Book Review: Blind Date Diaries by Brenda St John Brown

blind date diariesSYNOPSIS: Dating? Lower than a bikini wax on my list of priorities. Blind dating? Let’s just say I’d rather have a Brazilian – and not the hot soccer-player variety. So the fact I’ve agreed to do a blind-date feature for Pink, the magazine I work for, and write it all up Bridget Jones style means one thing – Pink is in dire straits and this is my best shot at saving my job. Make that my only shot because date number one is with Jack Reese – the son of the publisher of Pink – and he dislikes me as much as I dislike him. Or at least I thought he did. (book blurb)

COVER: I have been told the author had three requests for the cover image – that the girl is curvy, the guy look similar to a particular actor, and the background should be pink. At first, I thought perhaps the author just likes the colour, and even considered it might be part of the millennium pink craze, but then decided it suited because the magazine the FMC works for is called Pink (which actually kind of brings us back to why pink?). Considering I have an ARC copy that is without a proper cover, I cannot actually give further detail than that.

WRITING STYLE: While I do enjoy the author’s writing I was a little surprised to turn to the second page and already have a sex scene. For the storyline it makes sense, but I generally like to get to know the characters a little better before following them into the bedroom… or in this case, on the kitchen counter. Continue reading “Book Review: Blind Date Diaries by Brenda St John Brown”

Book Review: Happy New You by Brenda St John Brown et al.

happy new youSYNOPSIS: 10 Resolutions. 2 Friends. 1 Shot At Love. When Allison Gottlieb overhears her boss say she doesn’t have what it takes to make partner at the law firm she works for, she has a drunken meltdown in the middle of a New Year’s Eve party. But with the help of an old school friend (who she also had a crush on years ago), Allison decides to make some changes in her life and makes a list of ten resolutions that will help prove her worth to the firm. Over the course of a year Allison steps out of her comfort zone, encouraged by Mateo, but will she have to choose between her career and her heart?

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Book Review: The Home Edit by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin

homeeditSYNOPSIS: Instagram-famous home organizers swear by their signature approach to decluttering. This book guides you through editing your belongings and then arranging them in a stunning way that is simple to maintain.

AUTHOR: Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin both moved to Nashville with their husbands and were then introduced by a mutual Instagram friend. Clea, who had gone to art school, approaches tidying from an aesthetic standpoint while Joanna has a more traditional method based on function. This allowed the pair to combine their skills to create their own tidying company that utilizes their strengths. Continue reading “Book Review: The Home Edit by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin”

Book Review: The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees

The-Curated-closet-WorkbookSYNOPSIS: This fashion guide is a fascinatingly strategic approach to identifying, refining, and expressing personal style and building the wardrobe to match it.  You will learn how to shop smarter and more selectively, make the most of your budget, master outfit formulas and colour palettes, tweak your wardrobe for work, as well as assess garment fit and quality like a pro. This book will help you create a unique look you love, and ensures you always have something to wear that is authentically you.

AUTHOR: Anuschka Rees is a writer from Berlin, Germany. She is the founder of popular style blog “Into Mind”, with The Curated Closet being her first book that has been translated into a number of languages. She has also written a second book, “Beyond Beautiful” , which is a feminist image guide for the social media era. Continue reading “Book Review: The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees”

Book Review: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

life-changing-magic-of-tidying-up-2SYNOPSIS: Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home –and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

AUTHOR: Marie Kondo is the founder of the KonMari Method and runs a consulting business that helps people declutter and organize their homes. Her books have been translated into thirty-five languages and became best-sellers in multiple countries. There is now a Japanese TV drama as well as an American reality show on Netflix based on the magic of tidying.

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Book Review: The Art of Discarding by Nagisa Tatsumi

discardingSYNOPSIS: The Japanese have a word “mottainai” which means a sense of shame at wastefulness, and this book takes a look into how that feeling affects our ability to discard possessions we no longer have use for and what can help us overcome it so we may declutter our lives.

COVER: The design is very minimal, a white background with red and black text. It definitely embodies the tagline of “how to get rid of clutter and find joy” as the simplicity satisfies. I also got a laugh out of the word “discarding” in the title as the body of each “i” is missing, leaving only a space with a dot overhead.

FORMAT:  The layout of the book is of being broken into parts, and those sections each deal with a different topic that is further divided into subcategories. Each idea is incredibly easy to find based on the table of contents and the matching header at the top of each page as well.

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Book Review: The Princess Plan by Julia London

princessplanSynopsis: All anyone can talk about is the visiting prince, Sebastian, who has come to England to discuss trade agreements and choose a british bride. But when his personal secretary is found murdered after a ball, even a local Ladies Gazette speculates on the culprit after receiving an anonymous tip. Sebastian tracks down the gazette owners, and teams up with Eliza to catch the murderer. He was not expecting to fall for a commoner –something his father would never allow– and now he has to choose between his country or his heart.  Continue reading “Book Review: The Princess Plan by Julia London”