Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 5/19/19: Sunshine, Reading, Watching Etc.

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

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Good morning blog-land. I’ve been a little MIA around here but I am catching up this morning over coffee. I like quiet Sunday mornings like this when the house is still asleep and I can blog-hop for a little while.
The past few weeks have been full of rainy days but we have also had some beautiful weather in between. This weekend has been gorgeous in the high 70’s so far. I’ve been crocheting, watching shows and reading as well but when the temps are nice like this on weekends, I love being outdoors after spending most of the work-week in my cubicle.

Onto my updates…

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I am almost in a reading slump but I am just about finished reading Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin so I hope to have my review up soon. I need to get get back onto my reading schedule because I have reviews due for June.

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 5/5/19: This and That

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

I am moving in slow motion on this rainy Sunday morning. Another busy week has flown right on by and now with May here, my seasonal allergies are in full swing. I didn’t get too much reading in this week, my eyes have been to tired to focus from staring at the computer at work pretty much all day. Lately, by the time I get home I just cook dinner and put the tv on and settle in with my crochet. I am also slower than usual on blog hopping. Thank you all for always stopping in and commenting even though I don’t always get back to the comments and visits as soon as I would like to.
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Onto my bookish updates…

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Top Ten Tuesday 4/30/19: Inspirational/Thought Provoking Book Quotes

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s TTT topic is “Inspirational/Thought Provoking Book Quotes”.
I love a good book quote. Memorable passages in novels tend to stop me in my tracks while I am reading. I like to re-read them before moving on. I usually highlight the quotes I like on my e-reader or *gasp* I dog ear the pages on my print copies for reference later.

I could list 100 favorites, but these are just 10 Favorite Quotes From Some of My Favorite Books

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1. “He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her.” – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”- The Hobbit by  J. R. R. Tolkien. 

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 4/28/19: Spring Reading, Crocheting Etc.

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

Happy last Sunday in April. That was fast. It has been a quiet few weeks around here. I am still slow on my reading but my current read is a good one, so hopefully I can finish that up this week. Also of note, we had free ice-cream at work this week for Bring Your Kids to Work day which was nice. Here’s mine:

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 Onto my bookish updates….

Recently on the blog:
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I finally posted my thoughts on Gone Girl.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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source: purchased
title: Gone Girl
author: Gillian Flynn  / Twitter
genre: crime thriller/mystery/suspense
pages: 422
published: June 2012
first line: When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.
rated: 4 out of 5 stars
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Blurb:

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

My Thoughts:
Oh Gillian Flynn, how you love to mess with people’s emotions while reading.
Gone Girl is my third Gillian Flynn book and I am eagerly awaiting for her to pen another novel. This author easily became an instant favorite after I read Sharp Objects then Dark Places. I went into this one pretty much blindly, I have not seen the film version and I did not know much about the story-line except that the wife went missing.

While I enjoyed reading Gone Girl overall I did have one qualm. The slow pace from the beginning to the middle of the novel. I kept wanting something to happen. Once the latter half of the book picked up I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The story is narrated in alternating chapters by married couple Nick and Amy. We get Nick’s side of the story then we get Amy’s diary entries and her side of the story.

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