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Time and Place | About 9 a.m. on my favorite chair in the living room.

Eating and Drinking | We had our first “official” dinner on the deck on Friday night — steak, potatoes, broccoli and new summer cider. Hooray for beautiful weather.

Reading | I went totally off plan this week thanks to the arrival of an ARC of Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. This is the second in a planned trilogy (I think) set in a distant future country that’s returned to feudal rules and technology. Instead of books I “should” be reading, I reread the first book, Queen of the Tearling, then flew through the second. But I have seriously mixed feelings about them! On the one hand, I love the characters and, to an extent, the story. But I feel like the rules of the world that Johansen set up aren’t clear and, when magic is involved, there are no established rules. That makes it hard to settle in, or feel like the plot has any logical place to go… I want to talk about these with people!

Watching | We went to go see Avengers: Age of Ultron last night, and it was awesome! It had everything I love in super hero movies. I loved the way they built out some of the Avengers backstories — Hawkeye, for example, had more dialogue in this movie than in all of the other Marvel movies combined — and that there were lots of jokes. Good job, Joss Whedon.

Listening | I’m still making my way through Missoula by Jon Krakauer. This one is great, but very hard to listen to for a length of time.

Blogging | This week I shared five novels that I’d recommend (and when you should read them), as well as took a look back at my reading in April.

Promoting | I was interviewed about my life as a book blogger by Freya at Freado Blog. You can read all about how I started blogging, my routine as a blogger/editor (not much of one at all), and my biggest book blogging pet peeve.

Hating | April. April was terrible. Good riddance.

Loving | My friend Erin came to visit this weekend, so we’ve been hanging out and exploring my small town. It’s fun to explore a place you know well with someone new, to see it with fresh eyes.

Loving II | This week has just been beautiful, warm and sunny but without the high humidity we can expect when summer arrives. I’m trying to soak it all in as much as possible.

Anticipating | Today Erin and I have a long day of laziness planned. I took tomorrow off work so we can go shopping and exploring in a bigger town about 45 minutes away. Yay.

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • Bryan G. Robinson May 3, 2015, 9:19 am

    Right now I am reading Sunday Salon and other book bloggish posts like yours. Later? Maybe a little from The Southern Beach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer or maybe some Sherlock Holmes. The big plan: going to see the new Avengers movie with my wife tonight. Glad to know you liked it and that it didn’t suck, not that I thought it would. Weather’s getting better here too and we need to get our grill out too. Hopefully sometime this week.

    BTW, went and read your interview. Totally with you on book blogger pet peeve. Absolutely.

    • Kim Ukura May 7, 2015, 6:45 pm

      The early party scene and the landing of the hammer joke later were my absolutely favorite parts of Ultron. And the fact that it was a superhero movie that was fun. Golden.

  • Trisha May 3, 2015, 10:03 am

    Last night we had steak on the grill for the first time; I just love the start of spring/summer grilling season. I was supposed to go to see Avengers last night, but last minute change of plans so now I have to put it off until next Friday. Waiting impatiently…

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) May 3, 2015, 10:49 am

    We’ve had the oddest spring every but our weather seems to have finally settled down. April was full of tragedies for my friends so I’m happy to see it go too.

  • Kay May 3, 2015, 4:53 pm

    We’re heading off to see the Avengers movie in just a little while. Really looking forward to it and good to hear that it is worthwhile. I love superhero movies. Such a fan! LOL

    Have a good week! I want to read Missoula and look forward to hearing what you think about it. Might listen to it.

    • Kim Ukura May 10, 2015, 4:12 pm

      One interesting thing about the audio book is that it’s narrated by a woman. I’m not sure what to make of that choice. She’s a good narrator though, the audio is great so far.

  • Athira May 3, 2015, 5:58 pm

    We went for the Avengers this morning and loved it too. I was so glad to see Hawkeye’s backstory and was a bit bummed that Whedon was trying to make it look like Hawkeye was going to be killed off but luckily that didn’t happen.

    • Kim Ukura May 10, 2015, 4:13 pm

      I definitely thought Hawkeye was going to bite the dust.

  • Andi (@estellasrevenge) May 3, 2015, 6:28 pm

    GOOD RIDDANCE, APRIL! Can we say it any louder? Cheers to the upcoming summer, patio dinners, and cider. Lots of cider.

  • Jillian May 4, 2015, 2:02 am

    I need to be patient because I want to see Avengers already, but I have to wait until my boyfriend gets here. And yay for official dinners outside! It looks lovely.

  • Michelle May 4, 2015, 8:45 am

    Our Saturday was the prettiest day of the weekend. Yesterday introduced the rain, not that I am complaining because we are definitely dry around here. I have heard nothing but raves about Ultron. I cannot wait to see it!

  • Laurie C May 4, 2015, 7:39 pm

    Lovely, lovely warm weather photos! I haven’t been reading much lately, but I watched two episodes of Doc Martin on Sunday night, finishing off Season Four. At least I accomplished SOMETHING over the weekend, right? I agree that April sucked, and am glad it’s over.

  • Word Lily May 5, 2015, 10:51 am

    I’m racing through Invasion of the Tearling too! And yes, totally mixed feelings here.

    • Word Lily May 6, 2015, 10:49 am

      And, finished.

      • Kim Ukura May 10, 2015, 4:14 pm

        I want to know what you thought! I have so many mixed feelings.

  • Nish May 17, 2015, 11:06 am

    I watched the Avengers movie last week and it was good fun! I enjoyed it, though many of my friends were a bit meh about it.

    I found the world building odd in the first Tearling book and I was hoping things get cleared up a bit in the second one. Sounds like that didn’t happen 🙁