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by Jennifer


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.

Check out our current giveaways. Subscribe to our feed. Follow us @5M4B on Twitter.

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Jennifer lives in Houston with her family. In addition to reading, she enjoys travel, Bible study, food, and fun. She blogs about some of these things -- when her nose isn't in a book -- at Snapshot.

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{ 120 comments… read them below or add one }

1 chana April 9, 2010 at 1:18 am

I am always on the lookout for books for my 2 1/2 yr old


2 Deana Birks April 9, 2010 at 1:37 am

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.


3 Alison April 9, 2010 at 1:40 am

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. :D


4 Kimberly Job April 9, 2010 at 1:43 am

Since I’m a romance author, that’s my preferred genre, but I pretty much love to read anything.


5 Kristen April 9, 2010 at 1:47 am

I don’t know how I never noticed this before! How awesome! I will definitely have to check this part out! ;-)


6 Susan Stahley April 9, 2010 at 1:52 am

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.


7 Kasie April 9, 2010 at 2:12 am

Great I love books as well!!


8 Jenny April 9, 2010 at 2:30 am

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


9 Shop with Me Mama (Kim) April 9, 2010 at 2:43 am

Nice to meet you, Jennifer! Great site :) Happy Party week!!


10 NIcole April 9, 2010 at 3:55 am

Hi I’m from the Ultimate Blog Party. Enjoy


11 Tiffany April 9, 2010 at 4:09 am

I’m always looking for a good book to read. Love this site and will use it as a resource. Happy blog party :)

Party With Tiff (UBP post)


12 DENISE April 9, 2010 at 8:33 am

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.


13 shelly April 9, 2010 at 8:47 am

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!


14 Janet F April 9, 2010 at 9:04 am

I am stopping by from the UBP to say hello!

I am interested in children’s books for the ages of 4 and up.


15 Heather April 9, 2010 at 9:06 am

I’m always looking for good books for my preschooler!


16 Heather April 9, 2010 at 9:07 am

I’m always looking for good books for my preschooler!

Life with Colin


17 Kim Mills April 9, 2010 at 9:16 am

I’m most interested in Paranormal Romance reviews!
Thanks for sharing.


18 Julie the Army Wife April 9, 2010 at 9:22 am

I LOVE to read too :)


19 Debbie April 9, 2010 at 9:54 am

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.


20 Frantic Holly April 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

There is nothing more special than a good book. Happy UBP!


21 Candace April 9, 2010 at 10:03 am

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!!


22 Fruitfulvine2 April 9, 2010 at 10:19 am

I love books. This is a great site. Enjoying the party.


23 Tina Hollenbeck April 9, 2010 at 10:19 am

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.


24 crystalp April 9, 2010 at 10:21 am

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.


25 Wendy (The Local Cook) April 9, 2010 at 10:26 am

Hi! Stopping by from the blog party. I LOVE books of all kinds. I’m in a Slow Food book club, and I’m always buying cookbooks or books about ethical food, gardening, what have you.


26 angie April 9, 2010 at 10:37 am

I joined several of your sister sites and now following here as well. Sounds interesting since we are a family of readers


27 Patty Coleman April 9, 2010 at 10:40 am

So happy to have found you through #UBP10. I too love to read too. Right now, doing bible study reading.


28 Nolie April 9, 2010 at 11:15 am

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.


29 Laura April 9, 2010 at 11:37 am

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).


30 kristen April 9, 2010 at 11:38 am

I love mysteries the most, but will read almost anything. Great site here. I am positive I will be back often


31 Beverly April 9, 2010 at 11:44 am

We love books at our house. It’s a great thing you are doing here. Happy partying!!


32 Sugar & Spice Frugal Advice April 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I love to read books by Nicholas Sparks! However, most of the time I just get to read children’s books:) Nice partying with you!


33 Kari April 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm

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.


34 Amy April 9, 2010 at 1:06 pm

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.


35 Michelle & Maria April 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm

This blog will come in handy for us! It’s hard to not judge a book by it’s cover, so this will be a great resource.

Stop by FTSN for a slice of peanut butter pie when you get the chance!



36 Jolly Green Mommy April 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I am always looking for books for me and my little one. What a great blog! I will definitely be back to check it out some more.


37 Lindsay April 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm

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!


38 Alicia April 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Stopping by from #ubp- excited that I found your site… I don’t read nearly as much as I should :)


39 Janelle April 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm

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.


40 Over Thirty Mommy April 9, 2010 at 3:50 pm

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!


41 Pattie April 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm

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!


42 Christi April 9, 2010 at 4:01 pm

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!


43 Sherri April 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm

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).


44 Kasandria April 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Hopping through via UBP. We love reading here so I’ll def. be stopping back by!


45 trish rowell April 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm

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


46 Barb April 9, 2010 at 5:45 pm

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


47 Tara Todd April 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I have never seen a site like this before. how great! Thank you for sharing info like this. I know many book lovers who will love this site!!


48 @Dayngr April 9, 2010 at 6:29 pm

This is my first time visiting. I am always on the lookout for great books for my 4 and 5 year old who love to have stories at bedtime.

I surfed over from 5 Minutes for Mom. Looking forward to getting to reading more as we go. My party post can be found at “Ultimate Blog Party 2010 at Dayngrous Discourse.


49 Kristen April 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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!


50 Leigh April 9, 2010 at 6:57 pm

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!


51 Nicole April 9, 2010 at 7:46 pm

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!


52 Katie April 9, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Hi, your newest follower from the blog party! :) I love finding new books for my girls to read!



53 jackie April 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm

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!


54 sandra April 9, 2010 at 9:27 pm

What a great blog! I love to read! I’m sure I’ll be back here often!


55 jeanine April 9, 2010 at 9:33 pm

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!


56 Heather April 9, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Fiction and ROmance books!


57 Night Owl Mama April 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm

My preschooler loves to read books and my 9 yr old too. I am glad they both have a passion for reading


58 pam r. April 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I’m always looking for good books for my 7-year old, and I enjoy classic literature


59 Brea's Mommy April 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I love reading children’s book reviews! Happy UBP!


60 Kristine McGuire April 9, 2010 at 10:40 pm

What a great site. I love books. I’m always looking for something good to read :)


61 The Mother April 9, 2010 at 10:51 pm

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!


62 stacy April 10, 2010 at 12:23 am

Stopping by from the UBP. I have an almost 3 yo and a teen. Your site looks interesting.


63 Paula April 10, 2010 at 1:27 am

I just signed up for your email! I can’t wait to hear more from your site.


64 Natalie Huffman April 10, 2010 at 1:32 am

Great blog – thank you for posting everything.


65 Kim C April 10, 2010 at 1:37 am

Just stopped by for the UBP but now I love this blog I love reading as do all my girls.


66 Camie April 10, 2010 at 2:37 am

I love to read! Happy UBP!



67 Kimberly April 10, 2010 at 3:16 am

Following the UBP!

I’m a huge book fan! I just wish I had more time in a day to read :(


68 Susan Bywater April 10, 2010 at 8:21 am

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.


69 Susan margaret April 10, 2010 at 10:02 am

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!


70 Nanette ~ AMomBlog April 10, 2010 at 10:26 am

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.


71 Rachelle April 10, 2010 at 10:29 am

Found you through 5 minutes for Mom, I am excited to know that you are here. I am always looking for books for me and my kids!


72 Courtney (Women Living Well) April 10, 2010 at 11:56 am

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!


73 Theresa Dell April 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

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


74 Deborah April 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Hi! I review books on my blog. I love to read. My favorite books are mysteries. Happy UBP 2010!


75 April 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm

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 –


76 LaDonna April 10, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Hi. I think I’m going to follow this blog. I like books and have just renewed my priorities to include them more in my day to day life.


77 Tamara B. April 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Blowing in from the UBP to say hi :)


78 Kristen M. April 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm

I love cookbooks and children’s books.


79 Jennifer Miller April 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm

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! :-D


80 Jennifer Miller April 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm

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! :-D


81 Brittany April 10, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I LOVE reading! Glad I stopped by…great blog!


82 Michelle - A Happy Hippy Mom April 10, 2010 at 9:19 pm

I’m always looking for new books for my toddler and soon to be teen! I’m doing a little blog hopping from the UBC and glad I stopped by!


83 ericka April 10, 2010 at 9:39 pm

this is why i’m loving the UBP: i’m such a book worm and love sites like this and had no clue this one existed. i WILL be back! :)


84 Tia April 10, 2010 at 11:09 pm

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!


85 sarah April 11, 2010 at 12:47 am

so cool. we are book hogs at our house.


86 sarah April 11, 2010 at 11:21 pm

sorry, i didn’t quite type my whole address:

sorry. please check it out!


87 Natalie April 11, 2010 at 1:00 am

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.


88 Jess April 11, 2010 at 1:29 am

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!


89 Shonda April 11, 2010 at 10:07 am

So excited to find this site. I like fiction, non-fiction, books for babies and preschoolers!


90 Tiffany April 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

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!


91 Nanette April 11, 2010 at 2:01 pm

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!


92 Ashley April 11, 2010 at 2:54 pm

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! :)


93 Traci April 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I’m a new follower to your blog :-) Nice to meet ya!

Come check out Ordinary Inspirations here:


94 Lisa April 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I love to read and write but often feel like I have to force myself to find the time to do both.


95 Pamela Jansen April 11, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Just wandering by UBP to send hugs for a Happy Sunday ♥

How I Became A Fearless Woman by Pamela Jansen


96 rob April 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm
97 Candice April 11, 2010 at 5:01 pm

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.


98 lovelyritaann April 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm

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


99 Angie April 11, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Happy UBP! I love 5M4B!!!!


100 ikkinlala April 12, 2010 at 12:09 am

I love nonfiction (especially science), literary fiction, and humour.


101 Rachel C April 12, 2010 at 10:44 am

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.


102 yonca April 12, 2010 at 11:37 am

Hi Jennifer! Nice to meet you. I’m loving to meet new bloggers. Hope to see you at my place:) Happy 2010 UBP!!1


103 Gertha Cook April 12, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Viewing your site and enjoying the UBP:-).
Great Blog!! I am subscribing.


104 Kristen April 12, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Thanks for letting me party! Great blog! Came here via UBP!


105 Angelica April 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm

My daughter loves reading! I will be sure to visit again! Happy UBP week!


106 jamiedelight April 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I am always looking for toddler books for my triplets and for myself I love fiction, especially Chic Lit


107 The Gaertegang April 12, 2010 at 10:27 pm

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!


108 Crystal's Cozy Kitchen April 12, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I love the name of your blog!! Taking time to read is so important. Stopping over from UBP…


109 Diane April 13, 2010 at 9:00 am

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 :)


110 Dawn April 13, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Hi there! Dropping by via the UBP. Looking forward to “following” you!


111 Misty April 14, 2010 at 5:01 am

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.


112 barb April 14, 2010 at 11:03 am

I love cookbooks! I’m dropping by from TUBP10!


113 Tracey C. April 14, 2010 at 8:34 pm

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!


114 Amy April 15, 2010 at 7:53 am

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.


115 Holly April 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Stopping by from UBP. I am so glad I found this site. I love reading fiction – mostly chic lit.


116 Theresa April 16, 2010 at 12:48 am

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!


117 Eileen April 16, 2010 at 2:27 am

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!


118 Sarah N April 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm

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!


119 annulla April 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm

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.


120 Marilyn Bohn April 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm

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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