Did you survive Halloween? I’m so glad! We didn’t go out, but the spouse and I did make caramel apple shortbread cookies as a fun activity for the day.
We called up the nieces and nephew on Friday and colored Halloween pictures with them for a while. The oldest girl, age eleven, told us the entire plot of The Hatchet in detail. I’m so glad she’s becoming more interested in reading!
On Halloween, we watched Hotel Transylvania in the afternoon and Nick’s favorite Halloween movie, called Trick ‘r Treat, after the sun set. Trick ‘r Treat is four stories that take place at the same time and is a fun (though it’s gory) film.
Looking for a scary movie with a smart, empathetic message? On Friday night I checked out His House, which just came out on Netflix. Two South Sudanese refugees arrive in England and are given a house until the government figures out what to do with them. The walls are full of ghosts, but none of it is what you think. I thought it was an excellent movie.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Although many of you mentioned not being the type of reader who enjoys werewolf (or maybe paranormal in general) books, I appreciated all the kind words about my Seasons of the Moon review! I’m glad my enthusiasm came through, and I can’t wait to read the next series in S.M. Reine’s huge collection called The Descentverse.
You many not be into scary creatures, but plenty of folks expressed enthusiasm for reading about a murderous octogenarian! You guys are funny. An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good is a dark comedy, if that’s your jam.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I’m so grateful that Monica Nolan, author of the lesbian career girl series, agreed to participate in my Meet the Writer series. Get to know the wonderful writer who woos us with women on Tuesday. (Why did I use so many alliterative words, you ask? It’s Nolan’s pulp style. Here’s a small sample: “When Mrs. DeWitt’s will revealed a missing daughter, Pam found a project to pull her out of her pandemic doldrums.”)
To those of you who asked if Vianne Rocher from Chocolat would return to the village where we first met her, the answer is yes. And it’s changed a great deal. Find out more when you read my review of Peaches for Monsieur le Curé on Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
When I finished the mystery novel Larger Than Death this weekend, the e-book shared information about the publisher. I did not know this, but Pearl Song Press only publishes books that do not encourage fatphobia or dieting. They’re totally about size acceptance! Many of their books star fat characters, but not all. The website and book covers look dated, but titles have links to purchase works through Google, Amazon, etc. I’m truly stoked to find a new press to support!