Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-106 - TRAVELLING SEEDS

I received a mobi.fle [KINDLE] copy of this book through a giveaway on LibraryThing and the following is my honest opinion for the book.

Ms. Bielawski had done a marvelous with this book which is part of a series entitled “Mummy Nature Series – Nurturing Children’s Curiosity.”

As soon as children are able to talk their inquisitive minds start asking questions regarding everything they see, and this book is there to help fill this void. The language is appropriate for their young minds to understand with the rhyming making it more appealing to their ears. The illustrations [also done by the author] on each page compliments the words which go along with it allowing for the child to better visualize what they’re reading.

After reading this book a child’s mind will have a slew of other questions regarding the topic the book has been written about which might ultimately drift off to other topics, so be prepared.

For enriching a child’s education about the world around it, I’m happy to give this book 5 STARS.




Friday, August 28, 2015

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-105 - ROME: A PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR

If you’ve ever watched a program on the Travel Channel then you’ve heard the remark which advises you to seek out a “local” to tell you where the best places to eat are.  Following this advice you can avoid the overpriced tourist locations.

This advice also applies to what to see while you are there. In his book, Rome – A Photographic Tour, the author, Alexandru Ciobanu, take you on a “personally” guided tour of this capital city of Italy.

Using his skill as a professional photographer, Mr. Ciobanu has selected the best view possible for each of the sites he’s taking the reader to on this tour of Rome. The descriptions, with numbers directing you to the picture involved, cut to the chase without the flowery additions so prevalent on guided tours you pay for.

With both of us being retired, I’d so hope to do some traveling in Europe with my dear OH; but the events of the past few months this might not be able to become a reality. This book has to a large extend taken us there, without the sounds and smells of the city itself; which is why I’m giving this book 5 STARS.

I had originally won an e-book version of this book from the author through a giveaway on LibraryThing, but I couldn’t download the files he had provided. Luckily, this book had been offered as a FREE DOWNLOAD on Amazon, which the author had advised me to take.


UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B011UD35S4

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-104 - SLICES OF SOUL: A COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY POETRY

I read this book as I ate my light breakfast and drank my sweet, black Hazelnut coffee, which I found to be a delightful departure from reading the morning newspaper.

Part of this author’s life had been spent living day/night in a Zen Buddhist Temple which becomes quite apparent as one reads the carefully selected words contained in each poem. This is not the kind of book you can rush through, even though there’s only one poem on each page.

The various poetry items contained here need to absorbed into your mind, and if any emotions start to appear, then you must listen to your heart and meditate on whatever you’re happen to be feeling at that moment so it can become real for you.

For trying to create some clarity in someone’s life I’m giving Ms. Kent 5 STARS, I only wish the collection of poetry would have been larger.


UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00VVMBEWY

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I'M ECSTATIC !!!

I've just been accepted as a Book Reviewer on THE ROMANCE REVIEWS website where shortly I'll be posting most if not all the reviews I've already written for romance books and finding more books to review..

Here's the link to my profile there and the rest of the site:

http://www.theromancereviews.com/100001871186932 


This is a great site for all concerned when it comes to the romance genre: authors, reviewers, and readers.  AUTHORS have they book[s] on another site and hold giveaways. REVIEWERS have their reviews posted. READERS can find their favorite romance genre and have contests/giveaways for books.

If anyone is interested in the reviews I've already written here is the link to my profile on Amazon, perhaps one of them will prove to be HELPFUL in finding your next book to read:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A19QLCLVPLZH0B

This news has DEFINITELY MADE MY DAY as well as MY WEEK !!! 

Monday, August 24, 2015

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-103 - SECOND CHANCES

Since becoming a Book Reviewer about a year I can’t help but notice the number of books I’ve read/review which has caused me to reminisce the years of my youth. Such is the case as I read this book by Connie Stephany.

This time it’s a song called The Second Time Around in the 1960’s sung by none other than Frank Sinatra; and if you read the lyrics to this sung, you’ll see why I made the connection.

Love is lovelier the second time around
Just as wonderful with both feet on the ground
It's that second time you hear your love song sung
Makes you think perhaps that love, like youth, is wasted on the young
Love's more comfortable the second time you fall
Like a friendly home the second time you call
Who can say what brought us to this miracle we've found?
There are those who'll bet love comes but once, and yet
I'm oh, so glad we met the second time around.

While Abby had her first infatuation on a guy named Max thirteen years ago, but the problem is it had only been one way. But with his sudden return, it is now both ways.

As for Adam, the devoted guy she had been slated to marry, he disappeared leaving Abby alone at the altar.  Now, just as her relationship with Max is taking off, he decides to return and to once again ask Abby to marry him. And just like the words of the song by Mary MacGregor [Peter, Paul, and Mary], she’s torn between these lovers, feeling like a fool and knows that loving both of them would be breaking all the rules.

If you’ve ever had been in this same situation, having to choose between two guys who you love, then you can relate to one of the toughest decisions Abby will ever have to make in her life.

Ms. Stephany’s writing is one which allows you to experience what the main characters in the book are, which is why I’m giving it 5 STARS.


UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00S5BEZO8

Sunday, August 23, 2015

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-102 - WITTY WAYS: A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES WITH A TWIST

I received a KINDLE version of this short book from the author through his giveaway on LibraryThing.com and the following is my honest opinion. Given the length of this endeavor I read this twice as I ate my breakfast.

As a child of the 1950’s in school I can remember the teacher having her class read short stories my O’Henry.

O’Henry was the pen name of William Sydney Porter who was an American writer who became known for writing short stories similar to the ones in this book. And like this author, Mr. Akopyan, the few short stories he has included in this collection, are ones which contain good characterization, wit, and the obligatory surprise ending.

I wish the author would have included several more short stories here; still this is not distracting me from giving his endeavor here 5 STARS.


UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013GUFH58

NOTE: The author uses British terminology and spelling of words.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

STATUS REPORT # 60

Having my dear OH improving at the nearby REHAB, a quick drive of about seven minutes has lifted my spirits and I’ve read/reviewed seven books since my last report primarily because of it.

Recently author read a review I’ve written for their book and then sends an email to tell me she thought it was STELLAR. I got it for “Social Anxiety and Shyness – Ultimate Guide.” [Book Review # 2015-094] which I feel as far as I’m concerned has validated my status as a Book Reviewer, primarily because authors can become highly critical of the reviews they receive.

As you can, I’ve just review my 101th book so far this year, and my 164rd on Amazon where I currently have an approval rating of 96% and a ranking of 7,156 as the last time I looked.  So if you’re ever looking for your next book to read you’re always invited to check out my Amazon profile

and perhaps one of my reviews will prove to be HELPFUL in your decision making.

I’ve hit another milestone on Twitter this week, I’ve posted my 30,000th Tweet !!!

I had so hoped to find out whether my request to become a Book Reviewer on an internet romance site by now, which is why there’s been a delay in my posting this STATUS REPORT of what’s happening with me by now.  Well, no news is good news say the saying goes.

Given what’s happening with my dear OH at this time, I might return to doing some of the things I’ve done before jere on my blog, etc.