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Currently: April 21, 2013


Time // 11:30 a.m.

Place // My desk. Nothing exciting here.

Eating // Nothing at the moment. I’m trying to decide what to have for lunch after I finish the post.

Drinking // Egyptian mint green tea

Reading // It’s been a strange week, reading and otherwise. I haven’t really been able to settle into a book, so I’ve been dipping in and out of a few different ones — A Chance to Win by Jonathan Schuppe, Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon and You by Austin Grossman.

Tiny Beautiful Things, in particular, has been wonderful. I’ve been very, very out-of-sorts and depressed because of the weather here in Minnesota and all of the craziness happening in the world, but Strayed’s columns have been comforting.

Watching // I’ve been watching a lot of Fringe this week (I’m already a few episodes into season two). I love Olivia, and I think I have a little crush on Peter Bishop. I think I’m hooked.

Listening // I’m still making my way slowly through the audio book of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, narrated by  Carolyn McCormick. I might finish it this week, we’ll see.

Making // I’m not working on any projects right now, but I really want to work on a cross-stitch piece. I don’t have any supplies though, so I’ll have to buy a kit of some kind if I want to get started.

Blogging // It was a very slow week on the blog. I was in such a bad mood, I just couldn’t come up with anything to say about books. I did post mini-reviews of The Round House and Sharp Objects, but that was it. I’m hoping to get a few posts written this afternoon.

Hating // The weather, still. But, the 10 forecast says it’s supposed to be 60 degrees by the weekend, so I am trying to be cautiously optimistic about spring. I need sunshine and warm weather before I lose my mind.

Loving // One of my favorite things is recommending books to other people; I just love when you can put a book in someone’s hand they they connect with. Over the last several months, a friend in town has let me be a bit of a personal librarian, basically shoving books into his hands in the hopes that he’ll love them. I suspect this is more fun for me than it is for him, since I’ve loaned him more books than he has time to read.

Anyway, last month I saw some buzz about You by Austin Grossman and immediately thought he might like it because of how much he enjoyed Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I e-mailed him a link and some info about the book and he, right away, pre-ordered it. On Friday he stopped by my office to drop off the book so I could read it first. It was the nicest thing, and I can’t wait to read it this week.

Anticipating // I am super excited for Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon next weekend. I’ve already started gathering books to read, planning out my snacks, and wishing fervently that it’s warm so I can read out in my backyard. I have a very busy week at work coming up, so taking Saturday to just read is going to be awesome.

Happy Sunday! What are you reading today?

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  • River City Reading April 21, 2013, 12:34 pm

    I’ve been doing the same with You! I keep recommending it to people, even though I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I loved Ready Player One so much, though, so I’m hoping I enjoy it when I get around to it.

    • Kim April 24, 2013, 6:42 pm

      Don’t go into You thinking it’s going to be the same as Ready Player One. It’s a different animal of a book. I like it, but I think the idea that I had in my head that it would be, I don’t know, Ready Player Two, made me a little annoyed in the beginning.

  • bermudaonion(Kathy) April 21, 2013, 2:36 pm

    I think this was an unsettling week for most of us. I’ll be interested to see what you think of You – I’ve been hearing a lot about it lately.

    • Kim April 24, 2013, 6:42 pm

      Now that I’m into it, I like it. But it’s got some weird structure in the beginning that made it confusing to start with.

  • Florinda April 21, 2013, 4:41 pm

    I don’t think it was much of a blogging week for many of us–it was a Real Life week, in ways large and small, wasn’t it? I borrowed your format again for a post today, and prepared tomorrow’s #readchabon check-in.

    I’m not signed up for the Readathon, but if I get approved for the days off I’ve requested on Friday and next Monday, I may just have one of my own!

    • Kim April 24, 2013, 6:43 pm

      Long weekend, yay! I almost took a long weekend to go on a vacation somewhere warm, but plans sort of fell apart on that one. But oh well, it’ll be nice to be around for the readathon. I just officially signed up today.

  • Vasilly April 21, 2013, 10:10 pm

    Yeah, this wasn’t the best week. Tiny Beautiful Things is a timely book. The author is so compassionate and encouraging.

    • Kim April 24, 2013, 6:44 pm

      Yes, exactly it. She makes me feel good about the world when I’m reading.

  • Laurie C April 22, 2013, 5:09 am

    It’s understandable about the reading slump with all the focus on the news this week. I definitely felt the same. I’m so jealous of you 24-hour read-a-thoners! I’m going to try one one of these days.

    • Kim April 24, 2013, 6:45 pm

      I love the readathon, of only because it’s a chance to be a crazy reader with a bunch of other crazy readers. I’m not even sure how many times I’ve done it now. I never make 24 hours, but usually get in at least 16 (with some breaks in the middle).

  • Jennifer April 22, 2013, 12:42 pm

    This was just the worst week. 🙁 I did what I always do, which is to dive headfirst into books.

    I’ve been meaning to get to Tiny Beautiful Things! One of these days 🙂

    • Kim April 24, 2013, 6:45 pm

      It’s lovely! I anticipate recommending it.

  • Belle Wong April 22, 2013, 1:16 pm

    Yes, it definitely wasn’t a great week. I’m very intrigued by YOU – it sounds like a good read. I’m excited about the readathon, too! Saturdays are never that great for me because of kids’ activities, so I’m cheering again, but that’s a whole lot of fun too.

    • Kim April 24, 2013, 6:46 pm

      Cheering is fun! I think I did that exclusively the first time there was a readathon and now mostly do it sporadically. Now that people are on Twitter, that’s a fun way to connect with other participants.

  • jennygirl April 23, 2013, 7:30 am

    I <3 Fringe! Every character is awesome, and I am so sorry it is over 🙁
    I do watch the reruns on the Science channel and I pick up on things I missed the first time around.
    Mockingjay….looking forward tot your thoughts on that.
    Have a great week Kim 🙂
    and get yourself to the craft store!

    • Kim April 24, 2013, 6:47 pm

      Oh, man, I’m in love with Fringe. I think I’ll have finished season two by the time the weekend rolls around… I have a problem!

  • Stephanie April 24, 2013, 12:28 pm

    I am sorry you have been feeling so low Kim. 🙁 I’m glad reading has been able to lift your spirits. Tiny Beautiful Things definitely sounds like a book to look out for.

    • Kim April 24, 2013, 6:47 pm

      I’m doing better this week than last week. I think because the end is finally in sight… at least I hope so 🙂