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#bookreview #cookbook – Snack Hacks Over 100 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Gamers, Coders, Freaks and Geeks by Claudia Christian and Mark Michel

I got Snack Hacks by Claudia Christian and Mark Michel used on Amazon. I was surprised someone gave it away, and it is in pretty good condition, just a couple of dings.

I have been a huge fan of Claudia Christian since she played Commander Susan Ivanova on Babylon 5. So, I was super excited to see that she wrote a cook book. I will have a link for the book at the end of the blog. It is not an affiliated link.

This cookbook is amazing! It has more than just snacks, it also has meals and desserts too! Plus, tips and tricks on preparing food. She also has stories about her past and interviews with other voice actors. It is more than just a cook book.

I love to read cookbooks that have more than just recipes in them. Especially, if it has info on my favorite celebrities. It is like reading their Biography, which I have been obsessed with lately. I loved that she talks about how she got into gaming and voice acting, and how she got into cooking. And she interviewed other actors as well and they shared some recipes. Mark Michel also shared his recipes too. It made it all seem more personal, which I love. She has some really great tips and tricks too, like how to cut a pepper. My favorite recipe is the homemade ice cream without a machine, I am definitely trying that this summer. Claudia Christian also gave some ideas on how to make the recipe a bit different, then she suggested that you try to make it your own. I thought that was so refreshing.

I do not think you have to be a geek, gamer etc. to enjoy this book. You do not even have to be a good cook, I know I am not. But, for those of us who are geeks and such, will love the extras in this cookbook. I highly recommend it, and hope she writes more of them!

Snack Hacks by Claudia Christian and Mark Michel

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Thank you librarians! Here is how we can use the library safely.

Now that some of the states are opening up, like mine,that means some of the libraries are opening too. So, I wanted to give a shoutout to our wonderful librarians. Thank you for putting your lives at risk so that people can enjoy the library again. I hope you know that some of us really do appreciate all the had work you do.

Libraries have always been a safe haven for me. Ever since I was a little girl, I would hide at the library to get away from my control freak parents. I also used the library when I was living in the streets. It was the only safe place for me to go and find help.

Now, I can not go to the library, cause of mobility issues, but they have a way to  help me with that too. Thanks to the library, I can learn new skills, for free, so I can get a job.

Since the library was always a safe place for me, I would like to find ways to make it safe for the librarians who keeps the library open. Here are a few ways you can use the library safely.

  • First, if you are not  following their newsletter, make sure to call them to find out what their rules are. Some, might only have curbside pickup and dropoff.
  • Check to see if they have a website, you can get all kinds of information there, like how to handle the covid issues.
  • Download some apps….I love the Libby app, Overdrive app, and Flipster app. You can  use those to  borrow ebooks, audiobooks(my fav), comic/graphic books, magazines…etc
  • See if they have online classes…you can learn some new skills that way, and might keep you from being bored or help you get extra income.
  • Since, they can not do book fairs, see if you can help by donating books or money for their cause.
  • Do not be afraid to call them to ask questions, they love to help.

If you do get to go to the library, please please please, wear a mask and gloves.  I know it seems like a small price to pay, but some people do not understand.

I am sure I missed some ways, if you could think of any, please feel free to share in the comments section. Thanks!

And thanks again to all the wonderful librarians out there.

Luv and hugs, Renee

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#bookreview – How to Unf#ck Your Brain by Dr. Faith G Harper…and a link for a free copy!


I had gotten the audiobook from the library, using the Libby app. But, Amazon has a free copy of an ebook! I will post the link at the end for you. I do not know how long it will be free.

I have been reading a lot of these self-help books lately. I have been dealing with a generalized anxiety disorder my whole life. I am usually skeptical about books like this, even if it is written by a doctor. This time I was pleasantly surprised.

This time she talks about the causes and how to use that to manage your anxiety/depression, instead of just managing the symptoms. I thought that was a unique approach and rather enlightening. I loved that she talked in detail about the causes and the symptoms and gave definitions of them too. She mostly talks about  trauma, which is usually the cause. I loved that she reminded you not to self diagnose and to see a doctor. Even if she is giving advice, she said not to take her word for it, but to see a doctor. That was so refreshing. Most people who write these types of books, keep saying they have the magic cure-all. Just cause they cured themselves, they think they can cure everyone else. If that was the case, then all the psych doctors and therapists would be out of a job now.

I had the unabridged audiobook version. You could tell that she was reading from the book, cause sometimes you hear the paper turning. And the sound quality seemed off somehow. Kind of like listening to a podcast. But, I liked her narration she had a nice clear voice.

I should warn you, tho the title probably does that already. There is a lot of cussing in it, so if that bothers you, I doubt you would like this book. But if you are like me and use cuss words like a second language, then I highly recommend this book.

Not sure why, but you can get the ebook for free on Amazon! Here is the link for you, I do not know how long it will last. The pandemic might have something to do with that?

How to Unf#ck Your Brain


I do hope you all are adjusting ok and staying safe! But if you need help, please remember to call a doctor. Do not be ashamed, that is what they are there for.

Luv and hugs, Renee

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#audiobook #bookreview – Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich




Title: Twisted Twenty-Six

Author: Janet Evanovich

Narrator: Lorelei King

Date released: November 19, 2019


Twisted Twenty-Six is part of the Stephanie Plum series. It is actually the last one that will have a number in the title, not sure why. 


I love this one, it deals with Grandma Mazur, who is one of my favorite characters. I hope to be like her someday. Diesel also shows up again. I just love this crossover idea, he is from the charmed series. Somehow he and Stephanie keep having similar cases, so they work together on them. I love these series, I am always laughing out loud and they are such an easy read. Most of us, Stephanie Plum fans, always ask if you are a Ranger or Morelli fan. I am a huge Ranger aka Carlos Minoso, fan, and the end of this book made my heart go pitter-patter. Gave me hope for Ranger. Plus, there was a twist, that I did not see coming. I had an idea, but I was only half right. I love that.  If you love a good mystery with a twist ending, then I definitely recommend this.



So….Stephanie Plum fans….Are you a Ranger or Morelli fan, and why? Feel free to share in the comments…thanks!