Sunday, April 19, 2015

The #NYTimes Top 15 (20) #Bestsellers for the week ending April 19th, 2015! Plus #blog updates!

WELCOME! It's been another week of GREAT books, and I hope you've lost yourself inside of some! This post is ALWAYS up by NOON every Sunday and sometimes earlier! I apologize, I am a little late today.

Blog News:
Life. Ho-hum. I wish I had better news to share, but life has gotten in the way of my being able to blog yet another week - again. My dog is going blind, which I'll explain more about below, but she got really sick this week, SO sick, we thought we were going to lose her. Life stopped and ALL we did was care for her.
She has NEVER been the type of dog to get into things and chew them up even as a puppy, but we had two doctor appointments this week, and I guess she was a little angry at us for leaving her here! She killed a cornucopia from Thanksgiving I had missed putting away. I had set it on a table in our room, and she pulled it down and destroyed it. I had to treat her like a baby this week she was so sick. (I could just KICK myself in the rear, but we never had a problem or thought she would possibly touch that thing. I still keep blaming myself.) Everytime she saw me with a book or the Kindle - I SWEAR - she came over and would DEMAND attention be given to her! NO KIDDING!!! We gave her ALL the love and attention she wanted! We had to, how could we not?
Her illness could have been one of two things. That, and we have tried a new snack over this last month which happen to be powdered cheese covered rice cakes. Delicious! The problem - we shared some of them with her. BAD idea! She is back to her old self again, finally, but she really gave us a scare!
We have made an appointment for her on Monday to go see the Vet. That was his ONLY opening, and the soonest. Dr Mike is who she sees, and he is the BEST when it comes to Vets! I've been taking my pets there for over 16 years! Every one of them LOVE HIM TO PIECES!
So now for my baby's eyes. He'll check her eyes, and check her overall health by taking blood, etc. As for her blindness, we knew this would happen - eventually, but no one can possibly be prepared for it. Our dog is a mix of chow chow/black lab/australian cattle dog. Her eyelids, because of being part chow chow and lab, which I learned while doing research online, so this made even more sense as to why this happens, is the eyelids roll inside of themselves causing the eyelashes to rubs against the eyes. On top of that, most of these same dogs have allergies! Yes! Dogs have allergies, too, just like people!
Back when our dog was a pup, we got the diagnosis, and that was 9 years ago. Back then there was nothing that could be done, no surgeries, etc., however, now they do do a surgery, but it is to late for her as the damage is done. We have done research, as well as knowing people who have blind dogs. They do not suffer any pain, they just have a hard time if you are to move the furniture around. Here is an article I found about dogs going blind, and it all has to do with what type of dog they are. Read this. My grandparents had a blind dog for years. She did quite well. Here is another article showing places all over DO adopt out blind dogs! No one puts dogs down, or to sleep just because they are blind. You can read about that HERE. After reading those articles and MANY, MANY MORE, I don't see why we would EVER put her down ONLY because of her blindness.
I am home 24/7 because of my disability. The only time I go out is to the Doctors' offices because of how difficult it is to go out with the wheelchair in tow. I have found MANY articles ALL about blind dogs, and not ONE of them said to put the dog down. Since I am here ALL the time, we would NEVER consider putting her down, unless, of course, it hurt her or caused her pain. That would be a different matter.
How do all of you feel about a blind dog?
My husband DID see the surgeon about his umbilical hernia. His surgery is scheduled and he'll be going later next week, so I have a LOT to do! Laundry, mostly, freshening up the bedding, getting sheets out to cover the couch so he doesn't get into dog hair! Her favorite place to sleep is on the love seat, and as MUCH as you try to vacuum the hair off of the couch, it's almost impossible to get it all out. She's shedding now, too, so you can imagine how MUCH hair there is right now!

I have 9 reviews I am working on writing! Yes, 9! I'll be posting them as I can! One book has me SO upset! I'm kind of stuck with that review and what I want to say about it. It happens to be The Promise by Beth Wiseman. AWFUL book, but serious issues the author NEVER talks about! That is what I am SO upset about. It will be in my review, and I'm going to TRY to post that tonight.

AFTER I WROTE THIS, I FOUND THIS WEBSITE! CLICK HERE! It is FULL of myths about blind dogs! It says they even STILL adopt blind dogs out to owners who are willing to love them! They say there is no reason blind dogs cannot still be real dogs! They DO, and I can attest to this, rely on scent the most. They really do. Carly sees the Vet today at 4:30!!! I got her in!! I cannot WAIT to find out how that appointment goes! The BUMMER part is I cannot go because we only have a pick-up truck! It's a 2-seater. One for my husband to drive, and one for Carly to sit in! I have to wait, patiently, to find out how things go. I won't be able to sit still until they get home! PLEASE wish us luck! THANK YOU!!!

Okay! Let's say we get to the books!

FICTION:  COMBINED EBOOK AND PRINT All links go to the ebook. If you are interested in a different version of the book, you can click on it while you are there.

1. The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
ebook: $  6.99
print:   $14.82

2. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
ebook: $5.99
print:   $5.04

3. Hot Pursuit (Stone Barrington Book 33) by Stuart Woods
ebook: $11.84
print:   $21.13

4. The Stranger by Harlan Coben
ebook: $8.97
print:   $9.37

5. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
ebook: $12.99
print:   $  9.67

6. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
ebook: $12.99
print:   $ 9.81

7. NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp
ebook: $9.99
print:   $9.41

8. Outlander: A Novel (Outlander, Book 1) by Diana Gabaldon
ebook: $1.99
print:   $6.04

9. A Deadly Web (A Bishop Files Novel Book 2) by Kay Hooper
ebook: $5.69
print:   $5.99

10. When I'm Gone: A Rosemary Beach Novel (The Rosemary Beach Series Book 11) by Abbi Glines
ebook: $  7.99
print:   $11.68

11. Falling in Love: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery (Commissario Brunetti) by Donna Leon
ebook: $12.99
print:   $19.71

12. All I Ever Need Is You (The Sullivans Book 14) by Bella Andre
ebook: $  4.99
print:   $12.67

13. Still the One (An Animal Magnetism Novel Book 6) by Jill Shalvis
ebook: $5.99
print:   $7.99

14. Silver Bastard (Silver Valley Book 1) by Joanna Wylde
ebook: $  5.12
print:   $12.13

15. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
ebook: $  6.50
print:   $12.97

Thank you SO much for stopping by today! I wish you the BEST week of reading this week ahead, better than you've EVER had! Now go on and enjoy your books! See you next week! Here are the rest of the books, up to #20!

CHASING SUNSETS, by Karen Kingsbury (Howard)
THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)
MIRACLE AT AUGUSTA, by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge (Little, Brown)
DARK HEIR, by Faith Hunter (Roc)
A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD, by Anne Tyler (Knopf)

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