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I’ve been posting a lot of book reviews lately and little else, but there is a reason for that. I’m about six-seven months behind in posting about all the books I’ve been reading. Also, with moving, I’ve been slow about posting my non-book review posts. I’m still getting ideas, and writing stuff out. Just not posting it.

I’m one-two more posts away from being done with Book Reviews from 2013! Then it’s on to the 30-40 something books so far from 2014.

Another blog feature I’m toying with is creating a subject list on its own page for articles and books I’ve read on specific subjects over the years. The organization, formatting, and linking is throwing me a little, but once I get a rough version of what I want to do, I’m going to ask those more tech savvy than  myself for their thoughts on the matter.

Stay tuned for new features! And thank you for reading!

Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs

Summary:

 The body of a young girl is found on the side of the road. Based on age, clothing, and suspected ethnicity, it is believed she was an illegal immigrant brought to the US via the sex trade. In addition to that case, Tempe is brought in as an expert for a military trial involving the potential murder of Afghan civilians. What Tempe doesn’t suspect at all is the two cases are related.

 Opinion:

 Decent book. Not one of my favorites, but I did learn about what a guest stay on a military base was like, and just how extensive the international sex trade is.

 © Cori Large December 2013

Gazelles, Baby Steps, and 37 other things Dave Ramsey taught me about debt by Jon Acuff

Summary:

Title is self-explanatory.

Opinion:

Oh, my God! This book was hilarious!!! Don’t have to have read The Total Money Makeover to find this book funny, but it helps. Jon sarcastically and humorously expounds on questions that are on all our minds: Does Dave only own blue shirts? What is the appropriate attire for attending Financial Peace University? New ideas to improve the Ask Dave Ramsey app, and much more!

Recommended very much!

© Cori Large November 2013

Frozen Heat by Richard Castle

Frozen Heat

Summary:

 A seemingly random crime reopens a cold case and old wounds for Detective Nikki Heat. How does a woman who Nikki does not recognize, but is found stuffed in a suitcase that was stolen from Nikki’s mother’s apartment a decade ago, linked to her mother’s murder?

 Opinion:

 This story was all sorts of intrigue and run-around. Because of some characters coming back from the dead, I’m starting to wonder if dead is ever truly dead. Good book. Best so far, in my opinion.

 © Cori Large November 2013

Heat Rises by Richard Castle

Heat Rises

Summary:

A Catholic priest is found murdered in an S & M den, Detective Heat’s crew has a long list of suspects, including their own captain.

Opinion:

Good book. The suspect list had me guessing until the very end. Still reading the books with Nathan Fillion’s voice reading all of Jameson Rook’s lines.

© Cori Large November 2013

Naked Heat by Richard Castle

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Summary:

 Nikki Heat gets a taste of fame after Jameson Rook’s article about her is published. When the local gossip columnist is murdered, there seems to be no end of the list of potential suspects. As additional murders starts piling up, Nikki and her team struggle to find the missing connection as their suspects turn into the latest murder victim.

 Opinion:

 This is the second book in the Nikki Heat series, based on ABC’s TV show Castle.

 Very interesting plot, it kept me guessing up until the reveal. Getting to see self-assured Rook become jealous is always amusing.

 © Cori Large November 2013

I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson

I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson

I recently joined a book program called Blogging for Books, and received this book, “I Quit Sugar” by Sarah Wilson, to read and review.

All I can say is Wow! I learned a lot reading this book about the three different types of sugar and all the ways sugar is snuck into food nowadays.

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In addition to all the wonderful information about sugar and the ill-effects on our bodies, she outlines an 8-week detox to help reset your system. Full-disclosure: I have not done the detox, but I have cut out the amount of sugar I consume from my diet, and am not having the mild blood sugar issues I’ve been having for the past couple of years.

The author has also includes 108 sugar-free recipes in her book. I’ve tried to Bacon and Egg Cupcakes, the Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal, and the Coconut Curry Meatballs so far. They are all delicious and really easy. The Bacon and Egg Cupcakes have become a fall back meal in case I’m too tied to make a large meal.

Another thing I really liked about this book was that Sarah seemed really genuine about her detox. She was honest about the difficulty of it at times, and admitted when she lapsed. When she lapsed though, she emphasized not beating yourself up about it and give up, but start again the next day. She has recommendations on how to purge your system (safely) if you do over-indulge in sugar.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it. Even if you’re not looking for a diet book or a detox, this book contains really informative information.

You can follow Sarah and I Quit Sugar on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IQuitSugar.

Heat Wave by Richard Castle

Summary:

 Detective Nikki Heat is called in to investigate an apparent suicide that turns out to be a murder. Shadowed by a journalist, Jameson Rook, Heat has enough on her plate before the case becomes very complicated.

 Opinion:

 These books were written to go along with ABC’s TV show Castle. If you’ve seen the TV show, then you’ll spend the whole book with Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic reading the lines of the book characters.

 Very fun, kept me interested. Recommended.

 © Cori Large November 2013

Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living by Heather Solos

Summary:

 This book is separated into four parts: Clean It, Wash It, Fix, It, and Cook It. Each part delves into the nitty-gritty of how accomplish things around the house, using mainly what’s on hand.

 Opinion:

 This is a book every teenager should read. Yes, the guys too! At times, the author sounds life a 1950s housewife, but not long after she makes references to Firefly, Star Trek, The Big Bang Theory, etc.

 Definitely recommended.

 © Cori Large November 2013

Tales from a Traveling Couch: A Psychotherapist Revists His Most Memorable Patients by Robert U. Akeret

Summary:

The title and subtitle summarize the book’s contents accurately. Dr. Akeret goes out and interviews his five most memorable patients to see how their lives turned out after leaving treatment.

Opinion:

I found this book interesting. There were parts, admittedly, where I was disturbed. My curiousity about the patients kept me going though. This book was also as much about the psychotherapist as his patients. He wants to know if he made a difference.

© Cori Endicott August 2013

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