The Tourist book review

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Normally, I post book reviews on Sundays.  This Sunday, I hoped to post a review of The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer.  However, for some ‘life’ reasons I was not able to get the post written and posted in time. I’m ready to return to my normally sort of scheduled programming. Therefore, instead of my normal pre-amble on a review post, I’ll get right down to business. The Tourist book review This is a book for people who love stories about spies.  Milo Weaver is an American spy.  We join him later on in his career, where he isn’t so commonly going out into the field to spy, he has more of a desk job these days.  However, an investigation of one of his old friends pulls him out from behind the desk to fall back on his old trade skills. I picked this book because I love the Showtime series Homeland.  (PS I cannot wait for the next season!) If you like Carrie, Saul, Quinn, and co., you’ll love this book. Milo is not exactly a loveable character.  Even after the end of this first book, I don’t feel like I am really pulling for him.  Nor is the story […]

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How to not blog on the bus

Hey folks! It is one of those weeks. You know? I had plans. I was organized. Heck, I even have several posts written for just this sort of situation. Yet, instead of those lovely well thought out posts, you are getting my on the fly (on my phone) bus post. I have a typical corporate job. If I had failed to prepare for life’s issues, I’d have to have a ‘what can we do better next time’ chat. So, here are my top tips for being better prepared. Otherwise titled… How to not blog on the bus Have posts ready to go – while I have several back-up posts written, none of them are formatted and in WordPress. (Mistake) Download the WordPress app (or whatever CMS you use) so you can have a plan b. Make other blogger friends who would want to do guest posts on your site Set your blog up so other people have access to the dashboard and can help post Get your life together – that one is a bit more of advice to myself than to anyone else Questions What other advice do you have blog community? What do you do when life makes […]

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Oops – delayed

Hello, lovely people. I planned a review of ‘The Tourist’ by Olen Steinhauer today. However, life. So, I’ll get this posted as soon as possible. In the meantime, I hope you all have a great day! While you wait – some roast peppers

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September roundup, and thank goodness it’s autumn!

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I did my first round-up post in August and I really enjoyed reflecting on what’s happened over the month.  So, I think I am going to make it a habit.  I’ll share information about what’s happening in my life, on the blog, and this month’s reviews.  So, without further ado – a September roundup.     Personal milestones I love autumn.  I love the weather, the colors, the flowers, the smell, everything about it!  Also, I love arriving at work sweat free for a change! My first fall baking adventure was these Brown Butter Pumpkin Oatmeal cookies, my next will be this Salted Caramel Apple Galette, both amazing recipes from Sally’s Baking Addiction.  I know I normally recommend books, but let me please recommend this blog for all your baking needs. Her recipes are amazing and so clear.  My husband and I checked out Connecticut for our next move (when/if we leave Jersey City) Blog milestones Completed my second full month of blogging Gained more followers/likes across Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr I really need to work on my Instagram / Bookstagram, that’s an upcoming goal Wrote my first ‘reaction’ post Wrote my first “how to” post My first ‘advanced reader’ review Suckered […]

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14 Books I read in high school and 9 I didn’t

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Recently, I have been thinking about switching up some of my post.  I want to add a bit more variety to the blog.  Well, the other day, Bookish Buzz published a list “23 Books You Didn’t Read In High School But Actually Should.”  So I thought I’d do a reaction post based on that article. In all of my school life, I only skipped the reading on one book.  That book was “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” by James Joyce.  I still feel a bit guilty about it.  Ah well. Without further ado, Bookish Buzz’s 23 books, with my thoughts and confessions. 14 Books I  read in high school and 9 I didn’t The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald BB – A love story within a love story. It takes the American dream, amplifies it, and then tears it apart in every way possible. KR – Read it. I agree with this book being on the list. It’s a fantastic book.  Also,  once you have read it, you can be all judgey at “Gatsby” themed parties. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee BB – It blends innocence and triumph in a way that makes you learn something […]

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‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy book review

'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy book cover

Turns out, I love books about assassins / spies.  I started with the typical action thrillers like Tom Clancy, James Rollins, and Jack Higgins.  Recently, I’ve told you about reading “Game Changer” by Douglas E. Richards and I’m currently reading “The Tourist” by Olen Steinhauer. I really enjoy these books.  The plots are always fast paced and drama is terrific.  However, I don’t relate much to the (often) middle aged, ex-military, man  who is the protagonist. Well, more and more we are seeing a new brand of female kick-ass females in these roles.  The books usually take a lighter tone.  Frequently, there is more humor, more family, and more character development (and dependency) then in the male lead books.  All things I like in a book. I shared my thoughts on “Louisiana Longshot“: A Miss Fortune Mystery by Jana DeLeon the other week.  And today, I’m going to review a similar series that I also really enjoy The Greatest Hits Mysteries Books by Leslie Langtry.  ‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy book review The first book in The Greatest Hits Mysteries Books is “‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy.”  This book is about Gin Bombay, a single mom, PTA member, concerned sister, and assassin.  Her […]

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Two month old blogger, keeping up the motivation

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This Saturday will be my two month blogiversary.  I started this blog one month before I turned 30 years old.  I talked about, planned, and dithered, about being a blogger for over a year and at some point just needed to take the plunge.  So now, one month past my 30th birthday, I wanted to give you an update on how it’s going.  (Side note, can you believe that Google recognizes blogiversary as a real word?) Can I be honest with you?  I feel like I can.  I’m lacking a bit of motivation lately and struggling to keep enthusiastic and positive.  I’m finding it hard to find the fun in blogging at the moment.   So, I am writing this post to hope to find some fun.  I am hoping having this little moan will be cathartic.  Maybe another blogger out there will read this and have great tips and insight for how to get over this freshman slump. So, here are a list of things I am trying to get past the slump.   Posting about being in a slump – Check, it’s happening now. Trying different types of posts – I have been looking into ‘tag posts’ and I […]

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Kindle Unlimited subscription: roller coaster of emotions

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After a series of just ‘meh’ books, I decided to cancel my Kindle Unlimited subscription.  I tend to do this every 12-16 months. Then, after 6 months or so  – either a) I see book buying bills or b) something really good gets released on Kindle Unlimited.  So,  I sign back up and restart the cycle.  The thing about cancelling your Kindle Unlimited membership is it keeps going through until the end of the month for which you have paid, instead of prorating the subscription.  Which means that you get an email saying (basically) “are you confident in your decision? What will you read tomorrow?” It grips your heart and you doubt every decision you’ve ever made.  But no, I was confident, I did not renew my subscription, and as of tomorrow, I’ll be Kindle Unlimited free. In theory, Kindle Unlimited is an amazing program. I love everything about it. A subscription fee for borrowing books is a great idea.  I am a person who loves the library, so basically a digital library is amazing.  However, the execution isn’t quite right, is it?  The platform has not attracted enough authors/publishing houses.   I am not an author, so I don’t really […]

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Book review: Things a Little Bird Told Me

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I have not been in love, or all that intrigued, but any of the books I read recently.  I am not really into posting negative reviews or reviews for things that I don’t think you should bother with reading. So, I dug through other things I’ve read over the last few months and thought I’d share a review about “Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind” the Biz Stone autobiography. Oh, you know Biz Stone, the Twitter guy.  Yes, yes, that Biz Stone.  He wrote a book.  It’s good.  It is not the sort of thing I would typically read, however my old boss and I went to see him speak in London.  He was an engaging speaker.  One of those people who really make you feel inspired to do better in your own life. Review “Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind” is a reflective piece on how Biz Stone got to be a successful tech entrepreneur.  Normally, I would find a book like this hard to relate to and might not give it the time of day.  His life seems so alien to me. However, he makes his story so […]

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Not too in depth instructions: how to setup Amazon Family Library

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Did you know you can share Kindle books with others in your household?  Well, you can.  And I am going to tell you how. I am sure many of you already have this set up, and it’s awesome, so congratulations.  However, I kind of knew about this, but hadn’t done anything about it until the other day.  Now, I set up my folks and my husband and I to have household accounts.  My mom called and said that my dad bought her a book, but she couldn’t get it on her iPad.  Of course, my first response was did he buy it on your account or his?  Naturally, she had no idea.   While I normally love to make fun of my mom on things like this, she had a point this time.  She could have asked my dad to go to the store and pick up a book, so why couldn’t he buy a Kindle for her? The obvious solution was to set up the Family Library for them. However, I didn’t know how to do this, so I googled, of course. Amazon has great directions, but there is an awful lot of information in that post too.  So, […]

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