Wednesday, September 12, 2012

52 Little Lessons from "It's A Wonderful Life" by Bob Welch - Review

52 Little Lessons from "It's A Wonderful Life" by Bob Welch is a neat, little collection of life lessons that can be learned from the classic movie. It's a wonderful book to browse through and enjoy with the family especially if you've seen (and loved) the movie. The lessons are simple and to the point but also told heartfelt way.
I personally enjoyed this book very much because, although it has 52 chapters, it is the kind of book you can read through in one quick session. On the other hand one can also flip through it or read one single chapter at a time. Another thing I like about the book is that someone like me, who hasn't seen the movie can still relate to the book. In fact, this book actually introduces the characters and plot in a way and has made me want to watch the movie come the holidays.
All in all, this book serves as a great reminder about life's little lessons and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
* has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sharing Your Heart by Patsy Caldwell with stories by Amy Lyles Wilson - Review

"You Be Sweet (Sharing Your Heart One Down-Home Dessert At a Time)" by Patsy Caldwell is a traditional southern cookbook with an array of southern dessert recipes. First of all I would like to talk about the recipes in this book,which, as I expected, call for lots of butter and oil. That being said I wouldn't judge this book by how unhealthy the recipes are since it's kind of a given anyways. Nonetheless, I was very pleased with the recipes this book has to offer. It features an abundance of traditional recipes as well as some that I haven't heard of at all. Although I haven't tried any of the recipes, they seem simple and very easy to follow and I am very eager to give the white chocolate soup with brownies and the doughnut bread pudding with vanilla pudding a shot.
As far as the stories in the beginning of the chapters go, they're mediocre. Nothing that I would reread or anything. Although that might be due to the fact that to me, a cookbook is a resource for recipes and not a "novel" read. Another thing that I would like to point out is that the photographs in this book are beautiful and mouthwatering but there are very few of them. This might not concern  many people but I am a visual person so lack of pictures makes me hesitate to try a recipe in the first place.
Overall, this cookbook has a nice layout and features many original recipes that I would love to try.
* has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Redemption by Bryan Clay - Review

Redemption is Bryan Clay's biography of his young adult life. It focuses on his struggles as a teen, which were mainly caused by his parents' divorce, and his eventual journey to becoming an Olympic medalist. This book is a very inspiring read. It shows that anyone can achieve their dreams as long as they even have a goal in mind. According to his writing, Bryan Clay was a relatively rebellious teen and saw no future for himself. He basically thought that he was going to end up in jail or worse but his mother believed in him and made it her mission to give him a purpose. She did so by making him join the local track team and it ended up saving his life.
I really like reading biographies and this one was no exception. I thought it was a light read, which is a bonus for me, but it also contains a clear, strong message. I recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable read as well as some quick inspiration. The pictures in book are also a nice touch.
* has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition By Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent - Review

After hearing and reading quite a lot of reviews about this book, I was recently able to read "Heaven is for Real" and form my own opinion about it. Although I was skeptical about the credibility of this book I was really interested in the story itself.

 First of all, I don't know if anyone else felt the same way but I always thought this book was written from the perspective of Colton, the boy who supposedly experienced heaven. This is not the case. Nonetheless this book was an easy and mostly interesting read.

Anyway, the father, who is also the pastor, is the actual author of this book and basically writes about how his son got sick and eventually recovered.  It then goes on to how Colton knew things that no one ever told him about ans started telling his parents about God and Jesus, etc. Although the latter part of the book was really interesting, I have to admit that this book starts out pretty slow and I was really expecting the book to be more about what Colton experienced in heaven.

Overall this book was very inspiring as well as an interesting read. I would recommend that everyone read it and form their own opinion about it.

* has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

"Where Has Oprah Taken Us" by Stephen Mansfield - Review

This book is basically about Stephen Mansfield’s views on the way Oprah has influenced religion in America today. The book starts out with a short biography of Oprah and then gets more into the details of her religious journey and Mansfield’s view on that.
I was very impressed by the biography in the beginning of the book. I like biographies and found this one interesting and informative. By reading this I learned a lot about Oprah that I did not know before and I was eager to get to the next part of the book.
However, when I got the next part I was disappointed. It is natural that all writers express some bias in their writings. Stephen Mansfield’s “Where Has Oprah Taken Us,” however, was very judgmental and extremely biased. To be honest it was hard for me to even get through the book because it was so negative and, at times, boring.
I would recommend reading “Where Has Oprah Taken Us” if one is really interested in Mansfield’s personal opinion. Other than that provided less facts and more bias.
* has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Saturday, July 23, 2011


Hello everyone and welcome to my blog Bookworm: A Love Affair. I've been meaning to start a blog for a while now and have decided to write about books; what's new, movie tie-ins, reviews, etc. So stay posted for more to come.