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Book Review: Girl Boner

Girl boner is geared towards ‘good girls’ seeking sexual empowerment.  There are journal exercises throughout the book and stories from abuse victims as well as ways to self are and pointers on sex positions.  It seems like a woman’s pleasure is always an after thought to the man’s, so this book helps educate the women and hopefully help make their sex lifes a little bit more pleasurable.

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: Fantastic Failures

Fantastic Failures is all about people who have changed the world – but not without falling down first.  Some of the names that you will probably recognize that are included in this book include – Harry Potter author JK Rowling, Media superstar Oprah, movie director Steven Speilberg, NASA brain Katherine Johnson… The moral of the story is, be persistent and keep trying.  Fall down 7 times, stand up 8.  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  Just think of all the things we would not have if the people in this book gave up after their first attempt didn’t go as they had planned for it to!

 

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

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Even the most well-known people have struggled to succeed! Find out what they learned and how they turned their failures into triumphs with this engaging and youthful guide on how to succeed long term.

There is a lot of pressure in today’s society to succeed, but failing is a part of learning how to be a successful person. In his teaching career, Luke Reynolds saw the stress and anxiety his students suffered over grades, fitting in, and getting things right the first time. Fantastic Failures helps students learn that their mistakes and failures do not define their whole lives, but help them grow into their potential.

Kids will love learning about some of the well-known people who failed before succeeding and will come to understand that failure is a large component of success. With stories from people like J. K. Rowling, Albert Einstein, Rosa Parks, Sonia Sotomayor, Vincent Van Gogh, Julia Child, Steven Spielberg, and Betsy Johnson, each profile proves that the greatest mistakes and flops can turn into something amazing. Intermixed throughout the fun profiles, Reynolds spotlights great inventors and scientists who discovered and created some of the most important medicines, devices, and concepts of all time, including lifesaving vaccines and medicines that were stumbled upon by mistake.

 

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Book Review: We Are The Nerds

We Are The Nerds tells the story of the birth and tumultuous life of REDDIT, the Internet’s culture laboratory.  It may be a surprise to many, but I do not spend much time on reddit at all.  I am aware of what it is and I know a ton of people who spend hours there checking everything out but for whatever reason it never really clicked as a place for me to check out. However, I am a nerd and I am all about the internet and making webpages and apps and the like so getting to read a bit about how everything behind the scenes went down before the site was created and then trying to figure out how to balance its popularity as well as know what to censor and what not to censor was really interesting to me.  A lot of fun stories from behind the scenes, some sad ones as well.  I learned a lot, even if it did seem to take me forever and a day to actually end up finishing the book. (Where has all my free time gone!? No wonder why I have no time for reddit…)

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 riveting look inside Reddit, the wildly popular, often misunderstood website, whose intensely-engaged users have changed the culture of the Internet–“a must-read for anyone hoping to make sense of the century ahead” (Ashlee Vance, bestselling author of Elon Musk).

Reddit hails itself as “the front page of the Internet.” It’s the third most-visited website in the United States–and yet, millions of Americans have no idea what it is.

We Are the Nerds is an engrossing look deep inside this captivating, maddening enterprise, whose army of obsessed users have been credited with everything from solving cold case crimes and spurring tens of millions of dollars in charitable donations to seeding alt-right fury and landing Donald Trump in the White House. We Are the Nerds is a gripping start-up narrative: the story of how Reddit’s founders, Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, rose up from their suburban childhoods to become millionaires and create an icon of the digital age–before seeing the site engulfed in controversies and nearly losing control of it for good.

Based on Christine Lagorio-Chafkin’s exclusive access to founders Ohanian and Huffman, We Are the Nerds is also a compelling exploration of the way we all communicate today–and how we got here. Reddit and its users have become a mirror of the Internet: it has dingy corners, shiny memes, malicious trolls, and a sometimes heart-melting ability to connect people across cultures, oceans, and ideological divides.

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Book Review: Widespread Panic in the Streets of Athens, Georgia

Widespread Panic in the Streets of Athens, Georgia is all about a concert that was held there back in 1998 and referred to as “Panic in the Streets”.  This book is not really a biography of the event, but instead a recount with stories from people who were there.  This was not a casual event, people didn’t just show up, it was all planned.  There even was a wedding at the concert!  This concert opened the door and brought a lot more music festivals to Athens and it still being talked about 20 years later!

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

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In April 1998, legendary southern jam band Widespread Panic held a free open-air record release show in downtown Athens, Georgia, its homebase. No one involved could have known that the predicted crowd of twenty thousand would prove to be nearly five times that size. The ultimately successful show, now known as “Panic in the Streets,” went on to become a cult favorite of Panic fans and a decisive moment in Athens music history. This event still holds the record for the world’s largest record release party, but the full story of how the event came to be has not been told until now.

Widespread Panic in the Streets of Athens, Georgia places readers at the historic event, using in-depth investigation and interviews with the band, city officials, and “Spread Heads” who were there. Told as much as possible in real time, music journalist Gordon Lamb’s narrative takes the reader from conception to aftermath and uncovers the local controversies and efforts that nearly stopped the show from happening altogether.

This deeply researched and richly sourced book follows every stage of the concert’s development from the spark of an idea to approximately one hundred thousand people from all over the world packing the streets of a legendary music town. Taking us back to 1990s Athens through vibrant, on-the-scene writing, Lamb gives us the story of a band on the verge of greatness and a town reckoning with its significant place in music history.

 

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Book Review: Baby Animals Eating

Baby Animals Eating has to be one of the cutest books I have read lately.  It has a bunch of photos of animals eating – like koalas and monkeys!  It tells you what they eat and how they eat it – for instance – a sloth at 1 month can digest just 1 leaf!  Super adorable quick read.

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

About the Book

Around the world, baby animals eat to grow big and strong. Whether it’s bear cubs snacking on clams, giraffes munching on leaves, or chimpanzee babies drinking milk from their moms, baby animals eating are not only adorable—they can teach us about animal behavior, too.

The third book in the Baby Animals series, Baby Animals Eating showcases more than 10 species from around the world eating different things. Stunning, intimate, full-color photographs by Suzi Eszterhas are each paired with a short sentence highlighting information about the animal. Designed both to be read aloud and for young children to explore independently, this book will encourage readers to make connections between themselves and the animals. Back matter gives further information about Suzi Eszterhas and some behind-the-scenes detail.

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Book Review: Dollar Bill Animals in Origami

Dollar Bill Animals in Origami is a book showing you how to make all sorts of different animals using origami done with dollar bills! These would make awesome gifts or fun conversation starters to have around the house.  Some of the animals I would love to try to make are the seahorse, owl, turtle, unicorn or triceratops!  The skill level is noted by *simple, **intermediate and ***complex.  There are symbols that show you how to fold each step and step by step instructions to help you make these awesome animals.

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

 

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John Montroll has consistently expanded the limits of the ancient art of paper folding. Now in this exciting volume of more than 30 original models, the world-renowned origami master departs from the traditional square form and crafts each creation from an ordinary dollar bill.
Using the familiar rectangular shape as a base, Dollar Bill Animals in Origami offers easy-to-follow diagrams for folders at every level of expertise, from beginner to expert. You may use actual dollar bills or any paper cut to the same proportions to create a stunning display of animals of land, air, and sea: giraffe, unicorn, dinosaur, parrot, owl, shark, and many others. Also included are pictures of each completed project and instructions for basic folds. With this innovative book an exciting journey in origami art is as close as the nearest dollar.

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Book Review: Dumpling Pups

Dumpling Pups is a book full of crochet dogs that are just oh so cute!  There are technique to use when crocheting and all sorts of fun things to make – corgis, dog beds, bull dogs… instructions and photos for all of the pups and each has the skill level listed so you know if you may be in over your head before you start!  Adorable!

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

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Beginner- to intermediate-level crocheters will have a doggone good time with these 20 original patterns for dumpling-shaped dogs. Inspired by a Japanese collecting game, the guide offers full-color photos, simple diagrams, and easy-to-follow instructions that assist crafters in “collecting” all of the cuddly pups, each of which comes with its own charming story and personality points. Breeds include corgi, dachshund, pit bull, lab, and many others — a dog bed and bowl are also included.

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Book Review: For Cluck’s Sake!

 

For Cluck’s Sake is an “Egg”cellent collection of chicken lore, chicken facts, chicken trivia & chicken love.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book but I now know a lot more about chicken than I ever thought – like they poop while they are sleeping. *shrugs*  If you’re into chicken or just think the title of the book is funny, it might be worth checking out.

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

 

About the Book

For Cluck’s Sake is the perfect gift for the backyard chicken farmer, owner, or breeder in your life (and we know you have one).

Celebrate these beloved birds with this fun, lighthearted, and informative book filled with egg and chicken trivia, chicken-related quotes, humorous and interesting facts, chicken lore, and chicken “wisdom.”

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Book Review: Hacking IT

Hacking IT is about a smart software developer named Kylie.  It all begins when she notices that the lights in her office are not like they used to be.  She talks to one of the other women at the office she shares and gets admin rights to the control panel and finds that there was a hacker in the system and tries to follow him to undo what was done.  Of course, the chief security officer is then alerted that there was a hacker in the system, and believes that it was Kylie.  Finally she is able to explain that she was just trying to HELP, not hurt and that maybe he should figure out a new staff to keep control of his IT stuff since they let a hacker in and mistook her for the hacker instead.

And this is a romance novel so of course, Luke and Kylie start a little relationship.  Which complicates things a bit – but as they begin to realize that someone seems to be after Kylie, Luke ends up being her personal security as well.  Luke has been looking into her background and thinks that he has discovered a BIG secret about her – but is it true? Well, you’re just going to have to read to find out…

My favorite quote from the book: “There was only so long a smart person could bang their head against a closed door before simply climbing a fence.”

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

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Book Review: I’m Keith Hernandez

Keith Hernandez was the Mets 1st baseman in the 80s.  Prior to that, he was a Cardinal.  Currently, he can be heard in the booth for Mets broadcasts and has been a bright spot in an otherwise pretty meh season so far from the team.  Last month he released a memoir titled “I’m Keith Hernandez” which is his line in a Seinfeld episode.  Although the book cover features him in Mets garb, most of the book focuses on his life growing up and making his way through the minor leagues and to the Cardinals team.  It was extra interesting for me because most of his minor league time was spent in Tulsa, OK – a place I have been visiting yearly for the past 10 years.  He bounces back to present day as well, as an announcer and how he was preparing to write the book and trying to figure out what he should include.  (He opted to not touch as much on the Mets because he said that era has been written about a lot.)

Keith ended up doing a book signing tour and one of his stops was in Madison, CT!  Keith is one of my favorites in the Mets organization so I knew I had to go.  As luck would have it, I ended up having a business trip just before the signing and so I ended up getting an audio version of the book – which was read by Keith himself.  The book was 9 hours and 45 minutes long – my trip was supposed to be round trip 8 hours. (I did listen to a couple chapters while eating dinner during my trip) I ended up finishing the book just as I was pulling into my driveway – got changed into Mets garb and headed out to meet Keith.

I have to say, the book is great, but if you have the chance to have Keith read you the audio of the book – definitely take it.  It was great to hear his words in his voice and he even laughed sometimes if remembering a particularly funny moment or anecdote.  I felt like I had Keith sitting in the passenger seat with me on my way there and back. When I met him he told me it took him 1 week to record it and asked me how I thought he did, “Oh it was great! I felt like you were in the car with me!” “Well, I was!” he replied.

If you are a Keith fan, a Mets or Cardinals fan, or even just a baseball fan – this book is for you! I definitely recommend it.  I received a free e-copy of this book, purchased a hard copy and audio book version in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

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Legendary first baseman Keith Hernandez tells all in this gripping and literary memoir.
New York Times Bestseller
Keith Hernandez revolutionized the role of first baseman. During his illustrious career with the World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, he was a perennial fan favorite, earning eleven consecutive Gold Gloves, a National League co-MVP Award, and a batting title. But it was his unique blend of intelligence, humor, and talent–not to mention his unflappable leadership, playful antics, and competitive temperament–that transcended the sport and propelled him to a level of renown that few other athletes have achieved, including his memorable appearances on the television show Seinfeld.
Now, with a striking mix of candor and self-reflection, Hernandez takes us along on his journey to baseball immortality. There are the hellacious bus rides and south-of-the-border escapades of his minor league years. His major league benchings, unending plate adjustments, and role in one of the most exciting batting races in history against Pete Rose. Indeed, from the Little League fields of Northern California to the dusty proving grounds of triple-A ball to the grand stages of Busch Stadium and beyond, I’m Keith Hernandez reveals as much about America’s favorite pastime as it does about the man himself.
What emerges is an honest and compelling assessment of the game’s past, present, and future–a memoir that showcases one of baseball’s most unique and experienced minds at his very best.

 

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