Yikes, how'd we get to the last week of October already?? This is my favorite month - I don't want it to end! And I have really been enjoying my spooky October reading, too. I finally felt back to my normal baseline last week so jumped back into a more normal routine - more writing and able to take walks again and get out to see friends. What a thrill! Of course, I am exhausted this morning from a busy weekend, but it was a good one.
Here's what we've been reading this past week:
- Last night, I finished The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann (one of my favorite authors!), a middle-grade dystopian fantasy about a world that favors usefulness where any child with a creative or artistic ability is labeled Unwanted and sent for Elimination, but there is a secret magical world focused on the arts. It was very good and I can't wait to read the next book in the series! This was another book for my R.I.P. X Challenge, hosted by The Estella Society.
- I am still listening to the spooky classic Dracula by Bram Stoker, a free download from SYNC this summer. It is SO good! Surprisingly suspenseful and perfectly creepy - just right for the season.
- My husband, Ken, finished The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. This is one of our son's favorite books and is being made into a movie AND a TV show! Ken loved it and is looking forward to book 2 (which I'm sure our son has here somewhere).
- Now, Ken is reading Make Me, the latest Lee Child novel that I gave him for his birthday. This is his favorite author so he is enjoying it, though it is set in Oklahoma, his home state, so he's annoyed by inaccuracies in the setting! Don't you hate that?
- Jamie, 21, is reading The Bone Palace by Amanda Downum, Book 2 in The Necromancer Chronicles series. He is following in his mom's footsteps and chose something creepy for the end of October - that's my boy!
Movie Monday: Redwood Highway, a warm, thoughtful film about family & aging
TV Tuesday: Blindspot, a compelling new thriller with a unique premise
Middle-grade Review: Doll Bones, a creepy ghost story & wonderful tale of friendship
Fiction Review: The Martian, a suspenseful sci fi thriller& now a new movie
Saturday Snapshot - we are finally seeing some fall colors here in Delaware
As you can see, I have added weekly reviews of TV shows and movies to my blog recently, so if like me, you also enjoy TV and movies as well as books, check out all of my media reviews!
What are you and your family reading this week?
What Are You Reading Monday has a new host! It is now being hosted by Kathryn at Book Date, so head over and check out her blog and join the Monday fun! You can also participate in a kid/teen version hosted by Unleashing Readers.