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Saturday, October 1, 2022

Book: The Hike

 Book: The Hike

Author: Susi Holliday

Pages: 266


This is my 81st read for the year

This is the story of 2 couples who take a hiking trip to Switzerland.  They wanted a chance to reconnect after some estrangement between all of them - even husband and wife.  As they hike, tensions arise and tragedy strikes.  A trecherous trip back down the mountain to talk to the police leads to more questions than answers and suspicions arise.  Those who survived the hike back down the mountain aren't telling the whole story.

This book was fine.  I really didn't like any of the characters.  All of them were terrible people.  The author did another thing that I loathe about books - kept the reader in the dark for no reason to try to propel the story forward.  She gave snippets of "troubles" and "reasons" that things were happening before the hike even started, but it just left me wanting more.  When I got to the ending I really didn't even care what was happening, and it wasn't surprising at all which direction it took.

Eh - it was a Prime First Reads, and I should have stopped reading it.  But it is a short book, so I pushed through hoping it would get better.  Sadly - it didn't.

Stars: 2



Friday, September 23, 2022

Book: The Long Walk

 Book: The Long Walk

Author: Stephen King

Pages: 319



This is my 80th read for the year

This is the story of Ray Garraty.  He and 99 other young men are about to start an annual stamina test called "The Long Walk".  The boys cannot go slower than 4 miles and hour and cannot stop for any reason - not even to sleep.  If they stop, they get a warning.  3 warnings and they are shot on the spot.  The winner - and there can only be one - gets whatever he wants for the rest of his life.  There is no finish line - it is whomever is the last one standing.  

This book was just okay.  I honestly do not understand the 5 star reviews, but to each their own.  I am a huge King fan, but this one was a miss for me.  It was a lot of rambling and then it just.....ended.  All this build up - 300 pages of these young men walking and nothing really getting explained as to WHY they chose to participate - just so I could see who the winner was AND what he was going to claim for his prize.  Maybe see into the future a bit on how the walk affected our main character, etc.  Kind of like Hunger Games.  Where the games was just the beginning.  That was not true in this book.  The last page was such a let down.  

This is a King I would skip.

Stars: 3


Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Book: Zak George's Dog Training Revolution

 Book: Zak George's Dog Training Revolution

Author: Zak George

Pages: 240


This is my 79th read for the year

Zak George is a dog trainer with a newer approach to a happy dog.  His book covers the basics of dog training from the time you bring home your puppy - and even before as you decide what breed might be the best fit for your family.  His technique of positive reinforcement and training your dog from the inside out is a newer approach to the training world.  

This was a great book.  We have had a dog before, but it has been 11 years since we had a puppy.  My husband always had dogs growing up, and the techniques that he used and we used with our first dog are different than the newer approaches.  Science and research is starting to show that positive based training from the inside out to get the behaviors out of your dog is a much more effective, long term way to train your dog to fit your family.  I learned a lot in this book and from watching many of his videos that made me decide this was the approach we wanted to take with our new puppy.  Great advice in this book.

Stars: 4.5




Book: Bernedoodle: A Head To Tail Guide

 Book: Bernedoodle: A Head To Tail Guide

Author: Sherry Rupke

Pages: 192


This is my6 78th read for the year

A Bernedoodle guide written by the person who started the breed in the United States.  Sherry gives an indepth look on the history of the combination of this breed, what it means to have a doodle, and how to care for them successfully.  She talks you through deciding if this breed is right for you through picking your breeder, your vet, your puppy, your trainer, and beyond.  

This is a well written book.  Of the two I read about Bernedoodles, this was my favorite.  She has clear language and I learned a lot about the breed and what it is going to mean to care for a Bernedoodle.  It gave me some good insight while we wait for our puppy.

Stars: 4.5


Book: The Complete Guide To Bernedoodles

 Book: The Complete Guide To Bernedoodles

Author: David Anderson

Pages: 140


This is my 77th read of the year

This is a guide book for the care of Bernedoodle dogs.  The author interviewed the top Bernedoodle breeders to give the reader tips and tricks to raising these dogs.

As you can imagine - we picked this one up because we are getting a Bernedoodle puppy.  I thought this books was pretty great.  It has a wealth of information about the breed, training, grooming, and what it means to have this breed of dog.  We are not new to Doodle dogs, but this is our first doodle mixed with a Bernese Mountain Dog, so we were grateful for some tip and tricks.

Stars: 4.5


Friday, September 2, 2022

Book: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

 Book: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Pages: 416


This is my 76th read of the year

This is the story of Sam and Sadie.  Two friends that met by accident when they were kids - Sam was in the hospital recovering from a horrible car accident and Sadie was visiting her sister who had cancer.  Their love of video games sparked a lifelong friendship that ended in them working together in the world of game making.  They develop a game that is an overnight sensation, and it sets them on a whirlwind life changing path.  It is a story that spans 30 years filled with friendship, love, tragedy, and redemption.

First - I want to say - I loved Zevin's book "The Storied Life of AJ Fikry".  Loved it.  When I saw that she had another book out, I went on the long wait list at the library to read it.  And.....I was disappointed.  I think part of the problem is that the story itself just wasn't for me.  It is a gamer's dream, this book.  It is almost all about them making different video games and running a video game company and I just was bored with that story line.  I really didn't like Sadie at all.  Sam, and his roommate Marx are great characters so that helped redeem the story and keep me reading.  I felt myself skimming quite a bit which I hate to do in books.  But it just didn't hold my interest.

Stars: 3


Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Book: Once There Were Wolves

 Book: Once There Were Wolves

Author: Charlotte Mcconaghy

Pages: 272


This is my 75th read for the year

This is the story of Inti Flynn.  She and her sister have moved to Scotland to help a group of biologist reintroduce wolves into the Highlands.  It is an ecological move, but the locals are less than happy about the threat wolves bring to their livestock and families.  Inti has traveled with her twin sister, Aggie, who has lived through a terrible tragedy and has not spoke since.  Inti hopes getting them both out of Alaska and working on this project will help Aggie heal.  The project takes off, and is starting to be successful when a local is found dead.  Inti decides to protect the wolves against the wrath she knows is coming but it may come at a terrible cost.   As she befriends the locals and even finds love, she risks everything to protect the wolves that have always been a part of her history.

This was a pretty good book.  To start - I felt it was well written.  The story of the wolves and their part in the ecosystem was the most interesting part to me.  I feel like I learned a lot about their part in nature.  However - it is a very dark book- a lot of tragic stories for every character, to the point of it being almost overdone.  There is a love story, but I did have a hard time finding it believable.  The murderer in the end and how they handled it didn't sit well with me.  I think the author wanted to wrap up the story neatly,  but it really didn't fit with how dark the story had been up until then.  Going the way you would imagine it SHOULD would have made more sense.

Stars: 3.5