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:

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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: The Dogist Puppies by Elias Weiss Friedman

The moment I got my hands on this book, I was beyond ecstatic to start my journey of admiring over 800 puppies that awaited in the pages to follow, but I generously managed to rail in my excitement for a hot minute to read the introduction of nearly 5 pages. It was worth it, though, just for the one comment from the author at the end that made me crack a smile: “If you’ve read this far, I admire your restraint.” 

The Dogist Puppies, the follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Dogist, is a beautiful, funny, and endearing look at puppies. And with their sweet faces, soft bellies, and oversized paws, the puppies in The Dogist Puppies make this book even more irresistible than Friedman’s first one! Presented documentary-style, every portrait tells a story and explores each puppy’s distinct character and spirit. The book presents a gallery of puppy portraits arranged into themes including Ears, Big Paws, Cones of Shame, Learning to Walk, and Fancy Outfits, giving every dog lover something to pore over.

“I hope when you look at the picture in this book they make you smile, but I also hope the book gives people a better understanding of responsible dog ownership.”

Not only did reading and poring over this book strengthen my deep fascination with dogs, I also got enlightened and educated so many times on so many puppy breeds and their unique characteristics. I loved every single minute. Elias Weiss Friedman excels at making you take in all the different puppies by adding background or dividing them up into fascinating themes that I mentioned above. From pups to working guide dogs, shelter dogs, assistance dogs, the author never fails to highlight that “the beauty of dogs is in their diversity of form and function, and while beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, all dogs deserve recognition for who they are and why they’re here.”

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On that note, this book has made me the most overjoyed in awhile and just THIS IS MY HAPPY PLACE. And as a result, I’m now more desperate than ever to get my hands on Elias Weiss Friedman’s The Dogist.

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

Expected publication: September 19th, 2017

5/5 stars

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Review: Secrets for the Mad by Dodie Clark

“When you can’t find your purpose in a day, make it to look after yourself.”

I went into this book not knowing too much about the author, other than being absolutely in love with her cover of the song Novels with Rusty Clanton. I must’ve replayed it over a hundred times since I found it back in April.

I consider it to be one of my all-time favorite songs, thanks to its visceral lyrics that make my heart skip a beat without fail. So I was bound to read Secrets for the Mad sooner or later. Plus, there’s the fact that I adore reading memoirs.

Nonetheless, I was glad to discover Dodie’s writing style flowing really easily in here, especially with her short tales. I was unexpectedly swept into her life from page one and consequently managed to read the book from cover to cover with little to no breaks.

This wickedly fun and inspiring collection of personal stories, lessons, song lyrics, and photos from the beloved British vlogger Dodie Clark, contains vitally important things on a plethora of topics:

  • From struggles with suicidal thoughts, self harm, dependent personality disorder (DPD), depression and anxiety, to body image, eating disorders, and self-hate.
  • Also notes on crushes, love, heartbreak, manipulative and emotionally abusive relationships. Sex and portraying a realistic depiction of sexual intimacy, not just an overview that you get to read basically everywhere.
  • Bisexuality and coming out, feminism in a world that favours men, family, cooking tips, and so much more on experiencing the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in life.

Plus, the line-drawn illustrations spread throughout the book was something I was always looking forward to.Secrets for the Mad 1-- bookspoilsThough the first half of this book made me spiral a bit, which consequently had me going about it quite delicately, overtime, with the topics changing in for some lighter ones, I sank deeply into Dodie’s world of words and lyrics.

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Her goal shared at the beginning of wanting a place to share the depths behind the music and let the world into my turbulent mind was more than met in my opinion. I also came out of Secrets for the Mad feeling genuinely grateful that I got to connect with Clark over the course of my day through her honesty, wisdom, and wit. The same frankness that I greatly cherished with Arden Rose’s Almost Adulting.

And last but not least, I of course had to listen to a Dodie classic while reading her work:

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

Expected publication: November 7th, 2017

4/5 stars

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