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8 12, 2016

Review: Christmas Quiet by Maisie Sparks and Lauren Younis

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Arts & Literature, Children's Books, Coloring Books, Entertainment, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , |7 Comments

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christmas quiet book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

For many people, reading books tends to relieve stress. I am one of those who will devour a novel because it takes my mind off things going on in my world around me. But for others, they take the route of actually being able to scribble in their books. I know, not what I would do, but when you have a book as pretty as this one? Oh, and while it has devotions and text, it is, also, a coloring book!

This strikingly beautiful adult coloring book is titled, Christmas Quiet. Contained within is a 25 day devotional, along with coloring pages. The authors take a piece of Scripture and then writes up a small word of encouragement or inspiration. This is leading up to Christmas so all the little pieces deal with the advent.

2 01, 2012

SheKnows Book Lounge

By | January 2nd, 2012|Categories: Entertainment, Etc.|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

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SheKnows.com has launched a brand new fabulous book lounge and I am very excited to be contributing my book insights for the site!

Check out some of my recent postings:

Hot eBook of the week (I will be posting one each week in January)

My favorite books of 2011

Hottest eReaders on the market

5 Authors to fan on Facebook

5 Must-read love stories

I will also be featuring my favorite books (both old and new) each day in January. Click here for my first pick!

25 09, 2011

New on TV: New Girl with Zooey Deschanel

By | September 25th, 2011|Categories: Entertainment|Tags: , , |9 Comments

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Our TV show recaps are back and this time around we will be covering the new FOX comedy, New Girl!

Written by Meg M.

In New Girl, we meet quirky but beautiful Jess Day when she is interviewing to become the fourth inhabitant of an apartment shared by Nick, Schmidt and Winston. Hesitant to let a girl into the mix, the three men change their minds when they discover that Jess’ friends are models.

But we discover that, for the most part, these guys are anything but shallow. When they realize that Jess is immersing herself in a post-breakup Dirty Dancing marathon that may push her over the edge, they encourage her to jump back into the dating world. And when her first attempt doesn’t turn out as anyone hoped, the three guys come to her rescue, ending the episode by her side.

As

1 09, 2011

One Day: Book vs Movie

By | September 1st, 2011|Categories: Entertainment|Tags: , , , , , |11 Comments

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Written by Jennifer Jensen

Check out our post about the chat we had with David Nicholls!

Though One Day is not the first of bestselling author David Nicholls’ books to be adapted for film, it is both the first novel and movie of his that I have seen. In 2006, David Nicholls wrote the screenplay for his 2003 novel, Starter for Ten (also known as A Question of Attraction). In anticipation for One Day, whose preview I saw for the first time while viewing Water for Elephants, I picked up a copy of the book, just knowing that I would absolutely love it.

Unfortunately, I was somewhat wrong about that. I didn’t love the book, I didn’t always love the characters, and the ending…oh, the ending. I enjoyed Nicholls’ writing style, and I appreciated all

20 08, 2011

Review: Puzzlebook: 100 Puzzle Quizzes by The Grabarchuk Family

By | August 20th, 2011|Categories: Entertainment|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

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Reviewed by Amanda Allalunis

100 Puzzle Quizzes is the ultimate electronic puzzle book for any puzzle-lover. Like its name suggests, the e-book contains 100 puzzles in a variety of themes including visual, spatial, counting, geometry, matchstick, coins, and searching. This full-color, interactive puzzle book provides a puzzle-lover with hours of fun.

As a puzzle-lover myself, there were a lot of things that I liked about 100 Puzzle Quizzes. I loved that it was available as an e-book. Instead of having to flip back and forth from a puzzle to an answer, all I had to do was select my answer and I would automatically be taken to a page that either explained why my answer was right or told me I was wrong. I also like that the puzzles offered in this e-book aren’t your standard Crossword and Sudoku varieties. Many of these

1 08, 2011

What His Dating Past Says About Him: The Ex-Files

By | August 1st, 2011|Categories: Entertainment, Etc.|Tags: , , , , , , , |9 Comments

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What His Dating Past Says About Him: The Ex-Files

By Natasha Burton, Julie Fishman and Meagan McCrary, authors of The Little Black Book of Big Red Flags

A man’s relationship record can tell you what to expect from him when he enters into one with you. Whether he’s broken hearts or

had his broken, most guys come with some baggage from their former flames. Here’s our take on what a man’s past might tell you about him.

Serial Monogamist

This guy loves being loved — and isn’t afraid to commit. Yet jumping straight from one serious relationship into another may signal insecurity or a fear of being alone.

He’s Cheated

While his past  infidelity doesn’t mean he’ll cheat on you, have a conversation about why he strayed in a previous relationship. If he hasn’t addressed his reason for cheating and worked to change, there’s a good chance

18 07, 2011

Are You Sad to See Them Go? 2011 Edition

By | July 18th, 2011|Categories: Entertainment|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |10 Comments

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Written by Meg Massey

It’s what any TV junkie dreads: the announcement of cancelled shows. Some are justified, but it always seems like a few series are cancelled too prematurely – and never given their chance to shine.

ABC cancelled a list of short-lived series, including Thursday night’s comedy Better With You, Matthew Perry’s latest venture Mr. Sunshine, the superhero-sized No Ordinary Family and the maybe-peaceful, maybe-not alien invasion story that was V. Also cancelled was fan-favorite drama Brothers and Sisters, after five seasons. The Gates, a summer series, was also removed from the network’s schedule.

CBS cancelled $#*! My Dad Says, the book-based comedy starring William Shatner. Also on the chopping block were Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and The Defenders. After saving Medium from cancellation by NBC after five seasons, CBS axed the series after it

13 06, 2011

Law & Order: Los Angeles Recap

By | June 13th, 2011|Categories: Entertainment|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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Meg M., our resident TV show reviewer, is discussing episodes of Law & Order: Los Angeles right here at Luxury Reading!

Written by Meg M.

If you’ve tuned in to Law & Order: Los Angeles the last two weeks, you may have noticed something a little strange. Detective Winters is back, but it’s not what it seems.

Though the series has been cancelled and will officially end this month, NBC is airing episodes that were filmed previous to the change-up of the series, where Skeet Ulrich exited, and actor Alfred Molina stepped into his place as a detective.

While the last two episodes have, in my opinion, felt disjointed after viewing the death of Detective Winters, it was nice to see him and his chemistry with Detective Jaruszalski again. I missed the ease of their

17 05, 2011

Law & Order: Los Angeles Recap

By | May 17th, 2011|Categories: Entertainment|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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Meg M., our resident TV show reviewer, is discussing episodes of Law & Order: Los Angeles right here at Luxury Reading!

Written by Meg M.

This week’s Law and Order: Los Angeles found inspiration from the real-life Tucson, Arizona shooting when a schizophrenic Larry Shephard opens fire, killing State Senator Celeste Kelman and six other innocent people.

Detectives Morales and Jaruszalski discover that Larry Shephard, who was living under another name, believes that his daughter Ariel is missing. Seeking help from the senator, Larry was enraged when she did not help him, and murdered her. Through investigation, however, the detectives discover a more disturbing truth: Larry Shephard does not have a daughter. So who is the girl pictured on the flyer he carries with him?

And while the defense, and even DDA Rubirosa, is

11 05, 2011

Law & Order: Los Angeles Recap

By | May 11th, 2011|Categories: Entertainment|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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Meg M., our resident TV show reviewer, is discussing episodes of Law & Order: Los Angeles right here at Luxury Reading!

Written by Meg M.

When a young college student is raped and murdered, DDA Dekker finds that he may be prosecuting the wrong person.

When Beth Garrett is found strangled in a park, detectives Jaruszalski and Morales find themselves in the middle of a strange, erotic case. The police immediately suspect Jesse Beckman, a student who often appeared in places that Beth frequented. And when witnesses put Jesse with another male student, Roger Darden, the detectives fear that both men may have played a part in her death.

The case becomes even stranger when it is revealed that a fourth individual was involved, a pre-med student named Sylvie Lester. Sylvie reveals that she, Beth, Roger and Jesse