In the Books: This Week’s Best Bookish Links

How was your week?

I had to think hard about what I did this week. My brain cells have been steadily diminishing with each kid I pop out. This week saw the end of saw the end of October, Halloween, the beginning of November and apparently the end of fall. Maybe it’s still fall-like temperatures where you live, but here in the Midwest…Winter Is Coming (let the record state that I DO NOT watch Game of Thrones)! Snow and daily highs in the mid thirties says winter to me!

Tuesday was Halloween.

It was my favorite holiday as a kid. I loved planning the perfect costume, attending the neighborhood Halloween party, and running around the subdivision in a big group.

There’s always that one house that celebrates Halloween waaaaaay too hard. Their front yard is full of severed heads, cloaked figures, and axe-wielding monsters. I remember one year our neighbors had a huge barrel of spaghetti labelled “brains” that you had to stick your hand in before getting candy. You had to earn it. That’s how it should be.

This year we had teenagers come to our door with NO COSTUMES!!! You know I gave them the business. My little ninjas went with a big group this year and had a blast. Full size candy bars and pocket change = huge success (It cracks me up that our neighbors gave out money)!!!

I also had a big Pinterest win.

I have discovered the Switch Witch! Basically, the kids leave out their extra candy for the Switch Witch and she replaces it with something special. For higher-achieving moms you can leave out a little poem about the Switch Witch.

My highly intelligent 9-year-old was hip to my plan. She got upset when I first told her about this Switch Witch by exclaiming “You’re just going to eat all the candy I worked so hard to get! Why did I even go trick-or-treating?” This kid is smart. Plan foiled.

So, I assured her that I would take the extra candy to kids who didn’t get to go trick-or-treating (translation – women’s shelter or children’s hospital). She liked that idea and conceded to being bribed. I’m not crazy-stickler-no-candy-mom. I let the kids keep 15 pieces each. Then the overly-literary-conscious Switch Witch replaced the surplus candy with two books apiece.

Lilly got El Deafo by Cece Bell (which she promptly read within 24 hours) and A Smart Girl’s Guide: Worry: How to Feel Less Stressed and Have More Fun (Lilly’s response – “Why did the Switch Witch get me this? Me, innocently – “I don’t know”). Jude got Curious George’s Fire Truck and I Was So Mad (Little Critter) (again, I have no knowledge of why these books were chosen).

This ended up being a huge success. The Switch Witch will definitely fly past our house next year!

Here are this week’s best book-related links!

Murder on the Orient Express Breathes New Life Into Agatha Christie

As a child, I remember seeing an Agatha Christie murder mystery on stage and loving it. As an adult, I’ve never read an Agatha Christie book! Murder on the Orient Express is going on my TBR list!

Will Alias Grace Repeat the TV Success of The Handmaid’s Tale?

I LOVE Margaret Atwood. I’ve read The Handmaid’s Tale twice and recently finished The Blind Assassin. I must read Alias Grace and then binge watch the series on Netflix!

How Many of Us Still Read Books in Bed?

I seriously cannot read books in bed. I will fall asleep standing up if it’s past 8:00. I prefer to read on the elliptical. I haven’t fallen asleep on that yet.

10 of the Best Feminist Texts

I consider myself a feminist and you should too! How many of these have you read?

20th Anniversary of Harry Potter

I would kill for a glass of butterbeer right now.

2017 Kirkus Prize Winners Announced

I haven’t read any of these. I might consider adding them to my TBR list.

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4 thoughts on “In the Books: This Week’s Best Bookish Links

  1. I need to read some of those books on the “Best Feminist Texts” list – “Bad Feminist” has been on my TBR for a while.

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