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currently march 6 2016

Briefly | February is over, hooray! My February funk is slowly starting to fade away, thank goodness, but I still haven’t managed to feel like I’m back in the groove. I think the plan is just to continue taking things slowly and hope that the upswing continues.

Reading | Thanks to a busy week at work, my reading slowed down dramatically this week. I’ve made a little progress in Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton (the boyfriend commented the time it’s taking me with this book is the longest he’s ever seen a book take — true!). Thanks to this hilarious post from Jenny (Reading the End) I decided to pick up Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman, which has been interesting but also a slow read (two biographies at the same time was… not my best choice). I’m thinking about switching it up today with some comics, either Lucy Knisley or one I grabbed from the library, Just So Happens by Fumio Obata.

Watching | The boyfriend and I are catching up with Silicon Valley on HBO, a show about a goofy tech startup in Silicon Valley. It’s so, so funny, and has one of my favorite underrated actors, Zach Woods.

Listening | I’m like three hours from finally being done with Red Rising by Pierce Brown, but I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with the series. It’s just so relentlessly awful, like The Hunger Games with none of the warm moments. I may try the second in the series, Golden Son, in print and see if I enjoy it better that way.

Blogging | Last week I shared my February reading wrap up and some thoughts on Hillary Clinton, inspired by the book HRC.

Promoting | I’m just going to keep throwing this out there: Are you a book blogger who will be attended Book Expo America 2016 in Chicago? Join the Facebook group we’ve started to help bloggers connect and ask questions before the conference.

Loving | I’ve been doing yoga more regularly — twice per week, sometimes more — and it’s been so great. I leave each class feeling calm and relaxed, and it’s really been helping some stiffness and soreness in my lower back.

Avoiding | I should buckle down and get a start on my taxes… but I’ll probably wait a few more weeks on that one.

Wanting | I’d love to get outside for a walk today. We’re supposed to be pushing 60 degrees, but I’m worried it’s going to be too windy — out on the prairie, that can make it impossible to do anything.

Anticipating | The boyfriend and I are planning to grill steaks for dinner — so good — and then, I think, go see Hail, Caesar!, the new Coen Brothers movie. It should be a relaxing way to end the weekend.

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • Bryan G. Robinson March 6, 2016, 8:52 am

    Today, I’m reading Sunday Salon and other book bloggish posts like yours and NOT Alexander Hamilton ;). But really, like you, I have a hard time with big biographies and for now, I’ve put it on the backburner (started to write “book burner” which I didn’t mean at all, it’s not that bad!). I am making my way slowly through Being Mortal for Lent, but unlike Hamilton, I will finish it in a few weeks. It’s been a good read so far, but I’m glad I’m reading it slowly, because it is heavy in its subject matter, especially with “dealing” with aging parents myself.

    • Kim March 8, 2016, 8:44 pm

      I decided I’m going to read one chapter of Hamilton each day… just a bit at a time and I think I can get it done before the end of the month. Fingers crossed on that!

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) March 6, 2016, 10:21 am

    I was at my mom’s last week so I got no reading done, except for the audio book I listened in the car while I drove down there and back. We’re hoping to get going with our taxes this week too. We’re not sure what to expect since 2015 was Carl’s first full year of retirement.

  • Sarah's Book Shelves March 6, 2016, 11:36 am

    Ugh – so glad to see February go!! I feel like it’s been slumpy for lots of people – me included. Hoping for a better March 🙂

    • Kim March 8, 2016, 8:44 pm

      Once I mentioned a slump — online and in person — a ton of people mentioned they were feeling slumpy too. Goodbye, February!

  • Kailana March 6, 2016, 1:10 pm

    I am glad you are leaving the month of February behind. I hope things continue to get better. Have a good weekend!

  • susan March 6, 2016, 3:51 pm

    I hope Hail, Caesar turns out to be a fun movie. Silicon Valley sounds like it has some good laughs I could use. thx

    • Kim March 8, 2016, 8:43 pm

      Give Silicon Valley a couple of episodes, it gets so great.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End March 6, 2016, 6:02 pm

    Not two biographies at the same time! I would never read two biographies at the same time, that would be madness. I am reading a Japanese sci-fi novel that I am not sure about yet, plus a book about art forgery called The Art of the Con.

    Have fun at Hail Caesar! I laughed a lot, a lot at it, even though I am not in general a Coen Brothers fan.

    • Kim March 8, 2016, 8:42 pm

      It’s kind of a terrible decision, but I wanted to read the new Bronte biography before jumping into The Madwoman Upstairs, and since I’m also trying to finish Hamilton… two biographies. I’m hoping to be done with the Bronte pretty soon.

  • iliana March 6, 2016, 6:03 pm

    I wish I was going to the Expo – one day! Hope you enjoy the day at the movies. I’m curious about Hail, Caesar.

    • Kim March 8, 2016, 8:41 pm

      We thought Hail, Caesar! was pretty funny, definitely some fun, absurd moments. Channing Tatum was totally delightful.

  • Vasilly March 6, 2016, 8:34 pm

    Fingers crossed that March stays positive and things keep getting better. Today I’m continuing Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong.

    • Kim March 8, 2016, 8:41 pm

      Just have to keep looking up and try not to let the little things get me down!

  • Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf March 7, 2016, 12:34 am

    Hope that February funk continues to fade away!

  • Beth F March 7, 2016, 4:46 am

    Taxes … may in a week or two. I hate doing it!!!! I like Lucky Us okay — I’ll be curious to hear what you think.

  • Deepika Ramesh March 7, 2016, 12:50 pm

    Yoga is amazing. I am glad you are liking it. 🙂