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The Hunger Games

by Sandy on January 2, 2012

The Hunger Games Trilogy

The Hunger Games Trilogy

I guess I’m a bit late reading The Hunger Games since it was published in 2008 by Scholastic. Hunger Games is the first novel in a trilogy, followed by Catching Fire, published September 1, 2009, and Mockingjay, published August 24, 2010.  I read it yesterday for about eight hours, since I couldn’t put it down. To briefly summarize, the Hunger Games are an annual televised event where the Capitol, or the government, chooses one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of 12 districts for a massive televised battle in which only one person can survive. You can read two chapters on the Scholastic site.

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11-22-63

by Sandy on December 18, 2011

11-22-63

11-22-63

I’ve just read Stephen King’s New Book, 11-22-63.  Although, it appears to be about the Kennedy assassination, it is actually a love story about a man from the present who falls in love with a woman from the past. If you were alive back in 1963, you’ll enjoy the references about that era.  The main character, Jack, goes back in time to 1958 thru 1963.  Although the story was interesting, I found the writing about the past to be just as fascinating.  There’s also so much history to learn about Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of killing the President.  Mr. King has also done a ton of research about the facts and myths concerning the assassination, and it is all interwoven into the  storyline. This latest epic is huge at 849 pages or 32 hours of audible listening.  Either way, I’m sure you’d enjoy it.

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Talking to Siri

by Sandy on December 2, 2011

Talking to Siri

Talking to Siri

If you have the latest Apple iPhone 4s, you also have Siri, the voice assistant. I recently found an ebook on Amazon called Talking To Siri by Erica Sadun and Steven Sande. Even though there are so many things that Siri can do, this book describes more efficient ways of voicing a request and also reveals tips about how to make the most of the service. There are many more things that you can do other than send messages, schedule meetings and place phone calls. For only $4.99, you can learn all about talking to Siri.

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Paleo Recipes

by Sandy on November 11, 2011

Everyday Paleo

Everyday Paleo

I borrowed Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso, a book of paleo recipes, from the library a few weeks ago; and I liked so many of them that I just had to purchase a book of my own. The recipes include pictures, and there aren’t any weird ingredients or difficult cooking methods that take hours. The author also shares her journey to a paleo lifestyle and why she made the decision to eat that way and how she introduced her family to the foods. If you aren’t familiar with the paleo lifestyle, it’s just eating good healthy foods instead of eating processed foods.

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Steve Jobs Biography

by Sandy on October 8, 2011

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The death of Steve Jobs was not a total surprise, but it seems to have affected many of us very deeply. It’s hard to explain, but most of us were in denial and hoped for some miracle that would have prolonged his life. To die at 56 is way too early and certainly tragic. Anyway, I knew that the authorized biography of his life by Walter Isaacson would be coming out soon, and I was delighted to see that it will be available on October 24th. I’ve pre-ordered it already in hardback from Amazon.

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Wheat Belly

by Sandy October 2, 2011 Books

If you are interested in losing weight, anti-aging techniques, or just overall better health; then you have to read Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis of The Track Your Plaque Blog. Dr. Davis explains that wheat, the world’s most popular grain, is also the world’s most destructive and dangerous dietary ingredient that not only has […]

Sarah’s Key

by Sandy September 18, 2011 Books

I’ve just finished reading Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay published in 2007. I just discovered that there’s also a movie of the same name starring Kristin Scott Thomas scheduled for release on July 22nd. Now that I’ve read the book, I am anxious to see the movie. Part of the book takes place in […]

One Summer

by Sandy September 16, 2011 Books

I just finished reading One Summer by David Baldacci. It’s a departure from the usual thriller novel that he is known for. The story is all about love, family, hope and faith. You really need a hanky while reading this book, as it is very emotional. While I usually prefer mysteries and thriller type books […]

Love You More

by Sandy April 1, 2011 Books

I just finished the book, Love You More, by Lisa Gardner.  It’s a mystery novel with a dead husband, an accused wife and a kidnapped child.  Detective D D Warren is assigned the case and it is a mad race to save the child and unravel the mystery.  This book, though, differs from most of […]