Saturday, May 2, 2015

The #NYTimes Top 15 (20) #Bestsellers for the week ending May 2, 2015 plus blog updates!

Welcome! It's been another GREAT week of books, so join me in seeing what books hit the #NYTimes #Bestseller list! This list is always posted by NOON every Sunday and sometimes earlier!

Hello there! Well, my husband's surgery was a success! He's doing so well he gets to return to work this Monday! He still has to be careful lifting, but he should do fine!
On the bad side of things, we lost our dog. That is why I have been so quiet here at the blog. I've been taking care of her since about the beginning of the month, but when the illness set in, and with my husband's surgery, and the Vet not being able to get her in sooner, who knows??? A million things "could have been". I have to stop doing that. It was her time, and we had her for almost 9 glorious years! Her birthday would have been on July 10th, same as my late-grandmother's.
What happened? She got diabetes. PLEASE watch your dogs for this awful diseases. It literally eats them alive, and when you see your pet every day, you don't notice a little weight loss here and there. Unfortunately, Carly's case went further than just diabetes. She developed Diabetic Ketoacidosis. You can read more about Diabetes and what she got HERE. There is a menu all about Diabetes in both cats and dogs.
Diabetes in dogs and cats, both, really, is becoming a much more common thing. If you read further on that webpage and read about diet, you'll learn the soft treats dogs and cats LOVE are NOT GOOD. They are coated with something that turns into glucose (sugar) in their system. If your dog is overweight, just like a lot of us humans are, it affects our pets in MANY of the same ways, too.
Best thing I can tell you about this experience is next time you are at the Vet, have your dog or cat's sugar checked. It's SIMPLE! Either they'll use a test strip, or they'll poke them only to draw a teeny bit of blood (and they never even feel that tiny poke) and they can read their blood sugar. Had I known the signs of diabetes in dogs, (and if I had known it was the SAME as it was in humans because my mother was a diabetic for years) I should have caught it, but it was the furthest thing from my mind. One symptom I can tell you about it excessive thirst. For instance, they'll drink the ENTIRE BOWL of water! That is an issue. I gave it no thought, though. I even had my husband buy a larger bowl for water because in the winter I was always fighting with the heat register being next to her water bowl, and the hot water would make the water dissipate.
I look back and can just kick myself over and over. The weight loss, the listlessness, and on and on and on, but I can't do that. I did not know. Since I didn't know, I want to share this with you. This way you'll know! You'll catch it, and it won't go so far as it did with our dog. It took 2 weeks for her to literally disappear. 2 weeks. She shriveled up, lost weight, got cataracts and went blind in 2 weeks. It talks about that in the article, too. Unfortunately, she was too far gone to be able to save her.
I called the Vet on a Thursday, he couldn't see her until Monday right before my husband's surgery. He had to have his surgery, so another couple days went on from there.
We called a Mobile Vet called "In the Pink". Look for them in your area! It only cost an extra $22 for them to come to the home! ONE charge, one fee, so $11 to the house, and $11 away, at least that's how I looked at it. They were WONDERFUL! They came out twice. They came out that Friday, said the same thing our Vet did, (not that I doubted him) I just wondered if they would be willing to treat her at our home instead of us putting her in a hospital away from us and we would not be able to even visit her. We, and the Vets knew, she would not make it without us around her. All the changes to her body, the amount of time she would be away, and finally, the cost. It would have taken thousands of dollars, in her case, (we do not have several thousands of dollars to try to beat this, and that was the worse part) but not every case, and just the way she was, being with us, wanting to be with us every single second of her life. If we went away, all she would do would be to cry. The Vet even agreed if we put her in the hospital she felt Carly would have given up.
We spent the weekend with her, loved her, gave her ALL our attention, even more so than usual, she gots LOTS of great food to eat! This last Monday, April 27th, 2015, she went home at noon with the Vet here.
I hope this story inspires you to have your pets checked for this killer of a disease, and to keeping our pets HEALTHY! No table scraps, no soft treats, and feed them the BEST food there is out there. No grocery store foods.
Thank you for allowing me to talk about this. I'm still mourning for her, pretty bad.

REVIEWS - I am swimming in books to write reviews about, so get ready! It starts this week! Back to normal!

Okay! Let's hit the books! Enjoy! (Oh! Grab some of these that are lesser priced NOW! They won't be this low again!)

FICTION - COMBINED EBOOK AND PRINT - all links go to the Kindle version. If you want a different version, simply click on it while you are there! Have fun!

1. Memory Man (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci

ebook: $  9.99
print:   $12.67

2. The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
ebook: $  6.99
print:   $14.11

3. The Bone Tree: A Novel (Penn Cage Book 5) by Greg Iles
ebook: $9.99
print:   $8.62

4. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
ebook: $12.99
print:   $14.53

5. The Liar by Nora Roberts
ebook: $12.31
print:   $16.77

6. The Stranger by Harlan Coben
ebook: $  8.97
print:   $14.64

7. Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick
ebook: $12.99
print:   $18.36

8. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
ebook: $5.99
print:   $4.80

9. God Help the Child: A novel by Toni Morrison
ebook: $12.99
print:   $14.65

10. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
ebook: $ 8.99
print:   $14.66

11. Outlander: A Novel (Outlander, Book 1) by Diana Gabaldon
ebook: $1.99
print:   $5.95

12. Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline
ebook: $  8.99
print:   $16.79

13. Asa: A Marked Men Novel by Jay Crownover
ebook: $5.99
print:   $8.76

14. Aflame: A Fall Away Novel by Penelope Douglas
ebook: $2.99
no print version available yet

15. The Baker's Daughter: A Novel by Sarah McCoy
ebook: $ 1.99
print:   $11.18

There we have our books! The last 5 are listed below! Thank you SO much for stopping by! Please leave a comment if you'd like to! Thanks for reading this weekly column again!

THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)
THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn/Putnam)
AT THE WATER'S EDGE, by Sara Gruen (Spiegel & Grau)
NYPD RED 3, by James Patterson and Marshall Karp (Little, Brown)
VALOROUS, by M. S. Force (HTJB)

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