En Plein Air: Acrylic

Expert techniques and simple step-by-step projects for creating dynamic landscapes in the open air with acrylic

by Mark Mehaffey

It is a painting course with step by step projects with a focus on finding your own voice or style.

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En Plein Air: Watercolor

Expert techniques and simple step-by-step projects for creating dynamic landscapes in the open air with watercolor

by Ron Stocke

The Little Book of Cartooning & Illustration

More than 50 tips and techniques for drawing characters, animals, and expressions

by Maury Aaseng; Clay Butler; Jim Campbell; Dan D’Addario; Alex Hallat; Joe Oesterle

Hygge: The Danish Secrets of Happiness

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Maya Thoresen (Publisher), Sarah DaMetz (Narrator)

Hygge seems to be a concept similar in some ways to the recent interests in minimalism and mindfulness.  It is defined as a “quality of coziness” and is focused on your own comfort and joy.

This book discusses hygge with regards to your home, decor, pets, children, work, relationships, and finances.

I find the notion of “Swedish Death Cleaning” to be intriguing, although I find it less morbid to pretend I am moving rather than dying.

The narration is quite soothing and fits in well with the material.

I received this book through Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review. 2.5/5 stars.

45 places you can download tens of thousands books, plays and other literary texts completely legally for free

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In an increasingly digital world, literature is evolving. Sales of e-readers continue to rise, yet the cost of digital books and texts has not necessarily decreased to the extent to which many initially predicted. With authors’ incomes collapsing to near “abject” levels, and with public libraries under threat from swingeing public spending cuts, we felt honour bound to provide our fine readers with some valuable resources that could help save valuable money.

While we of course advocate supporting your local independent book store – and independent publishing houses – and would urge you to purchase copies of your books where you can afford to, below you can find a collection of 45 websites where you can download tens of thousands of books, plays and texts for free. Oh, and these sites are also all completely legal, of course!

Browse works by Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Joseph Conrad, William Shakespeare…

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Office Politics

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I have never been a fan of office politics, and this book simply reinforced my disdain.

It is described as a necessary evil, but the advice given is not very helpful.  Don’t make friends, but make allies, but also make enemies (choose wisely).

Don’t tell anyone what you are doing…  well, show me how THIS works.  How exactly do you get away with not letting your coworkers (or superiors) know what you are working on?  Um….  generally we are assigned tasks, or at the very least, a range of duties that need to be taken care of, and cannot all be delegated, especially at lower levels of the organization.

The only piece of advise I consider useful is to have a side business of your own in case of downsizing or other events.

From my personal experience, the way to succeed in corporate politics is to be a middle-aged white male and a sociopath, but maybe that’s just my bad-itude talking…

I received a copy through AudiobookBoom in exchange for an honest review.

1/5 stars

Great Niche Ideas for No Content and Low Content Books

Work From Home and Make Money Online by Self-Publishing Journals, Notebooks, Diaries, and Blank Gag Books

I realized less than 5 minutes into this audiobook with its hilarious disclaimer that I was glad I didn’t pay any money for this.

While there is some useful information included, the content is mostly redundant lists clearly meant to take up time.  I found my mind wandering each time.

I received this book through AudiobookBoom in exchange for an honest review.

1/5 stars

Black & Decker Play Structures & Backyard Fun

How to Build: Playsets – Sports Courts – Games – Swingsets – More

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