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.
After two weeks of solitude, people are back at my house! It’s nice to hear other people bustling around once again. (Of course, I did do quite a bit of reading and TV watching while I had the house to myself, but I still prefer it when my family is home.)
What did I read during the last week?
The Woman Beyond the Sea by Sarit Yishai-Levi: A novel about family secrets and trauma that carry down through three generations. My review is here.
The Russian Cage (Gunnie Rose, #3) by Charlaine Harris: I’m loving this series! My review is here.
Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert A. Heinlein: My books group’s pick for May. I really enjoyed this classic sci-fi adventure! My review is here.
Pop culture & TV:
I went out to another movie! This time, I saw Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 3 — and found myself pretty unengaged most of the time. The novelty has worn off, I guess, and the movie seemed to drag on forever. Maybe I’m just done with Marvel at this point?
For streaming this week, I watching XO Kitty on Netflix, which was quick, light, and cute. It’s the story of the little sister from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, now a high school junior who impetuously decides to study abroad in Korea for the year (mainly so she can be with her long-distance boyfriend). It was very entertaining, and it actually went in some directions that I didn’t anticipate!
Also this week, I watched the Survivor (season 44) finale, and definitely had thoughts. You can check out my reaction, here.
I bought used copies of my book group’s next two classic reads:
We’ll be starting Cold Comfort Farm in June, and will likely start Daniel Deronda sometime in early fall.
Puzzle of the week:
I’m back on a roll with doing puzzles! This was a fun, bright 1,000-piece puzzle from Eeboo — and I jammed through it about a day.
What will I be reading during the coming week?
Currently in my hands:
Queen Charlotte by Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes: I’m so excited to start this book!
Now playing via audiobook:
The Serpent in Heaven (Gunnie Rose, #4) by Charlaine Harris: How could I resist? After this book, I’ll be caught up with the series until the new book comes out in the fall.
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 130 and 131 (of 155).
So many books, so little time…