We bought some pumpkins a couple of weeks ago, on a trip we make each year to this little patch in the mountains of Georgia, but never managed to carve them. Instead, we just placed them in spots around the house to remind us that it was autumn and the holidays were coming. I attribute the lack of celebration to a number of things: the fact that I was sick with bronchitis for three weeks straight, and then caught influenza a week and half after finally making a recovery, and then checking in on the news of the Northeast. Looking at ways I could donate or help or just make sure that the people I knew in these areas were safe and sound. I'm thinking of everyone. So.. I'll have to make up for it next year. Big time.
I did, however, manage to complete the first in the Sherlock Holmes series last night and achieved:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Dracula by Bram Stoker
6 of 7 books completed
I'm still slogging through Dracula (which J attempted to read with me but I think I've lost him) and hope to get it wrapped up before the end of the week. I was introduced to Sherlock Holmes in book form and can safely say that I probably won't attempt another of this series for a long time. It was fun but not the most engaging. So many books, so little time! My favorites were definitely The Pigeon Pie Mystery and A Red Herring Without Mustard, surprisingly enough. They also happened to be the least spooky of the seven chosen. Next year I'll add some horror to the mix to celebrate right. And while I did end up reading The Little Stranger, which has some fantastic paranormal activity, I didn't add it to this list in the beginning and never ended up reviewing it (I know, I know). The Graveyard Book was my introduction to the audiobook and think I might have enjoyed this title a little more reading it rather than listening.
Look out for reviews from the titles above not highlighted (and click on others to read my reviews).
Great RIP event again! I can't thank Carl enough for hosting. Thanks!!
Oh, and I entered this awesome giveaway for cute family cards from an amazing designer for the upcoming season!