The Monday Check-In ~ 8/5/2019

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?

Unholy Land by Lavie Tidhar: Intricate science fiction involving alternate realities. My review is here.

Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh: Fascinating story of space exploration and interplanetary travel. My review is here.

Anne of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery: I finished this audiobook over the weekend. I didn’t love it quite so much as the earlier books in the series. I wasn’t quite prepared to spend so much time focusing on Anne’s children rather than on Anne herself. I do intend to continue with the last two books in the series, but I have a few other things to listen to first.

Fresh Catch:

Oh boy. I really over-indulged this week! I bought myself copies of…

Two “coffee-table” books:

And a couple of others to read:

Aaaaand, I also received a couple of ARCs from Orbit (thank you!):

Now if only I had time to actually read all of these…

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han: After some heavier reads, it’s nice to take a break with fluffy YA.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal: I loved this book so much when I read it last summer! I need to read the sequel, so I decided to do an audiobook re-read first.

Ongoing reads:

Two ongoing book group read right now:

  • The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens — our current classic selection, reading and discussing two chapters per week.
  • Virgins by Diana Gabaldon: Our newest group read — a novella set during Jamie Fraser’s teen years.

So many books, so little time…

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9 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 8/5/2019

  1. I’ve added Do You Dream of Terra-Two? to my reading list since reading your review on it yesterday. After reading this post, I’ve also added the Anne of Green Gables series, because I never read it when I was younger, but have family members who have loved it (one of my sisters has reportedly named several kids after characters from that series). Thanks for your posts!

    • Oh, how cool to name kids after Anne characters! You have to read the books, if only to figure out where the names came from. 🙂 (They’re also just really good books.). I hope you enjoy Terra-Two when you get to it!

  2. I really enjoyed What If? I listened to it, then checked out the print version, which is helpful and fun with its illustrations. Also loved The Handmaid’s Tale – but I think I’ll stay away from the series. Always a great variety here, Lisa!

    • I just read another recommendation for the What If audiobook, so I may start there and have the print version to refer back to. I’ve read excerpts before — seems like such fun. I’m excited for the Handmaid’s Tale (and the series is very good, even though really difficult to watch at times.)

    • I ended up getting a physical copy, but I think I’m going to try to find the audiobook through my library and approach it that way for starters. 🙂

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