How to Cook Everything Fast

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Title: How to Cook Everything Fast by Mark Bittman

Category: Nonfiction, Cookbook

Review: I love Mark Bittman’s cookbooks. He just breaks it down and makes it so easy to understand. This cookbook gives easy recipes for home cooks who do not have the time to spend the whole day to make dinners like we used to. For example, there are recipes for stew (usually these take a couple of hours), stroganoff, and many more. He helps you by advising you how to break up your time while making the recipe. He also gives you alternatives and side dishes you can add to your dinners. I think this is one of his best books because honestly, we are on the go all the time and we are a nation that has got used to fast food. This can help us get away from that and prepare good meals in 45 minutes or less. I suggest getting this book. It should be on your bookshelf.

Rating: *****

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September Book Goals

Hey everyone,

Sorry I’m a little late on posting my book goals. Last month I didn’t get a lot of book reviews posted. So I am going to try to do three or four this month. Here is my list:

  • Cookbooks: 1
  • History: 1
  • Fiction: 1
  • Nonfiction: 1

So that is my proposed list. Hopefully, I will get all done in a month. Wish me good luck! I will update soon!

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The End of Oz

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Title: The End of Oz by Danielle Paige

Category: Fiction, Fantasy

Review: I loved this book. This is the final book of the Dorothy Must Die Series. We continue with Amy and Nox after they think they kill Dorothy. They are celebrating with Ozma and the rest of Oz as Ozma is reinstated as the queen of Oz. Amy and Nox’s relationship has grown closer, so they wander away from the ceremony. Mombi and Glamora interrupts the scene, but basically we find out that Glamora’s body has been inhabited by Glinda since the battle from the third book. They are able to see into The Other World (Kansas) and see Madison, Dustin, and Dustin Jr. Madison is pulled away into Oz as well as the Nome King, who is part of the incident. Suddenly a piece of the yellow brick road launches in the air, carrying away the three and leaving Mombi to battle the Nome King and Glinda. We learn that the Nome King saved Dorothy, only to get her ruby shoes after he wants to marry her then kill her. However, Dorothy finds out the Nome King’s plan and plays innocent. Meanwhile, Amy, Nox, and Madison find their way to Ev, the Nome King’s kingdom. They are brought to Princess Langwidere’s castle aka Lanadel (one of Nox’s apprentice). At first she doesn’t want to help them, but she does in order to kill the Nome King. After taking refuge for a night, they are invited to the Nome King and Dorothy’s wedding. There is chaos and the Nome King is killed by Lanadel, but she is killed as well. Dorothy tries to disappear, however, Amy, Nox, and Madison find her. They end up going back to when Dorothy was a little girl and she had the silver shoes and before she killed the Wicked Witch of the West. This is the one critical moment that makes Dorothy who she is. Amy tells her that she forgives her, then Dorothy pours the bucket of water over herself. Oz is restored and because of this everyone except Nox and Ozma would remember what she did. She has to make a difficult decision and decide to either go home or stay in Oz. She decides to go home even though she will never see Nox again. However, after coming home she finds that Nox has followed her. He has decided to come and live in Kansas. It ends with Ozma calling them back to Oz once again, though we do not know why. I can only suspect that both will be connected to Oz and Kansas.

Rating: *****

The Greatest Show on Earth

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Title: The Greatest Show on Earth by Charles River Editors

Category: Nonfiction, History, Circus

Review: When I saw this book about P.T. Barnum and his circus, I was definitely interested. Of course this was an online purchase. I wanted to get it because I had seen The Greatest Showman at the time. Well after ordering it during Prime Day and receiving it, I was greatly disappointed. I usually expect history books to be more in depth. This one was under 40 pages and though it told a story, it didn’t give me enough. It does talk about the life of P.T. Barnum and how he came into the circus business. It also talks about The Ringling Brothers and how they ended up joining with Barnum and Bailey. However, I wanted more. I wanted to know more about the sideshow acts, the people, the animals, etc… It was too short and that was what disappointed me. I definitely wouldn’t waste your money on this.

Rating: *

Women and Money

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Title: Women and Money by Suze Orman

Category: Nonfiction, Finance, Money

Review: I’ve been reading a lot of finance books lately because of my concern of the future. I think Suze Orman is one of the best finance book writers. She is personable and up in your face. This book is a more gentle take on her usual talk, but she still gives it straight. This book focuses on women and a five-month plan where she gives you assignments for each month. Like a month for savings (getting a savings account). This five-month plan helps women understand more about money. It focuses on the qualities a woman has and how they can hinder their relationship with money. I think this is a unique book that focuses on women and their relationship with money. I know I will be able to use this book even in the future. I definitely recommend you read this if you are a woman.

Rating: *****

Suze Orman’s Action Plan

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Title: Suze Orman’s Action Plan by Suze Orman

Category: Nonfiction, Finance

Review: Suze Orman is a really great financial author and advisor. She pulls no punches and is not afraid to say what is on her mind. That is what I like about this book. She is not vague, she is up in your face telling you what you need to do. Mind you though, this was written after the crash of 2008. So it is an older book, but, the advice is still very good. No¬† matter what you may think, this advice is advice is still great no matter what year we are in. The book is divided in many sections. For example: retirement, spending, saving, school, etc… She gives examples of situations and what to do in those situations. She also explains different financial terms in laymen’s terms for those of us who do not know about IRAs or mutual funds or things like that. I enjoyed reading this book about finance from Suze Orman. I recommend this book. I hope you take time to read it, even if you just pick it up from the library. I think everyone needs to consider their financial life and this will help you.

Rating: *****