The Monday Check-In ~ 3/21/2016

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:

My son missed a full week of school this past week because of the flu, and I’ve been going non-stop with a big project at work, so my reading time has dwindled to next to nothing. Argh.

What did I read last week?

BreakupFall of Poppies

Breakup by Dana Stabenow: I know I’ve said it about a thousand times by now, but the Kate Shugak series is terrific! Breakup was a particularly good read — funny, a great slice-of-life of Kate’s world in Alaska, most of the regular series characters popping in one way or another — just delightful.

Later in the week, I finished Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War, a collection of short stories written by various popular historical romance authors. There are a few real stand-outs, such as “The Daughter of Belgium” by Marci Jefferson, “The Record Set Right” by Lauren Willig, “All For the Love of You” by Jennifer Robson, and my favorite, “Something Worth Landing For” by Jessica Brockmole. The book did start to feel a bit repetitive after a while, though, so for me, the best approach was to read it in little bits and pieces in between reading other things.

Kindred SpiritsForest of Memory

I also read two novellas, Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell and Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal. Two very different types of stories, but both were good, quick diversions on a rainy day.

Elsewhere on the blog:

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

Episode 105 – Rent
Episode 106 – The Garrison Commander
Episode 107 – The Wedding

OL rewatch

Almost at the half-way mark for season 1! Will I make it to the end before the season 2 premiere in 3 weeks?

Fresh Catch:

A couple of new books this week:

Kindred SpiritsMessenger


What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Steep & Thorny WaySummer Before the WAr

I’ve just started The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters, and after that, I need to get to the ARC of The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson.

Now playing via audiobook:


I’m about halfway through the audiobook of The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais, my book group’s pick for March. I’m looking forward to watching the movie once I finish!

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…


4 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 3/21/2016

    • Thanks, he’s doing much better. Great to hear that you loved Messenger! I’ve only read The Giver so far, but want to read the rest of the series.

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