Monthly Archives: September 2019

Japanese Home Cooking by Sonoko Sakai

Japanese Home Cooking is an extremely thorough and detail oriented book that reads more like an encyclopedia than a recipe book. The key word here is traditional in that the traditions, origins of the meals, background of the ingredients, and … Continue reading

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Ninja Air Fryer Cookbook For Beginners by Linda Larsen

This is an add on book to help those who have just bought the product Ninja Air Fryer Max XL 101. It includes everything a person would need to understand their new purchase and also some great recipes. In reviewing … Continue reading

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Blue Morning 8 by Shoko Hidaka

With this Volume 8, the series completes and we have the final arc concerning Akihito doing what is necessary to consolidate the Kuze’s position in a world that has left nobility and the Shogunate behind. In this period of the … Continue reading

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Skip Beat 43 by Yoshiki Nakamura

I’ve been of fan of Nakamura’s since the delightfully insane Tokyo Crazy Paradise series and while Skip Beat may not have the charm of its predecessor, it has been very fun to follow Kyoko and Ren’s adventures. Admittedly, I always … Continue reading

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A Tropical Fish Yearns For Snow 1 by Makoto Hagino

This is a slow burn slice-of-life romance that tells a lot of its story through metaphors (as can be seen from the title alone). In this first volume, time is spent establishing the characters and getting to know their quirks. … Continue reading

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The Short Story of Architecture by Susie Hodge

This is a nice quick study guide on various architecture styles from ancient (Pyramids of Egypt) to Modern (High-Tech). The book breaks down into four sections: Styles (e.g., byzantine, Moorish, Art Nouveau); Elements (e.g., Wall, Balcony, Arcade, Dome, Gable); Materials … Continue reading

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Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

With Batman: Nightwalker, we get an origins-era story that pays homage to a lot of Batman Canon. Nightwalker is a psychological thriller of “who is playing whom?” reminiscent of Harley Quinn and The Joker as Bruce Wayne is manipulated by … Continue reading

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

I had not read The Crossover but was very curious about this highly praised book. Although the graphic novel format can be hit or miss with novel interpretations, I was confident that due to the vaunted nature of the source … Continue reading

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Barbie Forever by Robin Gerber

The best way to describe this book is as a loving tribute to the doll – with all that would entail as a very narrowly focused tribute espousing the positives while ignoring all the negatives. A large chunk is about … Continue reading

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Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern

This is going to be a very hard one to rate because while I did not enjoy it, there is a lot of unique humor and creativity that I do believe will appeal to many. Author McGovern has a fun … Continue reading

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Charlotte Bronte Before Jane Eyre by Glynnis Fawkes

I think we need a new term for books like this: it’s more of a graphic biography than a graphic novel. As such, we don’t have a story with an arc or pacing; rather, this is a series of vignettes … Continue reading

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Simple Superfood Smoothies by Sondi Bruner

With so many smoothie books on the market, this would have to be really good in order to stand out. After all, there are only so many ways to make a decent and drinkable smoothie. Surprisingly, there is a lot … Continue reading

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50 Essential Etiquette Lessons by Katherine Furman

While I’ve known quite a few people who really need lessons in etiquette to keep from blowing up their own careers, I am also saddened that even etiquette can be dumbed down to just a few sentences each, with intent … Continue reading

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A Treason of Thorns by Laura E Weymouth

I greatly enjoyed A Treason of Thorns from start to finish. This moody, atmospheric story reminded me a lot of what was so enjoyable in a Bronte Sister novel: a gothic and thoughtful read where the characters are nicely rounded … Continue reading

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