Saturday, June 19, 2010

I've Been Busy Reading + A New Video

Hi, everyone! I hope you're enjoying Life on the {Scrap}Beach!

I finished Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo this week. I liked it a lot and will definitely be getting the second one. In paperback this time, though. I think I have carpal tunnel syndrome from holding up that heavy tome. Honestly, my wrists still hurt and it's been a few days since I finished it. :D

As I said, I really enjoyed the book and will be getting the sequel. There are a couple things I would caution people about, though, in terms of recommendations on this.

The first is that Stieg Larson tends to be a bit wordy. That doesn't bother me too much because I am history major and I like Russian novels & who is wordier than a Russian novelist? Exactly. No one. Well, maybe the Wikipedia people. The point is, for me words are great ~ the more the merrier, as long as they have a purpose. That being said, it could have been a lot tighter of a story. There was a part where the main sharacter was taking a trip to the next town to go look for someone/something & seemed like it took as long as the Peary Expedition. So if you like your murder mysteries to move along at a brisk pace, then this one may not be for you.

Also, if you don't like murder mysteries where the killer is really creepy/disturbing/weirder-than-usual than this one may not be for you. Also, if you can't stomach reading about violence against women, then this is also not for you. For example, my mom loves murder mysteries ~ it's probably her favorite genre ~ but she won't read the book because she doesn't enjoy books where the murderer is a creepy serial killer type. So if you're like my mom, than this book is probably not for you either.

Last night Mr. Lifeguard and I went to check out Cine Bistro and see The A-team. It was a lot of fun, actually! The movie was definitely cheesy and over the top in places, but there were moments where it was also laugh out loud funny in parts. We both really enjoyed the film ~ perfect for a summer movie. we also really enjoyed the restraunt dining in the movie theater experience. The chairs were huge and comfy, we had ottomans & tables that swivelled over our laps. I have grilled salmon with lemon potatos and bacon collard greens & he had the mixed grill. We got the fried shrimp and calamari appetizer which they served in an old fashioned popcorn carton. Everything was fun and nice. Great evening!

I also finished the next layout in my World of Wonder mini album, and have a new tutorial video posted for you over on my YouTube Channel: World of Wonder, Part Five. This layout focused on the concept of "Wilderness" or even "Wild-ness" and I used some fun stamps from the Tim Holtz Urban Tapestry set to underline that theme.

World of Wonder, Part Five:

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Life's a beach. Scrapbook it.


  1. Wow that was a long read! I might just skip on the novel and read your blog posts! It's great reading about your daily things and adventures in life!

  2. If you think that was long, you should probably skip The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ... :D