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Chicago, more renovation, and Squid Game | Weekly Snapshot

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

Two Books I May Not Have Read | BBAW Day 2

The ladies behind BBAW have certainly outdone themselves. First they asked us to introduce ourselves through the books we read, and if that wasn't challenging enough, they want to know about the books I have loved thanks to a blogger. I mean, what book haven't I loved thanks to a blogger recommendation? Talk about having our work cut out for us.

After much deliberation, and I say that with an over-expressive gesture, I want to spotlight two books that I have read and loved due to blogger recommendations. No specific blogger was individually responsible for me reading these two books, rather the entire community came together to recommend them.


Day 2: What have you read and loved because of a fellow blogger?



  1. Kindred by Octavia Butler: I may have had Kindred on my TBR for a long time but I wasn't exactly clamoring to read it. I hadn't bothered to read what the plot was about but I knew it was historical fiction - something I didn't read much of. The land of the book blogs, however, was hugely in love with this book. Everyone I followed had recommended it, multiple times. But it was still going to be years before I cracked it open and by then, I sorely regretted not reading it sooner.

  2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: This one was an oddity. When it was released, I must have read 1-2 reviews about it each week. But I was having serious doubts about it just because of the cover. However, I had thought the same about Where'd You Go, Bernadette, which had a non-serious looking cover and I loved it anyway. So I got my copy from the library, plonked down, and started reading... only to bail out after two pages. I hated that first chapter (or prologue, whatever it was). But the buzz around the book refused to die and I resigned myself to being the Grinch in a sea of fans. Months later, I got a copy from Audible, still eager to be a part of the story but not wanting to read it. (I was still convinced that I wasn't the target audience for the book.) This time however, I couldn't put the book down. Several hours of listening later, the book had soared to the top of my favorites list.


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