Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fun Gift - My Review of Do One Thing Every Day that Makes You Happy

Published by: Clarkson Potter Publisher

I love giftie books. Books that can make others happy and that are fun choices for birthdays and Christmas. I was happy to read and review Do One Thing Every Day that Makes You Happy because it sounded like that kind of a book. I was not disappointed with this one.

Who the book is for:


This book is for anyone who wants to live a happy life. Anyone who is looking to bring more joy into each day can benefit from this book. This book is good for teens through adults of all ages.


What I liked:


First of all, I love the color and appearance of this book. It brightens my life just from me seeing it.

I like the size and shape of this book.

I appreciate the inspirational and happiness focused quotes.

I like that there is space for the date to be added to each journal entry.

I like that there is space for a person to write about their life and their happiness.

What I didn’t like:


I feel like this book is kind of hard to hold open and use.

My conclusion:


Overall, I thought this was a fun book.

I give Do One Thing Every Day that Makes You Happy 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Blogging for Books. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

An Interesting Read - My Review of The Con Man's Daughter

Published by: Baker Books
By: Candice Curry

I am interested in the lives of others, and that is why I chose to read and review this book.

The Con Man's Daughter tells the story of a girl who grew up longing for the approval of her father. This girl never got what she was longing for, and the book tells of her struggle to forgive her father and move on with her life in the best way.

The Con Man's Daughter: A Story of Lies, Desperation, and Finding God  -     By: Candice Curry


Who the book is for:

This book is good for those who have ever had to forgive someone who hurt them, and it is especially good for those who have struggled because of a lack of relationship with their father.

What I liked:

The author is very real in the way that she shares her story. She is very open with the details that she includes in the book.

The story is written in a way that makes it interesting to read, and it kept my attention.

The ending of the book is very hopeful, and I enjoyed reading of how God is working in Candice's life today.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn't like when it comes to this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought that this was an interesting read.

I give The Con Man's Daughter 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Baker Books. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Better than a Lot of Parenting Books - My Review of When Parenting Isn't Perfect

Published by: Zondervan
Written by: Jim Daly with Paul Asay

I don't always agree with Focus on the Family and the things that they do, but everything that I have read from Jim Daly in the past has made me respect him as a person. I was happy to have the chance to read and review When Parenting Isn't Perfect because I was interested in hearing more of his thoughts on parenting.

When Parenting Isn't Perfect  -     By: Jim Daly, Paul Asay

Who This Book is For:

This is a great book for parents in all stages of the game. This is especially good for perfectionists.

What I liked:

This book is full of stories that keep it interesting and real.

This book doesn't give a person permission to let go and stop trying in their parenting, it simply encourages them to stop trying so hard to be perfect.

Jim Daly shares a lot about using grace with kids, about not expecting them to be perfect.

This book helps parents know that they do not have to be perfect, and that their kids do not have to be, either.

What I didn’t like:

I don't agree with Jim Daly 100% in regard to all that he shares, but there is not too much that bothered me. 

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this is a good book.

I give When Parenting Isn't Perfect 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Fun Christmas Recipe Book - My Review of Holiday Cookies

Published by: Ten Speed Press
Written by: Elisabet der Nederlanden

Despite the fact that we can find all of the recipes that we want online today, I still enjoy looking through a cookbook every now and then just for fun. I was happy to have the chance to check out Holiday Cookies and to review it. I think that this will be a fun gift for a family member this Christmas.

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Who the book is for:
This book is something that would be fun for any family that is looking to add new Christmas treats to the list that they make each year. Anyone who is looking for fresh inspiration when it comes to holiday baking will like this book.


What I liked:


The variety in this book is great. I love that there are recipes in it from around the world.

There are pictures to accompany the recipes in the book, something that is a must for me when it comes to cookbooks.

The cover of this book is truly beautiful.

The recipes in this book are reasonably simple.

The books lays open flat, making it easy to use.

What I didn’t like:


There is nothing in particular that I didn't like about this book.

My conclusion:


I think that this is a fun book for holiday baking.

I give Holiday Cookies 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Blogging for Books. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Another Fun Book from The Berenstain Bears -My Review of The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps & Gran

Published by: ZonderKidz
Written by: Mike Berenstain

I love the old books from The Berenstain Bears, and then there are some newer ones that I don't care for as much, that I feel just are not written as well. I was happy to have the chance to read and review The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps & Gran.

This book, I feel, was written more like the old ones. It tells the story of the bears as they are looking ahead to Grandparents' Day.

The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Gran  -     By: Mike Berenstain

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are just what you expect from The Berenstain Bears. Full of detail.

Who This Book is For:

This is a great book for ages two through ten or so.

What I liked:

The pictures are as fun as all books from The Berenstain Bears.

The story is cute and fun.

This book focuses on a holiday that is not mentioned often.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn't like in this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I like this book.


I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Interesting Fiction - My Review of The Two of Us

Published by: Bethany House
By: Victoria Bylin

As soon as I read about The Two of Us, I wanted to read it. I was happy to have the chance to read and review it.

This book tells the story of a young couple that is expecting and planning to marry. It also tells about a man and woman who care about that couple and their interactions with one another. It is a story of family and love.


What I liked:

I felt like I really got to know the characters in the book and came to like them.

This book gives a peek into what it is like to care for someone with Alzheimer's.

This book was interesting and different.

What I didn’t like:

There are parts of this book that I disagree with and that made me dislike one of the main characters.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought that this book was interesting and different.

I give The Two of Us 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Bethany House. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Pretty but Not Very Useful - My Review of Start Where You Are Note Cards

Created by: Meera Lee Patel, Author of Start Where You Are
Published by: Potter

As much as I love to read books and then review them, I was excited to have the chance to check out and review something a little different. I was happy to receive the Start Where You Are Note Cards and look them over.



Who are These for:

These cards are packaged in a beautiful box that would help them make for a great gift. They would be good for a graduation or a birthday, and they would be a fun housewarming gift. The cards feature inspirational and motivational messages.

What I liked:

The cards feature messages that are positive and inspiring.

The colors that are used are fun and cheery.

The box and its overall design is fun.

What I didn’t like:

I don't really see a purpose for many of the cards themselves. I don't know what kind of situations they would be used in.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought that these were interesting and pretty.

I give the Start Where You Are Note Cards 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Blogging for Books. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.