Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Coloring Book Review: Wonderland

Wonderland: A Coloring Book Inspired by Alice's AdventuresWonderland: A Coloring Book Inspired by Alice's Adventures by Amily Shen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication date: April 2016
Source: Review copy from Blogging for Books

It's hard to review coloring books, because they really are quite subjective. Everyone has different styles that they like. I guess in that way it's similar to fictional books, but I think even more so. Wonderland is a high quality book. The pages were really thick and double-sided. I don't know if marker would bleed through; maybe super fine ones wouldn't, but I think the best bet with double-sided coloring pages is colored pencils.

I liked the pictures, for the most part. There were some that looked really fun to color, and then others that I feel like I wouldn't even know where to begin. The story really felt secondary, and almost unnecessary. I could have done without it entirely. There was only a paragraph every few pages.

There were a few spots where you were supposed to draw in your own things, like owls or butterflies. I know some people like that kind of thing, but I don't. Not in my coloring books anyways. There was also one page that had a maze, and a page with questions/riddles, such as finding hidden clues throughout the book.

Overall I think it was a really nice book, although I'm not sure if I will keep it and color in it, or gift it.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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    Monday, May 9, 2016

    Cookbook Review: Tasting Rome

    Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient CityTasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City by Katie Parla
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars
    Publication date: March 2016
    Source: Review copy from Blogging for Books

    This is a beautiful book, but for me it fails slightly in the useful cookbook department.

    The cover and photographs inside are quite lovely. I like the descriptions and history of Rome. There is a lot of information here. So I guess that's good in a way.

    What it was missing was pictures of a lot of the recipes. Some recipes had no picture, and some included a picture of scenery instead of the food. Is day about half had a picture of the recipe.

    Then there were a lot of ingredients that I wouldn't be able to find in my little Utah suburb. But I was really interested in the pizza and bread section, and suspect that I'll try at least a few of those recipes.

    So overall not my favorite cookbook, but still enjoyable to look at and read.

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