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Time and Place // Happy Sunday, everyone. I’m coming to you from the couch at my parent’s house, avoiding my inevitable drive back home this afternoon. We had our first snow this week, but it’s been so cold I didn’t manage to take any photos — just a shot of the frost inside my car on Friday.

Reading // It’s been another quiet reading week, but I’m trying not to stress about how many books I do or do not finish before the end of the year. When I am reading, if been picking up Skippy Dies by Paul Murray and the 2013 edition of Best American Essays, edited by Cheryl Strayed. At some point this month I need to read a few January 2014 books so I can make a selection for Bloggers Recommend, maybe I’ll get on that this week.

Listening // I’m really close to finishing the audio book of Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, which has been fun. I’m curious about the movie, anyone have thoughts?

Blogging // I finally settled on my blogging plan for the rest of the year. If all goes as planned I’ll have three reviews this week, then posts on my favorite fiction and nonfiction of the year the week after that. I think I am going to put the blog on hold over Christmas, then be back with yearly stats around the new year. That’s the plan, anyway. We’ll see how the week goes!

Anticipating // I decided to take the entire week of Christmas of from work, which I am so excited about. I’ll have to do a little work from my parent’s house, but it’ll be nice to not be in the office.

Hating // I honestly don’t mind three snow yet, but the crazy cold temperatures and extreme wind chills are getting old fast.

Loving // Dark chocolate and sea salt kettle corn… need I say more?

That’s about all I can think of, back to watching the Vikings and Ravens run around in the snow. Happy Sunday! What are you reading today?

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  • Vasilly December 8, 2013, 1:53 pm

    I’m anticipating Christmas break too! What do you think of this year’s Best American Essays so far? Is it worth picking up?

    • Kim December 9, 2013, 7:31 pm

      I’m enjoying it so far! In the intro, Strayed talks about choosing essays that have some sort of “pop” to them. So far, they’ve all surprised me in a way.

  • bookmammal December 8, 2013, 1:54 pm

    Oh my–I just have to tell you that I LOVE the e-card photo that you’ve posted above! Thanks for giving me my first laugh-out-loud moment of the day!
    (By the way-today I’m reading a recently released collection of Nora Ephron’s work that I picked up from the library–so far it’s wonderful.)

    • Kelly from Readlately.com December 8, 2013, 7:15 pm

      I read about that in the NYT book review this week – sounded wonderful! Especially her memoir about being left by Carl Bernstein (Heartbreak? Heartburn? can’t remember.)

    • Kim December 9, 2013, 7:31 pm

      When a friend sent that card to me I laughed so hard I cried. Then I printed it out and stuck it on my wall at work. It still makes me smile.

  • Megan December 8, 2013, 1:54 pm

    Good for you having the week of Christmas off. I took half, which is usually about all that I can manage. I had to give up the latter half of the week in a bargain to get Christmas Eve off. This time of year always makes me miss being in school when the week off between Christmas and New Years was a given!

    Someday I want to rec a book for Bloggers Recommend. I can’t ever seem to get my timing right, though. Maybe this month… I’m reading I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe. Just started, but I have high hopes! šŸ™‚

    • Kim December 9, 2013, 7:32 pm

      I’m feel really indulgent about taking so many days off, but I also have accrued quite a number of vacation days that I need to start using. I’ll still have to work a bit from home, but I’ll get to spend a lot of the holidays with my family.

  • Bryan G. Robinson December 8, 2013, 3:32 pm

    Thoughts about the movie Warm Bodies? Yep. Skip it. šŸ™‚ I read the book and then watched the movie. While I really enjoyed the book, I didn’t like the movie as much. It seemed to take the life out of it, which is ironic, considering the subject matter. šŸ™‚

    As for reading, nothing yet…the back of my eyelids earlier as I took a nap and it was wonderful.

    Congratulations on taking Christmas week off. The library where I work is closed for three days — in the middle of the week, of course, but hey, it will be a time to catch up on some reading. I’m thinking I’ll dig into the Percy Jackson series that I picked up from our library book sale for $5 then. Can’t wait. Hope your vacation goes well too.

    • Kim December 9, 2013, 7:33 pm

      Ha, good pun about Warm Bodies. The book started to grate on me a bit at the end, so I’m thinking I may skip the movie too.

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) December 8, 2013, 3:45 pm

    I’m glad all we’re getting out of the storm is rain.

  • Kelly from Readlately.com December 8, 2013, 7:16 pm

    I’m reading and enjoying The Good Lord Bird, though I was a little thrown by the voice at first. I’m all settled in now and finding it entertaining.

  • Kailana December 8, 2013, 8:10 pm

    By the sounds of it that is the storm we are supposed to get here tomorrow. It will likely be rain, anyway. Good luck with your plans for the rest of the year!

  • Christy December 8, 2013, 8:28 pm

    We’ve had some “wintry mix” around here (D.C), pretty snow at first and then sleet. I enjoyed “Warm Bodies” but I didn’t read the book first.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End December 8, 2013, 9:06 pm

    All those games this weekend where it was snowing were crazy to me! Did you catch any of the Detroit-Philadelphia game? For the first quarter, you could barely make out which players were on the field, because the snow was so thick! I’ve never seen anything like that before.

    • Kim December 9, 2013, 7:34 pm

      I missed Detroit/Philly, but that’s basically what was happening in the Vikings/Ravens game for the first half. I’ve never seen anything like it either.

  • Allison @ The Book Wheel December 8, 2013, 11:33 pm

    Iā€™m not going to lie – if you answered every stupid question with interpretive dance, I would probably ask MORE stupid questions just to keep you going!

    • Kim December 9, 2013, 7:34 pm

      At least you’re being honest šŸ™‚

  • Andi @ Estella's Revenge December 9, 2013, 10:35 am

    Sounds like your world is full of wonderful things! That kettle corn. OMG!

  • Cindie @ Nonfictionado December 9, 2013, 1:32 pm

    Dark chocolate and sea salt already sounds amazing, but when you throw in kettle corn? That sounds heavenly.

    I’ve stuck to reading the Best American Sports Writing in the past as my only venture into the “Best American” series because I’m afraid if I get started on others, I wouldn’t be able to stop! I still can’t believe it is almost time for the 2014 editions to come out, where has the time gone?

    • Kim December 9, 2013, 7:35 pm

      The only Best American one I pick up regularly is essays, but I think I’d like the sports writing one a lot too.

  • Katie @ Doing Dewey December 9, 2013, 8:38 pm

    Wow, I’m impressed that you’ve got a plan until the end of the year! I’m mostly flying by the seat of my pants these days, haha. I adore dark chocolate but have never really gotten into the pairing chocolate and salt thin. I’m glad you’re enjoying it though šŸ™‚

    • Kim December 14, 2013, 3:31 pm

      I had a plan… but I didn’t execute it very well!

  • Sheila (Book JOurney) December 10, 2013, 7:31 am

    I need to pick a January release as well… why is it I always think of a good one after the deadline? šŸ™‚

  • Laurie C December 11, 2013, 5:57 am

    I know I started Skippy Dies once, but I don’t think I actually read it. Maybe I’ll remember when you post your review and I see what it’s about! I read Warm Bodies and started to think it was too unrealistic at the end, which I guess is really silly considering it’s a zombie book and completely unrealistic to begin with! Haven’t seen the movie.

    • Kim December 14, 2013, 3:31 pm

      The ending was pretty weird! I probably won’t review that one since I was just listening for fun.

  • Kimberly @ Bookmark To Blog December 11, 2013, 10:45 pm

    I’m taking the week of Christmas off too and so looking forward to it! I saw Warm Bodies but didn’t read the book. I thought it was just okay but people tell me I’d probably like it more if I had read the book first.