Basic Coastal Engineering


Done with your degree in engineering and know what are the functions of hydraulic accumulators and hydraulic valves?  If you are looking to do some post graduate studies or just want to do some self-learning, this book will provide you with great reading material that you can use.  If you are an engineer and plan want a well-rounded book that will offer a nice introduction to coastal engineering then this book is for you.  If you are just beginning your studies in coastal engineering and want  to study a little bit of advanced theoretical and applied hydromechanics and coastal engineering, you can’t go wrong with this book.

This book will cover coastal processes including beach equilibrium profiles, beach profile closure depth, mechanisms causing beach profile change, and the characteristics and design of coastal entrances. Material on the design of stone mound structures including low-crested breakwaters, sensitivity of the Hudson equation for rubble mound structure design, armour stone specification and the economic implications of design wave selection. Material on surface waves including vessel-generated waves, refraction and diffraction of directional wave spectra and design wave selection examples.

Solar Energy For The Home: The Facts About Solar Panels: A Review


Global warming is one of the biggest problems we all face nowadays. Everyone is conscious on their environment and is looking for ways to help save the earth. Various countries around the globe have given efforts to promote the 3Rs we should all live by—reduce, reuse and recycle.

One of the vital things man should minimize in order to make a difference on the earth’s current condition is carbon footprint, or the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compound emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels. When electricity is being generated, the amount of carbon footprint in our planet increases, and it causes a severe effect that is known as global warming.

There are several ways to decrease the amount of carbon footprint and one of the most popular ways is to use solar panels as an alternative way to generate energy. Aside from that, using solar panels can lessen the cost of electricity bills.

However, installing solar panels can be quite pricey, that is why a lot of people prefer do-it-yourself solar panels. They cost a lot less than those offered to be installed by companies. If you are interested to make your own solar panels and install it at your home, Martin O’Donnell’s book is perfect for you. Entitled “Solar Energy For The Home: The Facts About Solar Panels”, this book is the ultimate guide for those who are concerned with their environment but are frugal at the same time. It covers various information about solar panels, starting with the basics and eventually discussing the do’s and don’ts in using it.

The tips O’Donell mentioned on the book are very helpful. He was also able to present all the steps in a very easy-to-understand manner. He even shared ways on how to find wholesale panels in a cheaper price or just simply get estimates, how to get solar panel if you are planning to rent and the other uses of solar energy for your home such as pools and showers. The book is definitely informative and worth the buy.

Dust and Dreams. Mining Communities in South-East New South Wales: A Review


Coal mining is one of the largest industries in Australia. The country is known on their black coal exportation; in fact, Australia is one of the world’s largest producers of steaming coal. The industry can be traced back to have started from 1800s being done by various coal mining communities in different parts of the country.

Dust and Dreams. Mining Communities in South-East New South WalesBarry McGowan’s Dust and Dreams. Mining Communities in South-East New South Wales tells the stories of the miners who ran those coal mining towns, villages and camps and the accounts of their day-to-day lives. He illustrates well how they lived during those times and the trials they have faced during the start of the coal mining industry, especially at the New South Wales area.

McGowan wrote this book in a different light compared to the past mining histories he has written before. Dust and Dreams focused on the different life representations on the region; some of which are the following: population, technology, ethnicity and mineralogy. This gives this book plus points and distinction from other books, because it is important that those factors to be represented. In this way, the coal mining industry is being well-represented and studied. However, he has still included information on different mining ventures as well as the basics on mining and the environment.

The book also talks about the lives of the miners themselves. McGowan was able to tackle the hardships and the dreams they have faced, particularly from 1800s until the end of the Great Depression, around 1929. He was able to show the perseverance of those self-employed miners as well as those labourers earning regular wages.

Dust and Dreams. Mining Communities in South-East New South Wales is a good read if you want to know more or just simply revisit the early coal mining days in Australia. It presents the facts and the stories of the coal mining workers in an interesting and easy-to-read manner.

eXtensions: The Official Guide to Hair Extensions: A Review


Hair extensions and hairpieces are just some of the most common and most in-demand hair accessories people usually put on to their hair to make it more luscious and beautiful. The hair industry is and has always been continuing to grow, as many people give high priority and attention to their crowning glory.

Theresa Bullock’s eXtensions: The Official Guide to Hair Extensions is the perfect book for you if you are trying to get into the hair industry, particularly in the hair extensions or hairpieces area. It provides everything you need to know on hair extension service.

As we all know, the hair industry is booming, as it has branched out to different and smaller kinds, some of which are as follows: hair accessories (such as hair extensions, hairpieces and wigs); schools and books for hairstyling and hairdressing and a lot more. This industry also gives job to a huge percentage of people and is helping the economy a lot.

Students and lecturers will definitely find Bullock’s eXtensions as the complete textbook for hair extension services. Bullock herself offers hair extension education, demonstrations and even holds hair shows internationally. Her hair extension practice is accredited and approved by The Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA), which is the standard setting body for hair and beauty industries and is the one that creates standards, qualifications and industry codes of practice.

The book is specifically written for students who are now at the level 3 of studying hairdressing or those who are currently in their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training. It is also geared toward senior stylists and technicians. It provides the supporting structure of knowledge that is needed to meet the current national occupational standards. The stages of creating hair extensions and hairpieces are also shown in a descriptive, professionally produced step-by-step manner.

Bullock also presents the whole book in an independent approach by offering an incisive analysis of the various processes, products and techniques known. Such method can help the hairdresser to conceptualize a wide range of looks depending on the hair types.

In sum, if you want to take your interest in hair extension and hairpieces to the next scholarly level, eXtensions: The Official Guide to Hair Extensions is a must-buy for you.

IT Consulting Book Review: How to Become a Successful IT Consultant


IT Consulting specialists are growing in numbers it seems. Remember my favourite niece? Yeah, the one who’s getting hitched. Well, I visited her and her fiancé at their lovely home a couple of days ago. It was a night of merry making and delightful memories. Anyway, I found out that the young chap is quite the successful IT consultant himself. Figures. My niece is one. And if I didn’t know my dear niece, she doesn’t settle for anything less. After all, she is fond of the best things in life. It only makes sense that she lands herself a great catch.

As I was conversing with the enamoured couple, yours truly found out that they actually read a lot of IT books. Being the nosy aunt that I am, I asked what book they would recommend for aspiring young IT consultants. The couple looked briefly at each other and answered at the same time, “How to Become a Successful IT Consultant.” Funny how in sync you can get with people around you. You can actually answer a question with the same answer at the same time. Well enough about that. Let’s get on with the book.

I borrowed the aforementioned book and here is what I have seen so far. First, the author is Dan Remenyi. He has an excellent way writing about IT. I must say that I had no problems whatsoever with any jargon he might have used. I must also emphasise that How to Become a Successful IT Consultant is an easy read. In my age, I was still able to clearly understand the major issues that you need to get a grasp of if you wish to set up an IT consultancy firm. The book also discussed points on how IT consultants can solve certain challenges that would come their way. In addition, I have skimmed the book and discovered that finding clients and adding more to the business were efficiently tackled in the chapters. Interestingly, even the pricing of services can be learned from the book.

IT Consulting, it seems, could be a great business if you are able to get the hang of it. If all else fails and you find yourself in need of such service, I am sure there are several IT consultancy firms in your area. Take your time and lots of patience when looking for one from the net. After all, you would like to get only the best for your needs, wouldn’t you?

Wedding Invitations: a History – a Review from the Paperback Stash!


Well my little bookworms, it’s that time again! After the announcement of my favourite niece’s wedding later this year, I’ve decided to dedicate this review to this most special occasion, by reviewing The Big Book of Wedding Invitations, which was published earlier this month. Written by Karen Horne, director and operator of the Sydney-based Magnet Invitations, this book is a testament to her love of weddings, and includes some of the most elaborate (and expensive!) wedding invitation designs ever produced.

Interestingly, the book takes a historical angle to this topic, beginning by discussing the traditions and opinions of various wedding invitations from the earliest dates in recorded human history, such as the Ancient Greeks and Romans. This section of the book offers astounding insight into the traits of human thought that existed around this time, and shows an incredible amount of research has been put into the publication.

Moving on, the book takes us on a journey beyond the dark ages, and into the realm of the medieval, where some of the most popular weddings, and their invitations, are discussed in detail according to the opinions of the time. What I really liked about this part of the book is that Horne doesn’t just delve into western culture at this point, but also examines Chinese, and South Asian traditions, before tying these explorations nicely together at the end of the chapter.

Before discussing the more modern traditions with regards to wedding invitations, which I actually found to be the most boring part of the book, Horne gives us an insight into the customs that existed during post industrialist Britain. Specifically, the book examines some of the more outrageous Bourgeois traditions of the time.

This title is far more than just a lot of pretty pictures for blushing brides to scorn over while they anticipate their big day, it’s a well researched, and very interesting historical reference that will leave you pleasantly surprised. I recommend to anyone who has an appreciation for history and weddings alike.

Vending Machines Libraries: Making Books Accessible to Everyone


IMHO Vending machine libraries are one of the greatest inventions in recent history. If you’re a book lover like me, it’s an ideal and convenient tool that give people the ability to get their hands on books no matter where they are.

Think of it this way, isn’t it amazing to be able borrow a book no matter where you are in the city? It takes away the hassles you encounter whenever you have to travel and go to the library in order to borrow a book. It also helps to fight illiteracy in different parts of the globe.

Vending machine libraries started to be popularized in different parts of Europe. France is one of the first countries who’ve had them installed in different parts of their capital. However, these kind of vending machines have also recently appeared in the United States ,Canada, and Australia.

In Ottawa, Canada, vending machine libraries have changed people’s lives. The project grew from their Councilor Maria McRae’s frustration that their area did not have their own library, due to the lack of funds and time to construct one. The vending machines stock different book genres from fiction to non-fiction, ranging from children’s, teen’s and adult’s selections. There are also kiosks that are installed whereby people can return the books they have borrowed at a later date.

Germany is also acquiring vending machine libraries using old cigarette vending machines. The machines will carry a series of novels, photo books, graphic novels and even general references such as dictionaries.

Reports proved that vending machines library improved the rate of literacy of the places they were installed at. But still, these machines and its other major impact to the people in the community are under observation.

Vending machines library is just a supplement, but definitely not a substitute for full-service libraries,” Councilor McRae reminds. “We are just filling in the gap.” Nonetheless, vending machines libraries are still making a difference.

Traditional Hummus Recipes Anyone?


From the Lands of Figs and Olives: Over 300 Delicious & Unusual Recipes from the Middle East

hummus recipes

Traditional hummus recipes, fried cucumbers, fez carrots, potato croquettes! These are just some of the delicious Middle Eastern foods you’ll discover in this wonderful book. Authored by Habeeb Salloum and James Peters, this book is a virtual journey through the many variations of Middle Eastern cuisine, from the more well-known foods, such as hummus and potato salad, to some less familiar recipes, including powdered cheese, or Kishk, and delicious yogurt cheese balls, otherwise known as Zanakeel Laban.

This book should be a hit with anyone who enjoys the tastes and flavours of the Middle East, and Salloum and Peters are careful to have written each recipe with the western kitchen in mind. So although each recipe is genuinely authentic, there’s no need to redesign your existing kitchen based on Middle Eastern standards! Aside from the many recipes (300), the book also contains educational background information, such as the history of each dish, and the authors even offer appropriate substitutions for some of the more difficult to acquire ingredients.

All in all, this book is a must read for anyone interested in Middle Eastern cuisine, whether you’re a complete newcomer to the area, or you’re an old hat who just wants to brush up on their traditional hummus recipe!    

You can purchase this book at all good retailers and, as always, copies can be bought online from You can also read this book online at Google books

Welcome to The Paperback Stash!


Hi and welcome to the first post of my new website The Paper Back Stash! Readers of this blog can look forward to discovering all there is to learn about the latest releases, reviews, and general news from the wonderful world of books. But first I’d like to introduce myself, so I’ve answered a few questions to help my readers get to know me better =)

1. Hardcover or paperback, and why?

I’m in the minority for paperbacks. I find hardbacks cumbersome to read. I always have to remove the flap and it’s harder to hold right. Paperbacks don’t wear as well but the bendability is convenient no matter which position you’re in. I also love the looks of them on the shelves. Hardcovers are typically different sizes and never line up right.

2. If I were to own a book shop I would call it:

No clue but maybe the name of this blog would be cute?

3. Favorite quote from a book (mention the title) is….

I don’t have a favorite quote really. Perhaps Christopher Pike’s Whisper of Death description, always suited me well:

‘I sit alone in a dead world. The wind blows hot and dry, and the dust gathers like particles of memory waiting to be swept away.’

Also, I can’t remember the title, but a Dean Koontz had a quote that stood out a lot about ‘mental crackers crumbling.” I now use that when I can.

4. Author alive or deceased I would love to have lunch with would be….
I can’t think of one for sure, there’s plenty. One would be Graham Masterton, the man’s great, Christopher Pike, VC Andrews, maybe even Laurell K. Hamilton before her last books.

5. If I was on a deserted island and could only bring one book, except from the SAS survival guide, it would be:

Hmmm, the bible. For fiction I guess Circus of the Damned by Laurell K Hamilton (off the top of my head) Can never get enough of that Jean-Claude.

6. I would love for someone to invent a bookish gadget that ….

This is easy. I want a pillow that turns into a chair like contraption when in bed. It hurts my back sitting up in bed, and pillows become annoying.I would like it to form the top of a chair. I’ve seen similar things online but pricey.

7. The smell of an old book reminds me of…

Just my love of books, it’s invigorating.

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