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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

My Mount TBR just exploded this week | The Sunday Salon

So, BBAW happened this week. Although it was a 5-day event, I only posted for two of the days. I had intended to post on Friday as well, but well, it was just fitting that I didn't have time to post about blogger burnout. Still, this week was fun. I discovered a ton of new bloggers and my Feedly is going to curse me for it. It's not like I am great about commenting at the ones I follow but I'll worry about that later.

But, I also discovered a ton of new books that I wanted to read - something I wasn't expecting. Not often have books been such a huge part of a blogger event, even though we all blog about books and these events are a result of that love affair with reading. I have been keeping my TBR under control lately because you know, short life, slow reader, life happening, and baby, but I still managed to pile on more books to it. The below are just some of them.

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

This is one of those books that many of you raved about. I also vaguely remember that there was a readalong last year (or was it the year before?). I will admit that I wasn't enamored then but now I am. Next to Harry Potter, this was probably the more popular favorite this week. I read about this one first on Lisa's post at Lit and Life.

Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

I am not really an Agatha Christie fan, but as I mentioned last year, I am looking forward to reading some of her more acclaimed works. I read and loved And Then There Were None last year and I have The Murder of Roger Ackroyd on my list to read. Kay recommended this one as one of her favorites, so I'm hoping to read this one soon.

Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier

I don't read enough books about women although I sure like to pretend that I do. Last year, I started trying to change that but I have enough women-focused and feminist books on my TBR that I need to get to them soon. I came across this one on Care's blog and because I trust her recommendations, I'm going to bump this one up.

Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones

Jenny must have raved about Diana Wynne Jones so often that I have many of her books on my must-read list. The same way I have Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell and Zadie Smith and Toni Morrison and Stephen King on my list. Someday, I should read them all. But first, maybe Fire and Hemlock. It just sounds too good!

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

If you are seeing three Fantasy books in this list, it is because I am actively looking for more such books, preferably of the literary type. I am finding myself highly attracted to the world of fantasy and magicians but not finding enough such books that I may love. Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness mentioned this book and I realized that I had heard about this one before but it was never on my list. This one is however book one in a trilogy that is still waiting for books 2 and 3, so there is a high likelihood that I will wait until they are available before I read this. Because I don't like to wait for the next books.

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Salon.comHave you read any of these? Which one would you read first, if this were your list?