November 14, 2017

2017 HoHoHo Readathon, Part #2


 
I participated in the 2017 HoHoHo Readathon on November 8-15, which included fun bonus challenges on several blogs. For more details about this winter readathon, click HERE and HERE.

My Completed Reading List:
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside, by Jennifer Probt, Emma Chase, Kristen Proby, Melody Anne, and Kate Meader
  • Christmas with the Prince, by Michelle Celmer
  • Christmastime Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
  • Cowboy Christmas Blues, by Maisey Yates 
  • Holiday Wishes, by Jill Shalvis
  • Love Me By Christmas, by Jaci Burton
  • Take Me Home for Christmas, by Brenda Novak
  • The Cowboy SEAL's Christmas Baby, by Laura Marie Altom
  • The Maverick's Snowbound Christmas, by Karen Rose Smith
  • Under the Mistletoe, by Jill Shalvis





 

 

As you probably notice from the book covers, I focused on holiday winter romance stories, including some novellas. Even though I read most of these books as ebooks, I read one print book and listened to one audiobook. It was such an enjoyable (yet quick) winter reading challenge!

Book Review: Want You More


Want You More is a contemporary romance by Nicole Helm, and it's the third book in A Mile High Romance series.

Mile High Adventures is run by Will Evans, along with his twin brother and their best friend, in Gracely, Colorado, which was once a booming mining town. Primarily due to the downfall of Evans Mining Corporation, the town of Gracely is falling apart and most of townspeople blame the Evans brothers. Their business is growing with his sister-in-law and half-sister both working for the company. Now, another friend (who should have been their business partner) is back and working for Mile High Adventures.

Due to his divorce and heartbreak from his former wife's actions, Will is struggling to manage his life, especially when Tori Appleby returns after seven years away. After professing her love to Will and his harsh rejection and immediately following marriage, Tori moved away and abandoned all connections to her friends, especially Will. As the current story unfolds, Will and Tori have to manage their work relationship and business drama, family issues and complications, and second chances.

Even though this book may be read as a standalone, it's ideal to start with the first two books in the series: Need You Now and Mess with Me.

Want You More is geared towards those who enjoy reading modern second-chance romances.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

November 11, 2017

Book Review: Artemis


Artemis, by Andy Weir is a captivating science fiction action-thriller intermixed with plenty of intrigue and humor.

Since the age of six, Jazz Bashara has lived in Artemis, which is the first and only city on the moon. She's quite intellectual and creative, and she collects unusual friendships (and sometimes enemies) along the way. Even though she works as a porter transporting items and other deliveries, Jazz is also a smuggler...struggling to survive.  In order to quickly gain funds, Jazz agrees to help with a heist and her story continues to unravel from there.

This delightfully quirky and intriguing story focuses on science and science fiction, as well as action mixed with humor and a high emphasis on friendships and family. Throughout the story, I cheered and hoped Jazz would succeed with her mission, despite her mostly minor criminal activities.

Artemis is entertaining and definitely worth reading.

Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to attend a special event with the author, Andy Weir, speaking about this book and the story exceeded my high expectations. I recommend reading Artemis (and The Martian).


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

November 8, 2017

2017 HoHoHo Readathon, Part #1


 
I'm participating in the 2017 HoHoHo Readathon, which is a week-long reading challenge on November 8-15. There's still time to join this reading challenge, so click HERE and HERE for more information.


My Potential Reading List:
  • Christmas with the Prince, by Michelle Celmer
  • Christmastime Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
  • Cowboy Christmas Blues, by Maisey Yates 
  • Holiday Wishes, by Jill Shalvis
  • Love Me By Christmas, by Jaci Burton
  • The Cowboy SEAL's Christmas Baby, by Laura Marie Altom
  • The Maverick's Snowbound Christmas, by Karen Rose Smith
  •  And possibly a few more winter themed books

November 5, 2017

Book Review: NIV Thinline Bible


The Zondervan Thinline Bible is a New International Version (NIV), and it's designed to easily read and transport.

According to the back cover, this particular Bible "delivers a smooth reading experience that complements the most widely read contemporary-English Bible translation. Measuring less than an inch thick, it is the perfect on-the-go Bible to take to church, your Bible study group, work, or travel."

This black bonded leather copy of the Bible features the full text of Old and New Testaments in an easy-to-read 9.4-point font in the NIV Comfort Print. Also, it's a red letter edition with the word of Christ in the color red.
 
This Thinline Bible is recommended and geared toward all ages, from elementary school grades to much older generations.
 
"Jesus replied, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your sould and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.'" Matthew 22:37-39


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

November 3, 2017

Book Review: Devotions from the Mountains


Devotions from the Mountains, by Lisa Ham is an inspirational devotional book featuring lovely mountain photographs.

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains--where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2

This book has 90 devotionals, including titles such as A Higher Perspective, Mountainside Prayer, Camping, Wildfire's Aftermath, Landmark, Surviving Winter, Home, Moonlight on Snow, Mount Rushmore, At the Lake, Stargazing, Snakes and Doves, Hungry, Mountain Goats, Returning to the Spring, Time with God, The Source, Gentle Paths, Mountain Trails, Wisdom and Water, Mountains of Many Colors, The Old Man of the Mountain, Biking, Prayer, Pine Pollen, Joy and Judgment, Washing Dishes, Creator of the Wild, etc. Each of the 90 devotional includes scripture passages, devotional text, prayer, and full-color nature photographs. 

Devotions from the Mountains is an encouraging devotional book, which is geared towards various ages, from young adults to older generations. 


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

November 2, 2017

Book Review: He Holds My Hand


He Holds My Hand: Experiencing God's Presence and Protection, by Carol is an encouraging and emotional devotional book that focuses on holding onto God during desperate and difficult times. 

In the Introduction, the author shares her deeply personal story and how her family's life drastically changed. Also, she said, "My goal is not to provide all the answers to your tough questions, but to remind you that God holds your hand--in every situation. At His right hand there are eternal pleasure (Psalm 16:11), even in the middle of your darkest experience."

This book contains 365 daily devotions. Each daily devotional includes the title, quote, devotional text, and scripture verse. Since the devotions are listed by date, it's ideal to start this devotional on January 1, yet readers may start reading at any time throughout the year.

He Holds My Hand is geared towards various ages, from young adults to older generations. This book is easily incorporated into current personal devotional time or utilized to start spending quiet time with God each day.  
 

Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.