Dear Author: Letters from a Bookish Fangirl by Laura A. Grace

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Dear Author: Letters from a Bookish Fangirl by Laura A. Grace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Dear Author: Letters from a Bookish Fangirl by author Laura A. Grace—a simple little book with a simple task, to encourage. I read it in about a half-hour, and it accomplished its task well.

Yes, the book is plenty fangirly and gushy. Yet, it isn’t silly. Grin-worthy and humorous at times (including the humor in some of the cute illustrations by Hannah S.J. Williams), but not silly.

It can be frustrating, and even scary, when authors have to put writing or publishing on hold for a while to take care of life, and they may wonder if they’ll still have an audience after the delay. Dear Author… One day, you’ll publish this new story you’ve been working hard on, and I’ll be right there celebrating with you when you do. And in a world where there’s “nothing new under the sun” and so many books out there already, authors may wonder if their stories are worth telling at this point. Dear Author… There might be stories that have similar themes or messages, but the heart of the story will be your beautiful heart.

And not to mention the clean and clear but vibrant book cover!

I’d recommend this quick, inspirational read to any fellow authors (especially authors of fiction) in need of a pick-me-up.

 

You Have the Right to Remain Innocent by James Duane

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

You Have the Right to Remain Innocent by James Duane

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Even if you are completely innocent of a crime or wrongdoing and have nothing to hide, it can be easy (much easier than you probably think) to incriminate yourself when questioned by law enforcement in the United States, especially when a situation arises without warning. American citizens’ Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights exist for important reasons, and knowing just how to exercise those rights without intentionally or unintentionally waiving them is crucial, as author and law professor James Duane illustrates in You Have the Right to Remain Innocent.

This is a fairly short but informative book about why and how to protect oneself in the face/midst of a criminal justice system where, unfortunately, even the innocent can be proven guilty.

Now, the book’s information could have been better organized. The author’s practical advice is scattered through the book without section headings or something that would make for easier reference. It would have been helpful if, after going on about legal case histories, the system’s flaws, and what citizens should not do when questioned by law enforcement, the author had ended the book with a concise summary of his advice, reiterating exactly what to do step by step, along with what one should expect after respectfully declaring, “I want a lawyer.”

Nevertheless, this book should be eye-opening for many everyday citizens and can serve as a foundation for understanding the critical constitutional rights in question.

 

An Unexpected Christmas: Stories of Holidays Wrapped in Miracles, Mishaps, and Mischief by Daphne Tarango

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

An Unexpected Christmas: Stories of Holidays Wrapped in Miracles, Mishaps, and Mischief by Daphne Tarango

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The circumstances don’t have to be perfect in order for Christmas to be just right. Daphne Tarango and a bundle of co-authors share stories of Christmases that came together in ways they didn’t anticipate in An Unexpected Christmas: Stories of Holidays Wrapped in Miracles, Mishaps, and Mischief.

I found this book listed as fiction, but I wouldn’t call it that. Instead of fictional short stories, this is actually a collection of true, inspirational memoirs with some of the people’s real identities disguised. While that isn’t exactly what I was looking for, I enjoyed this fairly quick read anyway.

Some of these accounts delightfully surprised me, particularly a few of the deft, poignant moments and excellent endings, and “A Christmas Racket” is one of my favorites of the bunch. I also got a kick out of the flair of Latin American heritage included. The book does have some punctuation and letter case errors, but they’re not excessive.

Here’s a good read for anyone who’d like a collection of short holiday accounts with faith woven in.

 

Black Friday Weekend Book Sale 2019

Another holiday season, another great book sale!
More than 200 FREE and 99¢ ebooks, all “G to PG” in content. Choose from a range of genres.
Hurry! This sale is from Black Friday through Cyber Monday only:
November 29th – December 2nd 2019.

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