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currently June 20 2016

Briefly | The boyfriend and I spent the weekend at my parent’s cabin in Wisconsin. We had a little celebration for my sister’s birthday, and Father’s Day. It was a pretty brief trip, but worth it just to go swimming for part of Saturday afternoon.

Reading | I finally finished a book! My first and (so far) only finished book of June was Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, which I really enjoyed right up until the ending wrecked the book for me. I don’t want to spoil much, so for now I’ll just say that Jenny’s (Reading the Endpost about toxic masculinity and The Association of Small Bombs articulates some of the issues I ended up having with the way the central mystery of Before the Fall — what caused the plane crash — ended up being resolved. While at the cabin I spent my time flipping between Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley and You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein — both very funny, rather perfect as beach-side reads.

Watching | My Person of Interest binge is almost finished. I got through all four seasons available on Neflix, then splurged to buy the current season on Amazon. The series finale is this week, so I’ll finish up shortly after that. It’s been quite a run.

Promoting | My blogging BFF Florinda (The 3R’s Blog) proposed a collaborative project for book bloggers to share reviews and favorite reads each month. It sounds pretty great!

Loving | This Washington Post piece by Alexandra Petri, “How to Cover Donald Trump Fairly: A Style Guide,” is my favorite election-related piece written so far. An excerpt:

2. Style is as important as substance. A good post about Donald Trump includes at least one of the following words: “huge,” “great,” “manly,” “terrific,” “incredible,” “fantastic,” “remarkable,” “big”/”bigly,” “immense,” “girthy,” “magisterial,” “gargantuan,” “tumescent.” Ideally, this word would be in the headline. A bad post about Donald Trump includes the words or phrases “puny,” “dangerous,” “Godwin’s law,” “cocktail shrimp in a toupee,” “husk of dead skin and hyperbole,” “garbage fart,” “what results if you accidentally leave Guy Fieri in a microwave.”

Anticipating | Later this month, our community is participating in a mock emergency disaster exercise. It’s going to be a lot of work trying to get photos and write up a story, but I also think it’s going to be a fun challenge. I’ve got some planning to do this week to get ready that I’m actually looking forward to.

Can’t Let It Go | The Tyrannosaurus Rex is pretty popular right now. A group of T. Rexes were seen doing yoga in Ottawa, and a T. Rex even tried to complete the American Ninja Warrior course. Amazing!

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  • Sarah's Book Shelves June 20, 2016, 6:37 am

    I had issues with the ending of Before the Fall as well! And I read The Association of Small Bombs…interested to hear what your connection was between those two.

  • Florinda June 20, 2016, 2:41 pm

    I have BEFORE THE FALL pretty high up in the “read next” stack, and now I’m curious about your issues with the ending–hopefully I’ll get to find out soon :-).

    Thank you for the “promoting” link this week! I’m hoping to roll this project out in early July–people seem to like the idea, and I’m excited to get it going.

    • Kim June 25, 2016, 6:58 pm

      Yes! I want to know what you think of Before the Fall. Read it soon!

  • Kailana June 20, 2016, 8:38 pm

    I am glad you finally got through a book, but that is too bad you were less than impressed with it. Hopefully you finish some good stuff between now and the end of the month to make up for it.

  • Bryan G. Robinson June 21, 2016, 9:37 am

    It feels good to finally finish a book, doesn’t it? Even if it is a less than stellar book, at least, it’s under your belt. 🙂

    • Kim June 25, 2016, 6:57 pm

      I felt like I might get to the end of June and have finished no books, so yeah, good to get one out of the way 🙂

  • Jenny @ Reading the End June 22, 2016, 7:39 am

    Jenny folds her lips inward and bites angrily on them. I do not care for the sound of this Noah Hawley ending (and in fact I was worried about that a little, because that was part of my problem with the original Fargo movie and I assumed the Fargo TV show had similar themes). Hm.

    I just read Stiletto also! It was super fun!

    • Kim June 25, 2016, 6:57 pm

      Stiletto was fun! I was a fan 🙂

  • Marisa @ The Daily Dosage June 22, 2016, 9:43 am

    I love that piece from Washington Post and the term “garbage fart”. It can be inserted in almost every conversation when it comes to hot-winded and ridiculous people spouting off. I didn’t even make the connection about Before The Fall’s toxic masculinity when I read it. I LOVE the post you included from Reading the End!! Maybe I’m just numb to it at this point and figure it’s more about mental illness in a character. It’s the only way I can mentally justify anger leading to rage of that magnitude.

    • Kim June 25, 2016, 6:57 pm

      It’s a pretty accurate term for a lot of things right now… sadly. I don’t think the ending to Before the Fall would have been on my radar like it was if I haven’t recently read Jenny’s post and been thinking about it more carefully.

  • Michelle June 23, 2016, 3:28 pm

    Oh, I was able to ignore the ending because to me, it wasn’t about what caused the plane to crash so much as it was about how the media reacted to the story. I could have cared less if we had ever learned how the plane crashed.

    I’m glad you had a fun trip!

    • Kim June 25, 2016, 6:54 pm

      I think I would have liked it better if we never found out what happened, rather than this particular ending. I liked the media reaction part of the story too, especially via cable news of a certain political persuasion 🙂