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“Reading Time” Cedar Park, 2022

This evening I finished A Heart Divided, which is book four of The Legends of Condor Heroes series. I was actually standing at the kitchen island, reading and drinking shochu, because if I lie down or sit down to read, I’ll almost immediately fall asleep not matter how good or exciting the book is. And A Heart Divided is excellent. It’s a series that I look forward to reading every night!

I’m a bit sad that I am finished, but also excited because I can now start watching the 2017 Chinese tv series! I wanted to finish the books first, and keep my imagination’s versions of the characters untainted by actors. 😀 It’ll be interesting to see how close the casting of the tv series comes to my mind’s eye.

Reading Day

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“Reading Day” Cedar Park, 2022

I was feeling under-the-weather today so I took a rare sick-day. I ended up resting, drinking tea, and reading.

I borrowed She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan from the library last week, and finally got into it. I’m a bit over half way through and enjoying the story and characters very much. Excited to see where it leads!

New Library Book

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“Hardcover” Cedar Park, 2021

I picked up Days of Distraction by Alexandra Chang from my local library today. I’m so excited to read this! And it’s the first physical book that I’ve borrowed from the library since the COVID-19 pandemic started. So that’s kind of weird and special.

Last Year’s Books & Movies

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“Just Hangin” Cedar Park, 2021

I don’t consider myself an avid movie-watcher, but since we got rid of our cable/satellite television a few years back, my tv-time has been spent on Netflix watching feature films and short tv series. I keep a list of the movies I watch, and in 2020 I watched 49, which is a pretty big number for me. Perhaps the pandemic has skewed the number a bit higher, but probably not by much since I also like to go to the theater and those outings have been stopped of course. Besides knowing the total count, it’s fun to look back at the years to see what I watched.

On the same page I keep track of the books I’ve read throughout the year, but I also participate in the yearly reading challenge on Goodreads. For 2020 I set a goal of 20 books to read, and I ended up finishing 35. I’m particularly proud of that! One thing that made my year of reading special was that I started reading audiobooks. What a fantastic way to read!


Today’s photo is a snapshot of one of my desk “residents”. I have three of the Pinky:St figures, but this one is my favorite.

Ride to the Little Library

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“Little Library Check” Cedar Park, 2020

Checking out one of our neighborhood Little Free Libraries. There are usually lots of religious books and bibles mixed in with the romance and thrillers. I guess that’s okay, as long as they allow ALL kinds of books. But who knows, maybe someone has been “permanently borrowing” the books they don’t agree with. As much as I’d like to give people the benefit of the doubt, there are a few bad apples in every neighborhood. At any rate, I didn’t find anything particularly interesting today, which is okay because I already have plenty to read.

Speaking of reading, if you are on GoodReads, let’s connect!