Book Review: Inspired Shawls

Title: Inspired Shawls
Author: Laura Zukaite

Knitters of all skill levels will rejoice in this colorful collection of 15 original shawl patterns. These stylish, versatile designs will complement any outfit, formal or casual, while offering the warmth and comfort of a cloak. Perfect for any season, the patterns include varying yarn weights and textures that provide the pleasures of year-round knitting. Their unique designs, rendered in bold colors as well as in neutral shades, offer a rich assortment of knitting choices.

Author Laura Zukaite was inspired in the creation of these shawls by the vibrant handicraft traditions she observed during her South American travels. Beautiful full-color photographs illustrate the patterns, which feature herringbone and cable stitches, ruffles, stripes, geometrics, and other eye-catching motifs in an array of gorgeous, hand-dyed yarns. The diversity and abundance of designs guarantee that this book is one that knitters will turn to time and time again for an inspiring range of patterns.

My Review

There are 15 stunningly beautiful shawls in this book. I can actually see myself knitting almost every single one of them. The instructions are very well written out and the photos are absolutely beautiful. Plus, none of the shawls require “luxury” (or more expensive) yarn though they would be very pretty with “luxury” yarn they will be equally stunning with normal yarn. I can not wait to dig my needles into these shawls. Watch my Ravelry {} project page for some of them to show up. I love making shawls so this book was perfect for me.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: The Whispering Room

Title: The Whispering Room (Jane Hawk #2)
Author: Dean Koontz

Jane Hawk–fiction’s most relentless, resourceful, stunning new heroine–continues her battle against a murderous conspiracy in the riveting sequel to The Silent Corner.

“No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this.”

These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun–just before she takes her own life, and many others’, in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better.

In the wake of her husband’s inexplicable suicide–and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals–Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But these ruthless people bent on hijacking America’s future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue–and become the nation’s most wanted fugitive–in order to derail their insidious plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough.

Driven by love for her lost husband and by fear for the five-year-old son she has sent into hiding, Jane Hawk has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them.

My Review

This is the continuing story of Jane Hawk’s search for the people that are causing the rise of suicide in people. In The Whispering Room, she find a small town that is like a hive where one mine can send to all the others. Jane Hawk teams up with a sheriff to escape the town with the town’s children under 16 & then shoots off on her own once again. She finds the person that she thought was the one that was in control of the whole operation just to have him kill himself before giving her any more leads. So Jane Hawk is once more thrown into the unknown and hopefully we will find out more in The Crooked Staircase. I have seen that so far there is four (4) books in the series and I honestly can not wait to see how high up this issue is.

This is a gripping, keep you on the edge of your seat thriller worthy of Dean Koontz. I, honestly, can not wait till I get to read the next two (2) books. I highly recommend you getting the first book The Silent Corner and start the series.

Book Review: Canine Confidential

Title: Canine Confidential
Author: Marc Bekoff

For all the love and attention we give dogs, much of what they do remains mysterious. Just think about different behaviors you see at a dog park: We have a good understanding of what it means when dogs wag their tails—but what about when they sniff and roll on a stinky spot? Why do they play tug-of-war with one dog, while showing their bellies to another? Why are some dogs shy, while others are bold? What goes on in dogs’ heads and hearts—and how much can we know and understand?

Canine Confidential has the answers. Written by award-winning scientist—and lifelong dog lover—Marc Bekoff, it not only brilliantly opens up the world of dog behavior, but also helps us understand how we can make our dogs’ lives the best they can possibly be. Rooted in the most up-to-date science on cognition and emotion—fields that have exploded in recent years—Canine Confidential is a wonderfully accessible treasure trove of new information and myth-busting. Peeing, we learn, isn’t always marking; grass-eating isn’t always an attempt to trigger vomiting; it’s okay to hug a dog—on their terms; and so much more. There’s still much we don’t know, but at the core of the book is the certainty that dogs do have deep emotional lives, and that as their companions we must try to make those lives as rich and fulfilling as possible. It’s also clear that we must look at dogs as unique individuals and refrain from talking about “the dog.”

Bekoff also considers the practical importance of knowing details about dog behavior. He advocates strongly for positive training—there’s no need to dominate or shame dogs or to make them live in fear—and the detailed information contained in Canine Confidential has a good deal of significance for dog trainers and teachers. He also suggests that trainers should watch and study dogs in various contexts outside of those in which they are dealing with clients, canine and human, with specific needs.

There’s nothing in the world as heartwarming as being greeted by your dog at the end of the workday. Read Canine Confidential, and you’ll be on the road to making your shared lives as happy, healthy, and rewarding as they can possibly be.

My Review

I want to start of by saying I am a complete animal lover. It does not matter, I love them all. I do not prefer cats over dogs or vice versa. I am an equal opportunity animal lover, lol. I had high hopes for this book to expand my knowledge of why and how to handle my pack (I currently have four (4) dogs and three (3) cats) of babies, mostly the dogs. To be honest I already knew almost all of the information provided in this book. My only other problem with the book was that it was a struggle to read the book, it reads like a school book from elementary school. I am not saying that the book is not any good, but if you have had dogs your entire life then you probably already know everything that is in this book.

This is a non-fiction book, so I am quite honestly not a reader of non-fiction so my review is not as in depth as it would be for a fiction book. I rarely read non-fiction so I apologize for the lack of depth to my review.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.