The Sunday Salon [10.31.10]

Happy Halloween! People are probably going to disown me for saying this, but I’m not really a fan of the holiday. I don’t like being scared, I don’t like the stress of planning a costume, and…did I mention I REALLY don’t like being scared? So I didn’t do anything Halloween related this weekend and I don’t plan on it today. Take that, people who like to jump out at me at haunted houses.

I do plan on reading today. I’d love to finish Betsy in Spite of Herself for two reasons: (1) I’d really like to finish the Maud Hart Lovelace Challenge and it ends today and (2) it would be my 10th book this month and I’ve never hit double digits in one month before (7 print, 3 audio).

So, onto the recap so that I can go read.

Most Recently Finished:

Print

Audio

Currently Reading

Print

(Betsy in Spite of Herself)

Audio

On Deck

Print

Audio

I have no idea. Recommendations?

Are you reading anything interesting this weekend? Do you want to to try to convince me that Halloween is awesome?

22 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon [10.31.10]

  1. Nymeth October 31, 2010 / 8:40 am

    Halloween isn’t really a tradition in my country, so though I like the idea of it I feel no deep attachment to the holiday. Wishing a very non-scary Halloween 😛

    I’ve been meaning to read Bryson Short History for ages – it sounds awesome!

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    • Michelle October 31, 2010 / 1:10 pm

      I’m loving the Bill Bryson so far. A good mix of science and story.

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  2. Helen Murdoch October 31, 2010 / 9:28 am

    I don’t like being scared either, but I do love dressing up in costume. We don’t get any trick or treaters in our neighborhood so I seem to get the best part (just dressing up for work).

    Bill Bryson is so good; I hope you’re enjoying the audio book. Who is the narrator?

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    • Michelle October 31, 2010 / 1:09 pm

      See, I actually like the trick or treaters. But we don’t really get any either.

      Richard Matthews is the narrator. It’s a little strange since he’s British but he’s very good.

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  3. Heather @ Book Addiction October 31, 2010 / 9:50 am

    I’m not a big Halloween person either, haunted houses absolutely terrify me and I dislike the fact that if you are a woman the only “cute” costumes involve showing lots and lots of body parts. I much prefer happier holidays!

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    • Michelle October 31, 2010 / 1:09 pm

      I pretty much refuse to go in haunted houses. It takes a lot of convincing.

      And yes, so many slutty costumes.

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  4. TopherGL October 31, 2010 / 10:20 am

    Re: Halloween – there’s some very excellent Halloween episodes that let writers do weird crazy things they would otherwise never do. For instance, Community turned everyone into flesh-craving zombies. Well, maybe Community would have done that, anyway.

    But also, there are good creepy books that people have been reviewing or rereading, so that’s good? Nope, nothing about the holiday itself is really that great. I actually had a nightmare that I showed up at a party and didn’t have a costume and they didn’t let me stay. 😦

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    • Michelle October 31, 2010 / 1:08 pm

      I do enjoy the Halloween episodes on tv. As long as they aren’t scary.

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  5. Michael P October 31, 2010 / 10:29 am

    Hi Michelle,
    I remember your first Halloween do you ?
    We practised what to say when you went door to door.
    You would ring the door bell and say (Happyyyyy Halo Weennnnn)
    All my love, Dad (eat candy while reading)

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    • Michelle October 31, 2010 / 1:07 pm

      I may have heard that story a time or two.

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    • Michelle October 31, 2010 / 1:07 pm

      I’m sure I’ll enjoy Halloween when I have little ones to dress up. 🙂

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  6. Iris October 31, 2010 / 10:37 am

    If I were to live in a country that celebrates Halloween it wouldn’t be a favourite of mine either. I don’t like being scared, like you. It is why I avoid all movies and books that might make me feel scared. Give me easter with the cute fluffy bunnies! (I do know easter is not about that, but I have been raised non-religiously)

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    • Michelle October 31, 2010 / 1:07 pm

      Give me cute, fluffy bunnies any day. 🙂

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  7. Mrs. Q: Book Addict October 31, 2010 / 10:45 am

    I’m not a fan of Halloween either. Christmas is my holiday. I’m excited to start the Christmas festivities. I just bought The Maze Runner, I’ve heard a lot of great things about it. I must get through Shiver soon….Happy reading!

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    • Michelle October 31, 2010 / 1:06 pm

      Christmas is my favorite, too. Wondering if I can start listening to Christmas music tomorrow since it will be November.

      I hope you enjoy The Maze Runner.

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  8. Stephanie October 31, 2010 / 2:01 pm

    Your reading picks look good. I have been meaning to read that Bill Bryson book for ages. I also want to read Linger; I did enjoy Shiver.

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  9. Debnance at Readerbuzz October 31, 2010 / 4:50 pm

    I totally loathe scary, but I love Halloween. It’s all the costumes. And the wonderful candy. So much fun to plan out what to wear and who to be.

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  10. Jenny October 31, 2010 / 6:27 pm

    I don’t like Halloween either! Every year I look forward to Nov. 1st b/c Halloween is over and it’s the official start of the holidays!

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  11. Michelle October 31, 2010 / 10:20 pm

    I hate being scared too, but I do like Halloween. Which makes no sense because I don’t decorate the house, and I very rarely dress in costume. I dislike handing out candy because it seems that the average age of kids coming to the house is well into the teens these days and actually saying “trick or treat” seems to be a thing of the past. Today, in fact, we saw two adults – a mother and a grandmother – trick-or-treating while the kids were driven around the neighborhood in a car. Nice.

    So, what exactly do I enjoy about the holiday? The candy, of course, and the creativity with the costumes. Some people astound me with the effort they put forth with their costumes. And who can resist a little one who can barely open their bag and has no idea what is going on?

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  12. Michelle November 1, 2010 / 6:32 am

    I hope you enjoyed Linger! It was one of those cases where I felt the second book was even better than the first.

    I’m reading the Scorch Trials right now as well. I’m about half way through so it’ll probably take the rest of the week for me to get through it but I’m enjoying it. Good follow-up thus far.

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  13. Michelle November 1, 2010 / 11:09 am

    So Michelle … I think I’m running into some troubles reading your blog. In that I have a HUGE LIST of books that I need to read! And not enough time! You make me excited to read each one and my list is oh-so-long. 🙂 Oh, and I can’t stand being scared too! Some of my brothers-in-law like to play “Alias” {and I love the show}, but being chased around the dark house with a flashlight … eeks!

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