Cookbook Review: Tasty Latest & Greatest



Tasty, Buzzfeed’s popular cooking brand, delivers both comforting and healthy weeknight dinners for meat-lovers, vegetarians, and vegans alike, plus treats like ice cream, chocolate desserts, and rainbow recipes galore. You’ve been mesmerized by their top down recipe videos, but there’s still something about having a tangible album of edible deliciousness at your fingertips. Enter: TASTY LATEST & GREATEST. This cookbook is just that: 80+ winning recipes, anointed by fans like you, that have risen to the top of the heap, powered by likes and comments and shares and smiles and full bellies. They represent how you’re cooking today. Whether it’s a trend-driven dish like a pastel glitter-bombed unicorn cake or a classic like lasagna, every recipe has staying power. Now you can deliver on the promise of a great dish whenever the urge strikes. Get ready—your cooking is about to go viral.

My Review:

I love this cookbook.  The recipes are not long and draw out, they are detailed yet simplistic.  Some recipes have a finished product photo while others have step-by-step photos.  The recipes range from 4 styles of deviled eggs to giant Cinnamon buns and homemade Gnocchi.  This week I made Baked Ratatouille and even though I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, I used it as a guide and it was delicious!  I can’t wait to tackle some more Tasty recipes.

I gave this book 5 crowns.



Exciting Announcement: I’m Co-hosting a READ-A-THON!!!


It’s a Re- read-a-thon to be exact.  I, along with 20 other book lovers, will be getting online to chat about and encourage you to re-read some books.  This is the brain child of Merphy Napeir on booktube at 

For each day of the read-a-thon there will be 3 hosts across different platforms: Youtube, Instagram and our blogs.  The main twitter handle for us is @ReReadAThon2018

Do you want more awesome news????

On each day of the Re-read-a-thon, there will be 3 separate GIVEAWAYS!  For those of you that haven’t had a cup of coffee yet…that means a grand total of 21 GIVEAWAYS- 24 hour flash giveaways, to be exact, that week and you can enter them all!!!!

During the week, there will be optional challenges to help you set your TBR along with photo challenges for those of you who are all about Books and Pictures!

Here are the Hosts:

Sunday March 18

Bookstagramer: Margoe – A quick read

BookBlogger: Jess – Quick Read

Booktuber: Merphy from Merphy Napier
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Featured Instagram: @little_dragon_pants

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Monday March 19

BookBlogger wastepaperprose Childhood Favorite

Booktuber Elle from Elliot Brooks

Bookstagram: Shaegeeksout – Childhood Classics

Featured Blog:

Featured Instagram: @shaegeeksout

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Tuesday March 20

Bookstagramer:: Callmesensei14 – Greatest Hits: Books that define you

BookBlogger: Sophie K. -How Re-reading helped me love a book more; Sophie K.

Booktuber: Vanessa from PaperFaerie

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Featured Instagram: @callmesensei14

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Wednesday March 21

Bookstagramer: Merphy Napier – Favorite Genre

BookBlogger: Nadja – Re-Read from your favorite Genre (thriller)

Booktuber: Roya from Royaevereads

Featured Blog:

Featured Instagram: @merphynapier

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Thursday March 22

Bookstagramer: Andreasbookss- Favorite Author

BookBlogger: Amylou88 -Re-reading to break a slump

Booktuber: Jo from NotSoAverageJoe

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Featured Instagram: @Andreasbookss

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Friday March 23

Bookstagramer:: Bookgoil – First Reread

BookBlogger: wonderlandiansbooks – Old Fave New Edition (re-reading different editions of faves)

Booktuber: Kira from shollyday

Featured Blog:

Featured Instagram: @bookgoil

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Saturday March 24

Bookstagramer: CircusofDamned the first book you ever fell in love with

BookBlogger: Candice – Relistening to favorites

Booktuber: Dustin from BookBabble

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Featured Instagram: @circus_of_damned

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So, I have the honor of closing out the week by relistening to favorites.  If you have been here a while, you know I have a fairly long commute to and from work and I utilize that time by listening to Audio books.

My TBR for the week should be up fairly soon but this post should have been up two days ago!

Either way, let me know if you are participating and what your TBR looks like!

We are all so excited!


Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel by: Peter Davidson

marital advice

Synopsis from the author:

When my grandson, Joel, got engaged I decided to jot down a few words of marital advice for him, based on my vast experience as a husband. Then I thought, why share this wisdom with only one person when I can share it with the whole world. So, I started a blog, listing new marital advice every week (  As the popularity of the blog grew, people suggested that the material should be turned into a book and, well, here it is. The name of the book is: MARITAL ADVICE TO MY GRANDSON, JOEL: How to be a husband your wife won’t throw out of the window in the middle of the night.

Sure, much of the advice is off-the-wall and wacky, but it’s also an upbeat, insightful, humorous look at married life that any engaged, married, or even single person can relate to and enjoy.

Advice to Joel, and to any man, includes: make sure that you buy a roll of electrical tape before you volunteer to do the vacuuming–and why, how to answer your wife’s questions such as, “Does this dress make my ass look big?,” the warning that your mouth will get you into a whole lot more trouble than your Willy ever will, and how to create the world’s most powerful anniversary card for your wife.

Virtually all of the material in the book is presented in the form of upbeat stories, scenarios, and examples. This is not the type of advice that you’ll find in a textbook on marriage or in a book on marital relations written by some psychiatrist. This is the real stuff for real people.

My Review:

This is an adorable and hilarious read for anyone who is married or is about to get married or is living with their significant other.  It is a small book, at about 130 pages, but it is packed full of humorous advice.  I cracked up reading about the man who leaves his socks around the house, but really, why????

The only chapter that I skimmed through was the one on finances and stocks and bonds.  Maybe that’s why this is a gift for Peter’s grandson, so that he can know and handle that part of married life!

It touched my heart that a grandfather wanted to make sure his grandson was prepared for marriage and wrote this for him.  I am happy that he released it into the world for others to enjoy as well.


I gave this book 4 crowns.


A Cookbook Review: Power Plates by: Gena Hamshaw

Power Plates

My Review:
For about a month or so, sometime in the last year or two, my daughter decided to go vegan.  My husband and I supported her decision as best we could and purchased vegan foods and cookbooks to learn how to cook for her.  We all enjoyed what we were eating but did miss meat.
This year, I have re-started Weight Watchers and have been looking for different recipes so that I am not eating the same grilled chicken every night.  I saw this cookbook on Blogging for Books and wanted to see if it would give me more ideas for meals.
The photographs are gorgeous and the recipes seem easy enough but the meals themselves are not appetizing to me.  I am not sold on this cookbook.  Now, I am not saying that for people who eat a Vegan diet, that this cookbook wouldn’t work for them, it very well may.  For me, I just wasn’t impressed.  Maybe I will try out a few recipes but then again, maybe not.
I gave this cookbook 2 crowns.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Let Me Lie by: Clare Mackintosh

Let Me Lie Publication date: March 13, 2018

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

I have read and loved the other two books that Clare has written.  This book is no exception.  Clare has a way with telling her story that makes you feel as if you are right there.   I found myself holding my breathe at times.
What would you do if you found out that that the life you used to live was a lie?  What if you learned that your parents’ suicide wasn’t really a suicide after all?  What if by trying to determine what actually happened, you were threatened and your family’s lives were in danger?  Anna is struggling with the grief of losing both of her parents when she receives a card that makes her question everything she thought she knew.
Just like Clare’s other works, this book is full of twists and turns.  I really enjoyed reading it.
I gave it 5 crowns.


Replica by: Lauren Oliver


I debated back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to read this book.  It really isn’t something I normally gravitate towards.  I found it as an audiobook on Overdrive and now am OBSESSED!  What a cool story and a great way to tell it.  I loved the dual perspectives.  I know there are a few different ways of reading this book but the version of audio that I had only allowed me to listen to it straight through and not by alternating chapters.

This was such an original story with romance and mystery and adventure.  It was so well done and I can’t wait to pick up the sequel!

I gave this book 5 crowns.


Ellie, Engineer by: Jackson Pearce NERD BLAST & GIVEAWAY

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Ellie, Engineer

The hilarious and smart start of a series about a girl who loves to build—STEM-powered, creative fun for girls.

Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can’t wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and builds amazing creations in her backyard workshop. Together with her best friend Kit, Ellie can make anything. As Kit’s birthday nears, Ellie doesn’t know what gift to make until the girls overhear Kit’s mom talking about her present—the dog Kit always wanted! Ellie plans to make an amazing doghouse, but her plans grow so elaborate that she has to enlist help from the neighbor boys and crafty girls, even though the two groups don’t get along. Will Ellie be able to pull off her biggest project yet?

Illustrated with Ellie’s sketches and plans, and including backmatter with how-tos, this is full of engineering fun!



“A charming book featuring an engineer who makes mistakes when navigating the roads of friendship. In addition to spotlighting engineering, the narrative contains strong themes of friendship and working together toward a common goal. VERDICT A solid addition to chapter book collections.” ―School Library Journal

“Charming. . . . In addition to spotlighting engineering, the narrative contains strong themes of friendship and working together toward a common goal.” ―School Library Journal

“Pearce emphasizes Ellie’s persistence and individuality. . . . Mourning’s notebook-style images help give a sense of how Ellie’s brain works.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Explicitly rejects the idea that activities and objects are gendered (e.g., boys and girls can both like engineering and tea parties). The twist ending is not what most readers

 will expect. A spirited, duplicable depiction of STEM fun.” ―Kirkus Reviews
Jackson Pearce

Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. After attending Brookwood High School in Snellville, GA, Jackson attended Georgia College & State University and later transferred to the University of Georgia, where she graduated with a major in English and a minor in Philosophy.

Jackson was an avid reader as a child—she loved the Boxcar Children and Indian in the Cupboard series, but really, she read anything she could get her hands on. This proved problematic when she got her hands on her mother’s paperback romance books from time to time.

It was her love of reading that spurred her to start writing—when Jackson was in her tweens, she was looking for a book that involved a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. When such a book couldn’t be found, Jackson vowed to write it herself. She gave the story up after about ten pages, but the love of writing didn’t die as easily as the story. In her late teens, Jackson began writing for publication. Her first book, AS YOU WISH, sold to Harper Collins when she was twenty-two years old. There are currently four books in her series of retold fairytales—SISTERS RED, SWEETLY, FATHOMLESS, and COLD SPELL. She has also written a contemporary novel called PURITY, a historical fantasy under the pen name J. Nelle Patrick (TSARINA), and has two middle grade series forthcoming—THE DOUBLECROSS (AND OTHER SKILLS I LEARNED AS A SUPERSPY), coming July 2015, and PIP BARTLETT’S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES, co-written with Maggie Stiefvater, coming May 2015

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– 10 Winners will receive a Copy of ELLIE, ENGINEER by Jackson Pearce.
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