Little did I know that those three books would soon suck me in and leave me gasping for air – no literally, I was sobbing – when they were finally over. It has been a long time since I have been so deeply invested in a series from start to finish (in other words, I come in a little behind the curve and am able to read all of the books without waiting for a new one to come out). I read The Hunger Games trilogy back in 2011, and Infernal Devices is by far the best series I’ve read since then. It’s even in my top three now – with Harry Potter holding onto spot number one forever, of course.
I know I may sound a little maniacal about these books, but you’re going to have to trust me. If you’re in the mood for a mix of history, steampunk, romance, magic, intellect and action – this book has it all. While I definitely enjoyed The Mortal Instruments series, the Infernal Devices storyline was more enthralling and the characters themselves were even more vivid. Tessa makes a fabulous heroine, and Will and Jem will keep you guessing with their two distinct personalities (and secrets). The other characters are amazing, too. I laughed, I cried – it was a roller coaster the entire time.
That said, as the author, Cassandra Clare, recommends, I would suggest starting with the first three books in The Mortal Instruments series and then switching over to Clockwork Angel. From there, you can finish out the Infernal Devices series before returning back to the other books in The Mortal Instruments, as I am doing now. The two series can certainly stand alone, but they are more enjoyable if you do it this way just because of the fact that some of the characters come from the same family and/or take actions in the past that impact future events.
Whew, OK. I’m glad I got that out in the open. Please tell me if you read them!
2. Speaking of reading, a few of the ladies from book club and I headed to Changing Hands bookstore on Monday night to attend the Fierce Reads tour event featuring Marissa Meyer, Leila Sales, S.A. Bodeen and Alexandra Coutts. Prior to learning about the event, the only author I knew was Marissa – I loved her books Cinder and Scarlet, and am eagerly awaiting Cress and Winter (as well as Heartless, which was just announced). But the other three ladies were equally impressive. We had the chance to chat with them afterward and snap a photo. We’ll be reading S.A. Bodeen’s The Compound for next month’s book club, and I’m excited to check out the other books, as well.
3. Speaking of Reading Between the Wines, our September get together was last Sunday at Ari’s house, where we discussed August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. It was interesting to read a play and compare the format to my usual fiction books. Obviously the bulk of it is dialogue, which was a mixture of dark humor and just about the craziest family drama that you can imagine!
Every single character seemed to have something horrific happening to them, and I found that as the story continued my eyes kept growing wider and I kept wondering what could possibly happen next. It was definitely a great way to shake things up from my usual reading repertoire, and the movie version coming out with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, among others, looks like it could be really entertaining (click here for the trailer).
4. Things have gotten a lot spookier around these parts. I waited until October 1, but then got to work on putting up our Halloween decor! I’ve heard that the holiday is a big deal in our neighborhood and am so excited to celebrate this year (and get stocked up on candy). Much of the stuff I found was either from Target, World Market or Michaels thanks to coupons and sales.
Inside, we have a few fall-themed items that we’ll keep out all season (from Holland Boone). It has been a lot of fun to pick out different pieces throughout the year that we know will last us for many more to come. One thing is clear: we both seem to have a thing for owls. They’re everywhere!
5. On a food note, have you heard about the current cronut craze? It’s a croissant-doughnut hybrid that has been getting a lot of buzz lately, and I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. I happened to be at The Herb Box today for a project I’m working on (hope to share more on that soon), and the chef told me to try their “dossant.” At first I was confused, but as it turns out the name “cronut” is now trademarked, so they had to get creative.
There were two options: a basic dossant with a chocolate mousse and salted caramel filling, or the pink sprinkled, glittered chocolate concoction you see below filled with Boston creme. It was a tough choice, but I didn’t think I could go wrong with glitter. And I was right. This
cronut dossant was incredible! It had all the makings of your typical doughnut but the unmistakable flakiness of a croissant inside. I also don’t usually like creme filling, but this one was delicious.
I was a bad wife and did not share this particular dossant with my doughnut-loving husband (in my defense, he wasn’t with me), but you can bet I will be fixing that ASAP. I’d love a second helping. 😉
What’s been happening in your life lately?