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.
We had family visiting from the East Coast this week, which was oodles of fun. Beyond that, just the usual working, reading, and going for walks!
What did I read during the last week?
It’s been a romance-heavy reading week for me! Sometimes, a sweet escape is just what I need.
Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne: Very sweet! My review is here.
Maggie Finds Her Muse by Dee Ernst: A 48-year-old author seeking love and inspiration in Paris. Lovely! My review is here.
The Roommate by Rosie Danan: Explicit yet surprisingly engaging. My review is here.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: I finished the audiobook, narrated by the awesome Stephen Fry. Just as silly and adorable as I remembered!
The Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian: An unusual subject and time period for this terrific author, but it ended up being a really interesting read. My review is here.
Pop culture & TV:
My daughter turned me on to Staged on Hulu. I’ve only watched a few episodes, but it’s delightful.
I received two giveaway books this week! Plus, I treated myself to a used copy of yet another Georgette Heyer book.
Puzzle of the week:
I didn’t get to any new puzzles this week… but I did decide to torment myself with a Very Important Puzzling Question. Weigh in here, please.
What will I be reading during the coming week?
Currently in my hands:
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Just getting started! But I like it so far.
Now playing via audiobook:
I’ve been alternating between two very different audiobooks:
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams: Onward with the 2nd Hitchhiker’s Guide book! This one is narrated by Martin Freeman, and it’s just as fun as you’d expect.
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim: I started this in print, but wasn’t in the right mood and had a hard time concentrating. I’m hoping I’ll have better luck with the audiobook, especially since this is my book group’s pick for April and the discussion is coming up this week!
- My book group’s classic read is part 2 of Don Quixote. Continuing onward, 3 chapters per week. Current status: 88%.
- Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart: Gotta be honest, I haven’t touched this book in a few weeks now. But it’s still on my nightstand, so I’m still considering it an ongoing read!
- On hold: Over at Outlander Book Club, we started our group re-read of Dragonfly in Amber a couple of weeks ago… but we’re putting it on hold now that a release date for the 9th Outlander book has been announced. To prepare for #9, we’ll be starting a re-read of #8 in early May. Stay tuned for details!
So many books, so little time…