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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I've been away from my journal for so long, I really need to make an effort to log what I'm reading.

I finished this one yesterday at work and I'm really glad I read it! Definitely four stars out of five. If you've read _Gone Girl_ you'll have some idea of her work. That one had a wonderful twist in it that I didn't see coming.

_Dark Places_ didn't have that twist, but you are given clues as you're reading. Some of the clues are a little obscure, but they're there. Definitely worth the read.

Did I like the characters? They were well written, but none of them were really likeable, in that you'd be cheering for them. Ben, the brother accused. Libby, the sister survivor. You're given different viewpoints as you read and I think that's what works for this kind of story. You know the behind-the-scenes action.

Now, what to read next?

Any suggestions?

It's been forever!

There's so much good stuff to read out there!

Try _The Paper Magician_ by Charlie Holmburg if you get a chance. I liked it so well, I'm going to have to pick up the next one, _The Glass Magician_.

I'm currently reading _Dark Places_ by Gillian Flynn. I loved Gone Girl (highly recommended!) and this one is a grabber, too.

What are you reading?

First day at work for the year

It was an eventful day for me. No sooner had we booted up the computers but we had clients coming in the door. And! For some reason, the computers wouldn't let me in. They'd let the other professional in, but not me. Made no sense. I called tech support and that poor guy tried everything he could think of. No luck. He thought it might have been a permission type of thing. Maybe I had been locked out somehow. So, I called the main office and they helped me. I was assured that it couldn't possibly be a denial of permission thing, but sure enough, they went in and reset something and voila! I was in!

I felt bad for the guy at tech support. They were told they weren't going to get a lunch break and here I had him on the phone for almost two hours for something that my main office could have fixed. (it was they who told me to call tech support)

I hope today is quieter.

On another note: I was able to come home for lunch. Mmmmm soup!

The Midwife of Venice

Here's a story by Roberta Rich that's coming out in April. If you like historical fiction, it's one I can recommend. Put out by Simon and Schuster, this is also a title they're giving away on Goodreads. Check it out! If you're like me, the fact that it's a debut novel just makes it that much better when you find one you like.

Are you joining any tbr challenges? I've seen one or two that look like fun. I'm usually good at the beginning but about half way through I get distracted by other things. One of the things I KNOW will distract me is coming this spring: THE WIND IN THE KEYHOLE. I loves me a Dark Tower novel. I keep thinking maybe I should reread up to that point in the story, but I'm unsure....

What are you reading these days?

Happy New Year!

I can't believe I've been so lax in my journaling. I really need to work on that. I start out pretty good when I want to, but later on I just seem to lose the momentum.

I'm off work tomorrow and then it's back to work!

I'm trying to decide which book to read next. It's so difficult sometimes. My moods change. I got ahold of an advance copy of STRANGE FLESH that sounds interesting. Another waiting is The MIDWIFE OF VENICE. I really like Venice as a backdrop. That's somewhere I'd love to visit one day, before it sinks.

We brought the new year in quietly at home. There's so much craziness out there and the area just isn't a party place.

I have some goals in mind for the new year. I've ordered P90x and plan to complete that. Exhausting perhaps, but the reviews are all good!

A Dance With Dragons

I can hardly wait to begin on this. Yes, I's going to be a while before we see THE WINDS OF WINTER, isn't it? But what fun in the meantime!

Thank you, HBO. The series got my husband interested in the series! I could tell him it was my favorite for years, but getting him started on something not completed again (I had him on WHEEL OF TIME which he's ready to resume now.) was a trick. He has a long drive to work, so we've been getting the audio for him and he's on CLASH OF KINGS currently. I've forgotten so many of the little things that he's got fresh in his mind that I think I'm going to have to do some rereading to have the best discussions with him.

I have my copy of DANCE out, where I can touch it. The waiting is to the point where I might as well begin again..........

Jun. 6th, 2011

This is a song by one of my favorite artists, Damh the Bard. It's called Cauldrom Born.


The King's Speech

I didn't know much about what went on in history regarding Mrs Simpson and the royal family, but this movie gave me an interest in reading up on more of it. What a marvelous movie! I can see why it was included in the Oscars.

I can only imagine what it must have been like to have a debilitating stammer like that. What caused it? Was it just fear? Was it the nanny?

Have you read the book? I haven't actually seen it in stores, but it's one I might have to look up, if it's the one the movie is based on (and not the other way around).


You Should Celebrate with Beer

You are nurturing and supportive. You are the biggest cheerleader in your friends lives.

You are a truly loving person. You are affectionate and warm-hearted.

You are appreciative of all of the good things in your life. You count your blessings.

You are unselfish, humble, and altruistic. You get great joy from putting others first.

It's been a while

I haven't posted here in a while, mainly because of my life going through so many changes. My father is gone now to that bright star in the sky and I miss him. Still, he was tired of fighting the cancer and I don't blame him.

Mostly what got me writing today is parking lots. Yes, parking lots. I am getting really fed up with those inconsiderate people there that don't think about what they are doing.

Why is it, that just about every time I am trying to leave work, some huge pickup is coming the wrong way (against the arrows) and then blocks my way and expects ME to back up out of his way? I drive a little Miata. Yes, it can fit in small places. That's not the point. The point is, I was going the right way. I shouldn't have to be the one that moves out of the way, and I refuse to any more. Deal with it.

If you have a huge honking pickup, stop parking it in the middle of traffic, or at least where someone has to ENTER traffic. Just about any time I decide to go to the store after work, or off to lunch, and I follow the lines, I am at the end of a passage where I need to enter traffic going both ways in order to leave. To the left, inevitably, there will be a huge pick up blocking my sight of what traffic is coming. Evidently, turning into a lane and following arrows is impossible for these people and they just stop the pickup there. It's more fun to make people have accidents in parking lots. If you can't block them from going the right way, block them from entering traffic.

I need stickers that say "you suck" on them, to be handed out or placed on these vehicles. Anyone know where to get them?