Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mid-week thoughts during vacation

I am hitting the middle part of my week off from the newspaper, but I’m trying not to focus on it. Vacation weeks always fly by, don’t they?
It was really nice on Tuesday not to be laying out pages and reviewing copy at the newspaper. I like my job, but it’s nice to get a respite now and then from a day that is usually very stressful.

I’ve been doing some editing work. I enjoy the editing process so much, and it’s nice working from home.

I’ve also been reading. I just finished Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.
Have you read it? What did you think?
I found it fascinating, frightening, troubling. It’s incredibly well- written, and I really didn’t want to put the book down.
But boy, the story itself is disturbing. I hope I never meet people like the main characters, Nick and Amy. Or if I’ve already met them, I hope I don’t learn anymore about them.
If I dream about the characters, which I sometimes do after I read a book, the dreams will actually be nightmares.
Yes, that disturbing. If a book can make me feel that way about the characters, I think the writer has done a good job.

On that note, here are a couple more photos to lift myself out of Nick and Amy’s world:

Have you ever read a book that, while it was excellent, had disturbing characters that stayed in your mind after you finished the book?


  1. So glad you are enjoying your break from work. Some of those Oprah Winfrey books were great but disturbing to me.

  2. I have Miss Flynn on my to read list now :-) and yes I read a book by a New Zealand author 20 years ago that still comes to mind regularly, it is called 'the bone people' by Keri Hulme, happy rest of your holidays..

  3. I am glad you are getting a much-needed respite from work Tina. We all need those sometime, no matter how much we love our job. I love the photo of the Robin and of course Chase Bird. The closest book that I have read that did that for me was "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". Awesome book.

  4. I've given "Gone Girl" a pass for that reason. There's so much on the pile -- I want to read about things I would LIKE or am interested in!

    Have a great vacation week -- sounds like you are unwinding!

  5. i haven't read much at all in recent years. every now and then, a movie will do that to me.

    happy rest of the week!

  6. I read GG all the way up till the first big "reveal," and then I felt so cheated and misled (and so disgusted with the characters) that I quit reading. I don't know if anyone could convince me to return to that book!

  7. Yes, I don't like dark or violent stories. I quit reading a C.P. Snow story a few months ago. The whole story was dark.

  8. I'm a wimp. I stay away from disturbing books and movies...

  9. oh i am a wimp as well. if i did read, which i don't, i would only read rainbow/unicorn stories.

    i adore a stay at home, enjoy the place where i live, kind of vacation!!!

  10. I have read Gone Girl.
    Yes, I just read a book where I absolutely hated the main character. She made horrible choices throughout that destroyed other (nicer) people. Plus, she was abusive to horses. Afterwards, I kind of wished I hadn't read it in some ways.

  11. i bet chase bird is enjoying you being at home! i just finished "she's come undone" took me a while because i only read when i go to bed, then fall asleep lol...i hated for it to end i'm reading something by nora roberts, can't think of the name...enjoy the rest of your time off!

  12. Yes - I read Gone Girl a few months ago. I agree with you, I wouldn't want to meet them, and the story does stick with you a while. I'm glad you're enjoying some time off!

  13. I love it when I find a book that really sits with me and I don't want to put it down. Absolutely love the photos.:)


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