The Monday Check-In ~ 1/30/2023

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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’s been a really busy workweek, and I’ve fallen asleep exhausted every night — so much so that I ended up restarting a book that I’d tried reading for three days. I kept reading it before bed, being too sleepy to absorb anything, and then feeling frustrated that the story wasn’t grabbing me. Fortunately, I decided to restart it over the weekend, during daylight hours when I had time and energy, and it hooked me right away!

Note to self: Stop starting new books at bedtime!!

What did I read during the last week?

I only managed to finish one book this past week, although I’m *this close* to the end of another one.

Ms. Demeanor by Elinor Lipman: Silly entertainment, very easy to dash through. My review is here.

Pop culture & TV:

The Last of Us continues to be scary and pretty amazing. I just wish the whole season was available, instead of having to wait a week in between episodes. #tvbingeproblems

I finished season two of Hunters (Prime Video). It was… weird. Uneven. There’s one truly haunting episode, but so much is odd about the tone and overall plot. Now that it’s all done, I wish I had someone to talk about it with!

Puzzles of the week:

Another colorful puzzle from Eeboo! (This one is Copenhagen – 1,000 pieces)

Fresh Catch:

No new books!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett: After reading a bunch of rave reviews, I just had to give this one a try. Really enjoying it so far!

Now playing via audiobook:

Spare by Prince Harry: I continue to be surprised by just how good this is! I’m about halfway through. It’s fascinating and very moving (and I haven’t even gotten to the Meghan parts yet…)

Ongoing reads:

My longer-term reading commitments:

  • 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 96 and 97 (of 155).
  • Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year by Allie Esiri: Just what the title promises! Shakespeare selections for each day of the calendar. As of this week, I’m even further behind. I may just give up on trying to read one passage every day and pick it up at random from here on out. I’m giving myself one more week to decide!
  • A Passage to India by E. M. Forster: My book group’s new classic read. We’re reading and discussing two chapters per week.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 1/23/2023

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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 feel like all I talk about in this “life” section lately is the weather — but that subject really has dominated every discussion in our area for the past few weeks! Fortunately, we’ve started drying out and had two straight days of sunshine over the weekend, so I was able to get out and enjoy long walks — bliss!

What did I read during the last week?

Episode Thirteen by Craig DiLouie: Haunted house terror with plenty of twists, from an author who never disappoints. My review is here.

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby: My book group’s pick for January — so good! Review to follow.

Meredith, Alone by Claire Alexander: Lovely, sad, and unexpected. My review is here.

Pop culture & TV:

Ooooh, The Last of Us! I was hooked after just one episode! And then it got me thinking about how terrifying fungi can be, so I wrote a post about it.

I hadn’t realized that season two of Hunters had dropped (Prime Video), so I’ve been binge-watching over the past few days. Two episodes to go!

Puzzles of the week:

I finished this one mid-week — tons of tiny details made this one pretty tricky.

Fresh Catch:

One new book this week:

This is so exciting — I won a giveaway from Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy! Many thanks to Tammy!! I can’t wait to start — I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by this author so far.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Ms. Demeanor by Elinor Lipman: A really fun read — I just started it Saturday night, and haven’t wanted to put it down! Hoping to finish later today.

Now playing via audiobook:

Spare by Prince Harry: After watching Harry & Meghan, not to mention season 5 of The Crown, there was no way I was going to miss out on this one! I’ve only just gotten started, but the initial chapters are surprisingly touching.

Ongoing reads:

My longer-term reading commitments:

  • 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 94 and 95 (of 155).
  • Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year by Allie Esiri: Just what the title promises! Shakespeare selections for each day of the calendar. I’m way behind already (which is kind of ridiculous, since we’re only 3 weeks into the new year), but I’ll try to do a little catching up this week.
  • A Passage to India by E. M. Forster: My book group’s new classic read. We’re reading and discussing two chapters per week, and I’m so excited! I’ve never read this book before — once again, I’m so glad that I have my book group to motivate me.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 1/16/2023

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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.

Rain, rain, rain, and more rain! I think the sun may actually shine a few days later this week… Fingers crossed for good weather — I desperately miss spending time outdoors!

What did I read during the last week?

O Pioneers! by Willa Cather: My Classics Club spin book! Finished at the end of the previous week, but it took me a bit to get a review together — see it here.

Lost in the Moment and Found by Seanan McGuire: The 8th book in the Wayward Children series. Loved it! My review is here.

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers: I finished the audiobook (#3 in the Wayfarers series) over the weekend. With each book, the series as a whole seems more and more brilliant. My review is here.

The Holiday Trap by Roan Parrish: A 3-star read. Some cute moments, but also far too many scenes that left me rolling my eyes. My review is here.

Plus, one DNF:

An Immense World by Ed Yong: I got up to page 120 or thereabouts, and that felt like enough. There are some really interesting stories about animal senses, but ultimately reading such a detailed science book just wasn’t for me.

Pop culture & TV:

I ended up watching The Witcher: Blood Origin (Netflix) this past week. Meh. Lots of action, but not terribly compelling as a whole. Maybe they tried to cram too much into four episodes?

Puzzles of the week:

I just started a new puzzle over the weekend:

As you can see, not too much progress yet. So much tiny little detail!! I have a feeling this one will take me a while.

Fresh Catch:

One new book this week:

A few of us at work have been talking about possibly doing a group read of this book for Black History Month. Whether that actually happens or not, I do want to read it, so I bought myself a copy!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Episode Thirteen by Craig DiLouie: I’ve read about 25% so far, and I’m loving the set-up and early stages of the story.

Now playing via audiobook:

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby. My book group’s pick for January. I have a week to get it done before our discussion! The audiobook is narrated by the fabulous Juliet Stevenson, so I think this will be a fun one.

Ongoing reads:

My longer-term reading commitments:

  • 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 92 and 93 (of 155).
  • Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year by Allie Esiri: Just what the title promises! Shakespeare selections for each day of the calendar. I fell behind this week, then read about five days’ worth over the weekend to catch up. Really enjoyable!
  • A Passage to India by E. M. Forster: This will be my book group’s new classic read. Starting today, we’ll be reading and discussing two chapters per week. I’ve been wanting to read this one for years now, so I’m really excited that the group picked it.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 1/9/2023

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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.

This week really flew by! We had huge rainstorms pretty much all week, and even lost power one particularly blustery night. Luckily, today was a mostly sunny day — first day without rain all week! — so I was able to finally enjoy being outdoors. More rain on the way starting tomorrow and all the way through next weekend…

A blogging update:

As I shared last week, I’ve made the decision to step back from my weekly Shelf Control meme. After 7 years and 347 books, I reached the point where I felt like giving myself a break from ongoing commitments, including this one

BUT — Shelf Control is not going away! I’m happy to announce that Mallika at Literary Potpourri has graciously agreed to become the new host. Please join Mallika on Wednesdays to celebrate our unread books (and maybe even commit to reading them!).

What did I read during the last week?

Poster Girl by Veronica Roth: A look at what’s left after the overthrow of a dystopian society. Unique and absorbing — my review is here.

Beyond the Wand by Tom Felton: I loved this audiobook memoir by the actor who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies. My review is here.

O Pioneers! by Willa Cather: My Classics Club spin book! I just finished over the weekend; review to follow.

Pop culture & TV:

I binge-watched Kindred (Hulu) this week — it’s so good! I loved the Octavia Butler novel (in fact, I think it was the first Octavia Butler book I ever read). The TV series changes some key elements, but the overall storyline follows much of the book’s main themes and plot points. Definitely worth checking out!

I’m also really loving 1923 (Paramount+). I mean, Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren on my TV screen? In an earlier generation of the Yellowstone family? What’s not to love?

Puzzles of the week:

A gorgeous Eeboo puzzle!

This was a tough one! So many tiny details… so many cactus spines! I was totally impressed with myself by the time I finished. (Sorry — once again, I need to point out that this puzzle is much prettier in real life. My lighting and photo abilities are not great).

Fresh Catch:

Two new purchased books, plus one from the library:

I’m especially excited for The Stolen Heir, but I’m looking forward to reading all three.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Lost in the Moment and Found by Seanan McGuire: The 8th book in the excellent Wayward Children series. Loving it so far — I’ll probably finish later tonight.

Now playing via audiobook:

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3) by Becky Chambers. Back to the Wayfarers series! I probably should have started my next book group book this week… but my library request for this book just came in, and I couldn’t resist.

Ongoing reads:

My longer-term reading commitments:

  • 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 90 and 91 (of 155).
  • An Immense World by Ed Yong: An interesting science book, but sometimes a little too heavy on the technical details. I’m trying to read this in steady little chunks, since I’m not very good at reading non-fiction straight through. I’m not sure I’ll make it all the way to the end, but for now, I’m sticking with it. Progress so far: page 115/464
  • Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year by Allie Esiri: Just what the title promises! Shakespeare selections for each day, and my plan is to keep up, all year long!

So many books, so little time…

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Reading goals: Series to read in 2023

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping 2023 brings joy and health for one and all!

As is my annual tradition, rather than setting a bunch of reading goals that I probably won’t actually try to achieve, I prefer to limit my bookish goals to series reading. There are so many series out there that I want to get to!

I absolutely recognize that I may end up changing my mind on some or all of these, but as of now…

My priority series to read in 2023 will be:

A bunch of carry-overs from 2022:

Children of Time series by Adrian Tchaikovsky: I own two of these books, and the 3rd comes out in January. I meant to at least start these last year… hoping to do better this year!

The Locked Tomb series by Tamsyn Muir: Another carry-over. I’ve read the first book (Gideon the Ninth), and have books 2 & 3 on my shelves, ready to go!

Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers – I finished the first two in 2022, and definitely plan to read the remaining two ASAP.

The Lady Janies series by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows: I read My Lady Jane in 2022, and want to read the next two in 2023.

Plus, some new additions to the list — series to start (and maybe even finish!) in 2023:

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon: My daughter recommended these to me, and so far, I haven’t had any romance series on my annual series lists.

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper: This is an older fantasy series that I really should have read by this point in my life! I read the first book years ago with one of my kids, but I think it’s about time that I give the series a shot, just for me.

Regency Faerie Tales by Olivia Atwater: This series slipped past my radar, but then I started seeing a lot of positive reviews. I think I need to give these books a try.

And finally…

A couple of series that I’ve been meaning to get around to for a while now. Who knows? Maybe 2023 will finally be the year that I give them a try. My “maybe” series for this year are:

  • The Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn
  • Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny

Are you planning to start any new series this year? If you’ve read any of the series on my list for 2023, please let me know what you thought and if you have any recommendations!

The Monday Check-In ~ 1/2/2023

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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.

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Welcome, 2023! Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

I spent the last week at home — no work!! — and while we didn’t go anywhere, it was still nice to have downtime to just read, hang out with family, and wear yoga pants all day!

It poured rain most of the week, which interfered with my hopes for daily walks, but I suppose I can’t complain — we really do need rain here. Unfortunately, the Southwest airline fiasco meant that my daughter’s flight got cancelled and she couldn’t get here as planned… hoping we’ll find a way to get some time together soon.

Today is my last day off, and then it’s back to work…

Sigh…

2022 Year in Books:

From Goodreads:

Moving onward to 2023, I just set my new Goodreads challenge goal — keeping it at 160, which seems reasonably doable, assuming I continue with my mix of audiobooks, print books, and the occasional graphic novel.

What did I read during the last week?

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one! My review is here.

The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal: This murder mystery on an interplanetary cruise ship is just so much fun. My review is here.

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers: The Wayfarers series is so good! This is book #2 — can’t wait to keep going. My review is here.

Pop culture & TV:

This was a great week for catching up on movies and TV! I really enjoyed Top Gun: Maverick, the new Avatar movie, Glass Onion (Knives Out 2), and Everything, Everywhere, All At Once (my head is still spinning from that one!).

I ended up watching Harry & Meghan on Netflix, and thought overall it was very well done. Harry talking about his mother was particularly moving, and seeing the couple’s experiences through the lens of what Diana went through makes their story seem much more relatable and worthy of support and empathy.

Puzzles of the week:

A gorgeous Eeboo puzzle!

Eeboo puzzles are so beautiful and so well made — check them out here.

Fresh Catch:

New books!

Plus, an ARC I’m super excited for:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Poster Girl by Veronica Roth: This book slipped under my radar somehow, but when I happened to see it at the library, I had to grab it. Really good so far!

Now playing via audiobook:

Beyond the Wand: The Magic & Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard by Tom Felton: Well, of course I wanted to read this book! Just started the audiobook version (narrated by the author) — just as fun as I’d expected.

Ongoing reads:

My longer-term reading commitments:

  • 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 88 and 89 (of 155).
  • O Pioneers! by Willa Cather: This is my newest Classics Club Spin book! The target date to finish is at the end of January, so I’ve been holding off on starting it… but I’m leaving it here as a reminder to myself to make time for it… probably going to dive in later this week.
  • An Immense World by Ed Yong: This was a holiday gift from a very thoughtful family member. Since I’m not very good at sticking with non-fiction, I’m trying to read a few pages each day — that should keep me from losing interest or getting distracted by all the shiny novels calling my name. Progress so far: page 45/464
  • Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year by Allie Esiri: I picked up this pretty book a few months ago, but now that it’s a new year, I’m finally starting it. There are Shakespeare selections for each day, and my plan is to keep up, all year long!

So many books, so little time…

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A look back: Series reading in 2022

At the start of each new year, I write a post about my intended series reading — which series I want to start, which I want to finish, and maybe even some that I want to devour all in one big reading binge.

Now that we’re at the end of December, it’s time to check back in and see if I actually accomplished any of my series reading goals for 2022.

So how did I do?

In 2022, my priority series to read were:

The Kingston Cycle trilogy by C. L. Polk:

Status: DONE! I read the trilogy straight through, and had mixed feelings about it as a whole. I liked a lot of the concepts and characters, but the continuity and worldbuilding didn’t especially work for me.

Children of Time and Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky:

Status: Nope. At the time when I wrote my post back in January, I thought this was a completed duology, but it turns out there’s a 3rd book coming out in early 2023. I really have no reason for not reading these books yet, other than juggling all the other books I wanted to read! These will go back on my series reading list for 2023.

The Expanse by James S. A. Corey:

Status: DONE! Wow. Just wow. I’d read books 1 – 5 prior to 2022, so this past year I read books 6 – 9 plus the collected stories. Fantastic series, start to finish, and I’m just sad that it’s done. Excellent storytelling with a powerful ending. A must-read series!

The Locked Tomb series by Tamsyn Muir:

Status: A little progress… I had just the first two books on my list at the start of 2022, but since then, a 3rd has been released. I finally read Gideon the Ninth about a month or so ago, didn’t love it… but remain interested enough to see what happens next. I intend to keep going in 2023.

Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers:

Status: Making progress! I’m currently on the 2nd book, and really enjoying it! I intend to keep going with the series, probably via audiobook.

Patternist series by Octavia Butler:

Status: Nope. As much as I’d love to read more Octavia Butler, I just never found myself motivated to start this series. I’d say that these books will remain on my maybe/someday shelf, but I don’t think I’m going to put them on my 2023 series list.

The Lady Janies series by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows:

Status: Baby steps. I read the first book in the series, and loved it! Just haven’t had time to continue yet, but I absolutely intend to.

The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski:

Status: One and done (for now). My goal had been to make lots of progress in this series — maybe even finish it? I read one more book, The Time of Contempt, and even though I still have four more left to read (and actually own copies of them all), I feel pretty done at this point. Maybe after the next season drops on Netflix, I’ll feel inspired to continue with the books… but as of now, I doubt it.

That’s it for my 2022 series reading. How about you?

Did you read any series in 2022? Any particular favorites?

Check back in January, when I’ll set a new batch of series reading goals for the new year.

The Monday Check-In ~ 12/26/2022

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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.

Silly me… This is my 2nd try at creating this post. The first time, I mistakenly ended up editing an existing post rather than copying the template and starting a new one. Sigh. Let’s try this again.

Here goes…

Happy holidays! I am completely thrilled to have a week off with nothing planned other than organizing bookshelves, seeing a movie or two, walking every day the sun is shining, and of course, lots ‘o reading.

I’m hoping this will be me by the end of the week:

What did I read during the last week?

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt: Amazing for plenty of reasons — but especially because some chapters are narrated by an octopus! My review is here.

Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca: This 4th installment in the author’s RenFaire-centered series is just as much romantic fun as expected. My review is here.

Persuasion by Jane Austen: My book group’s read of Persuasion wrapped up this past week. This was my 3rd or 4th time reading this book… and I loved it all over again.

Pop culture & TV:

I just finished season 5 of The Crown, and it left me feeling very uneasy. The Diana years are still too recent to really feel like history, and the dramatization of her unhappiness feels perhaps too real and disturbing.

Puzzles of the week:

A holiday-themed puzzle this week:

SO much snow and sky! Still quite fun, though.

Fresh Catch:

One new book this week:

A gift from a friend who knew just what to get me!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I’m somewhere around 80%, and I’m really enjoying it (after a somewhat slow start).

Now playing via audiobook:

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers: Book two in the Wayfarers series. I haven’t gotten very far yet, but I’m really glad to have started.

Ongoing reads:

My longer-term reading commitments:

  • 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. We’re at about 60% at this point.
  • O Pioneers! by Willa Cather: This is my newest Classics Club Spin book! The target date to finish is at the end of January, so I’ve been holding off on starting it… but I’m leaving it here as a reminder to myself to make time for it!
  • An Immense World by Ed Yong: Another bookish holiday gift! I don’t typically pick up non-fiction, but this does sound interesting, and I so appreciate when someone gives me a book. I’m going to keep this one on my nightstand and read it in little bits.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 12/19/2022

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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 Hanukkah! Last night was the first night — latkes, draydels, candles… good times!

What did I read during the last week?

The Vibrant Years by Sonali Dev: A really touching (and sometimes very funny) story of three generations of women in an Indian-American family. Very enjoyable. My review is here.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman: I guess timing is everything — I first read this book last year and only gave it three stars, yet when I re-read it this week for an upcoming book group discussion, I absolutely loved it!

All the Murmuring Bones by A. G. Slatter: A darkly magical tale of a family’s ancient bargain with the mer folk and what it’s cost them, and the lengths the last remaining descendent will go through to finally break free of her family’s toxic past. My review is here.

Pop culture & TV:

With some hesitation, I started season 5 of The Crown this week. And… it’s okay? I’ve watched five (out of ten) episodes so far. Not loving the depiction of Diana this season — she seems more like a caricature than like Diana herself, if that makes any sense. In any case, I’m interested enough to keep going.

The Survivor finale aired this week (season 43!) and I have to say, it was a fairly mediocre end to a mediocre season. The show needs to figure out a better way to get to the final three. The fire-making competition is getting old, and the process is just dumb. I’m tired of seeing the best players out at 4 or 5, leaving a group of finalists that it’s impossible to feel excited about. (Of course, I’ll still watch the next season… but my annoyance will continue to grow if they don’t make some changes.)

Puzzles of the week:

Getting back in the puzzle zone!

This was a fun one (and looks much better in person — the lighting at my puzzle table is pretty sucky).

Fresh Catch:

One new book this week:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt: Loving it so far!

Now playing via audiobook:

Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca: This series is so much fun!

Ongoing reads:

My longer-term reading commitments:

  • 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. We’re past the halfway point!
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen: My book group’s current classic read. I’ve read this several times already, but I’m always up for another go! Almost done! We discuss the final chapter this coming Wednesday.
  • O Pioneers! by Willa Cather: This is my newest Classics Club Spin book! The target date to finish is at the end of January, so I probably won’t start this one just yet… but I’m leaving it here as a reminder to myself to make time for it!

So many books, so little time…

boy1

The Monday Check-In ~ 12/12/2022

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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.

It was another busy workweek, but I did manage to finally get to a theater to see Wakanda Forever (loved it!), and had some good quality family time too. Unfortunately, my hopes for nice long walks on the beach over this past weekend were ruined by heavy rain storms both days… I mean, we do need the water, but couldn’t it have fallen on a weekday instead?

What did I read during the last week?

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers: A terrific sci-fi space adventure. Can’t wait to start the next in the series! My review is here.

The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston: I really like this one! Romance, but also sweet and touching moments about family and loss. My review is here.

Scattered Showers by Rainbow Rowell: A nice collection of new and previously published short stories, all in a really pretty hardcover edition. My review is here.

Pop culture & TV:

Who else is excited for the upcoming Daisy Jones & The Six series? A quick trailer and some photos were released this past week, and… wow. Just can’t wait!

I’m also super excited for the Kindred series to start this week. All eight episode drop this Tuesday on Hulu. I loved the book so much — I just hope the adaptation can do it justice.

Fresh Catch:

Two new books this week!

I’ll probably listen to the audiobook for Well Traveled, since that’s what I’ve done for all the earlier books in the series — but I’m still happy to have a paperback for my shelves! And I suppose I should probably read Gilded at long last, now that I have the sequel.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

The Vibrant Years by Sonali Dev: I’ve enjoyed so many of this author’s book, so I was excited to see this new release offered free on Kindle last month!

Now playing via audiobook:

All the Murmuring Bones by A. G. Slatter: My listening time was pretty limited this past week, so I haven’t made as much progress as I’d hoped… but I’m really enjoying the mood and the narration of this audiobook.

Ongoing reads:

My longer-term reading commitments:

  • 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. We’re past the halfway point!
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen: My book group’s current classic read. I’ve read this several times already, but I’m always up for another go! We’re reading and discussing two chapters per week, and have just two weeks to go.
  • Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North: Ha, this is so silly. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure approach to Shakespeare. I’ve been picking it up at random and following the different paths. Just a bit of light-weight entertainment to keep on hand.
  • O Pioneers! by Willa Cather: This is my newest Classics Club Spin book! The target date to finish is at the end of January, so I probably won’t start this one just yet… but I’m leaving it here as a reminder to myself to make time for it!

So many books, so little time…

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