Tuesday, November 6

Check out the new Filament Bible!

Check out the new Filament Bible. 

With Filament, you get a beautifully simple print Bible with access to a free digital app. 

Simply scan the page number using the Filament app, and you're instantly connected to a world of study, devotional, and interactive visual content all centered around the page you are reading.

Saturday, November 3

Wait For Me

Lately I’ve branched out to read some new genres and authors. An as odd as it sounds, it’s difficult for me to invest time in a book when I’m not drawn in by the cover art.

Though Wait For Me is the last book in the series, and I haven’t read the previous Montana Series installments, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. The story is fast-paced, and includes a lot of action and romance, but I wasn’t completely hooked.

The writing is superb, but I felt a little overwhelmed by the number of characters and trying to keep things straight. With that said, I was very drawn to Pete. I also enjoyed the soft spiritual theme throughout and was satisfied with the conclusion.

If you like action-packed rescue-team type stories, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this read.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review.

Tuesday, October 30

In Too Deep

Every now and then I like to branch out from my usual genres and read something new. I rarely read mystery or suspense and have never read anything that includes dive team investigations.

I liked the soft spiritual themes and the mystery was interesting. Their story felt more of a light, romantic suspense story and overall, I enjoyed it.

Although I found elements of this story intriguing and entertaining, it didn't fully engage me. I suppose the main thing was the elementary relationship between Adam and Sabrina. When I say elementary, I mean young-ish. Does he like me? Does she like me?

If you enjoy romantic suspense, this is a good read. Not exactly my cup of tea, but I'm glad I read it and I even learned a few things.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review.

The Knitter's Dictionary

The Knitter's Dictionary adds a bit of glitter to your knitting craft projects. Defining terms, explaining stitches, and providing helpful and inspiring illustrations.

I like the alphabetical listings, making it easy to find phrases, words, etc. with ease. The book also provides helpful tips for yarn types, textures, weights, recommendations on how much yarn to buy for a particular project, yarn attributes, and additional valuable information.

The hardback design is sturdy and even comes with a handy attached ribbon marker for page keeping. If you enjoy knitting, or have hopes of learning the craft, this book is a valuable library addition. It doesn't provide all the information you need, but it's certainly a great place to start.


Thursday, October 18

Putting the Science in Fiction

As a fiction writer, I recognize the importance of authentic writing. Even though I write imaginary stories, they still need to be plausible, and hold an essence of truth. 

I remember reading a book with a setting in the 1800s. It mentioned a medicine that hadn’t been discovered and named until many years later. Needless to say, my interest waned, because I felt the author didn’t do proper research. 

Writers should seek a credible foundation for their works of fiction, and this book, with its forty contributors, serves as a valuable tool. It aids fiction writers in overcoming scientific myths and misconceptions by employing the expertise of those in the scientific, technological, and medical fields.

Wednesday, October 17

Lady of a Thousand Treasures

Every once in a while I like to switch it up and read a genre outside of my preferred genres. I’ve read a few Victorian era books in the past, but have very little knowledge of the time period.

I was charmed into the lovely prose and the English ways of Lady of a Thousand Treasures. The descriptions are vivid and I can almost hear their accents. Everything feels authentic. The story is well written.

Eleanor was easy to connect with, but I had a difficult time with Harry. He has many flaws and few appealing qualities. Because of this, I had trouble sympathizing with either of them.

Ultimately, I like a story that teaches me something new. In this case, there are many historical nuances and happenings that give the story fullness. Although this hasn’t made me a huge Victorian era fan, I was pulled into the mystery and enjoyed it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from TyndaleBlogNetwork.

Becoming Mrs. Lewis

Oh how I love to be swept away into the world of a well-written tale! From the first line of the prologue I was pulled in, held captive, totally intrigued. The prose—superb. The mood—established. I couldn’t stop turning pages.

Becoming Mrs. Lewis is best described as an intellectually stimulated love story. Two cerebral people intrigued and fulfilled. That’s not to say that their stories and relationships aren’t flawed. This work of fiction is smartly written.

I’ve never read anything by C.S. Lewis. I have little knowledge of his writing or his personal life, or that of Joy’s, but this fictional account is a great introduction to them both.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers and NetGalley.
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