things to look forward to this fall

You know it's coming...FALL. That time when all of us love to talk about how much we love it.

It's right around the corner and here are some cultural things I can't wait for:

Nutshell by Ian McEwan (09/13)

A new novel from my all-time favorite author, Ian McEwan. As usual, this one sounds creepy and wonderful. However, it does feature a narrator that is still inside its mother's womb. Not sure it will be easy for me to read, but of course I will.

Mascots (09/13)
I can't wait for this new film from Christopher Guest to come to Netflix. He's the best.

Also, how weird is it that when I hear a movie is headed straight to Netflix, I think of that as a good sign!? My, things have changed.


Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X (09/21)
I know, I know, I know....but we love it.

This season is going to be exceptionally bad given the ridiculous generalizations bound to fill the generation-centric teams.

La La Land (12/2)
A new movie musical that is completely original material starring Ryan Gosling. I'm in!

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The Happy Cook by Daphne Oz (09/20)

Similarly to Gwyneth Paltrow's books, I find it somewhat embarassing that I enjoy Oz's lifestyle/cookbooks. But hey, what are you going to do?

This one looks good and I like the tagline.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12/16)
Duh. I'm actually a little bit more excited about this one than I was for Force Awakens after watching this trailer.

Felicity Jones is so good.

Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets Illustrated edition (10/04)

I'm glad to see they are continuing into the rest of the series with these gorgeous illustrated editions. 

And maybe it will take away some of the sullen hangover left by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I felt very validated after listening to Slate's Audio Book Club discussion of it. 

The Girl on the Train (10/7)
I was definitely not a fan of the book, but this movie looks decent. I like Emily Blunt  

New album from HAIM
No details are known just yet, but it is rumored that HAIM is releasing a new album this fall. Given that their first one, Days Are Gone, was and is played more than any other in my house, I'm excited.

Gilmore Girls returns to Netflix (11/25)

what my book club is reading...second half of 2016

I realized today that I never wrote the second half of this post from earlier in the year.  Unfortunately, the newer of the two bookclubs has been disbanded...we lost members and now two of us are pregnant, which does not bode well for attendance! Ha!  

Other bookclub still going strong (and it has been since 1998...crazy!) and while it still has the same two pregnant members, we are a minority and it will not topple the applecart whatsoever.

We picked all our selections for 2017 today and it reminded me that I never posted our picks for the second half of 2016. Here's what we read/are reading until the year's end:

July                                                                          August

September

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November

October

December

 

 

back to work tomorrow

WATCH

Unfortunately, we watched the RNC on PBS. What a trainwreck.

LISTEN

New song from Regina Spektor. Everyone on high alert! Rest of the album on September 30th. Can't come soon enough.

And Mr. Robot has me listening to Phil Collins "Take Me Home." Great song.

DO

We went over to the Harrison County Fair this week. It's across the street and we always get a kick out of fair week. However, this year it is FABULOUS. New midway company and wow, it was so much nicer than usual. 

Got some photos of the baby inside my body! HA!

MOVE

The longest 7 minutes of your life. Damn you Tracy Anderson!

This has definitely been the hardest area to keep going during the first trimester. The fatigue leaves me incapable of practicing much yoga, but I've still been going for it when I can. Teaching 8 classes a week throughout helped me stay moving too.

CONSUME

Homemade pesto with fresh basil from the garden. So good.

Lemon Shakeups from the Lion's Club over at the Fair. WHY are they so good?!

READ

Skimmed a few books for school:

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
I had high hopes for this middle grade novel about the aftermath of 9/11, but am not impressed with the first 50 or so pages. Writing is poor and lacks any kind of nuance at all. I hate it because I have a feeling this is going to be very popular and I think I'm already in the minority here.

Tru and Nelle by G. Neri
Sweet middle grade novel that is a fictionalized account of the childhood friendship between Truman Capote and Harper Lee that went on to inspire Lee to write Jem, Dill, and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. 

What is...the Summer Olympics?
Super silly biography of the Olympics. Will probably read the highlights aloud the first few weeks of school.

Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner
Fun adventure in the sci-fi, dystopic fashion. Nothing groundbreaking, but fun.

Also devoured You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein, the book of essays I mentioned last week. Hilarious.

FIND

Intrigued by these milkshakes and want to make them with Cap N Crunch.

 

what I'm preordering right now

Every summer, right before school starts back, I spend several days online researching upcoming releases. I like to get everything preordered so it just arrives on the day of publication. I particularly enjoy building up some excitement for big releases before they arrive...last year we all about lost our marbles waiting for Amulet: Firelight. It was too perfect because the day of its release, I had a bunch of kids reading outside and we saw the UPS truck drive by, causing us all to erupt in loud cheers.

So far, here's just a handful of what I have ready to preorder:

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Yeah duh. Telgemeier's complete domination in middle grade continues. I'm excited about this one and one copy is not going to cut it. I've ordered three, which is not enough either.

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

This is the third "Hat" book and if it's anything close to I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat, it will be in instant classic in the library.

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Yeah...While I don't love Pilkey's books, I can appreciate them for what they are: a gateway into reading for those who don't want to. HA! I'm thrilled to see something new that's not more Captain Underpants.

Return by Aaron Becker

Becker's wordless series has a special place in my heart. It's just so beautiful. So far we've had Journey, Quest, and now this final (?) installment.

Moo by Sharon Creech

It's a new Creech novel. No other explanation needed...it just must be ordered.

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers

I always look forward to new releases from Jeffers. However, they can be hit or miss. I don't love all of his books, but this one looks like it might be a winner...in the same vein as The Incredible Book Eating Boy or Stuck.

Razzle Dazzle Unicorn: Another Phoebe and her Unicorn Adventure by Dana Simpson

I get genuinely excited about new Phoebe books. These graphic novels (which are great for BOTH boys & girls regardless of the front covers) are hilarious! I love the unicorn so much whose name is Marigold Heavenly Nostrils. Perfection.