#TBT Review: Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

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Category: Biography

Published: 2006

Read: 2013

Score: 3/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) Anyone who despairs of the individual’s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools—especially for girls—that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. As it chronicles Mortenson’s quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.

Review: This is a good book in a sense but also some of it hard to believe. It’s a good story in the sense that it is uplifting and great when you hear about someone who is trying to help people in a part of the world where people usually turn a blind eye.

mortenson-schoolIt is told of how Greg, on a trip up a huge mountain in Pakistan comes across a group of people who all live in poverty and none of the children goes to school. This changes the way he thinks for ever and after that goes on a mission to help them and get them the schools they so desperately need, and ones where even girls can go to learn which in this part of the world is not something you hear of.

Of course, even before the events of 9/11 and all that have followed there is a way of thinking against people in this part of the world and Greg was out to change that. He helped them grow and get those schools built even though he didn’t have backing from most Americans and of course other people in Pakistan who didn’t want to see (especially girls) get educated. A lot of the story is based around these issues and how hard it was for him to overcome these obstacles but did so in the end to achieve great things like build over 50 schools.

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The reason it didn’t get more of a score from me because a lot of it was dragged out. I think it would have been a better story if it was written better and we maybe got to know a bit more about some of the people he worked with over the years instead of the bad ones who tried to stay in his way. I read the book yes, but I would not read it again. Did it open my eyes? Certainly! But I still wouldn’t read it again.

This is a book for anyone who likes feel good stories as well as a good biography or something along the those lines. It’s not a light read, there is a lot that is hard to hear but at the end of the day it’s the truth. There are plenty of books like this but this is a great one to start if you looking for a fall read.

Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakban by J.K. Rowling

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Category: 9-12 Fiction

Published: July 1999

Read (Again): August 2016

Score: 5/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

Review: Our of all the series, this was one of my favourites from the beginning. Still reads like a kids book but is also starting to feel a bit more grown up. Harry-Potter-and-the-Prisoner-of-Azkaban-movie-poster

968full-harry-potter-and-the-prisoner-of-azkaban-screenshotAgain you get the same type of story you are now used to for Harry Potter. Sirius the mass murderer is now out and of course after Harry. He’s back at Hogwarts and with his best friends and between studies and troubles with things like Malfoy and Quidditch Harry can’t seem to catch a break. Now he has to worry about a killer on the loose after him as well.

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You get the usual magic, and wonder and action adventure. It’s a bit more scarier for kids than the other ones but not so much that the younger of this age group can’t read it. It’s the same wonderful writing and magic we have come to know from J.K. Rowling and goes along with the other stories we have known.

If you like the first two you are going to like this one as it leads up to the most scarier and intense of the books in the series. Of course I loved this book, and it will always be one of my favourites in the series. We meet Buckbeek who turns out to be amazing. Read for yourself and you’ll want a pet like him too.

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Review: Wet Dog by Sophie Gamand

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Category: Photography & Coffee Table Book

Published: October 2015

Read: July 2016

Score: 4/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) Every dog owner knows too well the fun and misery of bath time: the wriggles, the poignant looks, the playful splashes. WET DOG, by photographer Sophie Gamand, is a stunning and touching capture of this intimate moment. Elevating dog photography to the status of art, these expressive portraits of our canine friends mirror our very own human emotions.

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Review: There is not much I can say about this book words wise, as there are not many words. It is what it is and it’s  a book about dogs what they look like when they are wet. 28278FEE00000578-0-image-a-17_1430372334180

Anyone who has had a dog knows this can be a funny and really hard experience. I am lucky enough that my dog likes baths/showers and doesn’t give me trouble but he is funny when he’s wet as he’s a big dog but still looks like a drowned rat.

download (1)These are simple and great pictures. Some of the expressions are so funny you will laugh out loud at them. There are all kinds of different dogs too from larger breeds to the really small breeds and that is one of the biggest appeals about this book.  I would have given it 5/5 if there had been little stories to accompany the dogs but at least you know the names, breed and age of the dogs if you wanted to learn more about a particular picture.

downloadIf you know a dog lover in your life, or you are one yourself you should pick this up for your collection. Even my two-year old son who loves dogs will sit and look at this book. It would be great as a gift too if you are looking for that hard to buy person. I have a copy and it’s under my coffee table. images

Even if you wanted to google some of the pictures I suggest it, they will give you a smile 😀