The Monday Check-In ~ 9/19/2022


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.


This has been a super-slow reading week for me… or maybe it just feels that way because I’m reading a 600+ page book. Nope, it really has been slow — too many distractions!

One fun distraction — through a work giveaway, I got a table-top s’mores maker! So naturally, my son and I had to test it out and make sure all was in order. Yup… yummy!!

And in more fun news… don’t you love it when your favorite authors have special mailings for their subscribers/followers? My birthday is coming up this week, and this arrived in the mail a few days ago (from the amazing Mary Robinette Kowal):

A programming note:

I’m going to be away for a few days next week, and I’m planning to keep online commitments to a minimum… so I probably won’t be doing much blogging. I’ll be back in full swing the week of October 3rd!

What did I read during the last week?

I managed to finish two audiobooks this week, although I’m still slooooowly working my way through the same hardcover book that I started last Sunday.

I finished:

Birds of California by Katie Cotugno: A Hollywood romance with heart (and a very enjoyable audiobook experience). My review is here.

Mr. Perfect on Paper by Jean Meltzer: A Jewish rom-com, fun and light. My review is here.

Pop culture & TV:

The Handmaid’s Tale is back for a new season… and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m still watching, but this show is so bleak (and does such strange things with its character development) that I’m always on the fence about whether I want to continue.

Fresh Catch:

No new books this week.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Fairy Tale by Stephen King: This book is long, and it feels like it’s taking forever! I’m really liking it so far — I just wish I’d had more substantial reading time this past week.

Now playing via audiobook:

Travel by Bullet by John Scalzi: Book #3 in the Dispatcher series — I really liked the first two books, so weird and twisted! I’ll be starting this one on my Monday morning commute.

Ongoing reads:

My longer-term reading commitments:

  • Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon: Over at Outlander Book Club, we’re doing a group read of BEES, reading and discussing two chapters per week. If anyone wants to join us, just ask me how! All are welcome.
  • Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci: I’m reading this story collection in little bits and pieces, but made absolutely no progress this week. (Blame Stephen King and his huge new novel!!)
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain: This is my new Classics Club Spin book! (If you want to know more about this fun challenge, check out my post here). I’m going to read this one via the Serial Reader app — there are 54 installments, but since the challenge due date is October 30th, I’ll need to double-up at least part of the time. I’m pretty happy about ending up with this book — wish me luck!

So many books, so little time…


12 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 9/19/2022

  1. I’m also reading Fairy Tale but I’m barely into it. I’ve got way too many review commitments that I’m trying to squeeze in and I keep setting it aside. I think it’s one of those books you just have to sit down and read. But I’m also enjoying it so far😁

    • Somehow, I thought I’d have time to read Fairy Tale and still stay on top of my review books — I thought wrong, but I suppose I’ll just have to be okay with falling behind and catching up. 🙂 It was raining here yesterday so I was able to sit and read for a good chunk of time, and made it to 80% in Fairy Tale! Hoping to finish in the next day or so, although it’ll be harder now that it’s the work week again…

  2. OMG, a birthday note from an author? This is fabulous.
    Happy birthday! – even though I’m not really an author, lol. (come to think of it, I did publish a book).
    I hope you enjoy that day.
    I don’t think King’s books would work for me, but I do want to read his nonfiction On Writing.
    And I’m going to check that Geektastic! Thanks for sharing

  3. I love that tabletop S’more maker! And I just checked Mr. Perfect on Paper out of the library. Hopefully I can get it read before it’s due back…I just have other at least four library books I need to read first. (Because that’s what I do: check out too many library books!)

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