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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

Still the same book | Notes from my Reading

You know that feeling when you've been reading an ebook for hours or days and it feels like a lot has happened - people died, people moved on, kids grew up, trees are bigger, so many words on and on, and then when you check how many pages are left, and you are shocked that you've only read 20% and there's still 300 pages left to read?

That is what I do not like about ebooks. They make for great pocket books and awesome anywhere reading but good luck to you if you decide to read a big book on your phone. Nothing gets me into a reading rut faster than a slow-moving book read on my phone.

The book in question is Sanjena Sathian's Gold Diggers. To be fair - this is a good book (to be released April 6th). The writing is great, it's occasionally humorous, and most of all it is a very authentic Indian-American book that does not shy away from using original words and phrases preferred by locals. The writing keeps in mind the predominant customs and preferences of the place and the time, so you can see why I'm impressed. It's also not a book that should be rushed - something I keep reminding myself. Not that it's slow. On the contrary, it's best read at a moderate pace and put down as needed.

But I didn't plan for that, which is really my fault. Instead, I've been feeling like I'm reading a lot, but really, I'm reading it well (which can be confused for 'a lot') so I've been disappointed by the page count. I know, I know, I'm a bad reader focusing on the wrong aspects of reading. 

What's next?

I'm letting myself take my time with that book - something I should let myself do with any book I read. However, I did start another book that is turning out to be a very exciting read - The Alice Network. I've seen this reviewed and recommended on many blogs so I'm glad to say that the book is so far living up to its hype. It is similar to my reading experience with Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper, which was precisely the type of book I was looking for when I was aching for some historical fiction. Sure, it gets a little cheesy in places but all that can be looked past. 

Other than this, I have two other books on hold from the library that I've been eyeing for a while - the third book in the Murderbot series (Rogue Protocol) and Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. I liked All Sytems Red but it was Artificial Condition that actually made me fall in love with Murderbot. So now I have a lot of expectations for the next book in the series. As for Binti, I may be the last person left to read it. I've always been meaning to read it but it's never available at the library. I finally got into a long waiting list and now that I have the book checked out, I am hoping to start it next week.

What are your favorite books that you would recommend to kick someone out of a reading rut?