Book Review: A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Age Recommended: Anyone and everyone (especially dog owners)

Genre: Fiction

An amazing book about the four lives of a dog and the true meaning of a dog’s purpose from a dog’s point of view. At this point, I can say with confidence that this is the best book I’ve ever read. Not only because it has a fantastic story or because it is incredibly well written. Not because it’s fiction. But because it’s the only book I’ve read, in recent memory, that has truly made me think about it after reading it. with most books I’ll finish reading, write a review, and move on. However, I read this book a few days ago, and it has been running through my mind ever since. Truly astounding…

This book also gave me a different perspective of a dog’s intelligence…

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Also, here’s  my puppy, Naina! She is now five months old!!

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Toby is born to his mother in the wilderness. He grows up, surrounded by his siblings until one day, when people come and take them to an illegal shelter. Toby integrates himself into his surroundings, as do his siblings, Fast and Sister – the names Toby thinks of them by.

Toby goes through the motions in his present life and the next ones as well. Only in his next life, as Bailey, does he find his owner Ethan. Ethan is a young, playful boy who grows up with Bailey at his side. When Bailey dies, he is reborn as a girl names Ellie who works with her owner, a police officer, to save people’s lives.

Again, the circle of life resumes.

Buddy, a young puppy is now living his original life as a dog in the wild. Buddy remembers everything from his past life, including the game of Find, where he was instructed to save people’s lives by tracking them in burning buildings or forests.

One day, Buddy smells a scent so familiar, he feels like he has come home. Buddy smells Ethan. Buddy is intent on following the scent and reuniting himself with his owner. Only then, does he realize the true purpose of his life.

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: A Dog’s Purpose

Book Review: An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth by Colonel Chris Hadfield

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Non-Fiction

Age Recommendation: I believe that everyone should read this book- it’s very well written!

This is an extremely inspirational story about a man who persevered his whole life to achieve his dream and how he overcame all the obstacles that stood in his way.

This book was my summer reading assignment and I enjoyed reading it immensely. The first time around, I was put off by the fact that this book was non-fiction and therefore could not focus. However, the second time around, I realized that this book was as good as any other and that one should not judge a book based on its genre. Furthermore, an open mind is required when reading books and one should not be afraid to step out of their comfort zone or genre.

Astronaut

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Colonel Chris Hadfield, a native Canadian has wanted to be an astronaut most of his life. However, the fact that he is a Canadian restricts him from pursuing a career in his wanted field because Canada’s space program is not as developed as those of other countries, such as America or Russia. The only way into a program is to join an academy which then sends a certain number of astronauts to NASA.

When Colonel Hadfield finally finds a way to join NASA, he must deal with the pain of separation from his family and the fact that he can not be an avid participant in their lives. He feels as though he is missing out on an important part of his children’s growing up. This leads to Colonel Hadfield spending as much time with them as possible when he is at home.

Later on, Colonel Hadfield develops a minor health issue that may prevent him from leaving Earth on a mission he’s been waiting for his whole life. However, through all of this, the Colonel remains optimistic. Finally, he is given the doctor’s signature naming him fit to go into space.

But the journey doesn’t end there…

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

Book Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommendation: 13 and up

I liked this book a lot and it also fit my 2015 Reading Challenge Category of: A book with a character that’s shifty.

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Alexis’ brother, Tyler,  has just committed suicide and her world seems at an end. It doesn’t help maters that her parents are divorced so her family doesn’t have enough money to pay for the funeral.

Alexis is unable to get over Ty’s death and is also enraged at him for not leaving her a note as he did for her mother and his girlfriend before he died. Alexis also blames herself for Ty’s death because before he died, he sent her a text message saying he wanted to talk. However, Alexis was with her boyfriend and completely ignored her brother’s text. Now, Alexis is beating herself up, thinking that she could have done something to stop her brother’s death.

To make matters worse, Alexis’ mother is making her go see a shrink once a week to help her cope with her brother’s death. The shrink recommends writing in a diary and Alexis finds that it doesn’t help at all but continues for her mother’s satisfaction. Moreover, Alexis and her mother start seeing Ty’s ghost around the house and also start smelling his cologne everywhere they go.

To Alexis, this seems like a horror movie gone wrong and her happy brother is now a ghost that is haunting her.

Will Tyler learn to move on and leave his family alone?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Last Time We Say Goodbye

Book Review: Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction (although I wish it wasn’t)

Age Recommendation: EVERYONE

I cannot believe that I forgot about this book. A very nice family friend gave me this book as a gift and another one: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them for my birthday! For those of you who don’t know (tsk tsk), these books are mentioned in the Harry Potter series and I am elated that J.K Rowling decided to actually write them! I hope she publishes The Monster Book of Monsters next.    😉

All in all, this was a great book and I found it fascinating. My only complaint: IT ISN’T REAL! I have long wished that Harry Potter truly existed…    😦

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Basically, this book starts with the evolution of the broomstick: the flying one that is…

J.K.  Rowling has drawn some wonderful diagrams depicting the various types of broomsticks in the wizarding world and how they changed over time. The next chapter is about games that involved broomsticks and different types of balls. It covers ancient games from different countries which leads into how Quidditch was formed.

Later on, the book talks about the different Quidditch teams and the details of each one. It also informs one about how the racing broom was formed.

Personally, I loved this book and I think that all Harry Potter fans should read this as well.

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Quidditch Through the Ages (Harry Potter)

Book Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Rating: 5 out of  stars

Genre: Fiction (if only it wasn’t)

Age Recommendation: Everyone (I cannot stress this enough)

Another one of the amazing books mentioned in the Harry Potter series has come to life in J.K. Rowling’s hands. I found this book especially funny because it is Harry’s property and he has written his own funny notes all over the book. To be honest, I found his notes more interesting than the actual text of the book (which I am sure was the author’s intention).

Also, I just realized- they’re making a movie on this book!!! It will be released next year and I can’t wait!]

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This book is basically an encyclopedia on every monster in the wizarding world. Or at least the ones that we know of…

Some of these creatures are mentioned in the books or the movies but the other aren’t and the way that they are described is hilarious! I don’t exactly know how to do much more of a review but I’ll post some of the encyclopedia entries here:

Introduction:

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Mentioned in Books/ Movies:

Gnomes

Hippogriff

Not mentioned, but still incredibly entertaining:

Fwooper

See what I mean?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Harry Potter)