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A Ruckus in the Garden: The Adventures of Pettson and Findus – Sven Nordqvist


A Ruckus in the Garden tells the story of Pettson, a farmer and his quirky cat, Findus. On a beautiful spring morning, Pettson decides to plant vegetables and seed potatoes in his garden. Findus has a different idea; he wants to plant meatballs. And so Pettson plants vegetables while Findus plants his meatballs.

But Pettson forgot to shut the henhouse and now the hens are wandering around the garden, digging up the seeds and meatballs they planted. The story is fun and lighthearted and the illustrations accompanying the story are beautiful and well rendered. This book will resonate well with young readers and adults looking for a good laugh.

  • Pages: 32
  • Publisher: NorthSouth Books (1 May 2018)

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Love Color: Choosing colors to live with – Anna Starmer


Love Color is a gorgeous book filled with ideas on choosing the right color combination and incorporating these colors in your home. There are so many color palettes to choose from, and Love Color includes tips that will boost the reader’s confidence in selecting their own color style when sprucing up their homes. It also offers tips on textures, patterns, lighting and choosing colors that can improve the reader’s mood and enhance their emotional well being.

The photos in this book are stunning! The colors are rich and vibrant and I like the concept used in this book where each chapter is sorted by color, thus making it easy to find ideas. Each chapter starts with a brief overview of the color discussed and then proceeds to show different color palettes used for each interior. I’m seriously considering buying a paper copy of this book. If you’re looking for inspirations for your home, this book is for you.

  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Ivy Press ( 4 October 2018)

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The Island – Matt Shaw


A group of strangers have been marooned on a remote, uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean as part of a reality TV show. The program will test how long they can survive without the modern comforts of life. Completely alone, the strangers are unaware of the dangers lurking on the island.

A few days into their stay, things take a weird turn following a freak accident. It soon becomes clear they have been deserted on the island, as communications to the outside world have been cut off. And rescue team will send help on the condition that only one of them survives. Slowly it dawns on the team that they may have unwittingly signed up to be part of a psychological experiment.

Who is likely to leave the island? Who stays behind?

The Island is a gripping fast-paced psychological thriller with twists and turns. I would recommend.

  • Pages: 145
  • Published: 9 December 2018

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Gina From Siberia – Jane Bernstein; Charlotte Glynn


This is an adorable picture book with a heartwarming story. Based on a true story, Gina from Siberia tells the tale of how Gina, a dog and her family emigrated from Siberia to the United States in 1978.

Told from Gina’s perspective, we follow her and her family through their travels, settling into their new home in New York, and the friendship that developed between Gina and her new friend, Victor. The illustrations accompanying this story are detailed and colorful. Overall, a cute and enjoyable read.

  • Pages: 56
  • Publisher: Animal Media Group LLC ( 16 October 2018)


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En Plein Air: Watercolor – Ron Stocke


En Plein Air: Watercolor is an excellent book for someone new to watercolor painting on location. The explanations are clear and accompanied by beautiful illustrations.

In this book, the author presents different drawing styles and shows you how to draw perspectives, how to choose the right equipment for painting on location, and even how to paint from photographs. He also addresses difficulties in subject placement and mistakes in drawing simple shapes.

Ron’s explanation of the color wheel and color mixing is concise and highly valuable. He presents a different concept of assigning a value to a subject rather than color. The author’s finished paintings are stunning!   

This is a book to be read and reread and I am definitely adding this to my list of art books! Highly recommend to fine-art lovers.

  • Pages: 128
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing (18 December 2018) 

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Vegan London: A guide to the capital’s best cafes, restaurants and food stores – Serena Lee


This guide is a must-have for vegans, or anyone simply trying to cut back on meat and dairy. It is packed with information on the best places for vegans to dine in London or anyone visiting—be it breakfast, lunch and dinner, or for special occasions. Vegan London also includes mouthwatering photos of vegan dishes. Highly recommended.

  • Pages: 160
  • Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion Publishing (22 November 2018)

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Hand Sewing Magic – Lynn Krawczyk


Hand Sewing Magic is an excellent “how to” guide for someone new to hand stitching and seasoned stitchers.

This book includes 10 DIY projects and several tips and techniques on hand stitching. It starts with the basics—threads, needles, and additional materials—and tips on how to store them. The subsequent chapters introduce different stitch and embroidery patterns and will teach you how to design items such as book covers, phone holders, tote bags and so on. This includes book includes templates and resources to inspire the reader. Highly recommend.

  • Publisher: Creative Publishing International (4 December 2018)

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The Complete Book of Calligraphy & Lettering – Cari Ferraro, Eugene Metcalf, Arthur Newhall, John Stevens


This is the perfect “how to” book for those new to Calligraphy and Lettering.
There are over 100 techniques mentioned in this book on how to master the art of beautiful writing.

It gives you all you need to know about creating beautiful hand letterings, and it also includes blank pages where you can practice. This book will teach you how to design and decorate congratulation and gift cards, wall posters, chalkboard signs, journal covers and so much more. Very inspiring and I recommend to everyone.

  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing (25 September 2018)

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We Build Our Homes – Laura Knowles


What a delightful picture book! We Build Our Homes is an informative book which gives insight on how animals and humans build their homes.

Animals include honeybees, trapdoor spiders, meerkats, termites, polar bears, chimpanzees and so on. With beautiful and colorful illustrations accompanying each story, these stories are long enough to pique a child’s interest in animals and their habitats. Highly recommend to children and animal lovers.

  • Pages: 64
  • Publisher: words & pictures ( 16 October 2018)

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The Social Affair – Britney King


The story follows Izzie Lewis who works at a coffee shop. She is dissatisfied with her mundane life and is forever following people on social media, in an attempt to emulate their lifestyle. She’s even considered quitting her job.

And then one day, a seemingly perfect couple walks into the coffee shop where Izzie works and she is instantly drawn to them. Watching them together and observing how the man fawns over his female companion gives Izzie a glimmer of hope. She wonders what it’d be like being married to the man and she longs for what they have. Following their brief encounter, she decides to seek them out on the internet.

From Izzie’s viewpoint, Josie is happy, abundant, and living her best life. She’s married to a perfect man. Izzie starts stalking the couple in an effort to live vicariously through Josie. What starts as an innocuous past time escalates to something far worse than stalking. Suddenly, Josie becomes the object of her obsession.

“No one really knows what goes on behind closed doors.”

Josie appears to live a charmed life. She’s married to Grant, a renowned plastic surgeon, who also happens to be good looking. They have a beautiful teenage daughter, Avery, and a gorgeous home in the best part of town.

But all is not as perfect as it seems. Beneath this facade, she feels suffocated in her marriage and is desperately seeking a way out. But her husband, who is quite controlling and manipulative, is always thwarting her plans.

Who is Izzie and how did she wheedle her way into their lives?

The Social Affair is an utterly gripping page-turner about the dark secrets that lie behind closed doors. This is my second book by the author and I look forward to reading more from her. 

Favorite quotes:

“She doesn’t walk back out into the great big world, she glides, taking all of the air in the room with her when she goes.”

“No one really knows what goes on behind closed doors.”

  • Pages: 289
  • Published: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (18 January 2018)