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Currently: Being an eReading Fiend


Time // 11:30 a.m.

Place // At my desk in my (slightly more tidy) office

Eating // Cheez-Its

Drinking // Green tea with lemon

Reading // I managed to finish two books this week, although it feels like I did most of my reading yesterday and this morning rather than making any time during the week. Yesterday I finished Sister by Jody LePage and Sylvia Bell White, an oral history of a woman raised in the segregated South and her life after moving North to Wisconsin. I also did an interview with the author for a paid review — I’ll link to that when it eventually goes online. This morning I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for the readalong with my sister — ahead of our deadline! Now, I’m not really sure what I’ll pick up next.

Watching // I finished Ugly Betty this week, which is good. Sometimes when I get on a binge with a show like that it’s hard for me to do other things. I started re-watching New Girl, just to have something on while I’m eating breakfast, and I’m enjoying that. I think I am going to see The Heat with some friends this afternoon — we’ll see on that one.

Listening // I am still in love with Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I was listening in the car last night and practically yelling at the characters, which is a sign of how much I love them and this story.

Cooking // I didn’t spend quite as much time in the kitchen this week — evening meetings that I have to cover suck up a lot of cooking time — but I did make another quiche (not pictured). This time, a straight up bacon and kale quiche with a hashbrown crust (so good).

Promoting // Jenn of Jenn’s Bookshelves started a Tumblr to rant about all of the horrible book pitches she gets. The ones she’s posted so far are glorious. Make sure you check out Idiots in My Inbox.

I also had a post up on Book Riot earlier this month that I forgot to mention — 5 Books J.K. Rowling Should Write.

Organizing // I’m still on my de-cluttering kick, which is good. Sometimes these things come and go and I never make much progress. Over the week I did a purge of a couple of my bookshelves and did a little straightening in our kitchen. This afternoon I’m going to sort out a couple of cupboards/closets upstairs that have a lot of miscellaneous bathroom supplies (while listening to Siege and Storm, of course).

Loving // My new tablet! I decided to splurge a bit on this one and ended up getting the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. I haven’t come close to exploring all the features yet, but so far I love using it as a note-taking device and an ereader. I didn’t think I’d like reading on a backlit screen, but so far it’s great. I’ll try to write some more about it after I’ve had it a bit longer.

Loving/Hating // The weather took a turn late in the week, going from the 90s and humid to the 60s and 70s with a lovely breeze. While I’m glad it’s not unbearably hot anymore, I’m not ready for the summer to be over yet either. I hope I can at least got outside to enjoy the weather for awhile this afternoon.

Anticipating // I’m excited to get some more decluttering done this afternoon, write a couple of reviews for the week, catch up on comments and head out for a movie. It should be a nice Sunday.

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  • Megan July 28, 2013, 12:46 pm

    Hope you enjoy The Heat. It’s hilarious! That quiche sounds delicious. I’m not much of an egg lover, but quiche is one of the few eggy dishes I’ve come to terms with in my old age. I’m also enjoying the cooler weather, but the reminder that fall is not so very far away is totally unwelcome!

    • Kim July 28, 2013, 7:44 pm

      The Heat was great! We all really enjoyed it.

  • Vasilly July 28, 2013, 1:59 pm

    I’m going through the same decluttering mood. Right now I’m surrounded by books that I need to give away. Is Sister non-fiction?

    • Kim July 28, 2013, 7:45 pm

      Yep, out a month or so ago from the University of Wisconsin Press. If you’re interested in it, let me know — I can mail it to you when I get the review done.

  • Shannon @ River City Reading July 28, 2013, 4:30 pm

    I was a little concerned about reading on a backlit screen when I picked up my Nook HD+, but I love it now, too! It’s nice that you can adjust depending on the light in the rest of the room. Enjoy your new toy, it looks like a fun one!

    • Kim July 28, 2013, 7:45 pm

      Yeah, that’s been really nice, especially at night. And during the day — with the brightness up high it cuts down on reflections and glare.

  • Okay, I’m with you on all the stuff JK Rowling should write except for the romance novel. I think I would not be able to handle a JK Rowling romance novel. That is a bit ick.

    • Kim July 28, 2013, 7:46 pm

      I think it’d be sort of hilarious to see what she would do with it. But yeah, it’d be a little squirmy too.

  • Julie Merilatt July 28, 2013, 6:30 pm

    Ah, can’t wait to see your pictures of your newly purged bookcases!

    And that quiche sounds amazeballs!

    • Kim July 28, 2013, 7:46 pm

      Your guest post was part of the impetus for cleaning them up. I needed to get rid of some books, but t was nice to get them feeling freshened up again.

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) July 28, 2013, 7:18 pm

    I’ll be watching for your thoughts on your new tablet.

    • Kim July 28, 2013, 7:47 pm

      Good to know!

  • Bryan G. Robinson July 28, 2013, 10:14 pm

    I didn’t think I’d like a backlit screen either, but now I’m so used to it that it really doesn’t matter. Have an older Nexus 7 and for me, it’s the only way to read ebooks, that is, on a tablet.

    • Kim August 1, 2013, 8:18 pm

      I think the option to change the screen brightness helps. I didn’t realize how much of a difference that could make until I had the option.

  • Deb Nance July 29, 2013, 5:46 am

    The most surprising books that are sent to me to review are awful children’s picture books. So many people think they can write children’s books. And, somehow, they also think they can illustrate these. I say, Go ahead and give it a try, but don’t send these to me for a review.

    Here’s my It’s Monday.

    • Kim August 1, 2013, 8:19 pm

      The pitches that seem most “off” to me are ones for self-help or spiritual books. It’s just not me, even though I do like nonfiction. I ignore most of them 🙂

  • Charlie July 29, 2013, 9:30 am

    In a way, that’s quite gutsy of Jenn. I’ll have to have a look! Hope you had a good Sunday. The weather’s colder here but it’s better for being productive, even if it does mean the sun’s gone.

    • Kim August 1, 2013, 8:19 pm

      She is redacting all identifying information, which I think it’s good. The point isn’t to target individuals or publicists, just make a point about what pitches make no sense.

  • Jennifer July 29, 2013, 11:19 am

    Good stuff 😉 I’ve been on a bit of an organizing kick lately as well, which is GREAT.

    • Kim August 1, 2013, 8:20 pm

      I love when I actually feel like organizing things. It doesn’t happen often, so I have to take advantage of it when it does!

  • Nikki Steele July 29, 2013, 1:18 pm

    Hashbrown crust?! Sounds amazing. We’ve been in organization mode lately too, and finally reached the “everything’s organized and we can now clean” portion. I don’t know which one is better. Probably organizing.

    Can’t wait to read your Siege and Storm review! Isn’t it funny how audiobooks get so much more in our heads?

    • Kim August 1, 2013, 8:20 pm

      Definitely organizing. Cleaning is no fun.

      The hashbrown crust is awesome. It somehow feels healthier than a regular crust (even though I’m sure it’s not), and tastes great with the eggs.

  • Jennifer August 12, 2013, 9:19 am

    Your quiche cooking sounds amazing!

    Also, I love that you are decluttering. I’ve been aiming to work on some of that too. We did let go of a lot of stuff in our move, but toward the end, we got lazy so there is still organizing and throwing out to be done.