The Monday Check-In ~ 2/8/2016

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.

In real life:


Happy Anniversary to us! 18 years ago today, my hubby and I spent the day skiing, then got married at a little wedding chapel in Reno, Nevada. Thank you to my honey for all these wonderful years!



What did I read last week?


Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally. Such fun. My review is here.

Stealing ParkerThings I Can't Forget

So then… I got on a roll with Miranda Keanneally’s books, borrowed from the library the two remaining Hundred Oaks books that I hadn’t read, and now I’ve read them all! I love this series of books. Not the usual teen fare — the characters here are strong, thoughtful, and always end up learning something about being true to themselves and supporting the people in their lives… without being dull or preachy.

Immortal Life

In audiobooks, I finished The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Check out my thoughts, here.

Fresh Catch:

No new books! Wow, I’ve really got this book craziness under control… for now.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
All the Birds

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders: I started this book last week, and I love what I’ve read so far. I got lured away by all those YA books, but now I’m back on track!

Now playing via audiobook:

Liar Temptress

I decided to go with another non-fiction selection for my next audiobook: Liar Temptress Soldier Spy by Karen Abbott, which profiles four women spies during the Civil War. Should be fascinating!

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…


18 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 2/8/2016

    • Thank you! Yes, we had an early celebration on Friday, with a really great dinner out at a favorite restaurant. Today’s a work day, so not much chance to celebrate… although I think we’ll meet for lunch, at least. 🙂

    • I’m trying to expand my horizons with audiobooks this year, and non-fiction seems to be working well for me. I’ve only listened to the first couple of chapters so far, but I have high hopes for this one. 🙂

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