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Book #44 of 2015: Dog Diaries #2: Buddy | 2015 book: The White Mare's Daughter

Dog Diaries #2: Buddy by Kate Klimo
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

This book could have been a perfect match for me: Told in first person POV, from a dog's perspective. Unfortunately this series was written for very young children, younger than YA even, so the whole thing was too juvenile for adult reader me.

Each book in the Dog Diaries series tells the story of one real dog, from that dog's POV. Knowing that, I didn't try to find the first book in my mess of a To Read list, I just started the first one I found. #2, Buddy, was about the first dog trained as a seeing eye dog.

I found neither the dog nor the people to be very realistic, and everything was way too simplistic. I reached the 50% point of the book, so I can count it towards my 50 book goal for the year, but I didn't finish it. I'm going to delete the whole series from my Kindle, I don't think any of the other books will be a better match for me (all have the same author and the same audience). ...or not. I opened my Kindle to delete them and kept saying "Well maybe I'll keep just this one, it might be better..." I guess at some future time I'll give another of the books a chance, maybe it will work for me better then.


The White Mare's Daughter by Judith Tarr
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

I feel bad that I didn't give this book more of a chance, but it just didn't interest me at all. I googled to see if it would improve, and found review after review saying nothing happened for the first 200 or so pages, so I gave up on it.

From what little I read, this was some kind of a Clan of the Cave Bear clone. Lots of sex (non-graphic), the dialogue was unrealistic to the point of being jarring to my ear, and what little I read of the plot held no interest for me.

Currently reading: The Catswold Portal , which I have the delightful experience of going into totally blind -- I didn't even know if it was YA or not when I started it! (I suspect it's not, the main character is an adult, but I still don't know for sure.)

Sadly, it looks like I won't be reaching 50 books this year, booo. Oh well, I set my goal higher on purpose -- I think I've only met the goal two years so far. I'll probably be high 40s by the time the end of the year comes, so I'll be close! If I wanted to cheat, I could read the rest of the Dog Diaries series, but I try not to pad my numbers like that -- there's no use cheating at solitaire.
Tags: 2015 books, book review, book: dog diaries #2 buddy, book: the white mare's daughter
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