Most people these days don't give much thought to one of the most fundamental language resources that we have used all of our lives: the dictionary. With the Internet at our fingertips, searching for the proper words and their definitions has never been faster or easier. But when I was young, the dictionary was one of the staple books that every household had, along with the encyclopedia. I never had the appreciation for the centuries ...
All I knew was for this Off the Shelves review, I wanted to read something good. Something inspiring or at least insightful.
This week's book review started with a simple curiosity, as do most of my selections for Off the Shelves critiques.
With all the stress of shopping, decorating, traveling and just making time to enjoy the holiday season, one can see why we are drawn to Christmas stories that make us feel good. The most memorable holiday movies, television specials or books are the ones that make us smile and laugh year after year.
Sandra Brown's "Rainwater" is the story of Ella Barron, a single mother living in a small rural town in the 1930s. She runs a boardinghouse while also trying to care for her mentally disabled 10-year-old son, Solly.
Nicholas Spark's latest novel, "The Last Song," is a heartwarming story about the relationship between a father and his children, the love between two young adults from different classes and the struggles that teenagers endure as they grow up, learning to make wiser and less selfish decisions.
Ted Dekker is best known for his best-selling Christian fiction series, The Circle Trilogy, following the adventures of a man from our world who dreams of adventures in an alternate world of magical forests, terrifying demons, and ancient mysteries - or does he truly exist in this "Other World," and only dreams of our world?
I love Halloween. Nothing gets me in the mood for ghosts, ghouls and goblins better than a good scary story, so I wanted to share some of my favorite classic picks.
Most of us are familiar with the classic novel "Pride and Prejudice." It is hailed as one of the greatest romantic stories of the Victorian age, along with other Jane Austen favorites such as "Sense and Sensibility" and "Emma." The journey of the feisty Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with family loyalties, heartbreak and love has been recreated as various film and theater adaptations over the decades. Yet only Seth Grahame-Smith thought to himself while ...
I took a look at my bookshelf a few weeks ago, cluttered with comic books, sci-fi and fantasy novels, art books and martial arts instruction guides (the last being my husband's). I realized this was an opportune moment to step outside of my usual fare of books.
Think, learn, pray, plan, dream. These are the words of a mysterious drifter who has a way of emotionally affecting those around him.
Is it a good sign when the best character in a book - the one with the most interesting personality, the most logic and who goes through the most hardships - is a giant talking parrot?
A few years ago, I fell in love with a historical narrative called "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson, the extraordinary yet sinister tale of the Chicago Exposition of 1893.
You can pretty much guess from the title alone: "Muddle Earth," a trilogy of short novels following the adventures of a young boy magically transported to a whimsical world of elves and magical creatures, is largely a parody of the "Lord of the Rings" series by J.R.R. Tolkien.