I received these books for review. Christmas will be here before you know and books make great gifts! Here are a few wonderful suggestions.
Woman on the Wall by Robin Rivers ($18) from Robin Rivers Publishing: For 500 years, the once powerful Order of the Sibylline has kept the identity of its future prophetess hidden in the most famous painting in the world. Amid the chaos of post World War II France, one woman discovers their ancient secret and its ability to transform a fragmented world.
A BRAVE, BOLD, AND POTENT PROPHETESS IN AMBOISE, FRANCE 1519: On the eve of rising as the Sibyl of Amboise, Aesmeh de la Rose must rely on her visions to find Leonardo da Vinci after he and the Mona Lisa disappear from his workshop at Clos Lucé. The precious painting and its creator cannot be lost or the ancient Sibylline Order faces extermination after more than 1000 years of rebuilding their powerful matriarchy. Torn between duty and love, Aesmeh must tap into an ancient alchemy in a race to keep the Order safe. But, an unspeakable betrayal forces her to make an unfathomable choice to secure the future of the Sibylline.
A BRILLIANT, DEVOTED, AND DRIVEN PALEOGRAPHER IN PARIS 1945: After 480
days as a Nazi political prisoner, Dr. Marie Guerrant returns to Paris
to repatriate the Mona Lisa and find her daughter. When a British
Colonel arrives claiming he needs her French Resistance connections to
find the lost painting, which she helped hide seven years earlier,
distrust is high. Tipped off about her daughter's involvement and the
Colonel's obsessive belief that the Mona Lisa contains the identity of a
modern day Sibyl prophetess, Marie must risk her life to save her
daughter and the masterpiece from men consumed by controlling destiny
This rich alternate history binds two women beyond time, each fighting to restore sight to a world blinded by the power and control of men. The fate of the world rests on their courage to reclaim the ancient feminine powers of the Sibylline. Woman on the Wall is a sweeping fantastical tale of intrigue and hope for us all.
The Beginner's Guide to Friendship Bracelets by Maria Makarova, AKA Masha Knots ($24.95) from Rocky Nook: Celebrate your relationships and express your style with the ultimate guide to creating friendship bracelets! Friendship bracelets aren’t just for summer camp anymore. They've exploded in popularity as a creative and thoughtful way to share a connection with loved ones, even from far away. Author Masha Knots is the go to friendship bracelet expert, she has amassed a following on YouTube and Instagram for her colorful, creative designs and her easy to follow instructions. Now, with this book she is sharing all her bracelet tips and tricks as well as her favorite designs.
Featuring an array of patterns from simple to more advanced, Masha will cover all the basics needed to get started, including the best materials to use, knotting techniques and easy embellishments and customization tricks for adding your own flair. Whether creating a one of a kind gift for a friend or stylish accessories for yourself, this book will make anyone a bracelet making pro.
Declutter Your Photo Life by Adam Pratt ($25) from Rocky Nook: Turn your photo chaos into precious memories to be enjoyed and shared! Now more than ever, we hold our photo collections dear. They are often some of our most prized possessions. Wouldn’t it be great to finally have all your photos organized, safe, accessible, findable and shareable? With Declutter Your Photo Life by your side, you have just what you need to achieve photo bliss.
Photographers and family historians understand the immense power that photographs have to convey meaning, emotion and memory. We cherish both old film photos that were handed down by previous generations and our latest digital photos captured on the newest smartphone. But when those priceless memories are unorganized and scattered every which way (on a smartphone, on a laptop, on memory cards and flash drives, on two or three photo sharing websites, in photo albums and in shoeboxes in the attic) the joy of photography becomes an overwhelming burden. What a mess!
Whether you’re a professional photographer, a casual shooter, or the designated family historian, Declutter Your Photo Life will help you organize and enjoy your photos once again. In this book, professional photo organizer, photographer and author Adam Pratt teaches you his straightforward step by step workflow that (along with powerful image organizing software such as Adobe Lightroom Classic) will have you taking complete control and creating a calming order out of your photo chaos. And once you’ve mastered Adam’s system (Gather, Preserve, Organize, Share, Maintain) you’ll be able to enjoy and share your photos today and for generations to come.
Chibi Tarot by Editors of Ulysses Press ($24.95): Celebrate your love of all things kawaii and fortune telling with this charming take on the classic 78 card tarot card deck and guidebook.
Make the next step into your spiritual journey a fun one as you learn how to divine the future with adorable chibi versions of traditional tarot archetypes. From the Empress to the Fool, each of your favorite Major and Minor Arcana cards get a mangafied treatment to reveal the past, future and present.
Inspired by the classic Rider-Waite illustrations, these vibrant, beautifully designed cards and consultation with your step by by step guidebook will reveal a delightful tarot reading that’s as cute as it is divine. Whether you’re a beginner to tarot readings or a collector of fun decks like Cat Tarot and Kawaii Tarot, Chibi Tarot is here to make divination an entertaining experience for everyone!
The Unofficial Studio Ghibli Cookbook by Jessica Yun ($19.95) from Ulysses Press: Since 1985, Studio Ghibli has enchanted moviegoers with fantastic stories of adventure, magic, friendship, family and most of all, the most delicious looking animated food.
Now you can create your own mouthwatering dishes with this book full of 50 unofficial, fan created recipes! From tantalizing breakfasts and lunches to Japanese favorites like yakitori and onigiri, recipes include:
- Skillet Bacon and Eggs
- Ramen with “Haaaam”!
- Herring and Pumpkin Pot Pie
- Steamed Red Bean Bao
- Salmon with Beurre Blanc Sauce
- And more!
Perfect for fans of Japanese anime, manga and comfort food cooking!
50 Things to Bake Before You Die by Allyson Reedy ($24.95) from Ulysses Press: Turn your home baking skills into professional grade desserts with this mouthwatering baking book featuring recipes from some of the most incredible bakers and bakeries, including Tieghan Gerard, Joanne Chang (Flour Bakery), Chelsey White, Allison Kave (Butter & Scotch), Daniel Boulud and more!
This heavenly collection of dessert recipes (gifted to us from the greatest bakers and chefs from small town café owners to fancy restaurateurs to TV show hosts) is a call to arms, to action, to revolution! Or, at the very least, a call to turn on the oven. Because who has time for the third best brownie recipe or so so Nutella stuffed chocolate chip cookies?
Written with a fun and friendly tone and featuring easy, step by step instructions, 50 Things to Bake Before You Die will make you feel right at home as you bake up these world class desserts, including:
- Brown Butter Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Chelsey White)
- Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding with Fresh Chantilly Cream (from Wiltshire Pantry Bakery and Café)
- Brown Sugar Peach Cobbler (from Tieghan Gerard)
- Chocolate Cheesecake Mochi Muffins (from Sam Butarbutar)
- Pink Velvet Cake (from Liz Marek)
- Cookies and Cream Macarons (from Cambrea Gordon)
- And more!
So bake up Courtney Rich’s sublime Ultimate S’mores Cake and Joanne Chang’s soul shaking Homemade Oreos. Bake them before you die.
The Unofficial Hogwarts Cocktail Book by Bertha Barman ($19.95) from Ulysses Press: Shake up some magical libations, creative cocktails and spellbinding drinks inspired by the wonderful world of Harry Potter!
What better way to celebrate your love of Hogwarts and its host of beloved characters than by bringing out your potions cauldron (or cocktail shaker) and mixing up a host of spectacular cocktails? Raise a toast in true wizarding world style with cocktails including:
- Golden Poptail Balls
- Headmaster’s Lemon Drop
- Mad-Eye Lychee Martini
- Tea Leaf-Reading Earl Grey Cocktail
- Boozy Knickerbocker Glory
- Christmas Party Punch
- And many more!
Bring your love for wizardry and magic into a coupe, tumbler or highball glass with The Unofficial Hogwarts Cocktail Book. It's the perfect gift for any Potterhead. With 50 delicious drink recipes and spellbinding, full color photographs, any fan of the boy who lived is sure to be stupefied. Bottoms up!
The Unofficial Witcher Cookbook by Trey Guillory, Photographs by Nevyana Dimitrova ($19.95) from Ulysses Press:
The Unofficial Witcher Cookbook is filled with 50 recipes ranging from humble meals and tavern stews to bountiful feasts fit for a king, including:
- Mahakam Potato Soup
- Lambert’s Dumplings
- Cintran Roasted Ham
- Wight’s Soup
- Honey Spice Cake
- And more!
by Editors of Ulysses Press ($17.95): Join the Sanderson sisters in some stitchcraft and brew up some ’90s inspired designs and spooky slogans with this unofficial cross-stitch book for fans of Halloween and Hocus Pocus.
Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cross-Stitch brings your
favorite ’90s film to life with cute crafts and spooky decor. Perfect
for beginners, this book has 25 witchy cross-stitch patterns that pay
homage to the Halloween classic.
Patterns include sayings like “Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus” and “I Put a Spell on You” as well as fun designs like a selection of brooms (and a vacuum), gravestones and more! Whether you’re making Halloween decor for spooky season or one of a kind handmade gifts for your witchiest friends and family, this cross-stitch book is a must have for any wannabe Sanderson sister.
Once Upon a Rind in Hollywood with Photography by Rachel Riederman ($19.95) from Ulysses Press:
- May the Fromage Be with You (Star Wars)
- Draw Me Like One of Your French Gruyères (Titanic)
- I’ll Harvarti What She’s Having (When Harry Met Sally)
- Quesoblanca (Casablanca)
- Brie-king Dawn (Twilight)
- Roquefort Horror Picture Show (Rocky Horror Picture Show)
- And so many more!