New Series Book 1 – Death in Focus

I don't usually finish a novel in the middle of the work week unless it's a good read. Yesterday I picked up Anne Perry's Death in Focus (Elena Standish #1) with the intent of finishing, although the book had been languishing on my library books bookshelf for about two months. I had been experiencing some... Continue Reading →

Poisoned – Book Review

I finished a book this weekend that doesn't fit my usual menu of mysteries. The book was Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly. I got a copy from my library and they have put it in the "Teen Fiction" section. I probably wouldn't have noticed it, except for it showing up on the new books scroll online.... Continue Reading →

Her Last Breath – Book Review

This week, I finished another installment in author Linda Castillo's gripping Amish murder mystery series starring Kate Burkholder. Her Last Breath is book #5 in the series. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Here's my Goodreads review: Another gripping installment in a compelling series. I don't know how she does it, but the author was able to... Continue Reading →

All Animals Are Equal

"Have you ever read Animal Farm?" I asked the former Soviet, now an American, who was sitting in my living room. "I don't need to read it." I looked up at him, raising an eyebrow. "I lived it," he said, and turned his chair away from me, inhaling deeply on an e-cigarette.

I’m not sure about this book.

I found this book the other day on the shelves of the local bookstore. I'm not too sure about the book's author and where the book originated -- was I in the humor section? It almost seemed like satire. Definitely ironic. But it was in the Health and Wellness section of the bookstore. After I... Continue Reading →

Challenges – Stretch Your Goals

I'm always up for a challenge. That kind of external expectation drives me forward. (Read The Four Tendencies for the description of the Obliger type individual.) So, I typically do the Goodreads Annual Challenge, which is where you select the number of books you'd like to read in the course of a year. I've been... Continue Reading →

What’s Your Tendency?

I've been reading a book by Gretchen Rubin called The Four Tendencies. It's a personality analysis book that helps us answer the question: "How do I respond to expectations?" As the title suggests, there are four identified "tendencies" -- with some overlap. They are (in no particular order): Upholder, Obliger, Questioner, and Rebel. Each has... Continue Reading →

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