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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: *****

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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: *****

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: *****

Branding Yourself

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Title: Branding Yourself by Erik Deckers and Kyle Lacy

Category: Nonfiction, Social Media, Job Hunting

Review: I loved reading this book. I was actually searching for books that help you find books and I got good reviews on this one. So I went ahead and bought it. I wasn’t disappointed. This book is all about putting yourself out there on social media and in the real world as well. They discuss how to use blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn as some of the key social media forms to help you get a job. This is not a typical social media book. They’re not going to tell you how to do something then leave you off. They have case examples and also tell you the do’s and dont’s of something. I think all people, jobless or not, need to read this book so they can use social media to their advantage. I know I will.

Rating: *****

Ravensbruck

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Title: Ravensbruck by Sarah Helm

Category: Nonfiction, History, World War II, Concentration Camps

Review: I had been wanting to read this for a long time when I purchased this. I saw it at a Barnes and Noble shop and jumped on it. Ravensbruck did not disappoint me in any way. It is a very well written book. The author did a lot of digging and interviews of a lot of women to make this book possible. We know a lot about the main camps, such as Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, Birkenau, etc… However, Ravensbruck is one that has been lost to us. This book tells the story of the women of Ravensbruck and what they were put through. Originally Ravensbruck was supposed to be a prisoner of war camp, but as the war carried on things changed. Experiments were carried out on the women. Women were made to work for companies and didn’t get any compensation at all. The camp was designed for a certain size, but was overloaded. The book tells a tale of how the women of several nationalities were treated in Ravensbruck. How some survived and how some even were able to help the cause by getting messages to the allies. However, it is a tale of sadness and horror and degradation because the women were treated no better than animals. It is an amazing read and an amazing story that should be read by everyone.

Rating: *****

Samhain

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Title: Llewellyn’s Sabbat Essentials, Samhain

Category: Nonfiction, New Age, Wicca, Witchcraft, Sabbats

Review: So the reason I got this book is because Samhain or Halloween, is my favorite Sabbat of the year. Has been since I was a little girl, though I didn’t know it was a Sabbat back then. Anyway, this book is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn about Samhain. It gives a great history on it; where it began, what it is called in other countries, traditions, etc… It also gives great recipes and divination techniques. Cause as you may or may not know, the veil between worlds is the thinnest at this time of the year. Also, the book has a great array of invocations, rituals, and celebrations. Samhain is not a Sabbat of death entirely, it is one of change. It has spells to focus on ourselves as well as to communicate with our long gone ancestors. I loved this book and am looking forward to incorporating some of what I have read into my practices on Samhain. I hope you get this for your personal library. It was excellently written and definitely a great book for someone who wants more knowledge on this Sabbat.

Rating: *****

You: On A Diet

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Title: You, On A Diet by Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz

Category: Nonfiction, Health, Weight Loss

Review: First, I just wanted to say that I have read this book before. I just wanted to reread it again. I love reading anything written by these two guys. This isn’t another weight loss book. Yes, they want you to get serious about weight loss, but they take a sort of comedic approach at it as well. They put in these funny diagrams to make it more clearer for you. So you’re not looking at the book and being bored, but you also understand what they are trying to explain. The first part of the book is mostly spent explaining the effects of being overweight and the digestive system and other different things that they think are important to tell us before starting their diet. Then the second part focuses on a simple plan where they lay out exercise and a diet. They have a lot of different recipes and the exercise plan is not that bad. I think everyone should at least read it. Just for the knowledge that these two bring to the table and the way it is written. I think you will like it if you are trying to lose weight.

Rating: *****

Operation Paperclip

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Title: Operation Paperclip, The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists To America by Annie Jacobsen

Category: Nonfiction, History, World War II, Post-War World II, Cold War, Science, Government

Review: From the start, I think this was a very interesting read. When we think about Germany and War World II, we typically think about Hitler and his generals. We don’t think about the men behind all the evil in the concentration camps or working to create the rockets. This book starts at the end of the war and tells us how Operation Paperclip began. It basically was a rouse to use the intelligence of many of the Nazi doctors and scientists and bring them back to the United States. They were in competition, because after the end of WW II, the Soviets basically cut off ties with us and became our enemies. What this book tells us about is how the program started and why it started. They found gas, rockets, etc… that they needed to bring back to the U.S. and they needed the Germans to help them. So even though the German doctors or scientists were Nazis they could get a free pass to a certain extent. There were challenges, as the book discusses, and the program does come to an end due to the fact that the information does end up becoming declassified. The book reveals information that I had not even known before about experiments on people during that time. Such as freezing experiments and saltwater experiments. It is an enlightening book. Even though some of the the German scientists and doctors did some good over here in the U.S. they still were Nazis. It still makes you ask, ‘was it worth a free pass?’ If you are interested in the War World II period, definitely take a look at this book.

Rating: *****

Faeries and Elementals for Beginners

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Title: Faeries and Elementals For Beginners by Alexandra Chauran

Category: Nonfiction, New Age

Review: I ordered this during the Father’s Day special on the Llewellyn website. I have been wanting to learn more about faeries in general. I think this is a very good book for the beginner. It starts with a basic dictionary of faeries and things like etiquette. The book then progresses on to teach you to communicate with the different kinds of faeries. There are four chapters, one devoted to each elemental which gives different types of rituals and a type of meditation that will help you get started working with the elemental. I feel that the author wrote this book very well and for a beginner in mind. She warns of the dangers and blessings of having faeries and elementals as friends or foes. You have to be careful because these are not creatures to control. She gives various examples of what could happen if you try to control them. I find this book very helpful for a beginner and look forward to using it to make my own friends with the faeries. Definitely find a copy and read it.

Rating: *****

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