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Whatnot – 10/20/21

The Otter Pup living her best life. Good morning! How are you? I haven’t had much to report around here. The Pup is still missing her morning walks with me because of this knee. Waiting for my referral to get to the bottom of it. It’s gotten much, much worse in the last few days. So now she just sleeps all day. 

By this time of the week, I start to think about weekend plans because I feel so cooped up. The Hub and I try to plan something for the weekend even if it’s just a short drive somewhere. I’ve been wanting to hit the zoo but too much walking involved with that trip. He really wants to see the new Bond movie so maybe I will cave and do that. I just don’t want to be inside with unmasked people due to all the breakthrough cases I’ve seen recently. I know you can stream it but it’s not the same. If you have a suggestion for us, let me know.

My current read is The Stowaway. Readers have had a good time describing this one. I want to know what all the fuss is about.

In other news, the supply chain issues. Every morning I hear warnings to shop early for Christmas. This bothers me. Mainly, because I’ve always hated the commercial aspect of the holidays. Can’t we just be together, do things together and make memories? After a couple of rough years that sounds good to me. I hit Sam’s Club for essentials this weekend and it was so packed with people shopping for the holidays that we couldn’t even get in.

What’s new with you? I am just trying to do something enjoyable each day. Just an hour of something I like. Whether that’s a nap, or browsing new reads online, or cleaning out a junk drawer. Yep, that is enjoyable to me. If you had an hour to yourself, what would you do?

Review: Nine Perfect Strangers

Nine Perfect Strangers
Nine Perfect Strangers
By Liane Moriarty
Flatiron Books, 9781250069832, October 2019, 464pp.

The Short of It:

Kept me engaged. Didn’t mind the entertainment value one bit.

The Rest of It:

Tranquillum House is the end all, be all destination retreat for those needing a fresh start. Boasting beautiful outdoor spaces, custom meal plans, massages, meditation, and relaxation, its high price doesn’t deter those in need of transformation and that is what Tranquillum House and Masha, its extravagant guide promises.

Frances is on the verge of being a washed-up romance writer. Her back hurts, she could lose a few pounds. She needs a jumpstart on life. Others are there to save their marriage, their family, or recover from grief and loss. All of them strangers, there by choice yet they didn’t quite understand what they signed up for because once they arrive, they are told not to speak, not to even look at one another. There is forced meditation, fasts, and some more extreme measures taken to truly transform them.

In the beginning, ten days doesn’t seem like a lot. They can deal with anything for ten days but then Masha and her small staff push the boundaries of what’s appropriate.

Of all the Moriarty books, this one has probably gotten the most lukewarm reviews but I enjoyed it. There was just enough quirk in these characters to keep me interested and there is a bit of a mystery as to how it will all end for these nine guests. At nearly 500 pages it held my interest the entire time. I read it with one of my previous students and we both blew through it.

Recommend.

Source: Borrowed
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