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currently may 4 2014

Time and Place // 9:45 a.m. at my desk

Eating and Drinking // I had corn Chex for breakfast, and now I’ve got a cup of Blood Orange Cinnamon black tea — this is my favorite flavor lately.

Reading // This week I finished Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, a really fun read, and started in on Console Wars by Blake J. Harris (May 13, It Books). Despite being, at best, a casual gamer, I’ve been absolutely fascinated by the story of the battle between Sega and Nintendo for the hearts (and dollars) of early gamers. This is a business book, but Harris has done an amazing job of making it about people and ideas and the rise of video game culture. The other book I’m hoping to finish this week is B.J. Novak’s collection of short stories, One More Thing, which I’ve been reading slowly since I picked it up at the LA Times Festival of Books.

Watching // I’m between television shows right now, although the boyfriend and I are keeping up with both Game of Thrones and Orphan Black. Once all of the spring finales air, I might go back and catch up with a couple of shows I lost track of this year, probably Once Upon a Time.

Listening // Because I could use a little bit of pumping up this morning, I’ve been listening to Spotify’s “Songs to Sing in the Shower” playlist. So far, awesome.

Blogging // I only managed to post one review this week, but it was for a book that I really loved, The Secretary by Kim Ghattas. I also shared my April reading wrap up and a look to the books I’m excited about for May.

Promoting // As part of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign this week, several bloggers shared their picks for diverse books you can read. Be sure to check out these posts from Shannon at River City Reading and Ana at things mean a lot for starters.

And in other exciting news, the agenda for Armchair BEA was posted this week. If you are a book blogger who is not attending Book Expo America this month, be sure to check this out.

Hating // I ordered this awesome dress from an online retailer, but when it arrived it just didn’t fit quite right. I love the color and shape and details… but it’s just a little off. I hate that! On the plus side, all the shirts I ordered fit perfectly, so there’s that.

Loving // One of my projects in my 2014 goal to curate — choose, present and preserve items of value — is to get all of my books organized and cataloged in LibraryThing. I did one shelf last week and I’m hoping to finish up a second shelf this afternoon. Part of that process is also weeding out books I know I’m not going to read, which can be really freeing.

Anticipating // After a cool and rainy week, we are expected to have sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 60s and 70s this week. I am so looking forward to spending at least a little time outside this week.

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • Kelly from Readlately.com May 4, 2014, 10:30 am

    My husband is a total gamer. I feel like he would love Console Wars. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
    I was thinking to do the same thing (weeding out the books I’m not actually going to read) for my GoodReads shelf.

    • Kim May 7, 2014, 9:55 pm

      I have a hard time getting rid of unread books, but if I look at the shelves honestly I an usually figure out which ones I’m not ever going to make the time for. If feels liberating when I’m being ruthless about it.

  • Shannon @ River City Reading May 4, 2014, 1:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing my list!
    Like you, I’m a pretty casual gamer (I was life-ruiningly sucked into Skyrim when it came out, but haven’t touched a controller since…so it totally depends on the game), but that book sounds totally fascinating. I love documentaries like King of Kong and anything that’s a little behind the scenes of the video game industry, so I think I would be really into that.

    • Kim May 7, 2014, 9:56 pm

      If I start playing a game and love it, I get totally lost in playing it and don’t do anything else… so I don’t start many games. I loved King of Kong!

  • Sandy May 4, 2014, 2:12 pm

    I played games when I was younger, but my son is a HUGE gamer in the most geeky, obsessive way. He’s got ALL the consoles, old and new, plus a gaming computer. And because of him I know more about it than I probably should. I’m definitely interested in picking that one up. I swear I can’t order any clothes online. My shape is just too weird. Once I finish reading “Orange is the New Black” I think that will be my next TV series adventure.

    • Kim May 7, 2014, 9:56 pm

      OITNB is really good. I didn’t like the first episode much, but the series really picks up after that, so make sure you give it a chance!

  • Jenny @ Reading the End May 4, 2014, 3:13 pm

    I’m trying to figure out what my television shows for the summer are going to be! I think I need one trashy one and one really good one. TBD. For now I’m really enjoying Orphan Black and The Good Wife, and I’ve been keeping up with Game of Thrones but I may be on a break from it now. The Jaime/Cersei thing week before last irritated the hell out of me.

    • Kim May 7, 2014, 9:57 pm

      Yeah… the treatment of women on GOT is really starting to bug me. I don’t think it’s serving the storytelling in the show well, most of the time, so why am I bothering to watch it?

  • Bryan G. Robinson May 4, 2014, 4:43 pm

    Not reading anything right now. Not sure what is next.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the Mr. Penumbra’s book. I thought you might when you first mentioned you were reading it.

    • Kim May 7, 2014, 9:59 pm

      It’s hard not to love a book that’s basically an ode to bookstores 🙂

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) May 4, 2014, 7:06 pm

    I bet my son would love Console Wars. I’ll have to look for it for him.

    I’ve decided nothing ever fits me right. I’m either between sizes or just middle aged frumpy. Shopping for clothes is so frustrating!

    • Kim May 7, 2014, 10:00 pm

      I’ve had decent luck with this store before… the dress just isn’t proportioned right for me which is so disappointing!

  • Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf May 4, 2014, 8:52 pm

    Console Wars sounds great! Reminds me of Of Dice and Men, which was more about the RPG side of gaming but very interesting and relatable.

    • Kim May 7, 2014, 10:00 pm

      Oooo, that sounds so good!

  • Jeanne May 5, 2014, 7:38 am

    Hannah, as always, looks so gorgeous.

    • Kim May 7, 2014, 10:00 pm

      That particular picture is her Stop Bugging Me I Just Want to Sleep face 🙂

  • Jennine G. May 5, 2014, 10:33 am

    My brother would love that Console Wars book! He’s owned, traded, sole every system made over his thirty years of life!

    • Kim May 7, 2014, 10:01 pm

      I’m really curious what someone with a long history in gaming would think of the book. I don’t know a lot of what they’re covering which is awesome. I’m curious of being familiar with the consoles and history would make the book too basic or even better.

      • Jennine G. May 7, 2014, 11:15 pm

        That’s a good question. Maybe I’ll get him to read it and find out!

  • Andi @ Estella's Revenge May 5, 2014, 12:52 pm

    Blood Orange Cinnamon black tea sounds amazing. I really want some of that now. 🙂 And I’ve been thinking about reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore for ages, but I keep not buying it. Glad to know you liked it, Kim! Have a good week.

    • Kim May 7, 2014, 10:02 pm

      It’s my favorite tea right now. It’s sooooo good.

  • Wendy @ Wensend May 5, 2014, 3:49 pm

    Great post. 🙂 I hope you had a great day, although you needed that music haha. Have a happy week reading!

    • Kim May 7, 2014, 10:02 pm

      I always love some good, cheery, sing out loud to yourself, music 🙂

  • Katie @ Doing Dewey May 7, 2014, 9:07 pm

    Console Wars sounds awesome! If you have good things to say about it, I’ll definitely be adding it to my to-read list. I hope the week is as warm as you expect it to be 🙂

    • Kim May 7, 2014, 10:03 pm

      It’s been a decent week, weather wise, although I’m hoping we avoid the rain that’s predicted for tomorrow…