The Monday Check-In ~ 6/6/2016

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 storiessleeping giantsYou Know Me Well

All Stories Are Love Stories by Elizabeth Percer: Done! My review is here.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel: Done! My review is here.

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan: Done! My review is here.

 Also read:

Vinegar Girl13A Grave Denied

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler: This modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew just left me cold. The characters, their actions, and the overall storyline just didn’t make much sense to me. Anne Tyler’s writing is always wry and amusing, but the overall result here was less than satisfactory.

A Grave Denied by Dana Stabenow: Book #13 in the Kate Shugak series, which apparently is my own personal form of crack. I really can’t seem to pause for long between volumes. A Grave Denied was a particularly great installment. Onward to the next!

Pop culture goodness:


I went to see Me Before You over the weekend. So good! I’ve read the book (see my review), so I was prepared for the big-impact moments… but I did hear a lot of sniffling going on around me in the movie theater.

Outlander update!


Outlander prepares for war! Here’s my reaction post for season 2’s 9th episode, “Je Suis Prest”:

Insta-Reaction: Outlander, Season 2, Episode 9

Fresh Catch:

Written In My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (book #8 in the Outlander series) was released this week in mass market paperback size… so of course I had to get a copy. Because just having it in hardcover and Kindle formats is clearly not enough.


What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
14Taint in the Blood

A Taint in the Blood by Dana Stabenow: Because I have no will power when it comes to these books. Must… keep… reading.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Magicians

I was mid-way through a Harry Potter audiobook when my library hold request for The Magicians suddenly became available, and since library audiobooks are only available for three weeks, I needed to jump on it. I read The Magicians years ago, but never got around to finishing the series. I ended up really liking the Syfy TV version this year, so I thought it might be fun to listen to the audiobook for book #1 and then finally read books 2 & 3. So far, the audiobook narration is doing a great job of bringing Quentin and Brakebills to life.

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…


2 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 6/6/2016

  1. Sleeping Giants was certainly interesting, I didn’t like it quite as much but I’m still glad I read it- and it’s a neat idea. I look forward to seeing a movie version too! Amd I heard Me Before You was quite good.

    Have a great week!

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