Saturday, April 26, 2014

How to find good books

I get frustrated when I go to the Library or  to a book sale and either come out empty handed or with something I later don't like.
 I know I'm not the only one that happens to.

 So today I am going to share some tips that help me find good books.

1. Use a website or app that gives you     recommendations.
   What Should I read next? Is an easy to use website. You just type in an author or book title and it will give you a list of books that are similar in style.

2.Make a list of what you are looking for.
  This will keep you organized and on track of what you are looking for.

3. Look for books by your favorite authors.
 Since those books are by your favorite author chances are you will like them.

4. Browse.
 If you have the time, sometimes browsing will help you come across a hidden gem.

These tips don't guarantee that you will find good books, but they do help.

What about you? How do you find good books?


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Words Spoken True book review

Title: Words Spoken True

Series: None

Author: Ann H. Gabhart

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Plot: Adrianne Darcy grew up helping her father with his newspaper The Tribune in Louisville, Kentucky.
 The Tribune's rival The Herald has been taken over by Blake Garrett. Blake and Adrianne soon are bitter towards one another. Can they come together to help Louisville?

What I liked about this book: The first half was really interesting. I learned a lot about how newspapers work.

What I didn't like about this book: I didn't like the second half of the book. The characters started acting really different then they had previously.
 A married couple discuss intimacy in marriage. The intimate scenes go into way too much detail.

Would I recommend this?  If the second half would have been better I really would have liked this book. But because of that I don't recommend it.

Monday, April 21, 2014

On the Loose book review

Title: On the Loose

Series: Katie Parker Productions- book two

Author: Jenny B. Jones

Genre: Christian Teen Fiction

Plot: Katie Parker is finally coming to like her life in Inbetween, Texas.
 A tornado hits Inbetween and Katie's foster mom receives some bad news. Can Katie give God control of the storms in her own life?

What I liked about this book: It was funny, but it also had a more serious side than the first book in the series.

What I didn't like about this book: Like the first book in the series there is some crude language. A guy in the book is known to be a ' player' and he is mentioned a lot.

Would I recommend this? Yes.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Scarlet Pimpernel book review

Title: The Scarlet Pimpernel

Series: The Scarlet Pimpernel books- book one

Author: Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Genre: Historical fiction

Plot: During the year 1792 France is under a violent revolution.
The Aristocrats are being killed at the guillotine every day.
 The Aristocrats' only hope is The Scarlet Pimpernel- A brave British gentlemen who sneaks them into England.  The Scarlet Pimpernel himself is at risk to be put to death also. Who can save him?

What I liked about this book: The was a fun, exciting, and fast paced read. The characters were varied and almost seemed real.

What I didn't like about this book: Some of the things that happened in this book were a bit far fetched, but it's not based on a true story.

Would I recommend this?    Yes!!!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bourne and Tributary book reviews

Title: Bourne & Tributary- Two Novellas

Series: River of Time

Author: Lisa T. Bergren

Plot: These two novellas pick up where Torrent left off.
  In Bourne The Bettarrini sisters are hoping that the war will end and peace will finally come.
 In Tributary Lia is suffering from PTSD. Can Lia overcome it to help her country?

What I liked about these books: It was nice to find out what Happened to Gabi and Lia after the battle at the end of Torrent. Since they are novellas ( short novels) they were really fast paced.

What I didn't like about these books: Talks of being intimate in marriage. Thankfully it didn't go into much detail.

Would I recommend them? Yes, to those who have read the other books in the series.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dragonwitch book review

Title: Dragonwitch

Series: Tales of Goldstone Wood - book five

Author: Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Genre: Christian Fantasy

Plot: A dragon has to die three times before it is truly dead. The Dragonwitch has only died twice. Can an odd band of misfits, with the help of the Prince of Farthestshore, conquer the Dragonwitch once and for all?

What I liked about this book: It was great!!!!! Most series start getting boring after the the third or fourth installment, but Anne Elisabeth Stengl manages to keep my attention in every book.

What I didn't like about this book: Nothing.

Would I recommend this? Yes!!!!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

In Between book review

Title: In Between

Series: Katie Parker Productions book one

Author: Jenny B. Jones

Genre: Christian Teen Fiction

Plot: Katie Parker finally has a foster home with a Pastor and his wife. Katie isn't to sure if the whole ' God ' thing is for her.
 When Katie gets in really big trouble, can she find forgiveness?

What I liked about this book: It is hilarious!! It is great to read if you need some cheering up.

What I didn't like about this book: Some crude words, like crap, are scattered through out the book.

Would I recommend this? Yes!!!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Little Letters: Second Edition

Dear Baroness Orczy,
 Thank you for writing such a fast paced and well written historical novel. I can't wait to see how the Scarlet Pimpernel ends.

Dear God's not dead film,
I thought you were going to be a good, but kinda cheesy film. You are one of the best Christian films I have seen.

Dear God,
    Thank you for the lovely Spring weather. I even enjoy the rain.
Dear Youtube,
  Could you not tempt me so much? You give me so many video suggestions I could be online all day.

Dear Sunglasses,
 It has been a long time since I have found a pair that I actually like.
I will be wearing you a lot this summer.

Dear blog,
 I feel like I have been neglecting you. I will try to update your look soon.