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The renovation finally | Weekly Snapshot

I've been having quite a few busy weekends and haven't been able to post often on Sundays.  Renovating I have dropped a teaser here a few times but here's the scoop finally - We are renovating a big chunk of our main level. We've been planning this for the past 6-7 months. It started as a kitchen renovation project but now includes flooring through the main floor and master bathroom. We will have the renovation crew start tomorrow and depending on when all the materials get in, it could be 1.5-3 months before they are done. I just hope the flooring is done quickly because then we can reclaim some of the main floor back. Not having a kitchen for 2-3 months is going to be very challenging but we've been promised a small work area on the main floor where we can cook early morning and later in the evening. But I'm thinking more about the little things - making coffee while I work, taking care of the day to day activities - the upstairs and the basement can be used b

The month of busyness - January in review


It never fails to surprise me how fast time flies. It seems like only yesterday I was planning my Christmas shopping, and now we are well into February. The start of the year is always a busy time for me. First I had to sync back to the east coast timings after my relaxing vacation in the Land of Hollywood. Then, I had to work up my motivation and inspiration to be able to work at full-steam. As someone once posted on Facebook, Monday mornings are always hard, but the Monday morning after a long vacation is nothing short of torture.

And then, there's all the challenge lists to make, if for nothing, but just to look at more book and blogs; read up everyone's plans and resolutions for the year, or why they don't intend to plan at all; create a lot of personal reading projects - resolve to do something or the other with the books languishing on one's shelves; and so on. All in all, January was a pretty busy month for me - I read less, I planned a lot - both made me happy, so that's fine. On top of it, I also participated in Bloggiesta, which left me satisfied but very brain-dead for a while. However, it wasn't until I typed up this post that I realized that I barely reviewed a book in January!

Books read this month
  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney (Graphic Novels challenge)
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #3: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney (Graphic Novels challenge)
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  4. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (Orange Prize project)
  5. Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
  6. The Good Daughter: A Memoir of my Mother's Hidden Life by Jasmin Darznik (Middle East challenge)
  7. Someone Else's Garden by Dipika Rai
Notable books from the January reading list


Bel Canto and The Good Daughter - both WOW-worthy!

Reviews posted in January
  1. Room by Emma Donoghue
  2. Book n Movie review: Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane / Martin Scorsese
  3. Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
Other posts
  1. Plans for 2011
  2. Why I have trouble picking books randomly
  3. Bloggiesta
Traveling with my books this year


View Traveling with my books (2011) in a larger map

I'm thrilled that I managed to hit at least four continents in one month. And what's more - this foray into books set in other countries/continents feels very enjoyable, and not at all strange and uncertain.

Comments

bermudaonion (Kathy) said…
The older you get, the faster times flies by. It looks like you had a great month in books!
Juju at Tales of Whimsy... said…
What a cute idea. I love the map!

I tried Bel Canto. I couldn't get into it. Might be my current frame of mind. I've made a mental note to try it again later or try the audio.
ashbrux said…
I'm having some trouble adjusting to school, even though I'm going on my fourth week. I'm already looking forward to summer. Even if you didn't post a lot of reviews you still had a good reading month!
Athira / Aths said…
I would be terrified of rereading it too! It was such an amazing experience reading it the first time!