Take a look at this! It is one of the most beautiful, chocolate fulled, recipe books I have ever seen!
I look through the pages of this book and just want to look over and over again. I have shown it to visitors who do exactly the same as they have a coffee with me. They are probably wondering why I haven't dished them up some of the treats, but start that and where will it lea?. And, I would want to hide them all away for... me.
We have tries a couple of the recipes and they are delicious. If you come across this book in the bookstore get a copy. I don't think you will be disappointed.
Maybe someone could challenge me to try making all the recipes... I wouldn't be disappointed to try.
Let 'Tempt' seduce you into the wonderful world of chocolate.
Including over 80 tried and tested chocolate recipes, perfect for any occasion, and with each accompanied by stunning photography; you can nibble, lick, pour, snap, drizzle, dip and drink your way through the ultimate indulgence, from Chocolate & Caramel Cups to Triple Chocolate Mouse, and the ultimate Gooey Chocolate Pudding. Featuring recipes to inspire the novice cook as well as enhance the chocolatey repertoire of the competent confectioner, this beautiful collection of lavish recipes will prove irresistibly invaluable. Coupling delectable recipes with all the chocolate know-how you need to create chocolate creations sure to please the most discerning chocolate lover. Also includes additional information to really hone your skills from the technicalities of tempering and caraque to the different types of chocolate available and quality control.
Nobody's Safe Here
Author: Bill Percy
I have to say 'This book took me by suprise'. The title gave little away about the book, in accordance to what the book was actually about. This was a novel about minds. Far from what I expected. I think this book even played mind games with me, as I tried to figure out where each character was going.
It starts with a teen (Jared) and a container load of guns, a fear of the government out to kill him, and an idea to mass shoot the kids at school. The problem comes when they try to find him guilty of anything, as he is a shining example of perfection in society. Every avenue is thought of in the pursuit of an answer as to why this young man is showing signs of paranoid delusion.
Then, there is Magnus who is suicidal and soon becomes set on murdering a monk who *spoiler*...
Add to all this a friend who is dying, a detective that is a tosser(to say the least), a love life on the brink (or is it) and a demanding daughter whom I found adorable but spoilt... put it all together and you have 'Nobody is Safe Here'.
By the end of the book I thought no-one was safe from themselves!
This book really took me on a journey, one of which I have never read the likes of before. I was waiting for more action, but I got mind games to the max. I have to say though, that I really enjoyed the plot. It wasn't really like any other book and this was refreshing. Often one can read several books in a row and they all have the same plot with different characters and scenes. Definitely a book of mystery, as the description foretells. As for a psychological thriller... not so sure. I would say psychological 'yes', thriller 'not really'. But definitely a book I'm pleased to have picked up.
When cattle baron Magnus Anderssen collapses mentally, psychologist Ed Northrup struggles to find the cause - a terrible event buried in Magnus's past leaving him veering between suicide and murder. Meanwhile, Deputies Andi Pelton and Boyd Ordrew clash as they investigate Jared Hansen, a boy caught with rifles and a paranoid plan to kill his schoolmates. Their problem? Jared, a great kid, a school leader, has no previous problems. Ordrew’s convinced Jared’s a mass shooter-in-waiting, but Andi’s not. Ed joins their search for whatever caused his radical transformation from great kid to psychotic killer. It’s a race against time: Magnus grows more irrational and homicidal, Jared's insanity may not be controlled before it’s too late, and Ed’s risky plan to save the boy may destroy his relationship with Andi. Nobody’s Safe Here, a psychological thriller, tells the story of a community of ordinary, decent people facing terrifying mysteries.
I thought it was time to find you a poem. I sat thinking of one which had made me think over the years. Then I got talking to my daughter about her studies and how the teachers interpret poem and writings, then expect her opinion which doesn't actually matter if their opinion is too strong to understand hers.
I knew all too well a tutor's impression/interpretation of writing through this poem. While studying this one in one of my papers a year ago, I had an argument with my tutor. I had read interviews by Seamus Heaney and then analysed particular lines and stanzas of 'Digging'. Hence when I gave my analysis I was wrong! Even though it was Heaneys writing and interpretation taken from his interview quotes.... It was not my tutors interpretation. It became a good talking point between my tutor and I as we became more in touch with the writings. This poem ended up giving us both insight into Seamus Heaney, more than the poem.
My daughters point was 'what if the poet has just written and enjoyed the poem and play with words. What if we don't need to make a deep analysis because there is none, the poet was just writing and enjoying words and language. What if we are just to enjoy it, not analyse every word and stanza until the poem is dull'.
I agree, mainly due to 'Digging'. I love to analyse deep within a piece of writing, but I also like to just enjoy words too. Especially poetry. I like to read it sometimes, and just take the joy I gain from the first reading. I like to hear the sounds in the words, especially those within 'Digging'. I like the visionary that I gained from my first reading of 'Digging ', before I had to tear it apart and analyse it.
I enjoy poetry from many angles depending on my mood and place in life on a particular day. What do you make of poetry? Do you analyse and try to make an interpretation? Do you just enjoy the words from the first meeting with the poem?
What if we all tried this! Worry about something, that you can't change, no more than 3 times. After that the worry is out! Yes, out for good! It is getting you know where other than closer to anxiet,y so isn't it worth trying.
My last blog post was a review of Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hansen. This is just one of the suggestions in the book that I connected with and thought "Worthy of Repeating".
The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence
Author: Rick Hanson
I thought it was about time I read another book about the brain. Anyone who has followed my for a while will know that I find the mind and brain an amazing part of our being. This book inspired me more.
I have studied education over the last few years and if there is anything you learn through doing this it is the brain is wired by making the same connection over and over until it is strongly connected. Why then do we connect negative thoughts and experiences over and over rather than our positive ones? This book address this. After reading Hardwiring Happiness you will think about what you are dwelling on. We learn from our very first breath that crying will get us attention. Then as we grow just a little we find that whineing will get us attention. Crying and whineing... probably the first two actions we learn get us attention and love. After many years of this we have learnt more than we realise and take it into adulthood where it no-long bring us a cuddle, food or the attention we want. Rather, it brings us anxiety and depression and many other things which may not be necessary if we can rewire our thinking. (Please note: I know full well that anxiety and depression is also a medical condition and this book does not undermine the fact either).
Such rewiring doesn't happen over night, just as our brains have taken many years to think the way they do now. But maybe it is possible, just maybe. Maybe it is worth looking more into. If I can still study a subject and gain new qualifications; learn to cook a different meal; discover something new on the Internet and give it a go, then why cant I give some of the concepts in this book a go! I'm up to putting his theory to the test. Read it yourself and see if your intrigued with the information presented within it's pages.
Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of being appreciated?
Because your brain evolved to learn quickly from bad experiences but slowly from the good ones.
You can change this.
Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures full of happiness, love, confidence, and peace. Dr. Hanson’s four steps build strengths into your brain ‒ balancing its ancient negativity bias ‒ making contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal. In mere minutes each day, we can transform our brains into refuges and power centers of calm and happiness.
Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia
Edited by Bruce Murphy
A Completely Revised and Updated Edition of the Classic
Encyclopedia of World Literature
I purchased this book a few months ago and I have to say I am impressed. I had no idea there was an encyclopedia just for reader's. Now, there is Google and Wiki but having this on my bookcase is just beautiful. Is there still a place for an encyclopedia on a bookcase....Yes! Especially one like this. It is a resource that I would encourage every home to have for their children to flick through, especially those who have children/young adults of exam age.
The description tells of everything I would like to comment on...
For nearly fifty year this unique single-volume encyclopedia of world literature has been hailed as the best available. Here are over 10,000 informative entries, covering everything a reader could wish to know:
Biographies of poets, playwrights, novelists, essayists, and belletrists from around the world and through the ages, from Aristophanes to Toni Morrison, from Chaung Tzu to Juan Rulfo.
Plot summaries of important literary works, ranging from Salome to Leopold Bloom.
Myth, legend, and folklore, covering everything from Isis to the Midgard Serpentto the paladins.
biographies of artists, musicians, philosophers, and other historical personages - ranging from Roman emperors to U.S presidents - who figure prominently in literature.
Accounts of significant schools and movements in literature such as the Bloomsbury Group and the Beat Writers.
Original titles, as well as the most familiar English titles, for works in languages other than English.
Recipients of major literary awards, including Pulitzer and Nobel Prise Winners.
What more can I say than this is worth its value and is an asset to any bookcase.
Now the weekend is approaching for some and here for others of us. I hope you all have a great weekend and get some time to open a book and relax within its world.
This was available from: Amazon. Trying to find places with this looks a little tricker than a few months back. If you are wanting to purchase this I would suggest you look into it sooner rather than later.
The older the get, the more I love Dr. Seuss. I must go back and read some of the classical Dr. Seuss books I see the protential of his written words. This quote is one of the drives behind a great passion of mine... every child should be given the gift of reading.
Who is the creater behind such brilliant writting anyway? I had to do a little Googleing to find out and what I came up with was this:
Theodor Seuss Geisel
Lived from March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991
He gained his pen name while in university at Dartmoth College
Translated into more than 20 languages...
His publications sold over 600 million copies!
I was one of these readers 😊
I will keep searching for more inspirational words from the minds of great authors. They are worthy of discovering, acknowledging and repeating.
Author: Sarah Dalton
This book seemed to take a while for me to read with all the 'back to school' and 'back to work' commitments and the added National holidays that are thrown into the start of our year. Anyway, I have really enjoyed this book! So much so that I have needed to purchase the rest of the series.
It was plot that enticed me. The concept of Blemished and Gems became a reality as I thought of the possibilities of science today. The blemished are the normal every day person, un-tampered with by science. The Gems are the perfectly constructed DNA human beings. The Blemished are trained to serve the Gems. The blemished girls are given an operation at sixteen to stop any possibility of pregnancy. The Gems on the other hand are the opposite. They have everything! Beauty, mansions and the Blemished. Are you getting the picture? Mina is a Blemished. She also has powers that make her special. This twists the whole story at every angle. Add to all this the rebellion; a teacher that will drive you crazy; friendships and a love triangle (or square as Mina puts it), and you have one fantastic plot. Hence the reason I now own the rest of the series.
For all who enjoyed the Divergent series, I think you will enjoy this too. Now that does not make me an expert in the comparison of young adult reads. For me, I think the two series have their place together on my book shelf.
Here is a look at the description, but I don't think it give enough justice to the book. If you have Kindle it doesn't cost a lot to read the first book in this series. Actually, if your reading today, it is free from Amazon in Kindle format, so you have nothing to lose in trying it.
A beautiful world comes at a price... In a world filled with stunning clones Mina Hart is Blemished. Her genes are worthless and that takes away her rights: her right to an Education, her right to a normal life and her right to have a child. Mina keeps a dangerous secret which she never thought she could share until she meets Angela on her first day at St Jude's School. But their friendship is soon complicated by Angela's adoptive brother Daniel. Mina finds herself drawn to his mysterious powers and impulsive nature. Then there is the gorgeous clone Sebastian who Mina is forbidden from even speaking to... The Blemished is a frightening take on a fractured future where the Genetic Enhancement Ministry have taken control of Britain. It will take you on a ride filled with adventure, romance and rebellion.
I woke up this morning thinking of all the advice I have ever been given. All the quotes and poems I have read also ran through my mind. I have spent years adoring poetry and quotes but this morning as I sat quietly reminiscing, I remembered my mother speaking the above words to me.
I was a teen at the time and wanted to save the world. She told me I didn't need to save the world, it was only important to live one day at a time! She then turned on the music (in the car) and played me the song 'One Day At A Time'.
The song has stuck with me ever since but the words seem more neccessary as I get older and the world moves faster around me. I want to share her words with you, especially to anyone who needs to be reminded of the beauty which this simple sentence holds in its words.
As the weekend rises on us all, may you find enjoyment in words. Be it in a novel, poem, quote or spoken language, there is something to learn somewhere today.
Hill of Angels
Author: Sue Mayfield
Hill of Angels is different from what I envisioned, yet I enjoyed it to the very end. It is told in first person but from from two perspectives, that of Abigail Booth and Grace Fowler. Each chapter switches between the two girls as they tell their story. I found this a little confusing for the first few chapters but soon became engulfed in the two perspectives. What starts as an innocent friendship soon becomes stories of survival as the friends are torn apart by the beliefs of their family members. It was the two perspectives that gave life to the story. It is easy to focus on one perspective and believe it to be utterly truth. That is, until one hears the other side of the same argument. This is what I found most interesting in this novel.
To read of a civil war, written of friends yet from different perspectives, gave me an understanding of the impact war has on friendships and families. Amongst these perspectives was a historical writing of a civil war, which is highlighted in the documentation following the story. The writing of this novel has been cleverly presented in a manner that takes the reader deep into each character and family, while writing of historical events.
I give this author credit for the brilliance of her writing. The perspective analysis of each character; the family bonds; the friendship that although torn is never forgotten; and the historical elements, all make this a great read.
‘Meet me at the Hill of the Angels,’ I said suddenly but Grace shook her head. ‘There
are no angels,’ she said coldly . . . ‘And in this new world you and I cannot
be friends.’ 1640. In the Pennine wool town of Middleholme, childhood friends
Abigail Booth and Grace Fowler are united by a shared love of wild
hills, beautiful things and the
mysterious angels of their secret place. But tension is rising and bitter lines are being drawn across the land. Who is for
the King? Who is for Parliament? And which side will God favour? When the Civil War erupts, violently dividing neighbour against neighbour and
brother against brother, Grace and Abigail’s families are ripped apart. Will
their friendship survive and their hiding place remain safe? An enthralling story about loyalty, war and the redemptive power of love.
Author: K Heidi Fishman
Publication date: April 2017
Tutti's Promise is an amazing story of a young girl and her family as they fight to survive the Holocaust. It is written from the point of view of the child. This is what captured me. I have read many books on the Holocaust survival and they have all be brilliant bringing out stories of strength, endurance and survival beyond human belief. I found Tutti's Promise to be all this, and more, as a child's account of her parent's courage and strength unveiled.
Amongst all the trials, Tutti's father is able to buy her a doll of which he places all the money they have into the head chamber. Tutti is then given the doll for her birthday. Along with the doll comes the promise and challenge of never letting the doll from her protection, no matter what the circumstance. I was touched by this. As lists are placed on walls with the names of prisoners destined for the gas chambers, the last thing one would want would be their child screaming over a doll. But, this was the family's future survival source. As a mother I thought of what I would have my children do. One then quickly realises the hope of the father and mother, and the strength of a daughter no matter how young.
The father amazed me in this novel. He never gave up trying every resource available to him as he endeavoured to keep his family in the right places. He managed to just scrape through many events. The family also struggled to keep extended family together, but never stopped in the effort to bring each family member back together. It was a story that showed unbelievable family strength and connection.
For any middle grader, this book is a brilliant piece of history that will far exceed many history texts in the education of Holocaust survival. The writing from a childs perspective, gives strength to the story. The photos at the end show the family, Tutti, and her doll, all bring a sense of life to the book. I would like to see this book used as a piece of educational history by teachers presenting the topic which remains a bit of history that continues to be told and shock every generation. This is a piece of history that needs to be learnt from so it never surfaces again, to any degree, in the future.
A promise kept is like the twinkling stars in the
night sky . . . a constant reminder of something important that makes
you who you are. Can nine-year-old Tutti keep a promise—and a secret? Her family’s life may depend on it.
In the early 1930s, life for the Jews is on the brink of ruin:
Hitler has come to power, and the golden memories of happy times are
One young couple, Margret and Heinz Lichtenstern, decide to flee
Germany with their parents and daughter, Tutti. They move to Amsterdam,
where Heinz is able to continue his work . . . and where there seems to
be hope for the future. Two years later, Tutti’s brother is born, and
the family is prospering.
But then Germany invades the Netherlands. And in the pre-dawn
hours of May 10, 1940, the Lichtensterns suddenly learn that they have
not moved far enough.
This is the true story of what the Lichtensterns endured under
the Nazis. Told by Tutti’s daughter, Heidi, and filled with historical
documents and photos, it vividly recreates how one family conquered fear
and heartbreak to survive. Theirs is a tale of both unimaginable
devastation and lucky surprises—raids, sabotage, helpful friends and
strangers, and a very special gift.
One family. One remarkable story. And in the end . . . a promise kept.
I have chosen 'A Dash of Ash' as my booktuber for January. She has a ceretain character about her presentation, not just the same traditional booktuber voice to her clips. She also has a variety of clips which keep her channel fresh. The main thing that I like about her channel is the frequency in which she posts.
The above two clips are from her channel and the link will take to more of her videos. I love seeing other people express excitement over their bookshelves. I also like the Owlcrate opening clips. I wish we had book boxes like this on my country but no, not yet. Maybe it is something that I should be suggesting to our national publishers... mmm thinking now 🤔.
Take a journey over to A Dash of Ash's channel and check out what she is doing. She has a good range to show you and I'm sure there will be something that will inspire you there.
Rose Under Fire
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Read by: Sasha Pick
This took an extremely long time to listen to, 11 hours, 37 minutes to be exact. I listened in disbelieve as I became engulfed with the lives of these characters. Rose Justice is believed to have crashed her plane in part one. I found part one pretty normal in the way of novels. Part two on the other hand transported me to Ravensbruck, a Nazi women's concentration camp. There, I practically lived with the women as I listened to their stories. Even though I have read many books of Jewish survival, this one is different. Rose Under Fire managed to take me inside the camp, into the lives of these women. I had never hear of the 'Rabbits'. I hadn't realised such experimentation that went on. I was shocked to even think it all possible. As I write this, I re-envision the story and pause to think about the lives of the millions of prisoners, and sit almost speechless.
As the book evolves, the war ends and the women are left to survive out in the world. They have to tell the world what happened. They had promised to 'tell the world'. This proves harder than they thought. Each get their day court but struggle to show the scars. They struggle to even get on the stand. I felt for these women all the way through the book. They made friendships deeper than any I have ever known. They had nothing left to hide as they were stripped of every dignity in the presence of each other. They cradled each other through the experience.
This is fictional but extremely historical as explained at the end of the book. I think it is one excellent piece of literature that will grace shelves around the world for many years to come.
Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women's concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women, including a once glamorous and celebrated French detective novelist whose Jewish husband and three young sons have been killed; a resilient young girl who was a human guinea pig for Nazi doctors trying to learn how to treat German war wounds; and a Nachthexen, or Night Witch, a female fighter pilot and military ace for the Soviet air force. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive.
In this companion volume to the critically acclaimed novel Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein continues to explore themes of friendship and loyalty, right and wrong, and unwavering bravery in the face of indescribable evil.
I wish I had this book as a little girl. It is the most beautiful story and picture book that I have ever come across. I have to share with you some of the illustrations.
This is where Lily makes the Fairies a swing out of ribbon.
Here Lily has made a tea party for them.
The whole book is like this! Lily decides to make a home for the fairies who she believes live in the garden. She waits quietly for them to arrive. She then makes friends with them. The story is extremely sweet and caring. There is a gentleness to the book that makes me smile. The illustration are simply beautiful, capturing the essence of a fairy world. I have to give this book my highest accreditation. I haven't come across it in the book shops, so I went on a search and found it can be sourced through Whitcoulls and Paperplus.
Lily knows that fairies live near the gum tree. She has created a fairy house with a rose petal bed and a gum leaf table, and today she is preparing a fairy party ...But will the fairies come and play? Lily and the Fairy House is pure wish-fulfilment, a magical fairy book for girls of all ages. The... read more perfect companion to the bestselling Isabella's Secret.
Also available from: Book depository, Amazon, and Fishpond
I love quotes and poetry, as I keep sharing. Now I have discovered apps that enable me to be creative with them too!
It is pouring with rain here. Yes, it is meant to be summer but some how we have been invaded with a weather bomb. That doesn't mean I can't find a way to enjoy the last of the holidays. I have the fire going and my creative side looking for book quotes. Today I remembered someone talking about doors always seeming locked and I can remember the talk venturing onto using a window instead. I don't know if this is already a quote out there, but I like this concept. I hope you find some meaning it too.
I loved this book right from the very first page. There seems to be mixed views on Amazon about SeQuence, but I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed that it was different from a lot of the other YA books lining the shelves.
The first chapter was one of the best chapters (for me that is). It had me reading slow, than reading fast paced as the action sped up. I felt there was an ignorance towards Alessia's problems that was determined to be fixed with counselling and medication. This is such a normal occurrence in today's society and it is one that annoys me to the bone. So, I felt for Alessia and connected in a way that I wanted to save her.
Then, she ends up in the water and finds herself in a new world. This new world is beautifully described. I love the graphic descriptions written in each chapter of SeQuence. The ability Lorraine M.L.M has to 'show' the reader (me) each scene is brilliant. The descriptive language is what kept me turning page after page as I envisioned this new glorious world. While I was studying, one of my writing papers, I was continually told to 'show' what was in my mind. I didn't, at the time, understand what was meant or required as I worked to present more depth in my writing. As the papers progressed, and hence my writing, I grew to love the visual impact of writers with such an ability to present worlds to my inner-most mind. I wish my tutors had given me examples of such writing used in SeQuence. For me, this was the influential factor or my continual enjoyment of SeQuence.
I will read the rest of this series. Without a doubt I will be recommending it to our library as the cleanness and balance of adventure, mystery and love impressed me. I need to know where Alessia and Dante go from here. What happens to them and their world? I am hoping the second book gives me more twists and action that will leave me wanting to know more, again.
Alessia Appleton is desperate. She's desperate to silence the voices inside her head, but being committed to an island asylum has only made them worse. Still, at least there's the ocean. Water is the one thing that blocks Alessia from hearing the thoughts of those around her. Complete submersion is her only relief. So, when she gets the chance to escape her wardens and the voices, Alessia takes it. She dives into the sea and a giant wave drags her under.
When she comes to, one thing is clear--either Alessia's completely lost her mind, or she's not on Earth anymore.
Instead, she finds herself in a world with two moons, a complex undersea society, a long-lost grandmother, and a drool-worthy young man named Dante Erajion. However, it doesn't take long for Alessia to realise that a new world comes with all kinds of new rules and new problems. In Zeneshia sequence takes precedence over chance, and Alessia's arrival has set off the Foretold Sequence of Hearts, shifting the future to a dire series of choices between Life, Love, and Death.
What do you think? For many it takes a life time to consider being one's self. Then there are the many who have to consider who 'yourself' is behind all the people pleasing. I think that being 'yourself' is a journey, as we discover who we truely are through lifes ups and downs.
Everything I need to know about love I learned from a Little Golden Book
Author: Diane Muldrow
You are never too old to receive a Little Golden Book for Christmas. I have just proved it! I was given this book by my precious sister, and I love it to bits. More so because my sister gave it to me than anything, but also because of the reasoning behind such a gift.
Our mother got one of these books for us nearly every week. We read the books with passion. We re-read the books to younger children when they visited, and when I was in my baby-sitting days. I copied verses from these little books into my special little poem book which I spent hours writing into. I also traced many of the pictures! The Little Golden Books have a special place in my heart and it is obviously the case for my sister.
I have sat down with this book in hand, many times since Christmas. I have smile in reminiscence at the pictures. My sister and I have laughed over the stories we can remember. She remembers different ones from me, which I find interesting. Every time I open this little treasure I smile at a different picture.
For everyone who grew up with the Little Golden Books I present the Little Golden Book that will grace my bookcase... forever.