Wrap Up

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Books Read/Listened to:  11

5 crown reads: 4

4 crown reads: 2

3 crown reads: 2

2.5 crown reads: 1

2 crown reads: 1

1 crown reads: 1

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 7

This was a pretty decent reading month for me.  I read a few things that I loved and a few that left me disappointed.  I usually read foodie type books in November and I kept up with that theme for the most part besides a few review books.

 

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Eight Flavors The Untold Story of American Cuisine by: Sarah Lohman

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Description from publisher through Netgalley

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The Love Goddess’ Cooking School by: Melissa Senate

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Book #75 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

Can you see a theme for this month’s book picks?  I am really into the food genre this month and this was my next pick.

In this novel, Holly moves in with her grandmother after a tough breakup.  Her grandmother owns Camilla’s Cucinotta, an old school Italian style cooking school and store.  When her grandmother passes away, Holly inherits this place and all of the memories and stories that goes with it.

This was a sweet story of growth and acceptance as well as a story of love, friendship and food.  The cover art is gorgeous and story line was endearing.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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Evelyn, After by: Victoria Helen Stone

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Julia’s Chocolates by: Cathy Lamb

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Book #74 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

Julia leaves her wedding dress hanging from a tree as she runs runs away from her abusive fiance on their wedding day.  That is how this story opens and things become more intriguing from there.  She goes to live with her eccentric aunt and everyday she learns more and more about that neighborhood of people and ultimately herself.

There are some crazy situations that she gets involved in but those lead her to self growth and essentially creating her own family.  This was a good story and it kept my interested.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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Life of the Party by: Bob Kealing

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I won an ARC of this book from the publishers through Read It Forward.

I listened to this book on audio.  This is the story of Brownie Wise who is known to be the woman who lead the way for other women into the home sales business.  Brownie had to figure out a way to make enough money to live comfortably and raise her son after her divorce.

At the same time, Earl Tupper was about to revolutionize the way the households kept and preserved their food.  Tupper created Tupperware and Brownie Wise brought it into homes across America.  This was a powerhouse of a team.  However, like the saying goes: “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  The power went to Brownie’s head and that eventually led to her complete disappearance from the home party world.  This is her story.

I thought this book had potential.  I never really knew of the story behind the Tupperware home parties although I am very attuned to the home party sales industry.  The book itself was a bit slow and may have had a bit to much unnecessary details for my liking.

I gave this book 2 crowns.

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Cookbook Review Skinnytaste Fast and Slow by: GINA HOMOLKA and HEATHER K. JONES

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 I received this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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