Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs


When a set of remains shows up in Montreal with fingerprints matching a deceased Vietnam vet who is interred inNorth Carolina,Tempe is off to Hawaii to the JPAC center to try to straighten things out. Throw in the Sons of Samoa gang, a couple of shark attack victims, and Andrew Ryan showing up with daughter, Lilly, things are going to get interesting.


While the plot wasn’t riveting, in my opinion, I did learn a lot about JPAC and how they are working continually to bring every American solider home. As of the printing of Spider Bones, 78,000 World War II, 8100 Korean, 120 Cold War, and 1800Vietnam soldiers are waiting to come home. (Found in the back of the book.) JPAC’s motto touches me: UNTIL THEY ARE HOME.

© Cori Endicott May 2012

206 Bones by Kathy Reichs


Tempe is accused of mishandling remains which begins an unseemingly connected chain to discredit her as an anthropologist. A new pathologist comes to fill in while LaManche recovers from heart surgery. The pathology seems to be everywhere and has no qualms about usurping her new coworkers. How far will she go? And how involved is she will Tempe’s sub-terrain tomb burial?


This one proves that people just can’t be trusted and loyalty doesn’t exist. Ryan is stll in the picture. Interesting one. Maybe Reichs has found her stride.

© Cori Endicott May 2012

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin


Writer Gretchen Rubin embarks on a “happiness project” so she can become more appreciative of the nice life she has. The chapters of the book are assigned the months of the year, with an introduction chapter setting up her research. Each month has its own goals which build on top of each other as the year goes on.


Each chapter had interesting points in them; some of which I’ve adopted myself. I’ll post the book notes I took while reading as well.

One thing I did notice is the closer the chapters got to the end of the book, the shorter they became. It was almost like she was ready for the book and project to end.

© Cori Endicott May 2012

Book Notes: The Happiness Project

[AN: All notes are taken verbatim from the book. I claim no rights to them.]

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Pg 10—her 12 commandments

Pg 11—her secrets of adulthood

Pg 45—hug for at least 6 seconds; promotes serotonin

Pg 51—significant other doesn’t need every single piece of your emotional baggage dumped on him/her. Big things are okay; small, truly insignificant ones, not okay.

Pg 52—approaches to intimacy: (Philip has told me for years that he doesn’t care if I have to do homework all afternoon; he just wants to be in the same room. I always felt guilty because I had work to do and viewed as not spending time with him. For him, it was quite the opposite, we were in the same room, and therefore, we were spending time together.)

She quotes so many people that it is obvious she’s done her research.

Pg 100—though this is in the parenting section, it could work for anyone: acknowledge feelings, both good and bad. Denying bad feelings intensifies them; but acknowledging them allows good feelings to return more quickly. (Personal experience: in my house growing up, being unhappy was criticized. You were expected to be happy all the time, because your life was good and you had nothing to feel bad about. It didn’t matter that at that particular moment you were legitimately upset, you had to fake being happy or you were given the third degree.)

Pg 152—people’s lives are more complicated than they appear from the outside

Pg 153—“fundamental attribution error”

Pgs 161-162—other people’s commandments

Pg 166—prosperity allows us to turn our attention to more transcendent matters—to yearn for lives not just of material comfort but of meaning, balance, and joy

Pg 169—when money or health is a problem, you think of little else; when it’s not a problem, you don’t think much about it

Pg 181—“to live in a perpetual want of little things is a state, not indeed of torture, but of constant vexation” ~Samuel Johnson

Pg 184—cost to fix it > cost to replace = replace; cost to fix it < cost to replace = fix it

Pg 185—spending out creates a wealth of love and tenderness, while calculation and score-keeping build resentment (Mother, pay attention to that)—why bother saving the good china or linens for a special occasion that may never come? Use them now!

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Pg 238—koans: a question of statement that cannot be understood logically

It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one to takes notes while I read

Pg 240—heuristics: mental rules of thumb; the quick, commonsense principles you apply to solve a problem or make a decision

Pg 243—buy anything you want at the grocery store, cooking is always cheaper than eating out (LOVE THIS ONE!)

Pg 274—within marriage, it takes at least 5 good acts to repair the damage of one destructive act.

Pg 274—you will always feel the loss of a certain amount of money greater than if you gained the same amount

She really likes to quote Samuel Johnson. Seems to be more quotes from him than anyone else

Pg 286—the days are long, but the years are short

Pg 288—even if you mess up one day, the next day is a clean slate!

Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs


Satanists, Wiccans, and homosexuals, oh my! Bizarre bodies and religious paraphernalia keep showing up. And our favorite Canadian detective turns up as well. What could he possibly have to say for himself?


It was interesting to learn about Santeria, and how mob-minded religious fanatics will go after anything—such sheep! I did wonder how long the author would go before addressing the Andrew Ryan situation. Nice curveball with Charlie, though. Quite surprised at getting another interesting storyline so soon. For those of you who have read my reviews on previous Kathy Reichs novels, usually it is every other book or every two books for a good storyline (my opinion only) to appear.

© Cori Endicott May 2012