Love Your Life, Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze

Love Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You WantLove Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want by Rachel Cruze

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been referring to this book as the sequel to The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. While that isn’t the official title for this book, it’s still true nonetheless. This book will still make some sense if you haven’t read The Total Money Makeover, but it makes more if you have as it does reference it and Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps.

At this point you might be wondering why I keep referencing Dave Ramsey and his book. Well… Rachel is his daughter, and they work together, and he wrote a foreword.

Yep.

That’s pretty much how I found this book is through Dave Ramsey. And I’ve been following the Baby Steps. The other way I’ve explained this book is that Dave tells you what to do with your money. Rachel tells you how to think about your money, your mindset. Which is just as powerful as what your doing with your money is how to think about your money.

Which is a great take on the topic, a great addition to the (non) series, and a very good read.

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Unicornucopia: The Little Book of Unicorns by Caitlin Doyle

Unicornucopia: The Little Book of UnicornsUnicornucopia: The Little Book of Unicorns by Caitlin Doyle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I bought this book because of my love of unicorns (and the small section on Unicorn Spells at the back to the book).

What I’ve found is that this is a book for adults with kids. Maybe small kids?

The way it’s put together is the book is fairly small, but thick; this is because the pages are not full of text, but word art and pictures (until you get to the recipes). The information given about unicorns is referenced in the back (which I love), and there are also many recent memes included. I especially like the ones about believing in yourself.

The illustrations are beautiful, if a bit cartoonish, but as its a parents book for kids, it works and goes with the themes. There are also crafts, recipes, and spells included in the book. I know I said spells and I’m sure many people are cringing at that, but don’t worry. The spells are just a complicated, fun way to communicate with the spirit of a unicorn. The spells center around finding happiness for yourself and seeing the magic of the world, nothing sinister here, it’s a unicorn for gravy’s sake!

So I do like this book, it’s cute, it’s fun, and it’s given me something to do for a little while!

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H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

H Is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone, #8)H Is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What started out as simple insurance fraud ended up as much more than Kinsey could handle. Well, if you call simple a case of a colleague being murdered and Kinsey handed the case. Simple until it’s a ring of insurance fraud that’s caused multiple deaths. Simple when Kinsey is conscripted to go undercover. Simple when an ex-boyfriend turns up.

Not so simple anymore.

It was a bit boring to read in the middle, as going undercover wasn’t really all that interesting. Being locked in run-down dirty apartment isn’t very exciting. Not even driving around committing fraud is all that exciting.

I kept reading to see where things were going to lead, and well, in true Kinsey fashion, it was a bit of a mess. But, Kinsey lives to see another day, as usual. Its not the most exciting in the series, and deviates a bit from the usual fare, but it’s still not bad.

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G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton

G is for Gumshoe  (Kinsey Millhone Mystery)G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kinsey is enlisted to find someone who has gone missing, or basically do a check in with someone who hasn’t been in touch for awhile. Her client hasn’t heard from her elderly mother in a month and wants Kinsey to find out what’s happened.

Well, Kinsey finds the elderly mother, but that’s just the beginning of her troubles. A hit man has been hired to take her out, so she is forced to hire a bodyguard. Things get a bit muddled up, and of course Kinsey escapes her bodyguard out of a need for freedom. And then crap hits the fan.

Somebody dies, somebody finds a lover, and somebody lives. Not a bad ending really.

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F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton

F is for FugitiveF is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s been an actual while since I’ve sat down to read a series, and I’ve since been back to my local library and they have the entire series (it sadly ends at Y). So now I kind of have to read it in order. Which means lots of reviews on the same topic, so to speak. I’m fairly certain I’ll run out of things to say apart from “I really liked it”. I do hope that’s not the case.

I will say that I pegged the culprit in this one fairly early on, but still wanted to see how Kinsey would figure it out. This is also the first book I got mad at. Like I put the book down and had to back away for a minute mad. Which is interesting in and of itself. Books that do that to me are few and far between, and this is the sixth in a series…so again interested to see if that happens again.

I’m just interested to see where things go from here, will there be another book to make me mad? Will I be able to predict the culprit in another book? Where does this series go from here?

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The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2016 by John Joseph Adams

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2016The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2016 by John Joseph Adams

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a short story collection that encompasses many different types of science fiction and fantasy. There is a good amount of space stories to be sure, but they are all different too. I would not say that there are many traditional fantasy stories (nothing like Lord of the Rings), but there are good stories in their own rights.

I would have liked more traditional fantasy stories, as it did seem that most of them were sci-fi. There weren’t any elves, wizards, magic, or other fantastic creatures (though I did like the cats that were based on actual prehistoric cats so that could be a fantasy, but that was only one story).

Apart from that, all the stories made me think, inspired me, and were entertaining. It did take me a while to read this book, as it’s not a cohesive book. It’s 20 different stories, so I needed a break after awhile to clear my mind. Which says a lot about how interesting the stories are.

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7th Heaven by James Patterson

7th Heaven (Women's Murder Club, #7)7th Heaven by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been reading my way through this series (in order!) and have been enjoying it. This book is good too, but I’m picking up some themes…

One: there are two crimes that are solved every book, one for the cops, one for the lawyers. Two: one of the women is assaulted to some degree (Lindsay got shot in a previous book, another one died a couple books ago… you get the idea).

I don’t seem to mind this, even though it makes certain things a bit predictable. What’s not predictable is which woman will be assaulted, and how the crimes will eventually be resolved.

Case in point, this book’s court case wasn’t fully resolved. The characters will never know the true ending, the reader is let in on the plot though. And the assault on the woman? It wasn’t really connected to either case. The crime was resolved by a victim!

So yes, even though some plot points are getting predictable, the books are still enjoyable because there is still enough unpredictability to keep my interest.

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D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton

D Is For Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone, #4)D Is For Deadbeat by Sue Grafton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m beginning to see what my mom likes about this series. I’m sad that the author has passed and she never got to finish the series (I believe it stops with X).

Anyway, this is about “D” not “X”, lets not get ahead of ourselves. I’m not terribly happy with the ending of this one, but at least Kinsey didn’t have to shoot anyone this time. It was less violent than previous books, but still very dangerous.

I liked all the twists and turns this one had, all the interesting characters involved made for nice read. The characters definitely made the book this time.

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Done!: Finish Your Creative Project in One Month by A. P. Lambert

Done!: Finish Your Creative Project in One MonthDone!: Finish Your Creative Project in One Month by A. P. Lambert

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is really good for motivation to get going on your creative project. There isn’t much for clear steps because it’s for a “creative project” which could be anything from building a table to knitting a sweater. However, I did say it was good for motivation.

The author puts for many ideas and suggestions for keeping you moving forward on whatever personal project you’re stuck on. Tips on staying focused, finding accountability, and keeping on track I’m finding helpful.

I believe I found this as a freebie on Amazon, so it’s worth a read if you’re stuck on a creative project, or even just a personal project.

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Hidden Jewel by V. C. Andrews

Hidden Jewel (Landry, #4)Hidden Jewel by V.C. Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Even though I read this one last instead of fourth, I don’t think it made a difference to the story line, much. It did provide a different perspective (Pearl’s) on the story line, where previously it was only Ruby’s. Which shed a different light on Ruby…and it wasn’t exactly a positive one.

I was glad that the main plot points had moved away from men and woman context that most of the plots so far were based on. I could also relate to Pearl’s personal relationship problems, and while that was a part of the plot, it was a small one.

Basically, I liked reading this, I liked the more traditional take on the transition of high school student after graduation, and the non-traditional (Ruby) parent issues, and somewhat traditional parent issues (Beau). By the end of the book it felt like Pearl had found her place and was happy there.

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