Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Fab Book Gifts!

Books are such amazing gifts to receive.  From fun fiction reads to books that teach you something new, I love to give the people in my life the gift of adventure and learning!

Here are a bunch of great books that the readers in your life would love to receive.  Starting with baking books, to inspirational books to amazing fiction and fun stocking stuffers; there’s a little bit of everything on my list!  This is a long list, so curl up with a cup of coffee or tea and get ready for some great gift ideas:

CAKE, I LOVE YOU: Decadent, Delectable, and Do-able Recipes

CAKE, I LOVE YOU: Decadent, Delectable, and Do-able Recipes By Jill O’Connor ($24.95 USD, on sale at Amazon for $15.09!) — What better way to celebrate life’s big and small achievements than with cake? There is something inherently festive and special about a homemade cake. Master baker, Jill O’Connor walks home cooks through the cake-making process with crowd-pleasing recipes, perfect for the holidays.  It offers more than 50 divinely decadent recipes home bakers will want to make right away.

Organized by flavor profile (banana, coconut, chocolate, caramel, spice, fruit) and level of difficulty, each chapter in this cookbook presents a wide range of sweet choices, from easy weeknight sheet cakes to showstoppers layered with frosting and ganache. With photos that will make readers want to reach out and swipe their fingers through the frosting, Cake, I Love You offers foolproof cake-making advice for beginning bakers and master mixers alike.
Taste of Home 365 Days of Cookies

Taste of Home 365 Days of Cookies ($24.99, on sale for $19.99) —  When it comes to smile-fetching sweets you can’t go wrong with cookies! From soft and chewy to crisp and crunchy, the buttery sensations always get thumb-up approval. This new book features hundreds of full-color photos, this must-see edition offers after-school snacks, coffee-break bites, classroom treats, bake-sale favorites and holiday delights that are perfect throughout the year. You’ll even find cookies that celebrate days such as National Potato Chip Day (March 14), Jelly Bean Day (April 22) and National French Toast Day (November 28). Best of all, a Christmas- Cookies Bonus Section makes this cookbook a home baker’s dream come true!

Crystal Bliss

Crystal Bliss by Devi Brown — ($18.99 USD) —  If you’re feeling worn out, uninspired, and unmotivated, you can change your energy with the help of crystals. Crystal Bliss provides you with everything you need to harness the innate energy and vibrations of crystals. This guide walks you through the process of selecting crystals, cleansing and preparing them for use, and incorporating them into your meditation and energy healing process. 

With the help of Crystal Bliss, you can learn how to boost your own energy, beat back negative vibes, open your heart to love, manifest wealth, and promote good health.

To Hear The Forest Sing some musings on the divine

To Hear The Forest Sing some musings on the divine by Margaret Dulaney ($14.98 Paperback and $4.49 Kindle) — To Hear the Forest Sing is a collection of essays by the founder of the spoken word website Listen Well. Margaret Dulaney has been accumulating a life’s worth of spiritual musings for the past two decades. In 2010 she founded the spoken word website Listen Well, which offers one recorded essay a month to a growing number of followers. Listeners tune in for ten quiet minutes as she explores sacred and secular themes through story and metaphor.

Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success

Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success by Esther K. Choy – ($24.95 Amazon price $21.17) — It sounds so simple: Incorporate a story and people will remember your message. But when you get down to crafting one, there’s nothing easy about it.

Material for stories surrounds us. Yet few people are skilled at sharing personal anecdotes and even fewer know how to link them to professional goals. Whether you want to stand out in the interview process, add punch to a presentation, or make a compelling case for a new initiative, Let the Story Do the Work shows you how to mine your experience for simple narratives that convey who you are, what you want to achieve, and why others should care.

Real Life Super Heroes

Real Life Super Heroes by Nadia Fezzani ($22.99, $15.63 on Amazon) —  t’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… Stuart, the CPA from down the street! Dressed like heroes from comic books and action movies, Real Life Super Heroes dress up at night, fight crime, save people, and some of them even have secret identities. Are they ordinary, mild-mannered citizens, or are they larger-than-life characters, determined to fight crime, risking life and limb to defend victims of violence and injustice? In her revealing new book author and investigative journalist Nadia Fezzani shines a spotlight on the people who come home from work, change into their uniforms (or costumes), and patrol the streets looking for crime to fight and victims in distress.

The Edge of the World

The Edge of the World: A Visual Adventure to the Most Extraordinary Places on Earth ($26, on Amazon for $15.16) — With a foreword by world-renowned photographer Jimmy Chin and an introduction by Outside magazine’s editor Christopher Keyes, The Edge of the World is a stunning collection of the best photography ever published by the leader in outdoor adventure photography and journalism. Created in partnership with Outside magazine for its 40th anniversary, this includes Outside’s most compelling stories from throughout the years and offers readers an inside and dramatic look through the lens of the world’s top adventure photographers.

Christmas in London

Christmas in London by Anita Hughes ($15.99, on Amazongfor $9.99) — It’s a week before Christmas and Louisa Graham is working twelve hour shifts at a bakery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. When a young cooking show assistant comes in from the rain and begs to buy all the cinnamon rolls on her tray, she doesn’t know what to do. Louisa is just the baker, and they aren’t hers to sell. But the show burned the rolls they were supposed to film that day, so she agrees.

The next morning, Louisa finds out that her cinnamon rolls were a hit, but the star of the show was allergic, and the whole crew is supposed to leave for London that afternoon. They want Louisa to step in for their annual Christmas Eve Dinner TV special at Claridge’s. It’s a great opportunity, and Digby Bunting, Louisa’s famous baking idol, will be there. Even if he does seem more interested in her than her food.

And then there’s Kate, the show’s beautiful producer. On their first day in London she runs into the skinny boy she jilted at St. Andrew’s in Scotland ten years ago. Now he’s a handsome, brilliant mathematician, and newly divorced. Their familiar spark is still there, but so is the scar of how they left things. Kate and Louisa are busy preparing for the show, but old and new flames are complicating their work.

Set during London’s most festive time of year and filled with delicious food, CHRISTMAS IN LONDON is about love and friendship, and the season’s most important lesson: learning how to ask for and give forgiveness.

Best Day Ever

Best Day Ever:A Riveting Psychological Thriller about the Perfect Marriage by Kaira Rouda ($26.99, $16.27 at Amazon) — Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion.

Help! Oh I was talking to myself!

Help! Oh I was talking to myself! by Offshoot ($10.89 USD) — This activity book plays a vital role in reducing stress by helping the readers stand above an issue. They acknowledge it, and treat it lightly in the awareness that they are touched by the issue but not contained by it. The activities take the readers’ minds off the banality of everyday life. There is an affirmation for the readers on every leaf of this book. It reminds them that they are much more than the problems life throws at them.

Shocked!: When office doesn’t rock!

Shocked!: When office doesn’t rock! by Offshoot — ($9.95, $1.79 at Amazon) — Pressure, deadlines, workload and race against time.Banging heads and lost in files, oh my god, I have lost all smiles―an alarming microscope of the oddities of life in the workplace fishbowl, the book works as a buffer for your daily rants and curses. Caustically funny illustrations make it the book your boss would never want you to lay your hands on. So, here is the chance to cope with office drama and fine tuneyour worries and frustrations with this awesome book of activities.

 

Do you like to give books as gifts?  What are some of your current favorites?

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Fiction Books

I find that books are such great gifts for the holidays.  I give everyone in my immediate family a couple of new books every year to help them get through th cold winter!

Here are some amazing new books I was sent for my gift guides.  Check them out:

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures Vol. I

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures Vol. I is twenty-one unfinished projects from one of the twentieth century’s most popular and prolific writers, lovingly reconstructed by the author’s son

Delving deep into the creative process of an American original, the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures project brings to light complete, unpublished novels as well as the hidden story behind the most mysterious and ambitious of his works. In this first collection, Beau L’Amour presents nearly two dozen never-before-seen drafts, using his father’s handwritten notes, journal entries, and correspondence, along with his own memories, to provide biographical context and speculate on how the pieces might have ended.

The scope of these selections celebrates L’Amour’s vision and virtuosity, including variations on the traditional Western—the first seven chapters of a powerful novel about the Cherokee Trail of Tears and a story of the American Revolution featuring a character who may be one of L’Amour’s well-known Sackett family. At the other end of the spectrum are classic adventures, such as The Golden Tapestry, set in 1960s Istanbul, as well as several uniquely different attempts at what would have been the most profoundly intimate of all of L’Amour’s novels, a saga of reincarnation that stretches from a time before time to the period of Alexander the Great, and on to Warlord-Era China.

Illustrated with rare photographs and copies of handwritten notes, this book reveals the L’Amour you have never known, his personal struggles as a writer, and the contest between mortality and a literary legacy too big for one life to contain.

Purchase at Amazon and other fine book stores.

Chimera

CHIMERA: A Weregirl Novel by C. D. Bell [Chooseco Publishing] is the highly anticipated YA paranormal thriller sequel in the Weregirl Trilogy and a must-read this fall, on shelves November 1, 2017. Weregirl, the first of the trilogy, presented the origin story of Nessa Kurland, a high school junior focused on winning a college scholarship for cross-country running… until a dangerous late-night encounter with a trapped wolf in the woods renders her transformed: not just into a more competitive runner, but into a WEREGIRL learning to transform with the moon and use her powers to combat evil in her small town. In Bell’s follow-up novel, CHIMERA, Nessa is stronger and has more control over her transformations, but there’s more at stake than just the moon cycles.

Purchase at Amazon and other fine book stores.

Full Service Blonde

Here is a book that would make for the perfect gift for any book lover, Vegas goer, or murder-mystery fanatic: Full Service Blonde [out November 7, Imbrifex Books], the prequel to the successful Las Vegas comical mystery debut Getting Off on Frank Sinatra, by Megan Edwards.

Enchanted by this unlikely city locale, author Megan Edwards continues to set ‘Sin City’ as the backdrop in her prequel Full Service Blonde which follows aspiring journalist Copper Black, who meets Victoria McKimber, an outspoken prostitute at one of Nevada’s legal brothels. Victoria offers Copper the exclusive right to tell her story. Not only will the Las Vegas Light’s “calendar girl” get a byline, but maybe even a front page cover story after Victoria is shockingly murdered and Copper is thrusted into the investigation. With twists and turns revealing more into Copper Black’s background and own journey toward self-discovery, Full Service Blonde offers readers the chance to dive further into the dark side of the Southwest’s city that never sleeps.

Purchase at Amazon and other fine book stores.

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New Books To Read This Spring

The weather is getting warmer, so why not take a new book outside and get reading!

Below are four books I have recently received for review.  They are all different, for whatever mood your in.  They include a stirring novel, a new (to the US) diet book, an inspirational coloring book and a natural home-made beauty book:

LILAC GIRLS By Martha Hall Kelly — ($10.41 New Paperback, $14.14 Hardcover, $12.99 Kindle on Amazon) New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.

The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

In Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages.

Purchase on Amazon and at book stores

The SirtFood Diet by Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten — ($15.84 Hardcover and $13.99 Kindle on Amazon) —  This is the original, official international diet bestseller used by celebrities such as Adele, heavyweight champion David Haye, and Pippa Middleton. The science-based program will help you lose seven pounds in seven days while experiencing lasting energy and enjoying the foods you love including chocolate, red wine, strawberries, and more.

Over the past few years, fasting has become a popular diet option. Studies show that fasting—whether through moderate calorie restriction every day or the more severe but less frequent intermittent fasting—can help people lose about thirteen to fourteen pounds in six months and reduce their risk of developing disease.

When we fast, our body’s energy stores activate what is known as sirtuins, or the “skinny gene,” and many positive changes ensue. Fat storage is switched off, and our body stops its normal growth processes and goes into “survival” mode. Fat burning is stimulated and the genes involved in the repair and rejuvenation of our cells are turned on—which all results to weight loss and improved resistance to disease. But if not done correctly, fasting can lead to hunger, irritability, fatigue, and loss of muscle.

Enter Sirtfoods: a newly discovered group of foods that is revolutionizing healthy eating. Ranging from chocolate and red wine to garlic and walnuts, sirtfoods are particularly rich in special nutrients that help us activate the same skinny genes in our bodies that fasting triggers. Nutritionists Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten have created The Sirtfood Diet to help you effectively lose weight and improve your resistance to disease, while still giving you incredible energy and glowing health.

Purchase on Amazon and at book stores

Tingle Boots Coloring Book (Suzy Toronto Coloring) — ($7.40 USD) — If a new pair of boots makes your heart tingle and your spirit soar, dont miss this wild and wacky coloring book from bestselling artist Suzy Toronto. Her fun and distinctive illustrations will inspire you to be brave, be strong, and live a life worth coloring! Suzy’s uplifting words and delightfully zany characters encourage you to chase your dreams in the cutest pair of boots you own. Suzys rockin illustrations are perfect for coloring with markers, gel pens, crayons, colored pencils, or watercolors. Tingle Boots Coloring Book includes handy guides to coloring techniques like patterning, combinations, and shading. Guided Coloring Pages make coloring easy for beginners, with beautifully colored examples and ready-to-use color palettes. Each design is printed on one side only of archival-grade, acid-free, 200-year paper. Perforated pages detach easily for gifting or display. This book has earned the DO Magazine Artist Fair Trade Seal of Approval.

Purchase on Amazon.com

The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide by Danielle Sade ($16.34 USD on Amazon) — This comprehensive book provides a wealth of evidence-based information that provides a sensible and sound approach when it comes to creating your own natural product formulas. With clear and easy-to-follow directions, you’ll be able to create your own signature products that will complement a natural lifestyle as well as meeting your individual skincare needs.

The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide is broken down into easy-to-digest sections:

The Foundation
Includes information on everything from anatomy of the skin, the all important mind-body connection, the nature of skin types from dry and sensitive skin to combination and aging skin as well the art of skin care and creating your personal skin care apothecary — all without chemicals and preservatives — just the tried and true chemistry of essential oils.

The Ingredients for Great Skin Care
Information on all the raw ingredients you’ll need to get started (clays, flours and grains) as well as comprehensive information on the important role of carrier oils. Danielle discusses the essential properties of 16 carrier oils like Coconut Oil, Jojoba, and Marula Oil. Plant butters such as Shea butter as well as herbal infusions are also featured for their healing and therapeutic properties.

Essential Oils
35 essential oils are featured from Bergamot and Carrot Seed to Roman Chamomile. Discover all you need to know about essential oils including the biosynthesis of essential oils, the genus and varieties as well as a directory of the oils best suited to your personal care and needs.

Creating Your Own Personal Care Products
Over one hundred (100) formulations with easy-to-follow instructions on creating products for the face, body, bath, pregnancy and breastfeeding and personal care products for men.

Available on Amazon.com

Beauty And Recipe Books To Help Start The Year Off Right!

Love to read? Me too! This time of year, I especially love reading books to get ideas on healthful practices such as exercise, great recipes and beauty ideas.  There are so many wonderful ones out there!

The three below are my current favorites:

Mindful Beauty: How to Look and Feel Great in Every Season
Mindful Beauty: How to Look and Feel Great in Every Season

Mindful Beauty: How to Look and Feel Great in Every Season by Estelle Lefébure ($19.99 USD) — A life in the spotlight can make it harder still to weather the passing of time, but Estelle Lefébure—former supermodel and French wellness sensation—has discovered the secret. French women reportedly have great genes, but model Estelle Lefébure divulges how they really maintain their fantastic natural looks. Her positive outlook inspires, and she offers a simple, enjoyable path to well-being and looking fabulous forever. Easy, step-by-step natural health and beauty tips provide a holistic and mindful philosophy for every season.

In the springtime, invigorate dry skin with a DIY body scrub while toning up for outdoor activities. Go green once a week with a vegetable-stock detox. When summer comes, protect skin and hair with nourishing homemade masks. A glorious Indian summer is the perfect time to think about transformations; slow down and try out her massage techniques. Once fall settles in, focus on breathing—sip Provence-inspired infusions of sunbaked thyme to open up your airways. And then keep toasty warm all winter long, wrapped in a cozy flannel blanket or cashmere scarf. Each chapter offers tips for beauty,nutrition, and fitness activities as well as natural remedies and gluten-free recipes from top French chefs to guide you throughout the year.

Learn more at http://www.rizzoliusa.com.  Purchase at great book stores such as http://www.amazon.com

300 Best Blender Recipes  Using Your Vitamix Spring 2017
300 Best Blender Recipes Using Your Vitamix Spring 2017

300 Best Blender Recipes Using Your Vitamix Spring 2017 by Robin Asbell ($24.95 USD) — If you are looking for a way to eat real, whole foods but find yourself short on time, a Vitamix® is the answer. It’s a convenient and nearly instant way to get those servings of fruits and vegetables that many of us skip, with minimal manual chopping. And grinding your own flour is incredibly easy in the Vitamix®, allowing you to mix up bread, pancakes or muffins with flour that’s at its peak of freshness, for maximum flavor and nutrition, instead of buying flours that were ground months ago.

Robin has created an extensive collection of tantalizing and innovative recipes that will help you get the most out of this exceptional appliance. You can create a wide range of delicious dishes, from nutritious breakfasts and sumptuous soups to fresh sauces, dips, spreads and the increasingly popular nut butters, not to mention desserts that will have you reaching for seconds. And no Vitamix® cookbook would be complete without a chapter on nutritious baby foods. There is even a bonus chapter on skin
treatments, scrubs, masks and lotions.

Robin also includes useful information about your appliance, from the differences among the different series to tips and techniques that demonstrate how you can turn your Vitamix® into an invaluable workhorse in your home kitchen.

Purchase at Amazon and other great stores.

The Compassionate Chick's Guide to DIY Beauty
The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty by Chrystle Fiedler andSunny Subramanian  ($24.95 USD) — Want to look gorgeous without Mama Earth or animals paying the price? Well, now you can, with this go-to resource for making lush, yummy beauty products from scratch in your own kitchen.

Part DIY vegan beauty how-to and part self-improvement manifesto, this book will show you how to whip up luxurious, cruelty-free (and gluten-free) makeup, skin and hair products with natural ingredients for just pennies per treatment.

The recipes are super fun and convenient and they give you complete control over what goes on your skin: only the purest ingredients with no nasty chemicals, additives or preservatives.

What are you reading right now?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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Holiday Gift Guide — Cool Gifts For The Hard To Buy For Part 2!

There is still time to purchase some cool gifts for the people you love!  Below is a mix of items — a personal card gift, stylish readers and a beauty parody book:

Awesomebox
Awesomebox

10-card AwesomeBox for $19 (Save 25% with coupon code: HOLIDAYGIFT)– What’s included:

  • New, beautifully designed box.
  • Add pictures from Instagram, Facebook, your phone or computer.
  • Sequence your cards to tell a compelling story.
  • Add music to your card to co-create a custom playlist.

We all want to give the most meaningful gift possible, but sometimes it can be a challenge coming up with something both fresh and heart-warming. AwesomeBox is the ultimate solution to creative gift giving!

AwesomeBox allows users to build a customized box of memories, stories and photos packaged into a one-of-a-kind printed gift. Group gifts with family or friends is easy with AwesomeBox! In fact, our favorite part about the AwesomeBox experience is how easy it is to get everyone involved in the gift giving process. I love AwesomeBox for celebrating someone special for Christmas.

It’s so simple to create, and the memories last a lifetime. In three simple steps, you’ll have the perfect gift:

  1. Create private online webpage to honor your special someone.
  2. Invite friends and family to upload photos and heartfelt messages from around the world.
  3. AwesomeBox turns everything into a box of 10 to 100 colorful printed cards that they’ll pore over for years!

Create the most touching group gift that will be laughed and cried over for years! AwesomeBox is the perfect gift starting at $19 for a 10-card box.

The Lennon from Readers.com
The Lennon from Readers.com

The Lennon from Readers.com ($15.95 USD) —  Inspired by the late, great Beatles musician who made round glasses a pop culture phenomenon, our Lennon reader is fittingly a best seller too! This full framed style has a lightweight plastic frame with a retro inspired, round shape. Available in a variety of solid or two-tone fade colors to please everyone from the musician to the teacher.

Available at http://www.readers.com

Glop: Nontoxic, Expensive Ideas that Will Make You Look Ridiculous and Feel Pretentious
Glop: Nontoxic, Expensive Ideas that Will Make You Look Ridiculous and Feel Pretentious

Glop: Nontoxic, Expensive Ideas that Will Make You Look Ridiculous and Feel Pretentious by Gabrielle Moss ($19.99 USD) — A wickedly funny, full-color, illustrated sendup of the trendy lifestyle publication GOOP.

What is Glop?

Glop is a business and a website. But Glop is also a feeling. It’s about picking the right expensive organic eye cream that will make you a tall, thin, wealthy blonde WASP who fits seamlessly into the top tiers of high society and sits next to Bono at a 42-course seitan tasting dinner held in a sex dungeon deep beneath the North Pole. Glop is about being conscious to the tiny details of our lives—what to eat, where to buy your cashmere yoga pants, which juice cleanse will remove the most mercury toxins from both your body and your cashmere yoga pants. Glop is about you.

Purchase this funny book at http://www.harpercollins.com

 

Holiday Gift Guide — Fun Books That Make Great Gifts Part 2

Looking for a great book for someone who loves a fun gift? There are some cool gift books out there.  When you know what someone likes or what their sense of humor is, a book can be a really personal gift.

Below is a list of some of the books I’ll be giving this year:

Emoji Pride and Prejudice: Epic Tales in Tiny Texts
Emoji Pride and Prejudice: Epic Tales in Tiny Texts

Emoji Pride and Prejudice: Epic Tales in Tiny Texts by Jane Austin ($12.99 USD) What would happen if the characters of Pride and Prejudice could text each other? Would Elizabeth call Mr. Darcy a [poop]? Would Darcy drink and dial and accidentally reveal his true feelings [heart]? In this laugh-out-loud re-telling of Jane Austen’s famous work, you’ll get a condensed modern interpretation of the world’s greatest love story . . . all told through texts and emojis. Featuring hundreds of classic and new emojis along with a removable poster (featuring all the emojis), this is the perfect gift for the Austen lover. Available at http://www.barnesandnoble.com

Flying Dogs
Flying Dogs

Flying Dogs by Julia Christe ($14.99 USD) — An expansion of the photo essay that went viral and was featured everywhere from the Guardian to the Huffington Post and Today Show, this fun and stunning photography book captures adorable dogs from a unique perspective: mid-air. This hilarious collection of photos is perfect for any animal lover. And never fear! Vets and the dogs’ owners were always on site. Available at Amazon.com

Pusheen Coloring Book
Pusheen Coloring Book

Pusheen Coloring Book by Claire Belton ($12.99 list price, on sale at Amazon.com for $11.69) — Pusheen returns in a delightful coloring book perfect for fans of I Am Pusheen the Cat. The Internet’s favorite chubby, tubby tabby is back in a purr-fectly cute coloring book featuring adorable kitty drawings that will charm cat lovers and coloring book fans everywhere! Purchase at Amazon.com

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2017
The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2017
Life Works Itself Out: (And Then You Nap)
Life Works Itself Out: (And Then You Nap)

Life Works Itself Out: (And Then You Nap) by Keiya Mizuno and Naoki Naganuma ($14.99 list price, $11.32 on sale at Amazon.com) — Humans could learn a thing or two from cats—and Life Works Itself Out is here to relay all of kittendom’s accumulated wisdom to mankind, one loveable photo and wise aphorism at a time.

A mega-bestseller in Japan (where it has sold more than 700,000 copies), this book is filled with inspirational quotes and entertaining four-color photographs of cats that range from the heartwarming to the humorous. Whether you’re feeling down and looking for a lift, or you need some lighthearted life advice, who better to turn to than man’s TRUE best friend—the trusty feline. The purr-fect pick-me-up or gift book, Life Works Itself Out will have cat lovers pawing through its pages over and over again. Purchase at Amazon.com

Creative Origami & Beyond
Creative Origami & Beyond

Creative Origami & Beyond by Jenny Chan ($19.95 list price, on sale at Amazon.com for 15.36) — A centuries-old art form, origami has taken on new depth in today’s art world, influencing trends in fashion, interior design, exhibition art, and more. Creative Origami & Beyond takes this traditional art form to new levels, guiding readers through a dynamic exploration of numerous ways to fold paper. This inspiring, interactive project book demonstrates both traditional and contemporary origami methods – from working with unique materials and creating custom origami papers to crafting amazing works of art. A general introduction to origami and an overview of basic folding techniques sets the foundation for the book, which is divided into six engaging sections, including modular origami, giant origami, tiny origami, wet origami, and more. Each chapter, taught by an expert origami artist, features clever exercises and prompts to inspire and spark creativity, while step-by-step origami projects for creating wall art, jewelry, decorative objects, and more, help turn origami novices to pros. Includes eight pages of patterned origami paper to help get you started.

Available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other great book sellers

The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Hangover
The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Hangover

The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Hangover by by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris ($9.98) — The international publishing phenomenon and ridiculously funny new parody series that helps grown-ups learn about the world around them using large clear type, simple and easy-to-grasp words, frequent repetition, and thoughtful matching of text with pictures.

Have you been having trouble with the How, Why, and Wheres? Well fear no more. The Fireside Grown-Up Guide series understands that the world is just as confusing to a forty-year-old as it is to a four-year-old. We’re here to help and break down the most pressing and complex issues of our day into easy-to-digest pieces of information paired with vivid illustrations even a child could understand. Available at Amazon.com

Do you purchase books as gifts?  Have you found any great ones lately?

Holiday Gift Guide — Fun Books That Make Great Gifts!

I love cool books with activities!  I know that adult coloring books are the rage right now, but there are other great books to give this holiday season.

Below is an extreme dot to dot book, amazing paper ornaments to trim the tree with, a book to teach you how to make beautiful flowers and a self-help activity book:

 

Dot to Dot NYC
Dot to Dot NYC

Dot to Dot NYC ($14.95 USD) — Follow the numbers, grab your crayons and markers, and discover and decorate the capital of the world… Hidden just beyond sight in this adventurous dot to dot coloring book lie epic New York City landmarks to be revealed and completed by you, the intrepid artist. Intricate and detailed, the final results are delicate and beautiful while stunning in their complexity. Within these pages you will find yourself visiting the rides of Coney Island, the towers of the famous NYC skyline, the commute along the Staten Island Ferry, the wilderness of the Bronx Zoo, the groove of the Apollo Theater, and the art deco elegance of the Chrysler Building, among so much more!

Purchase at http://www.powerhousearena.com

paper-holiday

Paper Holiday ($14.95 USD) — the 7th in the PaperMade series—will be an instant holiday favorite. Each of the pages has a unique design that is pre-cut, scored, and beautifully illustrated. The ornaments simply punch out and fold up into 3D shape, with easy-to-follow instructions right on the page. Each design has different shapes and colors of hooks too, to best attach to a tree, mantle, or any place that needs holiday cheer!

Purchase at http://www.powerhousearena.com

The Art of Paper Flowers by Bobby Pearce
The Art of Paper Flowers by Bobby Pearce

The Art of Paper Flowers by Bobby Pearce ($26.99 List Price $17.48 at Amazon) Paper is pretty much the least expensive craft material you’ll find. It’s also one of the most versatile. With a pile of colored sheets, a pair of scissors, and The Art of Paper Flowers, you can create gorgeous bouquets to give away or keep for yourself. For anyone who’s an avid home crafter or future home-decor online vendor, this book will get your creative juices flowering, err, flowing.

The Art of Paper Flowers makes it easy for anyone to create beautiful roses, orchids, tulips, and more–completely out of paper. There are thirty-five flowers included in the book, and each pattern is accompanied by a complete list of materials required, step-by-step instructions for creating the flower, original paper-folding techniques from the author, full-size patterns, and color photos for reference. Additionally throughout the book, there are interesting bits of trivia, myths, or folklore for each delicate flower. The book also includes a foreword by Rosie O’Donnell.

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other great stores!

Pick Me Up: A Pep Talk for Now and Later
Pick Me Up: A Pep Talk for Now and Later

Pick Me Up: A Pep Talk for Now and Later ($15 List Price, now $10.05 at Amazon) — On the heels of his internationally successful first book, 1 Page at a Time, graphic designer and illustrator Adam J. Kurtz delivers another intimate and engaging journal for anyone who loves to explore ideas, record thoughts and feelings, and capture those fleeting but amazing moments of everyday life.

Unlike a linear journal, this book can be opened up to any page, encouraging and engaging readers time and time again through continued use. Rather than simply complete tasks and turn pages, users are encouraged to leave their mark, and if they land on the same page days or weeks later, they can review, reflect, and revise their previous response.

Feeling lonely? Pensive? Peeved? Questioning? This deceptively simple book offers perspective, hope, and a twist of existential metaphor – and is perfect to pick up again and again.