The Sunday Salon – November 2, 2014 (plus, wrapping up October’s reading)

sundaysalon2Happy first Sunday in November! I can hardly believe that October is over; it simply flew by. We had a really nice Halloween, starting with Light Up the Park last Saturday. Our little, teeny town attempted to break the Guinness record for the longest line of lit jack-o-lanterns. We needed 1301 carved pumpkins; we made it to 1100. Not bad for a town of under 2500 people! It was a fun community celebration, and the pumpkins looked beautiful all lit up in the park that night. Noah carved Balrog from Lord of the Rings for the library’s Literary Character Carving Contest, and won first prize in the Teen and Adult category. 🙂 Then, on Halloween itself, we helped out and participated in our church’s annual Harvest Party. I love seeing how many of the adults get into dressing up, and how creative they can be with their costumes – especially since that’s not my thing.

Not a lot of other stuff going on, other than the usual busy, busy, busy-ness that is our household. Natalie and I had an appointment with her Running Start adviser, and she is all on track to graduate in June with her Associates of Applied Sciences in General Business and her high school diploma. I am so proud of her, and yet can hardly believe it! Noah and I switched to a different curricula for Algebra 2, because we were in danger of either murdering the books or each other. The new one seems to be working better.

Time to gear up for the holiday season, right? Our November will be nuts: my birthday next week, Josiah’s birthday the week after, Natalie’s wisdom teeth removal on the 17th, and then a houseful most of the week of Thanksgiving. Trying to keep the kids’ heads in their schoolwork with the holidays fast approaching is always a challenge.

I have been finding time to read, though. It’s amazing, now that I’ve allowed myself not to worry about whether I’m blogging or not, I’m reading a lot – and enjoying it more. Right now, I’m reading Us by David Nicholls and The Deadly Dance by M.C. Beaton – an Agatha Raisin mystery. Hoping to start The Bone Season and How To Be a Good Wife later today.

On audio, I finally finished book two in Deborah Harkness’s trilogy. I definitely did not love it as much as book one, but the last quarter saved it for me, and I am looking forward to book three. I am currently listening to Written In My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon, and I am really pissed off at what the author has done to Roger and Bree’s storyline. Argh. I’m also still plugging through We Are Not Ourselves, and have The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to listen to soon to stay ahead of Noah for English Lit 10.

We went old school for movie night last week and watched Armageddon. The week before was The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s fun introducing the kids to some of these “older” movies. 🙂

Today is church, choir practice for Christmas, the Seahawks game, and then Thor: The Dark World for movie night. Have a wonderful day!

Books finished in October:

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – 5 stars – I think I’ve mentioned it before, but this woman is a genius, and I loved this book.
The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them by Amy Dickinson – 4 stars – This was a fun, heartwarming memoir. Had some good funny moments.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – 4 stars – I liked this overall, but Victor’s character annoyed me.
Sister Eve, Private Eye by Lynne Hinton – 4 stars – Great mystery; review coming soon on the 25th, its release date.
Airman by Eoin Colfer – 5 stars – One of Josiah’s favorite read-alouds. Mine, too.
Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex & Brett Harris – 4 stars – Thought-provoking and discussion provoking; read it with the boys.
The Secret Place by Tana French – 5 stars – I only wish she wrote faster.
Just One Day by Gayle Forman – 3 stars – Not nearly as good as If I Stay, but entertaining enough.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – 4 stars – Almost as good as everyone says it is.
A World Lost by Wendell Berry – 5 stars – If you’ve read my blog for long, you know I adore this man. Short, but powerful.
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness – 3 stars – Dragged and dragged and dragged, but the last quarter was worth it, and I’ve been assured that the final book is worth it as well.

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15 Responses to The Sunday Salon – November 2, 2014 (plus, wrapping up October’s reading)

  1. Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
    Twitter: myeclecticbooks
    says:

    You certainly have been busy! Happy November!

  2. Trisha says:

    I can’t wait until Madison is old enough for a movie night which does not involve watching Frozen. Seriously can’t wait. I haven’t watched a grown up movie in much too long.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Trisha – Oh, we watched Frozen recently, too – my daughter still loves the animated films, even though she’s 17!

  3. Well, it might not seem like a lot to you, but whoa, just reading it…seems like a lot to me. Personally, I don’t know how you keep up with it all, but it is interesting to hear about it and it sounds like you’re all having fun…well, except for the wisdom teeth. But I’m sure it will turn out…and I know what you’re saying about blogging and/or reading. I like just going where the river flows too.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – I haven’t had a chance to read your post about the river flowing yet, but will soon.

  4. BermudaOnion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    You got a lot read, especially considering all you have going on. I can’t believe it’s November.

  5. irene says:

    Your Halloween carving contest sounds like fun. You did a great job reading too. Happy November.

  6. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    I really loved The Bone Season — hope you do too.

    I was never a huge fan of Roger and Bree, but that’s just me. I’m not crazy about all the Revolutionary War drama either. On the other hand, I’m still a Jamie and Claire fan!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Candace – it’s good so far, but I’m only 20 pages in or so – need more time to read! Our weekend was soooooo busy. I have never minded Roger and Bree before, so this is the first time I’ve wished she would just get back to Claire and Jamie.

  7. Michelle says:

    Hahaha! I’m not laughing at you; I’m laughing at your comments about Roger and Bree’s story. Wait until you get to the end. You may just want to throw the entire book across the room.

    You are going to love The Book of Life. It is SO good.

    Have a great week, and try not to stress out about the month too much! I know how you feel and am just trying to take it one day at a time.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Michelle – well, that doesn’t sound promising! Why did she do that to them? I could understand it if she had used it as a way to get Roger and Bree and the kids back to Jamie and Claire, but this is just maddening.