The Monday Check-In ~ 5/30/2016

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 baby boy graduated from middle school! I know it’s a total cliché, but I’ll say it anyway: Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday he was a tiny little thing, and now here he is, taller than me (not that that’s all that hard) and ready for the next chapter in his life.

What did I read last week?

The FiremanAt the Edge of Summerall stories

The Fireman by Joe Hill: Finished last week. Fantastic book. Here’s my review.

At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole: Done! My review is here.

All Stories Are Love Stories by Elizabeth Percer: Using a catastrophic earthquake in San Francisco as a backdrop, this novel explores love, abandonment, and commitment. I just finished the book on Sunday, and need to think about it a bit more before deciding whether to write a review.

11singing of the dead12Fine & Bitter Snow

I also read two more fabulous books in the Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow, numbers 11 and 12. This series continues to be great! (For more on my love for Kate Shugak, check out my post here.)


Outlander update!


Finally, back to Scotland! Here’s my reaction post for season 2’s 8th episode, “The Fox’s Lair”:

Insta-Reaction: Outlander, Season 2, Episode 8

Fresh Catch:

Yowza. Three library holds came in all at once.

all storieseverything boxsleeping giants

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
sleeping giants

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel: Just starting. I’m going to try to polish off my library books before diving back into the stack of my own books that are piled up and waiting for attention.

Now playing via audiobook:


Back to my Potter audio adventure! It’s been a treat revisiting the Harry Potter series via audiobook, and I’m about 1/3 of the way through HP3 at this point. Loving it, needless to say.

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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