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!

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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.

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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.

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1000 Chairs Reviewed

I was reading one evening and I got low back pain. So I decided that is was time for a new reading chair in which I would sit better. I checked on the internet and found some useful information on where they know a lot about all kinds of chairs. I didn’t know that chairs could be so diverse and interesting but they are. That website really made me want to read more about chairs and so I did.

I bought this book on Amazon called 1000 chairs. I received the hardcover a couple of days after my order. It’s published by Taschen a known publisher of design books. This book was written by Charlotte & Pieter Fiell both renowned authors of design books.

What is the book about

Chairs are the most chosen piece of furniture by designers. They can make their design skills come to life in this simple piece of furniture.

In the book there is on each page a picture of a chair with some additional information about the history and the designer. Everyone who loves interior design should read this book as chairs are an important part of your interior.

Review of the book

The first thing that surprised me is the size of the book. You have 624 pages with each containing another type of chair. It has its own biographical and historical information and some other noteworthy information.

The fact that each page contains a picture makes it easy to read. It contains good quality full-color photos. It’s also something that keeps you captivated because every chair has a different history and you just want to keep on reading. It has well-written short texts that are informative.

The downside is that it only discusses chair design from the 19th and 20th century. So for older or never chair designs you should look elsewhere.

On Amazon, it gets a score of 4.9 out of 5 which is impressive. For people that are into chair design, this is a must read. You would be astonished about what you can learn from such a plain topic as chairs.

Did I find some ideas for a new chair

Yes, I did find some chairs that would look marvelous in my interior. However, I will still have to pick one of those because I can’t buy them all. Also, some chairs are not sold anymore so I’ll have to find some chairs that look similar.

My next read

A reader of my blog sent me an interesting E-book about exoplanets. To be honest, I didn’t know what those planets were at first but these are planets outside our solar system. I didn’t even know that we discovered already planets that far away. I’m very excited to start reading this next book. I already feel that I will learn and discover so many interesting things in my next book.

Meanwhile, I bought a new reading chair and I must say I am very happy with my purchase. My backache is gone and that I just fantastic. Now I can enjoy books again with being distracted by pains in my lower back.

Book Review: “Practical Paleo” by Diane Sanfilippo

For Christmas this year I have decided to get my mom and dad the book called Practical Paleo. My parents have really gotten into healthy living so I figure I will support their new way of life. Though I hesitate to call Practical Paleo simply a cookbook, because it supplies so much more information than simply recipes. In fact the reason I selected it for my mom and dad is because of the broad-spectrum approach the book requires to explaining why and how you should apply paleo eating.

Before I go any further I should say my friend Dallas helped me pick the books out for my parents. He’s a great personal trainer and runs It’s a great place to find honest reviews of supplements, diets or even find out what the best wrist wraps for lifting weights are. You should check it out.

Ok, back to the books. The very first half of Practical Paleo is more of an infographic lesson in science and nutrition than a cookbook. Whereas numerous paleo cookbooks will have a chapter or section discussing the basics of the viewpoint, Practical Paleo actually dives into the nuts and bolts. Due to the great graphic design and layout, the book delivers this details in an intellectually available and aesthetically pleasing way. Insets, lists, tear-out guides, charts, and lovely pictures all work together making the science clear and the application simple.

After discussing the science of paleo and a wide variety of other things, the author enters into the individual factors that you the reader may consider when taking on the paleo way of life. This starts in the second area of the book, which is consisted of the 30-Day Dish Plans.

The secondary title of this book is A Customized Method to Health and a Whole-Foods Way of Life and it’s the 30-day meal strategies that make up this portion. There are eleven different dish plans described, each based on a different goal or health priority. Each dish strategy not only includes an outline of breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals (all referencing recipes in the 3rd and final area of the book), also it suggests particular supplements, herbs, and foods that will help meet your goals.

The following dish strategies that are included in the book help you deal with:

  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Steady blood sugar levels
  • Digestive Health
  • Thryoid Health
  • MS, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Tiredness
  • Neurological Health
  • Heart Health
  • Cancer Recuperation
  • Athletic Performance
  • Weight loss

I am on the opinion that even if you didn’t follow the specific dish plan, you might still get a lot by following the recommendation for supplements, herbs, and foods based on your specific goals.

The 3rd section of the book comes the actual dishes for the meal plans and a lot more. There are over 120 recipes, a number of which are ideal for individuals still familiarizing themselves with the kitchen area. To that point, the book likewise includes some essentials on knife skills and recipes for kitchen staples like spice blends and bone broth.

Something I did find frustrating with the book was the spice mixes. I do not specifically like when I check out a recipe and it needs me to first make other recipes just to complete the original recipe I wanted to make. Throughout this book the dishes list ingredients such as “2 tablespoons Chorizo Spice Blend.” When you come to the page with the spice mix, you discover a recipe that leads to 6 tablespoons of the blend. So you are left with the issue of either making more spice mix than you’re going to utilize– and squandering it if you do not like it, or at least making use of a large supply of spices that’s going to sit for a while. I found it rather frustrating and it prevented me from making some dishes that needed it whenever possible.

That being said, all the dishes I tried were good. They consisted of:

  • Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Root Vegetables
  • Quick and Easy Salmon Cakes
  • Thanksgiving Stuffing Meatballs
  • Chorizo Meatballs
  • Sweet and Savory Potatoes
  • Baked Beets with Fennel
  • Sauteed Red Cabbage with Onions and Apples

We enjoyed all the dishes and the Sweet and Savory Potatoes have actually ended up being a weekly habit in our home now. The recipes cover a vast array of likes and tastes and I believe can keep a more experienced cook interested, but also won’t overwhelm a new cook. This is not my favorite book of recipes however, nor would it be based upon the dishes alone that I would suggest it.

In the end, it was the first section of this book discussing the “why” and “how” of paleo that was excellent. I would recommend every coach or trainer purchase a copy to carry in your gym library though. If you or someone you know is looking to eat healthier then this is a good book to get them started in that area.

Reading Up on Nursing

The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital

Nursing is a very interesting profession. I just learned that there is a labor shortage in the field right now. This is a problem because we have a huge amount of the US population is getting older. For example, the baby boomer generation is reaching retirement age and they are going start having health issues as they get older. That means there might be a large amount of individuals checking into hospitals. If there is not enough nurses to deal with the current patient load now, what will happen in 5 to 10 years?

These issues had me itching to learn more about nursing and what it is all about. I asked some of my friends and family who are nurses and asked them to recommend some books for me to read about the profession. I read a couple nursing related books and here the list of novels I recommend to the general public, nursing students, and seasoned nurses.
Best Book For General Public. Enjoy.

Best Book For General Students

The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital

This novel is by Alexandra Robbins. She is a journalist that detailed the lives of several nurses for an extended period of time. She creates a slew of interesting characters and told the stories of their lives. Robbins documented what the job meant to the them and the patients she took care of. The result is a captivating story full of sorrow, anger, violence, controlled chaos, miracles, and joy. It is a great piece of work the general public to understand how hard it really is to be a nurse in today’s society.

Best Book For College Students

How To Succeed In Nursing School

This a must read for any freshman or sophomore in nursing school. It is by Caroline Porter Thomas. Thomas graduated nursing school with honors and found a great job upon graduation. Her journey was not all flowers and roses though, She constantly struggled through her classes and needed to work hard to survive. At the end of her nursing school experience, she realized that there was a lot she could teach incoming nursing students about how to handle the workload. Thomas went out and found multiple other nurses who performed well in nursing school and broke the habits and traits that made them successful. She broke down these traits documented a couple strategies in which other nursing schools can use to be successful. This is a great novel for nursing students. It will teach you how to handle the academic workload, not get stressed out, utilize your academic and professional resources, and get a good first job out of school. This is a must read for college nursing students.

Best Books for Young Professionals

First Year Nurse: Wisdom, Warnings, and What I Wish I’d Known My First 100 Days on the Job

This book breaks down the “need to know” of your first six months on the job. It is written by Barbara Arnoldussen. This novel breaks down the most important things you should know when you are starting your nursing career. Everything from how to prioritize tasks, patients, and career paths. Arnoldussen really breaks down how to start off a nursing career on the right foot and how to set yourself up for a fun and lucrative career. This is a great book for those just starting their first nursing job or getting out of school. Arnoldussen guides you in the right direction.

I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

This is narrative of many nurses who talk about the first year experiences as a nurse. Everything from their first night shifts to first clashes with doctors to dealing with their first death of a patient. Each nurse dealt with their unique struggles in different areas of the job. This novel is great read for those just finishing nursing school or just starting their nursing job. It shows you a lot of the challenges you might face in your first year. It is written by Lee Gutkind.

Best Book For Seasoned Professionals

Becoming Nursey: From Code Blues to Code Browns, How to Care for Your Patients and Yourself
This is a novel by Kati Kleber. She is the owner of the popular blog “Nurses Eye Roll”. She writes about what it is really like to o be a critical care nurse and the things you see on a daily basis. From the miracles and joy to deaths and downsides of the job. This is a great novel for nurses just starting out their jobs and seasoned professionals looking for a good story to relate too.



Reading about beauty/cosmetology

Though I’m not exactly a girlie type of girl who is obsessed by fashion and beauty I have been reading lately about the beauty arts, including cosmetology, and I’ve gradually warmed up to the importance of the beauty trades both historically and in the present day. For some women it can be a perfect fit as a career and for many good reasons! It is great that different people like different professions (obviously) otherwise the world as it is could not function, so being appreciative of the beauty professionals in my life and how they have helped me so much (like before prom!) here are a few books that I have recently read to improve my understanding of the various beauty professions: nail care/manicures, makeup artistry, esthetics and so on.

History of Beauty by Umberto Eco – this book, rather than being directly related to beauty as a profession, establishes a philosophical background to beauty. What is beauty exactly? How does it differ from one culture to another? Why is beauty important? One gets the idea from reading this book that beauty is a very fluid and changing concept. What was beautiful 1000 years ago in a different culture could even be considered ugly in the Western world nowadays. Any book about beauty has to have a lot of visuals and this one does. It is a great coffee table book that goes deep into some very interesting ideas.

The Beauty Girls: A Floundering Woman’s Midlife Career Change to Beauty School by Carol Leonard. Carol’s tale of her change from having been a midwife for more than 30 years to her decision to wander off in a surprising new direction. This read is a really humorous true-life story of her postmenopausal change to studying in Beauty School. She isn’t exactly the most compassionate writer, but the funny ones rarely are! This book gives an interesting first-hand perspective on beauty and beauty school that definitely isn’t your average point of view. In the end, it actually gave more sympathy for the things she made fun of!

The Art and Science of Beauty Therapy: A Complete Guide for Beauty Specialists is more of a reference for those already studying cosmetology, etc. I wanted to read it to get a non-cynical insiders view of what students learn and do as they build their experience. With its textbook-like exposition of standard procedures (lots of illustrations and photographs), I got a good idea of what professional beauticians actually do. There are sections on anatomy and physiology as well which helped me realize that cosmetology requires more background knowledge that you’d think at first. Now when I go to get my hair done next time I’ll have a lot to talk about!

If you were to read just one of these books, though, I would suggest the Umberto Eco one as it gives the reader a clear idea of the importance of beauty and those who help us be beautiful. Even though the ideas of beauty change over time there are always those who can help us to be beautiful according to the standards of the day and we should be thankful to them!

Reading up on Car Insurance

Lately I’ve been really frustrated with my car insurance company. They’re not really offering anything additional, but at my latest renewal, my rates went up. I haven’t had any tickets or accidents, so to say I was shocked is an understatement. I decided that I needed to get serious about learning how to find inexpensive care insurance in Ontario ( I found some good info about this on a website but need some books too).
Since I spend so much time reading, of course the natural solution was for me to start looking into some books that could help me to figure out how to get decent car insurance rates. It turns out that there’s quite a bit of information out there, and a lot of it is really helpful.
Managing Your Money All-In-One For Dummies – This book had a lot of good information about managing money in general. Part of the problem with my current car insurance rate is that it puts a serious strain on my budget. So being able to read about some strategies that help me to figure out how to manage all of the other aspects of my budget is actually helpful in terms of the overall perspective. As far as specifically helping with finding better car insurance rates, I needed something more detailed.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buying Insurance and Annuities by Brian Breuel
Now this was a book that seriously helped me to get a better handle on how insurance of all types works. I mean, I’ve always known that I’m required to have car insurance, but that’s about it. I don’t really have a deeper understanding, or I didn’t, at any rate, so a lot of the terms were confusing when I had started to dig into why my insurance rates went up. Now I have a much firmer grasp on how insurance works and what all of the different types involve. I also feel much more compelled to look into life insurance than I ever did before.
Cheap Insurance for Your Home, Automobile, Health, & Life by Lee Rowley
This book was chock-full of information that helped me figure out how to negotiate my car insurance rates much more effectively. Things such as grades, if you’re a student, professional affiliations, and other factors can all make a huge difference in premium amounts. Since I am still a student, and I work hard for the grades that I’ve got, I’ll definitely be forwarding that information to my car insurance company. If they can’t give me a better rate once they see that transcript, at least I know that I have leverage when getting quotes from another company.
Your Credit Score: How to Improve the 3-Digit Number That Shapes Your Financial Future by Liz Weston. One of the things that surprised me from some of the other books was that they at least briefly mentioned that your credit score actually has an impact on your car insurance rates. I don’t have bad credit, but I don’t really have any credit. In some ways, that’s worse than having bad credit. This guide has a lot of information about what your credit score is and does, as well as information about how to get that number to a better spot.
Now that I’ve brushed up on the topic, I think that I’m way ahead in my plan to get affordable car insurance quotes in Canada – in case your not up for reading hard copy there’s online info here: Hopefully these books can help you do the same thing so that you’re not spending far more than you should on auto insurance.

The Evolution of Surfboards

Some interesting points about the history of surfboards gleaned from “The History of Surfing” by Matt Warshaw.
Surfboards and paddleboards have come a long way since the early wooden ones used in Hawaii. Wooden boards didn’t float nearly as well as modern ones so they had to be longer and could sometimes weigh in at 150 pounds (it must’ve been a relief to drop them in the water). Because of the weight issues balsa wood was introduced much later – it is significantly lighter but not as strong as the wood of the Koa or Wili Wili or Redwood. Ancient and not-so-ancient Hawaiian surfboards had very little shape to them except for, perhaps, a pointed prow. They were as flat as the planks used to build houses which allowed for very little beyond straight-line surfing.

The biggest innovation in wooden surfboard tech came in 1926 when board weight was vastly reduced by the introduction of hollow construction. Construction was achieved using marine plywood over a lightweight frame and plenty of varnish. At the same time buoyancy was naturally improved, however board shape was still nothing like the curved short boards you see nowadays. Long, flat boards were still the norm and smooth, easy straight rides the only possibility for most surfers. However, just a little later fins were introduced giving surfers more stability and more maneuverability. Once surfers started experimenting with tail shape and once they started giving their boards some rocker (curve) modern-style surfing really began to take off. Surfers could now turn into the wave more easily and entering the barrel or tube was now possible.

By the time the second world war was over advances in technology made possible another leap in surfboard design. Fiberglass became a commonly used material in board creation. All of a sudden surfboards could be produced commercially.

Fin technology advanced greatly through the 50s, 60s and 70s. Like shaving gear and the ever-increasing number of shaving blades, fins kept getting added to the bottom of surfboards until four-fin setups became common on some boards.

Nowadays, at 6 or 7 pounds, boards are about 4% the weight of the first Hawaiian boards. The stiff polyurethane foam core covered with fiberglass and polyester resin makes for light, buoyant, tough, and easy to control boards. The latest advancements in surfboard materials include carbon fiber and kevlar which promise great durability but hefty price tags as well. Carbon fiber appears to be the ultimate material in some ways. However it is a one-color material: the only choice is black. The black color has a undeniably cool, James Bond look but unfortunately can be hard to handle in hot sun as the board will be hard to touch. If you can get a carbon fiber board to the water without burning yourself then the ride is top-notch. It goes without saying that the best boards don’t cause injury to the user.

What’s the future of surf board technology? That’s, of course, hard to predict. It seems like the ultimate in ride has been achieved, but there will no doubt be innovations that will eventually make today’s best stand up paddleboards and surfboards ( seem passé.

Naturally Healthier Teeth with Something Called Oil Pulling

Today I want to write about a new book that I just read about ancient holistic practice called oil pulling. The title of the book is Detox Your Mouth, Heal Your Body. I found the book to be easy to understand and a quick read with clear directions on what to do if you would like to try oil pulling. The author includes a bibliography of published research on the subject of oil pulling, testimonials from people who have tried oil pulling and a list of bloggers who have written articles about the subject if you want to read other peoples’ perspectives. The author also offers a free ebook for anyone who purchases the book about oil pulling. Two books for the price of one! That’s hard to beat, in my opinion.

Ok, now on to the meat of the content. The book states that that this health regimen started in India from a form of medicine called Ayurvedic medicine. According Ayurveda, the mouth is connected to other parts of the body and, as a result, problems with oral health can affect other parts of the body and lead to unhealthy conditions. The book lists several ailments that people have experienced improvement after practicing oil pulling. Some of them include: acne, allergies, dermatitis, chronic fatigue, constipation, hypertension and bad breath. At the very least it seems most people will experience whiter teeth. I like the idea of getting whiter teeth from a natural oil instead of all those chemical whiteners I find at my local pharmacy. I’ve tried a couple and they just made my teeth hurt.

Oil pulling is actually rather simple. The book recommends doing it first thing in the morning before eating or brushing. All you have to do is put a spoonful of olive oil, sesame oil or coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for 15-20 minutes and then spit the oil out. Do not swallow the oil. This process is said to pull toxins and bad bacteria from your mouth. Hence the term oil pulling. After this procedure, you are free to brush your teeth and go about your morning routine. It is recommended to use only cold pressed organic oils as these are most effective.

So are there any side effects? According to the book, you may initially experience slight nausea from the detoxifying effect. This will apparently stop happening shortly with a repeated daily practice. That seems to be the only side effect.

Reading this book made me want to explore the topic of Ayurvedic medicine further. I am intrigued by the idea of looking at the whole of my body when my health is considered. I had never thought that a problem in my mouth could cause other issues throughout the rest of my body. At the very least, I am going to take oral hygiene very seriously. I’ve always been good about brushing and regular dentist visits but I will admit to skipping flossing every now and then. I am also definitely going to give oil pulling a try for a month.

I recommend this book if you are interested in your well-being. You can read it in an evening and you will have actionable steps to improve your oral health.

Great Books for Beginning Hikers

There’s a certain level of preparation necessary for anyone planning to make hiking a hobby. You have to find the right footwear, water bottle, backpack, and a few other essential supplies. But aside from all the tangible necessities, beginner hikers would be wise to do a little mental preparation. Here are a few books that novice hikers should read before they hit the trail.

The first one is obvious, The Backpacker’s Field Manual. This book has been revised and updated from its original publishing in 1998, and gives hikers everything they’ll need to know. There’s information on tying knots, proper equipment, first aid, and the updated version even includes all the technological advances that have become a part of hiking, such as Global Positioning Systems. Reading this book should be mandatory for any hiker setting out on a long journey, and even those who are casual hikers on the weekend can get something out of it. This is one of my favorites, and was recommended to me by the guys over at

Once you know what you’re doing as a hiker, you’ll love reading America’s Great Hiking Trails. This book does all the legwork, so to speak, for hikers with regard to finding great trails to hike and trips to undertake. The pictures in this book will entice hikers to take trips to some of the most magnificent and breathtaking trails this country to has to offer. Each trail featured has a map, descriptions on how to find the most scenic spots, and suggestions for day-long hikes just in case you can’t commit to long-distance hikes. This book is essentially a bucket list of trails for serious hikers.

Another necessary book for hikers is Trail Cooking: Trail Food Made Gourmet. If your least favorite part of hiking is not always eating the food that you love, this book is essential. There are nearly 300 recipes detailing how to prepare all kinds of food, from pancakes to pasta and everything in between. If you plan on going on a long hiking trip and want to eat well along the way, this book will tell you everything you need to know about preparing meals, whether you like to keep things simple or want to try cooking up something a little more fancy while out on the trail.

Finally, when you’re ready to take a break and relax while on the hiking trail, read the book Hatchet, which is the ultimate story about surviving in the wilderness. Without giving too much away, Hatchet follows the story of a 13-year old boy whose plane crashes, leaving him alone in the Canadian wilderness with little else besides a hatchet at his disposal. It’s a great and inspirational story, especially for a hiker who loves being in the great outdoors, mainly because hikers don’t have to worry about being stranded after a plane crash, making Hatchet a book you can read without getting horror stories in your head about all the things that can go wrong in the wild.

The Complete Book of Numerology: A Guide for Making Decisions

You may not necessarily believe in numerology, but the book about numerology is definitely worth reading.

There are a lot of ways to make the best decisions in life. Some turn to God and ask for his guidance. Others ask for the wisdom of the elders. There are also those who meditate until they get the answers they always want. However, if you want to try something different, go for numerology. It has been around for centuries and a lot of people believe in it. You don’t have to believe everything in it, but it can serve as your guide in making choices in life.

The best part about numerology is that there is no exact interpretation to everything. It is not like the horoscope where you are forced to do something because of the consequences. Numerology is all about compatibility and making the right choices. If you don’t, then it is your choice as well. This really caught my attention before and this paved the way for me to buy The Complete Book of Numerology. It is a thick book and it might seem a lot for starters. However, when I read about something new, I wanted all the details to be there right in front of me immediately.

Hence, even if this book seems to be advanced and more complicated for someone who has no prior knowledge about numerology, I still gave it a try. At first, I found it hard to understand things. However, as I turned to the next pages, things became clearer and a lot more interesting. It is also funny in some ways. This is true especially on parts where the book tries to interpret your personality and they are a perfect match.

Finding the right partner

Another good thing about this book is that it provides hope to people who have been searching for the right one, but are still not lucky enough. Yes, I am still single after that broken relationship three years ago. It might not be the reason why I bought this book, but it feels great knowing that there is something in it that tells about my future relationship. Yes, it is not a guarantee, but it makes me feel better. For sure, it will help you too. When the book starts talking about the kind of partner that is perfect for you based on your number, you will really believe it. After all, it is not just about the numbers, but about the type of personality that you should look for in a partner.

Fun and entertaining

Believing in everything that is written in this book is an option. However, it can’t be denied that this book is super fun and exciting. I read it from cover to cover and I never got bored. It is as if I was brought to a totally different dimension and I loved every single page of it. For now, if you can’t buy the book, but you want to know about numerology basics, then read more about numerology compatibility at On the other hand, if you want to start reading about numerology meanings, click here.

The Perfect Book for Knives Fanatics

All of us have passions and interests. Others do not necessarily consider some of these interests as normal. However, if you are really passionate about them, there is nothing that they can do about it. For instance, there are those who love to collect coins from around the world. There are also those who are passionate about visiting different churches. If your interest is on knives, then be proud of it. At the end of the day, we all have the right to choose what we want to pursue as long as we don’t hurt anyone along the way. Being passionate about knives and how they are used is different from thinking of ways to use knives in a deadly way.

To begin with, you have to understand that you are not alone. The Hollywood A-lister Angelina Jolie is also a knife fanatic. She has a collection of knives in her home. She has also shown on television that she can play with Swiss knives well. According to her, there is something about knives that capture her attention. Thus, she collects one whenever she finds it interesting.

A book for knife lovers

If you really want to pursue your interest in knives, you might want to read the book entitled Knives 2014: The World’s Greatest Knife Book by Joe Kertzman. This book features different types of knives, where they come from and what they are used for. There are also interesting stories behind those knives. If you wish to know more details about those knives as well as stores where you can possibly buy one, go ahead and read this book. Aside from information about knives, you will also read about knife accessories and knife storage. There are also tips in handling those knives and how to store them properly.

You will also get information about knife sharpeners when you read the book. There are details on manual sharpeners as well as electric sharpeners that you can use to ensure that your knives will last for a long time. If you are interested in buying the best knife sharpener, you can go here. If you are looking for something even more specific like the best bell knife sharpener, go to Once you have read the book and found more information about those sharpeners, you will end up buying both the knives and the sharpeners.

Using your knowledge to your advantage

Now that you have read the book about knives, you might be interested in buying them right away. However, aside from buying those books, you must also take interest in using them in the kitchen. You can learn new cooking techniques using the knives you have bought. You can also learn about food carving using those knives. There are a lot of new skills that you can learn using the knives. Since you have deeper knowledge about them, you can create more interesting pieces than others. You can also read about more modern knives and how you can make the most out of them.

Latest Book Review: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

As you will undoubtedly have gather by now I like book. I am into reading. I like reading books, then writing about them and reviewing them, and talking about them and boring everyone by talking about books all the live long day! Actually I don’t bore anyone because the books I talk about are interesting and my friends are all big readers too!

So you know this about me.

What you may not know is that I am also (recently) getting more in to health and fitness, and have started training for a half-marathon. And for someone who spent my summers reading books whilst all the other kids were running about outside and playing sports, you can imagine I’ve got some catching up to do, fitness-wise.

Anyway, with these interests being my current top two hobbies it wasn’t too long before I stumbled upon Haruki Murakami’s ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running’. I’ve been a big fan of Murakami’s novels for years, after reading Norwegian Wood and the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, both which are jostling for position in the top ten list I keep in my head.

But anyway, since I have been getting into running and training I thought I would give this a read. I wasn’t really drawn to it when it came out, but I thought now would be a good time, and I might even learn something about running. I actually got the audio version of it on my tablet for my training. I have been training on an elliptical machine with a little shelf for my tablet, and it’s good to have something to listen to while you run, to distract from how exhausting and painful it all is! So this was a perfect combination.

Anyway, turns out it’s much more autobiographical than I have ever realised, and it really is a fascinating insight into Murakami’s life, his approach to writing and his love and dedication toward running. Really, it makes me feel guilty that I see the training as a chore and have to battle against every excuse in my head before I’ll sum up the energy to go for a run or stay home and train.

But listening to the book really inspires me to think about running differently, and to think about all the challenges in my life I set myself. He talks so much about self-discipline, and motivation and commitment to his running, and his writing, and what might be a hobby for you or I, becomes to Murakami something almost spiritual. His talks of his favourite runs and the highlights and lowlights of his extensive marathon career are absolutely jaw-dropping. In particular his account of pushing past all his inner limits while running an ultramarathon is incredibly interesting – although a little shaming when I have a stitch after only 3 miles!

It was my own burgeoning interest in health and fitness that got me onto this book, but I really would recommend it to anyone who likes autobiography, or anyone who likes the writings of Murakami. He focuses a lot on how he became a writer, and his time spent owning a jazz bar. Honestly, Murakami is exactly like a character from one of his books – interesting, methodical, with a foot in the past and a foot in modern culture.

I highly recommend this book!

Best Books to Read about Wing Chun

Wing Chun is a Chinese martial art based on a concept. It can be used as a self-defense using grappling and striking in a close-range combat. Practitioners believe that a person with good body structure wins Wing Chun. Its stance is similar to a bamboo, firm yet flexible and rooted but yielding. Structure is important in deflecting or redirecting external forces.

It is also needed for attacks. Balance relates to structure because Wing Chun believes that a balanced body can recover more quickly from attacks while maintaining structure. The martial art emphasizes on the awareness of one’s body movement from the tendons, muscles and joints. Softness or relaxation is also fundamental to Wing Chun. It emphasizes a centerline, making a straight punch a common strike. Forms are solitary exercises to develop balance, self-awareness, sensitivity and relaxation.

Wing Chun makes use of a wooden dummy, which is not a physical representation of an opponent but an energetic one. The following are books you can read to further understand the concepts behind this Chinese martial art.

What are the best books for beginners?

To learn Wing Chun, it is best to understand its theory from different perspectives, which is what the book “The Wing Chun Compendium Volume I” completely talks about. This was written by Wayne Belonoha, a master instructor of the martial art. It is great material to clearly understand the core principles of the system, exceeding through the theory and technical aspects. It also tells details of the Wing Chun forms and proper techniques. The last pages cover health and fitness, pressure points and important terminologies.
“The Path to Wing Chun” is another ideal book for those who are starting to learn the martial art. It helps you learn deeply about the first form called Sil Lim Tau and all the basic principles including kicking and footwork.

Books for Advanced Learners

“Mastering Wing Chun” is considered a must-have for anyone who wants to improve his or her skills and master Wing Chun. It is a complete guide that explains details of the applications of hand forms. Experienced students can smoothen their techniques using this book.
The second volume of “The Wing Chun Compendium” is also well recommended for non-beginners. The author proves to have an extensive research and study about the martial art to come up with this material. He is clever enough to put it up in simplified instructions. The book is very detailed and highly informative.

Wing Chun Dummy Books

Samuel Kwok’s “Wing Chun Traditional Wing Chun Dummy” is a well-reviewed book that serves as a step-by-step guide to the wooden dummy. This dummy is a device used to correct structure and technique and improve speed, power and conditioning. It also tells the common mistakes students should avoid.
The book of Ip Chun entitled “Wing Tsun Dummy Techniques” is among the oldest books about the martial art. It focuses on the right dummy form and proves to be useful to this day. It is very cheap and handy and a great buy for beginners.

Who are the Wing Chun Geeks?

For other helpful references on the Wing Chun martial art, you may visit It is a site of a team of Wing Chun enthusiasts who are also passionate to share useful information about the art. You can find useful references about the wooden dummy, engaging interviews with interesting Wing Chun personalities and techniques that can make you a better Wing Chun martial artist.

What Makes a Good Weight Loss Guide Book?

A multitude of books on losing weight are available nowadays. You can easily find one in bookstores or search for titles online. But how do you choose the right one to get? What are the attributes of the weight loss guide book that you should take into account?

The following pointers should be useful:

Choose an authoritative author

A dependable book is unlikely written by some anonymous author. It takes time and effort to produce a book that provides accurate and insightful information. You cannot expect just any ordinary fitness enthusiast to be able to produce a good book on weight loss. This is not to say, however, that ordinary fitness enthusiasts don’t have the credibility or authority to write a book since there are many ordinary weight loss and fitness enthusiasts who write blogs that sometimes offer more useful and insightful information compared to the content of many published books on weight loss.

Limit options to those with good reviews

It will be difficult to decide on your own whether a book is indeed worth buying. That’s why it helps consulting several reviews on the books you are considering. There are many reviews to find online. You may also ask for feedback from friends and acquaintances. Just be sure that the reviews or feedback you are using for your decision are reliable and not part of a marketing scheme. Also, consider reading related news about the books. Some books, like the one said to have been sold on Amazon, have been linked to at least one death so take the time to know more about the weight loss guide book you may buy.

Look for something instructive and factual

A good book on losing weight should also be instructive and filled with factual references, examples, or concrete proofs of the items being mentioned or recommended. A weight loss guide book is essentially a do-it-yourself reference so it should be highly instructive. It should provide ample information and insights that will help those who will be reading it. Of course, you are not expected to skim through the book to find out if it is indeed factual and instructive. You would usually get this assessment from book reviews or through the feedback offered by those who have already read the book.

Take note of the recommendations the book might make. If, for example, it specifically asks you to buy hcg injections online, and you’re convinced that hcg shots are indeed effective, you may want to consider the book. Additionally, it would help if the book provides specific details like information on where to buy genuine hcg tablets or hcg pills.

Evaluate the overall appeal

Lastly, evaluate the overall appeal of a book. There are no fixed criteria in assessing this. You just have to ask yourself how you feel about the book. Do you think it can be useful to you? Do you like the layout? Is the presentation likeable or well-organized? Sometimes, you may end up not learning anything from a supposedly useful book because you just don’t like how it is being presented. This can affect your experience in using a weight management book, especially since you are all on your own in exploring the usefulness of the book.