Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kitchen devotion

"Devotions From the Kitchen Table" from Thomas Nelson is a daily devotional with each day including a scripture, prayer, and essay devoted to connecting with God using food, nourishment,  and coming together to dine.  The book is easy to understand, the pictures are great.  This book is not only a good book for yourself, but I would recommend it as a gift, for a wedding shower for example.  I will probably read it again.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.booklookbloggers.com

American Lit

"The Barrowfields" by Phillip Lewis is a reader's delight.  The novel is basically a book about reading and creating.  Henry Aster is a product of North Carolina.  His father is an obsessive reader and a wanna-be-writer.  He spends all of his life, both in time and effort, writing his life story; though his life is nothing but the writing of his story.  Henry leaves for college and law school only to come back and find his father's memory right where he left it. 
This is a fabulously written novel.  It bounces back and forth between the different styles of literary giants, interweaving it into Lewis' own masterpiece.  Though it is a long book, it is well worth the time.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.bloggingforbooks.com

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Faith and Baseball

"Baseball Faith" by Rob Maaddi is a compilation of the testimonies of 52 MLB stars.  Each player has four pages consisting of a photo page, a testimony page, a stat page and a details page.  Some of the players are Hall of Famers and MVPs and some are professionals eager to share their faith.  I would imagine that only a baseball fan would read this, since I know if it were football, I wouldn't have read it.  But don't toss it aside just because you aren't a fan.  Some of the guys are storytellers and write very well.  Some of them are just good at baseball.  I really liked it.  I am a die-hard fan and enjoyed reading about each man's faith.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Sunday, April 30, 2017


"G-Man" by Stephen Hunter is the 15th book in the Bob Lee Swagger series.  In this installment, Swagger is doing some genealogy.  His grandfather, Charles Swagger, a WWI vet and sheriff has been asked to join what will be soon called the FBI.  First on the agenda is take down, Dellinger, Pretty boy Floyd and Baby Face.  The crime fighting novel takes place in both 1934 and in present day as Bob tries to put together a box of clues as to what his mysterious grandfather had been doing in 1934 and why. 
I hadn't realized this was a series of books when I watched "Shooter" this fall, but the book does not disappoint.  It's a very manly and macho book full of history, gun smithing, fighting, and mystery.  I will be adding this series to my BTR list for sure!  I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review from www.firsttoread.com

Monday, April 10, 2017

More Farthering Mystery

"Murder on the Moor" by Julianna Deering is the 5th in the Farthering Mystery series.  The series follows amateur detectives, Drew and Madeline Farthering in their English mystery solving quest.  In the newest addition to the series, "Murder on the Moor", Drew's old school friend, Beaky, another master of riches and lands, asks Drew and Madeline to help him solve a mired of mysteries in the Moor.  The Vicar has been murdered as well as someone has been "haunting" the north wing of his home.  Shortly after the Fartherings' arrival another murder is committed and the strange occurrences keep piling up.
The Farthering mysteries are a well written, intriguing, and engaging group of books to read.  I have read them all and they are all great.  This one might be my favorite.  They have that high class, gentry thing going on in them and yet the characters remain loveable and steer clear from the usual obnoxiousness that can befall stories of this era.  I highly recommend this book as well as the series.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.bakerpublishinggroup.com

Friday, April 7, 2017

Quinn fan reviews comic

"Harley Quinn" was reviewed by my 12 year old daughter.  "Sarah" is a Quinn fan and a comic lover.  However, she wasn't fond of this book due to there being no words.  The illustrations were great and a story could be seen, but she would prefer there to be words.  I received this comic in exchange for an honest review from www.edelweiss.plus.com.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Symone Biles autobiography

"Courage to Soar" is the autobiography of Simone Biles, multi gold medal winner at the 2016 Olympics in gymnastics.  Symone starts at a baby and goes through to present day.  She covers memories, her life as a foster child and then adopted.  She also tells of her love for gymnastics and her adventures, struggles, and achievements.  Of course since, she is so young the book is rather short and a quick read.  You could probably read it in a day if you wanted to.  It is very enjoyable.  She is a good writer and keeps the reader interested.  Keep in mind, she is a gymnast and gymnastics is in this book a lot.  She loooooves gymnastics!  Which is great for the typical reader of this book, who probably does too.  If you grabbed it randomly and don't care for sports, you should probably pick another.  I, myself thought it was great.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.booklookbloggers.com