The Monday Check-In ~ 11/11/2019

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.



Just like the week before.

‘Nuff said.





What did I read during the last week?

The Mermaid by Christina Henry: Absolutely loved it! My review is here.

I loved both of these contemporary romances! Perfect choices for a week when I wanted some light, escapist reading. My two-fer review is here.

Pop Culture:

LOVED the first episode of His Dark Materials on HBO! I’m so excited to finally see these amazing books getting a worthy adaptation.

Fresh Catch:

Another new book from Subterranean Press — this one is a collection of stories by Seanan McGuire. It looks amazing!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: I’ve never read anything by this author before. I’m only a couple of chapters in, but I like how gory and disturbing it is so far.

Now playing via audiobook:

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman: I haven’t had much listening time this week, so this book is draggggggging on for me. I like it, and the narration is great… it just feels like I’ve been listening to it FOREVER already. Should finish in the next couple of days, depending on how much driving I end up doing.

Ongoing reads:

  • A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny: I haven’t touched this book in over a week, and I only have about 50 pages left. I’m not feeling very motivated to finish… but I’m not ready to declare it a DNF just yet either. Will soldier on… for now.
  • A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows by Diana Gabaldon: This is a terrific novella set in the Outlander world, and while I’ve read it at least twice already, I’m enjoying reading it more slowly with my book group, discussing two sections per week.

So many books, so little time…


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

  1. I just heard that Alice Hoffman is going to write another book in her Practical Magic world, coming out next year! They are my favorite books of hers, I do hope you end up enjoying it!

    • Oh, that’s great! I’m going to read The Rules of Magic as soon as I finish the Practical Magic audiobook. And it’s not that I’m not enjoying it — I think I’ve just diluted the experience for myself by not listening more consistently. 🙂

  2. I’m very curious to the flatshare, it sounds very good!
    I’m hoping to pick up Ninth house soon, I’m so excited for that one!


    • The Flatshare really was fun! I just returned it to the library, but now I’m thinking I need a copy of my own — I highlighted so many cute/funny lines, and now I don’t have them anymore! I’m only about 10% into Ninth House, but I really like it so far. Have a great week!

    • Absolutely. Books have definitely gotten me through the toughest times of my life — there’s something so wonderful about being able to escape into pages for a little while.

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