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.
My daughter is home for the week, and you won’t find a happier mama! I’m thrilled that she’ll be here for Thanksgiving and the first night of Hanukkah, and even though I have to work a couple of days this week, I’m so excited to have time to spend together.
What did I read during the last week?
Donut Fall in Love by Jackie Lau: Sweet romance between a bakery owner and a movie star, with lots of donuts and cupcakes. My review is here.
The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser: I really enjoyed this lovely story about finding new love and new beginnings. My review is here.
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander, #8) by Diana Gabaldon: Re-read for the 3rd (maybe 4th?) time, this time as part of a group re-read with my book group. We finished just in time for the new book’s release!
Pop culture & TV:
I ventured out to the movie theater to see Belfast, and I’m so happy I did. It’s a beautiful movie, and can I help it that I especially loved seeing Caitriona Balfe (star of Outlander) in it? I really hope the cast and the movie get some Oscar love.
At the risk of proving once and for all how obsessed I am… the only new book on my mind right now is this one, coming Tuesday:
And yeah, I did also pre-order the Kindle edition so I can dive in right at midnight on Monday!
What will I be reading during the coming week?
Currently in my hands:
Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell: I’ve been intending to read this sci-fi book since it came out earlier this year. I’m glad I’m finally starting it! I’ve read about 25% so far, and I’m really liking it… but I’m going to have to pause in the middle once my copy of BEES arrives.
Now playing via audiobook:
That Summer by Jennifer Weinter: I’ve listened to about 50% so far, and while I have guesses about where the story is going, there’s a hidden agenda here that has me really intrigued. The narrator is Sutton Foster, and she’s wonderful.
Doctor Zhivago is our group classic read, two chapters per week. I’m about two reading segments behind the group, but we have a couple of weeks off over the holidays, so I’ll catch up then, if not sooner. This book is way more complicated than I expected, but I’m finding it worth the effort when I have time to focus.
So many books, so little time…
8 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 11/22/2021”
Enjoy your time with your daughter! Mine is not coming home until Christmas, so I have to wait a few more weeks, but I can hardly wait😁
Ah, well, that gives you something nice to look forward to!! Have a good week!
I hope that you enjoy Winter’s Orbit. I loved it and it is definitely my favourite Sci Fi book of the year.
That’s great to know! I’m really liking it so far — I’m now at about 40%, and I’m torn between finishing it straight through or pausing to read the new release I’ve been waiting for. I kind of hate the idea of stopping!
Enjoy the new Outlander book!
Thank you! I’m so excited!
I can not wait to watch Belfast just for Caitriona Balfe
She was amazing! I really hope she gets nominated for an Oscar!