The Monday Check-In ~ 1/31/2022


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.


How is it the last day of January already? Time is just whooshing by.

For the first time in a long time, I actually went out not one, but TWO nights this past week! First, we had a family dinner at a really nice restaurant, and then we went out again to see the touring production of The Band’s Visit. (I’d seen the show already on Broadway, but it was nice to go again and enjoy it with family members who hadn’t seen it before).

I finally made it to the library donation center this week… it felt good to make some space on my shelves once again! Here’s what I donated:

What did I read during the last week?

So many good books this week!

Shit Cassandra Saw by Gwen E. Kirby: A weird and wonderful short story collection. My thoughts are here.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo: 5 stars for this beautiful story of two girls in love in 1950s San Francisco! My review is here.

Heartstopper, volume 4 by Alice Oseman: This graphic novel series continues to be excellent. Can’t wait for #5!

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix: For whatever strange reason, I just loved listening to the audiobook of this horror novel… and I’m not even a metal fan. My review is here.

Pop culture & TV:

My son and I watched The Last Duel this past week — really well done and fascinating, despite the dark subject matter.

On a lighter note, I finished season two of Ghosts (BBC). It’s adorable! Onward to season 3…

Puzzle of the Week:

Another fun one:

Fresh Catch:

No new books this week!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Babylon’s Ashes (The Expanse, #6) by James S. A. Corey: I had to really give myself a pep talk before starting this 500+ page book, but now that I’m into it, I’ve really happy to be reading it.

Now playing via audiobook:

A Season for Second Chances by Jenny Bayliss: I borrowed from the library on a whim, thinking a light romance would make a nice change after my most recent listen (metal horror). I’m not very far, but I like the tone so far.

Ongoing reads:

My slow but steady, spread-out-over-time reading:

I’m enjoying my chapter-per-day journey through this gorgeous edition of Harry Potter! Rereading HP is never a bad idea, and the artwork of the edition is amazing!

So many books, so little time…


6 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 1/31/2022

  1. I love the puzzle! It’s so detailed. It still feels weird to actually go to restaurants, right? My husband and I ate out last weekend and it’s just not the same anymore…

    • The puzzle was so much fun, but a real test for my eyes. 🙂 I have one more from this puzzle company, may have to indulge in some more once I’m done. I agree, being in a restaurant is pretty weird. The place was full! They did have good social distancing in place, but it was indoor seating only, and I wasn’t entirely comfortable (even though the food was excellent and we all had fun together).

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