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Book Blitz and Giveaway: Wickedly It Begins by Cathrina Constantine

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Wickedly It Begins by Cathrina Constantine

Do you like a good paranormal story with a female lead? I got a brand new one for you! Wickedly It Begins by Cathrina Constantine is a wickedly good Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy, with lots of action, and awesome characters. Of course, there is a […]

This Week in Books # 3 – A Sunday Blog Post

This Week in Books # 3 – A Sunday Blog Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance for participants to share their blog’s news about the past week, reading recaps, new hauls, and a lot of other fun stuff. Hi there! Hope you all had a wonderful and productive week! […]

Best Vegetarian Cookbooks for Beginners – My Top Three List

Best Vegetarian Cookbooks for Beginners – My Top Three List

Vegetarian cooking is awesome!

No, I am not saying that you should turn into a full-time vegetarian or vegan (unless you really want to, then more power to you), but we can absolutely all benefit from adding more plant-based meals into our meal plan. According to the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, plant-based diets have a positive effect in reducing your chance of developing diabetes. While that surely inspires, what you should then serve your family, so they will actually eat it?

 

I have compiled a list of the best vegetarian cookbooks for beginners to help you along the way:

 

Eat A Little Better by Sam Kass

 

Not just a compelling and visually pleasing book, but also practical and entertaining, Eat A Little Better by Sam Kass, hits all of the marks for a great vegetarian cookbook that does not require crazy ingredients or outlandish techniques to satisfy you. Written by the former advisor to the Obama family, the Author managed to create a pleasing work, that not only inspired the former president but will inspire you to try out something new.

 

 

 

 

Forks Over Knives

Okay, this book is a classic when it comes to plant-based cooking, and for a good reason. Thorough, detailed, and filled with plenty of images that will make you want to try those recipes right away, Fork Over Knives, provides clear instructions to those who are new to this type of eating. The Lima Bean Stew featured in this book, is one of my favorite stable meals now.

 

 

The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook

The American Test Kitchen has always provided us with solid information and did not disappoint with this book. I find it awesome for the beginner because it is thorough in all of its explanations. With 450 pages, this is not a light-weight, offering 11 chapters of various awesome recipes from Hearty Mains to Snacks. Some recipes that are contained in these pages are vegan, some of them gluten-free, so there is something for everyone in here. I love this book!

 

Bonus Book For The Brave Among You

The Fully Raw Diet by Kristina Carrillo-Buraram

 

One of my favorite books to go to for raw meals is The Fully Raw Diet by Kristina Carrillo-Buraram. While creating these recipes require an access to a high-powered blender (purchase a re-furbished Vitamix, instead of new one, in order to save money), they are worth the investment and create such delicious meals, that are out of this world. Yes, all of the recipes in this book are vegan but perfectly balanced, and delicious. Again, I am not going to promote changing your entire diet to a raw vegan diet – but a few raw meals a week are a great way to stay healthy and energized! The book is available on Kindle Unlimited for free (with your membership, of course)

 

 

 

 

For more awesome vegan cookbook recommendations, check out these links:

For The Chocolate Lovers Among Us: 101 Delicious Chocolate Vegan Diet Recipes – A Review

Get Familiar With The Raw Lifestyle: The Raw Deal Cookbook – A Review

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Book Blitz and Giveaway: Still by Camilla Monk – An Urban Fantasy

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Still by Camilla Monk – An Urban Fantasy

I have a treat for you! Read the first chapter of Still by Camilla Monk – An exciting new Urban Fantasy novel right here on this blog! And, when you are finished with that, enter in the giveaway below for your chance to win a […]

Book Review: Side Hustle By Chris Guillebeau – A Detailed Blue Print For Starting A Part-Time Business

Book Review: Side Hustle By Chris Guillebeau – A Detailed Blue Print For Starting A Part-Time Business

Book Details Title: Side Hustle – From Idea To Income in 27 Days Author: Chris Guillebeau Publisher: Crown Business Publishing Publishing Date: September 19th, 2017 Genre: Business, Self-Help My thoughts on the book: At first glance, Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau looks like a workbook, […]

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Reading Non-Fiction

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Reading Non-Fiction

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Reading Non-Fiction
Hi, everyone!
As you can tell from this book blog, my taste in reading is rather diverse, with only a very few genres and book types I tend to stay away from, simply because I think most books are cool, and there is something to be said about keeping it interesting by reading a wide variety. I sure as heck, am rarely bored with my reading choices, which is an awesome side effect. What I choose to read at the moment, does have a lot to do with my mood, as well as how much time I have at the moment to invest in a particular subject. And as you surely are aware – some books and topics simply need more attention than others.
For me, reading nonfiction vs fiction is that nonfiction should transform me somehow. Not that fiction can not have transformative qualities, but I absolutely demand that from a non-fiction book, which is also why I am hard on them at times. My reason for reading non-fiction is to learn something that is actionable and concrete, and therefore powerful and extends far beyond the mere time i have spent with the book itself. It is also a spring board toward more, and that is why I take my time to ask myself the following questions when reading a non-fiction book. Feel free to use them as journaling prompts for your reading journal.
  1. How does this content/subject matter apply to my life in a concrete manner? In order to get the most out of the read content, I find it most important to make it relatable to your own life. Even the most obscure nonfiction books have within them lessons, that can be applied in daily life, even if it is a thought of what not to do.
  2. How can I turn what I have learned from this book into actionable steps to further myself on my journey toward my goals? Implying what you have learned is, in my opinion, the most important reason to read non-fiction books in the first place. Without taking action steps, the knowledge is useless. Therefore, if you want to limit yourself to one questions, out of these 5, this would be the most important one.
  3. How does this information translate itself into my career? Even if the subject does not apply in a direct way to your career, it might do so in an indirect way. Try to find a way to discover what you could use this learned knowledge for to further yourself in your career path.
  4. Who can I share this information/book/knowledge/lesson with? Sharing what you learned enforces your own lessons. Keeping this truth in mind, don’t keep what you learned to yourself. Just make sure that the person whom you are trying to teach is a willing student.
  5. What can I read next to build upon that knowledge I learned from this book? If you enjoyed or found value in the lessons within the book you just read, find a way to deepen and expand that knowledge by finding more books on the subject, or utilizing the internet to search for more. One book can become a springboard to deepening your expertise in a subject matter, in a surprising way, if you utilize that option.
Question: Do you read more non-fiction or fiction books as a general rule and why? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Here is a list of my current favorite nonfiction books you may want to check out:
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Cover Reveal: Gate of Air by Resa Nelson

Cover Reveal: Gate of Air by Resa Nelson

Cover Reveal Time! Check out this awesome cover for the upcoming YA novel Gate of Air by Resa Nelson! Title: Gate of Air Author: Resa Nelson (Dragon Gods, #1) Publication date: July 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Frayka must find and convince the dragon gods […]

Book Blitz: Butterfly In Amber by Camilla Monk – A Romantic Mystery Novel

Book Blitz: Butterfly In Amber by Camilla Monk – A Romantic Mystery Novel

Looking for something that is a little bit out of the ordinary to read this summer? Then check out Butterfly in Amber, a Mystery with a dash of romance, by Camilla Monk Don’t forget to enter to the 3 tote bags each containing a hardcover […]

Guest Post: A Letter From An Author by Kirstin Smith

Guest Post: A Letter From An Author by Kirstin Smith

Guest Post by Kristin Smith:
A Letter From an Author
 
Dear Fabulous Reader,
Chances are, you don’t know me. You probably have never heard of me or my books. But I’m sure the cover has intrigued you somewhat, and so here you are, reading a letter from an author you know nothing about, and probably care nothing about. But that’s okay. I’m here to introduce myself.
My name is Kristin Smith, and I’m the author of Catalyst and its sequel Forgotten. To start off, there’s one thing you need to know. I always dreamed of having a book baby, of holding it and flipping through its pages. But nothing can prepare an author for the thrill of people loving their work. For readers reaching out and declaring that the Deception Game is their new favorite series. It’s like a Hallelujah Moment with angels singing in the background. It’s seriously the coolest thing ever.
But on the flip side, I know some people aren’t going to love it. Maybe the ending isn’t for them, or they’re not excited about the love interest (I haven’t heard that one yet, but you never know!). Whatever it is, it all comes down to one thing—publishing is subjective. I may love one book and you may despise it. Every time we read a novel, we are bringing all of our own “baggage” to the table. Certain things we’ve experienced can be like triggers, causing us to have different reactions based off our different experiences. And you know what the great thing is? We’re all entitled to our opinion. We can CHOOSE what we like and what we love and even what we hate.
When I first set out to write Catalyst, I had no idea I’d end up here. I mean, I’d hoped this would be “the one,” but there was no guarantee. Once it was finished, though, I knew I had something pretty amazing. And like an uncut gemstone, I polished and polished that baby until it shone. Am I proud of what I’ve created? Yeah, I think I am. Do I think everyone should read it? Of course! It’s a great story!
But then again, I AM a little biased. 🙂
                XOXO
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Not For The Faint Of Heart – A Steamy Romance “Blindsided” by Ava Ashley

Not For The Faint Of Heart – A Steamy Romance “Blindsided” by Ava Ashley

Now here is a book not for the faint of heart. You already know that I do not shy away from any type of book, may it be fiction or not, young adult, or hot contemporary romance, but this one is extra steamy, and should […]