ARC REVIEW: Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know, by Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson

Released: April 1, 2012 (Sourcebooks)
Author Links: WEB / GOODREADS
Source: NetGalley, for review
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A series of 115 short essays written by eleven courageous canines who are willing to tell the truth about dogs every last dirty, hairy, bit of it: why they always dash to a rug when they have to throw up, why they eat furniture when endless chew toys are nearby, and why they’re always absolutely starving. Peppered with lively, clever stories and visually appealing photographs, Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know is a must-have for any dog lover. It’s a verbal and visual delight that is laugh-out-loud funny.

“If everyone owned a dog, we would have world peace. If everyone reads this book, they will go and get a dog and we will have taken a big step in the right direction. So this book can save the world.” Terrence McNally, playwright

My Thoughts

I love my dogs. It’s really something that’s known to anyone who meets me. I talk about them as if they were my children. I mean, my oldest one is turning 6 this year, so it’s kind of hard not to form a bond with them. Continue reading

DISCUSSION: The Beauty of Books (And Why It’s OK to Read YA)

Yesterday, I was sitting at home sick, taking the time to visit my favourite blogs in between bursts of reading Kady Cross’s The Girl in the Steel Corset. Unfortunately, reading was kind of taking a backseat and I found myself clicking on more links than I usually do that would pop up in my Twitter feed.

Little did I know that my random clicking would lead me to an article written by Joel Stein for the New York Times where he says that adults should read adult books and that seeing adults reading young adult literature is “more embarrassing than catching a guy on the plane looking at pornography on his computer.”

After reading the article – and picking my jaw up from the floor – I wondered how anyone could belittle another person for reading whatever they want. I mean, we push for equal rights within our countries – voting equality, race equality, gender equality, etc. – but now we can’t feel equal with our peers based on our reading habits?

I don’t want to tell you what to read – that’s not the point of this discussion. When I was younger, I remember loving books like Sweet Valley High, or The Baby-Sitter’s Club, or Goosebumps. I also remember trying out some adult books when I would go to the library with my mom, attempting the likes of Stephen King (though never making it through his novels). When I was finally at the age where I could buy my own books, I fell in love with chick-lit, like the offerings of Sophie Kinsella or Jennifer Weiner, and also some quality adult literature, like Yann Martel’s Life of Pi or William Golding’s Memoirs of a Geisha.

But now, in my early 30s, I find myself drawn to Young Adult literature. It’s not only because they’re fast reads, or easier to get into, but because the stories are fascinating and can deal with tough topics. Or, some are laugh-out-loud funny, keeping me up at night. I find myself getting intrigued from the first pages of these books, wanting to share them with everyone I know. Sure, Twilight isn’t the best literary book, but who cares? People are reading and that should be the only thing that matters. Sure, I have a copy of Gogol’s Dead Souls on my bookshelf, and another of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth. I’ll admit that I haven’t read them yet, but will, eventually,  when the mood strikes. Continue reading

ARC REVIEW: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1), by Robin LaFevers

RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2012
SERIES: His Fair Assassin, Book #1
AUTHOR LINKS: WEBGOODREADS / TWITTER
PUBLISHER: Houghton Miffler Harcourt
FORMAT: E-book
SOURCE: NetGalley, for review
BUY NOW FROM: Amazon

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf? 

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others. 

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

MY REVIEW

As I sit here trying to think of what to write after finishing reading Robin LaFevers’s Grave Mercy, I’m at a loss. And it’s not because the book sucked — rather, it was such an incredibly good read that I find I’m at a loss for words as to what to say about it! Continue reading