Sunday, December 27, 2015

What Would Jesus Post? by Brian D. Wassom: Book Review

Hello again! I'm here today with another book review. I received a copy of  What Would Jesus Post? by Brian D. Wassom from BookLook Bloggers.

This book gives seven principles for how Christians should act on social media. These include think before you post, don't try to act like something you're not, guard your heart, don't be too distracted by social media, don't be a stumbling block for other people, be a peacemaker, and build genuine community. While this is aimed for a Christian audience, I think that these principles are ones that every person on social media should be following. 

The author's main points include thinking before you post and not bringing down other people. Is what you're about to say going to hurt anyone? Is this something that really needs to be shared? Think about what you're posting: is this appropriate for the people who are going to see it? Pretty common sense stuff that doesn't seem to be so common. He also says not to be a stumbling block for others, and to really think about what you're posting and how it may affect other people.

I found this book to be very interesting because it made me think about what kind of content I put out on the internet, whether that is through my Facebook, Twitter, or my blog. Am I building people up and creating a friendly community, or am I being negative and bringing people down? The book by no means says that you can't share your frustrations or be negative on social media. You don't have to pretend that everything is great all the time, because life just isn't that way. Sometimes, online friends can help you through tough times that you share. However, you should not be intentionally posting anything that you know will hurt others. 

There are actually quite a few of my friends that I'd like to share this book with who I think would benefit from it. I think that having read this is beneficial to me.

Also, the author used the Bible to show how Christians should be acting and how that applies to social media today, as well as giving personal examples of how he learned and experienced these things. He was very clear and consistent in his writing, and I read the book quite quickly. I enjoyed it and I definitely recommend it!


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon: Book Review

Hello everyone!

Today I am reviewing the book Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, which I received from BookLook Bloggers. I was so excited to receive this book because I have seen many reviews on it and heard wonderful things about it. I couldn't wait to pick it up and start reading.

Doon is a fantasy novel that takes place in Scotland. The story follows two American girls who just graduated from high school named Veronica and Mackenna. While Mackenna is from a rich family and is very outgoing, Veronica lives with her mother who drinks a lot and her pervy boyfriend. Mackenna has just inherited a cottage in Scotland, and the two friends go there to spend the summer. However, Veronica is having visions of an attractive, Scottish boy calling to her. Once arriving in Scotland and learning some of the local legends that she is sure is connected to her mystery man, she sets out to find the truth. Along with Mackenna, she soon finds herself in the mystical world of Doon, where all kinds of heroics and struggles ensue, laced with humor and romance all along the way.

On Goodreads, I gave this book 3/5 stars, though I would actually give it closer to 3.5/5. Since I've finished the book and am thinking about it more, it is growing on me more. 

One thing that I liked about the book is the fact that it gets into the action right away. The authors did not spend a lot of time working up characters and background information before getting into the action. Sometimes, it takes authors a long time to get into the actual story while they're giving background information, which can get to be pretty boring, so I was very glad that this book didn't do that. I also really like the characters. Both Veronica and Mackenna are very believable and realistic. The authors didn't give them a ton of unrealistic flaws or quirks, or try to make them perfect. They are just normal girls who are very likable. I particularly like Mackenna, simply because I love her sarcasm and fiery spirit.

One of the main things that I disliked about this book is all of the teen romance cliches that are in the book. For example, the main male character is very hot and cold, which has gotten really old in teen romance. Mackenna describes this as an "Edward Cullen act", which I think is the best way to describe it. This behavior almost always immediately turns me off to the character, and usually also turns me off to the female who is so in love with them. Also, as in a ton of books, the main character knows important information that would help everyone, but keeps it to herself to "protect everyone". This leads to even more trouble every time, and I just don't get why authors keep writing that situation into books, when it seems to unrealistic to me.

I think that one of the reasons that I didn't enjoy the book as much as I had hoped was because I read it as an ebook, and not a physical copy. Ebooks just don't feel legitimate to me, it feels like I'm reading fanfiction off of Wattpad or something and not an actual, published book. I really think I would have liked it much more if I'd read a physical copy, but that's just a personal preference.

Overall, I did enjoy the book. I realized how much that I liked it when I was reading and all of a sudden I realized that it was 3:00 AM and I hadn't put the book down in hours. I am still trying to decide if I want to read the next book in the series. I hadn't been planning on it, but then Doon ended on a note that intrigued me and made me want to know what happened. Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who loves teen/ YA romance and fantasy adventure. It was also really cool to see a book that takes place in Scotland, as it isn't a place that I get to read about often. It makes me want to visit the beautifully described country!

Have you read this book?
What did you think?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

November Book Wrap-Up

Hello, there!

Unfortunately, I didn't get to read as much as I did last month, and I didn't stick to my TBR list at all. School has been keeping me insanely busy, and I've been knitting/crocheting a lot of Christmas gifts lately. Also, I was having some trouble getting into the two books that I'm currently reading. So, here's what I read in November.

  1. The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester- I found a signed copy of this book at Target and I am so excited! Dan and Phil touched my book! It's a very fun, quick read that I recommend for anyone who enjoys their YouTube videos. I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.
  2. Unconfessed by Yvette Christianse- This is a book that I had to read for one of my English classes. It's about a slave woman in South Africa who is sent to a prison. It deals with all of the injustices and bad things that happened to her. It was interesting and easy to get through, though I only gave it 2/5 stars.
  3. The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter- This is the third book in the Alice in Zombieland series, and to be honest I'm glad I'm done with it. The characters got less likable with each book, though I did enjoy the story and the book even made my cry while reading it at work. I gave it 3/5 stars.
  4. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson- Okay, this is just a short children's book, but it was still really fun to reread. My sister and I found this book while we were home for Thanksgiving break, and we decided to read it together like we did when we were younger. It's about a group of really awful kids completely taking over the church's annual Christmas pageant. 
I am currently reading...

  1. A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter- This is the last book in the Alice in Zombieland series, though it's told through the perspective of two other characters and has less to do with the main characters from the first three books. I had a hard time getting started at first, but now that I'm a little further in I'm enjoying it much more. (Update: since I drafted this post earlier today, I have binge read 350ish pages and have now finished it. It got so much better!)
  2. Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon- I received this as an ebook from Harper Collins publishing, which I am very excited about since I've been wanting to read this book for a while. I'm still not very far in so nothing has really happened yet, but I've heard good things about this book so I am so excited for things to get interesting.
Have you read any of these books?
What did you think of them?
What's on your December TBR?
What are some books you recommend?