The Monday Check-In ~ 3/27/2017

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:

A blogging note: I’m away this week, and will probably only be checking in here sporadically. I hope to get a lot of great reading in, so I’ll have lots to share next week!

What did I read last week?

Binti Home by Nnedi Okorafor: The 2nd Binti novella is just as amazing as the first.

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry: A terrific book group pick! My thoughts are here.

Pop culture goodness:

Season 2 of The Magicians (Syfy) has been consistently awesome — and I think the show hit a new high note (pun intended) with this past week’s outstanding episode, including this scene that had me giggling with delight:

The Magicians: One Day More

Fresh Catch:

No new books this week!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

I’m juggling two books right now — one paper and one on my Kindle:

  • Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty: Science fiction about murdered clones on a spaceship. Awesome, right?
  • Unequal Affection by Lara S. Ormiston: A Pride and Prejudice retelling, which starts right after the scene of Darcy’s first proposal to Elizabeth and ponders what might have happened if Elizabeth had said yes.
Now playing via audiobook:

West with the Night by Beryl Markham: I listened to about a third before leaving on my trip. I’ll either continue when I get home, or (more likely) switch over to print. Meanwhile, I’ve been spending more of my listening time on this, rather than audiobooks:

I have to be ready for when I see the show in May!

Ongoing reads:

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My book group is reading and discussing Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — with an end date coming up in June.

Outlander Book Club’s group read of One Hundred Years of Solitude continues! We’re discussing one chapter per week.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 3/20/2017

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:

A blogging note: I’ll be out of town for a week starting next Saturday, so I may or may not keep up with my usual weekly blogging schedule. Let’s play it by ear, shall we?

What did I read last week?

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs: I LOVED the newest Mercy Thompson book! My review is here.

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor: This brief novel is a look at the loneliness of aging, as seen through the eyes of a strong woman who moves into a retirement hotel to live out her remaining days. Very sad and sweet, and beautifully written. My review is here.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor: An amazing sci-fi novella! Loved it.

In audiobooks…

Imprudence by Gail Carriger: I finished the 2nd book in the Custard Protocol series — and now what am I supposed to do? I love the series so far, but alas! Book #3 is probably a year away, and I can’t stand having to wait. Terrific series, and the audiobooks are just such fun.

Fresh Catch:

I rediscovered a childhood favorite — check out my post, here.

And I splurged on sci-fi this week, treating myself to four books I’d really been wanting:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

I’m just finishing up the 2nd Binti book, and then I’ll be starting The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry, which is a book club book for this month.

Now playing via audiobook:

West with the Night by Beryl Markham: Changing things up a bit with this classic autobiography. My book club will be discussing this book in April, so I thought I’d get a head start with the audiobook.

Ongoing reads:

MOBYOne Hundred Years of Solitude

My book group is reading and discussing Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — with an end date coming up in June.

It’s week #6 of Outlander Book Club’s group read of One Hundred Years of Solitude. I’m lagging a bit behind, and may hold off a bit, then do a reading binge.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 3/13/2017

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 last week?

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik: My review is here.

Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire: DNFd at 50%. Such a disappointment! The premise of this ghost story sounded great to me, but frankly, I just found myself bored and realized I was forcing myself to continue. I finally threw in the towel. (You know DNFing is the right choice when you feel not the slightest curiosity afterward about what you might have missed.)

Fresh Catch:

THE NEW MERCY BOOK IS HERE!!!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

It’s all about Mercy! I finally was able to spend some quality time with Silence Fallen this past weekend, and hope to finish in the next day or so.

Now playing via audiobook:

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Imprudence by Gail Carriger: To put it simply, I adore this series! I’m about halfway through my audiobook listen of Imprudence. Soooooo much fun!

Ongoing reads:

MOBYOne Hundred Years of Solitude

My book group is reading and discussing Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — with an end date coming up in June.

It’s week #5 of Outlander Book Club’s group read of One Hundred Years of Solitude. If you’d like to join in, just ask me how!

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 3/6/2017

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 last week?

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock: Just beautiful. My review is here.

Next Year For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson: Unusual and entertaining. My review is here.

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In audiobooks, I finished the utterly delightful Prudence by Gail Carriger. Sheer silly fun — just as I’ve come to expect from Gail Carriger’s books.

Pop culture goodness:

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In movies, I finally watched the magnificent Moonlight. It’s a movie that needs time to sink in. I found myself thinking about it all night after watching it, as small moments clicked into place for me. Powerful and beautifully made — watch it.

Fresh Catch:

One new book, for an upcoming blog tour:

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What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

Now playing via audiobook:

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Imprudence by Gail Carriger: Well, of course I’m going to listen to Imprudence next! I’m excited to start book #2 of the Custard Protocol series — although I’m dreading the letdown that will inevitably follow once I finish and have to wait for the release of book #3.

Ongoing reads:

MOBYOne Hundred Years of Solitude

My book group is reading and discussing Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — with an end date coming up in June.

It’s week #4 of Outlander Book Club’s group read of One Hundred Years of Solitude. If you’d like to join in, just ask me how!

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 2/27/2017

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 last week?

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The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth: A lovely but heartbreaking book. My review is here.

These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer: I’m loving Georgette Heyer, now that I’ve finally given her books a try! My thoughts on These Old Shades are here.

Fresh Catch:

Three new books arrived this week!

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One to feed my obsession with fiction set in Alaska, plus the next two books in the phenomenal sci-fi series, The Expanse.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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I have a few ARCs I should catch up on, starting with:

  • Next Year For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson
  • The Book of Etta by Meg Elison
Now playing via audiobook:

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Prudence by Gail Carriger: My listening time was sharply curtailed by the rainy weather this past week, since my main audiobook listening happens during my walks. Still, I’m making progress, and having lots of fun. Gail Carriger’s books never let me down, and all of her audiobooks have been delightful so far.

Ongoing reads:

MOBYOne Hundred Years of Solitude

My book group is reading and discussing Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — with an end date coming up in June.

It’s week #3 of Outlander Book Club’s group read of One Hundred Years of Solitude. If you’d like to join in, just ask me how!

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 2/20/2017

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:

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Three-day weekends rock. Sleep, read, repeat.

What did I read last week?

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Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear: Done! I’m participating in a blog tour celebrating the Maisie Dobbs series, and will be posting my thoughts on book #2 on Tuesday.

The Girl Before by JP Delaney: Done! Check out my review, here.

In audiobooks…

Fire Touched

I finished listening to Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs, from which I realized that (a) I read this book so quickly when it was first released that it just didn’t sink in, and (b) my love for the Mercy Thompson series is eternal. I really hadn’t remembered much about the plot of Fire Touched (except the opening scenes — who can forget a giant green troll on a bridge?). I’m glad I revisited this book, so I’ll be 100% ready for the next book as soon as it’s released… March 7th!

Fresh Catch:

No new books this week.

Bookish tech fun:

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My latest obsession is the Libib app (which I heard of thanks to someone else’s blog post this week, and now I can’t remember whose it was!). I’m happily scanning all of the unread books on my shelves so I’ll have a way of keeping track. It’s quite fun. Can’t wait until I’m done and I see how the total number has changed from my last count a year ago.

Oh, and thank you, Goodreads, for finally adding in rereading capabilities! Check out the post about it on the Goodreads blog, here. So now I can document just how much times I’ve read Outlander (5 or 6?), Harry Potter (at least 7 or 8), and all my other faves.

Bookish news:

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Anyone else squeal and/or jump up and down when they heard about Philip Pullman’s upcoming release, The Book of Dust? Just me? Yes, October’s still a long way off, but considering it’s been 17 years since The Amber Spyglass came out, I’m willing to wait just a bit longer to finally get a companion series. Check out the latest news, here.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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Haven’t quite decided what I feel like reading next — something to pull on my heartstrings or a spooky ghost story?

Now playing via audiobook:

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Prudence by Gail Carriger: After listening to all of Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series audiobooks, I decided to go back to Prudence. I didn’t love it all that much when I first read it (as evidence, check out my original review), but perhaps I just wasn’t in the right mood at the time. I’ve listened to about 25% by now, and it’s quite fun.

Ongoing reads:

MOBYOne Hundred Years of Solitude

My book group is reading and discussing Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — with an end date coming up in June.

It’s week #2 of Outlander Book Club’s group read of One Hundred Years of Solitude. If you’d like to join in, just ask me how!

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 2/13/2017

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.

Bookish complaint:

Goodreads, stop telling me I’m behind on my 2017 reading challenge! I know I’m behind, okay? Life’s craziness on the rise means my dedicated reading time is in decline. Argh. I’m sure I’ll catch up, but meanwhile, I don’t need the reminder every time I log in!

What did I read last week?

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Always by Sarah Jio: Finished! My review is here.

Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer: Finished! My first Georgette Heyer… but it won’t be my last. What fun! Check out my thoughts on this book, here.

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I finished these audiobooks the week before last, but finally got around to writing about them just now. Check out my thoughts on the terrific Finishing School series, here.

And as for books that I didn’t love… there were a couple I didn’t finish:

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Gilded Cage by Vic James: I didn’t really read enough to justify calling this one a DNF. I picked it up, started it, and realized it just wasn’t working for me. I doubt I’ll come back to it. I know a lot of folks loved this book, but the magical world it describes doesn’t interest me.

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones: Now this one counts as a DNF. I read about 125 pages before the constant snarkiness and silliness got to be too much for me. I decided I wasn’t having enough fun to spend any more time on it.

Fresh Catch:

One new book this week!

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What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear: I’m participating in a blog tour celebrating the Maisie Dobbs series! I’ve only read the first book (review) so far, and I always meant to continue, so I’m delighted to be hosting the blog tour stop, coming up later this month, for book #2 of the ongoing series.

Now playing via audiobook:

Fire Touched

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs: Finishing up my audio re-read. Man, do I love this series!

Ongoing reads:

MOBYOne Hundred Years of Solitude

My book group is reading and discussing Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — with an end date coming up in June.

And new this week: Outlander Book Club’s group read of One Hundred Years of Solitude is just getting under way, with discussion of one chapter per week. If you want to join in, let me know. All are welcome!

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 2/6/2017

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 last week?

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Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey: Loved it! Check out my thoughts on the book (and the TV series based on it), here.

Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger: I just finished the audiobook of the 4th and final book in the charming, delightful Finishing School series. I’ll write up some thoughts as soon as I have a moment to breathe.

Bloggy happiness:

I woke up to this nice notification in the middle of the week:

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My little home-grown blog, Bookshelf Fantasies, has hit the 1,000 followers mark!

Thank you to one and all who’ve read my posts, shared some thoughts, and made my blogging life such fun over the past four years! I appreciate you all.

Fresh Catch:

No new physical books this week, but I did snatch up a few e-books with Kindle price drops:

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What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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I’m trying not to let myself fall behind on my ARC reading schedule. Next up are two February new releases:

  • Always by Sarah Jio
  • Gilded Cage by Vic James
Now playing via audiobook:

Fire Touched

The next Mercy Thompson book comes out in March, which means it’s the perfect time for me to revisit Fire Touched via audiobook. This series can go on and on forever, as far as I’m concerned!

Ongoing reads:

MOBY

My book group is reading and discussing Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — with an end date coming up in June.

And an upcoming group read:

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Outlander Book Club has just selected One Hundred Years of Solitude for our next group classic read. We’ll be starting in mid-February, reading and discussing one chapter per week. Interested in joining in? Ask me how!

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 1/30/2017

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 last week?

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Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire: Done! My review is here.

Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger: Absolutely loved book 3 of the Finishing School series. Onward we go!

Pop culture goodness:

Two more of my favorite TV shows are back!

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The Magicians, season 2 — and…

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Black Sails — the final season!

Fresh Catch:

Two new books this week!

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What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey: This is a BIG book. I started four days ago, and have only made it to about 50% so far. (Granted, it’s been another busy week with not enough time to read, but still.)

Now playing via audiobook:

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Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger: I’m on Book the Fourth in Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series — and I have such mixed feelings! I’m loving the book… but I’m sad that I’m almost done! Whatever will I do without Sophronia and the girls of Mademoiselle Geraldine’s?

Ongoing reads:

MOBY

My book group is STILL reading Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — and will be until June 2017!

And an upcoming group read:

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Outlander Book Club has just selected One Hundred Years of Solitude for our next group classic read. We’ll be starting in mid-February, reading and discussing one chapter per week. Interested in joining in? Ask me how!

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 1/23/2017

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.

Although I couldn’t make it to a march in person, I was with the marchers nationwide in spirit.

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It’s going to be a long four years…

What did I read last week?

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Read and reviewed:

Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn: Finished at the end of the previous week; here’s my review.

The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian: Done! My review is here.

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Read but not reviewed:

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger: I finished the audiobook at the beginning of the week, and adored it.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout: This was a book group read, which I read all in one day (it’s under 200 pages). I think I need some time to digest it and try to figure out what it all meant. Can’t wait to hear what my book group buddies have to say!

Pop culture goodness:

Three cheers for Amazon Prime! I finally got around to two series I’d been meaning to watch:

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I loved season one of Mercy Street! So glad I watched it in time for season 2.

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Wolf Hall — wow. I just finished it last night. Amazing performances.

And on regular old TV, I really enjoyed the premiere of Victoria last weekend on PBS. Looking forward to the whole season!

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Fresh Catch:

I picked up two used books this week. And apparently, I’m very into Civil War-era historical fiction.

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What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire: Just getting started, but I love the eeriness right from the start of this novella.

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey: Reading the first book in the series that inspired The Expanse TV series. Season 2 starts soon, and I need to be ready!

Now playing via audiobook:

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Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger: Book the Third in Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series is just as delightful as the previous two audiobooks. I’m having a total blast listening to the series!

Ongoing reads:

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My book group is STILL reading Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — and will be until June 2017!

So many books, so little time…

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