I hope you’ve all had a great weekend. We had a nice one but I’m just realizing I did not go out at all this weekend. I think that’s a first! Took naps, spent time with my mom and my husband and I watched all of Season 3 of The Bridge. I want to know what happens next! I believe season 4 just started but I don’t believe it’s been released with English subtitles yet.

On the reading front I got very close to finishing My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. Unfortunately my reading has been a bit slow on this one but that’s mainly because I’ve had to set it aside to read books that were due back at the library, etc. Good thing to note is that I’m still just as interested in the lives of these girls despite some time away from the story.

I’ve also been reading Where the Wild Cherries Grow by Laura Madeleine and that’s been a really nice sort of comfort read. It does take place in two time frames, 1919 and 1969, and I like that. When I think about it, I actually haven’t read that many books set in the late 60s so I like to read the descriptions on the clothes, etc.

Finally I did spend some time crafting. I made some tags, worked in my art journal and just had some fun with stencils and napkins! I have a ton of pretty napkins and with some Collage Pauge put them as the base on some of the tags. I wasn’t as successful when I used them in my journal and it’s because the black background you see is black gesso. I was hoping the napkin would be more transparent but that didn’t quite work out.

Anyway, that’s the scoop. Have a great start of the week. I’m contemplating going to Half Price Books tomorrow as I heard something about a sale. Haha…

This & That

I’ve been doing a bit of everything this week it seems and I’m looking forward to the weekend. Not sure what we’ll be up to but maybe going to check out a new restaurant and/or coffee shop. Or maybe we’ll just stay in and binge watch The Bridge, season 4. As we were in Malmo last summer I keep waiting to catch a glimpse of a place I might recognize. Haha..

One of the things that I started this week was my preparation for my HR Certification. I’ve been practicing HR for a long time and now that I have some time on my hands as I’m between jobs, I figure it would be a good time to finally do this and have that certification on my list of accomplishments. However this means class, study groups and lots of reading. I don’t mind but that means my regular “fun” reading and other hobbies will undoubtedly be affected. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to be a bit more crafty with my time management.

Speaking of crafty, I finally finished several Nancy Drew postcard journals I had been working on. Yay. I also have two new journals which will be one-of-a-kind mixed media/junk journals but still need to take pictures of those. See, what I mean about too much stuff going on? It’s all good stuff though so no complaints.

With regards to books, I finished such a beautiful book today. This Bright Hour by Nina Riggs which was recommended by Les. It’s a memoir about living life in the moment and vividly when given a terminal diagnosis. It was so moving and I don’t even know what else to say right now other than please read it. If I can put more thoughts together on this one I’ll try but it was one of those books that was a bit hard to close the last page on and move from it to another.

Also, I know I had said I was going to do The Portrait of a Lady read along hosted by Dolce Bellezza but I need to be realistic and set that idea aside. Another thing I want to do is return all library books, save my Geraldine Brooks collected poems copy as I’m still reading it. My stacks, real and kindle, are out of control and I need to focus on my books a bit more so it’s time for a bit of a library ban.

Alright I think that’s a bit about what’s going on over here at Casa Bookgirl. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and would love to hear what you are up to!


“The kid stared at the one-way glass in front of him as if checking out his haircut, supremely unconcerned by the cops on either side of him. But his unnatural stillness told Jack that he was all too aware; his muscles tensed a little more with every inch closer Jack came. The instinctual recognition of one predator for another.”

By Lisa Black
Published: January 2017
Source: Advance review copy

In this sequel to That Darkness Maggie Gardiner, a forensic investigator for the Cleveland Police Department, is called to the Cleveland Herald when a body is discovered in the newspaper’s assembly line. Maggie quickly realizes that this was not a simple accident and the victim was murdered.

So once again Maggie’s path will cross with homicide detective Jack Renner. In the last installment Maggie had just found out that Jack is hiding a very dark secret. He’s the one who’s been acting as a vigilante in the area and killing off criminals who have committed murder.

Somehow now Maggie has become an accomplice in that she still hasn’t said anything about Renner and now has to work with him. Jack doesn’t know how much he can trust Maggie and he thinks it might be just a matter of time before she says something. But first, they have a murder to solve.

What are the editor and investors at the newspaper hiding and why are they finding more bodies? So while there is an interesting mystery to solve and I find the dynamics between Maggie and Jack fascinating. All of the tension was lost when there was so much emphasis on today’s status of the newspaper industry. It’s no secret that newspapers are closing thanks to digital media and the fast pace of news but it seems like most of this story is spent on that rather than solving the mystery and our two main characters.

I do have the next book in the series waiting for me and I hope this next installment will be a bit more like the first book. I want to know what will happen between Maggie and Jack and if they end up forming a closer alliance or will one day Jack be on the run. Lots of great material and hopefully more will be explored in the next book.