Sunday, May 24, 2015

Recommended Read - Miss Jessie's: Creating a Successful Business From Scratch - Naturally by Miko Branch

Miss Jessie's Natural Millionaires: Our Story from the Kitchen Table to Stores EverywhereMiss Jessie's Natural Millionaires: Our Story from the Kitchen Table to Stores Everywhere by Miko Branch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As an entrepreneur myself, I enjoy reading about others' forays into the world of business. Miko and Titi had an amazing story to tell! While the copy I received had not been fully edited yet, it still contained enough of the basic premise to make me want to recommend this book to many women out there who are entrepreneurs (or aspiring ones), as it is nice to know that you aren't alone and we all face difficulties on our paths. I enjoyed learning about their products and how they were able to make things work without the need to heavy amounts of financing or loans. Great read (and great way to promote their product, which I of course started considering for myself!).

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Recommended Read - The Jesus Cow by Michael Perry

The Jesus CowThe Jesus Cow by Michael Perry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Part hilarious, part soul-searching, this book is all entertainment and definitely worth a read! When Harley Jackson's cow gives birth on Christmas Eve to a calf that has the unmistakable portrait of Jesus Christ himself on his side, he knows that this means trouble. What ensues afterward is a series of ups and downs not only for him but his entire town.

My only complaint is that the ending felt... abrupt and disappointing. But perhaps that's because I only had the Advance Reader Copy and not the finished product. Overall I'd still read it again!

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Recommended Read - Born Survivors by Wendy Holden

Born SurvivorsBorn Survivors by Wendy Holden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Holocaust was a dreadful time in human history, and this novel follows three women who had remarkable journeys of survival through that time - not only did they survive, but each gave birth after hiding their pregnancies in the camps.
These stories are interwoven nicely, though it is a little hard to keep track of names in the beginning. All three women were so brave, and so lucky, and it was just a wonderful portrait of the good things that happened despite all of the bad.


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Sorta Recommended Read - Orient by Christopher Bollen

OrientOrient by Christopher Bollen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While touted as "gripping", I feel like this novel didn't quite hit it's pace until halfway through. But then it did really pick up and was a fantastic murder mystery, with an ending that I didn't see coming!

So my advice is even if you want to give up in the beginning, stick it out. It gets better, and you'll enjoy the twists and turns.

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