Weekly Recap Apr 19-25, 2015

Weekly Recap

News & Updates at Oh, the Books!


Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.

  • Kelley reviewed Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman.
  • Kelley talked about how books make her cringe (and fall down).
  • Asti reviewed The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.
  • Day Six of The Bookish Games: The Grisha Edition began.

Also: Kelley stopped by Fantasy Cafe to discuss SFF covers for women authors.


In Asti’s Life…

There’s not a whole lot to report this week, but I guess that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

I think the biggest news is that I do have a job now, even if it’s not necessarily what I was aiming for when I moved back to the States. I ended up reapplying for a part-time retail job I had before I studied abroad and the company seems pretty happy to have me back. (What can I say, I’m a hard worker.) I’ll be throwing myself back into the job on Monday and look forward to seeing how much I remember. Hopefully it’s like getting back on a bike because I think they’re ready for me to go, go, go.

Mad, Alaskan MalamuteBut, really, if I’m honest, the actual big news for this week is that I taught my dog a new trick. Mad is… ten years old? Something like that. And while he’s an absolutely beautiful dog, he’s always seemed dumber than a box of rocks (especially when compared to our other beautiful dog, Tasha). Well, I got it in my head last week that I was going to teach him how to “shake” (lift up his paw and put it in my hand), since Tasha has been able to do it for years (see what unemployment has done to me?). After listening to my mom laugh at me for taking on such an impossible task, I spent the next week trying different strategies to get him to shake his paw (have Tasha demonstrate, give him a treat whenever he shifted as if to lift his paw, shake his paw and give him a treat at the same time, etc.). The whole thing seemed quite hopeless, day after day of him just staring at me like I was stupid for not giving him his treat, when suddenly, HE GAVE ME HIS PAW ON COMMAND! And it wasn’t like he just did it the once and then forgot. No. It was like the damn dog knew he could do it the whole time and finally decided to give in to my shake-demanding ways so he wouldn’t have to deal with me anymore. But who cares?! I taught him a new trick and it was the most excited I’ve been about anything in a long, long time.

It’s a good thing I’ll be getting out of the house this week…

In Kelley’s Life…

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