while the city sleeps

Halfway through March and we are in the middle of moving. My husband and I have a ton of boxes, everything is going all right, it’s just a bit sad and annoying. We weren’t quite ready to leave the house yet, but our lease ends March 31 and our landlord wants to sell. I get it, but… bummer! The worst part about this is that we aren’t 100% sure we’re staying in KC next year—we might move for jobs in a different city (haven’t heard back yet, of course). So, timing is just really, really horrible. We’ve found temporary situations for us and our stuff for now until we find out for certain whether we’re staying or moving away at the end of the summer. We’re really fortunate to have wonderful friends and family who offered to help out!

Anyway, in the midst of all this moving drama I kind of can’t believe I was able to finish one of my reading challenges. The Kansas City Public Library‘s annual Adult Winter Reading Program requires reading five books in about a ten-week period early in the year. Each year the theme changes, and the library has a suggested list of books, events, and discussions to engage the program participants even more. This year’s theme is While the City Sleeps (“…the interplay of light and dark, the shadows of the human soul and the brightness of the human spirit.”). After you read your five books and turn in your form, you get a sweet limited edition bistro mug! Looking forward to curling up with a great book and some hot tea or coffee in this baby!

The five books I read for the program (click on images to read my reviews):

They were all very different, but fit with the theme nicely. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach explored what happens to the body after death, from gross to silly to admirable. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking explains the special and important (though often misunderstood) qualities of introverts and how their temperaments complement extroverts. The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho is a morality tale of a young woman in a small village who is given an impossible proposal by a mysterious visitor. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman is about a young infertile couple who live on a remote Australian island and work the lighthouse, and their discovery of a rowboat that washes ashore one day carrying a baby girl. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn is a murder-mystery set in Kansas City about a disturbed woman trying to get to the bottom of what happened the night of the brutal massacre of her family.

Stiff was the only book on the library’s suggested reading list—I even attended my first book group discussion event about Stiff at the library a couple weeks ago. There were other titles on the suggested list that interested me, but I wanted to knock down my TBR a bit more so I decided to go with books I already had. I like the balance of fiction (3) to non-fiction (2) on my list, which was just a happy accident. All were great books—I can’t say that even one was bad. I can wholeheartedly recommend all of these, but I did really love Quiet and The Light Between Oceans especially, though.

So, despite the craziness of packing and moving and weirdly feeling like I’m getting nowhere with that (even though obviously we are making progress), I’m happy to feel like I accomplished something this month with completing this challenge! Thanks, KC Library 🙂

4 thoughts on “while the city sleeps

  1. Moving…yikes. That is such an undertaking isn’t it? It can also be an adventure 🙂 Congrats on the challenge. Stiff sounds fascinating to me!

    • UGH. Yeah, just the worst part is not knowing where we’ll be after this summer. My husband is finishing his doctorate in May, so it’s just the waiting game for now on jobs. Thankfully with this move it’s just us and our stuff to deal with, no pets or kids. I just don’t want to sign a new lease until we know we’re staying, so we’re in limbo for a couple months. Hopefully I’ll have good news to announce after all this!

    • Thanks! It is a total pain, and there are some things I’d definitely sell if we knew we’re leaving KC, but if we’re staying I’d probably want to keep them… I hate being in this limbo! Sigh. Oh well, I’m still going to have a great St. Patrick’s Day! Glad you enjoyed your stop through KC 🙂

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