March 29, 2017

Book Review: Knock Knock, Moo Who


Knock Knock, Moo Who? (and other silly animal jokes) is an enjoyable children's book written and illustrated by Brenda Ponnay.

According to the book summary: "Silly knock knock jokes are paired with Brenda Ponnay's bright and fun illustrations in this wacky, funny picture book."

Within thirty pages, this easy-to-read book spotlights quirky and funny jokes, primarily about animals, that are geared for young kids, particularly preschoolers to first graders. 


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. 

March 28, 2017

Book Review: Gardenista


Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces, by Michelle Slatalla is an ideal starting point guide, as well as an informative manual, for those interested in gardens and outdoor living spaces.

According to the book summary, "Gardenista caters to an older, more established audience (75 percent of readers are over the age of 35) and is known for its sophisticated, well-edited aesthetic. This book contains lushly photographed tours of 12 enviable gardens; planting guides for a variety of climates and color palettes; in-depth case studies on more than a dozen outdoor structures...do-it-yourself projects; easy-to-implement design ideas...plus advice from landscape professionals."

With over 500 color photographs, Gardenista is a helpful guide that geared towards adults over the age of 35, and it's especially recommended for those interested in gardening and outdoor living spaces


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.

March 26, 2017

Book Review: Created for More


Created for More: 30 Days to Seeing Your World in a New Way, by Jonathan Malm is a devotional book that focuses on striving to draw near to God.

In the Introduction, the author shared, "This devotional is meant to help you see both your work and your world differently. It's meant to help you read the Bible differently.... The goal for these next thirty days will be to help you on the journey out of your rut and toward doing better work. It explores the conjunction of the Bible, your spiritual walk, and your creative potential."

This book contains thirty devotional chapters, which include the quick sections of Spiritual Development, Prayer Starter, Change the Way You Think, and Challenge. Also, there are two bonus sections: 50 What Ifs and Tracking Your Progress.

Created for More is geared towards various ages, from young adults to older generations. It's easily incorporated into personal devotional time or utilized to start spending quiet time with God each day.


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.

March 25, 2017

Book Review: Left at the Altar


Left at the Altar, by Margaret Brownley is a humorous historical romance filled with engaging characters and plenty of feuds.

In 1880, the small town of Two-Times, Texas is aptly named, since the townspeople follow two different times. These specific times are based on the town's two watch shops and the corresponding shop owners, who are locked in an ongoing feud. The town is essentially a character itself with the quirky townspeople involved in various feuds, particularly regarding time.

The time feud that is dividing the town of Two-Times is supposed to end with the wedding that doesn't happen.

At the beginning of the story, Meg Lockwood is ready to marry her childhood best friend, until she's left at the altar, as the title indicates. Meg's father (one of the town's watch shop owners) decides to sue the former fiance, whose father is the other watch shop owner, for jilting his daughter at the altar.

As a newcomer to Two-Times and a qualified lawyer, Grant Garrison is the opposing attorney in the jilted bride case. As the story unfolds, Grant and Meg are continually brought together in unusual circumstances, and they start to fall for each other. 

As the first book in A Match Made in Texas series, Left at the Altar is an enjoyable book geared more towards women readers, particularly those who enjoy reading slow building, clean romance stories.


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.

March 23, 2017

Book Review: Simply Clean



Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day, by Becky Rapinchuk provides helpful, step-by-step directions to cleaning.

As indicated by the title, this book demonstrates how to clean in easy, stress-free manner in about ten minutes per day, as well as features practical advice and step-by-step explanations regarding household chores and cleaning tasks.

This book is divided into the following four main sections: You Want a Clean and Tidy Home, Now What, The Simply Clean Method: 10 Minutes to a Happier, Healthier Home, Customizing the Simply Clean Method for Your Life, How to Clean and Organize (Just About) Anything. There are Quick Tips and Cleaning Extension notes listed throughout this book.

Simply Clean is geared towards all ages, from young adults to older generations, interested in streamlining their household cleaning process.


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.

March 21, 2017

Book Review: Princess Bible


The Princess Bible is an International Children's Bible (ICB) version, which is designed to help children, especially girls, learn and gain a deeper understanding of the Bible. It also includes a free Princess Bible Coloring Book with two pages of full-color stickers.

In the Preface, it states, "The International Christian's Bible is not a storybook or a paraphrased Bible. It is a translation of God's Word from the original Hebrew and Greek languages. It is the first translation of the Holy Scriptures prepared specifically for children." Also, the Preface explains about ICB biblical translation, as well as discusses the meanings of A Trustworthy Translation and A Clear Translation.

This hardcover copy of the Bible features the full text of Old and New Testaments, and the Biblical text is in nine point font. Other sections include the Preface, Key Verse Highlights, Dictionary, Where Do I Find It, What God Promises About, and Memory Verse for My Life.

Throughout this princess-themed Bible, there are additional pages of full-color Bible study guides with key memory verses. These pages are titled as the following: Why Should I Read the Bible, How Do I Know Jesus Loves Me, Bible Verses to Know, Knowing Jesus Better, How Do I Pray, How Do I Forgive, How Can I Let God's Love Shine Through Me, How Do I Study the Bible, The Names of God, The Miracles of Jesus, The Disciples, and Kids in the Bible.

Also, there are interactive pages, such as My Family History and My Favorite Bible Verses, as well as the Bible Time Line and full-color maps. These maps are titled as the following: Abraham's Journey, The Desert Wanderings, Jesus' Last Week in Jerusalem, and Palestine in Jesus' Life.

The Princess Bible is designed to hopefully encourage children to read their Bible more often and have a deeper understanding of what they are reading. This Bible is recommended and geared towards young girl readers, particularly first to seventh grades.

"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching and for showing people what is wrong in their lives. It is useful for correcting faults and teaching how to live right." 2 Timothy 3:16


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.

March 18, 2017

Book Review: How to Pack


How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip is a practical how-to guide about packing, which is written by Hitha Palepu and illustrated by Kelly Lasserre.

As a "former consultant who has traveled more than 500,000 miles around the world," the author shared in the Introduction, "You are what you pack was the first travel lesson I learned.... I had figured out who I really wanted to be and how I could pack for achieving that.... The method I outline in this book ensures that every one of your trips will reach its full potential, unhindered by inadequate packing.... It's time to pack perfect. Every trip, every time. Your journey starts here."

This book is divided into the following six main sections:  Preparing for Takeoff: How to Pre-Pack, Ready to Wear: Choosing Clothes with Style, Secret Weapons: The Right Accessories Can Make Your Look, Pack Pretty: Toiletry Needs and Beauty Must-Haves, Putting It All Together: How to Pack for Maximum Space, and Come Fly with Me: How to Survive and Thrive in the Airport and Beyond, as well as the Introduction, Find Your Packing Personality, The Packing Timeline, The Perfect Packing Lists, and Blank Packing Lists.

With a delightfully creative front cover, this book focuses on practical packing advice, travel tips, and checklists, as well as various corresponding drawings throughout the book.
 
As a helpful resource for travelers, How to Pack is geared towards all ages, from young adults to older generations.


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.

March 17, 2017

Book Review: Making Today Matter


 
5 Minutes with Jesus: Making Today Matter is a daily devotional book by Sheila Walsh.
 
This daily devotional book may easily be incorporated into personal devotional time or utilized to start spending quiet time with God each day. Each chapter includes the devotional text, as well as a section that's titled Five Minutes in the Word, which consists of several scripture verses to read.    

In the Introduction, Walsh shares, "I know it seems like we really don't have time for one more thing. But I also know that God's time is not like ours, and when we give Him our time, He can do more within us in five minutes than if we spent five hours on our own.... It is the desire of my heart that on each page you'll find truth from God's Word that will nourish you, sustain you, and remind you that you are not alone."

Making Today Matter is an encouraging devotional book, which is geared towards women of all ages. And it's an ideal gift for friends and family.


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.

March 15, 2017

Book Review: Art Deco Interiors


 
Art Deco Interiors, by Henry Delacroix is a delightfully intriguing art book.

It was first published in Paris as Decoration Moderne dans l'Interieur in 1935. This book includes a translation of the original Introduction, as well as a new Publisher's Note.

According to the Publisher's Note, "This exceptionally beautiful collection of forty-eight residential and professional interiors originally appeared in 1935.... Complied by French architect Henry Delacroix (1907-1974), the portfolio reveals the forward-thinking designs of numerous interior designers and architects of the time and was influenced by the Art Deco movement.... The final image, Plate 48, is one of Henry Delacroix's own designs."

Art Deco Interiors is a lovely book that's geared towards various ages, from teenagers to older generations. It's especially recommended for those interested in interior design, architecture, and/or art. 


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. 

March 13, 2017

Giveaway: Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop


My blog, Reading with Beth, is participating in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop! 


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This giveaway hop, which starts on Wednesday, March 15, and ends on Tuesday, March 28, is hosted by Bookhounds, yet the giveaway prize is provided by Reading with Beth.


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Book Review: Sea Otter Heroes

 
Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem is an interesting and informative book written by Patricia Newman.

According to the inside cover, "In Elkhorn Slough, an inlet on the California coast, seagrass grows healthy and strong in the shallow water, providing homes for fish, preventing erosion, and trapping carbon from the environment. This healthy seagrass baffled marine biologist Brent Hughes...signs pointed to an unexpected player helping to keep seagrass healthy: sea otters.... Brent's amazing discovery solved a modern science mystery--and gave scientists insight into the delicate balance of ecosystems."
 
Along with the introduction, this book is divided into four chapters: A Journey Begins, The Mystery Unfolds, The "Aha" Moment, Proof, and Unexpected Heroes. Throughout this book, there are full-color photographs and colorful diagrams, as well as excerpts titled as Otterisms and Seagrass Science. The back of book includes Source Notes, Glossary, Selected Bibliography, More You "Otter" Read and Watch, and Index.

Sea Otter Heroes is a delightful fifty-six page non-fiction book, and it's geared toward children, particularly grades four to eight.

 
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.

March 10, 2017

Book Review: You Can't Win Them All


 
You Can't Win Them All, by Marcus Pfister is the newest book in the Rainbow Fish series.

Within thirty-two pages, this children's book spotlights good sportsmanship and playing fair through Rainbow Fish and friends playing hide-and-seek in the water.

According to the summary at the back of the book: "Everyone loses once in a while. But being a good sport when you lose isn't always easy...not even for Rainbow Fish. A lighthearted look at accepting loss without losing your sparkle!"

You Can't Win Them All is an enjoyable easy-to-read picture book, and it's geared toward young children, particularly ages four to eight.


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. 

March 8, 2017

Book Review: New York City Monsters


New York City Monsters: A Search-and-Find Book is written by Anne Paradis and illustrated by Lucile Danis Drouot. This book is part of the City Monsters series, which "takes you on a sightseeing adventure. Find the hidden little monsters as you discover big-city landmarks."
 
As an interactive story, children will learn about the city of New York, as they search and find adorable monsters throughout the colorful illustrations of city landmarks, such as the Empire State Building, Central Park Zoo, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty.

According to the back cover, "The City So Nice They Named It Twice attracts people from all over the world...even little monsters.... Have fun spotting them all as you explore some of New York City's most iconic landmarks and sights!"

This easy-to-read book is a charming children's travel book, which is geared towards younger readers, particularly ages three to eight.
 

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.