December 8, 2017

Reading Challenge: COYER Winter Switch, Part #1

As mentioned in a previous blog post, I'm participating in the COYER Winter Switch: The Strict, The List, and The One with the Twist, which is a reading challenge that spans from December 16, 2017 until March 9, 2018. For more details about this reading challenge, click HERE.


This winter reading challenge has a couple of options for readers, and I'm participating in the COYER Switch, which has three phrases: December 16 to January 12, January 13 to February 9, and February 10 to March 9. And there are three components (The Strict, The List, and The One with the Twist) to complete in any order within the three phrases.

As of now, from December 16 to January 12, I intend to start with The List. This list consists of thirty books that I already have ready to read...in any format, any price, and obtained in any legal manner. For every five books read, then five more books may be added to this list. Then, from January 13 to February 9, I plan to follow The Strict. This option focuses only on ebooks and audiobooks that are free or cost less than $5, as well as no library or borrowed books. Lastly, from February 10 to March 9, I plan to complete this reading challenge with The One with the Twist. This option may include any book at any price, yet readers may only select one format, such as only ebooks, only audiobooks, or only print books. As of now, I'm leaning towards selecting to read only ebooks, yet I haven't decided. I might rearrange the order of the three options, depending what I have to read at that particular time frame. :) 
 
In this blog post, I only provided a quick summary of this reading challenge, so click HERE for more specific details and/or to sign up to participate.

I'm starting the COYER Winter Switch reading challenge with The List, which is from December 16, 2017 until January 12, 2018. Then, the second phase of the reading challenge will begin.

Here's my current reading list:
  1. An Uncommon Honeymoon, by Susan Mann
  2. Bargaining with the Boss, by Jennifer Shirk
  3. Blue Ridge Sunrise, by Denise Hunter
  4. Cowboy SEAL Homecoming, by Nicole Helm
  5. Cowboy Up, by Harper Sloan
  6. Highland Conquest, by Alyson McLayne
  7. Holiday Affair, by Annie Seaton
  8. Italian Affair, by Annie Seaton
  9. Miracle at Christmas, by Debbie Mason
  10. Moonlight Over Manhattan, by Sarah Morgan
  11. One and Done, by Melynda Price
  12. Outback Affair, by Annie Seaton
  13. Renegade Cowboy, by Sara Richardson
  14. Roomies, by Christina Lauren
  15. Rugged Texas Cowboy, by Lora Leigh
  16. Scoring with the Wrong Twin, by Naima Simone
  17. Staying Stylish, by Candace Cameron Bure
  18. Surrender, by Joan Johnston
  19. Thanks Fur Last Night, by Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, and Kate Baxter
  20. The Bad Boy Cowboy, by Kate Pearce
  21. The Bad Girl and the Baby, by Nina Croft
  22. The Billionaire's Forever Family, by Cate Cameron
  23. The Dark Prophecy, by Rick Riordan
  24. The Hidden Oracle, by Rick Riordan
  25. The Power of a SEAL, by Anne Elizabeth
  26. The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory
  27. Uncommon Type, by Tom Hanks
  28. We're Going to Need More Wine, by Gabrielle Union
  29. Winter at Cedarwood Lodge, by Rebecca Raisin
  30. Wolf Hunger, by Paige Tyler

Happy reading! :)

Book Review: Fliers


Fliers: Twenty Small Posters with Big Thoughts, by Nathaniel Russell is a unique book featuring random fliers to post and ponder, as well as to share with friends.

According to the front cover copy: "Mellow out with this collection of twenty peculiar posters. Each can be torn out and framed as wall art, or pondered for deeper meaning."

As the title indicates, there are twenty posters with thought-provoking text and interesting images. Plus, the book jacket unfolds into a large poster of a telephone pole.

Fliers is a unique book that's geared towards a variety of ages, particularly teenagers and young adults.


 
Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books, 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 25, 2017

Full House Reading Challenge (2018)


I'm planning to participate in the Full House Reading Challenge, which spans from January 1, 2018 until December 31, 2018. There's still plenty of time to join this reading challenge, so click HERE for more details.

While this reading challenge is for all of 2018, it's also divided into quarter link-ups: January to March, April to June, July to September, and October to December. Each review can only be linked up once in 2018, yet it doesn't matter which month the book is read to add to the link-ups. 

Also, reviews are not mandatory for those that prefer to only keep a list of books read to complete the Full House bingo card, which is posted below. Each square must feature a different book. There will be an opportunity to link a summary post for those completing a Full House.

Full House Reading Challenge List for 2018:
  1. Mystery or thriller
  2. Historical
  3. Over 500 pages
  4. Setting in library or bookshop
  5. Four word title
  6. Last book added to your TBR
  7. Classic
  8. Fantasy
  9. Coming of age theme
  10. Adapted to a movie
  11. Holiday season
  12. Has big plot twist
  13. Humor
  14. Book to improve your life
  15. Redemption theme
  16. Has a number in the title
  17. Under 250 pages
  18. New to you author from another country
  19. From a favorite series of yours
  20. Dual time line
  21. Non-fiction hobby book
  22. Children's book
  23. Book chosen randomly from TBR shelf
  24. Memoir or autobiography
  25. Reread

In this blog post, I only provided a quick summary of this reading challenge, so click HERE for more specific details and/or to sign up to participate.

November 22, 2017

Book Review: God Bless My Family


God Bless My Family is a children's book by Hannah C. Hall with adorable illustrations by Steve Whitlow.
 
Within twenty pages, this board book features a pleasant story about relationships and family members with illustrations of adorable puppies. According to the back cover, "These furry families are enjoying each moment together. Whether splashing in puddles with cousins after a rainy day, going on a walk with Grandma, or having a fun summer picnic, everyone has a special place in the family!"

God Bless My Family is an easy-to-read board book, and it's geared toward young children, particularly toddlers to kindergartners.


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 19, 2017

COYER Winter Switch


I'm planning to participate in the COYER Winter Switch: The Strict, The List, and The One with the Twist, which is a reading challenge that spans from December 16, 2017 until March 9, 2018. There's still plenty of time to join this reading challenge, so click HERE for more details.

This winter reading challenge has a couple of options for readers, and I'm planning to participate in the COYER Switch, which has three phrases: December 16 to January 12, January 13 to February 9, and February 10 to March 9. And there are three components (The Strict, The List, and The One with the Twist) to complete in any order within the three phrases.

As of now, from December 16 to January 12, I intend to start with The List. This list consists of thirty books that I already have ready to read...in any format, any price, and obtained in any legal manner. For every five books read, then five more books may be added to this list.

Then, from January 13 to February 9, I plan to follow The Strict. This option focuses only on ebooks and audiobooks that are free or cost less than $5, as well as no library or borrowed books.

Lastly, from February 10 to March 9, I plan to complete this reading challenge with The One with the Twist. This option may include any book at any price, yet readers may only select one format, such as only ebooks, only audiobooks, or only print books. As of now, I'm leaning towards selecting to read only ebooks.

I might rearrange the order of the three options, depending what I have to read at that particular time frame. :) 

In this blog post, I only provided a quick summary of this reading challenge, so click HERE for more specific details and/or to sign up to participate.

November 17, 2017

Book Review: Tokyo Street Style


Tokyo Street Style: A Coloring Book, by Zoe de las Cases is a unique coloring book focused on fashion and architecture.

Throughout this book, there are delightful illustrations to color. Since it's lightweight with an elastic closure, this coloring book is easy to transport. Also, it's a text-free book, except for the "this book belongs to" tag line.

Tokyo Street Style is an enjoyable and unique coloring book. It's geared towards a variety of ages, particularly teenagers and young adults, and recommended towards those interesting in fashion and, of course, coloring.

 
 
Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books, 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 16, 2017

Book Review: The Believer's Code


The Believer's Code: 365 Devotions to Unlock the Blessings of God's Word, by O. S. Hawkins is an inspirational devotional book.

According to the Introduction, the author shared that this devotional is "designed to be used each morning...and to live with you and in you throughout your day. Each devotion embodies a "Code Word" that serves to unlock the truth of the daily devotion.... Each day also includes a sentence prayer. Keep this prayer in your heart, and pray it repeatedly throughout your day. Thus, we begin the journey to make our own personal devotion a part of our daily routine throughout the year."

As the title indicates, there are 365 devotions. Each daily devotion features a scripture verse, devotional text, code word and description, and prayer. 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. Also, it includes an Introduction and Epilogue.

According to the back cover copy, "All author royalties from the book are donated to Mission:Dignity to help pastors, their wives and widows in financial need in their declining years." 

The Believer's Code is geared towards various ages, particularly men. With one devotional per page, this book may easily be added to your current morning personal devotional time or it's a great way to start setting aside time each evening to spend with God.


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 15, 2017

Book Review: Unwrapping the Names of Jesus


Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional, by Asheritah Ciuciu is a devotional book that provides an insightful way to focus on Jesus Christ during Advent, which spans the upcoming weeks until Christmas.

The author shared that "the purpose of this devotional is to help us worship Jesus as we gain a greater sense of awe and wonder and who He is."

This devotional is divided into the following sections: Week 1 // Hope, Week 2 // Preparation, Week 3 // Joy, Week 4 // Love, and Christmas, as well as Why Celebrate Advent and A Prayer for You and Me. Each week features the Advent Celebration, which includes lighting the Advent candle, prayers, scripture verses and passages, dialogue to read, discussion questions to ponder, and a Christmas carol to sing. The following days each week provides a daily devotional with a scripture verse, devotional text, challenge to complete, prayer, and scripture passages for further study. Also, each week features a section with Christmas related activities and bonus content.

 
Unwrapping the Names of Jesus is a detailed, practical, and inspirational holiday devotional, which is geared towards individuals and families. I look forward to re-reading this Advent devotional during the upcoming Christmas season.


Note: I received this book from Moody Newsroom, 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 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.