Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Reading Life (34) -- Fall is Here (sort of)!!!

It's Fall, it's Fall! Well, it is for me. I know the official date isn't until September 23, but as soon as September 1st rolls around, my Fall kicks off. Who else is excited for everything Autumn?

Currently reading:
March, Geraldine Brooks
The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd (almost finished!)
People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
The Ancestor's Tale, Richard Dawkins
The House of Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne
All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy

The Essential Edgar Allan Poe (Stories, Poems, Biography)

Family Reading Project (20 minutes daily, alternating titles):
The Crystal CaveMary Stewart (on page 196)
Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton (on page 131)

One movie/One TV show I like right now:
I saw As Above So Below on Sunday. The kick off to my horror film season. Another reason why this time of the year is my favorite. With Halloween not far off, the horror movies are coming out in droves! Anyway, this was an excellently scary movie. 
New show last week on BBC America, Intruders. Kind of has an X Files feel to it so I'm loving it. And, of course, Doctor Who! I'm loving the new Doctor. Peter Capaldi has edge. Who knew!? (I know. This is two shows. Couldn't help it!)

So, turns out Gabe did not make the Donelson Middle football team, but he got on our local team, the Donelson-Hermitage Warriors. Yay! His first game was Saturday and it was a rainy game. He's jumping right in and getting his feet wet...and loving it. I'm so proud! Here's a pic of him in his uniform...

On a personal note, I've been out to sing karaoke two weekends in a row! Last weekend was my cousin Carmen's birthday and then this week, my cousin Kelsey was visiting from Memphis. I love to sing so it was a lot of fun. I didn't know how to act, going out two weekends back to back. Great times!

The read-a-long for The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne kicked off today, in conjunction with Gothic September at Castle Macabre. You can find out all the details HERE.

I'm thinking about hosting a read-a-long of either Memnoch the Devil or The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice in October at Castle Macabre, in conjunction with The Never-Ending Anne Rice Challenge. Still deciding!

TuesBookTalk - We are reading two non-fiction books in September. Group members can read either/or...or both. Unbroken by Laura Hilenbrand and The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins. As you can see above, I'm reading Ancestor's Tale. We are currently voting on our horror read for October. I picked some good and scary ones this time. 

Lit Collective - we are reading and discussing the works of Geraldine Brooks in August ...I extended this through September. Everyone is behind on the reading.
Caleb's Crossing
People of the Book

Nominations will soon be open for our theme read in March.

Reading Challenges:

R.I.P. IX!!! Who else looks forward to this every year? And the artwork for the challenge is off the hook! Click here to visit my sign up post at my challenge blog.

My upcoming events (challenges, read-a-thons, other reading events):

Banned Books Week commentary on this blog in September (possibly)
Gothic September at Castle Macabre
FrightFall Read-a-Thon at Seasons of Reading (end Sept/early Oct)
Season of the Witch at Castle Macabre (Oct)

Recent Book Acquisitions (including library check-outs):

For review:
The Tiger Queens, Stephanie Thornton
Inglorious Royal Marriages, Leslie Carroll

From friends:
The Firebird, Susanna Kearsley
We Were Liars, E. Lockhart

China Dolls, Lisa See (???)
When The United States Spoke French, Francois Furstenberg (from Wonders & Marvels)

Library Sale:
Black Coffee, Agatha Christie (adapted by Charles Osborne)
Gad's Hall and The Haunting of Gad's Hall (2 in 1), Norah Lofts
The Concubine, Norah Lofts
Postcards, E. Annie Proulx
The House at Riverton, Kate Morton
Girl in a Blue Dress, Gaynor Arnold


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  1. I've been meaning to read House of Seven Gables again after 40 years -- LOL Looking forward to fall myself.

  2. I have read ALL the books in your read list. Isn't Brooks great? I adored March and People of the Book is one of those "if I ever see it in a remainder bin"....

    Enjoy. Right now I'm doing "The Patron Saint of Ugly" by Marie Manilla,an ARC from a GoodReads win...my 142nd book of the year (!)

  3. In my brain, September kicks off fall but in my heart right now, I'm hanging onto summer as long as possible. There's a lot I love about fall but our summer was so rainy and cool so much that I'm not ready to move on yet.

  4. Great post of your varied reading life--reading makes life sweeter! As do friends. I didn't know you liked singing--sounds like that was great fun! And what a great photo of Gabe!--good luck to him on his new team. Glad you're liking the new Doctor Who. I am still missing Doctors XI and X (Smith and Tennant), but very glad to have new episodes. I like Clara, and I feel like I am just getting acquainted with new Doctor, as she is. "Fantastic Voyage" thru Daleks was a clever plot, wasn't it? ~lucy

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