Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Blue Zones of Happiness by Dan Buettner Review

The Blue Zones of Happiness:
Lessons From the World's Happiest People
by Dan Buettner

New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner reveals the surprising secrets of what makes the world's happiest places—and shows you how to apply these lessons to your own life.

     In this inspiring guide, you’ll find game-changing tools drawn from global research and expert insights for achieving maximum fulfillment.

 Along the way, you'll:

 • Discover the three strands of happiness—pleasure, purpose, and pride—that feature prominently in the world's happiest places.

 • Take the specially designed Blue Zones Happiness Test to pinpoint areas in your life where you could cultivate greater joy, deeper meaning, and increased satisfaction.

 • Meet the world's Happiness All-Stars: inspiring individuals from Denmark to the United States who reveal dynamic, practical ways to improve day-to-day living.

 • Discover specific, science-based strategies for setting up a “life radius” of community, work, home, and self to create healthier, happiness-boosting habits for the long-term.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The book to me is very fulfilling in that it showed me that other people find happiness in their own ways.  A book can not really bring you an answer to your own happiness, but this is more like a guide to help you open your mind to possibilities.   It also depends on your work at self help and willingness to change, because the author can only show you ideas not force you to utilize them.

Is Your Dad a Pirate? by Tara McClary Reeves Review

Is Your Dad a Pirate?

Is Your Dad a Pirate?

Her daddy went away to fight for our country. And he came home changed. What's a young family to do when a parent is injured? How might they respond to curiosity?

In this tender account based on her childhood experiences, beloved author Tara McClary Reeves shares how her family adapted to the extensive physical losses her father, Marine Corps Lieutenant Clebe McClary, sustained.

With warmth and humor, this book encourages children and spouses facing similar trials to cherish the gift of family. To hold on to faith. And to choose to be loving heroes on the home front. Is Your Dad a Pirate? will challenge your perspective and deepen your commitment to love.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Perfect for military families or children that have had to deal with this experience.  It does give a message and gift in one small book.  

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy Review

Too Far Down (The Cimarron Legacy)
by Mary Connealy

Cowboys, Action, Humor, and History Collide in Connealy's Latest

When an explosion kills men and damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them.

Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back East and all that New Mexico offers. Sure he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys running the mine and, when he's honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has.

Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses and lassoes than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone. Particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who may not stay long at the ranch. She's determined, however, to help the Bodens finally put an end to the danger that's threatened all of them. But will putting herself in harm's way be more dangerous than anyone expected?

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I do not like reading a book 3 first, but sometimes it happens.   This is not only the last book but it actually sums up the other two books from what I understand so it was like better then reading all three I guess.  As for me the western aspect was ok, and the characters are written well.

Drawing books for every artist with Reviews

How to Draw Almost Every Day
How to Draw Almost Every Day
An Illustrated Sourcebook
ISBN: 9781631593772 | Quarry Books | October 1, 2017
$19.99, US $25.99

The perfect book for budding artists, How to Draw Almost Every Day challenges and inspires you to draw one simple illustration each day of the year. Each daily exercise is broken down with step-by-step diagrams, making the process easy to understand. You’ll learn to draw items from everyday life, like food and clothing, as well as seasonal images including snowmen and pumpkins. We have also included inspiring project photos to show you how to incorporate the doodles into greeting cards, calendars, invitations, gift wrap, and more!

Cassandra's Review-  A cute book with a simple instruction to draw one doodle a day for the whole year.
 Sketch Now, Think Later
Sketch Now, Think Later
Jump into Sketching with Limited Time, Tools, and Techniques
ISBN: 9781631593444 | Quarry Books | October 1, 2017
$17.99 US, $23.99

Sketching is more popular than ever, but busy lives leave almost no room for sitting down with a pad and pen, and practicing. Here’s a secret though: you do have time each day to practice, you just need to incorporate sketching into your daily life. Sketch Now, Think Later covers the tools, techniques and tips that author and Urban Sketching Correspondent of Boston Mike Daikubara has developed in his more than 15 years as a practicing artist, and will show you how to fully dive into any sketching situation with limited time and tools, and still be able to produce memorable, great looking, fun sketches!

Cassandra's Review- This book is packed with a lot of techniques and facts so much so that you can read it over again and still get more information.

 Learn to Draw Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Learn to Draw Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Learn to Draw Favorite Characters, Including Rey, BB-8, and Kylo Ren, in Graphite Pencil
ISNB: 9781633222632 | Walter Foster Publishing | October 10, 2017
$19.95 US, $25.95

Learn to Draw Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings modern Star Wars iconography to life in stunning graphite pencil, transforming memorable characters including Rey, Poe Dameron, BB-8, and Kylo Ren (along with Leia, Han Solo, and R2-D2) into detailed, realistic portraits. Lucasfilm collaborator and professional artist Russell Walks guides artists step by step and provides insightful notes, drawing tips, and memorable moments for each character from the film. This book allows readers to develop and strengthen their drawing skills, while experiencing this legendary series in a whole new light.

Cassandra's Review- If you love Star Wars and learning how to draw more advanced styled characters, this is going to be a great book.
 Just for Fun: Perspective
Just for Fun: Perspective
More than 100 Fun and Simple Step-by-Step Projects for Learning the Art of Basic Perspective
ISBN: 9781633224162 | Walter Foster Publishing | October 1, 2017
$21.95 US, $28.95 CAN

Just for Fun: Perspective takes a complicated topic and makes it easy and fun for aspiring artists and art enthusiasts! Even if you've never picked up a pencil or paintbrush, you can follow the simple, step-by-step instructions, and create realistic, proportionate artwork using perspective. With approachable and contemporary drawings and paintings as well as lots of tips, instructions, and inspiration, you’ll master perspective in no time.

Cassandra's Review- The book is super beneficial for a more advanced beginner because it does not have how to step by step so much as a small detail for each technique.

I received complimentary copies.

Mystery Tackle Box Review

Mystery Tackle Box is the #1 fishing tackle subscription service offering anglers and fishing enthusiasts a fun and affordable way to discover new fishing lures, learn new techniques and catch more fish!

If you, or someone you love, enjoys fishing, get them a Mystery Tackle Box Subscription today. You'll enjoy a monthly box full of new and innovative fishing lures and products, content on how to use everything, plus stickers and special offers.

Get a box full of new fishing products delivered straight to your door. Subscriptions start at $15 per month.

Coupon valid through December 31st, 2017. Visit to learn more!

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  I enjoyed finding out the mystery lures included and look forward to finding the correct types of water to fish with them.  I think this is a great subscription if you are looking for great ideas and gifting to an experienced fisherman that has lots of options.   I would like to probably pick my own products to include, but I see how the need to vary pricing the items helps to keep the cost lower on the experience.  The lures were really nice quality and would make a fisher very happy. 

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I received complimentary product.