Top Ten Tuesday (8)

top ten tuesday

A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we list out our top ten for the week. Each week has a new category and so a new list.

Ten Books I’ve Recently Added to my TBR List

So like I’ve said before..I really don’t have a TBR list but might as well start one now since this TBR list is quite popular with every blogger and reviewer. LOL

  1. The Rose Society by Marie Lu: I book that was just on my Waiting on Wednesday meme. I just found out about it this week so I’m super excited for it to come out and read it!the rose society
  2. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows: A book that has gotten good reviews from the bloggers I follow and it sounds pretty awesome!orphan
  3. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson: Another book that was suggested when I was researching for a past Top Ten Tuesday post. I recently just ordered all three books in a set. Should get them by tomorrow!mistborn
  4. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman: I just finished Seraphina and though it was adorable and amazing! I look forward to learning more about Seraphina and her band of misfits.shadow scale
  5. The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz: OMG a DISNEY BOOK BASED ON DISNEY VILLIANS CHILDRENS!!! UHH PLEASE let me have it! isle of lost
  6. A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis: A Gothic thriller that looks pretty awesome. Was just looking around Goodreads and saw this! The cover is just awesome too!madness
  7. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma: Saw this on Tynga Reviews and they loved it and it sounded awesome! I really want the chance to read it! You can read their review HERE! map of time
  8. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan: The first in the Wheel of Time series. In a recent Top Ten Tuesday post I talked about epic fantasy books that I’ve read and someone suggested the Wheel of Time series. It’s a pretty long and intense series so it may take a VERY long time to get through.eye of the world
  9. Wars of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou by Conn Iggulden: A historical fiction book all about the beginnings of the War of the Roses. I just LOVE anything to do with the Tudors.war of roses
  10. The King’s Curse by Phillipa Gregory: My favorite author recently came out with a new book that I’m extremely interested in buying I just haven’t gotten around to it. kings curse

What is on your recent TBR list this week?!


Stacking the Shelves (8)

Stacking the

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga Reviews. I basically tell you what new books I have either purchased, borrowed or will be reviewing. FYI: this was a slow/busy week for me. Super busy with work (my boss was out for the week) and I got sucked into the TV show, Royal Pains via Netflix.

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I hope your week went better and it’s finally warming up in Vermont! The snow is still around but less of it. Is the snow all gone by you? Are you ready for spring and warm weather?!

Review: Beneath the Surface by John Hargrove

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

beneath the surfaceTitle: Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld and the truth behind Blackfish

Author: John Hargrove

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillian Trade

Published: March 24, 2015

Pages: 272

Rating: 4/5

Over the course of two decades, John Hargrove worked with 20 different whales on two continents and at two of SeaWorld’s U.S. facilities. For Hargrove, becoming an orca trainer fulfilled a childhood dream. However, as his experience with the whales deepened, Hargrove came to doubt that their needs could ever be met in captivity. When two fellow trainers were killed by orcas in marine parks, Hargrove decided that SeaWorld’s wildly popular programs were both detrimental to the whales and ultimately unsafe for trainers.

After leaving SeaWorld, Hargrove became one of the stars of the controversial documentary Blackfish. The outcry over the treatment of SeaWorld’s orca has now expanded beyond the outlines sketched by the award-winning documentary, with Hargrove contributing his expertise  to an advocacy movement that is convincing both federal and state governments to act.

In Beneath the Surface, Hargrove paints a compelling portrait of these highly intelligent and social creatures, including his favorite whales Takara and her mother Kasatka, two of the most dominant orcas in SeaWorld. And he includes vibrant descriptions of the lives of orcas in the wild, contrasting their freedom in the ocean with their lives in SeaWorld.

Hargrove’s journey is one that humanity has just begun to take—toward the realization that the relationship between the human and animal worlds must be radically rethought

When the movie, The Cove came out in 2009 I had no inking of it or what it could represent. It wasn’t until a few years later that I learned more about it and decided to watch it. I rented it from the library and it blew my mind away. I cried when I saw the cove turn red as blood and as these innocent creatures were taken away from their habitat all to satisfy our entertainment. I signed the petition and refused to go to any dolphin shows after that. When I heard that Blackfish was coming out I knew I had to watch it. Lucky enough, it was airing on CNN and again it blew my mind. I visited the Orlando SeaWorld and the San Antonio one and I wish I could take it all back. I like so many people believed that SeaWorld was all about conservation and saving the species but after reading this book, I agree with Josh about their greed. I am now looking forward to getting the chance to see Racing Extinction which was played at the Sundance Festival recently. (The links in this paragraph lead to the youtube trailers)

This is basically Johns memoir of wanting to become an Orca trainer to becoming one to now being an advocate for orca safety and health. John started his dream when he was 6 years old and pursued it until his body couldn’t handle it anymore. John talks about his love of his favorite orcas, the history of orcas and how they started becoming used for entertainment purposes and the tragedies that happened. This was a behind the scenes of what was going on in SeaWorld and it was eye-opening. I felt for John and the orcas when they were in pain or became separated from one another. It was just as heartbreaking for me when I was reading it. I couldn’t put the book down until I read all of the stories and chapters.

The only issue I had and this could be because its an uncorrected copy was that it was a little chunky. And the flow was a little off. John would start telling a story about one orca and his experience and then the next paragraph would be something totally different and/or irrelevant to what he was previously talking about. But that didn’t stop me from reading it and finishing it in one day.

I would recommend this book if you have seen either The Cove or Blackfish or are curious about what life is like being a marine mammal trainer(I know when I was younger I wanted to be one but I’m kinda glad I never become one now)