The Monday Check-In ~ 5/25/2015

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?

I finished the book I’d started on the plane ride home from vacation last week, The Expats, and read a YA ARC and a graphic novel as well:

Expats5 to 1Fables vol 21

My review of The Expats is here. A really enjoyable thriller!

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger: The best things I can say about this YA dystopian novel is a) it’s short and b) it has a really pretty cover. The writing annoyed me, told half in verse and half in prose, and the whole set-up was pretty boring and predictable. Just… nope. I didn’t bother writing a review.

I also read the newest Fables volume (#21 – Happily Ever After). I love this graphic novel series so, so much — and I’m so sad it’s coming to an end! Happily Ever After is an odd title for this volume, as many characters are most decidedly not happy at all, and it’s also not the last. There’s one more volume to come, and I’d dying to read it while also scared to death that I’ll be upset with the fate of certain characters. I especially want an HEA ending for my favorite couple, but all signs point to NO. Sigh… According to Amazon, we’ll have all our answers at the end of July. Meanwhile, I suppose I should catch up on the Fables spin-off series, Fairest.

Dead LandsAll I Love and Know

Also this past week, I posted reviews of some of the books I read while on vacation the prior week. Here are the links:

Elsewhere on the blog:

Prompted in part by my underwhelming experience with 5 to 1, I wrote a blog post about book plots and genres that I am just so over.

On a much more positive note — wanna see where I was the week before last? Check out my Alaska post!

Fresh Catch:

I did a bunch of random book ordering from my favorite online used book sources prior to my vacation, and all of my new pretties arrived while I was away! This was definitely fun to come home to:


What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Day of Atonement

I’m a bit behind, but I’m trying to finish up this month’s Book of the Month discussion book so I can join the conversation over at Outlander Book Club.

Now playing via audiobook:

dead heat

I can’t help it! I seem to be hooked on the audiobooks for Patricia Briggs’s marvelous books! This is the last one, and then I’ll have to move on.

Ongoing reads:

The Outlander Book Club’s new classic read is North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. We’re reading and discussing two chapters per week. All are welcome! Contact me if you’d like to join in.


Still reading, with kiddo and with book groups:


So many book, so little time…



5 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 5/25/2015

  1. Hi Lisa, what a great week! I loved your posts “just so over” and “Alaska” and commented on both but not sure what happened. The pics from Alaska are beautiful, especially the furry cute thingy (what was it??) lol. I know what you meant with “just so over”. I read way too many paranormal romances! I just got the Dead Lands thanks for that great review!

    • Thanks so much! I didn’t see your comments on my other posts — I wonder why they didn’t go through? *scratching head in confusion…* Oh well, in any case, I really appreciate it! The little furry thing from Alaska is actually a porcupine! So maybe not too cuddly, but the look on his face just cracks me up. I hope you enjoy The Dead Lands — let me know!

  2. Happily Ever After was definitely not a HEA. haha I’m worried about how the wrap-up is going to go too but fingers crossed! At least we don’t have to wait forever. July is right around the corner. 🙂

    • It’s hard to believe it’s really going to be July… I’m living in dread of an Amazon email saying that the next book will be delayed. I hope things are tied up really well… and really, the only thing that will make me happy is if somehow, some way, things still turn out right for my darling beloved Bigby! 🙂

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