The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week

As the build up to Thanksgiving and the winter holidays begin, it is easy to get caught up in the coming wave. Remember to take some time for yourself before the stress gets to you by wrapping up in a sweater, enjoying a good book, massaging away your aches, or grabbing a cup of tea. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

Fall in love with the soft chunky knit construction of the Women's Long Open Front Sweater.

Fall in love with the soft chunky knit construction of the Women’s Long Open Front Sweater.

Use this set of 3 Plantar Fasciitis Massage Balls to help relieve pain and soothe aching feet.

Use this set of 3 Plantar Fasciitis Massage Balls to help relieve pain and soothe aching feet.

 

You'll read comfortably for hours with your book or e-reader on this plush Book Pillow.

You’ll read comfortably for hours with your book or e-reader on this plush Book Pillow.

Honor the professional who works hard for you with the gift of this Occupational Double-Walled Tumbler.

Honor the professional who works hard for you with the gift of this Occupational Double-Walled Tumbler.

 

Books We Can’t Live Without

love-booksWhether you’re an avid reader or just an occasional one, diving into a good book is a great way to spend an afternoon. Fiction’s fine, but we also love books that teach us something new. Think about all the books you’d want with you if you were shipwrecked on a deserted island. You could get more use from a good cookbook or how-to carpentry manual than you would from a copy of “Moby Dick.” Great novels are important too, but here are some of the books we consider absolutely indispensable.

Kitchen Magic

Every cookbook tells you how to make something delightful, but what happens when your attempt at following the recipe fills your family with more dread than delight? If you have a copy of Oops! Over 200 Cooking Solutions” from Cooking Light magazine, you can fix just about any kitchen concern. From repairing a broken Hollandaise sauce to undressing an over-dressed salad without wilting the lettuce, this must-have kitchen fixer is a fascinating read even if you’re an accomplished cook.

The book also offers recommendations to stop common kitchen blunders before they start. By tasting as you cook, adding salt a little at a time and reading the whole recipe before you crack the first egg, you can get better results from every recipe you try. Gain confidence in your kitchen skills when you have this handy safety net on your bookshelf!

In the Office

Your computer has a spell checker, but as anyone who has ever confused a “there” with a “their” can tell you, automated checking systems don’t catch everything. Learn new memory devices to help you recall spelling rules, grammar, geography, science, history and more from Miss Pell Never Misspells,” a spelling book dedicated to more mnemonics than you would have ever thought possible. You’ll find easy ways to recall how to spell Mississippi, how to tell a stalactite from a stalagmite and how to solve algebraic equations in the right order.

More than just memory tricks for recalling the names of the Great Lakes or other specialized knowledge, this book can also teach you how to improve your memory in general. If you regularly forget people’s names after meeting them or have to write grocery lists for every trip to the store, this book is for you.

For the Smallest Room

It may be indelicate to discuss, but we’ll say it anyway: A bathroom without reading material is an unfriendly place indeed. That’s why we believe every household should be acquainted with Uncle John. A compilation of quick and fascinating facts just long enough for a brief stay, Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader is designed to entertain you when you’re otherwise occupied. If you like to read in the tub, you’ll appreciate the laminated soft cover of this bathroom book that can hold up to a few drops of bathwater. Instead of risking your e-reader or smartphone in the bathroom, leave a copy of Uncle John’s latest reader within easy reach.

You don’t have to be on a deserted island to appreciate great nonfiction. Make these books part of your library, and you’ll always have answers to life’s most important questions.

 

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National Read a Book Day

Today is National Read a Book day! In celebration, here is a great link that I came across on my Pinterest and thought I would share it. Of the books on this list I have read 9 out of 40. So I thought I could share a short review of one that I recently read. It was not easy to choose one but I decided to stray away from the obvious favorites and share a bit about Ender’s Game.

This is a book that I was recommended and had my reservations about reading such a sci-fi type novel. But I then found out the book was being made into a movie in the near future, with some large names, so I decided to give it a go. This was a great read and very entertaining. The story is about a young boy named Ender in a society that raises their children to become fighters against an inevitable alien attack. Without giving anything away the story takes you through the childhood, schooling and training of Ender. I would highly recommend this to anyone, all ages welcome. This is an easy read for younger ages as well as an enjoyable read for adults.

So get out and celebrate Read a Book Day and pick up a new one!

Recommendations are always welcome!