The Monday Check-In ~ 2/20/2023


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.


A busy workweek, but with a bit of fun too, including a family dinner out at a delicious new-to-us restaurant and a visit with some friends.

Plus, three-day weekend! I’ve been taking advantageous of the long weekend to read, do a bit of organizing around the house, and enjoy the sunshine..

What did I read during the last week?

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel: A 5-star read! My review is here.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I did an audiobook re-read in preparation for the upcoming new series on Prime Video. Just as amazing the 2nd time around! (My original review is here.)

An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose, #1) by Charlaine Harris: My book group’s pick for Febrary, and I actually finished in time! We have a Zoom scheduled with the author for next weekend, which is super exciting. The book was lots of fun — review to follow.

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers: I listened to the audiobook of this fascinating novella, and really enjoyed it. Review to follow.

Pop culture & TV:

Each season of Outlander features a slightly different version of the gorgeous theme song… and the new version for season 7 has just been released! With Sinéad O’Connor doing the vocals! Powerful, to say the least, and I’m completely fascinated by the little snippets we see in the video, trying to figure out just where in the big overarching plotlines of the series this upcoming season will focus. Check out the new music and title sequence:

Fresh Catch:

I had a store credit at a local bookstore, and finally had a chance to head over there this past weekend. Here’s what I got (and I still have a bit of a credit left over for my next visit).

Puzzle of the week:

It took me a while, but I finished a gorgeous puzzle this week:

So much fun! I loved all the details and colors.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Mr and Mrs Witch by Gwenda Bond: I was in the mood for something light and silly, and this upcoming new release seemed like a great choice! Just getting started…

Now playing via audiobook:

The Highland Hens by Judy Leigh: I’ve been wanting to check out more by this author since reading Heading Over the Hill last year, and I’ve heard good things about this one!

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 102 and 103 (of 155).
  • A Passage to India by E. M. Forster: My book group’s new classic read, also two chapters per week.
  • Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston: I’m doing a buddy read of this book with a few coworkers, with the goal of getting back together to discuss in a couple of weeks. I’m going to read it in small sittings, I think, since I have so much else to read too.

So many books, so little time…


2 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 2/20/2023

  1. I loved An Easy Death too! And I’m glad youre going to read The Glass Hotel. I can’t believe what a skilled author she is, even with a book about a Ponzi scheme, I was riveted 😁

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