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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

What's Reading this Week! (Apr 28. 2014)

I missed the readathon this weekend, but looks like so many of you had fun while at it. I did have a good reading week otherwise though.


In the car, I finished listening to Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji. This book is the story of a fifteen-year old girl affected by the expulsion of Indians from her home country Uganda. Even though her parents and herself are born Ugandans, their ancestry is Indian. I had mixed feelings about this book - the story was harrowing, but occasionally, the narrator sounded like she could be 8 or 9 years old. Still, I would recommend it. I ended up spending the next four days debating if I should resume listening to the A Game of Thrones audiobook. Finally, I decided not to, as I have a feeling I would enjoy the books much more. Who doesn't like losing themselves in a chunkster epic saga! The husband has stated that he prefers the TV show - besides the book is very very...... slow!

After finally deciding that, I started listening to Does my Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah. So far, I LOVE this book! The narrator is very charming to listen to and her problem (how she would be received after choosing to wear hijab to school, while still keeping her friends and a boy's interest) is a very relatable one, even if I have never grappled with that kind of choice before. (Personally, I think the hijab is a beautiful garment and love it quite a bit.)

On the paper side of things, I finished reading The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin and that book is everything I was hoping for it to be. Charming, magical, whimsical, and well-written. I cannot wait to review this one. It is definitely a book I would love to read again, for the first time. Soon after, I started reading A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - a memoir of a man who was once a child soldier in Sierra Leone. It is harrowing reading but not that tough a read yet. I'm only about 6 chapters in, so I have a long way to go.

What are you reading?

Comments

Great to hear another positive reaction to A.J. Fikry! Everyone is loving that book and I know I have to get to it. Does My Head Look Big in This sounds really interesting, going to check that one out!
ooo the first sounds fun on audio.
readingtheend said…
Oo, I don't know if I could handle the Game of Thrones books on audio. I enjoyed the books, but I liked being able to skim -- you're right, they're veerrrrry slow in parts!
Athira / Aths said…
I loved the Fikry book! Cannot wait to review it.
Athira / Aths said…
Yeah! Being able to skim the books is necessary with a series like Game of Thrones. The author tends to go and describe nonsensical things for a long time before getting to the main point.