Passionate about Books!

I love to read and I read a lot! My favorite genres are Christian fiction, historical fiction, especially anything set in Ancient Rome or Egypt, horror and thrillers.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

I only read this because it was required reading in my son's English class, and I like to read what he is reading so we can discuss it together if he wants.


I was not a fan and almost gave up on it. Then they watched the movie in class, and I decided to give that a try, and couldn't get past the first 10 minutes. It's just not my cup of tea.

Understanding Perspective: Form, Depth and Distance by Giovanni Civardi

Understanding Perspective: Form, Depth and Distance - Giovanni Civardi

This wasn't bad, but I was looking for more on perspective when it comes to the human form, especially with foreshortening, which I find a bit difficult. Good book on the subject for landscapes though.
3.5 stars

Figure Drawing: A Complete Guide by Giovanni Civardi

Figure Drawing: A Complete Guide - Giovanni Civardi

Got this book from the library and I loved it so much, that I bought my own copy.
Very helpful, with tons of good examples and helpful tips.

 

14 Drawing books human anatomy for free download on Ayoqq.org

Drawing the Head and Hands by Andrew Loomis

Drawing the Head and Hands - William Andrew Loomis

I love to draw, but always had a problem with hands (and feet, to be honest). This book is a fantastic resource and a big help in helping me practice and refining my drawings as a whole.
Definitely recommended for all artists out there!

Hades Proper by Sean Rainwater

Hades Proper - Sean Rainwater

A series of earthquakes around the world opens up a huge chasm in Russia where early readings find that it reaches all the way to the center of the earth. A team is sent in to find out what is there.
What if it is not what they have always been taught? What if hell was real....?

 

I really enjoyed the premise for this one, as I don't think I have ever read anything else like it.
It is written from a Christian perspective, but I still recommend it for everyone.

Smashwords Read and Ebook Week Sale

Just got this message in my email and wanted to share for those of you that are interested.

Smashwords is having their annual Read and Ebook sale from March 3- March 9th!

Go check it out...you might see a book you've been wanting for a really good price.

Enjoy!

The Secret Chef by Crystal King

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The Secret Chef - Crystal King

The year is 1577 and Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous Vatican chef, has died. Giovanni, his nephew who has long been his apprentice, has inherited almost everything, including his recipes and the many journals where his uncle has chronicled his life. He was supposed to burn them, but he was curious about the man he loved and had taught him so much. And therein he learns that his uncle had many secrets.

 

Dangerous secrets.

 

 

This was a fantastic look into the life of a famous chef, of which little is known about. Crystal King weaves a wonderful tale around his life, some historical, much of it made up, but still a delight to read. The meals this man cooked for the Vatican and many nobles were nothing less than extravagant, but it made my mouth water.

 

The author does include a bit at the end about what is known of this chef and his life and it was appreciated.

 

While not as good as her first book, in my opinion, it was still a great read and I definitely recommend it to all historical fiction fans out there.

Weekend reads!

 

 

This will be a nice long weekend for me as my son is off school today and Monday...whoopee! These are my weekend reads and I can't wait! Hope you all enjoy your weekend :D  

Asenath: Vision of Egypt by Sara Hickman

Asenath: Vision of Egypt - Sarah Hickman

This was an enjoyable, speculative story about Asenath, who is barely mentioned in the Bible. She was Joseph's wife. This is the Joseph whose brothers sold him into slavery, but he rose to become vizier, or the second highest after the pharaoh, in Egypt.


Great characters, believable story, and I enjoyed reading it. It is a Christian fiction book, as it tells of her conversion from worshipping her Egyptian gods, to converting and following the One God.

 

4 stars and recommended for Christian and historical fiction fans.

Borne for Life by Graham Carter

Borne for Life - Graham Carter

In the midst of a murder, organized crime, and a reporter's quest to uncover them, is a beautiful story about mercy, grace, redemption, and the spiritual battle going on all around us. I loved this book! Had me in tears by the end.

This author never disappoints.

 

5 stars and recommended!

Crucible (A Sigma Force Novel #13) by James Rollins

Crucible (A Sigma Force Novel #13) - James Rollins

Another fast paced thriller, this one with an almost what-if? scenario involving the creation of an AI program. The result is truly terrifying, especially because this can be become a very real problem in the near future. I hope that whoever out there is working towards achieving AI, will truly consider the consequences.


A fun and exciting read. 4 stars

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box - Josh Malerman

I think by now everyone knows what this book is about. My take- lots of tension and a fairly good amount of psychological terror, but because we never got to know exactly what it is they see, it drove me absolutely crazy. This made the story seem unfinished for me, so I am giving it just 3 stars.


I am still looking forward to the movie on Netflix though.

Space Force by Jeremy Robinson

Space Force - Jeremy Robinson

No, no, no....I am sorry, Jeremy, you know I'm a big fan, but this was my least favorite of all your books. For the reasons some of the other reviewers loved it, I did not. Didn't care for the potty humor, gamer references, (guess cuz I'm not a gamer), the over-the-top silliness of the whole thing, and the obvious storyline. Just not my cup tea, but don't worry, I am still a fan and will always read anything you write, except a Space Force sequel.

 

(I know it's supposed to be a funny book, but I still didn't like it)

The Three Secret Cities by Matthew Reilly (Book 5 in the Jack West Jr. series)

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The Three Secret Cities - Matthew Reilly

Holy moly...this book was something!! The thrills just keep on coming, but that ending...oh, that ending....I was crying, then I was like, "say what?!"


It royally sucks to have to wait for the next one!

 

Do not attempt to read this if you have not read the Jack West series, it will not have the same impact.


And dang, I also want to see another Scarecrow book!

 

5 stars for never-ending thrills and because I love this character!

Alter By Jeremy Robinson

Alter - Jeremy Robinson

A story about what happens to an everyday, normal guy who is accidentally thrust into an unforgiving environment and the changes he undergoes as he tries to adapt. It is visceral and sometimes depressing, but it is a story of survival.

 

Very different from the author's other books, but I am sure it had a lot to do with the medical issues he has been going through lately. Maybe Jeremy saw a little of himself in the main character. Whatever the case, you can tell he put a lot of his soul into it.

 

An enjoyable read and recommended. 5 stars.

Where Children Run by Karen Emilson

Where Children Run - Karen J. Emilson

Every so often, I get Amazon Prime for a month just to do some shopping, usually for Christmas or birthdays. Anyways, because it comes with a free prime book of your choosing to read, I decided to go with this one.

 

This is the story of the Pischke family, particularly Dennis and David, the twins, who lived on a farm in Canada during the 1950's- 1960's. The children's real father has died and their mother takes up with a man named Bob Domko, or as they refer to him, Satan. It is the story of their abuse, neglect, and horror at the hands of this man, and it is heart-breaking.

 

I don't know why I read stories like these....they make me so angry, and sad at the same time. But, I love it when children like them grow up and are able to rise above their situations and come out triumphant on the other side.

 

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This one was tough to read, but it was very compelling. They even made a documentary about them.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW2_fNmrmBI

 

4 stars and recommended for those with strong stomachs.