Throwback Thursday: December 2011

Throwback Thursday


Revisiting what I posted 10 years ago,
following the idea I found at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog
(click on this link or the logo to see where the idea started from,
and to post the link to your own post).

On the first Thursday of the month available on my site,
I’m planning to post about the previous month, 10 years before.

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Today, I’ll be revisiting December 2011.

I published 29 posts, but only 6 of these were reviews.
Most were related to the insane number of Reading Challenges I was doing back then! I knew I was doing a lot, but I had forgotten they were that many!
I guess one aspect of long years of book blogging is focusing more on books you have on your shelf. Wisdom comes with old age, lol.

Of these book, here is the one that received most views:

the first rule of ten

I enjoyed it a lot. Here is another one I really liked that month:

broken teaglass


Click on the covers to know more

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My next post on this meme will be on February 3

Book reviews: The Third and Fourth Rules of Ten


 The Third Rule of Ten
The Fourth Rule of Ten

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The Third Rule of Ten
The Fourth Rule of Ten
Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay

Publisher:  Hay House Publishing
Pub. Date:
2/3/2014 and 1/5/2015

ISBN: 978-1401941673 – 352 pages
and 978-1401945947 – 344 pages

Genre:  mystery / Detective
Source: Received through Netgalley


In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this ebook for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated for this post as a reviewer, and the thoughts are my own.

These books count for the following Reading Challenges

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It is not that usual that a detective happens to be an ex-Buddhist monk! That explains partly why I enjoy this series and keep reading the books as they come out. Both The Third Rule of Ten and The Fourth Rule of Ten are full of suspense and of very hot current topic. I have already presented The First Rule of Ten and The Second Rule of Ten on this blog.
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The Second Rule of Ten: book review

The Second Rule of Ten:

A Tenzing Norbu Mystery

(Dharma Detective)



352 pages

Published by Hay House Visions on January 1, 2013

In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this book as a free ebook from
in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated for this post,
and the thoughts are my own.

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This book counts for the following Reading Challenge:

2013 Ebook Challenge

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT The Second Rule of Ten

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I read the first book of this series 2 years ago: these are mysteries with a former Buddhist monk detective. Though not top literature, it was enjoyable and well done enough to give me the desire to read the 2nd volume: The Second Rule of Ten – of course there’s a play on word right here, it could be 2/10 but remember that the main hero’s name is Ten, short for Tenzing.

I liked the plots and dialogues, and how Buddhist wisdom is included in the daily life of our young detective. In this 2nd volume though, there was a lot more about his inner struggles, especially with his dad and his former friends monks – living in the monastery where the abbot is precisely his own father. Not sure I really found that necessary, maybe it even distracted me a bit too much from the main plots. It sounded a bit too much like some elements in the only Maisie Dobbs I read.

However, I will try the 3rd rule when it comes out.


” I climbed into the Mustang, inhaling its musky scent of worn leather and time. Before I placed the key in the ignition, I allowed myself a few moments to simply sit and absorb the change. I had a ridiculously well-paying jog with a man I admired. When solutions like this arrive, seemingly out of the blue, but more often than not after I’ve at least made space for their possibility, they carry with them buoyancy, a lightness of heart. Such moments affirm that hope is not a dead end, and joy is often just a small perceptual shift from despair.” beginning of Chapter 11


“Beware your old, limited models of thinking: no matter how safe they make you feel, eventually you will become their prisoner.” That’s the second rule of Ten. 

Tenzing “Ten” Norbu—ex-monk and ex-cop—is back! In The Second Rule of Ten, the next book in the Dharma Detective series, our daring detective faces a dead Hollywood producer, an ailing philanthropist’s missing sister, and a way-too-sexy pathologist, who are all wreaking havoc with his serenity—and that’s before the arrival of cartel king and arch-nemesis Chaco Morales. As Ten moves deeper into the case, things get personal when his two best friends in Dharamshala go missing, and his former LAPD partner, Bill, turns oddly distant. Ten’s journey for the truth propels him from gang-ridden, dangerous Boyle Heights in east LA to Lhasa, Tibet, and back again. He must wrestle with more than one limiting thought and inner enemy if he is to identify, much less overcome, his rapidly multiplying outer ones. The clues to solving this complex cluster of mysterious events are sprinkled all over the City of Angels, but the ultimate answers, as always for Ten, lie inside. [Goodreads]


Dr. Gay Hendricks has served for more than 30 years as one of the major contributors to the fields of relationship transformation and body-mind therapies. Along with his wife, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, Gay is the author of many bestsellers, including Conscious Loving, At the Speed of Life, and Five Wishes.
Gay received his PhD in counseling psychology from Stanford University in 1974. After a 21-year career as a professor at the University of Colorado, he founded The Hendricks Institute, which offers seminars in North America, Asia, and Europe. He is also the founder of a new virtual learning center for transformation, Gaia Illumination University.
Throughout his career, Gay has done executive coaching with more than 800 executives, including the top management at such firms as Dell Computer, Hewlett Packard, Motorola, and KLM. His book, The Corporate Mystic, is used widely to train management in combining business skills and personal development tools.
In recent years he has also been active in creating new forms of conscious entertainment. In 2003, along with movie producer Stephen Simon, Gay founded the Spiritual Cinema Circle, which distributes inspirational movies to subscribers in more than 70 countries around the world. He was the executive producer of the feature film Conversations with God, and he has appeared on more than 500 radio and television shows, including Oprah, CNN, CNBC, 48 Hours, and others. [Goodreads]

Tinker Lindsay is an accomplished screenwriter, author, script consultant, and conceptual editor. A member of the Writer’s Guild of America, Independent Writers of Southern California, and Women in Film, she has worked in the Hollywood entertainment industry writing and developing feature films for over three decades. Her books include The Last Great Place and My Hollywood Ending. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in English and American Language and Literature and completed a post-graduate course at Radcliffe College in Publishing Procedures. A practitioner and teacher of meditation, she can usually be found writing in her home office situated directly under the Hollywood sign. [amazon]