The Monday Check-In ~ 8/24/2015

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?

What You Left BehindI Am Princess XInvention of Wings 2

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi: Done! My review is here.

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest: Done! My review is here.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd: Done! My review is here.

Fresh Catch:

I went to a book event and it was awesome! Felicia Day gave a great talk and then signed a bazillion books. She was funny and smart (as you’d expect) and really lovely to all of her fans. And yup, I got a signed book!

You're Never Weird

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Last SummerSecondhand Souls

The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff: I’ve just started, but hope to power through in the next couple of days. Watch for my blog tour post on Friday!

This is release week for Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore! I will need to start reading this one the instant it arrives!

Now playing via audiobook:

I finished listening to the audiobook of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. The review link is up above — I’ll just add here that the audiobook was phenomenal. The beautiful story was truly enhanced by the emotion brought to the audio by the two narrators.

And now…

Persuasion 2

I’m back to Jane Austen! I’m just starting Persuasion, which will be my fifth Austen audio adventure this year. I read the book so long ago that I hardly remember anything but the bare bones of the plot, so I’m really looking forward to diving back in.

Ongoing reads:


Two chapters per week for each of these, for my online book group discussions with Outlander Book Club. Both books should be done by December!

So many book, so little time…





20 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 8/24/2015

  1. I’m currently re-reading Persuasion, which I haven’t read since I was 8 years old! So like you, I only remembered the bare bones. It’s so much better than I thought!! Hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

    Also I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South is a brilliant read.

    • Thanks – I hope you enjoy Persuasion too! I’m looking forward to watching the movie again too once I finish the book. Really loving North & South so far — my group is discussing two chapters per week, so it’s slow going but quite fascinating.

  2. Just finished the Pam Jenoff – it’s called The Last Embrace here, oddly – a few of her books have title changes when they cross the Atlantic. Irritating for people who are on holiday and grab it, thinking it’s a new Pam Jenoff, then they start reading it and realise they’ve already read it!
    You’ll be aware this is something of a departure for me, but I was intending to “broaden my reading horizons”! It was okay, but I’m not a convert. I’ll be interested in your take – and look out for my review!

    • Oh, how odd about the title change! I’ve never read anything by this author before — I’m liking it so far, but I’ve only gotten about halfway. I’ll keep an eye out for your review!

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