Monthly Archives: July 2012
|Posted by Sarah Elisabeth under eBook|
I don’t use my Kindle Touch every day. I still try to keep the number of books I’m reading at any given time down to three or less. Sometimes that includes all paperback.
But the novel I’m reading now, The Restorer’s Son- Expanded Edition (The Sword of Lyric) was an ARC in digital form. (ARC=Advance Reader Copy. Loving the story, I’m in the hands of a master author).
That brings me to newly discovered benefits about my Kindle Touch.
1. Treadmill reading. Man. Can I say how good it feels to watch the minutes ticking away, wishing they would slow down instead of speed up? More than once, I’ve gone over my exercise time because I needed to finish the chapter. And how the chapter ends is usually torture and I have to read a few more pages. No wonder my weight is decent right now. (more…)
|Posted by Sarah Elisabeth under Book Reviews, Movie Reviews, Music Review|
“This is the best book on the planet!!! Stop what you’re doing right now and buy this book! You won’t regret it!”
“Seriously? This author needs to get a job hauling garbage instead of producing it.”
You’ve read these kinds of reviews—on the same book. Not helpful in making a decision to buy (or not buy) the book, are they? The first was probably written by a friend of the author, the other by someone vehemently opposed to the author’s message.
So what do potential book buyers do? Keep reading reviews until they find one that is written from opinion yet tells the whole story. Here’s how you can be one of those reviewers who gets a “thumbs up—yes this review was helpful.” (more…)
|Posted by Sarah Elisabeth under Book Reviews|
This story covers the moment Chloe May was born into the world through to her nineteenth year. Growing up in the dust bowl of Oklahoma, in the midst of the Great Depression, May faced the usual childhood challenges—with the addition of family crisis’, near death experiences, and the threat of starvation at times.
Life wasn’t easy, but throughout the seven children’s lives, their parents were dedicated to giving them all they could.
I enjoyed the real story of a family’s struggle that we can’t imagine, like waking up in the morning and staring at your pillow, an outline of dust where your head had laid.
This book was written as a wonderful tribute to the author’s mother and her real life experiences. That’s one reason I have a little trouble referring to this as a novel. While it’s in a fictional format, it lacks the internal conflict, goal, and character change needed for a novel.
However, I enjoyed this story. It gave me an even more real picture of that time period and struggles than the Grapes of Wrath (movie version) did. I can’t imagine being in the parents’ shoes with such burdens, but they bore them with an enviable courage.
You can get a copy of Chloe May: Daughter of the Dust Bowl on Amazon.