Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

Photo Credit: Jorge Royan

Photo Credit: Jorge Royan

Happy October readers! We have two months left in the TBR Challenge–will you make your goal?

I’m starting to think it was a very good thing that I hit my mark over the summer, because I’ve had zero time to read since school started. That new job I was so excited about has turned into a nightmare (literally: I started having nightmares last year from the stress associated with my father’s death, and they have returned). I’ve also had a couple of bouts with the Migraine Monster, which makes for a very uncomfortable reading experience.

Instead, I’ve been trying to find new ways to add some audiobook time to my day (I have quite a few books waiting To Be Listened To). The weather is turning cold here, so I won’t be able to take walks outside much longer. Housework, though, never goes away. And one doesn’t have to have a migraine to appreciate a comfy recliner with a fuzzy blanket and an Audible app.

I did discover that audiobooks + activities that require concentration = bad outcomes. Either I concentrate too much on the activity and don’t hear the book, or I concentrate too much on the book and don’t pay attention to the activity. Listening while cooking, then, is obviously out :-D  And I live very close to my job, so there’s not enough time during my commute.

When do you listen, audiobook lovers? I’d love some suggestions!

Friday Favorite: Death Comes to Pemberley


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It’s finally here! Aired in December 2013 in the UK, part 1 of Death Comes to Pemberley hits American screens this Sunday as part of PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery series. The second part airs next Sunday (November 2).

From the PBS website:

“Six years after Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy have prevailed over pride, prejudice, the caddish Mr. Wickam and the frivolous Mrs. Bennet, a coach races up to Pemberley, Darcy’s palatial estate, with an hysterical Lydia shrieking, “Murder!” So continues Jane Austen’s timeless classic, Pride and Prejudice, in Death Comes to Pemberley, a star-studded adaptation of crime-writer P.D. James’ bestselling whodunit.”

Anna Maxwell Martin stars as Elizabeth Darcy, with Matthew Rhys as Austen’s hero. Matthew Goode and Jenna Coleman play Mr. Wickham and Lydia Bennet.



Friday Favorite: Benedict Cumberbatch is Richard III

Some of you will recall the marvelous cast in the BBC’s production of The Hollow Crown. Well hold on to your hats, because they’re at it again!

BBC Two is hard at work filming the next round of Shakespearean movies, titled The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses–with Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III and Judy Dench as Cecily, Duchess of York. Unfortunately, the air date is set for 2016. But the BBC released this image of Benedict in costume, and it’s our Favorite for this week:


I never pictured Benedict as Richard III, but this is going on my wishlist now :-D

Source: Express


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