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Updates from the Lair 3/15/15

Updates from the Lair

Updates from the Lair is my weekly wrap-up post that includes what happened in my real life, what I’ve been reading, my posts from the week, and what I’m thinking about reading next week (and would love your advice on!). 

Hello loves! The surgery was textbook easy :D. My surgeon was actually ahead of schedule and so instead of just removing bulging disc on my right side, he also removed what he could on the left so I won’t have to do this again anytime soon! He is such a funny guy since the only time I’ve ever seen him smile was when he came to see me before the procedure and seemed relieved to finally be doing the thing he is good at (as opposed to talking to people, hehe). I didn’t even need the heavier narcotics afterward and am in very little pain. I’m supposed to walk every hour while I’m awake which is kind of annoying for someone who likes to read ;-). But I’m being good and set my FitBit to vibrate on the hour to remind me. I have this awesome ice machine thing that is basically a cooler with ice and a little water that then pumps the ice water through a pad on my back so it is a consistent chill instead of the inconsistent cold you get with normal icepacks. I have a teeny tiny incision that I can feel a couple of sutures in (I’m not supposed to take the bandage off yet, but I wanna know!). And I go back in three weeks to check on everything!

I got to read a fair amount while in the hospital, but since I’ve gotten out, the boy wants to hang out with me and watch TV, so we’ve been marathoning Modern Family ;-).

Finding SerendipityI decided that a short middle grade was a good bet for immediately after surgery and I am so happy that I settled on Finding Serendipity. It is SUCH a fun story and perfect for aspiring authors of all ages and the kind of middle grade that adults can very much enjoy. I also was delighted to find parents that were actually part of the story and supportive as much as they could be, far too rare of a find!

The Girl at MidnightI’m about 30% in to Girl at Midnight and quite enjoying it. It’s not really what I was expecting (there are dragon-people too!) but I’m really curious to see where things go. I am thrilled to see one of the characters being firmly gay even if nothing has come of his crush yet, fingers crossed :D.

Half Bad

Finally, I’m listening to Half Bad on audio and am not sure what I think of it yet. It is pretty depressing at times, so I haven’t been making as much progress as I might otherwise. I know a lot of people really liked it though, so I’m sticking with it! The narration is lovely at least, haha.

And in case you missed it, these were my posts this week:

Next Week’s Reading

Castle Hangnail Crimson Bound The Orphan Queen

I didn’t read quite as much during this recovery time as I thought I would (I forgot that the boy would be home to distract me!), so I still have a stack that I want to get through, haha. I have been excited about Castle Hangnail ever since I took a peek at the illustrations in the ARC, so I’m going to try to read that soon and get it back to the friend I borrowed it from! Then I’ll need an e-book to entertain me while walking, so I think Crimson Bound is going to be the next for that. And finally, I bought a copy of Orphan Queen when it came out, then didn’t feel up to reading it in the hospital, so I think I’ll try to squeeze it in this week too, haha. What are you reading??

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

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  1. I’m glad that everything went well! Dragon-people sound interesting. I’m guessing that they’re people who can transform into dragons?
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  2. It’s such a relief that you had a very successful surgery and that your recovery seems to be right on track. I hope you continue to heal up well!
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    • Thanks! It’s a huge relief to me too obviously and still seems kind of crazy, but a month out and I still feel great!

  3. I’m so glad the surgery went OK and that the surgeon did what he could to make it less hassle for you.

    I tried reading Half Bad and I really couldn’t get into the book, so I am happy to see someone who is struggling with it and not instantly liking it.

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  4. I’m glad the surgery went so well! That’s wonderful news :)
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  5. Yay! So glad to hear that everything went superb with the surgery! But even more exciting is that they went in and eliminated a future surgical procedure; woot! On another note, I’m eager to read your thoughts on The Orphan Queen :)
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    • Haha, yeah, talking with my doctors more afterward, it sounds like they were baffled why the other side didn’t already have issues and so just wanted to be sure they got it all at once ;-). I STILL haven’t gotten to Orphan Queen D: Soon though!

  6. So glad your surgery went so well! Hope the recovery is equally as easy and you’re able to do what you want again soon. (Or at least mostly!)
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    • Thanks! I’m getting pretty close to being able to do what I want, still have to take breaks when walking long distances because I’m just so darn week, but pain free is amazing!

  7. so glad the surgery went well! And your next week’s reading books are all ones I want to read too, so I hope they are good (for both our sakes!)
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  8. Adelynne Chang says:

    Yay! I’m so glad everything went well!

    And all the books you have on your reading list look great. :D I have high hopes for The Girl at Midnight, so it’s great that you’re liking it so far.

  9. I am glad your surgery went well, although it does sounds scary! I never had a surgery like that before and the idea freaks me out. That icepack you have sounds neat! I really enjoy reading a Middle Grade book now and then, they are so fun usually and less drama than YA or NA. Dystopia’s can be a despressing indeed, I often need to take a break of the genre when I read a few after each other, but they can be really enjoyable as well. I hope you have a great week!
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    • Yeah, I tried not to think too much about my spine being operated on, haha. I definitely love that about middle grade, I get so tired of angst ;-)

  10. I’m so glad your surgery went well and it sounds as if your recovery is too. I hope you get some more reading in.
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    • Thanks :D I ended up getting a lot of reading in which was awesome, but then a lot of catching up with school and work, ha

  11. I’m glad your surgery went well!
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  12. I glad your surgery went well, and it sounds like your recovery is going just as well! I hope you heal quickly and that you’ll be pain-free once it’s all healed up.
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    • Thanks :D After a month I’m still feeling great and am nearly off all the meds, just gotta get my strength back after a year of hobbling around D:

  13. Kelly G. says:

    I’m so glad the surgery went well! I could use one of those ice machines for Missouri summers. :)

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