Where did you come from, where did you go? Why aren’t you posting, K-Specks, yo?

Hello, lovelies! This is a super quick update/apology, because it has been 9 days without a post and I am WAY behind on things these days. Between the festivities associated with the holidays, family members coming in from out of town, polishing up my law school applications, and binge-watching to get through the end of Friends with my mom before it gets taken off Netflix on January 1st (no, I’ve never seen it before; yes, we’re on track to finish), I’ve been a little distracted. Since I’ve been off from work (see previous mention of holidays), I haven’t had the time on train rides to write posts like usual, and I was in the middle of five books but done with none of them.

But fear not! The last applications have been submitted! I finished reading a book last night, and I’m on track to finish at least two more in the next day or two! THERE WILL BE NEW CONTENT STARTING TOMORROW!

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November 2019 Wrap-Up

Yeah, yeah, I’m technically a day late on this. I’m not apologizing; it’s been a chaotic weekend, what with the Thanksgiving holidays and family and friends coming in from out of town and general stress as I finish up my law school applications…eeeeeek. Is a personal statement about writing poetry too cliche?

And yet, amidst all this chaos, I actually managed to finish ten books in November (and was in the middle of three others at the month’s conclusion). Here’s a quick rundown of what I read, including links to my reviews:

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Top Ten Tuesday 11/19 – All I know is these times are changing

You know the drill: TTT is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is “Changes In My Reading Life (Maybe you like different genres or topics, maybe you read faster than you used to, maybe you only like standalones now).” At first I thought this would be difficult, but once I started writing, I realized there have actually been a lot of changes for me, both recently and from childhood to now. I tried to link in a few more of my past reviews and posts for this, so…take a look at them, maybe? ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Top Ten Tuesday 10/22 – Titles that are worse than this one

You know the drill! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted byย That Artsy Reader Girl. This weekโ€™s prompt is โ€œBooks Iโ€™d Give Different Titles To (and tell us what title youโ€™d pick!)” Given that last week was on “Extraordinary Book Titles,” this was extra fun.

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Top Ten…Thursday? – Titles that are better than this one

Yes, yes, I know the meme is Top Ten Tuesday, not Top Ten Thursday,ย  but I already had a scheduled post for a blog tour on Tuesday, so I figured I might as well put this one up now. Last week was crazy, now I’m getting sick, and this is about the best I can manage, so…sorry if the quality is subpar.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted byย That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is “Extraordinary Book Titles,” which was a challenging choice for me, because…well…there are a lot of good book titles out there? It’s hard to find ones that really stand out. For this list, the first half is books with great titles that I’ve actually read, and the second half is ones still on my TBR. Let’s go.

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Top Ten Tuesday 10/8 – Character Traits I Love

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is “Character Traits I Love.” I’m going to say right off the bat that this is not my best Top Ten Tuesday post, in terms of finding pictures and quotes; it has been a stressful couple days and I don’t have the mental energy for that ๐Ÿ˜“. That said, here’s my list of ten traits I love to see in characters (and yes, there are definitely some recurring themes…)

1. Sarcasm

Is this really a surprise to anyone? I live for the snarky characters, especially the ones who make me laugh out loud with their commentary. Bonus points if you have two sarcastic characters who feed off each other.

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Top Ten Tuesday 9/24 – Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is pretty self-explanatory, as you might have guessed from the title of this post: “Books on My Fall 2019 TBR.” I have WAY too many I’m looking forward to, both new releases and a few backlogged books, but here are some of them, at least.

1. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, let’s be real: who DOESN’T have this on their list? In mid-October she’s coming to my city, and I am so excited to see her speak! Plus, I can meet her and get the book (and one other item) signed. The anticipation is killing me.

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A Very Bookish Sculpture

Today, I went to the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair with my grandma. It’s a big event my city holds downtown every fall, with around 180 different artists from all around the US in a variety of both 2D and 3D mediums. There are things to see, things to buy (if you actually have money lol), and some really friendly artists to talk with.

One of this year’s highlights for me, though, was this one particular sculpture by Thomas Yano. It cost more money than I could afford (which is not surprising), but it was so beautiful and so wonderfully bookish, I thought y’all might like to see it. Without further ado, a few pictures:

Things like this make me really look forward to the day when I’m a full-time professional with the money to actually patronize artists, because this is the sort of thing that a) I would love to support, and b) I would love to have in my house/apartment! Again, the artist is Thomas Yano. I haven’t been able to find a website for him, but if I come across one, I will update this post accordingly!

That’s all I really have for today; this was just a quick fill-in post while I get more reading done and reviews written for this week. Do you all love this sculpture as much as I did? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

(Also, how has your reading been this week? Anything good? Let me know!)

Much love,

Kathryn (“K-Specks”)

WWW Wednesday – 9/18

Trying out something new today! WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words, and I’ve seen a lot of fellow bloggers doing it, so I figured I would take a stab at it as well. There are three W questions to answer, so here they are along with my answers!

What are you currently reading?

I’m actually doing two books right now: listening to the audiobook for Patron Saints of Nothing, by Randy Ribay (I love it so much so far!!), and reading my eARC for The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (which I can already tell will be a powerful read once I get into the real meat of the story).

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