Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wishing for an eReader this Christmas?

                                                 By Trina Boice

E-readers are on every book-lover's wish list this Christmas, and probably on yours too.   The prices are getting so much more reasonable these days too.   Here is a quick comparison guide in case it's on your shopping list this year.  If you're the avid reader in the family, then print out this blog post and leave it where your loved ones will see it and get the hint.

What are your choices?
*  Amazon's Kindle 2 or DX
*  Barnes & Noble Nook
*  Borders' Kobo eReader
*  Sony's Reader Pocket, Daily, or Touch Edition
*  Apple's iPad
*  Kogan Technologies eBook Reader
*  Spring Design Alex eReader
*  Skiff Reader

Things to look for:
*  Battery life: 20,000-30,000 page turns
*  Software that allows you to purchase from your favorite bookstore
*  Comfortable hold
*  Can be registered as an Adobe Digital Edition reader
*  Decent photo viewer
*  Memory card slots for additional storage
*  Bookmark feature
*  Can navigate through the index and pages easily
*  Displays a pdf layout larger than 6 inches
*  Comes with free ebooks
*  Headphone jack
*  Protective cover
*  Decent price!
*  Wireless
*  Size of display

Which one do I want for Christmas?  Whichever one ends up under my tree!  Otherwise, I'll end up with this one:

Here's a great site I found with some pretty thorough reviews:   www.ereaderleader.com/reviews/
Don't worry if you missed Cyber Monday; there are plenty of great deals still out there.  Good luck!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Book Review: "True Miracles with Genealogy" by Anne Bradshaw

In the Old Testament, book of Malachi, 4:5-6, we read:

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

We are seeing this prophecy fulfilled as every day, men and women all over the world are feeling compelled to seek out their ancestors and compile their family histories. It doesn't seem to matter what religious affiliation the searcher belongs to - the yearning to know where one came from is the same.

Author and avid genealogist Anne Bradshaw addresses this yearning in her new book, "True Miracles with Genealogy: Help from Beyond the Veil." A compilation of stories submitted by people all over the country and around the world, this book speaks to the heart of every genealogist and all those who have ever felt a stirring from the other side, a knowledge that we are not alone when our loved ones pass on, but we are still connected through those family ties.

In this book you'll read stories of people who found their ancestors in the most miraculous ways. A chance phone call, stumbling upon an old, nearly buried tombstone in a cemetery, the urging to look just one more time - these events yielded not only names and dates, but newfound love of the journey for the researcher, and feelings of eternal connections.

Whether you've been doing your family history for years, or have just started, or just enjoy reading about the process, you'll find something to delight and inspire you in this remarkable work.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. This did not influence my thoughts in any way.

Book Review: "The Fourth Nephite" by Jeffrey S. Savage

In Jeffrey S. Savage's new book, "The Fourth Nephite," we meet Kaleo Steele, who's in a jam. He's the star of his high school's football team, but his seminary teacher just caught him with a bunch of his friends, holding a beer can. He hadn't taken a sip, but his teacher is duty bound to report him, and he won't get to play in the big game. Kaleo is more than frustrated by this turn of events - he's the star. He should be in that game. But Brother Mortensen, his seminary teacher, has other plans, and sends Kaleo on a quest that will be more mind-blowing than anything Kaleo could have ever imagined.

Sent back in time to meet the Prophet Joseph Smith, Kaleo begins to understand that the stories he hears in seminary aren't just mumbo-jumbo, but real events in the lives of real people. As he comes to care for the Prophet, he's stunned to learn of a plot to steal the gold plates from Joseph Smith, and he must decide how to act. Oh, and there's a girl. Of course there has to be a girl, or there's not really a story ...

Jeff Savage is a remarkably talented author who has the ability to reach out and grab his readers, whether it be through his tech thrillers, his think pieces, his fantasy novels (written under the name J. Scott Savage) and now in this LDS Young Adult adventure. He knows what his readers want, and he knows how to give it to them. This results in highly addictive storytelling, and in the case of "The Fourth Nephite," you or your teen reader will also learn about the era of Joseph Smith while you read.

If you're looking for an exciting, clean, faith-promoting book that will take you on a thrilling journey, well, you just found it.

I was provided with an ARC of this novel for review purposes, but that didn't influence my review. Jeff influenced my review by writing a dang good book.