This month’s edition of What We’re Into brought to you by Marybeth Whalen | @Marybeth Whalen (Because Ariel has been traveling and sick and on deadline and visiting with ALL THE BOOK CLUBS and the only thing she’s into right now is her pillow)
It’s officially fall– both in time and temperature– around here. Time for cozy afghans, soup and cornbread, football, apples and pumpkins. Red, orange and gold are the colors de jour. Evenings are spent on the deck with red wine and candlelight enjoying the mild temperatures, my husband and I unpacking our day together while the kids settle into their homework and nightly routines.
September has been about the transition from mourning summer to celebrating fall. I am fully embracing the season now. My Pinterest board of all things fall represents the things I love most about this season, so check it out if you want a little fall inspiration.
And as for the foods of fall, check out this wonderful collection of fall slow cooker meals. Some good stuff here you’ll want to add to your menu plans soon!
On the reading front, I downloaded the new middle grade book Nest by Esther Ehrlich to read aloud to my youngest daughter, but it hasn’t happened this month. I’m looking towards October for that to happen. It sounds like the perfect book to sink into in the fall. See if you agree:
A heartfelt and unforgettable middle-grade novel about an irresistible girl and her family, tragic change, and the healing power of love and friendship. In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes.
Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery.
Nest is Esther Ehrlich’s stunning debut novel. Her lyrical writing is honest, humorous, and deeply affecting. Chirp and Joey will steal your heart. Long after you finish Nest, the spirit of Chirp and her loving family will stay with you.
I also enjoyed the memoir Sister Mother Husband Dog by Delia Ephron, an accomplished writer who also happens to be the sister of Nora Ephron. I recommend this book to anyone who loved When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle, or You’ve Got Mail, or anyone who has a sister. I read Nora Ephron’s Heartburn last year and enjoyed it immensely. So this memoir about the woman behind the book was all the more meaningful for me. I listened to it narrated by Meg Ryan, which made it all the more pleasant. It’s equally funny, thought-provoking and emotional– all the things I look for in a good read.
The new tv season premiered this month, and it looks like Monday nights are going to be the big tv watching night at our house. We all gather for Gotham, seeing as how we are all huge Batman fans. This was a show we were counting down the days to. I wasn’t wowed by the first episode, but am hopeful it’ll pick up in subsequent episodes. The premise is brilliant. How did Riddler and Joker and Poison Ivy become master criminals?? I can tell you the Whalens want to know.
I also binge-watched (for the first time I will add) the whole first season of The Blacklist in preparation for the new season. This was a show I felt I had missed out on but heard about too late in the season to really understand what was going on. So I was glad to find it on Netflix and indulged in many hours of playing catch up on a weekend I was too sick to do much else. The season premiere did not disappoint and I can’t wait to watch James Spader be his clever, funny, daring self week after week. The man in the hat is where it’s at.
All of this to say, I am now looking forward to Mondays! And that is no small thing.
Finally here are two random links to posts I enjoyed reading this month. Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice and Love Anthony, among other books, shares some rules for writing I found insightful and wise.
And the debate on paper vs plasma continues. This post goes into how your brain processes the two. Good to think about.