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Survive This Homecoming | Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Title: Sharp Objects By: Gillian Flynn Genre: Thriller Pages: 254 Release Date: 2006 Publisher: Broadway Paperbacks
Summary from Goodreads: Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.
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Review: A friend at work told me that the show for this book was amazing and I needed to watch it. Of course, I didn't have the channel, but the book is the next best thing, right? The story start…

5 Books that Exceeded your Expectations

One of my most favorite things to do in my spare time is brows Goodreads and their plethora  of book lists. One of my favorite lists to read off of is Books that Exceeded your Expectations. There are so many good books on this list, it will be impossible to read them all. I'm going to try though. Out of the top 10 books on the list picked by Goodread readers, I've read eight. Here are the top five books I've read out of the top 10 on the list.

1. The Hunger Games - Winning will make you famous. 
Losing means certain death.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between…

The Barnavelts can stop it! | The House with a Clock in the Walls

Title: The House with a Clock in the Walls By: John Bellairs Genre: Urban Fantasy  Pages: 192 Release Date: August 28th, 2018 Publisher: Puffin Books
Summary from Goodreads: A haunting gothic tale by master mysery writer John Bellairs--soon to be a major motion picture starring Cate Blanchett and Jack Black! 
"The House With a Clock in Its Walls will cast its spell for a long time."--The New York Times Book Review

When Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan. comes to stay with his uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. But he is wrong. Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are both magicians! Lewis is thrilled. At first, watchng magic is enough. Then Lewis experiments with magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house: a woman named Serenna Izard. It seems that Serenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls--a clock that could obliterate humankind. And only the Barnavelts can stop it!
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This Extinction-Level Event | Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Title: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Genre: Action, Adventure, Scifi Release Date: June 2nd, 2018 Rating: 6.3/10 IMDB Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard
Summary from IMDB: When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.
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Review: Oh Jurassic World! How you have made me so happy... And frightened... Not only does Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard knock it out of the stadium, but the story line is so frightening and real, I just can't give worlds to it. The whole movie from the opening scene to the finale, was nail biting action with just the right amount of humor and tension to keep you glued to your seat. I loved this movie, although I won't be watching it again for a while, only because I need time to bring my anxiety down. Five out of five stars. 

This movie gets the awesome Bloggers Choice Award!

What I'm Reading This Week | #WeeklyMenu Week #267

Monday! I love my Mondays now. Its the one day of the week that I can do things without a child hanging off me, or someone wanting something. Its a nice adventure. I've been able to go thrift store shopping, work on my writing and do things around the house that I've been wanting to do. It's soooo great.

This week was a little rough. The boys needed a lot of support at school and I was there almost every day for one thing or another. I think we are finally starting to sink into our routine... Hopefully....

So, this week, I'm going to tackle Street Freaks by Terry Brooks. I'm a huge fan of the Shanara Chronicles and I'm excited to dive into this more scifi kind of vibe. So far, I'm impressed. You should pick this book up and tell me what you think of it. It could be our book club read this week.

There's a lot of good food on the menu this week. I hope you enjoy!

Monday - Grilled Mediterranean Steak
Tuesday - Pineapple Poblano Beef Tacos
Wednesday - Chicken Sc…

Come at a Deadly Price | The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Title: The Last Time I Lied By: Riley Sager Genre: ContemporaryMystery  Pages: 384 Release Date: July 3rd, 2018 Publisher: Dutton
Summary from Goodreads: Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she--or anyone--saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.
Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings--massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out wha…

7 Memoirs To Read This Fall

I'm a huge fan of celebrity memoirs. Its almost like reaching into the celebrity pool and touching a part of their lives. Sometimes it puts perspective on things and other times it makes the celebrity feel human and normal as we are. There are so many good memoirs that its hard to choose from, but I've managed to pick seven of my favorites that you should really pick up this fall. 
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher - In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabres." Alas, aside from a demanding career and her role as a single mother (not to mention the hyperspace hairdo), Carrie also spends her free time battling addiction, weathering the wild ride of manic depression and lounging around various mental institutions. It's an incredible tale …

The Rights to their Land | Woman Walks Ahead Review

Title: Woman Walks Ahead Genre: Historical  Release Date: June 29th, 2018 Rating: 6.4/10 IMDB Cast: Jessica Chastain
Summary from IMDB: Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle over the rights to their land.
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Review: I really wish this was a book. This story follows Catherine Weldon, a Widow who only wants to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull, the last Indian Chief alive. Even with all her good intentions, the people of the closet town, think she is an Indian sympathizer and treats her as such. Pushed to her breaking point, Weldon speaks out against the cruel way the Indian's are being treated. 
This is a true story and it really brings light to the way the white man treated the native Americans. This was their land and we came in and took it from them. We destroyed their way of life, and forced them to live like we did. The injustice was unspeakable…

Keep a Child Safe | Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey

Title: Not Her Daughter By: Rea Frey Genre: Thriller Pages: 352 Release Date: August 21st, 2018 Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Summary from Goodreads: Emma Grace Townsend. Five years old. Gray eyes. Brown hair. Missing since June.
Emma Townsend is lonely. Living with her cruel mother and clueless father, Emma retreats into her own world of quiet and solitude.

Sarah Walker. Successful entrepreneur. Broken-hearted. Abandoned by her mother. Kidnapper.

Sarah has never seen a girl so precious as the gray-eyed child in a crowded airport terminal—and when a second-chance encounter with Emma presents itself, Sarah takes her, far away from home. But if it’s to rescue a little girl from her damaging mother, is kidnapping wrong?

Amy Townsend. Unhappy wife. Unfit mother. Unsure she wants her daughter back.

Amy’s life is a string of disappointments, but her biggest issue is her inability to connect with her daughter. And now she’s gone without a trace.

As Sarah and Emma avoid the nationwide hunt, they fo…