Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hello, Wine. By Melanie Wagner

This breezy-to-read but super-informative guidebook is a stylish primer for any newcomer to the endlessly fascinating world of wine. Master Sommelier Melanie Wagner's down-to-earth tone and comprehensive knowledge make learning about wine fun and approachable. Twelve chapters explore every aspect of wine—from how it is made to how to drink it—and provide helpful descriptions of grape varietals and recommendations that can be taken to the wine store. Featured alongside these many encouraging lessons and suggestions are 60 whimsical and informative color illustrations. With insights ranging from what makes a wine exceptional, palate-building, and enjoying wine with others, this is the perfect self-purchase or gift for anyone who wants a great wine resource.

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452111022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452111025

  • My review:
    I loved, absolutely loved the feel of this book.  Easy to read. Quick read. Very informative.  A non-wine drinker would love this book as a gift. It's very educational too. Not boring. the color. the aroma. where the wine was made. All make a great book, which Melanie Wagner definitely did so...
    Check it out! you'll be very pleased.  Would make an awesome Christmas gift!

    To purchase:
    at Amazon click here
    at B&N click here

    Or your local bookstore. Check it out!

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    The Princess in the Opal Mask, by Jenny Lundquist

    Every Fairy-Tale Ending Has a Price. . . .

    Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Meanwhile, in Galandria's royal capital, Princess Wilha stands out as someone to either worship or fear. Though no one knows why the king has always made her conceal her face--including Wilha herself.

    When an assassination attempt threatens the peace of neighboring kingdoms, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face . . . with a chance at claiming new identities. However, with dark revelations now surfacing, both girls will need to decide if brighter futures are worth the binding risks.

    • Paperback: 352 pages
    • Publisher: Running Press Kids (October 22, 2013)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0762451092
    • ISBN-13: 978-0762451098


    My review:
         A great read for young adults, this story follows two girls Elara and Wilha – one a princess and the other an orphan and how their lives become intertwined.  Wilha is forced to wear a mask her entire life and never being told why and Elara not even knowing her true identity.  The author keeps you interested throughout the entire book wanting to see what the fates of these two girls are and how they grow and adapt to the changing environment in the story.  It kept me interested until the very end and now waiting for the sequel to see where their lives go next!!!

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    A Personal Medical History, by Pamela Taylor

    I will very much enjoy this journal type book, as my husband was just diagnosed with cancer, and we will for sure be needing to write everything down from doctor's names to medications he is taking.

    A great little handle book to bring to all your appointments.

    Your Personal Medical History... Keep an ongoing record of your medical history (your medical diagnoses, blood type, medication list and updates, physicians' contact information, emergency contacts and their contact information, a list of allergies, a record of your daily vital signs, a log of your food intake and exercise routine, shots and vaccinations received, tests you've undergone and the results, a list of your surgeries, information on your insurance policies, notes taken during doctors' visits and hospitalizations with discharge orders, treatments received, and a list of health care provider options) along with important documents (a copy of your insurance cards, a Living Will, Power of Attorney, etc.) all in one handy book. Bring your medical history book with you to doctors' appointments and to the hospital to write notes. Review previous entries periodically to look for patterns and for cause and effect relationships between reoccurrences of illnesses and symptoms, medication changes and reactions, treatments and results, etc. Never put your life or the life of someone you love totally in the hands of other people without keeping track of what's being done.

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478721154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478721154

  • Roses, by G.R. Mannering

    A dark, modern rendition of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast!

    "As the gates clicked shut behind them, she heard the distant roar of a beast."

    She bears no name. Her silvery appearance is freakish to the numerous inhabitants of Sago, the cosmopolitan capital of Pevorocco in a fantasy realm. With her mother vanishing at the instance of her birth, she is regrettably sent to live with the nouveau riche Ma Dane, where she is punished daily for something, though she knows not what. Tauntingly named Beauty, she flees Sago in a violent uprising that sets out to massacre all Magics and journeys to the furthest point of the country.

    But Beauty cannot hide in the grassy Hillands forever. Before long, the State officials find her and threaten to take her back to war-torn Sago where death surely awaits. In a midnight blizzard she escapes them, running into a deep, enchanted forest to a great and terrible beast who will bargain for her life. But can Beauty accept Beast? Eternity is a long time.

    G. R. Mannering's eloquent style and creative retelling of a timeless classic illuminates the plight of Beauty and the Beast and is sure to captivate fans of Cinder, Beauty, and others.

    Could not get into this book. Maybe it is just not my type of book. Tried though.

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press; 1 edition (November 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620879883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620879887
  • Dr. Bob, by Lodewyk H.S. Van Mierop, M.D.

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (2012)

  • A very large book, but well worth the read.  (578 pgs)