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March Madness has definitely lived up to its name, has it not? All of my favorites are out, as there has been upset after upset these last few weeks. However, I can’t complain too much as this is what makes this tournament so much fun to watch. Even if you aren’t a huge basketball fan, there is something so compelling and fun about watching ten college kids putting it all out there each and every game and knowing that heart can and does overcome skill. It is must-see TV.

Unfortunately, along with the shift in weather – we are currently seeing highs in the 40s again, down 30 degrees from last Wednesday – comes illness. I am not certain what I have, but I spent all day Saturday and will probably spend all day today in bed fighting something. Severe muscles aches, some chest pain and a mild sore throat are all that I have, but it is enough to make me want to burrow under the covers and not move. I’m hoping that in doing so, I can prevent it from getting worse in time for the work week. It’s a hardship for Jim and kids, but sometimes Momma just needs a break to take care of herself.

This week, I finally shared my thoughts on Chapters from my Autobiography by Mark Twain, Picking Bones from Ash by Marie Matsuki Mockett, Land of the Painted Caves by Jean Auel, and Holly Black’s Red Glove. Connor also got in on the action and posted his review of The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. I am so happy he is reviewing again. His writing never ceases to amaze me.

Also, I continued to explore various trends in blogging, this time discussing the idea of rules. This has been a tremendously popular series, and I would like to continue it. However, I’ve seem to run dry of trends. Is there something I have missed? Is there one particular topic you would like me to tackle? Please leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail and let me know!

Another productive week reading, all the practices and rehearsals are really helping me finish novels. This week, I tore through Kat Falls’ Dark Life, A. M. Tuomala’s Erekos, and David Vann’s Caribou Island on audio. I started J. R. Ward’s Dark Lover on audio but realized that the narrator was completely ruining the story for me. That will definitely be a novel to read in print. I switched to Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair and am enjoying that so much more. I also finished A. D. Scott’s A Small Death in the Great Glen yesterday as well as Gayle Forman’s Where She Went. Today, I hope to get through Meg Wolitzer’s The Uncoupling. I just went on a requesting binge from NetGalley, so I definitely need to step it up!

With that, it is time for me to burrow under said covers and take another nap. I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday. Happy reading, everyone!

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