Some Favorite Books This Month!

I’ve been having a tough time keeping up with both the reading AND posting here. While I get it all sorted out, I thought I could at least post the review links to Amazon here, so you can read them there!

By the way, the first book on the top line above is my own cookbook with recipes for side dishes you can make ahead for the holidays. I actually wrote this book and tested the recipes when I worked nightshift at a local hospital. If I can find time to cook ahead as a busy nurse, you can, too! Check out the book if you’d like to enjoy the holidays with your friends and family…and not be so stuck in the kitchen when everyone else is having fun! It has some negative reviews from disgruntled authors and reviewers who thought it was a great way to get back at me for negative or popular reviews–not read by them, as I know from my sales records–but anyone who has actually read the book gave it 5 stars!

Note: I am listing reviews as I do them each day. Sometimes, Amazon takes days or even a week or more to approve these reviews, so you will see a lag between when I list reviews and when a link is available. The longest I had to wait was 3.5 weeks!

Note about Goodreads and BookBub Reviews Linked Below

Sometimes, you’ll see me link to my review at Goodreads or BookBub. That’s usually because I’m having some sort of issue with Amazon: they’re taking waaaaay too long to post the review or they’ve rejected the review because they say it isn’t up to “community standards.” They are never specific… and just ask me to review the community standards page. I wish they would be specific… so I can avoid whatever it is they don’t like. Most “rejected” reviews are rather tame; some are even 5 stars. I’ve noted that some words seem to trigger it, like boring or transitioning. Hey, sometimes things just ARE boring, and it is much more succinct to say that than “visually unappealing” when talking backgrounds in children’s activity books! Others completely leave me scratching my head about what might be “wrong” with the review.

Hope that life becomes a little more sane so I can post my full reviews here soon!

For what ever reason, Amazon rejected 12 of my reviews mid month, over the span of just a few days, and I can’t figure out why. It happened with both positive and negative reviews, from fiction to nonfiction to children’s. 🤷‍♀️ I’ve decided to make their links to my Goodreads reviews (if available) red!

Because of this treatment, I’ve decided to review as little as possible on Amazon, sticking to Advance Reader Copies that don’t require it.

So, to reiterate, any purple or blue links you see go to my reviews at Amazon; red or orange links to the review at Goodreads.




Historical Romance / Historical Fiction

Contemporary Romance

Christmas Fiction

Mysteries, Suspense, and Thrillers

Speculative Fiction

Children’s Fiction

Children’s Christmas or Fall/Winter Fiction




Writing & Language

Activity Books for Adults

Christmas/Winter Activity Books for Adults

Crafts & Hobbies

Health, Wellness, and Medicine

Self-Help and Motivational

Spiritual and Metaphysical

Business, Money, and Investing


Children’s Nonfiction

Children’s Activity, Game, and Joke Books

Children’s Christmas Activity, Game, and Joke Books

No-So-Favorite Books This Month!