I have nothing bookish to discuss with you today. I mean, I’m reading and thinking about books and things, but I’ve got nothing coherent enough to constitute a post. I’m writing a post anyway because I feel like it. Here are things that have been going on in the swirling mass that is my brain of late.
1. I recently watched The Conjuring against my better judgement. It was Halloween, we had friends over, I am highly susceptible to peer pressure. I proceeded to have a nightmare that night in which I was conducting an exorcism and my prayers were having no effect… Because they weren’t in Latin. I woke up lamenting my monolingual status more than usual, and questioning why the Vatican would have phased out Latin if it were an essential ingredient in exorcisms.
2. In other news, last night I saw an animal on the sidewalk and for a split second, I believed with every fiber of my being that it was a monkey. Until I remembered that I LIVE IN ILLINOIS and monkeys are not a native species, nor are they a common house pet. It turned out to be a tabby cat… Or it was Professor McGonagall playing a trick on me. Always a possibility. That Minerva. Ten points to Gryffindor, you prankster, you.
3. Speaking of McGonagall, I’m planning to join The Estella Society’s Potter Binge over the next couple of months. I’ll probably put together reactionary posts as I re-read and/or re-listen because HP is so ubiquitous there’s no real danger of subjecting anyone to spoilers. I doubt it’ll be very coherent, and will probably consist of bulleted lists full of SHOUTY CAPITALS and exclamation points!!! Which is wholly unlike everything else I write. (Wah waaaaaaaaah.)
4. I realized that I kind of hate animal print. I feel like I need to clarify the term “animal print” because my friend Joules has a top with these tiny elephants on it that is the cutest thing ever. That is NOT the animal print I’m talking about. I’m talking prints that resemble the pelts and skins of various animals. I don’t dislike people who like animal print or cringe when I see people wearing it, but it’s not something I’d incorporate into my own wardrobe. I own very little that’s not striped or a solid color. My closet is basically a billiards table.
So Bookworms. Give me an update. What’s been going on with you? Had any weird dreams lately? Been punked by a fictional character? Inquiring minds want to know!
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I can’t do scary movies either (except for a brief fearless phase I went through as a teenager) but I want to see Crimson Peak soooo bad. SO BAD.
Speaking of animal print, I saw this woman coming out of the grocery store yesterday in a full anima; print track suit. It was like tiger print, I guess? It was striped but the “fur” color was really light tan, so it didn’t look like a tiger to me, but I digress. I saw this lady and mentally Judged her, but then I mentally shamed myself because *I* certainly wasn’t dressed like I was going to meet the Queen. Why do I care what other women are wearing to the grocery store? You do you, animal print track suit lady.
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Now all I can think about is what I would wear to meet the Queen. The only thing that seems fancy enough is my wedding dress. Only, that would be weird, right? I’d need to go buy some Chanel skirt suit or something should the occasion arise. I hope I get rich before I meet the Queen…
Jancee @ Jancee's Reading Journal
I hate scary movies and have the worst nightmares. We recently watched several leading up to Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre being the worst of them. Chainsaws on scary trails or hayrides have never scared me really until this year!
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Oh good heavens I can’t go on any scary trails, haunted hayrides, or haunted houses. They give me anxiety! I don’t get what’s fun about having people intentionally scare you. I’m terribly jumpy as a rule. And chainsaws are the worst.
Joules (from Pocketful of Joules)
No scary movies allowed in my life… I get legitimately freaked out by them and refuse to go anywhere dark for a good 6 months. Which makes it hard when it’s dark at 5 and I need to get home from work.
You make me laugh.
There’s no peer pressure great enough to make me watch a scary movie. Wait, that’s a lie. I once sat through The House on Haunted Hill with my eyes closed because all of my friends went to see it.
The last time I was peer pressured into a scary movie was just after college, and I felt like I really couldn’t object because a friend was letting me crash on her couch (I unfortunately still needed to be on campus for a week after my lease ended), but I didn’t want to be a total loser and go into hiding until they were done watching… so I just tried to zone out but still look to everyone else like I was watching the movie.
The Conjuring was great. Super creepy. Movies/books that are about hauntings, demons, exorcisms particularly freak me out because seriously they could be real. Sinister is another one that is particularly freaky.
OMG to animal print. I’m ok with it as accessories. Like a scarf or even cute ballet flats. But only when you’re wearing solids. I’m not embracing this whole multiple pattern thing(says the girl whose only pattern is stripes or dots) and NEVER full animal print like in a top or dear god pants.
Rachel @ Dashing Good Books
Ha! “That Minerva” :’)
I just re-read Harry Potter all the way through last month so I might have to join in some of those HP discussions.. I look forward to your shouty exclamations
Loved this post!
I’m doing NaBloPoMo and so far it’s good, but I imagine it’ll be my undoing.
I love her.
Also, Brian and I watched the entire Harry Potter movie series for Halloween. It was amazing.
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No weird dreams lately. The biggest excitement was Amanda from Fig and Thistle and Amanda from The Zen Leaf visiting, which was pretty stinking excellent. Seeing a monkey out and about is also pretty exciting. I’m solidly on the side of McGonagall.
Jenny @ Reading the End
I know that you’re joking about having Latin lessons, but you should legit learn Latin. It’s the best language. I want to hug it every time I think about it. Shitdamn, I should get back into Latin. I should read some lovely Cicero.
My dear friend & podcast partner Jenny always watches Practical Magic at Halloween and has margaritas (in the movie they have margaritas very late at night). That is, for me, the right level of movie scariness. I saw Practical Magic at age, I dunno, twelve or so? and it scared the living hell out of me (I still get an unpleasant frisson thinking about whatshisdeadface going “I’m feeling veeeeeery into sisters”), so that leftover feeling makes it a good Halloween movie for me.
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I really should learn Latin, shouldn’t I? That would be epic. Also I can’t think of Cicero the same way after reading Stacy Schiff’s account of Cleopatra’s life. He was such a grumpy malcontent!
I can’t do scary movies, but gimme all the scary books! Go figure.
The only look that really bothers me is the pajama look. I am all about comfort, but at least change your pants before you go into a store. That’s all I’m saying.
So I can’t do scary movies that well because the jump scares are just too much for me, and I think they’re cheap anyway. Scary video games are pretty bad too. Scary books though? I can read anything scary in a book. Don’t have to worry about jump scares there 😛
I finished the Chronos Files series this weekend and I loved it. Now I get to finish the Lunar Chronicles, as well. 😀