The Monday Check-In ~ 1/24/2022

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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 had another busy week, but I’m taking a day off today to get through a few projects, including taking bags and boxes of books to donate at our library’s donation center (which is by appointment only since COVID started). I did a big purge of books I don’t feel like I need to hold onto, and it feels good to see some space on my shelves again! Although, I have a feeling that extra space won’t last long.

Over the weekend, my book group zoomed with William Kent Krueger, the author of Ordinary Grace (our discussion book for January). He was charming and gracious and insightful — such a lovely experience (and a wonderful book).

What did I read during the last week?

Stormsong and Soulstar by C. L. Polk: Books 2 and 3 in the Kingston Cycle trilogy. I read both mainly because getting through this trilogy was a reading goal of mine — but sadly, I was underwhelmed.

In a Book Club Far Away by Tif Marcelo: I really enjoyed this contemporary novel about women’s friendship over the years. My review is here.

The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden: A beautiful book to give or receive as a gift! My write-up is here.

Pop culture & TV:

Well… I ended up watching all six episodes of White Lotus this week… and even though it was hard to look away, by the end I wished I could unsee parts of it. Super cringey. I doubt I’ll watch season 2.

To cleanse my brain a bit, I’ve been watching episodes of Ghosts (BBC), and it’s very charming. I’m only on season 1 so far. It’s sweet!

Puzzle of the Week:

My current puzzle is in progress — another pretty one from Eeboo!

Fresh Catch:

Some beautiful new books this week! Two from Subterranean Press:

Plus, I treated myself to a book that Kim at Traveling in Books mentioned:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo: I’m loving this LGBTQ+ YA novel set in San Francisco in the 1950s.

Now playing via audiobook:

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix: I’ve been meaning to get to this book ever since it came out — the only one of this author’s books that I haven’t read yet. I’m just getting started, but I’m liking it so far.

Ongoing reads:

My slow but steady, spread-out-over-time reading:

Shit Cassandra Saw by Gwen E. Kirby: I rarely read short stories, but I’m making an exception for this bizarre and totally awesome collection! I’m trying to read one or two stories per day, which seems to be a pace that works for me.

I bought copies of the MinaLima editions of the first two Harry Potter books, but haven’t actually looked through them at all yet… and that needs to change! So, I’ve taken this pretty edition off my shelf, and my plan for now is to read one chapter per day, taking my time to enjoy all the pretty artwork and design elements. And hey, it’s never a bad time for a re-read of HP!

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 1/17/2022

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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 took a day off this past Friday, for no real reason except that I was about to max out on my vacation time at work — so with the MLK holiday today, that’s a 4-day weekend! What did I do with it, you may ask? Slept in, enjoyed the lovely weather by reading outside and going for walks, and random projects around my house.

So, not much different than any other weekend over the past two years… but it was nice to rest and have no pressure for two extra days!

What did I read during the last week?

Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski: This was a re-read for me, and honestly, I liked it a lot more this time around! This is the first novel in the Witcher series, and there’s a lot to take in. I’m glad I re-read it — I feel more prepared to continue the series at this point.

Orfeia by Joanne M. Harris: This slim hardcover is a fairy tale retelling, full of beautiful writing and gorgeous black and white illustrations. And yet, it felt as though the story went over my head. It just didn’t make a lot of sense to me, which was disappointing.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood: A really fun contemporary romance! My review is here.

Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz: I had high hopes for this story about a woman determined to study medicine in 1800s Edinburgh… but my expectations didn’t exactly pan out. My review is here.

The Wedding Setup by Sonali Dev: A sweet short story, free via Amazon Prime (Kindle and Audible editions).

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger: My book group’s pick for January — wonderful and moving. Review to follow.

Pop culture & TV:

I’m so sad that the excellent TV series adaptation of The Expanse has now aired its finale! The ending was satisfying, but also frustrating since there are another four books in the series, so I wish the show had continued as well. If anyone hasn’t tried it yet and is looking for a great show to binge, don’t miss this one!

I’m sharing the trailer for season 1, although it’s funny seeing it and realizing just how much the show evolved and changed over six seasons.

In other viewing news, I finished Station Eleven. I’m still puzzling out how I felt about it, but overall, I’m really impressed by the thoughtfulness of the production. Now I’m feeling like I should go back and re-read the book, since I don’t remember many of the details (and I believe the TV version made quite a few changes.)

Puzzle of the Week:

Another really pretty puzzle from Eeboo (title: Urban Gardening). Fun and a good challenge!

Fresh Catch:

One new book this week — I stumbled across a Q&A with the author, and had to buy myself a copy:

Isn’t that an awesome cover? This is a short story collection, and it sounds amazing.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Stormsong by C. L. Polk: Continuing the Kingston Cycle books!

Now playing via audiobook:

In a Book Club Far Away by Tif Marcelo: I’ve listened to about half of this book so far. It’s a story about friendship between military wives, centered around a book club, and I like what I’ve heard up to this point.

Ongoing reads:

One of my casual goals for 2022 is to spend some time with the pretty art books and coffee table books that I’ve picked up over the years. I have several that I’ve never done more than just glance at. This book is one that I bought more recently, after doing a series of jigsaw puzzles based on it. It looks lovely, so I think I’m going to keep it on my nightstand and look through it a few pages at a time over the next few weeks.

This week’s update: Almost halfway! The book is a journal covering one year, and I’ve read up through May.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 1/10/2022

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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.

Happy birthday to my amazing, lovely, funny daughter! I wish I could be with her to celebrate… but here’s hoping our next visit isn’t too far in the future.

What did I read during the last week?

Shipped by Angie Hockman: Light romance with a fun setting. My review is here.

Getaway by Zoje Stage: Superb thriller set in the Grand Canyon. Gives me chills to even think about it! My review is here.

Witchmark by C. L. Polk: The first in a fantasy trilogy. My review is here.

Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire: The 7th book in the always terrific Wayward Children series. My review is here.

Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Lisa Sterle: YA graphic novel – a fun, fast read.

Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky: A brilliant blending of science fiction and fantasy. My review is here.

Pop culture & TV:

Nothing super special this week — just more episodes of the ongoing shows I’m currently watching (Claws, The Expanse, This Is Us, black-ish), and I watched a couple episodes of a few different streaming shows, including The Great, Station Eleven, and Ghosts (the British version).

Fresh Catch:

I didn’t buy books this week, but I did indulge myself with a little book-adjacent treat:

Yup, those are three Funko Pops characters from Pride & Prejudice & Zombies which, I’m not ashamed to say, is one of my very favorite Austen adaptations!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski: This is a re-read for me — I decided I wanted to get back into the Witcher series, but before I can move forward, I need a refresher on this book and the next.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood: Cute so far! And I really like that it’s about a woman pursuing a STEM career.

Ongoing reads:

One of my casual goals for 2022 is to spend some time with the pretty art books and coffee table books that I’ve picked up over the years. I have several that I’ve never done more than just glance at. This book is one that I bought more recently, after doing a series of jigsaw puzzles based on it. It looks lovely, so I think I’m going to keep it on my nightstand and look through it a few pages at a time over the next few weeks.

This week’s update: This book is organized by month, and so far I’ve read all of January! The illustrations are beautiful, and I’m enjoyed the diary entries about the natural world, but to be honest, there’s a bit too much poetry included. (I lack an appreciation for poetry, sad to say).

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 1/3/2022

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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.

Happy New Year! Wishing one and all a joyful, happy, and healthy 2022!

Reading and blogging:

A new year means a new Goodreads challenge! Here’s my 2022 goal:

I’m intentionally setting my goal slightly lower than my 2021 goal and final reading numbers. I know I have some BIG books on my to-read list for 2022, and I want to be able to take my time!

Wrapping up 2021:

Weirdly, a book I finished on December 31st isn’t included in this Goodreads summary, but close enough, I guess! And I always appreciate GR’s little words of encouragement:

Also, over the weekend, I posted a list of the series I’m hoping to get to in 2022 (you can see it here), and see below (under “ongoing reads”) for a quasi-goal I have about actually enjoying and spending time with some of my pretty, decorative books this year.

What did I read during the last week?

Read and reviewed:

Dava Shastri’s Last Day by Kirthana Ramisetti: I loved this powerful novel! My review is here.

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer: A light holiday read. My review is here.

The Unfamiliar Garden (The Comet Cycle, #2) by Benjamin Percy: A relatively short but very intense (and somewhat icky) science fiction thriller. My review is here.

Also read (but no review):

The Scenic Route by Nnedi Okorafor: A fun short story set in the world of Akata Witch and Akata Warrior. With the next book (Akata Woman) coming out this month, it was great to reconnect with a couple of the characters.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers: I didn’t get a chance to write a proper review, but this novella was a 5-star read for sure! It’s beautifully written and thoughtful, but with moments of humor too. Can’t wait for the follow-up book, to be released later in 2022.

Pop culture & TV:

I finished watching Wheel of Time, and my overall reaction is.. meh. Some interesting concepts and sequences, but the episodes for the most part felt really, really slow. And I was confused by some of the interpersonal relationships — for example, a hook-up in episode 7 that seemed to come out of the blue between two characters with zero chemistry, except I think we were meant to believe that there had been building attraction, maybe?

I’m wondering — should I bother with the books? Or just wait for season 2, whenever that might be, and leave it as a viewing entertainment only?

In other streaming/watching entertainment, my son and I really enjoyed Don’t Look Up on Netflix, and finished The Witcher, season 2 (which does make me want to pick up the books again).

Puzzle time:

Spending the week at home gave me plenty of time for puzzles!

This is another terrific one from Eeboo — it’s called Ancient Apothecary, and was a lot of fun.

Fresh Catch:

I didn’t intend to buy any more books this week, but since I just happened to stop by my favorite local bookstore this week, I couldn’t walk away empty handed! I found this used hardcover for sale, in excellent condition:

I do already own a paperback edition, but it’s quite beat-up and tattered by now, so this feels like a special find!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Shipped by Angie Hockman: I don’t remember buying this — there must have been a Kindle price drop that enticed me — but anyway, it popped up on my home screen over the weekend and I decided to give it a try. Very standard lightweight romance material, but at least it’s going fast!

Now playing via audiobook:

Getaway by Zoje Stage: This story of a Grand Canyon hike gone wrong is terrifying. I think I have about an hour’s worth of listening to go.

Ongoing reads:

One of my casual goals for 2022 is to spend some time with the pretty art books and coffee table books that I’ve picked up over the years. I have several that I’ve never done more than just glance at. This book is one that I bought more recently, after doing a series of jigsaw puzzles based on it. It looks lovely, so I think I’m going to keep it on my nightstand and look through it a few pages at a time over the next few weeks.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 12/27/2021

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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 hope everyone who celebrated had a lovely Christmas!

I have this week off from work, and with no travel plans, I’m looking forward to long days of reading, doing odds and ends around the house, sleeping in, doing some TV binges, and — if the weather gods cooperate — getting out for some nice long walks. I guess that’s what passes for excitement these days!

What did I read during the last week?

Gwendy’s Magic Feather by Richard Chizmar: I finished this novella at the end of last week, but just now got around to writing a review — see it here.

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun: Sweet, touching, contemporary romance set in the world of a reality dating show. My review is here.

Pop culture & TV:

So much TV! I’m watching a bunch of shows airing their current seasons (The Expanse, Claws, Yellowstone, Yellowjackets), I’m about halfway through the new season of The Witcher, and I’ve just started Wheel of Time. Nice to know I’ll never run out of options for what to watch!

Puzzle time:

I finally got back to jigsaw puzzles! This one was lots of fun:

It’s called Jane Austen’s Book Club, and the women here are supposed to be Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf, Zora Neale Hurston, and George Eliot. The puzzle is by Eeboo (a woman-owned company), and I have a few more of theirs to tackle next.

Fresh Catch:

I had an Amazon gift card, so I treated myself to this special, beautiful book:

It arrived sealed in plastic wrap, and I’m almost afraid to touch it! It’s so pretty. I’d been planning to do a LOTR re-read in 2022, and this will definitely keep me motivated!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Dava Shastri’s Last Day by Kirthana Ramisetti: Ooh, I really like this novel! I am *this close* to finishing… should have a review up shortly.

Next up will be:

When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord: Looks like a fun book for the end of the year.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer: Too many rainy days this past week = not enough days to get out for walks = not enough time spent listening to audiobooks! I’m enjoying this fun Hanukkah romance, but just haven’t had time to finish yet. Soon, I hope!

Ongoing reads:

None at the moment! After a few weeks of will-she-won’t-she pondering, I’ve decided to say good-bye to Doctor Zhivago. I made it through about 35%, and just couldn’t sustain my interest. In fairness, I suspect this had more to do with the pace than with the book itself. My book group has been reading this in small chunks, twice per week, for months now, and I was never able to feel a sense of continuity… and I suppose I could have gone ahead at my own speed, but after falling behind the group schedule, I couldn’t motivate myself to pick up the book again.

Maybe I’ll just watch the movie instead?

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 12/20/2021

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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.

Wow, December really zipped by, didn’t it? Work has been pretty crazed lately, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel — I have a week off next week! Now, to figure out if we feel safe enough to travel, or if staying in our little bubble at home makes the most sense.

What did I read during the last week?

The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley: A new historical novel from a favorite author. My review is here.

Gwendy’s Magic Feather by Richard Chizmar: A novella follow-up to Gwendy’s Button Box (which was co-written by Chizmar and Stephen King). The 3rd and final novella in the trilogy is due out this coming spring — can’t wait!

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark: This 1961 novel is considered a modern classic. It’s my book club’s pick for December — I’m looking forward to the discussion this week.

I also ended up picking up a pile of LGBTQ+ – themed graphic novels from the library, and have been tearing my way through them! All are wonderful.

Pop culture & TV:

I went to a movie in a theater! That feels like a big moment — this is maybe the 3rd time I’ve done that in the past year. I saw West Side Story, and loved it. My thoughts are here.

On TV, there’s basically too much to even attempt to keep up with! I’m watching season 6 of The Expanse (always excellent), season 2 of The Great, the current (first) season of Yellowjackets, and season 4 of Yellowstone. Plus, the new (and final) season of Claws is just starting, and I’m so excited to see the ladies again!

I still need to get to the new season of The Witcher, and I’m going to start the Yellowstone prequel, 1883, as well.

Fresh Catch:

No new books for me this week! After some serious book-buying-binges, I think I have enough to last me a while.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun: My library hold just came in. I’m just starting, but I’ve heard good things!

Now playing via audiobook:

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer: Another library hold that just arrived! I’ve been looking forward to this one — will probably get started today.

Ongoing reads:

This is it — I may be saying good-bye to Doctor Zhivago. My book group has been reading it in small chunks for a few months now. I’ve fallen behind, and so far, I haven’t been able to find the motivation to get caught up. I’m giving myself one more week to decide…

So many books, so little time…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten books on my TBR list for winter 2021/2022

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is about our winter reading plans. I love putting together these quarterly TBR posts!

This time around, my list is split between upcoming new releases and book on my shelves that I’m dying to finally get to. My top 10 priorities to read this winter will be:

New releases:

1) Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward Children, #7) by Seanan McGuire: Starting the year off with a new novella in this series is becoming an annual tradition! This one releases January 4, 2022.

2) Spelunking Through Hell (InCryptids, #11) by Seanan McGuire: Also an annual tradition from the same author, the next new installment in the ongoing InCryptids series, releasing in March 2022.

3) The Unfamiliar Garden (The Comet Cycle, #2) by Benjamin Percy: The first book in this series (The Ninth Metal) was so weird and so good — can’t wait for more! Releases in January.

4) When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord: Another January release — looks like a lot of fun.

And books I already own:

5) Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto: I hear it’s great!

6) Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger: My book group’s pick for January (and we’ll be Zooming with the author!)

7) Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo: An LGBTQ love story set in San Francisco in the 1950s. Sounds amazing!

8) The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood: I see to be gravitating toward light romances a lot lately, and I love that this one features a woman in science.

9) Babylon’s Ashes (The Expanse, #6) by James S. A. Corey: The last season of the TV series is airing now, but there are still plenty of books left to read!

10) The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery: This specific book is a maybe, but I do want to read more L. M. Montgomery, and this is one of four options for me.

What books will be keeping you warm this winter? Share your links, and I’ll come check out your top 10!

The Monday Check-In ~ 12/13/2021

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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.

It was a pretty calm week chez moi. Work, family time… really and truly, nothing out of the ordinary. And yet, somehow it felt jam-packed and like I barely had time to relax.

Still, I must have squeezed in some reading time, since this happened at the end of the week:

What did I read during the last week?

A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw: This story of an idealistic, isolated community is full of twists and chills — a terrific read! My review is here.

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: This book had been sitting in my unread pile for far too long, and I finally got to it! Listening to the audio version made it even more enjoyable. My review is here.

If the Fates Allow by Rainbow Rowell: A sweet, Christmas-y treat! This short story will please fans of Fangirl, who might have wondered what ever happened to Reagan in the years since college.

Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult: For me, it feels too soon to have COVID as a fiction subject, as you can tell by my review, here.

Pop culture & TV:

Man, do I love Yellowstone! Yes, it’s got its flaws, but I just can’t look away from this tale of power and family loyalty in Montana. I finished my binge and now I’m all caught up… which means waiting for new episodes to air each week. Sigh. (I posted about my Yellowstone binge here.)

In other TV news, my son and I are enjoying Hawkeye, and I’m thrilled that the new (and final) season of The Expanse is airing!

Fresh Catch:

Even more new books this week, although somehow I managed to keep my purchases to a respectable minimum:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley: I bought this book right when it was released in October (I even sprang for a signed copy!), but haven’t settled down to read it until now. I’m excited! I’ve loved everything I’ve read by this author, and I have no doubt that this will be another great read.

Now playing via audiobook:

Gwendy’s Magic Feather by Richard Chizmar: This is the 2nd Gwendy book (the first was co-authored by Chizmar and Stephen King), and since the 3rd is being released in 2022, I thought I should catch up! Gwendy’s Magic Feather is narrated by Sons of Anarchy star Maggie Siff, and she’s wonderful. (My review of the first book, Gwendy’s Button Box, is here.)

Ongoing reads:

Doctor Zhivago is our group classic read, two chapters per week. I am several weeks behind, but since our reading schedule has a two-week break built in for the end of December, I’m trying hard to find time (and motivation) to catch up.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 12/6/2021

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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.

Hard to believe that Hanukkah has already come and gone. Today is officially the last day, which means we’ve already lit the last set of candles, and it’s time to start packing away the menorahs and decorations until next year. We had some fun family gatherings and delicious latkes… and now it’s onward to the rest of December.

Reading plans for December:

I’ve come up with an unofficial, let’s-see-how-it-goes plan to try to clear my backlog of ARCs during the rest of December. I don’t think I’ll get to them all, but my goal is to read three ARCs that I was especially interested in, and then use audiobooks from the library to listen to the books whose ARCs I didn’t get to earlier in the year.

I’d like to be able to start 2022 feeling caught up on my “obligation” reading! My intention for 2022 is to focus on reading books from my shelves and reading according to my moods, rather than by commitment or to get through ARCs. We’ll see how it goes…

What did I read during the last week?

My biggest accomplishment was finishing this huge book:

Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (book #9 in the Outlander series) by Diana Gabaldon: It took me almost two weeks, but I finally made my way to the end of this 960-page book. So many thoughts… but it’s going to take me a while to digest. I’m thrilled to have read it of course — but hate the thought of waiting years to see what happens next!

Also read (listened to) this past week:

Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell: I finished this book at the end of last week, but just posted a review (here) a few days ago. Terrific sci-fi!

Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens: A fun, light-hearted contemporary romance. My review is here.

Pop culture & TV:

I’ve gotten totally hooked on Yellowstone. I powered through seasons 1 and 2 over the past week and a half, and I’m just now diving into season 3. I can’t seem to look away, especially whenever Kevin Costner is on screen — he’s just magnetic.

Fresh Catch:

More new books! A couple from a visit to a used book store, plus a few other treats:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

I haven’t quite decided what I feel like reading next, now that I’ve finished my Outlander book… but it’ll be one of these two.

Now playing via audiobook:

If the Fates Allow by Rainbow Rowell: This short story will be a quick listen, but I’m looking forward to it! And once I finish, I’ll be starting…

Perfect Timing by Owen Nicholls, which also sound like it’ll be light and fun.

Ongoing reads:

Doctor Zhivago is our group classic read, two chapters per week. I am now a good 3 or 4 weeks behind the group, but plan to catch up this month.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 11/29/2021

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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.

What a week — Thanksgiving and then Hanukkah! We had a lovely, small gathering for Thanksgiving, and had another little family gathering for the 1st night of Hanukkah last night.

My daughter was home for the week (she leaves this afternoon), and it was wonderful… although the time sped by so fast it made my head spin.

Among other fun events, we did a family theater outing over the weekend to see the touring production of My Fair Lady… it was “loverly”!

Back to regular life this week…

What did I read during the last week?

I finished two audiobooks, and loved them both:

That Summer by Jennifer Weiner: A moving, compelling contemporary novel about women’s lives and friendships. A 5-star read! My review is here.

Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell: I finally got around to this book, and I’m so glad I did! I finished it on Sunday, but haven’t had a chance to write up my thoughts yet. Review to follow.

Pop culture & TV:

Family streaming time! We watched half of Jungle Cruise and thought it was incredibly dumb; then watched Red Notice the next night and had fun with it. Apparently, the theme of our viewing this week was Dwayne Johnson — not a bad theme!

Fresh Catch:

Besides the long-awaited book currently in my hands, my other new books this week were:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon: Aaaaah! It’s the 9th book in the Outlander series! I started it last Tuesday, as soon as it arrived, and I’m still only at 35%. Between the holiday week and the length of the book (990 pages!!), this is going to take a while.

Now playing via audiobook:

Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens: I needed a light listen this week, and this one was available for immediate download from the library. Cute so far!

Ongoing reads:

Doctor Zhivago is our group classic read, two chapters per week. I’m falling seriously behind the group at this point… hoping to catch up over the winter holiday break.

So many books, so little time…

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