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.
It was not a good week last week…
I guess you could call it the domino effect of COVID. My husband returned from an overseas trip and was experiencing his usual jetlag… until we realized it wasn’t just jetlag. We had an emergency room visit due to COVID complications, but he’s now on the mend, thank goodness. Two days later, my son tested positive, and then over the weekend, it was my turn.
Amazingly, neither my son nor I had had COVID before — but admittedly, we were pretty lax about wearing masks and keeping our distance around the house.
In any case, after a miserable few days, we’re all bouncing back. On the plus side, my head has cleared enough for me to be able to start reading again!
What did I read during the last week?
The Serpent in Heaven (Gunnie Rose, #4) by Charlaine Harris: Such a great series! My review is here.
Queen Charlotte by Julia Quinn & Shonda Rhimes: A lovely read. My review is here.
The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson: A memoir in graphic novel format, by the author of Nimona. I enjoyed it.
Half a Soul (Regency Faerie Tales, #1) by Olivia Atwater: Really enjoyable tale with unusual characters. My review is here.
One Summer in Savannah by Terah Shelton Harris: Review to follow.
And… one DNF:
Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling: I quite at 20%. Grim and confusing — and when I realized I just didn’t care enough to keep going, I felt relieved to put it down.
Pop culture & TV:
Due to the craziness of this week, I did very little streaming of any sort — but prior to all that, I finally got around to watching Downton Abbey: A New Era. Meh. It was basically a family reunion in search of a plot. Nice to see all the familiar faces again, but that’s about it.
No new physical books this week, but I did pick up a few books from my wishlist thanks to Kindle deals:
Puzzle of the week:
This one was a lot trickier than I expected… although I worked on it while I had COVID, so that’s maybe a factor…
What will I be reading during the coming week?
Currently in my hands:
The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon: I really needed something upbeat this week, and this seems to be a great choice.
Now playing via audiobook:
The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise by Colleen Oakley: I got through about 75% of this audiobook before I got sick, and haven’t gotten back to it yet. I’ve been loving it so far! Looking forward to finishing up in the next few days.
My longer-term reading commitments:
Until our next group classic read starts, I’m down to just one ongoing book at the moment:
- Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon: Over at Outlander Book Club, we’re doing a group read of BEES, reading and discussing two chapters per week. Coming up this week: Chapters 132 and 133 (of 155).
So many books, so little time…