The Monday Check-In ~ 5/17/2021


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.


It’s been a busy, crazy workweek — but what else is new? I actually have a day off today, and I’m so looking forward to doing nothing at all…

In blogging news, I finally tackled a project I’ve been putting off for a while now. For the first several years of blogging, for whatever reason, when I posted book reviews, I used the book title but didn’t include the author name in the post title. I’ve been meaning to go back and fix this, but it seemed like a daunting task. But, this week, I finally did it — I went back through HUNDREDS of posts and added the author name to each post title… and I feel like I accomplished something!

What did I read during the last week?

When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn: The 6th Bridgerton book, read on my flight home last weekend. My review is here.

This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith: Powerful, engaging contemporary fiction. My review is here.

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O’Neal: I loved it! My review is here.

The Album of Dr. Moreau by Daryl Gregory: Terrific sci-fi mash-up! My review is here.

Pop culture & TV:

I just finished Shadow & Bone on Netflix. I’m not sure how impressed I am — a lot of it feels like a retread of typical YA fantasy tropes. But, I know there are tons of fans out there. Should I read the books???

Puzzle of the Week:

Back to puzzling! A sweet, fun, kind of simple one this week:

Fresh Catch:

One new book this week — thank you to Orbit for sending a review copy of this gorgeous book! Can’t wait to start it:

And book-related… I made an impulse purchase on EBay that arrived this week! I’m out of shelf space, yet again, and thought a library cart would make a cute addition to my book room. With special thanks to my son, who assembled it for me while I was in a long Zoom meeting.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren: A new book by this author duo is always reason to cheer!

Now playing via audiobook:

Golden Child by Claire Adam: My book group’s pick for May. I’ve made almost no progress, but I’m determined to get through it before my book group discussion.

Ongoing reads:

  • This is it! After over a year, we’re finishing Don Quixote this week!!! Only two chapters to go.
  • Outlander Book Club is doing a speed-re-read of Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, #8 in the Outlander series. We’re doing 5 chapters per week. Let me know if you want to join in — the more, the merrier! This week: Chapters 11-15.

So many books, so little time…


11 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 5/17/2021

  1. That looks just like my book cart! And congrats on such a big blogging task. I’m not sure I would have the patience to do that myself😁 Have a great week, Lisa!

  2. Nice jigsaw puzzle. I’m read a bunch of nonfiction right now and will be reading Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton when my mother brings it back (she reads super-fast so I let her have it first)

  3. OK Lisa, u deserve all the credit for going back to ur posts and achieving it, I have something similar to do for my earlier posts, just keep putting it off 🙄

  4. I’m just dying to read For the Wolf — the cover is largely to blame because some of the ARC reviews I read didn’t give it a very high rating. And I share your thoughts on Shadow and Bone — the visuals were great, but it came across as very YA and not in a good way. I’ve had similar views about Book 1 which I gave up on within the first 2 chapters. 😦 Still, Ben Barnes is amazing, so that’s a plus for the show!

    • Ha ha, yes, Ben Barnes was a major draw! Too bad about the book — I put myself on my library’s hold list, but I’m not convinced I actually want to spend time on it. I hope For the Wolf is as good as it looks! I haven’t read any reviews yet — maybe I’ll avoid other reviews until I actually read it myself.

  5. Those library carts really come in handy and are quite cute. Unfortunately, I went overboard with the extra space and now mine is all filled up and I’m back at square one needing more space.

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