The Monday Check-In ~ 4/3/2023


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.


Happy April! Another month has whoooshed by…

This week will be Passover, and we have family coming to town from scattered points across the country. Should be lots of fun, but the lead-up (rearranging furniture, getting the food together for our Seder, making sure we have enough sheets and towels to go around) is lots of work!

But really, I’m just excited to see everyone.

What did I read during the last week?

Float Plan by Trish Doller: I finished this audiobook the previous week, and loved it. Just got a review together, here.

A House With Good Bones by T. Kingfisher: Will I ever not love a book by this author? I don’t think so! This one was terrific. My review is here.

The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth: A less than satisfying thriller from an author whose books are hit-or-miss for me. My review is here.

Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery: Just as charming as expected! I listened to the audiobook, and really enjoyed it. My review is here.

Pop culture & TV:

Has anyone else watched Dark Winds on AMC? I watched season 1 (only six episodes) this past week, and loved it! Season 2 is expected sometime this year, but I haven’t seen a specific release date yet. For those looking for a bookish connection, the series is based on characters and events from Tony Hillerman’s Leaphorn and Chee series.

Here’s the season 1 trailer:

Fresh Catch:

No new books this week.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

To Swoon and to Spar (Regency Vows, #4) by Martha Waters: This light-hearted Regency romance series is always such fun.

Now playing via audiobook:

The Suite Spot by Trish Doller: A follow-up to Float Plan! Just getting started, but I really like it so far.

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 114 and 115 (of 155).
  • A Passage to India by E. M. Forster: My book group’s current classic read, also two chapters per week. We’ll be finished by the middle of May.
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay: My new Classics Club Spin read! I still haven’t started it yet — I’m just leaving it here as a pending item until I actually pick it up. I have until the end of April to get it done.

So many books, so little time…


9 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 4/3/2023

  1. Hi Lisa – you always have such great variety in what you read. I read Hepworth’s The Mother-in-Law and enjoyed it, but that type of book can definitely result in hits or misses! I hope you have a great time with your family on Passover 🙂

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