Tag: Nonfiction

Book Birthday Blitz: Book Review: Solo by Aaron Hodges

Today I am helping to celebrate the book birthday of SOLO by Aaron Hodges.  If you are debating on traveling  the world solo, this is the book for you! 

Book Description:

Feeling alone? Trapped? Lost?
Time for an adventure!

The bad times won’t last forever, and for more than five years, Aaron Hodges has journeyed the globe alone, visiting everywhere from Istanbul to Argentina. Honest and insightful, SOLO is packed with his personal travel tips and humorous stories. Learn about the ups and downs, the triumphs and the pitfalls of venturing off the beaten path. Follow his guidelines for exploring the world alone and be inspired to take the trip you’ve always dreamed of.

Discover the world of solo travel.
Go Solo!

SOLO: A Down to Earth Guide to Travelling the World Alone
Author:
Aaron Hodges

Published:  December 11, 2019
129 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: November 15-16,2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

This is an A+, 5 star memoir by Aaron Hodges about traveling solo.  He has traveled solo for over 5 years and gives many pointers for the new and yet-to-travel solo traveler. Hodges talks directly to the reader and yes, DO heed his plethora of advice! If I was still at this part of my life to travel solo, I would have been taking notes! Yes, I would have taken Hodges advice as he makes solo travel seem possible for everyone. I also looked back at my time when I turned 30 and traveled the Northern US and Canada with a tour group. In some ways I was solo, and in some ways I wasn’t. Traveling solo does NOT mean you are always alone! But I was solo in New York City alone for several days and had a great time! 

Hodges talks directly to the reader giving his first hand insight and experience. He comes off like a really good friend conversing with you.  He gives you a starting point to plan your solo trip.   He gives suggestions on where to go (or not go) for some countries and a variety of traveling tips including where to sleep which tends to be hostels for a variety of reasons that he goes into.

This is a very entertaining and informative memoir definitely recommended for the solo traveler of the past, present and future.  Take a chance and travel solo! 

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Books2Read

About the Author:

Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job in 2014 and see the world. One year later, he published his first novel – Stormwielder – while in Guatemala. Since then, he has honed his skills while travelling through parts of SE Asia, India, North and South America, Turkey and Europe, and now has over a dozen works to his name. Today, his adventures continue…

Contact Aaron:
Instagram
@aaronhodgesauthor

Blog Tour: Let’s Talk About Cats by Anita Kelsey

As a part of the blog tour, today I share my review of Let’s Talk About Cats by Anita Kelsey.  As a mommy to three kitty furbabies, I was excited to read this one!  There is also a giveaway going on on Facebook.

Book Description:

Let’s Talk About Cats: Conversations on Feline Behaviour features 16 unique in-depth conversations with devoted feline experts, each chapter answering a question about our cats. An abundance of catty conversation points which provide many useful takeaways for cat owners to improve their own every-day connection with their cats.

This book, the first of its kind, presents the combined wisdom of experts from all over the world on the psychology, behaviour, diet and training of cats, in a relaxed and conversational style. Contributors include Jackson Galaxy, star of My Cat From Hell, and composer David Teie, whose ground-breaking album, Music for Cats, was released by the Universal Music Group.

Each illuminating chapter exudes a love for cats and a wealth of fascinating insights.

This book is packed with helpful advice, guidance and true stories from the author’s own professional experience of cat care topics, explaining the most important cat concepts, giving food for thought and expanding on all the most important issues and debates in the cat world.

Let’s Talk About Cats: Conversations in Feline Behaviour
Author: Anita Kelsey
Published: November 28, 2020

276 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: November 2-14, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Let’s Talk About Cats is a nonfiction book by cat expert Anita Kelsey: She has a degree in Feline Behavior and Psychology, is a cat groomer, and more.  Needless to say, she knows what she is talking about.  She is based out of the UK, so the spellings of certain words are UK based (which I never have an issue with) and some of what is discussed would apply to UK readers more than US readers, but it is still a very well written book and I learned some things as well (I have only been a cat momma for 5 years and still constantly learning.) 

Let’s Talk About Cats is 15 chapters of learning and one chapter of a ‘bookend’ telling us about The Cat Man of Aleppo.  Despite being in the UK she does talk with US based experts including Jackson Galaxy who hosted the television show My Cat From Hell. Each chapter of the book deals with a certain question that cat owners/guardians may have. There is a discussion with an expert of the question presented and also summary of what you have just read at the end of the chapter and there are also real life case situations that apply to the chapter.  Chapters include Why Does My Cat Scratch Furniture, What Should I Be Feeding My Cat, touching and giving cats attention, all the way to dealing with elderly cats and euthanasia. 

Whether you are a new cat parent or experienced one, you will learn something from this book. Let’s Talk About Cats is for every cat parent and cat lover out there! 

Purchase Links:
Amazon US

Amazon UK

My three furbabies with Let’s Talk About Cats. They are in charge and do whatever they want!

About the Author:

Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats. She is also a qualified cat groomer and specialises in grooming aggressive or phobic cats. Anita writes for Your Cat Magazine and is on their experts panel answering readers questions on cat grooming. She also advises on feline behaviour for the CFBA (Canine and Feline Behaviour) magazine as well as being a full member. Anita, a strong advocate of a vegan lifestyle, is based in London but consults all over the UK as well as international requests. She lives with her husband, a music producer, and two Norwegian Forest cats, Kiki and Zaza.

Her debut bookClaws. Confessions Of A Professional Cat Groomer was published by John Blakes in 2018 and her second book Let’s Talk About Cats, Conversation On Feline Behaviour is due out November 28th 2020.

Contact Anita:
Website
Twitter @catbehaviourist
Instagram @cat_behaviourist

Giveaway

If anyone would like the chance to win a free copy of Let’s Talk About Cats plus some fun cat toys from Purrs In Our Hearts and 4Cats then join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/letstalkaboutcats

There will be 5 fun cat photo competitions posted on 23rd Nov With the entries closing 4th Dec. **Rules and how to enter on the page. **

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Book Review: I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
Author:
Anne Bogel

Published: September 4, 2018
156 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

For so many people, reading isn’t just a hobby or a way to pass the time–it’s a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can’t imagine life without them.

I’d Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives.

The perfect gift for the bibliophile in everyone’s life, I’d Rather Be Reading will command an honored place on the overstuffed bookshelves of any book lover.

Kim’s Review:

What a great little book!

Sometimes I have so many thoughts and feelings running around inside, I have a hard time identifying and organizing them. Anne did all that for me. Ideas that hadn’t even really occurred to me shone through the pages of this book! My only real issue is that there were whole chapters that were just lists of quotes from books. They weren’t bad by any means, it just got a little monotonous. But all the warms feels made up for the short bits of monotony.

I learned some things about myself and came to the conclusion, with Anne’s help, that I’m different and in no way inadequate. I’m a shopper, she’s a borrower. She visits the library multiple times a week; I don’t remember the last time I went to the library. And it’s all ok!! Readers are readers and we are united, especially because of our differences!

So overall, I loved this book! It was short, easy, and to the point! Everyone who loves books should read this book … and yes, I’m book bossy and not ashamed!!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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