The Monday Check-In ~ 3/16/2015

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?

dead heatScarlet Pimpernel2In Falling Snow

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs: LOVED IT. A new book in a favorite series is always a treat. Check out my review here.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy: This was a book group pick, and reading it in our tiny increments (one chapter per week) was not the ideal way to enjoy it. I’m glad to finally be done… although I’m also glad in the end to have read it. My review is here.

In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl: Done. My book club will be discussing this book during the coming week, so I buckled down and plowed through the last 50% over the weekend. My review is here.


Fangirl heaven! I went to a talk by Neil Gaiman (in conversation with Michael Chabon) this week, and it was amazing. Plus, I got to meet Neil Gaiman at the reception before the event, and he was nice and charming and wonderful. Sadly, he didn’t do a book signing, but I was able to buy a pre-signed copy of his newest book. All in all, a fantastic evening. Wish you’d been there? Here’s the video from the event:

Fresh Catch:

My copy of Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warnings was my only new book this past week. And it’s signed!

Trigger Warning

I don’t usually read short stories, but in this case, I’m happy to make an exception.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Black Dove White Raven 2Witch of Painted Sorrows

I’m about 50 pages into Elizabeth Wein’s newest, Black Dove, White Raven. Really excited to finally be reading it!

I’m behind on my review books, and need to get cracking in time for the blog tour for The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M. J. Rose.

Now playing via audiobook:

Bone CrossedSilver Borne

Continuing on with my audio re-read of the Mercy Thompson series, I finished #4, Bone Crossed, this past week, and I’ve started #5, Silver Borne. Yup, still loving the heck out of this series.

Ongoing reads:


Eragon by Christopher Paolini: Reading with my kiddo. Still.

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon: Reading and discussing two chapters per week with Outlander Book Club, from now until whenever!

So many book, so little time…




4 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 3/16/2015

  1. OMG! I knew you were going to see Neil Gaiman, but I can’t imagine being in that particular audience. I watched the video the day it was posted – it was such a touching interview. It actually prompted me to go pick up Good Omens, which I started listening to today. Neil Gaiman really seems to be one of the best humans out there, so I’m glad to hear he is just as charming in person.

    • Being there for his talk made me pick up Good Omens as well! (Well, I haven’t started it yet, but at least I have a copy now! 🙂 ) It was such an amazing experience. Now I’m just hoping that I can track down a photo…

    • Oh yay, another Patricia Briggs fan! I haven’t read any of her earlier works, just Mercy and Alpha & Omega. Have you read any of the others?

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