Book Review: The Fold by Peter Clines

The Fold
By: Peter Clines
Genre: Scifi Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Mystery/Thriller
Rating: 3.5 stars
Release: June 2nd 2015

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

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Synopsis:

STEP INTO THE FOLD.
IT’S PERFECTLY SAFE.

The folks in Mike Erikson’s small New England town would say he’s just your average, everyday guy. And that’s exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he’s chosen isn’t much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he’s content with his quiet and peaceful existence.

That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to “fold” dimensions, it shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step.

The invention promises to make mankind’s dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the Door is completely safe.

Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems—and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret.

As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there’s only one answer that makes sense. And if he’s right, it may only be a matter of time before the project destroys…everything.

A cunningly inventive mystery featuring a hero worthy of Sherlock Holmes and a terrifying final twist you’ll never see coming, The Fold is that rarest of things: a genuinely page-turning science-fiction thriller. Step inside its pages and learn why author Peter Clines has already won legions of loyal fans.

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Where Do I Get My Books From, You Ask…?

Hiya:

So, it occurred to me the other day (perusing through all of the e-Books on my tablet) and really realized that I have quiet a few books. Not including the ton I have on my bookshelf.

This fact made me really happy because for once the amount of fictional reading material I owned out numbered the non-fiction, informational and academic based material I have.

Likewise, I thought it’d be fun to share a list of places that I get my books from, besides signing up to participate in book blog tours, being gifted books by authors themselves and being asked to review material.

My Top Three Places To Buy Physical Copies Of Books:

1) Amazon

2) B&N

 

 

 

3) Thriftbooks

 

There is also of course the public library, but I live in a tiny suburban township. Which does have it’s own public library, but it’s slim pickings. I also know that B&N can be pretty pricey, but I remember when I asked for a B&N gift card for my birthday last year, I was able to get 7 books with the 50$ given to me.

How? You might be wondering. (I don’t. I’m not presuming to know what you’re thinking or that you’re thinking at all reading this.) Well, I waited a good month (haha, not even kidding) until B&N was having a big sale and went in to grab a few of the books I was waiting to buy and voilà.

The point is, book shopping at B&N is possible, if you’re patient enough. But for those who aren’t (which I am sometimes—or not? In this context) there are other options like Amazon or Thriftbooks.

What I love about Thriftbooks is that they offer older titles as well as several new ones, if you know when to look. Now, for those who do not know, Thriftbooks is a site that allows you to buy used books based on your preference of the book’s physical condition.

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Book Review Post for: Spark Joy

Greetings, Guys:

Before I get into the review, I have to be honest: I think that we as human beings are hoarders; on a physical and emotional level. We collect and collect piles of excess weight in our lives and we continuous carry all of this baggage around with us-to work, to family event, on dates, into relationships etc.

And I’m the type of person who always feels like that weight is going to land me in a ditch somewhere, so I am always looking for ways to relieve that pressure and let go of those unhealthy tethers that follow me around.

Therefore, in the spirit of the New Year, and as a person who color-coordinates her closet (yes, color coordinate) I jumped at the opportunity to read and review Marie Kondo Spark of Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up.

Synopsis:

A comprehensive, illustrated manual on how to declutter and organize specific items throughout the house, from kitchen and bathroom items to work-related papers and hobby collections. User-friendly line drawings illustrate Kondo’s patented folding method as it applies to shirts, pants, socks, and jackets, as well as images of properly organized drawers, closets, and cabinets. Kondo also add in-depth advice on moving, packing, and dealing with necessary objects that may not spark joy—answering all the questions she’s gotten since her first book. This manual is perfect for anyone who wants a home—and life—that sparks joy.

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For those of you who have not heard about the book before or its function and overall purpose, Spark Joy is based on the idea of gaining an overall sense of commitment to cleanse your life, which sparks overall joy or a sense of contentment in your life. The Komati method actually is meant to transform a person’s internal outlook on life through external cleansing by starting in the home or living space. Where else is a better place to start really; as you go through all of your belongings to really get a sense of yourself and what brings you happiness.

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Book Review Post For: Instant Happy Journal (365 days of inspiration, gratitude, and joy.)

Hiya,  Guys:

I am here to do a quick book review, but with this week’s book, things get a little bit personal. However, with the New Year literally around the corner, I don’t think it’s all that surprising that I chose this book, rather why it chose me.

The selection of this book, if not immediately obvious, was based on the idea of with the New Year, marks the beginning of a new start. And with my recent move and job setting change back in October, adjusting has been harder than I initially anticipated. So, one of my New Year resolutions was to find a new balance with this new stage in my life.

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(ignore my hand writing scribble please `-_-`)

Granted this new change will not happen automatically, or easily, I knew it’d be important to figure out small ways to progress the comfort level of this change; ergo, Karen Salmansohn’s Instant Happy Journal.

I was fortunate enough to receive this book from Bloggingforbooks just two days before Christmas(how cool is that?) and was able to gaze through it before beginning my 365-day journey with this journal.

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I’m four days in and I am loving it so far 🙂 and the best thing about this book is that you can get it at any point in the year and work your way through your own 365-day journey. Not just at the beginning or at the end of the year.

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It is the perfect ‘you time’ book and great, I found, for meditation prompts to just take a quote or fact of the day and apply it to your life in that moment. Plus: it’s an easy travel book; small, compact and durable.

That’s it for this post, guys. As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you all again in the New Year <3.

Until next time,

Gia.

I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day! xxoxoxoxoxo

 

Book Review: Food52 Vegan Cookbook

I received this lovely cookbook from Bloggingforbooks and initially I was motivated to review this cookbook because my brother has been curious about becoming vegan since he switched up his eating habits.

He even asked me for a few tips and advice since I’m a vegetarian and do frequently make vegan dishes. However, I am no expert and since I have been a vegetarian for over seven years, I’ve developed my own internal method and regimen when it comes to the foods I eat.

So, when I saw the opportunity to review Gena Hamshaw’s Food52 Vegan book it felt like fate because besides the recipes, the book offers beginners tips, ingredient substitutions options and a whole section on general vegan cooking basics.

Food52 Vegan by Gena Hamshaw

It was really difficult to pick just one thing to try out and review, so I ended up doing three from this book: Roasted Ratatouille, a Penne with Summer Squash, Corn and Herbs, and Sweet Pea Hummus, with a few alterations because of personal preferences.

Now, my photography skills are not as great as those in the book, but I am extremely proud of the fact that my creations resemble the originals so closely. ^__^

Sweet Pea Hummas by Gena Hanshaw

First, I did the Sweet Pea Hummus:

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This was really fun for me because I had never made homemade hummus before and it turned out fantastic! Not to mention, I that I am a snacker with crackers.

If I wasn’t spreading the humus on some Cracked Pepper and Olive Oil Triscuits…

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Then I was spreading on some rye toast and topping it with some scrambled eggs…

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Or putting it a veggie tortilla wrap with a Boca spicy chik’n patty. Soo yum!

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Next, I tried the Penne with Summer Squash, Corn and Herbs recipe:

Penne with Summer Squash, Corn and Herbs by Gena Hamshaw

The first alteration I made to this one was that I used zucchini (which the book offers as an alternative) instead of summer squash because I felt that the dish would be sweeter than I would have liked.

The second alteration I made what I used my favorite pasta for this dish which was Ronzoni’s Garden Delights for an added pop or color and nutrition. And I topped it with a bit of tofu.

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The third and final recipe I tried was the Roasted Ratatouille

Roasted Ratatouille by Gena Hamshaw

 

and it was really, really good.

Gianna J's roasted ratatouille recipe photo

Overall, I think this book is hidden goldmine. The recipes are extremely varied and easy to follow. The only thing I would like to point out is that if you are unfamiliar with figuring out how to adjust serving size portions, the recipes in this book could be a bit confusing.

All of the dishes in the book give serving suggestions, but since I was trying these out for only two people, my measurements and estimates were about a quarter or half of the recommended amounts in the book.

Thanks so much for reading. Until next time,

Gia.

Book Review: The Time Chamber

Daria Song's Time Chamber

The Time Chamber by Daria Song

I received Daria Song’s The Time Chamber book from Bloggingforbooks in exchange for an honest review. This was my first adult coloring book ever and I’m so happy to say that I think this book is really amazing. It made me feel like an artist! 🙂

This book is also really relaxing and easy to get lost in because it was so mind clearing and stress-relieving for me, it kind of reminded me of playing Sudoku or putting together a  jigsaw puzzle.

Page from The Time Chamber by Daira Song

There is no rush to get through the pages, or the little story inside of the book about a curious fairy (which made me think of Tinker Bell) who decides to explore the world outside of her home in a cuckoo clock. There is even a cute image index and hidden treasure key in the back of the book to reference for each page.

Page from The Time Chamber book by Daria Song

With so many tiny pieces of detail from cover to cover in this one book, there’s an endless list of color combinations, and levels of creativity that you can have with just this one book. Not to mention how much shelf life this book has.

You can take your time with these intricate images and watch them come to life the way you want them to. When I started to color in even the slightest bit of detail on a single page in this book, it felt like my mind and body began to relax.

There seems to be something very symbolic and meditative about coloring in all of these interactive details. Kind of like how as an adult you’re faced with millions of little problems and responsibilities all at once, but–as in life and–in this book you can really only do certain sections at a time.

That may be overtly dramatic, but you get my point. ^__^ I love, love, love this book. The patterns and layout is amazing. An instant favorite for some creative meditation.

Thanks so much for reading,

Gia.