The Monday Check-In ~ 4/12/2021


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 got my 2nd vaccine! My immediate household is now completely vaccinated. Woo hoo! I had a rough 24 hours after the vaccine — lots of aches and chills — but it passed, and all is well. I’m just grateful to be able to have gotten vaccinated. Can’t wait to be able to connect with more far-flung family and friends!

What did I read during the last week?

The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner: Some beautiful moments, but overall, this book didn’t wow me the way this author’s previous novel did. My review is here.

Near the Bone by Christina Henry. Unputdownable horror. My review is here.

The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski: My 4th Witcher audiobook. Very confusing, but I enjoy the narrator so much! My review is here.

And… I managed to finish two quick, fun, contemporary romances over the weekend. Reviews to follow! Both were very sweet:

Pop culture & TV:

I finished season 1 of Last Tango in Halifax. Definitely recommended!

And in terms of things I loved this week: I’m enjoying the current season of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, and this scene in particular made me so happy:

Confession: I think I’ve watched it 10 times at least!

Fresh Catch:

A lovely stack of new books!

Puzzle of the week:

Another fun puzzle this week! I do seem to have a lot that feature bookstores and libraries. Hmmm… maybe I like books or something?

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

The Roommate by Rosie Danan: I seem to be on a roll with the contemporary romance genre — maybe because I have a few longer, heavier books waiting for me, and I’m trying to extend the light reading just a bit more before I need to get serious again. In any case, I’ve just started this one, and it looks like it’ll be fun.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: I’ve been wanting to re-read these books for ages, and I thought the audiobook would be fun — especially since Stephen Fry is the narrator!

Ongoing reads:
  • My book group’s classic read is part 2 of Don Quixote. Continuing onward, 3 chapters per week. Current status: 85%.
  • Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart: This is a fun little guide to all sorts of deadly and dangerous plants. I’m reading in very small bites, and making just teeny bits of progress each week.
  • Over at Outlander Book Club, we’ve just started our group re-read of Dragonfly in Amber, book #2 in the Outlander series. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join the fun — just ask me how! Coming up this week: Chapter 2, “The Plot Thickens”.

So many books, so little time…


11 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 4/12/2021

  1. Congrats on the vaccine. In my part of the world they are opening slots by age group so while my parents have got their first doses, I am yet to.

    I am not looking at your review of Midnight Stars yet since I’m about to start the book today. Sorry to hear it wasn’t as good as Winter Wood though–I’d really enjoyed that one as well.

    The puzzle looks lovely; I haven’t yet tried out a 1000-piece one but I did do a newly acquired Disney Snow White (250 pieces) last week. The other I bought is a lion family by a pond (also 250 pieces) which I am yet to do.

    Good to see Don Quixote is going well. I must make a second attempt soon.

  2. Yay for being fully vaccinated! My son will finally be eligible this week, and I’m 3 weeks away from getting my second one. I just raced through Near the Bone over the weekend and loved it!

    • Can’t wait to see your review of Near the Bone! I’m glad you and your son are getting vaccinated! It’s such a huge relief to get the appointment, and the idea of finally being able to see family again makes us all so happy.

  3. I just finished Maggie Finds Her Muse. I was surprised that I liked it because I really didn’t like how it starts. Once she got to Paris, though, I was hooked.
    Now I want to go to Paris, lol.

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