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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Mousestruck by Ita Stein Gvirtzman #BookReview

I was provided this ebook in exchange for a review. All opinions are honest.
Mousestruck by Ita Stein Gvirtzman #bookreview book review katelyn carter

Today I'm introducing Mousestruck by Ita Stein Gvirtzman. This book shows the journey of the author through chemotherapy for cancer and how her experience as a cancer patient kept bringing her back to her days as someone who experimented on rats in the name of science, and how she grew from vivisecting for twenty years to animal rights activist.

First of all, wow. This book was written so well - thought provoking and detailed. The words spoke to me as an animal activist, and as a reader I could tell that the level of feeling Gvirtzman has developed for these creatures is amazing. I will say that if animal activism isn't something that appeals to you, this book may change your mind. It goes to show that being disconnected from something initially can be changed - for the better.

Mousestruck truly is a book that everyone should read. It sheds light on things that humans tend to hide - out of sight, out of mind.

Monday, April 21, 2014

latest thrift find - books

books lastest thrift finds

I've always been a sucker for books. I read constantly - it's my way of beating anxiety and relaxing. Bored? Read a book. Worried about something you have no control over? Read a book. The list goes on.

I found these pictured at Goodwill. I think I'm most excited about Dolly's! I picked up Pride and Prejudice because, honestly, I've never really read any of the "classics". Yeah, pretty terrible. I really loved The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, so I grabbed The Mermaid Chair in the hopes that it's just as good. And, of course, I'm a sucker for all things animals, especially dogs.

Do you have any favorite thrifted books?

Sunday, March 02, 2014

books - what's coming up

Stephen King books to read
(all thrifted and waiting to be read - The Dead Zone and Hearts in Atlantis from Re-Tail)

    I've always been an avid reader. I was first to read in my kindergarten class, and I was one of the first to start reading "chapter books" in elementary school. Since then, I've read almost anything I could get my hands on.

    When I was eleven or twelve, I discovered the worlds that Stephen King had written, starting with Cujo. I was an animal lover (then and now), so of course I started with a book about a dog, though morbid. Since then, I've been reading every Stephen King book I could find. I can remember just starting to drive and spending all my time in book stores reading the back covers of King's novels in the horror section, trying to decided which one I'd take home. I ended up with quite the collection of little paperbacks before I stopped buying the expensive books in stores and resorted to thrifting and online shopping. It was almost an unconscious thing, though, buying King's work. Every time I entered a thrift store I'd always end up in front of the books, scanning every title hoping for KING to pop out at me. I've been doing that for eight years. It's been slow progress, but fairly lucrative. I've only had one or two trips that I haven't found at least one novel I haven't read, but the number's dwindling. I've been finding lesser known novels each visit, which is fine with me, but I know my search will come to an end soon.

    The books above are my latest finds. As soon as I finish the last book in the Dark Tower series, I plan to start these. I can't wait!