The Monday Check-In ~ 12/21/2015

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?

WinterIn the Shadow of Blackbirds

Winter by Marissa Meyer: Done! My review is here.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters: Done! My review is here.

Cold-Blooded Business

A Cold-Blooded Business by Dana Stabenow: I finished this audiobook during the past week, and loved it. The Kate Shugak series is consistently strong and fascinating.

Elsewhere on the blog:

Speaking of audiobooks… I wrote a post asking whether listening to audiobooks “counts” as reading. In my opinion, the answer is a resounding YES, but I’m interested in hearing what others have to say on the subject. You can read my post and share your thoughts here.

Pop culture goodness:


I finished season 2 of Transparent, which is simply amazing, so hard to describe, and an absolute must-watch.

And of course the biggest pop culture event of the week (or the year)… like millions of others, I went to see the new Star Wars movie! Not on opening night, alas, but close enough…

Star Wars VII

Fresh Catch:

No new books this week!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Guest RoomReaders of Broken Wheel

Next up, I plan to read one (or both) of two ARCs for books being released in early January:

  • The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Now playing via audiobook:


Just to change things up a bit… I picked up the newly released volume two of The Outlandish Companion back when it came out in the fall, but haven’t done more than just randomly leaf through up to now. For those not completely obsessed with all things Outlander — the OCII is a reference book (2nd volume), including plot synopses, character descriptions, maps and floor plans, and various essays related to the book series. I think it’s fascinating, naturally. Anyway, I decided to listen to the audiobook, which includes pieces read by Diana Gabaldon as well as by the narrators who do the novels of the series and related novellas. It’s quite fun so far — and I’ll be listening to this one for a few weeks, as it’s over 21 hours long!

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…


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