Week Recap - New Boat and Lots of Books


My hubby loves fishing, so this week we took the plunge and bought a new boat. We had an old boat and it was uncomfortable for me, especially when I am reading. LOL. I love to read while my husband is fishing, I normally have a rod in my hand, but I am more focused on the book.
Friday a couple of our friends got married, we it was a lot of fun to hang out and let off a little steam dancing!
We took our new boat out yesterday even though it was a cold morning. I was wearing a winter hat, long johns and wool socks! The boat worked great, but the fish were not cooperating!


This Week on A Flurry of Ponderings:
Monday - Crafty Ponderings - Faux Dori
Tuesday - Top Ten Books I Plan to Have in my Beach Bag
Wednesday - Waiting on Wednesday with Go Set A Watchman
Thursday - Review of I'll Meet You There
Friday- Review of The Girl on the Train

This Week I Read:

 



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Crafty Ponderings - Erin Condren Planner and My Favorite Etsy Sticker Shops


I have had my Erin Condren Life Planner for a couple weeks and I am absolutely in love. A friend bought hers after watching hours of YouTube videos. Once she showed me how fun it could be, way more than just a planner, I was in. I was up until midnight watching videos and then ordering my own planner. The 2015 planners are sold out, but the 2016 planners are going to be out in June!



I went a little crazy and bought a ton of stickers, pens and washi tape to get ready for my planner to come in the mail! Planner addicts, my self included now, decorate their weeks with different tapes, stickers, quotes and sayings. I track my daily events, blog posts and whatever inspires me in my planner. Some people use it even more like a journal.


There are some awesome Instagram accounts to show decorating and use ideas - so many talented people out there. I really wish I had neater looking handwriting. And more importantly, there are some amazing Etsy accounts to purchase stickers for every part of life! Here are some of my favorite stores:


https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePlannerJunkieInc 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSassyPlanner?ref=pr_faveshops

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Libbieandco

I also got a Xyron 250 Create-a-sticker Maker. I just started playing with it, so I will do a full review later, but it has been fun to make my own stickers. I am also thinking about a Silohuette if I really get into this whole sticker making process. Oh man, writing this I see how deep I am in!

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Xyron-250-Sticker-Machine/10285242



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Review of The Girl on the Train

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.


The Girl on the Train was our book club pick for April. We all enjoyed both the Gone Girl book and movie, so we were excited to take on a book that was compared to Gone Girl and was hyped as a "Hitchcockian" thriller.

 
  •  The book was so unique. I enjoyed the writing style, it really gave you the whole picture without going back and forth too distinctly. The POV were each from different time periods, so it helped give structure instead of that jumpy feeling a lot of books that go back and forth portray.
  • Rachel has to be one of the most complex characters I have ever read. I haven't ever been around someone who is an alcoholic, so it was interesting to be in the mind of someone with the disease. I know that I do not love being drunk or hungover, so it was so hard for me to imagine choosing to feel like that all the time. 
  • I totally think that I could relate to Rachel making up stories about the people in the houses she passes everyday. I think that imagination is easily reliable for those who love to write and I could see myself doing the same thing to kill time on that long train ride everyday. I could also see myself getting caught up in the story and wanting to help when something goes wrong. I know it seems crazy, but hey, I do have an overactive imagination.
  • I cannot imagine what it would be like to be in Anna's shoes. First, she is the other woman. She is sleeping with a married man and in love with him. And then, they get married and she moves into his home that his now ex-wife vacated. She is living in the shadow of the marriage she helped destroy. It wasn't just the cheating, but so much more complexity. The writing really gave you insight into how it felt like to be on both sides of the situation. 
  • Our main character - the girl who gives us the mystery in the story, only dances around in the shadows. It is so interesting to see how she weaved in and out of the lives of our characters, without ever really being the complete story. 

  • There were a few times that I really struggled with the story. At the beginning, I was just constantly waiting for something to happen. Then I wanted answers. At times I almost felt like putting the book down, but I kept going because I needed to know who the killer was.
  • I tend to actually love hyped books, but this one I was so excited for and I think that it did not live up to my excitement. I wanted that same emotion that I got from Gone Girl and didn't really feel anything. I felt the characters in Gone Girl were a lot more "hateable." I didn't really connect with any of the characters.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22557272-the-girl-on-the-train



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Review of I'll Meet You There

If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.


I had heard that I’ll Meet you There was one of those books you either love or hate. I honestly could not get enough of it. I never wanted the story to end and I lived in the story when I wasn’t reading it. I love books that really get you down to your core. They stay part of you and change you in some way.


  • The location of the book had to be my favorite part. It was this small, unknown town in California. It is a dusty, rundown town. It is only of those towns that either people are going to live in forever or they cannot wait to get away. I grew up in a small town, so I could definitely relate to the atmosphere in the town. Everyone knows everyone else’s business and there are no secrets.
  • I loved the main character, Skylar. I wanted so badly to see her collages. I wish that there were images with the book, because I had the most amazing idea of what they looked like. This was one of those things that you just need to see in person, in real living color. I would love to find some fan art depicting the collage of the town.
  • The hotel sounded so amazing. I loved the crazy, themed rooms. I would definitely stay there in a heartbeat. Plus, I would kill for a pool to just float around in when I am not working. It just sounded like this sleepy, peaceful place in the midst of then craziness. Plus the owner was amazing. I just wanted to be part of her life, especially after we heard her story.
  • Josh. Oh, Josh. I loved the relationship between the two. The slow burn and the way they kept each other at an arms-length, but I also loved the way they talked to each other and told each other the truth. Skylar did pity Josh for his leg and did not treat him like a war hero, which is exactly what he needed.
  • This book was so raw and full of real emotion. I felt for Skylar’s friends, who each had their own dreams and sometimes that did not work out the way they expected them to or what they had envisioned for each other. I realize this is a very confusing sentence, but sometimes it is so hard to write reviews without spoiling anything!
  • Skylar’s mom was so awful. I cannot imagine growing up like that, not being able to depend on the adult or guardian who is supposed to be there to protect you, to guide you. Skylar had to fight for what she had, work multiple jobs but then also feel like she needed to be her mother’s support system and make sure that she was taken care of. She had a lot on her back and it was awesome that she turned out the way she did.
  • The writing in this book was honest. It just connected so well and really took me into the story, I felt the town, the vibe, the emotion. 



  

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Waiting on Wednesday with Go Set A Watchman

The book is set during the mid-1950s, some 20 years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus and is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.









https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24817626-go-set-a-watchman


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Top Ten Books I Plan to Have in my Beach Bag



I love reading outside - reading on the deck, on the boat, at the pool or in the lake. Put me outside in the sun with a book in my hands and I am a happy camper. Here are some books I will be stashing in my beach bag (or Owlcrate tote)!






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