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Book Review: Bless This Mother-effing Home

Bless This Mother-effing Home is a book of sweet stitches for snarky bitches.  I have seen some similar crafts online and always get a good laugh out of them so when I saw there was a whole book of them, created by someone else named Katie, I had to check it out.  Cross-stitch is a craft I have done before with some success, provided that it is printed and not counted.  Katie has been selling her crafts on her etsy page but after getting some publicity on the show GIRLS things have taken off for her.  The cross stitches in the book are all cutesy and adorable, as one would expect, but the text on them are a bit unexpected and anyone with a sense of humor would surely find one or five that they feel the need to have in their home. My favorites are probably the ones based on rap lyrics like “mo money mo problems” and “y’all gonna make me lose my mind up in here, up in here”.  If you don’t crack a smile at least once when reading through this book you may need to consult a doctor.

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

About the Book

The combination of sugar and spice is irresistible in this adorable and appalling collection of cross stitch. Laugh-out-loud fun through crafting is found in these biting yet precious patterns.
Katie Kutthroat’s warped and witty cross stitch has taken the internet by storm and has been featured on TV shows like HBO’s Girls and The League. Cute but snarky, each cross stitch pattern featured in Bless This Mother-effing Home evokes laughter and irony. Perforated pages allow for readers to hang up or share favorite entries, spreading the cross stitched love.

Book Review: Goodnight, Batcave

If you’re like me, you may have grown up reading “Goodnight, Moon”.  This book is an unauthorized parody from MAD Magazine and instead of saying goodnight to the moon and everything in the room, Batman says goodnight to his Batcave and everything and every one around.  The illustrations are really nice and the book is cute for the young Batman fan who just needs one more book read to him/her before bed!

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

About the Book

A 100% UNauthorized GOODNIGHT, MOON parody — as only the world-(in)famous MAD Magazine can do it!

Batman may be ready for bed — but crime never sleeps!And before the Caped Crusader can turn in for the night, he’ll have to deal with villains like the Joker, Bane, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman and the Penguin!If the Dark Knight hopes to ever catch some Z’s, he’ll have to catch Gotham’s most dangerous criminals first!

In this all-new story from The Usual Gang of Idiots at MAD Magazine, the bestselling children’s book GOODNIGHT MOON is parodied with the heroes and villains from the world of DC Comics’ BATMAN!

Book Review: Yarn Whirled

Yarn Whirled: Fairy Tales, Fables and Folklore is another crafty book that I was looking forward to reading.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get the formatting for it 100% correct to be able to read everything, but it seems like these characters may be a better start for me before diving into learning something like crochet.  These are more made of folded yarn. I loved seeing all the fairies and the other folklore characters that were created.  With my limited hand-eye coordination I think that these types of creations are more my style. The outcome is really adorable too.  There are humans as well as other characters shown in the book, like adorable little brown bears and characters from the nutcracker too.  The details on the tutus of the ballerinas and the wings of the fairies are absolutely amazing.  If you’re looking to make some characters in a way that might be a little bit easier than with crocheting, this is the book for you.

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

About the Book

Want to create adorable yarn dolls? Give it a whirl! Create a lovable character from the classic stories of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm with this brand new craft. This unique way of wrapping yarn requires no previous experience or special tools, and uses yarn that can be found at your local craft store. Fun, step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs show all you need to know to create Cinderella and Prince Charming, Hansel and Gretel, King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, Robin Hood and Maid Marian, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, and many other beloved favorites.

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Book Review: Trolls Graphic Novels #1: Hugs & Friends

The Trolls Graphic Novels #1 contains 15 different stories that are about 5 pages each.   There are different characters featured in every story and they are illustrated, not computer generated like the movie, so they look a little bit different than what you might be used to for the movie.  This is the first book and I am looking forward to more to come to see what other kind of trouble these Trolls can get into!

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

About the Book

It’s the Trolls first graphic novel! Who are the Trolls? Who are the Bergens? Why is there one Troll who isn’t happy like all the other Trolls? And why does this Troll know more about the Bergens than any other Troll? Find out more about Poppy and Branch in this all-new collection of comics that take place before the Trolls motion picture. Warning: You may never look at a cupcake the same way after you see this graphic novel.

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Book Review: Crochet Stories: Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland

I know every time I read one of these crochet books I say that I am going to learn to crochet, but I truly thing this year is going to be my year.  The latest book I read was all about the characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.  In addition to the instructions on how to make the characters (which are ranked with skill levels like easy or intermediate so you know where to begin based on your skill level) there is also some excerpts of the book included as well.  There are some really cute characters like the door mouse and the hedgehogs as well as your favorites like Alice, Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter.  You can also make accessories for your tea party as well!  All characters come with crochet instructions and how many to make as well as photos of the finished products.

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

About the Book

Everyone should visit Wonderland, and these charming crocheted characters bring Lewis Carroll’s enchanted kingdom to magical life. Appropriate for intermediate to advanced crocheters, this collection of eighteen patterns presents clear, well-illustrated instructions for creating imaginative renditions of personalities and props from the classic tale.
First and foremost is golden-haired Alice herself, both in her normal, child-sized form and also in a miniature version. Other characters include the White Rabbit, the King and Queen of Hearts, the Caterpillar and his mushroom perch, the Dodo, the Mad Hatter and Dormouse, and the grinning Cheshire Cat. A variety of accessories consist of a tea pot and cups for the mad tea party; a flamingo mallet, hedgehog ball, and playing-card arch for a game of croquet; a rose bush with red and white blossoms; and a cake and bottle to provide Alice’s transformations in size. Crocheters will delight in each of these whimsical patterns, and their handiwork will result in keepsake treasures.

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Book Review: Creepy Crawly Crochet

Once again, I check out a really cool book about crochet with having no knowledge of how to make any of the cool things in the book! But this year I think I am going to try to teach myself because there are so many cool things that I want to try and make out there!

There are 17 creepy, crawly creatures in this book – things that go bump in the night! The book shows you all the stitches and techniques for all of the creatures. My favorites were the mummy, swamp thing and booboo voodoo!  There is even an itsy bitsy spider included, but I think I’ll pass on trying to make him!  This book has a lot of items that would be great for Halloween!

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

About the Book

They’re creepy but they’re cute and cuddly, too! Inspired by classic literature, film, and folklore, these 17 crochet monsters will delight everyone with a taste for old-fashioned thrillers and modern tales of horror. Detailed instructions include assembly diagrams for ease of construction along with full-color photos. The patterns are suitable for beginners, but advanced crocheters will find them irresistible as well.
These fetching fiends include Boo Boo the Voodoo Doll; Jack, the Headless Horseman, and his horse, Nightmare; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Carl of the Dead and Daisy, his Zombie Dog; and other sinister characters. In addition to their value as handmade keepsake treasures, these characters also make great gifts for fans of horror and science fiction.

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Book Review: You Will Know Me

Megan Abbott was recommended to me as an author by a friend. I saw that You Will Know Me was available for review on NetGalley so I figured I would check it out.  I really liked Megan’s writing style although some of the ‘twists’ in the book I found to be quite predictable. I also thought it was a bit weird about how she told us the major event that was  going to happen very early on and then at times seemed to work backwards from it.

I’ve seen a lot of questions asking if this book is a Young Adult book. While the main character is a teen named Devon, I think this is more of an adult book. I want to say more about this book but I also don’t want to give too much away so I am struggling. But I will say the book revolves around Devon who is a gymnast and her family which have given up everything to support her in her hopes of going to the Olympics.  Through the gym they meet a guy and it is his death that ends up being the main piece of the rest of the book where you see how everyone in the community deals with the news and the investigation.

I didn’t feel like the book had a really good ending either. It just kind of ended without a lot of closure. But it didn’t put me off enough to not consider reading other Abbott books that may end up available.

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

About the Book

The audacious new novel from bestselling author Megan Abbott, “one of the best living mystery writers” (Grantland).
Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, revealing hidden plots and allegiances, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself drawn, irresistibly, to the crime itself, and the dark corners it threatens to illuminate. From a writer with “exceptional gifts for making nerves jangle and skin crawl,” (Janet Maslin) YOU WILL KNOW ME is a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of desire, jealousy, and ambition.

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Book Review: Almost Perfect

Almost perfect is about the sacrifice that baseball pitchers and teams make for the perfect game.  Very, very few have ever done it.  Some perfect games turned into no hitters but didn’t end up perfect.  There are write ups on some close calls with the box score and why they didn’t end up perfect.  Unfortunately my Mets have never had a perfect game and have only ever had 1 no hitter!

For those of you are not baseball fans – a “perfect game” is when you have no hits or walks, hit by pitch, etc. as a pitcher.  A no hitter is just that – no hits.  But you could have walked a player or hit him with a pitch.  This book shows some of these no hitters and other “almosts”.

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

About the book

The rich, poignant tales of major league baseball’s most hard-luck fraternity—the pitchers of its Almost-Perfect Games

From 1908 to 2015, there have been thirteen pitchers who have begun Major League Baseball games by retiring the first twenty-six opposing batters, but then, one out from completing a perfect game, somehow faltering (or having perfection stolen from them). Three other pitchers did successfully retire twenty-seven batters in a row, but are still not credited with perfect games. While stories of pitching the perfect game have been told and retold, Almost Perfect looks at how baseball, at its core, is about heartbreak, and these sixteen men are closer to what baseball really is, and why we remain invested in the sport. Author Joe Cox visits this notion through a century of baseball and through these sixteen pitchers—recounting their games in thrilling fashion, telling the personal stories of the fascinating (and very human) baseball figures involved, and exploring the historical American and baseball backdrops of each flawed gem.

From George “Hooks” Wiltse’s nearly perfect game in 1908 to “Hard Luck” Harvey Haddix’s 12-inning, 36-consecutive-outs performance on May 26, 1959 (the most astounding single-game pitching performance in baseball history) to Max Scherzer’s near miss in 2015, Joe Cox’s book captures the action, the humanity, and the history of the national pastime’s greatest “almosts.”
Joe Cox is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and is the co-author of multiple sports books, including Fightin’ Words: Kentucky vs. Louisville and Voice of the Wildcats: Claude Sullivan and the Rise of Modern Sportscasting. He lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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Book Review: I Love You with All My Butt

I love you with all my butt is a book of doodles created from interesting phrases that were said by toddlers.  It’s hard to really write a review of this book because you have to kind of read it and see if yourself to “get” it, but trust me, it is full of hilarious phrases and imagery inspired by toddlers and I guarantee you will have at least one chuckle while reading it!

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

About the Book

scraps of accidental poetry. And we turn them into books.

Martin Bruckner is an artist and father who not only recorded the sayings of his daughter, Harper, but used each as the inspiration for a work of art. After posting them on social media, Bruckner became the artist that other parents sought out to transform their own children’s funny words into artwork. Collected here are 100 mini-posters of pure delight, a marriage of the children’s surprising wisdom and the artist’s nimble style, plus the occasional backstory that amplifies both.

Every parent will recognize the spirited declarations of personality—“I’m training to be a wolf.” The endearing mangling of language—“Mommy, I don’t need your mouth to talk to me right now.” The creative mixing of metaphors—“I need a tissue to wipe my feelings.” Those precious, heartbreaking outbursts without guile or filters—“I only love you at the toy store.” Illustrated with sweetness and whimsy, each is a window into the irresistible innocence of childhood, even if the sentiment is “Dad, please wipe the bum of this beautiful princess.”

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Book Review: Dead Gone

Dead Gone follows rookie detective Tom Lange on his first case. A woman is found floating in the water and the only identifying marks on her is a tattoo.  Tom posts about her on a website that allows the public to post tips and a friend thinks she knows who the woman is.  Tom meets with her and thinks that he has IDed her but can’t seem to figure out who did it or why.  Meanwhile, there are a few other conflicts going on in Tom’s life that are distracting him from giving his all to the case.  His neighbor Alicia shows up on his doorstep wanting help when her boyfriend is abusing her. Tom tries to get her to press charges, but the two seem to work things out instead.  Tom’s brother, Nick, also keeps pulling him away because he is dealing with a major gambling debt and is getting beaten by the guys he owes.  His partner, Blythe, is not happy with how he is handling the case and he as two strikes against him as far as she is concerned, and one more and she is going to ask for him to be reassigned.

A lot of people say this book is one that you can’t put down, but I seemed to have the opposite problem – I kept falling asleep while trying to read it.  The story was good but didn’t grab me like I had hoped and all the distractions in Tom’s life were a distraction to me as well – I just wanted to know more about the crime that Tom was investigating.

There is quite a twist at the end and I can’t say too much else about my thoughts on the story without giving some things away and I don’t want to do that.  If you like mysteries and thrillers this is a great story, though a bit on the long side if you want to read something in one afternoon or day.

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

About the Book

A GRIPPING THRILLER WITH AN EXPLOSIVE ENDING BY BEST-SELLING AUTHOR T.J. BREARTON.

A woman’s body is found floating in a sultry Florida mangrove. She has no ID and there is no indication of cause of death.

Who is she? Why was she murdered?

Rookie detective Tom Lange couldn’t have got a more difficult first case. The only thing he’s got to go on is the woman’s butterfly tattoo. His boss, Lauren Blythe, piles the pressure on and the medical examiner won’t tell him what he needs to know.

Meanwhile Tom’s neighbour Alicia has an abusive boyfriend who Tom clashes with in a way that will have far-reaching consequences.

The body leads Tom on a trail of seedy clubs, narcotics, and danger which is close to home.

In a tumultuous ending with a massive twist, Tom’s world is turned upside down.

You’ll be gripped from start to heart-stopping finish in this untputdownable detective mystery from T.J. Brearton.

If you like Jeffery Deaver, Linwood Barclay, Lisa Unger, Gillian Flynn, Rachel Abbott, or Mel Sherratt, you will enjoy this compelling book.

THE DETECTIVE

Tom Lange is a brand new agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. That agency is a state bureau investigating violent crimes, police corruption, with a governor protection unit and top-notch forensic laboratories. The only family Tom has left is his brother Nick.

THE SETTING

Southwest Florida in April. The dry season ending, the heat and humidity building. In Naples, many people are leaving the region for cooler climes. The landscapers are out daily, cutting back the surging vegetation and a steady breeze comes from the gulf coast. Rookery Bay, a nature reserve of a hundred thousand acres teems with wildlife, threaded with brackish creeks. The Everglades stretch all the way across the state to Miami, choked with alligators. Tampa Bay pulses with the nightlife. Naples is one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S., but despite its concentration of millionaires, the region knows poverty, homelessness, drugs, and crime.

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