The Monday Check-In ~ 3/14/2016

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?

Fire Touched

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs: Well, OF COURSE I read the new Mercy Thompson book as soon as it came out! My review is here.

Blood Will Tell

In audiobooks, I finished the sixth book in the terrific Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow, Blood Will Tell. This series rocks. Seriously. I can’t wait to continue — and in fact, may switch over to print for a few books in order to move a bit faster. There are now 20 Kate Shugak books, and I’d like to feel like I’m making progress in catching up. In fact, just getting out of the 1990s would be nice!

Elsewhere on the blog:

I’m continuing with my Outlander rewatch! This week’s posts included:

Episode 102 – Castle Leoch
Episode 103 – The Way Out
Episode 104 – The Gathering

OL rewatch

I’m realizing that my recaps are getting longer and longer, and that I need to go back to shorter versions if I’m going to make it through all of season one in the next few weeks! Writing the recaps is starting to take more time than watching the episodes.


Fresh Catch:

Awesome new books this week!

Fire TouchedForest of MemorySteep & Thorny Way

I read Fire Touched the second it arrived, and I can’t wait to start the other two!


I also simply HAD to buy a copy of the new TV tie-in version of Dragonfly in Amber. Let’s see, that makes 3… or is it 4? — different editions of DiA on my shelves.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Fall of PoppiesSteep & Thorny WayBreakup

I’ve been reading the stories in Fall of Poppies, in between other books. I’ve read three so far, and have found them sweet and sad. I’ll share some thoughts once I finish the book.

It’s a toss-up what to read next. I’m really excited to read Cat Winters’s newest book! And for the first time, I’m going to try a Kate Shugak book in print rather than audio — although I may end up missing the character voices I’ve grown to love, in which case, I may switch back to the audiobook.

Now playing via audiobook:


My book group’s Book of the Month for March is The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais, and since I haven’t found time to start it yet, I thought I’d give the audiobook a shot.

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…


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