Posts Tagged ‘books’

ClipBook® Magnetic Clipboard

Designed and Handcrafted in the USA, ClipBook® was created to improve the function and aesthetics of the traditional clipboard. This product breathes new life in to the dying industry of bookbinding. With today’s digital age, bookbinding has become a lost art. ClipBook® repurposes the same process and materials that are used in making books, to create functional and stylish clipboards. ClipBook® is protective, durable, ultra slim, and flips naturally like a notepad. It’s new, yet so familiar.

A tremendous improvement from the traditional clipboard! Magnets replace the metal hinged clip. It has a cover for privacy and protection (as in neat , top-secret papers). Styled like a top bound notepad, the cover can fold back part way or it can roll completely over to the back. It can also stand as an easel. 

The strong magnets hold a good amount of paper but it’s also slim and stack-able. The Clipbook is perfect for me since I prefer using loose leaf paper. (hate spiral bound notebooks) (don’t like 3-ring binders, either)

The Clipbook design works. Perfectly. 

Available in different book cloth covers. Rubber feet can be used for the four corners when using the Clipbook as an easel. 

Designed & handcrafted in Philadelphia. Go to clipbookshop.com and watch the video showing how terrific it is and the many ways it can be used. And get one for yourself. (customization available, too)

Notes From Dawn received a Clipbook Magnetic Clipboard in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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The Parents’ Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life

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What parent doesn’t want to capture the perfectly imperfect joy of family life through photos? From holidays and vacations to portraits and shared moments, celebrated photographer (and mom) Me Ra Koh not only helps moms and dads take better photos, but inspires them to discover photography as a way to connect with, cherish, and celebrate their family. With forty beautiful “photo recipes” anyone can follow—with any camera—preserving your family’s story has never been easier!

A fun book! This is the third book in Me Ra Koh’s series. I haven’t read the first two of her books but I enjoyed the photo “recipes” in this one. 

The book had many good ideas for photos and good examples for inspiration but I didn’t think it had many photography “how to” tips. 

I liked that the book did have a lot of photos, both the author’s photos as well as the work of other women photographers. The photos were helpful examples of the particular subject. 

No fancy equipment required with this book; the simple ideas and examples presented can be used with whatever equipment you already have. This is a good photography resource for the typical, average, everyday, photo taking mom. A recommend book for anyone wanting to improve their photography skills. 

Take a look inside  link

The Blogging for Books program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

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Overview

Bath, England 1810

At twenty-eight, Alethea Sutherton is past her prime for courtship; but social mores have never been her forté. She might be a lady, but she is first and foremost a musician.

In Regency England, however, the violin is considered an inappropriate instrument for a lady. Ostracized by society for her passion, Alethea practices in secret and waits for her chance to flee to the Continent, where she can play without scandal.

But when a thief ’s interest in her violin endangers her and her family, Alethea is determined to discover the enigmatic origins of her instrument … with the help of the dark, brooding Lord Dommick.

Scarred by war, Dommick finds solace only in playing his violin. He is persuaded to help Alethea, and discovers an entirely new yearning in his soul.

Alethea finds her reluctant heart drawn to Dommick in the sweetest of duets . . . just as the thief’s desperation builds to a tragic crescendo . . .

Prelude for a Lord  -     By: Camille Elliot

 

Zondervan Publishing 

Paperback, 352 pages

Prelude for a Lord is a Regency-era Christian novel. Author Camy Tang provided me with an autographed copy (Jer 31:3) that I’ve enjoyed immensely. At first, I was intimidated by the size (as in number of pages) of the book and speculated if I was actually going to like all of it. With mystery, friendship, romance, and faith, I enjoyed the story/characters as I read from chapter to chapter. The two main characters grew in their relationship and reliance on God. The book’s spiritual message is that you are not alone, God loves you, and He will take care of you. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

Read a little bit about the author, Camy Tang. More at Camy Tang, Romance with a kick of wasabi

I am a fourth generation Japanese American married to a third generation Chinese American (hence my Chinese last name). I grew up in Wahiawa, Hawai’i, a small town right in the center of the island of O’ahu.

When I first started writing, I didn’t know if God was going to allow my novels to be published, but the entire experience has taught me more about entirely, completely, totally depending upon Him, and submitting to Him aspects of my life that I never realized I was trying to keep control over. A lot of that struggle is mirrored in my characters’ struggles in my books.

Now, I try to trust in His plans for me—I know that what I write is for Him to use for His own agenda. He knows how He wants to use me, so I just need to go with the flow.

A complimentary copy was provided by the author for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

 

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Connected. Curing the Pandemic of Everyone Feeling alone Together

Erin Davis, B&H Books 2014, paper back, 208 pages

Sure we have “friends” and even “followers” – but why are we still plagued by loneliness? And what does God know about feeling alone? Sharing her answers to what’s causing the pain of solitude to gnaw at our hearts, Erin Davis offers practical applications and personality-driven takeaways based on research and real-life experiences of women from across the nation. A popular speaker, author and blogger, Erin Davis has addressed women of all ages nationwide and is passionately committed to sharing God’s Truth with others.

Erin is a great writer. She includes personal examples and bible verses in making her point that God made us “wired for connection”. Many areas are addressed as the things that are blocking us from true connections with people. I highly recommend this for small groups and book clubs. Written for a women audience, the remedies for loneliness equally pertain to men. A good choice for teens, too. 

Chapter 9 “The Golden Rule Is Tarnished” was a favorite chapter for me.  An excerpt from that chapter, ” I hate to pop your bubble, sister, but that bubble is keeping you cut off from the world. As I’ve wrestled with loneliness, I’ve learned that there’s more on the line than simply having great friends. If we can feel desperately lonely as wives, daughters, sisters, and friends, the antidote must be found in the quality of our relationships, not the quantity. The Bible teaches a paradoxical truth (again). The depth and quality of our relationships hinge on what we give, not what we get.”

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B&H publishing provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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Ken Ludwig

Broadway Books

Paperback, 368 pages

A foolproof, enormously fun method of teaching your children the classic works of William Shakespeare

To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. His plays are among the great bedrocks of Western civilization and contain the finest writing of the past 450 years. Many of the best novels, plays, poems, and films in the English language produced since Shakespeare’s death in 1616—from Pride and Prejudice to The Godfather—are heavily influenced by Shakespeare’s stories, characters, language, and themes. In How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, acclaimed playwright Ken Ludwig provides the tools you need to inspire an understanding, and a love, of Shakespeare’s works in your children, and to have fun together along the way.

How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare is a guide and not a step-by-step curriculum. A great resource for literature study, the book covers twenty-five passages of Shakespeare. The learning/memorizing starts with a single line and moves on to complete speeches. And while memorization is key to the teaching concept of the book, it reaches in further to teach the language, vocabulary, metaphors, plots, and so forth, of Shakespeare’s writing. Similar to learning a foreign language, Ken Ludwig’s method incorporates reading, hearing, and speaking Shakespeare.

Having no previous Shakespeare familiarity,  I found this book interesting. I would have appreciated it during our homeschool years and will be using it in a few years from now with my grandson. “No” on intimidation. “Yes” on  fun.

Make use of the free printable QUOTATION PAGES to memorize & AUDIO CLIPS of each passage. link below

How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare

The Blogging for Books program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. 

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by Lisa Martin & Valerie Martin

Illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Published by Algonquin Young Readers, A division of Workman Publishing

“A swashbuckling story of two very different cat brothers and their adventures at sea.”

Algonquin Young Readers is a new imprint that features books for readers seven to seventeen. From short illustrated novels for the youngest independent readers to timely and topical crossover young adult fiction, what ties our books together are unforgettable characters, absorbing stories, and superior writing.

A captivating read for either middle school boys or girls (ages 8-12). Told from the alternating views of Anton and Cecil (cats), each chapter is illustrated with a black and white line drawing. Artistic talent done by Kelly Murphy. It was the cover artwork that piqued my interest in the book. Nicely done throughout.

“Winning author Valerie Martin’s and Lisa Martin’s colorful cast of characters, rich historical detail, and lyrical storytelling will delight fans of such classic animal adventures as The Wind in the Willows, Stuart Little, and Poppy.” I love Stuart Little and also The Cricket In Times Square and in my opinion Anton and Cecil is a good story but doesn’t come close to a “classic” adventure. I rate the storytelling as fair but without flair. 

SITES OF NOTE:

Lisa Martin

Valerie Martin

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A copy was provided by Algonquin Young Readers at the request of Lisa Martin. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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The Loving Kitchen. Downright Delicious Southern Recipes to Share with Family, Friends, and Neighbors

By LeAnn Rice 

Published by Thomas Nelson

paperback, 272 pages

The Loving Kitchen is a collection of comforting recipes straight from the kitchen of popular food blogger LeAnn Rice.

You know the feeling you get when you’re an overnight guest in someone’s home, and you awaken to a hot-off-the-griddle breakfast? Or when a coworker brings in a pan of her famous brownies to celebrate your recent promotion? Doesn’t it feel great when dinner at the neighbors’ house includes multiple courses of scratch-made recipes and conversation that lingers beyond dessert and that last cup of coffee?

For many of us, these are the moments in which we feel most loved. That’s the idea behind The Loving Kitchen. Get your family’s day started right with LeAnn’s fluffy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, or a bowl of Almond Coconut Granola and yogurt. Keep your favorite sports fans fueled through the entire game with hearty servings of Hot Sausage and Spinach Dip, or toss together a Grilled Chicken and Berry Salad for lunch with your dearest girlfriends.

Want a signature dinner you can serve on those special occasions? Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Orange Cranberry Glaze with Creamy Smashed Baby Potatoes is the perfect meal to celebrate a milestone. LeAnn’s sunny narrative and ideas for bringing people together will remind you that the best meal you’ll ever cook is the one you prepare as an act of love.

The contents include: Morning Fare, Bountiful Breads, Starters and Salads, Entrees, Vegetables and Sides, Desserts, and Reaching Out and Gathering In. These are easy to make recipes with easy to find ingredients although it isn’t a “healthy eating” kind of cookbook. LeAnn includes a short remark before each recipe and I enjoyed her humor, insight, and inspiration.

A big must have with any cookbook is the photographs. This cookbook has them but they are not the best quality images. Overall, I give this book an A+ for author’s writing style/attitude, B for the variety of recipes, C for the nutrition aspect of the recipes, and a C- for the photographs. 

 

BookLook Bloggers provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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