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Currently may 22 2016

Briefly | After being away for two weekends, I’m really trying to embrace a weekend with absolutely nothing planned. It’s been wonderful — lots of time to read, catch up on chores, go to the gym, and spend time with the boyfriend and the cat. I’m feeling really grateful for life right now, even if there are some big picture things happening that are scary and hard.

Reading | I finished reading LaRose by Louise Erdrich last week, and spent most of this week making my way through Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Both of them were really incredible. I also had a couple of big library holds come in that I want to get too — The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. I also just got a copy of Mary Roach’s new book, Grunt, that I need to read in preparation for an interview this week (SO EXCITED!). It’s been a good week of reading.

Watching | Captain America: Civil War, twice! The boyfriend and I went with his mom when we were in Milwaukee, then I went again last night to our local theater with a co-worker. It is such a great movie!

Listening | My current audio book is Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy. It’s really, really good!

Cooking | We got a real grill! Yes, that’s right, we’ve upgraded from a little camp grill to an actual gas grill that you can stand at and use. It’s pretty nifty.

Blogging | This week on the blog has been all about Book Expo America — a quick look at the books I brought home and 10 highlights from the trip that weren’t about books. I’m hoping to spread out other posts from BEA through the next couple of weeks, mixed in with some other reviews and whatnot.

Promoting | Candace (Beth Fish Reads) put together an excellent selection of nonfiction coming out this month. Be prepared for your TBR pile to explode.

Hating | The only downside to the weekend is that I am fighting allergies or a cold, but I can’t tell which one. I’m leaning towards cold — I’ve never had allergies in my life — but either way it’s annoying.

Loving | Sunlight! Waking up when the sun is already out does wonders for my mood and overall energy level.

Avoiding (Sort of) | I am trying to avoid too much election nonsense, but this piece analyzing Donald Trump’s Twitter feed over the last eight months or so is fascinating.

Anticipating | If I can get motivated, I’d like to try and get all my BEA books sorted out and put away. It means taking a hard look at my review copies bookshelf, but I think I’m up to the task.

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • Trisha May 22, 2016, 8:28 am

    I have a cold right now too, and it’s driving me batty. Not being able to breathe while sleeping puts quite the damper on actual restful sleep – which I hear is what you need to get rid of the cold. Sneaky virus. Hope you feel better soon.

    • Kim May 30, 2016, 5:25 pm

      Colds are a tricky beast!

  • Megan May 22, 2016, 8:54 am

    All the books you’ve been reading and are about to read sound good! I’m about halfway through Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam. I’m still on the fence about it. I think I like it, just not as much as I expected to.

    The two years I managed to make it to BEA, I got home and got sick nearly immediately. It’s almost a part of the price of admission. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Lisa May 22, 2016, 9:17 am

    That Trump piece is SO telling!

    • Kim May 30, 2016, 5:25 pm

      The guy is clearly just in this thing because he’s a narcissistic attention monger… UGH.

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) May 22, 2016, 10:39 am

    It looks like you’ve been doing some great reading lately! I need to purge my shelves but have yet to muster the energy. I hope you’re feeling better soon!

  • Beth F May 22, 2016, 10:41 am

    Thanks so much for the plug! I’m voting for allergies … because I’m a little sniffly too and I don’t want to be sick. So cool that you get interview Mary Roach!

  • Kailana May 22, 2016, 10:49 am

    Hope the cold passes for you, soon!

  • Jenny @ Reading the End May 22, 2016, 7:06 pm

    A real grill! How thrilling! Right in time for grilling season, yeah? We got an excellent grill for my brother-in-law at a garage sale a few years ago — a big heavy iron one with tiny pigs adorning it, and it was only a hundred bucks, and my brother-in-law grills the BEST BOUDIN on it. It’s amazing. Y’all have such a bright future in front of you (even though, probably no boudin for y’all).

    • Kim May 30, 2016, 5:24 pm

      It is thrilling! No boudin but we did do kebabs that were pretty amazing.

  • Vasilly May 22, 2016, 8:59 pm

    LaRose is on my reading list this week. Was it your first Erdrich book or have you read others? I hope you have a cold rather than allergies. A cold lasts a little while, allergies seem to last forever.

    • Kim May 30, 2016, 5:23 pm

      I’ve read a couple other Erdrich books, most recently The Round House. She’s just a remarkable writer.

  • Sarah's Book Shelves May 23, 2016, 7:45 am

    You’re interviewing Mary Roach?!! Oh my gosh! That’s awesome. I have Grunt coming up too and will probably get to it in the next 2 weeks.

  • Unruly Reader May 25, 2016, 7:37 am

    Mary Roach — so excited every time she writes something new! I’m trying to sneak peeks at the eGalley of Grunt, but that requires pulling my eyes away from the print galleys that are beckoning from the table…

    These are my problems.

    • Kim May 30, 2016, 5:23 pm

      Reading life is hard 🙂

  • Michelle May 27, 2016, 3:41 pm

    I hope you are feeling better whether it was allergies or a cold! My first weekend without anything to do is this weekend, and I am SO looking forward to every minute of it. Do you have any plans for the long weekend? Either way, enjoy!

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