Bi-Psycho Built for Two

November 21, 2013

I just finished reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  It was the assigned book for our next Book Club meeting.

It was definitely a page-turner — I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.  In the reviews I had seen Alfred Hitchcock’s type of thriller mentioned as a comparison, but it also reminded me of the early TV show, The Twilight Zone by Rod Serling.

Beware that events are sometimes graphic and the language is rough.  Unfortunately that has become really common in today’s literature, I guess because that is how so many people talk today. The author does make her characters very interesting,with nuanced personalities — not all bad or all good, at least on the surface.

I would summarize it as a story of two people with varying degrees of mental illness who happen to marry each other.

We have a friend who jokingly says that he and his wife have an agreement that they won’t both be crazy at the same time.  The couple in this book obviously didn’t have the same agreement.

I can tell you right now that I know we are going to have a field day discussing this book in our next meeting!



If I had a bucket list …

January 13, 2011

… reading Atlas Shrugged would have been on it for several years now.

Both of our children have told me over and over again that I just have to read Atlas Shrugged, a book they both say is the best novel they have ever read.

Well, I’ve finally bought the book.  It’s a little daunting because it’s so big.  My copy is a huge 6″x9″ paperback with almost 1,200 pages.

I began reading it last week.  I’m about an 8th of the way through it now.  And I can already see why it is still a popular book even though it was written in 1957.  Ayn Rand is a master at intertwining multiple plots to keep the reader interested, curious and even perplexed enough to keep reading.  And her subject matter is so very timely for the world we live in today.

I’ve read some books that when I was done, I would think “What a waste!”  But I can already tell, this won’t be one of those.


A surprise message!

August 21, 2010

After doing a book review of A Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind a couple days ago, the author Karen Scalf Linamen commented and thanked me for my review.  What a nice surprise!

She also invited me to visit her blog, aptly titled Wit and Wellness.  I did just that and enjoyed reading wry little snippets of advice and insights from an author I have come to admire.

So, I’ve added Wit and Wellness to my Blog Roll and recommend it to you for a frequent dose of wit and wisdom from one who I’m coming to understand possesses alot of both of those!

Book Review: A Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind

August 19, 2010

This book has made a significant impression on me and my way of thinking about my eating, thinking and how I see myself, so I wanted to recommend it to you.

My sister-in-law brought it over for me to read when she returned a book I had loaned her.  Mainly because of  my SIL’s recommendation, but also because I was intrigued by its catchy title, I promised myself I would at least read some of it.  Well, I read it cover to cover and now I’ve ordered my own copy!  When I get my copy I plan to read it again and spend more time on the questions at the end of each chapter.

One of the things that Karen Scalf Linamen says that just struck me as so true and such an original thought was this:

I wouldn’t do something horrible to a friend just to solve a problem … I wouldn’t ask a friend who wasn’t hungry to eat a dozen donuts just to entertain me because I felt bored or restless … I definitely wouldn’t ask a friend to compromise her health so I could feel safe.  I wouldn’t ask her to gain fifty pounds and have acid reflux and high blood pressure just to save me the trouble of installing locks on my doors or taking a self-defense course or even going to counseling.

I love and respect my friends.  I would never ask them to suffer just to spare me the work of finding a real solution to whatever dilemmas I may be facing.  So why do I think it’s okay to ask my body to pay that same price?

Besides having wonderful insights into what makes us do self-destructive things like overeating, Karen is just plain funny!  As attested to by the titles of some of her other books (which I have also ordered):  Only Nuns Change Habits Overnight, Due to Rising Energy Costs, the Light at the End of the Tunnel Has Been Turned Off and Sometimes I Wake Up Grumpy and Sometimes I Let Him Sleep.  How can you not want to read books with those titles?

I’ve only read this one book so far by Ms. Linamen, but if the others are half as good as this one, I think I have a new favorite author!