Thursday, July 13, 2017

Weekly Reads (07/14/17)


So it's always hard returning to work after vacation but overall, it's been a smooth transition back. Mr. Barb has to work this weekend (he works one a month) but he had two extra days off more than I did so it won't be too bad.  I plan on running errands, doing some cleaning and binge watching some TV while he is at work.  He still gets home by 4pm so that's not bad.

Thursday, July 13th was my Grandfather's 96th birthday.  I got to see him briefly when he was in town and will go and visit him Saturday morning.  My Uncle is on the barge in stormy Illinois/Wisconsin so he won't make it in but they celebrated before he left.  Going to take him a surprise birthday cake!

So we did mange to watch Kong: Skull Island before we went back to work.  I really liked it even though I had to cover my eyes during parts of the movie.  I'm such a  "kill all the humans you want but leave the animals alone" watcher.  The effects were good and for once, I actually didn't like a character portrayed by Samuel Jackson - that doesn't happen too often.

I've gotten quite a bit of reading done lately although some of it has been graphic novels.  I've just started "Final Girls" so it's at the top of the stack but here are all the books I hope to at least crack open over the next seven days.



Also, I've heard rumblings that Riley Sager is a pen name for a popular author.  Has anyone else heard that and if so, any clues?  Stuff like that drives me NUTS!

Hope everyone has a productive, safe and fun week!!!!

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  1. According to USA Today, it is Todd Ritter. I want to watch Skull Island but only if the monkey doesn't die! I just cannot watch a Kong film where he dies as it upsets me!

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    1. Thanks for cracking the mystery. I'm curious why the pen name. I'm only about 45 pages in and so far it's okay, but not really gripping me yet.

      FYI - I commented last week I had to look up the ending before we watched it so SPOILER ALERT>>>>>>>>
      Kong is safe. Fun movie to root for stupid humans to kick the bucket though!

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  2. I want to read The Missing, I hope it's a good one! I need to try Skull Island as well, you just never know with those remakes. :)

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    1. Hoping I can get to it - just checked the calendar and I have to books for blog tours to get to by the end of the month.

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  3. Of course I just googled Riley Sager but nothing good came up! I guess she's really good at keeping secrets. I'm curious about Akata Witch so looking forward to your review.

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    1. Chuckles was able to unravel the mystery. Apparently it's Todd Ritter. Not heard of him and am curious why the pen name. Seems he writes a lot of mystery/thrillers as his specialization anyway.

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  4. I spent way to much time trying to figure out why Riley Sager is. Thanks to Chuckles for the info! I hope you like Final Girls more than I did.

    Happy Birthday to your grandpa! 96 is wonderful!

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    1. It isn't looking good Carole. I'm about half through and it better pick up soon!

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  5. Looking forward to your thoughts on the Kelley Armstrong book! I also watched Skull Island last week, and thought it was all right - pretty much everything I wanted and expected from a reboot of King Kong :D

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Yea, I liked it but then I enjoy watching stupid people getting ripped apart more than your average girl (probably).

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  6. Oh I hope you have a nice visit with your granddad today! 96 is amazing! And surprise birthday cake is always a happy thing :D

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    1. It was so much fun and he really enjoyed himself.

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  7. Happy Birthday, Grandfather!

    Oh, wow. The Riley Sager question was going to drive me nuts, too. Thank goodness for Chuckles! Haha. Sometimes authors will do different pen names for different genres so their readers aren't disappointed expecting a similar novel as one they enjoyed. Maybe his other books aren't very dark.

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    1. Then there is also this explanation. :/ I have to admit I thought Riley Sager was a woman, too. https://www.wsj.com/articles/these-guys-dont-mind-if-you-think-theyre-women-1500303376

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    2. I'm off to check out this article. For whatever reason he did it, it seems to be a smart move. Doesn't look like his other thrillers received that much attention so this was a good career move if nothing else.

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  8. Wait, wait what? Tell me about these Riley Sager rumours !(Totally looking forward to your review btw!)

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    1. It should be interesting to write. So far it's okay but I'm not loving it. Also, now that I know he's male, it's making me look at the writing way more critically, which is probably wrong in all kinds of ways!

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