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Renovation Updates | Weekly Snapshot

Gah, October? Where did the year go? I'm suddenly realizing we are entering the busiest season of the year and there's going to be tons to do for the next three months. It is unseasonably warmer right now, which makes it harder to believe that it's October. The colors have started changing but it's almost like the trees don't care and aren't even trying to put up a show.  Renovation updates At this point, we have completed two weeks in our house while under renovation. Yes, it's every bit as irritating, annoying, frustrating, dusty, and allergy-triggering as they say a renovation can be. But it's also oddly fascinating seeing your house ripped down to the subfloor and peeking inside walls at the things that are typically hidden inside one. It was also satisfying seeing progress made - there's a wall one day, no wall the next day, and then all openings patched up the third day. This coming week is going to see the most progress - the hardwood flooring

March Preview | Notes from my Reading

Even if February is the shortest month of the year, it felt way too long to me. Some of it is because we have settled into a routine and work got less busy, so time didn't seem to "fly". But also, my reading slowed somewhat. There were days or rather, lots of days, when I didn't read anything.

March reading plans

I don't have any specific reading goals for March. There are some interesting books coming out next month but nothing that has jumped to the top of my TBR just yet. So I'll look at catching up on some of the books that I've been doing the 'Deliver Later' on in my Overdrive account. Right now, that's these three books - Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters, Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (book #2 in the Murderbot series), and The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen. 

One thing I'd like to do is read a little out of my comfort zone as well. I just started reading a book of poetry this week - If I Tell You The Truth by Jasmin Kaur, which is very moving and beautiful. In the process, I came across a few other recommendations that sound just as good, so I may try to read some of those books. Other than that - there are some challenge prompts in the Read Harder and Reading Women challenges that rarely intersect my usual reading fare. So I'll be on the lookout for some suggestions in those areas as well.

February snapshot

One thing I wanted to be able to do in February was to complete (or abandon) all the books I started in January. This went well - I was finally able to get out of that book pressure. I also had quite a bit of 4- and 5-star reads. The below were my top favorites. Clearly, there was a lot about race and immigration in my reads this past month.

Overall, I read 18 books. I didn't get to as many picture books as I hoped, which is bad news for my kids but I certainly discovered lots of good middle grade fiction and graphic novels/memoirs.

Well, here's hoping for a better March. It's usually in March that my year actually starts. Reality would have sinked in, I re-review all my goals and bail out on things that don't excite me anymore. 

What are your plans for March?