Everyone Gets Angry

I signed up for BookBub, which has expanded my Kindle library quite a bit! I love all the free book offerings. My kids each have a Kindle fire, and I like to add books to their library as well. At this young age, I pre-read anything I put in their little hands. I’m glad I do, and this book is one reason why! I know that sounds harsh, but we have to be careful what we expose to these little sponges of information. I’m not perfect at this by any stretch, but I sure try!

My review on Goodreads:

Everybody Gets AngryEverybody Gets Angry by Noah Lukeman
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

What are we teaching these kids?!

My “favorite” is when the dog ate Dad’s dinner, so dad got happy again by eating a cupcake. The idea behind this book is great, but the pictures show very unhealthy anger coping mechanisms if any. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

Final Hours

Final Hours (Love in Time, #1)Final Hours by Cate Dean
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun, charming, and gripping read. I like the time travel aspect, and how the history stuff didn’t get boring. There was only one drawback: There were a few side characters that seemed off (a little too similar to Kane’s in personality). That was mildly distracting. I gave it four stars because I’d read it again.

Sweet Barbarian

Sweet BarbarianSweet Barbarian by Jayla Jasso
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book made me laugh out loud at times. I loved that there were two antagonists. Sure, there were bits in the story that were unnecessarily long-winded. For example: Do I really need that much info about someone’s beauty routine? Oh well. It wasn’t too bad, and it kind of fit with the whole style of the book. The romance we sweet and tense at the same time.

The reason it didn’t get 5 stars (even though I’d probably read it again):
The work could have done without the crude references. The only other complaint was the difficulty of suspending my belief when it comes to a “barbarian” becoming such a happily domesticated stud with no flaws.

Fantasy is fun though. I’d read it again.

Touching Jace… or not

Touching Jace (Devereaux Billionaires, #1; Billionaries in the City, #4)Touching Jace by Mallory Crowe
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Sorry, but I didn’t particularly care for this book. The writer can write, but the story needs work. The characters beyond the main characters were so shallow as to be unbelievable and annoying. The driving mystery feel flat on its face without conclusion. The “hot” scenes were thankfully brief, but unnecessarily crude. The epilogue was a waste of paper. It didn’t even try to tie up loose ends. It simply felt like a deleted scene that should have remain deleted because it didn’t even fit the characters at all. It had potential, but it was a let down.

State of Fear

State of FearState of Fear by Michael Crichton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gripping!

Michael Crichton does not disappoint! This book was confusing at first, and then all the pieces fell together. I was pleased to successfully predict a few twists, and equally pleased to have missed a few others. I think some of the details were over explained, but I can see why they were. It was a lot of technical stuff! Crichton does his homework. I really enjoyed this book!

The Martian

The Martian movieWe recently watched The Martian with the kids (10, 9, & 7), and it was great. T doesn’t typically sit through any movie without complaint, impatience, and/or full-on meltdowns. He not only sat through this one, but wanted to watch it again!

It does have some pretty strong language in parts, and it can be pretty intense. For our family, this led to some discussions. You’ll have to judge for yourself whether this is something you’d want your kids to watch. I found this review at Common Sense helpful.

It is exciting and adventuresome with survival, science, and some really great “never give up” & “just work the problem, one at time” kind of concepts. In a many ways, it reminds me of Apollo 13 (one of my all time favorite flicks).

Incidentally, the book is great! It’s also a quick read. I didn’t read it recently enough to be able to comment on language or kid appropriateness. I’ll need to read it again, because T has shown interest in reading the book. My sweet T who does not typically read voluntarily! Wow. We might be onto something here!

Journaling Basics

Journaling Basics - Journal Writing for Beginners (Journaling Prompts #1)Journaling Basics – Journal Writing for Beginners by Lisa Shea
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a thorough overview of journaling with lots of good information. I like the conversational, easy reading style the author used. I also liked how well this little booklet was divided out. I could skim over sections that were less relevant to me very easily. I could see how this text would be helpful for those struggling with the concepts of journaling. It’s not really so hard! I also appreciated how Ms. Shea didn’t push one style or method of journaling. It’s a very open-minded introduction.

The Art of Law and Gospel

The Art of Law and GospelThe Art of Law and Gospel by RJ Grunewald
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The title makes this read seem like it’ll be dry and preachy, but it’s not dry/preachy reading at all! I loved it! There’s no BS theology or quippy pious attempts to sell you on a religious idea. This is the real deal. The stories Grunewald pulls in to make his points are sharp and clear. Even better, the way he presents things is very interesting and educational. Get it. Read it. Then, read it again. Well, I plan to read it again, any way. 🙂

My favorite bits: “The inadequacy of behavior modification” and “Grace is the enemy of Karma.” and finally, “Here’s the the crazy ones.”

(this is the same review I gave it on Amazon… seemed silly to write it up twice)