June 30, 2017

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

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, and links to these sites are listed towards the end of this post. It's quite enjoyable to visit other blogs and discover reading ideas and book suggestions!


Welcome to new visitors and returning followers! My blog focuses on reading, particularly book reviews, blog hops, reading challenges, and giveaways.

Since the month of June is over, this post will include my monthly summary, and I'll also link up with Month in Review at The Book Date blog. As usual, I've read a rather random mix of review books, so I divided the categories into fiction, non-fiction, and children's books.
  



Fiction Books:
 

  Non-Fiction Books:
 

   Children's Books:

 
What books did you enjoy reading this past month?

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June 29, 2017

Reading Challenge: Read the Books You Buy


I'm participating in the Read the Books You Buy reading challenge in 2017. For more details about this reading challenge, visit The Book Date blog posts - HERE and HERE.

Books Purchased in 2017:
  1. A Family Under the Stars, by Christy Jeffries
  2. Accidentally on Purpose, by Jill Shalvis
  3. Charm School for Cowboys, by Meg Maxwell
  4. Don't Tempt Me, by Lori Foster
  5. Forged in Desire, by Brenda Jackson
  6. Fortune's Surprise Engagement, by Nancy Robards Thompson
  7. Hard Justice, by Lori Foster
  8. Her Kind of Doctor, by Stella Bagwell
  9. Led Astray by a Rake, by Sara Bennett
  10. Lost and Found Sisters, by Jill Shalvis 
  11. Miracle on 5th Avenue, by Sarah Morgan
  12. No Getting Over a Cowboy, by Delores Fossen
  13. No One Is Coming to Save Us, by Stephanie Powell Watts
  14. Once You're Mine, by Barbara Freethy
  15. Rodeo Rancher, by Mary Sullivan
  16. Seduce Me, Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
  17. Slow Burn Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
  18. Suspicions, by Cynthia Eden
  19. The Last Single Garrett, by Brenda Harlen
  20. The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta
  21. The Martian, by Andy Weir

In the list above, the books that are crossed out indicate that books that I've read this year. I tend to read more review ebooks and print copies, as well as library ebooks and audiobooks. However, I've read eleven of the twenty-one books that I've purchased in 2017. I'll probably buy more, too.  :)

June 27, 2017

Book Review: Queso


Queso: Regional Recipes for the World's Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip is a delightful cookbook written by Lisa Fain.

As the title indicates, this book focused on queso and a variety of corresponding cheese recipes. Also, it includes food history lessons, recipe tips, and brilliant full-color photographs.

This book is divided into the following six main sections: Chile Con Queso: The Early Years, Tex-Mex Classics, On the Border, Quirky Quesos, Queso in the Wild, and Accompaniments, which include Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Picked Jalapenos, Green Chile Salsa Verde, Tortilla Chips, and Puffy Tostadas. The recipes range from Chile Verde con Queso, El Paso Clili con Queso, West Texas Green Chile Queso Blanco, Bean Dip Queso, Southern New Mexico Chile con Queso, Queso Flameado with Mushrooms and Chipotle Chiles, San Antonio-Style Vegan Queso, Greek Queso, Frito Wedge Salad with Queso Dressing, Macaroni and Cheese with Green Chile Queso Blanco, Green Chile and Cream Cheese Ice Cream Sundaes, etc.   

According to the Introduction, the author shared that "this book explores queso's many historical and geographical varieties.... As I drove across the Southwest discovering, researching, talking, and eating all things queso.... I've collected an array of recipes that celebrate queso in all its velvety, spicy, and special glory." 

Queso is geared towards all ages, from young adults to older generations, and it's ideal for those interested in various cheese-style recipes.


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.

Book Review: The Highland Commander


The Highland Commander, by Amy Jarecki is an interesting historical romance. 

As a Navy lieutenant, Aiden Murray has spent months at sea, by the time his ship docks in Stonehaven, Scotland. At a masked party in Stonehaven, Aiden meets the lovely Lady Magdalen Keith, who has been forced to live independently and currently manages a small hospital. After their quick meeting, Aiden and Magdalen re-encounter each other in London, and drama ensues.

Aiden and Magdalen's romantic story spans over years with each overcoming personal issues, family struggles, miscommunication, and plenty of drama. However, the title and cover are slightly misleading, since the book leans more towards a revised regency adventure historical romance book rather than a typical highlander-style romance.

Since it's the second book in the Lords of the Highlands series, it's ideal to start with the first book, yet it's not necessary to read the books in order.

The Highland Commander is geared towards those who enjoy unusual historical 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.

Book Review: Dropout


Dropout, by Carrie Ann Ryan is a contemporary romance novel that incorporates unrequited love, second chances, and high school reunions in small towns.

Kate (Williamson) St. Dalton is once again living in her hometown of Catfish Creek, Texas. However, she's ready to move away and start over, due to issues with her ex-husband, parents, and current boss, as well as various townspeople's constant comments regarding her college dropout status.

Grayson Cleary is also considered a dropout by this small town, since he skipped his high school graduation and moved away. With the ten-year high school reunion looming, Grayson is back in Catfish Creek and sees Kate, who was his first crush and the woman he has always wanted, even though nothing happened back in high school. And Grayson still wants Kate, and their re-introduction leads to a fling.

This book is a part of the Bad Boy Homecoming series, which consists of five books each written by a different author: Carrie Ann Ryan, Avery Flynn, Katee Robert, Kennedy Layne, and Stacey Kennedy. Even though Dropout is considered the first book in the Bad Boy Homecoming series, it's not necessary to read the books in order.

Dropout is geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romances, especially with several interconnecting stories.


Note: I received this book from the author, who provided ARC copies for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

June 26, 2017

Book Review: It's Monday, What Are You Reading, Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday, 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, and links to these sites are listed towards the end of this post. It's quite enjoyable to visit other blogs and discover reading ideas and book suggestions!


Welcome to new visitors and returning followers! My blog focuses on reading, particularly book reviews, as well as giveaways and blog hops. The Splash into Summer giveaway hop ends on Friday, June 30.

This week's book reviews featured a fun children's travel book, called Boston Monsters: A Search-and-Find Book. Throughout this book, children learn have the opportunity to learn about the city of Boston, as they search and find adorable monsters throughout the colorful illustrations of city landmarks.

It's a part of the City Monsters series, which also includes Chicago Monsters, New York City Monsters, San Francisco Monsters, Texas Monsters, and Washington D.C. Monsters. And my blog will feature upcoming reviews for Texas Monsters (focusing on the state instead of a specific city) and Washington D.C. Monsters.
  





Book Reviews:



 

Summer Reading Challenge: COYER Summer Reading List


What are your favorite travel books? Or favorite places to visit during the summer?
 
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June 21, 2017

Book Review: Manga Art


Manga Art: Inspiration and Techniques from an Expert Illustrator, by Mark Crilley is an inspiring and educational art and drawing book focused on manga.

According to the Introduction, "At the heart of the book is manga-style artwork, but perhaps not in the way that you might expect. These are not images that meticulously mimic the art of published Japanese illustrators.... My approach was to take the manga style and be kind of mad scientist with it.... My goal was to inspire creativity, and to pass along specific information about my techniques that you could then use in creating your own work."

Throughout this book, there are drawings and illustrations in full-color, black-and-white, and gray-scale, as well as summary and descriptive text, captions, and Your Turn sidebars. This book is divided into five main sections, which are titled as Characters, Japan, Science Fiction, Conceptual Art, and Styleplay. Also, there's an Introduction, Conclusion, and Index.


Manga Art is an enjoyable book to add to your library collection, since it's geared towards all ages and especially recommended for those interested in drawing and manga-inspired art. 
 
 
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.

June 20, 2017

Book Review: Zoo Scientists to the Rescue


Zoo Scientists to the Rescue is written by Patricia Newman and illustrated by Annie Crawley, which features a behind-the-scene glimpse of zoos, particularly scientists working to save endangered animals.

According to the introduction, "More than 181 million people visit zoos every every.... But zoos aren't just entertainment centers, they are living libraries. Zoos allow us to get close enough to animals to hear their stories.... Zoos also give scientists an up-close look at animals that are difficult to observe in the wild." This book focuses on three zoo scientists, Meredith Bastian with orangutans, Jeff Baughman with black-footed ferrets, and Rachel Santymire with wild black rhinos.

This book is divided into the following chapters: The Zoo: A Living Library, Treetop Teachers, The Comeback Kits, Feces Save Species, and The Rest of the Story. Also, there are Saving Wildlife sidebars and interesting animal facts intermixed with brilliant full-color photographs, graphics, and maps. 

Zoo Scientists to the Rescue is a fun way to learn, as well as providing practical suggestions about how to get involved. This non-fiction book is geared toward children, particularly third to seventh grades.

 
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.

June 19, 2017

Book Review: Her Surprise Engagement


Her Surprise Engagement, by Ashlee Mallory is an interesting contemporary romance, which is focused on family dynamics and a fake engagement.

Daisy Sorensen is a financially-struggling single mom who dreams of opening her own bakery. After her ex-husband disappoints their three children by promising and then denying them a trip to Disneyland, Daisy quickly plans a family vacation in Lake Tahoe.

Due to a mix-up, wealthy widow Jack Harrison also arrives at the same home for a vacation with his daughter and their dog. With the announcement of Jack's upcoming governor campaign, reporters appear on the doorstep of the vacation house and surprise both families in a humorous manner, which leads to Jack and Daisy's fake engagement. As the story continues, their pretend engagement leads to a real relationship, yet both Jack and Daisy have personal issues to overcome before truly combining their families.

Since it's the fourth book in The Sorensen Family series, it's ideal to start with the first book, yet it's not necessary to read the books in order. I started reading the series with this book.

Her Surprise Engagement is geared towards those who enjoy reading modern romances with children, pets, and pretend engagements.


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.