Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


     Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She looks forward to it. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life-as she sees it- is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
     And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

My Review: 4 Stars
     WoW, what an ending. First off, I want to point out that yes I can see why people associate this book with Gone Girl. But where Gone Girl lost it for me, the ending really??? This book did not. This story is mainly narrated by Rachel, but later we get Jess/Megan's and Anna's as well. I borrowed this book from a friend and as she hands it to me she forewarns me that the beginning is a little slow but the end gets so much better and I kind of have to agree. Maybe it's not so much slow as redundant. Actually, the part that was redundant for me gets explain later on, but while I was reading that was the most boring part for me. It's the kind of book that had me yelling at the pages at times and made me uncomfortable and frightened for the characters. I don't want to go into too much detail because I don't want to spoil anything. Because this book is sooooooo worth reading to the end! If you like books that make you think you know what's going on and then it has you questioning everything you thought you knew then you'll like The Girl on the Train.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Fabulous Friday Finds 6.19.15

     I don't know how many have heard of Paperback Swap, but it's a site where you can swap your gently used books and earn credits to pick from other bookies gently used books.
     A wishlist book of mine was posted and has finally arrived...

     EEK, Geek like screech, it's like Christmas. Because books are shipped media mail they could arrive as early as a week to as late as a month from the date shipped.
     When I signed up, in October 2014, you had the option of getting a membership, which has some extra advantages and you can have a longer wish list. As of March 18th of 2015 they now have three options for you (this is a very basic idea of the plans for more info click on the PBS link) :
1) A La Carte- where you pay .49 cents per book ordered in addition to a book credit and can have up to 100 books on your wish list.
2) Limited Membership- where you pay $12 annually, have up to 30 swaps free and a wish list of 200 books.
3) Standard Membership- where you pay $20 annually, have unlimited swaps free and a wish list of 500 books.
Membership Info Link!
     As of right now I'm A La Carte and  have 4 book credits, I'm feeling out how this change is going to affect the site. You should swing by and take a peek. It's a great way to clean out your stash while adding something new :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

     We'd get to hang out with Amy Poehler; watching dumb movies, listening to music, and swapping tales about our coworkers and difficult childhoods. Because in a perfect world, we'd all be friends with Amy - someone who seems so fun, is full of interesting stories, tells great jokes, and offers plenty of advice and wisdom (the useful kind, not the annoying kind you didn't ask for, anyway). Unfortunately, between her Golden Globe-winning role on Parks and Recreation, work as a producer and director, place as one of the most beloved SNL alumni and cofounder of the Upright Citizens' Brigade, involvement with the website Smart Girls and the Party, frequent turns as acting double for Meryl Streep, and her other gig as the mom of two young sons, she's not available for movie night.
     Luckily we have the next best thing: Yes Please, Amy's hilarious and candid book. A collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus from the mind of one of the most beloved entertainers, Yes Please offers Amy's thoughts on everything from her "too safe" childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and "the biz," the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a "face for wigs." Yes Please is chock-full of words and wisdom to live by.

My Review: 4 Stars
     I really enjoyed Amy's banter and her "I don't care what you think of me" voice in Yes Please. We get a behind the scenes look into her days with the Upright Citizens' Brigade, Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation and how comedy was an outlet for her creativity and her passion. We also get some cute stories about her boys and her journey as a mother, her feelings while going through a divorce as well as glimpses into her childhood in Mass.
     I Love when I'm reading a book and I run across something that will brighten a friends day and Amy supplied me with just the words I needed to make my friend smile, and I quote " I AM LAUGHING SO HARD. THAT MADE MY DAY. THANK U." followed by "Love u so much!"
     This was what I wrote her from Amy's My World-Famous Sex Advice...
#5. Don't get undressed and start pointing out your flaws or apologizing for things you think are wrong with your body. Men don't notice or care. They are about to get laid! They are so psyched. Men are very visual, so if you don't want them to look at your stomach just put fake mustaches on your breast to distract them.
     So we have a shopping date to buy some mustaches
     You will love this book if you want to know more about the ups and downs of stand-up and T.V.. But it's also for someone who wants a glimpse into the life of someone trying to find their way through this crazy life we live and sees a bright-side or a calming place in the hustle we experience. I really liked her suggestions and examples of living in the moment, which I myself take for granted.  

Monday, June 1, 2015

Somewhere over the Rainbow

I've been watching some book vloggers lately show off their Rainbow shelves and decided that my livingroom bookshelf could use some Spring influence.

I decided not to split any of my series up so I grabbed my remaining color spined books and got started.
Happy Summer :)