Weekend Wrap Up #54


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.



The Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge is officially over!  Thanks to my co-host, La La in the Library and to all of you for participating.  I will have a wrap-up post later in the week.  You still have time to enter my giveaway! It ends Sunday night!



Click here to enter to win these dog books!



I participated in La La in the Library’s Magical Mutt tag for Dog Days of Summer.  Check out my answers HERE!




Book Blurb

Elise carries a notebook full of tallies, each page marking a day spent at her new public school, each stroke of her pencil marking a word spoken. A word that can’t be taken back. Five tally marks isn’t so bad. Two is pretty good. But zero? Zero is perfect. Zero means no wrong answers called out in class, no secrets accidentally spilled, no conversations to agonize over at night when sleep is far away.

But now months have passed, and Elise isn’t sure she could speak even if she wanted to―not to keep her only friend, Mel, from drifting further away―or to ask if anyone else has seen her English teacher’s stuffed raven come to life. Then, the discovery of a shocking family secret helps Elise realize that her silence might just be the key to unlocking everything she’s ever hoped for.


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

little boy blue

This book was another book about the unfortunate overpopulation and euthanization of dogs in the south. The author, adopted a dog, Blue, from a photo on a website.  When she picked him up in a parking lot from a lady who had driven from the south to her in the North East, she started wondering about these tireless volunteers who rescue dogs.  She also wanted to know Blue’s journey to her.  After calling around she went to the shelter where he was dropped off and saw the gas chamber that is used on dogs tagged to be put down.  Obviously horrified, she asked the Animal Control officer how Blue escaped this fate.  He said a lady came in and saw how sweet he was and tagged hime to be rescued.  The author does lots of other investigations and discovers the horrors of some shelters in the south.  As with the other book (Rescued) I read about rescue efforts in the south, there are some hard and sad parts to read.  However, in both books it does say things are changing.  Slowly, shelters’ euthanization rates are dropping.  I admired this author’s drive to find out more information on how her dog ended up where he was.


For me, this book was a love hate relationship.  The author, Ted, lives in Wyoming in Grand Tetons National park which is in the middle of nowhere and where it is common for dogs to not be on a leash and roam the small village freely.  This caused me great anxiety however, all these dogs are big dogs and can protect themselves in the wild.  Ted found Merle while he was on a hiking trip so Merle was used to fending for himself.  The other thing I didn’t like about this book was the author’s constant talking about how dogs need to be free and never in cages or on leashes.  I think this can be true in certain cases but definitely not in every case.  Ok, let’s get to the things I did like about this book.  First was Ted and Merle’s relationship.  They were very close and I enjoyed reading about their many adventures, hunting, skiing, and hiking.  Many times the author would have conversations with Merle and speak for him which most of the time would be amusing but at other times annoying because there really is no way to know what a dog is really thinking.  Ted described many times how Merle would on his own stroll into town and greet all the residents and dogs.  Merle was affectionately known as The Mayor.  These bits in the book were very comical and it almost seemed like scenes from a fictional book.  The author also had a lot of info on the evolution of dogs and wolves and their relationships with humans.  He quoted research findings on many different things about dogs and how they learn.  There was A LOT of this research in the book and I read most of it but would skim it some of the time just to get back to the story of Merle and Ted.   To be honest, I don’t recommend this book for extreme dog lovers.  I think it would be too hard to read at times.  I do recommend this book if you like to hunt, fish, ski and love the outdoors and can appreciate a dog/human relationship.



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.



I grabbed this audiobook from my local library.


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 have a YouTube channel? If so, do you post book review vlogs?.

My answer…

I do not have a YouTube channel BUT my daughter does!!!! It is called the Rootin’ Tootin’ Scootin’s and it is her and her friend pretending to be awesome at riding a scooter.  It is pretty humorous, so if you need a quick smile during the day, check out and Subscribe to their YouTube channel.  Click on the link below.

The Rootin’ Tootin’ Scootins

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7 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap Up #54

  1. Greg says:

    Happy weekend! Wow Dog Days of Summer went by fast (as did August in general), but it was fun to see all the posts. Great job you guys! I was reading your thoughts on Little Boy Blue and while it sounds like there’s a lot of sadness there, I’m encouraged to hear that things might be getting (slowly) better. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a great Labor Day!

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  2. La La in the Library says:

    Thanks for co-hosting DDOS! I am going to start planning ahead for next year this time and we can figure out the astrological Dog Days dates and have the event partially in July and partially in August. I think it might also be less than a month of days. 😘

    The After Zero book sounds intriguing. 📚

    Have a fabulous holiday weekend. 💜

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