P.S. I Love You by H. Jackson Brown Jr.

P.S. I Love YouP.S. I Love You by H. Jackson Brown Jr.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a cute book of sayings but most of them sound like bumper stickers or quotes from other people. It may be true that they were all P.S. notes from his mom and they may be ones that influenced the reader(s) of her letters. If you are the type who love books of smart, witty, and/or positive sayings, then you will likely love this book. It would make a nice gift or a stocking stuffer. We received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, which in no way influenced our opinion.

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Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel by Lisa Cron

Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere)Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel by Lisa Cron

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I agree that this book can be a valuable asset to a writer either starting out or finding themselves in the midst of a brain freeze. There are several points Cron makes that are logical and worth investing some time in. I agree that more work needs to be done with character development. I’ve read too many books where the characters are undeveloped or just lack any personality. What I don’t agree with is that a story shouldn’t start with an outline, or plotting. I believe you need both elements in order to create a great novel. You need character development, which this book can be extremely helpful with, and you need to have a solid plot outline; a developed plot thread. I also believe that most writers could do with a bit of grammar study. Having just one piece of the novel puzzle won’t gift you with a magical outcome. You need all of the pieces. Overall I feel this is a book worth reading and referring to but I don’t feel it’s the only reference an author should refer to. I received an ARC through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion in any way.

We Had a Job to Do: A Basic History of World War II Through the Eyes of Those Who Served by Theresa Anzaldua

We Had a Job to Do: A Basic History of World War II Through the Eyes of Those Who ServedWe Had a Job to Do: A Basic History of World War II Through the Eyes of Those Who Served by Theresa Anzaldua
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a collection of stories told by those who lived during World War II. Each story is unique and offers a unique view of those days. I felt a closeness to the stories and the people who were telling them as I have worked with veterans from WWII and my grandfather was active duty military during WWII. This is an easy to read and understand collection of viewpoints that offers information in a personal way. I like the way the book is written and feel the layout and conclusion is very well done. For anyone interested in this era of our history I can easily recommend this book. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

Once Upon A Wish: True Inspirational Stories of Make-A-Wish Children by Rachelle Sparks

Once Upon A Wish: True Inspirational Stories of Make-A-Wish ChildrenOnce Upon A Wish: True Inspirational Stories of Make-A-Wish Children by Rachelle Sparks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m familiar with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the wonderful work they do for children with terminal diseases. I was excited to be able to read a book about the gifts they work out for these children. Instead, it felt like the book focused primarily on the progression of the disease and things leading up to the wish but not so much on the wish itself. I would have loved to have read about the wish and the impact it had on the child and the loved ones and how it helped the child and the family deal with their situations. The stories are all heart-wrenching yet tender hearted at the same time. Overall the collection of granted wishes is inspirational and fills the reader with empathy and hope. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals by Dinty W. Moore

Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and CannibalsDear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals by Dinty W. Moore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this book to be a nice break from the usual ones I read. It has plenty of humor and what the author likely considered current types of posts. My son (22) and I disagree on the content as I’m a bit more old school and prefer my essay replies to be well thought out and articulated. He sees the modern parts as appealing to the younger generation. Overall though, this is an entertaining read and makes for a great coffee-table book. I received a copy through blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.