Spend some time: A Month’s Worth of Instructional Poems

A Month's Worth of Instructional PoemsThe poems in this book are short and entertaining, yet they encourage reflection.   There are prose poems on everything from “How to Handle a Fortune Cookie Whose Prediction Cuts You to the Core, to “How to Know If It’s  True Love Day” to “How to Say What You Really Think Day” and many more.

I found myself returning to this book several times so as to soak in the thoughts and feelings.  I recommend it even if you don’t often read poems.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

Pub date:  August 10, 2020.

Gather together: The Couple’s Quiz Book by Alicia Munoz

The Couple's Quiz Book: 350 Fun Questions to Energize Your Relationship by [Alicia Muñoz LPC]If you are in a relationship and you are home with some time, this book might intrigue and/or entertain you.  There are quizzes in loads of categories, everything from favorite things to food to travel to couple’s pasts, present and future.

This title is written by a couple’s counselor.  She notes that these quizzes are not about competition but about knowing one’s partner and nurturing a relationship.

This book seems quite appealing.  Partners can see how well they know each other and also enjoy learning more about someone with whom they are deeply involved.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher:

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Some of the relationship-building questions you’ll find inside:

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Your partner’s favorite reading material falls into the category of:

a. Fiction

b. Autobiographies

c. Self-help

d. Internet news

e. Other: __________________

What you liked about your partner instantly was:

a. Smile

b. Sense of humor

c. Smell

d. Passion

e. Goodness

f. Confidence

g. Attractiveness

h. Kindness

i. Other: __________________

Your partner would most love to take you to which continent?

a. Asia

b. Africa

c. North America

d. South America

e. Antarctica

f. Europe

g. Australia

How are you? I Feel… by DJ Corchin

This title is one that ideally will be shared by a parent and a young child. Through a combination of simple text with some rhyming, and cartoon llustrations, many feelings are described and identified. Talking about the many emotions that a person can experience will help children to recognize what they are feeling and to learn that all of these can be described and talked about.
I found this to be a book that deserves a place in the homes of young kids. I did not love the illustrations but that is clearly a matter of personal preference and others may well feel differently.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.
pub date: November 1, 2020

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Welcome back to Sarah Booth and her world: The Devil’s Bones A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery by Carolyn Haines

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I have been reading stories about Sarah Booth since the first in the series, Them Bones, was published in 1999. There are now over twenty titles in all.
Starting to read one of these mysteries is like taking a long exhale. They are relaxing, fun and require some suspension of disbelief. Sarah Booth has a haint (ghost) named Jitty who appears to her in various costumes and always with the same hope which is to find Sara Booth a husband and give her a child and a new generation to the family. Up until now this has not happened but Jitty always hopes as she takes part in the stories. Sara Booth is surrounded by a cast of other regulars as well from her best friend Tinkie to the sheriff.
Where Sara Booth goes, murder and hi jinks follow. It is no different in this stories which takes place near Easter.
Regular readers of Ms. Haines’s books will eagerly pick up this latest entry. The books can be read out of order but if you are looking for lots of escape, start at the beginning and then move forward.
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Pub date:  July 21, 2020

 

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Looking tasty: 5 Ingredient Mediterranean Cookbook 101 Easy & Flavorful Recipes for Every Day by Denise Hazime

For a long time we have been hearing that the Mediterranean diet is the one to follow in order to be healthy. Well, the good news is that healthy takes nothing away from delicious as this collection of 101 recipes proves. With so many choices, reader-cooks will be happy and well through many meals.

Readers will find recipes for seafood, pasta, poultry, vegetable, snacks and desserts in this collection. The author also includes sections on topics including the Mediterranean diet, staples to have on hand, etc.

Try a cheesy spinach pie, creamy garlic and cheese polenta, or how about a caramelized flatbread with arugula. The recipes appear to be very doable and the illustrations are enticing.
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from the publisher:

One of many tasty recipes inside: White Pizza with Prosciutto and Arugula

SERVES: 4 | PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES

White pizza is a good alternative for those that don’t like the traditional red sauce. The cured prosciutto and lemony basil add some salt and sweetness to this dish.

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface.

2. Put the pizza dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet or pizza sheet. Put the dough in the oven and bake for 8 minutes.

3. In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta, garlic, and mozzarella.

4. Remove the pizza dough from the oven and spread the cheese mixture over the top. Bake for another 5 to 6 minutes.

5. Top the pizza with prosciutto, arugula, and pepper; serve warm.

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A beautiful edition: The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm; Wilhelm Grimm

The Grimm Brothers wrote some of our best loved fairy tales. Here 211 (can you believe so many ?) are placed together in one lavishly illustrated volume. Revisit stories that you may already know including Hansel and Gretel; Cinderella and/or Little Snow White and then go on to read fairy tales and legends that may be new discoveries for you.

This book looks like it would make a wonderful gift, either to one’s self or a child in your life. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

pub date:  August 4, 2020

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