Book Review: The Dark Crystal by A.C.H. Smith

10/10

I never watched The Dark Crystal, but I’ve heard people talking about it. And one thing that many recommended reading the novelization of the movie first. And I’m truly glad I did.

The book has so many wonderful details. The story is much more fleshed out and things that weren’t explained in the movie are explained in great detail. The world is so real, yet so fantastical, and the characters were wonderful. Their backstories were so sad yet so beautiful, and the ending is satisfying.

I would recommend the novelization to any who were confused by the movie. It is amazing and will clear up any plot holes that you thought were there in the film. I love this book. If you love fantasy, this is the book for you!

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Book Review: The Secrets of Ms. Snickle’s Class by Laurie Miller Hornik

9/10

I read this book when I was young, and the theme always stuck with me. It makes sense that teachers live at school (for students at least) because that’s the only place you see them! This delightful children’s book is just as funny now that I’m older, and I’m glad I reread it.

Ms. Snickle isn’t like other trleachers, and she doesn’t have many rules. But one that she stresses emphatically is, “No telling secrets.” And when one student breaks this rule, chaos ensues. The friendly students become fussy and angry, and when Ms. Snickle’s secret is revealed, it lands the teacher in hot water. The class must then put aside their differences to bring back the teacher that they all love.

This is a whimsical tale, with both realistic secrets and some that are a bit magical. from bed-wetting to your mom being the Tooth Fairy, these secrets might just teach you something of what a secret means and why it’s important to be trustworthy. I recommend this book for children of all ages, and anyone else who wants to see through young eyes again.

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Book Review: Women & Power by Mary Beard

7/10

This is a book that I feel conflicted about. It contains two different essays written by the same author over a few years. The subjects are women and public speaking and women and power. And it is certainly an interesting read.

The connection between masculinity and public speech is a really unusual point. I agree that males in general put great value in this trait. But I find it difficult to admit that women have had no power in the world.

I don’t mean just in public squares, because women have not always had as much precedence in government. But women have a domestic power. I will not go into the details of how my faith intertwines with this topic, but this book has made me think about gender roles and my own beliefs.

This book is something I would suggest for people who want to know more about women and their positions in history. This will start a conversation amongst friends, and I enjoyed the essays, even though I didn’t agree with everything. Great book!

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If you are interested in learning more about my novel ‘9 Ways to Normal’, you can visit my author website here. You can read a sample of my book here.

If you are interested in helping me to make my book the best it can be, visit my GoFundMe page here. Even if you can’t donate, share the link on your socials. Spread the word. The sooner we hit the goal, the sooner my book will come out.

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Book Review: No God But One: Allah or Jesus? by Nabeel Qureshi

10/10

Putting his wonderful story in another book, Nabeel Qureshi uses his experiences to expound upon the information that ultimately changed his mind about Islam and Christianity. With his unique voice and difficult journey, the author explores both religions deeply, and the facts don’t lie.

Nabeel explains the beliefs of Islam, his first religion, and Christianity, the religion he became convinced was true. Taking an unbiased observer’s perspective, he categorically and systematically looks at both religions. Looking at the characters of Jesus and Mohammad, the historical reliability of the accounts of their lives, and the integrity of the Bible and the Qur’an, Qureshi compares and contrasts the available information about these two very different religions.

I recommend this book for both Muslims and Christians who would like to know more about Islam and Christianity. Nabeel is the perfect person to explain this topic. Definitely a book worth reading.

Book Review: The Pilgrim’s Progress in Modern English by John Bunyan

10/10

I have wanted to read ‘A Pilgrim’s Progress’ for years, but every time I tried to read the original, I struggled with old language and unfamiliar words. When I received this book for Christmas, I was thrilled to finally have a copy that I could understand.

This Modern English translation of Bunyan’s beloved allegory is incredible and extremely accurate when compared to the original texts. The story of Christian is told in a fresh way that doesn’t detract from the beauty of the character’s journey. What can I possibly say that hasn’t been said before?

I recommend this book to those who are on their journey like Christian but cannot fully comprehend the old language that Bunyan used. Even if you enjoy the original, perhaps this translation will shed some new light on this old, yet still true book.

Book Review: The Guardians Book #4 – The Sandman and the War of Dreams by William Joyce

10/10

This is the fourth book in the Guardians series, and it continues the enchanting mythology of this world. Joyce certainly knows how to write an interesting series with dynamic and mysterious characters. And once again, he introduces a wonderful new Guardian.

Enter Sanderson Mansnoozie. The Sandman is a great new character, ancient and wise. But how exactly is he connected to the mysterious Mother Nature. And how is Mother Nature connected to Pitch? With this new adventure, many questions are answered, but what will happen with Pitch?

This installment brings together even more characters and ends with a cliffhanger. I cannot wait to read the final book. If you have loved the previous books, pick up this one. I recommend it to everybody!

Book Review: It Burns by Marc Fennell

10/10

For a long time, I’ve enjoyed spice, to a moderate degree. But I have also enjoyed watching people consume some of the hottest chilis in the world. And when the opportunity came to learn more about the world of chili peppers, I said yes.

This book takes an interesting look at the history of chili peppers, the scandals surrounding the race to breed the world’s hottest chili, and even the psychology behind the desire that some people have to down this popular food, even though there will certainly be pain. This is a journey into the world of chiliheads, and it is much bigger and more interesting than I ever thought.

If you are interested in learning more about chilis, chiliheads, and the race of pepper breeding, this book is wonderful. Well-researched and full of fascinating interviews, this book delves deeply into this misunderstood community. There is some adult content, so be wary if you’re younger.