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The "What are you reading" Thread

babymomma
August 18th, 2009, 10:50 PM
Hey!

On another forum we have a thread to post about the books we are reading and if there good we recomend them.. Thought that would be fun here too!

I just finished reading "HeartStopper" by Joy Fielding..

Aside from the Twilight series.. It was the,

Best.book.EVER..

Its about a serial killer in a small town.

My mom recomended it to me after reading it because I like books with murder and a bit of mystery and love.

When I first started reading it. I thought my mom was crazy. The character was Sadistic.. Freaked me out a little at first.

Once I got into it I stayed up until 8 am to finish it. I literally couldnt put it down.

It was filled with little twists, and kept you guessing and trying to solve the crime. But the twist at the end is.. Just.. wow.. I still cannot beleive what happened.. I got SO into the book.. Its great. I recomend it to everybody. Even if they dont like murder books (My mom dont but she loved it).. :crazy:

http://www.amazon.com/Heartstopper-Novel-Joy-Fielding/dp/0743295986

Im about to start "Dark Desires" by Eve Silver.. Mom tells me it takes place back in the old days and has a bit of murder.. She didnt know if I should be reading it because it does have a bit of Smutt in it (I can only roll my eyes at my mothers attempts.. seriously, im a teenager, I know all about these sorts of things all ready:rolleyes:)

http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Desires-Zebra-Debut-Silver/dp/0821779664

Anybody read it before? Like it?

When Im done I'll update :D

In the mean time.. Can anybody recomend some good murder/mystery/love books rolled into one? lol.. I guess murder and mystery is all one thing.

Bailey_
August 18th, 2009, 11:58 PM
Have you read The Host by Stephanie Meyer? Same author as the twilight series, but this book was written with a more 'mature' audience in mind. ;) It's my favorite book right now, I've read it twice through. SO good. :thumbs up

babymomma
August 19th, 2009, 12:04 AM
Have you read The Host by Stephanie Meyer? Same author as the twilight series, but this book was written with a more 'mature' audience in mind. ;) It's my favorite book right now, I've read it twice through. SO good. :thumbs up

Oh oh! Nope havent read it but will definatly look for it in the library next time! :thumbs up Thanks !

Another note, anybody read those books..the "sweet valley high" books when you were younger or right now? I used to read those in like, grade 5 and LOVED them.. I might start reading them again but I might not like them now that im older.. I remember going to the library and taking a bagfull home:crazy:

Mom got me into them, she used to read them when she was a bit younger.. I wonder if my library still carries those?

luckypenny
August 19th, 2009, 12:17 AM
I love reading The Pokey Little Puppy and anything by Robert Munsch :D.

I can't seem to get into any fiction lately :shrug:. I'm in the middle of How To Speak Dog by Stanley Coren. I'm quite enjoying it!

http://www.helium.com/items/1487771-book-review-how-to-speak-dog

You can read the table of contents and get a peek at the first few pages here:

http://www.dogwise.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=DTB666

babymomma
August 19th, 2009, 12:22 AM
ZOMG LP!! Pokey little puppy:cloud9: Always my fav books as a child:lovestruck: The love for dogs started at birth lol.. I always call keely the pokey llittle puppy.. I am SO wierd, the fact that you mentioned the pokey little puppy excites me to no end!

Im hoping to get "click to calm" when i can get a new job and some money.

have you read that? Im not sure who its by but alot of dog savvy peaople have recommended it to me.

luckypenny
August 19th, 2009, 12:35 AM
Pokey Little Puppy was the second book I received as a child by my grade 1 teacher, Mrs. Nankoo :goodvibes:. I still have it :o.

Click To Calm is by Emma Parsons. I haven't read it yet. I have two other books waiting for me first...Reaching the Animal Mind by Karen Pryor (Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals) and The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller. I've read similar books by various authors but I like to get different trainers' perspectives.

If your interested on reading up about the relationship between humans and dogs, you're gonna love The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson. Iv'e read it twice and am gonna have to pick it up again.

babymomma
August 19th, 2009, 12:44 AM
Ill have to give those books a go too! Thanks ! .. I should get a new job in october and im free to have any book I want :D

Bailey_
August 19th, 2009, 01:22 AM
:laughing: Sweet Valley High, OMG - with Jessica and Elizabeth!!! I STILL have so many of them in boxes in my parents basement (along with my Archie comics, lol). Wow, talk about a blast from the past!

Melinda
August 19th, 2009, 06:44 AM
right now I'm reading "play dirty" by Sandra Brown, I'm sort of a readaholic and go through 4-5 novels a week, thank god for garage sales!! Sandra brown is a great author, mystery, bit of sex, lots of intrigue......the twisty plots are what keeps you turning the pages.

Maxine
August 19th, 2009, 08:23 AM
Hi everyone,

LP, I read Click to Calm and it was very well written and explained things in a easy way.

I am currently reading L'ombre du vent, and it is very interesting, well written, lots of metaphores also, so my imagination is satisfied :laughing:

I just finished reading The Dogs of Riga, from Henning Menkell. Babymomma, I think you would like the books he wrote, I too love murders :o Also, I strongly suggest the Millenium series

The Host was SO good!!

Ok, I love reading and I think I will enjoy this thread and take notes for future books to read. :)

aslan
August 19th, 2009, 08:39 AM
babymomma, i loved the twilight series to and definately loved the host. You would probably like an author named Iris Johanson, she writes the kind of books you're describing, or Diana Gabeldon.

Gail P
August 19th, 2009, 11:58 AM
Right now as I'm in mushing withdrawal I'm re-reading "Running With Champions - A Mid-Life Journey on the Iditarod Trail" by Lisa Frederic. It's a great book about how she got involved with sled dogs and ended up running one of Jeff King's teams in the Iditarod. There's a great quote in that book, she doesn't name who it was that said it to her but I love it. "Beware of mushers, they will suck you into their addiction" So true! :D

I'm also anxiously awaiting the arrival of "The Speed Mushing Manual: How to Train Racing Sled Dogs". I found it on eBay and had to buy as in a sled dog forum discussion about books it comes highly recommended. One musher referred to that and one other book as his "bibles".

Anyone who likes mysteries and horses should check out the Dick Francis series. I've got tons of his books and really enjoyed them. And those who prefer less mystery, more wild and raunchy behaviour but still centered around horse sports will like Rita Jefferies books "A Dark Horse" and "Out of Control". Also Jilly Cooper is a good author and some of her books characters are show jumpers and polo players.

pbpatti
August 19th, 2009, 12:03 PM
Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, I just read it and was so impressed by the way the author writes. Lawrence is a Canadian author. The story starts in an African village where a small girl is kidnapped/stolen/sold by slave traders and goes on to tell of her life as a slave in America and how she copes. Progresses to her as an adult telling her story in England. Highly reccomend this book. 5* out of 5*. pbp

Masha
August 19th, 2009, 12:06 PM
I just finished reading 'Me talk pretty one day' by David Sedaris. He writes books that are a collection of essays/short stories which are absolutely hilarious. Sort of his view on the world.... now i just started 'The Glass Castle' by jeannette walls, its a memoir and so far into chapter two, its is extremely interesting. I also read recently 'running with scissors; a memoir' by Augusten burroughs (approx spelling). That was a VERY interesting book i just oculdnt put it down, but it's definitely not everyone's cup of tea... very explicit in parts and pushs some societal norms and boundaries but had me in tears from laughing so hard.... love the 'odd' books :) Chuck puhlaniuk, kurt vonnegut, etc.

babymomma
August 19th, 2009, 01:19 PM
Interesting!

Thanks for the recommendations!

sugarcatmom
August 19th, 2009, 02:34 PM
I just finished reading 'Me talk pretty one day' by David Sedaris.

David Sedaris is one of my all-times faves! I don't read much that isn't animal related non-fiction these days, but whenever he comes out with something I'm first in line to get it. Totally "pee-your-pants" funny writing.

I'm currently reading something with very little ha ha in it: The Welfare of Cats (http://www.springer.com/life+sci/zoology/book/978-1-4020-3226-4). It's more like a textbook, but does have tons of useful info for those interested in feline behaviour issues and how cats fit in to our society.

babymomma
August 20th, 2009, 03:18 PM
Wow..


"Dark Desires" by Eve Silver..

Another GREAT book.. Stayed up all night klast night reading it :rolleyes: Couldnt put it down..

I recomend it to everybody. It kept me "on the ende of my seat" so to speak. Kept me thinking.. Sometimes while reading it I had a huge smile on my face , sometimes I had shivers go down my spine.. It was just great.. If you like a love story and a bit of, Mystery and lust.. This is the book for you!

Seriously. Great Great book.

krdahmer
August 20th, 2009, 05:51 PM
Right now I'm on the second to last in the 'Tempe Brennan' series from Kathy Reichs.... I love Bones on TV and the books are even better!

Oh and as for blast from the past, I could read a Christopher Pike mystery cover to cover in under 2 hours!!

Raterion
August 20th, 2009, 05:54 PM
Has anyone in here heard of a chiapit? (chihuahua/pitbull/boxer mix)?

Gail P
August 20th, 2009, 08:42 PM
Has anyone in here heard of a chiapit? (chihuahua/pitbull/boxer mix)?

You mean this?

http://patdollard.com/wp-content/uploads/chia-pet-puppy.jpg

Sorry I couldn't resist :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

That's how I first read it. :D

mollywog
August 20th, 2009, 11:06 PM
great thread. :thumbs up
Masha- I have read and LOVED all the books you mentioned. Hillarious, pee-your-pants funny for sure. I remember while I was reading Me Talk Pretty, I would read parts of it aloud to DH- even though he's not a reader, it was enough to spark his interest and he LOVED it!
BM- I think you would really like Diana Gabaldon. she has a whole series of juicy books about time travel/ mystery/ love.... very addicting.
And I realize this is kinda off-topic (not as OT as the ChiaPet :laughing:) but I think you would LOVE the TV series True Blood- it's like Twilight but much more... ahem... mature!!!

onster
August 21st, 2009, 01:16 AM
Awesome thread BM

Just finishing off Atlas of the Unknowns by Tania James. Loving it. I do a lot of light reading though like read all the shopaholic series and all...but I do like to read more powerful things every once in a while. I think I'm gonna reread a fine balance by rohinton mistry after im done my current read (prob tonight). Read it in highschool and I think it remains one of my fav books ever.

but I think you would LOVE the TV series True Blood- it's like Twilight but much more... ahem... mature!!!

Don't ya think that might be a tad bit too mature for BM? :o No offence BM :o but if ure mom's a lil concerned bout some 'smutt' in books she is not gonna be too happy bout some of the visuals in true blood :eek: (saw parts of an epi). Not saying it is good tho, ppl rave about it.Yes yes Im a prude hahaha. Naaaaah, i just think of u as a lil sis and I would def change the channel if my lil bro (now 17 so not so lil :rolleyes:) was in the room with me with true blood on. But then Im super protective and I'd like to think lil bro still thinks girls have cooties lol Ok I will stop being all big sisterly now :o :loser:

Sorry sorry I so went off topic.

babymomma
August 21st, 2009, 01:27 AM
:laughing: Onster

Um, Im pretttty sure True blood doesnt have anything in it any worse then the movies I watch:o Like last night I watched Reno 911.... Not bad compared to some:o

We dont get the channel true blood comes on but my mom is going to contact our satelite provider and purchase the channel, as well as animal planet:D

mollywog
August 21st, 2009, 02:09 AM
yes, Onster, True Blood definitely isn't geared towards the same teen audience as Twilight.... but I remember being 16, and being a teacher I realize how quickly kids are growing up these days. So that being said- BM, there are some mature themes in that show and you may want to watch it with a parent :thumbs up or just wait a few years!!! (totalllly off-topic- I saw "Bruno" with my parents in the theatres! Talk about awkward!!!)
I also forgot to mention that I read a lot of Sweet Valley High while I was growing up! and RL Stine, The Babysitters Club, and The Saddle Club! I have always been a reader!

Raterion
August 21st, 2009, 09:41 AM
I know! the Chiapet is what I always think of too! I just thought it was bizzare mix of dog!

babymomma
August 22nd, 2009, 04:44 PM
On to my next book.

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.. My brother brought it home last night so im going to start reading it later tonight :D

coppperbelle
August 27th, 2009, 09:20 PM
Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, I just read it and was so impressed by the way the author writes. Lawrence is a Canadian author. The story starts in an African village where a small girl is kidnapped/stolen/sold by slave traders and goes on to tell of her life as a slave in America and how she copes. Progresses to her as an adult telling her story in England. Highly reccomend this book. 5* out of 5*. pbp

I read it this summer and was also very impressed. It was the best book I have read in a long time. In the U.S. it has a different name so if you are looking for it look under the author's name. It may be called "Someone knows my name".

ownedbycats
August 31st, 2009, 12:14 PM
Just finished reading (and am going to reread) Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker training and what it teaches us about animals By Karen Pryor. She does an excellent job of describing clicker training and the science behind it. She manages to do so without burying you in scientific jargon or simplifying it so much you lose the basic information. The book is full of interesting stories about animals she and other trainers have trained. She set up a website to go with the book that contains further scientific articles if you feel like tackling the science behind some of what she is talking about, other websites to visit, and videos of some of the different training episodes she describes.
I know everyone else has mostly posted fiction books, and I may have one or two to add later, but this book was really really good.

ruffian
August 31st, 2009, 12:34 PM
right now I am reading After Sunset by Stephen King, and re-reading the Xanth series as well. And some VC Andrews crap as well, I tend to have a book in every room and just pic up which ever is closest, LOL.

I read the Saddle Club when i was a kid, but started reading Stephen King when I was 13ish. One of my favorite books when I was a kid was Dogs Body love love love that book.

The Sookie books are the best fluff there is LOL, twilight books were umm ok, if you ignore the disturbing topics and remember they were written for young teens.

ownedbycats
August 31st, 2009, 01:21 PM
Oooh! Diana Wynn Jones! I used to read all her books. Yes, Dogs Body was a good one.

joeysmama
August 31st, 2009, 01:31 PM
I just finished reading Olive Kitteredge for book club. It was well written, but a little melancholy.

The best book I've read in a long long time is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I can't recommend this enough. Fantastic !

quincymycat
September 3rd, 2009, 09:11 AM
I just finished Greg Iles latest book, "the Devil's Punchbowl". I usually really like this author, enjoy the settings of rural Mississippi, but this one was quite disturbing as it exposed the cruel, sick world of dog fighting. I cannot really recommend this one. There are some real sickos out there!!:sad:

babymomma
September 3rd, 2009, 10:17 AM
I cant seem to get into angels and demons.. Cant find the time.. Argh :/

GMC, I might have to try and read that book about the dog fighting.. Just because ..

badabing
September 24th, 2009, 07:16 AM
I love books by Janet Evanovich. She has written several series of books one of which is referred to as the Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie is a fictional female bounty hunter from New Jersey and tells about all of her exploits catching people who have jumped bail. The books are hilarious. I don't know how many times I've busted out laughing while reading her books on the bus enroute to work. There is something funny to read on every page. Her sidekick is named Lula who is referred to as an oversized black woman who wears nothing but Spandex which is always several sizes too small. Both women mainly subsist on meals from Cluck in a Bucket or a dozen doughnuts. Lula describes herself as a former 'ho' who is trying to better her life by working in the bail bond office with Stephanie. Stephanie has several boyfriends (one sexier than the next) and a hamster named Rex. Her family are very funny people especially her grandmother who lives to go to viewings at the local funeral parlor. If it's a closed coffin affair, Grandma Mazur will literally pry the coffin open to get a quick look at the dearly departed. There are about 15 books or so in this series but you can start with any one of them. They are definitely worth reading if you like a good laugh.

katb
September 28th, 2009, 05:33 PM
Hi! I am new to this site and stumbled onto this What are you reading? I really like to read when I have time. I like Beverly Lewis series(about the amish), I just finished her latest 2 series books, the secret and Missing. Both were good. Now have to wait til the next one to the series comes out. Bummer! I read all the Twilight series, and LOVED IT, I like murder mystery, Vampires are my fav, and old timie stuff. :)

Dogmatic
October 7th, 2009, 02:22 PM
I am reading Stephen Baxter's Timelike Infinity which I left at home today!!:( Before that I was reading Asimov's Foundation Series

babymomma
March 22nd, 2010, 04:47 PM
Havent updated this thread in a while and it would be impossible for me to name all the books I have read lately.


Im now reading "The Taking" by dean koontz.. It seems good.

And I just finished reading "The guardian" by nicholas sparks.. BEST BOOK EVER! Made me cry alot at the end though.. has a great dane in the story!:thumbs up

Masha
March 22nd, 2010, 06:59 PM
I am reading 'The History of Love' great book... not a sappy book like i originally suspected from the title...

i also highly recommend 'middlesex', such a captivating book...

Meaw
March 22nd, 2010, 07:45 PM
i also highly recommend 'middlesex', such a captivating book...

I second that -- very good book!

babymomma
March 25th, 2010, 07:10 PM
Ughh.. I just can't seem to get into "The taking" for some reason :shrug:

Yet I cant just give up on trying to read it. I think I have some form of OCD ..

hazelrunpack
March 25th, 2010, 08:59 PM
I just read a Combined Municipal Emergency Operations Plan...twice. Talk about OCD! :rolleyes: :o :laughing: And it was just as exciting the second time! :laugh:

krdahmer
March 26th, 2010, 07:16 PM
:laughing: Hazel!

I'm reading all the Clive Cussler Dirk Pitt adventures I can get my hands on right now love them! Also read the entire Bones series (the one the tv show is based on) within a month or two last year...also great reads!

catlover2
May 6th, 2010, 01:49 PM
I'm reading Animal Speak---The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small by Ted Andrews. A good reference book to open mind and heart to the wisdom of the animal world. It's interesting to discover my "animal totem". Book includes a dictionary of the meanings of mainly North American animals, birds, reptiles, insects. Book helps to identify, meet, and attune to your spirit animals, and provides techniques for recognizing and interpreting the signs and omens of the natural world. A fascinating book if you want to be in tune with the Natural World about you. It was a book recommended to read by the facilitator of an animal communication course I took recently.

BrownEyedGirl
May 6th, 2010, 04:58 PM
Ooooo love this thread.

Currently I'm reading "Half the Sky: Turning Opressing into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" It's more heavy than what I like but it's shocking and inspiring at the same time.

Previous I had just finished "Escape"

Next on my list is "Yes Your Teen is Crazy: Loving your Kid Without Losing Your Mind" Hope it helps :laughing: :wall:

quincymycat
September 1st, 2010, 08:24 AM
I just finished the most recent book from the Warriors Cat series. =D They are 'Childrens' books, but regardless, if you like cats, check them out.



I got my grandson the entire set. He is almost 13, supposedly older than the recomended age, but he loved them.

I am reading the new Faye Kellerman novel "Hangman". I think the entire Kellerman family are now novelists.....hubby started, then wifey, now both kids have books out. Published writing as a family business...:confused:

I have not read the kids, but the Kellermans do suspense/ mystery/ police novels with continued characters in each series.

luckypenny
September 1st, 2010, 10:35 AM
I just finished A Three Dog Life - a memoir - by Abigail Thomas (thank you Chris for lending this to me :grouphug:). Not what I was expecting considering the title but, an even more marvelous read.

"In her brief but absorbing memoir, [Thomas] takes on the task of chronicling her grief and guilt...and the agony of learning a new way to love and live. In essays all the more powerful for their pared-down language, she describes how tragedy can bend but not break a relationship." - The Hartford Courant

I just picked up Otherwise by Farley Mowat. I can't get enough of his books since I read Never Cry Wolf.

NoahGrey
September 6th, 2010, 11:53 AM
Life of Pi is a great book

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_of_Pi

The bourne identity books are good too

JennieV
September 6th, 2010, 07:46 PM
Just finished Servants of Twilight by Dean Koontz... pretty good!

14+kitties
September 6th, 2010, 08:03 PM
Sheesh!!! I am the only one who reads total fluff books? :o I like Dean Koontz. LOVE John Saul. :cloud9: Read a ton of historical romance, mystery, and murder stuff. Guess I'm just totally weird huh? :laughing:

Rgeurts
September 6th, 2010, 11:05 PM
Sheesh!!! I am the only one who reads total fluff books? :o I like Dean Koontz. LOVE John Saul. :cloud9: Read a ton of historical romance, mystery, and murder stuff. Guess I'm just totally weird huh? :laughing:

Have you ever read anything by Diana Gabaldon?

Her series is wonderful if you like historical romance. My sister read them all, told me about them, I shared with my MIL who could not put them down lol. Wonderful reads :)

Book 1- Outlander
Book 2- Dragonfly in Amber
Book 3- Voyager
Book 4 –Drums of Autumn
Book 5 – The Fiery Cross
Book 6- A Breath of Snow and Ashes
Book 7 – An Echo in the Bone

14+kitties
September 6th, 2010, 11:36 PM
I don't know if I've ever heard of her. I will keep my eye out now for those. Thanks!!

Chris21711
September 7th, 2010, 10:37 AM
I just finished A Three Dog Life - a memoir - by Abigail Thomas (thank you Chris for lending this to me :grouphug:). Not what I was expecting considering the title but, an even more marvelous read.



I didn't lend it to you, I gave it to you.....I hope Lucky enjoyed it :laughing:

quincymycat
September 7th, 2010, 10:44 AM
Sheesh!!! I am the only one who reads total fluff books? :o I like Dean Koontz. LOVE John Saul. :cloud9: Read a ton of historical romance, mystery, and murder stuff. Guess I'm just totally weird huh? :laughing:

Oh no...you've gotta see my bookcases some day....All of Dean Koontz...including the first 2 books of the no so well received "Frankenstein" series.....less John Saul because most of his story lines involve kids...that is not to say I don't have several in the aforementioned bookcases, Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwall....and not just a few of each other....mostly the whole series of each.....I AM THE QUEEN OF FLUFF!!!! I love to read to lose myself, not have to think about deep plots!!! :D

JennieV
September 10th, 2010, 05:14 PM
OK, I just finished the most amazing book last night...It took me 2 days to go through it, but I am sure I will be re-reading, with more attention and getting a different perspective... You have to read The Host, by Stephenie Meyer.. What an awesome read!! Its been a while since a book sot to me so intensely, truly experience it, that I was crying, laughing, gasping... the works!
big :thumbs up, cant wait for the movie!!!!!:D

quincymycat
September 10th, 2010, 05:17 PM
Jennie, I think that book was recommended somewhere here earlier....it is a huge thick sucker isn't it???
I got it from the library and tried to start it, but for some reason just couldn't but I think I will try again. Thanks for reminding me about it! :)

JennieV
September 10th, 2010, 05:39 PM
Jennie, I think that book was recommended somewhere here earlier....it is a huge thick sucker isn't it???
I got it from the library and tried to start it, but for some reason just couldn't but I think I will try again. Thanks for reminding me about it! :)

Thats the one! yep... :thumbs up:thumbs up

ownedbycats
September 12th, 2010, 03:24 PM
If you read the hard cover version of The Host by Stephanie Myers, you might want to check a soft cover version out of the library. THey added an extra chapter. won't say what's in it, I'll spoil it.

cassiek
September 14th, 2010, 01:45 AM
I am currently reading "Stolen Innocence" by Elissa Wall.

Next on my list: "Runaway Devil" which is an account of the Richardson family members that occured in Medicine Hat, AB in 2006. Medicine Hat is my hometown so this topic hits very close to home. Read the book once when it first was published, haven't been able to touch it since... but I think I have worked up the courage :rolleyes:

JennieV
September 16th, 2010, 07:20 PM
If you read the hard cover version of The Host by Stephanie Myers, you might want to check a soft cover version out of the library. THey added an extra chapter. won't say what's in it, I'll spoil it.

thats the one i got... :thumbs up loved it!

Kalou
September 16th, 2010, 07:53 PM
I loved Water for Elephants and Twilight.

I also used to love reading Pine Hollow (it was a series about the saddle club kids when they were grown up...so good lol)

Longblades
September 16th, 2010, 09:52 PM
Roger Caras' Treasury of Great Dog Stories. The OH grabbed it for me months ago at a Goodwill 50% off sale. I just discovered it is NOT the one I already read. The stories are mostly old and a lot are about hunting with hounds and pointers and a lot of them are really sad. I don't know why he had to put so many stories about dogs dying in one book.