Monday, November 30, 2015

Books read Nov 2014

Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did

Patterns of Change by Terri DuLong
Have read the author's other works and know I will like this one from the start.
Although it's a new series it left off where the other ended but with enough background you won't be lost with the characters.
The relocation for Chloe to Ormond Beach is exciting after all the events she's suffered through over the past several months.
Things I really like about this book are the travel-I feel like I'm in the backseat durin 
g the adventures to new places; the knitting and camaraderie among those who do knit;
the different generations and their problems; the mysteries surrounding the house and fish pond; lesson of forgiveness: past comes to the foreground with a bit of romance rounds out this book to be the top selection this month.
Love catching up with all from the previous series and meeting new friends.
Can't wait to read the next in this new series. Can't wait to start the pattern at the end of the book. Nice fall project.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

Christmas Miracle For Daisy by Jane Porter
This Sheenan family book is about Cormac, Mac to his friends.
He is a single dad to a beautiful girl Daisy. He's just gotten a call, school lockdown, shooter on site.
His worse nightmare-he can't get to her....he's decided to just up and leave CA and head for Montana. He'd move his company and family to a safe place.
Story also follows Whitney who's part of the Sheenan media company. She's learned about her sick leave return that the boss had something to inform all of them.
She's been through many company takeovers and it's always Sheenan media company who is doing the buying-bringing in their own people, putting her out of a job.
She does date Mac for several years but broke up when her BFF and husband died leaving just Mac to take care of their daughter, Daisy.
What I like about this book is that she is able to keep in touch with Daisy with the girlygirl gifts she's been sending over the years, not letting the fact that she didn't get custody/guardianship take control of Daisy
Love the fact he's willing to move heaven and earth to make her safe-with family and relatives around.
Love how they participate in small town traditions to bring everybody together to share in the holiday joy.
With Kris Krinkle in town maybe a little magic, hope and faith, will find it's way to unite them all together, once again during the Christmas season....
When the book starts out it is with a school tragedy and it's great the author can turn the story around so you don't even think about the tragedy by the end.
Feel good story that you will treasure with all the turmoil these days in the world.

The Christmas Tin (A Holiday Novel)
Like how this story starts out, in 2000 then goes back in time as a father explains to his daughter what is inside the Christmas tin and what it really means.
With such detailed descriptions of just a room I can picture myself there and feel such a big part of the story. We learn how the tin legend started.
Such beautiful caring stories of the things in the tin. Sad and happy moments as the years go on, not many books can bring tears to my eyes. This one does.
Treasure this and will keep it and read it often. So many stories in just one book.

Once Upon A Nightmare by Nat Goodale
Read another book by the author and wanted to read more, he puts you in the scenes as if you are there experiencing it all with him as he's telling you what's going on.
Like how the author describes things so you can understand even the most complicated of things and puts you at ease, as if he is protecting you, as you are in the book with him as it's being written.
This book starts out with Jesse and he's at odds with his wife and daughters. After a charter plane ride he decides to travel south to help Santee with further charters. He knows drugs will be involved but he does it for a few reasons.
Love travel and explanations of things checked before the flight, very precise and routine and very particular in how it's all done, every time.
Things get quite complicated at times, just when things are running smoothly but he figures out a way to complete the mission.
There's also the mystery of his brother in law that has gone missing, he was lobstering and never returned, not did his boat.
Story I found fascinating as to the inner workings of drug traffic, fast paced action at the same time as laid back lounging in the water....
Total surprise ending, didn't see it happening like that!

Children's Book: Thanksgiving Stories Collection (4 BOOKS IN 1): 20 Thanksgiving Stories + Thanksgiving Jokes (Kids Books - Bedtime Stories For Kids - ... Books) (Thanksgiving Books for Children)
Lots of other works by the author, some free are highlighted in the book.
Like the idea of having 4 books in one place and all about Thanksgiving as it's only 10 days away.
First story is about Ameilia and she's 10 and this year dad wants to deep fry the turkey. They've all heard of disasters others have had.
One thing starts a domino effect and you can't imagine what happens after all that.
Great stories, some so funny you can't make these things up. Love the next story about volunteering at a homeless shelter.
And the next about a weird uncle and another about a wishbone tradition.  Lots more stories and even turkey jokes.

Dogwood Hill  by Sherryl  Woods
This Chesapeake Shores book is about Aiden who settles in the town. He has much in his past, some things could mix things up for the O'Brien family.
He's the football coach.  Story also follows Liz March, who runs Pet Style offering jewelry for the pets and finding good homes for those in need. She's lost her husband but not many know the full story.
Always nice to also get up to date with all the other O'Briens and what's new with them all.
Spring and match making is in the air, for humans and dogs.  Others find out what their secrets are and try to contend with the truth...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Snowed Under: A Christmas Story 
Janna is so busy with work things around Christmas and dreads going to the party.
Allastair watches as Jeff scares off another woman.  His family company is the Christmas tree grow to glow and they need help.
The PR company is going to send Janna and have her return at night then back to the office to report in. Lots of problems occur.
She and Allastair don't like the commercialism of the holiday.  Story fascinates me as my family ran a nursery and I love trees and like to learn about them.
Their tree company has to terminate the business with the PR firm, they just can't make ends meet. Another problem is she won't be making ti back to London...
They each have their reasons for not liking the they try to keep the dire news from his father...Like setting of woods in Scotland, quite a change of scenery for me.
Cute holiday read. Author highlights her other works at the end

Salads & Dressings: 100 Super Delicious, Ultra-Hearty And Easy-to-Make Salads And Dressings That You Will Love
Some very healthy recipes. No nutritional information but the ingredients are fresh and they are using olive oil vs. other unhealthy choices.
No pictures and no serving sizes. Like combination of new things to try. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Dashing through the snow  a Christmas novel by Debbie Macomber
Ashley Davidson wants to get back to Seattle for the holiday and the airline can't sell her a ticket. Dash needs to be in Seattle for a job interview.
She wanted to surprise her mother.  She heads to the car rentals and gets the very last car available.
Dash agrees to pay for everything and this way she can save her money for gifts. Problem is she is not old enough to rent the car...but he is!
 Little does Ashley know her name is on the no fly list, expected to be a terrorist!  Anything that could possibly go wrong does and then some.
They do get to spend a lot of time talking to one another and find each other attractive.  Short cute story for Christmas.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Knitting: Amazing Patterns that Everyone Can Knit (How to Knit, Knitting Beginners, Crochet, Knit, Patterns, Beginners, Advance, Knitting Crocheting)
Great book that starts out with basic information and then moves onto what you will need. Patterns for cowl neck scarves and mobius and straight scarves are included.
Some actually are charted along with row by row instructions. Each item has a color photo. Terms used are sometimes explained using diagrams so it's so much easier to understand.
Sources are clickable to help you understand further by watching youtube videos. Lots of patterns for the whole family. Like hat section also as some are basic, some are special and some are charted.
What a find this book is!

Clay's quilt by Silas House
Clay lost his mother to the attack and now works in the coal mine.
He has many aunts that help as he's only 4 years old.  He watches his uncle make quilts as he grows up and how he puts the pieces together that tell his story.
As he gets older he moves closer to the mine, where he works and is given his mother's memory box.

AMERICAN COOKBOOK: "Enjoy" Taste of 35 Delicious American Recipes In "NO TIME" With Just 5 Ingredients In Each Recipe
Other cookbooks are mentioned at the start of this one.
Each recipe comes with a color photo and the recipe: ingredients and instructions. No nutritional information although many of the recipes call for olive oil.
Some of the recipes like one calls for a cup of rice. Instructions tell you after cooking the rice to put the other ingredients in.
Some ingredients will be hard to find at a regular grocery store. Not sure but I think mint is another word for minute.
Don't understand how 5 mints and the chicken is done? Even a thin strip of chicken should take longer.

Scrumptious Treats For Vintage Housekeepers
Lots of advice when to do the chores, Lot of organization and routine schedules, including seasonal scrubbing.
All kinds of tips to clean and sanitize while rewarding yourself....and to run a healthy house by just opening the windows.
So many ideas just recycling what you have to use it in a different way.

Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond
This audio book is about Charlie the dog who works daily on a ranch.
 Susie is his best friend, Daisy the cow, sweeping the porch steps is one chore he also does.
He loves breakfast, and then helps Momma in the garden.  He naps and then it's time for lunch already.

Any Room? Simple Dessert Recipes
Each recipe has a few paragraphs about how the recipe came about. Some recipes have a picture of the finished item and the ingredient list along with instructions on how to make it.
Also how to garnish the dish. There is no nutritional information.

Murder in Christmas River: A Christmas Cozy Mystery (Christmas River Cozy, Book 1)
Thought this would make a good Christmas read. Starts out with the baker, Cinnamon Peters, divorced now and she makes pies.
Thinks Christmas River is the best place in Oregon.  Kara has dated a lot and knows many of the townsfolk.
Gingerbread house competition is about to start. Bakers from the town have been practicing...she lives with her grandfather, who raised her.
Love tips about pie making as she makes them.  Her dog Huckleberry keeps her company most nights she is baking.
One comes up dead in the woods outside of the shop...her gingerbread mansion is destroyed, her ex is to marry her baking assistant..
Interesting how the dog helps them solve the case. All the clues and so close yet they are so far away to finding the murder....
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Colorful children's book about Todd. He is not looking forward to Thanksgiving but can't wait for Christmas.
He goes to the mall with his mom and gets sidetracked, climbs on the big turkey and they take a ride, to Thanksgivingland.
Things are a bit different there and you wonder if he will ever make it back to his home. He watches what is going on
with gratitude jars. Silly rhyming book at times. Meaningful at other times.

A Christmas of Hope
This collection of very short stories starts out with A Christmas of Hope, about a boy who's autistic and it's the holidays. Mostly about his mom Holly and how she and her friends help each survive their children's illnesses.
Great if it was longer because the subject fascinates me.
Next story is Sweet Confections excerpt about Rachel who dumps her married boyfriend...
Next excerpt is Love Under Construction.

Sugar cookie murder  by   Joanne Fluke
Have read all the other books in this series and was happy to find one I hadn't read.
This one we find Hannah of the Cookie Jar is competing in the Christmas party and providing some food. There will be a contest and she's compiling Lake Eden Cookbook of recipes from those who live there.
This is also the book Andrea, her sister is pregnant.  Special knife is missing and they think the cake knife may be on another table of food. They soon find out where it is and then Hannah goes into investigation mode
with others to question those who might know something about the murder.  The crowd also gets snowed in...
Lots of recipes at the end.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Accident  by Danielle Steel
This book starts out with Paige and her husband and 2 kids, one of each, Allison and Andy.
Chloe is Allison's friend and they go out on night and end up in the hospital after a car accident. The accident changes the lives of 5 families.
Chloes's dad is raising an autistic son and an older son and Chloe. They meet at the hospital and wait to hear from the doc as to what happened and what the prognosis will be for each of them.
Problem is Paige's husband should be in Ohio but he arrives an hour after he gets the call. She finds out what is happening and she only wants to be there for Andy and Allison.
Story also follow them and the person who had hit them head on while on the Golden Gate Bridge. lots of heartache and when you think you can't take anymore there is more bad news...
They just live for the kids survival and a sense of normalcy in their home lives.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 100 Favorite Kids Meals- Kid Friendly Dinner Recipes (Family Menu Planning Series Book 2)
Lots of tips to get the children to help make the meals. Easy recipes or an adult can help. Pictures to show some of the steps.
No nutritional information.  Other links in the book with additional foods along the line of what's being discussed.
Chicken Parmesan would be my choice, never made it before. Lots of Asian meals that don't sound too bad as far as fat and sodium.

30 Great Kabob Recipes
No nutritional information and no pictures but plenty of hints and tips to cook over the BBQ grill.
Like seafood ones particularly well. Lots of other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

35 Halloween Recipes For The Faint Of Heart: Recipe Ideas for Halloween Parties, Dinner and Appetizers
Themed Halloween cookbook for everybody. Kids should be able to help putting the dishes together.
Some are party snack foods, some are main dishes with a Halloween twist. No pictures and no nutritional information.
Really good and innovative ideas.

Bedtime stories: Old Owl's Fairy tales by alice Cusler
Colorful children's stories about animals. They search for the answers that they have been wondering about: how why I have stripes, why do I have spots, why am I called a snow bunny.
Butterfly Dance I thought was the best. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Fire queen  by   Kathleen  Morgan
Good change of genres as this one is about Robin Hood times and starts out with the flying of the falcons.
Her father is giving her to a Lord as she's marriageable age now. She'd rather train with her saber against her body guard than go to balls and dress up.
The mercenaries are overtaking their land but her future husband to be has a plan. Like her mother she has powers and has seen who will be hers... she wants her freedom to choice.
After they escape they are captured and the mercenary knows her bodyguard and with help from a healer they are able to cure the bodyguard. She is sold to the head mercenary Hawk and he wants her to be his wench.
She just wants to show him her value with her fighting skills. She has to open up and tell her where she is from and why she ran away.  The healer Maude teaches her about her magic powers and tells her of her mother's abandonment, not her death at Deidre's birth.
Steamy sex scenes as he teaches her of lovemaking. She tends to the falcon and learns of plots to overthrow her fathers lands.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Yellowstone, the first national park  by Ruth Kirk
Have visited a lot of national parks and hope to get to this one someday. If not I can be there by listening all about it.
Loved all the information about not only the geysers but animals, fauna and how it came to be the first national park in US.
So much to look forward to no matter what season you travel there.
+I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

And then I found you by Patti Callahan Henry
Beautiful story of a lady who becomes pregnant but the guy has gotten married tired of waiting for her.
Kate has the baby girl, Luna and gives her up for adoption. Her whole family remembers every March 20 of the birth. Jack and Kate exchange letters to one another about their life and reminiscing about Luna every year of her birth.
Chapters go from present to the past and then onto Emily who we learn is Luna and she's trying to find her birth mother.
We are able to figure out all the details and the emotions going through each other as the book goes on. Kate is to be married to Rowan and she meets with Jack as he's now divorced to make sure it's going to tell Rowan about Luna.
Things escalate as they agree to meet the symbolism of the feathers.
Have recently listened and read other works by the author and have enjoyed the books.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

A finely knit murder, a Seaside Knitters mystery  by Sally Goldenbaum
Have read all the other books in this series and have enjoyed them. A mix of knitting and a mystery to solve.
Starts out in a town along the coast in MA. An artists' town, a teacher is being let go because he forgets to teach class and spends his time painting at home.
 Birdie's granddaughter is there for a visit and she's enrolled in the all girls school where they learn how to knit and sit outside and knit hats for charity.
The ladies at the yarn shop set up a group of people who will watch out for Gabby while she's at school as there has been a murder. Love how this one starts out with the cast of characters-sometimes things get confusing.
It's up to the ladies and friends of the yarn shop to ask questions and do the time frame of where everybody was at the time of the murder.
Love knit pattern at the end of this book along with a recipe.
 I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 The Fannie Farmer cookbook by Marion Cunninhgam
Always trying to improve on our healthy eating habits so thought I'd listen to this book on tape about the Fannie Farmer cookbook.
So much information about measuring and how different ingredients react to liquid, heat, etc  Also entertaining ideas and even beverages are discussed.
More than 30 hours to listen to the whole book. So much information, treasured the vegetable section and how to cook them differently.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Blue Zones solution, eating and living like the world's healthiest people by  Dan Buettner
As we know use a Med diet it's always interesting to learn what else we can do to make our lives last longer by being more healthier.
Love all the new information, love to learn to new things for making our daily foods.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Meter means measure, the story of the metric system    by Carl S. Hirsch
Interesting book about the start of the meter. Lots of controversy over the years as to when to adopt this measurement in the US.
So much easier to use not only in manufacturing but overseas.  Hope US jumps on this soon, so much more accurate when measuring knitting also, not just food and liquids.
Liked the part about when the coal miners would weigh the coal brought up vs the weight they bought at the store-2 totally different measurements.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Driftwood summer  by  Patti Henry Callahan
Book starts out with Riley, raising her son above the bookstore. We learn of how the store got to be where it's located.
Alternating chapters from the 3 sisters as the story unfolds.
200th year anniversary week long party is planned, something for everybody.  She learns when her mother falls down the stairs that she also has cancer in her bone that will be treated after the party.
Her sisters are to come also to visit, which they are not to be told about the cancer. She also has broken bones...
Maisey had run away years ago from Georgia to CA, working as an interior designer. The boss can do without her for a bit.
Adeline goes to college but enjoys the years partying her life away. She's coming home early to help with the bookstore as it's failing.
Ladies have long time sorrows and joys, some they are able to work through as others who visit the summer town return for the summer...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The invention of clouds, how an amateur meteorologist forged the language of the skies by Richard Hamblyn
Talks a bit about the 4 different cloud formations but more about the amateur meteorologist and his life.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Picture day perfection  by Deborah Diesen
Audio children's book about a day at school where they take pictures.
You dress up and have the cleaning face with a big smile. Problem is there is always one that messes it all up.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Easy as Pie: Delicious Homemade Pie Recipes Your Family Will Love
This book also includes a free ebook of other treats.
Starts out with a very basic recipe that includes all kinds of tips and hints along the way to make the perfect pie shell.
Lots of pictures along the way via the steps and other pie crusts, graham cracker and chocolate ones.
Like the idea of making a bunch of them and putting them in the freezer=before cooking them so you can take one out in the morning to cook later that afternoon.
Also comes with toppings that you can make yourself.  No nutritional information.
Recipes for 11 fruit pies and also a section on cream pies.

How to dig a hole to the other side of the world by Faith McNulty
Describes in detail what each layer of dirt/clay is til you get to the very bottom.
Great audio book and I can imagine what the pages would look like. Especailly like the layer where gems are found.
and shells...tells you what to expect when you reach the end.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 The Last Trail  by Zane Grey
Story of Fort Henry and it's occupants and how some travel there to set up their farm to work it.
Even with the military being there the bordermen can't handle all the corruption of the Indians and their friends.
Helen and her father and nephew have arrived and she's quite put off one of the bordermen won't pay attention to her.
Story takes you to the places the bordermen hunt for those who've stolen the horses and women.  You feel like you're there with them as they crawl along the ground
and smell and touch and see things in the surroundings.

20 Christmas Cookie Recipes: Sweet Treats For Your Holiday Party
Starts out with some recipes that show servings per recipe, ingredients and directions. No nutritional information and no pictures.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Thanksgiving Turkey (FREE Coloring Book Included!): 25 Thanksgiving Stories for Children
Stories about what Thanksgiving means to different families. Color photos at the start of each new book.
Pilgrims and helping others less fortunate, grandma stories and even football stories. Free clickable gift also.

Santa's (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas
Colorful children's book about the night before Christmas when things aren't going right at all.
Like how one side of the page has writing on it but to read the words on dark background color of pages,
it's difficult and the words are on their own page. Especially like blueberry fur on reindeer!
Funny silly story, what a treat! 

A Pet for Miss Wright by Judy Young
Audible children's book about a writer who is tired of the click click of her keys. She knows she needs a pet and goes through the list
of what she thinks would be a good fit. Pet store owner gives her a bird to start with. Bird doesn't talk, monkey tried to help her type,
fish hypnotized her into staring contests, cat just slept all day and so did she.
She tried one more animal over a few days...

Between the Tides by Patti Callahan Henry
Have read many of the author's works and enjoy the reads. Book starts out with Sam, 2 years old and he must've followed the girls into the pond.
Nothing good ever happened to Catherine. 18 years later she watched her father leave and forget it was her birthday.
She inherits the house and Catherine returns to spread her father's ashes.
She worked in the media dept for the sports dept at the school. She dates Thurman but she has many doubts as to his dedication to her.
Forrest is  writing an article about her dad and needs her help to finish it.
Story is in present but goes back to the past at times so we can understand things in the present.
Mystery of the painting her father returned to the island to see makes her wonder til she realizes where she saw it prior to hanging in the courthouse.

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
Rose is a lawyer, she wants to exercise and loves romance books.
Maggie sings in a band and dreams her own dreams.
The brain and the beauty and learn they do have a grandmother.
Story also follows their grandmother. The girls try to figure out what happened to their grandmother that was in a home....
So many secrets over the years and how they are reunited....

Down Home Country Christmas by Nancy Harkness
The donkey arrives at Holly's house that she shares with her two daughters.
Capt. Robbie knows who it belongs to as he comes to collect the donkey but he doesn't want to go.
We find out how he's helped Holly prior with her drunken ex husband.  Sanctuary, WV is a place where everybody helps one another.
They righted the Nativity scene with help from a lot of people and she asks Robbie for a ride in his plane. Her sister Clare outfits her in a stunning sexy outfit...
Hot steamy sex scenes and he's heading to a new job in another state....she helps to rescue Mr. Grady with the girls help. When Robbie arrives at the scene he asks her to marry him but she'd have nobody she could fall back on...
Lots of catching up with others from this series over the books.

Budget Recipes Made Simple: The Ultimate Guide to Being an Amazing Chef on a Budget
Book starts out with what to keep in your pantry so you can make a fast flavorful nutrtious meal.
Recipes are included that are made in bulk so you can freeze parts of them for a later time. Some have photos.
Ingredient list and very detailed instructions on how to make the dish with some photos. No nutrtinal information.

Children's books : " I Love to Share ", (Picture Book for ages 3-8, Beginner readers, Bedtime story): Social skills for kids-Children's EBook (I Love To... ... stories children's books collection 7)
Children's colorful book that has a free video at the end.
It's Jimmy's birthday and he has a lot of new toys, he does not want to share them. Everybody else at the party wants to play with them.
Others go outside to play while he stays inside trying to make the toys work.
His mother might have the solution to them all having the last piece of cake....

Children's Book:Roy The Messy Boy (Illustrated Picture Book for ages 2-6,funny bedtime story kids collection)
Colorful children's book about Roy and he has a messy room and won't clean it. One day his mother threatens the Pixie's on him. He just laughs. He likes his room the way it is.
One morning he wakes to no toys or anything on the floor. There are no toys in his whole room!
Next day he wakes up again to find something amazing! Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Free gift from the author is clickable.

5 Habits Every Woman Needs To Stop Doing Today
Book explains about 5 different things that other women understand. Some things wouldn't effect some as severe as others.
To me it is about how to live your life feeling good about yourself.
Lots of examples are given, even using social media to prove a point.
Free guide is clickable at the end.

Southern Italian Cooking: Simple Classic Recipes (Regional Italian Cooking Book 3)
Like this book because it gives you the terms used and what they mean, in the book.
Nutritional information but no pictures. Very fresh ingredients are used.
Lots of categories for each meal.  Handful of dishes in each category but really appealing ones. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Grandma's Secret 52 Sunday Recipes. Nans Perfection
I was lucky to have helped my mother in law with her cookbooks and we treasure her recipes and use them often as they are healthy.
Have found some recipes to try and they are going to be fast and so easy to make.
Some recipes are missing ingredients as they are talked about in the instructions, but not how much.

Amazing Avocado: Insanely Delicious Salad, Soup, Main Dish, Breakfast and Smoothie Recipes for Better Health and Easy Weight Loss (Healthy Eating Made Easy Book 1)
This book highlights cooking with avacados. There are no pictures and no nutritional information.
Each recipe includes servings, prep time and ingredient and how to make the dish.
My favorite would be beet and avocado salad. Freshest of ingredients are also the healthiest.
I have used avocado in blueberry muffins and they taste great and are so healthy. Loved the recipes in this book, Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Cheap Meals: Budget Friendly Family Recipes Cookbook with Tasty and Money Saving $5 Dishes
Starts out with breakfast on a budget. Different combinations of food. No pictures and no nutritional information.
Other meals and desserts are also included. Nothing struck my fancy but they appear to be very rich in flavor.

The Mediterranean Diet (Mediterranean diet) (Mediterranean cooking) Healthy (Mediterranean cookbook) Weight Maintenance & Low Fat Lifestyle: Healthy and Delicious Recipes (Cookbooks Book 8)
Meals from the 4 different areas that cater to this type of lifestyle.
Each recipe has prep and cook time and servings. Also list of ingredient and instructions. Some have a photo.
There is no nutritional information but the meals are healthy from just looking at the fresh ingredients.
So many dishes to choose from, desserts included. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Superfoods Cookbook: Book One: Over 75 Recipes of Quick & Easy Cooking, Low Fat Cooking, Gluten Free Cooking, Wheat Free, Low Cholesterol, Whole Foods ... cookbook - weight loss plan for women 29)
Discusses different things, exercise, food intake and how to get your body in balance-exercise. Lots of photos showing before and after pictures.
Which foods will help prevent different illnesses, different vitamins and minerals,
Recipes that also tell you which allergies the dish will help fight against.  Pictures and some nutritional information is provided.
Lots of references and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Crafts & Hobbies: 100 Days of Kindness - Spreading Happiness, Joy, and Love with 100 Acts of Random Kindness! (Crafts, Crafts & Hobbies, Hobbies)
Starts out with 15 days where you smile at others, do good deeds and it will you achieve lots of things.
The next 30 days might cost a bit of money, and the list goes on for other days and more money. It's another way also of paying it forward.
Seen and set up for a charity for proceeds that amazon will match, how cool is this!
Random acts of kindness will get you far! Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Homemade Frosting Recipes: Delicious Easy Homemade Frosting in Under 20 Minutes
Book about how to decorate using Wilton tips. Lots of other tips throughout the book.
Lots of frosting recipes and how to make them. Tips to make them thinner or thicker.
Some color photos show other ways to not only use frosting but other decorations on top of the cupcakes.

How Oakley Lost His Spots (Oakley and Bella Book 1)
Colorful children's book about Oakley and his spots are lost. He looks under the bed, in the fridge, etc.
He can't find them.  Paint spots on? what an idea...
One morning he wakes up to find spots?? Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

How to Cook Healthy in a Hurry: 50 Quick and Easy, Low Fat Recipes You Can Make In 30
Starts out with what to look for in a recipe and the cooking means as it will save you time.
Tools to have and things in the pantry that will help make a dish faster.
Recipes include ingredients and how to make the meal along with servings. No nutritional information and no pictures.
Lots of tips along the way. Turkey dishes appeal to me as they include new spice combinations for me and we have just finished Thanksgiving so we have lots of turkey.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Knitting: Knitting and Crochet Patterns Guide (Knitting and Crochet Series Book 1)
This book starts out with the history of the crafts then moves onto the stitches and basic information.
Lots of beginner patterns to get you started.
Very few pictures and this is just for beginners, wonder if they make a book for the next level of knitter.

21 Simple Chicken Dinners: Simple, Quick and Easy Chicken Recipes That Will Change The Way You Cook Chicken Forever (21 Recipe Books)
Book starts out with why chicken is so healthy for us to consume and which parts of our bodies will benefit.
Recipes have cooking and prep time along with ingredient list in grams, and step by step instructions on how to prepare the dish.
No nutritional information listed and no pictures but it does tell you which minerals the dish provides.
Lots of dishes to select from.

Farmstead Feast: Winter: Delicious, in-season recipes by the author of The Weekend Homesteader
This book starts out showing you with pictures what their homestead produces and what they are able to preserve for the winter months. There are also crops that grow in TN year round.
Love the recipes as they use fresh ingredients. There are pictures but no nutritional information. Great winter meals that we use the whole year. Tips at the end to help you set up by recycling different items to help preserve what you grow.
Spring series is also available from the author.

The Penguin Way (Believe in yourself!)
Colorful children's book about liking yourself. Starts out with other works by the author.
We are all good at something, especially if we like doing it.
You just need a little encouragement to try something new. Never give up.

Mother's Day Recipes - 30 Easy, Kid Friendly Ways to Show Mom How Much You Love Her
Colorful book with recipes for every meal of the day that a child can help prepare for his special mom on her special day.
No nutritional information but most of the recipes have healthy ingredients or you can substitute them for your own favorites.
Each meal also comes with a poem on flowered picture. Easy to follow instructions. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

How To Make Healthy Delicious Snacks For Kids: Delicious, Quick And Easy Recipes, Superhealthy Snacks On A Budget
Introduction starts out with the foods kids really should be eating every day.
Recipe starts out with what is healthy about the dish and why kids should eat it. Then the recipe itself
Like the banana cookies and healthy biscuits as all the ingredients are fresh and very healthy and is easy to make.

Healthy Habits: 30 Healthy Habits & 30 Amazing No Gym Needed Workouts That Will Help You Lose Weight, Remove Negative Thinking and Minimize Stress! (No ... Wake Up Early, How to Get Abs)
Book starts out with diet, where it gives you examples of meals and to drink plenty of water.
Next up is sleep and how to get the best sleep every time you go to sleep.
Next up is core which about exercising.
Flexibility and cardio training also have chapters.
Habits and daily things to do, water intake and exercising will round out your workouts.
So much more is included, also a free ebook and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

If You Have A Hat: A Silly Rhyming Picture Book for Kids
Children's colorful book about things that should go together. A hat needs to be on a head, a seed in the ground to grow...
I have so many favorite ones!  Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Learn Tunisian Crochet: Beginner Stitch Guide & 6 Easy Potholder Patterns (Tiger Road Crafts Book 2)
Starts out explaining the differences and the things that are the same with regular crochet, knitting and afghan stitch crochet.
I am a crochet designer and have tried this method of crocheting but didn't realize how much more you can really do with the stitches.
Lots of photos and diagrams to help explain things.
Patterns are included. Really good straight to the point book, great references!

Slaw Recipes :The Ultimate Guide
We like cole slaw so thought other varieties would be just as healthy. Each recipe has prep time, ready in .. mins, cook time and servings
List of ingredients and how to make the dish.
There are no pictures and no nutritional information.
Lots of recipes which will make it easy to have several times a week.
Very healthy ingredients, you won't need to have nutritional information.

Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid's Guide to Feelings
Color coded sections of expressions.  Gives you the feeling and then tells you what else could make you feel the same.

Sea Life Funny & Weird Marine Animals - Learn with Amazing Photos and Facts About Ocean Marine Sea Animals. (Funny & Weird Animals Series Book 1)
Children's very colorful book about sea life that is not normal in our vicinity. Lots of facts about the creatures: where they live, what they eat and much more.
So many things out there that I had never heard of.
Question and answer section at the end.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

My Crazy Pet Frog (The perfect bedtime story!)
Colorful children's book about a pet frog. Most of the pictures are of the frog doing different things. Some are very silly.
He has many costumes that he will show you. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Noah's Good Night Dream Blanket by  L. K. Shila
Illustrated very colorful book about a little boy who has had a busy day and doesn't want to go to bed.
He's tired enough and his mother opens a box and his blanket is there. His mom tells him it is a special
blanket and it's a dream blanket and it will bring him good dreams. The book shows us what he sees and
the new things he learns about on his journey. Before he knows it his mother is waking him up and he knows
the special poem with the dream blanket will be there every night.

Minecraft: Diary of a Minecraft Diamond (Rarest material in Minecraft): An Unofficial Minecraft Book (Minecraft, Minecraft Secrets, Minecraft Stories, Minecraft Books For Kids, Minecraft Books
Grandson started playing this game on his tablet and I wondered what it was all about. There is so much more to this game then meets the eye.
In the game, from what I gather you need diamonds as a means of getting what you want, food, house and other implements. Some secrets about how to get them are included.

Price-less Christmas: Create a Joyous Holiday for Next to Nothing (Priceless Holidays Book 1)
Breakdown of cost and work needed to be done to making projects.
Gives you the list of things needed, time and money to be spent. Pictures of each of the steps in making the gifts are included.
Lots of good fun free things to do and make as a family also.

DIY Holiday Gifts: 22+ Adorable Last-minute DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love (And No One Will Guess You Are Actually Broke): (Creativity, DIY Crafts, ... DIY decorations, gifts in a jar Book 1)
Starts with introduction to DIY and basics for beginners.
 There are lots of ideas but no particular instructions.

Perfect for the beach  by MaryJanice Davidson,  Perrin  Kayla, Denison  Janelle,  Foster_ Lori,  Leigh Morgan and McCarthy Erin 
6 various authored book with a theme of perfect for the beach.
Some Like It Hot by Lori Foster
This story is about a doctors practice in OB/GYN where she works as a nurse and is widowed, 2 years and her spouse was a virgin also.
One of the doctors, Carey shows an interest in her, Nora and they agree to go swimming then they move the action to the bedroom in her apartment.
Very hot steamy sex scenes. Misunderstandings draw them apart....
One Wild Weekend
She's not wearing any panties and he can't move fast enough. He has the ring also.
Dana has always been the leader, he wants a turn at it...
One Blue Crush
Kyle is doing his last minutes as a lifeguard and the hurricane is moving towards them.
Sarah has lost her top with the undertow and he rescues her...

My Thief
An uncle and niece mess with each other as they steal from one another.
Now she's put the accountant in the mix...
Hot and Bothered
Jenna and Trey had known their marriage was over. She had papers for him to sign and wasn't looking forward to it.
Maybe they can work things out?
Murphy's Law
She works at a lawyer's office and was in love with him, she left the job, now down sunning in warmth of FL.
Jonah's apt is where she's staying, he's engaged to her bff and is a lawyer also.
Sam's followed her ...they are both staying at Jonah's.... 

Vegetarian Slow Cooker: 44 Satisfying Meatless Meals Full Of Slow-Simmered Flavor-Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes From Soups To Main Dishes and Desserts ... Diet, Vegetarian Weight Loss Book 6)
Although we are not vegetarians we do have some meals with no meats and the idea of a slow cooker is even better.
Lots of categories for selections.
Starts out with basics of slow cooking.
Each recipe gives you servings and list of ingredients, along with instructions on how to make it.
No pictures and no nutritional information.

Delicious Desserts: Amazing Low-Cal Favorites (Guilt-Free Gourmet)
Lots of recipes that have a sentence or two in the table of contents to help you select what you want to make.
Broken up into cakes, pies, pudding, ice cream and fruit desserts.
No pictures but very detailed list of nutritional information for each recipe.

Crafts for kids:30+ Technology-free Activities for Kids-How We did it in Our Days
Like the idea of this, being able to use hands and materials just around the house.
Categories are broken up into : outside the house, group games, craft, indoor activities, board game, card games.
There are a handful of pictures for some of the projects.
Love memory/concentration game to make, this would even be good for an adult with memory problems.

Crafts For Kids (3rd Edition): 99 Fun Packed Projects For Kids Of All Ages! (Kids Crafts)
Children's book showing how to make gifts by using crafts. Not only for girls but boys also.
No pictures but there are links in the book that will take you online to show you the finished item.
Very easy to follow instructions on how to make the items.
Gifts to make for all the holidays throughout the year.
Love the table of contents at the back of the book, not only listing the items to be made but materials and directions links.

Healthy Cooking Recipes: Clean Eating Edition: Quinoa.
This cookbook has superfood ingredients to make it a healthy choice.
Like salmon recipes especially. Handful of pictures and no nutritional information.
All meals can be made with the recipes. They are put in categories.
One category is superfoods, another is diabetic, and smoothies.
So many other sections to lead a healthier life style, detox,

50 Recipes For Amazing Christmas Desserts - The Best Christmas Dessert Recipe Book (The Ultimate Christmas Recipes and Recipes For Christmas Collection 2
Each recipe includes name, it's origins and ingredient list. Also how to make the item and serving suggestions.
No pictures and no nutritional information.

Mom And Me Have Fun Baking Thanksgiving Cupcakes (Thanksgiving Book For Children) (Children's Cookbooks For Holidays And Celebrations 1)
Children's colorful book about Katie who's 7 and she is going to help bake the Thanksgiving cupcakes with her mother.
Her mother explains the tradition the Indians had many years ago and why cupcakes are made.
Rules for the kitchen and baking are discussed, not only for kids but for parents as well.
Recipe included sounds good with all the spices added. Ideas on how to decorate are also included along with substitutions for those with allergies.
Like this book a lot because of the patience needed to cook with kids.

See Me by Nicholas Sparks
He came to the campus to learn, he has memories of the place....He had to be patient. He wants revenge on the family and he knew them all and would watch them from afar...Starts out rather suspicious, stalking kinda mystery.
Colin is in college also and we learn of his past-ADHD and parents who didn't want to take care of him, military school, combat sports...
Ryan had rented an apartment to Colin and gave him a chance.
Story also follows Maria and she's a lawyer, whose boss is hitting on her and he's married with kids.  Serena is her sister and is able to talk to her sister to find out gritty details.
Maria is able to paddleboard to relieve the tension.
Colin's PO is always on his case and he hopes he has an alibi as he helped changed the woman's tire and she used his phone to call her sister.
Serena sets them up and they meet after drinks to just spend time at the beach watching the sun set.
Date for paddleboarding and they open up quite frankly to one another. Enjoyed the details of practice fighting and salsa dancing lessons.
Colin and Maria combine forces to figure out who is sending her flowers with mysterious letters.
Love all the social media and apps that help him figure out where not only your cell is located but the guy that wants to kill her. clues are all around and family and friends help keep Maria and family safe.
Don't care to read thrillers and this is one, was hoping more romance, the author's style has really changed a lot.

Crepes - the "all-you-need-to-know" complete guide to making crepes
Great information about everything to do with making crepes. They are fried in the pan with butter so not a good healthy choice for us.
Did love all the information along with recipes. few pictures and no nutritional information. Very easy to follow instructions along with details on why you have to make them a certain way, in order for them to come out good.