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The Book of Dog Magic

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Title: The Book of Dog Magic by Sophia with Danny Sargent

Category: Nonfiction, New Age, Magick

Review: I was very happy to get this book and it didn’t disappoint. I am a dog person through and through, so it is nice to see a book just about dogs with information about the history of dogs and humans, spells, etc… This book covers many areas of dogs and humans lives together. It talks about how dogs and humans first came together. It then goes into different things like how to find a dog or puppy that is right for you, letting go of a deceased dog, getting a dog to return home, etc… What I liked was the history. She went over a lot of history in each chapter. Not just one specific religion. There was Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Japanese, and more. I also like that towards the end she mentions information about astrology. For example, I’m a Gemini, and she mentions what type of breeds would be best for me (as for the others). She also talks about the dogs and their signs. The book also has a great amount of spells and charms. I think it was well written. So if you are a dog lover and want to find something that will help you with understanding your friend, buy this book. It’s a wonderful read.

Rating: *****

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War World I

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Title: World War I by S.L.A. Marshall

Category: Nonfiction, History, World War I

Review: This book was a very good and detailed read. There was no information skipped over about World War I when reading this book. Everything is considered and talked about in the book, from the beginning of how the war was started to the end of how it was ended and it progressed on to helping Hitler start World War II. I was very impressed with the book. You don’t often find a book that is so informative on the issue of War World I. Most popular books are dedicated to the second war, and it is true that I am a War World II fanatic, but I wanted to learn more at the first war. So this was a good starter to the first world war. It goes through the trials and tribulations of the soldiers and their commanders. It also goes through the difficulties of the politics as well behind the war. If you have never read anything on the subject on War World I, I think you should pick this up. It is a very interesting read.

Rating: *****

Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat

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Title: Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat by Michelle May

Category: Nonfiction, Health, Weight Loss, Mindful Eating

Review: I am now a big fan of mindful eating due to this book. In fact, I plan to get a few more books on learning more about mindful eating due to Michelle May’s book. Michelle May basically describes a process of why we have been abusing ourselves through food and what we can do about it. She tells stories (her own and others) throughout the book. In her book she finally helps us understand why the dieting cycle is so bad for our bodies and why we are not bad. She gives tips and tricks on how to be mindful while eating. How to reacquaint yourself with your body. This book has taught me a lot and I find it a starting point in my journey in mindful eating. I would definitely pick it up and stop dieting. Take a chance with it. Michelle May is a great author, a doctor, and had her own ups and downs with dieting as well.

Review: *****

Practical Magic For Beginners

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Title: Practical Magic For Beginners by Brandy Williams

Category: Nonfiction, New Age

Review: This is a well-written and put together book for those who are beginning the craft and those who have been practicing for years. The author focuses on creating a foundation for the student, meaning learning how to visualize, to ground, seeing an aura, etc… She also includes tips on creating a spell, including some of the basic correspondences. Not giving too much which will come later with practice. She also includes rituals of her own that can be followed by anyone who is not comfortable in creating their own just yet. I find that the beginning witch will like this book and it would have been nice to have when I started. Try reading it if you’re new to the craft, whether from the library or buying it from Llewellyn (they sell on deals all the time).

Rating: *****

I Am America (And So Can You)

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Title: I Am America (And So Can You!) By Stephen Colbert

Category: Nonfiction, Humor

Review: This was Stephen Colbert’s first book, I just got around to reading it. I loved reading it. Back when he wrote it he was still on The Colbert Report, so that is mentioned in the book, but other than that, you’re going to find nothing different. Everyone who is entertained and loves Stephen will find his crazy humor in it. The book ranges from all different subjects: religion, sports, school, media, sex, etc… In every chapter there is a section where a “everyday person” has written. There is also a little fun part at the end of the chapter that he adds on. As soon as you start the book you can’t help laughing. Reading this book made me laugh and it was just hard to put it down. I hope Stephen writes more books like this soon.

Rating: *****

Mythology

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Title: Mythology by Edith Hamilton

Category: Nonfiction, Mythology, Greek Mythology, Roman Mythology, Norse Mythology

Review: Although this book was written back in the early 1940s or 50s it still has a lot of credibility today and I found it was extremely hard to put down. The author did a lot of great research for the different mythologies she covered. Especially the Greek and Roman ones. Greek and Roman are some of my favorite aside from Egyptian and I learned a lot more from this book than I expected. Most of the book is dedicated to the Greek and Roman gods and heroes. It tells the stories of the fall of Troy and other stories perhaps you have never heard about. I wasn’t as interested in the Norse mythology, but I read it anyway. She did great research and anyone who wants to read a well-researched and a book that will keep you interested needs to purchase this one.

Rating: *****

Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art

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Title: Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art by Shizuo Tsuji

Category: Nonfiction, Cookbooks, Japanese Cuisine

Review: I got this book from Amazon and it definitely did not disappoint. The author divides the book into three sections. One is a very informative section on the ingredients, knives, things like simmering and boiling, sushi, tea, etc… It is such a well written account of all the different things that go into Japanese cuisine. Part two is the recipes. Although there are recipes in the first section, these are given to use the basic recipes in the first part. Like the author teaches you how to make dashi. So in the second section, you can make dashi with whatever recipe you want to make. The third section is an appendix with comparable weights and fish types with calories. I love this book. I recommend you get it if you love Japanese cuisine.

Rating: *****

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

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Title: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Category: Fiction, Science Fiction, Classic

Review: Jules Verne wrote some really great books, however, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea happens to be one of his most famous books. I bought this since I thought I had read it, but I couldn’t remember. This book is narrated in one person by Pierre Arronax. He is a scientist of the ocean. How he comes upon the Nautilus is that there had been accidents involving what people think a huge whale or some kind of creature in the sea. He goes with his servant on the Abraham Lincoln and meets a Canadian harpooner. When the ship finds the Nautilus the three end up together in the ocean and getting rescued by the Nautilus. For the first day they are locked up, but are treated well. Then Captain Nemo comes out and gives them a room. Their adventures then sort of begin after Captain Nemo explains the workings of the ship. They travel to a submarine forest, find Atlantis, get trapped in an iceberg, battle with gigantic squids, and more. All the while, the Canadian wants to escape the Nautilus and after several attempts they finally do. They never truly find out about their captor or why he hates the land so much. However, he drives the Nautilus into a maelstrom (or whirlpool) and they never hear from him again. What became of him is unknown. This is one of those classics that should be read. It’s first person, like I mentioned, and there is lots of talk about the different species of underwater creatures, which may put you off. However, try it. You’ll find that it is a great book to read.

Rating: *****

Wheel of the Year

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Title: Wheel of the Year by Pauline Campanelli and Dan Campanelli

Category: Nonfiction, New Age, Paganism, Wicca

Review: This is another great book by the author who wrote Ancient Ways. This book is divided by months. So I read this book and it took me a year to read because I wanted to follow it by the months. This book does feature the Sabbats, however, it also features different types of magick as well. It talks about different moons of different months. It talks about fairy magick and working with the fairies. It also talks about working with herbs and dutch Pennsylvania magick. There are a variety of topics that are talked about in each month that is featured. I was very happy that I bought the book. It is another book that a witch, beginning or old-timer, needs to have.

Rating: *****

Ancient Ways

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Title: Ancient Ways by Pauline Campanelli and Dan Campanelli

Categories: Nonfiction, New Age, Paganism, Wicca

Review: Ancient Ways is one of the best books you can by if you are a Wiccan or Pagan. If you are a beginner or an old-timer. The author has done a well researched book and I have enjoyed reading this book and the information in it. This book is divided by the eight Sabbats. This makes it really nice because you can go to a particular Sabbat if one has passed by and learn about it. The Sabbat the book starts with is Imbolc, which is basically the beginning of the new year. The author covers different subjects in each section and gives spells and teaches you how to make things on your own. I enjoyed it because she shares her experiences as well. It is a book for everyone and I recommend that you get it for your collection.

Rating: *****

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