One Minute Book Review: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

A Walk in the Woods

The Summary:

Author Bill Bryson, along with his friend Katz, decide to walk the Appalachian Trail, or AT, to get reacquainted with America.

What I liked:

Easily the beginning and end of this book, where Bryson and Katz are walking together were easily the best parts of this book. Katz provided plenty of comic relief to Bryson, who seemed a little too serious at times.

What I didn’t like:

The middle was a little heavy, by which I mean that the subject matter got very serious as Bryson spoke about the state of conservation in this country, and what the government means, exactly, by conservation. BUT it was very educational. So even though I didn’t rip through this portion like I did the rest, and even though I got a little bit bored, I easily learned the most during this portion of the book.

Verdict:

If you like to learn, and if you like memoirs and nonfiction, I would definitely recommend this book. It may not be your thing if you like fast-paced and action packed, though.

One Minute Book Review: Confessions of a Prayer Slacker by Diane Moody

one minute book review-Confessions of a Prayer Slacker by Diane Moody

The Summary:

In Confessions of a Prayer Slacker, Diane Moody talks about her own prayer journey, and gives you a few tips and guidelines to improve your own.

What I liked:

So there I was on Monday, realizing that I had a book review to put out in two days, and I wasn’t close to finishing any books that I had on my reading list! So in a scramble I started searching the web for novellas that I might quickly want to read so I could bring you a book review on time, and then frantically perusing my Kindle app. While doing that this book caught my eye, as I’d started it months ago, but never finished. And I wondered why, because this is a short little book.

Very good, Book Chick, but you still haven’t told us what you liked about it yet.

Well, I liked that it was short. And Ms. Moody had a good sense of humor and some good things to think about concerning prayer, but. . .

What I didn’t like:

This book wasn’t innovative. I was glad that I’d picked this up free, because all the things she talked about were things I had seen via Pinterest. This seems to have first been published in 2010, and I think then there wasn’t a glut of this kind of information on the internet, but if you’ve been thinking about your prayer life, you’ve probably seen this stuff before on various blogs and such.

Verdict:

I would recommend this to someone who wants to have a relationship with God, but maybe doesn’t know where to begin. Or someone looking for a short read that could be completed in a few hours, because it is fairly short, with a novella (or maybe an excerpt of a novel?) tagged on to the end. But if you’ve already thought about your prayer life, and maybe done a little bit of searching on how you can improve it, then this book may be a little bit boring for you.

One Minute Book Review: The Paranormal Conspiracy by Timothy Dailey

Note: Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, I have obtained a copy of this book to read in return for an honest review. 

One Minute Book Review-The Paranormal Conspiracy by Timothy Dailey

The Summary:

Dr. Dailey gives us a new look at the possible source of paranormal phenomena in our world.

What I liked:

I got this book on a whim, it just sounded interesting. But when I learned more about Dailey, I started worrying, and wondering exactly what I had gotten myself into. I don’t think it’s any secret that I’m a Christian, but Dr. Dailey’s brand seems to be a little more. . . fundamental than mine.

But I was pleasantly surprised. I knew of all the references he made to the different paranormal phenomena he was pointing out, so I knew he wasn’t embellishing. This book was well written, and Dr. Dailey’s agenda here wasn’t thrown in your face. It presented an argument, and while I’m not sure if it was overly convincing – although, look, it’s no crazier than a lot of the other theories out there – it wasn’t too in your face.  There was a nice, balanced tone to it which I really appreciated.

What I didn’t like:

It was a solid book, and well researched, but boring. So boring at times. I mean, there was good collection of interesting tales in this book, but. . . there were times when it was simply so dry and I wanted to be reading something, anything, else.

Verdict:

For the person who likes this kind of book, I would recommend it.