Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Life-changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing by Marie Kondo

This best-selling guide to help organize and de-clutter your home takes a new approach to simplify your life. Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method and promises readers that if done right, you’ll never have to do it again.

Even though some of Kondo’s methods seem a bit diverse, she has many legitimate practices to help the reader organize their home. If you feel like you have been spending too much time cleaning, organizing and de-cluttering, this book may be for you.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

In the village of Gavaldon two young people are stolen away by a mysterious person known only as the Schoolmaster every four years. These children become students at the School for Good and Evil. One will be taught the ways of goodness, honor, and beauty; the other will be instructed in the ways of darkness and villainy. 

Sophie just knows she's destined to be picked for the School of Good this year, and can't wait to assume the role of a princess and meet her Prince Charming. Her best friend, Agatha, is surely villain material with her dumpy looks, black clothes, and dour demeanor. So how is it that Sophie winds up in the School for Evil and Agatha the School for Good? Now both girls must work to succeed in their new roles or face dire consequences. 

This debut fantasy novel, book one of the trilogy, will attract sophisticated readers with a love of fairy tales, particularly the dark side of them. There is plenty of action and emotion to keep an audience well entertained and they will be swept along in this wild story of good, evil, and two friends caught in between.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

Stories is the result of five years of innovative storytelling on the streets of New York City. Based on the stories that have amassed a following of more than 15 million people across various social-media platforms, this book places some of those stories together in one large volume. 

Brandon Stanton has photographed, and interviewed more than ten thousand strangers and here we get a glimpse into their lives. The photographs and stories range from whimsical to heartbreaking and capture the spirit of the city. 

Some pictures share a deeper story and others a short insight. The subject matter is diverse and thought-provoking, and the reviewer liked the format of the stories.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Lesson in Hope by Philip Gulley

Sam Gardner has been a pastor in Hope for just four months when Olive Charles passes away and leaves everything to the church. With an estate worth nearly one million dollars, the congregation is up in arms on how and when the money should be spent. 

Then Olive's estranged niece turns up furious, and she threatens a lawsuit over what she believes is rightfully hers. Sam finds himself questioning his future in Hope while trying to guide his congregation and find a peaceful way to deal with Olive's estranged niece. 

Readers will enjoy learning about Sam, sharing in his struggles, and grinning at his triumphs.  They will eagerly turn pages as Sam makes his way through a maze of decisions and inner turmoil. The author, Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor from Indiana with a charming sense of small town life and a shrewd sense of life in general.