The Monday Check-In ~ 7/20/2020

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 took a few days off work — my first days off since March! Not that we went anywhere, but it was good to have days to relax and not be on video calls all day long! My husband and I went for a walk in the redwoods at Muir Woods, and then my son and I spent a few hours at the (newly reopened) zoo. It was a little weird to be out and about, although crowd control and social distancing seemed mostly effective. Except for the few groups of people we passed who weren’t wearing masks. Grrrrrr.

My son got his learner’s permit this week, so we’ve been going out for practice drives A LOT. He’s doing pretty well! I guess all those years of non-stop video games have really paid off in terms of hand-eye coordination!

What did I read during the last week?

The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune: Just wonderful. My review is here.

What You Wish For by Katherine Center: It was okay, but I didn’t love it as much as her previous book. My review is here.

Agent 355 by Marie Benedict: A free selection from Audible that ended up being a terrific choice. My review is here.

10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon: Read but didn’t end up reviewing. Enjoyable YA with fake dating as the central plot element. It was fun, but didn’t rock my world. (Of course, maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood.)

Pop culture & TV:

A friend convinced me to give Schitt’s Creek a try… and I should know by now that she doesn’t steer me wrong! I’ve watched one season (of five) so far, and I’m loving it. Super funny, and I also love the fact that each episode is only about 25 minutes. Should be able to zip right through!

Aaaaand… I decided to finally give Supernatural another chance! I remember I watched the very first episode when the show premiered in 2005, and then never went back for more. I’m taking a slow but steady approach, watching one episode every few days. Considering there are 14 (?) seasons, this could take a while!

Puzzle of the week:

This one was hard, but so much fun!

Fresh Catch:

Hurray for the new Lady Astronaut book!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald: My book group’s book for July! Really good so far.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher: This is such a fun fairy tale! I’m loving it — should finish up in the next day or two.

Ongoing reads:

Outlander Book Club’s re-read of Outlander is underway. We’re reading and discussing one chapter per week. This week: Chapter 6, “Colum’s Hall”. Anyone who’s interested is welcome to participate, so just ask me how.

Onward with Don Quixote! Plugging away, two chapters per week.

So many books, so little time…


13 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 7/20/2020

  1. Oh gosh I want to get through supernatural as well having started years ago and never continuing but because of the length I’m kinda scared to start. Nice to know I’m not the only one determined to get through this!

  2. It’s great to take some time off from the regular routine, even if our options are still limited. Good luck with the driving lessons – I do think the video games pay off – I’ve heard that surgeons do that too! Have a great week, Lisa. πŸ™‚

  3. I’m getting ready to take a few days off work too. I’m so jealous of my husband who is “working” from home and making his full salary. And Supernatural is a lot of fun! The more you watch, the more you’ll become invested in the Winchester family and their history.😁

    • Are you working on-site or remotely? I hope you enjoy your days off! I’ve heard that Supernatural gets better as it goes along, so I’m hanging in!

  4. Hehe I love both Schitt’s Creek and Supernatural. I think you have to stick with Supernatural until the overriding story becomes more apparent. I definitely enjoyed later series more than the early ones at the time but I am rather attached to them all now!

    I can’t wait to start MRK’s Lady Astronaut series! πŸ˜€ I hear so many good things!

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