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currently june 1 2014

Briefly // I got back to Minnesota from my amazing trip to New York City for Book Expo America last night at about 9:30 p.m. I spent the night at my parent’s house and will make the rest of the trek back home this afternoon. I’m planning a couple of different posts on BEA this week, so don’t worry, you’ll get all the details.

Time and Place // 10:30 a.m. at my dad’s computer in the Twin Cities.

Eating and Drinking // Nothing yet, but my mom is in the middle of making a pancake breakfast for all of us. The photo above is from breakfast on the way to the airport on Tuesday with my dad.

Reading // I actually got some reading done this week. I finished The Good Spy by Kai Bird (the story of US spy Robert Ames) before I left. On my plane ride out to New York I read and finished The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (July 8 from Harper), the first in a big new fantasy series. I thought it was good plane reading, but probably not great literature just yet.

On the way home I started The High Divide by Lin Enger (historical fiction, Sept. 23 from Algonquin Books) and Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty (memoir, Sept. 15 from W.W. Norton). I’m not far enough into either to have an assessment, but I am excited to keep reading.

Watching // I’m excited to get home and catch up with Orphan Black — the boyfriend and I have the two most recent episodes waiting for us!

Listening // I started a new audio book, Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff. I think I’ll be listening to that on my drive home today.

Blogging // It was, predictably, a quiet week on the blog. I answered a few questions as part of introductions for Armchair BEA and shared some thoughts on a short story collection, One More Thing by B.J. Novak.

Promoting // I was featured on Book Bloggers International this week. If you head over to the post, you’ll get to read the story behind the name “Sophisticated Dorkiness.”

Anticipating // I’m excited to get home to see my boyfriend and my cat and to unpack all of my new books! June is going to be a great month, I can already tell.

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • Sandy June 1, 2014, 11:11 am

    I’m excited to hear about your trip! I was seeing various Facebook posts from Florinda that included you. I’m particularly interested in Smoke Gets in your Eyes. Man you have been doing some good reading!

    • Kim June 1, 2014, 7:45 pm

      It was a really good reading week. I was almost sad my plane ride home was over because I was enjoying both of those books so much.

  • Bryan G. Robinson June 1, 2014, 11:42 am

    Now I have to go read why you’re a sophisticated dork. 😉

    Off to do that…

  • Shannon @ River City Reading June 1, 2014, 12:30 pm

    I’m so excited about both The High Divide and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, so I’m looking forward to hearing a bit of what you think. It was so great to meet you this week!

    • Kim June 1, 2014, 7:45 pm

      It was great to meet you too!

  • Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader June 1, 2014, 12:30 pm

    Can’t wait to hear all the fun details of BEA! I saw a few pics and they were super cute 🙂

    Have a great week, Kim!

    • Kim June 1, 2014, 7:46 pm

      It’s going to take me a little while to get all my thoughts (and photos!) in order, but I have lots of fun things to share. I also have to wait until some of my books arrive in the mail.

  • Stephanie June 1, 2014, 12:33 pm

    Sounds like it was a crazy week! I got to start two new books this weekend – One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson and Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen (release July 8th). So far I’m really digging both of them!

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) June 1, 2014, 3:17 pm

    It’s cool that you got to see your parents before and after your trip. It was great to see you this week!

    • Kim June 1, 2014, 7:47 pm

      That is one if the nice things about flying out of the Twin Cities — I usually get to spend time with my family before and after a trip.

  • Andi (Estella's Revenge) June 1, 2014, 4:14 pm

    Can’t wait for your recap of the event! Also, Detroit: An American Autopsy sounds FASCINATING.

    • Kim June 1, 2014, 7:47 pm

      It’s really good, but also hard to listen to because some of the corruption in the city is just so outrageous.

  • Anita June 1, 2014, 8:25 pm

    I also look forward to your BEA recaps! I am so happy June is here, so many good books to share with others. I’m not sure I’ll get to read them all.
    Yes the book on Detroit sounds interesting, perfect for audio.
    Rest up!!

  • Kelly June 1, 2014, 11:02 pm

    I’m surprised…Queen of the Tearling doesn’t really seem like your “type.” I also have a copy of it and will go in reading more for the story and less for the writing if that makes sense. Thanks for the warning 🙂
    I loved meeting you at BEA – thanks for taking such great pains to find me!

    • Kim June 2, 2014, 6:51 am

      When I was in high school and my first few years of college, I used to read a lot of epic fantasy. I’ve moved away from that, to some extent, but I still like to pick it up from time to time. The Queen of the Tearling was a nice throwback to that, mixed with some of the YA fiction elements that I enjoy (adventures with strong female leads).

  • Jennine G. June 2, 2014, 8:12 am

    Can’t wait to read your BEA reviews! I’m living vicariously through all of you! Lol

  • Jenny @ Reading the End June 3, 2014, 3:35 pm

    Yay for Orphan Black! I’m one episode behind, partly because it’s been a busy week and partly because I can’t bear to face the fact that it’s more than halfway over and pretty soon it will be gone from my screen for another year. Woe.

    • Kim June 3, 2014, 7:44 pm

      I’m really sad it’s almost over too! We are going to be so bummed when we don’t have episodes to watch.