Book Reviews

BOOK REVIEWS

 
The art of reviewing a book is very interesting.  Recently, on Linkend I proposed the idea that book reviewers should be paid for their services. WOW!!!! I did not realise how much people, rather how little people thought about reviewing books.  This is interesting to me because almost every author I know, electronic, website, app, etc., want someone to review their book honestly.  What they don’t want to do is pay that person for that review.  Some want you to pay for the book at a reduced price.  Most of the books I review are galley or unfinished copies of the book.  Publishing companies not only want you to provide a review, but post it your blog,  link it to one or two social networks and post it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble type websites. 
 
Before I go any further, I should point out that any book reviews that you may have read on this site have not be paid for, in other words no money exchanged hands.  I have received most of the books gratis with the understanding that I will review the book honestly and provide a well written book review on that book.  In addition, I try to play fair and write a nice review to books that I do not like.
 
Now that my disclaimer is out of the way, the first and foremost reason that I review books is because I like to read, LOVE TO READ!  In elementary school I would put my book inside the text book and read during class.  Yes, I did get busted, but it did not stop me from continuing the practice.  When Amazon first marketed the Kindle eReader, it was on my Christmas list that year.  While I went through Chemo, I brought the Kindle with me to almost every treatment, doctor’s appointment and procedure. I actually wore out my Kindle from use.  The technical people at Amazon were astonished and I like to think that the survey I filled out for them helped them to improve the next generation of a Kindle.  Currently, I have two Kindle eReaders ( a Kindle keyboard 3G and a Kindle Paper lite) and a iPad.  They are always in my purse, which I bought based on the fact that I could put all of them plus my writing notebooks and organiser.  Apparently I like to read and I like to write about what I read.
 
The other reason that I like to review books is because I often get a book that I would not normally read for whatever reason.  More often than not I get a book from a new author and I am pleasantly surprised how well the book is written.  Not only that, but a new concept in writing or twist on an old idea.  Sometimes I get a book and it is very difficult get through that book and believe me those are the hardest. Regardless, I try to find something good about the book. 
 
Reviewing book takes time, energy (physical and electrical), software, etc.  Personally, I think that I should be monetarily compensated for reviewing the books.  I do know some reviewers who do receive up to $200.00 for a review.  I am not there yet.  I require the book, galley, pdf, something.  I will not pay for the book.  I used to do that, just because I wanted to have book reviews on my site and publishers weren’t sending me anything. 
 
IN addition, the profession of reviewing books (yes, you read that correctly) reminds me of the profession of teaching.  Both of very low paying, if at all.  Both are treated with some contempt.  Finally, people want other people to do these services because “anyone can teach” or “anyone can review a book”.   Not true, and a very insulting viewpoint.  I have a hard time with someone who views any profession or service in this manner.  Just because you don’t want to do it, doesn’t mean someone else should do it for free.Image

A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible

Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year, A

A Life-Changing Journey Into the Heart of God
Diane Stortz
Baker Publishing Group
Pub Date: Jan 1 2013      |  Archive Date:      Feb 1 2013

A Book Review

This guide to reading a bible was not what I had expected it to be when I started to read.  I had expected the table of contents to provide an introduction, topic and reading devotions within the Bible.  However, that is not what it turned out to be, the guide is just that a guide.  There are checkpoints and topics to follow along.  In addition, there are two ways to read this Bible, with a group or individually. However, the best part for me is the section where friend or acquaintances provided their own opinion of the guide.

This is a guide that I think will help women to see that God is just as concerned about them and that they are important.  In addition, the guide provides help for a women’s life.  Sometimes a person just needs to know that they are loved.  That is what God provides all of his children, love.

Daylight Moonlight

Daylight Moonlight

Matt Patterson

Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

Pub Date: Mar 29 2013 | Archive Date: May 31 2013

A Book Review

Matt Patterson

Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Pub Date: Mar 29 2013      |  Archive Date:      May 31 2013

What a wonderful book to use to introduce animals and their habitat. In addition it would be great to introduce the concept of same and different. You know, it was fun to read!

Th True Story of Miracle Man

The True Story of Miracle Man

Lois Szymanski
Schiffer Publishing Ltd

A Book Review

This story is a combination of a fictionalized story and true story.  The first part of the story has a picture that of a horse as it grow up to become an adult horse.  However, these drawings are pencil drawings, which are great, help, move the story along.

The story flowed and transitioned throughout the book. This story is based on a true story and quite frankly I enjoyed that section of the story much more. These stories are about the same horse, a wild horse that is protected by law. His mother died when he was a very young colt and found by a local rancher. The rancher’s daughter played a pivotal role in raising the horse and eventually was able released back into the wild. The epilogue of the story includes clipping and photos of the horse today. 

It is a wonderful story!!

My Crocodile Does Not Bite

 

Joe Kulka
Lerner Publishing Group
Pub Date: Mar 1 2013      |  Archive Date:      Feb 15 2013

A Book Review

This croc may not bite, but you gotta read the book to find out what this croc does do!! It is a journey that you enjoy, the book flows nicely with beautiful illustrations. I am sure that you will recognize the children from your elementary school days.

The book has some excellent text that tells the story and is enhanced by beautiful illustrations. The story has the main character and villain in the story. 

Willie the Taxi Cat

A Book Review

Written & Illustrated by Eva Sakmar-Sullivan

Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

Pub Date: Mar 29 2013 | Archive Date: May 31 2013

 

I have a unit which teaches the letter J. The letter J features a family of cats who eat healthy and like jazz. Willie the Taxi Cat is a great segue into the subject of Math.  I’m not going to say why because I wa pleasantly surprised on how well this book fit into my Math unit.

Even if you just want a great book to read to a small child (4-8) they will enjoy it. This book flows from the beginning of this book to then of this book has beautiful illustrations that enrich this book and make it a fascinating story for children.

The Legend of Papa Balloon

The Legend of Papa Balloon

C.R. McClure, Illustrated by Steven Kernen
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Pub Date: Mar 29 2013      |  Archive Date:      May 31 2013

I loved how the author uses the colors of the rainbow to introduce the difference in people. The dialogue of the book provides a wonderful foundation to talk about the differences among people.  This provides a wonderful foundation to introduce differences and would be great for black history month as a way to mark the civil rights movement.