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review 2018-05-18 16:35
This Was The Second Book
Kindness Goes Unpunished - Craig Johnson

I didn't think I would like a Walt Longmire story set anywhere besides Wyoming. I was wrong and I should have known better! I love fish out of water stories! They're my favorite ones EVER.

 

So, Walt and Henry drive Henry's Thunderbird (Lola [yes, Lola]) to Philly where Henry has an art exhibition for his photography collection. Soon after they arrive, Cady (Walt's daughter) is seriously injured. The rest of the book is all about how Walt deals with her injury and catches the culprits.

 

It was wild to see Philly through the eyes of a man who's used to being alone in the mountains/plains of Wyoming. But the descriptions ring true. Every way that he describes the buildings and the statues and the people is word perfect to Walt.

 

Oh, and I didn't have to wait until the end of the book series ;)

 

PLOT - 5/5
PROSE - 5/5
CHARACTERS - 5/5
OVERALL - 5/5

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review 2018-03-28 13:20
The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness ... The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness - Laura Kemp,Lowri Walton,Orion

Ceri Price is mourning the loss of her mother. Intent on carrying out her wishes of spreading her ashes in her childhood home of Dwynwen in Wales, Ceri only plans on staying a few nights, then returning to Crewe to carry on her job as head of a successful make up business. However when she is mistaken for the new barmaid, what was going to be just a few days turns into a week, and then two. As the magic of the village and the warmth and friendliness of the locals takes over Ceri finds herself falling for Dwynwen, and for one local in particular. Then the village is threatened with plans for a new housing estate and random acts of kindness occur in the village. Who is behind those acts and can the new housing estate be stopped?

 

There is a lovely, cosy feel to this novel, this arises I think from the small, close-knit village and it’s quirky inhabitants, creating a village I would love to visit. The cast of characters is small, the village depicted so that it was easy to envisage and this all helped towards that cosy feel.

 

Laura Kemp has created a whole host of characters, each one adding something to the story. Ceri grew on me. She came across at first as a little spoiled and shallow but as the story progresses the reader sees that she has been caught up in the whirlwind success of her business and going to Dwynwen opens her eyes as to what she really wants from life. Then there are the locals. Gwil and Gwen, landlord and landlady at the local pub, The Dragon, are the catalyst for Ceri’s life change. When she steps in as barmaid she helps to transform the pub, breathing in new life and the couple bring comedy to the storyline. So too does Mel, who quickly becomes friends with Ceri. Mel holds onto an incident in her past which is making it impossible for her to move forward. The story sees Mel and Ceri helping each other, often times without even realising it. Then there are Rhodri and Logan, both of whom are interested in Ceri for their own reasons.

 

I had figured out who was behind the mysterious acts of kindness from early on in the story but it was nice to read about each one and to wonder what the next act would be.

There’s a warmth to the writing that draws the reader in. At the beginning of the story there were times when it felt a little flat (there were lots of references to bums!) but this soon picked up. There were also a couple of times when the point of Rhodri’s shyness and interest in recycling and the environment seemed a little laboured but again not enough to spoil my enjoyment of the story. There is a friendliness and fun feeling to the writing and that is reflected in the story.

 

A lovely way to spend a few hours, I’ll be interested to read more by Laura Kemp in the future.

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review 2018-01-26 16:00
Have you?
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids - Carol McCloud

This story is a great way to show how random acts of kindness, smiling at someone, giving compliments, or helping someone in some way can go so far! "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" paints a picture that everyone has an invisible bucket that is always with them. This bucket carries their happiness and good thoughts, but when it is empty they are sad. You can spread joy and happiness just by being kind. This book will go hand in hand with the fairly new program that most school are doing, Leader In Me and the 7 habits. Several schools have adopted this program and really pushing being a leader and being kind to one another. One term they use is called an "emotional bank account" which is exactly like the invisible bucket in this story. This book is a great example for students to picture everyone's feelings being in that bucket. I think it helps them connect the idea instead of just telling them to be kind. I would read this book to any grade level. It is a great reminder, even for adults!

 

Lexile: AD710L

 

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review 2017-08-01 00:00
Cat Tales: True Stories of Kindness and Companionship with Kitties
Cat Tales: True Stories of Kindness and ... Cat Tales: True Stories of Kindness and Companionship with Kitties - Aline Alexander Newman Cat Tales: True Stories is a small book that is made to be easy to handle. It is 160 pages long, but at least half those pages are purrfect pictures of pussycats. The layout is one that cat lovers everywhere can appreciate. Cats are sorted into groups such as "Awesome", "Caring", "Adventurous", "Hardworking" and "Curious". It's definitely a book that appreciates the awesomeness of our resident felines. You will also find some of these cats mentioned in 125 Pet Rescues.

One of the sections involved is "Just for Fun" which includes some information I'd never heard about and that did, indeed, make me grin. Such as cat mail! Another is "Ask an Expert" and the questions they chose to ask and answer were definitely interesting. It is also filled with tips and tricks on being a good owner. (Includes things like recognizing what a cat's body language is saying, and providing them the stimulation or lack of that they need.) Cat Tales: True Stories is cute and informative!
How to Approach a Cat

The piece on celebrity cats will contain some very familiar faces. However, this book isn't all about the widely famous cats, but instead about the cats that stand out in other ways. Some are super travelers, some are life savers, and some are just plain awesome in other ways.

This is a book that both kids and adults can enjoy. I loved looking through it. The person it was truly a hit with, though, was my child. She has read the book at least 4 times since we received it. Every time through, she giggles and points out her favorite cats and reads what she thinks are the coolest parts out loud to me. At this point, the book is an old friend for her that she'll never get rid of.
Cat Tales: True Stories with Kitties is a great book.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher for review consideration.
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review 2017-07-08 03:22
Walt heads to Philly for this adventure
Kindness Goes Unpunished (Audio) - Craig Johnson,George Guidall

I was going to try to come up with something original for this time through the book, but mostly, I liked what I said <a href="http://wp.me/p3z9AH-1DD" target="_blank">last time</a>, so let's stick to that. I do have a few new things to say at the end, I should note.

 

It's a sure sign that I need to spend more time reading Johnson than watching the show based on this series in that I'm consistently surprised at how funny these books are. Sure Henry Standing Bear's dry wit is there, Vic is brash and inappropriate -- amusing enough -- but the narration, Walt himself? I chuckled a lot.

 

So, Walt and Henry (and Dog!) are off to the City of Brotherly Love to visit Walt's daughter, Cady, meet her boyfriend, and for Henry to do something at a museum (just an excuse to see Cady). Oh, and conveniently enough, to meet Vic's family (three police officers, one former police officer, and one attractive mother). After arriving in town, Walt doesn't even get to see Cady before she's brutally attacked and hospitalized.

 

Naturally, Walt stumbles upon the one person in Philadelphia who's more knowledgeable and interested in Indians than Henry. It's that interest (obsession?) and his connection to Walt that makes Walt the best man to track down the man who put Cady in the hospital (and other assorted nefarious acts). That's a level of coincidence that you just buy -- like Gideon Oliver vacationing somewhere that a set of bones surprisingly shows up; Nero Wolfe needing information from someone who's a sucker for orchids; or that every falsely accused murderers that Andy Carpenter stumbles upon happen to own a cute dog.

 

There's enough twists, turns -- and one seeming unnecessary but entertaining diversion (that turns out to be not so ancillary) -- to satisfy any mystery reader. Even out of water, this fish can swim. There's some very interesting things that go on in the character's personal lives that should make things interesting down the road (and that I can't talk about while remaining spoiler free) -- enough to make this more than a tale of a father's vengeance.

 

The first chapter (only one in Wyoming) is great -- Walt totally failing to connect with an elementary school classroom, a fun and prototypical Absaroka County shootout, and other things that make up a typical day for Sheriff Longmire on the eve of his trip.

 

One thing that I did take note of last time, but didn't write about was the theme of daughters and parents. There's a lot about Vic and her mother, but the focus is on Cady and the place that she has in Walt's head and heart. I'm not sure how you could read/listen to this without your heart melting a bit -- particularly if you have a daughter who's growing up a bit too quickly, like me. Guidall did a solid job with his narration of this book, but his performance in the last chapter just about broke me.

 

Walt in the big city, like Walt in the least populated corner of Wyoming, is just a pleasure to spend time with -- even if things are going horribly for him.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/07/07/kindness-goes-unpunished-audiobook-by-craig-johnson-george-guidall
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