It’s been a bookish week for me. I read finished four books this week: Unnatural Creatures stories selected by Neil Gaiman, Soulless vol. 2 by Gail Carriger and REM, Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger, and Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella (review up tomorrow). I also bought some books.
It’s used book sale season! Even though I made a resolution to not buy any more books with one exception, I still had to hit my favourite used book sale yesterday and one last thursday. I went looking for the exception: food and cookbooks. In addition to seemingly collect yarn, pens, and paper, I’ve been building a big cookbook collection the last two years. As well as cookbooks, I was looking for any travel books.
It’s been a very wet couple of weeks. A couple of sunny days early in the week, but mostly wet and humid the rest of the way. I was even caught in the rain yesterday. I had an umbrella, but that didn’t stop my backpack, shoes and most of my clothing from being soaked. I threw out the umbrella when I got home.
Reading wise, I’ve queued up books for June, but didn’t start a book until yesterday. Clash of Kings is the read for this weekend.
I will also need to read two books for the Classics Club this month. This weekend was my first anniversary of the challenge. I’ve read 13 books out of the minimum 50 books. I know if I dedicate more time to completing that challenge over others, I can complete it quickly. I am taking it slowly though, but it is always at the back of my reading mind.
Fitness: Not that great with the rain. I ran three times this past week, but not very much each time. The last time, I became very red and overheated because it was so hot and humid even at 8pm at night.
Today, more reading, maybe a walk but not a run and then a dinner out. I’ve eaten out a lot now that it’s warmer. That means I should exercise more. But first some reading and knitting!
Have a good week, everyone!
Hello, everyone! It’s the first long weekend of the summer, and I haven’t done much. Poo.
I went to a tulip photo spree on Tuesday. Usually, I do not take a lot of flower photos, but tulips are one of my favourite flowers and are omnipresent this time of year. May is one of my favourite months.
This week, I read and watched War Horse (review up tomorrow). Today, I am going to read Gail Carriger’s Etiquette and Espionage. It won’t take me long so I may also start Stoner by John Edward Williams or Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin or one of the other many (MANY) books I have from the library.
Sometimes, knowing how many books I have in the house unread makes me overwhelmed, but in a good way mostly.
Fitness: I wanted to run yesterday or today, but I think I’ll hold it off until tomorrow since it’s about to rain soon. I did at least go rock climbing on Friday. I average about 8km a week for running which is just OK, but not great. I really need to get up to 10-12km a week at least.
In other news, I’m planning on a trip to New York City in July which for me will mean seeing an old friend, exploring a new city, taking lots of photos and modest shopping. I’m looking forward to it.
How is your weekend so far?
I did not post very much this week, but I read two books yesterday including Muriel Spark’s The Girls of Slender Means and the reviews will be up for them this week.
As usual, work and fitness have kept me busy. So much so that I realized that I haven’t watched a new movie in two months. I’ve mostly been watching TV shows and rewatching other TV shows and movies such as Finding Nemo.
Today, I did some light cleaning, watched a couple of things, and I’ll go for a run in a bit I think. I didn’t do much this week in way of fitness as I just did a couple of small runs and one really light yoga class. I may jump rope too.
In reading challenge news, I am one book away to having read 30 books this year. I’m quite pleased with my Non-Fiction challenge as I’ve read 11 non-fiction books this year which is over one third of my total books so far. I don’t remember ever reading so much nonfiction over fiction.
I’m less pleased with my TBR challenge. I am just very bad at reading from my own bookshelf. I’m too addicted to the public library.
As for the Classics Club, I have done less for it, but I’m alright with taking that slowly. I’ve decided that after my 50 books, I’ll challenge myself to read the Complete Works of Shakespeare. That won’t be for another couple years though.
How are your challenges going?
Hello, everyone! It’s been a couple of weeks since my last Sunday Salon and I’ve read a number of books including: The Brief Encounter screenplay, If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino, Where’d you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, and The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde. I’ve posted some more knitting posts as well.
Today, I’m reading The Best America Travel Writing 2008. After this, I have a few other library books, but I would really like to catch up to the Game of Thrones series.
In other news, I am still keeping busy with work and fitness. Last Saturday, I ran 7km and achieved a personal best in my 5km. I also started Muay Thai or Thai Kickboxing this week, and it really whooped my butt. I am definitely going to do it again. I even bought a skipping rope today so I could practice it at home. I have not jumped rope in years, but I remember even liking it as a workout as a kid.
The weather has been really nice lately. As is usual, it seems to have skipped right into summer. I hope to take some tulip photos this week and add some new headers to this blog.
What are you doing this May?
This past week, I finished Walden, Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter, and the Brief Encounter screenplay. Both of the latter will be tomorrow and early in the week.
I have been very busy the last couple of weeks working two jobs and still trying to find time to do some of my hobbies and socialize. As a result, reading has been put off. Today, I do plan on reading some of Italo Calvino’s If On a Winter’s Night A Traveller.
I also plan on doing a run today. I’ve had to miss my Saturday morning running group’s 6KM runs, but for the last couple of weeks, I’ve done two 4KM runs after work in the weekdays. Hopefully today I can do at least that and maybe more, but the weather has been quite bad lately. There was ice pellets and hale on Friday and it’s been very wet.
Either way, I’m going to make a run to my favourite French bakery soon and get some pastries. It’s become a tradition for every other week.
This week, I’ll try to read, knit my socks, hopefully doing a WIP Wednesday post, and work out a bit more.
What are you doing this week?
Happy Easter to those who celebrate it! I never really got this holiday, religious wise or chocolate wise so the only thing I personally like about it is the extra long weekend.
This week I posted my reviews of Flight Behavior and America Again.
This weekend I’ve been busy of course. I made a hat for a friend on Friday, ran about 6km yesterday, have been reading some Walden, and just now, I baked some Maple Bacon Biscuits from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Pereleman.
They turned out alright. I don’t know why, but the mix was a bit drier than usual, maybe I did not use enough bacon fat or maple syrup. I’ve made a lot of scones and biscuits, and they are one of my favourite things to bake. With this one, I used less than a pinch of salt because the bacon was salty enough, buttermilk substitute (milk + lemon juice, always), managed 8 biscuits from a glass cup of less than 2″ diameter, and put an egg wash (always on top, never the sides with biscuits/scones).
My reading goal this weekend was to read at least three books, but it may end up being just two. Walden is slow going. I like the ideas in it, but I also find it a bit too florid and even pretentious. It is one long essay so it’s not as easy to read as other nonfiction books. Also, unlike a lot of modern essays, his real life examples are smaller. It’s very philosophical.
Have a Happy first week of April!
Note: I did write most of the above post on Sunday/yesterday, but then my bandwidth exceeded again so I am posting it on Easter Monday.
This week, I read Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (review up tomorrow). I posted my finished Buttercup sweater and my usual Booking Through Thursday post.
Today, I plan on reading Stephen Colbert’s America Again. I went with my family to get some maple syrup and have a nice brunch. I have an alumni meeting this afternoon, but I hope to come home and do some reading.
I didn’t post last weekend as I was tired and recovering from my birthday drinks . Also, I haven’t been reading very much lately. I have been out and about everyday trying to be more social. It does not always work, but it’s been interesting as I am an introvert by nature. I am glad Easter weekend is coming up because I plan on reading Walden and other books in my large TBR pile.
This week, I made a filing system in my home office, and I am still not completely done spring cleaning. I’m rather pleased with my organisation and productivity this week.
Physical activity wise, I go to yoga at least once every other week and I am trying to run at least 1-2x a week now that the pavement is relatively snow free. I ran 6km yesterday, and I’m a bit knackered from it and my very active social week. Knitting and fiddle are on the back burner now that I am working out more. I am hoping to try rock climbing soon too.
Spring is not really here, but it’s not below -10 anymore and there is not so much snow so small victories.
Life is good, but busy as I am exploring new things. I just need to make sure I read at least one book a week until my schedule is more fixed and balanced.
How is everyone’s March?
This week, I posted my review of Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman, detailed what I read for BTT, featured a newly made pair of socks, and discussed why I love Jane Austen for the Classics Club Meme.
It was a busy week as I started five books this week at five different different places:
Hark a Vagrant by Kate Beaton is my work break read.
Walden by Henry David Thoreau was started one night before bed.
The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark was started on Friday while I was waiting to get my passport renewed. I finished it yesterday while at the second job, and I started Let’s Talk About Love by Carl Wilson which I may read a bit more today with some Walden.
When you have a book, you’re never bored that’s for sure.
Today, I’ll run some errands, read, and maybe play the fiddle for the first time in weeks. I usually don’t like St. Patrick’s Day, but its approach this year seems to make me guilty for the fact that I haven’t been practicing Irish fiddle music.
Knitting the Buttercup top is very slow going because of the garter sideways hem. I also did Bikram yoga this week, and it’s been years since I did hot yoga, but it felt very good to really sweat it out as the winter doesn’t really allow for that.
Off to really start my precious Sunday as this is the only day off now.
Have a good week!
This past week, I posted my reviews of Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin and Season 1 and Here’s looking at Euclid by Alex Bellos.
I did work 50 hours this week so I really did not do much in the way of hobbies though I did finish knitting a pair of socks. I even found time to play the fiddle again in awhile. I’ve had to cut music out entirely.
I did start reading Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman, a book about French parenting, yesterday. I’ll probably finish it today after I’ve gone out to be social and run some errands. Having only one day off is a bit inconvenient, but I always want to be grateful since it could be a lot worse.
In terms of reading, I plan on reading Henry David Thoreau’s Walden for The Classics Club. This was one of two books on my classics spin that I did not physically own but had on Kindle. It does remind me to read more for the challenge from my own shelves though.
Forgot to mention the other week that I bought two more cookbooks. It has become major addiction for me as long as yarn and lip products. I’m now at my limit since I’ve taken space on a whole shelf for them; I really have two shelves. I’ve stopped myself from buying them for now. I do love their photos, the recipes, the food writing, and that lovely new book smell. Mmmm.
Have you bought any new books lately?
This week, I posted my list for The Classics Spin (check back tomorrow to see which book I will read for it), reviews of Sandman: Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman and and P. Craig Russell, The Best American Travel Writing 2012 Ed. by William T. Vollman, and . Also, BTT was on Why I love to read.
I read and finished Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin as well as the first season of the show. That review will be up tomorrow. I also read Stephen Colbert’s I am a Pole (And So Can you!) which I won’t write a proper review for, but it was amusing. I’m currently reading Here’s Looking at Euclid which I hope to finish later today after I go out this morning. It’s taken me two days to get halfway through the book because it a book about math after all.
Tomorrow, I am returning to full time work to temp again. Now, I am also going to work a Saturday job so that means six days a week at least for a couple of weeks. This will cut into my leisure time, but hopefully I can balance it. I have this weird idea that work begets more work and hopefully better work. I’ve had two jobs before, but not ones amounting to almost 50 hours per week.
Still, I’ll find some time for the books and the knitting here and there. The blog may be neglected for a bit, but I’ll still do my Sunday Salon posts. This will be the only day I have off.
Have a good week, everyone!
Hello everyone! Today is the first day of Chinese New Year so Happy New Year!
This week my reviews for Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, The Giving Tree, and January Monthly Movies were posted.
This week, I read The Best American Travel Writing 2012, Paris in Love by Eloisa James this week and I am currently reading Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I am enjoying the latter just for the suspense and the pacing though there are a lot of characters, and I know I shouldn’t attach onto them too much.
I’ve been doing well in reading nonfiction books this year, but not so much in TBR challenge. It’s always harder to read books on my shelves since I have two piles of library books at any time. For the library goers, do you ever have to balance between these kind of stacks?
I’m off for a winter hike after that big snowstorm on Friday. I am not sporty especially in the winter, but I do like walks.
Have a good week, everyone!