Weekend Wrap Up #2

sunday

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

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I am still working on my ARC pile for #ARCAugust.  I have read 2 and my goal is 4.  I should finish my 3rd ARC this week.

Currently Reading

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dogdaysofsummer

LA LA IN THE LIBRARY and I are participating in the DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Reading Challenge. We will be reading books about dogs and we are going to be doing dog themed activities on our blogs for the entire month of August! Be sure to check out our DOG TAG post and La La’s Dog movie post HERE!!!!’

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I read Saving Sadie. It was a wonderful book about a dog who was left for dead in the mountains of Kentucky.  She had been shot twice, once in the head and once in the back.  Because of this, Sadie couldn’t walk on her back legs.  Sadie was at a shelter when Joal Dauer noticed her. Joal took Sadie home so that she wouldn’t have to live out her life in a shelter.  After a recommendation that Sadie should be put down, Joal decided that Sadie deserved more. “Sadie did not deserve the cruel and she’d been dealt in life.  I assumed her only ‘crime’ was to continually give birth to litters of puppies for her owner, until she was no longer needed, and then they shot her in the had and abandoned her in the woods to die.  Sadie desperately deserved a second chance in life, and I was determined to be the one who gave it to her.”

I was amazed at Joal’s dedication to helping Sadie not only walk again but gain confidence in herself and humans again.  Because of Sadie and Joal’s hard work and determination, Sadie soon became a beacon of hope for other animals and humans that needed a second chance.

“I often felt that Sadie understood the fate she had been saved from, and having that awareness allowed her to appreciate life so much more than most humans do.  Animals, especially animals like Sadie, have so much to teach us about our own lives, if we would only listen.”

This was a great book about friendship, sacrifice, and love between a dog and her owner.  I have been keeping up to date on Sadie through social media.   She is on Facebook and Twitter. Or you can go to her website SavingSadie.com

Saving Sadie releases at the end of September.

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saturdaysituation

Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.

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This was a great coming of age story about Lucy, who recently discovers that her mom’s cancer has returned.  Lucy is angry and feels betrayed by God.  Her dad is a pastor and her family owns a Christian summer camp where she is a camp counselor every year.  However, this summer, Lucy’s mom insists that she be a camp counselor at the other camp across the lake.  It is a camp for troubled kids and teens.  Lucy doesn’t want to go because she wants to spend as much time as she can with her mom.  In the end, Lucy does go and not only discovers who she is but uncovers a 20 year old secret that reveals who her mother really is.  There are such a diverse group of characters, that I think everyone can relate to this book.  I highly recommend this book about love, sacrifice, friendship, and forgiveness.

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stacking

Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.

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When I was at the movies a couple weeks ago, there was a trailer for Murder on the Orient Express. It looked very good and the cast was amazing so I decided I better read the book before the movie comes out in November.  I grabbed this book from my local library.

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bookbloggerhop

The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books!

This weeks prompt is…

 When you enter an unfamiliar house or apartment for the first time, do you feel disappointed if you don’t see any bookshelves, or books on the coffee table?

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MY ANSWER…

I don’t get disappointed when I walk into a house without books or bookshelves. HOWEVER, if there are books and bookshelves, I have a hard time focusing on the hosts and conversation until I get a chance to look at the books and bookshelves.

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PUPDATES

 Trixie is still doing well and has been enjoying our cooler temperatures outside.  I also took a photo of her sleeping because she always looks so peaceful and relaxed which makes me feel like she is happy here.

 

 

 

Dog Days of Summer Post #2

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LA LA IN THE LIBRARY and I are participating in the DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Reading Challenge. We will be reading books about dogs and we are going to be doing dog themed activities on our blogs for the entire month of August! Be sure to check out our DOG TAG post and La La’s Dog movie post HERE!!!!’

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PUPDATES

I am starting with my pupdates for this post. Trixie is still doing well and has been enjoying our cooler temperatures outside.  I also took a photo of her sleeping because she always looks so peaceful and relaxed which makes me feel like she is happy here.

 

 

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savingsadie

NON-FICTION

I read two dog books this week.  One was called Saving Sadie. It was a wonderful book about a dog who was left for dead in the mountains of Kentucky.  She had been shot twice, once in the head and once in the back.  Because of this, Sadie couldn’t walk on her back legs.  Sadie was at a shelter when Joal Dauer noticed her. Joal took Sadie home so that she wouldn’t have to live out her life in a shelter.  After a recommendation that Sadie should be put down, Joal decided that Sadie deserved more. “Sadie did not deserve the cruel and she’d been dealt in life.  I assumed her only ‘crime’ was to continually give birth to litters of puppies for her owner, until she was no longer needed, and then they shot her in the had and abandoned her in the woods to die.  Sadie desperately deserved a second chance in life, and I was determined to be the one who gave it to her.”

I was amazed at Joal’s dedication to helping Sadie not only walk again but gain confidence in herself and humans again.  Because of Sadie and Joal’s hard work and determination, Sadie soon became a beacon of hope for other animals and humans that needed a second chance.

“I often felt that Sadie understood the fate she had been saved from, and having that awareness allowed her to appreciate life so much more than most humans do.  Animals, especially animals like Sadie, have so much to teach us about our own lives, if we would only listen.”

This was a great book about friendship, sacrifice, and love between a dog and her owner.  I have been keeping up to date on Sadie through social media.   She is on Facebook and Twitter. Or you can go to her website SavingSadie.com

Saving Sadie releases at the end of September.

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whatthedogknows

The second book I read was What the Dog Knows. It talks about how working dogs are raised and trained to do all sorts of jobs that help and protect the public.  Even though there are many kinds of service dogs, this book focused on the type of service dog the author trains, which is a cadaver dog.  There were many interesting facts and stories but I found myself skimming over much of the book.  I enjoyed reading the parts about the author getting her German Shepherd puppy and the many hours of training it.   Some of the other parts of the book were a bit dull.  Below, I am posting photos of three amazing books about service dogs.

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If you are interested in books about Service Dogs, Maria Goodavage is the expert! She has written three books about service dogs.  About a year ago I had the privilege of interviewing her.  Here is what she had to say.

This is your third book on working dogs. Where did you get the idea to do a book on Service Dogs?

Many military dog handlers have spoken to me with great pride about their work supporting the Secret Service at large-scale, high-security events like the UN General Assembly. I realized I’d never heard anything about the Secret Service having dogs, so I decided to find out more!

Do you have dogs? If so, how many, what kind, and what are their names?

Yes, I have a wonderful, loving, hilarious, gentle giant of a yellow Lab. He’s 10 months old. He has a very special story. Gus is a Kory Wiens and Cooper memorial puppy—a living memorial to a fallen soldier and his dog. He was born on New Year’s Eve last year, and given to me nine weeks later by the father of Army dog handler Kory Wiens, who was killed by an IED along with his yellow lab, Cooper, in Iraq in 2007. I didn’t have the fortune of knowing Kory, but he was an important part of my book Top Dog. His father and I kept in touch after our interviews. I was very moved when he offered me a pup from the memorial litter. Our dear adopted yellow Lab, Jake, had passed away in January of 2015, and I was finally thinking about adopting another Lab, so the timing was excellent—except for getting a lively puppy a month before the deadline for this book!

What is the best thing about being an author?

Doing the in-person research! I’m so lucky that I write about a topic I love. Getting to hang out with military and Secret Service dogs and handlers and learn their stories and watch them work and train is pretty amazing.

 What do you want most for readers to get from this book?

I’m happy to have shed light on the incredible world of Secret Service canine teams. They work so hard, and until now they’ve pretty much worked in the shadows. Most of these handlers would like the world to know about their dogs. They’re very proud of them, as they would be their own kids.

I hope the book will help people to become aware of the importance of keeping the Secret Service canine program well funded and robust, especially in this age of increased global terrorism. There’s nothing like a highly skilled dog team to help thwart danger in its tracks.

About the Author

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Veteran journalist Maria Goodavage is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes, and Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca. She lives in San Francisco with her family and yellow Lab, Gus.

Connect Online

http://www.mariagoodavage.com/

What are you Reading?

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IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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dogdaysofsummer

I AM PARTICIPATING IN TWO READING CHALLENGES THIS MONTH.  THE FIRST ONE IS HOSTED BY MYSELF AND LA LA IN THE LIBRARY. WE ARE GOING TO READ BOOKS ABOUT DOGS AND HAVE SOME DOG RELATED BLOG POSTS.  I WILL HAVE A GIVEAWAY LATER IN THE MONTH.

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THE SECOND CHALLENGE IS ARC AUGUST PUT ON BY READ SLEEP REPEAT. THE GOAL IS TO READ AS MANY ARCS AS YOU CAN.  I HAVE FOUR I WOULD LIKE TO READ IN AUGUST.

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WHAT I AM CURRENTLY READING

NON-FICTION                           YOUNG ADULT FICTION

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WHAT I READ LAST

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NON-FICTION

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YOUNG ADULT FICTION

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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ADULT FICTION

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Weekend Wrap Up

sunday

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

CURRENTLY READING

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This came in for me at the library so I am going to take a quick hiatus from ARC August and DOG DAYS OF SUMMER to read this book.

GOODREADS BOOK BLURB

Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson, until her mom’s cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life: her do-good boyfriend, her steady faith, even her longtime summer church camp job.

Instead, Lucy lands at a camp for kids who have been through tough times. As a counselor, Lucy is in over her head and longs to be with her parents across the lake. But that’s before she gets to know her coworkers, who are as loving and unafraid as she so desperately wants to be.

It’s not just new friends that Lucy discovers at camp—more than one old secret is revealed along the way. In fact, maybe there’s much more to her family and her faith than Lucy ever realized.

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dogdaysofsummer

LA LA IN THE LIBRARY and I are participating in the DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Reading Challenge. We will be reading books about dogs and we are going to be doing dog themed activities on our blogs for the entire month of August! Be sure to check out our DOG TAG post.

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My latest read for the DOG DAYS OF SUMMER reading challenge was What the Dog Knows. It talks about how working dogs are raised and trained to do all sorts of jobs that help and protect the public.  Even though there are many kinds of service dogs, this book focused on the type of service dog the author trains, which is a cadaver dog.  There were many interesting facts and stories but I found myself skimming over much of the book.  I enjoyed reading the parts about the author getting her German Shepherd puppy and training it.  Some of the other parts were a bit dull.

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saturdaysituation

Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.

howtofindlove

MY REVIEW

How to Find Love in a Bookshop was the perfect summer light read. The story unfolds when the owner of Nightingale Books dies and his daughter Emilia decides to take over. There are quite a few characters introduced early in the story and we learn about each of them from their point of view. Because there were so many characters, it took me about a quarter of the way into the book before I became completely engrossed. I liked how the characters eventually all become connected to the story. The author does such a great job visually describing the book shop that I had no trouble imagining myself strolling through the aisles or curling up in a comfy chair reading a book. Even though the ending is a bit predictable, I highly recommend this fun and cozy read.

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stacking

Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.

martinwilson

This book was sent to me from the publisher. I will be doing a separate post to review the book and interview the author.

Book Blurb

Sam Walsh had been missing for three years. His older sister, Beth, thought he was dead. His childhood friend Josh thought it was all his fault. They were the last two people to see him alive.  Until now. Because Sam has been found, and he’s coming home. Beth desperately wants to understand what happened to her brother, but her family refuses to talk about it—even though Sam is clearly still affected by the abuse he faced at the hands of his captor.

savingsadie

I received this book from NetGalley and will definitely be reading it for DOG DAYS OF SUMMER!

Book Blurb

Joal Derse Dauer was just donating blankets at a local no-kill shelter when a disabled and despondent dog caught her eye. With three “fur babies” already at home, Joal wasn’t looking to adopt another dog. But there was something special about Sadie, a shepherd mix who had been shot in the head and in the back and left for dead in the hills of Kentucky after giving birth. One gaze into those sorrowful eyes and Joal vowed to do everything possible to get the pitiful creature walking again.

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bookbloggerhop

The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte!

This weeks prompt is…

Do you participate in readathons and/or reading challenges?

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MY ANSWER…

I have never participated in a readathon but I have participated in many reading challenges.  I have several this year that I am doing.  I also challenged my self to re-read the Harry Potter books this year.  I am on book 6.  Here are some of the challenges I am doing below along with the DOG DAYS OF SUMMER reading challenge.

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PUPDATE!

I FOUND THIS AWESOME DOG BED AT TJ MAXX SO I BOUGHT IT FOR MY SENIOR FOSTER DOG, TRIXIE.  SHE SEEMS TO LOVE IT!

Dog Tag

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In celebration of THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER, co-hosted by JO’S BOOK BLOG and LA LA IN THE LIBRARY, LA LA  and I have created a fun 7 question dog tag. Be sure to check out BOTH of our blogs to see our answers.

I will be tagging…

Greg @GregsBookHaven

Valerie @HeSaidBooksOrMe

Barb @BookerTsFarm

 

QUESTIONS

1. What was the name of your first dog?

My first dog’s name was Charlie.  I don’t remember much about him except that he was a little white dog that unfortunately was chained up and kept outside.  I was raised to be fearful of dogs because my little brother was bit by one.

2. Do you have a dog now?

Yes! I actually have two dogs.  Zeba is a chihuahua/poodle mix and she is 7 1/2.  Bella is a jack russell/bassett hound mix and she is 3.  I also have a foster dog right now.  Her name is Trixie and she is a 12 year old terrier mix.  Her owner died and had nowhere to go.  I picked her up at the rescue I volunteer for because she wasn’t handling the shelter very well.

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Zeba and Bella

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Sweet Trixie

3. What is your favorite breed of dog?

My favorite breed of dog is mutt haha! But if I really have to choose I would say Beagle only because they are so cute!

4. What is your favorite canine themed book?

Yikes! That is like asking me to pick my favorite child.  I have several but the one that got me interested in fostering senior dogs is called My Old Dog. It has great stories of people caring for old dogs that had been abandoned at shelters much like Trixie and the other two senior dogs I fostered earlier this year.

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5. Who is your favorite fictional dog?

Growing up I loved watching Scooby Doo on tv at the babysitters house.  When I got older and could read, I loved reading the Snoopy comics and checking Snoopy books out at the library.

6. What is your top movie choice with a featured canine?

I loved the movie Annie growing up.  Watching that movie always made me wish I had a dog.  They were so devoted to each other.

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7. Do you consider yourself a dog or a cat person? Why?

Definitely a dog person.  I just love their adoring personality.  It doesn’t matter if I am gone 5 hours or 5 minutes, when I walk in the door, they are ALWAYS happy to see me.  I can’t sit down on the couch without one of my dogs jumping on my lap to snuggle while I read or watch tv.

BONUS QUESTION
Tell us about a personal dog related memory.

I have many but I think my most recent one is when I got my first two senior foster dogs, Tank and Dash.  They were a bonded father-son pair and they were in pretty rough shape.  I wasn’t even sure if the oldest one, Dash, was going to make it through the week.  They had been surrendered because the owners themselves were too old to take care of them properly. But after a week in my home where they were fed well, loved on, and just allowed to rest, I saw huge improvements and made all the hand feeding, potty accidents, and sleepless nights worth it.

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Tank and Dash

I TAG YOU!
If you do this tag, leave your link in the comments and I will link it here and drop by for a visit.

OR

If you don’t have a blog and want to answer some of the questions feel free to leave them in the comments.  I would LOVE to know your answers.

 

Check out LA LA’s answers HERE!!!

 

 

Dog Days of Summer

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THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER READING CHALLENGE IS HOSTED BY MYSELF AND LA LA IN THE LIBRARY (it was her idea though). WE ARE GOING TO READ BOOKS ABOUT DOGS AND HAVE SOME DOG RELATED BLOG POSTS.  I WILL HAVE A GIVEAWAY LATER IN THE MONTH.

I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US. BELOW ARE SOME DOG BOOKS THAT ARE ON SALE ON AMAZON.

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The Dog by Amy Cross-This one is only $.99 for Kindle

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How Dogs Love Us by Gregory Berns-$5.99 on Kindle

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Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself

This one is not on sale but it sounded really good! I might have to look for it at my library.

 

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I was able to finish one Dog book so far and it was a good one!

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ADULT NON-FICTION

MY REVIEW

This was such an uplifting and fun read. I was expecting a book about an abandoned dog that races across China with the author who is an ultra marathon runner. Even though this does happen, there is so much more to the story. As you can guess from the title, Gobi gets lost, in a crowded, dangerous part of China. The author, Dion, goes to amazing lengths to find Gobi. I love that the author bonds with this stray after only a few days and spends countless time and money to try and get her back. Not only does Dion fall in love with Gobi, so do the other runners in the race. Gobi soon becomes famous in China. The story goes back and forth from the past to the present. The author talks about how he got into running, his previous races, and the death of his father. All these examples of challenges and perseverance help Dion on his quest to find Gobi and try to bring her home.

There are some great videos and interviews of Gobi and Dion at www.findinggobi.com

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There is also a children’s book version of the Gobi story.  The pictures in this book are beautiful and I love how the story was told for little ones to understand.  The book only focuses on the racing part of Gobi and Dion’s story.

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While I was searching for dog books, a few popped up from my childhood that I had sadly forgotten about.  One of my favorites is one that my dad used to read to me as a little girl.

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I also saw these and had a DUH! moment.  How could I forget about Snoopy? I loved reading the comic strip every Sunday in the paper, watching the cartoons on tv, and going to the library to get these books.

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Do you have some favorite dog books from when you were a kid?

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PUPDATE!

I found this awesome dog bed at TJ Maxx so I bought it for my senior foster dog, Trixie.  She seems to love it!

 

Be sure to check out La La’s Dog Days of Summer Post HERE! She has some great Dog books she will be reading this month.

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Tell Me Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library. It is where we discuss what books we have been, will be, and are reading? What have you been reading? Tell us!

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CURRENTLY READING

howtofindlove

ADULT FICTION

halfbloodprince

YOUNG ADULT

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WHAT I WILL BE READING NEXT

whatthedogknows

ADULT NON-FICTION

OR

littlefires

ADULT FICTION

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WHAT I READ LAST

gobi

ADULT NON-FICTION

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PUPDATE!

I bought my senior foster pup, Trixie a new dog bed at T.J. Maxx.  She seems to like it. It says “My problem with DOGS is that I can’t have ALL of them. “

What are you Reading?

bookdate

IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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dogdaysofsummer

I am participating in two Reading Challenges this month.  The first one is hosted by myself and La La in the Library. We are going to read books about dogs and have some dog related blog posts.  I will have a giveaway later in the month.

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The second challenge is ARC August put on by Read Sleep Repeat. The goal is to read as many ARCs as you can.  I have four I would like to read in August.

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Currently Reading

howtofindlove

ADULT FICTION

halfbloodprince

YOUNG ADULT

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What I will be Reading Next

whatthedogknows

ADULT NON-FICTION

OR

littlefires

ADULT FICTION

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What I Read Last

gobi

ADULT NON-FICTION

MY REVIEW

This was such an uplifting and fun read. I was expecting a book about an abandoned dog that races across China with the author who is an ultra marathon runner. Even though this does happen, there is so much more to the story. As you can guess from the title, Gobi gets lost, in a crowded, dangerous part of China. The author, Dion, goes to amazing lengths to find Gobi. I love that the author bonds with this stray after only a few days and spends countless time and money to get her back. Not only does Dion fall in love with Gobi, so do the other runners in the race. Gobi soon becomes famous in China. The story goes back and forth from the past to the present. The author talks about how he got into running, his previous races, and the death of his father. All these examples of challenges and perseverance help Dion on his quest to find Gobi and bring her home.

Blog Post #116

sunday

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

Currently Reading

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dogdaysofsummer

LA LA IN THE LIBRARY and I are participating in the DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Reading Challenge. We will be reading books about dogs and we are going to be doing dog themed activities on our blogs for the entire month of August! I may even have a GIVEAWAY at the end of the challenge! Here are the books I will be reading.  Be sure to check out the dog books La La will be reading.  Need more ideas? Check out the DOG BOOKS page on my blog.

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saturdaysituation

Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.

gobi

My Review

This was such an uplifting and fun read. I was expecting a book about an abandoned dog that races across China with the author who is an ultra marathon runner. Even though this does happen, there is so much more to the story. As you can guess from the title, Gobi gets lost, in a crowded, dangerous part of China. The author, Dion, goes to amazing lengths to find Gobi. I love that the author bonds with this stray after only a few days and spends countless time and money to get her back. Not only does Dion fall in love with Gobi, so do the other runners in the race. Gobi soon becomes famous in China. The story goes back and forth from the past to the present. The author talks about how he got into running, his previous races, and the death of his father. All these examples of challenges and perseverance help Dion on his quest to find Gobi and bring her home.

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stacking

Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.

howtofindlove

Goodreads Summary

Everyone has a story . . . but will they get the happy ending they deserve?

Emilia has just returned to her idyllic Cotswold hometown to rescue the family business. Nightingale Books is a dream come true for book-lovers, but the best stories aren’t just within the pages of the books she sells – Emilia’s customers have their own tales to tell.

There’s the lady of the manor who is hiding a secret close to her heart; the single dad looking for books to share with his son but who isn’t quite what he seems; and the desperately shy chef trying to find the courage to talk to her crush . . .

And as for Emilia’s story, can she keep the promise she made to her father and save Nightingale Books?

 

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Goodreads Summary

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

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The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviws!

This weeks prompt is…

Do you ever go “way back” to when you first started blogging and look at your old review posts? Do you see any differences from then to now?

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MY ANSWER…

I have only been blogging for a little over a year. However, I did recently read my first few posts and they have nice long book reviews ha ha! They also seemed very serious and non personal.

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PUPDATE!

Trixie is still doing amazing! She turned 12 in July. I love the first picture of her sleeping.  She always puts her paw over her nose.  So adorable.  My niece stayed with me this weekend and she loved cuddling with her.  My five year old niece begged to take Trixie on walks.  If you notice in the picture she is wearing her princess shoes and tiara haha!

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Tell Me Tuesday-Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by LA LA IN THE LIBRARY.  It is where we talk about what books we will be reading this week. What books are you reading? Tell us.

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THIS MONTH I WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER READING CHALLENGE!

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It is hard to believe that it is almost August! Summer has flown by and we are in the home stretch before school starts up again.  LA LA IN THE LIBRARY and I are going to be reading and recommending some amazing dog books in the month of August.  I have 3 or 4 that I am going to read. Here are my choices.

If you want to participate and need a couple of dog book recommendations, here are a few of my favorites.

The first two books talk about how amazing working dogs are, for example, saving hundreds of lives sniffing out bombs in the Middle East to being a therapy dog for veterans with PTSD.  The third book is the hilarious true story of  a husband and wife who moved from California to Maine with their 25 senior rescue dogs.  The last book is another great book about a girl and her HUGE dog Gizelle living in New York City.  Feel free to check out my DOG BOOKS page for more ideas.

PLEASE JOIN US IN THIS FUN READING CHALLENGE AND TELL US WHAT DOG BOOKS YOU READ.

If you do any canine related blogging let us know and we will link it in our posts!

 

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PUPDATE!

Trixie is still doing amazing! She turned 12 in July. I love the first picture of her sleeping.  She always puts her paw over her nose.  So adorable.  My niece stayed with me this weekend and she loved cuddling with her.  My five year old niece begged to take Trixie on walks.  If you notice in the picture she is wearing her princess shoes and tiara haha!

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ARC AUGUST is put on by Read Sleep Repeat. It is where we try to read as many ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) as possible in August.  I have four that I am going to try to read in August.  They are shown below.

Looks like I have a lot of reading ahead of me in August!