Slice of Life: Important Fall Release Titles, New Stephen King, and Seasonal 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. I don’t always love his books, but I have such respect and admiration for Stephen King as a story teller and writer. This piece on him in conjunction with the release this week of his new book, The Institute, is really fun (and how did I NOT know Joe Hill is his son?).
  2. This new horror show looks interesting.
  3. I have been reading ALL of the Fall new book release lists, and this one is probably my favorite so far.
  4. I am always saying that I love to read seasonally, but I have a confession: I pretty much only read seasonally in the Fall. Literally since January 1st, I have been compiling my list of books to save for Fall reading. Is there anything better when the leaves start falling than clutching a creepy ghost story with one hand and pulling your fluffy, cozy blanket to your chin with the other? Not in my book. Scroll through thoughts on my first few Fall reads below!
  5. Our weekend plans include shopping for wedding guest clothing (we have two coming up this Fall), the cleaning of closets and also likely an overdose of College Football. Ah, Fall in Texas (it may be HOT, but it’s mine)!

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:

There is this little group in the online book community called Bookstagram. Maybe you have heard of it? Anyway, one of the book challenges circulating there right now is something called “read what you own September.” I am embracing this challenge and using it to get through at least a few of the many physical books gathering dust on my shelf. The Fifth Season is on this list for me. *Trace of Evil does not release until December and following the advice of many veteran book reviewers, this newbie has managed to stick to a schedule of reading and reviewing my advance review copies (ARCs) in the few weeks leading up to the release date. Ditching that rule for this one.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.

Just Finished:

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness was the first book I grabbed for the “read what you own” challenge mentioned above. It was quick, compelling and a really amazing first-hand account of Cahalan’s experience with a rare auto-immune disease that attacks the brain. I could not put it down. I flew through City of Ghosts which I thought was a decently creepy and light YA ghost story. I finished listening to one of my old favorites, Curse of the Spellmans, which was a re-read (re-listen?) that I reached for as comfort during a stressful time in my life. It was just as funny and quirky as I remember.

Did Not Finish:

I have had The Diviners on my Fall reading list for a long time and have been especially excited about it given it is available through my library (Libby app) without a wait list. I started it this week and enjoyed the writing and the first few chapters but there was something about the scene introducing the malevolent spirit that struck me wrong. I am somewhat conflicted at listing it as a DNF, as I will likely go back to it at some point.

Likely Up Next:

I am in the last 30 minutes of my current audio book (see below) and I got a notice from the library that the audio of The Outsider (which I have had on hold for a very long time) is now available. Only fellow bookworms will understand the rarity and gloriousness of this timing.

Listening to:

I tagged Anna Dressed in Blood for Fall reading previously and am almost finished. It’s definately YA-ish and maybe a little silly in parts so I came very close to abandoning it in the middle. I am so glad I stuck with it as it is turning out to be so much more than it originally seemed.

Recent TBR Additions:

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission that Changed our Understanding of Madness is coming out this November and since I read and loved Cahalan’s Brain on Fire, I have added this one to my ridiculously long “to be read” list. Maybe I can even get my hands on an ARC? Here’s hoping.

What’s happening in your slice?

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