Monday, October 21, 2013

A Reading Life (20)

Happy Monday! Another week closer to the holiday season. Yes, I'm one of those. Most people know that about me already. *wink*

Listening To:  Is it getting tedious that I'm still listening to Anna Dressed in Blood? The boys did go back to school today so I'm back in the car for 3 hours plus daily and I was able to resume listening...and right at a particularly gruesome part. I think I'm pretty close to the end. I'm also still listening to Dracula on my computer and will take it in the car when I finish Anna.

Books finished:
Colossus: The Four Emperors, David Blixt (review)

City of Bones, Cassandra Clare
Joyland, Stephen King (TuesBookTalk)
The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova (read-a-long)
The Curse Giver, Dora Machado
Write-a-ThonRochelle Melander

Coming Up:  
Stoker's Manuscript, Royce Prouty
This House is Haunted, John Boyne
The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert

Watching: Still watching the same things I always watch. HaHa. I did catch the premiere of Reign on the CW the other night and despite all the uproar about its historical inaccuracies, I enjoyed it. I loved that Megan Follows (our beloved Anne of Green Gables) portrays Catherine de Medici. Fun! And a complete role reversal from characters that she has normally played. At the theater...I saw Carrie on Saturday. To be honest it has never been my favorite Stephen King story and I was never a big fan of the original film, but being a huge SK fan, I had to go see it. It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't say it was any better than the original either. I did like the more extensive portrayal of Carrie's powers in the new version.

Making:  These two meals I fixed last week were a big hit and will be put in the keeper file...Cheesy Sausage Casserole and Ramen Noodle & Beef Skillet (note: if you do decide to look up and try these two recipes, I did substitute Mexican blend frozen veggies in place of mixed vegetables...I'm not a fan of peas & carrots). This week, I'm trying the Chicken Salad Casserole and Wallace's (Unputdownables) Soon-To-Be-Famous Chili recipe.

Grateful for: the weather finally staying colder. I'm so ready for cold weather and I want some snow this year, darn it!

Looking forward to: will I jinx myself if I say NaNoWriMo next month? I'm getting my plan together starting this week and I'm really thinking that this will be my year to "win"'s in my soul to get my novel written.  

Picture: Two review books and library sale haul

A Divided Inheritance, Deborah Swift (for review)
The Boleyn Bride, Brandy Purdy (for review)
Vampire Hunter D, Hideyuki Kikuchi
Confessions of a Pagan Nun, Kate Horsley
Eugene Onegin, Alexander Pushkin
Germinal, Emile Zola
The Sea, The Sea, Iris Murdoch
The Last Time I Saw Paris, Lynn Sheene
The Venetian Mask, Rosalind Laker
The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, Syrie James
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery
Sarah's Key, Tatiana De Rosnay
Something Rotten, Jasper Fforde
Wench, Dolen Perkins-Valdez

What's been happening in your reading life?


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  1. The architecture, that they left as their legacy, is still so impressive after thousands of years. The amount of territory, that they conquered, is too. Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. I'm so glad when I find fellow holiday lovers like myself! Each passing fall day is just another day closer to Christmas carols :)

  3. How are you liking Anna? I loved it! Looks like you got a good haul in books. The secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte is so good. I loved that one too :) Love me some chilies and soups this time of year!!!

  4. I love books on Rome! Everything about them is so fascinating! :)

  5. I'm enjoying Anna, but I'm not overly fond of the narrator on the audio book. It is a great book though and I think it would make a great movie, if they do it right.

    Yup, it's definitely time for the comfort food. My favorite!

  6. Yes, so true! I just wish I could get someone to actually go caroling with me. HaHa! Have you checked out my Christmas blog, MaryKate? Here's the link, just in case: Would love for you to stop by. A lot of wonderful holiday happenings go on over there. =O)

  7. Thank you! I will definitely add this to my Bloglovin' :)

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