The Monday Check-In ~ 2/16/2015

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?

Treasure Islandlight

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson: Yo ho ho! My review is here.

The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian: I have about 50 pages left, and it’s so hard to stop!


All of my library holds arrived at once, and now I’m swamped. Isn’t that the way it always works? Meanwhile, I’m watching a lot of TV, which means I’m forced to choose each night between going to bed at a reasonable hour or staying up to read. Guess which choice wins?

Fresh Catch:

The books I bought or borrowed this week…

Middlemarch2 The Bear

I’ve decided that this is the year when I’ll finally read Middlemarch. Wish me luck!

I also picked up a copy of The Bear by Claire Cameron, which I’ve had on my wish-list for a while now.

And yes, I brought home a big stack of library books, which I really need to read before I touch anything else.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Boston GirlLost & Found

The next two books I plan to read are The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant and Lost & Found by Brooke Davis.

Now playing via audiobook:

Moon CalledBlood Bound

For my listening pleasure, I’ve decided that I’m going to stick with re-reading the Mercy Thompson series for the time being. I finished Moon Called early last week and moved straight into the 2nd book in the series, Blood Bound. Apart from one character being portrayed with an accent that was pretty jarring at first, the narration of these books is terrific — and I love the series so much that it’s a real treat to revisit it from the beginning all over again.

Reading with my kiddo:


The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton’s Lair by S. S. Taylor: My kiddo and I just finished the book over the weekend, and loved it! My review is here; I’ll see if I can get the boy to share some of his thoughts later on as well. We haven’t quite decided what’s next, but we have plenty of great options!

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 ~ 2/16/2015

  1. Wow, you’re sure getting through a lot of books! 🙂 It is so very typical that all your library books arrived at once, it’s either a flood or a trickle and nothing in between!

    I hope you have a good week!

    • Thank you! It’s making me happy that I’ve enjoyed so many great books lately — I’m just hoping my streak of really liking what I’m reading continues. 🙂 Have a great week!

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