The Monday Check-In ~ 7/29/2019

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.


My little vacation last week was lovely (but too short). Sun, sand, good books! Some strawberry tiramisu too. What more could I ask for?

What did I read during the last week?

My vacation reading (all reviewed here):

  • Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
  • We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory
  • I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

And since returning home, I’ve also read:

Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior: A sweet, engaging debut novel. My review is here.

Fresh Catch:

Oof. I bought myself a copy of Wanderers by Chuck Wendig. This book is BIG. I need to steel myself a bit before diving in.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Unholy Land by Lavie Tidhar: Israeli science fiction revolving around alternate realities. Really mind-bending! I’ve read about 75% — can’t wait to see how it all works out.

Now playing via audiobook:

Anne of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery: The 6th Anne book! Loving the series, although I’m not sure that I love the shift of focus from Anne herself to her big brood of children. Still, carrying on…

Ongoing reads:

Two ongoing book group read right now:

  • The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens — our current classic selection, reading and discussing two chapters per week.
  • Virgins by Diana Gabaldon: Our newest group read — a novella telling the story of teen-aged Jamie and Ian during their time as mercenaries in France. I’ve read it before, but I”m excited to be sharing it with the group this time around.

So many books, so little time…


15 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 7/29/2019

  1. I completely missed your vacation reading post, so I’m hopping over to see what you thought of We Are All Completely Fine! And that photo, it reminds me of the Morro Bay area😁

    • You got it — it’s from a walk we did right near Morro Bay! We stayed in Pismo Beach, but also spent time in Avila Beach and San Luis Obispo. The whole area is beautiful!

  2. Oooh I’ve never had strawberry tiramisu before, but it sounds delicious. I can’t wait to hear you final thoughts on Unholy Lands! Lavie Tidhar always comes up with the most interesting premises. I’m about to dive into his upcoming release this week, and it’s been called “Watchmen on crack”, so I’m excited. 😀

  3. Wow! You got a ginormous physical copy of the HARDBACK of Wanderers?? I wanted to get it too but my wrists squeaked in protest, so I decided to wait for the paperback…or I might borrow the ebook from the library.

    • I know… crazy, right? I have a feeling I should get on the library wait list for the e-book as well, since I’m definitely not going to be sticking my hardcover in my bag for when I’m on the go!

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