Currently: March 24, 2013

by Kim on March 24, 2013 · 23 comments

Time // 10:10 a.m.

Place // At my desk in my office. I contemplated writing somewhere else to spice it up, but I’m feeling lazy this morning. 

Eating // A banana and chocolate chips… my plan to eat healthier and move more in March has gotten slightly derailed.  

Drinking // Bigelow Lemon Lift tea

Reading // This weekend I started Jeff Chu’s investigation/memoir Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America. I’m about a third done and so far it’s just excellent. Unless things go awry in the end, I think I’ll be rating this one pretty highly.

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February is the shortest month of the year, but I still managed to finish as many books as I did in January. I call that a success! And for the most part, I really enjoyed the books that I read, getting in a good mix of review copies and my own books.

I’m hoping to read and blog more in March. For February, my goal was three posts per week. I’m upping that number to four, which I think will be doable since I’ve for a little backlog of reviews (mostly fiction) to keep things going here. I think March is also going to be fabulous reading month — I have some fun books to look forward to.

True story: I bribed a librarian (after a brief conversation about my general reading interests) to constantly stick new/interesting things in my hold queue. Best. Thing. Ever. It’s like Netflix for the library, now!

The Sunday Salon: Super Bowl Sunday!

by Kim on February 3, 2013 · 14 comments

Yep, I am one of those people who is super excited about the Super Bowl today. Even though intellectually I know there are a lot of things to criticize about professional sports, I still love watching a good football game. Come tonight, I’ll be on my couch cheering and eating snacks. I still haven’t decided whether to cheer for the Ravens or the 49ers, but I think this guide to picking a team may help me choose.

January Wrap-Up and a Look to February

by Kim on February 1, 2013 · 22 comments

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I had a relatively slow reading month in January, although I’m really not surprised. Between travel, vacation, and work-related travel, this week was the first time I spent five working days in my office since before Christmas. Being gone that many days — coupled with the getting caught up that happens after being away — really put a damper on both my reading and blogging.

On Holiday Reading and Bookish Presents

by Kim on December 22, 2012 · 18 comments

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I’m the same way when I pack books. I am always aggressively optimistic about how much time I will spend reading over my holiday vacations, particularly Christmas. In my brain, I have the next several days to laze about and do whatever I want (i.e. read). In real life, I’ll be spending a lot of time just goofing off with my family… which is awesome.

November Wrap-Up and a Look to December

by Kim on November 30, 2012 · 25 comments

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November has been a very, very slow month of reading, but I did reach my Goodreads goal of reading 100 books on November 19 when I finished Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway. In total, I read three books this month: How the French Invented Love by Marilyn Yalom, Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, and Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway,

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What do you need to know to fake having read Jonathan Franzen? How should you go about picking up the cute guy browsing the biographies at your local indie bookstore? Which book should you buy for your obnoxious mother-in-law? What books should you feature on your living room bookshelf if you want visitors to know what a quirky hipster you are?

The answers to these questions and more can be found in the snarky homage to literature and the current literary scene that is Lauren Leto’s Judging a Book By Its Lover.

October Wrap-Up and a Look to November

by Kim on November 1, 2012 · 12 comments

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October was a little bit slower reading and blogging month for me. I spent a lot of my evenings covering local candidate debates and forums, so didn’t get to read or blog as much as I would have liked. In fact, I didn’t finish a single book for the first two weeks of the month! That’s crazy!

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From November 1 to December 1, Jenny (Jenny Love to Read) and Trish (Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity) are hosting a read-a-long of Charles Dickens’ epic novel Bleak House. (Confession: Every time I think about the title of the book, I want to sing “Brick House” by the Commodores. Maybe there’s a read-a-long song in there somewhere, Fizzy?)