Category: Books

I Love DK…Rocks & Minerals!


When I was younger, I wanted to be a geologist. (Along with being an artist and author). We had just moved into a brand new house, and the builders were still building new houses across the street. The neighborhood kids and I used to love to play on the giant mountain of dirt and tunnel tubing. It was an awesome (and probably dangerous) place to play.

My best friend and I would go rock hunting all the time, and would pretend to be geologists, collecting samples for our rock collection. I still have my rock collection to this day.

I loved to look up rocks in my DK Eyewitness Rocks and Minerals book. It listed all of the gems, rock types, formations, and even how to start a rock collection! It was the best book ever.

I was super happy to discover that this book is still in print! Of course it’s been updated with the newest info about rocks and minerals. It’s the perfect gift for a budding curious mind….or for a grown up blogger that still has a rock collection.

What DK book do you love? Share your favourite on Twitter with #ILoveDK!



Top 12 Books of 2014


I read 70 books in 2014, and here are my favourites!

1. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simison
2. Delicious by Ruth Reichl
3. Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
4. Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui
5. The Table of the Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips
6. This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
7. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
8. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang
9. One Plus One by JoJo Moyes
10. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
11. The Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
12. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’ Malley

[Review] Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

book“The Persian Pickle Club” by Sandra Dallas was originally published 20 years ago and I was lent the 20th Anniversary Edition to read. It’s amazing to think that one novel could inspire so many women to go out there and quilt, even starting their own quilting circles. Hopefully, though, none of them are hiding the same secrets as those in the Persian Pickle Club! Set in the 1930s, in depression-hit Harveyville, Kansas, each week the ladies gather to quilt and gossip, however, they are tied together by one big, dark secret. (more…)

[ Review ] The Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera

islandofI cried. Twice. At work. People saw me. I didn’t care. The stories told by the author, NayomiMunaweera are devastating and hopeful all at the same time. “Island of a Thousand Mirrors follows the fate of two families, one Tamil, one Sinhala as they straddle opposite sides of the long and brutal Sri Lankan civil war. Narrated by the eldest daughter of each family…At its root, it’s a story of a fragmented nation struggling to find its way to a new beginning.” ( This novel serves as a stark reminder that with opportunity and compassion for others some people can be saved from a life of fear and pain. For others the path only leads to darkness. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers in a war when both sides are right…and wrong. (more…)

[Review] Against All Grain

1-IMG_20141027_203205I had the chance to review Against all Grain by Danielle Walker. We have been a strict gluten free house for several years and have fallen into a cooking rut. This cookbook is not only great for beginners, but it is also great for those already living the lifestyle who need variety. One of the best things about this cookbook is that it contains recipes for food we would usually buy pre-made. I chose to make Peruvian-style chicken, BLT Salad with Herb Ranch Dressing, and the wraps. (more…)

[Review] In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

inreallifeAnda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.  (more…)

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