Currently Reading: Thereby Hangs a Tail

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Title & Author: Thereby Hangs a Tail by Spencer Quinn
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Synopsis (from Goodreads):

The second book of an irresistible series narrated by a loveable and wise dog. In the newest Chet and Bernie mystery, Chet gets a glimpse of the show dog world turned deadly. “We run a detective agency, me and Bernie, called the Little Detective Agency on account of Little being Bernie’s last name. My name’s Chet, pure and simple. Headquarters is our house on Mesquite Road, a nice place with a big tree out front, perfect for napping under, and the whole canyon easily accessible out back, if it just so happens someone left the gate open. And then, up in the canyon — well, say no more.” Continue reading

The Devil in the White City: Book Review

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Title & Author: The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
Genres: True Crime, History
Format chosen: paperback
Published: 2004
Synopsis (abridged, from Goodreads):

Bringing Chicago circa 1893 to vivid life, Erik Larson’s spell-binding bestseller intertwines the true tale of two men–the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World’s Fair, striving to secure America’s place in the world; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling. Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.

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Monday Motivation (1/11/16)

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Do you ever encounter things in life that you just don’t want to do but in which you have no say?  Welcome to life! There are some things that you can change (removing toxic people from your life) and some you can’t. For the things you can’t change, it’s important to change your attitude and focus on the positive experiences (otherwise, you fall into a vicious cycle of being annoyed by everything about this person/situation). This week’s Monday Motivation includes quotes about the importance of your attitude toward things in life.

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Why Not Me?: Book Review

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Title & Author: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Genres: Humor
Format chosen: hardcover
Published: 2015
Synopsis (abridged, from Goodreads):

In ‘Why Not Me?’, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.
 
Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

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Thankful Thursday (1/7/16)

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The holidays are over, a new year has begun and, for me, that means getting back on track with my calorie and nutrition goals. As technology advances, I’m constantly impressed with its ability to make my life easier – and that includes in areas of nutrition and fitness. Here are some haikus about fitness-related things I’m thankful for this week.

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