Happy Friday, guys! Since Thanksgiving I’ve felt like I’ve been in a bit of a time warp (“Wait, is it Tuesday? Saturday? Wednesday?”) Fortunately, it is in fact Friday and time for book reviews in fifteen words or under.
1. Flour, Too: Indispensable Recipes for the Cafe’s Most Loved Sweets & Savoriesby Joanne Chang
Already obsessed with the second Flour Bakery cookbook. Can’t wait to try all the soups.
2. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
Reading Dorothy Parker makes me feel like one of the cool girls with short hair.
3. The Truth About Stacey by Ann M. Martin
Spoiler alert: it’s diabetes.
4. For the Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
YA dystopian adaptation of Persuasion. Aw yeah. (The letter made me just as emotional here.)
5. I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
As a child who enjoyed retribution and hats, I would have been all over this.
“I believe that every lifelong reader has one author who somehow bored a hole into her childhood soul—a hole just large enough to let in all the rest of literature and art and humanity. For me—and I’m one of thousands and thousands, I know—that was you.” I think a lot of readers could send this letter to Lois Lowry.
Happy Halloween, everybody! In case you couldn’t guess by my Twitter feed today (or really, this month), I’m a big fan of Halloween-ish music. Who needs Christmas carols when you have classics like “The Monster Mash” and the Ghostbusters theme song?
One of my current favorite creepy songs is “Heads Will Roll” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The video is really fun, too:
Similarly, I like when Halloween pops up in books/movies otherwise not about Halloween. The Chance You Won’t Return has a Halloween scene, and has been there since the first draft. So much of the book is about who you present yourself as and who you really are, which meant that having a Halloween scene seemed necessary. Other favorite books with Halloween scenes include:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Class halloween parties are great until there’s a troll in the dungeon. Who doesn’t love the moment when Harry, Ron, and Hermione become friends?
To Kill a Mockingbird So much of the book feels like summer to me, but the last terrifying and beautiful scene is set on Halloween night.
The Egypt Game Halloween is when the group takes its full form, with Toby and Ken joining. This book feels like fall to me.