The Monday Check-In ~ 1/2/2023


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.


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Welcome, 2023! Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

I spent the last week at home — no work!! — and while we didn’t go anywhere, it was still nice to have downtime to just read, hang out with family, and wear yoga pants all day!

It poured rain most of the week, which interfered with my hopes for daily walks, but I suppose I can’t complain — we really do need rain here. Unfortunately, the Southwest airline fiasco meant that my daughter’s flight got cancelled and she couldn’t get here as planned… hoping we’ll find a way to get some time together soon.

Today is my last day off, and then it’s back to work…


2022 Year in Books:

From Goodreads:

Moving onward to 2023, I just set my new Goodreads challenge goal — keeping it at 160, which seems reasonably doable, assuming I continue with my mix of audiobooks, print books, and the occasional graphic novel.

What did I read during the last week?

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one! My review is here.

The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal: This murder mystery on an interplanetary cruise ship is just so much fun. My review is here.

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers: The Wayfarers series is so good! This is book #2 — can’t wait to keep going. My review is here.

Pop culture & TV:

This was a great week for catching up on movies and TV! I really enjoyed Top Gun: Maverick, the new Avatar movie, Glass Onion (Knives Out 2), and Everything, Everywhere, All At Once (my head is still spinning from that one!).

I ended up watching Harry & Meghan on Netflix, and thought overall it was very well done. Harry talking about his mother was particularly moving, and seeing the couple’s experiences through the lens of what Diana went through makes their story seem much more relatable and worthy of support and empathy.

Puzzles of the week:

A gorgeous Eeboo puzzle!

Eeboo puzzles are so beautiful and so well made — check them out here.

Fresh Catch:

New books!

Plus, an ARC I’m super excited for:

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Poster Girl by Veronica Roth: This book slipped under my radar somehow, but when I happened to see it at the library, I had to grab it. Really good so far!

Now playing via audiobook:

Beyond the Wand: The Magic & Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard by Tom Felton: Well, of course I wanted to read this book! Just started the audiobook version (narrated by the author) — just as fun as I’d expected.

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. Coming up this week: Chapters 88 and 89 (of 155).
  • O Pioneers! by Willa Cather: This is my newest Classics Club Spin book! The target date to finish is at the end of January, so I’ve been holding off on starting it… but I’m leaving it here as a reminder to myself to make time for it… probably going to dive in later this week.
  • An Immense World by Ed Yong: This was a holiday gift from a very thoughtful family member. Since I’m not very good at sticking with non-fiction, I’m trying to read a few pages each day — that should keep me from losing interest or getting distracted by all the shiny novels calling my name. Progress so far: page 45/464
  • Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year by Allie Esiri: I picked up this pretty book a few months ago, but now that it’s a new year, I’m finally starting it. There are Shakespeare selections for each day, and my plan is to keep up, all year long!

So many books, so little time…


7 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 1/2/2023

  1. Happy New Year to you too Lisa! Glad you enjoyed your break, got the time to read and watch so many fun things. I love the jigsaw this week. Hope you enjoy all the new additions to your shelf. I Capture the Castle is the only one I’ve read from them, and one I enjoyed very much.

  2. Happy New Year! I caught a little of the Harry and Megan show last night, and I definitely want to keep watching. I can’t wait for your review of Before the Wand!

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