Saturday, April 10, 2010

booksneeze reviews

Friendship for Grownups, by Lisa Whelchel is not a book I would recommend. It is an autobiography, and I found I just didn't warm up to the author, nor did I enjoy her style of writing. The last few pages of the book had a chapter by chapter question format, which contained some food for thought, as well as some conversation starter questions that could be fun. Overall, a rather disappointing read.

I've just finished reading Why You Say It, by Webb Garrison. This is a book that takes commonly used expressions like, "keep a stiff upper lip," and gives their origin and meaning. I like the table of contents that divide more than 600 words or phrases into 19 easy to find categories. The author also uses each one in a sentence and explains the meaning of it as well as its origin. This would make it an excellent choice for students or those new to the English language. Because our English language has borrowed from so many other languages, I wish these "originals" had been included. I also found that because I was familiar with most of the expressions, I enjoyed the story about how we've come to say them but found the additional information abit superfluous.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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