The Monday Check-In ~ 10/8/2018

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 just spent a lovely weekend in Boulder, Colorado with my wonderful daughter! It was a very quick 48-hours, but so much fun. We saw an amazing production of Pride and Prejudice, featuring a small cast where most of the actors and actresses played multiple roles, often across gender lines. It was fresh and funny, and we loved it!

Besides wandering and exploring, we also took a tour of the Celestial Seasonings tea factory — the heavenly smells alone made it worthwhile, not to mention all the variety of tea sampling that we indulged in. A couple of restaurants, coffee shops, and an awesome little used book store just added to the fun. Also, Boulder has a beautiful public library that made me want to move in and never leave.

Of course, best of all was doing all this in the company of my lovely girl.

And now… back to the books!

What did I read during the last week?

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner: I loved this beautiful tale! My review is here.

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi: I finished this book on the plane on the way to Boulder. Finally, after talking about it for years, I’ve read it! I really enjoyed this book, and will try to write up a quick review later in the week, once I’ve had a chance to catch my breath a bit.

Fresh Catch:

So many wonderful books arrived this week! First of all, yet another Tamora Pierce hardcover, one-volume edition:

I also received excellent bookmail from Amazon:, including:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi: The second book in the Old Man’s War series — I haven’t gotten very far yet, but consider me intrigued.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: I’ve listened to about 25% so far. Just beautiful — can’t wait to continue after a weekend away from audiobooks.

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. Slow but steady!
  • The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon. An ongoing group read, two chapters per week — we’ll be finished in December. Want to join in? Ask me how!

So many books, so little time…

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8 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 10/8/2018

  1. I’ve always wanted to visit Boulder, it seems like it would be my kind of place. And yay for visiting your daughter! Mine is in Boston for college and I won’t see her till Christmas😢

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed Boulder and the P&P play!! I’m sad I missed the play haha I live about 45 minutes from Boulder!! I got Saga last week too and I am excited to read it but at the same time I am procrastinating because I know it will be too short! 😂😂

    • Lucky you — the Boulder area is so beautiful! My daughter just moved there over the summer, and this was my first visit, but I’ll definitely be back! I know what you mean about Saga — and after this one, there’s going to be a year’s wait for another volume. 😦

  3. That rendition of Pride and Prejudice sounds seriously incredible! I’m glad you and your daughter had such a great time. And I really need to get caught up on Saga. I am only on Volume 4!

    • Saga is SO good — although I tend to forget everything in between volumes, and end up going back and rereading the previous one or two every time a new one comes out. 🙂 Enjoy!

      • I honestly just want to spend a day binging the entire series, because I read the first three in one sitting and COULDN’T get enough (but didn’t have the other volumes at the time), so I know I need to just soak it all in in one go.

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