The Monday Check-In ~ 1/25/2016

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?

The Things We Keeplock inand then

The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth: Beautiful, moving story. My review is here.

Lock In by John Scalzi: Outstanding science fiction with a crime thriller twist. See my review here.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: My very first Christie experience! Loved it. My thoughts are here.


Life and Death

I gave in to curiosity and read Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined. Know what? It was kind of fun. I wrote all about it here.

In audiobooks:

I finished listening to The Outlandish Companion, Volume I. Check out my reading and listening guide, here.

And finally, my book group’s January pick:

Archivist Wasp

Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace: I actually read this one during the previous week, but finally wrote up my thoughts — and for a bit more depth, included some opposing viewpoints from my book club friends as well, here.

Fresh Catch:

Just a couple new books this week:

Black HouseLong Way


What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
The Storyteller

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult: I’ve only read about 10% so far, but I’m already hooked. My husband just started this one too — and I don’t think we’ve ever read the same book at the same time before. How cute is that?

Now playing via audiobook:

Immortal Life

I’m just about to start The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, a book that has been on my to-read list for far too long. I tend to make non-fiction books my last priority, no matter how interesting the topic might be. I think audiobooks might be the key to overcoming my resistance!

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…


4 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 1/25/2016

  1. You have some great books in your queue! I have read The Storyteller and I really enjoyed it. I thought there were a few too many secondary characters, but other than that, I enjoyed it. And The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks was pretty awesome too. Happy reading!

    • I’ve had a couple of really good experiences so far with non-fiction audio (The Boys in the Boat and Unbroken). It also helps me because when I sit with a book, I always feel like I’d rather be reading fiction, but listening keeps me entertained no matter what. Good luck!

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