In all my Halloweening, I nearly forgot that the holiday coincides with the end of the month, and I totally owe y’all some bite size reviews. As usual, I’ve been reading more than I’ve been blogging and I’m perpetually behind schedule. I say “schedule” like anybody but me cares. I am beholden to nobody. I am the free-est of birds. Now, before you go singing all the Lynryd Skynyrd, let’s talk about some BOOKS!
ONE: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig- This is not a drill folks. This book is about TIME TRAVELING PIRATES! It’s a delightful romp of a YA novel, and I’ll forgive the love triangle aspect because one of the love interests has a pet beagle. I love me some beagle related shenanigans. I would recommend that if you read this, read the end with your eyeballs. Or at least, don’t try to listen to the audio version while you’re multi-tasking. Because my brain got a little tangled in the maps and the time and the back and forth. Totally looking forward to the next installment, though.
TWO: Bird Box by Josh Malerman- I chose this book for my neighborhood book club because October was my month to host and I wanted something a little creepy. I tapped into the hive mind of twitter and I can’t remember who pointed me toward this book, but THANK YOU. Because it was perfect and creepy and wonderful. Apocalypse via eyeballs. It’s intense.
THREE: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson- Freaking gorgeous prose, which makes all the sense because Woodson is a poet. The intensity of adolescent girlhood plus oodles of 1970s atmosphere makes for a fabulous novel. Well, fabulous and gut wrenching and everything that makes a book great. You know how it is.
FOUR: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini- Oh my heart. This book just about BROKE ME. I realize it’s been out for quite a while and I’m basically the last person to have read it but being late to the party didn’t make the book any less intense. It’s set partially in Afghanistan and partially in the US and it’s devastating in the best way. Just read it, y’all. Read it.
Alright Bookworms. That’s what I’ve been reading. But what I’m really curious about? Who is dressing up for Halloween and what are you gonna be???
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I’m not, but if I was I love the idea of dressing up as a suffragette this year. The kids are going to be Snow White, a fairy, and Spiderman.
Saw your kids’ costumes on FB- so stinking cuuuuuuute!
Oh gosh, I can certainly understand how The Girl From Everywhere would be tricky on audio. I was definitely glad I read it on paper, so I could flip back through.
We are going Star War family style, so the kids will be Luke and Leia respectively. I’m rocking Han Solo and the hubby is going to be Obi-Wan. What are you dressing up as?
The Star Wars concept is SO FUN! I love it!
Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf
Ohhhh I need to check out Bird Box!!
I’m not dressing up, but C is going to be a fox. 😉
You’d dig Bird Box, I think. It’s a Monika book. And I saw C’s costume on FB and I nearly died of the cute. ADORABLE!
I read The kite runner last year with my book club and Oh my god – just exactly the same as you. Everybody loved the book.
Here in my country people dress up for halloween if they are going to party, but we don’t do the kids’ thing about the candy, so basically it’s only for teenagers and adults who go out at night.
It’s only in the last few years that I’ve realized how different Halloween traditions are in Europe. I love a good costume party, but the trick-or-treating is easily my favorite part. I loved going out as a kid and I love helping make the night fun and a little spooky and magical for other kids.
Yes, it looks fun (now that I’m seeing your last post haha), but it would never be the same here because we live in flats, so it’s not like you decorate a entire house and you see the kids approaching your door through the window… Howevery, I can tell you today cafeterias and bars were decorated with skulls and spiders here and there…
Regarding the costumes, I see you dress like a dragon, haha, but here the people who go out today are dressed in “horror costumes”, like vampires and such (I’m sending you a link with my cousin’s IG for you to see how they look). The rest non-horror costumes are left for carnival, which takes place in February :))
Jenny @ Reading the End
TIME TRAVELING PIRATES, absolutely nobody should forget that this is a thing in our lives. I am not dressing up for Halloween this year because it turned out to be too busy and expensive of a year for me to sort out a costume and a party/parade plan with friends. BUT I am still wedded to my plan of being Holtzmann for Halloween next year. I have the glasses and the ankle boots and I basically just need a good scarf to wear as a tie and some fingerless leather gloves.
It was your recommendation that got me to read The Girl From Everywhere! You are the best for book recs, I’ll tell you what.