Recommended Read – Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know

Title: Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know

Author: Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson

Overview: (taken from “Dear Human: Your dog probably puzzles you. Most of us do that. And most of us would like to keep things as they are: humans in the dark, dogs with the upper hand. But we dogs are about to let you in a little secret.  Okay, a lot of secrets. – We graduated first in our obedience class three times. This should tell you something. – Puppies know that they’re being cute. They’re using you. – We don’t sound anything like those silly voices you use to imitate us. – We hate those ridiculous names you give some of us. Moonbeam is not a dignified name for a mutt. – You might want to check your herb garden for fertilizer. – We are only wearing this stupid birthday hat so we can get some cake. No self-respecting dog cares about his birthday. – We are not spoiled, certainly not in comparison to teenage girls. – We are in charge of the house. We let you pretend that you are. – We’d be lost without you. We love you.   It’s all in our new book, Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know, as told to humans Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson. Even Steve Martin (yes, THAT Steve Martin) raves about us!  Inside you’ll find revelations such as the reason we at the sofa (leather tastes very similar to rawhide), and what we really think of the costumes you dress us up in. I’m not alone. Ten other courageous canines have stepped forward to tell you what your dog won’t – every last dirty, hairy bit of it. If you have dogs, love dogs, or have ever been baffled by a dog, this book is a must-have.”

Thoughts/Comments: As a dog lover myself, this book made me laugh and smile. I like to give my own dogs personalities and voices so this was pretty much a big collection of similar cases. It is a easy book to pick up and read, even if only for a few pages, due to its journal style writing. It features 11 dogs whose names are Sophie, Gabby, Tinkerbell, Moonbeam, Rufus, Axelrod, Dimples, Orson, Sarge, Bandana, and Charlie. If you have ever owned a dog, this book will make you laugh and I am sure you will be able to relate to some of it too.


Recommended Read – Shutter Island

Title: Shutter Island

Author: Dennis Lehane

Overview: (taken from “In the year 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule, come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate an unexplained disappearance. Multiple murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren island, despite having been kept under constant surveillance in a locked, guarded cell. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on the island, hints of radical experimentation and covert government machinations add darker, more sinister shades to an already bizarre case. Because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems.”

Thoughts/Comments:This was a very well written book. I could not stop reading it. It sucked me in and I found myself wrapped up in the characters and the plot. Although this is the case with pretty much any book turned into a movie, after reading the book I could not even finish the movie. However, if you have watched the movie and liked it, try reading the book, and if for some crazy reason you have not read nor watched either, pick this book up and start reading it now!


Snowflakes Are One Of Nature’s Most Fragile Things…

First day of Spring in Edmonton and a huge snowstorm hits. Snow blankets the city. Beautiful, untouched snow. Calming and relaxing.

Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together. – Vista M. Kelly


Recommended Read – S.E.C.R.E.T Shared

Title: S.E.C.R.E.T Shared

Author: L. Marie Adeline

Overview: (taken from “The hotly anticipated sequel to the erotic sensation S.E.C.R.E.T., where women’s sexual fantasies become reality. Still wounded from a recent heartbreak, Cassie Robichaud throws herself into service with S.E.C.R.E.T., the mysterious organization that changed her life last year by bringing her deepest sexual fantasies to life, one step at a time. Now, it’s Cassie’s turn to guide the group’s newest candidate, Dauphine Mason, recruiting men to execute a new set of fantasies. While it gets Cassie’s mind off Will, the man she truly loves, it also gives her the chance to help watch S.E.C.R.E.T. work its magic on someone new. At thirty-one, Dauphine is the proprietor of a New Orleans vintage clothing store-the kind of buttoned-up career woman who has no idea how attractive she really is. In order to reignite her sexual flame and reawaken her dormant heart, she must leave behind her bitter past. As both Cassie and Dauphine navigate the rocky path between their hearts and their passions, they discover what they truly want in life and in love. SECRET Shared is a liberating, passionate and sexually charged sequel to one of the hottest new series in erotica.”

Thoughts/Comments:  I am assuming anyone who read this or is wanting to read this has already read the first book, S.E.C.R.E.T. With that being said, I will say that I find this cover a little more appropriate than the cover of the first book in this series. I still do not find it overly amazing though. So for this book it is written from two character’s point of view, Cassie who is the main character in the first book, and Dauphine who is a new character. I read this book in less than a week so I had lots of uninterrupted reading. I got into the book and the characters and would say this one is as good if not better than the first book in the series. There were parts that I was almost mad at Cassie for her decisions, ha ha. The last chapter of this book was huge and the last page left me wanting to know what happens next.

From The Quiet Reflection…

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. – Peter Drucker

In The Depth Of Winter…

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. – Albert Camus

Simple Can Be Harder Than Complex…

Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains – Steve Jobs

Recommended Read – The Landscape Photography Field Guide

Title: The Landscape Photography Field Guide

Author: Carl Heilman Li

Overview: (taken from “Landscape is perhaps the most enduring photographic genre, and, as we travel, we are always encountering new and exciting scenes we”d love to capture.The Landscape Photographer”s Field Guideprovides a complete pro reference in a compact book which can be carried in even the most compact camera bag, always at hand. With his extensive experience of shooting from remote locations, Carl Heilman II has established himself as one of American”s leading National Park photographers. Every word in this book, and all of the inspirational photography, all draw from that experience and make that craft accessible to enthusiasts looking for a professional advice, wherever and whenever they need it. With sections on core skills, shooting for digital, and even advanced techniques like 3D, this book is everything a photographer on the move could need.”

Thoughts/Opinions: This small little book is jam packed with lots of really helpful information. I personally wish the book itself was physically bigger though. I found it difficult to hold and the text size was small and often hard to read. There were also beautiful photographs in it, but they were also really small. The content inside is divided into 6 different topics; equipment, technique, shooting, creative effects, editing work flow, and reference. All of which were thoroughly explained. If you are interested in landscape photography, or any photography really, this book is great. I found one really great quote in it that I would like to share, “It’s all about developing the ability to shoot perfect pictures every time and learning how to create photos by choice – not by chance.” Makes you want to work on your photography skills hey?

Recommended Read – S.E.C.R.E.T

Title: S.E.C.R.E.T

Author: L. Marie Adeline

Overview: (taken from “No judgments. No limits. No shame. Cassie Robichaud’s life is filled with regret and loneliness after the death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie’s world is forever changed. The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies. Cassie soon immerses herself in an electrifying journey through a series of ten rapturous fantasies with gorgeous men who awaken and satisfy her like never before. As she is set free from her inhibitions, she discovers a new confidence that transforms her, giving her the courage to live passionately. Equal parts enticing, liberating and emotionally powerful, S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T is a world where fantasy becomes reality.”

Thoughts/Comments: First thing I have to mention is how much I dislike this particular cover. I have seen different covers online for this title that are much better, but the actual one I read had the same as the image I posted so that is what I am going by. I find this cover very Juvenile in many ways. I look at it and think it is some cheesy Teen book, not an adult Romance/Erotica book. Covers are so important and I almost did not read this one because of first impressions.

Anyways, now that my little rant about the cover is done… This was a very fast and easy read for me. Was it amazing? well no. It was good but not fantastic. Parts of it I found almost silly and hard to believe, however that may simply be because I am more of a non-fiction reader. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy it and found myself getting wrapped up in the story at times. This book did make me want to be a more confident female. I think that is the Author’s goal, to have the reader relate to Cassie in one way or another and picture themselves growing as she does. Overall, It was a good book. Not my favorite, but far from my least.