The Monday Check-In ~ 3/7/2022


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.


Aaaaaannnd… I’m back!

After a week back east visiting my dad and other relatives, I’m back in sunny San Francisco once again. The week flew by, and I managed not to freeze!

What did I read during the last week?

Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon: Such a beautiful, moving story! Excellent historical fiction. I listened to the audiobook — my review is here.

Two more that I finished this past week — reviews to follow:

  • The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough
  • Persepolis Rising (Expanse, #7) by James S. A. Corey


Outlander is back!

Buh-bye Droughtlander! Hello, Outlander season 6! The new season premiered last night, and… I did not watch it yet! Sadly, by the time my flight landed and I made it home, all I had the energy for was a quick bite to eat and then climbing into bed. Watching the 1st episode will be my treat tonight!

In terms of blogging about Outlander: For all of the previous seasons, I’ve written recap posts immediately after watching. For whatever reason, I’m not really feeling it this time around. It’s not that I’m not excited for the new season — I really, really am! I think I just have too much else going on right now to add another “homework” assignment on top of everything else.

We shall see. Inspiration may still hit me!

Pop culture & TV:

What, there’s something worth talking about besides Outlander?

1883 wrapped up this past week, and my heart broke into a thousand tiny pieces. Overall, I thought the show was incredibly well done — so much so that I may want to watch it again.

While at my sister’s house, we watched the first episode of Inventing Anna, and while I’ve read very mixed reviews, I think I’m interested enough to keep going.

Puzzle of the Week:

None! But now that I’m back home, it’s time to start a new one.

Fresh Catch:

I happened to wander into a used book store supporting a local library last week, and the nice lady volunteering there gave me a whole welcome spiel explaining all the good the money does — so I couldn’t walk out without buying something! Here’s what I picked up:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Tiamat’s Wrath (Expanse, #8) by James S. A. Corey: I had every intention of reading something light and cheerful next… and then I finished Persepolis Rising, and absolutely had to move straight ahead into the next book in the Expanse series. These books are so good!

Now playing via audiobook:

The Marriage Game by Sara Desai: This seems like it’ll be a lot of fun! I’ve only just started, but I already like the family dynamic (and the San Francisco setting)!

Ongoing reads:

Over at Outlander Book Club, we’ve started our group read of BEES, reading and discussing two chapters per week. If anyone wants to join us, just ask me how! All are welcome.

So many books, so little time…


9 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 3/7/2022

  1. Such a nice variety, as always, Lisa. After reading The Thorn Birds, I’ve been thinking about reading another book by Colleen McCullough. I’m looking forward to your review of The Ladies of Missalonghi!

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