The 5th Horseman by James Patterson

The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club, #5)The 5th Horseman by James Patterson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m really starting to get into the Women’s Murder Club series now. I’ve read enough of the books to figure out how the interpersonal relationships work between the women (even the new one).

Some things about this particular book in the series:
1. I’m am super happy that so far the “kill off a women, replace her” theme has NOT been continued (yet). It’s a trope that would get very tiring, very quickly. However, I see how it made sense to the plot of the previous book.

2. I’m not sure if I like the two(three?) distinctly different crimes that did not overlap at all. One was introduced immediately, the other a little after. The immediate one finished roughly two-thirds through the book and the other one took over (and wasn’t completely settled until the epilogue).

3. Some part of me knew the prime suspect was just an asshole.

I’ll have to leave my thoughts there otherwise I’ll start spoiling the book, but I think you get the picture. I did really enjoy reading it, and stayed up one night trying to get to the bottom of the first crime. I’ll be reading more!

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The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the FutureThe Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For some context, I have used a Bullet Journal since 2015. I have been wanting to read this book since it first came out. Originally, I tried to get the digital version from my library, but soon decided I needed to own the physical copy and I was not disappointed with this decision.

As someone who has been using a Bullet Journal I still found this book to be inspiring and informative. Omg, the information in this book was so insightful and presented in a way that could be understood even by the novice Bullet Journalist.

Ryder Carroll rehashes the basics of the Bullet Journal, adds in some planning basics, and they gets into making the Bullet Journal system your own. He addresses “the right way to Bullet Journal” which was an online argument between artistic Bullet Journal enthusiasts and the minimalists, and ended with some great FAQs.

I almost feel the need now to keep this book with my Bullet Journal just for reference.

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Midnight Curse by Melissa F. Olson

Midnight Curse (Disrupted Magic, #1)Midnight Curse by Melissa F. Olson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book by an author I’d never heard of before winning it from a Goodreads giveaway. To date this is the only book I’ve won on a Goodreads giveaway!

I loved the very intricate plot that involved supernatural species (vampires, werewolves, witches) and the added bonus of a Null, something that strikes me as something the author created to add to the story. What I really liked about the plot is that it didn’t revolve around the characters being supernatural, it revolved around very human concerns, but it made sense for the supernatural characters to have these concerns too.

My favorite character had to be Shadow though, I loved the idea for this character, especially since I’ve been working up a character similar to her and this gave me new inspiration. I love it when books inspire my own ideas. So, yes, very good book!

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The 4 Day Diet by Ian K. Smith

The 4 Day DietThe 4 Day Diet by Ian K. Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As other reviewers of this book have said: Do I review this as to the process and how it’s written or by how much weight I’ve lost?

Well, since I haven’t had a chance to implement the diet itself yet, I’ll review it based on how it’s written and the process. This book starts out by meeting you were you are at and then getting really real with yourself. It shows you how to calculate your BMI and what that actually means (and a handy BMI chart). Then it shows you how to calculate approximately how much weight you can reasonably expect to lose in a given week.

Then it goes into food choices, and fiber and nutritional values, and so on and so forth. Then it finally gives you the 4 day diet modules. The modules consist of 4 days of diet choices, and 4 days of exercise choices. The idea is that you mix up the modules as you see fit. The dietary choices are things like salad greens, X cups of vegetables, X eggs, and so forth. It gives you some freedom in diet choice and even allows for substitutions in the diet.

All in all it sounds very reasonable and something that is very doable for most of us. I haven’t tried it yet myself, but I can see me doing this as a lifestyle change.

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Pocket Book of Poetry by Various

Pocket Book of PoetryPocket Book of Poetry by Various

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this collection of poetry. It contains some very famous poems by some very well known authors including Shakespeare, Byron, Bronte, Yeats, Keats, Elliot, and more. If you find it you should grab it up.

I must confess that I actually took the time to read through this twice. I had to, the poems all had a beauty about them that I wanted to soak them in as much as possible before reading something else. Some of my favorites were “The Road Not Taken”, “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”, and “O Captain, My Captain!”

To me, this was an inspiring read. Reading some of the great poets inspired me to try my hand at poetry again.

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100 Things Avengers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Dan Casey

100 Things Avengers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die100 Things Avengers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Dan Casey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you are just getting into the Avengers’ fandom because of the movies and have little to no knowledge of the comic books that led us there, then this is a good book to read.

Not only does the author provide background on the Avenger’s comic book histories, there are histories of the comic book creators and people with influence at Marvel. It also takes a look into the cinematic universe, taking in Robert Downey Jr’s affiliation with the MCU, how The First Avenger almost didn’t happen, and other cinematic references.

It answer a lot of questions I didn’t even know I had about the Avengers, and awakened a keen interest in the comic book side of the MCU.

This book is an asset to all Avenger’s fans and I recommend reading it at least once.

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Bambi by Marjorie Benton Cooke

BambiBambi by Marjorie Benton Cooke

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Originally I picked up this ebook thinking it was the one that Disney’s Bambi was based on. It’s not.

What it is though is a fun read for someone like me. Bambi, Bambina, Francesca, Miss Mite, whatever you’d like to call her, marries Jarvis on a whim, because he needs taking care of and that what Bambi’s done all her life for her mathematician father.

Jarvis is a playwright who’s never sold a play, and Bambi is seeking a career for herself to take care of her charges. What ensues is a wonderful tale of making your dreams come true and finding love in old New York.

I think this may be a new (old) favorite for me.

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