12/8/17

Book Review: What We See in the Stars By: Kelsey Oseid

What We See in the Stars
By: Kelsey Oseid

ISBN: 978-0-399-57953-0
Retails for US $16.99 /$22.99 CAN



ABOUT:
This book is "an illustrated tour of the night sky"
Inside this book you will learn about our solar system, mixed with some mythology and a beautifully illustrated collection. 

IMPRESSION:
What a stunning table book!  This is definitely one of those books that you'd want on display.  It is pretty heavy.  The covers are beautiful and have holographic constellations in the artwork and book title.  That alone will make you say, "Oooo!" upon picking it up.  Turn to the inside and you will be equally fascinated!
Not only is this book beautifully put together, the inside is full of unexpected information about our beautiful night sky and it's ancient mysteries backed by information about our constellations, mythical creatures, phases of our moon, information about our solar system and beyond, etc. 
I was definitely not disappointed with this one.  It was so artistic and creatively put together. Illustrator has a great aesthetic. Just loved this book.

INSIDE: 


  



That's me! I'm a Libra. :)



(Apologies for a few photos being uploaded from my cell phone!) 

Would I recommend this?  YES, definitely.
Worth the price?  I believe so.
Rating? : 5/5 Stars
Do I recommend this Author/Illustrator? : YES!




*FTC Disclaimer*:  This book was sent to me complimentary in exchange for my honest review, courtesy of Blogging For Books. All opinions and photos on this blog are my own.



Thanks for stopping by!
Andrea

9/27/17

Book Review: The Book of Greens by Jenn Louis

The Big Book of Greens
A Cook's Compendium

By Jenn Louis
With Kathleen Squires

ISBN 978-1-60774-984-4
Cooking-Vegetables
Retails for U.S. $35.00/ $47.00 CAN


ABOUT:

This highly detailed and very organized resource book includes nearly 200 recipes on ways to prepare greens in ways you can eat every day. 

IMPRESSION:

Prior to this book, I was only truly familiar with only a few different greens and I could probably count on one hand the ways to prepare them.  So imagine my surprise when I opened this book up and saw how many new ways to prepare dishes with greens apart from just basic salads!
I'm talking infusions, smoothies, sauces, alcoholic beverages, gnocchi, etc.



(How yum does that look?)

I really enjoyed this cookbook and I would recommend it to anybody who loves eating and cooking with leafy greens and herbs especially my Vegan friends.

This is a beautiful book and each page is as crisp as the photographs of greens inside. Truly a book you won't just want to look at one time. You will find yourself looking for ways to use different green varieties.






*FTC Disclaimer: This book was sent to me complimentary in exchange for my review, courtesy of BloggingForBooks*


5/23/17

Book Review: Of Cats and Men By Sam Kalda


ABOUT:


Of Cats and Men
Profiles of History's Great Cat-Loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers and Statesmen
By: Sam Kalda

Humor-Animals
ISBN: 978-0-399-57844-1
Retails for: US $16 / $22 CAN









IMPRESSION:


If you love witty and charming books with absolutely adorable illustrations, about some of the most notable men in history, who were also very fond of cats, then this book is for you!

The covers are beautiful on this book and the pages throughout the entire book are equally beautiful.  There are 30 "Cat Men" included inside along with many quotes about the much celebrated cat on the pages by many recognizable names.  (Mark Twain, Ray Bradbury, Ernest Hemingway, Karl Lagerfeld to name a few!)  
 If the informative mini history lessons don't draw you in, then the drawings will. I was engaged the entire time reading.  The illustrations are really well done.  Great concept, well delivered. I look forward to more work from Sam Kalda. 

I rate this book a 5/5.  

This book would make a fantastic Father's Day gift for the cat loving man in your life!













*FTC Disclaimer:  This book was sent to me complimentary of Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.* 

5/15/17

Book Review: The Moth Presents All These Wonders By Catherine Burns and Neil Gaiman

ABOUT: 

The Moth Presents: All These Wonders
True Stories About Facing The Unknown

Foreword by Neil Gaiman
Edited by Catherine Burns

ISBN: 978-1-101-90440-4
Biography & Autobiography
Personal Memoirs 
Retails for $ 25.00 US/ $34.00 CAN


SUMMARY: 

From the storytelling phenomenon The Moth, All These Wonders presents forty-five unforgettable true stories about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the very best ever told on their stages. Storytellers share the ventures into uncharted territory-and how their lives were changed indelibly by what they discovered there. With passion and humor, they encourage us all to be more open, vulnerable, and alive.

IMPRESSION:

I really enjoyed All These Wonders.  I was not initially familiar with The Moth, but once I started reading, I quickly became fascinated, and even discovered an online podcast to listen too. All of the stories in the book were beautifully told and very diverse. Each story very different from the next. They seemed to transport you through time. If you need an inspiring short story to read, then grab this book because there are 45 of them that are so passionately told. 

The book is a hardcover book and the cover design is beautiful. It's got an embossed moth in gold on it which alone is so fascinating it makes you want to pick up the book. The inside has thick pages and black dividers for each section covering different topics.  Would look great on a coffee table post read as well! This book would be enjoyed by most adults. 








*FTC DISCLAIMER: This book was sent to me complimentary through Blogging For Books for review purposes.* 




3/22/17

Book Review: That's So 90s Pop


That's So 90s Pop! 
Activity Book
Cover and Illustrations by Patrick Sullivan 
ISBN: 978-0-451-49954-7
Retails for: $12.00 US / $17.50 CAN


ABOUT:

This coloring/activity book is jammed packed with some of your favorite 90s celebrities from the pop genre. Inside you will not only find coloring pages, you will find trivia, fun facts, mazes, word puzzles, etc.  There is even a cut out Carson Daly mask! 

IMPRESSION:

What a blast from the past it is to see some of my favorite 90s celebrities drawn in their actual likeness. I liked that you can actually tell which celebrity each colored page was before reading the names on the bottom.  Being able to color them was really fun! The activities included keep the book more interesting than just plain coloring. True or False, Two Truths and a Lie, Hangman are games I played in the 90s with my friends, so this book brought back lots of memories of watching Carson Daly host TRL and watch the countdown to the number one song of the day/week.   

In this book, no two pages are alike and it absolutely does not disappoint.  Would definitely be a great gift for anybody born in 80s/90s/2000s or anybody who just enjoyed pop music from that time. 










*FTC Disclaimer: This book was provided to me complimentary in exchange for my honest opinion from Blogging For Books. All opinions, and photos on this blog are true and my own.* 




12/15/16

Book Review: Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess by Doreen Hanna & Karen Whiting


Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess
Growing the Fruit of the Spirit in Your Little Girl
By Doreen Hanna & Karen Whitling
ISBN: 978-1-58997-866-9
Religion/Christian Life/Family
Retails for $14.99

ABOUT:
This book is a resource book for parents on how to raise daughters according to biblical principles. 

IMPRESSION:

First impression, looking at the cover of this book I thought to myself, "What an adorable photo!" This could be any little girl on the cover. Could be one of my own. Or even yours. As parents we all initially see our little girls as princesses-- pink, dainty and frilly. At least before they're born that's what you imagine right away. You have all of these sincere hopes and dreams for their lives planned out. Sometimes life throws you some curve balls and your children surprise you along the way. Sometimes they turn out differently than you imagined! 

 In my home, I have 3 daughters and only one of them sees herself as an actual "princess". 
My youngest daughter lives in princess dresses and likes to feel pretty 24/7, while my middle child is the exact opposite and is a tomboy in every sense. My oldest is special needs so she doesn't particularly have a preference to how she is perceived by others, although to me as her mother, I've always seen her as a sweet little princess too.   Regardless of my daughter's outward appearances, all of them are true princesses of the King, meaning the Lord.  I know this because I see the pure and honest good in their hearts and the way I parent them with excessive nurturing is shaping them to be amazing people.  (Mom brag!) 

Anyways, this darling book is a one that encourages parents to pass on the value and true meaning of being a PRINCESS (aka Child of God) who the author describes as being:

Prayerful
Respectful
Inspired
Noble
Compassionate
Encourager
Self-controlled
Servant


From the beginning of your time together, we are teaching our children to abide by certain mannerisms, behaviors, and how to eventually become adults who make good choices. 

This book covers conversation topics that will help guide you, no matter where you on in your journey. A beautiful thing about this particular book is that I can open it at any time and find something useful in it. The reminders inside often speak directly to me and leave me feeling truly inspired. 







I recommend this book to all parents of little princesses. If the activities inside don't get you excited, then perhaps the Fruit of the Spirit verses will, because they're so uplifting and encouraging. You can always reference back to fun activities and toolboxes, and so can Dad! 


For more information on Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess By Doreen Hanna & Karen Whitling, please visit: 
https://www.amazon.com/Raising-Young-Modern-Day-Princess-Growing/dp/1589978668







*FTC DISCLAIMER: This book was provided to me through Tyndale House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*


Book Review: Doodletopia Fairies By Christopher Hart

Doodletopia Fairies
Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Magical and Beautiful Fairies
By: Christopher Hart
ISBN: 978-1607746959



ABOUT:

Learn to draw, design and color your own super-magical and beautiful fairies! 

IMPRESSION:

If you're at all interested in drawing cartoon figures but struggle with how to bring them to life, then Doodletopia Fairies is a book for you!  The author Christopher Hart shows you step-by-step with many tutorials and easy to follow instructions/directions on how you can achieve your own beautiful drawing. He shows you how to put personality into your work to essentially bring your art to life. I feel like this book is definitely for beginners and those with advanced experience in art might think this book is cheesey, but they would still probably agree that it's instructions were simple and great for learners of all ages.  I like that you can draw directly into the book and color inside of your own drawings or on the illustrations already made for you.  This book will entertain for hours!  



This book is also workbook style, but large and sturdy. The pages feel very high quality. 

Overall, I recommend this book.

 I plan on gifting it to my niece for Christmas and I know she'll love it! 


For more information about Doodletopia Fairies, please visit:









*FTC DISCLAIMER: Doodletopia Fairies was provided to me complimentary in exchange for my honest review through the BloggingForBooks program. All opinions are my own.*