Saturday, August 1, 2015

Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World by Kathy Freston

Veganist by Kathy Freston
I listened to this book as an audio book. The author makes a really good case for a plant based diet from the health benefits to the deplorable way that the animals that we eat are treated. It makes being vegan sound like a good thing to do and makes me want to not eat meats or dairy any more. However, I was sad to hear her list vegan fake food sources at the end of the book like fake cheeses and meats. Over the years I have tried many of these and snuck them into my family’s diet as well. Most of them are expensive and many of them taste gross. I agree that the way animals are raised for human consumption is wasteful and horrible. I just have not yet found a vegan diet that is whole foods based and delicious. I also think that it does not need to be all or nothing, and that if we were to eat a small amount of responsibly raised animals and dairy, then it would be better than eating lots of factory farmed meats. I have, once again checked out several vegan cookbooks and have more on hold at the library. I will try again to find vegan meals to incorporate into my and my family’s diets. Today, I bought a bunch of vegan fake foods to try out for myself and my family since it has been a few years since we last tried them. Perhaps they got better.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Jars of Hope by Jennifer Roy, Meg Owenson

Jars of Hope by Jennifer Roy
This is a beautifully illustrated story for children aged 9 and older about Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker, and others, who saved the lives of 2500 Jewish children because it was the right thing to do. Irena risked her own life and suffered in prison but survived and was able to reunite some of the children she saved with their families. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.

The Legend Of The Northern Lights And The Mystery Stone - Live The Legend Series by Dakota Waters

The Legend Of The Northern Lights And The Mystery Stone - Liv... by Dakota Waters
This book has cute illustrations to accompany the legend of the northern lights and the stone called labrdorite. There are also some facts and questions included at the end of this children's book. I received this book free to review from Netgalley. I think it is cute and is the first children's book I have seen on this topic.

When the Worst Happens: Extraordinary Stories of Survival by Tanya Lloyd Kyi ( Author), David Parkins (Illustrations)

When the Worst Happens by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
This is an interesting illustrated book of survival stories for children telling stories of how people survived tragic situations including scientific explanations of why they survived and what people can do to help survive in such situations. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I think some kids will find it very fascinating!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

8 Weeks to Optimum Health by Dr. Andrew Weil

8 Weeks to Optimum Health by Andrew Weil
I like the information, but I do not like the formatting of this book. The book goes week by week of the 8 week plan and each week has projects to do like stop using electric blankets or go to a sauna, dietary advice like eat broccoli or soy products, a list of supplements to take, exercise suggestions, mental/spiritual suggestions, commentary, recipes and a healing story. I would have found it easier to navigate if there was a separate list of the supplements and if the recipes were all in one place together as well. I have not been doing this for 8 weeks, but am incorporating some of his helpful suggestions into my life and I hope they will have a positive benefit.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
Wonderful, lovely fantasy for kids! Piper is a machinist, collecting debris from the meteors in a scrap town and repairing them. When her friend goes out in a storm and she goes out to rescue him, she finds more than she bargained for - a girl named Anna. A man who Anna fears is chasing her so Piper helps her to escape and together they have quite an adventure! I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Smart and Spineless: Exploring Invertebrate Intelligence

Smart and Spineless by Ann Downer
Did you know that octopuses will play with legos and jumping spiders are capable of planning things? In this fascinating book, there are interesting facts about spineless, yet intelligent creatures such as worms, jumping spiders, octopuses, mantis shrimps and box jellyfish. There are lovely photos, drawings and charts, and a simple explanation of biological classification. From honeybees to wasps, argentine ants, and slime mold, we find out how they think and learn and what we have learned from these spineless and brainless creatures. The book is great for students in grades 4 to 8, but even adults may find the information in this book quite interesting and fun to read. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.