Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge

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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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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.

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Blog Post #113

sunday

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and showcase books and things I have received for the week ahead.

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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.

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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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THE TWO BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK WERE FIVE STAR READS!

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reason

This was a fabulous book! I haven’t read a book for a long time where I laughed so hard. WARNING! If you are offended easily then don’t read this book. However, if you can appreciate a wonderfully written character who is opinionated, complex, and says it like it is then continue reading. David is a politically incorrect Vietnam veteran and a staunch Republican. Unfortunately, he finds out he has a brain tumor and after having it removed realizes he needs to right some wrongs before he dies. One is giving back a family heirloom he stole from a Native American soldier during the war. The other is trying to understand his adult son, Hank. Things haven’t been easy between them when Jessica, David’s wife, committed suicide when Hank was a child. I learned a lot about the Vietnam War that I didn’t know, especially about Agent Orange. One of my favorite paragraphs is when David is telling his wife about how some veterans came back never the same. “Some never really left the jungle…something inside my brain switched when i was eating f***ing snakes and sleeping in trees and killing…I’m going hoe to the greatest country in the world, and I’m going to make something of myself. Never again will anyone make me live the way I was forced to live in the jungle. I’m going to use my freedom.”
This story is so beautifully woven together with events from the past and present that I was sad when I finished the book.

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Milo has lived 9,995 lives and only has 5 more to try and make it to Perfection. The main reason Milo hasn’t achieved Perfection yet is because he is in love with Suzie, who works for Death. Each time Milo dies, he gets to spend time with Suzie before he starts another life However, if he doesn’t achieve Perfection by the end of his 10,000th life, he will cease to exist forever. I loved the creativity of this book. The author shares so many of Milo’s different lives. He was juggler, a bug; he has died by being eaten by a shark, blown up by the sun. Milo goes back in time hundreds of years and forwards in time and lives in space. There were some hilarious parts and some sad and disturbing parts but Milo learns something from each life he lives.  This was a heartfelt and thought provoking story that had me wishing I could read about all of Milo’s different lives.

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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.

gobi

SUMMARY-In 2016, Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner, unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The lovable pup, who earned the name ‘Gobi’, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the treacherous Tian Shan Mountains, managing to keep pace with him for nearly 80 miles. This was the start of a journey neither of them would ever forget with a roller coaster ride of drama, grief, heartbreak, joy and love that changed their lives forever. Finding Gobi is the ultimate story of hope, of resilience and of friendship, proving once again, that dogs really are ‘man’s best friend.’

I bought this book at Target because I thought it sounded really interesting and I love a true dog story.  I will be reading this as part of my DOG DAYS OF SUMMER reading challenge with La La in the 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 Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer!

This weeks prompt is…

 Do you read tie-in novels to movies or television series? If so, which ones?

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MY ANSWER…

I do not usually read tie-in novels to movies or tv.  However, I have read retellings of some stories that have been made into movies. For example, the Splintered series by A.G. Howard.

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SUMMARY-Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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PUPDATES

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Trixie, my foster dog, is still doing well.  She is such a good dog! I haven’t been trying too hard to get her adopted cause I wouldn’t mind keeping her. Shhhh don’t tell my husband. I took this photo because her face says it all. “Mom, you should have me on your lap and not that weird looking toy.”

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This is my dog, Bella.  We rescued her 3 years ago on.  She loves my son and not sure how she is going to handle him going to college next month.  Bella and I can console each other.

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This is Zeba. She is the first dog we adopted.  Zeba is 7 1/2 and wonders what happened to being the only dog in the house!

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This is my friend’s dog, Tootsie.  We watched her while they were on vacation last week.  As you can see she is pretty chill ha ha!

Mid-Year Challenges Update

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I was tagged by La La in the Library to do the Mid-Year Book FREAK OUT. Even though I am a bit late doing this, it looked fun and I thought I would combine it with my Mid-Year Challenge update. So here goes!

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Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year

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Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017

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New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

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I wasn’t approved on NetGalley so I will have to get this from the Library.  I am next on the list.

Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year

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Biggest Disappointment

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It wasn’t terrible but not as good as all the hype.

Biggest Surprise

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This was a surprise because I am not a cat person so that shows you how well written this story is.

Favorite New Author

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I loved both perspectives of this book.

Book That Made You Cry

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Book That Made You Happy

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This book is not a happy feel good book but it made me laugh which makes me happy.

Most Beautiful Book You Bought This Year

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This was a hard choice because I haven’t purchased many books this year.  But I did buy this one which is pretty.

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2017 CHALLENGES UPDATE

The newest books are checked on the list in pink.

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This was recommended to me by LA LA IN THE LIBRARY. I am so glad she did because it was really good.

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Harry Potter Challenge

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I have read through book five of my Harry Potter re-read challenge. Only two left!

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Outlander Challenge

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My goal was to read books five and six this year.  I finished book 6 A Breath of Snow and Ashes in June so GOAL ACCOMPLISHED! However, I may have to start book 7 soon.

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This challenge was to read 7-12 books about animals or where the main character is an animal.  This is book 8.

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My goals was to read as many of these as I could.  I have not been doing well on this challenge. I have read 4 Newbery Medal books this year but ZERO Printz Award books.  Hopefully, I will sometime yet this year.

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Goodreads Challenge

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How are your 2017 reading challenges coming along?

Tell Me Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature hosted by LA LA IN THE LIBRARY. It is where we discuss what we are reading and why.  Be sure to read all the way to the end for the PUPDATE!

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What I Read Last

Read my review of the books HERE.

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What I am Reading NOW

reason

Summary-The New York Times-bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook offers a timely novel featuring his most fascinating character yet, a Vietnam vet embarking on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war.

I am really enjoying this book!

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What I am Reading Next

reincarnation

Summary-What if you could live forever—but without your one true love? Reincarnation Blues is the story of a man who has been reincarnated nearly 10,000 times, in search of the secret to immortality so that he can be with his beloved, the incarnation of Death.

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PUPDATE

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Trixie, my foster dog, is still doing well.  She is such a good dog! I haven’t been trying too hard to get her adopted cause I wouldn’t mind keeping her. Shhhh don’t tell my husband. I took this photo because her face says it all. “Mom, you should have me on your lap and not that weird looking toy.”

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This is my dog, Bella.  We rescued her 3 years ago on Sunday.  She loves my son and not sure how she is going to handle him going to college next month.  Bella and I can console each other.

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This is Zeba. She is the first dog we adopted.  Zeba is 7 1/2 and wonders what happened to being the only dog in the house!

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This is my friend’s dog, Tootsie.  We watched her while they were on vacation last week.  As you can see she is pretty chill ha ha!

Book Date-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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What I Read Last

Read my review of the books HERE.

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What I am Reading NOW

reason

Summary-The New York Times-bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook offers a timely novel featuring his most fascinating character yet, a Vietnam vet embarking on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war.

I am really enjoying this book!

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What I am Reading Next

reincarnation

Summary-What if you could live forever—but without your one true love? Reincarnation Blues is the story of a man who has been reincarnated nearly 10,000 times, in search of the secret to immortality so that he can be with his beloved, the incarnation of Death.

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What are you reading this week?

Blog Post #109

sunday

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and showcase books and things I have received for the week ahead.

Currently Reading

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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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The two books I read this week were huge disappointments! Their summaries sounded so intriguing but they both ended up being dull and pointless.

misfortune

Summary

A Brooklyn Heights wife and mother who has embezzled a small fortune from her children’s private school and makes a run for it, leaving behind her trust fund poet husband, his maybe-secret lover, her two daughters, and a school board who will do anything to find her.

My Review

I expected this book to be action-packed, thoughtful, funny, anything really than what it was. It was just plain boring and unimaginative.  I pretty much hated all the characters and the story unfortunately, didn’t go anywhere.

 

dyinggame

Summary

A masterly locked-room mystery set in a near-future Orwellian state, in which seven people are brought to a remote island to compete in a 48-hour test for a top-secret intelligence position, and one woman must stage her own death.

My Review

I so wanted this to be a Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies type of book.  Instead it was a story of a bunch of people that we know nothing about and two main characters, Henry and Anna, who we find out too much about.  There was way too much back story on them and it didn’t enhance the plot at all.  When the 48-hour test started, it was over so fast that I felt really let down.  This book could have been so much more.  The mystery was hardly a mystery at all and the ending was confusing and left me very unsatisfied.

 

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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.

beasts

Summary

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life.

 

reincarnation

Summary

A magically inspiring tale of a man who is reincarnated through many lifetimes so that he can be with his one true love: Death herself.

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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…

 Have you ever read a book or books you would consider ‘toxic’ because of the effect it(they) had on you? If so, which one(s)?

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My Answer…

Fortunately, I haven’t read any books that have been toxic to me.  However, there have been some books toxic to my bank account!

THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS!

I have spent hundreds of dollars because of the Harry Potter books. I have bought the hard cover AND soft cover of these books.

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And then they came out with new covers.

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Don’t forget the Bloomsbury editions!

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Or the Illustrated versions!

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Or spin off books.

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Then there was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

I had to have all the different covers of course!

Don’t forget all the movies, DVDs, merchandise, theme parks (both Florida and California), and Warner Brothers Studio tour in England.

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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 share what we have been , will be, and currently reading and why. So check out our latest reads and share yours.

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PUPDATE

I am going to start with the pupdate this week.  My senior foster dog, Trixie, is continuing to thrive and adapt in our home.  She is becoming more and more confident. When she arrived 3 weeks ago, we had to carry her up and down the stairs because she didn’t know how to use them.  Trixie must have lived in a ranch home because she was terrified when we would put her on the stairs. Now she runs up and down them with no problem.

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What I Read Last

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My Review

This is a great coming of age story about a young lady, Shelby, who survives a car crash, but her best friend, Helene, is in a coma. Shelby is wracked with guilt and doesn’t believe she should carry on with her life while Helene can’t so she hides in her parents basement after having a mental breakdown and spending a short amount of time in a psych ward. One of the only people she can talk to is Ben, the guy from high school that supplies her with pot.

I think the author did a great job of keeping the story interesting. There was just enough mystery to keep me engaged. Who is sending Shelby cryptic post cards encouraging her? Will Helene recover? Will Shelby end up with Ben or never figure out how to forgive herself and feel worthy of love?

I loved the parts where Shelby rescues dogs. I believe the author was using this as a parallel to Shelby’s life and circumstances. The dogs she saves are either abandoned or mistreated. Shelby gives them a home and love and the dogs learn to trust again which is what Shelby must learn to do if she is to survive and forgive herself.

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This is my favorite book of the series and I was sad as always when I finished it.

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What I am Currently Reading

dyinggame

A masterly locked-room mystery set in a near-future Orwellian state, in which seven people are brought to a remote island to compete in a 48-hour test for a top-secret intelligence position, and one woman must stage her own death.

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What I am Reading Next

misfortune

A wildly entertaining debut about a Brooklyn Heights wife and mother who has embezzled a small fortune from her children’s private school and makes a run for it, leaving behind her trust fund poet husband, his maybe-secret lover, her two daughters, and a school board who will do anything to find her.

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What are you reading this week? Tell me.

Blog Post #106-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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What I Read Last

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My Review

This is a great coming of age story about a young lady, Shelby, who survives a car crash, but her best friend, Helene, is in a coma. Shelby is wracked with guilt and doesn’t believe she should carry on with her life while Helene can’t so she hides in her parents basement after having a mental breakdown and spending a short amount of time in a psych ward. One of the only people she can talk to is Ben, the guy from high school that supplies her with pot.

I think the author did a great job of keeping the story interesting. There was just enough mystery to keep me engaged. Who is sending Shelby cryptic post cards encouraging her? Will Helene recover? Will Shelby end up with Ben or never figure out how to forgive herself and feel worthy of love?

I loved the parts where Shelby rescues dogs. I believe the author was using this as a parallel to Shelby’s life and circumstances. The dogs she saves are either abandoned or mistreated. Shelby gives them a home and love and the dogs learn to trust again which is what Shelby must learn to do if she is to survive and forgive herself.

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This is my favorite book of the series and I was sad as always when I finished it.

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What I am Currently Reading

dyinggame

A masterly locked-room mystery set in a near-future Orwellian state, in which seven people are brought to a remote island to compete in a 48-hour test for a top-secret intelligence position, and one woman must stage her own death.

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What I am Reading Next

misfortune

A wildly entertaining debut about a Brooklyn Heights wife and mother who has embezzled a small fortune from her children’s private school and makes a run for it, leaving behind her trust fund poet husband, his maybe-secret lover, her two daughters, and a school board who will do anything to find her.

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What are you reading this week? Tell me.

Blog Post #105

sunday

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and showcase books and things I have received for the week ahead.

Currently Reading

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Just Finished Reading

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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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LA LA IN THE LIBRARY has been raving about this author lately, so I asked her for a recommendation of which Alice Hoffman book I should read.  She said this one because the main character, Shelby, rescues dog like me.  So naturally I went to the library as soon as I could and checked it out.

MY REVIEW

This is a great coming of age story about a young lady, Shelby, who survives a car crash, but her best friend, Helene, is in a coma.  Shelby is wracked with guilt and doesn’t believe she should carry on with her life while Helene can’t so she hides in her parents basement after having a mental breakdown and spending a short amount of time in a psych ward.  One of the only people she can talk to is Ben, the guy from high school that supplies her with pot.

I think the author did a great job of keeping the story interesting.  There was just enough mystery to keep me engaged.  Who is sending Shelby cryptic post cards encouraging her? Will Helene recover? Will Shelby end up with Ben or never figure out how to forgive herself and feel worthy of love?

I loved the parts where Shelby rescues dogs.  I believe the author was using this as a parallel to Shelby’s life and circumstances.  The dogs she saves are either abandoned or mistreated.  Shelby gives them a home and love and the dogs learn to trust again which is what Shelby must learn to do if she is to survive and forgive herself.

 

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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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I checked this book out from my library.  I enjoyed another book from this author so I thought I would give this one a try.

Goodreads Book Blurb

A Vietnam vet embarking on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war.

After sixty-eight-year-old David Granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumor that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard—that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. David decides to return something precious he long ago stole from the man he now calls Clayton Fire Bear. It might be the only way to find closure in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect. It might also help him finally recover from his wife’s untimely demise.

 

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LA LA IN THE LIBRARY was sweet enough to send me this ARC.  I am very excited to read it since I am the oldest of NINE adopted children.

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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…

What is your go-to drink and/or snack while reading?

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My Answer…

I don’t usually snack while I read but I definitely have a hot beverage by my side. I am usually drinking green tea or coffee. Here are my favorites.

 

 

And when I am drinking these hot beverages, I am usually drinking them out of one of my two favorite mugs.

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What are you reading this week? And what are you drinking or eating while you read?

 

Tell Me Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature hosted by La La in the Library. It is where we discuss what we have been reading, what we are going to be reading, and what we will be reading and why.  So check out our latest reads and tell us yours.

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What I Read Last

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If you love road trips and mystery then this is the book for you. Check out my review HERE ON GOODREADS.

 

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A great read for Laura Ingalls Wilder fans.  These are her letters to friends, family, and fans.  My favorite were the letters in response to her young fans.  Laura tried to write back to as many fans as she could.  She was still responding to fan mail into her 80s even when it hurt her hands due to arthritis.  I love what she wrote to many of her young fans in her letters.

“The way we live and your schools are much different now, so many changes have made living and learning easier.  But the real things haven’t changed.  It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have, to be happy with simple pleasures and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong.”

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What I am Currently Reading

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What I Will Read Next

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Such a pretty cover! La La in the Library recommended this book to me.

Goodreads Book Blurb

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt. Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

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PUPDATE

As most of you know, I foster senior dogs.  After three months of fostering, Tank and Dash went to a different foster home.  Two days later I went to the shelter to pick up 12 year old Trixie.  Her owner passed away and long story short, Trixie ended up terrified and crying at the shelter so I went and got her.  She is the sweetest dog! Understandably, Trixie has a bit of separation anxiety and has been my shadow but she is gaining confidence everyday.

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I got a chance to visit Tank and Dash with Trixie. Here is a photo of them together.

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