I’m Jess, and I love books and dogs.
I started this books and dogs blog because I find book reviews perplexing. Books are so subjective, so personal. No one reads the same book. We all get something different from the stories we read, and we can even have different experiences with the same books if we read them at different times in our life.
That’s why I started this books and dogs blog.
Because I don’t think reviews is a good way to talk about books to help other readers find new books. I want to help my fellow readers by talking about how I connected with a book I’ve read or what I experienced while reading a book. You may find something you connect with in how I’ve related to a book and want to pick it up.
This isn’t about rating a book, which I don’t think can be done. Authors work hard to craft stories and put words on the page. I respect that. Taking that hard work and stamping a 1-star review on it seems pointless. It isn’t an accurate way of thinking about books to help others think about books. All it is is an arbitrary number. While I may not connect with a book, another reader might.
I want to talk about what books mean to me and what others may find in them. I hope you’ll join me in the conversation. Talk about books and what they mean to you by commenting on my posts.
When not reading books, I write them. You can see them here.
As I mentioned I also love dogs. I should probably introduce you to Josie and Runner too.
Lady Josephine came to us as a puppy, and she happily embraced her name. She is the queen of the house and protector to her brother, Runner. (They are actually brother and sister as they are from the same litter!) Josie is persnickety and sassy, but don’t be fooled. There was never a more loyal or loving dog. She likes to lay in the sunshine in her yard, but she prefers the couch. She’ll count the number of treats you give her, so you’d better make sure it’s the right number. She may seem like a lady, but she is fierce when it comes to protecting her family.
Runner was late to the game because he was busy being a show dog for the first couple of years of his life. He came to live with us when it was determined Josie needed her brother, but we had no idea what we were getting into. A couple of years after he became a member of the family, we discovered Runner has a deformed skull that has caused cognitive impairment. He’s largely confused by the world and is easily stressed, scared, or frustrated.
So while we got him for Josie, it turns out he needs the fierce protection of his sister.
And so, this ridiculous cuteness began, and we’ve never been the same.
That’s the crew. If you love books and dogs or books or dogs, you’re in the right place. Have a look around and find your next favorite read.
P.S. I have a pretty awesome husband too. He loves dogs and movies. He’s funny, willing to serve as a dog pillow, and brings me more coffee when I’m trapped under a dog, so we let him hang around.