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One minute book reviews – December 2015

 The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Ever wonder why you didn’t join that one weird college clique? Maybe because they would have tried to drag you into an elaborate plot to murder somebody. As you watch each of the characters of this brilliant book come slowly undone, you should wallow smugly in your excellent life choices.
You’ll like it if:
You like a page-turner that makes you pause to pick up your dictionary.

The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor By Mark Schatzker
You were born with the ability to distinguish healthy food from unhealthy food using your taste buds. And you’d still be doing it too, if it weren’t for all those artificial flavors, nutritional enhancements, and modern farming practices.
You’ll like it if:
You don’t mind hating yourself for thinking, “mmmm, Doritos” every time you pick it up.

Injection Volume 1 by Warren Ellis
Magic + Secret Agents + Computer Science. It’s a slow-builder, that leaves you thinking that it’s just getting good.
You’ll like it if:
You’ve ever wished you were a wizard/secret agent/scientist. But, who hasn’t, really?

Wytches Volume 1 by Scott Snyder
Maybe Sailor Rook murdered her bully, or maybe she watched her get ripped apart by wytches. Not sweet pagan, earth mama witches, but nasty looking skeletal creatures that will jump you, drag you into a hollowed out tree and eat your face. The good news is they have magical powers like the ability to heal the sick, but the bad news is they only use their magic if they get a human sacrifice.
You’ll like it if:
You’ve never been alone in the forest, and felt suddenly, creepily sure that someone was watching you.

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong
Zoey, the sassy heroine, is a barista who lives in a trailer park, and has the unfortunate bad luck of being the illegitimate daughter of a ruthless gangster who just died and left her both his fortune and his enemies.  Did I mention exploding cybernetic implants, excessive use of holograms, fetishist hit men, the world’s nastiest cat, and as the title suggests, a lot of fancy outfits.
You’ll like it if:
You ever wished someone would cross Goodfellas with the Terminator, but make it, like, super ridiculous.

The Mystery of Lewis Carroll: Discovering the Whimsical, Thoughtful, and Sometimes Lonely Man Who Created “Alice in Wonderland”by Jenny Woolf
A lot of incendiary things have been said about Lewis Carroll over the years, but this author takes a more anthropological approach, attempting  to understand him through the eyes of his contemporaries. From that perspective we get a picture of a man who was remembered as both fussy and charming in the way he balanced his devout religiousness with his unconventional quirks.
You’ll like it if:
You’ve ever wondered what a Victorian hipster would be like.

Libraries are here to pump you up.

Do you know what I adore? I adore those occasions when I can combine two things I love. Chocolate and peanut butter. Music and dancing. Ice cream and root beer (actually I hate both of those things, but damn, they’re good together!)

Guess what else goes great together? Working out and libraries. Not working out AT the library, although I do get a lot of squats in while getting down to put books on the bottom shelves. I mean work outs that you can get for free through the library.

Hoopla digital streaming has SEVEN different videos from Jillian Michaels, and most of those have more than one work out. If your library subscribes to Hoopla then that means you can get a ridiculous exercise ass kicking any time you want. For free.

Hoopla and Freegal, another subscription service that many library’s offer, can also help you put together a sweet mix to work out to. I would give you some examples, but I don’t necessarily want to own up to what music motivates me (*cough* Pitbull).

Checking out the library’s book and DVD collections can also prove fruitful. Check your library’s data base for key terms like yoga, tai chi, pilates, zumba, or strength training. Or try searching for a trainer or training program. Sometimes just browsing the 613 sections of your library’s book or DVD collection can help you get started with your fitness goals or get you out of a work out slump. Like how this book helped me build up my library squatting muscles.

I like going to the gym as much as the next girl, but it’s also nice to know that I sweat to the oldies in my living room too.