Finding Forever (and The Great Gatsby)

Hello everyone!  Only two days til the weekend!

My day went pretty well today — I got in my early morning run AND James has agreed to go on a run with me tomorrow morning, so it will be like old times.

This also helped make my evening great:

Cookie Butter and Cocoa Almond Butter

I’m loving these butters!  I’ve put a scoop in my oatmeal each day this week (including a combo of both today), and they made a pleasant dessert.


Tonight, I want to review two books I finished awhile ago, but haven’t gotten around to reviewing yet.

The first is Finding Forever by Dobie Houson.  Here’s the synopsis from

Finding Forever


“Finding Forever: The Dogs of Coastal German Shepherd Rescue chronicles the poignant and heartwarming stories of twenty-six abandoned and abused German Shepherds in search of their forever homes. The author, a budding animal communicator takes us into the hearts and minds of these dogs and shares what they are really thinking in regard to their plight and the human race. Anyone who has ever gazed into the soulful eyes of their animal companion and wondered what they were thinking will fall in love with the stories of these German Shepherds and their journey to overcome adversity, sometimes against all odds. As a reader, you take a journey with each dog as he or she evolves and comes into their own. Even in the saddest parts, the expansion, possibilities, and hope will inspire you. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and ultimately find yourself changed as you reach the last page.”

This is a book I bought on a whim.  Dobie Houson actually followed me on Twitter after I posted a series of Milo/rescuing dogs tweets, and this book intrigued me.

This may come as a shock, but I love dogs.  Haha, yeah right, very shocking I’m sure.  Obviously, I love dogs more than anything, and I am a huge advocate of rescuing.  I feel like Milo rescued me, not the other way around, so I wanted to read this book.

It’s a little different than I thought it would be — it’s not really a fluid story, but instead, each chapter is broken down into a story of a dog’s life at the shelter.  Parts of the book were sad, but honestly, not as sad as I thought.  Some of the dogs were abused, and no abuse of an animal is EVER ever okay, but it’s not as graphic as some of the stuff you read about in the newspapers.

The author “talks” to each of the dogs, so there are portions of each chapter in which the individual dog is speaking.  I don’t know how much I believe that really happened, but it’s cute to think that some of these dogs said some of these things.

This is an incredibly fast and easy read, but it is enjoyable if you are a dog lover.  It’s heartwarming and it also made me reflect on Milo quite a bit because he is a rescue dog.  Several times, I put the book down and gave Milo a huge hug (because he was usually laying on me).

What? You're comfy

Unless you are obsessed with dogs, like me, this probably won’t be on your radar, but if you ever come across it, I recommend it for a quick, sweet read.

Book number two is …. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald!

Do I even need the recap of this?   Just in case, has this to say (which I edited down a bit):

This is my mom/dad's (I don't remember which one) book, so it has this old school cover that I love

“A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author’s generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of [the] most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. . . . It’s also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby’s quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying, but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means–and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing . . . . His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across Long Island Sound from Daisy’s patrician East Egg address, throws lavish parties, and waits for her to appear. When she does, events unfold with all the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama, with detached, cynical neighbor Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout. Spare, elegantly plotted, and written   in crystalline prose, The Great Gatsby is as perfectly satisfying as the best kind of poem.”

I read The Great Gatsby either in high school or college (I don’t remember), but I wanted to read it again (1) because the movie with Leo DiCap is coming out in December and (2) reading The Paris Wife got me super interested in the time period and Fitzgerald.

I’m so glad I reread it.  This book is just as good as we all think.  It’s interesting, funny, fun, descriptive, and a genuinely enjoyable read.  I’m also glad that I reread it because there were a lot of parts I forgot, so it was like reading a new book.

If you read this book in school, and I’m sure you did, I encourage you to read it again.  It might mean more now that you are older, and it’s just a good book that deserves a second read (or third or fourth….).

Well, that’s it for tonight, another early run tomorrow!

Have you read anything good lately?



  1. Oh I love The Great Gatsby; I can’t wait for the movie! Milo is such a cutie! :)

  2. Have you read the Art of Racing in the Rain? (Told from a dog’s perspective – it was pretty interesting!)

    I remember reading the Great Gatsby years ago but truthfully I hardly remember what it’s about so I think I might have to give it another read!

  3. I’m a sucker for dog books! I’ll have to add that one to my summer reading list! Have you read The Art of Racing in the Rain? I loved that one too!

  4. Hahahaha. I can understand wanting to read it because of Leo ;)

  5. Right now I’m reading the Paris Wife (which mentions The Great Gatsby and FSF). I’m also trying to get through 50 Shades. I’ve been on it for a month and I’m only about halfway through!

  6. MMMMM that first pic is AWESOME!! I read The Great Gatsby like 5 years ago and for some reason felt like I didn’t understand what was going on? Maybe I just didn’t really get into it for some reason, but I remember being frustrated by why I wasn’t getting it. Maybe I need to re-read it with fresh eyes???

    • Laurie says:

      Definitely reread it! I’m pretty sure I skipped over most of it back in the day because it seemed like an entirely different book!

  7. 50 Shades!!!

  8. Fun, I love having a running buddy.

  9. I want to re-read the great gatsby! I read it when I was in 10th grade and while I did enjoy it, I know I will appreciate it at this age, and not being “forced” to read it for school

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