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Grumpy Cat's All About Miserable Me

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Grumpy Cat wants to know about you, and here's your chance to tell everything! Nobody cares about your complaints — except Grumpy Cat! Let everyone's favorite cranky feline make suggestions for revealing your pet peeves. Grumpy will encourage you to draw the ugliest sweater, make a list of the grossest foods, draw three people you sorta kinda like (love is a strong word), and gripe to your heart's content.


This is a cute journal for the Grumpy cat fan in your life that's artistic. Could be a child, could be an adult, it works either way. Grumpiness applies to us all.

It's more of a joke gag for things like: List The Five Grossest Foods, Draw the Ugliest Sweater, BEDHEAD is the worst: Draw What I look like in the morning, Thanks for the terrible birthday present: Here's what's inside.

It's a cute journal that prompts drawing and lists for the creative child/adult and is a good way to kill time.

Plus = Grumpy cat automatically earns brownie points just because its Grumpy cat.

I'm bumping to five stars for the type of journal, one for the creativity, one for grumpy cat, but three because there's so much of it - 60 pages of prompts.





Nabbed this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide

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(No Series)
  NON-FICTION / FOOD RELATED


Care for a Morning Glory Cocktail, a Blue Blazer, or a Philadelphia Julep? Recipes for these and hundreds of other tasty libations appear in this landmark volume. Originally published in 1862, Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide is widely considered by drink historians as the first serious American book on cocktails and punches.
"A new beverage is the pride of the bartender, and its appreciation and adoption his crowning glory," declared Jerry Thomas (1830–85), the most famous bartender of his era. Known as "the father of American mixology," Thomas developed the showy techniques practiced at his saloons throughout California and New York. From hot whiskey toddies to wedding punch to "temperance drinks," this extensive compilation of timeless recipes will delight modern-day mixologists and their guests.


First, I love the cover. It's artsy in that vintage coloring way I dig so much.

The book starts with to the point bartender hints and tricks. Some I knew, some I didn't. You'd think so much of this is common sense, but you would be surprised. As example of a tip I didn't know,  


 "As a general rule, shaved ice should be used when spirits form the principal ingredient of the drink, and no water employed. When eggs, milk, wine, vermouth, seltzer or other mineral waters are used in preparing a drink, it is better to use small lumps of ice, and these should always be removed from the glass before serving the customer." 

.... Since I don't have shaved ice at home, it's doubtful I'll follow this, but good to know. Unless, of course, PARTY!! There are 27 tips total.

There are so many bartending recipes in this book, it's doubtful you'll need any other guide. Plenty of cocktails and mixes - tons I haven't heard of - and each recipe includes a note of what size glass is best used.

There aren't color pictures, but there are some drawings when it's needed, which fits into the vintage colored packaging.



136 pages of just recipes and some tips, I rate this highly. It's to the point, easy to follow, and stylish in its way.

I nabbed this one from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
 


Flight by Cherie Bennett

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(Smallville for Young Adults, #3)
  SUPERHERO NOVEL,  YA


Before the legend...before the icon...there was a teenager named Clark Kent.

Clark meets 15-year-old Tia Haines and knows she is different. He understands that Tia's father isn't kind to her, that her mother left years ago, and that she is painfully shy. But when Clark's X-ray vision reveals that Tia is hiding a secret as big as his own, Clark is stunned. Meanwhile, a string of robberies plagues Smallville, and the only clue is a mysterious green feather. It's up to Clark to stop the crimes and keep Tia safe from harm.