The Monday Check-In ~ 12/14/2015

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.

What did I read last week?

Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick: See my review, here.

Pop culture goodness:


I binge-watched season 1 of Transparent over the weekend… and yes, it’s just as good as everyone says it is! The episodes are only 30 minutes, which makes it really easy to move quickly through the season. I may take a bit of a breather before continuing on with season 2, which has just been released. Anyone else watching Transparent?

Awesome web resource of the week:

Recaptains logo

Bonnie of For the Love of Words did me a huge favor by pointing me in the directions of the Recaptains website! I was frustrated practically to tears when I started reading Winter by Marissa Meyer — it had been too long since I’d read the earlier books, and I was having a hard time remembering the details and getting back into the story. Thanks to Bonnie’s suggestion, I was able to read super detailed recaps of each of the earlier books, which totally got me back on track for Winter (and saved me hours and days of re-reading).

I’m bookmarking Recaptains for sure. Check it out if you’re reading a series and need a refresher! The site features really detailed (and spoiler-filled) synopses — I think I’ll be revisiting this site many, many times.

Fresh Catch:

I loved Uprooted by Naomi Novik so, so much… so I had to get myself a copy of the first book of her Temeraire series. This looks like something fun to get involved with in the new year!

Temeraire 1

In addition, a true treat came my way! The very talented Scottish writer Maggie Craig was kind enough to send me a new paperback edition of her wonderful book, Gathering Storm — which includes a blurb from yours truly on the inside! I love this book, and could be more thrilled to be a tiny part of it! (You can read more about Maggie Craig and Gathering Storm here.)

Gathering Storm 2

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Winter by Marissa Meyer: I started this book earlier in the week, and have had so little time to actually sit and read. Argh. I’m about 2/3 done, and hope to finish soon!

Now playing via audiobook:

Cold-Blooded Business

I thought I’d finish A Cold-Blooded Business by Dana Stabenow over the weekend, but heavy rain and gusty winds kept me from my weekend walks… which meant much less time for audiobook listening. I’m really enjoying the story so far — the Kate Shugak series is consistently great!

Ongoing reads:

None at the moment! My book club is in between group reads right now, with plans to start a new classic read and a Gabaldon read-along in January. Until then, it’s every reader for herself.

So many book, so little time…


4 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 12/14/2015

    • They made such a big difference for me! I was getting really grumpy, feeling like I had to stop Winter and go back and re-read. The recaps really worked for me — I had only read about 70 pages of Winter at that point, so I went back to the beginning and started again, and I’m really enjoying it now that I know what happened previously. 🙂

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