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currently october 15 2014

Time and Place | 9 a.m. at my dad’s computer in the Twin Cities

Eating and Drinking | Just water for the moment, but my Grandma is coming over for brunch a bit later so I’m sure we’ll have something delicious.

Reading | This week has been all about The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. This book, you guys, is just awesome. It was exactly the book I needed this week — easy to read, but full of murder and sex and melodrama that kept me turning the pages. I really was exactly the book to finally kick me out of the reading slump I’ve been in and out of since August. Since I finished that one up Saturday morning, I’m not sure what to grab next. I started in on Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson (Nov. 11 from Harper), nonfiction on the secret lives of archaeologists, yesterday, but we’ll see where my mood takes me.

Watching | Because The Paying Guests was so darn good, I hardly watched anything. But I am psyched that Gilmore Girls is finally on Netflix and super psyched that the boyfriend is watching Firefly for the first time.

Making | I really want to crochet a ripple afghan, but I haven’t found a pattern that I like yet. Any suggestions are welcome!

Cooking | The boyfriend and I were… not great about cooking last week. I’m hoping we’ll get home from the Cities in time today to go to the grocery store and do some meal prep for the week.

Blogging | This week I posted a review of the wonderful How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor and shared my September reading wrap-up/look ahead to October.

Promoting | This week, the folks at Book Riot (a site I’m a semi-regular contributor to) launched a new website devoted to comics — Panels. The site is targeted at both comics experts and comics newbies and is going to have a really strong voice on issues of gender and diversity in comics (case in point, Unnecessary Boobage). I’m excited to see where this site goes.

Hating | On Friday, the region I live in was under a wind advisory (sustained winds of 35 to 35 miles per hour and gusts near 45 miles per hour) and there were even rumors that there were snowflakes in the air. I am not ready for that (but I hope you, dear readers, are ready for my six months of complaining about the weather!). We did have a few really beautiful fall days this week — fingers crossed we get some more of those.

Loving | This weekend we were at a wedding for some new friends. It was great to meet their friends from other aspects of life and learn more about Lebanese wedding traditions.

Avoiding | I really need to devote a day to doing a behind-the-scenes blog update. But I know doing that is also going to require some blog redesign work and I am just not feeling that yet. I’m home for the next three weekends, so maybe I’ll be able to make some time this month.

Wanting | My sister and I instituted “No Buy October” — no unnecessary purchases for the entire month — which is good… but now I want to buy all the things.

Anticipating | My sister and I are going to see Home Free in concert on Tuesday night. I’m an old lady at heart, so the idea of a Tuesday evening concert is making me nervous, but I know it’s going to be awesome. And I am absolutely anticipating my Wednesday off from work. Vacation day!

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  • Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader October 5, 2014, 9:56 am

    No buy October, what a fab idea. 😀

    We had some snow here this week. WEIRD. I mean, I’m in Wisconsin but even we don’t get snow (usually!) in late Sept/early Oct. Jeez.

    I’ve never watched Gilmore Girls and I’m looking forward to doing some binge watching. I’m almost afraid to start 😉

    Have a great week!

    • Kim October 6, 2014, 10:39 pm

      Yeah, it’s too early for snow. I’m hoping it stays away for at least a little bit longer!

  • Trisha October 5, 2014, 9:59 am

    Brunches with grandma are the best! I’ve enjoyed every Waters book I’ve read, so I will have to get my hands on this one.

    • Kim October 6, 2014, 10:39 pm

      I did not love Fingersmith, but I totally adored this on.

  • bookmammal October 5, 2014, 10:09 am

    I also finished The Paying Guests this week, and I LOVED it! It was one of those books that made me want to get to the end to see how Waters was going to choose to close out the story–but I was also reluctant to finish it because . . . NOW what am I going to read that is going to completely surround me???? Have you read anything else by Waters? I have not–but I think I need to explore her other books.

    • Kim October 6, 2014, 10:40 pm

      The only other Waters I’ve read is Fingersmith. I didn’t love it, so I was a little skeptical about this one… but I loved it.

  • Vasilly October 5, 2014, 12:19 pm

    I love the idea of not buying anything unnecessary for a month, though I need to have a “buy everything” month first. 🙂 It’s perfect that you found a book to kick you out of your reading slump. Sarah Waters is a favorite when it comes to bloggers. Enjoy your day.

    • Kim October 6, 2014, 10:41 pm

      September was “buy everything” month (and not in a good way!). A spending freeze in October is necessary 🙂

  • Sandy October 5, 2014, 4:11 pm

    We’ve had over a foot of rain and extreme heat and humidity, but woke up this morning to weather in the 50’s which is nothing short of a miracle for us. You’d think that Christmas came early. We went on a long walk and then went golfing. I’m sure it won’t stay cool. It IS only October, and doesn’t truly cool off until November, but boy it was nice. I’m happy to hear The Paying Guests is that good. Some have said it needed editing, but damn I do love her. It is two or three books down the line for me, and I cannot wait.

    • Kim October 6, 2014, 10:43 pm

      The Paying Guests is definitely a chunkster, but I can’t think of anything that I think needed to be cut. It’s sort of three stories in one book, so it shifts before you might get bored.

  • Tanya Patrice October 5, 2014, 5:13 pm

    You are banned from mentioning anything about snow! I can’t handle such talk yet 🙂

    • Kim October 6, 2014, 10:43 pm

      Believe me, I want it to be far away!

  • Andi @ Estella's Revenge October 6, 2014, 12:53 pm

    PANELS! So much good, smart stuff. And I’m so glad you liked The Paying Guests! It definitely kept me turning the pages.

    • Kim October 6, 2014, 10:43 pm

      So good!

  • Jenny @ Reading the End October 6, 2014, 9:21 pm

    Yay to The Paying Guests! It’s probably my favorite September read; I wish I hadn’t already read it, so I could read it for the first time. It just zipped by for me, despite the length.

    • Kim October 6, 2014, 10:44 pm

      I flew through it too. It took me about a week… but that’s quick for the number of pages!

  • Jenny (aka Sister) October 7, 2014, 12:15 pm

    I also want to buy ALL OF THE THINGS! There are too many catalogs showing up in the mail :). Also do you own The Paying Guests, cause it is on my to read list?

  • Florinda October 7, 2014, 4:38 pm

    You’re worried about snow already, and we had a triple-digit-weather weekend in Southern California. (BTW, if you need a winter escape again this year, you’re welcome back any time!)

    I’m reading the opposite of a chunkster right now–ON IMMUNITY (from the BEA book stack) is less than 200 pages, but it’s quite remarkable. And I’m in between audiobooks this week, but I got all three of the MAGICIANS books from Audible last month. October seems like a good time for those.

    • Kim October 12, 2014, 2:01 pm

      I liked On Immunity a lot. I want to reread it before I work on a freelance review of it I’m working on.