I’m completely in cocooning mode these days. It’s crazy busy at work all of a sudden and just because of the time of the year, life’s become super busy. So at the end of each night, when I’m done zipping around with meetings, tasks, chores and visits, I make myself a cup of tea… these days it’s this ginger kind, or a cup of hot chocolate (but only on days I feel like I worked extra hard, so it’s like a bit of a reward… my pants don’t fit so I can’t be too generous with the hot chocolate) and curl up with something from my Fall 2017 reading list until I’m ready to go to bed. It’s been wonderful, not just because of the ritualistic feeling around it all but also because I’m really enjoying my Fall 2017 reading list so far.
I just finished one of the books from the list and was about to type up a review, when it occurred to me I should just share my list with you all. I had some great feedback on my summer reading list, so may be you’ll want to read some of these books along with me too! It’s a mix of different genres but as usual, weighted a bit heavily on my favorite kind! So here goes:
This is the one I’ve just finished reading and I’m going to publish a review of it in the next few days. I won’t give it away, but it was freaking excellent. Stay tuned!
I can’t wait to read The Girl Who Take an Eye for an Eye! You’ve heard of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series right? If you haven’t, you’ve got to read at least the first book – the absolute best in the series, the second book is kind of great too and I can’t even remember the third one, but I don’t think I loved it. The series was by Stieg Larsson. I don’t quite know the whole story, but Larsson died and then David Lagercrantz sort of took over after the trilogy was complete and started writing more books in the series. This one is the second of the series authored by him. I’ve got to stop zipping through books because I can’t even remember how The Girl in the Spider’s Web went but I remember really enjoying it. This is why I write book reviews on my blog… just so I can go back and see if I liked a book and also, to read what it was about. I have the memory of a kidney bean, i.e. zero.
The Late Show introduces a new detective in the Michael Connelly novels world, Detective Renée Ballard, who isn’t in the best place career-wise and is trying to solve some crimes while faced with some personal demons. From the reviews it sounds like another great read in the suspense / thrillers genre.
A Great Reckoning is going to be my first Louise Penny book. I have a cool story about how I came across this book… I’ll tell you when I review the book. For now, I’m looking forward to be introduced to another author in what seems to be my favorite genre. I’m a little concerned that I’ve picked a book from the middle of what seems to be loosely a series of sorts. I don’t have history on Chief Inspector Gamache but if I were to guess, you probably don’t need to read the books in order. Let me know if you’ve read any Louise Penny novels before and what you think.
Henrietta Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her permission. Her cells went on to be most vital in developing the polio vaccine, cloning etc. Her cells were bought and sold by many, while her family remained far too poor and didn’t even know what was going on. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a true story told in the context of many issues still prevalent today – medical ethics, racism, etc.
I was watching the movie Angels & Demons the other day on Netflix and that made me crave a new Dan Brown novel, so I’m quite excited by the timely release of Origin. Sticking to the unique Dan Brown genre – no idea what this genre is really called – the story pits creationism against science and spirals through hidden history and extreme religion. I can’t wait to read this book!!
I don’t have cable so whenever I’m somewhere with cable, I’m obsessed with Home & Garden Television and particularly Fixer Upper. Home renovation shows are pretty common but like everyone else obsessed with Fixer Upper, it’s the whole picture I’m drawn to – the relationship between the husband-wife team, the fun they have with their work, how good they are at it and how dedicated they are to their town. I hear that they’re just starting their last season of Fixer Upper, which is so sad but I guess all good things have to come to an end. So I thought I’d read their story in The Magnolia Story… it sort of made sense.
I’m doing 15 days of Halloween this year – this entails watching 1 Halloween movie per day and eating a lot of candy. For 15 days. One of my all time favorite Halloween movies is Practical Magic. The Rules of Magic is supposedly a prequel to it. That’s all I know. That, and it had the word magic and Reese Witherspoon posted it on her Instagram book club account. Real deep, I know right? But it felt timely… to read it over my 15 days of Halloween celebrations. (Also, this year I’m going all out for Halloween because I had to skip Halloween last year – I had to fly out to Boston for work and I spent Halloween in airports and on planes… P and Luna hid out and didn’t even hand out candy to all the 4 kids in our neighborhood in my absence. In his defense though, he said it just didn’t feel right without me… so sweet.)
I hope some of you will join in my reading and will let me know what you thought of the ones you ended up reading… but as always, I’ll be sure to post a review here! Fair warning, by the way, I have a feeling my blog will be a bit book heavy the next 2 1/2 months!