Fall Fun Fridays: to-be read, to-be-watched list

Fall Fun Fridays are upon us and I hope you enjoy what the FFF bloggers are sharing today, a subject close to my heart: what we’re reading, watching, bingeing and hoping will entertain us this Fall.

My tbr stack for Autumn 2018 is strange…a mish-mash of reading challenge prompts to complete, one intriguing advanced reader’s copy and a read-along with a friend. Tbh, I never stick to one genre and jump all over the place, this is representative of my usual haphazard habits. Behold the randomness:20180919_103555Currently reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon for banned books week. A swift, consistently inventive portrayal of a teenager who has autism and who is determined to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog. Incident was an incredibly popular debut in 2004 and is challenged in schools for reasons of foul language and atheism. 

The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor- “You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or someone is watching you. 
It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran – the Chalk Man.” 
-from Goodreads. 

I’m excited about this pick as I’m reading it along with a friend. At a slim 280 pages, it should deliver a taught psychological scare that’s perfect for October.20180927_135321Unable to avoid it any longer, I’m embarking upon the Hemingway challenge prompt that’s been looming over my tbr since last year’s challenge. With several titles in my possession, I didn’t need another, but couldn’t resist a lovely thrifted copy of The Sun Also Rises. Can’t go wrong with a classic right?

Of these, I’m highly anticipating my advanced reader’s copy of Ways to Hide in Winter written by Sarah St. Vincent and provided by Melville House Publishing. A quick synopsis- “In a remote corner of Pennsylvania’s Blue Ridge Mountains, a woman befriends a fugitive from Uzbekistan, setting in motion this suspenseful, atmospheric, politically-charged debut.” Secrets and intrigue hidden in the Blue Ridge Mtns? That’s my kind of suspense, although something is telling me this might not end well. 20180919_103656Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh might be my most intimidating read yet. A doorstop sized period tome that I worry might be too stuffy, even for an anglophile such as myself. I adore the vintage book cover, however. Do you spy the little kitty peeking out of the suit pocket? A charming cover draws me in every time. Brideshead will fulfill either the thrifted or Radcliffe’s best 100 reading challenge prompt.20180926_132923With a constant audio book going on my daily commute, I’m itching to listen to Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. Autumn requires a little magical escapism and this comes joyously recommended by Sandra. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long, but I can’t wait to start. A little blurb to tickle anticipation: “Dark as soot and bright as sparks. The Night Circus holds me willingly captive in a world of almost unbearable beauty. This is a love story on a grand scale, it creates, it destroys, it ultimately transcends.” – Brunonia Barry20180926_132014And because I wouldn’t be bookish Jay without one non-fiction book, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death is slated for a quirky informative read. We are using it for a competitive speech this season on the topic of observing death rituals throughout the world. It’s morbid, but in a good way. 

To be watched list:

Summer may be for late-night binge watching, but autumn is the season when my husband and I establish our viewing routine. He doesn’t miss The Goldbergs, nor many football games, meanwhile I seek variety.

Poldark season 4 premieres Sunday September 30th on PBS and it is one I do not miss. A single plotline can take forever to resolve and I may not know what the Cornwallian politics are about, but when it’s good, the period drama is real good. Ross Poldark is guaranteed to run amok fighting for friends and skirting the unjust laws enforced by rival George Warleggen (favorite fic. character name to recite aloud) while steamily brooding into the sea. Even better? I have a femme crush on Eleanor Tomlinson, his restless, natural and oft-forgotten wife, Demelza. tv collage (2)A network show I will tune in for is The Voice, but ONLY the blind auditions. I eat up the chair turns and coaches’ battles during the occasionally embarrassing sales pitches. Once the show moves beyond auditions to knockouts, I lose interest and have no desire to follow the singers ‘journeys’.

It’s no secret that streaming tv provides better content. Netflix’s Ozark is a cross between The Sopranos and the film The Departed, next-level intensity. The Good Place has been recommended by every critic and every friend whose judgement I trust, it’s about time I got on board. Season 3 premiered last night on NBC, but if you’re playing catch-up like me, the first two seasons are on Netflix. The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson’s eerie 1959 novel is getting a series treatment. Early reviews are calling it “the first great horror tv show.” That’s debatable, but I’ll tune in to find out, Netflix October 12th. Hoping something fills the Stranger Things void soon (sigh).

fantastic-beasts1 (3)I haven’t been to the movies since last year’s Murder on the Orient Express, but I may need to rent a kid to watch Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindlewald with me. My husband loathed the ending of the first film, especially Grindlewald (no Johnny Depp fan myself) but the art direction is glorious, also Dumbledore’s backstory. I wish to see The Girl in the Spider’s Web for two reasons, 1. Claire 2. Foy.

Others I’ll likely wait on until I can get free from the library:

  • A Star is Born– no, but the soundtrack-YES
  • Bel Canto– the book was forgettable, I’ll wait
  • The Hate U Give and Beautiful Boy– I might read the books first
  • The Nutcracker- I’ll go for the theatre experience, but not until closer to Christmas

Speaking of waiting…my sister has purchased tickets for the tour of Les Miserables in November. It will be a dream come true to see my favorite musical.♥

What are you reading, watching and anticipating this season? Do any of these appeal, or did I miss a fun release? I’m sure I’ll catch at least one horror movie too, do you embrace scary movies in the fall?

Check out these Fall Fun blogs for more book and tv chat:

Finger Candy 

The Redolent Mermaid





6 thoughts on “Fall Fun Fridays: to-be read, to-be-watched list

  1. I love your photos and I am loving your to be read and to be watched items. Your Hemingway book looks beautiful. I want to read that one. And Night Circus. I am still stalking used book stores for it but I may just cave and pick it up at Books-A-Million. I am loving your Harry Potter book sleeve from Book Beau by the way. I haven’t popped over there in a while. I might need to check it out. Poldark is amazing. I am hating some of what happens though so I took a little break. Got too emotionally involved. We are taking our students to see the Disney Nutcracker, then we are watching the play and then I will read them a version of the story (there are about a million) and then they will synthesize it all to compare how it is told through various mediums. I think it will be fun. Thank you for this prompt. I loved it.


    1. Thanks and you’re welcome, I was looking forward to this prompt bc you know how I do go on about books. Your fall shelf is an inspiration, I am less excited about the Hemingway but a beauty of a cover helps. Night Circus on the hand will be a treat to read.
      You got too emotionally involved in Poldark? Well, I have a heart of stone and I don’t know where you left off but season 3 get a little off the rails and soap operatic. Still a beautiful piece of entertainment, one new development I enjoyed was the turn in George and Elizabeth’s relationship-there’s a Lady Macbeth thing goin down and it’s delicious to watch the actors support each other’s evil ways.

      What a great lesson, I love hearing about your work and ideas this year. There are soo many versions, I feel a little apprehensive about the Disneyfication and the fact that the ballet version doesn’t have much (any) dialogue. I don’t know what they’re going to do to add storyline but it looks like breathtaking scenery.


  2. Another thing I’m joyous about (excellent word, by the way, that is exactly how The Night Circus made me feel, joyous) is the thought of you watching The Good Place! It is so, so, so good, and it feels like with the start of the third season, the rest of the world is just starting to catch on. It’s so great having Ted Danson back on my TV (big Cheers fan back in the day, always watched it with my parents. Fraiser, too, come to think of it.) I know you’re waiting for the right moment – I hope it comes soon so we can talk about it!

    But dear goodness, Brideshead AND The Sun Also Rises? That’s some literary self-loathing on par with the financial book I’m reading right now – like, do we perhaps hate ourselves?! 😉 I’m seriously so impressed, though – I usually just run as far as I can from anything described as a classic (James Joyce, ALWAYS, the boring tit.)

    When you stay in a Disney resort, the first channel that comes up when you turn on the television is Resort TV, which displays static images of the parks alongside information about park hours, etc. And there’s this never-ending loop of Disney music standards that plays over top of the whole thing, and the Nutcracker Suite was a CONSTANT when we were there over the Labour Day long weekend – looks like they’re gearing up for the movie as well. I think it looks great and I’ve always loved going to the Nutcracker, even if the story (what story?) makes ZERO sense, and that which does is creepy as hell (why is the uncle/toy maker/general creepo always so menacing? Also, the Nutcracker is a dink who ditches Clara for a fruit fairy. What the heck, man?)


    1. Why am I punishing myself? I could have chosen anything from the Radcliffe list and I much prefer Steinbeck to Hemingway, but I’ve read more Steinbeck and guess I wanna challenge myself?? (Self-hatred is more likely though) Speaking of which, I was thinking about the reading challenge and lol’d at the thought of a literary inspiration manicure based on Too Big To Fail! $$$ and broken dreams? I hope you do one<3
      The Night Circus and The Good Place, maybe I'll use them as rewards–read 40 pgs of classics then watch an episode.

      Hey, the Nutcracker is just tryna' live yo.


      1. There’s some trite, but accurate, capitalist pig imagery that could be quite appropriate. I’m so grossed out at the excess, and the utter delusion – these are empty human beings playing a massive shell game with the world’s economy, and passing it off as “patriotism.” It’s nuttin’ but smoke and mirrors (as in the stuff that drifts through their empty skulls, and the mirrors they admire their hair plugs in.)


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