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Exclusive Guide On Easter Eggs, 200 Ideas: Book Review

Easter Eggs

What Eggstravagant Easter Eggs is all about?

Eggstravagant Easter Eggs is a collection of 200 ideas, techniques, and designs that offer some pretty, if not extravagant, guidelines on how to make Easter eggs. Initially, the guide looks at the purpose of celebrating Easter and different ways to display Easter eggs. It further proceeds to the author Maya Elston’s preferred method for celebrating Easter & decorating Easter eggs. An introduction to the objective of Eggstravagant Easter Eggs is also added.

With 17 sections, the 1st section of the book provides readers with tips on how to choose appropriate eggs for their Easter celebration. There is a description of all types of eggs used for Easter eggs, along with their benefits and disadvantages. In the following section comes a detailed description of tools and equipment one may need to make any of the 200 Easter eggs in the book.

Throughout the book, there are fourteen categories encompassing all 200 ideas for creating and decorating eggs, with each category including eggs on a similar theme, except for section 17, which presents some random ideas to begin a new series.

Liked/Disliked Elements:

I appreciate the efforts Maya Elston put into providing an extensive guide on gorgeous eggs. She attempts to mention potential mistakes one might make while creating the eggs. The presentation of lavish and beautiful eggs was also a point of interest for me in the book.

The low readability score, however, is probably the only thing that disappoints me. To make the explanation easier, the procedure for making and decorating eggs might have been presented in shorter paragraphs, or points.

My Ratings:

The book gets 3 out of 4 stars from me. From simple and easy to complex and laborious, it’s a rigorous collection of inventive ideas & techniques for creating Easter eggs. Alternatives to expensive decorative items are provided. To facilitate comprehension, images of eggs from different angles are provided for laborious egg designs. Furthermore, the author has provided a list of all items she used to decorate her Easter eggs.

I found a lack of clarity in the procedures for some Easter eggs. The lack of brevity and clarity in several areas of the book made me snatch a full starts rating from it.

The audience for Eggstravagant Easter Eggs :

It is an excellent option for people who desire extensive do-it-yourself Easter eggs from beginner to advanced level. Though the eggs in the book can be prepared together with children, parent supervision is required.

Best English Book For American Idioms: List Of 300 Idioms

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How the book is structured?

Idiom Attack Vol. 1 Everyday Living is a collection of 300 North American idioms on 25 topics that concern everyday living. Each of the 25 topics consists of between 9 and 16 idioms. Moreover, each topic is followed by a four-layer revision process that consists fill in the blank questions, a paragraph story to illustrate idioms from the chapter, questions about the paragraph stories, and finally, questions for discussion to help learners confirm their understanding.

The book contains five sets of chapters, with each set including five topics on a similar theme. Each set ends with a crossword puzzle based on the set’s topics. Additionally, after the illustration of the 300 idioms, a fourteen-page index is provided where all the idioms are alphabetically sorted and accompanied by the page numbers for further reference. Answers to the crossword puzzles are provided at the end of the book.

Editing in the book is exceptional. With over 20 years of experience in teaching English to children & adults in South Korea, Peter Liptak seems to have mastered the correct method for instilling idioms in ESL learners. I appreciate the author’s efforts to ensure that the learner goes through several stages in order to inculcate every idiom. And to this effect, the four somewhat challenging revision process seems apt.

I don’t find any valid point to dislike something in the book.

My Ratings of Idiom Attack Vol. Everyday Living:

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It has been very useful to me as a student of advanced English as a second language. The book categorizes and gives context to North American idioms, making them easier to understand and remember. The explanation doesn’t seem overwhelming, and all the possible meanings of an idiom are provided with comprehensible & catchy examples.

The Right Audience:

Idiom Attack Vol. 1 Everyday Living is an excellent pick for both intermediate ESL learners proficient in the language in edition (other languages edition is available) and advanced ESL learners, who wish to master English Idioms & sound like a native speaker.

Book Review: HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL

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Book: How To Be Successful

Author: M. Curtis McCoy

Genre: Self-help, nonfiction

What to expect in the Non-fiction?

How To Be Successful is not a book that preaches some magical points for its readers to adapt and benefit from. The book instead wonderfully presents for its readers the stories of some successful people. Moreover, it also highlights the importance of personal and spiritual success.

The book constitutes 27 chapters. While the interviews and separate chapters filled with insights and wisdom collectively work to show someone the way towards becoming a successful businessman,  the same principle could be applied to attain success in personal life.

After being successful at a young age, author M. Curtis McCoy fell victim to Brain Cancer. But what came about later in his life is an inspiration in itself. The doctor tells him that he has very little time left, but he does not give up. He works his guts out to not only beat cancer but also reach his goal.

His trust in God & passion, induced in him by her mother from a young age, drives him out of brain cancer, towards his Cellular Business, and eventually to helping people out through this Book.

Liked/Disliked Elements:

The best part of the book, for me, is the answers to the interview questions, which are inspirational and enjoyable to read.

The interviews are not just some talks about success; they are actual insights into the life of each interviewee, which weren’t as exciting or wonderful in the starting.

The interviewees could have been fewer though since certain questions feel repetitive at some points.

Who Should Read How To Be Successful by M. Curtis McCoy ?

If people have excuses for not starting the ball rolling due to hardship, lack of natural talent, or bad genetics, the book will help them contradict those thoughts.

HTBS is recommended to people struggling to achieve their goals and would like to gain insight into people successful in all aspects of their lives.

Is Your Fate Predetermined? Puzzle Of Fate Review

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What to expect in Puzzle of Fate?

Puzzle Of Fate sets forth several factors and sub-factors which interlink to shape, determine, and engender our future happenings. It tells about those factors whose effects one can counter influence in their life; one can only exercise some free will; the factors on which we control complete will. Writer Dr. Reza Kamarei has recourse to vast information and examples to prove his thesis and put weight on his points.

At the end of the Book, the writer doesn’t leave the reader just to considering the factors that have shaped his fate. Or just wondering the factors he could have prevented from influencing his fate. The Book eventuates to a test for readers, to help them explore their fate, with a chapter devoted to how they can manage, if not pre-decide or control it.

Liked/Disliked Elements in the book:

What I disapprove of in the book is the abundance of overwhelming information on each factor. For the difficulty in assimilating everything without missing a point, one could occasionally lose interest in reading; however, probably the writer also sensed this, for, at the end of each detailed paragraph, a concluding remark summarizing the main points of the paragraph is given.

The summary helps the reader in not only revising the whole paragraph in short, but it also facilitates the reader to go back to each point without having to search through the whole chapter.

Mr ratings: 3/4 stars

POF succeeded in giving me a definite meaning of the word I often used though wasn’t aware of its literal meaning. It compelled my mind to question why I never thought what it could be which shapes our lives.

I wouldn’t give it 4 stars rating for the overwhelming content, which I think could’ve been shortened for readers to assimilate easily.

The right audience:

What have you understood the meaning of fate all your life? If you are not sure how to convey your thoughts on it or have no explicit definition for that matter, the Puzzle Of Fate is worth a read for you.

Puzzle of Fate may challenge some readers on their accepted interpretations of fate and its determinants. But it guarantees a new and never explained take on the ambiguous definition of the universally used term fate.

Dolphins Do Not Run Marathons: 26.2 thoughts Against Marathon

Book: Dolphins Don’t Run Marathons

Author: Sam Brand

Genre: Non-Fiction

What to expect in Dolphins Don’t Run Marathons by Sam Brand?

Dolphins Don’t Run Marathons is an epitome of a book that conveys its message with the help of riveting metaphors. The articulation of the idea is short, precise & to the point. The book starts with the explanation of three types of people running a Marathon (the race of life) in the jungle (the world): the human-ant, human-chimpanzee, and human-dolphin.

Describing himself as a human ant, the writer outlines his New York 2008 Marathon. The Marathon where every human ant is competing for one thing: the gold medal, the success goal. Regardless of the physical & mental health deterioration that it can ensue, they are running the race, the long run. Sam Brand, on many occasions, urges the reader to take advice from the human-dolphin friend. To consult the friend that helped him transform into a human dolphin. While the goal of human ant is to achieve the goal medal, the goal of human-dolphin is the ultimate happiness. 

Sam Brand has perfectly employed metaphors to convey his idea about the three human personalities in the world. Words such as jungle, marathon, and long-run, with their ambiguity could initially leave the reader guessing on their contextual use. However, gradually it clarifies the doubt, thus igniting commendation for the writer’s manner of expression.

Most liked/disliked elements in the Book?

The feature of the book that amazed me is the possibility to read the entire book in merely 2 hours! No idea seems redundant, and yet nothing seems to be left out to convey. However, the only flaw in the book I would bring up is the presence of the word ‘sex’ not less than 15 times. In addition to this, the use of a few dirty words could, unfortunately, hinder its path to the children’s shelf.

Dolphins Don’t Run Marathons deserves a 4 on 4 stars rating on my shelf. Being a human-ant runner myself, the book made me ruminate on the idea of the writer. How there are other important things too than just running in the jungle, towards a goal. Moreover, it also advocates the importance of sporting activities which not only revive the health but the quality of life as well.

Recommendation for prospect readers:

However, the Book has mentioned a good amount of times the flaws of the whole concept of the marathon race. The book could thus offend the people associated with it or the people having family members associated with it.

I would recommend this book to every marathon runner running the dead end to get the gold medal. It’s also a great read for people who are fans of short, easy read books with great meaning associated with it: Don’t stop running. Just keep it short doing short runs.

Happy Reading!