The Monday Check-In ~ 11/26/2018

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?

In adult fiction:

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker: An excellent look at the Trojan War from the women’s perspective. My review is here.

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan: Sweet, romantic, escapist fun. My review is here.

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren: Funny, sexy, modern romance. My review is here.

In young adult/middle grade:

The Agony House by Cherie Priest (illustrated by Tara O’Connor): A clever ghost story that incorporates a comic book into the narrative. My review is here.

In audiobooks:

Squire (Protector of the Small, #3) by Tamora Pierce: I adored book #3 in the Kel quartet. What an ending!

Outlander, baby!

I’m writing reaction posts for each episode of season 4… but was too tired last night to finish up the most recent episode and put any coherent thoughts together. So, stay tuned for Episode 404, “Common Ground” (aired 11/25/2018) – my reaction post for last night’s episode will be up later today.

Fresh Catch:

So yeah, I guess my Tortall obsession is getting a bit out of control… Couldn’t resist adding these two to my growing Tamora Pierce collection.

And look! My awesome hubby got me an early Hanukkah present:

So excited! Now I just need time to settle in and read it… all 700+ pages!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty: I’ve read about 200 pages so far, and I still have no idea where this book is going and what it’s trying to be. Not that I’m not enjoying it — just feeling a little puzzled.

Now playing via audiobook:

Lady Knight (Protector of the Small, #4) by Tamora Pierce: This series is amazing. And if you want to know more about Tamora Pierce and why women of all ages love her books, check out this piece from Tor.com.

Ongoing reads:

Book group reads — getting close to the end for both!

  • Classic read: My book group’s current classic read is Middlemarch by George Eliot.  We’re reading and discussing two chapters per week, aiming to finish in January.
  • The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon. An ongoing group read, two chapters per week — we’ll be finished in December.

So many books, so little time…

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13 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 11/26/2018

  1. I have a feeling that my obsession with Pierce’s books will soon be on par with yours soon. There is something about those books that just makes me crave ‘more’. 😊

    And how cool it is you have the new George R.R. Martin’s book! I’ve been waiting to read it for so long and am looking forward to reading it as well. I may leave it for the festive period… winter’s coming! 😊

    I also enjoy Outlander but currently on season 2. Still a lot to catch up on.
    Happy reading! 📚

    • Ha, winter’s coming — yet another reason to wait until late December to read the book! (I think it’ll take me until then to feel like life’s craziness is under control enough to concentrate.) I’m glad you’re enjoying Outlander! Have you read the books?

      • I’m with you Lisa regarding the life’s craziness. I still can’t believe we are nearly in December. I don’t have a single present yet! 🙂

        I haven’t read the books yet but heard great things about them. I’m eyeing them out! Have you enjoyed them?

        • LOVE them to pieces! (Literally – I’ve read one of the paperbacks so often that the pages fell out.) I’m quite devoted… I even moderate an Outlander book club. Just a wee bit obsessed…

          • Oooh, I am definitely intrigued now! 😉I am adding book one to my TBR list and hoping to check it out over the holidays. I’ll let you know what I think once I read it. I have high hopes as I am really enjoying the series a lot. 😊

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