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I'm a reader who enjoys posting comments and recommendations about the books I read. You will not find a synopsis with my recommendations because you can just click on the book title for a link to www.goodreads.com for a synopsis and reviews by other readers. I prefer the 3 Reason format: the reason I chose to read it; the reason I liked (or disliked) the book; and the reason I recommend it.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and BusinessThe Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I chose this ebook because I have an amateur's interest in neuroscience and I enjoy well-written books for the general public where the scientific studies may be of help.
Habits are made of three parts: cue, routine, and reward. "...habits, as much as memory and reason, are at the root of how we behave. We might not remember the experiences that create our habits, but once they are lodged within our brains, they influence how we act--often without our realization."
"To change a habit, keep the old cue, and deliver the old reward, but insert a new routine." I look forward to changing, by experimentation, routines which no longer serve me.
I recommend this book to all readers!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

War on the Frontier: The Trans-Mississippi WestWar on the Frontier: The Trans-Mississippi West by Alvin M. Josephy Jr.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is another of the Time-Life series, The Civil War. It has been in my home library since 1987.
The text is a discussion of many battles I was previously unaware.
I recommend it to those who study the Civil War.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Baltimore Blues  (Tess Monaghan, #1)Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I requested this ebook from my local library because I like cozy mysteries with a city as an additional character.
I recommend this to all readers who enjoy mysteries.

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Calamity Jayne (Calamity Jayne, #1)Calamity Jayne by Kathleen Bacus
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I downloaded this ebook from Barnes and Noble when it was free. I expected a cozy mystery with a touch of screwball comedy that might be witty.
I was disappointed as it is not witty; it was just dumb, annoying, and irritating.
I do not reccomend this book.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Come Rain or Come ShineCome Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I requested this Kindle edition from my local library since I have been a fan of the series for many years.
This book feels like a wrap-up to the series, or at least a synopsis of what happened to EVERYONE in Mitford since the last book. To me, that took away from a story about wedding preparations, the wedding, and its reception.
I can only recommend it to fans of the series. It can not be read as a stand-alone.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

 Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the AftermathLights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath by Ted Koppel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read the book because I was interested in what Ted Koppel had to say about the subject. I live in a rural area where the electricity may go off for hours at a time, especially during icy conditions so you learn to prepare for situations like that and trust your utility company is working hard to restore power. In recent years, there was a severe wind storm that knocked out power in our region. My power was restored within a day, but there were some people who were without power for a week.
These problems are, for the most part, with poles and lines; they are not problems Koppel wants to discuss about computer communication for control over systems and equipment.
Koppel can be repetitive at times. He gives stuff to think about and discuss with others.
This book could be one to recommend to a book club.

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