Friday, October 20, 2017

First Line Friday

I'm back!!!
Combine a crazy busy schedule with sick family members and you have the recipe for missing a lot of fun things. A few things have changed since I last did First Line Friday. We've grown. So a little bit of the format has changed. But it's all for the better. So let me know what the first line of a book you are reading is and join in the fun.
First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books
Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am posting a line from  -

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy.
"An explosion brought Cole Boden to his feet. His chair slammed backward into the wall."

I'm going to dive into this book in a few minutes so stay tuned for a review later this week or next. And don't forget to let me know what you are reading. I love hearing about new books to add to my ever growing pile.

I currently have a give-away going on my blog. Head over here to check it out.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Understanding Color in Photography

Understanding Color in Photography
Bryan Peterson
I am an amateur photographer and am still learning so much about composition, exposure, and color. So I knew I had to read this book. The author begins with an introduction about himself, his photography journey, what he hopes the reader gains from the book, and what prompted him to write the book. The book is then divided up into four sections - Light, Exposure, And Color; Color and Composition; Color and Mood; and Using Tools to Enhance Color. Each page is filled with beautiful photographs by the author that help to showcase what technique or point he is trying to get across. The text is woven throughout these pictures. As a newer photographer, I felt that the writing was technical, but not so complicated that I was lost. 

I learned a lot from each section and feel like it has made me a better photographer. This book would be great for any camera or photographer enthusiast who wants a glimpse into the world of an amazing photographer. Even if you consider yourself a pro, there is always something new to learn. I will definitely be hanging on to this book.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Book Give-Away

I posted a review yesterday of this fun, little activity book. 
Now I'm going to give away a book so you can have one of your own. 

Fill out the rafflecopter questions and I'll use a computer app to select the winner. 


Monday, October 16, 2017

A Far, Far Better Thing to Do

A Far, Far Better Thing to Do
A Lit Lover's Activity Book
Joelle Herr
Illustrated by Lindsey Spinks
 This book is best described by the introduction. I can offer no better words of my own.

"If you're reading this, chances are you're a card-carrying (library card, natch), TBR-stacking, unabashed book nerd. That you require both hands to count the number of times you've devoured your favorite classic novel. That you own more books than all of your other possessions combined. That you have a pet named after a literary character. That you imagined yourself as the mistress of Pemberley. That you know the book Pemberley is from without even having to think about it."

Since every single part of that description describes me, I had to have this book. And I loved every page. I couldn't stop showing pages of it to my family. There are activities, coloring pages, quotes, and so much more. The book is well designed, beautifully illustrated, and so much fun. This was perfect for those times that I couldn't fit in much reading, but had a few seconds to spare and wanted something to do. It is small and soft bound so that it fits easily into my purse, but not so tiny that my old eyes have to strain to see the pages. This was fun for me, but I also think it would make an excellent gift for that book lover on your Christmas list.

I received a copy of this book from Running Press. All thoughts expressed are my own.

**Stay tuned for a give-away tomorrow.**

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Coloring Christmas Devotions

Coloring Christmas Devotions
The Christmas season is almost upon us again and what a better way to get into the spirit of the holidays than with this fun and inspiring book. Each (right side) page is filled with detailed and delightful pages that highlight the different aspects of the season. Each left side page has a thoughtful devotional that focuses on the reason we celebrate Christmas. They all begin with a scripture and after the devotional thought, end with a short prayer. There are also several pages with Bible verses that can be colored as well. The pages are thick enough that ghosting or bleeding through isn't an issue. Each page is also perforated so they can be torn out and shared or hung up. The binding is soft and the book is small enough to fit into a purse or satchel. 

I'm a huge fan of Christmas and coloring books, so this was a win for me. The devotionals were very well done. The author did a great job of sharing personal stories and antidotes that fit well with the scripture and thought she was trying to portray. I enjoyed each one. The coloring pages were varied, but fit with the theme. They were intricate and clearly designed for adults, which I really enjoyed. This would make an excellent gift, but I'd recommend picking one up for yourself as well as it will fit in perfectly with the coming Advent season.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Brides of Kansas

Brides of Kansas (50 States of Love)
Tracey V. Bateman
The first story begins with a young woman who is trying to raise her little niece. When she's stranded in a small town due to lack of funds, she finds an advertisement for a wife and agrees to marry a stranger with children. After some difficulties, the two learn to manage their home together and have a possibility at love. The second two stories take the younger generation and tell their story of love in Kansas.

I'd read a couple of these stories previously, but enjoyed reading them again and together in one book. I think it's great that the publisher is reissuing these older books and putting them together in a collection. The book is part of a series by different authors. Each book is a Christian romance set in a different state. The author does a great job of weaving family, faith, and love into a light-hearted, romantic story.The characters were authentic and stood out despite the large number of family and town people added to the plot. There were a couple of times in several of the books that I wasn't crazy about (plot twists, characteristics of people, ways of handling a situation), but overall, I enjoyed the books and would read more by this author.

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Montana Bride by Christmas

Montana Bride by Christmas
Linda Ford
Hugh, a minister, has finally located his missing son. He can't keep a nanny and so he does the next best thing. He advertises for a wife. But when Annie applies for the position, Hugh is reluctant to accept her offer. He's seen Annie in the past and he doesn't trust that she'll stay and be responsible. His son has some severe issues stemming from the trauma he experienced while missing and Hugh needs a mature, responsible woman who can help his son speak again. Annie convinces him to agree to a trail period and moves her grandfather and herself into his home. Both will need to learn patience and trust as they work together for his precious son.

This was a unique start to the whole marriage of convenience type story. I loved the grandfather and the little boy and how they added depth to the story. The writer did a great job of creating interesting and authentic characters. She wove the important messages of faith, trust, and reliance on God into the plot without making it come across as a sermon. The book is clearly part of a series, but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed this book and look forward to more by this author.

I received a copy of this book by NetGalley. All thoughts expressed are my own.