One of the best parts of being a blogger is getting chance to read new books first. Check out what I’ve been reading this month on NetGalley!
The Restaurant Critic’s Wife: A Novel
By Elizabeth LaBan; published by Lake Union Publishing
As someone who dons the hat of a critic frequently, I can appreciate some of the humor of the story. Frankly, we never really try to hide who we are and people frequently know that we’re bloggers when we go places. The husband (the critic) in this piece goes to great and comedic lengths to conceal his identity. My problems with the book stem not from the ridiculous humorous scenes of concealed identity, but I didn’t like the strong language, crude sexual scenes and the asinine and completely unbelievable plot twists that unravel in the book’s final pages. The food descriptions in this book may make you drool, but the unfavorable aspects of the book greatly overshadow the small positives.
By Deanna F. Cook; published by Storey Publishing
This book is so adorable and chock-full of great baking advice for cooking with kids. My son is only two-and-a-half and he’s already very interested in getting the kitchen. He loved looking at the book with me and picking out recipes. There’s a good variety of recipes that are both cute and manage to teach good skills about baking. If you have a little one that you’d like to start cooking with or one who already loves the kitchen, pick up a copy of this book.
By Mary Simses; published by Little, Brown and Company
I’ve always dreamed of going to Maine and couldn’t pass the chance to read a book that combined Maine, the undying love for beloved grandparents and blueberries. This book is a about a woman who is on a secret mission to deliver a love letter for her dearly departed grandmother. As Ellen discovers all the quirks and charm about living in a small town in Maine, the author makes you fall in love with it too. By the end of the book, I was ready to start writing recipes and menus for my own blueberry-themed restaurant. While some aspects of the love story make me sad, I would be devastated if RJ carried a torch for someone else for 60 years, I did appreciate the more modern love story. I did appreciate that the romantic elements were comported with much more elegance than many books use. If you’re looking for a light summer read, a beach book or if you love Maine, this is definitely a book to check out.
Amish Guys Don’t Call
By Debby Dodds; published by Blue Moon Publishers
I love teen & YA fiction. How can you not love The Hunger Games, anything by Lois Lowry and frankly even the good old Babysitters Club books? I wanted to like this book about a sort of misfit girl struggling to fit in with new popular friends. Add to the mix a mysterious, gentlemanly and formerly Amish boyfriend and you’ve got an intriguing picture. Sadly, the book was populated with so much nonchalant drug use that I had to abandon it. I understand that teens face a lot of pressure, but I don’t ever want anyone to try bath salts because they thought the “trip” would be just as easy as being tipsy. This book presents a dangerously casual and cavalier approach to teen drug use and I would suggest avoiding it.
By Mallory Reeves; published by Diamond Book Distributors
I’ve been really nervous about the new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and apparently with good cause. I don’t like the changes that they’ve made to the script or to Belle. I know that people defend the new choices an say “it has to be different from the original” and I understand that. But, I happen to agree with Angela Lansbury’s assessment that it DIDN’T need a redo. The artwork is lovely, but the story leaves something to be desired. If you are a fan of the classic version of the film, you’ll be disappointed, but this book is a must-have for diehard fans of the 2017 iteration of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
By Genevieve Howland; published by North Star Way
I’m not a fan of the ”natural birth” movement. Having been someone who required a vacuum-assisted delivery, I get a lot of judgment from that crowd. Add in that because of some of my other health conditions I need an epidural, I’m toast. But, because I believe I don’t own the monopoly on good ideas and think sometimes you can get good ideas when you look at things from a different perspective, I decided to check this out. Between, the vacuum-assist bashing early on to the placenta truffles (one recipe I will never make) and the vaginal “seeding” of babies born from caesarean, this book was a big NO for me. I wouldn’t recommend it because it’s very biased, feels very judgmental and frankly espouses some really wacky ideas.
by Michael Ann Dobbs; published by Xist Publishing
This absolutely adorable and delightfully tongue-in-cheek short chapter book will be a hit for any child or family. If you like your princesses with a lot more can-do and a lot less damsel-in-distress, then you’ll love this take charge, business savvy Snow White. I love the whimsy, the sense of humor of the book. I’ll certainly never think of Snow White or the Dwarves cottage the same way! I love how capable Snow White is and I could almost hear the ring of Marlo Thomas’s triumphant reading of “Atatlanta” from Free to Be You and Me at the end. Definitely snag a copy of this for you and your kiddos or any fairy tale aficionado that you know.
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