The Monday Check-In ~ 11/20/2017

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.

Life.

Greetings from Connecticut! I’m on the East Coast spending Thanksgiving with family. Wishing everyone a peaceful and joyful turkey day! My blogging will be minimal this week, but I hope to read lots and lots.

What did I read last week?

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant: If mermaid horror isn’t already its own genre, this book should change that! Absolutely loved it. Review to follow.

Outlander !!

My reaction post for episode 310, “Heaven and Earth” is here. Not the best episode of the season, but hey — all Outlander is good Outlander.

Here’s a little peek at the episode:

Fresh Catch:

No new books this past week! Although I did indulge a bit when it comes to Kindle daily deals.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

Odd & True by Cat Winters: So excited to finally be reading the newest release from Cat Winters!

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny: A book club read for November — seems like a lot of fun.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden: I read this book at the beginning of 2017 (review), and loved it. I’m doing an audiobook re-read now before diving into the sequel — although my listening will be pretty limited while on vacation this 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.
  • Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon: Our group read of Private Matter is almost done — just three chapters to go! We’ll be moving on to 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 ~ 11/13/2017

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.

Life… and a programming note.

I’ll be away for Thanksgiving week, and may not be keeping up with my regular blogging activities. We shall see. Meanwhile, I’m enthusiastically building piles of paperbacks to throw into my suitcase!

What did I read last week?

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay: My review is here.

Artemis by Andy Weir: My review is here.

Romancing the Werewolf by Gail Carriger: A sweet, sexy novella. My review is here.

In audiobooks:

Indexing: Reflections by Seanan McGuire: Wow, what a great listen! My thoughts are here.

I also did a quick listen to Once Upon A Time in the North by Philip Pullman, a novella that’s a prequel to the events of His Dark Materials. Excellent, as are all of the audiobooks in the series. The full-cast recordings are just amazing, with terrific narration by the author himself and some very talented voice actors in the cast.

And in graphic novels…

The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman: A fun, quick graphic novel aimed at middle grade to young teen readers — an adventure story involving time travel, a mysterious ship, and bad guys set on world domination. I’ve been on a Pullman roll lately, so I just had to check this one out.

The Walking Dead, volume 28: A Certain Doom: Well, I binge-read and binge-watched The Walking Dead this year, so I just had to read the newest volume as soon as my library got it in stock.

Outlander !!

My reaction post for episode 309, “The Doldrums” is here. Great episode!

Here’s a little peek at “Doldrums”:

And in case you missed them, here are my reaction posts for the previous two episodes:

Fresh Catch:

First, I received a copy of Paperbacks From Hell by Grady Hendrix, courtesy of the lovely folks at Quirk:

And just yesterday, a special treat (from me to me) arrived in the mail — a signed copy of the 25th anniversary edition of Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon!

BTW, did you know that you can get signed copies of pretty much all of Diana Gabaldon’s books from the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Phoenix? Check out their web info, here.

Last but not least, a delivery of a book I’m so looking forward to reading — Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant, a full-length novel that’s a follow-up to the excellent novella Rolling in the Deep.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

Odd & True by Cat Winters: So excited to finally be reading the newest release from Cat Winters! I’ve loved every single thing she’s written so far, and this one is off to a great start.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden: I read this book at the beginning of 2017 (review), and loved it. I’m doing an audiobook re-read now before diving into the sequel!

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 Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander Book Club is doing a Lord John readalong — we’ll be reading all of the Lord John novels and stories in story chronology. Let me know if you’d like to participate! All are welcome.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 11/6/2017

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?

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, volume 1) by Philip Pullman: Amazing! I loved this book. My review is here.

Outlander !!

I’m finally posting a reaction post on the same day an episode airs! I have two episodes covered since my last Monday Check-in:

Click on the links to see my reaction to these two episodes, and let me know your thoughts as well!

Here’s a little peek at “First Wife”:

Fresh Catch:

My Kindle preorder of the newest Gail Carriger novella landed over the weekend!

More Parasol-verse, please!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay: Just getting started. I’ve read a few of this author’s books, and really enjoy her way of incorporating Jane Austen and other classics into contemporary stories.

Next up will be Artemis by Andy Weir. Can’t wait!

Now playing via audiobook:

Indexing: Reflections by Seanan McGuire: The 2nd book in the super-fun Indexing series. Loving it — should finish by the end of the 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.
  • Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander Book Club is doing a Lord John readalong — we’ll be reading all of the Lord John novels and stories in story chronology. Let me know if you’d like to participate! All are welcome.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 10/30/2017

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?

Indexing by Seanan McGuire: I finished up my audiobook listen — my reaction is here.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: I did it! I finally, finally, finally did what I’ve been talking about for years — I read Great Expectations! Some thoughts, here.

Outlander !!

My love for Outlander knows no bounds. Check out my reaction post from last week’s super-sized reunion episode (“A. Malcolm”) here. My reaction post for the 7th episode (“Creme de Menthe”) which aired last night will be up in a day or two –meanwhile, enjoy this little peek:

Fresh Catch:

Three new books this week – so exciting!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1) by Philip Pullman: I started this a week ago, then got derailed by Great Expectations. But now I’m back! Only 3 chapters read so far, but I’m loving it.

Now playing via audiobook:

Indexing: Reflections by Seanan McGuire: I had so much fun with the first book in the Indexing series that I just couldn’t resist moving straight on to book #2.

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 Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander Book Club is doing a Lord John readalong — we’ll be reading all of the Lord John novels and stories in story chronology. Let me know if you’d like to participate! All are welcome.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 10/23/2017

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.

Life.

In an otherwise busy week of work, I had two great brushes with cultural life. One, I went with my son to see a wonderful hula performance over the weekend. And two, I GOT TICKETS TO SEE HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD ON BROADWAY! Granted, the tickets are for June, so that’s a pretty long time from now, but I’m still super excited!

What did I read last week?

Guts: The Anatomy of the Walking Dead by Paul Vigna: Clearly, you have to be a fan to enjoy this one… but since I am, I did. My review is here.

Elsewhere on the blog:

Check out my post summing up the glory of listening to the His Dark Materials trilogy audiobooks.

Outlander !!

The print shop! It was the reunion of the (18th) century last night on Outlander! I’ll have my reaction post up later today or tomorrow.

The Walking Dead:

If I spend all day yawning today, blame the premier of The Walking Dead! Couldn’t stop thinking about it, therefore didn’t get much sleep, and I’m likely to spend the day looking like this:

Life is hell before my morning coffee…

Fresh Catch:

Another batch of my E-Bay Georgette Heyer purchases arrived this week:

I also treated myself to two books from the new Tor collection of mini-hardbacks:

I posed them here alongside my Funko Pops to give a sense of their size. They’re really adorable little hardcover books. Find out more about the collection here.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1) by Philip Pullman: I’m so excited to be started this! I’m only a few chapters in so far, but loving it.

Now playing via audiobook:

Indexing by Seanan McGuire: Fairy tales are real! This audiobook is lots of fun. Should be done by the end of the 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.
  • Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander Book Club is doing a Lord John readalong — we’ll be reading all of the Lord John novels and stories in story chronology. Let me know if you’d like to participate! All are welcome.

Via Serial Reader:

  • I decided to finally dive in and start Great Expectations! I’m using the Serial Reader app, and really liking it so far.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 10/16/2017

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.

Life.

Like everyone else in San Francisco, I’ve been focused all week on the terrible wildfires raging throughout the regions just north of us. So terribly upsetting, and it’s not over yet. We’re all looking for ways to donate, help, and offer support to those suffering, as well as the brave folks out there fighting the fires.

What did I read last week?

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King: I finished this last Sunday, and posted my thoughts a few days later. Check out my review, here.

LaRose by Louise Erdrich: My book group’s discussion book for October, finished just in the nick of time! My thoughts are here.

I also wrapped up my return visit to the world of His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. I finished the audiobook of The Amber Spyglass (so beautiful!), and re-read both Lyra’s Oxford and Once Upon a Time in the North as well. I’m so excited for the new book, The Book of Dust, to arrive this week!

Outlander !!

Outlander is on break this week, with the next new episode (the print shop!!) coming October 22nd. Meanwhile, myy reaction post for the 5th episode is here. And in other Outlander news, there was an exciting casting announcement for season 4 — find out more here.

Other TV:

Check out my post about what I’m watching this fall, here.

Fresh Catch:

I mentioned last week that I went on an EBay spree and ordered a bunch of Georgette Heyer books. Five more arrived this week… whee!

And there are still a few more yet to come!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

Guts: The Anatomy of The Walking Dead by Paul Vigna: Don’t judge me! I just got this book from the library, and I’m VERY INTO IT.

Now playing via audiobook:

Indexing by Seanan McGuire: Just getting started, but it’s cute so far. I mean, c’mon — it’s by Seanan McGuire! It just has to be good, right?

Ongoing 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 Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander Book Club is doing a Lord John readalong — we’ll be reading all of the Lord John novels and stories in story chronology. Let me know if you’d like to participate! All are welcome.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 10/9/2017

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?

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King: At some point, I became convinced that I was stuck in some sort of weird time loop in which I was forever reading Sleeping Beauties… but finally, after 8 days and 700 pages, I’m done! I’ll write up some thoughts to share in the next few days.

Outlander !!

My reaction post for the 4th episode is here. Stay tuned for more — my reaction post for episode 5 will be up in a day or two.

Here’s a peek at episode 5:

 

Fresh Catch:

I went on an EBay spree and ordered a bunch of Georgette Heyer books. Here’s what’s arrived so far:

And 3 or 4 more are on the way!

Also, a wonderful coworker (and friend) gave me an Amazon gift card a couple of weeks ago for a birthday present, and here’s what I ended up treating myself to:

I can see hours and hours of blissful nerding out in my future.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

LaRose by Louise Erdrich: Just starting! I’ve really been looking forward to this one.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman: Book three of the His Dark Materials trilogy — should be done later this week. The full-cast recording is really remarkably good.

Ongoing 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 Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander Book Club is doing a Lord John readalong — we’ll be reading all of the Lord John novels and stories in story chronology. Let me know if you’d like to participate! All are welcome.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 10/2/2017

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.

Life.

I went to a baby shower over the weekend. No matter how old I get, I never get tired of teeny-tiny little baby outfits! SO cute.

What did I read last week?

Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello: A beautiful, sad, and even humorous memoir, as the author shares the heartbreaking story of losing the love of his life to cancer. My review is here.

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak: Contemporary fiction about a family forced to spend the holidays together in quarantine from the rest of the world. My review is here.

Thornhill by Pam Smy: A haunting ghost story, told in prose and pictures. My review is here.

In audiobooks:

I finished listening to The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman. I’m not usually a fan of full-cast recordings for audiobooks, but this series is very well done. Great voices for Lyra and Will!

Outlander !!

My reaction post for the 3rd episode is here. Stay tuned for more — my reaction post for episode 4 will be up in a day or two.

Here’s a peek at episode 4:

 

Fresh Catch:

Ooh, two new books came this week, and they made me very happy:

Yes, that’s a brand new illustrated edition of Neverwhere, and it looks amazing!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King: I just started this over the weekend, and since it’s about 700 pages long, I’ll probably be reading it all week.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman: Book three of the His Dark Materials trilogy! I’ve been listening to the audiobooks to get myself back into the world of these stories before The Book of Dust comes out later this month.

Ongoing 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 Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander Book Club is doing a Lord John readalong — we’ll be reading all of the Lord John novels and stories in story chronology. Let me know if you’d like to participate! All are welcome.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 9/25/2017

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.

Happy New Year!

Life.

I’ve been away for the past four days, taking advantage of a long weekend to go visit family on the East Coast. Great fun, but arriving home at 11:30 pm on a Sunday leaves me exhausted for a Monday morning at work.

What did I read last week?


The Power by Naomi Alderman: My review is here.

Venetia by Georgette Heyer: My audiobook review is here.

Lord John and the Hellfire Club by Diana Gabaldon: The Outlander Book Club’s Lord John readalong is underway! We finished the first novella this past week.

End of Watch by Stephen King: The 3rd book in the Bill Hodges trilogy — I loved it! I finished it while traveling this past weekend, and may write up some thoughts when I get a few moments to breathe.

Outlander !!

My reaction post for the 2nd episode is here. Stay tuned for more — my reaction post for episode 3 will likely be a bit delayed since I’ve been away for a few days. Hoping to get it done in the next day or two.

Here’s a peek at episode 3:

 

Fresh Catch:

Our library’s Big Book Sale was this past week, and I SCORED. Here’s a little glimpse of what I brought home:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello: I just started this on the plane ride home last night. I can tell already that this will be a great read.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman: I’m revisiting the world of His Dark Materials via audiobook in preparation for the release of The Book of Dust next month.

Ongoing 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 Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander Book Club is doing a Lord John readalong — we’ll be reading all of the Lord John novels and stories in story chronology. This week, we’re starting the first full LJ novel. Anyone who’s interested is welcome to participate, so let me know if you’d like more information on how to join in.

So many books, so little time…

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The Monday Check-In ~ 9/18/2017

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 Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray: I finished the 3rd book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy. My wrap-up post is here.

I also read and reviewed two amazing novellas by Sarah Gailey, which are impossible to describe except as “Westerns with hippos”. Check out my post, here.

Outlander returns!

Was episode 1 great or what? My reaction post for the season premiere is here. Stay tuned for more — my reaction posts for each episode will most likely go up on Monday or Tuesday each week.

Here’s a peek at episode 2:

 

Fresh Catch:

One new book this week — can’t wait to get started!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
 

The Power by Naomi Alderman: I’ve read about half, and it’s pretty amazing.

End of Watch by Stephen King: I have a flight coming up later in the week, and for some reason I always enjoy reading Stephen King while I’m traveling. I’m saving the 3rd book of the Bill Hodges trilogy to keep me company on the plane.

Now playing via audiobook:

Venetia by Georgette Heyer: Almost done! Perfection — Georgette Heyer is always a treat, and Phyllida Nash does a superb job with the narration.

Ongoing 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 Hell-Fire Club by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander Book Club is doing a Lord John readalong — we’ll be reading all of the Lord John novels and stories in story chronology. This week, we’ll be finishing up the first Lord John novella, Lord John and the Hellfire Club. Next up: Lord John and the Private Matter. Anyone who’s interested is welcome to participate, so let me know if you’d like more information on how to join in.

So many books, so little time…

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