The Monday Check-In ~ 8/10/2020

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 not sure why, but I feel like I’ve barely read this past week. I’ve been working a lot, and in my off time, I just haven’t relaxed enough to really sink into my books, I guess. Sigh.

What did I read during the last week?

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett: I’m reading Discworld! This is the first book in the series, and while it didn’t blow me away, I liked it enough to look forward to continuing onward. My thoughts are here.

Pop culture & TV:

I finished Schitts Creek! After binge-watching five seasons, I’m so in love with these characters. At least I can look forward to the 6th and final season, coming to Netflix in October. But meanwhile, what am I supposed to do now???

In other pop culture experiences, my son and I have been watching the Harry Potter movies for the past two weeks, sometimes just an hour at a time, sometimes the full movie and more in one sitting. This week, we wrapped up, and I’m left feeling bereft! I don’t think I’ve ever watched them all in a row like this before. It’s pretty amazing to see how the “kids” and the movies themselves grew and changed over time. I’m so sad to leave the HP world behind for now… until I next get the urge to watch them all again.

Other than that, I’m still watching Supernatural. Slowly. I’m still on season 1! I’m not hooked yet, which is why I’m only watching one episode at a time, once or twice a week. At this rate, it’ll take me years to catch up.

Puzzle of the week:

This one was tough! A lot of wood, a lot of shadows and reflections. But so satisfying when I finally finished.

Fresh Catch:

Oh yes I did! This week’s new book…

This will probably be my next read…

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Peace Talks (Dresden Files, #16) by Jim Butcher: Aaaaack. I’ve been reading this all week… but making such slow progress. And it’s not that I’m not enjoying it — my concentration levels just seem to be off this week, so I haven’t been able to settle in and just enjoy. Hoping to finish in the next day or so.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire: I’ve also barely had time for audiobooks this week, so I’ve barely made a dent on this book (which I love). I’m going to set an intention for myself to get out for walks at least every other day this week, which will (a) be healthy and (b) give me more time to listen!

Ongoing reads:

Outlander Book Club’s re-read of Outlander is underway. We’re reading and discussing one chapter per week. This week: Chapter 9, “The Gathering”. Anyone who’s interested is welcome to participate, so just ask me how.

Onward with Don Quixote! I’m so tempted to just give this one up. I’m behind my book group read by about 5 chapters now — but the group is almost done with part I and then taking a break, so I’m going to try to force myself to at least finish this part. We’ll see if I actually return for part II.

So many books, so little time…


18 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 8/10/2020

  1. Sometimes you have to give yourself a bit of a break – even from the things you enjoy! I’m sure you will be back at it in no time! πŸ˜€

    I’m not sure I’ve ever read HP back to back either! I’m still trying to get my three year old stepdaughter to watch the first one but she’s not all that interested at the moment – it’s all about the dinosaurs! πŸ˜…

    • Thanks! Yeah, I agree, I can’t really stress too much about my reading pace. πŸ™‚ And I think I’m back now anyway! Three might be a little young for Harry Potter… dinosaurs are pretty cool.

  2. Oh my gosh – that puzzle looks hard – lots of wood and shadows as you said. I feel like I haven’t read much this past week, but I’m almost finished with a book…I have a new work schedule and find that I’m still adjusting to finding reading time. Hope you have a good week, Lisa! πŸ™‚

    • Are you working from home or in-person? I’m still working from home, but find that means that work creeps into my day constantly, even when I should be “off” (whatever that means). The puzzle was really fun, even though I felt like my eyes were going to pop out at some point!

      • Hi Lisa, I worked from home for 3 months, but the library where I work has re-opened so we’re all going in and doing our shifts. I know what you mean about the work creeping into your day. That happened to me a lot and I found it frustrating and hard to ever relax. This is better. I’m part-time, so now when I leave the library I leave my work there too. Good luck with your next puzzle!

  3. I’m almost done with season 5 of Schitt’s Creek. Oh man! I don’t want it to end.
    I felt the same about Don Quixote when I tried reading it. I ended up giving up on it, but I’d like to complete the whole thing one day.

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