Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess

Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess by Janet Hill

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Miss Wilhelmina Moon is a governess. But she’s not just any old governess. No, she’s a dog governess. In charged of sixty-seven dogs, ranging from the largest to the smallest breeds, Miss Moon has a way of keeping this rowdy bunch calm.

Day in and day out, she does more than walk, feed, and entertain her four-legged charges. Responsible for more than their physical well-being, Miss Moon has twenty lessons that ensure that her charges will live the utmost hap pies and fullest lives they could possibly live.

From whimsical to serious, these lessons keep, not only her sixty-seven charges in line, they keep Miss Moon herself happy. Lessons like: “With a splash of imagination, anything can be fun” or “make-believe is food for the soul” and a particular favorite “a good book will chase away the dark.”

Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess, written by author Janet Hill, is a picture book that will instantly capture and captivate readers of all ages.

The writing that fills the pages of this picture book, though sparse, is both smart and insightful. Beyond that it’s touched with the perfect sprinkling of whimsy. Offering helpful tips to raising well-behaved dogs, Miss Moon’s twenty lessons also offer sage life advice to the readers too.

As impressible as the writing is, the illustrations that fill the pages of Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess, are the true shining stars.  The world beautiful doesn’t even begin to accurately describe them.  In soft, yet vibratory hues, the illustrations are detailed and lush. And what truly make this book come alive.

Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess is simply sweet. It’s a book that is sure to be loved by readers of all ages.

Lists Galore (#10)

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(The above picture is from My Future Listography  by Lisa Nola)

Hello Readers!

It’s Sunday and I’m back with another edition of Lists Galore. You probably don’t know this about me, but I love school. And I love learning new things. That’s why today’s post is one that is close to who I am.

Today’s topic is …

List The Classes You’d Love To Take

Language Class – I took Spanish in high school and passed by the skin of my teeth. I realized after my second year taking it that I was, unfortunately, not being taught correctly (that’s a long story for a different day). I would love to take another Spanish class because it would be useful to me. And I’d even like to take Latin (which I also took in high school and did really well) refresher course.

Creative Writing –  As an aspiring writer, I feel it would beneficial to take another creative writing class. One on the collegiate level.

Speed Reading Class –  I seriously feel like the world’s slowest reader. I’d like to take a speed reading class to feel less like a reading slug.

Jewelry Making Class – One hobby I have always enjoyed is jewelry making. Though I try hard,and have learned a lot on my own, I’d love to learn more advanced techniques to making jewelry.

Photography Class – I’ve always been interested in photography. And for a split second I even enrolled myself in a class, but couldn’t afford the camera that the professor demanded I buy. It’s not something I want to do professionally, just something I’d like to learn for my own pleasure.

Baking Class – Even though I do not necessarily enjoy the art of cooking, I do enjoy baking. I like the exactness of it. But it’s one of things that I feel like I could get better at. There are aspects/techniques I’m unsure of and not confident enough to try. There are things I’d like to make but wouldn’t have a clue as to how to go about making them, even with a recipe card. A baking class would help. And quite honestly I think it would e fun.

Cosmetic Application Class – I’ve always loved makeup. I love buying it, playing with it, and inventing new looks. Application wise, I’ve learned mostly on my own and through YouTube videos. They may not be correct ways, but they work for me. I’d like to mainly take this class to learn how to apply  killer cat eye eyeliner!

Knitting Class – I’ve been wanting to learn how to knit before it was cool and hip to do so. I tried teaching myself via book but that went horribly wrong. I’ve yet to try learning by YouTube video though several friends swear by it mainly because I feel that I’m a hands on learner. But I’m going to learn to knit if it’s the last thing I do.

As of right now, I think that’s my entire list! Those are the classes I’d like to take. What classes would you like to take readers? Please share in the comments below!

I Know What You Did Last Summer

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

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At the time, promising not to tell a sole about the accident that left a little boy dead seemed like a good idea. When Barry, Helen, Ray, and Julie hit the Gregg boy, he was alive, or at least they thought he way. They did what they could, and went about their lives.

The four teens have found solace in the new lives they’ve created to themselves. Since that dreadful night, Barry has started college and is busy playing the field, both literally and figuratively. Helen is a future star, busy hosting television shows and showing off her model good looks. Ray hasn’t really been busy, instead he’s been spending his time loafing around the California coast. And Julie, well, she’s suffered the most. Since the accident she’s thrown herself into school in the hopes of escaping to a college on the East coast. When she’s not studying she’s busy worrying about that night.

But a year has passed, they’ve managed to, not only keep the pact, but go on without anyone knowing what they did. That is, until Julie receives a letter stating “I know what you did last summer.” Setting off a chain of events, the four friends must once again find a way to cover their tracks.

Who could possibly know what they did? And how will they make them pay?

I Know What You Did Last Summer, written by author Lois Duncan, is a classic mystery that, even though will keep readers engrossed, it will ultimately not thrill is readers.

Author Lois Duncan has crafted a story that will resonate with readers. The writing that fills this book is engaging, the plot is intriguing, and the reveals are timed perfectly. There was a lot that was working in this book. Except one aspect, and unfortunately it was a big one. I Know What You Did Last Summer, originally published in the early seventies has been updated and modernized. It was those updates that just did not work for me as a reader. Often times, I felt those updates made the text feel dated rather than fresh-faced and up to date.

What isn’t dated are Duncan’s characters. Each character is honestly. flawed, and multi-layered. As the plot unfolds, so do the characters. With each tun of events more and more layers are revealed. These layers help readers identify with, understand, and sympathize with Ray, Helen, Barry, and Julie.  As much as I liked some of the characters, I didn’t like them all. While I liked both Ray and Julie, I found both Barry and Helen to be self-absorbed and unsympathetic to what they had done. Barry was cocky, chauvinistic, and full of double standards, while Helen dumbed herself down and conformed to the person who she felt that Barry would want.

I didn’t know what to expect from I Know What You Did Last Summer. Honestly, because I grew up watching the movie, I expected the book to be more horror and less thriller. The truth: the film and the book are vastly different. Shockingly so. The only real similarity between the two were the main characters and the accident. And even those aspects have their differences.

I didn’t love I Know What You Did Last Summer as I had expected to. There were moments that I really enjoyed – the twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, the dialog, and the foreboding mood that Duncan created. Beyond those things, I really loved how Duncan got to the point – she didn’t drag things out in typical horror style. She told a concise story that kept me, not only intrigued but invested in the turnout.

*Cover image from GoodReads

March Reading Tracker

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Hello Readers!

Before jumping into my March reading tracker, let me recap. At the beginning of February I had set out to read four books. I wanted to read a current book (meaning I wanted to finish the book I had previously started in January), a  backlist book (or a book that I’ve had sitting on my shelf for quite some time), a historical fiction (simply because I was in the mood for it),  and an upcoming book (an ARC).

While I generally accomplished that goal,  some of the books changed. Originally I was planning on finishing my current read at the beginning of the month, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I did put it down because I felt as if I didn’t have the head space for it at that moment. I also, was planning on reading My Name is Not Friday by John Walter but after a few short pages, realized that I, in fact, was not in the mood for a straight up historical fiction.

So what did I read?

I had started Morgan Matson’s upcoming, The Unexpected Everything sometime in January but put it down to read Passenger. I returned back to Matson’s new book, and finished it.

I also read Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch, an ARC I had picked up from the publisher at ALA Midwinter (and a book I’ve been excited to read since first hearing about it).

I finally made time to read a backlist book, Five Flavors of Dumb (which I also reviewed). It felt good to pick a book off my shelf randomly and read it.

And Even though I decided early on that My Name is Not Friday by John Walter was going to be put on the back burner, I picked up another backlist book that I considered to be historical fiction. I picked up Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters by Suzanne Weyn.

Even though there were some shifts and changes, I thought I did pretty well reading wise this month. I set out to read four books, and I did! Which, truth be told I didn’t think I would.

This month I am setting my goal a bit higher. I am hoping to read a total of five books. I am planning on reading two backlist books (one of which will be on audio), a newly released book, an upcoming book, and a book I’m going to call my wild card read.

Backlist Books: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (audio) and I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

Newly Released Book: Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

Upcoming Book: The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

Wild Card: ???

That is what I am hoping to read this month. I’m excited and hopeful! What books are you planning on reading this month, dear readers?! Please share, I’d love to know.