Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Book Review: The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

I'm not a Sparks fangirl.  I don't have to read everything written by him.  A few of his stories have caught my interest and The Choice is one of them.

What is the choice?  There are two of them in this story and the one I believe the title came from is not what you'd expect.  I should also point out that this story actually defies regular Nicholas Sparks logic.  I won't tell you how, though!

Gabby moved in next door to a single man, Travis.  Travis's closest friends are all married with children.  He was very attractive, very adventerous, and very much the vet she goes to when her dog is in trouble.  One can only guess what's going to happen next except Gabby has a boyfriend.

There is a second part to the story, but I'm not going to tell it to you because it gives away too much of the first part of the story.  All I will say is it has a lot do with the choice.

I wasn't too thrilled with the second part of the book.  Honestly, it felt like it came out of left field and didn't connect well with the first part.  As its own story it's nice, I just don't feel it fits with the first part too much.

I read this book for pure pleasure.  All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated for this review in any way.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Book Review: The Man in the Ceiling by Jules Feiffer

I started this book, oh, I think way back in the seventh grade, maybe earlier.  That was about 19 years ago.  I got maybe a chapter or two in and thought it was completely dull.  I put it away, not to want to pick it back up again.  Come this year, at age 30, I decided why not?  So, I picked it back up.  I was completely wrong.  It was a very enjoyable story.

Jimmy Jibbetts is a cartoonist.  Well, that's what he's working towards being when he grows up.  He also wants to impress his father and the popular guy at school, Charley Beemer.  Working together with Charley Jimmy finds out what is truly important.

Jimmy's uncle writes plays that he hopes to get on Broadway but that has never happened.  Until now.  He has come up with the one (weird) story that changes his life.  The changes show him and Jimmy what is most important and it gives Jimmy inspiration on what to do with the Charley Beemer incident.

Overall, I liked the story.  It was not what I was expecting.  When I was younger I didn't like that, but now, it's cool.

I read this story for pure pleasure.  All opinions are mine.  I was not compensated for this review in any way.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Book Review: Pattern for Romance (Quilts of Love #8) by Carla Olsen Gade

Honour Metcalf was an English woman living in America in 1879.  She's also a quilter working for a wealthy woman.  She is falsely accused of stealing and one Joshua Sutton comes to her rescue.  The only thing in Honour's family now is her sister, Temperance, as her parents and brother were killed on their trip to America.

Book Synopsis from goodreads.com:
Honour Metcalf s quilting needlework is admired by a wealthy customer of the Boston Mantua-maker for whom she works. In need of increasing her earnings, she agrees to create an elaborate white work bridal quilt for the dowager s niece. A beautiful design emerges as she carefully stitches the intricate patterns and she begins to dream of fashioning a wedding quilt of her own. When Honour is falsely accused of thievery and finds herself in a perilous position, merchant tailor Joshua Sutton comes to her aid. As he risks his relationships, reputation, and livelihood to prove her innocence, the two discover a grander plan a design for love.
I'm finding that I'm not really into historical romance and that hurts my opinion of this book.  It is nicely written and does tell a great story.  If you like historical and Christian romance you will probably enjoy this book.  I had a hard time with it as historical romance is becoming not my thing.

I read this as a review request from netgalley.com using Adobe Digital on my laptop.  All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated for this review in any way.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Book Review: Take Flight! by Robin Jones Gunn

A devotional written by Robin Jones Gunn and Cindy Hannan based on Gunn's popular Sisterchicks Series. Gunn starts off each section with a short story relating to the theme and then Hannan wraps everything up with the theological portion.  They included Bible verses, quotes from real life Sisterchicks, and quotes from the series itself.  If you're a fan of the Sisterchick Series or just Robin Jones Gunn's writing in general and looking for a new devotional this is a good one to get.

I read this book as a review request from Blogging for Books using Adobe Digital on my laptop.  All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated for this review in any way.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tuesday Funnies

A day late and a dollar short.  Last week was a busy week for me and I didn't realize I was behind on things.  So, enjoy this post a day later.  Hopefully, next week I'll be back on schedule.  Also, congrats to the Tampa Bay Rays for winning the tie-breaker game against the Texas Rangers last night.  Good luck to the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates who battle for the wild card tonight and the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians who battle tomorrow night.  My team, Atlanta Braves, play the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday for the NLDS (as you can tell, baseball is my favorite sport).

And an extra one for this post being late: