Rutherford and Neil do a good job of covering the basics in this book about raising a puppy to be a responsible and obedient dog. I grabbed this from...moreRutherford and Neil do a good job of covering the basics in this book about raising a puppy to be a responsible and obedient dog. I grabbed this from the library to see what it had to offer, and I don't think any advice they offer has gone out of style.
The authors take you through the first several weeks of a puppy's life, week by week, advising you on what to be doing with the puppy during particular time periods. The authors especially stress the proper socialization of your puppy during the "socialization period," weeks 8-12. The advice they give, while nothing fancy, is helpful and worth a quick read-through.(less)
I grabbed this book from the library because it was the only boxer-specific book they had (I get my baby in just a few weeks!). A short book, it was g...moreI grabbed this book from the library because it was the only boxer-specific book they had (I get my baby in just a few weeks!). A short book, it was generally informative, but didn't go into a lot of detail in the areas I would have concentrated on.
Most sections could have been written for all dogs, not specifically for boxers -- for example, the sections on getting the puppy settled, training (very basic guidelines), grooming, nutrition and feeding, preventive health care, and even the section about breeding. The sections that did focus more on boxers in particular were sections I didn't have a need for, sections like tips on buying a boxer.
This book was definitely written as a "cover all the topics at least basically" kind of guide to owning a dog, and I was wanting more of a comprehensive guide to raising a boxer from puppy to adulthood. Yes, again, I know it's a super short book, but I do think you have to use the space you've got to focus on your strengths. This book, in its few pages, tried to hit all the high points, leaving me feeling like I learned little to nothing that I didn't already know. (less)
A very quick read, Silent Night is a feel-good story in typical Mary Higgins Clark fashion. Not enough substance to really get into, but a good story...moreA very quick read, Silent Night is a feel-good story in typical Mary Higgins Clark fashion. Not enough substance to really get into, but a good story nonetheless.(less)
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, is definitely an interesting read. This was the first of his books that I had picked up, and I did so because I really...moreAmerican Gods, by Neil Gaiman, is definitely an interesting read. This was the first of his books that I had picked up, and I did so because I really enjoyed the movie Stardust. I had heard that, amazingly, that book wasn't quite as good as the movie, so American Gods caught my interest instead.
In this book, Shadow is released from prison a week early to attend his wife's funeral. On the flight home, he meets a man called Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than do close friends. Weary though he may be, Shadow accepts Wednesday's request for work, becoming Wednesday's bodyguard/errand boy/driver/etc.
Shadow learns not to ask questions, and this quality makes it a bit confusing for the reader when everything starts happening. Wednesday, as we quickly come to understand, is a god, and he's gathering backers in what is sure to be a bloodbath war of the gods. If you really want to get into this book, I would suggest refreshing your memory of mythology; the names of gods through the ages are thrown here and there, and it can be difficult at times to keep up.
I found myself becoming intrigued, confused, disinterested, then intrigued again while reading American Gods. Overall, I'm glad I finished it, and I look forward to reading the next Gaiman book in my pile, Anansi Boys.(less)
Logan Thibault comes to believe he has found the ultimate lucky charm in a photograph he finds on a tour of duty in Iraq. The photo shows a beautiful young woman and is signed on the back with a simple "E." With only this to go on, Logan is convinced by his best friend that he must balance the scales, so to speak, by finding the woman in the picture.
This had the potential to be an excellent story: the plot line is different and interesting, the characters became developed and complex soon into the story, and, heck, it's a book by Nicholas Sparks, master storyteller.
Now, I did like the story, and I did enjoy the book for the quick read that it was. However, with so little to go off of, Logan finds "E" entirely too quickly for my taste. Of course, this could be attributed to the luck he holds in her picture, so I'll let this slide.
The story moves along nicely and retains interest. But the ending is much too pat and wrapped up. There comes a point when you can predict what comes next and when you know how the story will end. Sparks tries to throw you for a loop in the epilogue, but you won't stay fooled for long, so the added suspense isn't worth anything.
I dislike books where the author seemed to suddenly remember that he or she was on a deadline, thus trying to succinctly tie up all the loose ends in a matter of pages. Unfortunately, The Lucky One is just that type of book.
Overall, I liked the book, and I would recommend it as long as you don't have any expectations of reading the greatest love story of all time. If you need a quick read, this one's it.(less)
Breaking Dawn got a little bit better and more original than both New Moon and Eclipse, so I bumped it back up to four stars. I enjoyed this serie...moreBreaking Dawn got a little bit better and more original than both New Moon and Eclipse, so I bumped it back up to four stars. I enjoyed this series to the end, although the characters stayed fairly predictable throughout.
I'd say check it out of the library, don't bother buying...but that's just me.(less)
I always read Michelle Goodman's articles on news websites, and her style of writing was what interested me enough to go out and buy this book. When y...moreI always read Michelle Goodman's articles on news websites, and her style of writing was what interested me enough to go out and buy this book. When you read her writing, you feel as though you are chatting with an old friend over coffee. If nothing else, the comfortable, you-can-do-it feel I got from reading i The Anti 9-to-5 Guide i was totally worth it.
As for the actual advice in the book, I felt like Goodman did try to hit too many points in too few pages. Perhaps, though, this is because this book wasn't what I expected it to be. Many of the chapters focused on helping you figure out what you wanted to do with your outside-the-cube life; I expected the book to have more practical advice to follow once you had an outside-the-cube goal in mind.
Even though I think the book could have contained more detail about some topics, Goodman does provide numerous resources throughout each chapter for you to follow up with. I can also see the "anti 9-to-5 action plan" at the end of each chapter coming in very handy when I need that extra push to realize my goals, however small or large.
Overall, I would recommend this book. You can take it a chapter at a time, follow the "anti 9-to-5 action plan," and make steady progress toward your dream career, or you can breeze through it, picking up and putting down as time allows, and flagging the high points you know you'll find helpful later (my method). I think there's something for everyone in this book, and you can easily track down more information about your particular poison through the resources Goodman provides.(less)
I found Eclipse to be just as enjoyable as Twilight and New Moon, but it only gets 3 stars because the ending was even more predictable than New Mo...moreI found Eclipse to be just as enjoyable as Twilight and New Moon, but it only gets 3 stars because the ending was even more predictable than New Moon's ending. Still, it was a good read, and nothing in this book specifically turned me off of the series as a whole.(less)
A pretty simplistic book, but good for a quick grammar reference now and then. For more-complex grammar issues, I would stick to The Little, Brown Han...moreA pretty simplistic book, but good for a quick grammar reference now and then. For more-complex grammar issues, I would stick to The Little, Brown Handbook, The Copyeditor's Handbook, or The Chicago Manual of Style.(less)
As an 8-week-old kitten, Dewey was dropped into the after-hours book drop on a freezing night in January 1988, was found frost-bitten and starving the...moreAs an 8-week-old kitten, Dewey was dropped into the after-hours book drop on a freezing night in January 1988, was found frost-bitten and starving the following morning by the library staff, and became the world-famous cat of the Spencer Public Library in Iowa. This is his story.
I love cats, but I have to admit I was wondering how on earth the author, Vicki Myron, was going to keep me entertained throughout an entire book about just one cat. My cats' antics could certainly fill up several chapters' worth of writing, but those antics do seem to get repetitive after a while.
Myron does an amazing job weaving this story (with the help of Bret Witter), including facts, history, and bits of personal history where appropriate to keep the story moving. Amazingly, though I learned a lot about the author throughout the reading, I came away still feeling like the book was all about Dewey. Good job, Myron!
I had never heard of Dewey, although he came to be very famous in his time (he died in 2006, and though I knew it was coming, I still cried). I loved being able to relate to my husband the crazy things Dewey did, and he found them amusing because we could picture our cats doing those same things given the chance. I even found myself relating some of Iowa's history to my husband because I found it interesting; it really did add to the story.
Overall, this was a quick read, and I highly recommend it if you love animals (particularly, well, cats).(less)
Wow! This is a book I can see myself reading again, at least once. And that's not something that happens very often.
A Gothic, romantic mystery, The Th...moreWow! This is a book I can see myself reading again, at least once. And that's not something that happens very often.
A Gothic, romantic mystery, The Thirteenth Tale is well written, has engaging characters, and keeps drawing you back for more. Vida Winter, a famous, reclusive, dying author, is finally ready to tell her last story -- the story of her life. She invites Margaret Lea, a skeptical young book lover with some secrets in her past, to write what is possibly the most sought after story among Vida Winter fans.
The story twists and turns, keeping your interest throughout all 400+ pages, but Diane Setterfield leaves no loose ends. When you finish that last line, you are not left wanting more, but you do immediately want to jump back into the story for the characters, so memorable and hard to let go of.
I have not read such classics as Jane Eyre, Rebecca, or Wuthering Heights, but all have been mentioned as benchmarks by which to judge this novel. If that's the case, I am sure to pick up those classics now, because I find it hard to believe that The Thirteenth Tale shouldn't be the new benchmark.