Monday, January 10, 2011


Mailbox Monday is a weekly bookish meme that was originally hosted by Marcia over at The Printed Page, but then she graciously developed it into a lovely blog tour, and this month it is Rose City Reader's turn!

Hello all!  And HAPPY NEW YEAR and all that good stuff.  This Mailbox Monday is going to include some awesomeness I got for Christmas as well as a couple of little ditty's I picked up for myself.. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO MEEEEEEEE!!!!

First off, though, the best news E-V-E-R is that my Mom was released from the care centre and is now home for good and doing FANTASTIC!!!  Life is slowly returning to normal and she is thrilled to be back at home watching football and hockey with my Dad. Life is GOOD!

ANYway, I am looking forward to jumping back into the book blogosphere as I have missed everyone!

Back to my holiday loot:

Here is what I recieved from my family:
Dog Tips from DogTown
This was top on my list and I was thrilled to get it!  At Dog Town they use positive reinforcement training as well as clicker training!  WOOT!  This is  a great book for any dog owner and very user friendly!

If you are familiar with Dog Town and the Best Friends Society at all, you will know that they have rehabilitated some of the worst known cases, such as 21 of the Vick dogs, some of which were adopted to loving homes, and others who will remain at dog town for the rest of their lives. 

I am hugely obsessed with this place, and I am an outreach volunteer, and will hopefully will be travelling down to Utah this summer with my family to volunteer with the dogs and critters at the sanctuary!

Are you sensing a theme here?  I was also super excited to get this little number, and it is full of stories of some of the dogs from the show.  Excellent! 

I also got Oogy from my daughter.  Here's the thing, I really really wanted that book and told her many times.  She was only happy to oblige!  I wanted to like it, even love it, but I couldn't.  It was one of the worst written books I have ever read.  Brutal.  The story itself is sweet, and could have been told in about a paragraph, but the "author" (and I use that term very loosely) chose to blather on with inane details about making coffee in the morning, waking his teenage sons up, an ENTIRE CHAPTER on his sons adoption which, as it turns out, had very littlel to do with the general story other than his sons related to Oogy as another adopted member of the family.  Really really bad.  And people are just loving it, according to his facebook page, so maybe it's just me, but the writing is painful to read.  The guy is a lawyer, and probably a really great one, but he should have had a co-writer or hired an outright writer and left them to do what they do best.  I never did share with my daughter my thoughts on the book, as I didn't want to hurt her feelings, so I just told her it was a cute story.   0/5 stars.

On to books I purchased for myself recently: 

KINDLE:     My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Talory Ph.D.
                   This book was FASCINATING!!  And I read it in about 3 days.  Jill Taylor is a neuroanatomist who suffered a stroke and was completely incapacitated by it.  Her book is a riveting tale of her stroke from the inside of a neuroscientist, and her insight is incredible! 

The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant

So, this book is everything that Oogy isn't.  This is a BRILLIANTLY written book by Jim Gorant who makes his living as a writer and editor of Sports Illustrated.  Some people have shied away from this book as they think it might be too disturbing.  While I will admit that some parts will make you cry, enraged, and want to throw Michael Vick's ass in jail AGAIN as fast as your arms can toss him, the majority of the book is a tale of redemption and the utter glowing spirit of these incredible dogs. 

This book is written so well that you are left hanging on the edge of your seat most of the time as the investigation is rolled out page by page, and simultaneously weaving it together with stories of the dogs themselves, sometimes from their own perspective.  Just a georgous GEORGOUS read.  I am just over halfway done and I have to say I kind of do not want it to end!  I HIGHLY recommend this book to any and all animal lovers, and I can guarantee you that once you read it, you will be INSPIRED by what you will find among it's pages, and you may even be MOVED to action.  Dog fighting is A CRIME and a hideous one at that.  Here is the trailer:

His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester

I am also about halfway through His Last Letter by
Jeane Westin.  I have had this book for quite awhile, it was sent to me this past summer by the publisher.  It has been sitting in my huge stack of TBR's from publishers/authors, and when I realized how long it had been sitting there I pulled it out and immediately dove in.  What a fantastic read! 

I can't wait to post my final thoughts when I'm done.

Have a wonderful day, and for more Mailbox Monday click here.

12 Blabs:

Anna said...

I'm so glad to hear the news about your mom. Enjoy your new books!

deborah said...

I'm so happy that your mom is doing better!

The stroke book you mentioned looks neat - it reminds me of the book: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which I found fascinating. Have you read it?

Kate Scott said...

I remember seeing the author of Stroke of Insight on Oprah a few years ago... The Dogtown books look incredibly useful. My pup is 12 now and waaay too old for training. (We tried when he was younger and a lot of things stuck, but boy does he have a mind of his own!)

Lisa said...

Hey Anna! Thanks for your kind words, and for stopping by!

Deborah: Hey chicky! I have heard of that book, but never read it. Will have to check it out now, though, since you mentioned it!

Kate: I know what you mean, we have a 10 year old dog who I just started formally training in August, she's doing great, but stuck in her ways! :0)

Natalie W said...

LISA! Your back!! I'm so glad to hear your mom is doing better, that is great news and I see your busy with your doogy's (that's what I call my dogs) and volunteering. Must be fun!
Hope you enjoy your books and have a great week.
Natalie :0)

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

That is great news about your mom!

Dogtips from Dogtown looks like a book I could use. I love the show Dogtown and think the work they do is remarkable.

Mystica said...

Your last book sounds wonderful. Glad that things are improving for your mother.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Glad to hear your mom is home and doing well.
His Last Letter caught my attention. Going to look it up now :-)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Great looking dog books. I just finished A Dog's Purpose - very good.

Lisa said...

Natalie: Your post made me SMILE and made my day!! What a wonderful welcome back! THANK YOU. "doogy" that's cute! Hope your son is feeling better!

Beth: I know, I am a huge fan too. The Lost Dogs talks quite a bit about Dog Town as well.

Mystica: Thank you so much for your kind words!

Mary: Thanks for your kind words, and His Last Letter is a gooder!

Diane: I have had A Dog's Purpose sample on my Kindle for awhile now, it is definately one I want to read! Now you have made me want to order it up right now! :0)

Unknown said...

I've had His Last Letter on my list for awhile too, but haven't been able to read it yet. Glad to hear it's so good :)

TheBookGirl said...

So glad to hear that your mom is home and recovering nicely. What a great way to start the year :)

My mom had the same reaction that you did to Oogy; I regularly get books for her, and usually she is pleased with the selections, but with that book she said I missed the mark, lol.

I am off to look up His Last Letter, and I will look for your review.

As for the dog books, we have sort of given up hope of ever having a totally well- trained dog!

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