The Monday Check-In ~ 2/22/2016

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?

All the Winters AfterUp to this Pointe

All the Winters After by Seré Prince Halverson: Such a beautiful book! My review is here.

Up To This Pointe by Jennifer Longo: Terrific YA fiction with a fresh and unusual setting. Check out my review, here.

Don’t you just love those two icy covers? I went from the far north to about as far south as you can get — and loved them both!

Family reading:

Alert the media! My son liked a book!

My kiddo, who will only read when forced to do so, finished The Giver (for school) this week, and admitted that it was really good AND that he’d be willing to read other books if they’re as good as The Giver! I’m trying not to get overexcited (don’t want to scare him off with my crazy enthusiasm!), but my brain is now going a mile a minute trying to figure out what other books to push his way.

Also, my husband is close to finishing Pride and Prejudice, his very first Jane Austen novel! We had the most adorable conversation in the car the other day about Mr. Darcy and entails and fortunes and reputations and all sorts of other great little pieces of P&P. Oh, the perks of being married to someone who enjoys a good book!

Fresh Catch:

I love my public library! Because my hold request for this book just arrived:

Stars Above

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Queen of the Night

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee: Just getting started — I’ve heard really good things!

Now playing via audiobook:

night broken_front mech.inddPlay with Fire

I completely enjoyed my re-listen to Night Broken, book #8 in the amazing Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of these books and characters.

And now, I’m resuming my audiobook adventures with the Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow. Over the weekend, I started book #5, Play with Fire, and based on what I’ve listened to so far, this should be another great installment.

Ongoing reads:


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 ~ 2/22/2016

  1. My 13-yr-old daughter insisted I read Challenger Deep (winner of the Nat’l Bood Award for YA). Your son might like it too. She loved The Giver.

    • Unfortunately, I think I’m dropping Queen of the Night, at least for now. I read the first few chapters, and I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe I’ll come back to it another time… but maybe not. If you end up reading it, I’d love to hear what you think!

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