Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Bookish Box January 2017 & February 2017 Unboxing & Mini Review

Happy weekend! Did you like the mini reviews of the 2016 boxes earlier today? Well, I'm going to finish this weekend up with both the January and February 2017 box from The Bookish Box.



The Bookish Box Unboxing & Mini Reviews July 2016 - December 2016

Happy weekend! I might do a few unboxings every weekend just to catch up! Here are the rest of 2016 unboxings and mini reviews of The Bookish Box monthly subscriptions.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Annie's Year-End 2016 Contemporary Fiction Favorite Reads + Giveaway


Welcome to my very late Year-End 2016 Favorites!!

My year end favorite reads are books I've read in 2016 for the first time (and not necessarily all reviewed here - eek! or reviewed in 2016 - a few were posted in January 2017).  They are also not all published in 2016, but majority am. 

To start it off, here's what's going to happen. Every day in through February 28th (minus Sunday) at 6:00 PM EST
  1. I will tell you my favorite reads in the category of the day through their covers (you know how I love covers) and 
  2. Remember, you can see my review of the book (in a new window) by clicking on the covers. 
  3. Then you come back and fill out the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a prize! 


Book Review: Raging Storm, Book 2 of The Remnant Series by Vannetta Chapman


Title:  Raging Storm
Series: The Remnant, Book 3
Authors: Vannetta Chapman
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Release Date:  February 21, 2017 
Genre: Historical Fiction



In the Darkness,
Anarchy Awakens

When a massive solar flare wiped out all modern technology across the globe, the small town of Abney, Texas, was thrown into chaos. Shelby Sparks and her teenage son, Carter, have found refuge, but Shelby knows she can't simply remain hidden forever. Carter is a type 1 diabetic in need of insulin—and Shelby will risk her life traveling to Austin to make sure he gets it.


Shelby's best friend and high school sweetheart, Max Berkman, won't even consider letting her make the perilous journey alone. Together, they manage to get to the capital—only to discover that while things are desperate in Abney, Austin has turned into an urban nightmare on the brink of anarchy.


Shelby and Max's search for medical supplies will lead them into terrifying territory, where the only thing more uncertain than finding what they need is the hope of making it out of the city alive.


* * *

In this second book in an eerily plausible, action-packed dystopian series, survival will be threatened and faith will be put to the ultimate test as a raging storm engulfs America. 

The Bookish Box Full Unboxing & Mini Reviews: Special Editions Harry Potter, Jane Austen

Happy weekend! I might do a few unboxings every weekend just to catch up! Today, lets start with the 2016 release of special edition boxes from The Bookish Box by Appraising Pages.

 


Friday, February 24, 2017

Annie's Year-End 2016 Historical Fiction Favorite Reads + Giveaways


Welcome to my very late Year-End 2016 Favorites!!

My year end favorite reads are books I've read in 2016 for the first time (and not necessarily all reviewed here - eek! or reviewed in 2016 - a few were posted in January 2017).  They are also not all published in 2016, but majority am. 

To start it off, here's what's going to happen. Every day in through February 28th (minus Sunday) at 6:00 PM EST
  1. I will tell you my favorite reads in the category of the day through their covers (you know how I love covers) and 
  2. Remember, you can see my review of the book (in a new window) by clicking on the covers. 
  3. Then you come back and fill out the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a prize! 


Book Review: A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander (A Belmont Mansion novel)


"But the fact remains, you are a woman." (38)


Title:  A Note Yet Unsung
Series: Belmont Mansion, Book 3
Author: Tamera Alexander
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  January 31, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction


A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the maestro at the newly formed Nashville Philharmonic. But women are "far too fragile and frail" for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah's hopes are swiftly dashed because the conductor--determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music--bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah's new employer, agrees with him.

Nationally acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville's new orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse--and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head--he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city's new opera hall. But far more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music--his father, who is dying. As Tate's ailment worsens, he believes Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how do you win back a woman's trust when you've robbed her of her dream?


As music moves us to tears yet makes our hearts soar, A Note Yet Unsung captures the splendor of classical music at a time when women's hard-won strides in cultural issues changed not only world history--but the hearts of men.

Book Review: The Heart of Marriage edited by Dawn Camp, Foreword by Edie Wadsworth


"Contrary to how easy it is to dissolve this till-death-do-us-part union, marriage was never meant to be disposable." (18)


Title:  The Heart of Marriage
Editor: Dawn Camp
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  February 14, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Non-Fiction 


The best marriages are not perfect. Marriage is about walking together through all of life's ups and downs, its challenges and triumphs. And no relationship offers more chances for personal and spiritual growth, love and support, and just plain fun.

Collecting true stories from some of today's best writers, Dawn Camp invites you to reflect on the heart of marriage. With beautiful photographs and poignant prose, this collection is perfect for the good days, the hard days, and all the days in between.

With stories from
· Crystal Paine· Lisa-Jo Baker· Alexandra Kuykendall· Holley Gerth· Shaunti Feldhahn· Renee Swope· Richard Paul Evans· Kristen Welch· Mo Isom· and many more

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Annie's Year-End 2016 Young Adult Favorite Reads + Giveaway


Welcome to my very late Year-End 2016 Favorites!!

My year end favorite reads are books I've read in 2016 for the first time (and not necessarily all reviewed here - eek! or reviewed in 2016 - a few were posted in January 2017).  They are also not all published in 2016, but majority am. 

To start it off, here's what's going to happen. Every day in through February 28th (minus Sunday) at 6:00 PM EST
  1. I will tell you my favorite reads in the category of the day through their covers (you know how I love covers) and 
  2. Remember, you can see my review of the book (in a new window) by clicking on the covers. 
  3. Then you come back and fill out the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a prize! 


Book Review: Rescue Me, Montana Rescue Book 2 by Susan May Warren


 "...God is watching over their lives, even if they feel like they're lost, or alone, or overwhelmed . . ." (110)


Title:  Rescue Me
Series: Montana Rescue, Book 2
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  February 1, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction 


When Deputy Sam Brooks commits to something, nothing can sway him--not just on the job but in his private life. He's the one who stuck around to take care of his mother after his father's accidental death. And he's the one--perhaps the only one--who believes Sierra Rose is the perfect girl for him. Safe, practical, and organized, she's nothing like her hippie, impulsive, bleeding-heart sister, Willow.

Willow, however, has been in love with Sam Brooks for as long as she can remember. But she wants her sister to have a happy ending. Besides, Willow has other things to focus on--namely, nabbing the job of her dreams. Best thing for her to do is to purge Sam from her heart.

Neither can predict the events that will bring them together in a fight for their lives in the forbidding wilderness of Glacier National Park. Stranded, injured, and with the winter weather closing in, Sam and Willow will have to work together to save a crew of terrified teenagers. As they fight to survive, they might just discover a new hope for love.


Book Review: An Amish Home Novella Collection by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller & Ruth Reid


Title:  An Amish Home
Authors: Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid & Kathleen Fuller 
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Release Date:  Ferbruary 7, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Amish Fiction



A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. All of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full.

Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston—Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O’Conner reluctantly take Chace’s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the daadihaus located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is.

Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller—Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiance, Silas. As they work to build Martha’s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again?

A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid—Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy . . . for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When a fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are left to sift through the rubble. As uncovered items from the remains of the house shake loose memories of the past, Thomas and Noreen begin to draw closer and a flicker of hope—and love—is re-ignited.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Annie's Year-End 2016 AMISH Fiction Favorite Reads + Giveaway


Welcome to my very late Year-End 2016 Favorites!!

My year end favorite reads are books I've read in 2016 for the first time (and not necessarily all reviewed here - eek! or reviewed in 2016 - a few were posted in January 2017).  They are also not all published in 2016, but majority am. 

To start it off, here's what's going to happen. Every day in through February 28th (minus Sunday) at 6:00 PM EST
  1. I will tell you my favorite reads in the category of the day through their covers (you know how I love covers) and 
  2. Remember, you can see my review of the book (in a new window) by clicking on the covers. 
  3. Then you come back and fill out the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a prize! 


Book Review: One Part Plant by Jessica Murnane


Title:  One Part Plant: A Simple Guide to Eating Real, One Meal at a Time
Author: Jessica Murnane
Publisher: Harper Wave
Release Date:  February 21, 2017 
Genre: Healthy Lifestyle, Cookbook




"This book is joyful, playful, delicious, and guess what? It will also change your life. I invite you to follow Jessica into the vast green wilderness." —Lena Dunham

Wellness advocate and podcaster Jessica Murnane is the friend you never knew you had. And she's here with a cookbook to help you make a change you never thought was possible.

In One Part Plant, Jessica has a friendly request: that you eat just one meal plant-based meal each day. There's no crazy diet plan with an anxiety-inducing list of forbidden foods. Or pages filled with unattainable goals based on an eating philosophy that leaves you feeling hungry and deprived. Instead, Jessica offers you the tools to easily and deliciously make plants the star of your plate--no matter how much junk food occupies it now.

Jessica knows what it's like to have less than healthy eating habits. Just a few short years ago, her diet consisted of three major food groups: Sour Patch Kids, Diet Coke, and whatever Lean Cuisine had the most cheese. But when her endometriosis — a chronic and painful condition — left her depressed and desperate for help, she took the advice of a friend and radically overhauled her diet. Within months, her life dramatically changed — her pain started to fade and she felt like herself again.

With a unique style and playful tone, Jessica shares what she’s learned on her way to healing her body through food. She keeps it simple and, most importantly, delicious — with 100 allergy-friendly recipes like Creamy Mushroom Lasagna, Easy Vegetable Curry Bowls, Triple Berry Skillet Cobbler, and Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Featuring her top ten pantry basics, practical advice, and colorful and bold photography, One Part Plant is an inspiring and educational guide to eating real and feeling your best.


Book Review: The Mermaids of Lake Michigan by Suzanne Kamata + GIVEAWAY


Title:  The Mermaids of Lake Michigan
Author: Suzanne Kamata
Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
Release Date:  February 14, 2017 
Genre: Contemporary Fiction




Elise Faulkner is more at home in the waters of her beloved Lake Michigan than on land where her beauty queen mom is always on her back about her lack of a social life; her sister is dating the boy of her dreams; her favorite penpal--the one who wrote about mermaids in Ghana--has gotten married and ended their correspondence; and no one's allowed to talk about her glamorous great-grandmother, the deep-sea wreck diver. Elise is biding her time with books until she can flee. But then crazy Chiara Hanover pops into her life, as does Miguel, a mysterious carnival worker whose dark future has been predicted by a gypsy. 


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Annie's Year-End 2016 Laugh Out Loud Favorite Reads + Giveaway


Welcome to my very late Year-End 2016 Favorites!!

My year end favorite reads are books I've read in 2016 for the first time (and not necessarily all reviewed here - eek! or reviewed in 2016 - a few were posted in January 2017).  They are also not all published in 2016, but majority am. 

To start it off, here's what's going to happen. Every day in through February 28th (minus Sunday) at 6:00 PM EST
  1. I will tell you my favorite reads in the category of the day through their covers (you know how I love covers) and 
  2. you click on them to see my review of the book (in a new window). 
  3. Then you come back and fill out the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a prize! 


(NOT in any specific order!)