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

Blog Hop: Mailbox Monday, What Are You Reading, Sunday Post, and Stacking the Shelves

My blog, Reading with Beth, is participating in the Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday, Stacking the Shelves, and It's Monday, What Are You Reading blog hops.




Welcome to new visitors! My blog focuses on reading, particularly book reviews. Check out my blog archive for recent posts, including the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway to enter to win an Amazon gift card.

Since this is the second time my blog is joining these blog hops, I'll slowly catch up and continue by summarizing my book reviews from February 2017, as well as books that I've read. And books that I've reviewed on my blog will have links included below. 
 
 
Fiction Books:
  • A Family Under the Stars, by Christy Jeffries
  • Heat Exchange, by Shannon Stacey
  • Protected, by Lauren Dane
  • Sunset in Central Park, by Sarah Morgan
  • The Magicians, by Lev Grossman
  • The Magician King, by Lev Grossman
  • The Marine Makes His Match, by Victoria Pade
 

  Non-Fiction Books:


  Children/Teen Books:

What books (from the previously mentioned fiction, non-fiction, and children/teen book lists) have you also read? Or do you have any favorite book recommendations? :)  

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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 20, 2017

Blog Hop: Mailbox Monday and What Are You Reading

My blog, Reading with Beth, is participating in the Mailbox Monday blog hop and It's Monday, What Are You Reading blog hop.


Welcome to new visitors! My blog focuses on reading, particularly book reviews. Check out the blog archive recent posts, including the Lucky Lephrechun Giveaway to enter to win an Amazon gift card.

Since this is the first time my blog is joining these blog hops, I'll slowly catch up and start by summarizing my book reviews from January 2017, as well as books that I've read. And the book reviews on my blog have linked included. 

Fiction Books:
  • A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
  • Accidentally on Purpose, by Jill Shalvis
  • Falling for the Rebound Bride, by Karen Templeton
  • Her Cowboy Lawman, by Pamela Britton
  • In Arcadia, by Andrea Host
  • Maybe in Another Life, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Miracle on Fifth Avenue, by Sarah Morgan
  • One True Loves, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Pregnant by Mr Wrong, by Rachael Johns
  • The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta
  • Under Pressure, by Lori Foster  
  • Wild Horse Springs, by Jodi Thomas
 
Non-Fiction Books:
Children/Teen Books:

What books (from the previously mentioned fiction, non-fiction, and children/teen book lists) have you also read?

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March 19, 2017

Blog Hop: Sunday Post

My blog, Reading with Beth, is participating in the Sunday Post blog hop.


Since this is the first time my blog is joining this blog hop, welcome to any new visitors! My blog focuses on reading, particularly book reviews. Check out the blog archive list for recent posts from March 2017, including the Lucky Lephrechun Giveaway - enter to win an Amazon gift card.

This week, I'm listing my recent book reviews, upcoming reviews, and books that I'm currently reading and/or hope to read soon. :)



Recent Reviews:
 

Upcoming Reviews:
  • Baby Animals, by Animal Planet
  • Barcelona from A to Z, by Barrie Kerper 
  • Simone Biles, by Jon Fishman  
  • Simply Clean, by Becky Rapinchuk
  • The Baby Bombshell, by Victoria James
  • The Wedding Date Bargain, by Mira Lyn Kelly


Current and Upcoming Reading List:
  • Brighter Than the Sun, by Maya Banks 
  • Dinosaurs Before Dark, by Mary Pope Osborne
  • The Lighting Thief, by Rick Riordan 
  • The Magicians, by Lev Grossman

What book (or books) are you currently reading?

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