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Currently: Pete Campbell as Mr. Darcy

by Kim on August 4, 2013 · 20 comments

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Time // 9:00 a.m.

Place // My sister’s kitchen table in Uptown with her orange tabby, Merlin.

Consuming //We have plans for bacon and eggs soon, but for now I’m eating a VitaTop and a banana with a glass of milk.

Reading // It felt like I got a lot of reading done this week, but a look over to Goodreads tells me I only finished one book, The Distraction Addiction by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang (out Aug. 20). It was a very helpful look at how to bring mindfulness to our use of technology. This week I need to finish a book for a tour, The Hunt for Hitler’s Warship by Patrick Bishop. I am also excited to start The Cuckoo’s Calling, which I found on the bottom of a pile of ARCs I’d set aside earlier this year (it felt like uncovering a treasure, seriously).

On the ereading front, I’m in the middle of two ARCs, Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosch and Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Katy Butler (out in October and September respectively).

Listening// I finished Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (loved) and started Countdown City by Ben Winters (really like so far).

Watching // I didn’t watch much this week, but did discover that the final seasons of two shows I love finally showed up on Netflix: Fringe and Merlin. So, you have a good idea of what I’ll be doing over the next month or two! The boyfriend and I also got back into the fourth season of Breaking Bad.

I supposed you could also count my trip to the Guthrie Theater to see Pride and Prejudice as watching too. My sister and I got tickets because she loves everything P&P and I’m starting to love it too. The actor who plays Pete Campbell on Mad Men played Mr. Darcy and was surprisingly good — not as brooding as other Darcys but still sufficiently terse and vulnerable. He hit the first, failed proposal to Elizabeth just perfectly.

Concluding // I have a few more thoughts, but I’m typing on the screen of my tablet and it’s starting to hurt my hands… so I’m going to call it good. Happy Sunday, everyone!

Pictured but not mentioned: Cat cuddles with Hannah and Saturday morning’s breakfast on the go with my sister.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer August 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

I’ll be very interested to hear what you think of the Bishop, I’m curious about that one.

Happy Sunday Kim!

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Kim August 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm

It’s pretty good so far. A little slow, but interesting.

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bermudaonion (Kathy) August 4, 2013 at 10:38 am

I told Carl I’d like a tablet with a stylus and he looked at me like I’m crazy, but using tablets hurts my hands too.

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Kim August 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Having the stylus for some things really does help. Usually I have a keyboard for long bouts of typing, but didn’t have it with me this time.

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Jenny @ Reading the End (formerly Jenny's Books) August 4, 2013 at 11:00 am

Whoa, Pete Campbell as Darcy? That is not what I would have pictured. He’s the one who plays Connor on Angel, right?

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Kim August 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Umm… no idea about the Angel thing. But yeah, I was skeptical too. But they played this version of P&P a little lighter, I think, and so it worked that he was a little less brooding. Mutton chops helped him look less smarmy too.

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Shannon @ River City Reading August 4, 2013 at 11:32 am

I’ve been wondering if anyone had a Cuckoo’s Calling ARC set aside somewhere…that’s definitely something to hang on to! Lucky lady :) I just finished Countdown City and really enjoyed it.

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Kim August 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm

It’s funny — I didn’t even think of it as a potential collector’s item until a friend mentioned it on Twitter. I was just excited that I could read it without waiting on my library hold list.

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susan August 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Hi Kim, I look forward to your thoughts on Cuckoo’s Calling and if it’s worthy of reading really soon. Enjoy your Sunday. cheers. http://www.thecuecard.com/

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Kim August 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm

I may not get to it this week, as much as I want to, which is a bummer!

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Bryan G. Robinson August 4, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Whenever I read your posts, I always think, “Yes, yes…and yes!” on most of the things about which you discuss. For example, The Distraction Addiction, yes, I’d like to read that; Countdown City, that too; Hyperbole and a Half, yes. Also I’d like to see more Fringe and Breaking Bad too. We’re only in the first couple of seasons with both of them, but need to catch up. Maybe this winter we’ll do that. Thanks for reminding about Countdown City. I almost forgot about it.

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Kim August 6, 2013 at 8:39 pm

The Distraction Addiction was really good. I can’t wait to review it. I went through a massive Fringe binge earlier this year and have just been waiting for S5 to show up (although since I wrote this post Netflix took it down because making it available was an error…curses!)

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Andi @ Estella's Revenge August 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

Good stuff! You have quite a few books on the go it sounds like. I hope you enjoy. And congrats on finding The Cuckoo’s Calling in your stacks! What a discovery.

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Kim August 6, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I have had a hard time settling on books lately. I want to read so much, which makes me end up not reading much of anything.

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Charlie August 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

So you had The Cuckoo’s Calling before the unveiling? That’s awesome, and like Shannon I was wondering if a blogger might have had a copy. You wouldn’t expect it of Rowling but under a different name they must have used the ‘usual tactics’. With the unfinished books you did quite a bit of reading :)

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Kim August 6, 2013 at 8:40 pm

I did, but had no idea! It’s kind of funny to look at it now with that different perspective.

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Athira August 6, 2013 at 5:42 pm

I can’t wait to hear what you think of Cuckoo’s Calling. Hope you enjoy it!

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Kim August 6, 2013 at 8:40 pm

I hope so too!

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Jennifer August 12, 2013 at 9:25 am

Sounds like a good morning. Looking forward to hearing what you think about Cuckoos Calling. I have it on my iPad but seem hesitant to dig in.

Also, I’m excited that the last season of Merlin is on Netflix. I’ve been eager to watch it too!

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Kim August 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I’m almost sad to start it because then the show is over! I may wait a bit to actually start just to prolong it :)

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