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Briefly // I took zero photos this week because I spent most of it sick. I’m still not fully recovered, but I went to a doctor on Friday who gave me a strep test (negative) and some antibiotics and thought I should be feeling better soon. Fingers crossed.

Time and Place // 8:50 a.m. at my desk

Eating and Drinking // Because of the medicine’s reaction with dairy, I’ve got some green tea and toast instead of my usual breakfast.

Reading // I’ve been bouncing back and forth between The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara (fiction) and The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird (nonfiction). I don’t know if I’ll finish either before I leave for Book Expo America on Tuesday. I also picked up a copy of Thunderstruck, Elizabeth McCraken’s new collection of short stories, at the library. I’m excited to dig into that one. 

Watching // I think I’ve settled on my television plans for the summer hiatus: watching Veep thanks to HBO Go and rewatching Merlin thanks to Netflix. My sister and I were into Merlin awhile ago, but never watched the final season. We’re both going to revisit the entire series this summer.

Listening // I started listening to Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff. I thought the “gonzo” style of the book might make it a good candidate for audio and so far so good. I should get some time with that audio while traveling on Tuesday.

Blogging // This week I shared mini-reviews of We Were Liars by e. lockhart and Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, a full review of The $11 Billion Year by Anne Thompson. I also posted about some of my plans for my trip to BEA, including some of the authors and panels I’m curious about. Those plans always go out the window once I arrive, but I like having a place to start.

Promoting // Clare at The Literary Ominvore wrote a post about shame in the time of superheroes that has a smart take on some of the differences between the DC Comics and Marvel Comics movie adaptations. In part:

Instead, they’re [“scrambling to cater to a narrow demographic”] to try and prove that comic books aren’t for kids. What DC Comics appears to want is confirmation of that from the masses, a cultural reassurance that they aren’t nerds, virgins, or losers for liking superheroes, because they’ve “fixed” the supposedly defective parts of the superheroes. It’s now cool to like superheroes—as long as you didn’t actually like the campiness, silliness, earnestness, and heart that created the audience studios are trying to cash in in the first place.

Hating // I hate being sick, especially right before leaving on a trip, but that’s fairly obvious I’m sure.

Loving // I bought a couple of new dresses that I think are going to be fun to wear this week — this one and this one.

Anticipating // The next week or so is going to be really fun. After I finish packing and getting my house in order, I have a graduation party and a BBQ to attend. Tomorrow I’ll be going to my family’s cabin for the day. Then on Tuesday I fly out to New York City for a week of books and friends and plays and parties. I am so excited!

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  • bermudaonion (Kathy) May 25, 2014, 11:08 am

    I hope you’re back to your old self soon! You need to be well for BEA!

    • Kim May 25, 2014, 12:25 pm

      I know! I guess being sick before BEA is better than being sick at BEA… but neither is ideal.

  • Sandy May 25, 2014, 11:37 am

    In the craziness of the week, I missed your review of the movie industry book, and had to go back and look at that. You are the best source for non-fiction books like that. And being sick sucks, but hopefully you got it all out of your system BEFORE the trip. It sounds like you’ve got a busy agenda coming up, so I hope you kick the bug and feel better!

    • Kim May 25, 2014, 12:26 pm

      Thank you! I’ve been reading more books from that imprint, It Books, and I’ve been impressed with all of them.

      I feel like I’m on the upswing of this silly illness — probably the antibiotics talking!

  • Florinda May 25, 2014, 11:59 am

    Paul says get well soon, because he doesn’t want me to catch anything from you at BEA :-D. I saved your post about your BEA plans–it looks like, independently, we’ve picked some of the same sessions, but I still need to see about books to look out for. And I’ll be interested to know how that audiobook works out, since odds are good I’ll read it sooner in that format.

    See you Tuesday!

    • Kim May 25, 2014, 12:27 pm

      The boyfriend hasn’t picked it up, so I feel fairly confident I’m over the contagious phase 🙂

      I’m not too surprised we picked similar panels. And yay, Tuesday!

  • Athira May 25, 2014, 7:07 pm

    Hope you feel better and have a lot of fun at BEA! Looking forward to the posts.

  • Bryan G. Robinson May 26, 2014, 8:15 am

    Sounds like you have a busy few days — and week scheduled, but hopefully some fun too, after you recover. Can’t wait to hear about your trip to BEA.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End May 26, 2014, 3:30 pm

    Poor you that you are sick! I hope you are completely healed by the time you get to BEA. Your new dresses look adorable — totally jealous!

  • Jennine G. May 26, 2014, 10:33 pm

    Feel better soon 🙁