Saturday, May 27, 2017

2017 Reading Challenge: Volume 1

So at the beginning of this year, I committed myself to a reading challenge on Goodreads, promising to read at least 30 books over the course of the year.  So, inspired by that, I'm going to post a compilation of these books and my personal reviews on them here.

{ I will be posting them in 3 separate 'volumes' with 10 books per post.  Any bonus books that I get through will have their own post as well. }

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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I'd bought this book months before actually deciding to sit down and read it, from seeing the movie first.  I know books can provide so many more details and insights into the characters, so that's why I wanted to read it.  So here's what I thought:

First off, this is not a book for the faint-hearted reader.  It definitely has some truly disturbing and intense imagery and scenarios.  Having said that, the book is written in a way that leaves you itching to know what really happened on that fateful January night.  I saw the movie before reading the book, but it had been so long that I was still surprised by the ending, and of course, there are always many more details introduced from the book.  I also loved Ms. Flynn's way of describing emotions felt by Libby as an adult.

Read from December 5, 2016 to January 5, 2017


Monday, May 22, 2017

'Sac-of-Tomatoes' in Spring

Back in April 2016, my mom traveled out here to California for one of her semi-annual visits.  She had never been to the State Capitol building before, so we decided to use one of the days that she was here to take a drive up to Sacramento.

I love capturing the beauty of the surrounding area, so I didn't mind taking her up to the 'City of Trees' for a day trip, although I have to say that the drive up there is really boring!  I only wish we could have had time to visit the Old Sacramento Historic District.  Anyway, here are some of the shots that I took:

Full view of the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento.

Capturing the phrasing.  I forget which building this is, officially, but it was located to the side of the main Capitol building.

Again, the phrasing.  This was on the other side from the previous photo's building.

Just walking around and capturing the view!

Of course, I couldn't leave out the flora!

More of the scenery, just outside the Capitol Building.

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