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.

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.