The Monday Check-In ~ 1/18/2016

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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Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace: I finished this one early in the week and began a review — but because I had mixed feelings, I’m going to see how my book group discussion goes later this week before finishing up. Maybe my book group friends will open my eyes to something I missed (I know already that some of them loved this book) — but even if not, I’ll try to share some of their points of view in my review as well.

Lumberjanes: A fun graphic novel, and a perfectly entertaining way to spend a half hour or so, but I didn’t love it enough to want to continue with the next volume.

Woundabout by Lev Rosen and Ellis Rosen: Such a cute and touching middle grade novel! My review is here.

In audiobooks:


I finished listening to this audiobook last week, and just posted a detailed reading and listening guide for The Outlandish Companion, Volume II over the weekend. I think it’s the longest post I’ve ever written, but if you want to know about what’s in the book and what’s great about the audiobook — and why people who haven’t read the Outlander series can still find inspiration in this book — you might find my piece useful! Check it out here.

Pop Culture Goodness:

My binge-watch for the week was Mozart in the Jungle, which — to be perfectly honest — I assumed was about an orchestra in the rainforest or something, until it caught my attention by winning a Golden Globe award last week. FYI, no rainforest! It’s an Amazon original series about the lives of professional musicians in New York, which maybe makes it sound stuffy or boring… and it’s not, not at all. Two seasons are available to stream, each with 10 30-minute episodes. Great cast, great fun!



Fresh Catch:

Okay, so my restraint has definitely slipped when it comes to buying books. First of all, I decided I finally deserved a nice gift and treated myself to the illustrated Harry Potter — so pretty!


Besides that, I picked up a few more books I’ve been wanting:

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There goes my vow to read books I already own instead of buying new ones!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
The Things We Keeplock in

The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth: I just finished this emotional story, and will post my thoughts in the next few days.

Lock In by John Scalzi: It’s about time that I finally start this sci-fi book, which has been sitting on my shelf for about a year now.

Now playing via audiobook:


Now that I’ve listened to the OCII, I’m working my way backward! This past week, I started listening to the Outlandish Companion, Volume I audiobook, which — thankfully! — is a much shorter 13 hours and 48 minutes in length.

Ongoing reads:


And we’re off! My book group is reading and discussing two chapter per week of both Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon and Emma by Jane Austen. This is an online group, and anyone is welcome to join us — so if you’re interested, just ask me how!

So many books, so little time…


6 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 1/18/2016

  1. That’s a great stack to be working through. I’ve heard good things about The Wrath and the Dawn.
    I’m never sure about picking up graphic novels but I was tempted by Lumberjanes a while ago and ended up not picking it up. Was there anything in particular you felt it was lacking which makes you less interested in the other volumes?

    • No, there wasn’t anything in particular that I didn’t like about Lumberjanes — it’s just that I do read graphic novels pretty often, and this one didn’t draw me in or make me feel invested in the characters the way some of my favorites do. I finally got myself The Wrath & the Dawn after hearing so many people recommend it, although I think I’ll wait until the sequel is released in the spring before I start it, in case I want to continue the story. 🙂

    • Thanks! I’m so glad to hear that you loved The Wrath and the Dawn! I figured it was about time for me to finally read it, after hearing so many recommendations. 🙂

  2. I hadn’t realised that the Hundred-Foot Journey movie was based on a book! I liked the movie a lot, so I’m kind of excited about this one!! I shall have to look it out at the library ASAP.

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