The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by: Aimee Bender

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Book #42 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

I listened to this book at the beginning of the month but somehow I missed it on my Goodreads list.  I listened to this at the same time that I read The Memory of Lemon by Judith Fertig.  I didn’t intentionally read two books about lemons at the same time.  They were similar in nature as they both involved having a special ability that involves taste and foods.

In this book, young Rose realizes that she has this tremendous ability to taste the feelings of the chefs behind each food item she eats.  Not only can she taste the feelings of the chefs but she can also taste where the item is from and how it was grown.  It sounds like something that would be cool to experience but it becomes a burden to Rose.  She finds it difficult to eat and gets frustrated because she learns secrets that she is never meant to know.  This was good but not great.

I gave this book 3 crowns.


Ocean Beach by: Wendy Wax

Ocean Beach

Book #41 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

I absolutely love Wendy Wax’s books.  She is a wonderful author and her books transport you to wherever they take place.  This is book #2 in the Ten Beach Road series.  The series follows the lives of 3 women that would have never met if it wasn’t for the fact that they were taken by a Ponzi scheme that destroyed their lives.  They meet when at an abandoned house that they “inherited” from the settlement.  As they live at this house and try to restore it to its’ original beauty for a future resale, they become friends.

I can’t get into to much detail about this particular books as it is the second in the series but I can say that this story involves the women, their families and a reality television show.  This is a series about friendship and family a bit of home improvement.

I gave this book 5 crowns.



Snow White by: The Brothers Grimm Illustrated by: Camille Rose Garcia

Snow White

Book #40 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

I own a copy of Alice In Wonderland that is illustrated by this author and when I saw this on, I grabbed it.  I picked this up to read the real story of Snow White because I only knew the Disney version.  The Brothers Grimm have some twisted tales to tell but Camille Rose Garcia’s artwork captures it exquisitely.

Based on the illustrations alone, I give this edition 5 crowns.



The Interestings by: Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings

Book #39 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

I remember seeing this book when it was first published in 2013 and I have always remembered the cover.  When I saw this book on, I knew I had to get it.  I enjoy reading stories about friends and the ways in which their relationships develop and change throughout the years.  This book hit the spot for me.  I listened to it on audiobook and that really helped put a voice to each character.  Even though it was narrated by one person, they used different tones of their voice to distinguish between the characters.

This story starts out at a summer camp for artistic teens and it follows the bonds that were formed in the self named grouped The Interestings.  We learn about the lives of these friends throughout adulthood.  I found this book to be fairly realistic and believable.  I had to finish this book by reading it but I enjoyed it either way.

I gave this book 4 crowns.


The Grotto’s Secret by: Paula Wynne

The Grotto's Secret

Full Synopsis from

When the powers of a miraculous healing plant were first discovered in 14th century Spain, it sparked a murderous trail.

Five hundred years later an ancient hand-made book is brought to unsuspecting reality-show host, Kelby Wade. It’s the key to an ancient mystery, one with explosive consequences in the modern world.

Now it’s only a matter of time before the ancient secret gets exposed.

Convinced that her brother’s death was no accident, she is propelled on a perilous quest, from a grotto in rural Andalusia to a bizarre hospital in Surrey, to uncover the mystery.

But her search threatens those she loves the most. At every step she is pursued by a ruthless conspiracy that will stop at nothing to acquire the healing powers of the mysterious plant.

To keep her niece alive, she must stay one step ahead to find out who they are. As she closes in on the finding the plant, she discovers the profound and incredible power that the herb possesses. And the devastating and deadly consequences it will have in the wrong hands.

My Review:  When I received a request to review this book, I immediately said yes.  I am a huge fan of the National Treasure movies and this novel reminded me of that.  One of my top favorite genres to read is mystery and the synopsis of this book hit all of the elements that I love.  Now, if you know me at all or have been following my blog, you may know that I am not a big fan of historical novels.  But again, the National Treasure movies had the perfect combination of mystery and history.

I digress, as this is not a review of the movie franchise.  This is all about this book.  I was hooked from the moment I started reading it and emailed the author immediately and told her how in love with it  I was.  I was so upset that I had to go to work instead of staying home to read this book in its’ entirety.  The characters were perfectly flawed and intriguing.  The way in which the author moved from the present to the past and back again was seamless.

This was a combination of television personalities and doctors, evil corporations and long ago medicinal healers.  My only negative criticism was that even now and again, we got a descriptive look at the male parts of one of the characters.  I understood completely the reasoning behind the usage of it but it was just a bit too much and I thought the point could’ve gotten across with the exact wording that was used.

All in all, I gave this book 5 crowns!



Before We Met by: Lucie Whitehouse

before we met

Book #38 in #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

First let me say that this cover is gorgeous!  I love it.  It is simple but like nothing I’ve seen before.

This is blurbed to be the Brit version of Gone Girl; right on the front cover.  So what does that immediately tell you?  There are twists and nothing is as it seems.  The back cover summary doesn’t give much away so it is nice to go into this blind, but with that damn blurb on the front cover, I was able to guess my way accurately through the book.  The beginning is a bit slow but the end does pick up and I wanted to finish to see if I was correct in my assumptions.  I was and that made this book frustrating.  Was it predictable?  Was it that I knew that the twists lead to something that should have been surprising therefore giving away the conclusion?  Gone Girl is so specific in its’ twists that by saying that this book or any other book is similar, is giving away the plot line; and that is annoying.

The words were packed onto each page and like I mentioned previously, it was slow going at first.  The story line did pick up and was a a decent read.  If you don’t know anything about Gone Girl, then pick up this book.

I gave this book 3 crowns.




Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by: Ann Brashares

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Book #37 in #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

I loved the movie franchise of this series and I recently read Sisterhood Everlasting and came to the conclusion that I had never read the series.  Some booktubers decided to make July a #pantsalong read-along.  Although I am not keeping up with them, I did read the first book and loved it.  I could picture the actresses from the movie in the scenes in the book.

I am not planning to binge read this series but I can’t wait to get to the rest of them.

So much fun!

I gave this book 5 crowns.


Heartwishes by: Jude Deveraux


Book #36 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

I have had this book on my shelves for years.  I used to love Jude Deveraux and had a collection on my shelf.  I purchased this book in a supermarket sale and never picked it up.  I decided to give it a chance.  I realized that it is book #5 in the Edilean series and I was worried that I wouldn’t know what was happening but it could be read as a stand alone.

It was fantastic!  I loved the story line.  It was a love story that had dealt with a mysterious object from past generations that was said to have granted wishes from one particular family.    And even though it is slightly cheesy, I love this cover.

I gave this 5 crowns.


Guilt By Degrees by: Marcia Clark

Guilt By Degrees

Book #35 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

In Marcia Clark’s sequel to Guilt By Association, D.A. Rachel Knight teams up with her best friend Detective Bailey Keller to solve the murder of a homeless man.  This is an interesting twist to the “regular” homicides because it takes some time to piece together the victim’s backstory.

I love the accuracy that Marcia Clark brings to her novels.  With all of her years of experience, she write her mysteries with such precision without losing the fun and excitement of reading a book of this genre.

I am happy that there are 2 more novels and a novella to this series and that a new series has just been released.

I gave this book 5 crowns.


Approval Junkie by: Faith Salie

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