The Monday Check-In ~ 8/31/2015

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?

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The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff: Done! My review is here.

Persuasion by Jane Austen: A funny thing happened while listening to the Persuasion audiobook. I got to within 2 hours of the end of the audiobook, and just felt like something was missing. Maybe my attention wandered at crucial moments or I was just having a distracted week (quite likely), but I felt like I just wasn’t FEELING the story. So, I grabbed my printed edition off the shelf and started over from the beginning… and enjoyed it very much! Sometimes, you just need to take the time to slow down and absorb some Austen.

PS – I just noticed how well these two covers go together! I love when that happens.

Pop Culture:

My son and I have been watching Buffy together, and we finished season 2 this past weekend. Ouch, the feels! The season 2 finale is never not heartbreaking. There really are so many excellent episodes in the 2nd season. I originally watched Buffy years ago with my daughter — it’s super fun to be experiencing it all over again with my younger kiddo!


Fresh Catch:

Hot off the press! A few new releases arrived this week:

Secondhand Soulsanother dayFairest

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Secondhand Souls

Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore! I’m so excited.

Now playing via audiobook:

Persuasion 2Stardust

As noted above, I didn’t really fully engage with the Persuasion audiobook, although I still intend to finish it. Meanwhile, while I was busy catching up with Persuasion in print, I switched over to the audiobook of Stardust, read by Neil Gaiman himself! It’s been a long time since I first read Stardust, and it’s lovely to revisit the story, plus Neil’s narration is amazing.

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…


6 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 8/31/2015

    • Watching Buffy every year sounds awesome! I’m sticking to a one-episode-a-day policy for now, and haven’t figured out if I’ll throw Angel (the series) into the mix once we get passed Buffy season 3. It’s all so much fun.

    • I know… I thought I was prepared for the S2 finale, but it knocked me over the head anyway. Buffy is so awesome. We’re moving straight ahead into season 3!

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