venerdì, novembre 28, 2014

Not Quite the Classics by Colin Mochrie

Not Quite the Classics

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I didn´t find this book funny at all, but is surely my fault.

Questo libro di racconti che parafrasano alcuni classici non mi ha divertito per niente, l'ho quasi trovato di cattivo gusto ;)

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mercoledì, novembre 26, 2014

The Pleasures of Summer (Pleasures, #2) by Evie Hunter

The Pleasures of Summer (Pleasures, #2)

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Although this novel is slightly more credible of the "Pleasures of Winter" is a lovestory with a lot of kinky sex because now it sells. The story of the bodyguard and the blonde airhead who is not really that stupid, we read and reread in many sauces and this does not have anything particular to be noticed.

Anche se questo romanzo é leggermente piú credibile dei "Pleasures of Winter", resta un romanzetto d'amore con un sacco di sesso kinky perché ora vende. La storia della guardia del corpo e della bionda svampita che poi tanto stupida non é, l'abbiamo letta e riletta in tantissime salse e questa non ha niente per cui farsi notare.

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lunedì, novembre 24, 2014

Qatar: Small State, Big Politics by Mehran Kamrava

Qatar: Small State, Big Politics

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book very interesting to me since I did not know practically nothing of this small country, with an even smaller population, which is a strategic assett and that in 2022 will be hosting the World Cup.
The only flaw is that the professor who wrote it was not native English speakers (I suppose), and if I realized it......

Libro per me molto interessante considerato che non sapevo praticamente niente di questo piccolo paese, con un'ancora piú piccola popolazione, che é un assett strategico e che nel 2022 ospiterá i mondiali di calcio.
Unica pecca, il professore che l'ha scritto non era madrelingua inglese (credo), e se me ne sono accorta io.....

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sabato, novembre 22, 2014

Truth (Finding Anna #3) by Sherri Hayes

Truth (Finding Anna #3)Truth by Sherri Hayes
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

It took me more than ten days to finish this book that not only it is not nice, it does not conclude what started as a trilogy and is overall extremely disturbing. The novel continues the story of former slave Brianna, who can not be with Stevan because the father returns to find her and the man who loves her and has saved her could be indicted for human trafficking.

Ho impiegato piú di dieci giorni per finire questo libro che non solo non é bello, non conclude quella che era nata come una trilogia ed é complessivamente estremamente disturbante. Continua la storia della ex schiava Brianna, che non riesce ad essere tranquilla con Stevan perché il padre torna a cercarla e l'uomo che l'ama e l'ha salvata potrebbe essere incriminato per traffico di esseri umani.

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giovedì, novembre 20, 2014

Gracious Living: Home Design for Your Future by Naomi Neville, E Ashley Rooney, Dr Jill M Bjerke (Foreword)

Gracious Living: Home Design for Your Future

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Great pictures and suggestions for houses where to age graciously, as the author would say, some tips are ok, other requires a little bit more of money.

Foto molto belle e suggerimenti per sistemare la tua casa per la vecchiaia, alcune cose si possono fare facilmente, altre prevedono spese che possono essere piú o meno ingenti.

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martedì, novembre 18, 2014

The Best Home Deli Recipes by Emma MacDonald

The Best Home Deli RecipesThe Best Home Deli Recipes by Emma MacDonald
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Recipes from all around the world, well explained, but only a few are photographed. I think the hardest thing is not so much to cook the dish, but rather to find all the ingredients in the same city, anyway good luck!

Ricette da tutto il mondo, ben spiegate, ma solo alcune fotografate. Credo che la cosa piú difficile non sia tanto cucinare il piatto, quanto piuttosto trovare tutti gli ingradienti nella stessa cittá, comunque buona fortuna!

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domenica, novembre 16, 2014

Tune In: Let Your Intuition Guide You to Fulfillment and Flow by Sonia Choquette

Tune In: Let Your Intuition Guide You to Fulfillment and FlowTune In: Let Your Intuition Guide You to Fulfillment and Flow by Sonia Choquette
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This book, that promises us the way to get in touch with our inner spirit didn´t convince me at all: on the one hand it seems to me that the spirit is not nothing but our inner kid as Berne would have said, on the other the construction of a small altar makes me shudder.

Questo libro che promette di farci entrare in contatto con il nostro spirito interiore non mi ha molto convinto, se da una parte mi sembra che parafrasando Berne lo spirito non sia niente altro che il nostro io bambino, dall'altra la costruzione di un piccolo altare mi fa rabbrividire.

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venerdì, novembre 14, 2014

Spank Me, Mr. Darcy by Lissa Trevor, Jane Austen

Spank Me, Mr. Darcy

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I'm sure Jane Austen is turning in her grave. That said, the book is a pitiful BDSM version of Pride and Prejudice to carefully avoid.

Sono sicura che Jane Austen si stia rivoltando nella tomba. Detto questo, il libro é una pietosa versione BDSM di Orgoglio e Pregiudizio da evitare accuramente.

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mercoledì, novembre 12, 2014

Cultured Food for Life: How to Make and Serve Delicious Probiotic Foods for Better Health and Wellness by Donna Schwenk

Cultured Food for Life: How to Make and Serve Delicious Probiotic Foods for Better Health and WellnessCultured Food for Life: How to Make and Serve Delicious Probiotic Foods for Better Health and Wellness by Donna Schwenk


Book quite interesting, even if she speaks only of the positives aspects and not od the negatives of probiotic foods, such as the high level of sugar, however a number of reasons why and then recipes to no end.

Libro abbastanza interessante, anche se parla solo dei lati positivi e non di quelli negativi dei cibi probiotici, come per esempio l'alta presenza di zuccheri, comunque una serie di ragioni e poi ricette a non finire.

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lunedì, novembre 10, 2014

Surrender by C.J. Archer

SurrenderSurrender by C.J. Archer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Not that there are some valuable things in this book, most of all because it is not the usual regency romance with the virginal and soppy debutee and the usual inveterate bachelor, who instead gives almost immediately; my problem is that I have always some difficulty when the two characters go from loathe each other to the strongest passion, lust and love.

Non che non ci siano delle cose apprezzabili in questo libro, intanto non é il solito regency romance con la virginale e svenevole debuttante e il solito scapolone incallito che invece cede quasi subito, peró io ho sempre qualche difficoltá quando i due personaggi passano dal detestarsi a non potersi levare le mani di dosso.

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sabato, novembre 08, 2014

The Pillars of Health: Building a Solid Wellness Foundation with Optimal Nutrition, Cognitive Fitness, Joyous Physical Motion, and Loving Compassion by John Pierre

The Pillars of Health: Building a Solid Wellness Foundation with Optimal Nutrition, Cognitive Fitness, Joyous Physical Motion, and Loving CompassionThe Pillars of Health: Building a Solid Wellness Foundation with Optimal Nutrition, Cognitive Fitness, Joyous Physical Motion, and Loving Compassion by John Pierre
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I keep reading these books that make it easy: go vegetarian, think positive and make a series of gymnastic exercises (both physically and mentally) every day, and you'll see that you'll be fine. The problem is that since I'm basically good even now, you gotta give me more motivation to give up mortadella ....

Continuo a leggere questi libri che la fanno facile: diventa vegetariano, pensa positivo e fai una serie di esercizi di ginnastica tutti i giorni, sia fisica che mentale e vedrai che starai bene. Il problema resta che siccome io sto tendenzialmente bene anche adesso, devi darmi una maggiore motivazione per riunciare alla mortadella....

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giovedì, novembre 06, 2014

Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York by Sari Botton (Editor)

Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Some of these stories are better than others, as always happens in anthologies, but all have in common the fact all the writers collected here, in the end,left New York. Between not so famous and famous people all in all a good collection, it's just that I do not really like the stories, because they last really too little ....

Alcuni di questi racconti sono meglio di altri, come sempre capita nelle antologie, ma tutti hanno in comune New York e il fatto che tutti gli scrittori qui raccolti, alla fine, da lí se ne sono andati. Tra esordi e gente famosa tutto sommato una buona raccolta, é solo che a me i racconti non piacciono molto, perché durano sempre troppo poco....

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martedì, novembre 04, 2014

Mind-Body Workbook for Anger: Effective Tools for Anger Management and Conflict Resolution by Stanley H. Block, Carolyn Bryant Block

Mind-Body Workbook for Anger: Effective Tools for Anger Management and Conflict ResolutionMind-Body Workbook for Anger: Effective Tools for Anger Management and Conflict Resolution by Stanley H. Block
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Book rather clear and very schematic on anger management based on cognitive therapy and mindfulness along with some innovative ideas of the authors. Quite useful to defuse some beliefs, even of the people themselves, respect to anger as unmanageable.

Libro piuttosto chiaro e molto schematico sulla gestione della rabbia basato sulla terapia cognitiva assieme alla mindfulness e ad alcune idee innovative degli autori. PIuttosto utile per disinnescare alcune credenze, anche delle persone stesse, rispetto alla rabbia come ingestibile.

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domenica, novembre 02, 2014

Writers Between the Covers: The Scandalous Romantic Lives of Legendary Literary Casanovas, Coquettes, and Cads by Joni Rendon, Shannon McKenna Schmidt

Writers Between the Covers: The Scandalous Romantic Lives of Legendary Literary Casanovas, Coquettes, and Cads

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is very interesting, well-written and full of curious informetion and provids a quick rundown on the life of the most famous writers and poets of the past 500 years, just do not be mislead by the title because it is the only thing "stupid " in the whole book, but I guess they chosed it to sell.

Questo libro é molto interessante, ben scritto e pieno di notizie curiose, oltre a fornire un rapido riassunto sulla vita degli scrittori e dei poeti piú famosi degli ultimi 500 anni, basta che non vi facciate fuorviare dal titolo che é l'unica cosa "stupida" di tutto il libro, ma immagino che lo abbiamo scelto per vendere a tutti.

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venerdì, ottobre 31, 2014

Economics: The Remarkable Story of How the Economy Works by Ben Mathew

Economics: The Remarkable Story of How the Economy WorksEconomics: The Remarkable Story of How the Economy Works by Ben Mathew
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Brief explanation of the major topic of the economy, based on American examples. Interesting, but not quite generalizable.

Breve excursus sui maggiori topic dell'economia, basati su esempi Statunitensi. Interessante, ma non abbastanza generalizzabile.

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mercoledì, ottobre 29, 2014

Cooking Your Way to Gorgeous: Skin-Friendly Superfoods, Age-Reversing Recipes, and Fabulous Homemade Facials

Cooking Your Way to Gorgeous: Skin-Friendly Superfoods, Age-Reversing Recipes, and Fabulous Homemade FacialsCooking Your Way to Gorgeous: Skin-Friendly Superfoods, Age-Reversing Recipes, and Fabulous Homemade Facials by Scott-Vincent Borba
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This guy is probably a guru somewhere (but not where I live), so even if there where a lot of informations, some of them anyway are very well known, there is a lack of reasons why something would work. So this book was not good enough for me, because I'm lazy and I really need a good reason to cook special stuff.

Questo Scott-Vincent Borba è probabilemte un guru da qualche parte nel mondo (anche se io non lo conosco) e quindi, anche se in questo libro ci sono tutta una serie di informazioni, alcune delle quali molto conosciute, mancano invece tutta una serie di ragioni per cui le sue ricette dovrebbero funzionare. Quindi questo libro non era male, ma con me non funziona perchè siccome sono pigra, ho bisogno di reali buone ragioni per mettermi a cucinare cose particolari.

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lunedì, ottobre 27, 2014

Chateau Country: Du Pont Estates in the Brandywine Valley by Daniel Dekalb Miller

Chateau Country: Du Pont Estates in the Brandywine ValleyChateau Country: Du Pont Estates in the Brandywine Valley by Daniel Dekalb Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book on the princely houses built by a dynasty of rich people over the years is good for the eyes but not the spirit ....

Questo libro sulle case principesche costruite da una dinastia di ricconi nel corso degli anni fa bene agli occhi ma non allo spirito....

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sabato, ottobre 25, 2014

How to Talk So Your Husband Will Listen: And Listen So Your Husband Will Talk by Rick Johnson

How to Talk So Your Husband Will Listen: And Listen So Your Husband Will TalkHow to Talk So Your Husband Will Listen: And Listen So Your Husband Will Talk by Rick Johnson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I'm probably dreaming but I really expect my husband to listen to me only because I speak, and I'm afraid but I'm pretty sure he expects just the same, so i found this book really really sciovinistic and incredibly closed mind; most of the times I would say that this author is trying to teach women to be manipulative. Anyway that is just my opinion.

Probabilmente sogno, ma io mi aspetto che mio marito mi ascolti anche solo per il fatto che sto parlando e sono abbastanza sicura che lui si aspetti lo stesso trattamento, quindi ho trovato questo libro sciovinistico, maschilista ed estremamente chiuso; per essere precisi per la maggior parte del tempo ritengo che l'autore abbia insegnato alle donne i migliori modi di "manipolazione". Comunque questa è solo la mia opinione.

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giovedì, ottobre 23, 2014

Peruvian Power Foods: 18 Superfoods, 101 Recipes, and Anti-Aging Secrets from the Amazon to the Andes by Manuel Villacorta, Jamie Shaw, Manuel Cssd

Peruvian Power Foods: 18 Superfoods, 101 Recipes, and Anti-Aging Secrets from the Amazon to the AndesPeruvian Power Foods: 18 Superfoods, 101 Recipes, and Anti-Aging Secrets from the Amazon to the Andes by Manuel Villacorta
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Some of these recipes I can even try to make, such as those with cocoa, artichokes and beans, others is going to be a little bit difficult because, at least here in Berlin, many of these Peruvian super foods have never been seen .. ...

Alcune di queste ricette si possoo anche provare a fare, tipo quelle con il cacao, i carciofi e le fave, altre la vedo un po' difficile perché, almeno qui a Berlino, molti di questi super cibi peruviani non si sono mai visti.....

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martedì, ottobre 21, 2014

Setting the Tone: Essays and a Diary by Ned Rorem

Setting the Tone: Essays and a Diary

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such an interesting book, essays, notes, diaries, sketches about the life in the 50/60/70 with all the most important people. A critical and cynical eye but never mean, Ned Rorem tells about music, its protagonists and those times with an incredible capacity to describe and to be interesting at the same time.

Libro veramente interessante, saggi, note, diari, brevi descrizioni della vita durante gli anni '50,'60 e '70 e dei suoi protagonisti piú importanti, sia in campo artistico che no. Con un occhio critico e a volte cinico, ma mai cattivo, Ned Rorem racconta la musica, ed i suoi compositori con un'incredibile capacitá descrittiva.

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