Thursday

Book Review: The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book: 500 Easy Recipes for Every Machine, Both Stovetop and Electric by Bruce Weinstein

The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book: 500 Easy Recipes for Every Machine, Both Stovetop and ElectricThe Great Big Pressure Cooker Book: 500 Easy Recipes for Every Machine, Both Stovetop and Electric by Bruce Weinstein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Whether you're an old pro and you love your pressure cooker, or you're just starting out with one, either way this is a great book to have in your kitchen. It's packed full of recipes, and they are all easy to follow. Even I can follow these recipes, and that's saying a lot, as my husband has officially banned me from the kitchen.

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Saturday

Cassey Ho's Hot Body Year Round by Cassey Ho

Cassey Ho's Hot Body Year-Round: The POP Pilates Plan to Get Slim, Eat Clean, and Live Happy Through Every SeasonCassey Ho's Hot Body Year-Round: The POP Pilates Plan to Get Slim, Eat Clean, and Live Happy Through Every Season by Cassey Ho
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was great.
Cassey has packed so much into this book. The content is divided into the four seasons, complete with gorgeous photos, and each season has its own exercises, as well as recipes with foods that are in season, and also scattered throughout are encouraging letters from Cassey.
I really like that most of the exercises include instructions for beginners, so that if you're new to Pilates you can do the beginner version.
One of the nicest things about the book is that Cassey's passion for the subject really comes shining through. You'll feel motivated when you read this book.
I'm working my way through the exercises, and my core is feeling tighter already.
Definitely time well spent.

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Friday

In the Circus of You: An Illustrated Novel-in-Poems by Nicelle Davis and Cheryl Gross

In the Circus of You: An Illustrated Novel-in-PoemsIn the Circus of You: An Illustrated Novel-in-Poems by Nicelle Davis and Cheryl Gross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As a lover of experimental form, I'm always looking for clever and fresh ways to tell a story, and I was thrilled to see how Nicelle Davis does it here. In the Circus of You is a book of poetry, yes, but it's also a complete story. Each poem stands beautifully on its on, but at the same time you can step back and see a story arc, and even more importantly to me, a character arc. These poems engaged me right from the start, connected me to the narrator, I'm invested, and by the end I feel I know this person. And the illustrations by Cheryl Gross are the icing on the cake. It's really a beautiful collaboration between the author and the illustrator.
Like all the books put it out by Rose Metal Press, this one has become a favorite. It's one that I carry with me, and I'm constantly going back to it. Highly recommend this book to all my writer friends, especially those of you who enjoy experimental form.

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Thursday

The Room by Jonas Karlsson

The RoomThe Room by Jonas Karlsson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This one got my five stars, but it deserves a million!
Seriously, as a reader I'm always looking for a story that I can relax into, a story that I can fall into and lose myself for a little while. This is that story. I literally opened it and didn't put it down till I had finished. And even then I wanted more.
If you like your characters quirky and intriguing, you want to read this. If you enjoy Kafka, you want to read this. If you want something out of the ordinary, you want to read this.
Time luxuriously spent.
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