The Monday Check-In ~ 2/9/2015

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.

What did I read last week?

girl runnerWar of the Wivesstation eleven

Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder: My blog tour/review post is here.

War of the Wives by Tamar Cohen: My review is here.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: Finished! What an incredible book. Watch for a Fields & Fantasies post later this week!


Happy anniversary to us! My sweetie and I celebrated 17 years of wedded bliss this past weekend. ♥♥♥♥♥

Elsewhere on the blog:

Biz-speak clichés and jargon drove me crazy last week. My post about it is here — I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Fresh Catch:

A few new (used) books this week:

Family Orchard Sarah Thornhill Uncommon Reader

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Treasure Islandlight

It’s about time that I finally read Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. And I won’t even bother trying to hide the fact that I’m at least partially inspired by watching Black Sails on TV. (Not to mention my son’s habit of singing “What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor”, courtesy of Assassin’s Creed on his PlayStation).

I also plan to start The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian, the February Book of the Month for Outlander Book Club.

Now playing via audiobook:

Moon CalledFuries of Calderon

I’m almost done with my re-read of the 1st Mercy Thompson book via audiobook (Moon Called by Patricia Briggs). I really do love this series! I might do a bit of series hopping — when I’m done with this Mercy book, I’m going to switch over to Furies of Calderon, the 1st Codex Alera book by Jim Butcher. I definitely do better with audiobooks when I’ve read them before!

Reading with my kiddo:


The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton’s Lair by S. S. Taylor: We’re moving slowly, but still enjoying this one.

Book club reading:


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 for February: The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian. The discussion opens February 18th.

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

So many book, so little time…



8 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 2/9/2015

  1. Happy anniversary!

    Keen to hear your thoughts on Station Eleven – not my usual kind of book but have heard such good things and it popped up on so many ‘best of 2014’ lists.

    • Thank you! I’d heard so many great things about Station Eleven that I was almost hesitant to start it — but I’m so glad I did! I’m working on a post about it with a Q&A with another blogger, and we’re aiming to have it up next week. I really loved the book!

  2. Station Eleven sounds fantastic. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
    Awww, Happy Anniversary to you both!
    The Uncommon Reader is a really fun read. LOL And that’s hilarious but I’m super tempted to read Treasure Island for the same reason. Is that not the best freaking show?? Highly underrated.

    • Thank you for the anniversary wishes! I think you’ll really love Station Eleven. Okay, Black Sails is amazing. I’m a teensy bit obsessed at the moment. I’m actually enjoying Treasure Island (wasn’t sure if I would), but to be honest, it’s not grabbing me the way my usual books do, making me want to stay up all night to read it. Still, I’m trying to fill in some of the gaps in my reading, and Treasure Island seemed like a great choice!

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