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.
Just another busy week! But thank heavens for long weekends — I can feel my energy levels resetting already.
My daughter sent me this picture, taken from a plane as her flight passed over San Francisco, and I thought it was too amazing not to share:
We don’t usually get to see our city from the air! I can see exactly where I was out walking when she was flying by.
What did I read during the last week?
An Impossible Impostor by Deanna Raybourn: The 7th book in the Veronica Speedwell series is just as much fun as I’d hoped (and expected). My review is here.
Beach Read by Emily Henry: My book group’s book for February, a re-read for me — and I enjoyed it all over again! My review from my first read is here.
Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy: The graphic novel that inspired M. Night Shyamalan’s movie Old. Short version of a review: Don’t bother. See the movie instead.
Pop culture & TV:
Like millions of others, I watched The Tinder Swindler this past week:
I’m not usually much of a true crime fan, but this movie was so hard to look away from — really like a slow-motion trainwreck. Fascinating and awful.
You may have seen me mention my Yellowstone obsession previously — well, now I’m watch its prequel show, 1883, and I’m loving it too! It’s very different, but really good, with a great cast and (so far) one cameo that totally took me by surprise.
Puzzle of the Week:
A fun puzzle showing a dream setting for me. Give me a cozy cabin, a fireplace, good books, and warm socks any day!
I treated myself to a copy of the final Expanse novel (even though I still have two books left in the series before I can start it).
What will I be reading during the coming week?
Currently in my hands:
Spelunking Through Hell by Seanan McGuire: The 11th book in the Incryptid series. I love this series, and this installment is fun, but I’m not quite as invested as in other books, maybe because I don’t care as much about the central characters in this book versus the leads in some of the others. Still, all Incryptid books are great! [Late Sunday update: Just finished! Review to follow]
One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle: This is what I’ll be starting Monday morning! I’m looking forward to it — I’ve really liked all three of the books I’ve read by this author. And it opens with a quote from Gilmore Girls, so that’s a very good sign!
Now playing via audiobook:
Gwendy’s Final Task by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar: The last book in the Gwendy trilogy. It’s good so far! The plot is pretty far-fetched, but I’m really liking the story anyway.
None at the moment, but I have a big book group long-term read starting next week, so I’m taking deep breaths this week and getting myself ready!
So many books, so little time…
4 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 2/21/2022”
I’ve never heard of The Tinder Swindler, lol. I might check it out! And I’m planning on buying the box set of the Gwendy books, I’m really curious to read them. Enjoy your day off!
A friend told me about the show, and I didn’t think it would interest me… but it was just impossible to look away from! There’s a box set of Gwendy books??? Must go look it up right now! I don’t have hard copies of any of them… I know what my next treat is going to be! Have a great week!
I hope you have a great week!
Thank you — same to you!