Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Econest Home by Paula Baker-Laporte and Robert Laporte.



The Econest Home: Designing and Building a Light Straw Clay House by Paula Baker-Laporte and Robert Laporte


Summary
An EcoNest is not just a home—it is a breathtakingly beautiful structure that nurtures health and embraces ecology. This unique approach to construction combines light clay straw, timber framing, earthen floors, natural plasters, and other natural techniques with the principles of Building Biology to create a handcrafted living sanctuary. By bringing together time-honored traditions and modern innovations, owners of EcoNests enjoy living spaces that reflect the best of both worlds.

The EcoNest Home is an in-depth exploration of the benefits of choosing this technique over conventional alternatives, combined with a complete practical guide for prospective designers and builders. Paula Baker-Laporte and Robert Laporte draw on their own extensive experience to provide:


A detailed explanation of the nature-based science behind EcoNests
Fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions to guide you through construction
Dozens of inspiring photos of completed projects

The most comprehensive North American resource on light clay straw construction, written by its leading proponents, The EcoNest Home is a must-read for anyone considering building their own healthy, affordable, environmentally friendly natural home.

Paula Baker-Laporte and Robert Laporte are the creators of the EcoNest concept and the authors of Econest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw and Timber. Robert has built over fifty houses using the EcoNest system and has trained hundreds of professional builders and aspiring owner-builders in using the techniques. Paula has worked as the architect for the EcoNest Company for nearly two decades and is the author of Prescriptions for a Healthy House.

Review
As the minimalist way of living is interesting me, I was curious about this book. I wanted to see what material you can use and how you can build a house by yourself while using natural stuffs.
I was not disappointed. It's full of tips, plans, pictures and informations for people who are really into construction.

To be honest, as I'm not at all at this stage in my life, i was just browsing through the pages and learning about the process and looking for ideas.
The book is amazingly well pictured and detailed.

So, if you want to build your own paradise with healthy products, this book is for you.



Source
*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Words



Words

They mean the world to me
With their magical powers
Able to tell you a story
Or free your mind from bothers

They mean the world to me
When they provide temporary answers
To enjoy life with relativity
Or with smiles and laughters

They mean the world to me
Until they get dangerous
Used to make you happy
When they are just treacherous

They mean the world to me
Until they are empty
Pretty shadows on papers
Plaguing you like monsters

Words can be pretty shallow
With no actions, they become blurry
In the heart of the one in sorrow
Sad time when words lose beauty

Photo: Matthew Spiegelman - Portal.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

HONEYSUCKLE LANE BY SQUID MCFINNIGAN- HELP NEEDED


Here comes the time to help a great storyteller !

I usually don't do that but Squid McFinnigan is a great talented man with a big heart I have the pleasure to follow and to know.

His stories are awesome!
Brilliantly written, they hooked you from the start whatever they are funny or scary. He has a way with words and emotions that is really touching.
It's like he was near you whispering an old tale or sharing a part of his world. The best quality in my opinion for an author!

If you want to spend some great time, go have a look at his blog: http://squidmcfinnigan.blogspot.ie you will not be disappointed.

And if you have some time, please go and vote for Honeysuckle Lane…I've been lucky to read some chapters, but I need your help with Amazon to know the end!!!

Thanks in advance!

Summary of Honeysuckle Lane
Behind every door hides a secret.
What happens when the front door shuts? Could the person living next to you be a drunk, a wife-beater, a gambler, or even psychotic? Honeysuckle Lane is a street like any other, until one man’s obsession becomes deadly. Then all the streets secrets begin to spill out, for the world to see.

Categories:
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense  ›  Crime Fiction


Here the link to vote
https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/PGM6G83S4UOI

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMBER SMOKE BY KRISTIN CAST


The Escaped Vol 1

Summary 
There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.

Someone has opened the cage.

The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested warrior—their only son, Alek—to try to bring those souls back. He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won’t be able to do it alone.

Eva has grown up, beautiful and beloved, but surrounded by secrets. First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life. Then, she will become the hunter.

With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another.

Blending elements of mythology with the dazzling storytelling that her fans have devoured through the House of Night series, Kristin Cast weaves a spellbinding and passionate tale that starts a thrilling new series with an explosive charge.

Reactions 
In her "House of Night" series, Kristin Cast has succeeded in making me read 8 of her books with avidity as I was really attracted by her plot and twits. She has been able to hook me from the start. So, when I've read the summary of her new mythology oriented series, I've decided to give it a go.

Honestly I was even a little excited knowing this author was having a great imagination and some lovely written skills. And she still has an easy way to present the story and the characters but…there is a huge but… The more i was turning the pages, the more I was disappointed!  

I was bored by the action as the story has taken a lot of time to develop into something interesting. And at the moment, it started to get some pace something is missing. Not enough suspense, not enough paranormal stuff. Alek is arrogant, grumpy but doesn't show his potential and worse he is a mommy boy. Eva is sweet but the connexion is hard to make. She is the main character but as the same time, she is not. 

After closing the book, I really don't know if I would want to read the sequel as I'm disappointed. Sad because I really know that this author is good and great.

Source 
Arc provided by Netgalley. I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Photography as Meditation: Tap Into the Source of Your Creativity by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann


Summary
For many people, photography serves as a form of meditation; a way to separate themselves from their stressful lives.

In this book, Torsten Andreas Hoffmann explores an approach to artistic photography based on Japanese Zen-Philosophy.

Meditation and photography have much in common: both are based in the present moment, both require complete focus, and both are most successful when the mind is free from distracting thoughts.

Hoffman shows how meditation can lead to the source of inspiration.

Hoffman's impressive images of landscapes, cities, people, and nature, as well as his smart image analysis and suggestions about the artistic process, will help you understand this approach to photography without abandoning the principles of design necessary to achieve great images.

Photographing busy scenes, especially, requires an inner calm that enables you to have intuition for the right moment and compose a well-balanced image amidst the chaos.

The goal of this book is to develop your photographic expression. It provides enrichment for photographers who believe that only technical mastery produces great images and shows how important it is to engage with your own awareness to act creatively.

Reactions
A great book you will enjoy whatever you are looking for serenity through awesome pictures or advices to improve your photography skills.

Every entries began with explanations, quotes about the author, the creativity and his way into zen through his camera.
It's light, easy and goes very well with the book.

You can pick it up and reach what you need from this photography journey. Tip for improving your view of beauty, nature, people by opening yourself to what is in front of you or how you want to express it through a pic. The author is like a companion walking with you and helping you to open up.

Great feeling calming effect, I've enjoyed my time spend while turning the pages.

Quotes
"Adbhuta (wonder, magic, magnificence)
These basic elemental feelings are very important requirements for a good photograph. If you take all the beauty and greatness in the world for granted and can no longer find your way to a state of emotional wonder, it is difficult to produce good photography. Adbhuta is the emotion that makes it possible to see things with wonder, as though you are seeing them for the first time. The ability to achieve these emotions allows you to express the big and small things in life through photography."

"Creativity reveals itself every time you are profoundly touched by some external reality that compels you to capture expressive photographs. I have mentioned several times that this form of creativity occurs without effort. It is not inhibited or filled with intent; rather, it is a flow that you enter where you allow emotions and ideas to happen organically. This kind of creativity generally produces photographs that have originality; proof of a genuine enthusiasm about a specific moment and a particular location that is carried over into the image."

Source
*Arc provided by Edelweiss.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Maya by C.W. Huntington Jr.

Summary 
A stunning debut novel on sex, loss, and redemption.

It is 1975 and India is in turmoil. American Stanley Harrington arrives to both study Sanskrit philosophy and escape his failing marriage. When he finds himself witness to a violent accident, he begins to question his grip on reality.

Maya introduces us to an entertaining cast of hippies, expats, and Indians from all walks of life. From a hermit hiding in Himalayan jungle since the days of the British Raj, to an accountant at the Bank of India with a passion for Sanskrit poetry, to the last in a line of brahman scholars, Stanley’s path ultimately leads him to a Tibetan yogi, who enlists the American’s help in translating a mysterious ancient text.

Maya, literally “illusion,” is an extended reflection on the unraveling of identity. Filled with rich observations and arresting reflections, it mines the porous border between memory and fantasy.

Reactions
Not at all what I was expected while reading the summary… And let me tell you that's a great praise!

It's a wonderful journey through words beautifully written. The reader discovers India and its culture by following Stanley adventures.
The guy is lost and try to discover the meaning of life, love and who knows what... By going in a foreign country to become a scholar, meditating and review his life.

Believe me the summary or my review will not do justice to this book as you travel by asking yourself a lot of questions, thinking the guy is high or dreaming while in really you are hooked on the prose, the scenery and the Indian history, folklore and beauty.

In parallel of this story, I was reading Mahabharata, one of the two Sanskrit epics, and it has helped me with some references.

A book that really has picked my curiosity and offer me a way to escape and to think.
Great read!

Source
*Arc provided by Netgalley.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Daily Greens by Shauna Martin


Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse: 
Jump Start Your Health, Reset Your Energy, and Look and Feel Better than Ever! By Shauna Martin

Summary
Are you craving junk foods? Feel sluggish and tired all the time? Fueling yourself on caffeine and sugar on a daily basis? Then it's time reset your mind and body with the < font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse.

Jump start your body and give yourself a "spring cleaning" during the week so you're refreshed and looking amazing for the weekend. The book features four key cleanses: one for each season of the year (Spring, Summer, Fall, and New Year). The vegetables and fruits in each cleanse are selected to coincide with fresh, delicious seasonal produce so that you can juice right in your own home. Try the 4-day cleanse or if it's right for your lifestyle, try the 7- or 10-day cleanse.

The best part? You don't have to eliminate food on the Daily Greens cleanse. Founder Shauna Martin recommends a raw diet while you juice, so you're not just limited to just liquid, and you'll still be able to refresh, rejuvenate, and reset as you would with other cleanses. So you get the same benefits of a cleanse without starving yourself! No more cleanse headaches or irritability, and you'll feel the results almost instantly.

You can make these yummy green recipes right in your own kitchen, anytime you want. Daily Greens juices contain easy to follow recipes that include up to 6 pounds of raw produce cold-pressed into each bottle. Each juice is the equivalent of 9 servings of fresh vegetables and fruits. They are naturally low-calorie because less than 10% fruit is used so you don't spike sugar levels. No water, sugar, or preservatives are added. The juices are naturally vegan, naturally gluten-free, naturally dairy- and soy-free, non-GMO project certified, and absolutely delicious.

So if you're ready to reset your body, lose weight, or just give yourself a much-needed energy boost, the Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse has exactly what you need. With a foreword from Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory.

Impressions

When I've requested this book, I was not really looking into cleansing my body or losing weight. 
As a vegetarian, I'm always curious about new association of vegetables and fruits to diversify my meals.

This book is full of great seasonal recipes, easy to cook and gorgeous pictures! I think the photos are selling you the book way better than my review! Lol! 

Honestly, I've tried the morning juice like the orange-carrot juice with greens. You add spinach, carrot, cucumber and pineapple. Delicious and tasty ! 
The summer quinoa is super yummy too. It's the first one that catch my eyes as I love quinoa. :-)

They are also a lot of explanations. The author is sharing a bit of herself through the tips and recipes. How she comes up with the dishes ideas and why it's good for your health. 

Really a great book to enjoy your vegetables and fruits whatever the reasons you have to go green.

Good cookbook!


Source
*Arc provided by Edelweiss.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.