Speed Reviewing

Wild Thing (Winnie the Horse Gentler, Book 1)
by Dandi Daley Mackall
3 1/2 STARS

- Twelve-year-old Winnie Willis has a way with horses. She can gentle the wildest mare, but other parts of her life don't always come as easily. Along with her dad and sister, Lizzy, Winnie is learning how to live without her mom, who was also a natural horse gentler. As Winnie teaches her horses about unconditional love and blind trust, God shows Winnie that he can be trusted too. Readers will be hooked on the series' vivid characters, whose quirky personalities fill Winnie's life with friendship and adventure. In #1 Wild Thing, Winnie's fearful heart finally begins to trust God again as she tries to gentle the horse of her dreams, Wild Thing.

- This was a cute sweet book. A great book for a young girl. I thought it was lacking quite a few details but a young girl might not miss anything. If it was longer it wouldn't appeal to the younger group. I really liked the characters. I loved "Catman" I found him to mysterious and fun. All in all - a pretty good book.

4 1/2 STARS!!!!
- Everything seems to be going perfectly for Maya Davis: She has a great job at a coffee shop, gets along with her parents, and is happily single. That is until her best friend starts dating Maya’s high school sweetheart.
This funny, heartwarming fiction story by best-selling author Erynn Mangum uses the power of story to challenge teens to discover the relevance of faith in their relationships and their lives.

-  I Loved this book!!! What could possibly go wrong with a book that takes place totally in a coffee shop? This book was cute, funny, sweet, a great feel good summer read! I LOVED Maya, what a great personality! I would love for her to be the barista in my coffee shop. I also loved Jack! What a great catch. I do love my daughter's boyfriend... but, ummm can she date Jack?
I just love it when I read a new Author and then after only one book want to read everything they have written. I found out Erynn Mangum has written several books, even 2 more with Maya as the main character. I put all her book on my wish list! LOL Two thumbs up for Erynn Mangum!!
More Erynn Mangum books -
Latte Daze: A Maya Davis Novel
Double Shot: A Maya Davis Novel
Miss Match: A Lauren Holbrook Novel
Rematch: A Lauren Holbrook Novel
Match Point: A Lauren Holbrook Novel
Sketchy Behavior

 True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself
By Janet Jackson

- Janet Jackson emerged from the shadows of an already famous family to become one of the most beloved, recognizable, and influential performers in the world. But at what cost?
From the age of ten, when she made her acting debut on Good Times, Janet was told by Hollywood that she needed to slim down. Her well-meaning brothers, especially fun-loving Michael, teased her relentlessly until she began to believe that who she was wasn’t good enough. It was an idea that no amount of critical acclaim in television and film or, later, international platinum success in music could change.
Janet turned to food for comfort and escape. She developed a self-destructive pattern familiar to so many of us: fear and uncertainty led to bad feelings about herself and ultimately depression. The depression led to overeating. And her yo-yoing weight was painfully obvious in the bright lights of the entertainment world.
It has taken Janet most of her adult life to come to terms with who she is. But she has finally broken free of the attitudes that brought her down and has embraced realistic goals that help her eat better, exercise better, feel better, and ultimately be better.

- I really liked this book. I have been a huge Janet Jackson fan most of my life. I have always loved and respected her. This book is a quick view into her personal life and thoughts from Janet on how you can get your life back in shape. She is such a wonderful sweet spiritual person and she writes the same. This book was a gift from my daughter for my Birthday. It was definitely a worthwhile read.  A little added bonus - there lots of great recipes in the back!


  1. I laughed when I started reading this post. I say cool beans sometimes so I thought it was pretty cool (beans) that there's a book with that title! I'll be adding it to my to be read list!!

  2. These are great. I've been wanting to read Cool Beans.

  3. I think I had looked at Cool Beans on Amazon at one point and thought it sounded good. I may just have to download it after all.

  4. Cool Beans, just my kind of book! Give me Jack's number ;) I'll give him a shot. (Don't tell Dave, what happens between the pages of a book stays between the pages of a book).