The Monday Check-In ~ 11/9/2015

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?

Until We Meet AgainWitch of Blackbird PondN&S

Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins: Done! My review is here.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare: I listened to the audiobook this week. My review is here.

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell: After six months of chapter discussions, my book group wrapped up North and South this past week. What a wonderful experience! I’ll share my thoughts on this classic in a post a bit later this week.

Pop Culture:

I finally saw The Martian! I absolutely loved the book (here’s proof!), and while no movie is ever going to be as detailed as the book it’s based on, I thought the movie did a great job of showing the main character’s personality, the big cast of characters, and the science/geeky aspects of the story. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth making the effort to go while it’s still in theaters. The big screen experience is lots of fun for this one, and the 3D makes a difference too.

Fresh Catch:

This week’s new arrivals:


It’s the new volume of The Outlandish Companion! This reference book covers books 5 – 8 in the Outlander series, plus lots of extras like maps and floor plans, and notes on the process of converting books to TV. Exciting!

Two more new (used) purchases this week:

ConversionWolf Among Us

A YA novel described as “Prep meets The Crucible“, and a Fables prequel!


What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

I’m two-timing my reading right now, halfway through two different books:

  • Depth by Lev AC Rosen
  • The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay

Which will I finish first? I have no idea.

Now playing via audiobook:


I’ve just started the audiobook of The Boys in the Boat, which I hope to finish in time for my book group’s discussion later this month.

Ongoing reads:


Getting close to the end of our book group read!

So many book, so little time…


4 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 11/9/2015

  1. i’ve heard good things about Boys in the Boat – my local library just did a series on it (book club meetings at the different branches over the course of the month). but none of them worked with my schedule – but its on my pile to read in the next year (or maybe listen to)

    • I’m really liking it so far! It’s the same narrator as for the audiobook of Unbroken, and he’s really good — makes me feels like I’m just hanging out with someone telling me stories.

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