Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Book Reviews 2014

From Thanksgiving to Epiphany The True Book Addict shares a Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge. This post will feature the holiday books that were read during the challenge dates. If you would like to join the challenge, sign up at The Christmas Spirit blog. Happy Christmas reading, friends!

The Greatest Gift by Phillip Van Doren Stern
I enjoyed the audiobook version of this modern classic. My complete review is available on my audiobook blog: Adolescent Audio Adventures.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Fa La La La Films 2014

During the Christmas Season, The True Book Addict runs a Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge. There are numerous levels of participation for holiday reading as well as options for movie viewers and reading books with children. It's a full and fun holiday extravaganza! What Christmas movies do you enjoy over the holidays? I hope to view quite a few before the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge ends on January 6, 2014. I'll share my Christmas watchlist below. Let me know your favorite holiday movie in the comments. Happy viewing, friends!

Holiday Movies for Adults
Last Holiday
The Holiday
You've Got Mail
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (live-action)

Holiday Movies for Families
VeggieTales: The Little Drummer Boy
Disney's: The Small One
Disney's: Pluto's Christmas Tre
Disney's: Mickey's Christmas Carol
Ernest Saves Christmas
Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
The Christmas Quiet Book
Charlie Brown Christmas
Meet Me in St. Louis
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated)

Rankin/Bass Productions
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2014

The True Book Addict's Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2014 is here! The reading challenge goes 'til January 6, 2013 (Twelfth Night or Epiphany). That's over a month of holiday reading to read and review.  My goal is to read holiday books, watch films, and read a few Children's books as well. It's going to be so much fun to focus on Christmas books this month (and part of the next month as well).  If you would like to join the challenge, sign up at The Christmas Spirit blog. Happy Christmas reading, friends!

The Christmas Spirit 

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Review: Food a Love Story

Food: A Love StoryFood: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

Do I read it, or rub it on my face?

Yes! Read it! Read it and eat something while you're at it. This book will make you hungry. If you're not eating while you're reading, you'll want to eat when you finish. Better yet, eat before you read. Reading isn't swimming, so feel free to read on a full stomach.

If you are familiar with Gaffigan's standup, you'll know that he loves to talk about food. Yes, you'll recognize bits and bites of his routine in the book, but he adds so much more. He shares photos and diagrams along with his thoughts, ideas, and humor. The book does ramble, but how is the best way to write a book on food? Do you start with breakfast and end with dessert? Do you write about cooking and end with supper clubs? Do you wrap everything up in a bacon wrapped hot pocket? There is no rhyme or reason to an foodie eatie's story. The reader can consume a large portion of this reflective book or sample little bits along with the way. It's a delicious read, that just might make milk* come out of your nose. (*Depends on what you're drinking or eating at the time.)

If you're not acquainted with Jim Gaffigan, you'll get a large dose about one of his life's passions. You might want to view a bit of his comedy before jumping in or watch a bit after you're done reading. It's good, clean humor that a large audience can appreciate.

The audiobook is read by Jim Gaffigan. Keep in mind listeners...he is reading his book and not sharing a seven hour standup routine. He does add bits of flare here and there, but it's mostly Jim, reading Jim. I really appreciated that Gaffigan read his own book. I doubt that the humor would come across if another talent read his story.

Reviewed from a library copy and a Blogging for Books copy. The audiobook arrived on the hold shelf the same time the hard cover arrived in the mail! It was pretty exciting to read and listen to Food: a Love Story. Thank you, Blogging for Books for this review copy. I heartily enjoyed it.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

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