The Sunday Salon – November 23, 2014

sundaysalon2Can you believe November is almost over?! And I haven’t done a Salon post for three weeks. It is sometimes hard to find time at the computer on the weekends, since Kevin and I share one now – and he was working on a pretty big web site project for the city of Chewelah. (You can check out the finished project here, if you’re interested. Remember, he does blog designs, too!)

The past couple weeks have been absolutely crazy and I am so glad that I have no reason to leave the house today. Natalie had her wisdom teeth out on Monday, and so far has had a fairly easy time of it. A little bit of tummy issues from the antibiotics they prescribe just in case, but she’s done taking them today, so hopefully that will clear right up. The boys spent two afternoons this week splitting and stacking wood for a friend. They earned some extra money, which is great for them, but the friend lives about 25 miles away, and Mom is chauffeur. So I had two busy afternoons. Throw in an orthodontist appointment in Spokane (Nan’s oral surgery was in Spokane, too), and you have a very busy week. I am planning on doing nothing but reading and watching TV and cross-stitching today (except making dinner, because for some reason, these people I live with still insist on being fed) and nothing but church and football and movie night tomorrow. (I’m writing this on Saturday.) Then Monday, my sister and her family arrive for the week and the holiday nuttiness commences.

With all of these appointments and other stuff going on, though, I have had lots of time to read, and November has been a good month so far. I read The Deadly Dance by M.C. Beaton, a fun Agatha Raisin mystery. I finished How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman, which was good until the end. Sigh. I describe so many books that way – endings can either make or break a book! Us by David Nicholls was freaking fantastic – I love that man. I read a novella in Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series, How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea, which reminded me how much I love the world she created in that series. I promptly downloaded the rest of her novellas onto my Kindle app. I didn’t love The Paying Guests as much as everyone else did, but it was still enjoyable. We Are Not Ourselves – well, you’ll see; my review goes up next week. And Josiah and I finished our latest read-aloud just in time for Thanksgiving break: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. We both enjoyed it. Kind of X-Men-slash-Red Dawn-ish.

Last weekend, Natalie treated me to a Mother-Daughter Movie Night, and we saw Gone Girl. Wow. They really got it right – the creepy, twistedness of the book came through perfectly on screen. And that cast?! Perfect. For our at home movie nights, we’ve had quite the variety: Thor: The Dark World (meh); Holes (a family favorite); and Behind Enemy Lines (pretty good). Not sure what Jon is choosing for tomorrow night.

On TV, my favorite shows this season so far have been The Blacklist – James Spader is all kinds of awesome; The Walking Dead – oh, my gosh, it’s been good this season!; and How To Get Away With Murder, which is totally a guilty pleasure. The only bad thing is that no one I know is watching it, too, and this is definitely the kind of series you want to talk to someone about!

Well, I am going to sign off before my day gets away from me. I am reading three really good books (The Divorce Papers; The Bone Season; and A Passage to India), and I’m hoping to finish at least one of them today. I hope all of you are enjoying your November, and staying safe in this crazy weather. For those of you who live somewhere where the weather is currently warm and toasty, I hate you. No, just kidding. Kind of.

Recently on the blog:
~ Book Review: Us by David Nicholls
~ Adding to my TBR list: Bookmarks Magazine – November/December
~ Book Review: How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman

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14 Responses to The Sunday Salon – November 23, 2014

  1. I live somewhere cold. Yay! You don’t hate ME. 😉

    Gone Girl? Oh, so jealous. I really wanted to see that in the theater, but couldn’t get my wife too interested, although she liked the book, and then I never could find the time to go myself. This Wednesday, we’re going to see Mockingjay, Part 1 for our anniversary, though, so that will be good.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – I’m sorry you’re suffering the cold, too. I’m jealous that you’re going to see Mockingjay, though! We’re going to have a houseful of family all week, so no trips to the movies for me anytime soon.

  2. Heather
    Twitter: BookAddictHeath
    says:

    I couldn’t agree more about Gone Girl! I thought it was absolute perfection. Although I did think they made Nick out to be a little bit more of a good guy than he was in the book, which is a minor complaint for an amazing movie. And I’m watching How to Get Away With Murder too and LOVING it! But I DVR everything and am a few episodes behind at this point so I can’t really talk much about it – I don’t want any spoilers!!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Heather – It’s been a while since I read the book, so I didn’t get that feeling about Nick, but might have picked up on it if the book was a bit fresher in my memory. I won’t spoil anything for you about HTGAWM, but the winter finale is AMAZING.

  3. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Yeah so The Paying Guests. Just reviewed it tonight. It drew me in because that is what Sarah Waters does, but so much circular conversation and whining and drama. And I’m still not sure about that ending. It felt anti-climatic. But as I do with all of her books, I’ll be thinking about it for weeks. I may change my mind even, I’m not sure.

    Yes! on The Walking Dead. I have We Are Not Ourselves on audio but I’ve been distracted by other things lately. I’m hoping to get to it soon!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – yes, her writing definitely grabs the reader, but I agree about the whining and drama. It all got to be a bit much. And yes, the ending was a bit of a let-down.

  4. Susan says:

    I got to read Us. Yeah I thought the Gone Girl movie was good too. It followed the book closely. I’ll be watching the last two episodes of The Walking Dead which should be intense! Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Susan – we’re two episodes behind in WD now – hoping to catch up today before our company gets here!

  5. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    I too haven’t seen Gone Girl yet … ARGH. Maybe I’ll rent it this weekend. Sounds like you really need a day off to stitch and relax before the holidays begin. 🙂

  6. Michelle says:

    If it makes you feel any better, I wasn’t a huge fan of The Paying Guests either. Glad to hear the movie version of Gone Girl is so good! I am so leery of book-to-movie translations lately. I blame the entire Twilight series on that.

    I hope you have a wonderful week and peaceful Thanksgiving!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Michelle – ugh – don’t get me started on the Twilight movies! We didn’t really have a peaceful Thanksgiving, but it was mostly fun regardless. 🙂

      • Michelle says:

        What does it say about me that I own all of the Twilight movies and have been known to pull them out from time to time, but I won’t go see Gone Girl or Mockingjay in the theaters? LOL!