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Reviews:
Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood
The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
Angels of Interstate 29 by Donald James Parker
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Beyond Another Door by Sonia Levitin
The Boy Who Would Live Forever by Frederik Pohl
Chiggers by Hope Larson
Choosing to Be by Kat Tansey
The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
The Curandero and the Swede: A Tale from the 1001 American Nights by Daniel Abraham
Doctor Who and the War Games by Malcolm Hulke
Dragons, Dragons by Eric Carle
Epitaph for a Peach by David Mas Masumoto
Feng Shui in Your Garden by Roni Jay
Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Anne Mirand and Ed Emberley
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Jellaby Volume 1 by Kean Soo
Kosher by Design Lightens Up by Susie Fishbein
The Last Valentine by James Michael Pratt
Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria and Warren Pleece
Jesus Swept by James Protzman
Overexposed: The Price of Fame by Eliot Tiegel
Quickstone by Marc Laidlaw
Rich Brother, Rich Sister by Robert and Emi Kiyosaki
The Secrets of a Fire King by Kim Edwards
Unstrung Zither by Yoon Ha Lee
A Very Hairy Scary Story by Rick Walton
The View from on High by Steven R. Boyett

Ulysses:
Episode 6: Hades: Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd
Episode 7: Aeolus: J. Jonah Jameson
Episode 8: The Laestrygonians: Earl's Court to Islington
Episode 9: Scylla and Charybdis: If I Had a Hammer

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Choosing to Be

Choosing to BeChoosing to Be: 04/08/09

Choosing to Be: Lessons in Living from a Feline Zen Master by Kat Tansey is autobiographical fiction in the vein of Philip Roth if he had decided to become a Buddhist.

The book twelve lessons in three big categories: ordinary mind, hindrances and Buddha mind. Each lesson has a series of dialogues between Kat and her cat Poohbear. He teaches Buddha's lessons through observations on the younger cat, Catzenbear's antics.

The reason behind Tansey's path towards enlightenment was to help combat depression and chronic fatigue. The cats provide moments of insight and humor in what could easily have been a very monotonous memoir.

In terms of learning about meditation and Buddhism, Choosing to Be has many practical exercises with a light approach. It maybe especially approachable for cat owners. The book reminds me favorably of Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah Napthali and The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth.

See the author's blog here.

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