Review – Big Book of Weekend Beading: Step-by-Step Instructions for 30+ Quick Beading Projects

Big Book of weekend BeadingThe projects in this book cover a range of skill levels, beading techniques, and styles. I’m interested in trying over half of them. The techniques included are bead weaving, bead embroidery, bead stringing, and wire work. … More Review – Big Book of Weekend Beading: Step-by-Step Instructions for 30+ Quick Beading Projects

Review – Practicing the King’s Economy

35138439My experience with this book alternated between good and bad. Some parts of it are inspiring and practical. Some parts I do not agree with (although I acknowledge I could be wrong). This was a very difficult, and sometimes confusing book for me. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I think the way I reacted to it has a lot to do with my personal background and situation and less to do with the content of the book. … More Review – Practicing the King’s Economy

Review – Healing Spices

32613357Healing Spices is a fascinating and informative overview of spices and the different world cuisines that use them. I learned about many spices I’d never heard of before, and I now have ideas for spices to try for my own health.

I really loved that the book explains how and where the spices are grown, as well as the history of each spice. I hadn’t realized how precious spices have been and still are. … More Review – Healing Spices

Review – The Accidental Highwayman + Bonus Audiobook Mini-Review

29425555The Accidental Highwayman is one of my favorite books. The story has plenty of good, old-fashioned adventure in it, and I loved the characters!

Tripp’s writing style in this book is like nothing I’ve read before. The style reminds me of the kind of writing you’d find in an 18th-century memoir, but with more personality. The book is written in first-person point of view which allows a glimpse of Kit’s sense of humor and his view of the world. … More Review – The Accidental Highwayman + Bonus Audiobook Mini-Review

Review – Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom: Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution

36374048By the end of this book, I realized the word “turbulent” was actually a compliment. These men were tough, brave, and wild. They were homesteaders who cared about their families and were willing to die for their country. They were also quite the characters.

This book doesn’t focus on Ethan Allen but instead includes him along with a number of other people. I loved how the book wove together multiple stories. … More Review – Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom: Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution

Review – Hood (King Raven, #1)

18620478In this novel, Robin Hood isn’t English and his name isn’t Robin Hood. In the back of the book, the author explains his research. He writes about whether evidence supports there ever being a Robin Hood and why he thinks the legend was based on a man who originated elsewhere. In this book, the legend is named Bran, and he’s Welsh.

This change of scenery certainly brought a freshness to the old story which bore little resemblance to the traditional tale. Aside from a number of reprising characters, this story is a different one entirely. … More Review – Hood (King Raven, #1)

Review – Fawkes

36911795You know how some books make you forget you need to eat and sleep? Well, this is one of those.

I know a book is good when I can’t stop thinking about it, when it takes on a life of its own inside my head. This book is robust fiction, and the tough issues that come up in the course of the story are issues we still face today. The issues are handled in a hopeful and honest way, and I loved that the book made me think, and think deeply, while also being entertained. … More Review – Fawkes

Review – Less: A Visual Guide to Minimalism

36747331How do I love this book? Let me count the ways:

• The design is beautiful! The style of the entire book is minimalistic. Each page contains a short bit of text in an appealing, clean layout.
• The book is concise and quick to read, yet has a ton of helpful tips.
• A bunch of charts are included to help you make decisions on what possessions to keep and what to give away. … More Review – Less: A Visual Guide to Minimalism

Review – The Science of Cooking: Every Question Answered to Perfect Your Cooking

34879221This book brought me out of the dark ages of cooking. I will never look at food the same way again.

Since reading this, I keep thinking about the chemical reactions that are happening whenever I stir two ingredients together. Understanding the science of cooking is essential for knowing when and what to substitute, what foods go well together, and how to avoid kitchen disasters. … More Review – The Science of Cooking: Every Question Answered to Perfect Your Cooking