The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith

Summary: The Cuckoo’s Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

My Review:   When I found this book I was super stoked to read a book from JK.   Like everyone I am a fan of Harry Potter, in fact I often say Harry Potter got me through my first two years of college.
This book was fantastic which is to be expected as it is written by JK.   The characters are nicely developed and dare I say she might have built a mystery better than she did a fantasy world.  JK guys Harry Potter is better… but only because it is Harry Potter.

This book is well written and complex enough to keep you up on a work night.   I loved reading  this book and trying to solve the mystery.   Such a great story that I highly recommend you read if you need a good crime novel fix.

SPOTLIGHT: The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson

Summary: After their mother can no longer care for them, young Phaedra and her older sister, Dionne, are exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados to live with their grandmother Hyacinth, a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah.

Dionne spends the summer in search of love, testing her grandmother’s limits, and wanting to go home. Phaedra explores Bird Hill, where her family has lived for generations, accompanies her grandmother in her role as a midwife, and investigates their mother’s mysterious life.

When the father they barely know comes to Bird Hill to reclaim his daughters, and both Phaedra and Dionne must choose between the Brooklyn they once knew and loved or the Barbados of their family.

Hotel Review- Beijing City Court Hotel

When I went to Beijing I knew I wanted to stay somewhere cheap and I knew I wanted to stay in the Hutongs.  When I found Beijing City Court Hotel I picked it because the reviews were great and the price was a “whole” $25 a night…  So I took a chance and that is where I booked…

When I pulled up to the hotel at first I was a bit… concerned because A: the hutong alleyways are crazy narrow (I still don’t know how that taxi was able to get there) and B:  this was honestly my first time staying in a small family run hotel and it seemed so small.

Not to brag or anything… but I picked the BEST location.   If you are wanting to stay in the hutongs I truly do not think you can pick a better place.  It is within walking distance of 100s of restaurants, shopping and the drum towers… and yes you can walk to Forbidden City… while that was a very bad day… it can be done but I recommend you take a taxi.

The semi weird selfie I took… the sun was in my eyes… hahaha and my skin was brutally dry from the flight!

Fun fact:  I really wanted to go to Mr. Shi’s Dumpling’s as I was told about this place prior to traveling to China.  I thought it was a lost cause until I learned that it is LITERALLY right around the corner from here.  I have dreams about Mr. Shi’s ya’ll.  I literally ate there every single day.

So the good–  GREAT location, super cheap, the staff is FANTASTIC and food is EVERY where,

The bad– wifi is spotty my VPN barely worked with the internet connection but since I wasn’t really into being online during this trip… It didn’t bother me.   It may bother you.  The nearest subway station is about 3/4 a mile away which kinda sucks but the walk down the major shopping street makes it so worth it!

The ugly– I found most cabs would drop you off at the main street, because uh like I said the alleyways are CRAZY narrow and I think most of the taxi drivers didn’t want to deal with it, so you will have to walk.  So after walking a marathon every day this did get a bit… tiresome.

Overall if you are looking for budget accommodation with a FANTASTIC location I HIGHLY recommend this hotel.  If I go back to Beijing I will stay here again.

18 months and counting….

So I have reached month 18 and finally my luck has turned around a bit.   I have started a new job that allows me to work remotely from literally anywhere I can get an internet connection.

I am so excited about this opportunity that I am going to share every single detail in the coming weeks.   That being said I am finally back on track with my goals.

So first up this month my goal is to pretty much get caught up on some things.  Fortunately I didn’t dip too much into savings because I have been very careful but I do want to start saving again.

Now that I have a job that I can literally work anywhere in the world I can technically pick up and leave at anytime, but as I have said in previous posts I have obligations that must be taken care of first.  Once those are done I may move my leave day up a bit.   For right now I am sticking with this.   The good news is I don’t have to quit my job or worry about where my money is coming from when I get on the road.  (I still want to save though 🙂 )

I realized this month that you can’t always seek forgiveness from people who you have hurt and while that is hard it is something you have to accept, if that person blames you for everything you have to let them.    Cut all ties and move on, and try to learn from your experience.

I have also learned what true happiness feels like and I am so grateful for that.  Sometimes you have to cut everything off in your life and start over to rebuild a better you.   I am working on a better me, which is why I have pursued job options I knew would make me happy.  One of my biggest regrets in my life is jumping into a claims job when I didn’t want to do that because I was told I wouldn’t be good at my chosen job.  I should have taken time and pursued my passions. I also was told constantly I wouldn’t like traveling to certain places even though I knew in the deepest parts of my soul I would.   I believed them.  Ha! no wonder I was so unhappy,  I betrayed myself.  I was so unhappy, now I am not.  It was a hard lesson to learn but I have learned it and I finally accepted I can’t change my past and my mistakes but I can move forward with a new fire and pursue my dreams.  🙂

So what is the point of saying all of this?  Pursue your passion and stop listening to the negativity.   I can’t tell you how many times I gave up on something because I was told by people “I loved”  I would not be good at that, or I couldn’t do that, or I wouldn’t like that.   It made me one vindictive bitch who was very negative in every aspect of her life.   I hated her.   I can’t change who I was but I know I can be the person I was  before I let everything get in my way.   It is the biggest breath of fresh air I have had in years.

SO let go of the negativity and be you.   🙂

So yeah end soap box.

This past month was pretty boring so I don’t have much to share but I am hoping NEXT month I can start my savings posts back up and get back on track.

Cheers Everyone!

Just escape the cubicle already

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