Greetings and welcome to Week 5 of Tights Watch. I remain committed to the bare leg, so if you guessed that this was the Drop Dead week you are still wrong. I did again question my sanity/stubborn ratio several mornings on the train platform, I am not going to lie. But unlike some others around me (looking at you this week Erin Shea!), I am holding tough.
This Sunday’s full moon is known as The Full Hunter Moon. Know those deer that feasted all summer long on your gardens and shrubbery? They are sufficiently fat enough to harvest now. Enjoy that venison jerky People! A long winter looms ahead. Be prepared!
Clowns have jumped the Pond and are now a Thing in the UK. Stop the madness People. Seriously. Enough is enough. You can read about that on Time Magazine.
This week we have some hiding, some spying, kidnapping, a monster, and a rumored stellar meatloaf.
Sweet Ann is here with This Must Be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell. “Maggie O'Farrell is a gifted writer and storyteller. Her characters are always well written and you feel as if you know them. This novel follows the life of Daniel Sullivan and his wife Claudette. Claudette is a very famous French actress who has fled with her young son from a previous relationship and is basically hiding from the world in rural Ireland. Daniel, an American, meets her and they soon wed. They have children they adore and quite a happy, though eccentric marriage. Daniel has children back in America that he was estranged from when they were younger but a few years after his marriage to Claudette he reconnects with them. Daniel has to deal with a difficult situation from his past that will impact his marriage to Claudette. Claudette has issues from her past that she also must also face. This is a great meaty novel that is touching, humorous and a pleasure to read.
Barbara M is putting those Post-It Flags to good use this week! “I am slowly reading Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life by Amy E. Herman and am loving it. The book is bringing out the Sherlock Holmes and Nancy Drew in me. Amy Herman is a lawyer with an undergraduate and master’s degree in art history and has used both fields of study to develop a technique of looking at things. Her method includes noticing often overlooked, seemingly unimportant details and observing objectively; ‘to say what you see not what you think. ‘The author has given seminars to FBI agents, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, Fortune 500 companies, Scotland Yard, and numerous police departments. This book is a valuable tool especially for those who deal with the public.”
Babs B has finished up one of our most wanted books, Home by Harlan Coben. “Once again Harlan Coben delivers an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home. Ten years after the high-profile kidnapping of two young boys, only one returns home. Only at the conclusion of this book will the reader find out the other missing boy's fate and it was worth staying up late reading to find out!”
Anna from the CL is here and she is EXCITED. “You know that book that has been on your TBR pile for quite some time that you really want to read but just never get around to unless you have a specific reason to pick it up? Well, that just happened to me with the book A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Somehow I was invited to a screening of the new movie adaptation with the screenplay writer Ness himself (gasp! total fangirl!). Needless to say, this was my reason to finally pick up that book and give it a read. The thing about this book is that the illustrations aid to the story just as much (if not more) than the text. In this book we meet Conor, who is too old to be a boy but too young to be a man, and come to realize that the monster who is visiting him at 12:07 every night is not the scariest thing going on in his life. Watch the trailer if you want some amazing examples of the visualization in this book, but beware that this one is not safe to read in public. i.e. It is heartbreaking. The film doesn't come out until December 3, (I smell awards nominations for this one), so you still have plenty of time to pick this one up. When you finish, come find me in the children's room and our hearts can heal together.”
Diane is possibly plotting some dinner party action. Wonder if we’ll be invited? “Sophistication is Overrated by the Slageter Sisters; Babs Horner and her sister Susan Palma, is a coffee table book filled with crazy, clever and over the top dinner party ideas. Babs lives in New Canaan where she has been a caterer and the owner of the needlepoint business ‘It's A Stitch’. Susan lives in Dallas and is a co-owner of an interior design firm. The burlap background of the cover for this book makes you want to see what could be inside those pages. I have been told by good authority the author says the meatloaf recipe is the best ever. By the time you have finished reading through this book you will be on overload of inspiration for your next dinner party.”
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from the SUN with the final musings and of course The Playlist. What's good Pats? "I’ve decked out the house in full Halloween mode and it’s already frightened one of the neighborhood kids. Things that terrify me lately are political in nature and have nothing to do with Halloween. It’s a real thing folks. Newsweek says therapists’ couches are full up with stressed out patients. Yoga helps. Medication helps too. For now, I’ll stick with a playlist to calm me. Hope this helps you, too.