Recent Reads: What I Read in January

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It's hard to believe that February is almost upon us! January has been full of so many things that have me anticipating the rest of the year and amazed that I had any spare time to breathe! Today I wanted to recap the books that I enjoyed reading this month - or the ones that I advise you to avoid. I really enjoyed several of my choices this month! 

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - Before reading this one, I heard people say it was so fantastical that it was hard to remember that it's a work of nonfiction, and after reading it, I couldn't agree more. Now I really want to visit Savannah, GA! I watched the movie, too, and while it was enjoyable at parts, it failed to completely capture the true quirks of the town and drama of the story. I definitely recommend this one!

DIY Type - I am sorry to say that I was expecting a little more from this book. I had read a few reviews before receiving my copy from Blogging for Books that implied people were disappointed by how many stencils this book had, but what these reviews failed to emphasize was how the book was 95% stencils (or that the 50+ stencils it boasts are 2 sets of alphabet letters with a few special characters.) There were 4 brief sections describing how typography can be used in everyday life with a few suggestions, but no instructions to help you create the looks pictured. Though the pictures were inspiring, it lacked the details that would encourage me to attempt recreating them, and I was left sadly disappointed. A book like this with more tutorials or instructions on how to create your own stencils - even how to care for your stencils for maximum usage - would have been received much better! **

Paper to Petal & The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers - These two books were probably my favorite, and the most inspiring, reads of the month! Paper to Petal is much more whimsical. The flower designs provided range from realistic to floral-like but non-traditional. It's incredibly colorful and fun to look through. The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers is beautifully photographed and the floral designs are much more realistic. They are truly stunning and so inspiring. If you're interested in the art of paper flower construction and design, these books are must-haves for your library!

The G-Free Diet - I barely feel like this book should be included since I read the majority of it a year and a half ago and just now got around to finishing it. However, I wanted to mention it because I think it is a marvelous resource for people who are GF, thinking about going GF, or those who want to understand more about what it means for a friend or family member to have celiac disease. It's one of the best resources I've found on the subject!

Your Family in PicturesI am not a mother yet, but this book was still full of so many helpful tips for capturing fun, authentic photos. The book covered topics from group shots to individual shots, and provided tips for relaxing the atmosphere and getting the best responses out of your subjects. There were even tips for photographing your pets or children's performances, things outside of the realm of what seems like day-to-day photography! I found the book to be written in a very conversational tone. It was helpful without being condescending. Me Ra Koh was sharing her knowledge and expertise and genuinely wanting to come alongside and help her readers. It never felt as if her readers were being judged for their lack of knowledge. If you're a budding photographer, this is a great resource and inspiring read! **

What good books have you read recently? Any books that you absolutely hated?

xoxo, Stacia

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** These books were provided to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All views + opinions expressed are 100% my own, as always.