Mini Reviews: Non Fiction #2

Hello, dearies! I’m back with another batch of mini reviews! Today’s theme is Non Fiction #2! =D I’ve been on the mood to read guides and Art books, so here are more of my reviews for miscellaneous Art books and guides!

In this post, you’ll find mini reviews for:

  • Barbara Purchia & E. Ashley Rooney – Glass Art: 112 Contemporary Artists

  • Britt Johansson – Tattoo Lettering & Banners

  • Marlene Houghton – In Focus Essential Oils

  • Rutter Bethany – PLUS+


 

*~.Glass Art: 112 Contemporary Artists.~*

From Barbara Purchia & E. Ashley Rooney

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Rating: 5 stars

Reading period: Apr. 03rd, 2017

Format: ebook

Source: Edelweiss – I have received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Release date: Nov. 28th, 2016

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More than 590 brilliantly detailed photos capture the work of 112 glass artists and show the tremendous diversity, depth, and breadth of how this ancient medium is used in the twenty-first century. New and emerging glass artists are featured together with some well-known experts, and all of them challenge the boundaries of familiar techniques. Many of these artists also teach or continue research into the capabilities of glass. Many have won major awards; still others have been the subject of media attention; and many are mentors and leaders of contemporary glass art. Their towering installations, miniscule insects, glass kimonos, and more will inspire everyone interested in appreciating, working with, or collecting glass.

PROS

This book is goals of rich visuals. The glass art displayed through the pages are breathtaking and the reader is provided with a little insight of who is each artist and their inspirations and techniques. This was a very enlightening book for me, as I didn’t knew much about glass art prior to this read, despite being a home design lover.

CONS

This is the kind of book that loses a bit in ebook format, I’m afraid. Some details can be lost in the digital version, when compared to the physical version. Other than that, I can’t think of anything bad!

COVER ANALYSIS

This cover feels so powerful, which comes off as a surprise for a design so dark. Besides having awesome pictures, it is also the perfect table book for interior design!

RECOMMENDED FOR

Art and Décor lovers!

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*~.Tattoo Lettering & Banners.~*

From Britt Johansson

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Rating: 5 stars

Reading period: Apr. 03rd, 2017

Format: ebook

Source: Edelweiss – I have received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Release date: Dec. 28th, 2016

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For both the experienced and aspiring tattoo artist, as well as creative tattoo customers, this book of inspirational examples of script and banner lettering in a wide range of styles is the ideal cheat sheet. Beginning with traditional handwriting, the book moves into more complex script styles. Discover a range of banners for application on the chest or back, in styles that look elegant and ornate, yet are designed to be natural and easy for artists to draw and apply. Tattoo collectors can choose from the many script samples to write a loved one’s name and bring this book to the shop, where artists can make a tattoo that appears custom made. An assortment of classic, well-preserved matchboxes with decorative labels provides special, eclectic lettering ideas. Professionals as well as beginners working from the drawing board are guaranteed to take inspiration from this portable, convenient collection.

PROS

Everything about this book is perfection. I’m the type that loves seeing tattoos without owning one, so it was magical to see so many possibilities within these pages. I admit that I finished this book wanting to make a tattoo!

CONS

Honestly can’t think of anything that bothered me while reading.

COVER ANALYSIS

This cover is truly magical! It’s a gorgeous display of what comes inside the book and delivers very well its contents!

RECOMMENDED FOR

People interested in design and tattoos!

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*~.In Focus Essential Oils.~*

From Marlene Houghton

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Rating: 5 stars

Reading period: Nov. 25th – 26th, 2018

Format: ebook

Source: NetGalley – I have received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Release date: Oct. 16th, 2018

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In Focus Essential Oils is your quick guide to the qualities and healing effects of every major essential oil, including recipes for beauty, home, and health applications. Part of the In Focus series, the book applies a modern approach to teaching a classic body, mind, and spirit subject.

Essential oils have been used for centuries and across many cultures in holistic remedies for all types of common ailments. Extracted from flowers, seeds, plants, and trees, natural oils are applied either topically or aromatically to give healing effects.

After a detailed summary of each major oil, recipes of specific oil blends for numerous treatments are presented, including helpful hints and tips. Also included in this edition is a handy wall chart that details the most popular essential oils, their characteristics, and beneficial uses.

With practice, and with In Focus Essential Oils in hand, readers will be able to understand and use essential oils for countless purposes, including: headaches, runny nose, allergies, common colds, cooking, perfume, deodorizing, stain removal.

The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects, using expert authors in their respective fields and featuring relevant visual material to smartly and purposely illustrate key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book is packaged with index cards and/or a poster, to give readers a quick, go-to reference guide containing the most important information on the subject, for easy practice and retention.

PROS

Despite having tried aromatherapy before [and succeeded with it], I had never taken much interest in the subject until finding this book. It’s amazing how we can improve our mind and body with the help of natural elements and scents. I’m amazed to my soul and I can’t wait to go back to the little natural shop here in my neighborhood to try some new scents!

CONS

I fail to see how this book can be categorized as “self-help” by the own publisher. Aromatherapy is a craft, an art and, for some, even a hobby. To call it self-help as in the book category is erroneous in my opinion.

COVER ANALYSIS

This cover is the cutest thing ever. Somehow, they managed to turn such an important subject as Aromatherapy into something fluffy! The pale pink allied with small green points and black writings and details create a very appealing atmosphere!

RECOMMENDED FOR

Readers interested on trying a more natural lifestyle and interested in knowing more about aromatherapy!

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*~.PLUS+.~*

From Rutter Bethany

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Rating: 5 stars

Reading period: Nov. 25th, 2018

Format: ebook

Source: NetGalley – I have received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Release date: Feb. 05th, 2019

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Be inspired by 100 of the very best plus-size street style images from fashion influencers and tastemakers from around the world.

Plus-size fashion is daring, experimental, and deeply personal. There’s no longer any shame in not fitting the traditional ideals of beauty, as proven by Gabi Gregg, Tess Holliday, Beth Ditto, and thousands of bloggers and models around the world.

The online plus-size fashion community is loud, international, and confident. Millions of #ootd photos are shared every day, showing off amazing style and beautiful people. Plus+ gathers together the very best, and celebrates all shapes, sizes, and aesthetics—a beautiful, sharply designed, glossy collection to inspire everyone, plus-size or otherwise.

PROS

Everything about this book is just perfect. As a plus size, I felt empowered to see other girls like me wearing looks that I would never think of using: they showed me that I also could do it and be more daring on my clothes, regardless of my body’s shapes and forms. I’m a closeted fashionista, but after this book, I honestly think I just might step away from the closet and start wearing clothes that I would never have the courage to wear before. It’s truly inspiring!

CONS

I honestly can’t say anything bad of this book, it’s perfection.

COVER ANALYSIS

This cover is so impactful and beautiful! As a presentation of contents we’ll see inside, this is a lovely opening – where do I get myself a pink suit like this?? *o*

RECOMMENDED FOR

Fashion lovers and Plus sizes that, like me, didn’t believe that they could be trendy too.

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And we’re done! Phew, so many books and so little time!! Thank you soooo much for reading! Hope I could pick your interest for one or two of these babies =)

With love,

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