Saturday, April 25, 2015

Book Review: Bar Stool Yoga

Bar Stool Yoga is such an imaginative book. I love the way these ladies have taken 40 traditional yoga poses and adapted them to use while on a bar stool. The entire time they share how yoga and alcohol should not mix.

Each pose goes step-by-step in telling the reader how to complete this pose on a bar stool. Then they show the traditional pose. They also include happy hour hints for each pose along with an Ask Your Bartender For... section.

I also loved the way that I could easily understand everything they were sharing and, even though I do not drink alcohol, I could see myself doing these moves at home, on a bar stool.

I cannot say enough good about this book.
I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!!!!

Book Review: Food52: Genius Recipes

Product DetailsBook52: Genius Recipes
This book states on its cover "100 recipes that will change the way you cook." This is an interesting claim to live up to. It is full of wonderful recipes divided into: breakfast; snacks and drinks; soups and salads; meaty mains; meatless mains; and vegetables. Each of these is filled with recipes that taste as good as they sound.

When I first received this book from Blogging for Books, I felt like it was a coffee table book. The pictures and pages are of such high quality. Then I looked at the recipes closely and saw that each one is very do-able. So I tried a few and they did not disappoint.

The editor, Kristen Miglore, who has the blog Food52, gathered together some of the best of the best as far as recipes and cooks.

For anyone that loves to spend time in the kitchen making recipes that will enthrall the entire family, this recipe book is for you. Or if you just like to look and dream.

I was given this book by Blogging for Books for my honest review.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Review: The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

Queenie is in a hospice surrounded by people that she does not really know. One day she received a postcard from Harold Fry asking her to hang on and letting her know he is making his way there step-by-step.

While waiting for this man, who has so many places in her heart, Queenie writes a letter, an honest letter, to her friend to say all the things she was never brave enough to say in person.

I was a teacher, at one time, once in a while a student would turn in a creation that deserved so much more than an A+, so I would write excellent, place a smiley face and place colorful stickers on it. This book deserves all of this and so much more. Even though I thought I knew how it would end up, and in a way it did, there were still little surprises that caught my breath and my heart all the way to the end.

This is not your one-size-fits-all love story. It is filled with so much wonderful detail that it fills the heart, the head and the soul. I had not read Rachel Joyce's book about Harold Fry, even though I do own it, but I did not feel like I needed to read it to understand Queenie and Harold.

I want to thank Rachel Joyce for this wonderful book. I know look forward to reading anything else you may have to write.

This book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thank you

Monday, April 20, 2015

Book Review: The Girls of Mischief Bay

The Girls of Mischief Bay, the first in the series of Mischief Bay, is a funny, touching, romantic, relationship-changing book written by Susan Mallery. In this book there are three friends that are each facing a change in their lives.

Nicole is a supportive wife whose husband is a screenwriter. However, she has not seen any finished work from him so she has to work full-time, and since he does not seem to be inclined to run the house or look after their son, Nicole must do these too.

Pam is also a loving wife, but her children are grown so she is trying to keep the love alive in her marriage. She is faced with an uncertain future due to changes that are placed upon her.

Shannon is a business executive who has placed a larger emphasis on work than her personal life. Now she has met a man who she sees a future with but is it meant to be?

These three women share, support, and advise each other through these times.

Mallery is a bestselling author of Three Sisters and she has done an excellent job with this book.

I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you.

Book Review: Why Dogs Are by Tana Thompson

Tana Thompson has a way with words that touch the heart of adults and children.
In Why Dogs Are, Thompson tells about the creation of dogs by God. More specifically why one special dog, a golden retriever, was sent to Brian by God. The dog shows Brian that God loves him so much that he sent a friend to be the seeing eyes and the hearing ears that Brian needs.
This is such a heartwarming story that is a great book to share with loved ones, no matter what the age. I read it to my 1 ½ year old granddaughter and she loved it as much as I did. Marita Gentry created wonderful illustrations to add to the book.
All the profits from this book go to charities which train and support therapy dogs.

I was very glad that I was given this book by in exchange for my honest review! Thank you. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Book Review: Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story

This is the story of Ed Lucas, a broadcaster who happened to be blind. This is such an inspiring story encouraging others to follow their dreams, no matter what may be seen as roadblocks. Lucas lost his sight at the age of 12 when he was hit by a baseball between the eyes. Thanks to his mother's letter writing to baseball players, he was soon invited to visit clubhouses.

I highly recommend this book to any who enjoy inspirational stories, sports stories or baseball.

I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.