The Monday Check-In ~ 3/4/2019

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 a week. Insanely busy at work, and then crazy hectic at home too. So… my reading time got squished down to almost nothing, leaving me frustrated. Boo.

What did I read during the last week?

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: I actually finished this the previous weekend, but just posted my review this week.

That Ain’t Witchcraft by Seanan McGuire: The 8th book in the super-fun InCryptid series! My review is here.

In audiobooks:

I finshed the Beka Cooper trilogy by Tamora Pierce! Loved these books so much. My series wrap-up post is here.

Also, I listened to…

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel: The audiobook version of this novella is short (2 hours, 12 minutes). I can’t say I was bored, but I thought overall that this work of speculative fiction lacked true depth, and the key plot twist is just too obvious. Not a bad way to kill a couple of hours, but certainly nowhere near the greatness of the Themis Files books.

Pop culture goodness:

What a week for theater! I ended up seeing two terrific performances this week:

What a fun production! The costumes are so eye-poppingly colorful, and the choreography was a treat too.

But the true highlight for me was seeing…

HAMILTON!!! This was my 2nd time seeing the show, and if possible, I loved it even more the 2nd time around. I saw it Saturday night, and have been walking around with a dopey grin ever since, singing my own off-key version of the songs and feeling some serious afterglow.

Oh, and I got this shirt, which makes me very happy.

Yes, I absolutely needed a Hamilton in San Francisco shirt!

Fresh Catch:

I picked up a print copy of the book I’m reading via Serial Reader, to make it easier when I need to go back and check details.

AND… it’s always a treat to get an email from Goodreads about winning a giveaway! I won a Kindle edition of this book this week:

Gorgeous cover, right? And the premise sounds amazing. Since the book doesn’t come out until September, I’ll probably hold off a bit before reading it — but I’m so excited to have a copy of my own!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

I’m bouncing between a few books right now:

  • Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: So excited to be starting this book finally.
  • Here by Richard McGuire: A graphic novel recommended to me by a friend.
  • Gmorning, Gnight! … because I’m high on Lin-Manuel Miranda right now.
Now playing via audiobook:

Lucky Suit by Lauren Blakely: Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that this does not look like my sort of listen. Still, it was an Audible freebie last month, it’s under 2 1/2 hours, and what the heck? Might as well go with something quick and light before committing to one of the longer listens in my library.

Ongoing reads:

Two ongoing reads with my book group, plus one more on my own just for kicks:

  • A Plague of Zombies by Diana Gabaldon: Continuing our journey through all of the Lord John books and stories.
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston: Our group classic read.
  • The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens: I’m reading this classic via the Serial Reader app. So good! I’m now at 40%.

So many books, so little time…


8 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 3/4/2019

  1. I absolutely love Betty Buckley AND Hello Dolly, so cool you saw them together😁 And Hamilton?? I’m insanely jealous. Also, I’ve heard really interesting things about Here, I’m very curious, hope you enjoy!

    • I ended up tearing through Here already — but I think I need to go back through more slowly, and fortunately, I have a couple of weeks before it’s due back at the library. 🙂

  2. Oh I loved Here by Richard McGuire. Actually, I gave it a low rating at first and it’s while writing my review of it that I realized how great it is. It was one of my top books of 2018.

    • Ha, my first reaction was 3 stars, but I’m already thinking I need to go back through it more slowly and absorb it all over again. It’s really quite an amazing book.

  3. I’m so happy you loved the Beka Cooper trilogy by Tamora Pierce. I bought the first book of this series recently and am looking forward to reading it (hopefully soon).

    I used to go with my mum watch musicals a lot whilst growing up and will use this as a reminder to give them a go again sometime soon. Hamilton sounds like a lot of fun! 😊👌

    • I hope you love Beka Cooper! Can’t wait to hear what you think. My daughter and I used to go to musicals together a lot, and even though we live further away now, we still try to go together when we can. So much fun!

      • You gave me such a great idea – I’m going to look up musicals back home and will buy tickets for my mum, myself and my sister to go and watch a play. My mum recently lost her mum and this will hopefully cheer her up. I’m off to go and do it, thanks! 🙏 xx

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