What I’m Reading: The Girl on the Train


I just finished up listening to the audio book The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.  If you read a couple earlier blog posts you’ll know that this book was highly recommended to me.  That sometimes makes me nervous because I think that it will be hyped to be so wonderful and even if it’s really good, I’ll think it wasn’t as good as the hype.  As I listened I tried really hard to not think about the hype.  In the end, that was easy because the book sucked me in.

I have to say I really did like the book.  I guessed the mystery about mid-book…but I was never certain so it kept me reading.  Then as something more was revealed, I’d say yep..I’m on the right track.

I read the negative Amazon reviews after the book was done and really didn’t agree with them.  One suggested that there was too much detail.  I didn’t think so.  One suggested that it was slow.  I listened to an audio version and once or twice I thought that for a second and then I thought no..the slow spots are what makes the book good as it builds the anticipation.

If you like mysteries, I whole hardheartedly suggest giving it a try.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about the book, “Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

Amazon readers say 4.1 stars and my reaction is WHAT ARE THEY THINKING??   I’d go with a 5.  I’d definitely recommend the book.

Are there other books you’d suggest?

My Drying Rack


I have forever been the butt of several jokes from my kids.  They think I am over doing the frugal thing because I save Ziplock type bags.

If you have ever tried this, it’s not the easiest thing to do.  In the past I have tried to wash them and then tried to dry them by draping them over a glass.  I’ll admit, it wasn’t the most successful idea but that’s what I did.  It often left my kitchen counter with a couple glasses with baggies draped over them sitting on the counter for a couple days.  They just didn’t dry the best.

Then the move to the new house.  At first I was on survival mode after the move and didn’t bother with saving bags.  Now I am finally finding a little more time and settling back into my old ways.  I started saving plastic bags again.

As I was hanging the baggie over a glass I happen to be facing the sewing room.  The drying rack was out and I had my plastic coated baby bids on there drying when I though hmm….what if I hang the bags on the rack?


It’s perfect.  They typically dry overnight now.  The laundry room is attached to the kitchen so it’s no big deal to hang and retrieve them.  The best part…no glasses sitting on the counter all the time!!

I love the old fashion wall drying rack.  I use it all the time.  It’s not huge so I can’t get a whole big load hung out on it but I use it for towels and rugs all the time.   I bought it down in Amish country near Hazelton.

Best of all the kids can’t razz me quite so bad about saving the plastic bags now.  They dry so quickly I have them put away before they even notice!

Anyone else save or reuse something that drives your kids crazy??  I’d love to hear about it.

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