Furs-Day Feature #3

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WELCOME TO FURS-DAY FEATURE. SINCE, I LIKE TO READ BOOKS ABOUT DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS, I DECIDED TO BLOG ABOUT THEM IN A SEPARATE BLOG POST ON RANDOM THURSDAYS.  IF YOU HAVE READ A GOOD BOOK ABOUT A FURRY FRIEND OR WITH A FURRY FRIEND IN A BOOK, FEEL FREE TO JOIN ME! DON’T FORGET TO LINK MY BLOG TO YOUR POST.

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This week’s Furs-day Feature is A Dog Called Jack by Ivy Pembroke.

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Book Blurb from Goodreads

Every street should have a dog like Jack. And every abandoned dog should find a new family like the residents of Christmas Street–a group of people who just might need Jack as much as he needs them.

(Disclaimer: I believe this book was previously published under a different title, Snowflakes on Christmas Street.)

My Thoughts

This story has everything that I love in a book, humor, great characters, and a dog (Jack).  Even though it makes me sad that the dog’s family moved away without him, I love how he belongs to everyone on the street.  And just like real dogs, he knows how to comfort those around him.  He sleeps at Bill’s house.  Bill, who is a crotchety old widower, really wants nothing to do with the neighborhood and doesn’t understand today’s society.  There were many laugh out loud moments from him.   One of my favorite quotes in the book is from Bill.

“…milk that came from nuts.  As if nuts could produce milk.  Any idiot could look at a nut and see that there was no way milk was coming out of it . The world had gone absolutely mad all around him.”

There are other great characters too.  There is the gay couple, Arthur and Max, trying to adopt a baby, Sai and Emilia who are secretly dating behind their parents’ backs.  Also, Pen, who blogs about the neighborhood without them knowing, and Pari who wants a dog so bad and is afraid the new boy, Teddy, is going to steal Jack from her.

Sam and Teddy have just moved to the English neighborhood from America because Teddy’s mom died and they needed a change.  There are many humorous moments provided by Sam as he tries to get to know his neighbors.  He hosts a BBQ and invites everyone on the street.  His sister, Ellen, was my favorite character.  Her banter with Sam was hilarious and I wish there had been more of her in the book.

There were too many great moments and lessons in this story to count.  It was heartwarming and up lifting. I can’t wait to know more about these people and what happens next.  (I just discovered there is a sequel and I can’t wait to read it.)  The sequel is called, A Wedding on Christmas Street.

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I READ THIS BOOK AS A PART OF THE THEY CALL IT PUPPY LOVE READING CHALLENGE. BARB OVER AT BOOKER T’S FARM IS HOSTING A FUN LITTLE CHALLENGE FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. CHECK IT OUT HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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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 we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

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I loved this book.  It has such great story telling that seamlessly weaves in magical realism and folk lore.  Even though it took me awhile to get into the story, due to the character building, I found myself drawn into the many intrinsicities of the characters and the quaint setting of the town.  I had loved the author’s first book but was not a fan of the second so I am happy this book was so fantastic so I can continue to read more books by this author.

 

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I also read this for the “They Call it Puppy Love Reading Challenge.”  I put a review up on my Furs-Day Feature.  Check out the review here.

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GOODREADS

I am reading this for the “They Call it Puppy Love Reading Challenge” put on by Barb @BookerTsFarm.  Click here to join in.

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GOODREADS

La La in the Library was raving about this books so I decided to grab it from my library. I adore the cover!

Stella lives in the segregated South; in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community – her world – is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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GOODREADS

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang–the betrayal, the suicide, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.

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GOODREADS

This is now on Netflix and I have heard good things but I wanted to read the book first.

From debut author Caroline Kepnes comes You, one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2014, and a brilliant and terrifying novel for the social media age.

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

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toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPIC IS…

Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit

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Tokyo, Japan

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Florence, Itlay

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Alaska

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Hogwarts

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Scotland

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Ireland

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The Shire

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Paris, France

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Sweden

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Iceland

It’s Monday! 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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I loved this book.  It has such great story telling that seamlessly weaves in magical realism and folk lore.  Even though it took me awhile to get into the story, due to the character building, I found myself drawn into the many intrinsicities of the characters and the quaint setting of the town.  I had loved the author’s first book but was not a fan of the second so I am happy this book was so fantastic so I can continue to read more books by this author.

 

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I also read this for the “They Call it Puppy Love Reading Challenge.”  I put a review up on my Furs-Day Feature.  Check out the review here.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

I am reading this for the “They Call it Puppy Love Reading Challenge” put on by Barb @BookerTsFarm.  Click here to join in.

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GOODREADS

La La in the Library was raving about this books so I decided to grab it from my library. I adore the cover!

Stella lives in the segregated South; in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community – her world – is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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GOODREADS

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang–the betrayal, the suicide, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.

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GOODREADS

This is now on Netflix and I have heard good things but I wanted to read the book first.

From debut author Caroline Kepnes comes You, one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2014, and a brilliant and terrifying novel for the social media age.

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

Weekend Update #76

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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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WHAT I WATCHED

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Because I am used to seeing Melissa McCarthy in funny roles and since she is nominated for best actress,  I wanted to see the movie role she was nominated for.  Also, in the movie she is an author and goes to lots of bookstores, so that peaked my interest too.  I think she did an excellent job and the movie was really good. Can You Ever Forgive Me is about a struggling author that forges letters by other authors to sell to collectors to make money. It is based on a true story.

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I finished season 3 which is the last season of Travelers.  I was mostly happy with how it ended but would love to discuss it with someone. So if you have watched the whole series, let me know!!!

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

I am reading this for the “They Call it Puppy Love Reading Challenge” put on by Barb @BookerTsFarmClick here to join in.

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WHAT I READ THIS WEEK

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I loved this book.  It has such great story telling that seamlessly weaves in magical realism and folk lore.  Even though it took me awhile to get into the story, due to the character building, I found myself drawn into the many intrinsicities of the characters and the quaint setting of the town.  I had loved the author’s first book but was not a fan of the second so I am happy this book was so fantastic so I can continue to read more books by this author.

 

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I also read this for the “They Call it Puppy Love Reading Challenge.”  I put a review up on my Furs-Day Feature.  Check out the review here.

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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 checked these out from my local library.

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GOODREADS

This is now on Netflix and I have heard good things but I wanted to read the book first.

From debut author Caroline Kepnes comes You, one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2014, and a brilliant and terrifying novel for the social media age.

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

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GOODREADS

La La in the Library was raving about this books so I decided to grab it from my library. I adore the cover!

Stella lives in the segregated South; in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community – her world – is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.

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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 Angelica @ Paperback Princess

THIS WEEKS PROMPT IS…

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I love using bookmarks!!! Folding the corner of a page over to mark your spot should be illegal! 🙂

 

 

Furs-Day Feature #2

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WELCOME TO FURS-DAY FEATURE. SINCE, I LIKE TO READ BOOKS ABOUT DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS, I DECIDED TO BLOG ABOUT THEM IN A SEPARATE BLOG POST ON RANDOM THURSDAYS.  IF YOU HAVE READ A GOOD BOOK ABOUT A FURRY FRIEND OR WITH A FURRY FRIEND IN A BOOK, FEEL FREE TO JOIN ME! DON’T FORGET TO LINK MY BLOG TO YOUR POST.

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This week’s Furs-day Feature is A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher.

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“Of all the animals that travelled the long road through the ages with us, dogs always walked closest. “

This was a wonderfully written dystopian book.  The book takes place hundreds of years in the future where there are no computers, few books, and even fewer people. A plague has all but wiped out humanity.   Dogs are also rare and Griz treasures and loves his two dogs, Jip and Jess. One day, a stranger visits to trade with Griz’s father and ends up stealing one of Griz’s dogs.  Griz decides to sail after him to get Jess back. An epic adventure ensues involving peril, unlikely friendships, and hope.

There were so many beautiful descriptions of the places where the main character, Griz, lives and travels to rescue his dog.  Griz quotes from The Hobbit about going on an adventure which I thought was interesting because with both books, you feel like you are actually walking beside the main character.  I could actually see the post apocalyptic world being described. Because of the decrease in the human population and the post-apocalyptic setting, there are many thought provoking ideas and sentences that relate to today’s society and what our future might hold.  

I decided to read this book because I am a huge dog lover.  I can’t imagine my anguish if one of my dogs was stolen. The author definitely caused me to have lots of anxiety over the dognapped dog.    I could totally relate to Griz’s sadness and determination to get his dog back at all cost.  I highly recommended this book.

(Disclaimer: there are a couple times a horse is injured so if you don’t like reading about injured animals, you may want to skip that section.)

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I read this book as a part of the They Call It Puppy Love Reading Challenge. BARB OVER AT BOOKER T’S FARM IS HOSTING A FUN LITTLE CHALLENGE FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. Check it out here.

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 we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

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CHECK OUT MY REVIEW HERE.

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This book was uplifting in more ways than one!  I figured this would be a fluff read with no thinking involved but I am glad I was wrong.  Yes, there were funny parts but mostly this book was about women in all shapes, sizes, and walks of life.  There were cancer survivors, divorcees, teens, elderly, transvestites, and tired nursing moms.  The author, Natalee, presents all these women with humor, dignity, and humility.  We learn along with her the many struggles women have about their body image and society’s expectations of them.  The author’s writing is light and easy to read and we learn about her dealing with her mother’s death and dad’s bad health.  I highly recommend this very empowering book on women.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

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GOODREADS

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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GOODREADS

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang–the betrayal, the suicide, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.

It’s Monday! 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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WHAT I READ LAST

herodogs

CHECK OUT MY REVIEW HERE.

boobjob

This book was uplifting in more ways than one!  I figured this would be a fluff read with no thinking involved but I am glad I was wrong.  Yes, there were funny parts but mostly this book was about women in all shapes, sizes, and walks of life.  There were cancer survivors, divorcees, teens, elderly, transvestites, and tired nursing moms.  The author, Natalee, presents all these women with humor, dignity, and humility.  We learn along with her the many struggles women have about their body image and society’s expectations of them.  The author’s writing is light and easy to read and we learn about her dealing with her mother’s death and dad’s bad health.  I highly recommend this very empowering book on women.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

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GOODREADS

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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GOODREADS

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang–the betrayal, the suicide, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.

Weekend Wrap Up #75

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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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What I Watched

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Beautiful film with even more beautiful music and an amazing message.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

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GOODREADS

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WHAT I READ THIS WEEK

herodogs

CHECK OUT MY REVIEW HERE.

boobjob

This book was uplifting in more ways than one!  I figured this would be a fluff read with no thinking involved but I am glad I was wrong.  Yes, there were funny parts but mostly this book was about women in all shapes, sizes, and walks of life.  There were cancer survivors, divorcees, teens, elderly, transvestites, and tired nursing moms.  The author, Natalee, presents all these women with humor, dignity, and humility.  We learn along with her the many struggles women have about their body image and society’s expectations of them.  The author’s writing is light and easy to read and we learn about her dealing with her mother’s death and dad’s bad health.  I highly recommend this very empowering book on women.

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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 RECEIVED THIS FROM NETGALLEY.

I am very excited for this book! Jo Knowles is one of my favorite Middle Grade/YA authors.

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GOODREADS

It’s the first day of summer and Rachel’s thirteenth birthday. She can’t wait to head to the lake with her best friend, Micah! But as summer unfolds, every day seems to get more complicated. Her “fun” new job taking care of the neighbors’ farm animals quickly becomes a challenge, whether she’s being pecked by chickens or having to dodge a charging pig at feeding time. At home, her parents are more worried about money than usual, and their arguments over bills intensify. Fortunately, Rachel can count on Micah to help her cope with all the stress. But Micah seems to want their relationship to go beyond friendship, and though Rachel almost wishes for that, too, she can’t force herself to feel “that way” about him. In fact, she isn’t sure she can feel that way about any boy — or what that means.

This was the free ebook from Tor.com

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GOODREADS

In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own.

Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family’s interest or to be committed to a witches’ asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn’t leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans’ hospital, Miles can’t hide what he truly is.

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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 Danielle @PoetryBooksYA

This weeks prompt is…

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My answer…

I have taken a month break before and it was very liberating.  I learned that life will still go on, and my followers will still be there when I get back.   Everyone needs a break, even from blogging.

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Furs-day Feature #1

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Furs-Day Feature!

Welcome the first edition of my new blog feature, Furs-day Feature.  Since, I like to read books about dogs, I decided to do talk about them in a separate blog post on Thursdays.  There will not be a Furs-day Feature every week, but hopefully at least once a month.

 

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My first post will be piggy backed with Barb @ BookerT’sFarm’s They Call It Puppy Love Reading Challenge!

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BARB OVER AT BOOKER T’S FARM IS HOSTING A FUN LITTLE CHALLENGE FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY.

Here are the rules.

  • Make a sign up post and link it to Barb’s sign-up post.
  • Read at least one book which: has a dog (or cat) on the cover or features a dog (or cat) in it.
  • Do a wrap up post at the end of February with links to your review(s).
  • At the end of the month, she will put all the participants in a bowl and Booker T will pick a lucky winner.  That person will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to Amazon or Book Depository.
  • The challenge is open to anyone! So let’s have fun!

 

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I find books about service dogs so fascinating not just because of the dedication it takes for the training of the dogs and their handlers but how smart and hard working the dogs themselves are.  Hours and hours of training goes into making a successful service dog team. This book is about the author, Wilma and her vision of starting a canine search and rescue organization. Back in 1995, when the bombing of Oklahoma City, OK happened, Wilma was shocked at the lack of dog search and rescue teams available to search for survivors in the rubble. She made a vow, at 61 years old, to start an organization and train 168 dog/handler teams, one for each victim of the Oklahoma City bombing.  

The books details how Wilma chose her dogs, trainers, and handlers.  I loved how she chose dogs from shelters. One was even an hour away from being euthanized.  If a dog didn’t work out for training, she vowed that it would never see another shelter in its life.   

It was amazing to read how these dogs can use their noses and ears to find survivors of natural disasters and terrorist attacks.  The first event was the attack on the World Trade Center. Several of her dog teams went to search for survivors in an unimaginable amount of rubble and destruction.   Other sad events are featured as well such as Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti. It is always heart-warming to read how these dogs that give it their all are still able to provide comfort in times of need.  Here is an example from 9/11.

“The NYFD firefighter approached her.  His face was powdered black with soot and striped with lines of sweat.  He asked Debra if he could bet her dog. Debra said of course. Without another word, the firefighter slumped down next to Abby (the dog), buried his face in her black fur, and wept.  Young Abby sat with the firefighter, wagging her tail and happy to sit as long as needed. After a while the firefighter raised his head and composed himself. To completely get over what he was going through would take a lifetime, but he did look a little better.  ‘That’s exactly what I needed’, he said and returned to work.”

I was inspired by the author, who at 61 years old started something new and so worthwhile.  The book introduces us to many wonderful dogs and takes us through their training which was so interesting.  I hope people read this book and realize how important dogs are to our society, even ones that are getting second and third chances from shelters.  If you love dogs or are curious how service dogs are trained, then I highly recommend you read this book.

 

Tell Me (Top Ten) 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 we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

Click here for my thoughts on these books.

thegooddaughter

Another great read by this author!  Review to come later.

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CURRENTLY READING

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Goodreads

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Goodreads

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Goodreads

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Goodreads

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toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPIC IS…

Favorite Couples in Books

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Jane and Mr. Rochester

haatchi

The photo shows it all.

emmy

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Harry and Ginny

me

Will and Louisa

everyday

A and Rhiannon

fault

Hazel and Augustus

aristotle

Aristotle and Dante

out

Jamie and Claire

eleanorand park

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