The Monday Check-In ~ 2/13/2017

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.

Bookish complaint:

Goodreads, stop telling me I’m behind on my 2017 reading challenge! I know I’m behind, okay? Life’s craziness on the rise means my dedicated reading time is in decline. Argh. I’m sure I’ll catch up, but meanwhile, I don’t need the reminder every time I log in!

What did I read last week?


Always by Sarah Jio: Finished! My review is here.

Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer: Finished! My first Georgette Heyer… but it won’t be my last. What fun! Check out my thoughts on this book, here.


I finished these audiobooks the week before last, but finally got around to writing about them just now. Check out my thoughts on the terrific Finishing School series, here.

And as for books that I didn’t love… there were a couple I didn’t finish:


Gilded Cage by Vic James: I didn’t really read enough to justify calling this one a DNF. I picked it up, started it, and realized it just wasn’t working for me. I doubt I’ll come back to it. I know a lot of folks loved this book, but the magical world it describes doesn’t interest me.

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones: Now this one counts as a DNF. I read about 125 pages before the constant snarkiness and silliness got to be too much for me. I decided I wasn’t having enough fun to spend any more time on it.

Fresh Catch:

One new book this week!


What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear: I’m participating in a blog tour celebrating the Maisie Dobbs series! I’ve only read the first book (review) so far, and I always meant to continue, so I’m delighted to be hosting the blog tour stop, coming up later this month, for book #2 of the ongoing series.

Now playing via audiobook:

Fire Touched

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs: Finishing up my audio re-read. Man, do I love this series!

Ongoing reads:

MOBYOne Hundred Years of Solitude

My book group is reading and discussing Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon — 2 chapters per week — with an end date coming up in June.

And new this week: Outlander Book Club’s group read of One Hundred Years of Solitude is just getting under way, with discussion of one chapter per week. If you want to join in, let me know. All are welcome!

So many books, so little time…





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