Steal Like An Artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative, by Austin Kleon

My Copy: 9780761169253 (image from bn.com) This was just the book I needed to read at just the right time. I picked it up when I was browsing for books that would help me get over this inability to think and create that I've been talking about lately. I'd seen it before and that day … Continue reading Steal Like An Artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative, by Austin Kleon

Q#147: Question for the Dune fans out there–is it worth it to read the other books?…

I caught the new Dune teaser a few hours ago, which made my jaw drop a bit in surprise. Of course, being a teaser, it was damned confusing, too (and part of me wonders how much they paid Pink Floyd for that interesting slow cover of "Eclipse"). That trailer prompted me to take out the … Continue reading Q#147: Question for the Dune fans out there–is it worth it to read the other books?…

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice & Fire #5), by George R. R. Martin

My Copy: 9780553582017 (image from bn.com) I can't believe it took me over two months to finish this book. I actually read the last two hundred pages last night because I was so eager to get through them and I couldn't sleep, so why not? The action increased its pace nicely with some quiet moments … Continue reading A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice & Fire #5), by George R. R. Martin

The Parakeet Handbook, by Anette Wolter & Immanuel Birmelin

My Copy: 0764110187 (image from bn.com) One thing I've learned about wanting to learn new things--and using books as a major resource--is that when it's a Barron's publication, you've got few worries. The same goes for The Parakeet Handbook. I like this book. It could use a few more illustrations, perhaps, but it's not overly … Continue reading The Parakeet Handbook, by Anette Wolter & Immanuel Birmelin

Garrett’s Store (A Tiny Thinkers Book), by M.J. Mouton & illustrated by Jezreel S. Cuevas

My Copy: 9780998314747 (image from bn.com) When it comes to children's books, the Tiny Thinkers series is probably the most wonderful looking books I've ever seen for kids. Certainly books that are like mini biographies of scientists and great thinkers, especially. The illustrations are vivid and wonderfully expressive. And the language isn't too difficult to … Continue reading Garrett’s Store (A Tiny Thinkers Book), by M.J. Mouton & illustrated by Jezreel S. Cuevas

Too Much & Never Enough: How my family created the world’s most dangerous man, by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D.

My Copy: 9781982141462 (image from bn.com) I started reading this yesterday when I had nothing else to do during a power outage (as it's been hot as hell thanks to that hurricane passing by). I finished it a couple of hours ago, and had to think about how strange it was to read this book. … Continue reading Too Much & Never Enough: How my family created the world’s most dangerous man, by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D.

Humane Critter Control: The guide to natural, nontoxic pest solutions to protect your yard & garden, by Theresa Rooney

My Copy: 9781591866961 (image from bn.com) I gotta admit, after watching my watermelons disappear and my red noodle beans end up with those weird orange bugs crawling all over them, and me basically giving up til next season... let's just say this book came at the right time. Humane Critter Control is not a thick … Continue reading Humane Critter Control: The guide to natural, nontoxic pest solutions to protect your yard & garden, by Theresa Rooney