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currently April 19 2015

Time and Place | About 10:15 on my couch. I’m getting a later start on blogging today because I spent the morning reading. Perfect.

Eating and Drinking | I am in love with having a local Mexican restaurant. Thursday night was chimichangas and margaritas with two girlfriends. Amazing.

Reading | I finished three books this week, The Unspeakable by Meghan Daum (essays), The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (fiction) and, this morning, Leaving Orbit by Margaret Lazarus Dean (memoir-ish, May 19 from Graywolf Press). I loved all of them, in very different ways. I hope I can get some review writing mojo going so I can share some thoughts on them.

Watching | This Cracked video — If the Internet Was a High School — is my favorite thing. I love Twitter, CNN and the AP. Bonus if you can spot Mr. Darcy from The Lizzie Bennett Diaries.

Listening | My sister is very excited about Greg Holden’s new album, Chase the Sun, so I’ve got that queued up on Spotify.

Blogging | This week I did a bookshelf tour of my living room and some nonfiction to read if you loved The Martian by Andy Weir.

Promoting | Over at Book Riot, I did a round up of some of my favorite bookish Sesame Street parodies. Putting this post together was super fun.

Hating | Mansplaining. I had a lot of that this week. It’s so lame.

Loving | The weather this week/weekend was beautiful. We had friends over Friday night and spent a couple of hours sitting in the backyard drinking beer before it got too chilly to be outside. On Saturday, I got to read outside! No pictures of either, unfortunately, just one of our yard this morning after (badly needed) rain last night. I’m so excited for the possibilities of this summer.

Planning | My sister and I are working on details for the Greece portion of our trip this fall. And also trying to figure out how many of London’s literary bars we can visit.

Anticipating | Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is this Saturday!! Putting together my Readathon book stack is an ongoing process — I usually spend a couple of weeks adding and removing books from the pile. The only books from the stack up top that I know will make it to Saturday are Euphoria by Lily King and Zone One by Colson Whitehead. I’m so excited.

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf April 19, 2015, 1:20 pm

    I have a stack of possibilities for the Readathon but like you, it’s an ongoing process for me. I want to make sure I’m reading what I’m in the mood for, but my mood can change quickly so I won’t decide until Friday night I think!

    • Kim Ukura April 21, 2015, 8:29 pm

      Yes, mine changes a lot too. I usually settle on a big stack in the middle of the week, then focus in on what I really want to start with on Friday night so I’m ready right away on Saturday morning.

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) April 19, 2015, 1:39 pm

    I love to go to Mexican restaurants but we don’t have a good one close to us.

  • Athira April 19, 2015, 2:45 pm

    Oh goodness, those literary bars look so awesome! You have to share your experience if you go to any of them! I am still undecided about the readathon, but I’d like to participate, so I’m going to see how I can do it.

    • Kim Ukura April 21, 2015, 8:29 pm

      I hope you’re able to participate, even just for a little bit! It’s such a fun day of celebrating with readers.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB April 19, 2015, 3:08 pm

    The worst thing about “mansplaining” is that you have to be SO careful how you respond, because if you get defensive and whiny you’re totally propagating the need for being condescending in the first place. Ugh.

    • Kim Ukura April 21, 2015, 8:30 pm

      Right? I made the mistake of responding to one instance in a terse e-mail and got back a ‘I was just making a joke!’ sort of reply. I just… no.

  • Justice @ manuscripts & marginalia April 19, 2015, 6:50 pm

    Mansplaining is the worst, and I’ve gotten so fed up with it, too. General shenanigans inspired my latest 1:1000 flash fiction, “Soft” (http://www.oneforonethousand.com/2015/04/soft.html).

    • Kim Ukura April 21, 2015, 8:31 pm

      I think my dander is up about it in general, so instances that I’d normally just roll with are digging in.

  • Jennygirl April 19, 2015, 7:11 pm

    yea for warm weather! Me and the doggie were out over the weekend soaking up the sun. It was heaven. have a great week!

  • Jenny @ Reading the End April 19, 2015, 8:51 pm

    Ahahaha, I watched the internet high school video again and it made me giggle afresh. Mansplaining IS the worst, and there’s been plenty of that going around in my extended family this past week (funerals bring out the best in nobody).

  • Tasha B (heidenkind) April 19, 2015, 10:57 pm

    You’re going to Greece! So jealous

  • Anita April 19, 2015, 11:24 pm

    I love Mexican food, and we have a great local place too!
    I’m trying to get my review writing mojo back…not easy.
    I haven’t planned a thing for Readathon…not sure I’ll have the day to myself. I know I have a couple of shorter books I’d like to read that day, but again, unsure.

    Have a wonderful week!

    • Kim Ukura April 21, 2015, 8:32 pm

      Review writing mojo has been so fleeting lately, which is too bad because I’ve read a bunch of fun books I want to talk about.

  • Amy Brandon April 20, 2015, 3:44 pm

    That Sesame Street playlist just made my week. Thank you.

    • Kim Ukura April 21, 2015, 8:32 pm

      Mine too, you’re welcome!

  • Sarah's Book Shelves April 20, 2015, 5:12 pm

    Loved your Martian post! I loved that book and some of the nonfiction you suggested sounded fascinating…particularly the Mary Roach one.

  • Rory April 21, 2015, 12:44 pm

    So there’s this guy at my work who, I truly believe, thinks women are incapable of coherent thought. The mansplaining kills me. We needed to know the square footage of the room that houses the library collection and he proceeded to explain – very slowly so that I might understand such complicated calculations – how to find square footage (when what we had asked him for were the blueprints for our building, which he had). He’s retiring soon! I can’t wait.

    Yay for nice weather and Greece!

    • Kim Ukura April 21, 2015, 8:34 pm

      Oy, that is so frustrating! I’m lucky I work in an office mostly filled with women, so I avoid it on most days, unless it comes via e-mail or with other people I interact with outside the office. I need to work on just letting it go 🙂

  • susan April 21, 2015, 2:14 pm

    How is the Meghan Daum book? She is often quite a good writer. eh? Cheers.

    • Kim Ukura April 21, 2015, 8:34 pm

      I liked it, and yes, I think it’s good. Very honest, on some difficult subjects.

  • Michelle April 22, 2015, 1:13 pm

    Oh, those chimichangas look amazing! Yay for local Mexican food that is actually good!

    I don’t know about you but after the gorgeous weather we had this weekend, it is now snowing. I have no words.

    Have a good one and keep warm!