The Best Children’s Books of 2014

Childrens Books

As an educator and mother, I am always looking for new, high-quality children’s literature.

With so many children’s books coming out each year, it can be difficult to keep up with what’s new and worth reading. Here are some recent and noteworthy children’s books of 2014 that I have discovered. I hope you will check them out!


Greatest Love Novels Ever Written


A good love story bridges generations, cultures, and ages. Love is the universal magic that everyone experiences at one time or another in their lives.

Along with love comes the other feelings of jealousy, anger, and heartbreak.

The authors combine all of these common feelings into words for everyone to enjoy.

Naturally, many of the best love stories have also been turned into movies. This allows the story to reach a broader audience that the novel might not reach.

It’s almost impossible to pick just a few “best of the best” because there are so many classics.


Top Selling Novels of 2014


Books are one medium of communication that will always be around for many years to come.

All throughout history books have been created to tell stories, teach and to help us see the world from another person’s point of view.

The year 2014 has been a great year for books and some of the top titles have moved readers with joy while others made them see life from a whole new perspective.

The following books are the top best-selling novels of 2014 on Amazon.


Hunger Games Review

Everyone has at least heard of, if not seen the Hunger Games movies starring Jennifer Lawrence as the protagonist Katniss Everdeen. With the upcoming final installment due out November 2015 the series will finally come to a close. However, much like the Harry Potter series the books that the Hunger Games was originally based on continue to sell and inspire its readers. But despite all the hype, is the Hunger Games book really any good?


The hunger games trilogy focuses on Katniss Everdeen and her fight against the corrupt Capital government. In the series North America lies in ruins and is renamed Panem. The country is broken down in to 12 districts with varying levels of poverty and The Capital serving as the hub of the country with the majority of its residents living in luxury.  The hunger games themselves are a contest with “tributes” selected from each district to compete in a death match for the entertainment of the wealthy in The Capital. During the games Katniss rebels against The Capitals rulings during the game forcing them to relent and naming her and her partner Peeta also from district 12 the winners. During their celebration rebellion starts to spread throughout the districts as a result of Katniss’s actions during the games. President Snow takes drastic action and announces the next hunger games will be all past winners of the games. This ends up backfiring spectacularly when all the contestants team up to destroy the arena and escape. Katniss ends up teaming up with the rebels from the former district 13 and vows to kill President Snow should the rebels win. In the end the rebels win and as Katniss goes to execute President Snow informs her that the leader of the rebels actually set up the attack that killed several children and left her in the hospital. Katniss then kills the rebel leader and President Snow dies from blood loss due to laughing to death.


Overall the books themselves aren’t much different from many other young adult stories. It has all the hallmarks of standard young adult novels; a defiant and strong young women, a love triangle, an establishment that only has its own interests in mind to fight against, coming out ahead despite diversity and hardship. For this reason Hunger Games doesn’t break much ground on an already overly saturated genre. While dystopian literature is generally the realm of high end science fiction authors Suzanne Collins does do a good job of establishing the setting without getting too hung up on the details. Another major high point was the use of recurve bows as the established weapon of the protagonist. In the first book she obtains and uses one from another tribute after they are killed. She eventually ends up getting an enhanced bow that responses to her voice and can fire a number of different arrows; explosive, regular or incendiary. This is significant as traditionally you do not see bows let alone recurve bows used by women as a major weapon in literature. While any number of symbolic metaphors could be attributed to this I give brownie points to Suzanne Collins for doing this and depicting its use fairly accurately within the context of her story. Overall the Hunger Games Trilogy isn’t nearly all it’s cracked up to be but does offer an enjoyable story that despite it being standard fair does make for a fun time.

The Best Auto Repair Books

Auto Repair  is a huge subject and there is no one source that can answer all your questions.  Check out Auto Repair Know How though.  It’s a good start. Having said that, if you are going to DIY, you may want to get some books that will help you repair your car.

The best auto repair books have lots of pictures, and show even the smallest parts.  As you are doing repairs, you’ll find that there are lots of parts that you don’t know the exact name of, or which could be one of many things.  That’s why pictures are so important.  The best books will also show schematics of how parts go together.  That way you’ll be able to orient things the right away, and won’t spend time just figuring out how things go together.

This article will show the best books you can buy, as well as the best online resources for your site.  Even professionals have some of these books in their shops.

Chilton repair books:

Chilton books have been used since the 1930’s and as such they are highly respected by laymen and professional mechanics alike.  The best part about these manuals is that they are constantly updating their books to meet the needs of today’s mechanics.  They also contain up to date drawings of cars and parts, so you can see if you are working with the right car part, before you do anything wrong.  They also cover a wide range of vehicles. Everything from foreign, domestic, campers, motorcycles and trucks are all covered by Chilton manuals.  They have both printed and online versions too!


Haynes Manuals are very well known to DIY auto mechanics.  These books are issued in many languages and a level of detail not found in other books.  They provide very detailed pictures, tutorials, and guides, so that laymen can understand them easily without expert level knowledge of cars.  These books may be your best bet if you are not a professional.

The Dummies Series:

Auto Repair for Dummies, is another book that may work well for the non-professional.  The entire Dummies series, uses big print, copious pictures, and are written with as little jargon as possible. Where there is jargon it is usually explained for the novice.  The downside to this book, is that it does not have content that is specific to as many types of vehicles as the Chilton and Haynes.


Sometimes all you need is the manufacturers auto manual, to check something, and you don’t want to buy a book.  If that is the case, you can usually download the manual for free.  Just type in the car type and make, and then add “manual” to your search query.  There are also some sites that store all the links to these manuals for free.  Edmunds is one example.


If you want some quick information about the cost of an auto repair, or you want to read an in depth article about a specific repair, check out this example at Auto Repair Know How.  But if you are looking for a comprehensive view on the subject, you may be better off buying a book or reading a manual.

Best Books to Read to Deepen Your Understanding about Archery

Reading archery books is a perfect way for you to learn more about the sport.

Archery is a very complicated sport. It might seem really vintage, given the fact that it was first used thousands of years ago, but until now, only a few people can do it right. It might also seem easy to do at first, but once you are already there, you will have a hard time. The use of the bow and arrow plus the proper positioning really matters. If you are interested in refining your skills in archery, then you can start by reading some books.

Choices for beginner’s

If you have no idea about archery at all, then you have to start with the basics. You can check out the Archery Anatomy: An Introduction to Techniques for Improved Performance by Ray Axford. It is perfect for those who really know nothing about archery. Everything is described in detail. It serves as a step by step guide for those who wish to learn the essentials. It also provides clear explanation of all the steps needed to improve your performance, especially towards the end. Thus, if you are planning to give archery a try, this book will help you out.

If you think the said book is not yet enough in giving you a glimpse of archery, then you might want to read Archery Fundamentals by Douglas Engh. It is also very detailed. It provides more basic ideas about archery and some tips on how to speed up your ability to hit the target. It is also from a point of view of someone who has struggled at first. Thus, he was able to convey his message clearly through the book.

Exciting archery books

If you are not really interested in practicing archery, but you want to read stories related to the sport, then you might want to go for Kyudo: The Essence and Practice of Japanese Archery by Hideharu Onuma. Japanese archery is a bit different. It is something that you might not have even seen before. Thus, reading about its history, relevance and other details about it might be exciting for you.

If you want a novel, then you can go for the best seller, Catching Fire from The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. As you might have already seen in the movies, the main character uses a bow and arrow to hit targets and it is deemed as an essential weapon. Therefore, if you want to read about the details of how the arrow was used, then you have to read the book. If you did, but you missed that part, then you have to read again. Other than the fact that the book is very enticing and the plot is just perfect, the details about archery are also worth reading.

Eventually, if you have decided to give archery a try, you might want to buy the Best Compound Bow by first reading the Useful Guide to Compound Models. If you have chosen the best weapon, then you can now start practicing. Hopefully, these books have sparked your interest in archery.

Reading 40- and 50-year Old Books

The late 1960's and early 1970's were some of the best years for books. There was an explosion in types of books and genres. Vladimir Nabokov, Yushio Mishima, Philip Roth  were some of the biggest names of the era. There were also some other books which helped define the era.  Dr. Spock's book on infant care and child rearing was one and the other was The Joy of Sex.

The times brought out a lot of sexual discussions, as well as women's liberation, discussions and protests about racism and the Vietnam War. It is no wonder that the time period also brought about a cultural and technological change which almost 50 years later, the world is still reeling from.

The inclusion of sex in books became the norm. One seminal book representative of this was The Harrad Experiment by Robert Rimmer. Later on, it became the hallmark of popular authors including Sydney Sheldon and Danielle Steel. The sex scene in a mainstream book was embedded in such a way that it was necessary to the character development. It was also written like a necessary scene that needed to be over and done with.

Any book on child rearing was also fixated on the best breast pump available. Moms, check this site for further information. It was as though breastfeeding is better done at home, and away from crowds. It was ironic in an era when one of feminism's logos was “ban the bra.”

Today's books would not have been published without the shadow of the 1970s hanging over them. Books like The Boss, which is a much better and racier book compared to Fifty Shades of Grey. Even the Harry Potter books have the lingering shadow of A Wrinkle in Time hovering over it. That is not to say that these books were influenced by any of the earlier books, or stories. It is just that the times have changed due in part to the books of the times. The books then reflected their times, much as the books of today are a reflection of today's society.

The sarcastic humor of the times do not carry well to today. The humor of Mel Brooks in his comedies would sound dated, flawed, or even racist. If Brooks had made his Blazing Saddles today, half of the script would not pass self-censorship.

There are few stories from that era which are not dated. Paper Chase and Love Story, are very iconic, and might still be relevant today. The Joy of Sex was revamped and updated, in order to fit today's more open norms. It does sound quaint now, and almost clinical. Some books on sex were lyrical during that time. Editions of the Kama Sutra written 50 years ago retained the poetry of the original. Today's illustrated versions of the Kama Sutra waver between clinical descriptions with realistic pictures depicting the sexual positions. Today's books do not know whether to educate or titillate.

Books in that sense are a lot like wine. They also age. They are a product of their time. The 1970s were a good vintage, and comparing them to today's books would be a bit unfair to contemporary authors. In their defense, a lot of authors can still make a compelling narrative. Even a discussion of the breast augmentation cost from will make a good read in the hands of a skilled wordsmith.

Learning about Veneers and More with Dental Terminology by Charline M.Dofka

I have to admit I am not that interested in beauty pageants and dentistry is something I’m not very familiar with. That’s why when I stumbled upon the comments section of one online article about a local beauty pageant, I was intrigued by the word “veneers” being the subject of a joke. The term sounded new to me although I may have actually heard about it somewhere.  Many commenters were making fun of one contestant’s “veneers.”

I was so curious that I immediately searched for the word’s definition. In my haste, I clicked on an ad that led me to one of the book selling pages on Amazon. That’s when I saw a book that looked familiar. It was “Dental Terminology” by Charline M. Dofka. We actually happen to have a copy of it in the house and I’m not sure who owns it.

After learning about veneers on my computer, I proceeded to finding the book. I thought I could spend a worthwhile time reading it and doing a brief review. Well, it felt disappointing how I didn’t know what veneers are at my age.

The Book

Simply called “Dental Terminology,” the book available for me to review was the 1st edition. It’s a relatively thin paperback with 312 pages. By looking at the cover and design, I couldn’t easily figure out if the book is aimed at casual readers or is intended for those who are preparing for dentistry studies. For the most part though, the book does not have the impression of being one aimed at more serious dentistry learners. It has the size characteristic of basic books that serve as guides for dummies.

The Review

Overall, the book lives up to the title. The cover alone does not promise anything extraordinary so you will likely not get disappointed once you read it. If you don’t spend generous time to examine and appreciate all of the content of the book, you’d likely think that it’s just a basic book on the terms used in dentistry. For those with very minimal knowledge about dentistry, the book can serve as a great guide. It likely covers everything useful for someone who lacks basic knowledge on dentistry terms and phrases.

I was told that the book actually came with a diskette—yes a diskette—that contained review questions and exercises to help readers remember or be more deeply acquainted with the information provided by the book. I wanted to find the diskette but I realized I no longer have any floppy disk reader on my computer.

Aside from the terms used on dental procedures, the book also offers information and insights on dental management, materials and techniques, as well as the basic functions that would be required from students who are planning to pursue a career in dentistry. At some point while reading the book, I remembered one clinic that offers veneers in Atlanta, like the one on this link, because of one line that somehow resembled their marketing pitch.

It’s safe to say that Dental Terminology does serve its purpose well enough. While it may not be the best dentistry reference material around, I assume it’s a good read for anyone new to dentistry terms. Someone who is new to getting porcelain veneers in Atlanta dental clinics like Peach Veneers, for example, may find this book really useful.

Transform Your Kitchen with the Aid of “The Art of Kitchen Design”

Designing your kitchen might be a laborious task. There are a lot of things that you have to consider. This includes space, essential kitchen decors, furniture, appliances and many others. You also need a theme to bring life to the kitchen. However, the most important thing to consider is that the place is fully functional. You wanted a beautiful and organized kitchen, but you also wanted it to be just as useful as any other kitchen.

If you wish to get limitless ideas on how to transform your kitchen, you might want to check out “The Aid of Kitchen Design” written by Johnny Grey. It is a book of over 200 pages of kitchen design goodness. As soon as you are done reading the book, you might want to start with the kitchen transformation right away. You can copy exactly the same ideas written on the book or you can combine different ideas and come up with something unique. You might also just want to get inspiration so you can have your own design.

A place for everything

The best thing about this book is that it allows you to maximize all the kitchen utensils, appliances and devices as a part of your kitchen design. You don’t have to hide or throw everything just to keep the kitchen clean. Whether you have inlays, hanging racks, dressers, cupboards or drawers, all of them can be a part of the kitchen design. It seems like there is a huge problem and the problem can be solved without necessarily sacrificing anything. The book provides an idea on how to properly organize all the stuff and ensure that they won’t be an eye sore in the end.

Clear explanation

The first part of the books differentiates a good from a bad kitchen. It allows you to analyze your own kitchen depending on the standards presented in the book. There are also tons of photos for you to visualize what a bad kitchen design is. Eventually, the book talks about how things can be arranged accordingly. You will be guided in every step of the way. There are tips on how to avoid clutter, cleaning kitchen waste, cooking, entertaining people in the kitchen, and kitchen repair. Once you are done reading, you won’t see the kitchen the same way again. You will appreciate it more than ever.

A great buy

If you are still lost your new kitchen design, then this book is perfect for you. You might not even know where to start again after reading as you are overwhelmed with all the great tips. He awesome photos will also inspire you to start right now. As the author has tons of experiences in kitchen designs, you will also get lots of tips that you can never get somewhere else. For instance, if you want the best kitchen faucet, you can get the best help from the book. If it does not suffice, then check out more kitchen faucet reviews at You might also need more ideas on kitchen sink reviews, so you can go here.

A Gunsmithing Book That Helps You Find The Best Gunsmithing Books

I’ve been fascinated with guns and their internal working ever since I saw my dad work on his old Springfield in our garage. He was a hobby gunsmith that taught himself, mainly because gunsmithing training wasn’t so readily accessible like it is today. The way he would painstakingly disassemble, inspect and reassemble that antique rifle had a poetic touch that would stir something up in me, even as a child. It was a thing of wonder to see the parts fit into place like a jigsaw puzzle and the gun to work like a well-oiled machine. The best part was that my dad recognized in me a natural talent for understanding the mechanism in various guns, something that neither of my older brothers had, and he was proud of it. It was through his support that I purchased so many different manuals on gunsmithing and got to know a great deal about firearms. The biggest problem, though, was being unable to find books which addressed specific projects e.g. modifications, repairs etc. A couple of times, I discovered that I had spent my pocket money on a book that did not contain what I needed to know – and it was extremely disappointing.

Fortunately, you won’t have to go through the kind of trouble I went through to find good books on gunsmithing, because Midway USA have taken the trouble to compile a comprehensive compilation of gunsmithing book reviews that you can refer to in order to find the one you need! It is edited by Larry Potterfield and Reid Coffield, and covers more than a hundred books on the subject of gunsmithing, that have appeared in the market ever since the famed ‘The Gunsmith’s Manual’, which came in 1883. Altogether, they address almost 250 different topics related to gunsmithing. If there is something you need to learn about gunsmithing, you will often be advised to attend a gunsmithing school, but for those who can’t afford that, this compilation offers an excellent mechanism for finding the best book on any topic related to gunsmithing.

It contains a comprehensive review of 100+ works on gunsmithing, with each topic mentioned in each book rated on a scale of fair, good or excellent. Moreover, every book has been assigned an overall rating from one to five stars. This book is truly one of a kind – you can take a look at how good a specific book is, or turn to its Master Index which lists all topics related to gunsmithing and the corresponding books that cover them.

What particularly impressed me about this book was the depth of its ‘Master Index’ feature – it covered topics from Gunsmithing Basics to Metalworking, Stockmaking, Bolt and Non-Bolt Action Rifle, Shotgun, Military Rifle and Handgun Metalwork. My only regret was not having discovered this gem of a book earlier – it would have saved me several hundred dollars’ worth of cash which I could have spent on creating better gunsmithing projects. I gifted this book to my dad last Christmas, and he was obviously delighted at my discovery. I would recommend this book to any beginner gunsmith who is looking to build their first gunsmithing library.

Books That Will Help Your Child Understand Serious Health Issues

In an ideal world, we’d keep our kids sheltered from tragedy until they’re well into their teens. The idea of our children going through any sort of hurt or pain is often too much to bear. Unfortunately, serious illnesses such as cancer are part and parcel of life and as parents, we have no choice about those affected or when.

That’s why it’s so important that we’re prepared to handle these issues when they crop up unexpectedly. And one way of doing this without getting too serious and technical is by reading children’s books specifically written for these situations. They illustrate tragedies in a way that children can understand them, helping them understand difficult issues. The following books have been written with kids in mind deal with a wide variety of health issues, from chronic conditions to terminal diseases.

The Girl with No Hair

Most people tend to relate hair loss with male pattern baldness. In other words, with men only. But hair loss can affect everyone, no matter how old or what gender. But considering how uncommon it is for girls to suffer from conditions such as alopecia areata, it can make losing hair a much more painful experience (even though there are some treatment options available). And kids usually just don’t get it. Dad having no hair is something that’s funny, but mom losing hers doesn’t make sense.

Elizabeth Murphy-Melas has written a superb book titled ‘The Girl with No Hair’. Expertly illustrated by Alex Hernandez, the book goes through Kelly’s journey of suffering from alopecia from a very early age. Combined with big names such as Gail Porter suffering from the condition, books like these will help your child understand that losing one’s hair doesn’t make someone strange or stare-worthy!

Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings

This book will resonate with a lot of people, as it deals with cancer which, unfortunately, affects most families. It’s a truly beautiful book that takes a child through the most common questions they’ll have when they first hear that their mom has cancer.

The book is comforting, hopeful, but also gives the reality of the message. It’s well-written by someone who has worked closely with children in the health profession – in other words, Ellen McVicker really knows what she’s talking about. What you’ll need to note is that this book is written specifically with mothers in mind. So while it’s still relevant, it may not be the best pick if your child’s grandparent, father, or other close relation other than the mom has cancer. Otherwise, it’s a top pick for me!

When Mommy has a Mastectomy

This is another book that deals with cancer, though in this case it specifically covers breast cancer amongst women. When Mommy has a Mastectomy goes through what it means to have cancer in an easy-to-understand manner, while also explaining what a mastectomy is. It does this by telling the story of one particular girl whose mom is sick, which makes it so much easier for the child to understand the trajectory of this awful disease.

The book not only has engaging text that’s purposefully written for a child, but it also has accompanying illustrations that further explain the situation. The illustrations allow the parent to explain it to younger children in an easier way. If you or a loved one have gone through breast cancer before, this book is a definite tear-jerker.

The Ants Book Review

The Ants looks at the ecology, evolution, and the behavior of ants in their natural habitats. About a third of this book is taken up by reference material and can be quite difficult to get through. But the other two thirds should keep anyone who has an interest in biology or ants highly engaged.

Chapter one of this book examines the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of ants. However, the evolution of ants can also be found throughout the entire work. Similarly, the anatomy of ants is not covered separately but covered where relevant, and ants are connected throughout to general biological and sociological theory.

Although it is not a major focus, certain aspects of human influence and the surprising economic importance of ants is discussed. There are a few opening pages on the importance of ants (unless they’re in your home), which are followed by the least digestible of chunks of work. There are nearly 80 pages of taxonomic keys and sixty pages of line drawings. Throughout the entire book, you can find highly detailed information in the form of tables indicating the distribution of various traits and features among different ant species.

Basically, the entire book falls into two main parts, with the first half covering the important features of the ant life cycle and ecology and the second part covering different ant specializations.

A typical ant colony has a life cycle that consists of nuptial flight and mating, then colony foundation, growth, and movement. However there are many ant species that do not fit into this typical pattern. A critical factor in the social behavior of ants is the level to which ants can recognize kin, ants of the same colony, as well as different brood stages. The patterns of diversity in recognition systems of ants still remain unknown today.

The ergonomic analysis of ant colonies shows a range of roles allocated to different castes. The ant colony workers are subdivided into minors, medias, and majors. There are temporal castes with changing roles over individual ant’s lifespans.

While ants do have the capability of learning to some extent, it is important to consider the colony as a super-organism, with homeostatic responses and flexibility in behavior. A notable example is the thermoregulation of nests and humidity control.

About two hundred pages of The Ants book cover some of the specializations of ants. Three chapters cover ant’s symbiotic relationships and five chapters cover tropic specialization. While ants have predators and parasites, it is important you view the ant colony as an ecosystem for symbioses. On relationships with plants, they are equally varied. Ants offer protection to plants and plants provide shelter to ants in return.

The Ants book has plenty of amazing, highly detailed images throughout the book. Similarly, effective use is made of line diagrams, graphs, and maps to break up the dense biological data. If you find ants interesting or want to learn more about them, you can’t find a better reference material then The Ants.

For better or worse, till death do us part : A Review of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars

Cancer is one illness that was always a taboo subject to talk about. Albeit being widespread, many people refused to utter the C word and often beat around the bush once the topic is being brought up. Although it is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, its origins still remain to be a mystery, albeit the many theories. But given the magnitude of this disease, cancer has caused panic in most people, rendering them unable to even discuss it at length.

However the recent years have seen a change in the mindset of people all over the world. Science has reached breakthroughs that allow new medications and solutions for people stricken with cancer. With the many changes come a growing number of cancer survivors, which have caused cancer to be a more approachable topic. But since cancer is still a devastating illness for both the patient and their loved ones, it is often used as the medium to add drama to both novel and film. Many a book, television show and movie have used cancer as the pivotal focus as the ailment add more heart and depth to any show or book you would come across. And this is depicted in the New York Times best-seller The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

The phenomenal success of Green’s top-selling novel comes about due to the way he wrote the book. Although the book was written for young adults, the book was filled with wisdom and depth that drew youth readers. Coupled with the realistic and raw glimpse into the illness of cancer, this book shows the reality of the illness and how it can affect anyone from any age.

As seen in the book, the ones that are hit the hardest would be the children. As the illness would rob them of a normal life, children stricken with cancer often do not have a childhood to speak of, let alone a semblance of normalcy. Narrated by Hazel Grace Lancaster, the book shows her life as she battles thyroid cancer. Since the age of 13, she has stopped leading a normal life and has been relegated to use drugs to keep her alive. Carrying a tank of oxygen everywhere she goes, she is not able to attend school like other people her age. Moreover she is not able to do normal mundane things. In fact, she would have loved to help around at home and even find out how to kill a termite as seen here. But because of her situation, she cannot do anything else except focus on her illness. Due to her dire situation, she is lonely and becomes depressed. Her lonesomeness leads her to join a support group, where she meets Augustus Waters. Clicking and becoming instant friends, Hazel has the time of her life because of Augustus. Due to their illness, both teens portray zest for life that is not seen in many people.

Due to the elegant way Green wrote the book, one would feel the joy and love the teens felt for life and one another as their relationship progressed. Filled with tenderness, Green has opened up a whole world of emotions by depicting the angst of two teenagers who find themselves in love with one another while facing their impending death. Unlike other books that deal with teenage feelings, Green does not trivialize the emotions of teenagers. In fact he delves in the rawness and pureness of it, allowing readers to truly feel his characters.

Without a doubt, one of the best novels in the young adult genre, The Fault in the Stars is definitely one to be hyped about.

Believe It or Not I Read a Book About Knives

Time for another book review! I think you’ll all be a little surprised at this one since it is not one of my usual interests. However, I like to know about all walks of life and all types of people. There are so many sub-cultures to explore and it seems that there are more every day. In the internet age especially there is so much access to everything you want to know with just a few clicks or taps. But… I came upon my the following book without even looking online, read on…

I was visiting my mom and dad and talking to my dad in his den and saw Knives 2015: The World’s Greatest Knife Book by Joe Kertzman. I’m not a knife fan but in the interests of keeping close to my dad I thought I’d spend some time looking through it. To my surprise it is really fascinating! If you let yourself get into something with an open mind you can really expand your world-view! Of course it helps that my dad is the person interested – the family connection gives a little extra impetus that I otherwise wouldn’t have and got me to take the initial plunge into the pages.

So Knives 2015: The World’s Greatest Knife Book is a full-color paperback with plenty of beautifully shot photos. Some of the knives are quite plain and simple – made just to do the job and nothing else – while others are incredibly ornate works of art that have hardly ever been handled let alone used. Personally I’m fine with all types: knives displayed in glass cases on a mantlepiece and, of course, the simple kitchen knives that I use every day to chop my veggies to throw in the pressure cooker I bought recently (I’m so proud of it! I bought it on this top pressure cooker site). My favourite style was the folding knife: compact and easy to take along on a hike or camping trip and with it’s own built-in blade protector – unfold the knife and it’s ready to use, fold it and the blade is safe and, more importantly, you are safe from the blade! Dad said that the next time he visits REI he is going to find me the best folding knife possible. I said try looking online and doing some research first and don’t just rely on the one book and one source.

But more on the book… it is written in easy-to-understand prose and for a wide audience. I’m sure there are more technical and specialist books for the real knife aficionados out there but this one suited me just fine; I have no intention of becoming an expert. The book’s owner, my dad, commented that he likes that the knife suppliers and makers are included in the book, and that seems only fair to me. If the knife makers are kind enough to supply the knife then the author and publisher should be kind enough to provide contact info. I found it really educational to learn about the different types of steel and the different types of processes used to make knives. The story-telling style and the familiar friendly tone of the writers made it easy to read and sometimes even hard to put down as I got pulled into the lifestyle (if only in my mind!).

So, I would recommend Knives 2015: The World’s Greatest Knife Book, but if you miss it this year you can always pick up the 2016 edition in a few months time. It is a yearly publication!

Choosing the Best Books to Prepare You for a Medical Assistant Exam

It is not easy to take the medical assistant exams. There are a lot of people who attempt to pass the test, but only a few people successfully make it. Though it takes a lot of medical knowledge and practice to do well in the test, the key is to have the right reviewer with you. Once you have a really comprehensive book, you are almost assured of passing the test.

General Reviewer

If you want a book that covers everything that you need for the test, you need to check out the Certified Medical Assistant Exam Secrets Study Guide. This is one of the most reliable options when it comes to medical assistant exam. It is very comprehensive. It discusses a lot of areas very well. It also provides practice exercises. You can also get links so you will be pointed out to other sources that will enhance your knowledge about different relevant subject matters.

Enhancing the Basics

The exam is mainly about medical terminologies. There are questions that you can only answer if you understand the definition of certain words. Otherwise, you will not be able to answer them at all. Thus, if you want a quick guide, you can check out the Medical Terminology: The Basics. It provides a list of medical terms and their quick definitions. While you are traveling, you can bring this light reviewer with you. This will help refresh you with some of the most important terms you need to know. 

Some Notes

Once you are done reviewing your big books, you might want to have something light that has everything you need. This is why while reading, you take notes as well. If you are lazy doing that, then you just have to buy the MA Review Notes: Exam Certification Pocket Guide. This is a very light weight reviewer that has some quick notes that you need. It is like a summary of all the terms and concepts that you need to remember for the exam.

Practice tests

When you want to be fully prepared for the test, you have to do some practice exercises. In doing so, you can check out the CMA Exam Study Guide: Test Prep and Practice Test Questions for the Certified Medical Assistant Exam. This allows you to practice for the actual test. It pays a lot to know how it feels to do the actual test rather than doing it on the spot for the first time. You can also read the instructions and follow them carefully. Sometimes, examinees fail because of their inability to read instructions well.

Once you have gone through all these books and reviewers, you are most certainly ready for the test. All you need to do is to stay focused and you will pass the exams with flying colors. You also have to keep your mind out of things that could possibly bother you while taking the test. Aside from the books mentioned, you may also visit for more information on how to be a good medical assistant.  

A Quick Review of “Viewing the Constellations for Beginners”

Good afternoon fellow book worms! Today, I’ll be reviewing something a bit out of the ordinary from my usual beloved genres.  Recently, I picked up “Viewing the Constellations for Beginners,” in honor of Jacob’s recent foray into astronomy 101.  Before I begin, let me give you background as to how I got my hands on this book in the first place.

Jacob, my boyfriend, has had a tough time since he graduated high school because he cannot commit to a career and feels pressured daily to do so.  He has been working at a bar back in town for two years since his graduation and things are beginning to get too stale for him.  I, myself, revel in being able to take college-level English courses and discuss literature online for hours.  I think he sees my passion and it is motivating him to do better for himself.  After long hours of discussion, he has finally enrolled at the local community college part-time and is embarking on his general education requirements.  For his science elective, he has chosen to take astronomy.

This is a momentous step forward for Jacob (in my eyes) and I am so unbelievably proud and want nothing more than to be supportive of him as he attends college for the first time.  He has taken a liking to his astronomy professor, as well as the class as a whole, so I figured I’d do some of my own light reading on the topic.  This way, I can understand what he is learning as well and intelligently discuss it with him!

Jacob’s professor assigned this awesome project wherein everyone in the class must explore the constellations for one night and hand in a write up of what they saw and just a general reflection on stargazing.  To my surprise, Jacob is psyched! He has even invited me along to stargaze with him, so we’ve planned to drive out to the beach.  So romantic, am I right?

This brings me back to “Viewing the Constellations for Beginners.”  It was a bit elementary for my taste, as it is geared towards families.  It’s purpose is most likely aimed at parents attempting to get their kids involved in stargazing.  However, since Jacob and I are burgeoning stargazers, I figured I should stick with it instead of attempting to read a cryptic jargon-filled text.  “Viewing the Constellations for Beginners” is nicely organized in thirds.  The first third of the book has great pictures to teach readers what the various constellations look like, along with a brief history of each.  The second part is tips and tricks for how to locate the constellations without a telescope, whereas the final section is all about viewing the constellations with a telescope. The final section was particularly intriguing as it gave some very good tips for finding the best telescope. It actually suggests that beginners consider starting one of the computerized NexStar GoTo telescopes, or comparable models. That way amateurs don’t get frustrated struggling for hours trying to navigate the open sky which they will be unfamiliar with at first.

The book did its job perfectly.  It was easy to read and aided in our search for constellations, as well as my own conversations with Jacob.  It was so empowering having read about all these stars and then pointing them out in person!  We focused heavily on the first two-thirds of the book during our stargazing trip, but overall I highly recommend “Viewing the Constellations for Beginners” to anyone looking to learn more about the stars, or inspiration for a stargazing date!