

    • Time is always the issue, isn’t it? Since the Alanna books are re-reads for me, listening to the audiobooks makes me feel like I’m not taking time away from all the other books I want to read!

      • That is a great way to look at it! I don’t listen to audiobooks (I don’t think I could drive and focus on that while listening to them, even though I think listening to audiobooks would be awesome), but I’m glad you’re getting to experience them again. Hopefully, I’ll join you in that one day!

  2. Run, don’t walk, to the bookstore right now to pick up and read Neal Shusterman‘s National Book Award winner Challenger Deep. Outstanding book. My daughter, same age as your son, insisted I read it and boy was she right.

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