Reading List #9

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For four days, I was felled by an incredibly nasty gastrointestinal virus. All I could do was read, watch TV, and sleep. Now that the Evil Humors have left my body, I can return to my usual activities. Reading, watching TV, and sleeping. Oh Goddess, I need to get a life.

READING LIST #9:

Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series Book 6)

Hannah and half the town are stranded at the Lake Eden community center during a blizzard. There’s a dead body in the parking lot, and the murderer must still be amongst the snowbound residents.

Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen Series Book 7)

Shawna Lee, Hannah’s chief rival for boyfriend Mike’s attentions, is back in town. She’s opened a bakery and is intent on stealing Hannah’s business, as well as her man. That gives Hannah the perfect motive for murder.

Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series Book 8)

A Hollywood movie producer is using picturesque Lake Eden for location shots. Unfortunately, the film’s director has a bad habit of making enemies out of just about everyone he meets.

Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swenson Series Book 9)

Hannah’s judging baked goods at the county fair. When she discovers a dead body after hours at the fairground, she can’t help but get involved, no matter much danger she puts herself in.

Hmmm, I couldn’t make a link to Cherry Cheesecake Murder. Harumph!

I also read The Parrot Talks in Chocolate (The Life and Times of a Hawaiian Tiki Bar Book 1)

This is a charming, quirky, novel about the magic of life in paradise. It made me wish I was at a Hawaiian Tiki bar drinking fruit punch instead of lying sick in bed. And in frozen Minnesota, no less.

Stay tuned…

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Reading List #8

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I’m continuing to read the Hannah Swensen series of cozy mysteries.

Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen Series Book 3)

Famous lifestyle maven Connie Mac is found dead in Hannah’s bakery. Now Hannah’s business is shut down until she can find the murderer.

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series Book 4)

Hannah’s sometimes date, Norman, is building the dream house they designed together for a contest. But will all of Norman’s plans be put on hold when a body is found in the basement?

Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Series Book 5)

Hannah’s brother-in-law Bill is running for sheriff. Unfortunately, that makes him the prime suspect when the current sheriff is found dead.

I also watched the documentary “Advanced Style” (also available on Netflix). It’s a documentary about New York women in their 50’s through their 90’s who are all about fashion. They prove that style is ageless. I smiled all the way through it.

Stay tuned…

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Reading List #7

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Do you ever dread getting out of bed in the morning? Dread spending the day in your cell  cubicle  country club? I sure do, pretty much five days a week. I decided to read some books on creating a morning ritual in the hope that I can develop a more positive morning attitude.

Morning Ritual Guide by Richard Carroll

This is a very short book with a few good basic ideas. My favorite chapter was “A Leap of Faith”. I have to pass on the prayer and the Scripture reading, but meditation and inspirational readings would be good ideas. I also like the idea of listing what I want to accomplish during the day, and visualizing it happening.

Amazon readers gave this book an average of three stars (out of five). I rate it at two and a half.

Morning Ritual Secrets by Stephen James

This is an even shorter book, but I found enough inspiration to take notes, and I think I’ll develop much of my morning ritual from this book. My favorite idea was to ask yourself empowering questions like, “What am I happy about in my life?” “What am I proud of?” “What am I committed to?” “Who do I love?” “Who loves me?”

Amazon readers gave this book an average of four stars, but I think it’s a five star book. Warning, there was a little cursing, which was part of why it was rated lower by some reviewers.

The Ultimate Morning Ritual by Stephen Hall

This book had a lot of the same philosophy of the previous one (both are students of self-help guru Tony Robbins), but was denser and a slower read. It had more explanation and background material for the suggested ritual components. Frankly, I liked the writing style in Morning Ritual secrets better. I found it much more inspiring.

Amazon readers gave The Ultimate Morning Ritual four stars. I give it three.

So, after reading these three books, I think this is what my morning ritual will consist of:

  1. Smile.
  2. Stretch.
  3. Take 3 deep breaths.
  4. Drink 2 glasses of water.
  5. Ask and answer empowering questions. (Can I do it in Telly Savalas’ voice, “Who loves ya, baby”?)
  6. Plan 3 accomplishments for the day.
  7. Affirmations, geared towards accomplishments or the way I want to feel during the day.

I also read Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries Book 2)
Coach Boyd Watson is murdered and his wife, Danielle, has motive, means and opportunity. Hannah can’t let her friend Danielle go to jail, so she does a little investigating on her own.

Stay tuned…

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