Well friends, here's me this weekend. I had a family photo session on Saturday and I roasted myself. Not really, but I sweated all the way through the front of my shirt. Chasing toddlers is not for the weak. My thighs felt it the next day.....Ok so that was really hot, because it was a hot day. And then later, Julia had a soccer match. That was also Very Extremely Warmified. AND THEN the next day we went on an outing to a Japanese Fall Festival (pix coming soon. probably.) and that too was QUITE WARM.
And you know what? I really am wishing and hoping for some crisp, cool Fall weather. I've worn the same sundress, like 3 times a week, every week, for this entire summer. I'm really super tired of wearing this dress. It's what I wear when I can't think of what to wear, which is most of the time, in the summer. I don't own a lot of summer wear, but I own a million variations of sweatshirts and sweaters and I'm READY TO START WEARING THEM.
So my annual fall reading list for us grown up (ish) peoples is a bit early this year, because I AM READY FOR FALL. And I had the list, so let's just trot it out, alrighty-ho?
'The Miniaturist' by Jessie Burton just sounds awesome and has the coolest cover, which is largely how I choose my books. Not even joking a tiny bit. Ok so this one's set in in 17th century Amsterdam (cool) and to be honest I didn't really understand what the synopsis person was talking about in giving the plot for this book (USE SIMPLE WORDS FOR ME PLEASE) but I got a gist of what sounds like there is maybe a DOLLHOUSE version of the main character's home and some kind of maybe magical artist who makes miniatures that are eerie and maybe he's evil or good or who knows. I'm down with the whole deal.
OMG I am going to have to BUY 'The Magician's Land' by Lev Grossman, even though I got the first two book in this series from the library, but the first two books are AMAZING and I simply CANNOT WAIT for 3 or 4 months until a copy comes up available from the library to find out what happens in this last book. I'm #94 on the library hold list for this book. Unacceptable. I gotta read it asap! If you missed me freaking out about 'The Magicians' before, allow me to freak out about it again ~ 'Harry Potter' on crazy steroids, totally meant for an adult audience. Book 2, 'The Magician King', was also fabulous. I should just bite the bullet and buy the whole series because I'm going to want to read them all again.
I know nothing about 'The Fortune Hunter' by Daisy Goodwin other than that it's based on some real life love triangle involving random members of the aristocracy in 19th century Europe and the cover looks very 'Downton Abbey', so I'm on board with whatever's going on here. I think I just invented a new contraction in the last sentence, by the way.
'The Mist in the Mirror' by Susan Hill. I was going to save it for Halloween time but I got this mega pile o' books from the library and I read them all really speedy quick and I was bored and I went ahead and read this one. A quick, not that scary, but very cool and atmospheric little ghost story. When the weather turns chill, grab a blanky and a cup of tea and have yourself a cozy party!
'Emily of New Moon' by L.M. Montgomery might seem like an odd choice here, but let me chat about this for a moment. I know a lot of people loooooooove 'Anne of Green Gables', maybe even more than I do (NOT POSSIBLE). I know other people felt like the 'Anne' series changed their life. (ME ME ME, I LOVE HER THE MOST) But I guess I'm just kind of a failure in terms of my 'Anne' love because if I was a true believer (I SWEAR I AM), I would have sought out and read the 'Emily' series long long ago. I got into a conversation with my pal Leanne, and she asked if I had read these books, and I was like, NO, and she was like, YOU CRAZY GIRL (she didn't really say that) and basically told me that I GOTTA read them immediately and that in some ways, she thought that there might be certain things about the 'Emily' series that I might prefer better to the 'Anne' books. GASP. I don't trust my feelings right at this moment. She said there are some elements of creepy/weird that make them well suited for Fall reading and that basically, I would love this book.
And last, I have to vent that this always happens to me!!!!! &^^%$@@! I end up buying the last books in trilogies because I discover the first two books of a series, get them from the library, get hooked, and then can't wait for the 3rd and then have to buy it. EXCEPT....I'm such a Maggie Stiefvater fan, I bought both the first two books in this series, loved them, and I have rarely had such a cliffhanger experience in a story before -- I've been waiting to find out how 'Blue Lily, Lily Blue' was going to conclude this supernatural book series from the very first book. Start with 'The Raven Boys' and just keep going. All I can say is....will Blue kill her boyfriend just by kissing him??? HUH?? Omg I hope not. I've already pre-ordered the book and I hardly ever do that.
SO. What are you all planning on reading this Fall???
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