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Book Review: Coding Projects in Python

Python is something that a lot of my coworkers would talk about coding in but one that I had little experience in.  When I saw there was a book to review that would teach me some basic coding in python I opted to check it out to see if it could give me a crash course that I could use as the foundation to build upon to learn more.  I love the way this book was laid out with pictures and icons and images throughout as well as text, making it seem a lot more fun and a lot less like some of the boring how-to books I have read in the past.  If you have coded before, some of the earlier chapters may just be a refresher for you, but if you’ve never coded before I think that they provide a really nice basic overview to coding.  I just quickly went through this book in order to review it, but this is a book that I can see myself going back to reference and trying out the code in it until I end up catching on the the syntax and everything with python and how it works.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

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Book Review: Tots!

It’s no secret that one of my favorite foods is tater tots. (Or really potatoes in any form) so this book of 50 TOT-ally Awesome recipes was right up my ally as a way to mix things up a bit when it comes to Tots.  The book starts with a few ways to cook your tots – pan fry, deep fry or bake and even how to make your own tots from scratch.  If you’d like to try using something other than a potato, there’s also tips for broccoli or cauliflower, sweet potatoes or beets and zucchini or apple tots!  Then comes the chapter on dips and sauces. Mmm. It’s a good thing I ate before reading this book or I’d have been starving by the time I hit page 20!  Then it gets into all the different recipes – TOTS POUTINE! I am on a poutine kick lately (just got back from Canada so it makes sense) but I didn’t think that poutine could get any better – but I never thought about making it with Tots! mmm. mmm. mmm.

This book was everything I was expecting it to be and so, so much more! If you are as in love with tots as I am you HAVE to check it out.  If you’re having a dinner party soon and want to try some different dishes to serve – well you could probably do a completely tot menu based on recipes from this book and I’m not sure anyone would be disappointed.  But a warning – you will be craving tots by the time you make it to the end of the book! The only down side is I wish there were more photos – although the ones that are included will make your mouth water.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

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This quirky single-subject cookbook features more than 50 recipes for making fun, delicious, and over-the-top meals with tater tots, from Chicken Tot Pie to Totchos (tot nachos), Hots ‘n’ Tots (jalapeno tot-poppers) to Apple Tot Crisp.

 

Book Review: The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard

I’m a pretty big Harry Potter fan, though I don’t have too much in the way of collectibles and memorabilia from it, so I was curious to see what would be featured in this book.  Of course, the first chapter features on what started it all – the books! The photos of signed copies and all the different versions was really cool to look at. Then it of course moves on to the movie posters. Although I think my favorite chapter was the one on the movie props – Did you know that the Ford Anglia that Harry and Ron “borrowed” is now owned by Rupert Grint’s father? There is a chapter devoted to gorgeous art based on the books and films as well. This was a lot of fun to check out and I don’t think I have anything featured in the book (except the books) but it was still fun to see what some of these items have sold for and what is out there!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

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A legacy of magical treasures!

Since 1997 with the publication of the first book, Harry Potter has cast a spell over millions of Muggles around the world–not the least of all bewitched collectors. Harry Potter: The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard conjures rare, extraordinary and magical treasures sprung from the Potter books and movies, and even the imaginations of fans. In its enchantingly visual pages, you’ll discover delightful riches including author J.K. Rowling’s writing chair that sold at auction for almost $400,000, first-edition books, original art, movie posters, film props, exclusives, limited-edition items, fun fandom pieces, and other wonders to behold.

So with a whisper of “accio” and a flick of your wand, summon forth the fascinating, the fantastical and the fabulous found in Harry Potter: The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard.

Book Review: Are You My Dad?

Are You My Dad? Is the story of a penguin who hatches out of her egg but then doesn’t know where her Dad is, so she goes off to find him! Every animal she sees along the way she asks, “Are you my Dad?”  All of the animals tell them how they are similar to her Dad, but not her Dad.  Finally, she is reunited with her Dad and all is well.

A really cute book, similar to “Are you my Mother?” which I read a lot as a kid!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

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Book Review: My Favorite Animal: Dolphins

My favorite animals are dolphins. Would you like to learn about them? That is how this book begins.  Each page has beautiful photos of my favorite animal and some information for you to learn more about them. Throughout there are questions so you can see if you learned and the answers are at the end of the book.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

 

 

Book Review: Girl Logic

I can’t say I’m a fan of Iliza, or at least I wasn’t before reading this book (Our family regularly watched Last Comic Standing) but I find her a lot more tolerable after reading her book.  It’s not an autobiography but it’s a lot of great advice and stories about being a girl and dealing with what she refers to as “Girl Logic”.  The forward is also written by Mayim Bialik and you can’t go wrong with Blossom. (Or Amy Farrah Fowler)

There is some behind the scenes on dealing with the aftermath of Last Comic Standing, whether or not she thinks she is famous, stories of guys she has dated and was a quick and really fun read.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

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From breakout stand-up comedian Iliza Shlesinger comes a subversively funny collection of essays and observations on a confident woman’s approach to friendship, singlehood, and relationships.

“Girl Logic” is Iliza’s term for the way women obsess over details and situations that men don’t necessarily even notice. She describes is as a characteristically female way of thinking that appears to be contradictory and circuitous but is actually a complicated and highly evolved way of looking at the world. When confronted with critical decisions about dating, sex, work, even getting dressed in the morning, Iliza argues that women will by nature consider every repercussion of every option before making a move toward what they really want. And that kind of holistic thinking can actually give women an advantage in what is still a male world.

In Iliza’s own words: “Understanding Girl Logic is a way of embracing both our aspirations and our contradictions. GL is the desire to be strong and vulnerable. It’s wanting to be curvy, but rail thin at the same time. It’s striving to kick ass in a man’s world while still being loved by the women around you.

“This book is also for me, because apparently expounding on a stage for two hours a night wasn’t enough. (Trust me, if I could start a cult I would, but I hate the idea of deliberately dying in a group.)”

Book Review: Bad Reputation

Bad Reputation is the story of Hockey Bad Boy Chase and his best friend Cassie. The two are best friends – only friends.  Although it seems like both might want more but are afraid to tell each other.  When Cassie gets a HUGE work opportunity to give a keynote address in Vegas, she is nervous but asks Chase to tag along.  Things get a little wild after a night out of drinking when Cassie tells Chase that they should get married.  Chase goes along with it but the next morning neither of them can remember anything of what happened.  The two end up sharing a kiss and for anyone who witnessed it, it was clearly more than a “just friends” kiss.  They end up drunk again and sleeping together all night long. (It took 50% of the book to get to this action – but totally WORTH THE WAIT) Of course, this is also the night before Cassie’s big keynote address and you guessed it – she slept through it.

Will Cassie lose her job? Who will remember that first night in Vegas first – and will they tell each other? Will they get the marriage absolved? Once they return from Vegas will they go back to being just friends and what happens in vegas stays in vegas? Well, you’ll just have to read it to find out.

Usually I read baseball, not hockey, but the dude on the cover was H-O-T – which usually means the book is going to be a flop but other than being somewhat predictable (the best friends end up together) it was really an enjoyable read.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

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Meet the most wanted players in sports . . . one ridiculously hot alpha male at a time.

Chase: With a nickname like “Sin,” it’s no wonder they call me the bad boy of hockey. Opponents curse me. Fans scream my name—in the arena and in other, much more private places. Penalties or not, I’m not afraid to dish out a little pain. But pleasure? That’s my weakness. And no one knows it better than my best friend, Cassie Desrosiers. I’d have to be blind not to notice her rocking body and teasing grin. So when she invites me along on a trip to Vegas, my curiosity isn’t the only thing that’s aroused.

Cassie: Chase Barrett is a world-class A-hole. As his best friend, I’m allowed to call him on his BS. Who else is going to do it? Certainly not the puck bunnies swooning at every flex of his biceps. Everyone knows that Chase is the love-’em-and-leave-’em type. There’s no such thing as commitment for the king of casual hookups. So why should I care? Maybe because all work and no play makes me a sexually frustrated girl. It’s time to put the hockey stud at my beck and call to good use . . . but after a week in Vegas with Chase, I might never want to go back to the real world.

Book Review: Her Book Boyfriend

Her Book Boyfriend is about Mace, a high schooler who can’t seem to land a boyfriend.  It may be because most people seem to think she is an item with her best friend, Cam.  She loves reading romance novels so she decides to make a list of things to try to land a boyfriend and therefore prom date by doing some of the things the characters in her favorite author’s books have done in order to land their significant others.

From the get go, as soon as I saw there was a male/female best friend lead and a girl who was looking for Mr Right I knew how this one was going to end. But I am glad I stayed along for the ride because how they get there is a bit of a roller coaster ride and I am happy I stuck it out and followed the whole story.

And now I know that this technique probably isn’t one that I should be trying any time soon to try and land myself my own book boyfriend… (It’s just too bad I don’t have any male BFF hanging around…)

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

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Book Review: Surviving the Dick Clique

As someone who has been in a male dominated work environment for over 10 years, I wasn’t sure if this book was going to be of any assistance to me – it might have contained a whole bunch of things I already knew or learned (probably the hard way) but I did end up enjoying it and the tips that are given throughout on how to deal with different situations that may come up.  The corporate world is a bit different than the world that I have been working in, but dudes are dudes.

This would be a great gift to any female who will be graduating and joining the work force soon, as so many occupations seem to (still) be male dominated.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

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This book is a guide for women who rise through the corporate ranks and find themselves side by side with men facing unchartered gender challenges. It is based on the mistakes I made , lessons I learned and rules for the following generations. It is raw, relatable and honest. It has colorful language, self-depracating humor and realistic rules for women. I expect it will make men and women uncomfortable and open up a dialogue. I review my 20 years in the medical device industry and reveal my most poignant experiences and lessons. It is all about my involvement with men, and observing how they function in a corporate setting. The book opens with the definition of the dick clique and the activities that they engage in. It is followed by chapters such as attending strip joints, being bullied, being disrespected, engaging in self doubt, protecting your female brand, finding female allies, and becoming a dick. The book ends with finding solutions. What can we do to make this better for women and disband the dick clique

 

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Book Review: Discover Baby Animals

Kids book, very easy to read. Pictures of all the baby animals as well as a sentence about them. Only about 30 pages.  Some of the animals may be a bit advances for a younger reader (marmoset?) but I loved all the monkeys that were included. Cute, cute, cute!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

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