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I think I can say that Fall is finally here. Or at least the crisp Fall air is finally here. The colors not so much. We still haven't gotten around to any Fall activities, and at this point, I'm not sure when or if we'll do them.  Renovation updates We are almost at the halfway point into our ground floor renovation. The flooring is almost done, cabinets are ready to be setup, appliances are here. It's exciting to be on the other side of the renovation when things are getting finished. There's still easily 2.5 weeks worth of work left in the kitchen, and another 2-2.5 weeks for the master bathroom, so mid-November is likely when we are done with the renovation. Assuming no delays.  Flooring coming along All of us are pretty exhausted at this point. Walking up and down the stairs to pick items from the makeshift pantry and then cook on the main floor gets old very fast. I have been able to work from home without issues and I'm grateful for that. I've set up m

January and February in review


At the beginning of the year, I promised not to make any goals and just let my reading take me on its own journey. I did have a little hiccup in January trying to decide what to read next. Even when there are no goals, or especially when there are no goals, I find it very hard to decide what I want to read next. I got through only 3 books in January, but by February, I had a scheme set up which worked very well for me when it came to deciding what to read next. The "scheme" involved a little bit of random.org but mostly building a running list of recommendations I get every day through blogs or book sites. I managed to read 8 books in February in the end.

My favorites of the 11 books are


Stuff was quite fascinating - more than I expected it to be. Family was a moving book to read.


The other books I read during these two months are:
Letters in the Attic by Bonnie Shimko
Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zukoff (Nonfiction)
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Marbles by Ellen Forney (Graphic memoir)
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Calling Dr. Laura by Nicole Georges (Graphic memoir)
Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki (Graphic fiction)

Blog highlights from the January and February:
2015 bookish plans, or lack of
Four Strange Books I've Enjoyed
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (review)
The Martian by Andy Weir (review)
The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald (review)

And on the personal side...
A trip to Richmond and DC
Our Little Secret
And it's a...

Comments

I've been doing some free range reading myself, and I must admit, I like having a plan. I like to know what my next book will be before I'm done the current one. I've been requesting more books from the library and that has helped my situation some. And I have a bunch of ARCs piling up, so it will be back to what needs to be read.
I always have to much I want to read next - whenever a new book comes in the house i want it to be that one...lol
iliana said…
Look at you, your plan worked and you read a lot in February! I try not to make reading goals or I guess I should say I don't like calling them goals :) I have a good start of the year with my reading plans and just hope it continues. Here's to great books ahead!
literaryfeline said…
I am glad your plan for February worked, Athira! I read 8 books in February too, which surprised me. I am luckly to average 5 or 6 a month generally. Admittedly, some of those were short and fast reads.


I hope you have a wonderful March!
Charlie (The Worm Hole) said…
I relented a little this week and made a rough short list of books I want to read soon - I agree with you that sometimes no plan equals difficulty.

That's a good number of books. You've reminded me to read more about Stuff. Hope March goes well for you!
Andi said…
Now I'm tasked with trying to decide which J. California Cooper book to read next. #sigh