The Monday Check-In ~ 4/18/2022


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.


It’s been a whirlwind of a week! We had a full house for Passover, including out of town guests plus local family, and it was amazing (but also exhausting). It’s such a treat being able to gather again for the first time in two years!

What did I read during the last week?

Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond: A silly romance involving demon summoning and avoiding an apocalypse — super fun! My review is here.

The Midnight Bargain by C. L. Polk: I loved this stand-alone fantasy novel. My review is here.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows: This book was a perfect choice for a crazy week. I loved it so much. My review is here.


No new episode this week, alas. Only two more left in the season!

Pop culture & TV:

Nothing much new here — I’ve caught bits and pieces of various shows, including the season finale of Abbott Elementary — which, seriously, you need to check out!

Fresh Catch:

Two new books this week:

Because OF COURSE I’m going to read the sequel to Not Your Average Hot Guy!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan: This book is weird and not particularly believable… but it’s holding my attention in the short chunks of time I’ve had to read over the last few days.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig: This is a re-read for me (first time via audiobook) — I need a refresher before my book group discussion later this month.

Ongoing reads:

These books will be on my plate for months to come:

  • Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon: 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.
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare: My book group’s newest classic read. We’ll be going at a pace of one scene per week — now underway.

So many books, so little time…


9 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 4/18/2022

  1. I have just bought the Midnight Bargain after reading your review. Hope I enjoy it too. Enjoy Hamlet. It’s going to take a while at one scene a week. 😃

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