Thursday, July 5, 2018

Loving Yourself in Style by Shabana Feroze

★★★☐☐ The publisher has provided a copy for review.
Hmmm. I'm not a fashionista and I'm not a drudge. Written for the young and adventurous at heart, Feroze presents the basics of looking good, emotionally, mentally, and physically. There are cute illustrations and good tips on everything from watching your money and designing your closet to shopping for foundational and enduring pieces.

I don't agree with her "chuck everyone's expectations" but I do agree that others' opinions are not a healthy way to get affirmation. Lots of ideas, very practical, and kinda fun to read through. Go for it, esp if you're not sure what to wear tomorrow morning.

Professor at Large: The Cornell Years by John Cleese

★★★★★  The publisher provided a copy for review
Well, I never expected to be absorbed into an academic volume. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentations by Cleese, a deep thinker with a humorous delivery. If you like exploring the world in unconventional ways, want to have your assumptions provoked in new directions - this might be a volume for you.

You'll want to take your time to work through the sessions. Maybe take it along on a retreat or nibble around the edges for a few months. You'll say what I did, "I never thought about that before," and "I've never thought about that just this way." It's like taking your mind to an amusement park and extreme challenge at the same time. Hang on for the ride.

Art Starts with a Line: A creative and interactive guide to the art of line drawing by Erin McManness

★★★★ ☐ The publisher has provided a copy for review.
Seriously? I haven't had this much fun - and looking forward to practicing "lines" in a long time. The illustrations, short text, and clear explantations make this a great book to take on the bus or play with during work breaks. One of the most helpful things in the outline is the blank space beside demos, for your own efforts. Draw - or paint - and compare.

You'll enjoy the playfulness and the information if you are a beginner or intermediate draw-er. Pick up a copy and let the fun begin.

English from Afar: How to learn English the less painful way by Bruce Peterson

★★★★ ☐ The publisher has provided a copy for review
I'm learning (not English, but) another world language. I couldn't wait to get my hands on a book that promises to teach a language in a ways that is "speedy, effective, communicative, and interesting" for the student.

This book presents a thoroughly modern view of current resources, including tutoring, internet programs, imitation, and practice. I found the concepts and progression - plus the sheer effort involved - in learning a new language to be accurate - and helpful in marking progress.

If you are aiming for fluency in presentations and business, this is a must-read. Though the vocabulary is advanced, the ideas for smooth communication and deep engagement are sound. I recommend it and will transfer some of the ideas to my own language learning.

Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens by Christopher Woods

★★★★ ☐ The publisher has provided a copy for review.
From the wild glass shapes of the Chihuly gardens near Seattle to the formal calmness of the Tree Museum in Rapperswil, Switzerland, you'll turn the pages with appreciation. You'll travel the continents to see innovative and sculptural gardens.

If you view gardening as art, love the shapes and colors of nature, or just need ideas for taking your own yard or property to the next level, you'll enjoy this book of beautiful trends.

One of the cardinal rules of educating the eye in design is to look at the best, the most precious, and the most innovative that top designer have to offer. Then your own ideas will be richer, more beautiful, and better thought out because you have a sense of what can be done.

Make this book part of your education.

The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships by Suzanne Stabile

★★★★ ☐ The publisher has provided a copy for review.
There are a lot of books about the Enneagram lately. This one is valuable in letting us understand interactions with others and between individuals with various personalities.

How do we negotiate individualities in a common space? This examination of the types in the Enneagram will help you understand yourself and others, and how you interact together and separately.

I recommend it, especially if you've been wondering how valuable this look at human characteristics can be.

The Minimalist Home A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life by Joshua Becker

★★★★ ☐ The publisher has provided a copy for review.
Becker is on the forefront of the minimalism movement. I've read his writing over the years, and been astonished by how easy and fulfilling the "less-is-more" ideas are. What is the emphasis of our life - to live, or to acquire things that make us seem like we are alive?

With this book, he charts a course for creating a fulfilling and pleasing home. I enjoyed the charts and research put into this book (for example, the needs of various ages of children). Also, I felt that the practical tips could be personalized for each reader.

I recommend this and will be putting some of his ideas into action in my own place. Thanks, Joshua.