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Jenny Hodges. Tampa Librarian. Book Lover. Slow Runner. Mom to Irish Triplets. Living and Traveling in the Autism World.


20. January 2017 14:40
by jennifer
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A Dog's Purpose Fandango Giveaway

20. January 2017 14:40 by jennifer | 19 Comments

Last year my oldest daughter and I had a "mother-daughter" book club and read A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. We both absolutely loved this story. We laughed, and we cried. It made us think about our own dog, Matthew, and what he might be thinking when we talk to him, or he looks at us in his special way. We know his moods based on his ears. Laughing He has his playful ears, his tired ears, his content ears, his working ears. Working ears? Yes, working ears. Matthew is a highly trained service dog, much like sweet Ellie in one of the supplemental novels in A Dog's Purpose series.  Matthew provides all of us with a non-judgemental sounding board and I honestly can't imagine our lives without him.

A few days after Haley and I finished the book we were chilling on the couch watching Jeopardy and the trailer for the movie came on during a commercial break. We both kept looking at each other, like "are you seeing what I'm seeing?" And then we both became hyper-focused on what we were watching. By the end of the commercial we had tears streaming down our faces. Go ahead, watch the trailer below and see if you don't have wet stuff coming out of your eyes. Cry

 

Right? If you are a dog lover, this movie will fill you with all sorts of emotions!!

From the film: "A DOG’S PURPOSE, is a sweet and lovable family film that shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. Told from the perspective of “everybody’s best friend” the film highlights the importance of familial bonds, and the unconditional love we have for our best friends. The movie stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, and John Ortiz."

If you'd like to WIN a $25 Fandango Gift Card, simply leave me a comment telling me your favorite breed of dog. I will select a random winner on Friday January 27th, the release day of the film.

My favorite breed of dog is the Labrador Retriever. I also love Great Danes, but have never had one of my own. My house is too small. LOL. I like big dogs. 

7. October 2015 09:32
by jennifer
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What I'm Reading Wednesday

7. October 2015 09:32 by jennifer | 3 Comments

Hello and Happy Wednesday!! This week I am reading a GREAT book!!   All the Light We Cannot See was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.  This fantastic book took Mr. Doerr over a decade to write and tells the tale of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.  Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.   Saint-Malo is an area of France that I was familiar with only because of my background in Marine Biology. Saint-Malo has the largest tidal change in ALL of Europe.  I know I am going off on a tangent now, but just check out the tidal range for a week (October 7-15.) IT'S HUGE!! If you look closely you will see more than a 20' difference between high and low tide. In Florida that sort of tidal range would wipe out many of our beaches for half of a day! Okay, back to the book. I am loving this story. I am about a third of the way through the book and each page just gets better and better. His descriptive narrative is simply breathtaking. I feel like I am right there in Saint-Malo. I've been to Germany twice so I do know firsthand some of the areas that Mr. Doerr is writing about, but France is new to me, so that is the part of the story that is keeping me the most intrigued right now.  I have a feeling that something tragic is going to happen to Marie-Laure and/or to Werner's sister Jutta.  Have you read this book? Did you love it? Do you typically read books that win The Pulitzer Prize?

13. August 2015 08:58
by jennifer
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What I'm Reading Wednesday

13. August 2015 08:58 by jennifer | 2 Comments

This has been a slow reading week for me. I was only able to finish one book this week, but it was a good one!! The Rosie Effect is the second book from Graeme Simsion. The Rosie Project was his first book and this book picks up where the other left off. Well, not right where the other left off. Rosie and Don are now married and have moved to NYC for Rosie to finish her MD and PhD, and Don is working at Columbia University (where Rosie is also going to school.) New characters are introduced, and a more human side of Don is displayed.  It was really a fun book, and I highly recommend it.   I also started (just last night!!) Buried Prey by John Sandford. Patrons at my library branch are always checking out books by John Sandford, but I don't think I've ever written anything by him, so I picked this one. It's got me hooked. I just started chapter 6, and I'm already super curious what is going to happen! From the author: "An entire block on the edge of the Minneapolis loop is being torn down for development, when an unpleasant surprise is unearthed: the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic, underneath an old house. It looks like they've been down there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long. In 1985, Davenport was a young cop just about to be promoted out of uniform, despite a reputation for playing fast and loose with the regulations. A local hockey hero, a womanizer, a superb undercover guy, he was part of the massive police effort that followed the kidnapping of two girls who were never found again, dead or alive. Eventually, the case was closed. But not for Davenport. Now, with the bodies discovered, he has the chance to investigate the kidnappings all over again, and the deeper he probes, the more one thing becomes clear: It wasn't just the bodies that were buried. It was the truth."   So that's what I'm reading these days. What are you reading???