The Monday Check-In ~ 1/5/2015

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!

It’s the first check-in of 2015! Wishing you all a year filled with great reading.

What did I read last week?

saga collage

I read straight through volumes 1 – 4 of Brian K. Vaughan’s wonderful Saga series. Read about it here.


Winger by Andrew Smith: Incredible. For all those bloggers who’ve told me for the past year to read this book — you were right! My review is here.

Elsewhere on the blog:









I posted my thoughts on Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh for this month’s Fields & Fantasies book club discussion, here.

Fresh Catch:

I had another nice-sized credit to spend at the used book store, after trading in a bunch of books — and I put it to good use:

Great Expectations Sense and SensibilitySome pretty classics!

Pride of BaghdadEx Machina v1A couple more graphic novels by Brian K. Vaughan!

A Town Like Alice Ghost Story Old Man's WarPlus a few paperbacks that I just needed to have!


What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

I'll Give You the SunPerditabad feminist

I’m going back and forth between two books. I’ve just started Perdita by Hilary Scharper, but I’m kind of torn between that and I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. Plus, my goal is to start Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay and just read one or two essays per week — more than that, and I’ll lose focus and just want to move back to fiction (as always).

Now playing via audiobook:

5th waveverity

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey: Just finished listening to the excellent audiobook version over the weekend. I’m so glad I took the time for it; it was a great refresher, and now I’m ready to read The Infinite Sea.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: I’ve been wanting to re-read this book, and decided to give audio a try.

Reading with my kiddo:

talking to dragons

Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #4) by Patricia C. Wrede: Still reading this one, and it feels like forever. We’re slowly creeping closer toward the end. Maybe we’ll even wrap up this week!

Book club reading:

scarletABOSAAhenna house

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!

OBC Book of the Month: Henna House by Nomi Eve (discussion starts January 21st).

station eleven

Next up for Fields & Fantasies: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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

So many book, so little time…




13 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 1/5/2015

  1. Great books you are reading this week. I really enjoyed Bad Feminist. I did think it got a little preachy in a few areas, but all in all, still really well written and thought provoking.

    • That’s pretty consistent with what I’ve been hearing about Bad Feminist. I do like her writing, and I think if I tackle it in small doses, it should work for me. Thanks!

    • Thank you! I’ve been dying to start Station Eleven, but since I have a book club commitment, I’m forcing myself to wait until the discussion time is closer. I’ve heard such great things! Have a great week.

    • It’s the Classic Lines series from Splinter. They have six titles available, and I’m also super-tempted to get more of them! (I did go ahead and ordered their version of Emma, but I’m holding off on Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre, since I do not need any more copies of these — even though they’re so pretty!)

        • The nice thing about the ones I picked up is that these were new copies that had been remaindered, so they were only $3 each! That’s the thrill of going to the used book store — all the little gems just waiting to be discovered.

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