New! The Monday Check-In ~ 12/22/2014

Shaking things up here at Bookshelf Fantasies! Don’t worry, I’m not getting too crazy — but I am reintroducing my regular Monday feature with a new name and slightly different focus. When I started blogging, I created a weekly Monday feature with a “back to the workweek” theme, and cutely (or not) called it The Monday Agenda. You know, setting out the agenda for my reading week… identifying the 3 or 4 books I planned to read each week, and then giving an update the following Monday on how far I’d come with my previous week’s agenda.

Lately, though, I’ve been trying to move away from over-planning, and want to continue working on not getting ahead of myself when it comes to deciding what to read. So,with my shiny new title, The Monday Check-In, I’m resetting my course. And – ta da! – here’s my new weekly feature, with thanks to all who offered me their opinions on what to call the darn thing.

The Monday Check-in:  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?


Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler: So much fun. My review is here.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: And now I’m hooked. My review is here.

Pop culture goodness:

I saw The Hobbit with the fam this weekend. Um, it was long? The super-special high-def made me feel like I was watching my son play video games, and I was amused by how long the battle was, when it gets only five pages in the book. Oh well. New Zealand did look spectacular, didn’t it? I did love the Billy Boyd song at the end, and overall, having seen all three Hobbit movies makes me yearn even more for a LOTR movie marathon.


Fresh Catch:

New this week:

paying guests

One hard copy of a book I’ve wanted for a few months now… plus, did you see all the Kindle price-drop madness over on Amazon this past week? I went a little bit crazy, snatching up copies of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, two Patrick Rothfuss books, the Mistborn trilogy, and a whole bunch more.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:


Continuing onward with The Lunar Chronicles — I’m about halfway through Scarlet, and have a copy of Cress ready to go.


Meanwhile, I was about 35 pages into Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future when I got sucked into the Lunar world… and I hope to get back to it this week, because I really liked what I’d read so far!

Now playing via audiobook:

5th wave

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey: I loved this book when I read it last year. I bought a copy of the sequel, The Infinite Sea, but I’ve been holding off on starting it until I could squeeze in a re-read. A refresher via audio seems like the way to go!

Reading with my kiddo:

talking to dragons

Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #4) by Patricia C. Wrede: Still slogging our way through this one. What with all the holiday excitement and general busy-ness, we’ve barely made any progress this past week. Still pressing forward!

Book club reading:


Fields & Fantasies Book Club pick for December: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. We’ll have discussion posts up at the very end of the month, and you’re welcome to join in! Post your own piece about the book, or just come share your thoughts here. The more, the merrier!

Classic read: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. (One chapter per week)

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon: Reading and discussing two chapters per week, from now through the end of 2015!

Want to join any of the group reads? Let me know and I’ll provide the links!

So many book, so little time…


6 thoughts on “New! The Monday Check-In ~ 12/22/2014

    • Thanks! I’m looking forward to The Infinite Sea — but for now, it’s really great experiencing The 5th Wave all over again, and I really like the narration on the audiobook.

    • I really liked what I read so far — hope to get back to it later this week. (I’ve read two other books by this author, and thought they were both great.)

  1. A couple of my friends and I went to this special release Hobbit marathon… 10 hours of Hobbits. My ass hurt but it was so much fun. Definitely made me want to do a lord of the rings marathon now too!

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