Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Review: The 60s: The Story of a Decade

The 60s: The Story of a Decade The 60s: The Story of a Decade by The New Yorker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The 60s is the third installment of decade overview collections from The New Yorker. This installment contains a wide range of nonfiction articles, reviews, fiction and poetry from the 1960s. Topics vary and include the civil right movement, the counterculture, music festivals, Vietnam, computers and much more.

Overall, this is a great collection that explores all of the topics that made the 1960s still a huge talking point today. Getting more specific, some of the articles are a bit long-winded. It's also a little difficult to keep an interest in reviews on things that cannot be explored on your own, such as reviews of theater performances. Other than that, it is something that anyone looking for a snapshot of the decade should check out.

*Book provided by NetGalley

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Book Spotlight: All This and Heaven Too: Tough Jewel Exceptionally Beautiful Better Lifestyle


Personal Success/Transformational/Spiritual


All This and Heaven Too!
  •  Shatters the myth that an ‘exceptionally beautiful Better Lifestyle’ is only for the materially rich
  • Defies that a super-abundant life is only a once off occurrence
  • Reveals religious dogmas do not make a precious Jewel of God
  • Confronts the notion that only a few can be extraordinary
  • Disputes ‘All this and Heaven too!’ is only enjoyed in Heaven
  • Dares you to apply Christ’s ASK principle to a victorious lifestyle
  • Rejects that enjoying wealth on earth from heaven is not a birth-right!
  • Challenges that physical transformation, toughness, and participation in fitness competitions is only for a select few
  • Separates decisively between worldly and Godlike complete joy, super-abundant wealth, perfect peace and inexplicable love
  • Links 3P philosophies (Patience, Perseverance, Persistence) for superabundance living

    This outcome-based book is written in a quest to address some fundamental life questions, namely: 
Who am I?
Why am I here?
What am I to do?
Where am I going?

This ebook can be purchased from Amazon

About the Author:

Dr. Gachie is an educator and religious teacher with a background in delivering interactive seminars that promote her audiences’ lifestyles.

Dr Gachie (PhD, MBA, MPRM, MA, B.Ed.) inspired by her own personal struggles, born and educated in the slums. After hitting rock bottom like the Prodigal, the author realized that All this and Heaven too! was available to everyone.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Review: Roomies

Roomies Roomies by Christina Lauren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holland is on a sea of uncertainty—she has an MFA and hasn't written a word, she lives in the city working with her uncle's Broadway production, and she has a mad crush on some busker in the subway, taking the route whenever he plays, though she doesn't really need to battle the rush hour traffic otherwise. But when she gets into a scary situation with a random guy in the station, it is the mysterious busker that comes to the rescue. And when Holland finds out that he's Julliard trained and perfect for the changes coming in her uncle's show, it's her time to return the favor—by marrying Busker Jack, also known as Calvin.

This is one of those books where you are pretty sure everyone gets their happy ending, but there are enough twists and turns to make you keep reading, just to be sure. Holland and Calvin are well thought out characters in the heart of a big group of people who love them deeply and want to only see the best for them.

There are some points in the book where you you may want to scream at Holland. After all, she's got everything—an easy job with nepotism written all over it, a great apartment mostly paid for in one of the most expensive cities on earth, and yet the girl still can't put a few words to the page—even bad ones. But when Calvin comes along and turns her life upside down, she begins to see herself in a different light, and begins to discover she can be much more than she's let herself be. Overall, this is a fun and funny romance that will probably steal your heart—and a good chunk of your weekend.

*Book provided by Bookish First

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Adventures of Ms Addie Pants, Book 1


Children (ages 0-10)


Love is to be shared, but Ms. Addie Pants was left on the side of the road with no one in sight. She wondered if there someone who would find her and give her a home she never had? Will her dreams ever come true? Discover Addie’s outcome in this timeless children's picture book about love healing fear between a girl and her dog.

This children's pet book on dogs is a true story about a puppy in Texas that finds a home in New Hampshire. This book's main theme is that Love Heals Fear. It is about a strong little girl that is determined to save Addie and make her safe. It starts with abandonment and scary trucks zooming by.

Then she is discovered on the side of the road by a rescue hero who puts her on a plane with other puppies.

No one steps up to claim Addie when she arrives in NH but Addie hopes it is the little girl she saw waving to her when they were landing. It then describes the adventures of landing in Annie’s arms.

This children's ebook will delight many ages from birth to adult.

Three Free Color Pages are available for download once you purchase this book.

This book is available from Amazon (get it for FREE today, December 4th!)

About the Author:

Wendy "Ann" Van de Poll has rescued puppies and all kinds of animals since she was 5-years old. She is a bestselling and award-winning author, speaker and pet loss grief specialist. Wendy has run with the wolves in Minnesota, coyotes in Massachusetts, and foxes in her backyard. This is her first children's book.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

December's TBR

I had to take a few screenshots to show off this month's TBR pile. All of my current reads are in digital format because I hid the rest of my books in the back of the closet to accommodate Christmas décor. Here's what I plan to read this month:

What is in your TBR pile in December? 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Review: Blood & Water

Blood & Water Blood & Water by Katie O'Rourke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Delilah finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her, she doesn't know what to do. One impulsive mistake later, and she's on a flight to Tucson where her brother lives. David is there raising his daughter. While Delilah is there, she meets David's friends and sees what kind of a life they have all built for themselves, and what she could have once she decides what to do next.

This is a very real novel, not letting any of the characters escape the real world for a second. They are flawed, they are confused, but they do find some sort of contentment or happiness in where they are, or where they are headed. The key takeaway from what these characters go through is not how they have to suffer through something, but the friends that turn into a chosen family when they need each other's support. While all of the different points of view were a little hard to keep track of at first, the book turned out to be a great snapshot of ordinary life that resonates with readers.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Battle of the Erathiel: Across the Enchanted Sea




The Battle of the Erathiel: Across the Enchanted Sea is the first volume of a fantasy book series that narrates the many adventures and trials the elven race of the Erathiel. 
The elven race of the Erathiel embark on a journey across the Enchanted Sea to find a new home. They have lost everything they held dear because of a terrible wizard, Bragolthar, who destroyed it all. King Thinidiel and Queen Nimtar decide their best option is to abandon their land. With them travel the only remaining dwarves and humans who survived a most gruesome war. They sail on three ships but, alas, are struck by a terrible storm that wounds them dreadfully. One ship is destroyed, the other is lost, and only one makes it to land, a land they are not so keen to call their own, but soon they will discover that there is more to it than they expected. Sadly, the lost ship was captained by the courageous Princess Isilen, whom the Erathiel love dearly. They will do everything they can to find her again.
They reach a mysteriously abandoned port that only fills their minds with questions as they see no civilization nearby, only an endless desert. Princes Camlhach and Valruin lead the company alongside their parents but Valruin, headstrong and young, disobeys and endangers the company by provoking an attack from a group of lizard people who claim to serve the Dark One and that the Erathiel are trespassers in his land. The Erathiel refuse to fight but in the accidental death of the lizards’ leader, they give birth to a new enemy. Strangely, the fallen lizard turns into a human boy upon dying, leaving the Erathiel with even more questions about this new land and its magic. 

As they continue their journey, they reach the land of Orodor, just beyond the desert. There they meet the Orach, small golden humans that live in peace and harmony on top of a mountain. They form an alliance and learn the name of their new home: Dôr Annon. They find out who the Dark One truly is: a dark sorcerer by the name of Delufer, who used to rule peacefully over Dôr Annon with his spouse and companion in magic, Queen Yävé, whom the Orach claim still protects their realm. The Dark One, once good, now seeks to rule over all, using his dark magic to corrupt even his own children, the Tacharan, shapeshifters, to do his bidding. Alas, the haven of Orodor is desecrated by the Dark One himself where he causes pain, destruction, and death, taking the Orach's leader, King Intiqué with him. Both the Erathiel and Orach find themselves hopeless and brokenhearted, but thanks to unity and their leaders' faith they decide to take a stand against Delufer, even though the peaceful Orach know nothing of war. 

The company is divided but not weakened for one group travels south to the land of the Beithir, who are hunters and warriors, and who they hope will aid them in the stand against the Dark One and his evil ways. The other group stays in Orodor, led by the mighty Lothar and his dwarven allies, Bazur and Nurunn, to teach the Orach to fight and how to forge weapons for the first time in their peaceful lives. Lastly, the third group travels back to the ships to begin the search for Princess Isilen. Young Turion leads the mission, hopeful that he will find the Princess and that the anguish in his heart will cease when he does. Friends and foes, hope and loss will be their constant companions in this journey across the Enchanted Sea.

For more information, check out this book's Goodreads page

This book is available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

Constanza Mayer is a Chilean author. Born in Santiago, she spent most of her childhood living in different cities across Chile, until she finally settled down for many years in a small town in the state of Illinois. There, she began her true journey into the realm of fantasy and all things magical—Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, fed her imaginative mind. This is when she began to write her first fantasy novel, but it was sadly lost due to a computer virus. After many years passed, having moved back to Santiago, Chile, she was finally able to write again. This is where "The Battle of the Erathiel" truly began to develop. After almost two years of hard work, and living for a time in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, she finishes the first novel of her series in Santiago on October 29th, 2016. Constanza is an avid reader, a lover of the arts, and a devoted piano player and composer. Among her dreams, she hopes to continue traveling across the world to fill herself with more experiences to write from, as she typically says: “Hay que vivir para poder escribir.” “You must live so that you may write.”  

If you want to learn more about Constanza Mayer, please check out the links below.