Hi everyone! We are joining Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading ? and Comedy Plus’ Awww…. Mondays blog hops.
Back by popular demand is Joanie to try another book review.
The monkeys in this book are boring. If you want to read about monkeys, stick to Curious George.
Thank you Joanie, I think you need to ask your boyfriend Simon for some tips on writing reviews. He is an expert, if you want to see one of his reviews, click here.
Despite what Joanie wrote, I liked this book. My Mom recommended it to me because I have a “monkey mind”. This basically means I have an anxious mind that is always worrying . This book gives tips on spotting when one is doing that and how to stop feeding the monkey mind.
I am also reading Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone by Becky Blade. It is filled with motherly advice, most of which my Mom has already dispensed to me over the years. It is a nice refresher though.
I also want to tell you about a book you shouldn’t read. Wherever You Go, There You Are by Annabelle Gurwitch really offended me. It is supposed to be humor, but I found the first few chapters boring. Then I got to the part where she writes about how she can’t feel sympathy for people that ask for prayers for their pets on Facebook. She then writes about Grumpy Cat and calls her a him. Because I was so cranked up about her Facebook comment, I decided to write to the publisher and complain that she made an error about Grumpy Cat and I was surprised an editor didn’t catch it either. I have yet to get a response.
Hi everyone! Today we are joining Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading and Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays blog hops.
First off, Joanie wants to try to do a book review. This book not about guinea pigs. They lied.
OK Joanie, we need to work on your reviews a little more. The Guinea Pig Diaries by A.J. Jacobs was not about guinea pigs, but it was a fun book. I enjoyed the author’s other books, The Year of Living Biblically ( he follows The Bible literally) and his other book about reading the encyclopedia from A-Z. In this book, he tries several experiments over the course of a year, including Radical Honesty, which lead to hilarious results.
Hillbilly Elegy : A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D.Vance tells about the struggles of the working class in Appalachia. I actually don’t think these struggles are unique to that area. I see many of the same things in my own small New England town including rampant drug use. In 2015, my town had the highest opioid death rate per capita in the state.
I am also reading Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind by Srini Pillay . His book is the opposite of the advice we normally get to stay focused on something. He suggests we unfocus to yield more results. As someone who multi-tasks often, I was happy to read that is a good thing to do.
One more thing..Emmy wants to know if you like her hat?
Hi everyone! We are joining Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? and Comedy Plus’ Awwww……Mondays blog hops.
I am currently reading two memoirs both written by actors, but so different.
This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe is an interesting book. At age 34, I would think she wouldn’t have enough of a story to write, but she does. If you are not familiar with her, she became an overnight success for her role as Precious in 2009 and has worked steadily ever since. Some of her language is crude, but she seems like a nice person who takes care of her Mom ( including paying her rent).
I just finished Are You Anybody? by Jeffrey Tambor and I enjoyed this one more. I remember him from the television show, The Ropers (yes, I am old). Funny thing is that I didn’t remember him from anything else until I started reading this and he has been in many great movies. He was also in The Larry Sanders Show and Arrested Development (I haven’t seen either of those).
In one chapter he writes of how he and his first wife sold their small car so they could have room for their two cats in the car when they moved from NYC to California. I was also impressed that he reads to his four children every day ( he also has an older daughter from his first marriage). There was also an interesting chapter of how Scientology tried to lure him in.
KaTwo hopes she is Awww….worthy. While posing she knocked one of the books into the litter box- fortunately, it was clean litter. I think I will have her pose somewhere else next time.
Hi everyone! I apologize for my blog disappearing on Monday. I use GoDaddy as a host for my wordpress blog and I let it expire. In doing that, they shut down my entire blog. I had to pay $150 recovery fee which is basically a legal ransom. As Phoebe would say, phooey! Being that I know nothing about the technical parts of blogging and I was in a panic about losing everything, I paid up plus I renewed for three years. And I thought trips to the vet expensive.
Everything seems to be back except some of Sunday’s comments and Monday’s post. I was told it takes 24- 72 hours to restore so if that stuff doesn’t reappear, I will contact them. Has this ever happened to anyone else?
Thank you to those of you who emailed me to let me know there was a problem. It is nice to know that people care.
This is Prancie with the book I reviewed yesterday.
Hi everyone! Today we are joining the Kid Lit version of It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts.
*Disclaimer: I was given a PDF copy of Real Hamsters Don’t Bite in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own.
Real Hamsters Don’t Bite: Mighty and Brennon Run Away to FInd Cat Land and Unzip the Truth by Alexis Cleoford is a wonderful children’s book. It is a chapter book for grades 4-9, but could easily be read aloud to younger children as well and is even fun for adults.
Two cats, Brennon and Mighty are not happy about having to stay at a Pet Hotel so once their parents pick them up from there, they decided to run away and find Cat Land where cats are treated the way they wish to be treated. Along the way, they discover cats are being tortured by hamsters and decide to put a stop to that.
I enjoyed the writing style as well as little bits of information about cats that children will learn as they read the story. For example, we learn some foods are poisonous to cats like onions. I highly recommend this book for any age. I look forward to reading more in the series and introducing my great-niece to it, but she is only 1 year and 7 months old so I will have to wait a bit for that. You can buy a Kindle copy for only $2.99 at Amazon.
We are also joining Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays blog hop.
Be sure to stop by tomorrow, Phoebe is having a contest and the winner will get some catnip toys and a catnip mat.
Hi everyone! I was planning to write about the Kindle book I was reading, but I didn’t get to finish it yet. I have others to write about though. We are joining Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? and Comedy Plus’ Awww…Mondays.
I loved The Penny Poet of Portsmouth by Katherine Towler. Please don’t tell Penny that the poems are not about her 🙂 The author tells of her friendship with a man in Portsmouth who was very different from her, but they had poetry in common. It really made me think how true it is that we can’t make assumptions about people. It is a beautiful story of friendship that anyone would enjoy.
I am almost done with Kate Mulgrew’s memoir, Born with Teeth. Many of you know her as Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. I have enjoyed this book and her writing style.
Next week, I will write about a cat book.
Hi everyone! We are joining Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? and Comedy Plus’ Awwww….Mondays blog hops.
I am still not reading any cat books. I did read a good book that was published in 1999 titled A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson. It is a memoir of the year a woman spent living away from her husband when they were having troubles after their children were grown up. I have already ordered the rest of her books at the library and look forward to reading them.
I am also reading Bill Hayes’ first Memoir, Sleep Demons: An Insomniac’s Memoir. It is not as good as his latest one because he includes a lot of history of sleep and sleep studies. I wrote about his latest one two weeks ago.Click here.
Here is an awww worthy photo of Phoebe with The Great One, Phoebe will tell you all about her visit later in the week. All the other kitties disappear when she is here, but Phoebe is a sweetie.
Hi everyone! Today is the day for a reflections of the A-Z Blogging Challenge post. This was my third year participating ( and completing) the challenge. I enjoyed it as always and found a few new blogs to follow that I would have not found otherwise. I was disappointed that there was no master list as the previous years. I realize it was too time consuming to manage and keep checking to make sure people posted daily, but I did miss it. I had crocheted several items before the challenge began, but I liked having to make it a priority because there are many days I don’t have time to crochet.
I am also joining Comedy Plus’ Awww..Mondays, Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading and The Pet Blogger Showcase blog hops today.
I just finished Alec Baldwin’s memoir, Nevertheless. I enjoyed his first book, A Promise to Ourselves, about his custody battle for his daughter. This book was excellent too, he is not only a great actor, but also very intelligent. He seems to have learned from past mistakes and has incredible insight as to things in his past that led him to make mistakes.
Sammy and Brody are wearing purple collars-did they start a club? I will tell you why tomorrow.
Hi everyone! We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays and Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? blog hops.
I am reading several books, but my favorite is Theresa Caputo’s Good Grief: Heal Your Soul, Honor Your Loved Ones, and Learn to Live Again. I have read her other books and loved them and this one is no different. I recently discovered that her show, Long Island Medium is available on Comcast, I am a little slow being that it is currently in season 10. She helps so many people by giving them messages from loved ones that have passed. I even signed up on her website for a reading, I can’t imagine being chosen being that I wrote I want to be in contact with my deceased cats. I know there are a lot of psychics out there, but the part that impressed me is that she is still Catholic, but just happens to have this gift that she uses for good.
For the A-Z Blogging Challenge we have a turkey leg for T. Any guesses on what I will crochet for U tomorrow?