All The Books! All The Life! April 2016

All The Books!

4163411After a hard reset, I finished two books, both by Walter Mosley, the first two in the Leonid McGill series: The Long Fall and Known To Evil. Okay, but not OK enough to want to continue the series. I liked the Easy Rawlins series by Mosley, but this one, not so much.

Reading soon (maybe today): The Big Short by Michael Lewis.

All The Life!

So an update on #reinvigorate2016:

Body: Went for a walk out in the Grand Canyon earlier this month and then have been walking to work some.

Mind: Not losing it. So I count that as good.

Soul: Need some.

Life highlights: Kim’s birthday (celebrated with next door neighbors). Walk in Canyon. New rug. New couch (both of which came from same next door neighbors). Mowing the lawn. Movie highlights: Spotlight. The Big Short. Ratatouille. TV highlights: Bloodline. Music highlight: Lemonade by Beyoncé. Lowlights: The death of Prince and a 12-year-old girl locally in a hit-and-run. The combination (not surprisingly) have depressed me.

MV5BMTQyMzExMzAzMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDEzNzk1OQ@@._V1_UY268_CR0,0,182,268_AL_The month ahead: Wife is away for a week. To start month, I’ll be walking to and from work. Good, to start day and only a mile away. Bad, when been on feet all day and don’t want to walk home. To end month, I have last two Fridays off, one, because I work on Saturday, the other because I’m taking off the Friday before Memorial Day to give myself a four-day weekend. In between is unmapped. Only thing on agenda for now is will be watching Criminal Minds while Kim is away (visiting her parents, mother in New Jersey and father in Maryland for a week) because she doesn’t like the show. By the time this post goes live, I probably will be up to the beginning of Season 10.

So what were the highlights of your April in life, books, movies,  TVs and/or music? What are you looking forward to this month?

Currently | Kitchen Table

Location | Kitchen table.

Time | Between 9:40 and 10:24 a.m.

Drinking | Iced coffee.

Eating | Nothing yet.

beyonce-lemonadeListening to | Nothing yet, but soon, probably while I’m reading others’ Sunday Salon posts, Lemonade by Beyoncé as I got a three-month trial of Tidal a few months ago (ends early next month) when I wanted to hear Kanye’s new album The Life of Pablo.

Reading | Right now? The words that I’m writing. I did read two books over the last two days, the first two in the Leonid McGill series, The Long Fall and Known Evil by Walter Mosley. I don’t know if I’ll continue or not, because the series isn’t as strong as his Easy Rawlins series, which I’ve enjoyed for the most part. I do have The Big Short by Michael Lewis out from the library and it’s short so I might read that this afternoon.

Watching | We did watch The Big Short recently, which I knew nothing about and we were pleasantly surprised, so surprised that I decided to pick up the book (obviously). I have Room out from the library, but my wife doesn’t want to watch it and I don’t know if I’ll get to watch it before I have to return it to the library or not. We’ll see (or not).

Blogging | Earlier this week, I decided to do The Hard Reset on my reading and so far, it’s working as evidenced above.

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From last year. Ugh.

Dreading | Mowing the lawn. It has to be done and today, for the first time this season, but that doesn’t mean that I’m looking forward to it, because I’m not. I hate mowing the lawn, especially now with tinnitus. It just ramps up my tinnitus. I’m looking out the window right now and well, the grass isn’t getting any shorter. Doing it this afternoon because my wife is sleeping right now (third shift) before she gets up to go perform a monologue this afternoon in a play.

Anticipating | Having the lawn done later this afternoon.

So what are you up to today? Reading, watching, listening to, blogging, dreading, anticipating?  Did you participate in yesterday’s Readathon? If so, how did it go? I did my own readathon on Friday as I was off Friday, but had to work yesterday.




The Hard Reset


Since the beginning of the year, I have read NINE books. With nothing on my Goodreads to-read list or my holds list of ebooks at the Free Library of Philadelphia or of the small stack of books I’ve taken out from the library grabbing my attention, it’s time for another hard reset.

What that means is that I’m pushing the button and starting over with a clean slate. Goodbye, to-read, hold, and wish lists, and stacks of unread books. As of Sunday morning, I have deleted all the lists online and today I’ll take back all the books to the library when I go to work.

In the past, I’ve done this and read one book at a time as a book catches my eye. Has it worked the multiple times I’ve done this? I honestly don’t remember, but I figure that it can’t hurt.

Contributing to my ennui on books are a few things:

  • A failed attempt at reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Actually failed several attempts.
  • Netflix binge-watching. The struggle is real, y’all.
  • Not reading what I want, but what others want. Starting with Hamilton and end of the year “best-of” lists.

Also contributing to my ennui is just ennui in general. Le sigh.

Have you ever had to do a hard reset on your reading? If so, how do it work for you?

Currently | Dropping Back To Punt

In Friday’s Fabulous Friday post, I said I’d talk more about my love for nonfiction. However, between then and now as I’m drafting this post at midnight Sunday morning, I’m not feeling it so instead I’m dropping back to punt.


Reading: Nonfiction. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. May continue to read with The Hamilcast podcast ladies, who just introduced themselves on Twitter to me in response to a post about my reading the book. DNF: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.

Watching: Thanks to The Hamilcast ladies, this:

We started watching Bob’s Burgers last night. We’ve also been enjoying Death in Paradise. Tonight: Spotlight, which we’ve rented from Google Play Movies, and it’s about to run out so we have to watch it, plus we really want to see.

Listening: For some reason, I’ve been digging on this artist:

Low light of week: Second pair of noise-cancelling earbuds broke within a year. Now have to wait until at least next month when can afford Bose noise-cancelling headphones and also will get durable earbuds (not noise-cancelling) for work (where I don’t need noise-cancelling) for much cheaper than the Bose.

Highlight of week: Celebrating Kim’s birthday on Wednesday with neighbors. We watched the new Star Wars movie, played cards, and had pizza. It was a good day.

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So how was your week? Reading, watching, listening to anything good lately?

All The Books! All The Life! March 2016

All The Books!

All 4 of them.

Two fiction: The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura (translator: Allison Markin Powell) and Hungry Ghosts, the third in the Inspector Ramirez series, by Peggy Blair.

Two nonfiction: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande (click on link to be taken to my review last week of the book) and A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age by Matt Richtel, which was recommended by Ann of the blog Books on the Table.

20696006By far, the best was, and is, Being Mortal, a necessary book for all of us since we all are mortal (if you’re not, what are you wasting time here reading this blog?). Second best: A Deadly Wandering, if for nothing else, to hammer home the message don’t text and drive. In fact, you probably shouldn’t even be talking on your phone while driving.

Reading now: Henning Mankell’s The Man Who Smiled, the fourth in the Kurt Wallander series.

All The Life!

So that #reinvigorate2016 thing, um, yeah…well, I’m not feeling very reinvigorated, to be honest. Body and soul goals for the year, I’m failing, but mind goals, I’m good with the goal there to read more nonfiction this year than I did last year. It’s about 50-50 with the books I’ve read.

10491184_10206018317280809_8367146038496330203_nHighlight: Friend visiting from Florida. Hadn’t seen in 14 years. Movie highlight: A rewatch of Ben-Hur by my wife and me for Easter. Movie lowlight: Hunger Games, Mockingjay, Part 2. In its defense, I didn’t like the final book either since I was on the wrong “team.” TV highlight: Death in Paradise. TV lowlight: Daredevil, Season 2. The Punisher was okay, but no match for Wilson Fisk, portrayed by Vincent D’Onofrio (who was in a few episodes this season, but was more dominant last season). Music highlight: untitled unmastered by Kendrick Lamar.

So how was your March 2016? Books and otherwise? What were the highlights for you?