Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sunday Synopsis

LuckyLucky by Alice Sebold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow! I was not expecting this! My son was assigned to read this book for a class in victimology. I thought, "Oh, I've read The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I want to read that, too." Little did I know that it was a memoir about the time she was raped when she was a freshman in college at Syracuse and how it shaped both the good and bad things in her life.

The first chapter of the book is shocking! Sebold didn't hold back any detail when writing about her brutal rape. I don't want to spoil anything for future readers, but she was a strong woman then and still is. She did some things years later that surprised me! I would say the book is not only about her experience, it's also about family dynamics that also shaped her to be who she is. And it's about friendships, guilt, bravery, and fear.

It's not for the timid, however. It's explicit. It's raw. And it's gritty. I gave it four stars!

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Monday, September 09, 2019

Random Tuesday

Linking up with Stacy.

I'm still trying to decide when to retire.  My salary will be cut by 1/3 when I do, but I'm considering December.  Strongly.  I still have my retail job which will make up for some of it, but not all of it.  I will also not be paying rent for an apartment for my son when he finishes school in December.  That will help! I just don't know if it will be enough.  Teaching ELA in my district sucks all the fun and life out of teaching.  I'm way past burned out. 

I'm still liking my retail job although it does kind of suck when I have to work both jobs in the same day.  I guess I could look for a different job that pays a bit more, but I looked before I got this one.  All the "entry level" jobs require 3-5 years experience.  How's that entry level?  And you have to know specific programs that I am sure I could learn easily, but I'm not currently proficient in using because we don't use them in education.  I suppose I could also start tutoring.  What do tutors earn per hour in your area?  Any other tips or suggestions?

It's still just as hot here in Texas as it was in August, if not, hotter!  96 degrees two days ago.  93 today.  Fall supposedly begins September 22.  But not for Texas!  LOL

And now...

So true!


As an English teacher, this is my favorite cartoon today!
Have a good week!

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Sunday Synopsis

The Plea (Eddie Flynn, #2)The Plea by Steve Cavanagh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have finally found another author of crime thrillers that can keep me happily turning pages in my book. Steven Cavanagh may not be quite as good as John Grisham was in the early days, but he is way better than the last few Grisham's I read. This is the second book in this series, but you don't have to read them in order.

Eddie Flynn is an attorney, but he used to be a con man, so he seems to have some tricks up his sleeves. A rogue FBI agent asks Flynn to represent billionaire David Child who has been accused of murdering his girlfriend. Flynn needs to get him to admit guilt and take a plea so the FBI can uncover a money laundering scheme using an algorithm Child created. If he refuses, or fails to get Child to take a plea, they will implicate Flynn's ex-wife in the scheme. Basically, Flynn is being blackmailed .

The problem is... Flynn is convinced David Child is innocent, and he won't put an innocent man in jail. But can he prove it without causing harm to Child or his ex-wife, not to mention himself.?

This kept me on the edge of my seat. There were several twists and turns, and it was difficult to put it down. Cavanagh writes a compelling legal thriller with realistic characters, so much so that I've already ordered the first book in the series. I have no idea how I started with the second one, but I believe these books can be read as stand-alone novels, too, similar to Michael Connelly's books.

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Monday, September 02, 2019

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy.

Did you know Labor Day first began in the United States On Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York.  It didn't become a national holiday until 1894.
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It celebrates the millions of men and women in the workforce, their celebrations and achievements.  I was so thankful for the extra day off.  I was off school and off at my retail job.  That hasn't happened in a while! 

Unfortunately, I'm still having problems with my foot.  The fracture is still there in the sesamoid bone. There are two sesamoid bones underneath the ball of the foot.
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  One is fine, the other is broken.  Although very small bones that are embedded in tendons, I'm finding that they are also very useful.  So far, my treatment hasn't helped.  The only thing that has helped is resting my foot, but I have to work!  I guess I may end up trying the boot again.  We'll see.  This has been going on since December.

And now...
Do people still follow this "rule?"

I hope you find this funny like I did.  I don't mean to offend anyone!

Have a great week!


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