Monday, November 20, 2017

Special Coloring Book - My Review of Tokyo Street Style: A Coloring Book

Published by: Clarkson Potter
By: Zoe de las Cases

I have an interest in adult coloring books, and I was excited to have one that was focused on clothing and fashion. I was happy to read and review Tokyo Street Style: A Coloring Book.

Tokyo Street Style: A Coloring Book

Who the book is for:


This is something that is special for anyone who is looking for a different kind of adult coloring book - especially those who love fashion.


What I liked:


The look of this book is beautiful. It would look great sitting out on a coffee table. I like the bold color and the overall look.

The pictures in this book are fun and focused on fashion.

The quality of this book is really good, and it even includes a built-in ribbon bookmark.

What I didn’t like:

I received this book for free, but I have to mention the price. I could not imagine spending $16.00 on a coloring book of any kind - and this one is pretty small.

My conclusion:


Overall, I really like what this book offers and I think it is really special.

I give Tokyo Street Style: A Coloring Book 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.

Really Cute Children's Book - My Review of God Bless My Family

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Hannah C. Hall
Illustrated by: Steve Whitlow

I enjoy reading all of the children's books that I can, but there are not many that I find that stand out from the rest or that are any better than the others. I really enjoyed this one, though.

God Bless My Family focuses on all kinds of members of the family - including parents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and grandparents. It talks about the things that a kid might do with the different relatives.

God Bless My Family

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are not extra special, but they are cute enough.

Who This Book is For:

This is good for babies through young children, and it is something for any child with a loving family.

What I liked:

As a loving aunt, I like that this book focused on aunts and uncles rather than just parents and grandparents.

This book is a nice size and shape.

This has a fun text.

I like the padded board cover style.

What I didn’t like:

There is not really anything that I dislike about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this book is special.

I give God Bless My Family 5 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.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

An Interesting Love Story - My Review of Blue Ridge Sunrise

Published by: Thomas Nelson

Written by: Denise Hunter

I really enjoy the writing of Denise Hunter, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review another book from her.

Blue Ridge Sunrise tells the story of a young woman who inherits an orchard from her grandmother. This book is a love story and so much more. This is a story of family and fighting for a better future.

Blue Ridge Sunrise  -     By: Denise Hunter

Who This Book is For:

Anyone who is looking for a love story with a little more to it will enjoy this book.

What I liked:

The characters in this book are likable and fun to read about.

The story was interesting and different from a lot out there.

The chapters are short and easy to get through.

There aren't any boring parts in this book.

What I didn’t like:

The only thing negative that I have to say is that if you are looking for something that really has a message to it, you will not get that in this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought that this was an interesting and enjoyable book.

I give Blue Ridge Sunrise 5 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, November 10, 2017

A Different Kind of Novel - My Review of The Austen Escape

Published by: Thomas Nelson
Written by: Katherine Reay

I enjoyed a previous book by Katherine Reay, and that is why I chose to read and review The Austen Escape.

This book tells the story of a woman who is struggling to find her place in the world. When she travels to England with a friend to be a part of Austen's world, she discovers things that she never knew.

The Austen Escape  -     By: Katherine Reay

Who This Book is For:

This book is good for any fans of Jane Austen, and it is also enjoyable for anyone who is looking to read about one woman's journey to find herself.

What I liked:

The main character of this book is interesting and I feel like I really got to know her.

The story is different from other books that I have read.

What I didn’t like:

There is not really a Christian message in this book, for those looking for that.

I was just looking for something more in the story, overall.


My conclusion:

Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read.

I give The Austen Escape 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.

A Different Kind of Book - My Review of The Comic Book Story of Video Games

Published by: Ten Speed Press
Written by: Jonathan Hennessey
Art by: Jack McGowan

I was interested in checking this book out more for my family members - to share it with them - than for myself. I chose to read and review The Comic Book Story of Video Games because I have video game loving brothers-in-law and other family members.

The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution

Who the book is for:


Anyone who really loves video games - and who enjoys comic book style books - will enjoy this book and the history that it shares.


What I liked:


This book shares real history from the past in a fun format.

This book makes all that it shares interesting.

This is a good sized book.

What I didn’t like:


This book was a little boring to me, but I think others will like it.


My conclusion:


Overall, I think this is a fun book.

I give The Comic Book Story of Video Games 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.

Interesting Devotional - My Review of The Book of Amazing Stories

Published by: Tyndale House
Written by: Robert Petterson

I was curious to see what kinds of tales were shared in this book and that is why I chose to read and review it.

The Book of Amazing Stories tells of various people from different points in the past who have done great things even though great things were not expected of them.

The Book of Amazing Stories: 90 Devotions on Seeing God's Hand in Unlikely Places  -     By: Robert Petterson

Who the book is for:

Anyone who is interested in history and learning more about people from the past.

What I liked:

The devotionals are relatively short and easy to read.

The stories shared are interesting.

The size and shape of the book is nice.

What I didn’t like:

Some of the stories are told in a boring way.

My conclusion:

Overall, I like the concept of this book.

I give The Book of Amazing Stories 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Tyndale Blog Network. 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.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Decent Read - My Review of A Time to Stand

Published by: Thomas Nelson
Written by: Robert Whitlow

I have enjoyed some of Robert Whitlow's previous writing, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review A Time to Stand. I also thought the story of this book sounded interesting.

This book tells of a young African American attorney who finds it hard to know where she stands as she comes across a case of a Caucasian police officer who has shot an African American teen. This is a story of community, family, and love.

A Time to Stand  -     By: Robert Whitlow

Who This Book is For:

This is a book that will be of interest to those who are interested in the law and the work of lawyers, and also those just looking for a decent story.

What I liked:

It is easy to get to know the characters in this book and feel for them.

This book kept me interested as I was reading it.

What I didn’t like:

There was something about the ending of the book that really left me feeling disappointed.

This book just was not all I wanted it to be when it comes to the topics it was tackling.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought that this was a decent read but nothing too great.

I give A Time to Stand 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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Cute and Fun Counting Book - My Review of One Christmas Bear

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written and Illustrated by: Anne Vittur Kennedy

I had the chance to read and review another fun Christmas book today. One Christmas Bear talks about various animals in a fun, counting style. I think that either one of my baby nephews would enjoy this book.

One Christmas Bear  -     By: Anne Vittur Kennedy

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are really cute and fun.

Who This Book is For:

This is great for babies through about three years old.

What I liked:

I like the counting style of this book. I think it will help my one-year-old nephew as he starts to talk and eventually learns to count.

The pictures are fun to look at.

I like the sparkly cover and the fun that it adds to the whole book.

What I didn’t like:

There is not really anything that I dislike about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this is a fun book.

I give One Christmas Bear 5 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.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cute Little Christmas Book - My Review of Really Woolly Christmas Blessings

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Illustrated by: Donna Chapman

I love checking out children's books of all kinds, and I was happy to have the chance to read and review Really Woolly Christmas Blessings.

This is a Christmas book that tells the story of Jesus' birth and that goes beyond that with poems about Christmas trees and gifts.

Really Woolly Christmas Blessings  -     By: Bonnie Rickner Jensen

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are cute and fun.

Who This Book is For:

This is a good book for babies and toddlers, and some kids who are a little older may like it.

What I liked:

The style in which this is written is fun.

The pictures in the book are enjoyable to look at.

Each page of the book includes a Bible verse.

What I didn’t like:

One of the verses that is used on one of the pages is highly irrelevant and completely taken out of context. I wish that they had just left that one out, as it will confuse children.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is an okay book.

I give Really Woolly Christmas Blessings 3 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.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Colorful and Cute but Too Simple - My Review of A Box of Awesome Things Matching Game

Published by: Clarkson Potter
Created by: Wee Society

I was excited to have the chance to check out a new game and review it. I thought that the A Box of Awesome Things Matching Game looked fun, and I thought that it would be something new and interesting. I guess I failed to read about the game fully before it arrived.

Basically, this is a memory game. Yes, the things that you match up to play the game are kind of cool and funny - such as s'mores and helicopters - but the overall game is just memory. Most people have at least one memory game in their home if they have young children.


Who the book is for:


The box says that the game is for ages 3 through 103, but I would narrow it down a bit. I think that this is good for 3 through 8 or so.


What I liked:


The box is very colorful and fun, and a cute size, too.

The pictures on the card are fun and simple.

This could be educational, as it will introduce children to words like lava and argyle.

This game offers a fresh take on an old classic.

What I didn’t like:


This game is just too simple. There are so many other memory options out there.


This is not a game for adults unless they are playing with the simple purpose of entertaining a child.

My conclusion:


Overall, this wasn't what I thought it would be.

I give A Box of Awesome Things Matching Game 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, October 3, 2017

Fun, with a Good Message - My Review of I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Max Lucado
Illustrated by: Shirley Ng-Benitez

I have nieces and nephews who have big fears. The majority of my nieces and nephews are more fearful than the kids around them. I was excited to read and review I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat with the hope of sharing it with them.

I enjoy Max Lucado's adult books, but this book was not really written in a way that makes it seem like something from him. It is a good book, but a lot more simple than his other books - both his children's ones and adult ones.

I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave  -     By: Max Lucado    Illustrated By: Shirley Ng-Benitez

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are fun and colorful.

Who This Book is For:

This book is good for any kids who struggle with fear. I think it is appropriate for about age two through eight.

What I liked:

This book is fun to read and yet it has a message, too.

The pictures are fun to look at.

I like that this book tackles fear.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this book will make a fun gift for my nieces and nephews.

I give I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat 5 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.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A Fun Cookbook Focused on a Great Dip - My Review of Queso!

Published by: Ten Speed Press
Written by: Lisa Fain

Queso is delicious, and I thought that a cookbook focused on that dip would be one that would be interesting and fun. I was happy to have the chance to read and review Queso!



Who the book is for:


This book is something that any fan of queso will be able to appreciate. It is great for beginning cooks who want to try new recipes and for those experienced cooks who are looking to cook more varieties of a great dip.


What I liked:


The size and shape of this book is fun, I think.

This book is one that will sort of stay open when you lay it down and have it opened to a specific recipe.

There are pictures in this book.

This book shares recipes from the past as well as new ones.

This book gives a sort of history on queso.

What I didn’t like:


There is nothing in particular that I did not like in this book.

My conclusion:


Overall, I thought this was a fun cookbook.

I give Queso! 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.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

An Interesting Read, a Little Weird - My Review of The Space Between Words

Published by: Thomas Nelson
Written by: Michele Phoenix

I recently read Of Stillness and Storm by Michele Phoenix and I loved it. When I had the chance to read and review The Space Between Words, I was excited to try out another book from the author. This one was much different from the other, but still interesting.

This book tells the story of a woman who is injured in a terrorist attack and the journey that she sets out on as she is moving on from that. This is a book that looks at history in a new way, as the woman in the story learns about a people from the past.

The Space Between Words  -     By: Michele Phoenix

Who This Book is For:

Those who are interested in history will find this book especially enjoyable.

What I liked:

This book shares a part of history that I do not remember reading before.

The characters in this book are likable.

The story in this book is interesting.

This book kept my attention throughout the whole thing.

There is a bit of a hopeful message in this book.

What I didn’t like:

There are some weird elements in this book. Things that I would call "new age". I was thrown off by those.

There is not as much of a Christian message in this book as I was hoping to find.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought that this book was interesting but a bit weird.

I give The Space Between Words 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.

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.