Halloween Week

Dear all,

I presently inaugurate the Halloween Week at Books and Reviews! You know I’m a fan of starting weeks (or things) on Sundays, so this will be no exception. I will be doing some themed reading and, for the very first time will be watching some scary movies. You see, the big problem is here is that I am a scaredy cat so, whatever that “scary ” means for me, may not be so for you. These are my plans

Themed reading: Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley

I asked the lovely ladies at the new Tinder Press to please send me their catalogue and they did, plus a review copy of their upcoming novel Amity and Sorrow which I didn’t expect and got my jumping around the kitchen, effusively showing it to my mom and dad. It seems a short and scary reading, perfect to do in a week and feel better about myself and how little reading I’ve done lately.

Update: I’ll be also be reading A Question of Identity by Susan Hill. Thanks to the publisher!

Themed movie: Nightmare before Christmas

Can you believe I have never, ever, watched this movie? I certainly don’t and it’s time I do. I did watch Corpse Bride when it was released and more recently Frankenwinnie which by the way, brought me to tears, especially after I turned and saw a 7 year-old crying too.

Themed cooking: baking!

I’m not a big fan of cooking neither the best cook, but I love baking! I’ll look up some tasty recipe to share with my wonderful family on 1st November. As many of you know, I’m from Spain and this time of the year people honor their beloved ones who are gone by visiting their graves and lighting candles. It does not seem that bad, but I find it creepy (with al my respects to those who do it, of course) and stay at home, no kids running asking for trick or treat over here. Some comfort food may help, right?

Do you have any special plans for Halloween 2012?



  • Rikki

    Sounds like a good plan for Halloween week. Our kids are off next week and one of them might go trick or treating, not sure yet. I bought some candy for kids who ring the bell, but as it is not a German tradition there are not too many. Nov. 1 is a holiday (probably like in Spain) but I never go to the graveyard either.

    • Elena

      It isn’t a tradition here but some kids do trick or treating to their family’s houses. None of ours does though.

      Are you cooking something special? I’d love to see it 🙂

  • Li @

    Sounds like a great plan, Elena, hope you have a fun week!

    On a side note about Nov 1 and people visiting the graves of their loved ones, Filipinos do something similar/the same for All Saints Day and All Souls Day. We do it every year but I’m glad that we’re over here and not in the Philippines because omg the eerie-ness factor over there…I swear that one graveyard where some of my older relatives are buried at is straight out of a Gothic novel O_O *blushes*

    • Elena

      Same happens here, it is also called “All Saints Day” and it’s creepy… Same as on Valentine Day’s, I think you honor your people (or your partner) on an everyday basis, not just once a year 🙂

  • Leah

    Sounds like a fun week! I’ve actually never seen Nightmare Before Christmas either XD, so you’re not the only one! And I did some baking yesterday — chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips, yum. We’re practically twins! What will you be making for All Saints Day?

    • Elena

      I just baked a yoghurt cake that could literally kill someone… I’m afraid baking Spanish things is not my thing. You should try my carrot cake or my chocolate chip cookies. Those are great!

      I’ll stay at home and read and watch TV. Mom and dad are going to the cemetery but I won’t, it’s too eerie and… creepy? I understand people who go, but I’m not going any time soon.

      What will you be doing? Maybe you could “join” me in watching Nightmare before Christmas 🙂

  • amanda

    Eek, now realizing just how late I am at catching up on posts! I didn’t a thing related to Halloween this year (umm…unless we count candy consumption 🙂 ), despite my intentions for some seasonal reading this fall. I’ve yet to see Nightmare before Christmas either! One of these days…

    • Elena

      Not that we celebrate Halloween, not that I got to read as much as I planned on this post either… And I’m so happy I’m not the only one who hasn’t wacthed the movie!

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