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currently december 13

Time and Place | About 9 a.m., on my sister’s couch in the Twin Cities.

Eating and Drinking | I went out to dinner to a new-to-me restaurant, Fireside Foundry, last night. They had the most amazing onion rings — I wish I’d taken a picture, they were so impressive.

Reading | Since my last post, reading has been pretty slow. I’m almost done with The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara, a book that’s been taunting me, partially finished, for most of the year. It’s really excellent though, and I’m especially loving the layering of unreliable narrators on a story full of questionable people.

Listening | On the plus side, I’ve rediscovered my love for audio books. I’ve been flying through Marisa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles books — Cinder, ScarletCress and Winter — a series of reimagined fairy-tales set on a future earth. They’re totally engrossing, and perfectly in my audio book wheelhouse. I also love that there isn’t a single love triangle, just four charming, realistically conflict-full relationships that are blooming as book four begins.

Making | I am seeing the light at the end of a Christmas present crochet marathon, which is stellar. Maybe once I’m done I can work on a project for me!

Cooking | I hope I get home early enough this afternoon to roast a chicken for dinner. I’m optimistic about that one.

Blogging | I’m trying to decide when to run my Best Fiction of 2015 and Best Nonfiction of 2015 posts. I’m thinking one this week and one next week, but we’ll see how motivated I am when I get home this afternoon.

Hating/Loving | We had our first snowstorm of the year shortly after Thanksgiving, but it’s been very, very mild ever since. Rain in December is just the weirdest thing.

Wanting | Oh gosh, I can’t even tell you how excited I am for next weekend, when I don’t actually have to leave home at all for any reason. Three weekends traveling really, really throws me off.

Waiting | My sister is still asleep, and we have some Christmas projects to work on this morning!

Anticipating | Christmas is in less than two weeks! How on earth did that happen? Like, seriously. How did that happen? I have almost all my Christmas presents purchased, just need to get them wrapped and make sure I didn’t miss anyone. It’s going to be fun.

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • BermudaOnion(Kathy) December 13, 2015, 9:55 am

    I know – Christmas really snuck up on me this year too! Our weather has been gorgeous – shorts and flip flops kind of gorgeous. I hope we have a snowless winter.

  • susan December 13, 2015, 9:25 pm

    Yeah we had a rain storm on top of snow too — in Dec. It’s just too weird. Maybe it’s the apocalypse. I’m really into audiobooks too at the moment. It’s perfect for when I walk my dog in the mornings. Enjoy your week.

  • Shannon @ River City Reading December 14, 2015, 6:52 am

    Oh, I love, love, loved The People in the Trees. Glad to see you picked it up. And I’m with you – I have no idea how Christmas is so soon. It’s blowing my mind.

  • Beth F December 14, 2015, 7:35 am

    I’ve been wanting to listen to the Cinder books … maybe this winter? I have some freelance listening to do first.

  • Jennine G December 14, 2015, 12:57 pm

    Our weather in Ohio/Western PA has been 65-70 degrees for the past week. Went to two Cjristmas parties without a coat…ladies wearing short sleeve dresses with no covers. It’s absolutely weird. Rain today. I hope this doesn’t mean we’re going to get blasted with snow in January!

  • Jenny @ Reading the End December 14, 2015, 8:57 pm

    Jenny perks up joyously at the mention of The People in the Trees. I can’t wait to hear your final verdict on it! You liked it? Isn’t it good? I need to reread it — my lovely aunty bought me a hardback copy for my last birthday, and I have been saving the reread for a rainy day.

    Meanwhile, Christmas continues to sneak up on us. Apace. Marvelous Christmas! I have all my shopping done except one book for my uncle (still have to decide what one) and I need to pay my cousin back for our big cousins’ shared gift for my grandma, and then that’s it.

  • Bryan G. Robinson December 15, 2015, 10:14 am

    Next time you go to the restaurant, make sure you get a picture of the onion rings. As you know, I love food photos! 🙂 As for the year, it does seem to be quickly disappearing, doesn’t it? Hope you can enjoy the rest of it – at home.

  • Michelle December 23, 2015, 11:54 am

    Here it is December 23rd and we are expected to have a high of 60 degrees. This is just SO wrong.