The Monday Check-In ~ 9/14/2015

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.


Today is Rosh HaShanah! Wishing all who celebrate a sweet and happy New Year!

What did I read last week?

another dayHello GoodbyeEverything Everything

I read three terrific YA novels this past week:

  • Another Day by David Levithan
  • Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My review post for all three is here.

Fables v22

In graphic novels, I read Fables, volume 22: Farewell which wraps up the amazing Fables series after 150 comic issues. Fables features a vast cast of characters and intricate world-building, and is simply a marvelous read, start to finish. As to volume 22, it’s a good-bye piece — so on the one hand, it’s a bit underwhelming story-wise, but it’s still a great opportunity to revisit all the favorite characters and see where each ends up. (Let’s face, if you’re a Fables fan and you’ve read the series up to this point, you’ll read this one as well.)

Fresh Catch:

The Hummingbird

My copy of The Hummingbird by Stephen P. Kiernan arrived this week! I’ll be participating in the blog tour for this book next week. I really enjoyed the author’s previous novel, The Curiosity (review), and I’m so looking forward to this one!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

I have a book group discussion of Euphoria by Lily King coming up next week, but my library copy is due back by Friday. Better get cracking!

Now playing via audiobook:

Fatal ThawTrigger Warning

I finished the audiobook of A Fatal Thaw by Dana Stabenow, the 2nd in her Kate Shugak mystery series. I love the Alaska setting and the character of Kate herself, and the audiobooks move quickly and hold my attention. The narrator, Marguerite Gavin, does a great job of capturing the unusual and quirky characters through their voices, and I especially love her portrayal of Kate. I’m looking forward to continuing this series!

I’ve just started Trigger Warnings, a story collection by Neil Gaiman, who also narrates the audiobook. I’m a terrible short story reader — I always feel impatient, like I’m just wasting time until I get back to reading a “real” novel. But, I’ve found that listening to audiobooks of short stories doesn’t irritate me the same way, so I’m hoping for success with Trigger Warnings!

Ongoing reads:


Moving right along! Two chapters per week for each book, as part of discussions with the Outlander Book Club. We’ll wrap up both in December!

So many book, so little time…


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