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+

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Eisenberg Originals: The Golden Years of Fashion, Jewelry, and Fragrance, 1920s-1950s, from Sharon Schwartz & Laura Sutton

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Good afternoon, beauties! Today, I’m going to dig things up and show you a side of this panda that you haven’t seen in a GOOD while: non-fiction panda! =D Yes, you read it correctly. In March, I did my official debut on Edelweiss and I fell in love with the books of Schiffer Publishing. Most of their catalogue at Edelweiss is ready to read and they specialize in non-fiction. As a lover of Fashion, Arts and such, I devoured book after book and now I’m here to start talking about them 😉 My first one was Eisenberg Originals: The Golden Years of Fashion, Jewelry, and Fragrance, 1920s-1950s, from Sharon Schwartz & Laura Sutton.

I received my copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review and this is the time. Here we go!

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Eisenberg was one of the first American design houses, and the jewelry that bears its mark is among the finest costume pieces ever created. Yet there is surprisingly little written about the company, and almost nothing about the other products it marketed. In more than 400 photographs, this book chronicles Eisenberg’s beginnings in clothing fashion and follows the trajectory of its revered jewelry line, as well as documenting its often overlooked fragrances and cosmetics. With stories of the people and companies that were integral to this label’s success, this book shows that, in its golden years, the company’s creations deserved the place they held in only the finest stores.

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Me after finishing this book:

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Manga of the Week: Chobits, from CLAMP

Hi, there! I’m so happy (I’ve been saying that a lot, sorry) that this section is back on the blog as well! To see everything that I’m up to, please check this post!

This week’s choice is a title called Chobits, from really badass group CLAMP ❤

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Volumes 1 to 3 and 5 of the collection: feel those covers ❤ (sorry, this pic is a bit blurry, I took it without my glasses lol)

Goodreads blurb for the series:

 Chi isn’t your average humanoid computer. She can’t do word processing, she can’t connect to the Internet, and she’s incapable of networking with other persocoms. Even her sound card seems broken. No wonder Hideki found her tied up in a pile of trash. But when the 19-year-old technophobe takes her home, he finds that she may be more advanced than her childlike behavior lets on.

Why I think it’s a worth-reading manga: this was my first manga ever, so it is very special. The plot is very actual and it’s problem is very real: will we stop loving human beings and just love machines? Is being forever single a real problem? How to live without a partner? How having one changes your life? This manga explains it all with a touch of sci-fi, wonderful clothes, an adorable female protagonist and a very funny male protagonist 🙂

Those are official illustrations of the manga. Come on, FEEL THIS FASHION STYLE. (I do not own any of those images, they belong to CLAMP group and are here only with illustrative purposes)

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My point exactly. If for anything else, read it for the clothes.

I guess that’s all, haha! Thanks for reading! Have you ever read or seen this series??

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I’m still alive! (or I have already been replaced by a robot and no one noticed)

Hi, guys! I know it’s been an awful lot of time since my last post and I apologize dearly – the end is closer than you can imagine, haha!

As I deliver my dissertation to college on November 10th, I thought it would be nice to share what I’ve been doing during this time and what I learned from this experience 🙂

  1. I cried. A lot. No dissertation is ever made without hypotetical suffering and that’s the worse kind of suffering: the what ifs, where can I get this info, why making scientifical references has to be so hard, why my college hates me, why can’t my friends leave me alone in my cherished misery? (funny thing is you don’t really want attention or consolation or sympathy: you just want to be done, haha!)
  2. I started to realize how deeper I’m thinking about routine things. Like my beloved Disney movies. We were watching The Hunchback of Notre Dame and I was very happy, saying to my mom that Freud was right, that the Church Institution held back Frollo when he was about to throw baby Quasimodo in the well and the movie would have ended there without it and my mom was like: “please. Just shut up and watch it. PLEASE”. Yup, and they thought I did nothing at college during those four years.
  3. I am more passionate about fashion than ever: I studied it so hard and there’s so much more left, unfortunatelly irrelevant to my dissertation… I never want to stop!
  4. I learned to appreciate scientific papers, something I really hated until this year.
  5. I could get to see who were my real friends. The ones that helped me when I needed to research something, to chill out or just respected my need of a me time in the middle of this chaos. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I hope I can be with you guys Till The World Ends (SPEARS, Britney, 2011).

from my Instagram :)
from my Instagram 🙂

For now, that’s enought self-pity. There’s more in the oven, as november 10th is not tomorrow, haha! Now, bookish news!

I have read A GREAT DEAL this month, but unless you guys have an interest in fashion or Brazilian historical books, I won’t be publishing any reviews about them. For the reviews that I actually own: I’m counting The Bond Series, by Ava March, The Heir, some comic books one, Secrets and High Spirits, by Lou Harper, and What Lies Within from James Morris, both that I finished yesterday. On personal readings, October was a mess, as I had an almost full month long slumb thanks to my dissertation, that drained me out (it was worth it, thought. The shit is ready  weeks earlier mwahaha mwahaha *evil laugh*).

I won’t spoiler my october wrap up, but I do have good news: I planned myself to join Linda Oaks’ release blitz of Finding Forever! Btw, here is the amazing cover:

I like Chasing Rainbow's better, but this is nice too :)
I like Chasing Rainbow’s better, but this is nice too 🙂

The story follows Addie’s friend Kara and her magic boy, after Chasing Rainbows’ happenings. You can check Chasing Rainbows’ review here and see the book trailer for Finding Forever here:

I believe that I also own a lot of tags (thanks for keep tagging me, I love those!) and I’ll make a decent schedule for them as soon as I’m out of my nightmare ❤ IT IS ENDING, GOD IS MERCIFUL!

For now, that’s it. I missed wrtting! ❤ Thanks for reading, you’re awesome!

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August Wrap Up: readings, haul and news :)

Hi, there! August has ended, so it’s time to balance everything that has been happening with me and my books!

Wrap Up

 I’ve read 8 books, 5 mangas and 1 comic book this month. I hope I can do better than this in September!

From my Instagram account :)
From my Instagram account 🙂

  • História da Vida Privada no Brasil (Brazil’s Private Life History) – Fernando A. Novais
  • Chasing Rainbows – Linda Oaks (review here)

From my Instagram account :)

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  • Hey, Class President! – Monchi Kaori (5 volumes, review here!)
  • Garfield 2.582 strips reunited – Jim Davis

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Book Haul

 I’ve bought 3 mangas and 4 ebooks. That’s right, I didn’t buy a single paperback or hardcover this month and I’m depressed.

  • A Miracle’s Path – Aaron Millar
  • Glagnodian’s Vengeance (Book 1) – Aaron Millar
  • Wanting – Piper Vaughn
  • The Vampire King’s Husband – Amber Kell

 

Received books

 I’ve received 18 books in August in exchange for a honest review 🙂 Here’s the complete list, including my NetGalley books:

Four very busy weeks indeed, haha! And I also would like to say that my Review Policy is finally up!! It took me a while, but it’s beautiful ❤ I hope I can get more reading done this month 🙂

That’s it, guys! That’s my August report, haha! Thanks for reading! What have you been up to this last month?

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