Saturday, January 28, 2017

Book Review: The New Irish Table by Leslie Conron Carola








Blurb:
Ten award-winning chefs dismantle the stereotype of Irish cuisine being a boil, a fry, or soda bread. Highlighting fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients from provinces across the Emerald Isle, this beautiful, photo-illustrated collection offers inspirational Irish recipes.
An Irish meal must nourish the soul as well as the body, teasing each of the senses. Home cooks are invited into each featured chef's restaurant and/ or home to experience recipes that utilize fresh fish, lamb, beef, pork, fruits, and vegetables, and of course, Ireland's renowned cheeses.
Celebrating the new Irish food culture, this compilation emphasizes local resources, simple fare, and the highest standards, proving that Ireland is a modern food destination.

My Review:
 All around enjoyed this book! I loved the beautiful pictures of Ireland and learning about the chefs was really interesting too! The recipes sounded amazing, I really enjoy learning from this book since my heritage is Irish! 

My Rating:
5 Stars

Friday, January 27, 2017

Book Book: Where Angels Walk True Stories of Heavenly Visitors Description:








Description:
 We don't hear much about angels nowadays. When we do, they have often been secularized or commercialized. Instead of ministering angels who reveal God’s love and mercy, we hear about “angel investors” or we gobble up foil-wrapped chocolate angels at Christmas. But Joan Wester Anderson trusts that angels still walk among us.

On mountain slopes, on desolate rural highways, in airplane cockpits—these are just a few of the many places where ordinary people have felt the very real presence and power of God’s angels at work in their lives. In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of her New York Times best-selling book Where Angels Walk, Joan Wester Anderson (the “Angel Lady”) offers dozens of reasons—stories, actually—for us to reconsider our rather limited view of angels. In addition to the original collection of angelic encounters, several new stories have been included.

Anderson, who holds traditional Christian beliefs about angels, was careful to select only those stories that had a ring of truth to them. But are they true? Do heavenly visitors really walk among us? Open this book—along with your heart—before you decide.

My Review:
 This book is so good! The stories are inspirational and filled with heart-touching subjects filled with grace. I am a believer of angels and I truly enjoyed this book by Joan. I would recommend this book to anyone. 

My Rating
5 star rating 

Friday, January 20, 2017

NetGalley Review: Your 3 Best Superpowers by Sonia Choquette





Book Blurb
This little book will help readers use meditation and tap into their superpowers, allowing them to take charge of their mind, their creative powers, and their inner guidance system. While most meditation books focus on gaining clarity, focus, efficiency, and easing stress, Your 3 Best Superpowers offers a unique way to learn about intuition and the self, from an esteemed spiritual teacher and visionary guide.
Includes a series of guided meditations



My Review  
I found this little book to be very helpful and interesting in many ways. I am a mother and grandmother who meditates on a regular basis. With the help of Sonia's little book helped bring peace and content to many areas of my life. However, I did not use the guided meditations for I have my own I use, but with the small excerpts of stories was very enjoyable. 
My Rating
4 Stars 

Book Review: Time For Me by Ruth Fishel



Book Review- Time For Me by Ruth Fishel
Description:
How often have you read a book that was life changing?  You know that if you practice what it suggests your life will be better, yet somehow you forget. You forget to meditate in the morning. You forget that three breaths calm you down. You forget all the lessons you learned.

Time for Me is different because it contains wisdom that really works. We have the ability to rewire and create new neural circuits in our brains, and the more we practice something new, the more we can form new neural pathways with each repetition.  In time, these new pathways become deeper than the ones made by our old habits and they become automatic. That means, if we were to practice all this week thoughts such as 'I am happy' or 'I am calm', we would be more apt to return to them when we feel otherwise.

The seeds of all human characteristics are within us—good and bad—the ones that grow are the ones we nurture, and that is why the wisdom in Time for Me is designed to be practiced every day. 


My Review:
 Helpful and insightful little read by Ruth! I enjoyed the time I spent working slowly through this book and would recommend it for anyone to read that needs a moment for them myself to rebuild their character. Thank you for letting me read this book!

My Rating:
5 stars

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Book Review: Ann Rule

Book Review 
Lying in Wait 
By Ann Rule 

Book Blurb:
MOVING IN FOR THE KILL
In this all-new collection of investigative accounts from her private archives, “America’s best true-crime writer” (Kirkus Reviews) exposes the most frightening aspect of the murderous mind: the waiting game. Trusted family members or strangers, these cold-blooded killers select their unsuspecting prey, wait for the perfect moment to strike, then turn normality into homicidal mayhem in a matter of moments. Ann Rule will have you seeing the people and places around you with heightened caution as you read these shattering cases, including:

• New mothers murdered, their infants kidnapped, in an atrocious baby-selling scheme

• The man who kept his criminal past hidden from his wife—and his wife from his mistress—until he coldly disposed of one of them

• The beautiful daughter of a State Department official ran away from the privileged world she knew and hitched a ride with a man she didn’t . . . with fatal consequences

• For months, a vicious, rage-filled serial rapist eluded police and terrorized Seattle’s women—when would he strike next, and how far would his violence escalate?

• A criminal known for his Houdini-like escapes is serving time for murder in a botched robbery—now the convict is being served dinner in a civilian’s home, where he has one more trick up his sleeve

• A long-lost relative who came home to visit, leaving a bloody trail through Washington and Oregon; no one realized how dangerous he and his ladylove were—until it was far too late. . . .

With her ability to translate the most complex cases into storytelling “as dramatic and chilling as a bedroom window shattering at night” (The New York Times), Rule expertly analyzes the thoughts and deeds of the
sociopath, in this seventeenth essential Crime Files volume.
My Review: 
 I absolutely enjoyed Ann's book! I am a huge fan of her writing and she did a great job on portraying each aspect of each case and thoroughly covered each step from the crime scene to the trials. My favorite crime story was the "BabySeller". This crime  tore my heart out and was a real tearjerker. 
My Rating: 
5 Stars 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Review: Amanda Knox

Book Review
Amanda Knox: Waiting to be Heard 
By
Amanda Knox 





Book Blurb:

Amanda Knox spent four years in a foreign prison for a crime she did not commit, as seen in the Nexflix documentary Amanda Knox.

In the fall of 2007, the 20-year-old college coed left Seattle to study abroad in Italy, but her life was shattered when her roommate was murdered in their apartment.
After a controversial trial, Amanda was convicted and imprisoned. But in 2011, an appeals court overturned the decision and vacated the murder charge. Free at last, she returned home to the U.S., where she has remained silent, until now.

Filled with details first recorded in the journals Knox kept while in Italy, Waiting to Be Heard is a remarkable story of innocence, resilience, and courage, and of one young woman’s hard-fought battle to overcome injustice and win the freedom she deserved.

With intelligence, grace, and candor, Amanda Knox tells the full story of her harrowing ordeal in Italy—a labyrinthine nightmare of crime and punishment, innocence and vindication—and of the unwavering support of family and friends who tirelessly worked to help her win her freedom.
Waiting to Be Heard includes 24 pages of color photographs.

My Review: 
  I have been intrigued with the Amanda Knox case since it occurred. I have watched several documentary and news takes on her case. I was one that was for Amanda Knox and I really enjoyed hearing her side of the story and her journey through the court system of Italy. Amanda will forever carry this over her, I just hope society can forgive and forget this journey and allow this young lady to move on with life and achieve her dreams. This was an audio book.
 

My Rating
5 Stars  

Sunday, January 15, 2017

BlogSwap: Being Interviw with Author & Blogger Jen Selinsky




A little info on Jen and where you can find her:
"Jen Selinsky was born in Pittsburgh, PA.  In 2003, she earned her bachelor's degree in English from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  In 2004, she earned her master's degree in library science from the same school.  Jen has worked as a professional librarian for over eleven years.  She has published more than 160 books, many of which contain poetry.  Her work can be found on the following sites: Lulu, Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.  She has also been featured in publications such as: The Courier Journal, Explorer Magazine, Liphar Magazine, and Indiana Libraries.  Jen lives in Sellersburg, IN with her husband. Like Jen on Facebook at:"
(Author Bio from Amazon)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Interview & Review with Author Joan Wester Anderson

NetGalley 

 It is my pleasure to welcome Author Joan Wester Anderson! 
I read her book Where Angels Walk from NetGalley and I have falling in love with her writing. 
Her writing is that one that when you read, you will need a box of Kleenex and a good cup of coffee, her writing is filled with grace, inspiration and the true stories will touch your life in this strange, but miracle way!


 My Interview with Joan: 

---Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I began writing when my youngest (of five) children was a baby.  I
tried to set aside an hour a day to focus on topics of interest to
moms like me---and eventually built up relationships with a few
magazine editors who started assigning work to me. My main "claim to
fame" today is my angel/miracle series, which has sold more than two
million copies.
~~
---Where do you get your ideas?
During the early years I followed the advice of professional writers
and wrote about what I knew--baby and kid-raising, spiritual topics,
family humor. Later I branched out to research pieces.
 ~~
---What is your writing process like?
When the children were all home, I attempted to stay with the routine
(daily hour).  I figured that I was an athlete in training, and there
would be days when I didn't accomplish much, but being consistent
would eventually pay off.  As the kids grew, I added more work--giving
speeches, writing books, a lot of traveling and media. I hadn't
anticipated any of this during my "early days" but looking back, I can
see that God was preparing me..
 ~~
---What advice do you have for writers?
Probably the hardest part of publishing remains the dreaded rejection slip.
New writers usually interpret them as a personal rejection, i.e. "this
is terrible etc" but actually they can be very helpful, especially if
a kind editor takes a minute to offer a suggestion. Always appreciate
an editor!
 ~~
---Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
My series on angels came about because readers kept asking for more,
so I followed their lead.
~~
---What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?
Your favorite magazines are the most important, because you will
probably end up writing for them.
 ~~
---Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
 Writing is a major part of my life, not just a spiritual practice. My
Catholic faith has helped me to keep a sense of perspective through
both the successes and failures of life.  I am reminding every day
that God has me in the palm of His hand and there is no reason to
fear.
~~
---Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both!  I am always thrilled when a project is completed.  So
thrilled that I completely forget the exhaustion that accompanied it.
That feeling lasts until the next assignment, when the cycle starts
again!
~~



Book Blurb:
We don't hear much about angels nowadays. When we do, they have often been secularized or commercialized. Instead of ministering angels who reveal God’s love and mercy, we hear about “angel investors” or we gobble up foil-wrapped chocolate angels at Christmas. But Joan Wester Anderson trusts that angels still walk among us.

On mountain slopes, on desolate rural highways, in airplane cockpits—these are just a few of the many places where ordinary people have felt the very real presence and power of God’s angels at work in their lives. In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of her New York Times best-selling book Where Angels Walk, Joan Wester Anderson (the “Angel Lady”) offers dozens of reasons—stories, actually—for us to reconsider our rather limited view of angels. In addition to the original collection of angelic encounters, several new stories have been included.

Anderson, who holds traditional Christian beliefs about angels, was careful to select only those stories that had a ring of truth to them. But are they true? Do heavenly visitors really walk among us? Open this book—along with your heart—before you decide.

My Review:

 This book is so good! The stories are inspirational and filled with heart-touching subjects filled with grace. I am a believer of angels and I truly enjoyed this book by Joan. I would recommend this book to anyone. 

My Rating:
5 Stars


OverDrive Book Review: The ABCs of Rock



OverDrive Book


My Review:

Short read about some of the greatest rock songs and album covers. I really enjoyed this short read for one I am a lover of rock music and they had some of my favorites in the book. It was interesting to hear the writer's side of what the album covers meant to them and what their favorite song was.
My Rating 
5 Stars

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Book Review: Coffee at Luke's by Jennifer Crusie and Leah Wilson




Book Review - Coffee at Luke's by Jennifer Crusie and Leah Wilson 
In the fall of 2000, Gilmore Girls premiered on the WB and viewers were introduced to the quirky world of Stars Hollow and the Gilmores who had made it their home, mother-daughter best friends Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. With the show in its seventh season on the fledgling CW, Coffee at Luke's is the perfect look at what has made the show such a clever, beloved part of the television landscape for so long.

What are the risks of having your mother be your best friend? How is Gilmore Girls anti-family, at least in the traditional sense? What’s a male viewer to do when he finds both mother and daughter attractive? And how is creator Amy Sherman-Palladino like Emily Gilmore? From the show’s class consciousness to the way the characters are shaped by the books they read, the music they listen to and the movies they watch, Coffee at Luke's looks at the sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking underpinnings of smart viewer’s Tuesday night television staple, and takes them further into Stars Hollow than they’ve ever been before. 
My Review 
 This book would have been so much better if it was edited. It was hard to enjoy with all the grammar and punctuation errors. But overall it was a cute read.  

My Rating 
 3 star rating.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Book Review: Great Eulogies Throughout History by James Daley



Book Review- Great Eulogies Throughout History  by  James Daley
Description:
Derived from the Greek for "word of praise," the eulogy is a longstanding tradition of recognition and remembrance. The speeches and essays gathered in this collection offer thought-provoking commemorations of the lives and deeds of politicians, authors, poets, and other influential individuals. Starting with Pericles' Funeral Oration, a classic example of the rite, these writings turn their focus to historical figures of the past two centuries, from America's Founding Fathers to Nelson Mandela.
Nineteenth-century selections include the stirring address read at Beethoven's funeral; a reminiscence of Charlotte Brontë by her great literary hero, William Thackeray; recollections of Henry David Thoreau by Ralph Waldo Emerson; and eulogies for Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, and Voltaire, on the one-hundredth anniversary of his death. Among the latter-day tributes are salutes to Albert Einstein, T. S. Eliot, and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as President Ronald Reagan's farewell to the Challenger astronauts, Stephen Spender's paean to W. H. Auden, Bob Costas's eulogy for Mickey Mantle, and many other moving words of praise for men and women whose achievements serve as an ongoing source of inspiration.

My Review:
 I am a history fanatic and so I enjoyed reading these eulogies of famous people throughout history. The author did an amaze job and collecting and choosing which ones to include. I would recommend this book to any of my friends that love History. Thank you for letting me read this piece of history! 

My Ratings:
5 star 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Blog Tour: Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom




BOOK INFORMATION
TITLE – Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom
SERIES – Book I
AUTHOR – Cheryl Carpinello
GENRE – Middle Grade Arthurian Legend
PUBLICATION DATE – 2016/2012
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 120 Pages
DISTRIBUTOR – Bublish, Inc.
PUBLISHER – Beyond Today Educator
COVER ARTIST – Berge Design
Formats – paperback, ebook


BOOK SYNOPSIS
Answer the hero's call to Adventure with the Young Knights of the Round Table on their Quest.

Three friends. Three quests. Three mysterious predictions.

In medieval Wales, eleven-year-old Prince Gavin, thirteen-year-old orphan Philip, and fifteen-year-old blacksmith's apprentice Bryan are brought together in friendship by one they call the Wild Man. When an advisor to the king is killed and a jewelled medallion is stolen from the king's treasury, the Wild Man is accused of the theft and murder. Filled with disbelief at the arrest of the Wild Man, the three friends embark upon a knight's quest to save their friend's life. To succeed, the three must confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all. Join Gavin, Philip, and Bryan on their quest and share the adventures that await them in the land of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

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AUTHOR BIO
I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales & Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.




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