Book Review: Make in a Day Pompom Crafts

Book Review: Make in a Day Pompom CraftsTitle: Make in a Day Pompom Crafts
Author: Victoria Hudgins
Publisher: Dover Crafts
Publication Date: October 19, 2016

three-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Add a bit of pizzazz to clothing and accessories with pompom crafts you can make in a day. These handcrafted yarn ornaments are simple to make — no knitting or crochet skills are involved and no prior crafting experience is necessary. Quick and easy projects include a headband and other wearables, baskets, and crafty items for home decor.
Each book from Dover's "Make in a Day" series presents 15 projects with illustrated step-by-step instructions. Easily completed within only one day, the beginner-friendly projects are ideal for anyone wishing to whip up something special but uncomplicated that offers a personal touch and a dash of handmade charm. Supplies are easy to obtain and readily available at major craft stores.

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Make in a Day Pompom Crafts is a  book that has some simple and unique ideas that involve all sorts of pompoms. There are detailed and easy to follow instructions with many gorgeous photos to compliment each project. There are ideas ranging from simple bookmarks to cake decorations and if you are planning a party, this craft book does contain quite a few inexpensive and interesting party decorating ideas. Continue reading

Lost Ocean Colouring Book Review

Lost Ocean Colouring Book ReviewTitle: Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure Coloring Book for Adults
Author: Johanna Basford
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: October 27, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

From the creator of the worldwide bestsellers Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, a beautiful new coloring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves.

With Lost Ocean, Johanna Basford invites color-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, color, and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopi, and delicately penned seahorses. Visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks, discover intricate shells and pirate treasure. Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest fans and newcomers alike will welcome this creative journey into an inky new world.

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Review: Lost Ocean Colouring Book

Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford is a colouring book that the reader/artist can really immerse themselves in and get lost within its gorgeous pages. Although it is an adult colouring book, it can actually be enjoyable at any age. This book makes the reader feel artistic, provides an amusing game and aids in relaxation. Continue reading

Review: Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill

Review: Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain HillTitle: Rethinking Normal
Author: Katie Rain Hill
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 30, 2014

three-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

In her unique, generous, and affecting voice, nineteen-year-old Katie Hill shares her personal journey of undergoing gender reassignment.

Have you ever worried that you'd never be able to live up to your parents' expectations? Have you ever imagined that life would be better if you were just invisible? Have you ever thought you would do anything--anything--to make the teasing stop? Katie Hill had and it nearly tore her apart.

Katie never felt comfortable in her own skin. She realized very young that a serious mistake had been made; she was a girl who had been born in the body of a boy. Suffocating under her peers' bullying and the mounting pressure to be "normal," Katie tried to take her life at the age of eight years old. After several other failed attempts, she finally understood that "Katie"--the girl trapped within her--was determined to live.

In this first-person account, Katie reflects on her pain-filled childhood and the events leading up to the life-changing decision to undergo gender reassignment as a teenager. She reveals the unique challenges she faced while unlearning how to be a boy and shares what it was like to navigate the dating world and experience heartbreak for the first time in a body that matched her gender identity. Told in an unwaveringly honest voice, Rethinking Normal is a coming-of-age story about transcending physical appearances and redefining the parameters of "normalcy" to embody one's true self. 

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Review: Rethinking Normal

Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill is a compelling book about the struggles that she experienced growing up as transgender. This memoir that she wrote about her life up until the time of publication is an inspiring tale of teen experiences, gender re-assignment surgery and raising awareness about transgender. Continue reading

Review: A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

Review: A Work in Progress by Connor FrantaTitle: A Work in Progress
Author: Connor Franta
Publisher: Keywords Press
Publication Date: April 25, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

 In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera, Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation—so far. Here, Connor offers a look at his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom; his struggles with identity, body image, and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties, setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and tastemaker.

Exploring his past with insight and humor, his present with humility, and his future with hope, Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults. His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era, but at the core is a timeless message for people of all ages: don’t be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want.

This full-color collection includes photography and childhood clippings provided by Connor and is a must-have for anyone inspired by his journey. 

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Review: A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress by Connor Franta is an interesting memoir memoir. Readers and fans will explore Connor’s life behind the camera and his exciting, hilarious past. This book is filled with advice, clippings of old schoolwork, pictures, and personal stories that will be sure to inspire. Continue reading