Monday, 3 February 2014

Book Recommendation - The For Dummies Series

I first started reading the for Dummies series a few months ago. Before then, I hadn’t really given the series much thought. I had mistakenly believed that the material covered by the books would either be too basic to be engaging or would only discuss subjects that I wasn’t interested in. I also thought the books would be too text heavy [which is not what I want from a reference book, as I learn better if visual aides are included]. It wasn’t until I saw a copy of Fashion forDummies in my library that I realised that I was mistaken about the series.

 Fashion is something I am interested in and from reading the blurb alone it seemed that the book was very well thought out. The blurb made me want to flick through, and to my surprise I saw that the thickness of the book was down to the fact that it was filled with beautiful fashion illustrations, and therefore it wasn’t too text heavy. I found myself wanting to sit down with it for longer, so I checked it out and took it home. I’m glad I did. Fashion for Dummies was written in a very accessible style, and was the one of the first reference books I’ve read that I would describe as being difficult to put down. It did cover basic things about fashion, but it also covered plenty I didn’t know, from how clothes are made to the history of the sewing machine which helped to sustain my interest. I thought it was far more informative than any style guide or fashion book I’ve previously read and if you’re interested in clothes and style then I cannot recommend it highly enough. Click here to buy a copy.

Fashion for Dummies was so enjoyable that I found myself wanting to read another for Dummies book and that led me to read Blogging for Dummies. Again, the book proved to be very engaging, despite it including lots of technical jargon. Surprisingly, it still has a visual element, which is very helpful and it has proved instrumental in setting up this blog. 

The authors Amy Lupold Bair ( and Susannah Gardner ( really know what they’re talking about and like Fashion for Dummies it proved to be an exemplary guide book. Click here to buy acopy. I shall keep referring to it over the next few months to try and make this blog as good as can be.  

To finish this post, I would like to ask you a question. Have you ever been surprised by how much you enjoyed a series or an individual book and if so what was it? Let me know in the comments!