One of the best parts of being a blogger is getting chance to read new books first. Check out what I’ve been reading this month on NetGalley!
Barbie #2 “Big Dreams, Best Friends”
by Sarah Kuhn; published by Papercutz
I’ve always loved Barbie and this new comic will give girls plenty of reason to cheer for our favorite blonde. It’s great to see Barbie sharing the stage with Whitney and other friends, plus watching her inspire self-confidence in girls. The artwork is also full of fun, rock star fashion. This book is a must-have for any Barbie fan, especially young ones!
Washington DC Monsters: A Search-and-Find Book
by Rebecca K. Moeller, illustrated by Lucile Danis Drouot; published by Chouette Publishing.
I love books about DC because we live here and G loves books that are interactive. But, I did not like this book at all. The monsters aren’t Sesame Street or Disney, cute, they are really creepy, especially the one lurking by the Lincoln Memorial. With 45 in the White House and his minions all over the city, I think there are enough monsters in DC right now. I did like the illustrations of the city. I was so pleased they included my favorite place in the city- the Kennedy Center!
Fish in a Tree
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt; published by Penguin Group
I was excited to read this sneak peek, but I really didn’t like this book. Ally, the main character, can’t read and has found all sorts of ways to hide her illiteracy. But, as a mama it just hurt my heart. The insults and assumptions that she had to deal with, on top of not being able to read, were so sad. This could probably be a great book for kid’s with learning challenges, because they might really relate to the main character, but for the tender adult observer, it’s just too painful to read.
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 from War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy: published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
I don’t know who thought “we should make War and Peace into a musical!” But, they should have been stopped. While this book is written in traditional novel format, not libretto style, readers can still get a feel for the new musical that is for some reason very popular and nominated for Tony Awards. I hate the story so much. It’s indulgent, petty and cruel with completely unlikable characters. It’s not romantic and it’s not fun. If you are interested in checking out the music too, save yourself the trouble and skip it!
Smorgasbord: The Art of Swedish Breads and Savory Treats
by Johanna Kindvall; published by Ten Speed Press
If you’re a fan of learning about new cuisines or the art of bread-making, then this book as must-read. I love the thorough food history and instructions for each of the recipes. Some of the breads sound delicious, but very complicated and I’m glad to have such a comprehensive guide to the cuisine. I really want to make a smorgasbord style meal after reading the sumptuous recipes that proliferate this book.
The Capsule Wardrobe: 1,000 Outfits from 30 Pieces
by Wendy Mak: published by Skyhorse Publishing.
While I appreciate the author’s perspective and I always enjoy reading about how to curate a better wardrobe, I don’t feel that I learned anything new in reading this book. I was also really disappointed with the use of illustrations instead of photographs. It made the book feel decidedly sophomoric and detached from the world of fashion. If you’re looking for a great book on the topic of wardrobe building, check out my review for The Curated Closet.
Food52 Ice Cream & Friends: 60 Recipes and Riffs for Sorbets, Sandwiches, No-Churn Ice creams, and More.
by Editors of Food52; published by Ten Speed Press
I love ice cream. And there’s something extra enticing about ice cream right now, while I’m seven months pregnant. Maybe it’s the cold, soothing creaminess that’s so welcome to mommy’s tummy! There are unusual twists on ice cream in this book and techniques to make your own cones and even sprinkles. I don’t really think that making everything quite that from scratch appeals to me. But, I adored the recipe for Malted Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate covered Pretzels. I am interested in making ice cream, but all the raw eggs in the recipe make me nervous to do it while pregnant. I can definitely see myself making some No-Churn ice cream next summer, though.
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