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review 2017-02-09 03:51
The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life Th... The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters - Emily Esfahani Smith
I received a copy of this book through Bookstr/The Reading Room in exchange for an honest review.

This is a beautifully written book. Uplifting and inspirational, Smith focuses on how meaning is derived from four pillars and how a person can gain a sense of purpose in his or her life.

I really enjoyed that Smith uses anecdotes as well as scientific research studies to demonstrate the four pillars. It makes the reading interesting as well as informative. She also draws upon other sources such as philosophy, literature, and religion to give a brief history of how meaning has been perceived by humans throughout time.

This is a wonderful book and a fascinating read. There is a great deal of information regarding how to make life more meaningful and develop a purpose in life.
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review 2016-11-21 00:00
Crafting Disorder
Crafting Disorder - ReGina Welling,Erin ... Crafting Disorder - ReGina Welling,Erin Lynn Well, I am sort of torn on this one-- I did not hate it, but did not love it. So the jury is still out. Maybe it was the genre, I don't know... this was my first Cozy Mystery, so I will have to read more to compare. The characters seemed a bit flat, or 2 dimensional to me, if you know what I mean. But maybe others would not see it this way-- I don't know, lol. : /
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review 2016-07-27 01:06
Review: Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes by Raymond Obstfeld
Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes - Raymond Obstfeld

Quick review for a quick read. I read this book as a reference from my local library during my Camp Nano writing pursuits. I thought it was a thorough examination of scene building on several levels - from character to setting to genre. It was logical in its orientation and organization, with examples from literature, film, and the author's own writings. However, for me I wouldn't say it was as helpful as other resources on writing I've perused.

Overall score : 3/5 stars.

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review 2016-06-20 14:12
Creative Nonfiction: Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life - Philip Gerard

The basics of what you need to know to go about writing creative nonfiction.

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review 2016-05-15 15:40
Review: Margeau Chapeau
Margeau Chapeau: A New Perspective on Classic Knit Hats (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) - Margeau Soboti

Let Margeau show you how to knit the hat of your dreams, from a stylish tweed cap to a playful beanie or a classic beret. Fifteen patterns, all well within the capacity of novice knitters, include earflap caps, a turban headband, watch caps, and other items. The designs offer a variety of attractive silhouettes and shapes, from fitted, traditional items to slouchy, trendy hats. Suggested yarns range from affordable to luxury, all chosen for their softness and sophisticated color palette.

 

 

Well. Undoubtedly this is a book with patterns for hats. And yes, they are all "in the capacity of novice knitters" because stockinette stitch and ribbing is something even absolute beginners can do and the majority of patterns are just that. There are a few with basic cabling and some colourwork that might be a bit more challenging (depending on your stance on that...) but a lot of it is really just the most basic stitch patterns. The variation comes from things like yarn-weight and how exactly the stitches are combined.

I would guess that you can find very similar patterns to those in the book only for free. Of course that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Some people do prefer to pay for the comfort of having all their patterns in one place (and yes, that includes me) but this is some really basic stuff.

Yes, some people might get something out of this book but I don't. Yes, it does say it's a book for 'novice knitters' but I'd still expected a bit more variety.

 

ARC received from NetGalley

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