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“Memoirs of a Karate Fighter” Review

Hello Friends!

It’s review time this pretty Sunday.

Memoirs of a Karate Fighter“, written by Ralph Robb, is a Memoir, that was published on February 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Ralph Robb for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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Novelist and former karate champion Ralph Robb recounts his experiences at one of Europe’s toughest dojos and provides an insight into the philosophy and training methods of a club which produced national, European and world titleholders. In a hard-hitting story, Ralph tells of the fights on and off the mat; his experiences as one of a very few black residents in an area in which racist members of the National Front were very active; and the tragic descent into mental illness and premature death of the training partner who was also his best friend.

Purchase Link: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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About the Author

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Ralph Robb was born and raised in the industrial town of Wolverhampton, England and now lives in Ontario Canada with his wife, cat and dog. A proud father of four, Robb works as an engineering technician and loves rugby, martial arts and a good book. His world is balanced by quality TV, global events, great outdoors and of course his grand-daughter.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook


My Review

This was quite an unique experience. I have always found martial arts fascinating, although I must admit I don’t know much. This book was fantastic for various reasons and one of them was because it gave the reader some insights into Karate.

The other thing I loved about the book were the quotes at the beginning. Here is my favourite:

“Know the smallest things and the biggest things; the shallowest things and the deepest things.” Miyamoto Musashi– The Ground Book

From the very beginning we knew this has a memoir, but what I found wonderful was that the book didn’t felt “fact intense”. It was kind of like a documentary in a way. It had that seriousness element, the one that made me think, and learn too. On the other hand, it had a good flow and storytelling sound that made it easy to read.

It can be hard to review a memoir, it’s not like one can comment on the plot because it’s the real life, but what I can say is that Ralph Robb did an amazing job at getting the reader to connect with the story and with him.

Overall, I loved the book. It was informative and interesting. I loved how the book also focused on important topics and themes in a thought provoking way.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from Reviews, to guest posts and Q&As.


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

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“Trials and Tribulations of a Pet Sitter” Review

Hello Friends!

Like I said in the previous post, today is the day for books about animals in my blog. And here is my second review of the day.

Trials and Tribulations of a Pet Sitter“, written by Laura Marchant, is an Non-Fiction book about pet with humor in the mix, published on 1st June 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Laura Marchant for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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Hilarious and heart warming true stories of a Pet Sitter.

​Laura takes us on her journey describing the immense joy that the animals have brought into her life. But it’s not all fun and games. With sometimes as many as ten dogs around her home, things can get a tad hectic. Not to forget the every day challenges faced in keeping the pets happy and safe when out walking. Luckily she is not alone in her quest; her unusually dominant Golden Retriever ‘Brece’ is always by her side. Brece earns her keep by convincingly playing the part of the alpha female, ensuring harmony amongst the pack.

​At times, the responsibility that Laura faces becomes overwhelming. She may think she has everything covered but that hand of fate could quite easily swoop down, creating havoc for her and the dogs. Laura has endured many close calls and teetered on the precipice of disaster may a time. The longer she continues with her pet sitting enterprise, the more likely hood that total disaster will actually strike. Is she tempting fate?

​Laura Marchant is the Bridget Jones of the pet sitting world!

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


About the Author

Laura Marchant was born in 1959 in the seaside resort of Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England. Both her parents were born in the same town, so not exactly a family of intrepid travellers!

As a child Laura and her siblings were fortunate enough to own shares in the families pets. Unbeknown to Laura at the time, her love for the animals formed the blueprint for a large part of her life.

In 2011 she finally found her vocation, and in the comfort of her own home, set up a pet boarding business. For the next 7 years she shared her abode with a pack of dogs.

A lot of this time was spent watching over the animals and observing their behaviour, which in turn inspired her to write her first novel ‘Trials and Tribulations of a Pet Sitter’.

Social Media Links: Facebook | Twitter


My Review

Animals have always been part of my childhood. We always had dogs, cats, chickens, pigs, ducks… And I used to help out with their car. So, let’s just say that I always loved animals and knowing facts about them.

When I saw this book I was interesting. I don’t know much about Pet Sitters and I was curious to learn. Let’s just say that it was quite an adventure. This book is the memoir of Laura Marchant’s experiences during her journey and it was very relatable because of how it was written.

Although I’m more of a cat person – I have to say that or Nala (my cat) won’t let me sleep at night – I had dogs while growing up. My mom had a month old puppy when I was born. His name was Rocky. I grow up with him, and later I got my own puppy, Like. They were my best friends when I was small child. Rocky was very protective and Like was just a sweetheart. They are both gone. But I like to think that they are happy and at peace in pet heaven. That been said, I could tell the love that the author has just from reading her story. And that’s one of the things that grabbed my attention.

It was a real story. Not only was it inspiring and funny, but it also revealed the obstacles. Because that’s life. There are always some difficulties along the way, and I respect the author for letting us in on all the ups and downs of her journey.

It really is a book about the tribulations of a Pet Sitter, but it’s also a book that gives us information about dogs that could help anyone that has a dog and those that would like to give a home to one.

Overall, I enjoyed it immensely and I may go back to it in the future. I do recommend the book.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from Reviews to Extracts and Q&As.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

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“The Little Gate-Crasher” Review

Hello friends!

I hope you are having a good morning so far. Today the weather in my hometown is grayish than usual, so I’m staying home and in the afternoon I’m going to the gym. Meanwhile, I will keep working on some new posts.

Today I bring you a review of a unique book, “The Little Gate-Crasher“, a memoir written by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer about her great-grand uncle Mace Bugen.

Thank you Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer for the eCopy of the book and for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour and give my honest review.

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Blurb

unnamed (5) (2) (1)Mace Bugen might have been an achondroplastic dwarf, 43 inches tall with an average size head and torso set on small, twisted legs—but that didn’t mean he was an idiot or a pushover. In truth, he was smarter than most; over the years, he learned to effectively turn what society in those days called a handicap into a powerful tool he could use to his advantage.

“When I was a kid,” he once said, “I’d ask myself, Why is that guy on the football team? Why can’t I be on the team? Why didn’t God give me the height so I could be the hero?”

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“Then at some point I figured it out: I gotta do something special to let ’em know I’m me.”

In The Little Gate Crasher: The Life And Photos Of Mace BugenI remember my amazing great-Uncle Mace Bugen through his journey as a first-generation Jewish-American kid in working class Philipsburg, NJ to becoming the first celebrity selfie-artist—way ahead of his time.

Featuring vintage photos of Mace with his exploits, The Little Gate Crasher captures three decades of American pop culture, seen through the unique lens of Mace and his gate-crashing exploits.

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Underneath his antics, we meet a complex man who continually defies others expectations and meets life on his own terms. Mace becomes a successful businessman and devoted son to his aging parents. But in his gate-crashing antics, we best get to see Mace’s unique combination of guile, cunning and sense of entitlement, which he used to engineer photos of himself with some of the biggest celebrities of his day. If people were going to stare at him all of his life, he would give them something to see.

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The Little Gate Crasher features over 50 vintage photos of Mace with celebrities, athletes and politicians, including Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Muhammed Ali, Richard Nixon, Jane Russel, Joe DiMaggio and more.

Purchase Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK


Author Bio

TheBlogConnectHeadshots-150Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer is an experienced educator, author and speaker. At Jewish Learning Venture, she works as Director of Whole Community Inclusion and leads disability awareness programs for the Philadelphia Jewish community. Her most recent book The Little Gate Crasher, a memoir of her Great-Uncle, who overcame society’s prejudices about dwarfism to lead a remarkable life, was one of the national book selections for 2017 Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month. Gabby writes for and edits The New York Jewish Week’s The New Normal: Blogging Disability and is also a featured Philly parenting blogger for WHYY’s newsworks. Gabby holds a B.F.A. in theatre and creative writing from Emerson College and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. 

Social Media Links – Website | Twitter | Facebook


My Review

P1060531There’s always this feeling of connection when I read a memoir. This one was about one of a kind human being. And I’m so happy I got to read his story, written by a family member. I hadn’t heard of Mace Bugen before, but his life story was absolutely powerful and hopeful.

Moishe Morris “Mace” Bugen was an achondroplastic dwarf, and if people think that could be the end of the world for a family, think twice. Not only is this book about an amazing human being with a big personality and a kind heart, but also about a family that chose to love him and treat him the same way any other family member, and that supported him no matter what. And to me that’s the real meaning of family and being a good person.

P1060534In this book, not only talks about his life, but give us a collection of photos proving his success in getting in photograph take with important people, by using unusual and creative ways. And that just makes the story even more excited and happy in the end. Despite his needs and every obstacle, he was able to overcome it and made lived his life to the fullest.

If seeing the pics made me happy because I could see the look in his eyes in each photo and wonder if he was having fun, reading about those photo moments made me laugh (in a very good way). It’s something I cherish dearly: my family photos. So I understand the reason why Gabrielle end up writing this book. I would love to get all the stories my grandparents told me, unto paper.

“I never got mad at God. I figured he made me so that’s it”

P1060535This quote touched me. And this quote showed me how strong he really was. It’s a life lesson. There were times in my life when I was mad about how I was, but Mace never did. He just tried doing the best he could with what he had, with what God gave him, and that’s a powerful message to me.

Overall, I can see how this book could be a great why to get people enjoying their lives, and having strength to overcome each obstacle in their path. And I highly recommend it.


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess