Sunday, 14 August 2011

Sloppy Jones. Wonder cat, part time puppy & fearless defender of the 'hood.

Here's my girl, in her fave position, next to me in bed. I read, she sleeps.  It's a hard life, being a cat.
I think it's official - Sloppy has gone for good.  I'd been hoping she would just turn up one day, be there meowing her displeasure at being kept waiting by her inept human.  But it's been around two months now and I've not seen her at all.  She hadn't been well, a constant cold and mouth ulcer had been annoying her for weeks, plus she'd been loosing weight.  I'm terribly sad, she was such a lovely cat.  She used to drive me barking with all her meowing.  I think she was the loudest, most expressive cat I'd ever met, not to mention her belief that she was a rather large dog.  Wil and Sam can now relax - no more getting beaten up by a cat!  But for all my annoyance, I would never trade her in.  I miss her lots and wish she was here.  I loves you moo shoo, to the moon and back.

Sloppy kicking back on my lap.

Cheers to the best meow in the world, Sloppy xoxo


Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Dewey by Vicki Myron

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the WorldDewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I knew from the start that this would end sadly.  But I enjoyed reading about Dewey's escapades.  Who doesn't love a cat that can primp on demand!  And it was the stories about his fun with Vicki and the library patrons that I loved the most.  I used to play chasey with my cat Sloppy and this brought back lots of memories.  This wasn't fantastically written, but it was a fun read, (well up until about Ch. 26), then I was balling my eyes out, trying to see the floor while I was vacuuming. It doesn't help that I'm still feeling sorry for myself because Sloppy has gone missing.  Would I read it again - no, but I'm glad I read it.  The picture book is hella cute, with lovely illustrations.

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Buzz Off by Hannah Reed

Buzz Off (Queen Bee Mystery #1)Buzz Off by Hannah  Reed
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this up at work, first because I liked the cover, then the blurb got me.  This sounded like a fun read and it was to a certain extent.  I loved the beekeeping side of things and enjoyed the tourist side of Wisconsin.  What I didn't really like the bullet points, I understand this is how story thinks, but it got old fast.  I liked even less how her sister talks in abbreviated speech, BRB, OMG, TTYL - ugh!  Annoying.  I did love the relationship between Story and her beau, they were high school sweethearts and are slowly getting it back together.  I've started the next one, something I'd like to see as the series progresses is more of the mystery side of things.  Overall, an easy weekend read.

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Thursday, 4 August 2011

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

 Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small American town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. She’s secretive, on edge. Over time she forms a relationship with the general store owner and his two kids.

I haven’t read one of Sparks’ books for ages, but I really enjoyed this. While it was still romance, it seemed like a bit of departure from his usual. I liked the alternating chapters between Katie and Kevin, giving perspectives from both characters, even if Kevin is a six pack short of a slab. I can’t imagine going through/surviving spousal abuse, but I think Sparks’ writing treated the subject well, it didn’t seem contrived and I thought the relationship between Katie and Alex was sweet. It may be that I haven’t read one of his for a while, but it doesn’t seem as formulaic as some of his work. As any author on a best selling list, he seems to churn them out and I know I stopped reading him because I didn’t think some of the stories were as strong as his earlier novels.

Apparently this has been optioned as a movie and I do love me a Nicholas Sparks movie adaption, I'm still waiting for The Lucky One, with a hella buff Zac Efron to come out.  Popcorn dinner here I come!


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