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Time // 9:30 a.m.

Place // In my office in small town USA, where I hope I will be every Sunday for the rest of the month! I traveled for five of the last six weeks, so I’m glad to be spending some quality time at home.

Consuming // Blueberry yogurt, a banana, and caramel chai tea (a new flavor)

Reading // It’s been a good week of reading. I finally (finally!) finished The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (lovely and Dickensian and long) and started and finished The Preservationist by Justin Kramon (creepy as hell).

In anticipation of Nonfiction November (which kicks off officially tomorrow), I put together a list of books I’m hoping to read this month. Right now I’m switching between In Praise of Messy Lives, a collection of essays by Katie Roiphe, and Breasts, a science-y book about books by Florence Williams. I’m really excited to start Going Clear by Lawrence Wright, which I discovered my library has as an ebook.

Watching // I thought Kerry Washington killed on SNL last night. My favorite sketch was the video parody “What Does My Girl Say?” but she hit every sketch she was in (even the ones that weren’t especially well-conceived).

Listening // Since YA seems to be a sweet spot for audio books, I started listening to Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. So far, so good (although I have no idea where the story is going). I’ve also been listening to a Sara Bareilles mix on Spotify because it makes me happy.

Cooking // The boyfriend has been in the kitchen a lot this week, but I’m planning to make some minestrone this afternoon. The weather turned this week (accumulated snow!) which makes it seem like soup weather.

Blogging // I didn’t get much bookish content on the blog this week — it was mostly blog-related, with the announcement for Nonfiction November and my two contributions to the results on the book blogging survey that Shannon (River City Reading), Jennifer (Literate Housewife) and I put together last month. In case you missed it, here are all of the results posts:

Promoting // In the midst of all my traveling, I forgot that I had a guest post for Jessica at Quirky Bookworm about re-reading Harry Potter with my sister. As a quick update on that, we’ve read through book six, but are procrastinating on book seven (I think because we’re both sad we’ll be done soon).

Hating/Loving // My love/hate relationship with the Minnesota Vikings has reached a whole new level this season. I want to cheer for my team, but my God are they painful to watch.

Avoiding // I have to work on a couple of writing projects this afternoon that I’ve been putting off most of the weekend. It would have been smart to do them yesterday, but I had more fun reading and being lazy.

Anticipating // Tomorrow the boyfriend and I are celebrating our five-year anniversary of dating. Our first date was November 4, 2008, when he came over to my apartment to watch election returns. I remember they called the race pretty early, so we went out to get a drink and bought chocolate chip cookies from a street vendor. I’m not sure, at that point, if either one of us thought we’d be together five years later, but I know my life is better today because he’s in it. </mushiness>

Happy Sunday! What are you reading today?

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  • Sandy November 3, 2013, 10:57 am

    Down here it is soup weather if it gets below 80! Haha! I liked Warm Bodies well enough on audio. Little goofy, little sweet, not very scary. I never got around to seeing the movie, but my son wasn’t too excited about it. Probably not much reading for me today…I am off soon to see Ender’s Game 🙂

    • Kim November 5, 2013, 5:51 pm

      That’s what I’m feeling with Warm Bodies — sweet and silly.

  • Bryan G. Robinson November 3, 2013, 10:58 am

    First, I would be remiss if I didn’t say how much I’ve enjoyed your posts on the results of the book blogging survey that the three of you did. It’s great to see where “we” all are and where maybe we are going, although like the book Warm Bodies we might not know for sure. Speaking of that book, I enjoyed the book a lot, but didn’t enjoy the movie as much. As for what I’m reading today, Sunday Salon posts are about it as my wife and I are in the midst of a M*A*S*H marathon.

    • Kim November 5, 2013, 5:51 pm

      Thank you! The survey was quite a bit of work, but I’m proud of the results we did father. There’s a lot of exploring do to.

  • Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll) November 3, 2013, 11:24 am

    Happy anniversary to you and the boyfriend — that’s a memorable first date.

    Thanks for all the work on the survey. It’s great to see the state of the book blogosphere.

    I’m looking forward to Nonfiction November!

  • Anastasia @ Here There Be Books November 3, 2013, 11:51 am

    Happy anniversary! And thanks so much for doing that survey– it was very interesting to see that so many bloggers tend to have the same experiences blogging. (And slightly depressing, when so many of them quit.)

    • Kim November 5, 2013, 5:52 pm

      On the other hand, it was nice to see how many people have struggled with blogging and decided to keep going anyway. It’s part of the strength of our community, I think.

  • Rebecca @ Love at First Book November 3, 2013, 3:54 pm

    Oh I love the idea of Nonfiction November!! I’ll make sure to read some nonfiction in Nov, which will be easy because it’s already part of my plan!!! 🙂

  • Kelly from Readlately.com November 3, 2013, 7:47 pm

    Happy 5-year! That’s a long time to be just dating! But you sound like you’re in a good place together.
    I’m still reading The Goldfinch! Hoping it’ll go faster now that I’ve also downloaded it onto my (new!) Nook Glowlight.

    • Kim November 5, 2013, 5:53 pm

      The Goldfinch is definitely a book that would be good on an ereader. That sucker was heavy!

  • Courtney November 3, 2013, 9:44 pm

    Happy Anniversary. I’m reading Pegasus by Robin McKinley. Thanks to Cat’s Eye, I’ve been in a pretty good reading groove, and it feels good.

    • Kim November 5, 2013, 5:53 pm

      Yay! It seems like it’s easy to get on streaks with great books sometimes. I hope it continues 🙂

  • Laurie C November 4, 2013, 5:57 am

    Happy anniversary! I’m looking forward to all of your nonfiction reviews, because I can read them and feel informed, without reading the books themselves!

  • susan November 4, 2013, 9:46 am

    Remember in the olden days when the Vikings were pretty good? Some day or year they’ll get back to playing good ball. Look forward to what you thought about the Donna Tartt novel. Worth the length? cheers.

    • Kim November 5, 2013, 5:53 pm

      The Vikings… so much wasted potential. I learned what it was to be a fan in 1998 with the epic missed kick. Sigh.

  • Katie @ Doing Dewey November 4, 2013, 8:50 pm

    Aw, congrats on your dating anniversary! I hope you have fun celebrating 🙂

  • Meg November 5, 2013, 1:55 pm

    Happy belated dating anniversary! November is a great month for love 🙂