Happy Monday! Another week closer to the holiday season. Yes, I'm one of those. Most people know that about me already. *wink*
Listening To: Is it getting tedious that I'm still listening to Anna Dressed in Blood? The boys did go back to school today so I'm back in the car for 3 hours plus daily and I was able to resume listening...and right at a particularly gruesome part. I think I'm pretty close to the end. I'm also still listening to Dracula on my computer and will take it in the car when I finish Anna.
Colossus: The Four Emperors, David Blixt (review)
City of Bones, Cassandra Clare
Joyland, Stephen King (TuesBookTalk)
The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova (read-a-long)
The Curse Giver, Dora Machado
Write-a-Thon, Rochelle Melander
Stoker's Manuscript, Royce Prouty
This House is Haunted, John Boyne
The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert
Watching: Still watching the same things I always watch. HaHa. I did catch the premiere of Reign on the CW the other night and despite all the uproar about its historical inaccuracies, I enjoyed it. I loved that Megan Follows (our beloved Anne of Green Gables) portrays Catherine de Medici. Fun! And a complete role reversal from characters that she has normally played. At the theater...I saw Carrie on Saturday. To be honest it has never been my favorite Stephen King story and I was never a big fan of the original film, but being a huge SK fan, I had to go see it. It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't say it was any better than the original either. I did like the more extensive portrayal of Carrie's powers in the new version.
Making: These two meals I fixed last week were a big hit and will be put in the keeper file...Cheesy Sausage Casserole and Ramen Noodle & Beef Skillet (note: if you do decide to look up and try these two recipes, I did substitute Mexican blend frozen veggies in place of mixed vegetables...I'm not a fan of peas & carrots). This week, I'm trying the Chicken Salad Casserole and Wallace's (Unputdownables) Soon-To-Be-Famous Chili recipe.
Grateful for: the weather finally staying colder. I'm so ready for cold weather and I want some snow this year, darn it!
Looking forward to: will I jinx myself if I say NaNoWriMo next month? I'm getting my plan together starting this week and I'm really thinking that this will be my year to "win"...it's in my soul to get my novel written.
Picture: Two review books and library sale haul
A Divided Inheritance, Deborah Swift (for review)
The Boleyn Bride, Brandy Purdy (for review)
Vampire Hunter D, Hideyuki Kikuchi
Confessions of a Pagan Nun, Kate Horsley
Eugene Onegin, Alexander Pushkin
Germinal, Emile Zola
The Sea, The Sea, Iris Murdoch
The Last Time I Saw Paris, Lynn Sheene
The Venetian Mask, Rosalind Laker
The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, Syrie James
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery
Sarah's Key, Tatiana De Rosnay
Something Rotten, Jasper Fforde
Wench, Dolen Perkins-Valdez