Good morning and Happy Friday from my back patio!
I absolutely love when the weather turns nice enough to sip on my coffee and blog / work / read outside in the morning. Sun rises are such a great way to start the day.
Today I am going to review Gone Girl, my most recent treadmill / before bed read. (I read this for the Peanut Butter Fingers virtual book club. Joining is easy - just vote for and read the book of the month!)
From the author's website:
Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. As The Washington Post proclaimed, her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky 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? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister Margo at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
Employing her trademark razor-sharp writing and assured psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.
This book was wonderful - in a really creep sort of way. I don't do horror, so this was as close as I get to scary. Without spoiling the ending, here are a few things I loved about the book:
- The majority of the story is based in Missouri! I love when books are based in my neck of the woods, and when the author described Carthrage or Hannibal, my own memories of the towns helped to set the scene. Unfortunately, the female lead didn't like good ol' MO that much, but it was entertaining to read a New York Citian's view of the Midwest. I giggled when she poked fun of things we do, like make casseroles or call "outdoor spaces" "decks." Apparently they don't say "deck" in NYC?
- This book made me think about life while reading a good story. The narrator would make some assumption about people, men, women, marriages, life, etc. and for the rest of the day I would be thinking, Do I really do that? or Are we really like that? As this book was about a marriage gone wrong, it particularly made me wonder about my marriage and how what I was doing was being perceived by Dan.
- It kept me guessing. More than once while reading the book I said What? out loud. The author kept taking the story in the one place I didn't expect and that kept the pages turning to the ending, which of course surprised me again. It was somewhat anticlimactic, but tied all the lose ends up nicely, which I always appreciate.
- My one dislike - the excessive use of the b-word. I am not a huge fan of cussing, and that word in particular, but I understand it was needed for character development in the book. Still, I hate reading it, especially out loud, as I had to when reading to Dan before bed. Instead I just started saying, "b-word." Yep, I am still in 5th grade.
All in all, a good book that I would recommend. Thanks PBF Book Club for another good read!
I bought breakfast and lunch at work - nothing too exciting.
However, dinner was exciting, and not just because we didn't have leftovers. I saw an idea pop up on my Facebook page that I knew I had to try.
Craving corn dogs? Cut up hot dogs and combine them with corn bread mix for a mock version that everyone will love!
Corn bread and hot dogs are not really what I would call healthy. But healthier than fried corn dogs? Yes indeed.
I walked 3 miles while finishing up my book. I haven't ran since before vacation due to my ankle problem / growing belly. I have a feeling this 5K on Saturday may be more of a walk than a run.
Thought for the day