The Monday Check-In ~ 1/27/2020

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.


I went back to work this week after a couple weeks off. Even though I only worked half-days, I was exhausted! I should be back to my regular routine this week… although, let’s be honest, I’m going to miss those long quiet days at home, just me and my books.

What did I read during the last week?

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri: A powerful, important read. My book group’s discussion has been fabulous. My review is here.

No Fixed Line by Dana Stabenow: The 22nd book in the amazing Alaska-based Kate Shugak series. My review is here.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds: A must-read. My review is here.

Imaginary Numbers (InCryptid, #9) by Seanan McGuire: Another excellent installment in this terrific urban fantasy series. My review is here.

Pop culture:

Shrill season 2 dropped this week!

I only had time for one episode (out of 8), but I’m so excited for this show. Season 1 was awesome, by the way, so if you haven’t watched it yet, treat yourself!

Fresh Catch:

Book #8 in The Expanse series just came out in paperback, so I had to get a copy! And for those keeping score… that’s 4 in the series that I’ve read, and 4 more to go.

… and, my amazing daughter sent me this book as a gift! She rocks.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: Once of my series-related goals for 2020 is to read this trilogy. Off to a good start!

Now playing via audiobook:

The Book of Dust (La Belle Sauvage) by Philip Pullman: Trying to make progress. It’s a great story — I just haven’t been spending much time in the car for the past few weeks, which is where I do most of my audiobook listening, so it’s slow going right now.

Ongoing reads:

  • Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck: My book group’s classic read. We’re finishing this week!
  • The Space Between by Diana Gabaldon: The latest in Outlander Book Club’s group read-alongs. This is yet another terrific novella set in the wider world of the Outlander series. It’s a re-read for me, and I’m enjoying it all over again.

So many books, so little time…


10 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 1/27/2020

  1. Hi Lisa – I’m glad you agree that Long Way Down is a must read. I’m not sure if I saw that review so I’m headed over there now. Happy Monday – it’s always tough going back to work after time off. I hope your hand is doing better now 🙂

  2. Enjoy your reading!
    I really want to pick up Long way down at some point! I hope you end up loving the cruel prince, I really like that series!


  3. The Cruel Prince and it’s sequels are on my 2020 TBR too! I just cannot wait to get to them! A few of the ones you have listed in this post make me want to add books to my 2020 TBR! 😰 However, with my current Reading Challenge underway I couldn’t possibly add anymore books to the goals I have set without over stressing myself even more! How do you keep track while reading multiple books at once, I couldn’t possibly. Love the post! Keep it up! 🥰

    • Thanks so much! I really only read one novel at a time, but I always have an audiobook going for when I’m driving or walking. My group reads are usually situations where we read only a couple of chapters at a time… so basically, it all works! 🙂

      • That’s a really good system to have honestly. I personally just have such a hard time listening to audiobooks. I’ve never been able to just listen and retain information which sucks because I’ve heard there are some really note worthy books out there available only in audio versions. 😰

        • I had to ease into audiobooks. I started years ago when I wanted to reread some books I loved and I’d heard that the audio versions were great. It was a great approach, because I didn’t have to worry too much about my attention wandering, since I’d already read the books. 🙂 I still can’t just sit still or do stuff around the house and listen to audiobooks (I don’t retain anything), but it works great for me while I’m on the go!

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