The Monday Check-In ~ 2/19/2018

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.

Ugh. This winter has been the worst. I was home sick for another three days this week, and I still can’t get past this stupid cough. I’m tired of it!

The only positive thing about feeling lousy is all the reading time I’m squeezing in, in between naps and cups of tea.

 

What did I read last week?

By the Book by Julia Sonneborn: A modern-day retelling of Persuasion (sort of). My review is here.

A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire: Finished the audiobook, and loved it!

Deadline by Mira Grant: SO in love with this series!

Note: For those who don’t know, Seanan McGuire and Mira Grant are the same person — so yes, I’m clearly obsessed with this author at the moment.

Fresh Catch:

This arrived:

Doesn’t it look amazing?

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Blackout by Mira Grant — book three of the amazing, intense Newsflesh trilogy. Why did I wait so long to finally read these books?

Now playing via audiobook:

An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire: October Daye, #3. Terrific urban fantasy series.

Ongoing reads:

Book group reads:

  • Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander Book Club has just started a group read of LJ&BotB, two chapters per week. If you’d like to join in, ask me how!
  • My book group’s classic read is Fences by August Wilson — we’ll be done this week.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 2/12/2018

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.

20 years of wedded bliss! This past week was our 20th wedding anniversary, although we’re postponing the celebration until a vacation planned for next month. We’ve actually been together for 25 years now, but 20 years ago we decided to finally tie the knot… and it’s been a wonderful adventure ever since.

 

What did I read last week?

The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson: What a great read! Highly recommended — check out my review here.

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner: Finished late Sunday — review to follow!

Pop culture:

Working my way through Grace & Frankie, and loving it! I’m about halfway through season 4.

Fresh Catch:

No new books! I’m so proud of myself.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Just starting: By the Book by Julia Sonneborn, which is supposedly a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. (They had me at Jane Austen.)

Now playing via audiobook:

A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire: October Daye, #2 — almost done! And once I finish, I plan to keep going with the 3rd October Daye book. I’m loving this series so far!

Ongoing reads:

Book group reads:

  • Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander Book Club has just started a group read of LJ&BotB, two chapters per week. If you’d like to join in, ask me how!
  • My book group’s classic read is Fences by August Wilson.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 2/5/2018

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?

Feed by Mira Grant: I am in love with this book. And YAY ME for finally reading it, after having it on my “want” list for so many years.

The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander: This novella defies description — it simply must be read. My review is here.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah: I was totally blind-sided by how much this book affected me. My thoughts are here.

And in audiobooks:

I finished Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire, the first book in the October Daye urban fantasy series. Loved it! My reaction is here. Moving on to book #2!

Pop culture:

Trying to cram in a few Oscar-nominated movies before March! I managed to watch one this past week:

The Shape of Water was beautiful! I can’t stop thinking about it.

Fresh Catch:

Oops – I may have gone a bit overboard with my Newsflesh obsession:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

I’m planning to get through a couple of ARCs before returning to zombies…

Now playing via audiobook:

A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire: October Daye, #2 — loving this series so far!

Ongoing reads:

Book group reads:

  • Lord John and the Succubus by Diana Gabaldon: Our group read of this novella ends this coming week. Next up: Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade
  • My book group’s next classic read is Fences by August Wilson, starting this week.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 1/29/2018

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?

Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart: Fabulous audiobook! My review is here.

Still Me by Jojo Moyes: Loved this follow-up to Me Before You and After You. My review is here.

Started and stopped:

I don’t know if it’s even worth mentioning, but I read the opening chapters of two very different books last week — one for book group, one just because — before deciding that I just wasn’t in the mood to continue:

Maybe I’ll go back to one or both at some point… but for now, they’re back on the shelf.

Fresh Catch:

One new book this week:

The cover blurb made me laugh — find out why, here.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Feed by Mira Grant: Woooo! I’m so excited to finally be starting the Newsflesh books… because a) I’ve wanted to read these for a long time now, and b) this was actually one of my series reading goals for 2018!

Now playing via audiobook:

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire: Time for a little urban fantasy… and the start of another series from my reading goals list!

Ongoing reads:

Book group reads:

  • Lord John and the Succubus by Diana Gabaldon: Our group read of this novella continues — contact me if you’d like to join in.
  • My book group’s next classic read will be Fences by August Wilson, which we’re starting next week.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 1/22/2018

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?

Read and reviewed:

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld: I loved this 21st century retelling of Pride and Prejudice! My review is here.

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas: Hmmm. See my review here if you want to know what I thought!

Read but not reviewed:

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire: I was a bit let down by this book, which just doesn’t live up to the magic and wonder of the previous two in the series. The writing is still lovely, but the plot didn’t quite work for me.

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott: Finished! My book group’s classic read of Ivanhoe came to an end this past week, and I’m so glad to have read it. Another great choice of a book I probably never would have read on my own.

Fresh Catch:

Two new books this week:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Still Me by Jojo Moyes: I’m excited to be reading this follow up to After You… if only I could remember what happened in the previous book.

Now playing via audiobook:

Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart: Another terrific adventure featuring the Kopp Sisters! I have another day or two of listening to go.

Ongoing reads:

Book group reads:

  • Since we finished Ivanhoe this past week, we’re in between classic reads at the moment. Our next will start in February.
  • Lord John and the Succubus by Diana Gabaldon: Our group read of this novella continues — contact me if you’d like to join in.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 1/15/2018

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?

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman: The illustrated version is such a treat! See below for a link to my post about this book and Saga.

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman: I finished the audiobook! My review is here.

Binti by Nnedi Okarafor: Another audiobook — I decided to re-read via audio, and although I’m glad I revisited the story, I can’t say that I was terribly impressed by the audiobook itself. This is one book thats’ definitely better on the page.

In graphic novels:

I caught up on Saga! Such an amazing series.

I wrote up some thoughts on Neverwhere and Saga, here.

Fresh Catch:

Three new books this week:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

I’m FINALLY reading Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, which has been sitting on my nightstand for over a year now.

Now playing via audiobook:

Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart: I’m really excited to be starting the 3rd Kopp Sisters book!

Ongoing reads:

Book group reads:

  • Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott: Finally, it’s the last week of my book group’s classic read!
  • Lord John and the Succubus by Diana Gabaldon: Our group read of this novella continues — contact me if you’d like to join in.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 1/8/2018

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.

After a lovely week off, which included a trip to Universal Hollywood with my kiddos, it’s back to work for me today. Sigh.

What did I read last week?

A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell #3) by Deanna Raybourn: Such a fun way to kick off 2018! My review is here.

The Angry Tide by Winston Graham: The 7th book of the Poldark series is a real knock-out — granted, it gets a bit too bogged down in parts by politics and banking, but the human drama is intense and it has a heart-breaker of an ending. I’d planned to take a break before reading more in the series… but now I’m thinking I want to continue a whole lot sooner than originally planned.

Pop culture goodness:

My family has been obsessed with playing the Hogwarts Battle game. It’s so much fun!

Seriously, if you’re an HP fan, you have to check this game out. You’ll love it, I promise.

Fresh Catch:

Two new books this week — a graphic novel, and a book for book group:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

A few different things while I wait on pins and needles for this coming week’s new arrivals:

I’m catching up on the last few Saga volumes before starting the newest…

… and I’m getting back to the illustrated edition of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, which looks beautiful.

Now playing via audiobook:

I hit pause on my current listen (below) so that I could listen to Binti instead. I read Binti last year, but need a refresher before book #3 comes out next week.

And once I finish Binti, I’ll go back to…

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman: I got about halfway through before this past week’s vacation, when I didn’t listen to audiobooks at all. I’m looking forward to finishing — what I’ve heard so far was really interesting.

Ongoing reads:

Book group reads:

  • Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott: My book group’s classic read! We’re reading and discussing two chapters per week, and have only a few more chapters to go.
  • Lord John and the Succubus by Diana Gabaldon: We’re starting our group read of this novella this week! Contact me if you’d like to join in.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 1/1/2018 – Happy New Year!

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.

Happy New Year!

Wishing one and all a joyful 2018… fill with health, laughter, and great books!

Goodreads goal for 2018:

I always love doing the Goodreads reading challenge — I love that it’s a challenge between me and myself, no goals that feel artificial to me, just me and my books and a lot of great reading! Did you sign up for 2018? Here’s my goal:

(I went lower than I did for 2017, because I can’t imagine reading nearly that many graphic novels again in the coming year. But I’ve been wrong before…)

What did I read last week?

The Four Swans by Winston Graham: Book #6 in the Poldark series. I enjoyed it so much that I’m moving straight ahead with #7!

Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of 70s and 80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix: A must for horror fans! Check out my review, here.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez: Deeply moving YA fiction. My review is here.

Read but not yet reviewed:

Just before the stroke of midnight, I squeezed in two more books in 2017!

  • A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell #3) by Deanna Raybourn — review to follow.
  • George by Alex Gino – Lovely middle grade fiction about a transgender girl finding her way.

Pop culture goodness:

Anyone else watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? I finished my binge-watch over the weekend, and loved it.

Fresh Catch:

No new books this week!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

The Angry Tide by Winston Graham: My first book of 2018 is the 7th Poldark book… and then I’ll probably take a break from the series until it’s time for a new TV season.

Now playing via audiobook:

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman: I’ve listened to about half so far, and it’s super interesting. I’ve had limited listening time lately, but hope to finish up this coming week.

Ongoing reads:

Book group reads:

  • Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott: My book group’s classic read! We’re reading and discussing two chapters per week, and have only a few more chapters to go.
  • Lord John and the Succubus by Diana Gabaldon: We’ll be starting our group read of the novella Lord John & the Succubus next week — contact me if you’d like to join in.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 12/25/2017

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.

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all who are celebrating a day filled with joy… here’s hoping Santa left you some wonderful bookish gifts under your tree!

What did I read last week?

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich: I was pretty disappointed by this one. My review is here.

180 Seconds by Jessica Park: Lovely, moving YA fiction. My review is here.

Pop culture goodness:

The kiddo and I decided to watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I’d never watched the extended editions before. Whew. Great movies, of course, but I feel like I need a vacation after sitting through all three in one weekend!

Goodreads update:

It was nice waking up to this earlier this week:

Onward to 2018!

Fresh Catch:

No new books this week. *patting self on the back*

I did, however, treat myself to some Outlander magnetic bookmarks via Etsy:

Adorable, right? You can find these (and more) here.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

The Four Swans by Winston Graham: Book #6 in the Poldark series. After watching season 3, I have to know what happens next!

Now playing via audiobook:

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman: Just getting started, but pretty interesting so far.

Ongoing reads:

Book group reads:

  • Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott: My book group’s classic read! We’re reading and discussing two chapters per week — only three chapters to go, after a wee break for the holidays.
  • Lord John and the Succubus by Diana Gabaldon: We’ll be starting our group read of the novella Lord John & the Succubus in January — contact me if you’d like to join in.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 12/18/2017

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 Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond: A dark thriller that becomes disturbingly sadistic. My thoughts, here.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: A light and engaging book that was a great antidote to the awful taste left behind by my previous book. My review is here.

In audiobooks, I finished The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede: Beautiful, moving, inspiring non-fiction. My review is here.

Pop culture goodness:

Well, of course I saw this:

Fresh Catch:

New books!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

I also just started making my way through Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix, a non-fiction look at the truly horrific horror novels of the 70s and 80s. Fun stuff!

Now playing via audiobook:

180 Seconds by Jessica Park: YA fiction, pretty compelling stuff so far.

Ongoing reads:

Book group reads:

  • Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott: My book group’s classic read! We’re reading and discussing two chapters per week.
  • Lord John and the Succubus by Diana Gabaldon: We’ll be starting our group read of the novella Lord John & the Succubus in January — contact me if you’d like to join in.

So many books, so little time…

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