Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for June 12, 2024

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Characters I See Differently Now Than I Used To

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for June 5, 2024

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Books that are Tearjerkers

Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Happy Harry by Barbara Lampert


*Happy Harry by Barbara Lampert
Publisher: Golden Wolf books
Genre: Non-Fiction, Animal Essays
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Larkspur

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

“Nobody who loves dogs will be able to resist your book! A magnificent love story!” – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, international bestselling author of Dogs Never Lie About Love and When Elephants Weep.

In her dog memoir “Happy Harry: A Magical Golden”, psychotherapist Barbara Lampert, a lifelong dog lover, tells the story of her beloved Golden Retriever, Harry. Like her first dog memoir, Harry’s story comes from her mostly uncensored daily journal and takes place in Malibu, California.

Harry was a genuinely free spirit – wild, and very wolf-like. Did all this contribute to his being exceptionally happy? Perhaps.

Harry was not only the happiest being Barbara’s ever known, happy to the very core of him, but also the bravest. More than once in his life, Harry had to face true adversity, and each time, Barbara would look at him in wonder, not fully understanding how a being could be so brave and at the same time continue to be so happy.

Harry literally pranced through life, with a joyous attitude that made being around him like magic. Barbara fell in love with Harry. And as you immerse yourself in Harry’s story, it’s likely you will too! Happy Harry is unforgettable!

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE!

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for May 29, 2024

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Museums/Galleries I’ve Visited or Want to Visit

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for May 22, 2024

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How I Feel about Staycations

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for May 15, 2024

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Funny Things I’ve Googled

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

I love quotes and it doesn’t matter where they come from – books, TV, movies, song lyrics – they just stick in my brain and come out at the most random of times.  Having a Kindle really helps with this obsession since I don’t have to stop and write them down any longer – I can just highlight and save for later.  Neat, huh?  Also, you should see my Kindle Notes and Highlights.

Here are some of my favorites, and I hope I didn’t repeat any from the last time we did this topic.

“Don’t swim with the dolphins during a labor dispute. No matter how much they try to convince you otherwise” ― John Scalzi, Starter Villain

‘That’s the role of poetry, Ciri. To say what others cannot utter.’ – Andrzej Sapkowski, The Time of Contempt

“This is who I am. I can’t change. I don’t want to, really. But for once I’m gonna put this devil inside me to good use.” – S. A. Cosby, Razorblade Tears

“Guncle Rule number eight: Live your life to the fullest every single day, because every day is a gift. That’s why people die. To teach us the importance of living.” – Steven Rowley, The Guncle

I usually define fear as the thing I feel when the unexpected happens. Anxiety is when I’m doing something that I already know is stupid. – Andrew Mayne, Black Coral

A clever, thoughtless person is one of the most terrifying things there is. – Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Intimidation was a drug. But control was an illusion. – Meg Gardiner, Into the Black Nowhere

In her mind, where the line between fact and fiction is often blurred, murder is simply a solution to a problem. – B. A. Paris, Behind Closed Doors

Perhaps a heart was indeed like a piece of dry birchwood, and could only take fire and burn brightly once—that any fire that came after would be only an ember, smaller and cooler. – Tad Williams, Shadowmarch

“I’ve seen too much of the underside of life to have much confidence in people. I don’t really believe in happy endings.” I felt him swallow. “But I’ve come to believe in you.” – Kathy Reichs, Grave Secrets

I highly recommend all of the books I’ve quoted here, especially Starter Villain by John Scalzi.  He has this amazing way of taking the ridiculous and making it make sense.  Much like Douglas Adams did.  And, on that note, one last bonus quote for the road:

“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.” – Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for May 8, 2024

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Books/TV Shows/Movies I wouldn’t revisit and why

Top Ten Tuesday: Scary Books With Flowers on Their Covers


Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

All of the books in this week’s list are from the suspense and horror genres. This is a trend that I don’t quite understand as flowers feels so sweet and innocent to me.

Maybe they are being included as a juxtaposition to the frightening things that often happen in mystery or horror novels? What do you all think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Toxic by Lydia Kang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. The Undead Truth of Us by Britney S. Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. The Depths by Nicole Lesperance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Ghosted: A Love Story by Jenn Ashworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.  Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Almost Insentient, Almost Divine by D.P. Watt

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for May 1, 2024

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Villains I’d Root for instead of the Protagonist