Slice of Life: Bring on Fall, Raising Kind Kids, and Currently Reading…

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Slice of Life is a regular update on the latest in my life. This is where I write about my books, movies, tv, food, fashion, family or whatever subjects are on my mind that week. It’s just a little glimpse of my slice.

  1. Super excited about many of these upcoming Fall TV shows.
  2. This piece written by the mom of a very introverted boy is making me focus even more on being sure my kids are kind and inclusive to everyone.
  3. One fashion hack I employ to try and stay “on trend” is a simple one: color. If you know the colors the fashion experts are trotting out as the “hot” colors of the season, you can usually put together a fairly trendy outfit without having to do much (if any) shopping. This is a great post about the colors to wear this Fall.
  4. I could not be more excited about this new bookstore/bar combo which will be opening sometime soon in San Antonio!
  5. Friends, this is my space to talk about my life, and lately, life has hit me pretty hard. I have had some family challenges and in the middle of all of that, my precious dog, Maggie, got really sick and passed away. I am heartbroken and taking a few days to process things a bit. Still hope to get this weekly post out each week, but probably taking a small break on my other content. In the meantime, come visit me on Instagram!

New on the Blog:

10 Backlist Series Books to Read Now – many bloggers are focusing on Fall new releases, and while I am getting excited about a few new buzzy books, I decided it was a good time to give my favorite older, non-new release books some love.

Recipe: Leftover Pot Roast Sliders with Horseradish Mayo – a yummy and easy weeknight dinner for Fall (includes a tip about making it sans bread).

Currently Reading:

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness author Susannah Cahalan has a new book coming out this Fall called The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission that Changed our Understanding of Madness, and it sounds really interesting. I have had a copy of Brain on Fire floating around my house for awhile so decided to pick it up, and I am flying through it. In addition to re-listening to books I previously read in print as an escape during a stressful time, I also really like light YA. For this reason, City of Ghosts is really hitting the spot right now.

Just Finished:

Going through a tough time personally can make it hard to focus on words on a page. Even listening to a book is hard to do. After trying many things recently (Netflix is still one preferred escape), my new favorite tactic to get out of my head and get some reading done is going back and listening to my favorite books (all originally read in print) on audio. I recently finished my re-read of The Spellman Files on audio, and it was such a perfect way enjoy an old favorite. I am normally not a re-reader, but this has really been a welcome discovery right now since I am seriously having trouble focusing on printed words.

I got an eARC of A Spell of Murder (releases Oct 3) from the publisher, Bookouture, through NetGalley. I thought it sounded like a charming and fun “witchy” whodunit for Fall. It was pretty much exactly that.

Did Not Finish:

I have a few books on the DNF list right now that I want to go back to, but I try and reserve this spot only for books I DNF because I did not like them or that were not for me. Hmm, maybe I need to add a category to this post called “Too Many Books” and devote it to all the books that sit unread in my house or that go back to the library without me even reading a page (not because I don’t want to, but because there are not enough hours in the day)??!! Anyway, no true DNFs to report this week!

Likely Up Next:

I am super excited about Trace of Evil (releases Dec 2019), and I recently was approved for an electronic Advanced Reader Copy (eARC) of it through NetGalley. Thanks to the publisher (Minotaur Books) for this free copy in exchange for my honest review.

Listening to:

I finished listening to one of my old favorites, The Spellman Files, (I originally read the entire series in print), and immediately started on the second book in the series, Curse of the Spellmans. These books are so funny, different and comforting for me. It’s the perfect way to rediscover an old favorite while also escaping from the world.

Recent TBR Additions:

The Secrets We Kept is historical fiction about how two women working for the CIA during the Cold War smuggled the manuscript for Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR so it could be published. Sign me up!

What’s happening in your slice?

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