Slice of Life: Stress Reading, Little Women Movie, and More Fall Books…

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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 am working on my Fall reading goals and using many sources to curate my list of Fall books. Here and here are two really great upcoming new release round ups.
  2. I love this informative and sensible guide to eating seafood.
  3. The highly anticipated trailer for the new Little Women movie came out recently. Can’t wait!
  4. I missed doing this post last week due to a family emergency and getting my kids ready for the start of a new school. Those events also took a bit of a toll on my reading (and cooking!) life. I have historically struggled with focusing on books when I am stressed and typically I put books down during these times and settle for mindless TV. I persevered with trying to find reading material this time, however, and was able to figure out an effective tactic: listening to the audio of a book I have previously read in print. What do you reach for to distract you from stress or to escape when life is particularly busy or hard?

On the Blog this Week:

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:

Even though I have been trying to apply a bit more thought into my books of late, my mood reading took over recently with The Whisper Man. There has been much hype on Instagram over this title, and given the synopsis and the positive reviews, I had to check it out. I am almost finished and loving this really scary story that is such a good seasonal read for Fall (bring on Fall!).

Just Finished:

It was a bit of a slog, but I finally made it through The Long Call (Minotaur, releases Sept 3rd). I found it to have Cleeves’s signature stellar writing but the story just did not pull me in. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Did Not Finish:

I have had Harry’s Trees on my TBR for several years. I devoted way more time to this book than I wish I had because at around 3/4ths of the way through, I finally had to put it down. I liked some aspects of it and really enjoyed the characters but the story was just a little on the absurd side for me. It very well could be a case of wrong book at the wrong time. I put Song of Achilles down but I plan on going back to it. I think it is just too much for me to focus on right now.

Likely Up Next:

I was recently approved for an eARC of A Spell of Murder (releases Oct 3) from the publisher, Bookouture, through NetGalley. I think it sounds like a fun and easy read to continue me on my quest for getting in the mood for Fall.

Listening to:

As mentioned above, I have been dealing with a few stressful family issues and that has made focusing on books hard. However, I realized that I had never listened to the audio one of my favorite books of all time, The Spellman Files, and so I downloaded it from the library (Libby app) and am enjoying it immensely. Since I have read it previously (print version), it’s not a big deal if I get distracted and miss a bit here and there. It’s perfect.

Recent TBR Additions:

I am honestly not sure where I heard about Trace of Evil (Instagram is a safe bet), but it sounds so good and I am currently trying to get my hands on an advance reader copy (ARC) of it as it does not come out until December.

What’s happening in your slice?

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