Like Christmas music is to Christmas, books and TV are to Autumn for me. I love reading Autumn romances and Autumn murders (those two go hand in hand, right?). And, as a teacher, I also love a good Autumn Children’s book! But Autumn also gives us some great television series and movies. With the new chill in the air, curling up on the couch with a blanket, a cup of something warm, and either a book or something on the tube to entertain you – this is the complete list of my Autumn favorites for entertainment.
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Book Review: Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
I did not know much about this book when I first started reading it. A friend made a recommendation, I found the audiobook on my library app, and boom – love at first listen. This book toggles between two major historical events in New York history: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 and the fall of the World Trade Towers in 2001. In a gut wrenching series of events, Susan Meissner makes you fall in love with these strong female protagonists in a subtle but intentional way. The parallels between the stories allow for the perspective switches to flow effortlessly. I am traditionally not a historical fiction lover. But the compelling way each plot unfolds allowed me to get completely sucked into the book. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars!
Television Show Review: Halloween Baking Championship on Food Network
Because I love baking, I have a natural attraction to this show. However, each seasonal rendition is particularly enjoyable because they completely embody the season, or in this case, the holiday. Each week, contestants are given a Halloween-themed challenge that they must execute in a short period of time. As the weeks go on, the number of contestants decrease, and eventually a winner is announced. If you like cheesy jokes and an artfully crafted pun, this show is for you. The new season starts September 14th at 9:00pm ET.
Now, I should also mention that I do get outside in Fall – I swear! I’m a lover of your typical apple picking, pumpkin picking, hay rides, the last days of the Farmer’s Market, etc. But when you’re inside, this is a great starter list to keep you entertained throughout Autumn! (Especially if your adventures out in the real world are still limited due to Covid!)