The Monday Check-In ~ 3/9/2020

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’m been very distracted this week, which means not so much reading. At work, we’re in 24/7 contingency planning mode as the coronavirus spreads, and I ended up spending all weekend working on planning as well. Scary times. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!

What did I read during the last week?

I only managed to finish one book this week! It’s just been hard to concentrate, let alone find quiet time to curl up with a book.

A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn: This Victorian romp was exactly the kind of escape from reality that I needed! My review is here.

Pop culture — Outlander, season 5:

You want to know how crazy this week has been? I didn’t even watch the newest episode of Outlander yet! Here are my reaction posts for the three that I’ve watched so far — hoping to get to episode 504 tomorrow night.

Episode 503, “Free Will” (aired 3/1/2020) – here.
Episode 502, “Between Two Fires” (aired 2/23/2020) – here.
Episode 501, “The Fiery Cross” (aired 2/16/2020) – here.

Other TV watching:

My Gilmore Girls obsession continues! I’m on season 7 now, and let me just say, I am NOT HAPPY with recent turn of events. Just a big NOPE. But I don’t want spoilers (although I kind of do), so I’m just silently fuming as I watch.

Fresh Catch:

Ooh, new books!

Now I just need the time to read them all.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

The Deep by Alma Katsu: Hmm. I’m at about 33%, and I’m not actually loving it so far, which is weird — hauntings and the Titanic should be a winning combo for me.

Now playing via audiobook:

Becoming by Michelle Obama: I’m loving this audiobook!

Ongoing reads:

The Space Between by Diana Gabaldon: The latest in Outlander Book Club’s group read-alongs. A very fun re-read.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes: My book group’s newest classic read is now underway. We’re reading and discussing two chapters per week.

So many books, so little time…


14 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 3/9/2020

    • The cover of The Deep really drew me in. I’m hoping I’ll start to feel more invested in the story itself as I get farther into the book.

    • Maybe I had the wrong expectations — the cover image made me think of mermaids originally, so maybe I was expecting something more like Into the Drowning Deep. Gotta love killer mermaid stories…

  1. Enjoy your reading!
    I’m finally watching Outlander season 4! But all the season release here so much later, so it will probably take quite a while still before I can watch season 5.. (which will give me some time to read the book haha!)


  2. A lot of people hated season seven, and I full heartedly understand why. When the creators left it just was not the same. I made it through the season, but I’m really glad that they got the Netflix reboot… even though I had issues with that too, it was still better than season seven. Feel free to rant all about it! 😂

  3. ONE day I will finally check out the Veronica Speedwell series. 😀 And I’ve been hearing mixed things about The Deep which is interesting, because like you said, titanic and ghosts should be a hands-down winner. I think it might have been marketed a bit misleadingly.

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