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My grandmother sends her regards & apologise by Fredrik Backman

 

My grandmother sends her regards
&apologise by Fredrik Backman

What people are saying
There are clear themes here, nominally: the importance of stories; the honesty of children; and the obtuseness of most adults, putting him firmly in league with the likes of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman. A touching, sometimes funny, often wise portrait of grief. ( Kirkus)

The author’s lightness of touch is definitely a contributor towards the novel’s success. (It’s already a best seller in his native country.) Fredrik conveys much in a few words . . . However a special warning to the ladies summed up in three words: wear waterproof mascara! I read the last few chapters verging between heart-glowing smiles and heart-wrenching sobs. I’ll be ready for it the next few times I read it though and, indeed, the times after that. ( The Bookbag)

Told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as [OVE] . . . It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different. ( Laura’s Little Book Blog)

A highly compelling read and it was easy to lose myself in the story ( Off the Shelf blog)

A highly compelling read and it was easy to lose myself in the story ( Off the Shelf Blog)

What I say

The hilarious, heart-breaking novel by the author of the international bestseller A MAN CALLED OVE.
What a lovely heartfelt book I was laughing as I was reading it .
Elsa and her grandmother were brilliant characters i love all there antics they will have you smiling and laughing out loud the humour very good .
The grandmother tells Elsa story but I got to say I did think grandmother was a bit batty what did you think?
I was not to keen on the fantasy world or I should say Kingdoms she made up but it was nice to read about.
I was sad when grandmother die but I enjoyed her letter to everyone it a very interesting read
Elisa was a bit different but she was a lovely girl I did like her I found her very sweet .
I like her part in delivering her grandmother letters did she have fun doing it ?
I felt it help her to blond with her neighbours and become part of the community in also gave you a great insight to her grandmothers life how she lived it and why as you read your pulled into her fantasy world
I like the mix of characters they bring lot to the story.
I felt this was very different to other books I read but I did like it
The writting style is very different and unique it a lovely warm book to read I did take me a few chapters to get into the story but I did enjoy it so much

About the Author

Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. His debut novel A MAN CALLED OVE was a number 1 bestseller across Scandinavia, has sold over one million copies worldwide, was a Richard & Judy summer read in the UK and an instant New York Times paperback bestseller, and has been made into an acclaimed film. Fredrik’s subsequent novels, MY GRANDMOTHER SENDS HER REGARDS AND APOLOGISES and BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE, also went straight to number 1 in Sweden on publication .

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Welcome Tamara Kotton to my blog & how to use white pencils

Welcome Tamara Kotton to my blog here a bit about herself and how to use your white pencils

 

 

Tamara is going to be a guess reviewer doing review for us
This post is about why Tamara loves to colour and her you tube video about how to use your white pencils
Coloring to me is an emotional therapy to me, why??? Well, see I have suffered for years with bipolar, SEVER PTSD, & chronic migraines on a daily basis, but as they say, you still have to live another day & make the day the best of it.
I have a lot of hobbies to keep busy, but the ones I adore the most is coloring. I have yet to find a book, I don’t love. I have close to 50 new adult coloring books, the Prisma colored pencils, Prisma art markers, a few Copics, most pf the Spectrum Noir art markers, Sharpies, Bic, Permante markers, Tombrows, Derwent colored pencils, crayola colored pencils, Araina’s vivid art colored pencils, Crazy Art colored pencils, Crayola markers, some gel pens, Just the fine tip metallic colored pencils, Stedlars colored fine tip markers, the cheap colored pencils from Dollar Tree, Big Lots, Target, I try them all, as I adore all mediums.
I want to try Faber Castells, & Lyrica’s too, & watercolors too. I see so much better colorings all over fb, pintrest, google, yahoo. And since I started coloring, I have noticed a lot of things in the shading of things, the layers, how colors are blending, its just getting it on paper I’m still learning.
Since I started coloring last summer, I have noticed a huge change in myself for the better, even my husband & therapist said I’m a lot happier & has seen a better me. I even started coloring before my therapist suggest it for me.
My sister&law & I are trying to get a local group on fb together for those t hat live in Kansas & Missouri, & for a local meet & greet too.
I have seen coloring help so many people. Its calming, soothing, de stressing, & its helping people focus on something they love, instead of whats all going on around you at once.
When, I’m out shopping or looking at coloring supplies, I always strike up a conversation with them, invite them to my fb group for those that are local, & even help find a good book for them, I have been told at a lot of the local crafts stores, they need to hire me as a guide to all the coloring books. LOL (Id do that for if I got paid in new coloring books or art supplies).
Coloring has taking me away from my problems with PTSD, & brought me more happiness then I thought I can feel again
There’s a lot of people who will tell you suffering from mental health issues isn’t easy, even with meds, until coloring came for us adults, in a HUGE way, now we have something to look forwards to other then, sadness, or mixed emotions of how you feel.
I’m by no means saying I’m a great colorist but I’m learning as I go, & I have the most fun at it too.
Thanks for giving me the wonderful opportunity to talk on your bog about coloring, & why I color, & the peace it brings me, & I hope others too as well.
~ Always~

Tamara Kotton

What a lovely heartfelt post thank you so much. Tamara going to doing review for us .

DO YOU USE YOUR WHITE PENCILS ?

How to use your white pencils I found this on you tube as myself and many other do not use they white pencils is very good to see how to make the most of them

Do you use your white pencil much ?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=smmZkraxNRk

I cover some of the many ways to make use of the white colored pencil! My favorite is the white luminance colored pencil. Adult coloring book…
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FLAWED BY CECELIA AHERN

 

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FLAWED BY CECELIA AHERN

The stunning YA debut from internationally bestselling author Cecelia Ahern.

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

WHAT I SAY
I GOT TO SAY I NOT SURE IF I LIKED OR LOVE THIS BOOK I GOT MIX FEELS ABOUT IT
The book is a YA novel
I was so happy when I saw on netgalley to review as I like Cecelia other books so much .
I found this one a bit slow at the start I was struggling with it but then I was hooked I did find it a very thought-provoking book I hope this is the first in a series as I want it to follow on as the story was left very open but what a very clever end it left you wanting to read then next book .
One mistake and your marked for life .
I found it very hard to read the prison scene are very hard hitting the marking was told so well you felt for them all .The banding was so wrong I felt it very horrific to read about but so gripping to .
I felt for Celestine what a brave girl she was she had to stand up to what she believe in she was so strong her characters was very good I did like her .Did being a flawed make her a out cast ?
I felt the plot was very well written the descriptions were very good you could relate to them and feel for them all .I felt this book was the ground work
for the next book I did like this book in the end I was pulled into the plot I got to carry on reading to see what was going to happen next I did not get the rules did you ?
The family were very believable I wanted to shout at them many times as I was reading I got to say it a book you got to read for yourself as I was not sure about it but it did make me think a very good read just not one I tell you all to rush out of get but I know other loved it
Thank you netgalley for letting me read and review
3 dolls (3 stars )

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Diabetes Coloring Journal – Manage Your Blood Sugar While You Color

 
 

Diabetes Coloring Journal – Manage Your Blood Sugar While You Color (Volume 1)

About the Author

Anne Manera is an illustrator, designer and author of coloring books and children’s books.Her coloring books are inspired by her paintings. Anne also runs a facebook coloring group Just Color! with Anne Manera. When she is not illustrating coloring books or hanging out with her dogs, Manera is available for painting commissions. Visit her website – www.annemanera.com

Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/artbyannemaneracoloringbooks/ Join her Facebook Coloring Group – www.facebook.com/groups/juscolorgroup

SPECIAL LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE ! Every diabetic has the dreaded tracking journal they must maintain. Why make it a drab experience when it can actually be fun ! This one of a kind Diabetes Coloring Journal will help you track your blood sugar levels, keep a daily food diary and record daily medications all while enjoying a most loved hobby – COLORING ! Illustrated by coloring book artist Anne Manera, this journal will encourage young and old to pay closer attention to their diabetes. It is filled with everything you will possibly need for 90 days of journaling, with the added joy of coloring . Filled with the tools you need to : – Start your journal at your own date! – Track medications – Record blood glucose levels – Track blood pressure – Track your meals with the easy to use Daily Food Journal – Convenient & handy 6″ x 9″ size, small enough to carry with you, yet provides ample amount of space to track your needs – Cover art by artist Anne Manera – bright & cheery not like other drab tracking journals -PLUS the added bonus of having 16 coloring pages by Anne at your fingertips to encourage you to keep vital records For you or a loved one of any age, you will never want to use another journal again.

WHAT I SAY
I met Anne on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1587335384923397 please join if you like to craft or colour
Anne has done this wonderful book it just what all diabetic need .
Type 1 and Type 2 could use this book
I love the idea of colouring a picture on some of the pages they are at the bottom of the page and a nice size I use my pencil and gel pens to colour I would say you could any form of crayons or pens to colour it .I will say it would be fab for young adult or children because as a kid I hated to do my bloods this may have made me want to do I could sit and colour in
I been diabetic 42 years so it part of my life and I like this book as I love to draw and colour so I think any age would like it .
It a great book to track your bloods it has very good space to do this you got breakfast, lunch; dinner, bed and other so 5 spaces each day. On the next page you can add your medication to track I used for my insulin dose great to use with calories counting too I do feel this is a really useful book
You get 90 days from each book then you can get the other books as Anna done to follow on with different images to colour .
I like this book it be fab as you could tell children that they colouring to saw the doctors who check how they are doing a the clinics
I think this book brilliant I recommend to you all
Thank you Anna for letting me review
What do you think?
Do you like the idea?

THIS MY OWN  BLOOD TEST BOOK

               

THIS BOOK SO NICE EASY TO USE GREAT SPARE TO WRITE A WONDERFULL BOOK SO USEFULL

Here are the amazon link UK and amazon .com

Amazon uk link

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Diabetes-Coloring-Jou…/…/ref=sr_1_6…

Amazon USA link

http://www.amazon.com/Diabetes-Coloring-Journ…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

Anne Manera coloring books for adults & kids
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who going to join me ? THIS WEEK ‪#‎Ajscoolcoverchallenge

THIS WEEK ‪#‎Ajscoolcoverchallenge‬
who going to join me ?
BOOKS THAT ARE BLUE OR WHITE COVERS

#Ajscoolcoverchallenge Join me and read books that are Christmas books from 3
of APRIL till 10TH APRIL
If tweeting, please use the hashtag and on any post we do #Ajscoolcoverchallenge so we can keep track and we all can see what we are reading
Enjoy reading this week Aj’s cool cover challenge thanks for taking part .
THIS WEEK WE ARE READING ANY BOOKS WITH A BLUE OR WHITE COVER

Who would like to join just a bit of fun you can read just one book or read all week
THANKS FOR TAKING PART
Hope you all have a good week x

BOOK QUOTE OF WEEK

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Art of Coloring Disney villains out August

Art of Coloring Disney villains out August

I pre order this I can not wait It out it out August 16
Book length is 128
publisher Disney Editions

Amazon.co.uk

Art of Coloring: Disney Villains: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity and Relaxation (Art Therapy) https://www.amazon.co.uk/…/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_o-T.wbC6HN…

Also out on amazon .com .

Do you have any disney colouring books?
I got a Princess one if your in UK check out THE WORKS I got both of these yesterday for £7Art of Coloring Disney villains out August.50 the princess one was £10.00 in other shows


What your favourite book ?

check out free images too I got this one to colour


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thank you for reading AJ

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TODAY IS NATIONAL CRAYON DAY MARCH 31ST 2016 MY REVIEW OF THEM

TODAY IS NATIONAL CRAYON DAY MARCH 31ST 2016

 

The most famous I say is Crayola I use them as a kid I bet you all did to .
Now days I got only got Crayola pencils in my lots of different pencils I got. I bet most of you have to is a name we all grew up with and sill love now
I payed £4.00 for them they are very good and cheap great to colour with .
I did not have any crayons so I when out to get some for this day


I payed £1.50 for a packet of 24 wow so easy to use you could blend very well with them .
As most of you know I make cards and stamp I got out one of my magnolia tilda stamps for this picture I use smooth card. I did use blue eyeshadow for the background but the rest is Crayola crayons
In the packet you get a good range of colour and the depth is very good .I not used since I was a kid but wow they were fantastic so easy to blend the colours nice and strong i found them very smooth and had a nice sharp point so that makes outlining very easy to do .I think the colour are very vibrant and they did not leave a wax film on my hands like some do .I found they were very strong they did not break when I added pressure to shade with them like some crayon can do.
If you want to started to colour but do not want to spend to much these are fab for £1.50 .You can pick up great colouring books at the poundshop to .
They will wash out of kids clothes so great for them to use they are non toxic as well
One of my favourite crayons


What do you think?

 

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TODAY IS NATIONAL CRAYON DAY A FEW FACTS

TODAY IS NATIONAL CRAYON DAY

 

CRAYOLA CRAYONS WE KNOW THAT NAME


HERE ARE A FEW FACTS

The first box of crayons was made in 1903 and sold for a nickel! Binney and Smith produces nearly 3 billion crayons each year, an average of 12 million crayons daily

The company carried the name of its founders, Binney & Smith, until 2007 when we changed our name to Crayola to reflect our No. 1 brand.

Crayons are typically coloured sticks of wax used for drawing purposes, although sometimes are made from chalk or charcoal.

Crayons are also known as wax crayons, and are usually made from petroleum paraffin wax and colour pigment.Since crayons aren’t messy, toxic, sharp, expensive and are colourful, they are a common media given to children to use for drawing or colouring pictures.

Crayons are generally 8.9 cm (3. inches) lengthwise, and often have a paper wrapper wrapped around them to help them break less easily

A W Faber Company, which were making crayons in the 1880s, was one of the first companies to produce wax crayons.

Crayola, the leading brand of crayons in the world, started making crayons in 1903.Crayola has made over 133 different coloured crayons, some retired, and many special edition crayons.Some early French artists like Francois Clouet (1510-1572) and Nicholas L’angreau (1590-1666) used crayons as their medium.

Crayola crayons currently come in 120 colors including 23 reds, 20 greens, 19 blues, 16 purples, 14 oranges, 11 browns, 8 yellows, 2 grays, 2 coppers, 2 blacks, 1 white, 1 gold and 1 silver. Although Crayola crayons come in 120 different colors, the labels are only made in 18, which cover the full color spectrum

There have been over 300 official crayon manufacturing companies, although only a small amount exist now.
Standard crayon colours are black, brown, blue, red, purple, orange, yellow and green.

What are the 3 main colors?
The typical artists’ paint or pigment color wheel includes the blue, red, and yellow primary colors. The corresponding secondary colors are green, orange, and violet or purple. The tertiary colors are red–orange, red–violet, yellow–orange, yellow–green, blue–violet and blue–green.
Three of Crayola’s crayon color names have been changed after public protests.

In 1958 “Prussian Blue” was changed to “Midnight Blue” to avoid any post-war Nazi connotation (Prussia is a region in Germany). And in 1962 “Flesh” became “Peach” and “Indian Red” was finally changed to “Chestnut” in 1999. After the outcry over the two skin-tone related colors, Crayola started producing a 16 crayon set of multicultural tones kids of all cultural identification could choose between.
Did you know how they got their name Edwin Binney’s wife Alice gave Crayola its name. “She combined the words craie (French for chalk) with the first part of the word oleaginous (the oily paraffin wax) to make the word ‘crayola.’

Today Crayola produces nearly 3 billion crayons each year, an average of 12 million wax sticks daily. That’s enough to circle the globe six must kids have them from a very young age but now a lot adult use them to as the adult colouring trend is still very popular
A Yale University study once found that the aroma of Crayola crayons is one of the most recognizable scents for adults. It ranked 18th just ahead of coffee and peanut butter.

The largest crayon in the world, Big Blue, weighs 1500 pounds, is 15 feet long and 16 inches in diameter. It was made from 123,000 old blue crayons that were gathered from kids around the country. It would cover a football field
Binney and Smith were cousins.

Crayola has called Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, its home since the turn of the century. Today, the company’s world headquarters and major manufacturing facilities are located there. Downtown Easton is the home of the Crayola Experience™, our interactive brand attraction where families can enjoy a day of creative fun and see how we make our icon

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Copic pens

Copic pens

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Copic marker pens are a bit expensive I say put they are one of the best pens I used so they are worth getting if you can afford too.

They are alcohol based and are non toxic I do find them very fast drying and they do not seem to sear which I like .
I do fine the pens are smooth just like silk so nice to work with .They are very vibrant to which I love
The pens have a brush and a chisel tip which you can refill then too which makes it a pen for life I say you buy one then just fill it up .


A lot of manga artist seem to love them , and professional artist will recommend them to you so they must be very good to use I say .
You can also replace the nibs I do like the way they blend they just seem to blend so easily and so seamlessly you will find the more you go over the image the deeper it gets getting you a lovely bright colour

I will say at times they did seem to leak or bleed through the to the next page I do use a few sheets of paper at the back of what I colour I alway do this do you? To stop this
I do think they help to make your work look very professional.

Each pen is made by computerised colour matching machine which meets very strict manafacting stands that means that your Copic pens will never vary from batch to batch
I do like this pens very much I would love to buy more
I would recommend them to you all

So what is the Copic Color System?
The Copic Color System identifies and labels each Copic Color based on the color’s individual: Color Family,Saturation Number & Brightness Number.

The Color Family indicates what sort of color, i.e. red, blue-green, orange, etc
.The Saturation Number indicates how “rich” or how “dull” the color will appear (higher number = more dull)
The Brightness Number indicates how “dark” the color will appear (Higher number = darker

Do you like them ?
Thank you for reading my post AJq+

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Fashion Forward: a 1960s Fashion Coloring Book for Adults

Fashion Forward: a 1960s Fashion Coloring Book for Adults


Author/publisher: LightBurst Media
Release date: 26 February 2016
Tour Dates: 28-29 March

Summary:

Fashion Forward: a 1960s Fashion Coloring Book for Adults features 27 original fashion illustrations for you to color and enjoy. Images are printed single sided so that you can easily cut them out. Relive the fashions of 1960s including hair, accessories and outfits. Pick a page that jumps out to you and let the fun begin!

 

Links:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0692642838/ref=x_gr_w_bb…
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29452969-fashion-forward

WHAT I SAY
I LOVE THE IMAGES IN THIS BOOK THEY ARE SO ME

I was sent a pdf link so I could print the images as they not available in UK at the moment, but they may be soon and then I would love a real copy .I just got told it out today in UK
I just loved all this book, it has 27 nice images for you to colour and you can let your imagination run wild with this era.
The images are all hand drawn and they are in the middle of the page. It has nice strong lines.
I have to say this book captures the style,look and feel of the 1960s so well. I liked that if you wanted to you could add a bit to the images, for example more background.
I did use promarkers and sharpies to colour in the images. The book has a few blank pages at the back and you can put them underneath to stop any bleed through, but each image is on single sided paper.
On my image of the girl with blonde hair I did use chalk as a background and I would spray with hairspray just to set the colour.
I have had other colouring books from LightBurst Media and they were very good quality. I felt a few of the images, when nicely coloured could be put into a frame
Some of the images have so much detail, it captures the era and style really well. You could go pale or bright, it’s totally up to you.
I felt all the images would work with watercolours, gel pens ,copic pencils and promarkers.
This book would be great for my fashion conscious niece who loves this era, but my mum (who will be 80 soon, she’d kill me if she read this though) she’d love it too. Just like I did. I feel it’s a good book for bringing back great memories and making them come to life
It’s just a wonderful book to let your imagination run away with you.
I like to thank LightBurst Media for letting me review it.

Here are my two colour images

              
About the publisher:

LightBurst Media is a publisher of unique adult coloring books. We use only original, hand-drawn art in our coloring books. Our first book, Space Dreams: Sci-Fi Adult Coloring Book Adventure, was published in December 2015. It is receiving a lot of good attention and is also a good adult coloring book for men as well as women. We have several other adult coloring books coming out in 2016. For more information about our new releases, promotions and giveaways visit our website at http://www.lightburstmedia.com/ You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lightburstmedia. As well as on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter under lightburstmedia. We would love to hear from you!

Links:

Website – http://www.lightburstmedia.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/lightburstmedia
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lightburstmedia/
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/…/lightburst-media-adult-colorin…/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/lightburstmedia

Amazon.co.uk link 

Fashion Forward: 1960s Fashion Coloring Book for Adults https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0692642838/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_FrU-wbPB4BSN6

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Thank all for reading Aj

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