#IMWAYR: Just saying hi!

Hey y'all! It's been a minute since my last post—grad school is as chaotic as ever, and I find myself unwilling to read for all kinds of strange reasons. But it's spring break (huzzah!), and I'm delighted to cram some graphic novels in.

I started reading Saving Sunshine on Friday and meant to have a full review for y'all, but I didn't quite finish reading it in time, so I'll share it in full next week. But it's been beautiful and eye-opening and sweet so far, and I'm excited to talk more about it!

Also, I have big personal news I wanted to share—I have a car now!!!!! It's a beautiful Subaru, and although I tried to be extremely empirical in the car-decision process, and it is indeed rated highly, I can't deny that knowing several people who love their Subarus played a part in choosing it. But gosh—it's so good. It has responsive steering, a powerful but really smooth engine, an absurdly smooth and quiet ride, tons of interior room for its size, huge windows, and a bop-pable sound system. I feel really, really lucky to own it, and I've already gotten to make some great memories in it—with hopefully many, many more to come.

My hope is to blog at least a little more consistently from here on out—it makes me sad to be missing out on this community I love so much, full of so many great bloggers. Of course, I often say I'll blog consistently and then...fail, but maybe this time will be the charm!

At the very least, you can count on me being back next week with some actual reviews for you all. I'm excited to share more then, and I'm wishing you all a restful, reading-filled week in the meantime!

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  1. Congratulations on purchasing your car! I was just thinking about you this morning and am happy to hear you are doing well.

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    1. That's very kind of you, Cheriee—I appreciate that!! I'm always glad to hear about you and what you're up to as well. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  2. My daughter is also in graduate school and is doing pretty much no for-fun reading. She misses it but says with all the required reading, she just doesn't have the time or energy. And, she got a Subaru when she started grad school (a Crosstrek) and loves it! She is in NY and there are tons of Subarus. You're in good company!

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    1. Oh gosh—I can definitely see where your daughter is coming from. And that's delightful that she got a Subaru while in grad school too, and loves it as well! Thanks so much for stopping by, Helen, and take care!

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  3. Congratulations on your car! Sounds like you made a great choice!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa—I definitely feel good about it! I really appreciate you stopping by!

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  4. Congrats on everything, Max, including the car purchase.

    I just bought a car with my partner. I've never owned one before, since I live in the middle of a big city, but we love to spend a lot of in the country and we need a car for that. (My partner also needs a car to commute to work.) Unfortunately, we had to buy when prices on used cars were super high (since my partner urgently needed a car for work), so we spent more than we wanted to for a 2020 Honda HR-V with 20,000 KM on it. (Our other option was to overpay for a car with significantly higher mileage, or wait up to a year for a new car from a reliable manufacturer. We went for the Honda.)

    We did a TON of research and Subarus were also on our list. I think you made a good choice.

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    1. I appreciate you telling me what your car-buying experience was like—as a car nerd, I always love talking about this stuff! Car prices are genuinely insane—my budget stretched and stretched to get something that met our criteria, and it's no fun that you all had to stretch your budget too to get something without a ton of mileage. But it sounds like you made a great choice—I've actually grown up in many different wonderful Hondas, and the HR-V was on my shopping list too! I'm glad you all have a car that you can get out to the country with. Thanks so much for stopping by, Linda!

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  5. Congrats on your car! I've always heard really good things about Subaru-- It's great to see that it lives up to all the hype. Haha! I hope you enjoy the rest of your spring break. Looking forward to more reviews from you whenever they fit into your time. :)

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    1. I used to try to ignore all the Subaru hype—and now that I own one, I'm fully convinced! And I appreciate the kind words—I look forward to fitting some reviews in and making my blogging rounds whenever I can! Thanks so much for stopping by, Kasey!

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  6. Congratulations on the new car, Max! Your first one, right? Exciting! Glad you are enjoying it. Saving Sunshine was the last book I read in 2023 (squeezed in just before the end of the year), and I really enjoyed it. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Hope you're enjoying spring break!

    Sue
    Book By Book

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    1. Yes, it's my first car!! It's been very exciting. And I'm so glad you also enjoyed Saving Sunshine a couple months back—it's definitely a great book. Thanks so much for stopping by, Sue!

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