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.