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review 2018-03-21 15:43
Just Filler and Boring
The Long Way Home - Louise Penny

Long story short, I forgot to post a review about this book when I read it right after book #9. I was too irritated to do much besides be super aggravated by the nonsense going on in the Armand Gamache series and this latest was just more of the same it seemed to me. The story was way too long and drawn out for the terrible payoff we get in the end. I was wondering about reading the next book in the series, and a friend said she thinks I will like that much better, so I will. But, I wanted to post my review of book #10 before I totally forgot about it.


"The Long Way Home" has Chief Inspector Armand Gamache retired and living in Three Pines. I still don't get why he and his wife relocated there after all of the insanity that seems to befall people in this village, but they do. Gamache goes to a bench everyday and reads a book (until a certain point) and seems to be waiting for someone or something to come along. Eventually, the someone does come along, Clara Marrow finally talks to Gamache about the promise that she and her estranged husband Peter made back in "A Trick of the Light" when she finally realized that for all of the lip service he was making, Peter wanted to see her do badly. The couple agrees to go their separate ways for a year, with Peter returning at the end of that year to see if they could move forward or not. Now it's more than a year and Clara believes that something truly awful had to have befallen Peter for him not to keep his promise.


"The Long Way Home" has Gamache team up with his former protege Jean Guy Beauvoir in trying to track down Peter's movements. Gamache's wife is concerned about him being pulled back into anything resembling an investigation that will leave him injured after the events in "How the Light Gets In." I really don't get why Gamache even agrees to help Clara with this besides his own curiosity. The reveal of what was going on with Peter was pretty much a letdown.


Jean Guy is blissful as anything cause he finally has capture, er married Gamache's daughter. I have already said repeatedly I don't care a bit about this romance and that still holds true here.


I ended up not liking Clara much throughout this book. She was aggressive and didn't listen one bit to what Gamache was saying. And honestly if she had listened, the events that transpired at the end of the book would not have occurred.


We do get to see Peter's messed up family a bit in this one, but I thought Penny did a disservice not showing them in the ending of the book.


The writing was typical Penny, but honestly I was bored. I just didn't care to read the symbolism behind everything that Peter was doing. The insights that everyone had while looking at Peter's artwork and figuring out his cold trail made me laugh. I don't know if maybe Penny had included drawings of "Peter's work" or something that would have helped us readers see what everyone else was looking at. But it's hard to read about what other characters are seeing when you don't see the artwork in question. I started skipping over stuff like that in this book just to get through this. I would think a look back at Clara and Peter's history and the art world in general would have been way more intriguing than this, but honestly after reading "A Trick of the Light" I just cannot anymore with the art world in Canada.


I had a hard time with the overall mystery that was solved here and how Peter was worked into that plot. It didn't make a lot of sense and the villain reveal in this one was done really badly. I liked what another reviewer said about this being a backwards mystery and honestly it was a backwards mystery. I wish that Penny had just decided to not loop in two mysteries for the price of one in this book since neither one of them were carried off very well.


The flow was not that great either. We have Clara, Mryna, Armand, and Jean Guy bouncing from location to location and meeting tertiary characters who I am sure will appear in future books. I just didn't care enough to pay that much attention to them.

The setting of this one is a little bit of Three Pines and other locations. None of them really stayed with me at the end of this book.


The ending was such a slap in the face though. I don't know how I feel about it besides cheated. I did feel like I wasted all of my time to just get this ending that pretty much thumbed its noses at the readers. I would say that this book is pretty much filler and you can skim it to get the bare bones of the story and can skip to the next book in the series.

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text 2018-03-18 19:05
Fan Cast: Leaving Home by Francine Pascal

Elizabeth/Jessica Wakefield: Lili Reinhart
Jeffrey French: Keiynan Lonsdale
Enid Rollins: Ciara Bravo
Winston Egbert: Tyler Alvarez
Maria Santelli: Francesca Reale
Bruce Patman: Richard Harmon
Regina Morrow: Vanessa Marano


Alice Wakefield: Laura Dern
Ned Wakefield: Robert Downey Jr.
Lila Fowler: Laura Harrier
Kirk Anderson: Dylan Minnette
Neil Freemount: Tye Sheridan
Tom McKay: Dylan Everett
Penny Ayala: Gracie Dzienny
Lynne Henry: Glennellen Anderson
Olivia Davidson: Liza Koshy

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review 2018-03-18 18:51
Leaving Home by Francine Pascal


Series: #38 in Sweet Valley High


Elizabeth has decided that she wants to go to boarding school in Switzerland more than she's ever wanted anything. Her entire family is upset, but she goes ahead with her plans for a scholarship. Can Jessica, Stephen and the whole gang pursuade her that she'd be much happier at home? (from Goodreads)


Leaving Home is set around Elizabeth Wakefield’s desperation to get a scholarship to a Switzerland boarding school for a creative writing course that starts the summer after her junior year and ends at graduation her senior year. It’s all she can talk about and eventually everyone and their mother (including the Wakefield’s mother, Alice) are sick of it, her twin sister Jessica especially. And to be honest, there were a few times I wanted to slap Elizabeth. For example, her thought process at one point was basically, “Jeffrey’s and my relationship will work out. It will be nothing like Todd and me, who just moved across the country whereas I want to move across the world” or “When I get to Switzerland I want to meet a cute boy, but I also want Jeffrey to stay devoted to me and only me.” Stuff like that. It was just really out of character for her. But as much as Liz bothered me, Jessica and Steven really took the cake with their charade. It was too cruel. But then if the Sweet Valley High books have taught me anything, it’s that Jessica will stop at nothing to get her own, stopping nothing short of murder.


The subplot featured Winston Egbert, my favourite character. Winston lost his jacket and accidentally took home a poor (literally poor, not just sad) man’s jacket. And in the pocket he finds a lottery ticket (which he had one in his pocket as well). Anyway, this is a winning lottery ticket and Winston spends the rest of the book at war with himself about whether to give the ticket to the man or keep the money for himself.


The set up for the next book features an idea by Lynne Henry for a personals column in the newspaper, The Oracle. What will happen? What chaos could this cause? Find out in the next book, Secret Admirers.

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text 2018-03-16 13:12
Things to Consider About When Planning for Your Home Design
Planning for your home is needed a more broad approach and a ton of basic leadership to do contrast with when getting one. Finding the ideal building parcel is as of now a test, designing how your future home look likes is another test. Assembling your fantasy home design on the present part that you have and also adjusting the demonstration of arranging and planning can be very troublesome and may require proficient help.

Here are portions of the ways that can help you on your way.


Research for your fantasy home design:- One must choose what kind of home they are going to work before really designing what it would appear that like. It is fitting to have a rundown of the things that you need your home to have preceding making the plan. House styles today have diverse offerings, so it is astute to pursue for thoughts before really putting every one of these thoughts into paper.

A snappy portray would likewise help in conceptualising your fantasy home. Since you don't need to actuality this design yet, you can even now get thoughts and blend and match the things that you need to have inside and outside your home. In any case, it is imperative to know the nuts and bolts that would be incorporated into your home, for example, the quantity of rooms, family regions, lounge areas, carports, kitchen highlights and lavatory includes that you would need to have a designer kitset homes nz. Making arrangements for web associations and in addition the link and telephone associations is likewise prudent.

Check neighbourhood zoning laws and building grants:- Upon the fruition of your diagram, the next stage essential would get the important allows and existing zoning laws and models in your general vicinity. Make sure to execute auxiliary details required for structures that are built in your general vicinity. This can spare you many cerebral pains that you may understand amid the genuine development of your home.

Designing inside your financial plan:- Regardless of how shocking you may need your home to closely resemble, despite everything you have to spend a specific measure of cash to have the capacity to execute your arrangement. Contrast your present arrangement and the spending that you have and willing to save for your fantasy home and change in like way to fit. Observe that spending excessively may lead you not having enough to purchase decorations for your fantasy home. Plot where your present spending plan can get, you through with the development of your home and spending plan likewise on what you can truly secure as your financial plan amid the genuine development. It is smarter to change now with your arrangement as opposed to sacrificing the nature of the development of your home once your spending begins to hurt.

Design to fit your plot:- Consider the real part territory that you have preceding executing your home designs NZ. Would you like to have a vast yard and a lawn? Would you like to find your home only a couple of meters from the road to boost the zone of the plot that you have? Plants ought to likewise be contemplated to have the capacity to control refilling and removal costs that might be required to execute the design that you need for your home.

Find rooms in zones where you get the chance to appreciate the protection that you must and put windows in zones that will help in making your homes more vitality effective.

Amplify your space productivity:- Ensure that you have an intelligent stream on your home design. The kitchen and clothing zones ought to be situated close to each other to keep on pipes establishments. Design territories like the kitchen with access to regions like the carports or regions where you need such availability. Make sure that your real furniture would fit in the format that you have made.

Shut out drapes at home can likewise be considered as starting ventures that you can have for your new home. You can likewise incorporate the fundamental furniture in your home in your underlying home development spending plan to have the capacity to figure out how to migrate to your homes when the development is finished.

Originally Posted at https://grovehomes.blogspot.com/2018/03/things-to-consider-about-when-planning-home-design.html
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text 2018-03-14 20:29
Reading progress update: I've read 70%.
A Dog's Way Home: A Novel - W. Bruce Cameron

And off she goes into the dangers of the streets again, oh Bella

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