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1 08, 2016

Review: Amy Snow by Tracy Rees

By | August 1st, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment


amy snow book coverReviewed by Meredith Kelly

I just loved this book! Amy Snow is set in the Victorian Age of Great Britain, an era that I love for its grandiosity and refinement. I knew from the start that this would be an exceptional book and it surely did not let me down.

As a young girl of eight, Aurelia Vennaway, heir and only child of the wealthy Vennaway family, went out on a cold January day to play in the snow that had fallen the night before. While outside, she came upon a naked baby just lying in the snow.

1 08, 2016

Book of the Month August Selections

By | August 1st, 2016|Categories: Etc.|Tags: |7 Comments

It’s August 1st and that means new Book of the Month picks!

There are not one but two special offers for new subscribers this month: Use code READ5 to get your 1st month for only $5 OR code 30TOTE to get 30% off 3 months plus a free BOTM beach tote. Both offers expire on 8/31

August Selections

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain 

Judge Allison Williams of HBO Girls: “Read it to be astounded by the human spirit’s ability to conquer so much. Enjoy it because it’s excellent.”

31 07, 2016

Review: Reverie by Lauren E. Rico

By | July 31st, 2016|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance|Tags: , , |0 Comments


reverie book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Reverie by Lauren E. Rico is as up-to-the-minute as tomorrow’s news! I grew up with classical music in the days way before television, even, and that’s a long time. I’ve read numerous books that professed to be about classical music, but they were written with music as an incidental piece of furniture. Reverie is not only a musical term, but this book IS music. I’m here to say this book could not have been written by anyone who did not grow up in a musical milieu. The authenticity throughout is astonishing as is the poetry of the musicians in regard to their instruments. This book would not be what it is without the music that runs through every page. And it is anything but dull or boring! No, it’s a tale for today, enjoyable by any intelligent reader.

31 07, 2016

Mailbox Monday, August 1, 2016

By | July 31st, 2016|Categories: Etc.|Tags: |12 Comments

Welcome to Mailbox MondayMailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here are the books that made their way into my physical and digital mailboxes last week:

Paper Review Copies

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30 07, 2016

Review: If You Were Me and Lived In Ancient Greece by Carole P. Roman

By | July 30th, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books|Tags: , |2 Comments


if you were me and lived in ancient greece book coverReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

I have so much enjoyed Carole P. Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived In… series, which introduces young children to cultures from around the globe. These sweet, simple books are great interest sparkers for young children just beginning to learn about the world outside of their own community. Roman introduces them to modern countries with rich roots like Kenya, Peru, Hungary, and many others, with a simple format that includes vocabulary from the native language, foods, traditional costumes, festivals, and favored vacation spots. Her newest series in this line, however, is historical!

29 07, 2016

Review: Keeping It Up by Cat Skinner

By | July 29th, 2016|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health, Relationships|Tags: , , |2 Comments


keeping it up book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Did you ever notice that most ‘relationship’ books (euphemism for improving your sex life) seem to be directed at only half the team? Just like in football, there’s two sides, and you need both of them to win the game. No, sex isn’t a game, but wouldn’t it make a lot more sense to have one sensible book that could be easily read by both sides? Separately – or together.

Keeping It Up is a slender (and very inexpensive!) book and is the closest I’ve ever found to being a complete guide. Granted it’s primarily aimed at the male half, but the author strongly encourages reading it together, or taking turns at reading it. Makes a lot of sense to me.

29 07, 2016

Review: Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch

By | July 29th, 2016|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments


black river falls book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch. I knew the book was about a quarantined town, and that’s about it. Really, that’s all I need to suck me into a young adult book. I like books with a darker premise. While I felt this particular novel took a few chapters to really get going, I thought Hirsch did a fantastic job at looking into what family means when memories are gone.

Cardinal, or Card as the kids he helps take care of call him, is one of the very few who weren’t infected by a virus that strips people of their memories. Interestingly, this virus was only distributed in one town.

28 07, 2016

Review: Once Upon a Wine by Beth Kendrick

By | July 28th, 2016|Categories: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |3 Comments


once upon a wine book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Cammie thinks that life can’t get any worse. She’s working as a waitress after her restaurant failed and her chef boyfriend left her and their business behind. But then she discovers that her aunt Ginger spontaneously purchased a vineyard near the place her family used to visit in Delaware, and her cousin Kat begs her to help them figure out how to make the vineyard work.

When Cammie arrives there, she is shocked to discover that the property is in bad shape. Despite her research about wine, she finds that she may need more help, and that comes in the form of an old flame, local farmer Ian.

28 07, 2016

Review: Caged Lightning by Brent Rock Russell

By | July 28th, 2016|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , |2 Comments


caged lightning book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Caged Lightning is the first book of a new series by a fairly new author, Brent Rock Russell. One word that can be used to describe this book is intense. It starts off with a bang and gallops full bore right to the end. No getting bored here.

Dr. Stryker is an emergency room doctor in San Diego and he’s an ex-Navy SEAL. He met Senator Ripp when the senator had a mountain biking accident and needed a few stitches. Senator was intrigued and asked Dr. Stryker to be his personal doctor and security consultant. Since Senator Ripp was one of the statesmen that Dr. Stryker truly admired, he was flattered and accepted.

28 07, 2016

Blog Tour: Lift by Daniel Kunitz

By | July 28th, 2016|Categories: Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Historical, Nonfiction, Sports & Outdoors|Tags: , , , |2 Comments


lift book coverPlease join Daniel Kunitz, author of Lift: Fitness Culture, from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Seldom does a book come along that explains so well why we are and should be doing something. In Lift, Daniel Kunitz does an excellent job of going over the reasons we lift and why we need to lift, as well as breaking open some myths about lifting along the way.

Let’s begin with what this book isn’t. Although there are elements of workouts related to lifting in the text, this is not a workout book nor is it a weight loss book. That said, if you do follow some of the guidelines reviewed in the book, you are practically guaranteed to lose weight.