Jul 052012
 
Anger Mastery

Anger Mastery by Kevin B BurkSource: Review copy from authorLinks: Goodreads, Author’s website Good morning. This is your wake-up call. Your life is a constant struggle. No matter how hard you work, things aren’t improving. You’re not happy. You haven’t been happy for so long that you don’t know what happy is anymore. And worst of all, you don’t have enough energy to do anything about it, because other people are stealing it from you. This energy is more vital and more useful than gas or electricity: it’s anger. When you learn how to master your anger, you can avoid […]

Mar 202012
 
Human Nature Part II

Human Nature Part II by GD KokaniSource: Review copy from SilverWood BooksLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website A philosophical and intellectual companion to the author’s first book, Human Nature.The author attempts to explain philosophical phenomena in a simple manner with his utmost rationality and scientific temper. He also stresses the need and urgency of revisiting the concept and practice of our age-old and beloved democracy; apart from explaining the concept and practice of the ‘death penalty’ and adding few new thoughts which expand upon the themes in his first publication Human Nature.  A short follow-up the first book, this one was […]

Mar 202012
 
Human Nature Part I

Human Nature Part I by GD KokaniSource: Review copy from SilverWood BooksLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Human nature is as vast and as infinite as the Universe. Human beings possess highest intelligence, knowledge and technology. But still human life is largely shadowed by unhappiness, sufferings, unrest, chaos, confusion, mutual mistrust and dishonesty. The author has honestly attempted to understand some of the truths about human nature and confidently hopes that such truths will enlighten the common man to enrich his life by adopting a rational, practical and scientific approach in life and thereby making his life more bearable, more happy, […]

Mar 192012
 
The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing by Mayra Calvani and Anne K EdwardsSource: Review copy for book tourLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website This book was written not only with the aspiring reviewer in mind, but also for the established reviewer who needs a bit of refreshing and also for anybody–be they author, publisher, reader, bookseller, librarian or publicist–who wants to become more informed about the value, purpose and effectiveness of reviews.  I found this book to be an interesting look at traditional book reviews. It seemed to be geared more towards print reviews than book bloggers, but lots of the […]

Aug 042011
 
Didn't I Feed You Yesterday

Didn’t I Feed You Yesterday by Laura BennettRating: 4/5Source: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads A mothering book by a contestant on Project Runway, Laura is best known for being highly glamorous while raising 6 children in a 2 bedroom New York loft apartment. This is a collection of amusing anecdotes about her life as a mother to 5 boys. I don’t think I’ve ever read a more hilarious book. Almost every line had me laughing, or at least smiling while suppressing a giggle. The antics of a gaggle of boys make me glad I only have one son. While not everyone […]

Jun 062011
 
S'Mother

S’Mother: The Story of a Man, His Mom, and the Thousands of Altogether Insane Letters She’s Mailed Him by Adam ChesterRating: 2/5Source: Review copy from Abrams Image via NetgalleyLinks: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads, Book website A memoir about the letters an over-protective mother has sent her son over the past 30 years.  Some of the letters Adam’s mom wrote were quite humorous, and out there. How many times can you reminder someone to keep their tetanus shots up to date? But overall I found it more disturbing than funny. It is very obvious that Adam’s mom has some form of […]

May 042011
 
Cook & Freeze: 150 Delicious Dishes to Serve Now and Later

Cook & Freeze: 150 Delicious Dishes to Serve Now and Later by Dana JacobiRating: 2/5Source: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Containing not just recipes, Cook & Freeze explains the best techniques to freeze, store and prepare meals that will taste fresh right out of freezer. The best part of this book were the tips and hints about preparation, freezing and storage. They really helped make the act of preparing freezer dishes seem easy. There were a wide variety of recipes, however I didn’t find even one that I really want to try. Part of that may be due to […]

May 022011
 
The Little Hands Art Book

The Little Hands Art Book by Judy PressRating: 3/5Source: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Book Depository With more than 80 projects grouped by the main action such as glue, clay, dough, paint, paper, markers and crayons, there is sure to be something your young child will want to do. Each project begins with a short four line poem about the subject matter. It is followed by the list of items needed, and then the instructions. Each project also has a small illustration, and some helpful tips to expand the fun. The book is written in simple attractive colours, with one project […]

Apr 282011
 
I Love Dirt!

I Love Dirt! 52 Projects to Help You and Your Kids Get Outside, Get Dirty, and Enjoy Nature by Jennifer WardRating: 2/5Source: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website As the title suggests, this books provides 52 project ideas to introduce children to nature. The description does mention the projects are “open-ended”, but to me, I found them too vague. The projects included things like searching for rocks of varying shapes and sizes; puddle splashing; and stargazing. These are all worthwhile activites, however I was expecting more detailed projects. This would be a good book for families who don’t get outside […]

Apr 262011
 
Faking Smart

Faking Smart!: Get Hired, Get Promoted and Become a V.P. in Six Short Weeks – Guaranteed! by Karl Wolfbrooks Ager and Martin FossumRating: 4/5Source: Review copy from authorLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Book website Faking Smart is a program that will not only get you a job, but also get you promoted to Vice President, and all within six weeks. This was a hilariously sarcastic and over-the-top read. It read like a skit from Saturday Night Live or The Colbert Report. It definitely made me laugh and see the humour in moving through the corporate world. I can see this book appealing […]