The Monday Check-In ~ 3/6/2023


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.


Still dealing with back pain, which sucks. Ugh. On the positive side, I had my first appointment with a new chiropractor, and while at first I thought it didn’t do anything for me (and walked out with just the same pain as I went in with), by that evening, I felt marginally better. Did it work? Or is it just coincidental timing? I have another appointment later this week… we shall see!

What did I read during the last week?

Backpacking Through Bedlam (InCryptids, #12) by Seanan McGuire: Another fun installment in a great urban fantasy series. My review is here.

The Highland Hens by Judy Leigh: Nice, but not much more than that. Still, I’ll continue trying this author’s books, since I liked the previous one I’d read by her very much. My review is here.

Lore Olympus (volume 1) by Rachel Smyth: Sometimes you just need a graphic novel about Greek gods, amirite? Lots of fun.

Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston: Read with a small group of coworkers in honor of Black History Month. We got together last week for a great discussion, and plan to follow up with a documentary viewing in a couple of weeks.

Pop culture & TV:

For whatever reason, I decided that now would be a good time to finally watch Sanditon, so I ended up watching all of seasons 1 and 2. (Season 3 — the final season — starts later this month). Friends, this show is so ridiculous. Yes, it’s taking a barely started Jane Austen story and continuing it past where she left off… but I tend to think she wouldn’t have approved of her characters having sex on a drawing room floor! Among other over-the-top developments…

But yes, I’ll watch season 3, just to see how it all works out!

Fresh Catch:

No new books this week!

Puzzle of the week:

This week’s puzzle — another colorful one from Eeboo:

Green Kitchen by Eeboo
Available via the Eeboo website

I still have SEVEN jigsaw puzzles in my house that I haven’t opened yet. Which to start next???

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

A Sinister Revenge (Veronica Speedwell, #8) by Deanna Raybourn: Just getting started — I’m excited to see what’s next for the couple at the heart of this snarky Victorian mystery series.

Now playing via audiobook:

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan: I’m *this close* to finishing, and I’m loving it!

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 104 and 105 (of 155).
  • A Passage to India by E. M. Forster: My book group’s new classic read, also two chapters per week. My turn to write one of the summaries this week…

So many books, so little time…


12 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 3/6/2023

  1. Back pain really sucks. I hope that yours begins to improve really quickly. I’ve just read the first Veronica Speedwell book and really enjoyed so I’m looking forward to reading the next ones.

  2. I’ve been shoveling snow for the first time, and wow that uses muscles I’ve never used before, lol. I think I need a chiropractor too, or maybe just a jacuzzi 😁 Have a good week!

  3. My sister really loved Nora Goes Off Script…I can’t wait to read that one. And fingers crossed your back pain continues to ease up! Back pain is the worst.

  4. I’ve been dealing with a pain flare-up myself, so I understand — and hope it goes away for you quickly!

    I love jigsaw puzzles, and used to work them regularly, until this particular cat came into our lives: seems he loves them too! LOL

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