While I'm not what you'd call a crafty person, I do have aspirations of craftiness. Unfortunately, they don't really extend beyond pinning projects onWhile I'm not what you'd call a crafty person, I do have aspirations of craftiness. Unfortunately, they don't really extend beyond pinning projects on Pinterest.
After reading the synopsis of this book, I had high hopes that I could finally unleash my inner Craft Goddess! Sadly, she remains leashed for the moment as none of Mr. Kate's projects really appealed to me. I do want to try her nail polish suggestions, but that's about it. At least I have a fun new blog to follow!
Most of the projects in this book are a little too quirky or young for my taste (a doily skirt? metal studs on your boot heels?), but I did love Kate's stories. Part memoir and part DIY, the stories were my favorite part of this book!
Growing up in LA with a hippie-inspired mother and a father show business big wig, Kate's childhood sounds much more exciting then mine! I know that I never got to have dinner with Tom Hanks or meet Michael J Fox on a movie set. Then she grows up to marry a real-life rock star? Granted, he's a member of a boy band I've never heard of, but still!
Kate seems like a fun, charismatic person and I loved reading her stories! While the crafts she choose to highlight in this book weren't for me, I'm sure that they'll appeal to her target audience and that they'll love the book!...more
Full disclosure: because I'm not a morning person, I'm probably not the target audience for this book. At less than 40 pages, it's a really quick readFull disclosure: because I'm not a morning person, I'm probably not the target audience for this book. At less than 40 pages, it's a really quick read though!
That being said, I did take away a few helpful hints. While I'm never going to get up at 5am to exercise, I can see the reasoning behind tackling the most important tasks first thing in the morning, when there's less chance of constant interruptions.
According to Vanderkam, the most successful people use their mornings to:
Nurture their careers - strategizing and focusing on work Nurture their relationships - giving their families their best Nurture themselves - exercise, spiritual and creative practices
That's a lot of nurturing before breakfast! It takes me awhile to wake up in the morning so not sure how much nurturing I can accomplish, aside from nurturing a nice cup of tea that is! I need my caffeine!
The book also says that getting the most out of your mornings involves a five-step process: Track your time - keep a time log, sort of like a food journal when you're dieting. Track at least one week in order to get a handle of how you spend your time. Picture your perfect morning - after you know how you're spending your time, decide how you want to structure your "perfect" morning. Think through the logistics - how will your perfect morning integrate into your current schedule? Build the habit - practice makes perfect! Building new habits take time, so incorporate only one new habit to your routine at a time. Tune up as necessary - be flexible. If something isn't working, try something else.
Sound advice for anyone looking to become more productive! I'm playing around with my schedule to see what tasks to tackle first. Since I'm usually still half asleep in the mornings, I think that blog-hopping or posting to social media would be my best bet. ...more
Uncle John's Weird, Weird World: Who, What, Where, When, and Wow! is one of those books that you read in small doses so it won't be overwhelming. So mUncle John's Weird, Weird World: Who, What, Where, When, and Wow! is one of those books that you read in small doses so it won't be overwhelming. So many unique, interesting, and yes, weird items in this book!
One of the things that I like about the Uncle John books is that you can pick them up, open to any page, and find something interesting to read! What's different about this book is that it's illustrated. Who knew that pictures would make this series even better?
I wouldn't recommend actually taking it into the bathroom with you because, well, that's weird. But it would be great to read in the living room or before bed! This coffee table book would make a great gift, as there's literally something for everyone inside its pages!...more
Shake Puppies is an adorable book, stuffed full of cute pictures of puppies caught mid-shake! You cannot help but smile as you thumb through the pagesShake Puppies is an adorable book, stuffed full of cute pictures of puppies caught mid-shake! You cannot help but smile as you thumb through the pages, as nothing is cuter than a puppy! The author even includes some basic training tips at the end of the book, which is a nice touch. Would definitely make a great gift for someone, as who doesn't love puppies?...more
Humor is very subjective and, unfortunately, my sense of humor is different than the authors. I was hoping for an amusing look at aging from a woman'sHumor is very subjective and, unfortunately, my sense of humor is different than the authors. I was hoping for an amusing look at aging from a woman's perspective, something along the lines of Nora Ephron maybe, but was sadly disappointed.
While I could sometimes relate to the issues covered, none of them really tickled my funnybone. I don't expect to laugh out loud at books like this, but I do expect to chuckle knowingly, nod wisely, or grin to myself every now and again. Unfortunately, I was not amused.
Not all of the stories are supposed to be amusing, which I found strange in a book marketed as "wickedly funny," but these serious tales turned out to be my favorites. The story of an old friend dying of cancer was incredibly touching.
As I said, humor is subjective. This one wasn't for me, but others might enjoy it....more
While I don't usually read poetry, I was intrigued by the thought of an illustrated poem. I hadn't heard of it, but this was apparently a YouTube sensWhile I don't usually read poetry, I was intrigued by the thought of an illustrated poem. I hadn't heard of it, but this was apparently a YouTube sensation with over 6 million views. Wow! Guess I'm out of the YouTube loop.
As an introvert, I enjoy being alone and was curious to see what the poet and illustrator had to say about my favorite state of being. Some of the suggestions, like the library and movie theater, are tried and true favorites. Others, like a coffee shop or lunch counter, I still haven't worked up the courage to try.
The illustrations that accompany the poem are charming. I especially enjoyed the artistic comparison of being alone to a single sock. We all have a single sock or two hanging around, but it doesn't have to be a sad thing if embraced as lovely and unique.
The description I keep coming back to is charming. I don't know if I would have purchased this book for myself, but think it would make a lovely stocking stuffer for the holidays. ...more
This book is a perfect example of why I shouldn't judge a book by its cover! After seeing the cover and reading the synopsis, I decided that I'd skipThis book is a perfect example of why I shouldn't judge a book by its cover! After seeing the cover and reading the synopsis, I decided that I'd skip reading this one despite it being the monthly pick for my bookclub. Because after all, I don't normally read non-fiction or religious books (jeez, I sound so pretentious and snooty!). Then I felt guilty. So I climbed down off my high horse, downloaded a sample on my nook and, by the end of the sample, I was hooked and immediately downloaded the rest! Lesson learned!
Some of the members of my bookclub didn't finish this one as they got bored and didn't care for Denver, but I found myself sucked in by the excellent writing and actually enjoyed Denver's "unique" voice.
Denver and Ron take turns narrating their story, and it's easy to tell who is speaking because Denver has a strong accent and uses slang quite a bit. Their stories were more interesting than I expected, and I really grew to care about them. Actually got tears in my eyes during Deborah's battle with cancer!
Faith is a strong component in their lives, but I appreciated that there was no preaching involved and that it was just presented as a matter-of-fact part of their lives. I think part of the reason I don't enjoy books with a religious bent is because I don't enjoy being preached to, so I think that the religious aspects of this story were well handled.
Sincerely hope that I remember to never judge a book by its cover/synopsis again and to at least read a few paragraphs first, as I wound up really liking this story! I found Denver the more interesting man, as his life has been totally different than mine. Ron was a little irritating at times, but he grew on me as well. Well worth the read if you enjoy non-fiction. Or even if you don't and just want an interesting, well-written story!...more
I've had this book sitting next to me on the end table since I brought it home from BEA in June.
I didn't pick it up until AugusI am a procrastinator.
I've had this book sitting next to me on the end table since I brought it home from BEA in June.
I didn't pick it up until August.
This would seem to be the perfect book for me, as it promises to offer ingenious strategies for being productive. Alas, I do not seem to be a structured procrastinator. Does that make me an unstructured procrastinator? The author doesn't say.
This is a small book, so a fast read. Luckily, the author knows his audience and keeps the chapters short.
The main premise seems to be that procrastinators are actually productive, as they get quite a bit done while avoiding other tasks. Thus, the structured procrastinator premise. Because of this, it's okay to procrastinate so long as no one gets hurt. Well, no one gets hurt when I procrastinate, but not a whole lot gets done either. Does that make me a bad person? Again, he doesn't really say.
Think this is more a book that you'd buy as a gift for someone, as it didn't do a whole lot for me. Was hoping for some tips, but didn't really learn anything new. Gave it a 3/5 rating as it was an okay read, but I do really like the To-Do List that came with the book. The notepad was a BEA promo, but I hope they offer it for sale as I love this pad!...more
While I'm not usually a fan of memoirs or non-fiction, this one sounded intriguing enough to give it a try. And it didn't hurt that I once consideredWhile I'm not usually a fan of memoirs or non-fiction, this one sounded intriguing enough to give it a try. And it didn't hurt that I once considered becoming a flight attendant. Never got past picking up an application, but Heather walked me through the entire process and showed me what I missed!
Really enjoyed this book as reading it was like hanging out with a friend. A very funny friend. With a very interesting life. It was more a conversation than a dry recital of her experiences, which made this a fun read!
While I knew that flight attendants were more than the glorified waitresses that comedians make fun of, I had no idea just how intense their training was or how difficult their schedules actually were. I know that I'll never look at a flight attendant the same way ever again, and I have a new-found respect for them!
But what's really cool about this book is that Heather makes her job sound fun! Despite the crazy passengers and exhausting schedule and the difficulty in maintaining relationships, it still sounds like an amazing adventure! So glad that she pulled back the galley curtain to give us a glimpse into her world, as it's a wild, wacky ride! ...more
This book just didn't work for me, and I was disappointed. The only valuable thing I took away from it was the acknowledgement that we have too much tThis book just didn't work for me, and I was disappointed. The only valuable thing I took away from it was the acknowledgement that we have too much to do and will never be able to catch up. Other than that, it didn't present any new ideas for beating procrastination....more
Nora Ephron is a very talented, witty, clever writer. I enjoyed her book "I Feel Bad About My Neck", so ordered this one online. I like that it's a coNora Ephron is a very talented, witty, clever writer. I enjoyed her book "I Feel Bad About My Neck", so ordered this one online. I like that it's a collection of essays and lists, so I could pick it up for a quick read whenever I had a spare moment.
This collection was a little uneven, as I really enjoyed some of the essays but not others. Some of them I just couldn't relate to, such as her beginnings as a journalist. Some seemed like page-fillers, such as the lists of what surprises people, what she'll miss, and what she won't miss. But some found me nodding my head in agreement, thinking once again that Nora is a genius!
Gave this a 3/5 rating because of the uneven quality, but think it was still worth reading. Like I've said before, Nora is an incredibly gifted writer and I'm a big fan. ...more
While I'm not much of a cook due to lack of interest, I've always loved baking and my all-time favorite project has always been cookies! Cookies can bWhile I'm not much of a cook due to lack of interest, I've always loved baking and my all-time favorite project has always been cookies! Cookies can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, and are always welcome no matter what the occasion!
I was pleasantly surprised when this book showed up in my mailbox, as I had forgotten I'd left my card with the publisher at BEA. I had left my card with several publishers, but Workman Publishing is the only one to have kept their promise of sending me a review copy. Yea Workman!
This title arrived at a perfect time, as I was able to try some of the recipes in time for Thanksgiving. Received nothing but rave reviews, and the recipes I tried were all easy to make! I'm a big fan of drop cookies, but this book also offers recipes for sandwich cookies, bar cookies, pastry cookies, biscotti, and shaped cookies. There's even a section on cookies for special diets (nut-free, wheat-free, sugar-free), which is a great addition.
Each recipe has a picture of the finished product, a list of ingredients, simple to follow directions, and some even offer variations. For instance, I've been making chocolate chip cookies for years, but never thought to add cinnamon and cayenne pepper to spice things up! Can't wait to see the reactions to that cookie!
All in all I think this is a great book for the cookie-lover! Loads of great recipes as well as helpful advice for hosting a cookie swap of your very own. There's even a countdown checklist to help you prepare for the cookie swap. Very helpful! So if you love to bake cookies, I think you'll love this book! Think I'll try the molasses raisin recipe next....
Have to admit that I love behind the scenes books about rock stars. I loved I'm With the Band by Pamela Des Barres, the books about the Beatles, and aHave to admit that I love behind the scenes books about rock stars. I loved I'm With the Band by Pamela Des Barres, the books about the Beatles, and all the dirt published on the Rolling Stones. Didn't matter that these were all before my time, I still got a kick out of the up-close-and-personal look at life as a wild rock star. So when I was offered the opportunity to review a book about said rock star's children, I thought it would be interesting to see them from their child's perspective.
While I really like the premise of this book, I don't think it ultimately delivered. May have been because I didn't know many of the rock stars mentioned (Ian Dury? Marc Bolen? Steve Howe?), or may have been the feeling I got after finishing the book that it had just skimmed the surface. I was left wanting more.
The author kept coming back to Steve Howe and his family, which made sense as she's married to Steve's son Dylan. I have heard of the group Yes but couldn't tell you the member's names, so glad she told us who was who. And while I have heard of Bob Geldof, there seemed to be an awful lot about his daughters, especially Peaches. Guess she's a regular in the British tabloids, but I'm not all that interested.
All in all, this wasn't really the book I was expecting. It's a good overview about how expectations are high if your parent is famous, but we sort of already knew that. Would have liked either a broader sampling of children, or a more in-depth focus on just one or two. Not a bad book, just not great either.