(I plan to do a “Currently…” post every other Tuesday. You should join me! Find the origins of the idea HERE.)



The recent restock I did of my Bath & Body Works cache. I’ve been a fan of their body creams and shower gels and candles since I worked there a million years ago, which is also when I discovered my signature scent: Moonlight Path. (A Thousand Wishes is a new favorite.) You can stock up, too, because Signature Scents are currently buy three, get two free. Such a bargain!


The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore which is like Romeo and Juliet if the Capulets and Montagues were traveling circus-esque performers. The writing is lovely and the story is so imaginative. I’m really enjoying it so far.


Season 2 of The 100, finally! I’m woefully behind on TV viewing, but I’m definitely wrapped up in this second season of a show I never would’ve imagined liking. Movie-wise, my husband and I recently saw The Revenant, which was excellent. Super graphic and visceral and intense. I can totally see why Leonardo DiCaprio is getting so many accolades during this award season.

Listening To

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, a non-fiction book that’s both compelling and accessible. It centers around a set of identical twin brothers, Jonas and Wyatt, and Wyatt’s slow (often rocky) transition into his true self, a girl named Nicole. I’ve learned so much about gender and gender identity thanks to this book, and I’m so impressed with Nicole and her strength. I highly recommend giving it a read.

Thinking About

The #AuthorLifeMonth photo challenge, hosted by Dahlia Adler. It’s all about books and writing and inspiration, and I’m having a blast with it. Check out the hashtag on Instagram for pictures from days 1 and 2, then join us!


My birthday… It’s in a few weeks and I’ll be 35 and I’m feeling pretty chill about it, actually. Here’s to another year of wisdom and experience, I guess. 😉


For another month of excellent reading. January was full of stand-out books, all of which I reviewed in my monthly Wrap-Up post. If you’re looking for recommendations, I’ve got four YAs and an adult fantasy (The Night Circus — love, love, love!) for you to consider. Hopefully February will bring just as many amazing stories.

Making Me Happy

Remember my last Currently… post, in which I wished for snow? Well, we got it! A legit blizzard hammered the east coast; it started snowing last Friday at lunchtime and didn’t stop until late Saturday night. We had feet of snow — there’s still tons of it lining the roads. My daughter and her friends have had so much fun playing in it (she was out of school for seven days, plus the weekend in-between) and we didn’t lose power, so well done, winter.


Did you post a “Currently…” this week?
Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be sure to visit! 


29 thoughts on “Currently…

  1. Elodie says:

    I really really love that picture of the sunrise…it’s breathtaking! So glad you ladies had fun in the snow and that C got to spend time with her friends 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful day!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I’m loving THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS so far, Rachel. I think it’s beautiful, and such a cool concept. Can’t wait to hear what you think. Have a great week, lady!

  2. Liz Parker (@LizParkerWrites) says:

    I’m so tempted to pick up THE NIGHT CIRCUS after everything you’ve said about it. And the non-fiction book you’ve been listening to sounds really interesting. I might have to check it out. Glad you survived the blizzard (despite C being out of school for so long) 🙂

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I really and truly think you’ll love THE NIGHT CIRCUS, Liz. It’s so freaking beautiful. As soon as you read it, we’ll have to chat. 🙂 Have a fantastic week!

  3. Jaime Morrow says:

    Hey, I’ve been meaning to ask you: Did you find that THE NIGHT CIRCUS could almost have been classified as YA? It’s definitely a great crossover novel for YA lovers like us! I’ll have to check out THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS. You’ve piqued my interest. I’m happy C got her snow, but I imagine you’re feeling much the same way we are now –> That was fun for a bit, but it can all go now. Ha! 😉

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Yes, I definitely thought THE NIGHT CIRCUS felt like a crossover. That’s probably at least partly why I loved it so much. 🙂 And yeah, the snow can definitely go away now. Have a great week, Jaime!

  4. leandrajwallace says:

    Wow, that pic of the sunrise (or maybe sunset?) is gorgeous! Glad you all had fun, and stayed warm doing it. =)

    On Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 3:01 AM, wrote:

    > Katy Upperman posted: “(I plan to do a “Currently…” post every other > Tuesday. You should join me! Find the origins of the idea HERE.) Loving > The recent restock I did of my Bath & Body Works cache. I’ve been a fan of > their body creams and shower gels and candles since I ” >

  5. Jennie says:

    My library just finally got The Weight of Feathers, so I’m super excited to read that you’re loving it!

  6. Jennifer Pickrell says:

    My hubby and I finally finished season 2 of The 100 over the weekend and just in time bc we had several episodes of season 3 on our DVR and it was so hard not to peek at the info and spoil myself 🙂

    I’m hoping those feet of snow are all the wintery precip the DC area sees this winter!

  7. Alexa says:

    I love the snowman! Glad your power stayed on too.
    I’m definitely picking up The Weight of Feathers. I fell in love with the cover when you posted it on Twitter, and the story sounds exactly my kind of thing too.
    I did a currently post this week too
    Hoping to make it a regular thing and get back to blogging 🙂

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I’m so glad you did a Currently, Alexa! And yes, PLEASE reading The Weight of Feathers! I’m dying to chat about it with someone. I love it more with every page! Have an awesome week, lady!

  8. april says:

    I tried to comment yesterday but WordPress hates me and locked me out because I couldn’t type my password correctly! So I actually did a Currently this week! I’m putting Weight of Feathers on my library list, it sounds lovely.

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Oh, I hope you get to read THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS soon, April! It’s so beautiful. I was just telling some of my most bookish friends that I still get butterflies and chills when I think about some of its scenes. Can’t wait to check out your post!

  9. kaitlinbartlett says:

    As soon as you mentioned Jandy Nelson in your tweet about THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, I immediately went searching for an excerpt online. You’re so right, the writing style is gorgeous and very Jandy-esque. I’m in the mood for books with a magical/fantastical/whimsical twist lately. Last month I read BONE GAP and once I stopped trying to sort it into a category, I adored it!

    We got pretty buried in snow over here in PA too. It was the perfect time, though, if it had to happen, since it was a weekend and we could all just stay home. But YIKES, no school for a week? Did your daughter love all the time off, or did she start going stir-crazy?

    Have a great week, Katy!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I can see some commonalities between BONE GAP (love!) and FEATHERS, though I think BONE GAP is much weirder and harder to define, and FEATHERS is more romance-focused. I’d call FEATHERS magical realism for sure. I hope you love it — let me know as soon as you’re done reading! Hope you’re having a great week, Kaitlin!

  10. Alice says:

    I’ve been meaning to read Weight of Feathers for a while now! Glad to hear you’re enjoying it! I also loved seeing all your snow pictures, and I’m glad there was no power loss to dampen the situation. It looked lovely and fun!

    I need to watch The 100.

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I think you’ll really like FEATHERS, Alice. The language is beautiful and it’s such a lovely romance. Aah… I adored it! Hope you’re having an awesome week, lady!

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