Archive: December 2019

tweets for 2019-12-30

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
  • RT @RachelHeine: new years resolutions
    – exercise regularly
    – read 50+ books in 2020
    – find a fourth for the coven
    – hail to the guardians… ->
  • @Erin_N_Stewart I'd love the graphic novel adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale. Thanks for the chance! in reply to Erin_N_Stewart ->
  • RT @Erin_N_Stewart: To celebrate the end of my debut author year, I’m giving one #booklover their choice of ANY 2019 book!
    F/RT this post… ->
  • RT @bobo_circus: went into my local rent a center to order coffee & the barista wrote "die pig" on my cup. im not even a cop ->
  • RT @LoverofBooksblg: Apologies for the terrible photo, but I’m hosting a giveaway!
    I have an Owlcrate box nearly full with past book box… ->
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Monday, December 30th, 2019

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Sunday, December 29th, 2019

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Saturday, December 28th, 2019

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Friday, December 27th, 2019
  • RT @the_moviebob: I feel like I should show this to my mom, but then my mom would get on Twitter. And I just can't have that. https://t.co/… ->
  • RT @CJAOurPower: 188 years ago, the Christmas Rebellion rocked Jamaica for eleven days. The 1831-1832 rebellion mobilized as many as 60,000… ->
  • RT @wroetoshaw: Gave my Dad Mr Bean cut out for Christmas and he’s been moving it around the house to scare my Mum https://t.co/lV1hznf4L8 ->
  • RT @kawaiigoff: told my boyfriend I wanted some bookends for Christmas and he only went and fucking handcrafted The Shining bookends for me… ->
  • RT @lilgreenkc: My son asked for a new xbox controller for Xmas. Didnt think about why he needed a new one… until he opened it up and got… ->
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Thursday, December 26th, 2019

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Wednesday, December 25th, 2019

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Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Book Review: What I Lick Before Your Face … and Other Haikus By Dogs by Jamie Coleman (2019)

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

Poems About Poop (and True Love!)

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Netgalley.)

If my dog could write haikus, I’d like to imagine that he’d wax poetic about his undying love for me: his human, his nurse, his cheerleader; the one constant in his chaotic (albeit tragically short) life. The one person who’s stuck by him, through better and worse (and the absolute worst). In reality, it’d probably be a lot of poop talk, interspersed with odes to his favorite noms and a thinly veiled death threat or two for the cat.

Oh, and oodles of anxiety, a la Hyperbole and a Half. He and I, we’re simpatico, you see.

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What I Lick Before Your Face … and Other Haikus By Dogs pairs haikus – presumably channeled through author Jaime Coleman by his canine friends – with black and white photos of the very best 12/10 puppers you’ve ever seen. Spoiler alert: there is a preponderance of bathroom talk, along with a weird (though not altogether unwelcome) fixation on Boston terriers.

The haikus range from silly and whimsical to tender and downright tearjerking. To wit:

Grass
Why do I eat grass?
Perhaps today is the day
It is sausages

Best Friend
The definition
Of friendship must surely be
You, a bag, my poop

Rubs
It hurts my feelings
When you avoid stroking there
Nipples are me too

The Lead
You make me bring you
This harness of oppression
In my own damn mouth

Going to Live on the Farm
Guys, there is no farm
I wish there was, but there is
Only nothingness

I will never skip your nips, sweet doggo. NEVER.

Anyway, What I Lick Before Your Face would make a great gift for people who love poetry or dogs, and the best gift for those who heart both (and really, who doesn’t?).

(This review is also available on Amazon, Library Thing, and Goodreads. Please click through and vote it helpful if you’re so inclined!)

tweets for 2019-12-22

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

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Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

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Saturday, December 21st, 2019

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Friday, December 20th, 2019

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Thursday, December 19th, 2019

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

Book Review: Greta and the Giants by Zoë Tucker & Zoe Persico (2019)

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

An empowering fable inspired by Greta Thunberg.

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss.)

Greta is just a child, not much older than this picture book’s intended audience, when the Giants who live near her forest home start to run amok. Though they have always been around, lately they have become greedier and greedier, cutting down the forest’s trees with reckless abandon, building factories that belch smoke into the air, and just generally trampling over the many other creatures who call the forest home.

Desperate, the bears and foxes and squirrels turn to young Greta for help. She is only one person – and a small one, at that – but her stand against the Giants inspires other children to take action as well. Thankfully, this story has a happy ending: easily shamed, the Giants are horrified by their lack of manners and empathy, and quickly move to set things right.

Sadly, the real Greta – Thunberg, the sixteen-year-old Swedish girl who serves as inspiration for this fable – is actually mocked, teased, subjected to ableism, and dismissed as “hysterical” by the IRL Giants, who have neither a sense of shame, nor a conscience. But that wouldn’t make for a very uplifting picture book, would it?

That said, the book’s afterward introduces readers to the real Greta, and the myriad of challenges she’s faced. It also includes a list of actions that kids can take, in the here and now, to help make Greta’s dream a reality. (Thankfully, nestled among the suggestions is “eat less meat,” though methinks “go vegan” would be more apt, especially since Greta is. One of us, one of us!)

The artwork in Greta and the Giants is lovely, as is the message. I especially love the diversity of faces – kids of all races, ethnicities, and religions join Greta in her fight, and there’s no understating the importance of representation. This is a great book to help engage younger readers with the world around them, and empower them to take action in their own communities. It shouldn’t be up to them, but we grownups have failed them, miserably.

My only regret? That Esther the Wonder Pig didn’t land a cameo.

(This review is also available on Amazon, Library Thing, and Goodreads. Please click through and vote it helpful if you’re so inclined!)

tweets for 2019-12-16

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

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Monday, December 16th, 2019

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Sunday, December 15th, 2019

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Saturday, December 14th, 2019