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Readers’ Workouts – 9/19


I actually did make it to the gym once this week. I felt kind of miserable Friday into Saturday. I think I picked up a cold. I feeling mostly better now, just a touch of the cough left.

This week’s activities:

Tuesday – Walk with the dog
Thursday – Walk with the dog, Elliptical, Weights
Sunday – Walk with the dog
Monday – Pilates

This coming Saturday we are going up to Pittsburgh to play catch. It’ll be a short game but the Pirates and Allegheny Health Network are organizing “Catch for Cancer” to draw attention to the importance of prostate cancer screenings. They’re also trying to set a Guinness World Record for the largest game of catch. I’m hoping it’ll be fun.

Meal ideas for next week:

Asian ground beef lettuce wraps
Pork tacos
Fish Cakes
Curried Chicken and butternut squash

Year Fitness Goals:

– Lose weight. Goal – Lose 26 lbs. (Currently at -11.8)
– Run 2 5ks, 1 10K and 1 half. Completed – 1 10K; 1 5K
– Hit my weekly step goal (56,000 steps) for 48 weeks. Weeks completed: 29

How was your week? Readers’ Workouts is hosted by Joy at Joy’s Book Blog.

Mailbox Monday – 9/18


Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

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Three from NetGalley this week.


Mailbox Monday – 9/18The Bookworm by Mitch Silver
Published by Pegasus Books on February 6, 2018
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
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Why did Hitler chose not to invade England when he had the chance?

Europe, 1940: It’s late summer and Belgium has been overrun by the German army. Posing as a friar, a British operative talks his way into the monastery at Villers-devant-Orval just before Nazi art thieves plan to sweep through the area and whisk everything of value back to Berlin. But the ersatz man of the cloth is no thief. Instead, that night he adds an old leather Bible to the monastery’s library and then escapes.

London, 2017: A construction worker operating a backhoe makes a grisly discovery—a skeletal arm-bone with a rusty handcuff attached to the wrist. Was this the site, as a BBC newsreader speculates, of “a long-forgotten prison, uncharted on any map?” One viewer knows better: it’s all that remains of a courier who died in a V-2 rocket attack. The woman who will put these two disparate events together—and understand the looming tragedy she must hurry to prevent—is Russian historian and former Soviet chess champion Larissa Mendelovg Klimt, “Lara the Bookworm,” to her friends. She’s also experiencing some woeful marital troubles.

In the course of this riveting thriller, Lara will learn the significance of six musty Dictaphone cylinders recorded after D-Day by Noel Coward—actor, playwright and, secretly, a British agent reporting directly to Winston Churchill. She will understand precisely why that leather Bible, scooped up by the Nazis and deposited on the desk of Adolf Hitler days before he planned to attack Britain, played such a pivotal role in turning his guns to the East. And she will discover the new secret pact negotiated by the nefarious Russian president and his newly elected American counterpart—maverick and dealmaker—and the evil it portends.

Oh, and she’ll reconcile with her husband.

Mailbox Monday – 9/18Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan
Series: Mordecai Tremaine #2
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on October 10, 2017 (first published 1949)
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Vintage Mystery
Pages: 242
Format: eARC
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A festive mystery for the holiday season: mulled wine, mince pies... and murder

When Mordecai Tremaine arrives at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame on Christmas Eve, he discovers that the revelries are in full swing in the sleepy village of Sherbroome--but so too are tensions amongst the assortment of guests.

When midnight strikes, the partygoers discover that presents aren't the only things nestled under the tree...there's a dead body too. A dead body that bears a striking resemblance to Father Christmas. With the snow falling and suspicions flying, it's up to Mordecai to sniff out the culprit--and prevent anyone else from getting murder for Christmas.

Mailbox Monday – 9/18Scared to Death by Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
Series: Cherringham: Mystery Shorts #27
Published by Bastei Entertainment on October 1, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 158
Format: eARC
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When classic horror movie star Basil Coates becomes the victim of a series of scary pranks, the local police put it down to a crazed fan. Just pranks, after all ...

But with Halloween only days away, the spectre of murder suddenly visits the ghostly Coates mansion on the hill outside Cherringham - and Jack and Sarah find themselves caught in a mystery worthy of Basil’s spookiest roles ...

Set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, the detective series brings together an unlikely sleuthing duo: English web designer Sarah and American ex-cop Jack. Thrilling and deadly - but with a spot of tea - it's like Rosamunde Pilcher meets Inspector Barnaby. Each of the self-contained episodes is a quick read for the morning commute, while waiting for the doctor, or when curling up with a hot cuppa.

Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts


Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things encountered during the week, etc.) Head over to her blog to link-up.

1. My brother and his family were visiting this weekend. I didn’t get many pictures, but this is his oldest with the second-oldest peeking over her shoulder. They are both cuties. The two youngest are twins about 6 months old, but I failed as an aunt and didn’t get any photos of them.

2. I’ve been doing pretty good with the paleo challenge when we eat at home. I’ve been giving myself leeway when we’re out though. I can’t go to an Italian restaurant and not have spaghetti or pass up my mom’s wonderful baked beans.

3. By the way, if you ever visit Kenyon College, the Village Inn restaurant is really good. I had the Thai Peanut Chicken wrap and hummus with pita – delicious! Our trip to Kenyon was good. Amber even thought the interview went well. Now she just has to get in, which is easier said than done. (And we have to figure out a way to pay for it, but it seems like such a perfect fit for her, we’ll make it work.)

4. I have to start working on CE – blah. My hours are due by the end of November.

5. I finished Glass Houses by Louise Penny on audio. I enjoyed it and I do love the characters Penny’s created. It’s not my favorite of the series, though. The scope is too big; I tend to like smaller mysteries with a limited cast. Next up on audio is The Haunted Season by  G.M. Malliet. I’m also currently, supposedly reading an ebook of hers, Weycombe. I’m having trouble getting into it. Has anyone read it? Is it worth pushing on or should I just set it aside?

6. We registered for the Catch for Cancer with the Allegheny Health Network and Pittsburgh Pirates. It should be fun and maybe we’ll help set a Guiness World Record for the largest game of catch.

How was your week? Any plans for this week?

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