I found a couple of things this week that really made me laugh, including this image of a teacher and their class:
I also found this father of triplets trying to close the refrigerator door gosh dang delightful.
Because I threw away my Halloween window decorations last year — they were only about thirty years old — Nick and I colored some pictures to hang in the kitchen. I must confess, Chucky scared the bejeeezus out of me the next morning.
Nick and I got a cookie from a bakery and went to a park by the river. Turns out, the river is much lower than I thought; it hasn’t rained here in ages, not rain of any significance, anyway. And yet, I took some lovely fall pictures.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Two women-centric novels at Grab the Lapels this week! Joanne Harris’s 1999 novel Chocolat was a delightful look at a small, Catholic French village and the way residents reacted when a newcomer and her daughter, neither religious, open a chocolaterie at the start of Lent.
Into atmospheric fiction with a food theme? You can also check out the Mexican novel Like Water for Chocolate.
Someone who may look like a hot mess just might be an intentional life, one driven by a single goal: to write and publish a novel — even at the sake of a conventional life. In the way that the protagonists both deny a “regular” life, Lily King’s novel Writers and Lovers and Chocolat are similar.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Something you may not have seen at Grab the Lapels is coming Tuesday: a review of an experimental satire novella. Stacey Levine’s book Dra– was published in 1997 and reads like a cross between a grown-up version of Alice in Wonderland and the 2008 recession.
Then on Thursday I’ll share my review of Exile’s Valor by Mercedes Lackey. This entry into #ReadingValdemar has a better sense of setting and gets back to the basics — love and spying– rather than the collapse of a nation and earth-shattering magic.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
I’ve added a couple of spooky audio book novellas for my October commute. Mostly, though, I’m trying to read the books I purchased through Barnes & Noble’s e-reader, the Nook. I’m worried that device is going to cease production and B&N will stop updating their Nook app. Will I lose my purchased books? No one knows.
Thanks to Anne @ I’ve Read This for her ghostly picture book recommendations!
Also, has anyone else ever purchased squash and found a book recommendation on the tag? I did not know produce was a source of bookish advice.