The Monday Check-In ~ 3/8/2021

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.


What a whirlwind couple of weeks it’s been! I’m still on the East Coast, flying home tomorrow. After a brief quarantine and a negative COVID test, post-flight, I’ve been able to visit my dad every day while here, which feels like an absolute blessing.

Thanks to my sister, I’ve also been transformed! Well, in terms of appearance, anyway. After a year of no salon visits and no hair coloring, my sister convinced me that I am just too young (LOL) for that much white hair. Et voila! Here are my before and after shots:

What did I read during the last week?

Not much, actually. Between family time and trying to work all the rest of the time, I’ve barely been reading. But here’s what I managed to get through:

Emily’s Quest by L. M. Montgomery: I finished the Emily Starr trilogy, and just can’t recommend these books highly enough! Beautiful reading experience. My wrap-up post is here.

An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn: So much fun! I love this series. My review is here.

Pop culture & TV:

I watched the 3rd Lara Jean movie on Netflix!

So cute! The first one is still my favorite, but I liked this a lot.

Fresh Catch:

No new books while I’m away… but I know a few are waiting for me back at home.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales: A little YA to start the week.

Now playing via audiobook:

Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan: I needed something sweet and light to keep me company on the treadmill this week, and Jenny Colgan books are perfect!

Ongoing reads:
  • Outlander Book Club is re-reading Outlander! We’re reading and discussing one chapter per week. This week: Chapter 39, “To Ransom A Man’s Soul”. This is a tough chapter. I’m not actually looking forward to re-reading it…
  • Our group classic read is part 2 of Don Quixote. Continuing onward, 3 chapters per week. Current status: 75%.

So many books, so little time…


6 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 3/8/2021

  1. Love the new look, Lisa! I’ve always colored my hair at home but I’ve become so lazy during Covid that I should probably do a salon visit one of these days. So glad you spent time with your dad😁

    • Thanks, Tammy! It had been a full year since my last hair color, and the white was getting a little crazy. Basically, my sister took one look at me and said NO. Feeling pretty good about it! And it’s been wonderful seeing my dad again after so much time has gone by.

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