Things I Love This Week

I stole this idea from the lovely Stephanie Burgis

Things that are making me smile this week…

1.  Cooler weather!  We were in the forties this morning, and although we’ll be in the seventies by this afternoon, it was nice to have a crisp snap in the air…and a reason to come in for a mug of hot chocolate and…

2.  Apple cherry cobbler.  (Yes, I had some for breakfast…)  I’ve been meaning to make this for weeks and just never got around to it.  I made it last night, and it was perfect timing.  McIntosh apples and tart pie cherries.  So good…

3.  Online Christmas shopping.  I’m just getting ideas so far, but when I find something good, I get a little thrill (part of which comes from knowing that someone else just might be taken care of without any stress).  My boys are making their Amazon Wish Lists too and having lots of fun prioritizing and adding comments.

4.  Gothic novels. I latched on to Jenny Crusie’s Cherry Forums Gothic Book Club about midway through and have been steadily working my way through a varied collection of Gothic novels. Right now it’s The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley and then a reread of Maybe This Time to finish things off with the book club.

5. Pan Am on ABC. Butters can’t get into it, but there is just something about it. The sense of adventure, the not-too-serious cloak and dagger elements, the subtle romantic possibilities, and the history. So far I’m hooked!

6. Just realized I’ll be getting the latest Flavia de Luce mystery in mail shortly! I can’t wait!  I also recently stumbled over another novel I’m eager to get my hands on…The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt.  Part diary/part scrapbook, set in 1920, it’s the whirlwind story of the life of wannabe writer Frankie Pratt. And it earned a lovely review I’m coveting:

“The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt is a literary bottle rocket—loaded with whimsy, pizzazz, and heart.”   —Adriana Trigiani










7.  And finally, planning a “very Mary Poppins” Halloween costume.

What’s on your list this week?

Posted in books, life, Uncategorized on 10/20/2011 04:54 pm


  1. Ooh, I LOVE Susanna Kearsley’s THE SHADOWY HORSES – and THE SCRAPBOOK OF FRANKIE PRATT sounds like so much fun! I’ll definitely look for that.

  2. I have been looking for more Gothic reads; always love your suggestions!

  3. I really like Pan Am too.

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