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review 2018-11-07 17:00
What Can I Bring? Cookbook
What Can I Bring? Cookbook - Anne Byrn, Susan Goldman (Photographer)

I love this book! It has recipes for soups, cakes, meals, and snacks. This is great for when you go to a party and have to bring something. It is good for finding something that a person can bring to a friend or relative who has had surgery is just ill. I have found a copy and put it in my watch list on Amazon.

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text 2018-11-02 23:02
Reading progress update: I've listened 448 out of 448 minutes.
Gone to Dust: A Novel - Matt Goldman

The last hour or so of this book was the best. I didn't figure out the killer on my own, and the one big fake-out worked on me (there I was, gearing up to be pissed off, and the killer turned out to be someone else). There was a tragic tinge to the ending - the killer's motive, the stuff surrounding it, and Nils finally firmly cutting things off with his ex-wife for his own emotional well-being.

 

But in order to get to that last hour, I had to deal with my constant annoyance at Nils' love life and the murder mystery that didn't seem to be going anywhere for the bulk of the book. I'm deciding between a final rating of anywhere from 2 to 3 stars. I did at least really like the narrator. I don't plan to continue this series, though.

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text 2018-11-01 19:20
Reading progress update: I've listened 348 out of 448 minutes.
Gone to Dust: A Novel - Matt Goldman

I now have a good idea who the murderer probably is. Since Nils just stumbled across the person's motive but hasn't once considered it to be a motive and hasn't added this person to his suspect list, there's a good chance I'm correct. The vacuum cleaner bag thing is a little weird, but I could imagine this person deliberately befriending the cleaning staff in order to get what they needed.

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text 2018-11-01 00:10
Reading progress update: I've listened 335 out of 448 minutes.
Gone to Dust: A Novel - Matt Goldman

Nils' ex-wife is one of the few characters in this book that really seems to have it together. Sure, she still sleeps with Nils, but I think their marriage might have ended because she realized that she preferred not being married (a guess on my part, since readers still haven't been told why they got divorced). I think she figured that Nils was happy as she was with their "friends with benefits" relationship - not taking the time to verbally confirm this with him is one of the areas where she went wrong. Other than that, she seems happy and successful, which is more than I can say for Nils.

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text 2018-10-31 22:21
Reading progress update: I've listened 264 out of 448 minutes.
Gone to Dust: A Novel - Matt Goldman

Nils is now having a dinner date with his ex-wife. I just remembered how, in that one scene with the murdered woman's daughter (not sure how to spell her name), he told her that his life was an open book and she asked him whether he had a girlfriend. He said no, which was technically true, but he deliberately sidestepped an opportunity to mention that he had an ex-wife and that, at the very least, things between the two of them were a bit complicated.

 

Now he's annoyed because he saw that woman whose name I can't spell (I've looked at a bunch of reviews, and not a single person mentions her by name) at a bar with another guy, and all I can think is "well, you never mentioned your 'friends with benefits' relationship with your ex-wife."

 

Also, I just saw that the author was one of the writers for Seinfeld, a show I never really understood the appeal of. I wonder if fans of the show would be able to see it in this book's writing?

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