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A Backward Approach to Learning Golf…Or Is It?

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Author: Jeffrey W. Kern

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

Release Date: 3/27/13

Rating:

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*I was sent this book for review from the author*

Goodreads Synopsis:

Golf Made Easy! begins with all the basic knowledge you need to know about the game. This how-to book provides the A to Z for golf aficionados in a logical, simple and fun way. It describes a typical golf course, different types of clubs, ball selection, different types of the game, and some basic golf course terminology. It then transitions to stretching and exercise, which is important on the course. These easy-to-perform basic exercises can help save several strokes off your score! Learn about putting, chipping, pitching and the full stroke performed with irons, which leads into the big long drive. Amaze your golfing buddies by making some basic specialty shots that are also easy to learn. The basics are presented with putting being first. This goes against all traditional methods of teaching, where driving is taught first. Since half the game is putting, why not learn it first? Plus, it’s fun to be able to put the ball in the hole on your first lesson! Other basics covered are fitting your clubs to get the most out of them by making the clubs personally fit you, and you’ll also get a quick overlook of the rules and etiquette of the game. Take some practice drills and you’ll be all ready in no time for the greens. Fore! Jeffrey W. Kern was born and raised in the suburbs of Milwaukee. Wisconsin is listed by “Golf Digest” as the fourth best golf state in the U.S. He currently lives in Bangkok, Thailand, home of some of the most lush, beautiful and exotic golf courses in the world. Publisher’s website: http: //sbpra.com/JeffreyWKern

My Thoughts:

I don’t believe I have ever mentioned this on my blog, but I started playing golf last year! It really is a lot of fun (coming from someone who is as extraordinarily nonathletic as myself, that means a lot). So, what does a book nerd who is trying to learn a sport do? That’s right, join the related Goodreads group. I joined a golf group on Goodreads and I saw one of the members had asked for reviewers to read his instructional book about golf. Despite his request being written a while prior to when I had read the post, I still asked if he would like me to review his book.To this, he graciously responded saying that he would love to give me an electronic copy for review, which brought me here. So, now that you read (or skimmed) the back story, let’s get into the review!

      One thing I loved about this book was the pictures. For almost every-if not all-of the topics covered Mr. Kern included helpful photographs and diagrams that allowed me to visualize what he was saying. This book was very short and to the point. It was small in page count, but the author packed a lot of information into each page. Because Kern was trying to teach the reader using a specific method, it would be fruitful (which, now that I think about it is an extremely odd word-fruitful, full of fruit…sorry, I’m writing this at one in the morning…) to read the book in order. I was guilty of skipping a chapter on club fitting because I already have my clubs. Anyway, the book very much appealed to all sorts of learning styles. He used visual references, suggestions for hands on practice, and lists of terms. I did wish that it had a few more tips on fixing problems though. The author described how to do things quite well and gave the reader some hypothetical problems they might run into on the course, but did not really mention how to fix common issues within different aspects of the sport. In general, there were a couple things that I personally knew from having played previously which, if I had never played before and just picked the book up, I would not have learned.

      Overall, this book would be a useful supplement as a point of reference. I would not recommend relying on a book to learn golf the same way you might rely on an instructor. However, it provided a good refresher for things that I had forgotten and taught me some new skills as well.

-Kathy

The Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17818992-golf-made-easy-a-backward-approach-to-learning-golf-or-is-it 

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Summertime Madness Book Tag

Today I’ll be doing the summertime madness book tag originally created by JackEatsBooks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwmAKhiUGpY&list=UUsAd4g8qDidWjNjvN2gs6dQ

Here are the questions:

1. Show a book with a Summery cover! i.e Sun, Beach etc.

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This cover definitely reminds me of the summer because it’s got a bicycle with an ocean in the background while Auden (the girl) is barefoot.

2. Pick one fictional place that would be the perfect destination for your Summer Vacation!

I would pic Idris from the Mortal Instruments series. It sounds like such a pretty place, but at the same time has a lot of hustle and bustle.
3. You’re about to go on a flight to your Summer Vacation. But you want to read a book that lasts for the whole flight so what novella do you choose?

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I chose Double Crossed because it was an amazing novella! Ally Carter combined her two YA series to make a fantastic story.
4. You have a case of Summertime Sadness what happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?

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This book has just the right amount of connection (despite it being an alien novel, Katy had a book blog and adored books so I really related with the character), sass, romance, friendship and sarcasm to make it a fun and humorous read.
5. You’re sitting at the beach all alone…which fictional character would be your beach babe?

Daemon from Obsidian.
6. To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional sidekick do you pick?

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Bex or Macy from The Gallagher Girls series.  

That’s all! I know I picked from the same books for a couple of the questions, but I really felt that the books/characters were great choices for more than one of them.

-Kathy

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The Gallagher Girls Series

Due to the reading slump mentioned here I have a guest poster! 

 

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The Gallagher Series Review (No spoilers)

      Hey fellow book readers! My name is Cassandra and I’m guest blogging! In 2012 Kathy (owner of this blog) recommended me the Gallagher Girls series, and I put the book series in my never ending TBR pile. In February there was a huge snowstorm and I had nothing to read. I had a couple unread books on my shelf and one of the books was I’d Tell you I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill you by Ally Carter. I read the book and enjoyed the book, but I was hesitant on finishing the series. In July all of the Booktube community was participating in the Booktube-a-thon and one of the challenges was to start and finish a series. I tweaked the challenge a bit and I started the second book in the series Cross my Heart, Hope to Spy and finished with Only The Good Spy Young and read the last two books later. After I finished Only the Good Spy Young, I literally said “I NEED THE FIFTH BOOK NOW!” I finished the whole series yesterday and I absolutely loved it. Now that I’m done my rambling about the story let me tell you a series overview.

The book’s main character is named Cameron Ann Morgan a student at the Gallagher Academy Exceptional Young women in Roseville, Virginia. She has three best friends named Elizabeth Sutton (Liz), Rebecca Baxter (Bex) and Macey McHenry. Now you must be thinking this your average boarding school. Well let me tell you it’s not your average school. All of the girls that attend this school are training to be spies in the CIA, FBI, MI6 or the Secret Service. The girls are living with average high school drama, boys, gossip and what not. Now I can’t say much without spoiling all six books for you, but what I can tell you is you better go out and read this series.

The Gallagher series is a fun easy read for all you spy lovers out there. I am a huge spy lover! Just ask Kathy! I give this series a five out of five stars because I love the writing style it keeps you entertained especially all the funny comments Bex makes. There are not a lot of spy books out there that I know of. I think all of you should read and enjoy this amazing series. Thanks for reading guys!

-Cassandra

Be sure to check out her Youtube channel!

The first book in the series.

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Reading Slumps Are Terrible and Other Things

Hi everyone! I need help! I’m in a reading slump at the moment and I would love to hear if anyone has any tips on how to break out of it! There are soooooo many books I want to read, but I have no urge to do so, but I really want to (does that make sense?)!

On another note, I didn’t want to just complain about my reading slump, so I thought I would post about other things too. ***Warning: this post has no plan and is going to be extraordinarily random.***

Something I’ve been loving recently is the Bath And Body Works perfume called P.S. I love You. I’ve literally had this scent for ages and haven’t worn it in that long, but the other day I thought “Let’s use this again.” I’ve been wearing it constantly since then. The thing I love about it is how long-wearing it is. I spritzed it on in the morning and still could smell it when I went to bed (not as strongly as it was, but it was still there). Many people do think that the scent is pretty overpowering though, but I really like it. I don’t believe that they still sell this though (which just shows you how long I’ve had it).

I actually am trying to read Manga for the first time! I picked up a Manga book in the hopes that it would pull me out of my reading slump. The book I’m attempting to read is Alice in the Country of Hearts; My Fanatic Rabbit Volume One. It is definitely an adjustment to get used to the Manga style, as well as the plot which is a bit confusing to me. My friend (Emily at http://thoughtsfromlulu.blogspot.com/) told me that it makes more sense towards the end of the book. Fingers crossed! If you’ve got any Manga suggestions for someone who is new to the genre (myself) please let me know! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15735932-alice-in-the-country-of-hearts

Update since writing this post ten minutes ago: I just discovered that the Manga I was reading was a spinoff, so hopefully I can get the first one instead! That explains why it was so confusing. Go figure…

Anyway, I hope you all have a spectacular day!

-Kathy