What I Got:
Around the World in 50 Years by Albert Podell - I love travel books and I love project books so combine the two and I couldn't resist! I'm not sure I want to go to every country on Earth but I plan on enjoying Podell's travels! (NetGalley)
Treasure on Lilac Lane by Donna Alward - I'm halfway through with the first one in this series and couldn't resist the 2nd book (NetGalley)
Home for Dinner by Anne K. Fishel - We are one of the few families I know that regularly eat dinner together so I was curious to see what this book has to say and I can always use more recipes and tips! (NetGalley)
Behind Every Great Man by Marlene Wagman-Gellar - I love biographies about almost famous people and this biography of women connected to famous men - such as Emma Wedgewood Darwin and Alma Reveille Hitchcock - so this book was impossible to pass up! (NetGalley)
We'll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn - A combination travel memoir and book about strengthening bonds and learning to live without fear seemed impossible to pass up! (France Booktours)
A Sinful Deception by Isabella Bradford - Really all I had to see was the opening blurb that said this was for "fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries." I'm not sure I looked at the blurb until after I requested it! (NetGalley)
Merry Christmas Baby by Jill Shalvis - A Lucky Harbor Christmas novella! This one features one of my favorite couples - Chloe and Sawyer - a few years into their marriage. I'm really excited but now am feeling the need to reread their book! (NetGalley)
Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris - I adore Neil Patrick Harris and from what I've seen of this one it's definitely not going to make me love him any less! (Blogging for Books)
Reading: The House on Blackberry Hill by Donna Alward - I'm having some serious house envy reading this one. At Home with Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott which I'm really enjoying. The Shiro Project by David Khara which is a fast paced thriller. I alternate it with one of the others when I'm reading at night so I actually have a chance at going to sleep!
Listening: Not a thing! On the hold list for an audio book at the library and haven't had time to really look through the catalog to see what else is available. Hoping to fix this soon!
Watching: Not much new other than football. I tend to watch and read at the same time unless it's an Auburn game and then I end up watching it all. I've started watching The Chew some again and always enjoy it.
Off the Blog:
Well the major news is that Emma got her acceptance letter for her first choice school! We are thrilled and she is enormously relieved since she had managed to make herself believe that she was at best going to be wait listed. I knew she would get in but it's nice to see it in writing. So War Eagle! We're going to go visit her 2nd choice school this weekend so that may change but we'll see.
I had minor oral surgery last week (teeth extraction - I have the mouth of a 6 year old apparently and I had 2 molars that were starting to give me problems) and just wanted to thank everyone for the get well wishes! It went great other than I was kind of annoyed I wasn't immediately better. For the most part I'm pretty healthy and the last time I'd been under any kind of anesthesia was 17 years ago when I had my wisdom teeth removed. Turns out that anesthesia makes you kind of groggy. Don't like it! But all is well and I'm back up and going!
Halloween was a lot of fun though freezing! Our Halloweens tend to run to freezing (well for us which is about 40) to hot (90) so it's always interesting to work costumes around it! We're all Star Wars all the time around here so the Tornado went as Jango Fet and could barely contain his excitement. It's been quite a week for him. We had his field trip Tuesday, his school Halloween party Wednesday night and the Halloween.
Moving on - how can it already be November?? I'm trying to make a list of everything I want to get caught up on before the end of the year. Other than Thanksgiving and Christmas these 2 months will be relatively calm so hopefully I can get at least most of it done. Bunches of blog stuff I want to get caught up with as well as house stuff and holiday planning. I always have craft projects I want to do but when it really comes down to it I'm far more of a baker than a crafter.
I learned a lesson this week about forcing myself to read a book that I'm not in the mood for just because I have it set for a certain day in my head. I read Karen Harper's Forbidden Ground (link below) and while I don't think I would have loved it at the best of times reading it while not in the mood for it is definitely not the way to do this! I'm trying to remind myself to be more flexible at times like this even if it upsets my list-making little soul.
And last thing I promise because I know I'm talking (typing?) your ears off - is anyone interested in reading the Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen? I have a trade paperback called A Royal Threesome which is the first 3 books in 1. Anyone interested? If so leave a way to comment you in the comments and I'll send it on your way - First Come First Serve and US only please.
On the Blog
What Happened This Week:
Tuesday: Top Ten Books to Read to Get in the Halloween Spirit - well 8 books and 2 movies
Wednesday: Forbidden Ground - Review
Thursday: A Haunting is Brewing - Review - such a fun paranormal cozy!
Friday: Friday Linkups with excerpts from a short story collection called Even in Death
Since I'm trying to learn my lesson if the review is not already written and scheduled it'll go down as just a TBD. There will be something that day I just don't necessarily know what!
Monday: At Home with Madame Chic
Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Want to Reread
Wednesday: The Shiro Project - Blog Tour Review
Thursday: TBD but hopefully something Christmas-y
Friday: Linkups with whatever book I'm reading which I hope will be Neal Patrick Harris's autobiography
Saturday: The American Plate - Review