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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

Give me a nice spooky book | The Book Update

I seem to be going through phases of a lot of reading/blogging followed by radio silence. Right now, I may be seeing the start of a reading/blogging phase because things have calmed down somewhat at work and we have plenty of leftovers to tide us through this week so my evenings can be chore-less too. Of course, now that I have gone and said that, something is bound to come up.

Finished reading


Sh*tty Mom by Mary Ann Zoellner: I was looking for a fun read with this one and I got just that. See my review for more.

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero: Oh, where do I start with this one. I loved loved this book. There's so much going on in it but in a real-life way. There is a lot about teen pregnancies and drug addiction, but also plenty about being Mexican & American, writing poetry, and wanting to go to college. This is a must-pick!

The Trouble with Women by Jacky Fleming: This is a quick but very relevant book that I picked on NetGalley. It takes a very satirical look at how men have explained away the lack of women in science (small brains, lack of talent, etc). It was funny but also scary because it's all true.

Currently reading


Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly: My original plan was to read Ian McEwan's Amsterdam, but at the moment I was going to start my next read (after Gabi), I was too lazy to walk two rooms over and pick Amsterdam, so I started reading Ten Days in a Mad-House instead on my phone - a decision I am super glad for because this book, you guys! It's addicting and very hard to put down. I find it hard to believe that it's not fiction. It's also very short (just over a 100 pages), so I am hoping to finish it soon.

Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff: I started reading this one two weeks ago but haven't been feeling much like "comfort read mood" so I may not be going back to this one yet. Plus, the formatting isn't great on the Kindle - something that bums me a lot.

What's Next?

  1. Amsterdam readalong with JoAnn and maybe Care? I haven't read any book by McEwan and I have to say that I am very intrigued that some love his books and some hate them with a passion. I have to know which camp I will be in.
  2. I am officially looking for a spooky book recommendation for next month! I don't usually read spooky books and want to correct that. I have Stephen King on my list but his books will take me months to get through. So if he has a short and standalone book that you know of and will recommend, please let me know. I also have Shirley Jackson on my list and want to read one of her books. Who else would you recommend?

What are you reading?

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