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Week in Review

Good evening. I hope you've had a great week. I'd love to link to some of my blog posts from last week, but I've been so wrapped up in reading the Chaos Walking series that I haven't taken a moment to write blog posts! Sorry! On an unrelated note, today was the first day of school for my kids. Woohoo!! They both had a great day and I'm really excited for both of them. C is in 4th grade now and M is in 1st. They're both reading more again, so I'll let you know what they're reading down below.

What I'm Reading
I just finished The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness tonight. So I haven't started anything else yet.

Up Next for Me
I am torn as to what to read next. Part of me wants to read the next in the Chaos Walking series. Part of me wants to read my next book club selection, Silver Linings Play Book by Matthew Quick. I also have a book I'm supposed to review in early September, but I haven't received it yet, so I may be pushing that one ou…

Week in Review

Hi. I hope you had a nice couple of weeks. This is my kids' last week of summer vacation, so we're pretty busy here getting ready. I've found time to read, though, so here's a recap of what I've been reading and blogging about.

Recent Posts
Book Review: The What If? Book of Questions by Miggs Burroughs
Book Review: Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
Book Review: The Diabolist by Layton Green

What I'm Reading
I started three different books over the past two weeks, but couldn't get into the first two so I picked up a third that's been on my TBR shelf for a long time: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Wow! What a great book! I still have a long way to go but it sure is a fast read!!

Up Next for Me
I don't think I'm going to go back to the two review books I put aside, so I'm not sure what I'll pick up next. I have a nonfiction book for review, What the Hell is Going on in My Life? by Larry Schwimmer. I may try that next. I h…

Book Review: The Diabolist by Layton Green

Dominic Grey is back on another adventure with his boss, phenomenologist and cult expert Viktor Radek. This time they're investigating the murder of a Satanic priest who is burned alive by a robed figure who seems to appear and disappear before the eyes of several witnesses. When other religious leaders begin receiving letters from the murderer, condemning them to a similar death, Dominic and Viktor are determined to uncover the truth before more deaths occur.

The Diabolist by Layton Green is the third book in the Dominic Grey series and the first to be published under Amazon's Thomas and Mercer imprint. The first two books were also re-released this summer, and I'm not surprised the series was picked up. It's a unique series that delves deeply into religious cults in a detailed yet objective way ~ and there's always plenty of suspense and excitement to keep the pages turning!

In The Diabolist, Green tackles Satanism, and with it, the whole concept of evil. I foun…

Book Review: Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

When Logan Montgomery and Holly Brennen first meet, it's certainly not love at first sight. Logan looks like a Greek god sitting by the window on the plane, while Holly struggles to squeeze her oversized frame into the seat next to him. It's clear from the expression on his face that he is not impressed. But when Holly strikes up a conversation to ease the tension, Logan has a change of heart and offers to take her on as a client in his personal training business. This uncomfortable exchange leads to an unexpected friendship and a major transformation ~ for both Holly and Logan.

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich tackles deep topics around body image and self-esteem in a very lighthearted way. Logan has always dated the tall, thin, blond model types. His body is near perfect, and he knows it. His willingness to work with Holly to help her get back into shape is done mostly because it's a challenge for him. On the other hand, Holly is dealing with the embarrassment of …

Book Review: The What if? Book of Questions by Miggs Burroughs

"What if the most important moment in your life is this one? Can you handle the power it gives you to choose how you will spend the next one?" Thus begins The What if? Book of Questions to some of your most revealing answers on love and health, wealth and happiness by Miggs Burroughs. This little book is full of provocative and thoughtful questions that will really make you think.

It's a small book ~ less than 5x7 in size and only 193 pages. Each two-page spread has a question on the left and an image (clipart) on the right. It's simple really, but the thoughts it provokes are deep. "What if you wake up with no country, job, partner or religion? Who are you without these things?" Think about it. Those are the things that many of us use to define ourselves. Who are we really without these things? It makes you think.

The What if? Book of Questions would make a great selection for a small group discussion. Pick a few questions and talk through them. It would b…

Week (or Two) in Review

Hi everyone! I'm back. I may actually be really back now. I have a couple book tours this week, so I'll definitely be posting reviews ~ finally! And I am feeling renewed and ready to sit back and write a few of the other reviews I haven't gotten around to lately. We had a wonderful vacation in the Outer Banks, and last week was my kids' last week of full-time summer camp. They don't go back to school for another three weeks, but they're taking it easy for the rest of the summer, aside from a half-day golf camp for C next week.

I haven't been very active on my blog in 2013. One of the reasons is that I've been very focused on losing some weight. I started on My Fitness Pal at the beginning of the year and I've lost 20lbs. I've gone from a size 12 to a size 8!! Very exciting. So, that's been my big focus this year. But now, although I'm going to keep working out and tracking calories in the hopes of losing a bit more body fat, I am not qu…