Killer Cupcakes by Leighann Dobbs

Killer Cupcakes (Lexy Baker #1)Killer Cupcakes by Leighann Dobbs

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was cute, but it wasn’t a favorite. The “Death By Chocolate” series by Sally Berneathy is similar but much more entertaining, and I quickly found myself comparing the two. However this book did have a few things I enjoyed. The story unfolds quickly and smoothly, and there is an intangible sort of joy being translated through the pages as I read. I imagine this originates from the author’s love of writing. It didn’t feel like a story being written by someone who was struggling or working hard to get her story out, so even though I wasn’t in love with this book, I was certainly uplifted. That feeling of being uplifted was topped off by the main character’s “Famous Cupcake Tops” recipe which the author included in the back of the book. I absolutely loved that and will certainly be trying out her recipe!


Get Me Off by Penny Wylder

Get Me OffGet Me Off by Penny Wylder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Though I read a fair amount of romance and erotica, I don’t often enjoy them enough to have anything to say, but this is one of those occasions. This book had me laughing in the first few pages. I have had a few of the character’s snarky thoughts about men and sex myself, and it was refreshing to read about a character who wasn’t so very unrealistic, that you couldn’t relate to them. The sex scenes themselves were peppered with a bit of realism, which made it easy to imagine myself and my guy in place of the characters. That was a new experience for me, and I really enjoyed it! I felt the author blended her own experience and realistic expectations with her crazy fantasies, which made the whole story feel much more personal for me. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance or erotica, especially if you are in the mood for something quick and satisfying!

Of Cats and Men by Sam Kalda

Of Cats and Men: Profiles of History's Great Cat-loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and StatesmenOf Cats and Men: Profiles of History’s Great Cat-loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and Statesmen by Sam Kalda

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a book I picked up free to review through NetGalley, and I’m very glad I did! As a cat lover, the cover and title appealed to me right away. As I read through the descriptions of famous men and their bond with cats, I had the impression this was the author’s first book, not because of any lack in his skill, but it emotes ‘this-is-new-and-exciting-for-me’. That feeling positively influenced my own emotional state and enhanced my experience while reading.

It is also heavily illustrated and the illustrations are very communicative. You know exactly what emotions, thoughts, and ideas are being expressed immediately. The author is obviously a very experienced artist and is completely comfortable expressing himself through his art. His illustrations are just wonderful, and I would love to have prints of several of them to place amongst my book shelves! One in particular (my favorite) depicts Nikola Tesla standing by his desk, gazing out through his window and petting his cat, who is also looking out, on a moonlit night as lightening strikes near a metal tower. This image captures the essence of those silent moments of contemplation with companionship, which are so common between cat and guardian. So much is communicated through the author’s illustrations, that this book would not be nearly as interesting and charming without them, which I’m sure is the point!

The author conveys a simple and lovely picture of the bond between a human and a cat which left me in a state of reverie that involved a few tears and sniffles. The ‘thing’ that draws me to my cats is not their adorable and funny actions and reactions, or the way they get themselves into all manner of silly predicaments that make me laugh and want to cuddle them up (if they allow it!), but the quiet way they have inspired and influenced me. The subtle and modest way they communicate, which is often missed by the casual feline admirer, has taught me more about communicating in meaningful ways with the people I love, than I might have ever learned on my own. This book is an excellent read, especially for anyone who has ever loved a cat!

4 Free novels by Tony Bertauski

I haven’t read anything by this author yet, but I’m about to, and I’ll be back with reviews! He’s offering the first novel from 4 different series he’s written for free. There are no strings or requirements, and he makes the download super easy for those of you who are tech-challenged. I’m not sure how long this offer lasts, so if you’re interested, I’d recommend checking it out as soon as possible…

Lincoln: A Book of Quotations by Bob Blaisdell

Lincoln: A Book of Quotations (Dover Thrift Editions)Lincoln: A Book of Quotations by Bob Blaisdell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley, and I honestly did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. It was a quick read, and I found it surprisingly informative. There are quotes and excerpts from every possible source, and they range from personal to political. Many of them seemed quite informal and considering his background and what I have pieced together, I’m guessing he wasn’t a particularly formal man. One of the funniest excerpts, and my personal favorite, Continue reading “Lincoln: A Book of Quotations by Bob Blaisdell”

Benbee & Chanterelle by M. N. Morrow

Benbee & Chanterelle: Jumping Jackson & the Spelling Bee by M N Morrow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a lovely and sweet children’s story that promotes bee conservation and kindness to others.

My sister-in-law sent me the following message the day after I sent this book home with him: “David just got done reading the first part of that book to me. If you’re still able to add anything to your book review, you could add that his mother thinks that it’s a perfect book for his level of reading….some words that he needed help with which is good for learning, but it wasn’t too hard that he would have ever lost interest. Smooth, positive story! Love the book.”