Reading: I finished "Murder of Crows," the second installment in Anne Bishop's wonderful urban fantasy series. While it wasn't quite as good as the first book, I'm totally itching to dive into book three!
After that I started an advance copy of "Sputnik's Children" by Terri Favro (out April 11), which is about a comic book author, an alternate universe (that split off at the creation of the atomic bomb) and saving the world. Its quirky tone and parallel worlds theme reminds me a bit of "All Our Wrong Todays," one of my favorite reads so far this year.
I only got about a third of the way into "Sputnik" before I had to set it aside to work on the April book club selection for work, "The Weight of Feathers" by Anna-Marie McLemore. I'm soooooo tired of reading YA books for the club (good news -- we did choose four adult books to alternate in the rest of the year!) and, though I'm not very far in, this one is just not doing it for me. It has to do with feuding performing families (think Hatfields and McCoys + the circus) and I'm having a very hard time with the italicized Spanish and French words every few sentences. Très distracting!
Listing: My next 10 reads! I love lists, but I've never made a bookish list quite this specific before. I was feeling slightly overwhelmed with library books, upcoming holds, ARCs and book club books, so I decided to lay out an order in which to read them. I instantly felt better! Now to see if I can stick to the list!
Watching: "The Girl on the Train." I desperately wanted to see it in the theater, but it just didn't happen. Turns out that's ok, because it wasn't anywhere near as good as the book. The edge-of-your-seat intensity and and gasp-inducing twist just didn't come through in the film version.
Listening to: "Save Yourself" by Kaleo. (They're from Iceland, but their name is actually a Hawaiian word for "the sound.")
Making: A massive 3-D cloud out of papier-mache and polyester fiberfill for my April Showers Bring May Flowers display at work. UGHHHHHHHH! About five minutes into the project, I wondered what the hell I had been thinking. I haven't papier-mached anything since at least middle school, and guess what -- it's no fun and and super messy and insanely time-consuming, especially when the thing you're papier-macheing is like four feet long. I taped 20 balloons together. That is the size of this whopper of a thing. And since it's too messy and space-consuming to make at work, I don't even get paid for the crazy amount of time it's taking me. Next time my mom says, "Why don't you just make clouds out of butcher paper?" I am going to LISTEN to her!
Selling: Some clothes and shoes on the base online yard sale Facebook page. My second WTF was I thinking?! moment this week. I have a pair of worn-twice designer jeans and some almost brand-new leather riding boots to get rid of and I figured I would try selling them before donating them, and then I thought I might as well throw a couple other nice things from the donate pile on the listing as well. With the exception of the jeans, the boots and a pair of Converse, everything is $5 or less -- and guess what? A few bucks is not worth the massive hassle this has turned out to be!
Lessons learned this week re: above: Always listen to your mother, and just take the damn clothes to the thrift store.
Buying: Two books! I almost never buy books since I work at a library, but I've been looking forward to reading "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet" by Becky Chambers this year and my library doesn't have it, nor does the public library. So I ordered it from Book Depository (bonus -- the U.K. cover is sooooo much prettier) and while I was there I got this pretty Vintage Classics copy of "Pride and Prejudice," which I am finally going to read!
Blogging: (Not much!)
Turning the Page on March 2017
Looking forward to: Getting to read "Bleaker House" and "Exit West," two books I've been looking forward to for months, and which just came in for me at the library!
*I'm linking up with Kathryn of Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading?