Island 731 by Jeremy Robinson, this book opens with a wounded WW2 naval man washed ashore on an island awakened from being eaten by scavengers. A short time later a glimpse of the real horror is revealed. The book switches gears and chimes in on a modern-day research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Said vessel ends up on the island due to sabotage and a storm. People are dead and 1 is missing and a part of the crew go looking for missing mate on the island.
I started writing this on December 25, 2019, which started the single digit countdown for the wedding. But I’m not getting it finished until December 26, 2019, so now it’s only eight days until the wedding. We got engaged on March 31, 2019. In some ways, it seems like the time has flown by. In other ways, though, it seems like we’ve been engaged for years. Maybe this is because we’ve been a couple for years. I’m virtually done with everything. We had the final planning m
Today – December 9, 2019 – marks the 25-day point before the wedding. I’m getting married in a mere 25 days! I’m close to being finished with the preparations. As I wrote in a previous blog post, the decorations are all made, boxed, and labeled. We submitted the play list to the DJ (and no, I did not change my “down the aisle” song again!), I emailed the cake baker to confirm to flavors and decoration style, etc. One of the biggest challenges over the last week or so is ge
Are you tired of politics yet? Or perhaps you’re tired of the multitude of social media posts by friends who just learned the word ‘socialist’ and still can’t use it in a sentence properly. I know I am, but I’m always in the mood for intelligent politics – and murder. So while my blog is going back to the first time I wrote about local author Nick Pignatelli in the Albany Times Union, it's time to revisit his work. In light of recent national politics, I started thinking abou
In the early 2000s, my Aunt Fran wanted to do something special to honor my cousin Karen. Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer, and pulling together a family and friends book of recipes was a great way to raise money for breast cancer research. Sadly, Karen passed away on July 5, 2002, but through our family, and these recipes, we all have a way to keep her and our entire family in our hearts during the holidays. If you read my blog often, you know I lost my Mom in July of
WARNING: This post contains explicit language and sexual content. Another test for the strength of a relationship is the possibility of significant illness or medical issues for you or your partner. I’ve had two “real” adult relationships. I had a significant surgery in one of them and faced significant illness in the other. However, I had two very different outcomes. When I was with my ex-husband, I developed a golf ball-sized fibroid tumor in my uterus. It was not canc
I want to tell you about a book series I really enjoyed, set at Harvard University. The book series I’m recommending this week is by authors Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur, and the first book (and the series as a whole) is titled The Ivy. Having been accepted to Harvard’s summer Philosophy program many years ago, I was immediately intrigued as to how the school would be portrayed from a new student’s point of view. I couldn’t attend because of financial reasons, but all the same,
If you ever want to test the strength of your relationship, try remodeling or renovating a room together. Better yet, make sure that remodel includes building a piece of IKEA furniture. Our daughter (Elizabeth from previous blogs) just turned 13 a few days ago. The thing she requested for her birthday was that her room be remodeled/redecorated in a 1980s theme. This remodel included repairing damaged bedroom walls (how can one kid cause so much damage in less than four years?
There are “big” things I love about my fiance’ David. He is pretty calm and soothing, he’s hilarious, and he strives to be a good man and father. There are other “big” things, but what I am writing about today are all the “little things” that I love about him. We were going for a Sunday drive yesterday, and I stared at our arms for a few minutes. I love the way our arms look together when they are side by side. His is big and manly, with dark hairs, and mine is a bit smal
I saved this one for the closest to Halloween, but it was tough. This book is considered one of the best 'scary' novels for 2019, and I tend to agree. I finished it this morning around 3:30am after being woken up by one of my cats. I couldn't go back to sleep, but thankfully the husband was home so I wasn't alone. The Invited by Jennifer McMahon, is just what you need the week leading up to All Hallow's Eve. Set in Vermont, the novel isn't a typical ghost story where a couple
In a previous blog, I wrote about being on anti-depressants. What I didn’t say is that anti-depressants can be a gigantic buzz kill on your sex life. I’ve always had a very strong sex drive. I love sex – thinking about it, doing it, talking about it, etc. At one point, in my first marriage, I thought that my sex drive was dwindling. I didn’t think about sex, I did almost anything to get out of having sex, etc. My doctor sent me in for lab work to see if there was a physical r
This is something I murmur to myself often. I must have asked myself this question at least ten times in the last two weeks, and it had nothing to do with reading a book. But I also don’t know what I was thinking when I promised myself I would read and review several top rated horror novels this month. This week’s review is focused on Nick Cutter’s The Troop. It sits in the top five of multiple lists as one of the best horror novels in the last few years and received a glowin
From the time I was very young (probably too young) I was reading The Exorcist, anything by Stephen King, and collections of short horror stories that gave me nightmares, but I wouldn't have changed a thing. The one book I never read as a kid was by Richard Adams and that book is Watership Down. I was about 17 when I read it for the first time and even at that age, it left me feeling too dark, too scary, and too much for children, but as I've gotten older, I wish I would have
I wouldn't consider myself a theater enthusiast, but I do enjoy seeing plays that pique my interest, so take my thoughts and experience for what they are. I don't care very much about sets or lighting. If a play is written well, the actors clearly passionate and well-rehearsed, and I learn something or feel something - it works. Those things are important to me. I went last evening (10/8) with three friends and I almost cancelled because of unforeseen events but I'm glad I we
Girl Gone Smart would like to welcome Patrick to our blog roll! Patrick is an avid reader, musician, and all round cool dude. He doesn't pay for any of the books he reads. Instead, his public library and YouTube provide an endless supply of reading material. He's also partial to audio books so if that's you're thing - he has you covered! Patrick became interested in reading after picking up The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - and he hasn't stopped since. "Physical books tak
I woke up this morning in a hotel room, on a work trip, and realized something. Today is October 3, 2019. This means something to me – I have three months from today before I marry David! It seems like the day we got engaged – March 31, 2019 – was so long ago, but also as if it was yesterday. We set our wedding date – January 3, 2020, - on the day we got engaged. It seemed like our wedding date was so far away, but as of today, we only have three months before our wedding day
Girl Gone Smart is happy to welcome a guest post today from Mike, who wants to tell you about the new movie, Joker. It's truly a cinematic masterpiece and Joaquin Phoenix deserves an Oscar. I don't have much to say about the rest of the cast as Phoenix pretty much carries the entire movie on his own, with one exception noted below. This is an origin story so it showcases how and why the Joker came to exist. There has been a lot of press about how this movie has the potential
So, in purposely steering away from my cathartic, oversharing blog posts, I decided to try my hand at a book review. I've been trying to finish an epically long novel by Joe Hill that has left me somewhat stalled...a few pages here, a few pages there. There are a few things I am never caught without wherever I go. They are, in no particular order...a hair tie, a tampon, lipstick, and dental floss. Seriously, all of these things you will find in my house, my car, my purs
I hit a snafu in my reading schedule. I was supposed to review House of Leaves by Mark D. Danielweski this week but I left my Kindle at a friend’s house. When I pulled over to get gas on the way home, I told my husband. His response was: “OMG! Did you call them? Where did you leave it? I have no idea what you are going to do!” He understood my panic. He gets me. Then during a phone call he said: “If you’re not always reading, does this mean I have to talk to you?” Funny guy.