Sunday Stuff

I can’t keep up with all the things going on this month! It’s Autism Acceptance/Pride Month, and I have two books for that (The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily and White Stag). There’s also an Ace-spec April reading challenge going on, and while I’ve read a lot of asexual-spectrum books in the past, the only one I have on deck for this month is All Out, and that’s kind of an accident because it’s an anthology of stories. (Previously, though, I’ve read What If It’s Us, Black Wings Beating, Dread Nation, The Spy With the Red Balloon, Summer Bird Blue, and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.) I’m also continuing the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge, with Unmarriageable last week, and The Bird King and Empire of Sand coming up.

I wish I had more lined up for Ace-spec April and Autism Acceptance Month, but to be honest I kind of forgot about them and I already have stacks of library books to read! I’m planning ahead for June, though, and June will be a month of queer book reviews. I’m really looking forward to it!

Edit: I realized Once & Future also counts for Ace-Spec April – one of the knights is ace. My review will be up on Saturday!

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Sunday Stuff

Well, things have calmed down somewhat, and after getting most of our stuff unpacked, my husband and I have agreed to take a few weeks off to relax before tackling the upstairs rooms. So I’ve been able to get back to reading!

The husband is also getting some reading time in, and while we share some interests, one thing I haven’t been able to give him any recommendations on his hard sci-fi. Specifically, military sci-fi. So if anyone has suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

Sunday Stuff

Well, I’ve updated a few site pages – added some books to the polyamory list that are on my radar but unread, changed a bit on my About Me page, and some general formatting updates elsewhere. I haven’t had time to sit down and dive into the new tools available to me since upgrading my WordPress account, but that will be soon. I have managed to post almost every day this last week, and I have a few posts scheduled this coming week already. I’m well on my way to posting every day again!

I still have a lot to unpack in the house – mostly books, but I think we need to replace our bookshelves. They were the cheap ones from Target, and they…didn’t survive the move well. They’re kind of rickety now. So most of the books may stay in boxes until we can buy new shelves. I’m still on the lookout for a shelf to complete my reading nook; I want one that is visually interesting, and I just haven’t quite found THE ONE yet.

I’ll try to take some pictures of the house to post next Sunday! Our housewarming party is on Saturday, actually, so I’ll be pretty busy this week trying to get a few last things done in the main living areas before everyone comes over!

Today we turn our last house’s keys in to our landlady, so we are OFFICIALLY DONE with that place. No more getting stuff, no more cleaning, no more dealing with roommates. DONE. That’s a huge relief!

Now I just have to finish putting this place together!

Sunday Stuff – Oh What A Chaotic Week It’s Been!

Today marks one week since our big moving day! A bunch of our friends came over and helped us move all our furniture and the vast majority of our stuff. In the last week we’ve made a few car trips back to the old house (it’s only about ten minutes away) to get little stuff that we hadn’t packed yet or that just didn’t pack well. (Like all my plants!)

In the past week we’ve been putting furniture together, unpacking boxes, puzzling the kitchen together, and dealing with new stuff like getting our propane tanks filled. We’ve never had propane heat before, so that was different! We’ve ordered and put up curtains, ordered and had installed a new washer and dryer (and OH they’re sexy!) and celebrated having a dishwasher again.

I’m also making a list of projects we want to do to the house eventually. Yes, already! We want to build a deck, and get a hot tub, and extend the driveway along the house and eventually have a garage built.

We actually went to the Maryland Home & Garden show yesterday to get ideas and references for those things! We have two solar companies scheduled to give us quotes on solar panels, which is something we’ve always wanted to do, an arborist should be calling us to set up an appointment to evaluate our trees, and we have lots of brochures and business cards for other projects. There was a company there with saltwater hot tubs that I am VERY interested in.

So amid all the flurry of moving, I have snuck in a little bit of reading. I managed to finish The Kingdom of Copper, and I will have that review up sometime this week. I’m about two-thirds done with Autism in Heels, so that one should be up soon as well. I won’t be back to every day posts for a little bit, but I plan to be posting every day by April at the latest. I also got a library card for my new county library system! The library branch closest to us is a LOT bigger than my last local branch, though I’m not convinced this county’s inventory is actually better.

HOUSEI LOVE MY NEW HOUSE FOLKS. It’s so awesome. And QUIET. We’re on the end of a long, quiet street. We have a corner lot, so lots of street parking – it’s just amazing. I can’t wait to be totally unpacked so I can get back to blogging! I’ll have to do a post about my reading nook when I finish it, too. 🙂

I’ve also upgraded the blog on WordPress, so I have a few new tools that I need to explore soon.

I’m excited to get fully unpacked and settled into our new house, and I’m excited to get back to regular posting on the blog. I’m probably mostly excited to get back to reading again!

Sunday Stuff

Kitty knows it’s a lazy Sunday!

So I did warn you all that there might be some gaps coming up between posts – and yeah, that’s going to start this week. I just haven’t been reading enough as we start the moving process, and we haven’t even really gotten into the thick of it yet! We’ll be really starting to pack around the 8th or 9th. Currently we’re going through things, donating things, throwing things away, and just generally organizing and sorting through our belongings.

I’m hoping to get a lot of reading done this week to pad out my posts a bit, but I’m still going to have a bunch of gaps. My review for A Blade So Black is going live tomorrow, but I don’t have a Top Ten Tuesday this week. The theme is “Books you’re on the fence about reading” and I don’t usually have books like that. I’m either uninterested or “YES I WANT THAT” so I’m skipping this week.

There should still be, at the very least, a Library Loot Wednesday, a Friday 56, and at least one review each week. I’ll try to have as few gaps as possible, but it’s going to be unavoidable some days.

Oh, but I CAN’T WAIT to move into this house. I’m SO EXCITED.

End of Yearathon!

I didn’t originally have a post planned today, but I woke up to find two friends on Twitter (@whatvickyread and @amandalynnbxo) are hosting the “End Of Yearathon” – a reading challenge spanning December 26th to January 1st, to try to knock out the last of everyone’s 2018 reading list. While I’ve made my Goodreads challenge for the year, and mostly given up on the others, I do still have a bunch of library books to read!

The prompts for the challenge are: 

A book released in 2018

A book with Christmas colors on the cover (red, green, gold, or any combination of the three)

A book in a series

A book with more than 400 pages

A book released before 2018

 

I actually really like these prompts, because I think I have library books currently out that will fit all of them! For the the first one, I have several choices – A Blade So Black, Good and Mad, Give the Dark My Love, and more. I have a lot of new releases right now!

For Christmas colors, I have either The Dreaming Stars or The Sisters of the Winter Wood.

For a book in a series, I have the latest Mercy Briggs novel that I somehow missed reading at the beginning of the year. (The Dreaming Stars would also fit in this category.) silence_fallen_layout.indd

Ten Years In The Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books is 464 pages. ten years in the tub

And I again have options for a book released before 2018. Where Am I Now? and Daughter of Smoke and Bone, plus any number of books I actually own.

I’m really looking forward to knocking out a bunch of my library books. This will be fun!