Odd Thomas Book Review

Odd Thomas Book Cover Odd Thomas
Odd Thomas series
Dean Koontz
Fiction
Random House Digital, Inc.
2012
Mass Market Paperback
463

Over the course of two days, Odd Thomas, his soulmate Stormy Llewellyn, and an assortment of allies make their way through a dark, terrifying world in which past and present, and life and death collide as they try to avert a cataclysm.

 

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     I LOVED this book and cannot wait to read the sequel. Odd Thomas is definitely one of the few books that once I started reading I had a hard time putting it down. Not even kidding I carried it in my purse and every time I got a few mins of spare time, I read. At work, at home, at the doctors office, ANYTIME I found a few mins I was whipping out this book. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen next there came a drastic turn of events.

     At first I didn’t really get into it because Odd wakes up and Elvis is in his room just chillin. I was like what on earth, who does that? Than as I continued to read Koontz lets on that Odd has a 6th sense that allows him to see the dead. Which made more since on the Elvis thing. Then when Odd sees the creepily happy guy come in to the Grill with all the bodachs I just knew that he was going to be the root of all evil. It shocked me he was just the finance of all the terror. I never would have guessed the killers were going to be cops. Especially after reading Odd’s relationship with the chief.

Odd and Stormy’s relationship was so cute to me. They both had broken souls from events that took place in their past, yet they completed each other. Odd truly worshiped Stormy. And the tattoo Stormy got to look her and Odd had matching birthmarks, showed she truly believed that her and Odd were soul mates. Adorable!

Odd’s relationship with his mother was sad on so many levels. To have your mother threaten suicide because you asked for her to just speak with you regarding a situation you need help figuring out was heart wrenching. Then at the mall when Odd tracked Varner there, I thought he beat him to the punch and saved the day. I don’t know how he figured out there were 2 more people there for the night of terror. But I guess that is where his 6th sense came into play. Than after Odd gets out of the hospital, his tie with Stormy turns out to be time with Stormy’s ghost and he didn’t even realize it until his friends intervened. It made me cry. This man risked his life to save so many only to lose the love of his life. 

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The Funhouse Book Review

The Funhouse Book Cover The Funhouse
Dean R. Koontz
Fiction
Berkley Publishing Group
2013
336

Years after leaving the carnival, her hated first husband, and the child she could never love, Ellen has a new life, a new husband, and two beautiful children, but now the carnival is coming back to town, and Ellen is going to have to pay for her sins. Reprint.

 

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I began The Funhouse with no expectations,  only hoping for a good read. A number of times I considered not finishing the book, until about 2/3rds of the way in. The last 1/3rd picked up enough to make up for the immense amount of boredom I endured during the first 2/3rds. Turns out Koontz was given the task of turning a movie manuscript into a novel. Which explains quite a bit. That can’t be an easy task to go back and add enough back story and detail to create a novel. Knowing that, in addition to the last 1/3rd of the book is the only reason I gave it 3 stars. Otherwise, I very likely would have rated it a 1.

     The Funhouse is about a girl named Ellen who falls in love with a carnival man named Conrad. Ellen runs away and marries Conrad after a few short weeks of dating. Turns out Conrad is very self hating and takes his issues out on Ellen though physical abuse. Until Ellen becomes pregnant. Ellen gives birth to a heavily deformed child (Victor) who she thoroughly despises. So much so, she kills the child with her bare hands, Convincing herself that the child is evil. Which, sends Conrad into a rage. After calming down from his rage, Conrad allows Ellen to live, vowing to himself that one day when she has “normal” children whom she loves, he will attain revenge. Conrad vows to kill Ellen’s children, just how she did his Victor.  Ellen does go on to remarry and have “normal” children. However, she carries with her a fear that she has birthed evil children just as she did with Victor but these children are evil on the inside. Ellen spends her time drowning in alcohol and religion. Religion to ward of the evil (which she is convinced she has birthed, and alcohol to cope). After many years Conrad finally runs across Ellen’s “normal” children. He uses Gunther, who is is son from another marriage, turns out Gunther is also heavily deformed and enjoys raping and killing. To Conrad Gunther is a gift from Satan, to be used to execute his revenge. Conrad’s revenge is to take place in his Funhouse,  but his plans don’t go exactly as planned. Zanette's signature

Nyx in the House of Night Book Review

Nyx in the House of Night Book Cover Nyx in the House of Night
P. C. Cast
Juvenile Nonfiction
BenBella Books
2011
219

Presents a series of essays by such authors as Yasmine Galenorn, Jordan Dane, and Trinity Faegen on different aspects of folklore and mythology which appear in the House of Night series.

 

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     I was rather disappointed in Nyx in the House of Night. As a book thats sole purpose is to discuss the mythology and folklore that was used as inspiration for The House of Night series, most of the essays didn’t include the actual myths or stories that where discussed in the series. Instead there where many references to other works, that I am going to assume contains the actual myths or folklore. This was a huge turn off for me. Also there are some rather dry parts in the book, that made it extremely hard for me to continue reading. That being said, the book does hold quite a bit of interesting information.

     I particularly enjoyed P.C. Cast’s essay, which goes into who characters are based off of and her research journeys for the books. She also includes the actual stories that inspired her as well as a breakdown of some of the characters names, who they where based off of and the mythology behind the names and/or characters. Being a genealogist, I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. Overall, I really think that more of the myths and folklore that was actually used in the House of Night Series should have been included in  Nyx in the House of Night, but I did rate it 3 out of 5 stars because it did contain quite a bit of interesting information.

How I Earn $50+ In Gift Cards A Month

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We have all heard of various sites that you can take surveys to earn gift cards, but most of them are either a scam or require you to buy some “offer” or another in order to get your gift card. I hate that. If I wanted to buy something I would have done it already. Thankfully, there are are ways to get gift cards that don’t require any of that nonsense. I earn about $50 in gift cards a month by just doing a few things regularly. Below are the 5 ways I regularly earn gift cards.

Swagbucks

Swagbucks is the biggest way I earn gift cards. There are months that I earn ore then $50 just using Swagbucks. On Swagbucks.com you can watch videos, take surveys, use their search engine or even take part in various offers to earn points that are called Swagbucks. Those Swagbucks can be traded in for various gift cards. I like to use the search feature until I earn some Swagbucks, then move on to answer the daily poll, then watch videos while I do various household chores. Those three things along if done regularly can earn you a nice amount of Swagbucks to be traded in for gift cards.
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Walmart Savings Catcher

Walmart has an app that when downloaded gives you access to their savings catcher. When you can your barcode from a shopping trip at Walmart the savings catcher will compare the prices you paid for the products you bought to those of local stores in your area. If the savings catcher locates a price that is cheaper then what you paid then you will receive the difference in a Walmart gift card.

Shopkick

Shopkick can be kind of annoying because you have to remember to open their app when you go into stores. When you go into a store that is partnered with Shopkick you will receive kicks that can be traded in for gift cards or other prizes. It takes a long time to gain enough kicks to get an significant amount but it is a easy way to get gift cards if you can remember while you are out shopping to open their app.

Receipt Hog

Receipt Hog is pretty simple take a picture of your receipts and earn coins that can be used to ‘buy’ gift cards.

Panel App

Panel app gives you points for allowing them to track your whereabouts and answer a few questions about places you go.

 

 

How I Found Planner Peace

How I Found Planner Peace

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I began using a planner in 2006 while I was in the Army. I worked in what was called the orderly room. Which is kind of like a HR office for the unit and a secretary for the 1st sergeant and commander, all in one. I went to the Post Exchange to buy a binder or notebook to hold my massive amount of sticky notes that I had stuck everywhere. I mean literally everywhere, all around my computer screen, all over my desk top, the wall next to my desk and even crammed into my pencil holder. That’s when I spotted what was to be my very first planner. It was a ACU print zip closure 3 ring mini binder with velcro on the bottom for a name tape from one of our uniforms. Inside was day on 2 page inserts with hourly schedule on the left side and lined paper on the right. It was love at first sight.

Since then I have always kept a planner in some form. I’ve used journals to make planners similar to what is now known as bullet journaling but not really the same. I’ve used Avery mini binders. I even called myself making a “fancy planner” by sewing a cover for a two inch Avery mini binder, which I used for years, before I saved enough Swagbucks for the cheapest A5 Filofax on amazon. It was a A5 Filofax Aubergine with spots. It wasn’t the one I really wanted but I was obsessed with it none the less.

Image of Domino Patent Aubergine with spots

This is the Filofax I bought using Swagbucks. Image from Amazon.com

That is the planner I was using when I discovered pretty planning. Erin Condren was the planner everyone had and were creating the most beautiful spreads I had ever seen. Decorating my planner had never even crossed my mind prior to seeing these decorated Erin Condren planners. I wanted one soooo badly but couldn’t justify dropping fifty bucks on a planner that I wasn’t sure how it would work for me. I had always used a day on two pages and switching to a week on two pages was daunting. So I thought I would make some inserts that are similar to the Erin Condren layout and try it out before I dropped fifty bucks on it. And I did. And it was bad, like so bad. I didn’t have room to put everything. I couldn’t keep track of things that needed to be done at a certain time because I was so used to have a hourly view that showed exactly what I needed to complete and when. Plus there was no space for me to do my daily journaling, which at that time I kept in my planner. It was chaos. Needless to say, I learned pretty quickly that keeping only a week at a glance planner was not going to work for me. I needed daily and a hourly view. So I kept both for a while, which was great because I was actually forward planning instead of planning the night before and I was accomplishing more. But I didn’t like flipping back and forward all the time to see both my weekly and daily spreads at once. So I went on a mission to find planner peace. Which really means I bought and never used a bunch of planners and notebooks. From Happy Planners to faux-dories to personal sized planners (cause going smaller seemed like a great fix for not enough space, LOL) to various sized journals.

I knew I wanted to be able to use all those gorgeous planner stickers that are available on Easy and still have room for a hourly view of my day, a to do list, space for bill tracking, space for health tracking, and space for daily journaling. Getting all that in one book though was basically impossible. So I set to work. First I needed to make some daily inserts that will hold everything I need with me on a daily. I found that personal sized worked best for being able to make what I needed and still be of the size to use stickers made to fit the Erin Condren. Once I got that done I decided to use my Happy Planner for forward planning and household management (including my bill tracking). Then I settled on using a standard sized faux-dori to hold my daily journal, a common place note book, a monthly planner for this blog and my YouTube channels (That’s right I am finally going to get my act together and blog regularly, well, at least that’s the plan.), and a sketchbook. I have finally found my planner peace. Well, I change out my planner binder and faux-dori cover frequently to keep from getting bored with them but the system is perfect for me. I carry my personal planner with me everywhere all the time and my faux-dori most of the time and the Happy Planner stays home, for the most part.

Pretty planning is amazing and can be quite therapeutic but your system should be on that works for you not just one that is great for pretty planning. If making it pretty is important to you then you will find a way to do that with what ever system works for you, even if it wasn’t designed specifically that.

Here is some of my planner layouts.

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Michael’s Sticker Book Haul

December Happie Scrappie Fauxdori Subscription

Update: I LOVE the fauxdori insert so much that I ordered several more of that exact insert for upcoming months. Also, the pen skips, not a lot but every now and again. I had to stop using it when I was journaling with it because it annoying me.

 

Super Quick Dollar Tree Haul

Dollar Tree Haul

Check out my haul from the Dollar Tree!! 🙂

Michaels Haul

Today after dropping off DJ at school I decided to take a trip to Michaels. Turns out there was a 15% off your entire purchase including sale items coupon, so a shopping I went.