An Unexpected Bookish Meeting

Y’all, here it is! The last book I read for review while I was on vacation. (Whew, getting all these reviews written is fun, but kinda hard because I let them build up since I didn’t have my computer with me.)

Fun story before I get into the review: I was reading this book in Mexico where our family goes on vacation each year. We stay in a small fishing village that isn’t in a touristy area.

As I was reading I posted about the book on my Instagram Story (y’all can follow me here if you want, I often post reading updates). A friend commented and said that it looked like a book she’d enjoy reading.

Now, plot twist: It turns out this lady was on vacation with her husband and their four young children only about a half an hour away from where we were staying! Crazy, right? As it turns out, we invited them over for supper one night and I hurried to finish reading the book before they arrived so I could give it to her. It was fun to have that random bookish/friendish connection in a different country. And hey, I’m glad she commented on my story. 😉

FIRST OFF, SOME STATS:

Find the book on: Amazon and Goodreads
Pages: 208
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Title: Homeschool Bravely
Nonfiction

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Quiet the voices of “not good enough” and step courageously into guilt-free homeschooling

Many homeschool parents have a long-term relationship with self-doubt. “Did I make the right decision?” “Could someone else do this better?” “Am I robbing my kids of something by not sending them to ‘regular school’?”

What if there’s a better way?

Not a 3-step technique or a shiny, new curriculum, but a change in perspective that transforms the way you plan, teach, and homeschool?

Homeschool Bravely teaches you to see homeschooling as a calling, helps you overthrow the tyranny of impossible expectations, and guides you through the common bumps in the road, including how to:

  • juggle school and parenting with toddlers at home
  • teach a struggling learner
  • plan with the end in mind
  • accept your own limitations without feeling guilty
  • stay the course even in the face of criticism

Reclaim your hope, renew your purpose, and transform your homeschool. Because the truth is: God will use every part of your homeschool, even your fears, faults, and failures, to weave good plans for your kids.

WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOK

Despite the fact that I’ve read a lot of parenting books, I’ve never read any homeschooling books. That seemed like a fact I should remedy, and this book caught my eye, partly because of the title, partly because the cover is black.

Disclaimer: I’m not a parent, I don’t think I have the answers to parenting, homeschooling, or raising kids. I simply enjoy studying the subject and seeing how I can (very, very loosely) apply the principles I learn to myself, kids in my life, and maybe in the far distant future my own kids. Plus, it’s pretty fun to learn when there’s no pressure. But, as always this review will, therefore, be quite subjective, but will hopefully provide a unique point-of-view compared to the reviews written by parents who actually know what they’re doing.

WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK

I found it surprisingly interesting. The author is a blogger and a lot of times a blogger-turned-book-author is a hit or miss for me when it comes to style – there’s no middle ground. This one was, thankfully, a total hit. Her writing style was engaging, her tone honest, encouraging, and at times funny, and her stories were ones I could relate to from the perspective of an adult who grew up being homeschooled.

The author used to be an elementary school teacher, which felt like it gave her added credentials while talking about homeschooling vs. public schooling.

There were some things in the book I didn’t fully agree with (more related to her views on various things, rather than what she actually did), but those things were minor enough that they didn’t take away from the book for me.

For me, the most interesting part of the book was when she gave different suggestions of things to do with kids. It’s so intriguing to hear about things little kids can do for fun that are actually educational as well.

CONCLUSION

If y’all are interested in this book, you should check out her website (The Unlikely Homeschool) or look her up on Instagram. I watched some of her Instagram stories as I was reading the book and that really helped her to feel more relatable and alive to me.

I generally don’t recommend parenting books as a non-parent on my blog (because that’s weird), and the same goes for homeschooling books. But, I did enjoy reading this book.

RATING

I’m giving Homeschool Bravely four out of five stars – Moody Publishers was very kind to send me a copy of this book so I could review it.

Holy Noticing (Aka, Most Confusing Book Review I’ve Written)

FIRST OFF, SOME STATS:

Find the book on: Amazon and Goodreads
Pages: 240
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Title: Holy Noticing
Nonfiction

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Does your life ever feel like one series of rushed moments after another?

Do you want to feel more present and connected to those you love? Do you want to be able to listen without thinking the whole time of what you’re going to say next? Do you want to feel less distracted, less busy, and more whole? Most of us spend our distracted lives longing to get to the next, better moment and fail to notice the present one. We lack space between one task and the next, one thought and the next, one email and the next. Social media, TV, work deadlines, and family stress steal our enjoyment and engagement in the moment.

Holy Noticing will teach you how to:

  • become more aware of your thoughts, emotions, and environment
  • recognize Christ’s presence in the moment
  • reduce your stress by developing the ability to focus on God and people rather than tasks

Many today think mindfulness is dangerous, unchristian, or associated with Eastern religions—and often it is! But Dr. Charles Stone reveals that the art of holy noticing—purposefully paying attention to God as he works in us, our relationships, and our world—is a spiritual discipline Christians have practiced for millennia. Holy Noticing explores the historically Christian and biblical roots of this lifestyle, as well as Dr. Stone’s BREATHe model, which teaches you to be more engaged with Christ in the everyday moments that too often slip right by us.

Discover the lost spiritual discipline of holy noticing today and learn to engage the world like Christ.

WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK

The first half of this book had me quite confused. I wasn’t entirely sure what it was talking about, or if I agreed with the author or not. I read each chapter with my skepticism rising, but also trying to keep an open mind so I could write a fair review for the book.

It wasn’t until the second half of the book that what the author was saying began to make sense to me, and I could nod in agreement and see where he was going. Because of that, I feel like my whole perspective of the book is a bit skewed. I wish the book had been set up a little bit differently without so much “introduction” type writing at the beginning. I do see why the author did that though – I think he was trying to avoid Christian’s jumping to conclusions about why he wrote what he did, and write him off as not having Biblical principles.

Essentially the book is teaching how to take time to slow down, be more in touch with the world around us, and therefore better able to focus on what God is doing.

That is something I can get totally on board with, and why I read the book in the first place. The way the author suggests to do that – his BREATHe method (and yes, the last e is lowercase) still has me slightly confused, but goes something like this:

B: Ponder and Yield Your Body
R: Review and Renew your Relationships
E: Notice and Engage your Environment
A: Label and Release Your Afflictive Emotions (Affect)
T: Be Conscious of Current Thoughts
H: Pay Attention to your Spiritual Life (Heart) and the Spirit’s whispers
e: engage the world like Christ

See why I was confused? But when I read through the second half of the book where we spend a chapter focusing on each of the letters, it’s really not that weird. Instead, the author talks about how to spend time praying about each specific thing.

For instance, when you’re on B – your body – what you do is spend three to five minutes each day thanking God for how your body works, His great design, and the various blessings He’s given you in your physical body. As you pray, you also stop to notice if you’re feeling stress, pain, etc… and if you do, then you pray about that as well.

The author mentioned how he often feels stress in his shoulders, so he breathes deeply and prays about whatever is causing the stress. This made sense to me in both physically and spiritually, because I know that I often clench my jaw without even realizing it, which can actually knock my body out of shape. The chiropractor pointed it out to me a while ago and ever since then I’ve made sure to relax my jaw whenever I realize I’m clenching it, and it actually has helped me be less stressed.

This book talks a lot about the science behind certain things – like breathing deeply, paying attention to what we focus on, and what various thought patterns (like anxiety) can do to your body, etc…. Then the author brings it all back to the Bible and shows how these principles are healthy not only from the physical and science standpoint but also spiritually.

As far as putting his steps into practice? Well, I’m still not sure what I think about that. I’ll probably try it someday and that may change my rating of the book, but who knows. 😉 As it is, I will be working at paying more attention to what I dwell on, staying focused in the moment, breathing deeply, and resting in God’s goodness.

CONCLUSION

This is one of the hardest-for-me to write book reviews, mostly because I feel like I really didn’t fully grasp what the author was saying. If any of y’all have read the book (or do read it) you should totally share your opinions with me.

RATING

I’m giving Holy Noticing three and four out of five stars – reserving my final star count until I’ve put the principles into practice and re-evaluate what I think of the book. Moody Publishers was very kind to send me a copy of this book so I could review it.

A Mom’s Guide to Lies Girls Believe

Y’all. This book is so amazing that I rearranged my schedule so I could read it before I left for vacation so I could get this review posted for you. If you’re a mom of a tween girl, then this book is one for you. If you’re not, then you can at least read my review and then buy a copy because you’re curious. 😉

FIRST OFF, SOME STATS:

Find the book on: Amazon and Goodreads
Pages: 240
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Title: A Mom’s Guide to Lies Girls Believe
Nonfiction

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ABOUT THE BOOK

You can’t change the world, but you can prepare her for it.

Your daughter is facing challenges you never dealt with at her age! From skyrocketing anxiety rates to bullying on social media, the Enemy’s lies are everywhere. How do you help the girl you love walk in freedom?

Mom’s Guide to Lies Girls Believe, the companion book to Lies Girls Believe is your tool to come alongside your daughter in the fight against the lies the world is telling her. Based on in-depth research and focus groups led by Dannah Gresh, author of Secret Keeper Girl and Lies Young Women Believe (Coauthored with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth,) Lies Girls Believe teaches your daughter the Truth she will need to navigate the challenges she is facing. The Mom’s Guide provides research, cultural trends, and case studies about the problems tween girls face, but also offers encouragement and biblical insight to empower you to talk with your daughter about God’s truth.

Together, these books give you the tools you need to start important conversations at an age-appropriate pace. Topics include:

  • Lies about God
  • Lies about Friendship
  • Lies about the Future
  • Lies about Myself
  • Lies about Boys
WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOK

I really don’t remember what made me choose to request this book for review, but I’m glad I did.

Disclaimer: I’m not a mom, therefore I’m not the target audience, so my thoughts are more subjective than the average reviewer.

WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK

I started this book on a Wednesday night, just after having a conversation with one of my tween friends at church. The conversation included her showing me her Instagram and breaking into a happy dance because her crush had voted on her story. It saddened me to see a girl – who should still be enjoying the simplicity of childhood – being wrapped up in the drama of social media.

Then I came home and began reading this book and cheered for it on nearly every single page. Y’all. This book is full of gold.

The book itself is bright, cheery, reminiscent of childhood, colorful, and interactive. It was late at night when I opened the pages, but it was so interesting I kept reading, and reading, and reading, even though I had only planned to read the first few pages. Two days later and I’ve finished the book.

This book is supposed to be read at the same time your daughter is reading Lies Girls Believe. In fact, this book includes a lot of the pages from the Lies Girls Believe, while giving the mom ideas of how to have good conversations with their daughters, as well as helping the mom see how she can model the various truths taught.

In addition to being full of truth, this book was also very interesting and kept me engaged as I read. It quoted the Bible a lot (in a different color and font which was pretty cool), added statistics, case study stories, and facts. If I had a tween daughter this is most definitely a book I’d want to go through with her.

There are twenty lies in the book, along with twenty truths to combat them. These lies/truths include a wide range of topics, from how to see God correctly, to body image, to bullying, to social media, to what it’s like to be a girl (exploring topics like periods, etc…). The book covers tons of territory in just over two hundred pages and I was very impressed.

CONCLUSION

Y’all. This book was truly fantastic. Tweens these days are bombarded by so many lies, and the best time to teach them truths is right now. I highly applaud the authors of this book, as well as the publishers to work at getting this important message out into the world.

RATING

I’m giving A Mom’s Guide to Lies Girls Believe five out of five stars – Moody Publishers was very kind to send me a copy of this book so I could review it.

Where To Find Free Books {Vlog}

Y’all! Free books are AMAZING! It’s so much fun to get packages of books in the mail – especially when you don’t have to pay anything for them. I counted it up today and was rather surprised (and delighted) to discover that I’ve received 53 books in exchange for review already this year. And then after counting them I went and got the mail only to find yet another book package had arrived. #SoMuchCoolnessRightThereFolks

Do you get books free in exchange for review? If so, what review programs do you work with?

 

Loving My LGBT Neighbor {Book Review}

Loving My LGBT Neighbor

By: Glenn T. Stanton

Find it on:

Amazon
Goodreads

First Person • NonFiction  • 208 Pages

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About the Book (Backcover Blurb):

Ever feel like we’re just fumbling through the LGBT conversation, always asking but never really finding answers to questions like:

  • What does it look like to be friends with my lesbian neighbors?  
  • How should I love my gay child and his partner?
  • What if I’m invited to a same-sex wedding?
  • What did Jesus sayand not sayabout homosexuality?
  • What is the role of the church in the same-sex debate?

We don’t have to fumble. While the questions are hard, answers can be had. Just ask Glenn Stanton.

Stanton, of Focus on the Family, travels widely meeting with and debating LGBT advocates across the country. In doing so he has had the privilege of becoming friends with a number of them.

He says, “We disagree on certain convictions, but we still admire and esteem one another . . . Since when was it decided that people who see the world in polar opposite ways can’t be friends?” He shares his personal journey building bridges with the LGBT community and offers candid insights on hard questions.

In Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor, Glenn Stanton shows us how to speak the truth in love on this difficult but important issue.

Why I Choose This Book: 

Because I’ve asked all those ^ questions before (well, if you substitute “child” in the second question for “relative”). I really wanted to read a book where the author had really researched with the Bible had to say about the topic and then used that as the foundation for his book.

What I Thought about this Book:

 

I wasn’t sure what to think going into the book, but before long I was nodding along with what the author was saying and picking the book up every chance I got to read more.

There were a lot of things that when I first read it I was like “No, no, that can’t be right.” But then after thinking through it and really reading what the author had actually written, plus the scripture passages he’d quoted, and in nearly all the cases I ended up realizing that I did agree with him after all.

This book is special and unique because it’s written by a guy who is standing strong on the Word of God, debates gay people, and yet is also good friends with many, many people from the LGBT community. He writes the book in such a way that is brimming with love, truth, and grace, which is what we’re called to be. Throughout the book, he explains what it looks like to be friends with someone who believes so differently from him. He talks about how sometimes you have to work through misunderstandings and hurt feelings, but that when you build a strong friendship based on the places where you do agree, then this is very possible.

The author also talks about how it’s important not to make friends with someone from the LGBT community (or anywhere, really) just so you can witness to them. He said, of course, he witnesses to his friends from the LGBT community because that’s who he is and what he’s called to do. But if that was the reason for his friendship then that wouldn’t be a real friendship. (Really, you should read the book because he does a LOT better of a job explaining it.)

Throughout the book, he also defines and explains different terms like what “LGBT” really means – what each letter stands for, etc…. It was interesting to me and I was happy to have that knowledge.


Conclusion:

I plan on re-reading this book. It’s written from a Biblical stand point and brimming with grace and truth. I recommend this to Christians (Ages: twenties and up) who want to study out what the Bible really says about this topic.

There are still a few things that I’m not sure if I agree with them, but it’s given me a lot to think about.

Rating: 

I’m giving Loving My LGBT Neighbor 4 out of 5 stars, and 8 out of 10.

*I received this book from Moody Press in exchange for a review

Next Up – Book Review

Next Up: 8 Shifts Great Young Leaders Make 

BY: Jonathan Pearson

Find it on:

Amazon

Goodreads 

First Person • NonFiction • 128 Pages

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About the Book (Backcover Blurb):

There are 8 key attitude and action shifts that every great leader makes.

From entitlement to honor. From passive to passionate. From unreliable to consistent. Are you willing to make these shifts (and more) and be ready when the “next up” call comes?

The Millennial generation is poised to do something. We can either learn, grow, ask for help, and lead honorably into the future, or we can passively wait, feeling entitled for the keys to eventually be given to us. We can do better than that! Let’s take the initiative and rise to the challenge.

The future will be filled with leadership transitions at not only the highest levels in businesses, churches, and organizations all over the world, but also at regular, everyday places. Who will be ready to lead existing movements, groups, and causes? Or who will be ready to start the new ones?

Using practical, biblical, and contemporary examples and lessons, this book will help existing and burgeoning leaders pinpoint the areas of their lives where they still need to make the shift and learn to lead more effectively.

Why I Choose this Book: 

Because it sounded like a great book. (And happily it was.)

What I Thought about this Book:

The whole time I was reading the book I kept thinking of other people who I wanted to share the book with. I thought of my teenage cousins, especially one who have shown fantastic leadership qualities already. I thought about various parents. I thought about people my own age. All this to say, that although this book mainly geared toward young people, it applies to pretty much everyone. For some reason though, I kept thinking it would resonate extremely well with young guys. This could possibly be because the author wrote in such a personable, friendly way, that I kinda felt like I was sitting there listening to him in person. I don’t know how to explain his style exactly, but I was pretty impressed by it. In fact, I could almost imagine him saying things like “Dude” and “Bro” although in reality, he was eloquent. I know, confusing, right? Okay, let me put it this way: I think “cool” teens and proper parents would both be able to connect with this book and the author. And that’s a hard balance to master.

The purpose of the book is to help the Millennial generation start preparing now to be the leaders that our world needs when it’s time for us to take over the reins. That sounds rather overwhelming, but the author wrote the book in such a way that it felt encouraging instead of impossible. The 8 Shifts the author shared were spot-on and so incredibly needed and helpful for everyone – not just those who one day want to be leaders of a church, country, or business. (Which makes sense, because in reality, most of us are leaders in one capacity or another.)

Next Up was a breeze to read through, although obviously there is so much good information within the pages that need to be studied out and re-read and applied to everyday life. The book made me think that not only could it be read by someone alone, but it’s also one of those books that would be great to read in a group to promote discussions.

I look forward to hopefully reading more books by the same author if he publishes any more.

Conclusion:

Next Up is formatted well, easy to understand, packed full of good information, extremely practical, Biblically based, and short and sweet. I recommend it highly, especially to people in their teens, twenties, and thirties who want to invest their lives so that they make a difference for eternity.

Rating:

I’m giving Think Again 4 out of 5 stars, and 8 out of 10.

*I received this book from Moody Press

Book Review Time! {Books by Gary Chapman}

The Five Love Languages: Singles Edition

By: Gary Chapman and Chris Fabry

Find it on:

Amazon

Goodreads 

First Person • NonFiction • Narrative Style • 248 Pages

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About the Book (Backcover Blurb):

The five love languages work for everyone (they’re not just for married couples)… In this world we’re surrounded by more people than ever–yet we often still feel alone. Being single or married has nothing to do with whether you need to feel loved! Everyone has a God-given yearning for complete and unconditional love in the context of all relationships. If you want to give and receive love most effectively, you’ve got to learn to speak the right love language. Different people with different personalities express love in different ways. In fact, there are five very specific languages of love: Words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, quality time, and physical touch. Dr. Gary Chapman’s original bestseller was first crafted with married couples in mind, but the love languages have proven themselves to be universal. The message of this audiobook is now tailored to meet the unique and real desires of single adults.

Why I Choose this Book:

I was first introduced to the 5 Love Languages about six or seven years ago when I was in my late teens, and my world was literally changed. Around that time I read one of the 5 Love Languages books, but I’m not sure what edition. I figured it was time to do a refresher course, hence the reason for requesting this book.

What I Thought about this Book:

If I hadn’t already known about the 5 Love Languages and a lot of the material in this book, I think I would have had millions of light bulb moments going off. This book is a treasury of so much helpful information and explanations and logic that it’s crazy.

For those of you who don’t know, the 5 Love Languages are 1) Words of Affirmation 2) Physical Touch 3) Quality Time 4) Acts of Service and 5) Gifts. These are the five primary way that people give and receive love. It’s amazing how much sense this makes after you’ve studied it for a bit. Then pieces start falling into place, and the relationships you have can be greatly enhanced just by learning how to speak other people’s primary love languages.

I was a bit surprised how much of the book focused on the romantic side of the love languages (how to treat someone you’re dating, etc…), but I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. I’ve just found the love languages work incredible well for everyone – including family, friends, and even somewhat distant friendships such as co-workers. The book does go into how to apply the love languages to all the above situations, just not to the extreme that I had imagined it would.

If you ever feel like you’re not connecting with people well – especially those who you should have a good relationship with, such as family members, then this book will most likely revolutionize your relationships. It is so eye opening and practical. I’m incredibly thankful to have learned how to relate to people better.

Conclusion:

There were a few places with a bit of content that I wouldn’t be okay giving to children, but that’s perfectly fine, because it wasn’t written for children. (For instance on the chapter about physical touch being one of the love languages, they talk briefly about abuse. But, they handle everything in a way that I found very appropriate.)

I don’t agree with everything that’s in the book, but for the most part the information is incredibly helpful and totally spot-on. I highly recommend the book.

Rating: 

I’m giving The Five Love Languages: Singles Edition 5 out of 5 stars, and 10 out of 10.

*I received this book from Moody Press

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Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents

By: Gary Chapman and Shannon Warden

Find it on:

Amazon

Goodreads 

First Person • NonFiction • Two Points of View • 208 Pages

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About the Book (Backcover Blurb):

Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents has one goal: prepare you to raise young children.

Dr. Gary Chapman—longtime relationship expert and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages—teams up with Dr. Shannon Warden—professor of counseling, wife, and mother of three—to give young parents a book that is practical, informed, and enjoyable.

Together they share what they wished they had known beforehaving kids. For example: children affect your time, your money, and your marriage—and that’s just the beginning. With warmth and humor they offer practical advice on everything from potty training to scheduling, apologizing to your child, and keeping your marriage strong… all the while celebrating the great joy that children bring.

Why I Choose this Book:

I had several reasons for choosing this book. 1) I like the author. 2) I find it intriguing to find out why people – particularly parents – do the things they do. 3) I figured that since I’m not a parent yet, this would be the perfect time to read the book.

What I Thought about this Book:

My first thoughts were that I should have payed closer attention to the “We” in the title – because I’m fairy certain this book was written mainly for couples who haven’t had children yet; not single people who haven’t had children yet. Still, I enjoyed reading through the book, and I’m glad I got it.

My second thoughts were that I have been extremely blessed to grow up around a bunch of younger siblings, nieces, nephews, and cousins. This book contained a lot of helpful information, but in reality I knew basically all of it. (Hopefully that doesn’t sound stuck up, because that’s not what I mean at all!) When I finished the book I realized there were probably only a couple of sentences that contained information that was new to me. Therefore, the book wasn’t extremely interesting to read. But! I can only imagine how helpful and interesting and enlightening it would be for people who haven’t been surrounded by children all of their lives.

The book goes through important things like how having children changes your entire life, how children are expensive, unique, need boundaries, are influenced by their parents, etc… The book also talks about how important it is to help your children grow emotionally, socially, and mentally. Overall the book is very practical and easy to read.

Conclusion:

I would recommend this book to couples who are wanting to have children, and yet haven’t spent a lot of time around kids. I have a feeling it would be very enlightening for them.

Rating: 

I’m giving Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents 4 out of 5 stars, and 7 out of 10.

*I received this book from Moody Press

Where to Find Free Books

Yesterday I was telling a friend on Goodreads about the different sites and publishing companies where I get books free in exchange for reviews. By the time my comment was nearly the size of a blog post, it occurred to me that y’all might find the information helpful, too. So, here’s a slightly expanded version of what I told my friend. 

Pretty much the only requirement you have to have in order to sign up for these programs is to have a blog that you update regularly. Some sites require a certain amount of followers, others ask about your page views per month, and others just want to know how consistently you blog. 

In 2016 I reviewed 44 books that were given me for free in exchange for review, and in 2017 so far I’ve reviewed close to 10, and have multiple more on their way. It’s a lot of fun and helpful for authors, bloggers, publishers, and readers alike.

So, without further ado, here are the review sites I work with….

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Litfuse

I really, really like this site! I signed up with it near the beginning of last year (if I recall correctly…) and I’ve requested more books from them than all the other sites combined. Litfuse send emails out with information about the book they have up for review, and if you’re interested in the book it literally takes like one minute to request the book (you have to fill in your blog info, etc…). Then they’ll email you if you’ve been chosen as one of the people to review it. If you’ve requested a physical copy of the book they make sure to mail it to you in plenty of time to read it by the deadline, cause this is one review program where you have to pick a day to review the book on, and then stick to that day. 

Moody Publishers  

With this review site you go straight to their website and request a book (or sometimes they allow you to request up to three at once). Before I started using Litfuse I used Moody Publishers a lot

One time I either lost a book that they had sent me, or else they didn’t send it (I still don’t know). But, when I asked them about it they graciously just sent another one – no questions asked. (I did explain that I might have lost it and offered to buy a replacement copy.) Anyway. They’re really nice to work with. 

Baker Publishing Group  

They (if I remember correctly) send out a non-fiction and fiction email each month with the books they have up for review. It’s generally just a few books to choose from, but very easy to request from if you’re interested. 

BookLook  

This was the first review site I joined – waaaayyyy back when. I haven’t used it in a while because I’ve been overloaded with books anyway, but they generally have a pretty good selection. In fact, just thinking about it makes me want to go do some book “shopping”…. 

Tyndale Blog Network 

I think this is another one of those sites where they just send out an email every month with fiction and an email every month with non-fiction. (Sorry! I kinda get the different review places I work with confused….) 

Net Galley

I haven’t requested a book from here for a while because I have had questionable books from them in the past (meaning books I wasn’t comfortable with reading), so I figured it wasn’t really worth it when I had so many other review sites to work with. They do have a pretty big selection, though. 

Authors

After you’ve reviewed for a while it’s not uncommon for authors to ask you about personally reviewing their books. I rarely do that though, because I’d feel pretty bad if I disliked the book when it had personally been handed to me by an author. 

And… those are the review sites/publishers I work with. If y’all have any questions I’d be happy to try and answer them. 

What are some review sites that y’all have worked with? Which is your favorite?