#CBR5 Review #6: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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With a quote on the front reading, “keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction,” I wasn’t sure what I was in for, but I knew it was going to be jacked up. I got a bit of a better picture when I peeked inside the cover, seeing, “I promise you will be thoroughly unnerved at the end.” Well, I just finished this book and I’m not even sure that I can write a coherent review but I want it out of my system, so here goes.

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#CBR5 Review #5: Red Run by Rob Cornell

I wish it was Red Rum.

I wish it was Red Rum.

This book started off great. I was instantly drawn into the story of Ethan Trent and his dysfunctional family. However, as the plot started to unfold, well, it basically continued to unfold and you’re left with a pedestrian murder mystery that reinforces the need for more positive mental health care in our country.

Ethan Trent is awoken one night, assuming it’s his daughter sneaking back in, is sadly mistaken when a police officer informs him they’ve found her body after being beaten to death. Turns out Ethan is the father of two typical teenagers, who resent him, sneak out, and do all of those things that parents get pissed about. He also has an estranged ex-wife who is a heroin addict and has a restraining order against her concerning the kids. And her brother is nuts. But they all used to be besties, so Ethan hates himself for that.

He escaped from that life, became a grown up, and has since lodged quite a stick up his ass. He’s also got a new girlfriend, with a past of her own, but that doesn’t really get fleshed out as much as we’d like.

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WHOA. That Was Cray Cray

Thanks baby abercrombie.

Thanks baby abercrombie.

Woke up at 6:30 this AM to make sure I had a sufficient amount of coffee and breakfast in my belly before heading to my exam. It didn’t start until 8 but they wanted us there by 7:30 to fill out paperwork and register. I meant to take a picture of the joint but I was so anxious that I completely forgot. They are legit about security for these exams. You scan not only your fingerprints but your palm veins and then they check your picture every time you go in and out of a door to make sure you didn’t switch with anyone. It only takes on jackass to screw up the system for everyone…

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#CBR5 Review #4: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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I did not like this book. Which is unusual for me given the profile. It won the Pulitzer, it’s a national best seller, it has rave reviews, etc. I’m not saying that I’ll give into just anything that’s a best seller (I haven’t, and don’t plan on, reading any Fifty Shades books), but very rarely do I read a book and not like anything about it. The Road happens to be that first book.

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#CBR5 Review #3: Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

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Let me just get this out of the way: I. LOVE. THURSDAY. NEXT. Agent Next of course is Fforde’s protagonist and ultimate badass. From what I understand he has written several different series, of which Lost in a Good Book is #2 for Thursday. The first book, The Eyre Affair, is also an excellent and entertaining read.

The book opens a few months after The Eyre Affair closes, with Agent Next attempting to evade any further PR related to her heroic feats. Without giving too much away from the first book, I’ll try to explain the world where Thursday lives. It’s a parallel universe basically. One that resembles a cross between Narnia and the dream episode of Buffy, with some Inception thrown in for good measure. It’s 1985 in Britain, but with a heavy emphasis on literary greatness. Continue reading

“Is This Real Life?”

Apply an even layer of face liberally morning and night.

Apply an even layer of face liberally morning and night.

The title of this blog comes from my refresher CPR course I had to take today. For the hospital that I and some classmates will soon work at, we need American Heart Association CPR as opposed to American Red Cross CPR. Don’t ask me what’s different, since I’ve now done both and have no idea. Anyway, there was no place in Lexington to get an AHA certification so we had to go to Richmond where we went to school. Someone found a phone number on a bulletin board and we called it, got the deets and showed up. This joint had 4 tables, a tv, faceless dummies and a sign that said RICHMOND CPR. Not that I care because I just need the card, but we weren’t sure that this operation was street legal. Continue reading

Hoorah for Cross Training

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I hear so many regular runners talk about how they need to incorporate more strength training. I understand the merits of it, especially on non-running days, and I definitely need more of something in my life. So that’s what I did today. I’ve decided that my running days are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and then I just try to do something else on the other days. So far it’s just been running aaaaaand nothing, hahaha. Continue reading

#CBR5 Review #2: When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

I somehow thought that including a picture I took myself of an actual book would be more powerful but I'm not feeling it.

I somehow thought that including a picture I took myself of an actual book would be more powerful but I’m not feeling it.

I first got into David Sedaris about five years ago, when I made the mistake of reading Me Talk Pretty One Day on an airplane ride and spent the entire time trying to stifle giggles unsuccessfully. It’s shameful that it’s taken me so long to read When You Are Engulfed in Flames, but the result is no less pleasing. Continue reading

#CBR5 Review #1: Child of the Northern Spring (The Guinevere Trilogy) by Persia Woolley

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Let me start by saying that I never thought I would finish this book. That’s not to say that it is a bad book, in fact I found it both well written and interesting. It just seemed that so many things would come up when I tried to read and at 550+ pages it seemed daunting as the first book to undertake in CBR5. However, I finally finished this evening and am ready to talk about it.

I was drawn to this book because it was $1.99 in the Kindle store because the stories of Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin and the gang have always intrigued me, but I haven’t found an effective outlet for that curiosity. Most of the books I’ve tried have been too dry or dense and I end up tossing them to the side. As historical fiction, this obviously has a much lighter feel but I think probably gives an honest depiction of it’s central characters. That being said, I know nothing about the central characters other than random TV shows here and there, so I can’t judge how “legitimate” the story is. Continue reading

Back on the Bandwagon

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[This is me. Crushing today.]

This morning I wanted to do it. I wanted to get out there and start my New Year right. I wanted to go out for a jog and feel good about it. No, I wanted to dominate my jog, without stopping, and I wanted to feel like Superwoman. And you know what, I was pretty close! I did some dynamic warm ups in the house and then just set out for my jog. I needed to get two miles in for my training, but I told myself that it would be okay if I had to take some walk breaks, especially since its been about ten years since I ran more than one mile at a time. Continue reading