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currently march 23 2014

Time and Place // 10:30 a.m. on my couch

Eating and Drinking // Strawberries, an egg sandwich, tiny Cadbury Creme Eggs, and Downton Estate Blend tea (Earl Grey with a hint of vanilla)

Reading // I only finished one book this week, Postcards from Cookies by Caroline Clarke (April 15 from Harper), a memoir about Clarke’s relationship with her birth mother. I’m closed to finishing The $11 Billion Year by Anne Thompson, a look at a single year in the film industry. I’m also a few chapters into Moo by Jane Smiley, a comic novel about a small, Midwestern university.

Watching // A friend and I went to see Divergent last night. It was decent, but felt a little heavy-handed at times. We were sitting in front of some tweens who made smooching noises every time Tris and Four were on the screen — funny and a little annoying.

Listening // I started The Martian by Andy Weir on audio yesterday. I’m only a couple chapters in but so far so good.

Contemplating // I saw a post yesterday about the 100 Happy Days challenge. I’m excited about the idea and considering signing up.

Blogging // This week on the blog I shared a review of Savage Harvest by Carl Hoffman and a list of 12 excellent memoirs by authors of color.

Promoting // If you are a book blogger, check out next weekend’s Bloggiesta, an event focused on catching up with pesky blog tasks and getting ahead on blog projects. I don’t think I’ll be able to participate — I’m spending my weekend at the Prairie Gate Literary Festival — but I’ll be hosting a mini challenge inspired by Blog Post Bingo, which I need to get started writing!

Hating // I’ve been feeling so grateful for my life the last week or so that I haven’t had the energy to hate anything. It’s a nice feeling!

Loving // I got some new red sneakers last weekend that I just adore. Every time I look at my feet while wearing them, I smile. The also make me want to sing one of my favorite songs, “New Shoes” by Paolo Nutini.

Avoiding // I have a jam-packed few weeks coming up, just looking at my calendar makes me head spin a bit. And I seem to keep losing a week in my brain which isn’t helping!

Anticipating // I finally decided that I will be going to Book Expo America this year. On Friday I turned in my vacation request at work and convinced Florinda that we should be roomies again. After missing last year, I’m really excited to be going again.

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • Shannon @ River City Reading March 23, 2014, 11:25 am

    Excited to hear you’ll be going to BEA, too!
    You have me really interested in The $11 Billion Dollar Year, I haven’t heard about it until now, but I’m definitely going to check it out. Hope you have a great week!

  • Sandy March 23, 2014, 12:02 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to BEA, but it is hard with kids and the timing is right at the end of school which is bad. And now I only do Sunday Salons so I can’t even really justify it. Love the red shoes, and yay for feeling grateful!

    • Kim March 25, 2014, 9:34 pm

      Getting to BEA is tricky for me. It takes a lot of money and a lot of vacation time. But I have some vacation time to burn, and just enough money to make the trip responsibly, so I’m excited to go for it. Not having kids is a big help in that respect 🙂

  • Bryan G. Robinson March 23, 2014, 12:40 pm

    Suddenly I’m craving Cadbury eggs. Hmmm. 😉

    Glad you’re not hating anything right now…I’m not hating anything right now either. I’m disliking a few things, but not outright hate. So that’s a plus.

    Today, I’m reading a bit of poetry, specifically All of Us: Collected Poems by Raymond Carver.

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) March 23, 2014, 1:12 pm

    Isn’t it funny how something like new shoes can make you feel better?

  • Meghan March 23, 2014, 1:38 pm

    Those shoes ARE cute. I bought a bright yellow pair with polka dots about a year ago and they had a similar effect on my mood for a good while!

    Exciting that you are going to BEA again. I hope you have a great time.

    • Kim March 25, 2014, 9:35 pm

      Yellow with polka dots sounds adorable!

  • Vasilly March 23, 2014, 3:46 pm

    It’s funny how a new pair of shoes really help things! I think your blog post bingo is exactly what I need right now. I’ve been reading ARCs that won’t be released until next month, so I have nothing to write about!

    Today I’m continuing Why Students Don’t Like School by Daniel T. Willingham.

    • Kim March 25, 2014, 9:35 pm

      Reading ARCs way ahead of time is challenging! I’ve been doing ok balancing that out between current books and books ahead for Bloggers Rec, but it’s tricky.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End March 23, 2014, 6:54 pm

    I’m skipping Divergent for now — I figure I’ll watch it when it shows up on Netflix or Amazon Prime. I do like Shailene Woodley, but I’ve heard very mixed things about the movie itself.

    • Kim March 25, 2014, 9:36 pm

      I don’t think it’s a movie you definitely need to see in theaters. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it like I have some other recent YA adaptations.

  • Caitie F March 24, 2014, 7:50 am

    That is great that you are going to BEA! I don’t know if I am yet, it depends where I work and if they go/let me go. But I will hopefully be at some of the parties!

  • Nupur March 24, 2014, 9:24 am

    I’m reading an oldie but goodie- Home Cooking- essays by Laurie Colwin.

  • Andi @ Estella's Revenge March 24, 2014, 10:36 am

    I love those new sneakers. I ordered myself some red work shoes and CANNOT WAIT for them to arrive. Simply cannot wait. And I hope you like The Martian! I’ll be reviewing it this week. Enjoyed it very much.

    • Kim March 25, 2014, 9:36 pm

      I really like that one so far! I need to make some more audio book time so it doesn’t take me months to finish it 🙂

  • Trisha March 24, 2014, 2:03 pm

    I am so jealous about BEA! I loved it when I went, but I haven’t been able to get back since (having a kid changes things 🙂 ). Have fun!

  • Kelly from Readlately.com March 24, 2014, 6:58 pm

    Excited to hear you’ll be at BEA! I haven’t registered yet, but I live close enough that I really should go. I’m just intimidated by the whole concept – but enough bloggers are going that I’m considering going too.

    • Kim March 25, 2014, 9:37 pm

      The best piece of BEA advice I can give is to find a friend before you head onto the show floor. Having someone to talk and meander with really, really helps make it less intimidating.

  • Florinda March 30, 2014, 11:41 pm

    As if I needed all that much “convincing.” So glad you decided to go back to BEA this year–but before that, see you in LA for the Festival of Books!