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.
I am thankful for central air and that it is actually working. I am thankful that my niece is so sweet and brought a Father’s Day gift over for my hubby ( Uncle David) and I am thankful that Pipo and Minko’s Mom copied and pasted my post from last Monday for me. The one that GoDaddy stole and never gave back. Now I don’t have to waste brain cells trying to rewrite it.
I am sure many of you have heard of Norton the cat and read the 3 books his owner, Peter Gethers wrote about him back in the 1990’s. I wrote about them during the 2016 A-Z challenge, you can click here if you missed it.
Peter Gether’s latest book is a memoir/cookbook about his wonderful Mom titled, My Mother’s Kitchen. She had been a stay at home Mom to her two sons and a dutiful wife to her husband then at the age of 53 she started a career as a chef. She trained with Wolfgang Puck and became quite famous herself, even authoring several cookbooks.
I enjoyed learning more about the entire family. His mother was truly amazing, surviving 3 kinds of cancers and a stroke. She proved that attitude really does matter in recovering from illnesses. She also loved cats and would cat sit for her son’s cats. Norton used to travel with him, but after he passed, the other cats did not.
The author wanted to honor his Mom by cooking some of her favorite meals. This gives him quite an education in cooking too and a chance to bond with many friends. I learned several cooking tips and I plan to try some recipes too. If you are interested in reading it, here is the Amazon link.
I chose Prancie to pose with the book because Norton was a Scottish fold and Prancie reminds me of one because of her ears ( hers was frostbitten though)
And today is also International Box Day
Penny is our box lover in the family. Sometimes she gets so excited, she pees in them. She hasn’t in a long time though so maybe she outgrew it.
*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.
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.
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 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! I am such a dip that I forgot to post my Z for the A-Z challenge in Sunday’s post. Z is for Zeppelin. I couldn’t find a free pattern so I made it up as I went along.
And now for the fun part, I am giving everything away to 2 lucky winners. Each winner will get 11 toys and 2 hats.Just leave a comment saying which item I made was your favorite. Phoebe will announce the winners on Thursday.
Memoirs are my favorite genre so I read Insomniac City by Bill Hayes even though I was not familiar with his writing before reading this. I can’t even put into words how much I enjoyed this book. Mr. Hayes lost his partner in San Fransisco suddenly then he moves to NYC and finds love again with Oliver Sacks ( another author I was unfamiliar with, but will read now).
I really enjoyed his style of writing and how he chose his words. Here is one quote, ” I’ve come to believe that a good cry is like a car wash for the soul.” Another quote after describing some books falling over and making a sound ” …..that sound alone is the reason to have books. May books never disappear. ” I also enjoyed his love of NYC and all the positive encounters he has with strangers.
I feel bad that I haven’t read any cat books lately, I will soon though. I think I spotted a black and white cat last night so I put out food and something ate it, but hubby thinks it was a skunk. Time will smell, I mean tell.
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.
This week, I am reading James Altucher’s latest book, Reinvent Yourself.I really admire this guy because despite failing at many businesses, he never gave up. This book is filled with things he learned through failure. He also writes about things he learned from people he admires.
He says we are not just the sum of the 5 people we are with the most, but also the 5 things we read, watch, etc. He has a lot of simple, yet so wise advice. I have written about him a few times in the past. I have most of his books and reviewed one here.
I just finished a great book that my hubby is reading now and my Mom plans to read too. How Would Buddha Think? : 1,501 right-intention teachings for cultivating a peaceful mind by Barbara Ann Kipfer is an easy read filled with so many wonderful things including teachings, essays and meditations.
One teaching that really stuck with me was to not become attached to expectations. How many times do we go to a party or a movie and have certain expectations? We will enjoy everything so much more by just being in the moment and not expecting anything. Sounds so simple, yet it takes effort.