#MsBookworm Mash-Up: The Lazy Guru's Guide to Strange Cases and Wandering Stars. A review of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Beneath the Wandering Stars by Ashlee Cowles and the Lazy Guru's Guide to Life by Laurence Shorter.

Let's be real. I'm a student, and between textbooks, novels, and articles, reading one book (no matter how good it is) can sometimes take me months to read. Then when I eventually do finish, it can take me a while to getting around to summarizing it and posting it here. So, I decided to do "crash course" on the books I loved, but since my memory is a little foggy on the details of their contents I don't have enough to write a full-length post about each of them separately. After all, you shouldn't be deprived of a few excellent quotes and reads on my account. Anyway, if you've read them or are thinking about reading them let me know what you think! :)

#MsBookworm Mash-Up: The Lazy Guru's Guide to Strange Cases and Wandering Stars. A review of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Beneath the Wandering Stars by Ashlee Cowles and the Lazy Guru's Guide to Life by Laurence Shorter.

For the Laid-back Go-Getter: Lazy Guru's Guide to Life: A Mindful Approach to Achieving More by Doing Less by Laurence Shorter


This book is literally like taking a shot of positivity and zen. There are mostly pictures and the words are in a big font, so you can pretty much zoom through this one in under an hour (I finished it on my commute to and from dance class).

The book lays out the bare necessities of life in a quick and concise way. But it does leave you buzzing with positive energy and a new calmer, if not "lazier", way of tackling life's problems, going about getting things done, and chasing your dreams.

Favourite quote:

" 'Shoulds' don't generally help us to feel happier like they pretend to. Instead they tend to work the opposite way. This is because shoulds exist to protect our boxes... so they won't have to get opened (that's why they're so convincing)."  ~ Laurence Shorter, Lazy Guru's Guide to Life

For the Romantic Soul Searcher: Beneath the Wandering Stars by Ashlee Cowles

#MsBookworm Mash-Up: The Lazy Guru's Guide to Strange Cases and Wandering Stars. A review of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Beneath the Wandering Stars by Ashlee Cowles and the Lazy Guru's Guide to Life by Laurence Shorter.


We follow 17-year-old military brat Gabi Santiago as she embarks on a multi-week trek through the European countryside. As she fulfills her injured brother's wish for her and his childhood best friend Seth, to walk the camino de santiago. The pilgrimage takes her and us on a soul-searching journey across the lush rural landscape as she tries to explain and understand the meaning behind all the hurt her family is currently experiencing and that people inflict on each other in different ways. All the while learning more about the world she thought she knew and the girl she thought she was. As she and other characters share and wrestle with their inner demons, they grow wiser and lighter with each chapter as romance burbles to the surface and we all learn the importance of family, good friends and following your own path. 

Favourite quote

"Go ahead. Cry. Curse. Get angry. You need to. But afterwards, after you get it all out, you go back to being strong for him, all right?"
~ Ashlee Cowles, Beneath the Wandering Stars


For Your Inner-Sherlock: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson



#MsBookworm Mash-Up: The Lazy Guru's Guide to Strange Cases and Wandering Stars. A review of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Beneath the Wandering Stars by Ashlee Cowles and the Lazy Guru's Guide to Life by Laurence Shorter.


Honestly, I was completely spooked while reading this. I scare easily (especially when I am reading at night ... alone) but even though I knew the plot-twists of the classic tale, I was still left with that telltale chill down my spine as I flipped excitedly through the pages. But surprisingly, I found myself laughing out loud. The characters can be humorously dramatic sometimes *coughs* Dr. Lanyon *cough* *cough* and unbelievably (if not willfully) oblivious. Mr. Utterson, I'm talking to you.

The curious case follows Mr. Utterson on a wild goose hunt through the upper echelons of Victorian-era London society, as he unlocks dark secrets and even darker pasts, as things are not as prim and proper they seem. Murder and darkness lurk in every corner and as the body count rises, the story that starts as Mr. Utterson's search for the infamous Mr. Hyde, ends up with him trying to solve the disappearance of his longtime best friend Dr. Jekyll. It was a quick and chilling detective story with enough odd clues and twists and turns to pique even Sherlock Holmes interest and throw him off-kilter as the case builds up to a climactic finale.


Favourite quote
"If he be Mr. Hyde," he had thought, "I shall be Mr. Seek."