I’m back!!

Hello, there!!  Yes, you!!

I know, I know, it’s been so long since we’ve seen each other…but hopefully that’s all about to change!!  Yes, you heard it right, I plan to update this blog much more often.  Let’s be totally honest, it probably won’t be as often as I’d like, but it’ll definitely be much more of then than I’m currently doing it!!

So what to talk about??  So much has happened!! What’s new in the world of pop culture that I love and want to discuss??

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JK Rowling outed as author of crime novel

jk-rowling-cuckoos-callingAs I’m sure many of you have heard, this weekend it was unearthed that J.K. Rowling, beloved author of the amazing Harry Potter series, had written another book – and no one knew about it!!

Written under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, the detective tale The Cuckoo’s Calling  had sold a small number of hard cover copies.  And although it had received favourable reviews, it had not hit any best-seller lists and was generally ignored by the public.

Rowling has admitted that she is indeed the writer and that she’d hoped to keep her identity secret for a while longer.

“Being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” she said in a statement to the Times.  “It has been wonderful to publish without hype and expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”

The book has gone from unnoticed to instant best-seller, and retailers are struggling to meet the demand.  Cuckoo’s publisher, Little Brown, has ordered a second printing of 300,000 copies.

The story follows Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective investigating the mysterious death of a model who fell from her balcony.  A second book is in the works for 2014, making me hopeful that this is a new series that will have many, many books.

To be honest, I hadn’t heard anything about this book, or this author, before it was discovered Rowling was the real writer.  Having obtained an e-copy, I’m excited to start reading it as soon as I can!!  Of course, I’d like to finish World War Z by Max Brooks first, but as soon as that’s done, I’ll be giving Cuckoo’s a read.  I’ll let you know what I think as soon as I’m done!!

Ain’t no story like a horror story

I’m a big fan of the horror movie genre.  I like creepy, dark, suspenseful horror, especially if there are ghosts involved.  I love movies that keep me on the edge of my seat and make me jump and scream.  I like it when I feel the need to hide behind my boyfriend, as if that will save the character on-screen.  I love watching them in the right setting: dark room, surround sound, and no outside noise.

Yesterday I went to see “The Woman In Black,” starring Daniel Radcliffe.  I was honestly expecting to watch it and think about Harry Potter.  After thinking about it for 5 seconds, the movie drew me in enough to forget his multi-billion dollar claim to fame.

It was a surprisingly good movie.  The ending is a little iffy, but otherwise, it’s pretty good.  I spend half the movie hiding behind my hand or my boyfriend, and the other half chewing on my nails and wishing he (Daniel Radcliffe) could hear me telling him something was a bad plan. And man, did I jump.  Even when I knew the shock was coming, I still jumped.  I love movies that will honestly scare me from beginning to end.

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