The Monday Check-In ~ 4/6/2015

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?

Inside the O'BriensTruth About Usprudence

Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova: Moving and powerful. My review is here.

The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler: Thought-provoking YA fiction. My review is here.

Prudence by Gail Carriger: If I can find a few minutes to read today, I’ll be done. Stay tuned for my reaction later this week .

Pop culture goodness:

It’s the return of Outlander! I was absolutely thrilled by our first new episode after a six-month break. Check out my Outlandish obsession post, here.

Fresh Catch:

I went to the public library’s spring sale this past week — all hardcovers $3, all paperbacks $2. I showed remarkable restraint, compared to my past book sale adventures. Here’s what I brought home:

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The other exciting new book to come my way this week is — naturally — connected to the world of Outlander. I was more than a wee bit excited when the newly revised edition of The Outlandish Companion, volume I arrived!

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What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Desperate FortuneHurricane Sisters

I’m so excited to be reading Susanna Kearsley’s newest book, A Desperate Fortune! She’s one of my favorite authors, and I’ve never yet been disappointed.

Next up will be The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank. Watch for my blog tour post next week!

Hmm, interesting to see the covers of these two, side by side — women seen only from the back, faces hidden, gazing at the sea. I love both covers!

Now playing via audiobook:

River MarkedFrost Burned

Continuing on with my audio re-read of the Mercy Thompson series: I finished #6, River Marked, and I’m very close to finishing up #7, Frost Burned, as well… which means only one more Mercy book to go. What will I do when I’ve finished the whole series?

Ongoing reads:


Eragon by Christopher Paolini: Reading with my kiddo. We didn’t make any progress this week, since kiddo has been on spring break and hasn’t wanted to touch a book while he’s on vacation. Are we sure we’re actually related?

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

Outlander Book Club’s Book-of-the-Month read for April is The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Discussion starts April 22nd. All are welcome!

So many book, so little time…






9 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 4/6/2015

  1. You made some great choices at the book sale, I have a couple of those on my tbr. I am very excited to pick up Inside the O’briens this week (it’s release is tomorrow right?).

    • Yes, tomorrow! I’ve actually read Left Neglected before as a library book, but I couldn’t resist when I found it at the sale, and I’ve been wanting to read Still Alice (and then go see the movie). I hope you enjoy Inside the O’Briens!

    • I’m actually about 200 pages into Eragon, but I’m trying to go at my son’s pace, so it’s taking a LONG time. Glad to hear that it’s a favorite! Have you read the rest of the series?

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