The first book you read in a year is an important decision for this bookworm. I feel it sets the mood for my entire reading year. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Swedish author Katarina Bivald is the first book I’ve read on 2016. I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect title to start my reading year. It was all that I expected it to be. It didn’t disappoint me and it left me with a smile on my face. It left me feeling like it’s going to be a good reading year.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a book I chose to read because of its cover, title and description. More about this on the full review on my blog
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is the story about Broken Wheel, an almost abandoned town in Iowa and how the power of books can transform a society.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is also the story of Amy and Sara. Amy, an elderly resident of the town of Broken Wheel, Iowa, and Sarah, a young woman from Sweden, are pen pals that form a lovely friendship through handwritten letters and exchanging books. After two years of correspondence, Amy invites Sara to visit her so they can finally meet in person. However, when Sara arrives, she finds out her beloved friend is dead but is quickly adopted by the people and the town of Broken Wheel. Sara’s arrival to Broken Wheel is not inconsequential; as it brings the little almost dead town and its people back to life.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a book for bookish people. Whether you call yourself a bookworm, book lover, avid reader, etc., this book is full of references, quotes and bookish facts and humor that you will highlight and keep in your bookish heart forever. SPOILER ALERT, I must say the book has a lot of references to other books, which will be spoiled for you if you haven’t read them!
It also poses a lot of bookish questions and interesting answers for them. Questions like: are people better than books? If you were a book character would you be a main one or a minor one? Do you judge books or people without knowing them? Have you ever smelled a book? (Tell me you pictured Rory smelling a book after reading that question!) And a lot more interesting questions of the sort that will leave your bookish mind thinking of your answers to them.
If you’re looking for a book about how books can transform lives, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a book about friendship, family, and love, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a book with romantic love stories and adorable heartwarming stories about small-town people, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a story about a little town and how everyone in town comes together for common good, this is the book for you. If you are a bookworm, this is the book for you.
The following is one of my favorite quotes from this book:
There’s always a person for every book. And a book for every person.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend has it all and like the quote above says, it is a book for every person. I’m glad I read it.
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Full review on my blog.
The moment you open a box from Penguin Random House, you remove the bubble wrap and you hear an angelic chorus in your head as you hold Martha Stewart’s Appetizers for the first time!
Martha Stewart’s Appetizers is a wonderful and priceless addition to my bookshelf. Starting with the fabulous cover and back cover photographs, they are absolutely perfect for this book. The appetizers in those photographs are mouthwatering and definitely make you want to open the book and read it. The orange spine cover is perfect for any bookshelf. You won’t miss the title of the book on your shelf.
This book has it all: a Foreword by Living’s royal highness Martha Stewart of course, her 10 GOLDEN rules for Hosting a party, her tips and strategies for party planning and for the basic serving essentials you should have to make your appetizers look spectacular, 200 recipes for Snacks, Starters, Small Plates, Stylish Bites and Sips plus a final chapter with Basic Recipes and Techniques for roasting, toasting, blanching, peeling, and other essential skills.
Like Martha says, the recipes in this book “reflect the new casualness we are witnessing in home entertaining” today. All the recipes are doable and don’t require professional or specific equipment. Anyone with basic cooking skills can read and follow these recipes. To give you an idea, the recipes include spiced or roasted nuts, seasoned popcorn, homemade crackers, salsas, dips, antipastos, spreads, skewers, rolls, sliders, pizzas, chicken wings, mac-and-cheese bites, deviled eggs, mini-quiches, canapés, ceviches, latkes and many more.
All the recipes, I repeat, all the recipes in this book are illustrated by stunning photographs by David Malosh, Marcus Nilsson, and Burcu Avsar. Having the image of each recipe is a priceless aid, so you know how the final product should look like. They also give you an idea on how to serve the appetizers or drinks; what platters, bowls, plates, glassware etc., you should use.
Martha should add a warning that the objects in the photographs are not as real as they appear! The photographs are so visually enthralling that you want to grab the appetizers from the photographs and eat them.
If you’re looking for recipes and ideas that will help you get through casual get-togethers with friends or special celebrations, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for ideas of what you can whip up for you and/or your husband or wife after a hard day’s work, this is the book for you. If you’re planning an evening with your favorite book, TV show, movie, etc., this is the book for you. If you don’t have a specific excuse and just want to delight yourself with “bites of pure enjoyment”, Martha Stewart’s Appetizers is the book for you.
Full review on my blog.
If you, like me, are a Downton Abbey fan and you’re waiting for the first episode of the show’s last season like a kid awaits Santa on Christmas, this book is a must read for you.
Downton Abbey: Rules for Household Staff is a short and little in appearance house manual, but for fans of the show it is a wonderful voyage to the downstairs Downtonian world. Being that is was written by Mr. Carson himself, it is impossible not to feel like you can hear him reading the book to you as you read.
The manual contains a series of instructions, directions and guidelines for those who aspire to perform correctly their duties as servants of the estate, with dignity and efficiency.It gives you an insight on how Downton Abbey runs thanks to the downstairs team. The infinite set of tasks and the detail of how they have to be performed. The book also comes with illustrations that are impeccably and very detailed hand drawn, adding more enjoyment to the readers’ experience with this book.
Even though this manual is for running a fictional household in the 1920’s, some of these instructions and procedures can be adopted in our modern times.
What I liked about the way Mr. Carson wrote this book was that it reminds the reader of the meaning of the word servant. “Improvers of Life” is what Mr. Carson calls them. More about this on the full review on my blog.
As a fan of the show, I must confess that I’m more a team upstairs (Lady Mary is my alter ego), but reading this book gave me a wider and more clear idea of what the downstairs team does and how valuable and irreplaceable they are for Downton Abbey.
Downton Abbey: Rules for Household Staff is a must read for Downton Abbey fans. It is the perfect book to read while we wait for the final season premiere. It is definitely a remedy for the Downton withdrawal symptoms every fan is suffering from. Season 6, it will be bittersweet but I can’t wait. Julian Fellowes, if you ever read this: thank you
Let me start this review by saying that I was attracted to read this book by its cover and title. The cover is very intriguing and thought provoking. For me it’s a perfect depiction of what is happening to kids who are “growing up” social. As a private tutor I had been questioning the effects of growing up social on my students. As soon as I saw the title of this book I picked it up thankfully it gave me all the answers I needed. And what’s best of all, it gave me reassurance that my beliefs regarding screen time for children aren’t wrong.
The writing is straight to the point. The concepts are clearly explained. There are many practical and doable examples on how to apply the suggestions the authors make. More about the writing on the the full review on my blog.
Growing up social does not emphasize only on the negative effects screen time has on our kids: slow language development, aggressive behavior, frustration, negative thoughts, weak interpersonal relationships, lack of virtues, feeling of entitlement, short attention span, lack of emotional connections, rebellion toward authority, etc. It is not a book to attack technology. The authors recognize that with a purpose and a plan, screen time can be a wonderful way to bring families closer.
The important lesson to learn is that there has to be balance, limits, and boundaries for screen time enforced by parents in order to raise healthy and productive human beings. These parameters don’t have to be imposed or forced on children. They are set in a way that children learn to make decisions and learn to live within these boundaries.
Growing up social is an empowering book for parents, an eye opener for those who are feeling lost or despaired in their mission. It fills you with hope and reminds you that it is never too late to make positive changes that will influence your children for the rest of their lives. It positively recharges you and makes you remember that “you are the parent at the wheel who decides the direction of your family.”
Growing up social is not only for parents or single parents, but also a great resource for grandparents, families, teachers, nannies, tutors, counselors, and anyone who is in constant contact with children and has some responsibility in their upbringing can greatly benefit from reading this book. I am very selective as to which books get 5 stars in my book shelf. I highly recommend reading this book.