The Monday Check-In ~ 7/23/2018

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?

The Lido by Libby Page: Such a lovely story about friendship, community, and connection. My review is here.

The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon: For my book group, another reread — continuing our group discussions of the Outlander-adjacent stories about Lord John Grey. So much fun.

In audiobooks, I finished two terrific books from the same series:

In the Hand of the Goddess and The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness, books 2 and 3) by Tamora Pierce: Can’t wait to wrap things up with #4.

Pop culture goodness:

My two new TV obsessions this week are:

Harlots — currently in its 2nd season on Hulu. Powerful, entertaining, and visually a treat. Amazing women characters. Check it out!

CB Strike: The TV series based on the Robert Galbraith/J K Rowling books. I feel like this one snuck onto TV screens really quietly — I had no idea it had even been released until a friend mentioned it. The production is great, and really quick to get through. All three “seasons” are available, each based on one of the books from the series. I’ve watched seasons 1 (The Cuckoo’s Calling – 3 episodes) and 2 (The Silkworm – 2 episodes) so far. All are excellent.

Fresh Catch:

More new books! Now to find time to read them all…

So many shades of blue…

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

I’m bouncing between two books right now:

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate: For this month’s book group discussion. Maybe it’s just because I had an intense, busy week last week… but I’ve been having a hard time getting into this one.

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2) by Neal Shusterman: Loving the sequel to Scythe.

Now playing via audiobook:

Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness, #4) by Tamora Pierce: Just starting the final book in the Alanna quartet! I’ve really enjoyed my Alanna reread… and I think I’ll follow it up by delving into more of Tamora Pierce’s world of Tortall for the first time.

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 works. This week, we’ll be starting the novel The Scottish Prisoner, starring Lord John Grey and everyone’s favorite Scottish laird, Jamie Fraser. Want to join in? Ask me how!

So many books, so little time…

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6 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 7/23/2018

  1. I recently read both Night Road and Eleanor Oliphant is Perfectly Fine and enjoyed both of them. Eleanor is close to being my favourite read of 2018 so far. 🙂

    Ditto to that saying, so many books but sadly, so little time. Despite of that, happy reading! 🙂

  2. So many wonderful books. I hope that you will enjoy Before We Were Yours. It has amazing reviews and so does Eleanor Oliphant. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I think Before We Were Yours will end up being a powerful read — I’ve just been too distracted (mostly by other things going on) to fully focus, but I’m going to try to get back into it this week. Have a great week!

  3. Such great variety – I wish I could read more than one book at a time. I am currently reading one and listening to an audio book, though, and that seems to be working. Happy booking to you!

    • Well, it doesn’t necessarily work for me — I may start more than one thinking I’ll switch back and forth, but inevitably one takes over and I can’t put it down. 🙂

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