Books & Reviews 📚

Books #128-#131: history, plants, manners, and Jim Carrey

Book #128: Don’t Throw it, Grow It! by Deborah Peterson & Millicent Selsam

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I read this book out of boredom one day and it sort of inspired me to want to actually plant things and watch them grow. When I was younger, I used to enjoy growing beans, but I lost interest. Anyway, about the book, it’s easy to understand and it’s filled with great ideas for experimenting with gardening.

Reminds me of my dear gardening friends, Luda and Reema. 😄

There are no photographs, but illustrations which is fine by me, but I think the authors could’ve added a bit more information about the plants. Overall, this book is worth love coffeelove coffeelove coffee.

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Book #129: First In Trinidad by Michael Anthony

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I love this book! It was easy to read and I enjoyed discovering more historical facts about my country such as the first survey, the first few streets of Port-of-Spain, how the French made education a thing, the first time we got television service, and the first time the telephone rang which was 1885. 

It’s a really informative book and I’ll read it again when the time permits. While reading, I was inspired to write a story using ‘old’ Trinidad as the backdrop setting, so it looks like I’ll be reading more historical books like these soon. 

I’ll strongly recommend this book for Trinidadians who are not aware of their history: love coffeelove coffeelove coffeelove coffee

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#Yay4History

Book #130: Multicultural Manners: Essential Rules of Etiquette for the 21st Century by Norine Dresser

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This book was written with the American in mind. The author reminds her fellow Americans that they should know another’s culture before doing things the “American Way”, but at the same time, she is defending the “American Way” in some instances.

We all should do a bit of research before visiting a foreign country. A few interesting things I noted:

^ Never call a Mexican the ‘s’ word. Even if you’re correcting a Mexican child, never use the word ‘stupid’ for it’s the worst possible insult to a Mexican.

^ Some Puerto Ricans will not eat pineapple in combination with other foods. 

^ Yellow flowers hold negative connotations for people such as Mexicans, Peruvians, and Iranians so it’s safer not to gift them such color flowers. Meanwhile, Chinese and most Asian people respond negatively to white flowers because it’s often associated with death. 

Overall, I enjoy learning about so many cultures: love coffeelove coffeelove coffee

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Book #131: How Roland Rolls by Jim Carrey

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First, the illustrations in this children’s book (recommended for 4-8-year-olds) is SLAMMING!

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It makes you want to go on a sea adventure. It makes you want to surf and do all water sports. Jim posed for many of the Roland faces throughout the story which is written in rhyme and it flowed well. Roland is a wave and we’re rolled along with his adventure even when he can’t find his friends. Later, Roland will learn that waves cannot make it past land. 

It’s about the importance of friendship, leaving old friends behind and making new friends.

Hmmm… I wonder how Jim Carrey rolls? love coffeelove coffeelove coffee

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365 Days of Writing

Daily Prompt catch-up: August 26th-27th

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August 26th: Funny ha-ha

Do you consider yourself funny? What role does humor play in your life? Who’s the funniest person you know? 

Although I am dryly sarcastically funny, I can be quite funny when the mood calls for it. I love humor when it’s done right. The funniest person I know? This guy…

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August 27th: I’d like to thank my cats

You are receiving an award –- either one that already exists, or a new one created just for you. What would the award be, why are you being honored, and what would you say in your acceptance speech?

I don’t know what the award would be given that I am not big on awards, but here is my speech… 😛

First, I’ll like to thank the Man above; if not for Him I wouldn’t be standing here today receiving this exciting award. With Him all things are possible. This award that I’m holding is a realization of a dream that started when I was thirteen years old! I’ll like to thank my family and friends for motivating and inspiring me. Whenever I needed a push, they were always there for me. And last but not least, I thank you the wonderful public for supporting my work. You’ve given me the chance to bring my passion to fruition and I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart. This award belongs to all of us. Thank you.

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