Mother, Can You Not? by: Kate Siegel

Mother, Can You Not


Based on the wildly popular Instagram account @CrazyJewishMom, Kate Siegel’s essay collection about life with the woman who redefined the term “helicopter mom”

There is nothing more wonderful than a mother’s love. There is also nothing more annoying. Who else can proudly insist that you’re perfect while simultaneously making you question every career, fashion, and relationship decision you have ever made?

No one understands the delicate mother-daughter dynamic better than Kate Siegel—her own mother drove her so crazy that she decided to broadcast their hilarious conversations on Instagram. Soon, hundreds of thousands of people were following their daily text exchanges, eager to see what outrageous thing Kate’s mom would do next. Now, in Mother, Can You NOT?, Kate pays tribute to the woman who invented the concept of drone parenting.

From embarrassing moments (like crashing Kate’s gynecological exams) to outrageous stories (like the time she made Kate steal a cat from the pound) to hilarious celebrations (including but not limited to parties for Kate’s menstrual cycles), Mother, Can you NOT? lovingly lampoons the lengths to which our mothers will go to better our lives (even if it feels like they’re ruining them in the process).

My Review:

I had never heard of the Instagram account @CrazyJewishMom before reading this book but I followed it halfway through reading it.

This was laugh out loud funny and a quick read.  If you are looking for a pick me up type of book and are not afraid to read a lot about “vajayjays”, then grab this book.  I am very close my mother but she is not exactly this type of mom and thank goodness for that!  I don’t know if I could handle it as well as Kate does.

I gave this book 3.5 crowns.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for a review.

The Red Tent by: Anita Diamant

The Red Tent

Book #29 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

This is an interesting take on the story of Dinah from the Bible.  Dinah was Jacob’s daughter and not really talked about.  In this book, the narrative is from Dinah’s point of view and takes the reader through the fictional lives of the women of the Tribe of Jacob.

I decided to listen to this instead of read my physical copy and I really enjoyed the storytelling.  I was able to picture the details and feel the emotions of not only Dinah but all of the women that were talked about.  There has been much controversy surrounding this novel and it’s television adaptation.  Many religious people have chastised Anita Diamant for navigating from the story in the Bible.  Diamant claims that she has all along stated that this is a fictitious work and that she never claimed that her story is true.

If read with that in mind, it is a great read.  The descriptions of the lives and the families and friendships are vibrant and so well written.

I gave this 4 crowns.


I Let You Go by: Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go

I received this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was amazing.  I didn’t really know too much about it when I started it but that was the perfect way to go into it.  I gasped aloud several times and every time my husband asked my if I was ok.  The twists in this book are incredibly written and really surprise you.  Just when I thought I had pieced it together, it turned again.

This is all you need to know before reading this story “On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street . . .” (Taken from Netgalley)

Be forewarned that novel involves the death of a child, and other situations that may be triggers for some people.

I gave this 5 crowns.


The Penny Pinchers Club by: Sarah Strohmeyer

the penny pinchers club

Book #28 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

I am ashamed to admit that I have had this book on my shelf for YEARS!  As I keep gravitating towards the newest books on my shelf the guilt for not reading the older ones weighed down on me.  I picked this one up this week and loved it.  What a great read!

Kat is a New Jersey girl who spends and spends and spends without paying any attention to her family’s finances.  When she comes across a few inappropriate emails between her husband and his gorgeous, younger assistant; she receives a wake up call.  Lead to the Penny Pinchers Club by her cleaning lady, she begins to see how much she had contributed to her family’s demise.  With their help, will she be financially prepared if her worst fears come to life?

This was a fast paced book and very well written.  I really did enjoy it.

I gave this book 5 crowns.


Sweet Life by: Mia King

Sweet Life

Book #27 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

Mia King also write as the author Darien Gee and I’ve read her Friendship Bread Kitchen books and loved them!

This book is just as good.  Her writing style is flawless and brings the reader to the setting itself.

What would you do if your spouse had the job opportunity of a lifetime that meant that you had to pick up and move from New York City to Hawaii even if that means relocating your child, leaving your friends and your career behind?  Marissa Price finds herself in exactly that position and then her life just seems to get worse.

I loved this book and can’t wait to pick up more written under the name Mia King.

I gave this book 5 crowns.


15th Affair by: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

15th affair

Book #26 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks (even though this was a new purchase, it’s still my Own Damn Book, right?!)

This is one of the only series that I really enjoy from James Patterson.  I love that the main characters are women who are kick-ass women!

This latest installment is another page turner and has not only the main character, Detective Lindsay Boxer trying to figure out what is going on, but the reader as well.  The question she is continuously asking herself throughout this book is how well does she really know the love of her life?

It is a quick read because of the intrigue and the format of the book itself.

I gave this book 5 crowns.


Cookbook Review: Good & Simple Hemsley Hemsley


My Review:

This book came into my family’s life at the perfect time.  My 16 year old has decided to try her hand at Veganism and my husband and I are trying to help her and also eat better ourselves.  When the opportunity came to review this cookbook, I jumped at the chance.  I figured their was something for everyone.

I have already made my first recipe from here, the Lentil Mushroom Burger/ Balls.  They are delicious.  I loved the flavor.  They were a bit complicated to make but I am finding out that Vegan/Vegetarian recipes that call for legumes or nuts involve soaking those items overnight.

I love the introduction that explains these sister’s way of eating and the tips throughout the book are very informative.  The book itself is sturdy and beautifully done.  The images are gorgeous and make you want to try those meals.





Wrap Up


Books Read/Listened to: 16

Books I DNF’ed: 4

5 crown reads: 4

4 crown reads: 4

3.5 crown reads: 2

3 crown reads: 1

2 crown reads: 2

1 crown reads: 1

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 12


This was a great reading month for me.  Unfortunately, I think I purchased at least the same amount of books that I read.  I still add $1 to my jar after finishing a book but the book buying this month could not be helped.  I had a few books that made it to my DNF pile and that was unfortunate but I made room for new books!



How to Fall In Love by: Cecelia Ahern

How to Fall In Love

Book #25 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

I have read several books by Cecelia Ahern and I was in the mood for one of her books.  This did not fail to satisfy what I was looking for in a book.  Her characters are very realistic and she has a way of making you feel as if you know them personally.  I giggled in some parts and fought back tears in others.

Christine Rose has found herself in some very unusual situations in the past few weeks.  She has been witness to not one but two attempted suicides and has left her husband.  She is dealing with all of this and more throughout this book.  I instantly fell in love with Christine and Adam.  Their story is a brilliant one and so well written.

I highly recommend any of Cecelia Ahern’s books.

I gave this 5 crowns.


That Darkness by: Lisa Black

That Darkness

I received this copy form Netgalley and the Publishers in exchange for a honest review.

Anyone who knows me knows that I love the mystery genre.  It has always been one of my favorite types of books to read.  When I was given the chance to read this for a review, I was looking for a new mystery to read.

Synopsis:  As a forensic investigator for the Cleveland Police Department, Maggie Gardiner has seen her share of Jane Does. The latest is an unidentified female in her early teens, discovered in a local cemetery. More shocking than the girl’s injuries—for Maggie at least—is the fact that no one has reported her missing. She and the detectives assigned to the case (including her cop ex-husband) are determined to follow every lead, run down every scrap of evidence. But the monster they seek is watching each move, closer to them than they could ever imagine.

Jack Renner is a killer. He doesn’t murder because he savors it, or because he believes himself omnipotent, or for any reason other than to make the world a safer place. When he follows the trail of this Jane Doe to a locked room in a small apartment where eighteen teenaged girls are anything but safe, he knows something must be done. But his pursuit of their captor takes an unexpected turn.

Maggie Gardiner finds another body waiting for her in the autopsy room—and a host of questions that will challenge everything she believes about justice, morality, and the true nature of evil.

My Review:  It took a bit of time to get through this book.  My husband and I binge watched the television series Dexter and really enjoyed it.  I mention this only because this book read like the series finale of Dexter.  I knew what was going to happen before it did.  I was disappointed because it was almost the same scenarios.  It was well written but the story line fell flat for me.

I gave this 2.5 crowns.