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.

 

reincarnation

 

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!

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9 thoughts on “Blog Post #113

  1. Greg Hill says:

    Reincarnation Blues sounds so quirky and different! And The Reason You’re Alive has me REALLY curious now!

    I don’t read much tie-in stuff either. Once in a while, but not much.

    Love the dog pics! And Tootise lol- yeah she seems to be enjoying her visit. 🙂

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  2. La La in the Library says:

    I definitely want to read Reincarnation Blues! I want that dog on the cover of Finding Gobi! I am going to do a quick introduction post about Dog Days Of Summer tomorrow. I’m going to list the books I have that I will be reading from and tell about the post I will be doing about the dog books I read as a preteen.

    The only tie-in I ever read was a Romeo and Juliet book that had a cover with the actors from the 70s movie and was written in prose rather than as play. I remember I ordered it from the Scholastic flyer from school. I think I was in sixth grade and that was a looooooooooong time ago. Ha ha.

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  3. Barb (boxermommyreads) says:

    Your dogs are amazing and I just want to cuddle them all – especially Zeba. I can’t wait to see some of your dog reviews. I feature dog books quite a bit on my blog as well. In fact, I’m planning on doing a “They Call It Puppy Love” challenge/read-a-thon in February so you may want to check it out. So many dog books and I just grabbed a copy of Gobi yesterday!

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