You by Caroline Kepnes Book Review

You by Caroline Kepnes is one of the most creepy, mind-bending books I’ve had the pleasure to read in a long time.  

The author did an amazing job of maintaining the internal narration of Joe.  On the surface, Joe comes across as a nice, intelligent guy with a strong appreciation and love of books.  We quickly see that he has serious problems as a lovesick psychopath.

He has a very distinct voice that makes the story all the more credible.  I have quoted some excerpts from You in my Friday Post if you’d like to have a look.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

I actually found myself liking Joe at first, or maybe it was pity?  But I found myself hoping at times things would actually tip his way.  That changed quickly when we start to see how far he was willing to go to get what he wants in a very methodical, Dexterish sort of way.

What I liked about You:

  • The voice and narration.
  • The characters were believable, warts and all.
  • There was no guessing  what he was going to do next or what he was capable of.
  • Suspense.  I could not put this book down.

What I didn’t like about You:

  • The basement.  I had a hard time picturing this and found it a little bizarre.  I don’t want give any spoilers but I couldn’t understand why it was built.
  • I’m not sure how I felt about the ending.  Was it realistic?  I’m not sure.  It would be a crazy movie ending, though. Was I disappointed?  Maybe a little, but it did suit the story.

Should be interesting to see what happens in the sequel to You, Hidden Bodies.

 

Daily Walk July 6, 2017 and SORRY!!

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So, not long after I posted this Daily Walk on Friday, and notified the lovely blogs below that I featured their photos, I realized there was something very wrong with my blog.

If you had tried to visit you would have seen the title of the post and the featured image.  Nothing else.  No other posts, no sidebar, no comments. SORRY IF YOU CAME BY AND THERE WAS NOTHING HERE TO SEE!

It took me Friday night and most of Saturday, but it was apparently one of those Plug-in conflicts.  Right out of the blue, too.  I had take this post down as part of my troubleshooting. I hadn’t added anything new or changed anything here on the blog, but I finally figured it out with help from my host server!

To all those blogs that I posted links to below, sorry for tagging you and leaving you hanging!  

So without further ado, here’s the post that was supposed to be here on Friday!

Forget Me Nots by the stream
Forget Me Nots by the stream

These pretty Forget Me Nots by the stream caught my eye today.  

 

We have to cross over the stream to get to the trail in the woods.  There hasn’t been much rain lately, so it’s been no problem getting across today, but sometimes it can be deep and treacherous.  I’ve only fallen in once, so far.

If I hesitate jumping across at all, Burger goes crazy, jumping and barking.  I think he’s trying to teach me how to do it! LOL It’s easy for him, he just walks right through the water!

Multiflora Rose
Multiflora Rose

 

This one is for Nel at Reactionary Tales.  Nel was kind enough to inform me that these pretty flowers are an invasive weed.  They are growing in my garden and now I know I have to get rid of them!

These pink ones are growing like crazy on the back trails and I thought I’d share them.

 

Waterlilies
Who doesn’t love waterlilies?

I love this little patch of waterlilies!  They had flowers but the were broken off before they had a chance to bloom.  Not sure what happened there!  

I wish I could capture in a photo the way the sun dazzles off the water.  It’s so pretty and peaceful here!

 

 

 

I love seeing photos that other wonderful bloggers share! I welcome anyone who has photos of their own to put their links here so I can check them out.  

I’d thought it would be nice to share some wonderful blog photos that I’ve come across!

Courageous Living Journey  Photos of the hidden backyard of Croatia.  These photos are absolutely stunning and definitely worth having a look at!

Diary of a Bookfiend Look at Noriko’s gorgeous hydrangea photos!

Moohnshine’s Corner Patty’s walk while visiting family in Ohio…Beautiful!

Safira’s Journey Have a look at Safira’s bright, happy, colourful photos from her graduation.

Be Gentle. Be Beautiful Lainey’s hilarious and touching photos from her vacation.

Growing Self Roda posts the most beautiful photos, whether of her garden, her farm or around Michigan.  Have a look at her timber bridge post!

This Is My Truth Now Jay’s gorgeous terrace garden, with beautiful flowers and Cypress trees.  Love it!

The Husbands’ Secret: Friday Post

Another Friday is here!  Bring on the Weekend!

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Stephanie at Stephanie’s Novel Fiction piqued my interest in this book with her Throwback Thursday post, so thank you Stephanie for putting me on to this book!  I’m a little more than half way through and I’m having a hard time putting it down!

Here’s the Book Beginnings for You:

 

It was all because of the Berlin Wall.

If it weren’t for the Berlin Wall, Cecilia would never have found the letter, and then she wouldn’t be sitting here, at the kitchen table, willing herself not to rip it open.

 

The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted at Freda’s voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Here’s a blurb from page 56:

“John-Paul? Are you there?”

Cecilia pressed the phone so hard to her ear that it hurt.

Finally he spoke. “Have you opened it?” His voice was thin and reedy, like a querulous old man in a nursing home.

So here is the blurb from Goodreads:

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves. (less)

Sounds good, doesn’t it?  Have you read this, or any other works by Liane Moriarty?

 

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

My son received Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as a gift at Christmas time.  He has yet to read it, and it was kicking around since, calling my name.  

Part of the reason I was hesitant to start reading it is the fact that it is a screenplay. Not a novel.  A bit of a disappointment, but okay.  It is Harry Potter, after all! Once I got into the story, I didn’t mind the screenplay as much as I thought I would.

I don’t think I felt as close to the characters as I should have, in particular the newest characters Albus and Scorpius.  The authors did a good job of getting their personalities across but at the same time, there was a rigidity about them, they weren’t quite as fleshed out as you would see in a novel.

The story is set 19 years after the Deathly Hallows.  Harry is married to Ginny and they have three children, James, Albus and Lily.  The story opens at King’s Cross Station where Albus is preparing to board the Hogwarts Express for his first year at Hogwarts.

Albus is having a time of it.  Unlike his brother James, and what the rest of the wizarding world would expect from the son of Harry Potter, Albus isn’t excelling, to say the least, and is getting a fair bit of flack for it.  

He is sorted into Slytherin instead of Gryffindor, cannot call his broom ‘up’ and befriends Draco Malfoy’s son, Scorpius, instead of other, more suitable companions.  As very different personalities, Harry and Albus are struggling deeply in their relationship.

What I liked

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child because it’s Harry Potter’s world.  It’s Magic, Time Turners, the Marauders Map, Hogwarts and the Floo Network.  It’s the characters, Harry, Ron, Hermione and Draco.  Its seeing their children grow and work through their own challenges.

The disastrous fallout of changing time, even if only slightly was an interesting concept and I enjoyed the interactions between Dumbledore’s portrait with Harry.

What I didn’t like

I hate to complain about things being unrealistic. It is a fantasy, so anything is possible, right?  But there were strange things that just didn’t click with the original books.  Like polyjuice potion…wasn’t that stuff really hard to make? Would time turners really have a time limit?  

I don’t want to put out any spoilers here, but it just seemed that certain events were bent a little far to make the story work.  

Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?  Did you enjoy it?  Would you like to read a book in this format?

 

 

 

Daily Walk July 4, 2017

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Welcome to my Daily Walk!  I had planned on posting this daily, and although I do walk every day, and take pictures everyday, life sometimes gets in the way of me getting them here on my blog!

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Dog Park TrailHere’s Burger on the trail at the dog park.  He loves running ahead and then running back to me.  

He definitely gets his excercise in!  He does twice the walk in I do!

It’s such a gorgeous day, I’m loving this sunshine!

 

 

 

Sheep Laurel

 

This pretty flower is growing like crazy on the back trails.   It’s called the Sheep Laurel.

Apparently it contains a glycoside which is toxic to animals, which is why farmers don’t like to see it in their pastures where their animals graze.

 

 

I have no idea what this little flower is but I suspect it’s some sort of wild rose.  It’s growing like crazy in my garden and I don’t have the heart to cut it!  At least until the blooms are finished.

 

 

So that’s it!  My Daily Walk!  What are you doing today?

 

Happy Independence Day and Camp Nano Update

Happy Independence Day to all my American friends!

I think this is one of the first years in a long time that we won’t be in the U.S. for Independence Day!  I’m disappointed that we won’t be making it down this year.  

Camping in Old Orchard Beach, Maine has always been our perfect way to kick of summer vacation.  Maybe next year!

 

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who voted in my plea for help on what to write for Camp Nano!  It was a hard decision for me…I mean, both these stories are my babies!

The winner is The Dragon Prophecy!  I was secretly so happy when I saw the votes for this one.  The Arsonist will be close behind, though.

I have 3 hours into The Dragon Prophecy so far!  My goal is 40 hours for the month of July. 

Are you doing Camp Nano?  Let me know how you are doing in the comments.  If you’d like to add me as a writing buddy, I’m Jo Crow.

So there you have it!  Enjoy your day!

Now to get some writing in for my Camp Nano project!

 

 

Hello to all my Canadian friends!  I hope you had a wonderful Canada Day!  This post is a tad late….Sorry!

It’s Canada’s 150th birthday, and there was lots of activities going on in communities all over the country.

I had planned to do this post on Friday in preparation for July 1st.  Life has a habit of getting in the way and the best laid plans fall apart.

Friday was crazy here.  Nutty, I tell you!  We were packing up for our first camping trip of the year.  We have a little trailer and we were only going 30 minutes away from home.  How hard can that be? 

I had half a dozen lists that I kept working on, packing, sorting and organizing. Then the rain started.

We got to the campsite and set everything up like little ants running for cover.  We were soaked to the bone! By the time we finished and were ready to settle into our little abode, the rain had stopped, the sun came out and the mosquitos started. 

Bring on the campfire!

I had a few quiet moments so I took out my laptop.  Thought I’d do a little blogging in preparation for Canada Day.

No wifi.  Not a single bar.

The rest of the weekend was blissful relaxation.  I missed blogging, but that was out of the question.

I did a bit of writing for Camp Nano, and I read You.  Creepy awesomeness!  

 

This week I plan to post my review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and I should be finished You very soon.  I’m at 85% and it’s sooooo good!

Happy Independence Day to all my friends south of the border!

 

You: My Friday Post

 

Another Friday is here!  Bring on the Holiday Weekend!

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

You by Caroline Kepnes

I haven’t read this one yet.  I had it on hold at the library and it finally became available today!  Yes!

It was recommended by Jay at This is My Truth Now.  Once I read his review and I immediately put a hold on it.  I’m so looking forward to reading this!

Here’s the Book Beginnings for You:

You walk in the bookstore and keep your hand on the door to make sure it doesn’t slam.  You smile, embarrassed to be a nice girl, and your nails are bare and your V-neck sweater is beige and its impossible to know if you are wearing a bra but I don’t think that you are.  You’re so clean that you’re dirty and you murmur your first word to me–hello–when most people would just pass by, but not you, in your loose pink jeans, a pink spun from Charlotte’s web and where did you come from?

 

The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted at Freda’s voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Here’s a blurb from page 56:

You dated two guys.  Charlie looked like he was always recovering from a Dave Matthews concert.  When you were with him you sat on lawn and did club-kid drugs.  You escaped that drug addled dullard and fell into the pin-thin arms of a spoiled punk named Hesher.  On a side note, I know Hesher, not personally but he’s a graphic novelist and we sell his books in the shop.  At least we do right now, but obviously, the first order of business on my next shift will be burying Hesher’s books in the basement.

What do you think so far?  Why the hell does the narrator have to bury Hesher’s books in the basement?!  Can’t wait to read this!

So here is the blurb from Goodreads:

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

Help! Which Novel Should I Work On?

Camp Nanowrimo is write around the corner.  (See what I did there? wink)

For those unfamiliar with Nanowrimo, it is the shortened form of National Novel Writing Month.  It takes place in November, the idea is to write a novel in a month.

Millions of people around the globe participate, and there is fantastic support in forums at nanowrimo.org, but also in the form of local writers groups!

This is where I have met some of my amazing writer friends. They have been so supportive, offering opinions, reads, help for getting published and friendship.

I’m about to embark on a revision of one of my past novels.  That’s where Camp Nanowrimo comes in.

Camp Nanowrimo is  a virtual writing retreat, designed to provide the community, resources and tools needed to complete any writing project, novel or not.

Twice a year, once in April and again in July, writers gather together to start a new project or work on a project already in the works.  You can define your goals by number of words you plan to write or by hours.

Since I plan to revise a novel I had already written, I chose to set my goal in hours.  I chose 30 hours (the minimum) just because I’m not sure how this will go. This is my first time committing to a project in the summer, and we have camping and vacations thrown in this month.  Thirty hours seems doable.  An hour a day doesn’t seem too bad!

So here’s my conundrum.  I have several novels in various stages of revision.  I have it down to two I’d like to work on.

Can you help me decide?  Which book would trigger you to pick up?

The Dragon Prophecy

Teenage boys, Jake and Finn are being attacked by Shadow People, accidental victims of dark magic that stems from the days before King Arthur. Help comes in the form of a half-human fairy and a sketchy druid, Merlin.

They find themselves in the distant past, when dragons and sorcery existed and the Fae demanded their due.  They are caught in a deadly power struggle with potential dire consequences to history and life as they now know it.  Can they stop the dark magic without knowing who they can trust?  Can Jake save Finn and return to their own time?

The Arsonist

A murder mystery.

The tight knit community of Sydney had nothing but bad memories for Jessica.  She had left after high school and swore she’d never return.

Against her better judgement, Jessica returns to her hometown to take care of her ailing mother, bringing her husband and daughter with her.

After all these years, the dark cloud of suspicion still hangs over her.  She had been cleared in the arson that caused the death of her former friend.  

But, since her return, several fires have raged in the community.  The blame falls on Jessica.  Will she be able to catch a killer and set  the recored straight?  

 

 

What novel appeals to you the most?

The Dragon Prophecy
The Arsonist
Neither

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Vote above or comment below!  I’d love your feedback!! <3

Daily Walk Lilies and Poppies June 28, 2017

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It was a rainy day today when Burger and I set out on our daily walk.  My son is done in school for the year so I dragged him out, too.  Notice I say, dragged!

Since it was raining, we went on a different walk today.  Its a trail in the woods, and not as wide open, as the dog park.  There’s  lots of trees to umbrella the rain for us.  It was pretty in the woods but I felt strangely uninspired to take pictures.

That being said, I thought I’d share some pictures from a sunnier day!  I’m excited that my garden is blooming nicely.  

I thought I lost my lilies for the longest time.  The were being eaten by red beetles!  I picked them off every time I would see them and they are finally starting to come back!  Lots of blooms to open on this one 🙂

PoppyI’ve been trying for years to grow poppies and every year, something would happen to the plant and it would just die!

I love these gorgeous red blooms!  They didn’t fare out too well in the rain today but I took lots of pictures yesterday.  I can’t wait to do a painting of these beauties 🙂

I’m going to get caught up on a few things today and get some writing in.  

What are you up to today?  Let me know in the comments below.

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