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Review Numero Uno

As promised here is my first ever book review that was written purely voluntarily and not assigned in some form of an English class

I choose to read this book by Gillian Flynn first, instead of her trendier novel Gone Girl, because I knew someone else would buy it and then I could borrow it when they were done. It was less likely someone I know would purchase this one. See, saving money everywhere!

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Sharp Objects: A Novel – Gillian Flynn

I want to start by saying I loved this book, but not from page one…or two. This was one of those books that took forever to really get into. If I’m really interested in a book, I finish it in a week tops. This book sat partially read for a month at least.

Flynn’s writing style and voice were unique and I wasn’t sure if I liked it at first. The story was also dark right from the first page but it was dark in a kind of teenage-turned-adult angsty way. Like her 16 year old, too-much-black-eyeliner phase never quite faded. But then that angst was eventually justified and it left me feeling pretty judgmental.

The first half of the book was pretty “been there, read that” but once it started to pick up, damn. I couldn’t put it down. The novel is in the crime, drama category and while mysteries are usually not my first choice, this had a nice secondary story winding through it that made it different from those paperback mysteries you find at yard sales with metallic lettering and an ominous looking shoreline on the front. You know what I’m talking about.

I reached a point where I was honestly intrigued and it’s written so the reader starts to figure out what’s going on before the characters do which is always a nice power trip. But just when you think you got is all figured out, BAM! A twist you never so coming.

Well done Flynn, your twist through me for a loop. You win this round

 

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The Heat

Well it’s the Monday after a 4 day holiday weekend, which means it’s safe to say we are all bumming pretty hard. My transition into the work week hasn’t been awful though. I’ve been told the office will get pretty quiet for the next couple of weeks so I haven’t been busy at all. I generally enjoy a slow start to the week but I’m sure by Wednesday I’ll be pulling my hair out from boredom. It’s so slow today I’m actually writing this post from the empty office.

But let’s talk about this past long weekend. IT WAS HOT! <- That may be the understatement of the year. My amazing boss let me leave work at noon on Wednesday and after a lunch pit stop at Chipotle, my sister (Hadley) and my cousin (from Ohio who is staying with us for a few weeks) were off to The Cape! Normally it is a good ten degrees cooler than at home (Rhode Island) and there’s a nice breeze blowing but not this weekend. We were in the high 90’s with crazy humidity levels and it was just smothering. The nights didn’t bring any relief either. We spent the majority of our time sitting in one position and trying to stay hydrated.

The Cape (Cape Cod, MA) is one of my favorite places in the world but this weekend, I couldn’t wait to get home and into the air conditioning. At one point I even took a pointless ride in my car just so I could blast the A/C (not very Green of me, I know).

I blame this suffocating heat for my lack of exercise over the last four days and for my consumption of frozen sugary sweets, I have a weakness for Rocket Pops, they’re festive and delicious! So today is prep day. I’m hitting up the grocery store after work and I plan to pop into Planet Fitness at least 3 times this week. There are currently some tentative plans to play soccer with my best friend Jacqui after work but impending thunder storms and the fact that it’s 91 degrees outside might put a halt to those plans.

Another plan for progress this week is working on my book. I had some lofty expectations for progress on this book this past weekend but it just didn’t happen. My sister and I are carpooling to work three times this week so I think I’ll bring my laptop with me and do some writing in the hour I have to kill before work starts on each of those days.

I did manage to finish reading Sharp Objects: A Novel by Gillian Flynn and Sold by Patricia McCormick. Both of which I will post reviews on sometime soon. I also started reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. After two modern books I needed to escape back to the comforting classics. I have never read The Secret Garden before and so far I’m enjoying it.

One last thing before I sign off. Pictures are coming! I hate the way these posts are looking without them but I’m awful at remembering to document my day. Ask anyone who follows me on Instagram, I post a picture maybe once a week. I plan on using my iPhone camera for pictures for a little while, just to create the habit of taking them but I do plan on transitioning to using my DSLR eventually.

That’s it from me. I’ll pop back in sometime this week.

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