Book Review: Super Fun Family Card Games by Corinne Schmitt

Fun is in the cards with 75 family-friendly card games

Make your next family game night unforgettable with just a single deck of cards. Super Fun Family Card Games is bursting with all kinds of easy-to-learn, enjoyable, and challenging games that are perfect for family game nights.

Shuffle up your evening with hundreds of hours worth of engaging, screen-free fun that every member of the family can get in on! This giant collection of card games features everything from all-time classics to schoolyard favorites to beloved solo-play options. There are even handy tips for making sure your game nights are a big success!

Inside Super Fun Family Card Games you’ll find:

  • 75 Delightful card games―From Crazy Eights and Spider Solitaire to Speed and Rummy, this comprehensive collection makes it easy to find something new to play.
  • All ages, any number of players―Get action-packed games that are perfect for the whole family, including young children, teens, and adults.
  • Easy-to-understand instructions―Learn each game in no time with the help of simple and complete instructions that include helpful pictures.

Take family fun to the next level with Super Fun Family Card Games!

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

My family has always played a lot of cards, especially when we all get together. I was curious what card games were in this book, and if there were any that we didn’t know about that we could try.

Super Fun Family Card Games is separated into three sections: Games for Two or More Players, Games for Two Players, and Games for One Player. Each section is broken down into Easy, Medium, and Hard difficulty.

There are a lot of games in here that we already play, some of which are family favorites: Nertz, Spoons, and Hearts just to name a few. There are quite a few two-player games that we haven’t tried before that I’ll try out with my husband.

There is an introduction that explains card game basics such as terms that are used universally. Each game comes with instructions on how to deal and how to play, and includes the length of play and the recommended age group. I can’t wait to try out some of the “new” games!

About the Author

Corinne Schmitt is the blogger behind Wondermom Wannabe, her platform for helping fellow moms navigate the chaotic, confusing path of motherhood with more joy and less anxiety. Raised initially in the Washington, she moved to Illinois at the age of 12. After graduating high school, she continued her education at the University of Illinois where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. More importantly, it’s where she met her husband Dan, a U.S. Marine. They’ve been stationed in multiple cities within the U.S so each of their children was born in a different state. What they’ve lacked in geographical stability, they’ve made up for in family routines, activities, and a focus on family fun.

Book Review: Tricky Logic Puzzles for Adults by Steven Clontz

It’s only logical–boost your brainpower with 150 logic puzzles for adults.

It’s time to give your mental muscles a real workout! Stuffed full of clever and cunning challenges, this collection of logic puzzles for adults is perfect for puzzlers looking to prove (and improve) their skill.

Featuring a variety of puzzle types–including Sudoku, Masyu, Logic Grids, and Nonograms–these easy-to-understand (but tough-to-solve) puzzles will help keep your mind sharp as you remain engaged and entertained for days to come. Brainpower on!

This exciting book of logic puzzles for adults includes:

150 puzzles, 1 big collection–Find a plethora of logic puzzles for adults all packed into one portable package.

True brain-busters–Stretch your abilities with puzzles that are designed to be tough–even for master puzzlers!

Plenty of options–Banish boredom with several types of puzzles, including math-focused Calcudoku and innovative Cryptic Puzzles that require both code breaking and creative thinking.
Test your mental acumen with this collection of truly challenging logic puzzles for adults.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I’ve always enjoyed puzzles and my favorite are logic puzzles, so of course I wanted this book! It contains sudoku, mazyu, nongram, calcudoko, logic grids, and cryptic puzzles.

Sudoku is okay but I’ve gotten kind of bored with them. I’ve never done Masyu, and I found these to be very difficult for my brain. They’re really a challenge for me. I haven’t done Nonograms either but I like them. They’re a bit challenging but fun. The Calcudoku and Cryptic Puzzle can also get challenging when I do the bigger ones, but I also like them. My absolute favorite has been Logic Grids since I started doing puzzles.

The puzzles in Tricky Logic Puzzles for Adults is one of the best puzzle books I’ve gotten in a long time. They’re both challenging and fun. I’ve worked on some of them, but I still have more to do. They’re a great way to spend a little time in between reading books!

About the Author

Dr. Steven Clontz is a mathematician, educator, researcher, and puzzler. His puzzles and games have been featured by the National Museum of Mathematics and the international puzzle events DASH and Puzzled Pint.

Book Review: Brain Teasers for Adults by Marcel Danesi

Give your brain a test. Give your eyes a rest.

Looking for a way to keep your brain on its toes? Well, there is nothing more mentally stimulating or fun than good old-fashioned brain teasers. And since everyday life doesn’t throw perplexing riddles at us very often, Brain Teasers for Adults offers a variety of tricky, yet “doable” puzzles to help build your logic, math, and wordplay.

The unique skills derived from solving brain teasers helps put you in a better position to resolve important problems from work to daily life. Go in order of difficulty or skip around―the decision is yours! Solve all 75 brain teasers and stand tall, knowing you have outsmarted the puzzle-maker himself.

Inside Brain Teasers for Adults, you’ll find:

  • Choose your difficulty―Moving from simple Duck Soup Puzzles to Head Scratchers, engage your brain on different levels, with each riddle labeled by difficulty.
  • 5 Categories―Filled with brain teasers categories such as Wordplay, Logic, Card puzzles, and more are meant to stimulate your thoughts in different ways.
  • Clues to use―An optional clues section has been provided for each question in case a little extra help is needed!

Time to discover how fun and rewarding puzzle-solving can be with Brain Teasers for Adults!


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Callisto Publishing. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

One of the reasons I got this book was because it’s large print and it’s easy on my eyes. I’ve always liked to do puzzles, and a plus is that different kinds of puzzles help my brain fight dementia.

Brain Teasers for Adults is separated into three sections by difficulty. I found it interesting that I breezed through the first section until I got to the riddles, which I’ve always had trouble with, and I had to really think about those. As the levels increased by difficulty, I had to spend a little more time on each puzzle. Fun and learning! My favorite way to pass the time.

Before the answers in the back of the book, there is a section with clues for each puzzle, so if you get stuck, you can look at the clues before giving up.

If you enjoy doing puzzles, Brain Teasers for Adults is for you. If you don’t have experience doing puzzles, maybe this is the book to start with since it starts easy and gets more difficult AND it has clues to help you. It’s always good to give your brain a new challenge.

Book Review: Large Print Bible Word Search Book by Cristina Smith & Rick Smith

Deepen your spiritual connection and sharpen your mind with Biblical word searches.

Boost your brainpower―and spirituality―with these divine word searches. This word search book for adults features 100 puzzles that draw on the Good Book to keep your brain active and engaged. Both Faith and fun meet here in one large-print package!

This word search book for adults includes:

The Lord’s word―Each puzzle in this word search book for adults draws from specific Books and Verses, allowing you to follow along in your Bible as you complete each puzzle.
Challenging puzzles―Put your puzzle-solving skills to the test with word searches that feature plenty of crossovers, diagonals, and shared letters.
Easy-to-use―High-quality, large-print pages in a compact and lightweight binding make it simple to complete these puzzles wherever and whenever you want.

Combine your Faith with enjoyable brain-bending puzzles in this incredible word search book for adults. 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Callisto. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Large Print Bible Word Search Book is like any other word search book but the large print makes it a lot easier to work the puzzles. Each puzzle correlates to a book in the Bible and uses about 30 words from that book.

I make it a point to try to do different types of puzzles to keep my brain sharp and to help avoid dementia as is says in the introduction. These word searches are easy and fun to do which is an added plus.

About the Author

A curious introvert, Cristina Smith has learned to be an award-winning extrovert author through years of practice. Her idea of fun is to write best selling books about the puzzle of life and its mystery, magic and science.

Cristina is the founder and CEO of the Subtle Energy Center and award-winning author of the Yoga for the Brain series. Her research, discoveries and teachings have helped thousands of people bring more health and happiness into their lives.

She served as founding president of the San Diego Holistic Chamber of Commerce and adjunct faculty for Holos University Graduate Seminary. Cristina is devoted to cultivating community, cooperation and communication among us to make the world a kinder place.

She lives in two lovely places, spending time in the wonderful communities of both San Diego on a boat docked in the bay and in the forests of Nevada City, CA.

As puzzling as life is, it’s wise to stay sharp, have fun and play often! And…curiosity is the difference between being a grown-up and continually growing.

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