Monday, November 1, 2010


Mailbox Monday is a weekly bookish meme normally hosted by Marcia at the Printed page but this month is being hosted by Julie over at Knitting and Sundries. 

Okay, so before I do my mailbox I have to say that the last week we had a family emergency in that my Mom had what they THINK may be a stroke on Thursday, or it could be a seizure from a mix of medication that she is on.  Either way I had to call 911 Thursday afternoon and she is still in the hospital but doing very well.  They do not want her to leave until they find out exactly why she had the event and how they can prevent it in the future.  It was one of the most frightening things I have ever been through, for all of us, not the least of which, obviously, for my parents.  SO, there has not been much of reading, blogging or work on my dog training course happening.

Before this happened I did go to the bookstore with my 3 year old and picked up a book I had read about : (which I JUST discovered while looking for an image of the cover that you can read the book FOR FREE onine at google books.  Click here to read it FOR FREE.)  ANYway, I'm not bothered, eventhough for a small book under 250 pages it's 30 BUCKS.  But I digress... just look at the cover..

I mean seriously.  Doesn't that little wee pathetic looking chihuahua mix just make you wanna run to your nearest acreage and open the flood gates letting every stray into your yard??!!!

The book is awesome and Steven Kotler is hilarious.  He was a city slicker with no desire for kids or the country life who fell in love with a woman who, although also wanting no kids, had a "thing" for rescuing dogs.  Before he knows it he is buying a small farm in the middle-of-nowhere New Mexico and taking in dozens of hard luck doggies from high kill shelters.  Okay, so maybe that part's not funny, but the WAY he tells his story IS.

I also received, from Simon and Schuster Canada (THANK YOU!)  a  couple of memoirs and a novel by Nicole Ritchie.  Hm.  I tried to read the first few pages of Richie's book but just could not stomach it, and I feel terrible about it!  But it really is just horribly written drivel.  The other two are:

I have to admit I am a tad curious about this one, Late, Late at Night Rick Springfield's memoir.  There may have been a few occasions in the mid 80's when my 14/15 year old self belted out Jesse's Girl.  But really, did he write anymore songs?  I have no idea...  All I can say is:  EASY on the eyeliner, buddy!  Can you see his eyes on the cover??  ANYway, I flipped through briefly to look at the pictures and one thing I did glean from them is that he has been with the same woman for a ba-zillion years, and that says something pretty cool about him.

The next one I already emailed S and S and told them I will most likely not read it and would be happy to ship it back to them.  I know that sounds awfully cranky of me but I can't help it.  I just have zero interest in reading this:

I mean really, people, an autobiography about Susan Boyle?  REALLY?!  Okay, I'm not insulting those of you that may want to read it, I'm not, but I just don't get the fascination.  So S and S said I did not have to send it back but I could pass it on to someone who might like to read it.

SO whomever would like the Susan Boyle autobiography and this book:

You can have them for free but the only catch is you have to pay for shipping.  So it may or may not be worth it to you to snap either or both of these up depending on where you live.

I am still so grateful for the publishers I am fortunate enough to work with and many many books that I have loved have come in the way of a package I have not expected and got to open like a little kid at Christmas.  But occasionally I am sent a book or two that I just cannot commit to reading to.  I have so many books that I still need to read (I am about a third of the way thru The Distant Hours and I have to finish it in 8 days!) and want to read, so I really have to say no when I receive a book that just isn't for me.

ANYway, that is my mailbox Monday and a bit about the stuff that has been going on around here!

Have a wonderful day!

7 Blabs:

Zoë said...

It is always exciting (and rare!) to get a book by an author like Stephen King so I am pretty exciting. that dog book looks adorable, I love love dogs but I'm not sure I'm such a fan of reading about me. I haven't gotten any books I haven't requested yet that I know of so I don't have that problem with random books, but I'm definitely pretty sure I would have to pass on a book by Richie if I were to receive it too. I hope your mother does better this week by the way and is able to leave the hospital.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Nice variety in your mailbox. I want to reach in and pet that cute puppy!

bermudaonion said...

I'm looking forward to Late, Late at Night too! Have a great week!

Alyce said...

I hope your mother continues to get better.

The dog book does look very good. The longer I blog the more unsolicited review copies I seem to get. I try to pass those I don't read on to other reviewers, but I just don't stress about it the way I used to.

Julie said...

I hope they figure out what's going on with your mom quickly .. it's such a stress to go through that with a family member.

Thanks for the link to read A Small Furry Prayer .. I think the cover is indeed adorable.

Not being a huge memoir fan, I can totally understand not being interested in most. I'm pretty sure others who love memoirs will snatch up your offer!

Enjoy the Rick Springfield read and hugs to you and to your mom!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

Anna said...

I hope your mom is okay!

Enjoy your new books.

Marce said...

Nicole Richie???? Hmmmm

Glad your mom is doing better, very scary indeed.

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