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Weekly Monday Round-up (September 5, 2016)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.

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Book I started reading last week but haven't finished:
What the Butler Saw: Two Hundred and Fifty Years of the Servant Problem by E. S. Turner.

Still reading (was planning to finish on the weekend, but accidentally left it at work):
Show Me the Magic: Travels Round Benin by Taxi by Annie Caulfield.

Reading challenge progress:
Unchanged from last week.

DVDs I watched last week:
Still watching The Hobbit appendixes.

Other things I did last week:
Went to a concert on Friday: The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra playing 10 popular classical pieces chosen by vote, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Icelandic State Radio.

Last week's book haul: (more about those tomorrow)


Bookish said…
Oh wow, that concert sounds amazing as I love classical music! I never get the chance to see it performed live any more though.

Looking forward to seeing what you think of the Fables stories, I'm up to #9 and enjoying them a lot :)

Happy reading and watching!
Beth F said…
Fables and Bone! Woot!
You have a lot of great books here! I hope you enjoy them.

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Bibliophile said…
Bookish, the concert was lovely. I'm already wanting to go to another one - a showing of Disney's Fantasia with live music.

I have read a couple of other Fables books and enjoyed them hugely. I was led to them through the Sandman Presents books.

Beth, yes indeed. Looking forward to reading them.
Greg said…
Sounds like a great concert! And The Hobbit appendixes... that reminds me, i haven't seen those movies yet. I saw the beginning of the first one and then something came up and I never saw the rest! I need to get on that.

I did read some of the Bone stuff and liked them a lot. I should re- read and finish the story.
Kathryn T said…
Concert sounds great. While not a graphic novels reader really I know Bone was popular amongst some of my students when I was teaching.

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