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Review of ‘Read Better Faster’

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If you’re like most people, you were taught to read every word in a sentence or paragraph. While this might be useful when reading instructions, for most other written material, it makes reading a chore. Buck up, though, because Debbie Drum’s Read Better Faster will help you learn techniques to boost your reading speed, and your retention of what you read as well.

This insightful little book takes you step by step through methods for learning a new way to take in the written word. You’re likely to find that as you read it, your reading speed is increasing—provided you take her advice.

A must-have book for anyone who is required to read a lot, and a really nice literary acquisition for anyone who loves to read.

I received a free copy of this book. I give it four stars.

Review of ‘Basic Cartooning’

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If you like doodling and drawing cartoons, you might benefit from some basic instructions. Basic Cartooning by Maury Aaseng, follows the methods developed 90 years ago by artist, Walter Foster, at his home in Laguna Beach, California. It begins with materials and moves on to the basic shapes needed to make cartoons. Included is information on using digital techniques, not available during Foster’s time, and the process for developing panels and strips.

As useful as it is for beginners, I also found it a good refresher myself, to build on the techniques I developed during my time as a newspaper editorial cartoonist in the 1970s. This one is a must for your art reference library.

I’ve had this book in my own reference library for quite some time. Lately, I’ve been dabbling in my studio, working on some humorous illustrations for my books, and I came across it. I realized that I’d never reviewed this one, and decided it would be useful for budding artists out there to know about.

I give it five stars.

Review of ‘Letting Go of Mommy Guilt’

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Anyone who has ever been a parent knows that it’s one of the hardest, most thankless jobs on earth. Worse, society puts an unfair burden of guilt on mothers—expecting them to do and be everything. Letting Go of Mommy Guilt by Lorelei Kraft is an amazing how-to book for moms that gives the ‘Seven Keys’ to sensible parenting, as well as how to survive the experience.

Written in simple, often humorous, language, and taking experiences from the author’s own life as an entrepreneur and single mom of two children, this is a must-read, not just for moms, but for parents of either gender.

I give this handy little guide five stars.