What’s up, my bookish friends? Welcome to Blogging With Reese!
Today I’ll be doing a book review! Yay! It’s been a super long time since I’ve reviewed any books on here, so I figured I should probably do one!
I read The Penderwicks for the first time in 2019, by myself, and then again in 2020, when I recommended my mom, sister and I read it together (oh, haha, I just thought of something. The only other book review I’ve done on here is The War That Saved My Life, and that was actually another that I read, then recommended to my mom and sis). It’s a really great series, and I’ll be giving a review of the first book.
So let’s get started!
Synopsis off Goodreads
The Penderwick sisters busily discover the summertime magic of Arundel estate’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. Best of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, the perfect companion for their adventures. Icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is less pleased with the Penderwicks than Jeffrey, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Is that any fun? For sure the summer will be unforgettable.
The Penderwicks is a series that I love with all of my heart, from little Batty and her butterfly wings, to Mrs. Tifton (I didn’t exactly love her, it was more like a ‘love to hate’ relationship), to Jeffrey and his determination to stand up to his mother, even when she got mad at him.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and reading about the sisters’ adventures. I loved how we got to see each of the four sisters’ points of view on different things, and how the different sisters all had very different personalities, but they still got along together.
I loved all the funny scenes (which there are a lot of), and they made me crack up. Especially the ones with Hound, the girls’ dog.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a light-hearted and fun summer read! My rating is five stars!
Rating: 5 out of 5.
I hope you enjoyed reading this review! I enjoyed writing it!
Should I write more reviews? Have you ever read The Penderwicks? Will you, after reading my review? Do you have any book recommendations?
Today I’ll be writing about something – a very big something – that’s been a big part of my life for the last little while.
It’s about….. A pup!!
Yay! I love dog stories! But not just any pup… it’s about…
So let me tell you the story.
Some time ago, in late November, I was out walking with Bo, a stray dog who lives near our building, and I saw a new dog. She was a tiny pupper, and very skittish. Bo and the pup played for a while, and then we continued on.
For a few days after, I would catch glimpses of the dog, but she was so shy I couldn’t pet her. A couple days later, I was hanging around our building (with Bo) and I saw this man walking around with the dog. I asked him if she was his dog, and he said that no, she wasn’t his, but he brought her to our neighborhood.
Around a week later, the pup had gotten used to being here, and she was starting to come around people more. My friend and I were outside when she saw her for the first time. She wanted to call her De De or Be Be or something (I honestly can’t remember). I said okay, but I didn’t really think the name suited her. Then I thought of ‘Rosie*’, and my friend really liked it, so we called her that!
* I call her Rosie Doodle sometimes, though, because it has a nice ring to it, and also because of the book A Dog’s Purpose
Every morning I go on a walk with Bo, and I wanted to see if Rosie would come with us. The first few times she would follow us, but then leave partway through. Eventually, though, she wasn’t as shy, and she started following Bo and I every morning.
I started bringing kibbles with me to see if she would come up to me, and after a while she did!
The weeks passed, and with every day she got more used to me. I would play with her, and feed her, and teach her tricks. My parents and sister loved her, too, and sometimes they joined me on my walks.
There are lots of stray dogs in Tbilisi, Georgia, and sadly, not all of them are fixed, which means that more of them are born, and then they grow up, have puppies, and contribute to the stray dog population.
My mom decided that she wanted to do something about that, even if it was just this one dog. We went to the vet’s one day, and asked about getting Rosie fixed.
The guy there said that she would have to fast for eight hours before she could have surgery, though.
Because Rosie’s a street dog, she eats whenever she can, and it would be really hard to make sure she didn’t ear anything for eight whole hours. Luckily, our friend agreed to take Rosie in his house overnight. We took her to the vet the next day. She was really freaked out because she had probably never spent the night inside before, and also she had to ride in a car to the vet’s.
When we got to the vet’s she was literally shaking, she was so anxious. We had to wait for a little while before the vet saw her. We kept petting her, and calming her down, and telling her what a good girl she was. When the vet put her up on the table she was really quiet and didn’t didn’t try to resist.
The vet looked at her for a minute, and then told us that Rosie was in heat, which means that she could get pregnant. Because she was already in heat, we couldn’t get her fixed until two months after.
Once we got back, Rosie was thrilled. My mom, sister and I, however, weren’t. If she got pregnant, then there’d be more homeless dogs in the world.
When a dog goes into heat, it can last for 2 to 3 weeks. Rosie was, by our estimates, around 5 days in. We had a long couple weeks ahead of us.
The next day when my mom and I went for a walk with Rosie, there was already an un-fixed male dog following her around every where she went. He wouldn’t leave her alone. Finally, we took her into the entrance of our apartment building, intending to stay until he left. But he just stayed by the door. So we decided to walk up the stairs with Rosie. We went all the way up to the 11th floor, which is our floor. Then we went into our apartment.
Since we didn’t want Rosie to pee all over the place, we went into my sister’s room with her, and she stayed there, under the bed.
A couple hours later, we took her out to pee and go for a walk. When we brought her back inside, she immediately went under my sister’s bed again. The whole day was like that; taking her for walks, and then bringing her back up. Wherever she went, we were always watching her to make sure no boy dogs were with her.
That night, she slept under my sister’s bed.
The next few days were the same as the first. Take her out for walks, stay with her all the time, feed her, watch her, make sure she didn’t chew anything…
Oh, and did I mention that we’re not supposed to have pets in our apartment? Hehe… yeah. That’s been an extra challenge.
Now we’re on day eight, and so far we’ve protected her. There’ve been several close encounters with male dogs, but she’s safe.
She’s gotten into the routine of going outside and peeing, and we’ve only had around five accidents inside the apartment.
I can’t decide if I like her here or not. It’s a lot of work, and a lot of sleepless nights (like waking up at 3am and not sleeping til 5am because she keeps walking around my room), but it’s nice to feel like I actually have my own dog.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post! I know I enjoyed writing it!
Do you own a dog? Is Rosie adorable, or what? Are there stray dogs where you live? Should I write more posts about Rosie and Bo?
Today I’ll be doing a tags and awards post because I haven’t done one since November (heheh), and I’m seriously behind. I know that my posts have been short lately, and I apologise for that, but, um, you’re going to wish I took back my apology by the end of this super long post.
Without further ado, here are the awards and tags!
The Outstanding Blogger Award!
I was nominated for this by Rayna @Ray is writing! Thanks so much! Please go check out her blog if you haven’t!
Out of 10, how would you rate your art? (I ask this to all my friends) Oh, this is super easy. Probably a four. Art is not my forte, but I’m working on it.
What’s your best skill? Apart from writing, I mean, if that’s what you were going to say. Whaaa…???? How did you know? Um, then I guess reading… If that counts…
If you had to choose between your favorite book not existing and your favorite movie not existing, which would you choose? Oh my gosh, this is too hard! My favourite movie’s The Greatest Showman, but my favourite books are Keeper Of The Lost Cities. Ahhhh! I can’t do this!
What post of yours is your favorite? Hmmm tough one. I like pretty much every post I write! I really enjoyed writing the two posts on my family’s travels so far!
Are you an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert? Pretty sure I’m an ambivert! I love meeting new people, but alone time is also important to me.
What’s your favorite song? Why do these questions have to be so hard!? At the moment, I’m listening to a lot of Jason Derulo… but it’ll probably change next week.
And lastly, how many pages long do you like your books to be? Pretty long. I like getting into a story, and not having it end super quickly. I think the longest book I read was Eragon, or something in that series.
The first ten people to like this post!!
I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Anushka @Anushka Stories! Thanks so much! Go give her blog a follow!
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Answers the 11 questions the blogger asked you
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Ask your nominees 11 questions
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1.Which super hero do you like the most?
I don’t really watch/read stuff with super heroes, so, um, I don’t really know
2.If you had a time machine, will you like to go in the future or in the past and why?
I would probably go to the past because it’d be interesting to see what life was like before modern stuff like cars, factories, basically anything that causes pollution.
3. What is your biggest dream or goal?
Uh, wow, this is tough. I have a lot of goals. Right now, though, the goal I’m most working on is getting my splits!
4.Which is your favourite book and why do you like it?
Keeper Of The Lost Cities. Why? Because it’s awesome!
5.Why do you love doing blogging?
Oh, there are so many reasons! Mostly because I love writing, and because everybody in the blogosphere is really friendly and nice!
6.What was/is the best thing of being a kid?
Not having a lot of responsibilities. As I’m getting older (psh, I’m still only twelve) I’m realising that adults have a lot of responsibilities, and kids don’t have as many (well, I have a few).
7. If you were an inventor, tell one thing you would like to create.
I am an inventor! I create books!
8. Who is your idol and why?
I don’t really have an idol. I just want to be me (but the best me possible).
9. If you had an opportunity to meet a big actor/actress , who would it be?
Probably Emma Watson, because she played Hermione.
10. If you were a billionaire what would you buy first?
All the books in the world! Except for the boring ones.
11.If COVID-19 never existed how do you think life would have gone?
Well, I might be in a different country, I would have gotten out a lot more last year, and I might not have started school! So, kinda different.
I nominate you if you can find (at least) one good thing about 2020!
I’ve been tagged by Krisha @Krisha’s Twilight for the Never Have I Ever Book Tag!! Go check out her blog if you haven’t already!
Link back to the person who tagged you or the blog where you first saw this tag.
Answer all prompts.
Add one more prompt of your own.
Tag at least 5 people.
Never Have I Ever read a later book in a series before reading the first book
Yes, I have! It was Warriors! I bought the first one in The Power Of Three without reading the previous books.
2. Never Have I Ever burned a book
People still do that?! NO. N. E. V. E. R. Ever would I burn a book, even one that I don’t like.
3. Never Have I Ever read a book I knew I would hate
Just a quick question. Why would I read it if I knew I would hate it?
4. Never Have I Ever wrote a fanfiction about my favorite books
Surprisingly, no, I have not. I’ve written stories about personal experiences, but never from someone else’s book. I feel like I just don’t know the characters well enough.
5. Never Have I Ever loved a book when I was young and hated it when I got older
I wouldn’t say hate, but I loved the Rainbow Magic series when I was 7, and refused to read anything else. Looking back, like, every single one of those books was exactly the same!! I don’t know how I didn’t get bored.
6. Never Have I Ever dressed up as one of my favorite literary characters
No, I don’t think so.
7. Never Have I Ever hated a book by an author I love
I honestly can’t remember…
8. Never Have I Ever gone into a bookstore to buy one book and come out with many more
I don’t usually buy books from a store; I get them from my library, so, no, I haven’t.
9. Never Have I Ever read the end of a book before reading the beginning
And wreck the whole book?! No, never!
10. Never Have I Ever read a book without the dust cover
Hehe, they just get SO annoying!
11. Never Have I Ever skim read nearly half a book
If it’s boring, then probably, yes.
12. Never Have I Ever spoiled a book for someone
When my dad used to read to my sister and I he would read really slowly, so sometimes – when he wasn’t looking – I would read ahead a chapter and then spoil it for them.
13. Never Have I Ever seen the movie before reading the book
Just once, I believe. It was The Golden Compass. But when I watched the movie, I didn’t know there was a book.
14. Never Have I Ever lost a book
Probably. I can’t remember.
I nominate you if your name starts with one of the letters between and including A to Z.
That’s all for today’s super long post, but I hope you enjoyed!
Comment down below if you’re doing one of the tags/awards!! Your questions are the same ones I answered!
Thanks for reading, and I can’t wait to see you on Tuesday!