Monday, November 30, 2009

Dewey by Vicki Myron

Well I have just (finally) finished up reading Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat who Touched the World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter. This is a 271 page book of non-fiction about a small town library cat written by the librarian of that small town library. Here is a description from Barnes and Noble of the book:

DEWEY is the heartwarming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa, as told by his owner and companion of nineteen years, Vicki Myron, the librarian who found him on a frigid January morning when he was abandoned as a kitten in the book drop slot. It is also the story of a remarkable small town, which burned down at the beginning of the Depression, only to rebuild itself, and which was almost shuttered during the farm crisis of the 1980s, before regrouping and rededicating itself to small town American values. Dewey's local charm and worldwide fame became a symbol of hope for this recovering town. Through Dewey's antics, we come to know and love many of the colorful and inspiring people of Spencer. But perhaps the most inspiring person in Spencer is Vicki Myron herself, a single mother who survived the bankruptcy of her family farm and working in a box factory to put two of her brothers through college to become one of the leaders of the Iowa library system. Dewey is one lovable, roguish cat who managed to transform an entire town and inspire people across the globe. (end quote)

It took me a while to get into the book because in the beginning it is alot of background information on the author and the town of Spencer with some Dewey story mixed in. But as I continued through the book it just got better and more entertaining as more items focused on Dewey and the lives he touched. Now... I'm not a cat person... I did grow up with cats but I'm not really the expert here. In my opinion though Dewey was different. And you can tell by the stories that Vicki told that he was so much more than just a cat. Her stories are descriptive and do a good job of painting a picture in your mind. I love when she would write in italics what she thinks Dewey was probably thinking in certain situations. The ending is very sweet and whether you are a cat person or not this story is sure to touch your heart. I almost cried at the end. It made me want to be a Librarian and have a cat when I grow up. ;) This won't be a book club selection but it is a good read. As always share your thoughts if you have read it or plan too. Happy Reading!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Toddler Book Giveaway

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving! I know it has been awhile since I gave you a book review but it's been slow in the reading department of my life lately. Busy Busy! I wanted to take a moment though to let you know about a book giveaway I am having on my personal blog, LittleMrsDomestic. This giveaway will run until December 8, 2009. You will need to read the post to figure out how to enter. If interested in ordering a copy of the book I also have that information for you.

I hope you and yours are enjoying our time off and are having a great Thanksgiving weekend! Happy Reading!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Every Now and Then By Karen Kingsbury

I have just finished up reading the last book in Karen's 9/11 series. And I have to tell you I was not disappointed. I enjoyed reading this book and Karen really kept me focused and not wanting to put it down. Like the other books in the 9/11 series this one was just as intense at times. Here is what the book flap can tell you about this story:

A wall went up around Alex Brady's heart when his father, a New York firefighter, died in the Twin Towers. Turning his back on the only women he ever loved, Alex shut out all the people who cared about him to concentrate on fighting crime. He and his trusty K9 partner, Bo, are determined to eliminate evil in the world and prevent tragedies like 9/11. Then the worst fire season in California's history erupts, and Alex faces the ultimate challenge to protect the community he serves. An environmental terrorist group is targeting the plush Oak Canyon Estates. At the risk of losing his job, and his soul, Alex is determined to infiltrate the group and put an end to their corruption. Only the friendship of Clay and Jamie Michaels-and the love of a dedicated young woman-can help Alex drop the walls around his heart and move forward into the future God has for him. (end quote)

This book was 308 pages long but it was an easy page turner. I found myself brought to tears a few times as the lives of the characters are brought back to God and redeemed. I don't want to give away to much but I would recommend the read. Remember if you are just now tuning in this is the 3rd book in Karen Kingsbury's 9/11 series. The first two books were One Tuesday Morning and Beyond Tuesday Morning. I hope you enjoyed our dip into Karen Kingsbury's life changing fiction. If you have any questions or comments, as always please share! Happy Reading!