The Memory of Lemon by: Judith Fertig

the memory of lemon

In this sequel to The Cake Therapist, we continue to learn more about Claire “Neely”.  Her bakery, Rainbow Cake, continues to thrive and her wedding cake business is growing.  Neely has been given the gift of “flavor psychic” and is able to determine the flavors that her clients and customers need and she can experience their histories and give them the dessert that they crave.

In The Memory of Lemon, we are taken on a journey through the past of a bride and her mother.  There is a lot of back and forth in time and I was getting a bit confused, but it does come together nicely at the end.  Not only do we watch Neely struggle with trying to “read” this particular client, but we learn a lot about her past and her current life.

Every time I read one Judith’s books, I want to travel to a bakery and devour some delicious desserts.  You can taste and smell along with Neely, what she experiencing.  This is definitely a book that you need to have some lemony treats along side.

I gave this book 5 crowns.


Soulless by: Gail Carriger



Book #34 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

This is book number one in the Parasol Protectorate series.  It is a steampunk, paranormal fiction series with some action and adventure.  I finally was able to get my hands on a decent but used set of this series and I am so glad that I did.

The main character Alexia Tarabotti is a wonderful character who is a bad ass woman who presents herself as a spinster in high society.  Gail Carriger is a master at creating this world and incorporating details that are now considered to be “steampunk” in detail.

I loved this story and can’t wait to continue on with this series.

I gave this book 4.5 crowns.

The Goldfinch by: Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch

Book #33 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

I wanted to participate in the #TomeTopple read-a-thon and had every intention of reading this book and A Little Life because they were both over 500 pages.  I decided to listen to this on audio and physically read the other book.  This book’s narrator was amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed the voices that he used to portray the characters.  I found myself very invested in this story and the character’s lives.  It was brilliantly told and maybe that was partially due to the narrator of the audio book.  I gave up on A Little Life and will count that as a DNF this month.  I think I read about 60 pages and that took me almost 3 days.

After the audio book rental expired, I read my physical copy of this book and that seemed to move a bit slower.  However, it was wonderfully written and I will definitely be on the lookout for her other books.

It is story that deals with the life of a young boy and his growth into adulthood.  It is sad and funny and mysterious and thrilling.  I really loved this story.

I gave this 5 crowns.


The Divorce Papers: A Novel by: Susan Rieger

The Divorce Papers

Book #32 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

This was a super fun read.  It was told through emails, memos, letters and divorce documents and was through the lawyer’s voice.  Sophie Diehl is a criminal lawyer at a fairly large law firm and she is asked to sit in on a consultation for a divorce case for one of the firm’s largest client’s daughter.  All of the divorce attorneys are busy and she is the only on who can sit in on this case.  She is hesitant, but knows she can pass the case off to the “real” divorce attorneys.

Of course, nothing is that simple and the client requests that Sophie represent her.  She tries everything she can to get out of it but she is stuck with this case.  Most of this story is hilarious and fun to read.  Towards the end is one really long section of legal documents that I started skimming through but for the most part, I really enjoyed this book.

I gave this book 4 crowns.



Sister Dear by: Laura McNeill

sister dear


All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?

Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish – time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.

But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.

As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.

My Review:

Allie spent 10 years in prison for a horrific crime that she did not commit.  She is determined to prove who did but doesn’t know how to do that without causing more problems for her teenage daughter.  Her daughter is struggling with dealing with her mother’s release and doesn’t know who to trust once rumors begin to spread around her small town.

This story has such a great synopsis but I felt the writing style was a bit off for me.  I struggled to move through this book but I did want to know the conclusion.  It was a bit slow moving for me.

I gave this book 3 crowns.


I received this book for review by the publisher through BookLook Bloggers.

Yellow Brick War by: Danielle Paige

Yellow Brick War

Book #31 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBook.

This is book #3 in the Dorothy Must Die series.  I had listened to the first two books in this series on audio book and had purchased this book a few months ago.  This was a quick read and I was anticipating a thrilling end only to find that this is NOT A TRILOGY!!  I don’t know what rock I’ve been living under that I didn’t know this.  Now I am waiting very impatiently for the next book.

I like this series a lot as it is a dark twist on The Wizard of Oz.

I gave this book 5 crowns.



Wrap Up


Books Read/Listened to: 9

Books I DNF’ed: 0

5 crown reads: 4

4 crown reads: 2

3.5 crown reads: 1

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 5

I felt like I read a lot this month but apparently not as much as I thought I did.  However, I really enjoyed everything I read.  I also bought a ton of books and now my TBR bookshelf has overflowed and I have book piles on my dresser of books to read. Oops!  Still putting $1 in the jar for every book I read though I am not sure that it is productive to keep buying books at the same time.


French Milk by: Lucy Knisley

French Milk

Book #30 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

This is one of Lucy Knisley’s earlier graphic novel memoirs and it chronicles her trip with her mother to Paris.  She draws images of her experience there and tells a story of how she and her mom traveled and what they ate and saw.

Lucy Knisley is still my favorite graphic novelist but I did like Relish a bit more then this.  It was a fun read and a great book for in between novels.

I gave this 4 crowns.