As a child my favorite books were the biographies of famous women. So I was excited to get the opportunity to review a biography of one of the First LAs a child my favorite books were the biographies of famous women. So I was excited to get the opportunity to review a biography of one of the First Ladies of America. I thought the book was well researched and nicely written. For the rest of the review visit: http://bibliobettybooks.wordpress.com......more
I’ve been wanting to expand my genres to include graphic novels. This is the first graphic novel I have read. Of course the artwork is fantastic. TheI’ve been wanting to expand my genres to include graphic novels. This is the first graphic novel I have read. Of course the artwork is fantastic. The characters were bigger than life. It’s separated into four short stories and explains how each of them became what they were. I wonder though are all the bodies of women in graphic novels shaped like nymphs?
I thought the plot lines for each story were carefully planned. The dialogue could have been a little better, but at least I don’t remember them using any foul language. That’s good. I liked the tinman the best because it had a romantic element to it. The Scarecrow was the most graphic.
The novel also included an exclusive sneak preview of Oz:Volume One. I received a complimentary copy from Zenescope through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more
Not everyone can afford to travel. So the next best thing is a good travel book. Dog Days in the Fortunate Islands is a good travel book.
Can you imagiNot everyone can afford to travel. So the next best thing is a good travel book. Dog Days in the Fortunate Islands is a good travel book.
Can you imagine just suddenly selling your house and business in the United Kingdom and moving with your wife to one of the most beautiful islands in the world. That’s just what John Searancke and his wife did and he wrote the most charming book about it and the wonderful road trips he made during a three year period.
The island they retire to is one of the Canary Islands, formerly known as the Fortunate Islands. One of the longest road trips he makes is traveling through Spain in his new 24 year old Mercedes 300 SL to his home on Tenerife.
The book is well-written and Searancke uses engaging language. He has a way of using words that captivates your imagination. Some of his words were so wild that they didn’t register in my Kindle dictionary. His restaurant reviews were a tantilizing treat.I loved how he always included a “loo” rating.
He doesn’t hold anything back when he’s describing his friends and his friends are a colorful group from Pedro the gardener to Dick a wealthy friend in France to his beloved four paw friend Freddie.
The book has a Restaurant guide at the back of the book. I wish he would have included a couple recipes, too.
I think those who love to travel, love cars or care for a pet will be drawn to this book. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review...more
This is an essential book for those who want to experience a better life. Miracles Now is divided into 108 timely manageable messages. These sectionsThis is an essential book for those who want to experience a better life. Miracles Now is divided into 108 timely manageable messages. These sections are based on Gabrielle’s insights from Kundalini yoga and A Course of Miracles. While it depends alot on eastern beliefs, Bernstein also shows how it’s related to Christian principles involving God and the Holy Spirit. She has a teacher’s heart.
I like this thought she has on prayer: “Pray whenever you’re indecisive, overly obsessing, or caught in a fear spiral. Try not to pray for a specific outcome-instead, pray for peace. Accessing a peaceful state of mind is all we really need.”
Some of my other favorite messages include: -Worry is a prayer for Chaos -Be more childlike -Meditate to heal addiction -You don’t need to find your purpose, Your purpose will find you -Breathe like a dog and boost you immune system.
This book is a life guide for a lifetime. It also includes photographs and links to online meditation videos.
It is full of energy and I highly recommend it. I learned so much from it. I have been given a copy of this book from Hay House through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review...more
Last October I led a book discussion group on The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley. Loved the book and saw that the author was releasing a new book in MaLast October I led a book discussion group on The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley. Loved the book and saw that the author was releasing a new book in March. The wait was worth it. I loved this book. The characters were well developed. There were basically two main characters: Rebecca Bradley, an American actress who resembles Violet Astbury who lived on the estate in the early 1920′s and Anahita Chevran, a beautiful mystical Indian girl.
The book takes place in two main time periods and the author did an astonishing job of integrating them. A lot of the time takes place in India around 1911. I loved the way the author described the land and its culture making you feel you were there. The other main setting was the Astbury Estate and it’s surroundings. Fell in love with the cottage on the moors. Astbury estate was so important I consider it one of the characters.
The writing reminded me a little bit of Isabella Allende meets Daphne du Maurier meets Victoria Holt. I love Historical fiction and this is one of the best. A lot of research went into making this book.
This was a long book but it didn’t seem like it. The author did an excellent job of pacing it. I loved the surprise at the end of the book. I wouldn’t hesitate to read it again.
A complimentary copy of this book was given to me by Atria books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion....more
The author of Warrior in Pink relied heavily on her family, friends, community and God when she was diagnosed and battled breast cancer. Although I doThe author of Warrior in Pink relied heavily on her family, friends, community and God when she was diagnosed and battled breast cancer. Although I don’t recall her coming out and saying it, I also think she relied on her writing to battle all the annoyances that go along with cancer treatment: diagnosis, tests, biopsy, surgery, recovery, chemotherapy radiation, and physical therapy. There were side-affects too. In addition to the usual hair loss, she also dealt with Lymphedema and cording . She often wrote about these subjects in her CaringBridge online journal.
I liked how she used scripture to support her battles and was open enough to include the words that she felt God laying on her heart. These scriptures were not only ammunition against her cancer, but they could be applied to anyone facing a trial; whether it is cancer, addiction or mental illness. She had her moments of anger, yet, God was faithful and reminded her of His wonderful unconditional grace; a grace that would follow her ten month ordeal and afterwards.
Warrior in Pink is an inspiring, well-organized and easy to read book. The author was very transparent and honest in telling her story. I would recommend it to anyone diagnosed with cancer and also to family and friends of someone battling cancer. A section is included from her husband on advice to spouses/caregivers....more
This book is just what I needed to read. Great medicine and great motivation. After reading Rosemary’s inspiring story which was so genuinely put togeThis book is just what I needed to read. Great medicine and great motivation. After reading Rosemary’s inspiring story which was so genuinely put together by the authors, I want to be a better person.
Rosemary is such a beautiful person inside and out and Scott honestly illustrates her unshakable story of enduring energy so well. Her transparency in relating her life is awesome. A friend of her’s once compared her to Scarlett O’Hara: strong, tough and beautiful. But Scarlett was selfish and didn’t have the heart of compassion that Rosemary has. A heart that founded Devotion to Children, a nonprofit organization “committed to providing access to high quality educational and childcare programs for children aged six and under from economically disadvantaged families.”
I also know very little about Vietnam and the Vietnam War so I thought the section of her life in Vietnam very interesting and a wonderful indication of how she changed her life.
I think it’s important to note that proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Devotion to Children.
I just want to read it again and take notes.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. A book give away and interview is forthcoming....more