Mook Review: Gone Girl


Originally posted on mookology.:

Gone Girl – Novel by Gillian Flynn

via Amazon.com

via Amazon.com

There are some books that seem to blow up all at once.  It’s as if suddenly EVERYONE is reading it, EVERYONE is talking about it, and EVERYONE is waiting movie adaptation.  These books are thrilling and successful, but are hardly ever very good (think The Da Vinci Code, 50 Shades of Grey), and typically have a great plot with surface level characters.  Frankly, these trendy books just don’t have much depth.

Gone Girl, in many ways, falls into the category of the book-of-the-moment.  Flynn’s third novel was wildly successful, with readers spanning from teenagers to parents to everyone in-between.  It was one of those novels everyone stayed up until 4am reading, just trying to get through one more chapter, and couldn’t wait to gush about to their peers.  But Flynn’s characters were complex.  As a reader, I developed emotions towards…

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Fitbit announces new fitness trackers, including its first smartwatch


Originally posted on Gigaom:

Fitbit announced three new fitness trackers on Monday, although only one will go on sale before the end of this year.
fitbit-surge
Once upon a time, Fitbit (see disclosure) made simple fitness trackers without screens. Now the leading tracker company is preparing the Surge, which is Fitbit’s first smartwatch. It’s still a fitness tracker, first and foremost, but you can’t miss its square-shaped black-and-white OLED screen. It’s not for the typical Android Wear user who is looking for better notifications. It’s for the serious athlete.
To go along with the bigger screen, the Fitbit Surge has several new features. It can display an entire watch face, it provides more information about your fitness stats and it can display notifications from your smartphone. It can now play music, as well.
It’s also got more sensors, including an optical heart rate sensor, a compass and GPS, which runners will appreciate. Even with all this…

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5 Reasons You Should Never Settle


Originally posted on James Michael Sama:

As I sit here to write this article, I’m in our hotel room overlooking the beach. The waves sound so close you feel like you can put your hand out the window and touch them. My girlfriend is making coffee. Her tanned skin is accentuated even further by the stark white walls. The rays of sun are coming through the blinds signaling a new day has begun. Michael Bublé is permeating the room from my laptop speakers.

Next to me on the table is this month’s copy of Esquire, the cover of which is beckoning us with “84 Things A Man Should Do Before He Dies.” And I sit here thinking to myself – no matter how many failures I face or how hard life becomes, I refuse to settle.

You can settle for less than you deserve in many areas of life. A job you can’t stand going to…

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