Ramble #36: “I’m Back” number 12803

So….. I’m back. Again. And with a 25 minutes long video to make up for it. 😇

Some things you will find in this video:

  • an apology
  • a hair update
  • reviews of over 20 books
  • the word “interesting” over 300 times
  • some variation of the phrase “have been wanting to read this for forever” over 120 times

Everything else is in the video. 💕

ARC Review: Cookie Classics Made Easy by Brandi Scalise

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Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

As soon as I saw Cookie Classic Made Easy was available as an ARC I had this idea for a different kind of review. Since I didn’t feel good review this book only based on the format and writing style of the book, I decided to cook (yes, cook, like in the kitchen, like risking my life if I made a big mess and my mum found out!!) in order to be able to review its content as well.

(This is the time when you face slap yourself and whisper “Why Rebeca? Whyyy?”.) But it actually went quite well!

So if you want to see a bit of my cooking experience just click play on the following video:

Overall, I thought Cookie Classics Made Easy has an amazing presentation, very clean and appealing, the receipts are very well structured, easy to read and organized. The cooking itself didn’t require a lot of equipment or kitchen experience, but the result wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. The cookies were eatable but not even near delicious. I do believe this could be not the book’s fault but my own, I’m not that good of a cook… But really I’ll just leave it to you to decide and try if you think you can do better than I did anyway! Let me know if you did 😉

Detailed Rating:

  • Content ★★★☆☆
  • Writing ★★★★★
  • Pacing ★★★★★
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

The 40 recipes in this delicious collection use a foolproof formula that requires just one bowl, minimal baking equipment, and no previous experience! You’ll find your tried-and-true favorites here — from Chewy Chocolate Chip to Oatmeal Raisin, Shortbread, Ginger Molasses, and Snickerdoodles — plus many more that are sure to become new must-haves, such as Lemon Ginger, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Rum Raisin, Pecan Delight, and Vanilla Walnut Pear. Warm, crave-worthy cookies are just minutes away!

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication: May 3rd 2016
Genre: Cooking, Non-fiction
Page Count: 96
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Fifty-two Ways to Love Your Body by Kimber Simpkins


Book Rate: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Review:

This is the first time I write a non-fiction book review and also the first time I read a self-help book.

The pink on the cover grabbed my attention and after reading the synopsys and thinking about for a bit I thought “Why not?” and decided to give it a shot.

Lucky me!

Fifty-two Ways to Love Your Body was a reading I can only describe as amazing! I usually only give 5 stars to a book that really affects me, a book that makes me think about important aspects of life and even change some opinions or habits of mine. Kimber Simpkins’ book did all of the above!

I never considered myself as someone who had a negative relationship with her body and it was only once I started reading what Kimber stated as bad body relationship habits and identifying myselft with many little details that I realised how wrong I was and how I could change that.

Fifty-two Ways to Love Your Body requires patience and motivation. It helps you make your body your always present and always caring best friend. You just have to listen and care for him too!

I higly recommend, even if you think you already love yourself a lot. This is an eye-opener, a way to become happier and more satisfied not only with youself but with those around you. And it’s written in such a wonderful way I’m sure that you, just as me, will fly through it.

Detailed Rating:

  • Content ★★★★★
  • Writing ★★★★★
  • Pacing ★★★★★
  • Cover ★★★★☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Do you look in the mirror and see all the things you dislike about your body? In a culture that worships thin, beautiful celebrities, it’s easy to feel like we just don’t measure up. So, how can you get over your flaws and focus on your fabulous?

“52 Ways to Love Your Body” is packed with easy and fun practices—one for each week of the year—to help you toss perfectionism out the window, turn down the volume on that nagging inner critic who is always going on about what’s wrong, stop the never-ending comparison game, and finally love your body.

If you’re ready, this book gives you 52 ways to get started now. So, what are you waiting for?

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Date of Publication:  January 2nd 2016
Genre: Self-Help, Non-fiction
Page Count: 176
Source: I was approved on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.