The Monday Check-In ~ 3/11/2019

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 did I read during the last week?

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Loved it! My review is here.

The Lieutenant’s Nurse by Sara Ackerman: Historical fiction/romance centered around the attack on Pearl Harbor. My review is here.

Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda, illustrated by Jonny Sun. A sweet book — my review is here.

In audiobooks:

I listened to Lucky Suit by Lauren Blakely, which was an Audible freebie last month. It’s a short, fluffy, modern romance — not really my thing, but pleasant enough to keep me entertained while driving.

Pop culture goodness:

I finished watching season 5 of Grace & Frankie!

Anyone else feel like most of the characters are getting really mean? And that Frankie is becoming more and more intolerable? I’m still really having fun with this show, but certain moments really made me cringe. And now we wait for season 6!

Fresh Catch:

No new books this week! I mean, yes, I did get a few library books (that will probably end up going back unread)… and well, yes, I did end up grabbing a few price-dropped e-books this week:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Woman 99 by Greer Macallister: Historical fiction — off to a good start!

Now playing via audiobook:

Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce: More Tortall! After finishing the Beka Cooper books, I didn’t want to pull myself completely away from this fantasy world. So far, I’m enjoying this collection of stories set in and around Tortall, featuring some familiar characters as well as introducing us to new people and magical creatures.

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, and really enjoying it! I’m at 70% — the end is in sight!

So many books, so little time…


4 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 3/11/2019

  1. Hi Lisa – well I commend you for reading The Old Curiosity Shop on serial reader. I tried to read Little Women that way and I just couldn’t keep up. Glad it works for you. Maybe when my life isn’t so busy, I’ll try it again. Happy Monday!

    • It’s actually working really well! I read each day’s selection while I’m having a quick breakfast, and it’s become a nice little daily routine by now. Over the weekend, when I got caught up in the plot, I ended up reading ahead.

  2. I love Grace & Frankie and although I didn’t get the sense the characters were getting mean, on reflection that may be true. I guess they magnify particular elements as the show goes on. How good was the ‘alternate future’ episode?!

    • Oh, that was so much fun! Grace was pretty much unrecognizable. I do have a soft spot for Nick, so seeing them back together this season made me really happy. I just feel like Brianna has gotten so much nastier toward Grace, and didn’t like her behavior in the workplace at all. And Robert and Saul seem to be practically hostile toward one another so much of the time! I still love the show. 🙂 So glad there’s going to be another season!

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