Author: Jessica

BOOK REVIEW: Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do


Title: Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do
Author: Marc Bekoff
Genre: Animals, Science, Non-ficton
My Rating:

Book Description:

For all the love and attention we give dogs, much of what they do remains mysterious. Just think about different behaviors you see at a dog park: We have a good understanding of what it means when dogs wag their tails—but what about when they sniff and roll on a stinky spot? Why do they play tug-of-war with one dog, while showing their bellies to another? Why are some dogs shy, while others are bold? What goes on in dogs’ heads and hearts—and how much can we know and understand?

Canine Confidential has the answers. Written by award-winning scientist—and lifelong dog lover—Marc Bekoff, it not only brilliantly opens up the world of dog behavior, but also helps us understand how we can make our dogs’ lives the best they can possibly be. Rooted in the most up-to-date science on cognition and emotion—fields that have exploded in recent years—Canine Confidential is a wonderfully accessible treasure trove of new information and myth-busting. Peeing, we learn, isn’t always marking; grass-eating isn’t always an attempt to trigger vomiting; it’s okay to hug a dog—on their terms; and so much more. There’s still much we don’t know, but at the core of the book is the certainty that dogs do have deep emotional lives, and that as their companions we must try to make those lives as rich and fulfilling as possible. It’s also clear that we must look at dogs as unique individuals and refrain from talking about “the dog.”

Bekoff also considers the practical importance of knowing details about dog behavior. He advocates strongly for positive training—there’s no need to dominate or shame dogs or to make them live in fear—and the detailed information contained in Canine Confidential has a good deal of significance for dog trainers and teachers. He also suggests that trainers should watch and study dogs in various contexts outside of those in which they are dealing with clients, canine and human, with specific needs.

There’s nothing in the world as heartwarming as being greeted by your dog at the end of the workday. Read Canine Confidential, and you’ll be on the road to making your shared lives as happy, healthy, and rewarding as they can possibly be.

My Review

I don’t know if it is because I prefer cats over dogs or what but I found this book boring. I found nothing that I didn’t know about. I struggled to read it.


I received this book from netgalley.com for a honest review.

BOOK REVIEW: Unicorn Food: Beautiful, Vibrant, Plant-Based Recipes to Nurture Your Inner Magical Beast


Title: Unicorn Food: Beautiful, Vibrant, Plant-Based Recipes to Nurture Your Inner Magical Beast
Author: Kat Odell
Genre: Food & Drink>Cookbooks
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Book Description:


magically colorful dishes and drinks that are as bewitchingly beautiful as they are incredibly tasty and nutritious. Now, Kat Odell—a food journalist, author (the just-published Day Drinking), and entrepreneur who started selling her popular unicorn nut milks in 2015—celebrates the unicorn food movement with a rainbow of 75 recipes.
The recipes are vegan. The ingredients are all-natural and super-nutritious, from fresh fruits and vegetables to superfoods like flax, coconut oil, spirulina, chia, and bee pollen. And the offerings are exactly the kinds of hyper-colorful, super-fun dishes that healthy-forward eaters love, including gently flavored nut milks, grain bowls loaded with vegetables, probiotic breakfast custards, toasts with slathers and spreads. This is health food as never seen before, filled with joy, and words can’t do the colors, the (all-natural) sprinkles, the whimsical decorative touches justice—the deep glowing yellow of a Frozen Turmeric Lassi, the greens of Soba Noodles with Arugula and Arugula Pesto, the intense oranges and purples of Sweet and Sour Radish Tacos, the tie-dye rainbow effect of Veggie Summer Sunset Rolls with Pineapple Kimchi, and the pastels of Chamomile Milk Tea Pudding with Fennel and Pistachios and Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Ice Cream Sticks.
Filled with dazzling full-color photographs, published in a package as special as the dishes themselves, Unicorn Food is a cookbook of real beauty, in the look, in the recipes, in the spirit of the food itself.

My Review

I loved looking through this book at all the colorful food. The recipes where interesting. Some things I hadn’t thought about to use and it had my mind spinning as to where I might be able to use them in my every day food.


I received this book from netgalley.com for a honest review.

BOOK REVIEW: Landwhale: On Turning Insults Into Nicknames, Why Body Image Is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass


Title: Landwhale: On Turning Insults Into Nicknames, Why Body Image Is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass
Author: Jess Baker
Genre: Autobiography, Feminism, Non-fiction
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Book Description:


By the author of Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls and a heroine of the body image movement, an intimate, gutsy memoir about being a fat woman
Jes Baker burst onto the body positivity scene when she created her own ads mocking Abercrombie & Fitch for discriminating against all body types–a move that landed her on the Today Show and garnered a loyal following for her raw, honest, and attitude-filled blog missives.
Building on the manifesta power of Things, this memoir goes deeply into Jes’s inner life, from growing up a fat girl to dating while fat. With material that will have readers laughing and crying along with Jes’s experience, this new book is a natural fit with her irreverent, open-book style.
A deeply personal take, Landwhale is a glimpse at life as a fat woman today, but it’s also a reflection of the unforgiving ways our culture still treats fatness, all with Jes’s biting voice as the guide.

My Review

I was hoping to find something that would make me laugh or make me say ‘Hey I know EXACTLY what that is like’ – something other then bored. Didn’t happen. Being a fellow fat chick I was hoping so much for that all.


I received this book from netgalley.com for a honest review.

Things Need To Be Done!

I am a bit overwhelmed right now. I have many things to do. I have 6 book reviews to do which means I need to read 6 books. This is not normally a problem. This leads to another thing – photosensitivity. Yesterday I finally crashed. I slept around 20 hours yesterday because of the sun. In a previous blog post I discussed all that goes with my sun issue so i won’t repeat myself here. Then Robert broke my tablet last week. I had to order a new one from Dell. I got a Samsung Galaxy Tab A. yes i know it’s not the best but it suits my needs as I only really read on it. I had issues with NetGalley too. The issues with the book downloads are supposed to be fixed so when I can stay up longer then a few hours at a time and I have time I will retry to get the books to work so I can review them. As well as all that I stated Orencia last Tuesday. It has already started working. usually when meds start working right away they don’t last long. I’m hoping they do. I didn’t realize how much I stopped doing things (using my hands) until this past week. If my flare lasts the rest of the week I will have no choice to call the Rheumatologist and get steroids. Not exactly what I want to do. he may also think it was brought on by the Orencia & I may have to stop taking it. One good thing about this hellish week is I am on part 4 of the Arizona CAL – I was on part 2 last week. I will get caught up.

I will get everything caught up & going back to how I had it soonish. A week or two.