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currently may 18 2014

Briefly // Yesterday was the first perfect summer Saturday of the entire year and I could not be more blissed out about it. All of the photos above are from yesterday — blue skies, relaxing in the yard after doing a morning of garden cleaning, and hanging out with Hannah outside with an awesome dinner of pork, potatoes, salad an wine. Today promises to be just as gorgeous.

Time and Place // 8:45 a.m. at my desk

Eating and Drinking // Just some Tzao Awake English Breakfast tea for the moment

Reading // Overall it was a decent reading week. I spent a lot of time with Perfectly Miserable: Guilt, God and Real Estate in a Small Town by Sarah Payne Stuart (June 12 from Riverhead) before realizing I didn’t love it enough to include in an upcoming Bloggers Recommend newsletter. After that I needed a reading reset so I started and finished We Were Liars by e. lockhart, a buzzy summer title, in one long evening. It was an awesome read. Since then I’ve been jumping back and forth between The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara and Rock Breaks Scissors by William Poundstone (June 3 from Little, Brown).

Watching // The most exciting television of the week was the season finale of Arrow, which played with my heart so much. I still have hope for Oliver and Felicity.

Listening // I also finished the audio book of Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line this week. If you enjoyed the show and/or the movie then definitely pick up this book — it’s a really fun addition to the whole world of Veronica Mars.

Appreciating // Thank you to everyone for your kind words on my sixth blogiversary post. I love when personal posts like that bring out people who don’t comment as frequently — it’s a nice way to get back in touch with my community of readers.

Blogging // Since I last did a Currently post I wrote about The Empathy Exams and Console Wars, shared more nonfiction recommendations, and admitted how many books I’ve bought in the last month. Thanks, also, for your suggestions on what to read next — at the push of Jenny (Reading the End) and Jeanne (Necromancy Never Pays) I grabbed The People In the Trees and it is not disappointing.

Promoting // Becca (I’m Lost in Books) shared some advice she’d give to herself as a new blogger that I thought was very smart.

Hating and Loving // I spent so long reading outside yesterday that I got a weird sunburn on my bent arms. I’m hoping to avoid that today.

Avoiding // It’s my turn to do the dishes and there is a mountain waiting in our kitchen. I’m trying to psych myself up with the promise of a favorite podcast, Pop Culture Happy Hour, but I’m still dreading it.

Wanting // I’m so excited to leave for Book Expo America in nine days, but man, so I wish I had more time! I feel like the conference just snuck on up on me this year.

Anticipating // The boyfriend starts a new, full-time job, on June 2 where he won’t be working weekends much anymore. I’m so excited for him and for us, but I can already tell it’s going to be a transition from having weekends mostly to myself. This was his first weekend off and it was wonderful and challenging all at the same time.

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • Lu May 18, 2014, 10:18 am

    Isn’t the first summery Saturday the absolute best??? I went down to Durham for a wedding a few weeks ago and they were definitely ahead of us by a few weeks. It was agony to leave the summer weather for foggy gross NYC! But never fear, the weather is beautiful here again. Not hot like it usually is, which I think might be kinda nice. Everything is so green and lovely. Really happy for you that your boyfriend is starting a new full time job! That’s awesome!!

    • Kim May 19, 2014, 5:38 pm

      It is the best! We’ve had a few nice days this year, but they’ve usually been during the week. This is the first Saturday, I think, that has just been absolutely perfect. Love.

  • Sandy May 18, 2014, 11:18 am

    Ack! I missed your anniversary…sorry! Six years is such an accomplishment. It is very easy to burn out (I’m a perfect example!). I just got We Were Liars on Kindle, and is probably coming up in the next few reads. I have to be in on the fun.

    • Kim May 19, 2014, 5:39 pm

      I think burn out and consistency are two of the hardest things to battle as a blogger — I’ve struggled with both myself — but the community really does help me stay inspired.

  • Anita May 18, 2014, 11:52 am

    I love your pictures!! So much to comment on this post…I loved We Were Liars, I think it may be one of the summer buzz books…and more. I’m jealous you’re going to BEA, my day will come. Congrats on your anniversary, mine is coming up soon. Shame on me for not visiting or commenting on your blog more often. Have a great day, and tackle the dishes…I should work on the clutter that happens in our home…getting off the computer could help that…ha ha.

    • Kim May 19, 2014, 5:40 pm

      Thank you for stopping by to comment now 🙂

      I got the dishes done pretty shortly after I put this post up and it really made my day better to have that off my list. Cheers for avoiding procrastination!

  • Priscilla May 18, 2014, 12:11 pm

    I think Minnesota stole our weather! I am in Atlanta and it’s rainy and in the 50s. Actually I can’t complain too much because it’s perfect reading weather, and like you I am reading The People in the Trees (also because Jenny convinced me). Cannot wait to see your review of We Were Liars!

    • Kim May 19, 2014, 5:41 pm

      Ahh, yes, rainy in the 50s… I’m familiar with that state 🙂

      Jenny was pretty dang convincing about The People in the Trees.

  • Vasilly May 18, 2014, 12:27 pm

    Happy blogiversary! I’m a winter person but I’ve been enjoying the summery weather in SoCal as long as it isn’t too hot. The first day of warm weather is always the best feeling. There’s so many possibilities ahead. 🙂 Today I’m reading Mambo in Chinatown and relaxing. Happy Sunday.

    • Kim May 19, 2014, 5:41 pm

      If I lived in SoCal, I’d probably be a winter person too. The first nice Saturday always makes me feel motivated for the rest of the summer to come.

  • Andi (Estella's Revenge) May 18, 2014, 12:56 pm

    Ahh, those first beautiful summer-ish days are so great. It’s been a beautiful weekend here, and I’m eating it up before it gets TOO hot in Texas. Off to read Becca’s post. 🙂

    • Kim May 19, 2014, 5:42 pm

      We’ve had such a weirdly truncated spring. It’s going to be hot and unpleasant here before I know it!

  • Stephanie May 18, 2014, 1:06 pm

    This weekend has been a dream for puttering around the yard and feeling accomplished and happy! Glad to hear the first VM book is worth reading! I miss the show and think some mystery novels are probably a great way to continue that. I started but got stalled in an old YA book that Rob Thomas wrote called Rats Saw God. It’s not bad but not really my cup of tea – teenage boy angst.

    • Kim May 19, 2014, 5:43 pm

      It was so nice to be outside, working and relaxing. I did some yard work and felt very proud of myself.

      I wouldn’t recommend the VM book if you’re not familiar with the franchise, but as an extension of that I think it’s pretty awesome.

  • Bryan G. Robinson May 18, 2014, 1:15 pm

    Yep, yesterday was the perfect Saturday here too. Unfortunately, I had to work. Today’s okay, but now I’m out of energy — and I’m reading Sunday Salon posts this afternoon, plus catching up on some other reading.

    I’m sorry to hear about your boyfriend ruining your weekends. 😉 My wife usually ruins mine. <– actually she works third shift and usually is asleep during the afternoons, giving me time to read…like now. 🙂

    • Kim May 19, 2014, 6:25 pm

      Yes, darn boyfriend, getting a job that means he’ll be around all the time 🙂 I think we’ll figure out how to balance alone time and together time once we get in a routine — it was just so strange this weekend!

  • Athira May 18, 2014, 2:40 pm

    I love spending weekends by myself but weekdays not so much. The husband is traveling this week, so it’s going to be dreadful for me at home. I’m glad for you guys that your boyfriend doesn’t have to work weekends in his new job!

    • Kim May 19, 2014, 6:28 pm

      His old job was some nights and all weekends, so now that he’s going to a day shift it’ll be a lot different. Good different, but different.

  • Jess - A Book Hoarder May 18, 2014, 4:51 pm

    I wish my cat would hang out on a leash!

    Yay for your boyfriend’s new job and schedule. I cometely understand the adjustment to spending more time together. It’s awesome but you lose something too. I have to adjust everytime my husbands schedule changes and whether it brings us more or less it’s always a little bittersweet.

    • Kim May 19, 2014, 6:29 pm

      Sometimes she is really fun on the leash, other times she just rolls around on the ground and looks at us like, “Ugh, you guys… this is stupid.”

  • Laurie C May 19, 2014, 6:42 am

    I have a blog tour post due tomorrow so I read Thereafter by Terri Bruce over the weekend. Luckily, it’s pretty short, because I didn’t have much reading time! I didn’t get to sit outside, though it was probably warm enough here, too. Hopefully next weekend!

    • Kim May 19, 2014, 6:29 pm

      Sounds like a good weekend to me!

  • Jenny @ Reading the End May 19, 2014, 2:44 pm

    YAYYYYYYYY that you are reading The People in the Trees!

    Take care of your skin in the sunshine. Every spring without fail, I forget about the whole concept of sunscreen and end up with a (usually minor) burn on my neck and arms because it’s been so long since the sun was a going concern. :p

    • Kim May 19, 2014, 6:30 pm

      Yes, sunscreen. I also get a weird sunburn early in the year when I forget that it’s nice outside. This one faded pretty quickly, but was super weird looking because of how I had my arms bent reading.

  • Kim May 20, 2014, 2:42 pm

    Summer is my favorite time of year. I love reading outside in the yard. And congrats on 6 years! That’s awesome! I wish I’d gotten in on Arrow when it first started. I wanted to catch it on Hulu but they don’t have the first season on there. Bummer.

    • Kim May 22, 2014, 8:55 pm

      Do you have Netflix? I believe season one of Arrow is on there.