What I Feel When A Book Has No Ending

What I Feel When A Book Has No Ending

I just finished a book.  It was a rather good book that I enjoyed very much.  I’d tell you what book it was but I don’t want to ruin the ending, or lack there of.  You know what I’m talking about.  When there is this long build up of dramatic conflict.  Will the guy get the girl?  Will the guy forget about the girl?  Will he take a new job?  It looks like…it looks like…oh wait…he’s just going to drive off in to the sunset and you as the reader has to decide what happens.

I do have an imagination.  And maybe some readers want to be able to create their own ending in their mind.  To that I say, the author should have finished his work! If I was an author, I’d have written the book myself! I hope one day I do write a book, but I don’t go to work every day and start a project only to hand it off 95% finished.  Finish your book Author X!

Maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, but I really liked the book.  I got invested in the characters.  The main guy felt like a friend and I just want to call him up and ask him how he’s doing.  What ended up being your fate Character Y?!? Sadly no one has invented me a phone that calls a fictitious character (hey, I may be on to something) so I can’t ask him. Now I’m just left wishing that the author had left me with something more to hold on to.

“But then the book may have been too predictable,” you say.  And I have to agree with you there.  A clear-cut ending does leave for some predictability and stale story telling.  But gosh darn it I hate not knowing!

Am I the only one that feels this way?! As I get ready to embark on The Winter 2014 Book Challenge I really must know.

Winter 2014 Book Challenge

Winter 2014 Reading ChallengeI am all about challenges.  And since I LOVE reading, book challenges are my jam.  I also love the fact that I have to decide what books I’m going to read over the next few months because that take away the stress (and serious depression) of finishing a book without another one lined up So, I am once again joining Semi-Charmed Kind Of Life for her challenge. The categories for The Winter 2014 Book Challenge are quite…shall I say it…challenging this time around.  Go here to check out the rules.  Here are my preliminary choices:

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books.
A Bend In The Road by Nicholas Sparks

10 points: Read a book of short stories.
One More Thing by BJ Novak

10 points: Read a book with a food (not a drink!) in the title.
Soy Sauce for Beginners by Kirstin Chen

15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you (so no rereads for this one!).
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language.
100 Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

15 points: Read a book written by a local author (either an author from your state if you live in the United States, or in your country if you live somewhere else
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Tennessee)

20 points: Read a “bookish book” (in which books play an important role, e.g. the setting involves a bookstore or library, a major character is an author, or a book that celebrates reading and books.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title
East Of Eden by John Steinbeck

25 points: Read a book from a genre you don’t usually read.
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title. Be sure to tell us the song name and artist as well!
Love The One Your With by Emily Giffin/ “Love The One Your With” by Stephen Stills

30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title (e.g. breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, brunch; update: meals like feast, banquet, picnic will also count, but try not to get too “creative” with your meal words!).
A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemmingway 
After The Banquet Yukio Mishima


Winter 2014 Book Challenge


3 Shows in 5 Days

3 Shows In 5 Days

Last week was quite the whirlwind of a week.  I got to go see 3 shows in 5 days and now I’m feeling like napping on this cold Monday morning.  Pardon all my blurry iPhone photos.  I really should have snuck in my big camera!

Wednesday night I got to see Motley Crue.  Talk about an incredibly high-energy show!  There were some pretty spectacular pyrotechnics, including Nikki Sixx’s flame shooting guitar and a whole lot of lighting effects.  Tommy Lee did his famous drum solo over the crowd on a roller coaster (see above photo) and made me dizzy for nearly 10 minutes.  I could hardly hear the whole day afterwards, but hey, that’s rock and roll right?!

Motley Crue

Thursday Night was Paul McCartney night.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I got the ticket months ago and have eagerly awaiting Sir Paul with as much anticipation as I had waiting for my wedding day.


My bestie and I wore our Beatles shirts in celebration and I cried through 60% of the concert.  I had an emotional meltdown during “Let It Be” because it’s my soul song and the concert was probably the best concert I’ve ever been too.  Kidney sale well worth it!


Last night I attended a showing for the documentary “I’ll Be Me” about Glenn Campbell’s final tour after his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s.  Even though I had seen the show once before, I was again inspired and moved to tears throughout most of the documentary.  So far, the documentary is only coming to select theaters, but if you have an opportunity to see it, you really should.  It’s so incredible!

I'll Be Me

I officially need to go back to bed now.  Wake me up when it’s not Monday anymore.

How was your weekend?!


When Selfies Have Gone Too Far

When Selfies Have Gone Too Far

The word “selfie” was added to the dictionary just a few months ago.  The idea of having the word “selfie” as acceptable to play in a round of scrabble seems a bit outlandish to me, but maybe I’m overreacting.  I do think you know that selfies have gone to far when you attend a Mötley Crüe concert and all the tough, tattoo-covered, leather wearing men are trying to get selfies with Vince Neil in the background.  Too far, I say.  Too far.  Here are 5 other ways you know when selfies have gone too far.

1. When a selfie is taken near or around a toilet
No matter how pretty you did your hair, if I can see the toilet, I’m thinking about poop.  Do you want me to see your hair and think about poop?

2. When a selfie is taken at a funeral
Your smiling face at a funeral makes me think you might have murdered the person who passed away.  Why are you so happy they are dead?

3. When a selfie is taken of you sleeping
No one in their right mind would take a picture of me sleeping and think it was cute.  I sleep with my mouth open in a drooly frown.  If you look cute in your sleeping selfy, I assume you took the picture yourself and then you obviously weren’t sleeping.  Unless sleep picture taking is now a thing.  And if it is we are all doomed.

4. When a selfie doesn’t have you in it
If your selfie is a picture you took of just your baby, it’s not a selfie.  Unless the baby took the photo himself.  Then kudus for having a very smart child.

5. When a selfie is taken sitting in traffic
When you’re bored sitting in traffic, don’t make the rest of us bored by seeing your bored face.  I sit in enough traffic of my own.

I must admit, I do love taking a selfie now and then, but most of the time I have to put my dog in the picture because he’s so cute he almost makes me cute.  From now on, let’s just have the animals take the selfies.

Lemur takes selfie


Dog Takes A Selfie




20 Of The Best Scary Movies

20 Of The Best Scary Movies

It’s no secret that I love movies.  And since Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, I am all about watching scary movies to celebrate.  In case you were looking for some fun (and often terrifying) movies to watch this October, I’ve compiled a list of the what I believe are the best scary movies. There’s a whole lot of Stephen King on the list because he’s my favorite author, and I guess that makes me a little partial to movies based on his novels.  I was also surprised how many of the movies I thought of that are older.  In this day and age of elaborate special effects, gore, and computer-generated imagery, maybe we have lost the art of the truly scary movie that leaves much up to the imagination.

20. Paranormal Activity (2007)
One Sentence Review: Don’t let your friends fool you and tell you this movie is real home footage.

19. Signs (2002)
One Sentence Review: Tinfoil on your head will not protect you from alien invasion.

18. Cujo (1983)
One Sentence Review: Don’t forget those rabies shots!

17. Pet Sematary (1989)
One Sentence Review: Pets are not quite as cuddly when they are raised from the dead.

16. The Sixth Sense (1999)
One Sentence Review: A boy sees dead people.

15. Jaws (1975)
One Sentence Review: I will never swim at the beach again.

14. 28 Days Later (2002)
One Sentence Review: Epidemics are real so don’t forget to wash your hands.

13. Seven (1995)
One Sentence Review: Those seven sins really are deadly.

12.  Deliverance (1972)
One Sentence Review: Watch out for those rural towns and their locals!

11. Carrie (1976)
One Sentence Review: High school was terrifying enough without telekinetic powers

10. The Ring (2002)
One Sentence Review: That girl needed a haircut!

9. Halloween (1978)
One Sentence Review: The movie that sold the most popular masks in the Halloween store.

8. Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
One Sentence Review: As long as you don’t fall asleep, everything will be ok.

7. Friday The 13th (1980)
One Sentence Review: Not your average camp experience.

6. Psycho (1960)
One Sentence Review: I’ll pass on the showers and stick to baths from now on.

5. Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
One Sentence Review: Charming and often helpful serial killers are not your friends.

4. The Shining (1980)
One Sentence Review: No one wants to imagine their husband becoming a homicidal maniac.

3. Poltergeist (1982)
One Sentence Review: It’s enough to make you want to get rid of your television.

2. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
One Sentence Review: There is nothing more terrifying than the idea of having the devil’s baby.

1. The Exorcist (1973)
One Sentence Review: No split-pea soup for me, thanks.

What is your favorite scary movie?  What movies did I miss on my list?