Monday, September 26, 2016

Game Review: Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers

Over all this game was a pretty good time. Most of my friends were either English majors in college, are currently teachers, or are currently librarians. That being said we're a group of people who like words.

This game was pretty challenging, however it was fun seeing what kinds of crazy puns my friends would come up with.

This game will definitely be added to our rotation with Cards Against Humanity for game night.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Book Review: Bat Dad

I'm a big fan of Bat Dad's vine videos. I don't have any kids yet so I don't exactly know the struggle of finding fun in every day when raising 4 little ones, but his videos are hilarious none the less. When I found out that Blake was coming out with a book I knew I had to check it out.

I didn't go into the book with very high expectations. I wasn't sure if it was going to be a little novella, a picture book story or what I was in for.

The book has 64 pages. Each page features a picture from one of Bat Dad's famous Vine videos along with a fun caption.

Although the book isn't my favorite thing I've ever read it is a cute coffee table book that will spark conversations among those who read it. Naturally reading the book compelled me to go back to his vine channel to rewatch some of my favorites.

Additionally I really how the book is designed in a comic book type style. It really fits with Bat Dad's persona. 

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Book Review: The Sleep Revolution

As a grad student with multiple jobs I know all too well the experience of putting off sleep for other activities. In her new book The Sleep Revolution Arianna Huffington attempts to redefine the importance of sleep in a culture that is always go, go, go.

 The book begins with a section that introduces us to the sleeping issues that many of us deal with. By defining the sleep crisis, the reader is prepped for the second section that gives us tips for how to move forward with healthier sleep patterns. The Appendixes in the end of the book gives very good resources including a Sleep Quality Questionnaire, guides for mediation, guides for sleeping in hotels, and a guide to mattresses.

Overall Huffington's book gives very good tips and interesting insight into the common problem of sleep deprivation. I'm hoping that after reading this book I will be able to incorporate some of Huffington's tips to improve my own sleep patterns.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book Review: Eating in the Middle

As a young adult of a certain age I have begun working on collecting cookbooks for my kitchen collection. I have very fond memories of picking recipes out of my mom's Betty Crocker cookbook as a child. I want to make sure I have cookbooks on my shelves that will create the same memories and fun as that one did for me as a child.

This cookbook was very pleasing for me. Aesthetically it looks amazing. Honestly half of what sells me on a cookbook are the photographs of the final product. My favorite part about this cookbook are the stories that Andie Mitchell incorporates in her telling of the recipes. Each recipe has a one or two paragraph introduction about where the recipe came from and what makes it so special. This kind of personalization is what makes this cookbook a keeper for me.

I can't wait until I have a few spare minutes this weekend to test out some of these recipes. The Lemon Poppy Seed cupcakes look like a definite must for me.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Book Review: Little Felted Dogs

In all honesty I don't think I'm ever actually going to make the little felted dogs from this book. However, the book was very fun and entertaining to look at. It is super crazy to me how adorable these little creations are.

The book features basically every kind of dog you can imagine. Each set of instructions is easy to follow and well written enough that I feel with absolute certainty that I could make these dogs if I chose to do so. I especially appreciated the section in the beginning that gives very detailed instructions for beginner and advanced techniques for making the felted dogs.

This book is perfect for anyone looking to try a new, cute craft.

This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review from Blogging for Books.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Book Review: The I Quit Sugar Cookbook

I decided to review this cookbook on a whim. Sometimes I get really frustrated with healthy foods cookbooks because the recipes are either too hard, it's too hard to find the ingredients, or the recipes are so simplistic I feel really dumb for even spending the money on the book in the first place. I must admit, this book ended up being pretty cool.

Before I even retrieved the book from its shipping box I knew I was going to find something substantial based on the sheer weight of the box. 

Although, I have yet to actually try making any of the dishes from this book, I know I am going to find many keeper recipes in this book. I especially love how she created recipes for common sugar addictions such as cake, noodles, bacon, and my favorite anything with chocolate and peanut butter.

If you're tired of your old healthy eating recipes be sure to check out Sarah Wilson's book for some fresh perspective on healthy eating.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review. 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Review: The Mapmaker's Children

The Mapmaker's Children follows the lives of two young women designed to change the course of history forever. 

Sarah Brown is the daughter of abolitionist John Brown. She is an artist and she realizes that her skills can be used for good by creating paintings that hide maps for the Underground Railroad. Sarah also has turmoil at home when she realizes she cannot have children, which leads to strifes with her romantic relationships at home.

Eden is a women from our time who moves into a house that she soon finds out holds connections to the Underground Railroad of Sarah's time. In an effort to save her marriage and conceive a child with her husband Eden embraces the old home. 

Throughout the story both women learn about themselves, family, love, courage, and legacy. 

This book is a lengthy, involved read. But in the end the stories of these two women is compelling enough to keep the reader on the edge wondering what will happen next. The parallel stories complement each other nicely for the reader and provide commentary for each woman's life. 

If you're looking for a touching, historical read this book is a must checkout.

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

This Shark Says Yes

I love the tv show Shark Tank. I'm not sure if it's the idea of watching people go after their dreams, the occasional rude comment from various panelists, or the inspirational nuggets of wisdom from the various high profile business men and women. When I got the opportunity to review Daymond John's new book The Power of Broke, I couldn't jump any faster.

I don't work in business, however I found the advice Daymond provides in the book to be very helpful and informative. As someone who is just starting out on my career advice is necessary and well received from any resource.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking to learn a little and read the top notch advice from a power player.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Parisian Adult Coloring Book

Adult coloring books are all the rage now. Whether you believe that they actually, medically proven, relieve stress or not you can't argue about how fun it can be to spend a couple minutes mindlessly coloring after a long day of adulating. 

The themes for adult coloring books are never ending. There are books for cat lovers, Harry Potter lovers, fans of flowers, and just about every geometric design imaginable. 

This book in particular focuses on fashion. It comes in a cute little square book and each page is more beautiful than the next. I have yet to actually color any of the pages because they just so beautiful that I don't want to mess any of them up. However, I do enjoy perusing the gorgeous line drawings. 

This book is pretty awesome for the coloring enthusiast. I think it brings a different look to adult coloring books that I haven't seen before.

I was given this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Clear Up Your Life

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui By Karen Kingston is a revised and updated version of her book. 1 million copies have already been sold and upon first read it is easy to understand why. Many people make resolutions to simplify and declutter their lives in the new year. Kingston gives really good advice for clearing clutter.

She starts with understanding your clutter where you get to delve in and really understand what your clutter is and why you have so much of it. Then you get to identify clutter where Kingston helps you define what and where the clutter is in your own life. Finally you get to look at the steps for clearing the clutter that you have identified in your life. Not only does she consider the physical clutter of all the physical stuff in your life, but she also helps with clearing emotional and spiritual clutter.

Overall this book is a really good resource. It is simple, easy to utilize and very straightforward.

I received this book for review courtesy of Blogging For Books. These opinions are my own.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Perfect Bedside Book

This week I started Grad School. I've been reading nothing but textbooks and lecture notes. The book bullshit is a good change of pace. This book is written by Mark Peters and it tells the history of different bs words. This book is entertaining either to read from cover to cover or to just open a random page and read.

If you're looking for a funny and fun read for a chilly afternoon read make sure to pick up the new book by Mark Peters.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Neil Patrick Harris is Always Awesome.

I don't really know what else to say about this book. 
It was funny. 
It was entertaining.
It was Neil Patrick Harris.

Like the classic choose your own adventure stories this story is written in the second person point of view AND the writing makes it difficult to choose just one adventure. The words literally fly off the page and before you know it you've spent an entire Sunday afternoon immersed in Neil Patrick Harris' world.