Sunday Sit-Down – Meme

Sunday Sit-Down

For me, Sunday’s are a day for catching up on some: housework, blog related-tasks and figuring out what I’m going to do in the coming week. I thought it would also be a nice idea to recap a little of what’s been going on in my life and on my blog. If you’d like to join in on this meme, I encourage you to do so. :) It’s a nice way to let others know what you’ve been up to, where you’ve been (on the Internet or in “real” life) and help us keep track of everything that’s going on. Don’t forget to link back to the Sunday Sit-Down post at Book Reviews By Bobbie so others can read your post too!

This week was a slower one on my blog.
On Tuesday I reviewed two cookbooks in one post; Modern Classics, Book 1 & 2 by Donna Hay…they are really lovely cookbooks and both of them received 10/10 ratings from me! :)
Wednesday and Thursday were busy days on the home front so there wasn’t anything posted.
Friday I posted the
Friday’s Find; it was the book Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart, Illustrated by Briony Morrow-Cribbs. I can’t say enough great things about this book; I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

On a more personal level, we got DS all ready to go back to school next week; we spent too much money, as usual, but we like to buy him really good quality stuff so it lasts for at least 6 months (he’s hard on his stuff. lol ;) I’m going to miss DS when he’s back to school, but it will be a little easier to do my reading & reviewing when I have the day to myself…sounds selfish I know, but it’s pretty true. Yesterday we had a Family Day at DH’s work and it was really fun; they had a bouncing castle, cotton candy, popcorn, a bbq lunch, nifty static displays, fire trucks that the kids could climb in and they even had a dunk tank!! :) Then we had supper at a friend’s house & met new friends there…now we’ve been invited to go to THEIR house for supper today. Fun stuff all round! :D
This coming week I want to get 2-3 reviews posted up and plan to read a few more books…looks like romance is on the menu as I have several romance ARC’s to get through.

So what are you doing today?
What did you do in the past week and what are your plans for the coming week?

Friday’s Find – Meme

Friday's Find   Book Reviews By Bobbie

We’ll chat about a fascinating book, audiobook, movie, blog, website, etc. It might be trendy or unpopular, old or new…it’s sure to be interesting and it’s hosted by yours truly! Please offer your thoughts on our Friday’s Find and share your own.
Don’t forget to link-back to Book Reviews By Bobbie; if you leave a comment in this week’s Friday’s Find, other people will be able to stop by & read your post too.
 

This Friday’s Find is a:

BOOK

wicked plants

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart, Illustrated by Briony Morrow-Cribbs

I want to tell you all about that this book; it sounds FAN-tastic! Years ago, when I used to garden, I started to understand a little more about plant toxicity and the unknown dangers lurking in our gardens. When I saw this book I just knew that I had to feature it as this week’s, Friday’s Find! I really, really want a copy of this book and I hope that all of you lovely readers and gardeners enjoy this book’s informative content and gorgeous illustrations.

“A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.

Menacing botanical illustrations and splendidly ghastly drawings create a fascinating portrait of the evildoers that may be lurking in your own backyard. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.”

About the author:

Amy Stewart tends a poison garden of her own in northern California. She is the award-winning author of four books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world.

Her essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Garden Design, Organic Gardening, and elsewhere. She’s been featured on NPR, Good Morning America and CBS Sunday Morning. amy stewart

Stewart lives in Eureka, California, with her husband Scott Brown. They own an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books and tend a flock of unruly hens in their backyard.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) granted her a Creative Writing Fellowship for 2006.

She is the author of From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden, The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms, and the New York Times bestselling Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers. Her newest book is Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities (Algonquin Books, May 2009).

Recent honors and awards include:

NEA grant recipient, 2006

California Horticultural Society’s Writer’s Award 2005

Barnes & Noble ‘Discover Great New Authors’ Program

Discovery Channel Book Club Selection

Book translations into Dutch, Japanese, French, and Korean

Rave reviews from the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Entertainment Weekly, and others
National Public Radio guest; frequent radio and television appearances
Lecture and workshops at the American Museum of Natural History, Northwest Flower & Garden Show, United States Botanic Garden, and California Academy of Sciences

 

What fun, new or exciting thing did you find today?

Book Reviews – Modern Classics, Book 1 & 2

Modern Classics, Book 1modern classics book 1
Written by: Donna Hay
Published by: Ecco
Date: 2002
Pages: 192
Format: Trade Paperback
(Trimsize: 8×12)
ISBN: 978-0060095246

Top Pick

Modern Classics, Book 1 includes recipes in the following categories: soup, salads, vegetables, roasts & simmers, pasta, noodles & rice, savoury pies & savoury tarts.

A small sample of the recipes inside Book 1:

Potato, Bacon & Leak Soup
Vietnamese Noodle Salad
Thai Beef Salad
Spinach and Cheddar Soufflé
Basic Gravy
Roast Pork Loin
Roast Leg of Lamb
Bacon & Egg Pies
Fettuccine Carbonara
And so much more…

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Modern Classics, Book 2modern classics book 2
Written by: Donna Hay
Published by: Ecco
Date: 2003
Pages: 192
Format: Trade Paperback
(Trimsize: 8×12)
ISBN: 978-0060525897

Top Pick

Modern Classics, Book 2 includes recipes in the following categories: cookies, biscuits, small cakes, cakes, desserts, hot puddings, pies & tarts.

A small sample of the recipes inside Book 2:

Shortbread Biscuits
Chocolate Brownie
Melting Moments
Lemon Slice
Mango Cakes
Scones
Apple and Cinnamon Tea Cake
Chocolate Truffle Cake
Summer Trifle
Poached Summer Fruits
Lemon Soufflé
Christmas Pudding
Berry Tartlets
Tiramisu
And so much more…

Donna Hay has written more then 17, award-winning cookbooks and she is the editor of the donna hay magazine; it has more than 300,000 Australian readers, has subscribers in 82 countries around the world and it is a top-selling international food magazine. Donna’s cookbooks are beautifully presented with many, large, full-colour, elegant photographs of the respective dishes; the photographs really motivate the reader to get out there and start cooking! Both of these cookbooks have a wonderful variety of mouth-watering recipes inside; theres something for everyone. The cooking instructions for each recipe are very concise and this is perfect for the experienced cook. At the same time, these succinct instructions might cause a few problems for the beginner cook who might prefer more step-by-step instructions until they can get the hang of things. I still recommend that cooks with all levels of expertise, buy these cookbooks, but the less-experienced cooks may want to save these fine books for a few weeks, until they’ve become a little more comfortable in and around the kitchen. For experienced cooks, these books are the answer! I firmly believe that you can never have too many cookbooks; if you don’t have the space to store a vast cookbook collection, I highly recommend that you add these modern classics to your small list of must-haves…you won’t be disappointed. At the back of each of the cookbooks there is a list of tools that you will need (and pictures of the tools), a detailed glossary and a helpful index. These classic, but fresh recipes are sure to please the most discerning guests and keep your guests coming back for more .
I very highly recommend these cookbooks to anyone who loves to cook!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (10 out of 10 Diamonds) – Absolutely LOVED it!!
 

Read more about Modern Classics, Book 1 or Modern Classics, Book 2.
Find out where to buy: Book 1 or Book 2.

Link to the Author’s Website:
http://www.donnahay.com.au/

Link to the Publisher’s Website:
http://www.harpercollins.com/imprints/index.aspx?imprintid=517997

A special thanks to HarperCollins Canada for sending me a copy of each of these cookbooks to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy

Sunday Sit-Down – Meme

Sunday Sit-DownFor me, Sunday’s are a day for catching up on some: housework, blog related-tasks and figuring out what I’m going to do in the coming week. I thought it would also be a nice idea to recap a little of what’s been going on in my life and on my blog. If you’d like to join in on this meme, I encourage you to do so. :) It’s a nice way to let others know what you’ve been up to, where you’ve been (on the Internet or in “real” life) and help us keep track of everything that’s going on.

 

Yet another busy week that went by in a blurr.
On Tuesday I reviewed
East of the Sun by Julia Gregson; I loved it!!  On Wednesday, I was so excited because I found out that my blog had been nominated for 6 BBAW Awards; how fantastic is that? :) I was so thrilled to receive these nominations and I want to thank everyone who took the time to vote and also to thank everyone who made the BBAW possible.
On Thursday I posted about the
New York Times List of Bestselling books, announced some New TBR Review Copy Arrivals and I reviewed Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay; another highly recommended read!
On Friday I posted the
Friday’s Find meme which featured the SPOT: Handheld Satellite Communication & Safety Device; great for campers, hikers, hunters and more.

On the home front, we made a trip to our local library where I donated a few books and supplied them with a list of my top 10/10 reviews…they are now posted on the Local Public Library website with a link back to Book Reviews By Bobbie; neat eh? :) Yesterday, we had some new friends over for a bbq and we all had a lovely time; good food, great company and nice weather. This morning, DH & DS went fishing and they had a super time. We’re planning to relax for the rest of the day and probably go for a short walk to the local park. :)

What have you been up to this week and what are your plans for the day?

Friday’s Find – Meme

Friday's Find   Book Reviews By Bobbie

We’ll chat about a fascinating book, audiobook, movie, blog, website, etc. It might be trendy or unpopular, old or new…it’s sure to be interesting and it’s hosted by yours truly! Please offer your thoughts on our Friday’s Find and share your own.

 This Friday’s Find is:

SPOT: Handheld Satellite Communication & Safety Device

I know what you must be thinking: why in the world is Bobbie talking about this thing as her Friday’s Find when it has NOTHING to do with books? Well, that’s a great question and you would be 100% correct! It has nothing to do with reading or books BUT it certainly looks like a fantastic product and it seems to be a relatively affordable product for campers, hikers, fishermen & fisher women, hunters, etc. My DH pointed it out to me yesterday and I just know that he wants one now! :)

SPOT

DH & DS love to go fishing and they want to go camping too, but I’m such a worry-wart that I can’t stand the idea of them getting lost or injured deep in some forest where I have no idea how to get to them. This unit is pretty darn neat because it is the world’s first satellite messenger. Leveraging both GPS satellite and SPOT’s own network, the device is able to report its location to friends and family even in areas without cellular or wireless coverage. DH says I can track him on Google Maps or something of that nature. :)

SPOT screen shot

Tech Junkie talks a little more about it in this YouTube video, below:

I think there is a monthly or yearly fee, depending on which option you choose. I’m pretty sure we’ll own one of these before long.

What do you think about the SPOT: Handheld Satellite Communication & Safety Device?

What did you find this Friday? :)

Book Review – Fear the Worst

Fear the Worst
Written by: Linwood Barclay
Published by: Doubleday CanadaFear the Worst
Date: August 11th, 2009
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0385668026

Top Pick

Fear the Worst is a heart-pounding thriller that keeps you guessing to the very end; this book is a sure-fire hit!”

Product Description – From Amazon.ca
“Seventeen-year-old Sydney Blake’s summer is shaping up to be typical for a teenager: she’s spending it with her father, and she has landed a part-time job at a local hotel. One night, Syd fails to come home from her shift, and her father Tim is a bit alarmed. However, that alarm turns to full-on panic after he visits the Just Inn Time hotel and the manager claims that Syd has never worked there. Grilling his daughter’s friends for clues leads Tim nowhere — except to threats against his life — and as he frantically chases every lead, he can’t help but wonder if Syd is even still alive. Despite a growing list of unanswered questions, all Tim knows for certain is that he must continue searching for his daughter — no matter how high the stakes become.”

Fear the Worst is one heck of a ride and it comes from the Canadian, #1 Internationally Bestselling Author of Too Close To Home; I’ve never read it and if Fear the worst is any indication, it is probably phenomenal! I cannot say enough positive things about this book; it’s high-adrenaline, fast-paced and has a lot of fantastic plots twists that surprised the heck out of me…in the very best of ways. This story is painstakingly-weaved to keep the reader guessing and I, as a sceptic, still didn’t see any of the major plot twists coming which increased my interest in the story and clearly demonstrated the Author’s skill for writing awesome thrillers! I seriously couldn’t put this book down and I really didn’t want it to end; it’s a page turner so if at all possible, you’ll want to set a few hours aside for uninterrupted reading. All of the characters are well developed and felt all too human. Tim Blake’s love for his daughter Sydney, is a big part the story’s focus and also on the attempted search and rescue of his child from terrible cruelties and who knows what else if he can’t find her quickly enough. In the race against time, criminals (who are also searching for Syd) and the authorities, Tim pulls out all the stops and reveals the genuine depths of a father’s love. This story is very realistic, gritty and aggressive; there is some swearing and graphic violence that may offend some readers but these essential elements enhance the story immensely.
I very highly recommend this book to all thriller fans and to anyone who wants to try something exciting and new!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (10 out of 10 Diamonds) – Absolutely LOVED it!!
 

Read more about Fear the Worst.
Find out where to buy this book.

Link to the Author’s Website:
http://www.linwoodbarclay.com/news.html

Link to the Publisher’s Website:
http://www.doubledaycanada.ca/

A special thanks to Random House Canada for sending me a copy to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy

New TBR Review Copy – Arrivals

Each review copy is like a precious gift; a treasure just waiting for me to discover, read and review it. :)

Every book that I review on Book Reviews By Bobbie has been sent to me specifically for review.

Did you find anything here that you are going to add to your TBR list? :)