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I like to cook. I decided to check out this book because sometimes I don't always want a huge heavy meal, and I wanted to see what was available out tI like to cook. I decided to check out this book because sometimes I don't always want a huge heavy meal, and I wanted to see what was available out there as an alternative. Also, I'm trying to eat more vegetables. When I flipped through the index and saw "Portabello mushroom pizza", I went, hello, sign me up! That one is definitely going into my regular repertoire. Other recipes I found particularly appealing are the Baja lettuce cups--actually, you could make any tacos in lettuce cups and they'd probably be great. The sausage and kale stuffed acorn squash sounds good, and also the chicken stir-fry. I like the recipe layouts, they're straightforward and easy to follow, with some useful tips along the way. Another thing that I appreciate is the use of the microwave to shorten cooking times. I'll be using this book when I'm looking for some lighter fare....more
I found this book useful in that it gave me an overview of the whole body, its systems, and things that can go wrong. Forewarned is forearmed, and thaI found this book useful in that it gave me an overview of the whole body, its systems, and things that can go wrong. Forewarned is forearmed, and that's what drew me to this book.
Basically, inside is what feels like a medical crash course with each body system divided into a story and then a rapid summary of the medical stuff involved with that system.
Some stuff I already knew. Other stuff, I did not. For example, one thing I learned is that a blood clot in an artery is totally different from a blood clot in a vein because the blood is traveling in different directions--one is feeding blood to an area, the other is carrying it away. I learned that heart attacks aren't felt in the heart because the nerves in the heart are designed so that we cannot feel it beating all the time or it would drive us crazy. The writing is user-friendly. It talks about the blood system as 'plumbing', and about the lungs also in easy to understand terms. And it repeatedly makes the point that when you go to the doctor, communicate everything you can about what happened before, during, and after the incident that brought you to the doctor's office. That way the doctor can provide the most informed assistance in a timely manner.
If you're interested in learning about the body, the vehicle that gets you around day in and day out, I think you'll get some good knowledge out of this book. I did....more
This book was a fun, funny, relaxing read. I got a kick out of following Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie around Sinful. It felt like I was hanging outThis book was a fun, funny, relaxing read. I got a kick out of following Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie around Sinful. It felt like I was hanging out with a group of good friends, well--somewhat wacky good friends! I enjoyed the banter and sense of humor all throughout the book. There's a mystery here at the heart of the story, but it's only part of what pulls you in. You won't find a lot of stress about 'whodunnit', but that is part of the charm. The villain is spunky, and the two officers competing to romance Fortune make for some entertaining tension. The other part that kept me reading was hearing about all the southern food and just enjoying being in the world itself. If you're looking for a light story to help you de-stress and escape to a nice place, you've found it....more
I enjoyed this book. It was really fast-paced and highly entertaining. Actually, I read it in one day, two sittings. I was pretty gripped the whole tiI enjoyed this book. It was really fast-paced and highly entertaining. Actually, I read it in one day, two sittings. I was pretty gripped the whole time. It was that kind of read - where you just have to find out what's going to happen. There was one point at about a third of the way in where I was surprised because one element of the story resolved itself and I thought, huh, maybe this won't be so good after all. But then the action picked up a fresh thread and the pace kept hammering on. I won't lie, at several points I found myself rolling my eyes at the ineptitude of certain characters and their inability to fight back, or at how they would just freeze when they were in danger. But then I would just carry on reading because it didn't matter, the story was entertaining enough to keep me intrigued. The writing is straightforward, which helped keep it moving. One element at the end of the story left me puzzled, though, and it was slightly unsatisfying, but I can't say what it is without spoilers. Anyway, I'd recommend the book if you want to lose yourself in a good page-turner....more
This is a good reference book that will get your ideas flowing. There are indeed 52 story prompts and Carly Berg has really gone all out to think up fThis is a good reference book that will get your ideas flowing. There are indeed 52 story prompts and Carly Berg has really gone all out to think up fresh, original ideas here. As she mentions in the beginning, most are designed for flash fiction (short works). I do think that they could also be used by writers of longer works. Some could spark an initial story idea, while others could be used to hone a chapter that feels flat, or to work on a scene from a different angle.
Story Prompts That Work differs from similar books in that the author doesn't offer an opening line or scene to work from. Rather, she uses concepts and metaphors to send you down your own original path. In this way, I think the book offers a broader use as you could revisit each prompt and come up with a different idea every time.
Carly writes well in a clear, easy to follow manner. She often gives examples of how to use the story prompts with a short story of her own to clarify what she's driving at, which are useful.
I received a free copy of this book in return for my honest review....more
This middle grade mystery was a fun read. It held my attention and I read it in three sittings. I found it relaxing as it kept me turning the pages anThis middle grade mystery was a fun read. It held my attention and I read it in three sittings. I found it relaxing as it kept me turning the pages and wanting to find out how the mystery would be wrapped up. I liked the characters--the three main friends, and also the way Melanie, the main character, interacted with her baby sister. It was sweet and funny and I think Melanie makes a good role model.
I don't really know much about Mardi Gras, and I had no idea Mobile, Alabama had so many parades. It was interesting to hear about the local food and about waiting on the parade sidelines to catch beads and stuffed bears and other giveaways. That part reminded me of Hallowe'en, as kids apparently bring pillowcases to fill up with goodies. What seems normal for Melanie and her friends sounded totally exotic to me. It was great.
The writing is clean, moves quickly, and is easy to read. I would definitely recommend this book to middle grade readers who enjoy mysteries and puzzle solving, and hearing about girls in other cities.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review....more