Happy Halloween!


These aren’t our pumpkins, they are from our trip to PIttsburgh last weekend. We decided not to carve pumpkins this year. We do have a bowl of Halloween candy though, and I’m looking forward to sitting on the porch tonight and handing it out to the neighborhood kids. We don’t get a lot of trick-or-treaters in our little neighborhood, but we do get some and I really like it. It’s a good benefit of owning a house I think. Hope you are all enjoying the festivities!

Happy Halloween!

September Round-up

I read 10 books in September: 2 Non-fiction, 8 Fiction. Of the 8 fiction, 6 were mysteries (and the other 2 were graphic novels). Clearly I was having a “I need brain candy” month.

The New Brighton Archeological Society by Mark Andrew Smith. This graphic novel is aimed at the late elementary school/middle school set and is an enjoyable read. There have been a number of these “small groups of kids who do science/exploring/inventing stuff and save the day” graphic novels lately, and it’s a genre I can get behind. More please.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. This is the first mystery in a series featuring Flavia de Luce, an 11-year old sleuth with a passion for poisons. That sounds totally promising (to me) and the series has good buzz, but I had a hard time getting in to it. In the end I enjoyed it, but am having the same trouble getting into book 2 and am seriously considering abandoning it. Just not the series for me, I guess.

The Case of the Murdered Muckraker by Carola Dunn. I read 5 Daisy Dalrymple books this month. This is how you can tell I found September stressful (nothing big, just lots of travel and some worrying about permits). When stressed, I read a lot of mysteries, preferably fluffy ones. I don’t want anything that will require much thinking. Thankfully Daisy was here for me!

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert. I never read Eat, Pray, Love, but I thought Committed was really good. It was an interesting and thoughtful personal look at marriage.

Mistletoe and Murder by Carola Dunn. Daisy Dalrymple over the Christmas holidays.

Die Laughing by Carola Dunn. Daisy investigates the death of a dentist (by laughing gas, of course).

Brain Camp by Susan Kim. Graphic novels are weird. In this one, high school aged “problem children” are sent to a camp where strange alien birds are implanted in their brains. It’s up to our protagonists to save the day. It was a good story, but bizarre.

A Mourning Wedding by Carola Dunn. Daisy’s friend and former roommate is getting married, but murder mars the festivities.

Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability by David Owen. This was our book club selection this month (chosen by my lovely wife). It makes an interesting point – that density is more sustainable than rural and suburban settings (even though those seem more “green”). That said, it’s a pretty negative book and I found the author sort of annoying. Glad I read it though.

Fall of a Philanderer by Carola Dunn. With this book, I think I am finally in Daisy Dalrymple overload. I think I’ll take October off!

September Round-up