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.

Image result for holiday cookies elisabet nederlanden

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.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Not Sure What to Think - My Review of Draw 50 Sea Creatures

Written by: Lee J. Ames with Erin Harvey
Published by: Watson Guptill

I have little girl nieces who enjoy drawing and I have a teenager step-niece who enjoys drawing, as well. I chose to review Draw 50 Sea Creatures with the hope that it would be something that I could pass on to one of the kiddos.

This book gives somewhat of step-by-step directions to lead a person to draw a variety of sea creatures - from walruses to clams.

Who the book is for:

This is the confusing part for me. I'm not a great artist, but I am an adult. I struggled when trying to follow the directions and draw a penguin out of the book. The book has a somewhat childish feel to it, yet it is a little hard to imagine my little nieces putting it to use.

What I liked:

This book definitely includes a variety when it comes to the sea creatures that it features. Pretty much any sea creature that a person could ever think of and consider drawing.

The end results of the drawings in the book are very detailed and awesome. If a person can figure out how to mimic those results, it would be great.

The book is simple in the way that it is set up.

What I didn’t like:

I wish that there were a few more steps added in to each drawing instruction.

My conclusion:

I'm not really sure who would benefit from this book the most, and that messes with my view of it.

I give Draw 50 Sea Creatures 3 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.

Beautiful Bible with Everything One Needs Inside - My Review of The King James Study Bible Full Color Edition

Published by: Thomas Nelson

I do the majority of my Bible reading on my phone, but there is still something about a real, hard copy of the Bible that is special. I was happy to read and review The King James Study Bible Full Color Edition because I thought that it would be something that would be great for my brother. He appreciates the King James Version, so I was happy to get this for him.

This is the kind of Bible that includes everything that a person needs when studying the Bible. This includes study notes, indexes, a concordance and more.

Who This Book is For:

This is perfect for anyone who likes the King James version of the Bible and who is looking to truly study the Bible.

What I liked:

I like the leather binding on this book and the overall size and feel.

I like that the font is larger than what is found in most Bibles.

I like all of the extras - the maps, concordance, indexes.

I like the beauty of this book.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I dislike about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I appreciate everything that was put into 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.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Kept Me Guessing - My Review of Portrait of Vengeance

Published by: Thomas Nelson
Written by: Carrie Stuart Parks

I love all kinds of fiction and I was happy to read a suspense book for a change of pace from what I have been reading lately.

Portrait of Vengeance tells the story of a woman who is battling demons from her past while working on a kidnapping case.

Portrait of Vengeance #4   -     By: Carrie Stuart Parks

Who This Book is For:

This is a great book for anyone who is looking for a story that will keep them guessing, and a story that has heart and not just mystery.

What I liked:

I really like the characters in this book and I felt like I got to know them as I read it.

I felt like the author did a good job of describing the settings so that I felt like I was really there.

There were things in this book that I did not figure out until the very end.

This story has heart and it kept me connected.

What I didn’t like:

Parts of this book are a little odd, like lighthearted thoughts right after a death, for instance.

My conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed this book.

I give Portrait of Vengeance 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.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Stories Could Have Been Written Better - My Review of Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Jean Fischer

I'm not a huge fan of Precious Moments, but they can be cute additions to some children's books. I was happy to read and review Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories because I am always interested in checking out new children's book options.

Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories  -     By: Precious Moments

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are cute. Sweet and gentle. Just what a person would expect from Precious Moments.

Who This Book is For:

This is something that seems like a good gift for a baby. Toddlers and older children may enjoy listening to the stories, too, though.

What I liked:

The Bible stories seem pretty true to the Bible.

The pictures are pretty cute.

Each story has a Bible verse and reference that goes along with it.

The size and make of this book is fun.

What I didn’t like:

I feel like the stories in this book are thrown together. It is as if any one of us was trying to quickly summarize the stories.

My conclusion:

Overall, I'm not a big fan of 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.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Fun Look at the World of Manga - My Review of Manga Art

Written by: Mark Crilley
Published by: Watson-Guptill Publications

My step-niece is into manga and drawing, and I chose to read and review Manga Art because I thought it might be something that she would be interested in. I can appreciate the art that is manga, myself, and I thought that this would be a fun book to check out before I gift it to her.

Who the book is for:

This book is great for fans of manga. Those who love to draw. This book is especially good for teenagers and young adults.

What I liked:

This book has a beautiful cover that draws me in.

This book is filled with all kinds of fun artwork.

The author of this book shares his personal experiences with manga and art.

This book is interesting and educational.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this is a fun book and something that my step-niece will enjoy.

I give Manga Art 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.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fun for Certain Kids - My Review of Just Sayin'

Published by: Tyndale House Publishers
Written by: Dandi Daley Mackall

I am interested in fiction that sounds good, whether that fiction is written for adults or kids. I chose to read and review Just Sayin' partially because the book was so fun looking and partially because I thought it sounded like an interesting read.

This book tells the story - through a series of letters - of a young girl and a young boy who were almost step-siblings until things got messed up. These kids are really into insults, and they learn the power of words.

Just Sayin'  -     By: Dandi Daley Mackall

Who the book is for:

I assume that this book is supposed to be for 8 to 12 year old kids or something like that, but I don't know... I think that a parent would have to read this book and decide whether or not it is something that they would want their child reading, as there are a lot of insults and teasing in it. Some kids might not get the whole message but might just pick up some of the insults from the book.

What I liked:

This was a fun book to read.

I felt like I really got to know the kids in the book.

This is something that is different from other books out there.

This book has a good message.

The cover of this book is colorful and fun.

What I didn’t like:

I know that the book would not be the same without the insults that are included in it, but I wonder if some of them could have been left out...

My conclusion:

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

I give Just Sayin' 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.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Perfect Thanksgiving Children's Book - My Review of A Very Thankful Prayer

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Illustrated by: Natalia Moore

I enjoy checking out all kinds of children's books, and it is fun to have a seasonal book to read. A Very Thankful Prayer is something that would be a great gift for children around Thanksgiving time.

A Very Thankful Prayer  -     By: Bonnie Rickner Jensen    Illustrated By: Natalia Moore

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are cute, colorful, and fun to look at.

Who This Book is For:

This is good for babies and toddlers, but older children may like it, too.

What I liked:

I like the size and shape of this book.

I like the small "extra' details like the foiled letters and leaves on the front.

I like that this book is colorful and has cute illustrations.

The "story" of this book is simple and thankful and cute.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this is a perfect book for Thanksgiving time.

I give A Very Thankful Prayer 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, July 26, 2017

Random Kids' Book - My Review of Night Night, Train

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Amy Parker
Inspired by: Virginia Allyn

I love reading children's books with the hope of sharing them with my nieces and nephews. My nieces and nephews love trains, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review Night Night, Train.

Night Night, Train  -     By: Amy Parker    Illustrated By: Virginia Allyn

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are kind of cute. I think that they could be cuter, but they are okay.

Who This Book is For:

I think that this book would be good for babies, toddlers, and younger school aged kids.

What I liked:

I like the size and shape of this book.

I like that this book is colorful.

I like padded board books, and that is what this book is.

What I didn’t like:

I thought that the "story" of this book was really random and I wasn't really a fan of it because of that.

My conclusion:

Overall, I didn't care for this book too much.

I give Night Night, Train 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.

One Year of Being a Published Author!

Today is the one year anniversary of my debut novel coming out! No Longer Broken was released on July 26th, 2016. This book was written by me and my sister, and I am still very proud of it.

No Longer Broken is a story of forgiveness, of family, of hope. Please show your support and purchase the book and read it for yourself. We would especially love it if you left a review after you are done!

Thank you!



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Monday, July 24, 2017

A Different Kind of Read - My Review of The Writing Desk

Published by: Zondervan
Written by: Rachel Hauck

For some reason, I entered this book expecting to dislike it. I had read some good books right before it, and I didn't think that the plot sounded too interesting. I ended up getting sucked in.

This book tells the story of a woman who is struggling to write a second book after her debut book was a smash. This book also tells the story of a woman in the past who is trying to work as an author but who has many obstacles in her way. This book includes two loves stories that are very different from one another and yet, similar, too.

The Writing Desk    -     By: Rachel Hauck

Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy romances with more to them will like this. Authors, like myself, will be able to identify with those in the book.

What I liked:

I like that the female characters had the same career choice as I do.

The characters are all likable and fun to read about. I found myself eager to get back to one of the stories and then eager to get back to the next.

I like the history in this book, a look at a different time in a way that I have never read before.

There are parts of this book that are humorous.

What I didn’t like:

I thought parts of the book were a little far-fetched or strange.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought this was a fun book.

I give The Writing Desk 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook Bloggers. 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, July 18, 2017

An Okay Read - My Review of With You Always

Published by: Bethany House
By: Jody Hedlund

My sister loves Jody Hedlund's books, and I finally gave in and took advantage of the opportunity to read and review one from her.

With You Always is the story of a young woman who is an orphan and trying to make a way for herself and those she cares about in New York City in the 1850's. 
With You Always (Orphan Train Book #1) by [Hedlund, Jody]

What I liked:

The characters in this book are somewhat likable.

The story is different from others that I have read.

There are parts of the story that are a little exciting.

I like that history is a part of this book and it helped me learn a bit about the past.

What I didn’t like:

There are parts of the story that are pretty boring. I had to skim a lot of it.

The ending of this book was a little too abrupt for me.

My conclusion:

Overall, this book was okay but not my favorite.

I give With You Always 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.