Review: #WeRateDogs by Matt Nelson

It’s rare to come across a book that I simply crave to share with everyone in my close surroundings, but I found it with #WeRateDogs.

Based on the social media sensation, #WeRateDogs features the most heroic, over-the-top adorable, wildly successful, all-around entertaining dogs the world has ever seen. It combines extraordinary photos with ridiculous captions to expand the knowledge and overall lives of its readers. It is not only an exceptionally reliable source for dog greatness, it is also a one stop shop for happiness.

“Simply here to make you smile. if you’re having a bad day, it is now less bad.”

I’ve been waiting for this beautifully crafted book to arrive in the mail for weeks and weeks now, and the wait became that more excruciating when I came across this utterly wholesome thread the other night:

Also, being an avid follower of @dog_rates on Twitter didn’t help my situation in the meantime.

So when #WeRateDogs graciously arrived today in the mail, I read through it in a whirlwind, even though I desperately tried to make the reading experience last as much as possible.#WeRateDogs--bookspoilsI know I usually try to insert a few more coherent sentences of what I loved about the book I’m reviewing, but I’m just so h*ckin excited to share my favorite dogs that I’ll skip straight ahead to the pictures:

#WeRateDogs 17--bookspoilsI melted at the sight of this.

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How majestic are the two above???

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(The captions actually make the pictures that more better, which is a rarity.)

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I needed this.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Publication Date: September 14th, 2017

5/5 stars

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Review: Paperless Post: Cards & Stationery

Paperless Post, as the name indicates, is an active service used to customize online paper cards and invitations that reflect your personal style —for weddings, holidays, birthdays, and other important occasions.

When I received the request to review them on my blog, thanks to Anagram Interactive’s partnership with Paperless Post, I jumped on the opportunity. Just a scroll through their Instagram is all you need to catch the vibe through and through.

Speaking of the above, getting ready for the spooky season was never so satisfying, thanks to the opportunity of perusing through the holiday section on Paperless Post. Not only was it such a pick-me-up to receive in my inbox, I must’ve clicked on my cards fifty times because it’s extremely enjoyable to see in action.

Some of my favorite card sections include:

Side note: How perfectly fitting is the above for Aza Holmes from Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.


The only thing that could’ve made it that more better were to have receive the cards in real life. The designs made from several world-famous designers and lifestyle brands, including Kate Spade New York, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler, and Rifle Paper Co., are so beautifully laid out that I was craving to reach out and touch it.

Overall, I’ll be sure to continue using Paperless Post for any upcoming events in both my personal and professional life. The endless options left me consumed for hours on end.

Review: The Realist by Asaf Hanuka

The Realist is a weekly comic strip collection, unfolding Israeli cartoonist Asaf Hanuka’s portrait of contemporary life, commenting on everything from marriage to technology to social activism through intimate moments of triumph and failure.

This year I’ve taken on the task of, slowly but surely, familiarizing my way through a number of Israeli authors. Hanuka’s comics looked like the perfect component. His work seemed at first glance like an illustrated version of Etgar Keret‘s short story style.

So I began The Realist impressed by the author’s individualistic style, but then in the same breath felt disappointed at the depiction of Asaf Hanuka’s utterly mundane and commonplace life. It was mediocre at best and confusing at worst… Fighting with his wife, not feeling loved by his kid, which I want to note that it read like he, as a father, wasn’t doing the best at showcasing his love, either. Such as, constantly being on the phone when his son is trying to connect with him. It just brought to mind Ellen Fisher’s point about how spending “quality, consistent time where your face is not in the phone” will only benefit you both. You can’t expect the bond between father and son to be there without working on it…

Also, at certain times during my reading experience, I felt like the flow from strip to strip was hard to grasp, especially when the author talked about his marriage. His skips around in time just didn’t help the overarching theme.

Even though things didn’t really pan out the way I had planned or expected it to with The Realist, I fortunately still found some quiet little gems here and there that I’d like to share next:The Realist 1--bookspoils

 

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I’ve never felt more seen as when I read the above touching comic.

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3/5 stars

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