The Monday Check-In ~ 4/4/2016

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:

Another ridiculously intense week, with not nearly enough time to curl up with a good book. Dislike very much.


What did I read last week?

Summer Before the WAr8Killing Grounds

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson: Sadly, this was a DNF for me. I quit at 45%. The plot was just going nowhere. Small-town life is all very charming, but nothing was happening.

More Kate Shugak! I read book #8, Killing Grounds, and can’t wait for more! Killing Grounds was maybe not the most awesome of the lot (too much time spent on identifying different types of fishing boats and discussing permits and politics), but all Kate is good Kate, as far as I’m concerned.

Outlander update!

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

Episode 111 – The Devil’s Mark
Episode 112 – Lallybroch
Episodes 113 – The Watch and Episode 114 – The Search

OL rewatch

Almost there! Two more episodes to go, although those are the two that are hardest to watch.

Fresh Catch:

Well, yes, I did pick up a few new books this week! It was the spring sale benefiting the public libraries, and let’s just say I scored. Want proof? All this — 41 books — for under $60:


(Yes, I do already own several copies of ALL of the Harry Potter books! This one is a gift for someone else.)

Here’s another look at my book sale haul, unpacked, stacked up, and waiting for shelf space — except for the gift pile, which is waiting for a box, some packing tape, and a trip to the post office.


What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
MessengerBeauty Queen of Jerusalem

Right now, I’m reading Messenger by Lois Lowry, the 3rd book in The Giver series.

I’m expecting some new releases to arrive this week, but meanwhile, if there’s time, I plan to start the ARC of The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi.

Now playing via audiobook:

Miss Peregrine

Such fun! I’m about halfway done, and really enjoying it! It helps that I’ve read the book before, so I don’t feel that I’m missing out too much by not having all the photos in front of me.

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 ~ 4/4/2016

    • Scary, right? I haven’t updated my Book Count in a while (since February, I think). Oh well, all these book were either $2 or $1, and it benefits the library, so I did a good deed by buying so many!

  1. Oh wow, that is a LOT of books! And such a bargain too (those are the best types of books lol)

    I finally have Outlander s1 in my hands (or rather, sitting on my desk in its shrink wrap). I’m hoping to actually start watching it in a couple of weeks after I’ve done a couple of assignments I have due, ugh. Bribery.

    And Emma! I’m on chapter 2, must catch up. Soon, hopefully :/

    I hope this week is more relaxing for you and you get some reading in πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! Those stacks of books are starting to intimidate me. πŸ™‚ I hope you finish your assignments quickly so you can watch Outlander!

      One new development that will help with finding reading time is that my son just starting an evening martial arts class, which leaves me with an hour and a half to sit in a coffee shop while I wait to drive him home — 1.5 hours of coffee and books! So far, he loves his class and I love my me-time, so it’s a very good thing. πŸ™‚

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