The Monday Check-In ~ 4/17/2023


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.


Back to normal… After having so many visitors the previous week, it was odd going back to a much quieter house! Although I will say, I appreciated the break from endless rounds of dishwashing and laundry.

Other than than, it’s been a mostly quiet week, the usual craziness at work, and (finally!) a weekend with sunshine and no obligations, so I could get outside and enjoy it all.

What did I read during the last week?

Same Time Next Summer by Annabel Monaghan: A perfect beach read! I read it the week before last, but just got around to posting a review.

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay: My Classics Club Spin book! I finished it this past week, but I’m waiting to check out the TV mini-series adaptation before writing up a review.

Waypoints by Sam Heughan: I really enjoyed this audiobook! My review is here.

Pop culture & TV:

Not much new or different — still trying to catch up on episodes of The Power!

Fresh Catch:

No new books this week. And I even returned some library books after realizing that I just wasn’t going to get to them any time soon.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson: My book group book for April! I haven’t had time to make a ton of progress, but I’m liking what I’ve read so far.

Now playing via audiobook:

Said No One Ever by Stephanie Eding: A fun fish-out-of-water romance about a city girl taking a break on a Montana farm. It’s light, silly entertainment, which is just what I was in the mood for.

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 118 and 119 (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.

So many books, so little time…


8 thoughts on “The Monday Check-In ~ 4/17/2023

  1. I’m very interested to hear your thoughts on Picnic at Hanging Rock. I read that one last year for Karen’s Back to the Classics Challenge and I liked it…I think? It’s an odd story, especially how she leaves the ending so open. And Said No One Ever looks like a very fun book! Have a good week. 😀

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