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currently nov 8

Time and Place | Just before 8 a.m., on my favorite chair in our living room. I woke up pretty early this morning, and while I’m sad to not be curled up in bed I do love a long, quite morning.

Reading | It’s been a good week on the reading front — Nonfiction November has really energized me. I finished Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell and Relish by Lucy Knisley, and started in on Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. I also finally got to start Re Jane by Patricia Park, which arrived from the library after a very, very long wait.

Watching | We caved and bought the second season of Fargo on Amazon Prime. So far, it might be even better than season one, although I do miss grown up Molly Solverson.

Listening | The Hamilton soundtrack is on repeat around here, and I spent a lot of time reading through the annotated lyrics on Genius. Fully obsessed.

Cooking | November continues to be surprisingly mild, so we’re using the grill as long as possible. We had burgers last night and might splurge on steak for tonight.

Blogging | This week was all about Nonfiction November. I posted our first topic — Your Year in Nonfiction — on Monday, and tried to wrap up the week’s posts on Friday. This week will be hosted by Leslie (Regular Rumination), and the topic is Book Pairings:

This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.

Promoting | My friend Chrissy Kolaya’s first novel, Charmed Particles, is out this week from Dzanc Books. It’s really great — I wrote about it at Book Riot and, in a sweet benefit of my job, got to write about the book in the local newspaper. I’m excited for it to be out in the world. 

Hating | I am SUPER BUMMED not to be at Book Riot Live this weekend. But going on another trip just wasn’t in the cards (i.e. the budget) for this year, so I’ll just be stalking the #brlive hashtag in jealousy.

Loving | Hannah finally discovered that the basket we store extra pillows and blankets it makes a good place to sleep. It is the most adorable thing ever.

Anticipating | My plan is to really focus this morning and get some writing done. I’ve got Nonfiction November posts to write, some pieces for Book Riot that I want to finish, and some books begging for reviews. If I can put my head down, I think I can get most of that done before football starts at noon.

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • JaneGS November 8, 2015, 10:33 am

    Interested to find out how you liked H is for Hawk–I love the premise of the book, but a few reviews described it as a downer and difficult to read…so I’m on the fence.

    • Kim November 9, 2015, 7:06 pm

      Yeah, I suspect it’ll be a bit of a downer, but I’m enjoying it so far — it’s good to mix it up with some other more cheerful reading.

  • Andi November 8, 2015, 10:55 am

    I’m pretty bummed to be missing Book Riot Live, too. They are having such fun! I’m glad you’re feeling reinvigorated on the reading front. I’ve been taking it easy over here with some HP re-reading and coloring. Ahhh, relaxation.

    • Kim November 9, 2015, 7:07 pm

      HP re-reading is the best, it always makes me happy.

  • Sarah's Book Shelves November 8, 2015, 11:19 am

    I heard about Fargo on Bill Simmons’ culture podcast the other day…really made me want to give it a shot…and now this ups its chances!

    • Kim November 9, 2015, 7:08 pm

      It’s so great. The second season just amped up everything we liked about the first, but in the good way.

  • Shannon @ River City Reading November 8, 2015, 3:12 pm

    I’m loving the new season of Fargo, too, but totally agree with you about Molly – she was such a great character!

    • Kim November 9, 2015, 7:09 pm

      I miss Molly! I love seeing where she gets her detective abilities — thanks mom and dad.

  • Bryan G. Robinson November 8, 2015, 3:34 pm

    You’re already the second blogger today to mention Between the World and Me. Hmmm. I’m thinking it must be a sign.

    • Kim November 9, 2015, 7:09 pm

      It’s a good one. Hard, but good.

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) November 8, 2015, 5:57 pm

    We can pretty much grill year round except when it’s as wet as it has been lately. We are so over the rain.

    • Kim November 9, 2015, 7:10 pm

      We’ve grilled in the winter with snow on the ground, but it’s not quite as great as when you can have the grill outside. Having a warm November has been amazing.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End November 8, 2015, 8:54 pm

    My mum, too, has been spending a lot of time investigating the Hamilton annotations on Genius (I am such an old lady, I have a very hard time not calling it Rap Genius. I hate it when things change names). She’s passionately concerned about the important question of whether Charles Lee in fact THREW the Battle of Monmouth. She thinks maybe yes. She thinks John should’ve shot him in the mouth (that would’ve shut him up).

    • Kim November 9, 2015, 7:11 pm

      Ooo, intriguing questions! I keep digging into anything about the Schuyler sisters. I want to read their biographies, stat.

  • Michelle November 9, 2015, 8:27 am

    This weather has been absolutely gorgeous, hasn’t it? I am definitely not complaining at all.

    It sounds like you had the perfect Sunday to me. I hope the rest of your week is equally productive and relaxing!

    • Kim November 9, 2015, 7:11 pm

      Thanks, I hope so too!

  • Amanda November 9, 2015, 11:20 am

    I am so in the dark on Hamilton. I need to find out what I’m missing! I hope you enjoy Re Jane!

    • Kim November 9, 2015, 7:12 pm

      I waited awhile to listen to it and now I can’t stop. I’ve had Hamilton songs stuck in my head for days 🙂

  • Jeanne November 10, 2015, 9:20 am

    Also quite obsessed with Hamilton, glad to see a photo of Hannah, and charmed by Charmed Particles!

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