The Reading Rush 2019 Day 7

I love the film and have seen it so many times. I loved the book too and all the characters are well portrayed. Book #7 of The Reading Rush 2019 and what a way to finish the challenge. Today’s challenge is a film adaptation. Stay tuned for a book- film comparison coming soon on my blog Just Katherine.

The Reading Rush 2019 Day 6 

Microsoft Word can create professional-looking documents for work, school, or home use. But do you know how to get the most out of this powerful application? In 30 minutes, author Angela Rose will show you how to become a power user of Word 2016 for Windows and macOS. Even if you have used MS Word in the past, this guide will demonstrate tools and time-saving tips that will help you make a bigger impact when writing letters, reports, essays, resumes, manuscripts, and other documents. Microsoft Word In 30 Minutes also covers Word Online, Microsoft’s free (but limited) online alternative.

Topics include:

* MS Word interface basics, from Backstage View to the Ribbon
* Office 365 subscriptions and OneDrive
* Display options for individual documents
* How to work with multiple windows in Microsoft Word
* Working with .docx, .doc, .txt, PDF, and other file formats in Word 2016 and Word Online
* Locating recovered files
* Printing documents, envelopes, and labels
* How to format text using the toolbar
* How to format Word documents using styles, themes, and style sets
* Creating Word documents with professional-quality templates
* How to create tables and charts in MS Word
* Adding images, video, and hyperlinks
* How to automatically create a table of contents in Word
* Adding footnotes, endnotes, citations, a bibliography, and an index
* Word spelling, tracking, and other reviewing tools
* Collaboration tools, from comments to live collaboration
* How to protect your Word document

There are lots of examples, screenshots, and offbeat anecdotes from the author. Whether you are new to Microsoft Word, or want to familiarize yourself with the new features and interface of Word 2016 compared to older versions (Word 2013, Word 2010, Word 2007, Word 2003, etc.), Microsoft Word In 30 Minutes is a great guide.

My Review:

I have Word 2007 and the Word iPad app. I’ve been using Word with Dragon Dictation by Nuance Communications since I was at school. I’d always wanted to write books and Word is still my go-to programme for that. So many concepts are in this book. From editing to indents and paragraphs as well as styles and much much more.

A good book for anyone using Word at any level: a casual user, writer/ author or a student. I think everyone will get something out of this book. Good for dipping in and out of and it has well-structured chapters although the Protip boxes aren’t clear at all. I only knew what was in them as VoiceOver read everything out to me. The screnshots from Word were small in the eARC.

Thanks to Angela Rose for the eARC in exchange for an honest and voluntery review. 4 stars.

Book # 6 for The Reading Rush 2019

The Reading Rush 2019 Day 5

The Last Astronaut is a cross between Gravity (which I’ve seen)  Alien (which I haven’t) and The Martian (which I have). I liked the premise and the cover and requested it as I was after some scifi. 

Admittedly I mostly dive into a Star Trek (TNG DS9 or Voyager) novel so this was different. 

We’re immediately in on the action and Sally Jansen and all the other characters are very well portrayed, 

The book is so action- and terminology-packed that I felt lost on more than one occasion but the alien object was fascinating as was the description of space. 

More detailed review to come.

The Reading Rush 2019 Day 4

Today, I chose the first book in a series I still love after decades. The first book in The Babysitters Club series by Ann M Martin.

About the Book:

Kristy thinks the Baby-sitters Club is a great idea. She and her friends Claudia, Stacey, and Mary Anne all love taking care of kids. A club will give them the chance to have lots of fun – and make tons of money.

But nobody counted on crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-olds, wild pets, and parents who don’t always tell the truth. And then there’s Stacey, who’s acting more and more mysterious. Having a baby-sitters club isn’t easy, but Kristy and her friends aren’t giving up until they get it right!


My Review:
When her mum has problems getting a babysitter for her little brother David Michael, Kristy Thomas has a great idea to help out. She, her friends Mary Anne Spier and Claudia Kishi have lived in the same street since they were born and are all so different. Kristy is a tomboy, Mary Anne is shy and Claudia loves art, wild clothes, junk food and has a genius sister named Janine. The fourth member is Stacey McGill, a girl in Claudia’s class who has just moved to Stoneybrook, Connecticut from New York. She too has eccentric taste in clothes and…..why doesn’t she eat sweet treats?

They decide to hold meetings in Claudia’s room since she has a landline. After brainstorming and planning, the Babysitter’s Club is born.

Meanwhile, Kristy’s mum is with Watson instead of her dad and she really doesn’t like him. He has two children. She has two older brothers, so that creates tension for her. And Kristy’s first “charges” are a real handful…….

It was so fun learning about how the newly-formed BSC had its happy times sad times and ups and downs. And all the families and children who need the group’s help are such believable and varied characters.

Kristy’s Great Idea is an excellent debut novel to kick off the BSC series, and I still love the series decades after I started collecting the books.

It was great to revisit the world of the Babysitter’s Club after all these years, I loved these books when I was at Secondary school. I love the Classic Edition covers! The relaunched Kindle ebooks make going back down memory lane and revisiting one of my favourite book series of all time so enjoyable.

5 stars

The Reading Rush 2019 Day 3

Today was a satisfying day in more ways than one. I:

Finished a draft of my Christmas romance novel and got it so I’m finally happy with it.

Sent it to beta readers

Listened to My Oxford Year my Julia Whelan which I loved. It took me back to all my trips  to Oxford and I went there a lot since it was one of the nearest places to the town I lived in from age 5 to  18 then visited after I graduated from university until about six years ago when  my parents moved away.

My Oxford Year is funny, realistic and such a feel good book. Full review soon as I don’t want to spoil things. A 5 star book.

I’m only sorry I didn’t get to this book sooner. But since today’s challenge involves a book that has been on my list for over a year then this book has turned out to be an excellent choice.


The Reading Rush 2019 Day 2 

Today’s challenge was to finish a book while being in the same place. I have electric tilt in space and recline on my wheelchair as well as a seat riser and electrically controlled leg rests so I was very comfortable in one place while listening to this. 

  I chose a book I wanted to get into since I reviewed The Note (The Note #1)  and The Distance (The Note #2) both by Zoë Folbigg on blog tours in the past. 

The Postcard (The Note #3) is Zoë’s latest and I’m on the blog tour for it on the 15th of August. There are some reminders of what went on in book #1 The Note. 

While you wait for my review of The Postcard, here’s my cover reveal post from March this year. 

The Reading Rush 2019 Day 1 

Some of today was pretty frustrating, especially signing up for the Reading Rush since some parts of the site (the contact form and no confirmation email after signup was not what I was expectimg for my first time doing this particular event. 

Despite being told by the site that my account was created well. Oh, frustrating! 

That said, I enjoyed Magic under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman. I’m reluctant to reveal anything more yet as am due to post on the blog tour in a few months so will leave the review til then. 

But I’ll leave you with a cover and a star rating: 4 stars.