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:Currently 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.Unable 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. Brideshead 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.With 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 BarryAnd 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. 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).
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?
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