The Monday Check-In ~ 12/2/2019

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.


Feeling recharged after a restful and happy long weekend, spent relaxing and enjoying family and friends.

A blogging question:

I wrote a post about this over the weekend — does anyone have any favorite WordPress themes to recommend? I’m looking for something clean and simple. I’m not 100% sure that I want to make a switch, but I’m thinking about options.

What did I read during the last week?

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss: Such fun! My review is here.

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes: Sweet! Finished late Sunday – review to follow.

Pop culture:

My family had a blast seeing this movie on Thanksgiving morning:

And on Saturday, my daughter and I had a wonderful time seeing…

Fresh Catch:

Amazon had a Black Friday buy-two-get-one-free offer on books, so naturally I took advantage! Here’s what I got:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

The Deep by Rivers Solomon: I’m just getting started, but definitely excited that my library hold came in this week.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood: I’ve listened to about 40% — really entertaining so far!

Ongoing reads:

Two ongoing book group reads right now:

  • A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows by Diana Gabaldon: The current group read for my book group. Such a great story! A must for Outlander fans.
  • Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck: Our new classic read, starting today. We’ll be reading and discussing two chapters per week. I’m really looking forward to it!

So many books, so little time…


7 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 12/2/2019

  1. I saw Cirque du Soleil years ago and loved it! I need to go again. And I’ve been hearing lots about Knives Out, looking forward to checking that out soon as well😁

    • My daughter and I used to try to catch Cirque du Soleil whenever they came to town, but it’s been years since the last time we went. It was a gorgeous production! Knives Out was really fun. 🙂

  2. I plan to see Knives Out next weekend! I’ve been looking forward to it since seeing the previews. It looks like fun.
    Did you like the Deep? I read it last week and although I like certain aspects of it, I didn’t like the overall story much. I thought it was okay.

    • Knives Out is so much fun! I hope you enjoy it. Yes, I did like The Deep, although it’s certainly an odd/unusual read. Did you review it? (I’ll go look and see…)

      • I haven’t yet lol. I need to get caught up on my reviews. I just saw yours. Totally agree that there’s a sadness to the story. It’s the second story I read this year where the protagonist wants to be free from familial responsibilities that hinder/hurt them in some way but decide to return/stay/sacrifice in some way to help their family.

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