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Tiny Habits by B J Fogg
Fogg is the director of the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University. Tiny Habits was strongly recommended by a writing colleague. So far, I think it’s the best book I’ve ever read on making new habits—and I’ve read a lot of them.
A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder by Diane Freeman
This is the second book in Freeman’s Victorian-era mystery series. American Frances Wynn, the now-widowed Countess of Harleigh, has adapted well to the quirks and traditions of the British aristocracy, but she keeps getting mixed up in murder. This time the victim is her friend, Mary Archer, whom Frances hoped might make the perfect wife for her cousin Charles.
This series has turned out to be just as much fun as I’d hoped. I’ve already bought the third book, A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
This is another book that a writing friend insisted I had to read. I’m glad I did. Trevor Noah’s path from South Africa to TV’s The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a relationship was punishable by five years in prison. His story is funny in places, sad and frightening in others, and incredibly inspiring. I literally carried the book around with me everywhere so I could read just one more page.
The Junior Baking Show
This is a spin-off of one of my favorite shows, the Great British Baking Show. It features bakers between the ages of 9 and 15. It’s just as much fun as the original.
Leverage follows Nathan Ford, played by Timothy Hutton, and his team of, well, criminals, who come together to act as modern-day Robin Hoods. Every episode features an elaborate “sting.” I love trying to figure out how the crew will manage to scam the bad guys. This is the second time I’ve watched Leverage and it’s just as much fun as the first time.
I was happy to learn that the executive producer of Leverage, Dean Devlin, has teamed up with actor Noah Wylie for a reboot of the series. I wonder if they’re looking for writers?