Thursday, 29 August 2013

Day 28 - Cinnamon maple slice, dry shampoo and books

Some ramblings today about my favourite things. What do cinnamon date and pecan slice, dry shampoo and books have in common, you ask? Well here is a recap of my thought process that brought me here.
I was enjoying another batch of Cinnamon, maple slice that I have been making lately(I'll share the recipe with you tomorrow), while catching up with friends on Facebook.

I came across a post by Mollie talking about dry shampoo.

 Have you tried it? I was given a can a couple of months ago to try, and let me tell you it was a game changer. I love it. I was a bit hesitant, I mean where does the oil go? How does your hair suddenly look and feel shiny and clean when a minute ago it needed a wash? Well this little miracle in a spray can works. You must give it a go!

This post by Mollie and the conversation that went on in the post, reminded me why I adore Mollie.
Now how did I meet Mollie?
Through the world of books.

As well as my passion for art, I am an avid reader, a collector of books. I have a large collection of books both in hard copy and ebook formats, fiction and non-fiction. Some call it an addiction but I like to think of it as expansion of the mind and senses. Years ago when I thought about buying an ereader, I was in a book rut and I was a bit hesitant. I thought, oh no, I cannot go against tradition and buy a book that's not a 'real' book. Well pooh, pooh, to that, how my thoughts have changed. As soon as I had finished my first ebook I was hooked, I was hungry for more.
Through google, facebook and blogs, I discovered the world of indie authors, ie self published, independent authors, book review bloggers and a whole world of ebooks that are not in print form. 
Through this new world of social connection, I was able to interact with people that loved the same books as I did, talk to them about the books, get valued opinions on said books and then share my opinions through online book reviewing.

One such person who has changed the way I look at books and book reviews is Mollie Harper at Tough Critic Book Reviews. She is one of my favourite reviewers, someone I look for when I need an honest reaction to a book that I am looking to read. She does not shy away from telling it like it is with a bit or a lot of humour and fun thrown in to her reviews. Through Mollie, I have been introduced to books that have pushed all my emotional buttons, books that take me out of my comfort zone, and books that I can really 'feel'.

The books that I read may not be your cup of tea but this isn't about that, it is about finding those nuggets of gold and having someone like Mollie to point those nuggets out. Thank you Mollie Harper.

Well, I'm off to make another batch of that yummy slice, because I just have to test it out one more time so I know that the recipe I will be giving you tomorrow is right.



Zoe said...

"expansion of the mind and senses" YES! Life would be so dull without books. I just got a Kindle the other day and I love it already. My 14yr old has been a book review blogger since she was 10, check her out at She writes some great reviews.

Raine said...

I'm with you and Zoe! I love your alternative to book addict! I'm always a little wary of people who don't read. If I walk into a house and don't see any bookcases or AT LEAST a book or 5 on the coffee table, I want to back slowly away!
You poor dear! We've had dry shampoo here in the states since I was in high school! It's called Psssssst! Seriously!!!! My sister always had long hair and it was a godsend for her.
Go enjoy a slice for me. I can't wait for the recipe!

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