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Welcome to my weekly update for November 1, 2020!
I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween! How did you or you kids dress up? If you didn’t, did you see any costumes that stood out to you?
Did my readers in the US remember to set your clocks back an hour? I wish we would just pick a time and stick with it. If we must change the time, I prefer to “fall back.” I don’t like the early sunsets but it takes me weeks to recover from “springing forward.” Which do you prefer?
Also, Americans, your last chance to vote is this Tuesday, November 3! Make your voice heard! Visit vote.org, a non-partisan nonprofit resource, for locations, sample ballots, and more vital information.
Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix–3.5 Stars
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix–4 Stars
Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez–4 Stars
Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe, read by Amy McFadden–4 Stars
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix–4 Stars
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
The October Country by Ray Bradbury
The Last Astronaut by David Wellington, read by Megan Tusing
Hole in the Sky by William Kittredge
I really am a horror movie wimp but I did get brave and watch The Shining after reading the book sometime in my early twenties. My husband and I decided to re-watch it last week since we visited Timberline Lodge, where the exterior shots were filmed, while we were in Oregon. It was a lot of fun to see a place we had hiked around in a movie. Since I knew what was going on, I have to admit I managed to nod off for a few minutes somewhere in the middle. My husband was sitting bolt upright with his eyes glued to the TV the entire time! It was pretty funny because I’m usually the one who’s freaked out.
I think I’m finally burnt out on my yearly Halloween horror spree so I may not even finish The October Country. It’s an anthology so it’s pretty easy to walk away. We’ll see. I’ve largely been stuck in YA fantasy mode since the pandemic started but I think (hope?) I may be past that. I’m ready to move on to something a little meatier. Election results may influence where I’m at mentally next week though. I’m planning to participate in Nonfiction November so I hope to review my backlog of nonfiction reads.
What did your week look like?
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