I miss writing about books on here. And, from the comments I received in my recent readers’ feedback survey (thank you to anyone who took the time to fill it in, I highly appreciate it!), you miss it too.
So, I’ve decided to create a new segment, “On My Kindle” to share what I’m reading every month. So, let’s start with January’s books. There are a few gems, a couple of duds, and nail art galore! Check them out:
1. Spectacular Nail Art: A Step-By-Step Guide To 35 Gorgeous Designs by Larit Levy
I don’t know about you, but I so envy those who can do nail art. I can’t, but I’m willing to give it a go. This book offers me 35 gorgeous ideas – including animal prints, wintry snowflakes, and scary cobwebs – complete with step-by-step instructions. Words are supported by pictures, so you can see exactly what each step should look like, and if you’re on the right track. Plus, the book is full of nail care tips to help your talons always look their best. The only drawback is that a lot of ideas aren’t that original. That’s why I recommend it only to newbies. Available at Amazon.
2. Nail Art by Douglas Scotti, Alessandra Pelagotti, Vittorio Esposito, and Rocio Gonzalez
Another book about nail art. This one, though, is more about inspiration. Although most of the designs are very simple, the instructions are too short and don’t explain everything clearly, making them very hard to follow, unless you’re alrerady a pro. But then, you’d probably pick up a book with more complicated designs. Available at Amazon.
3. Content Inc: How Enterpreneurs Use Content To Build Massive Audiences And Create Radically Successful Businesses by Joe Pulizzi
Gone are the days when you first created a product, and then found an audience for it. These days, it’s the opposite. First you build an audience that craves your stuff, and then give it to them. How to build this audience? Content marketing. Pulizzi explains how to create amazing content that resonates with your tribe, how to promote it, and how to convert it into sales. The advice is solid, well-presented, and easy-to-follow. Perfect for small enterpreneurs with limited resources who are eager to conquer their market. Available at Amazon.
4. Paris In Style: A Guide To The City’s Fashion, Design, And Style Destinations by Janelle McCulloch
Ah Paris, how I miss thee! I visited the city of love too many years ago, and can’t wait to go back. When I’ll do, I’ll definitely bring a copy of this gorgeous guide with me. It’s packed with intriguing ateliers, mouth-watering restaurants, antique market stalls, enthralling book stores, secret gardens, and all those little corners of Paris that are well-worth a visit, or two. It’s beautifully illustrated too. But, beware: it’ll make you want to book an one-way trip to Paris straight-away. Available at Book Passion.
5. Drop The Act, It’s Exhausting by Beth Thomas Cohen
I picked up this book because I love its message. Women are under too much pressure to be everything and have it all – a successful career, the perfect marriage, 2.4 kids, and a killer body to boot -, which makes us feel like we have no choice, but pretend we have it all together all the time. It’s exhausting. We should drop the act, and embrace our imperfections. Unfortunately, the author seems more interested in preaching and ranting about her life than anything else. I just couldn’t relate to it. Maybe you will. If you’re interested, you can check it out at Amazon (or your local library).
6. The Magician Of Auschwitz by Kathy Kacer and Gillian Newland
I stopped reading children’s books long ago, and novels only recently, but, for some reason, I couldn’t leave this one on the shelf. I guess that’s because it’s based on a real story. A young boy and the magician Nivelli end up in Auschwitz. Their friendship will change the boy’s life forever. It’s a short book, but very poignant and emotional. And proof that there’s hope even in the darkest places. I highly recommend it, especially if you have children who are just starting to study Nazism and World War II. Available at Amazon.
7. The House Of Worth: Fashion Sketches, 1916-1918 by Litchfield Historical Society, Karen DePauw, Jessica Jenkins, and Michael Krass
Not even the war stopped the house of Worth, the first couturier establishment, from creating and selling luxurious designs to its wealthy clientele. This book features 125 sketches sent to a rich client in Litchfield, Connecticut. They include fabric swatches, design names, detailed price information, and notes on how the design could be personalized to fit her to a T and suit her taste. Also included are essays on Litchfield, the house of Worth, and the sketches. The tone is academic, but the sketches are well-worth the purchase. Available at Amazon.
What books have you read this month?