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Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Welcome — Ultimate Blog Party-hoppers — to 5 Minutes for Books! Regular readers — you might find out something new too, so I hope you read and comment.

We are a sister site to 5 Minutes for Mom, and we have a wonderful team of reviewers who each have a different favorite type of book. That means we can offer all sorts of reviews, hopefully providing you with recommendations on the type of book YOU are looking for:

Books for Babies
Books for Preschoolers
Books for School-aged kids
Books for Tweens and Teens

You can browse all of these categories by using the Category menu on the left hand side. If you are looking for a review about a specific book, search by title using the awesome Lijit search box on the right side of the NavBar.

The best of the best is listed on our 5 Star Reviews page.

Every Tuesday we host a different way for you to Join In our community events/carnivals. Right now we are also having a Fireworks over Toccoa bookclub

In addition to doing a review and giveaway every Monday on 5 Minutes for Mom in our 5 Minutes for Books column, we do book giveaways at least twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and oftentimes we throw in a few extras. Right now, we have several giveaways open from the Magic School Bus, a poetry book for tweens and teens, to Fireworks over Toccoa audiobook to a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Check out (and enter!) all of our current giveaways now!

Thanks for stopping by. Leave us a comment telling us what types of book reviews most interest you, whether is the genre you like to read or the ages of your children for whom you are always looking for a good read.

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  1. says

    I love books. I mean really, really love books. My mom was a librarian for years and my dad is one of those people who plans vacations by which bookstores are along the route. I like nonfiction…I used to prefer fiction before I had kids but now I can’t focus long enough to get into the story 99% of the time.

  2. says

    First and foremost, I enjoy finding books that challenge my 5 year old daughter (who is reading at a second grade level! yay).

    Myself? I love non-fiction in general. πŸ˜€

  3. says

    I love historical romance or Christian Fiction book. My son is currently reading anything a 10 year old can get his hands on that has dragons or magic themes.

  4. says

    I drop by here every now and then to see what ya’ll have been reading but nothing ever appeals to me. I guess I’m to into cute stuff, gay romance or graphic novels. Other then the host but that book sucked xD

  5. says

    I was not aware of this site and would still not be, had it not been for the blog party. I am so glad I found you. I love to read and passed that love along to my kids.

  6. says

    Hi, I’m Shelly and I am a book junkie. I love Christian fiction; especially Karen Kingsbury, Rebeca Seitz, and Kaye Dacus. I have a 10 year old who enjoys authors like Wayne Batson and Christopher Hopper. I love your site!

  7. says

    I am so glad I found your site through the UBP. I am always looking for new books not only for my 3 yr old but for myself as well. I will be following.

  8. says

    Hi there! Wow! I am finding all kinds of new and wonderful blogs through the party today!! I am an avid reader AND a homeschool mom, so we have LOTS of books and LOTS of interests. :) On my blog I have a link on the top of my page that says “book list” and there you will see all my favorites. :) Mostly things like Christian living type books (Crazy Love is a top favorite!) and homeschooling mom books, books for encouragement, etc. Nice to “meet” you today!!

  9. says

    Hi. I’d be interested in reviews that indicate a book’s position in terms of Judeo-Christian values. Especially for their independent reading, I want to know what’s in a book in that regard before I approve it for my girls to read.

  10. says

    I tend to read a lot, it is not surprising to find me reading more than 5 books at any given time… It would probably finish them quicker if I stuck to one, but I am a multi-tasker.

  11. says

    I would love to tell you what genre of books I like to read but I have no idea. That’s what makes getting books so difficult for me.

  12. says

    I’m visiting from #UBP10. I love to read Dean Koontz, Sidney Shelton & Mary Higgins-Clark. Mystery & suspense is my favorite (that book you just can’t put down).

  13. says

    Oh so cool! This blog hop is helping me find all kinds of blogs I didn’t know existed! And I love a good book so I’m gonna follow this one! I love pretty much anything, but lately I’ve found a love for historical fiction.

  14. says

    I love reading too and often talk about it on my blog plus have started doing some book reviews as well. I plan to follow your feed and would love if you would stop by mine as well.

  15. says

    What a great site for readers! I love me some mystery/sci-fi/fantasy fiction and any good reads for my toddlers (ages 2 and 3).

    Have a great weekend!

  16. says

    I spent the most time trying to discover books for my children to read, although I do enjoy to read fiction and Christian or historical fiction books.

  17. says

    Reading a book is part of the bedtime routine I have for my daughter, we read on little book right before bed. She is 15 months, so any books for little ones if great. Thank you!

  18. says

    I’m a mom of older kids, so anything from age 9-15 would be great to read reviews about–especially since teen girl fiction tends to be boy-crazy!

  19. says

    Hello! Visiting from UBP10, of course. We’re bibliophiles here, too. We were so excited when our son started showing an interest in books, and story time each night is a special part of our day.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  20. says

    I enjoy reading too, but lately not enough time for leisure reading! I’ve tried to instill the interest in my children but now it’s up to them (at 18 and 23).

  21. trish rowell says

    wow so glad to have come here from UBP10 love books and love to have someones reccomondation. I have two girls that also love books. thanks

  22. says

    I love that there is a site for book recommendations!! I will be stopping by more often to check out the recommendations!

  23. says

    I am so glad I’ve joined in with the blog party! I am definitely interested in books for babies, as I have an almost 15-month-old son! I will definitely be coming back!

  24. says

    HI! Popping in for the UBP! This is my first year and I love discovering all the new blogs I didn’t know about! I am off to see what recommendations you have for my little ones!

  25. says

    Stopping by from UBP to check out your blog! I love books (I’m also an author, my new book is How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist: 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At No Cost! (Workman, 2009)). Would love to send you a copy for review!

  26. says

    New follower from UBP10! I LOVE to read. I read fiction and non-fiction and of course books for my 3 year old. Looking forward to reading the book reviews!

  27. says

    i LOVE reading. i very rarely get to do it anymore though. i have 4 kids (3 of them under 4) and i homeschool. so my library consists of children’s books, text books and magazines. i so look forward to the day i can finish a good novel again!

  28. says

    Happy UBP ’10!

    We love books in our house. I read to my kiddo every day and we go to the library at least once away-btw, he can’t even crawl yet LOL!

    Hope you are having a blast with the party, I know I am!

  29. Susan Bywater says

    I love reading books that have some humor in them. Whether they are mystery, chick lit or whatever. If a book can make me laugh as well as care about what happens to the characters, it is a great book in my opinion.

  30. Susan margaret says

    I’m an avid reader (and a librarian!) so this site is awesome to me! I just found it through the Ultimate Blog Party and I can’t wait to check out all you have to offer as I’m always looking for new ideas!

  31. says

    I don’t get to read much but when I do I enjoy books about families overcoming the challenges of special needs. True to life stories of exceptional children and adults to prove others ideas of limitations can’t hold them back.

  32. says

    HI there! I’m so glad I stopped by – what a fun place you have! I do book reviews too – I love books on womanhood, christian living and children’s books!

    I’d love for you to stop by my blog sometime. I’m a homeschooling mommy of 2 and graduate of Moody Bible – I blog to encourage women to live well by living according to God’s word! I have LOTS of youtubes on marriage on my site including my Rachael Ray Interview!

    Stop by here:

    Walk with the King!

  33. Theresa Dell says

    Hello from freezing NY. So much for spring haha This party is going to be fun. I enjoy both of your blogs and have been visiting them for a few months now and plan to keep on doing so. Thanks for the wonderful UBP

  34. says

    Hi there! I’m popping in from the UBP. What a great site. I’ll definitely be back. I’m addicted to books for my whole family and I’m always looking for reviews.
    Party on!
    Rachymommy –

  35. says

    Just stopping in from the UBP! But, would also love to get my book reviewed/donate one for a giveaway sometime! It’s a children’s book called “Two Snowflakes” and I have a site for it at

    Anyway, didn’t mean to go off on a tangent, but just signed up to receive updates by e-mail! So glad I stopped in here! πŸ˜€

  36. says

    Oh and meant to add that I have 4 (almost 5) year old twins,that LOVE books… that’s actually what I got them for their upcoming birthday: just lots and lots of books! πŸ˜€

  37. says

    As a teacher and mom, I am always looking on more info on new books and favorites. I saw the nightstand page and would love to participate in that very soon. You are my first UBP comment. Great first stop!

  38. says

    It’s great to discover your blog via UBP. We love books, and I host a weekly linky “What My Child Is Reading” at my own blog. She is 3 now, so we are mostly interested in books for preschool and kindergarten level and in early readers (she is a reader already). Now I am a subscriber to your blog.

  39. says

    We are definitely book lovers here. I’m interested in biographies of people with special needs, special needs parenting books, fiction, mystery, some romance too. My girls are 7 and 3. It’s such a treat when my 7 year old reads me a bed time story!

  40. says

    Oh, I just love books. I love finding new books to read for myself and with my children (ages 4 and 20 months). I love book reviews, so this is such a great site for me to have stumbled on! You are welcome to visit my corner of the web anytime. I will be waiting with a cup of Starbucks!

  41. says

    Hi! Stopping by on my UBP tour and excited to see you have a site like this. I love Christian and self-help books of all kinds. I’m not a mommy, so I wouldn’t have any idea what’s out there for youngsters.

    My twitter address is nanreflections.

    Blessings to you!

  42. says

    I’m a homeschooling SAHM of two littles (3 and 1.5). I’m a born-again Christian, and I’m currently getting my MA in Ministry! I’m an avid reader, and I love getting free books from publishers to review on my blog! Just stopping by during the UBP! Happy Partying! :)

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    I think I have found nervana. I am a book-a-holic. I’ve been a reading fool ever since I could remember. I spend my lunch break at work reading my latest fave. Thanks for a great blog for moms.

  45. says

    What a great blog! I love books even though it seems like I don’t have much free time for them. Also, with the current economy it’s hard for me to justify spending money on books. I will definitely follow your blog! Thanks.

    Found you on UBP10!

    Feel free to come by my blog and read my party post

  46. Rachel C says

    I love great big saga type novels. Also historical fiction and pretty much everything else! I have 3 preschoolers who love to read as well.

  47. says

    Hello from the UBP! I love to read when I can steal away a few minutes. I have four kiddos, two that are old enough to read on their own…..we all love books. We laugh because we say we have a book sickness. We can never have enough!

  48. says

    Nice to meet you. I am UBP 2.160 – This whole idea is great! It makes it easier to find people with common interests. I read a ton of fiction. Mostly thrillers and mystery. I’m glad to have found your blog. Thanks for being here :)

  49. says

    Dropping in from UBP! I am interested in book reviews for children’s books ages 5-9, boys and girls. Also, we like fiction. My husband and I like sci-fi, fantasy and ethical dramas.

  50. says

    I love mystery/crime novels but haven’t read many lately. I have 3 daughters under age 11, so we do lots of chapter books right now!! Love reviews on good clean book fun for ages 8-12. Stopping by on blog party, interesting site!

  51. says

    This is a great site. I’ve been meaning to click on the UBP link all week to see what this blog was about…I love it! I love to read. I love fiction & non-fiction equally. I just finished a Jodi Picoult book and now I’m delving into books about hypothyroidism & books about gluten…so I don’t really have one reading style. I’m looking forward to keepin up with your reviews, etc.

  52. says

    I am a book lover too and haven’t even had a chance to look around here yet. The week has gone so fast that I am trying to get more of my blog visits in tonight before the UBP is over tomorrow.

    Thank for promoting books and reading!

  53. says

    Hello! Stopping by from the UBP. I love books. I am also aspiring to write books (well stories mostly, but eventually I’ll get to books.) Please check out my blog for tales of my writing exploits, as well as tales of my mommy exploits. My favorite books to read are mostly the same type that I write–science fiction–although I’ll read just about anything that I feel is good. I’m also now looking for good books for my 18-month-old, who is showing a great cognitive leap right now and loves books!

  54. Sarah N says

    I found your site through the UBP and I’m so glad that I found out about it! I LOVE books and my little one does too! Can’t wait to browse around more and read the recommendations!

  55. says

    Just popped in from the UBP. I am a voracious reader and have books in every room. Most of my reading is nonfiction; I particularly enjoy history, memoirs and travel writing.

  56. says

    It is so great to get a new friend. The UBP has been a great way to connect! I am the mother of 5 grown daughters and I am an avid quilter and a professional organizer helping women get rid of clutter in their homes and lives.
    I look forward to connecting with you.

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