Two Gifted Books

Hey, have you noticed that I (completely accidentally) have a ‘number’ theme running through my blog titles this week? … I wonder what that’s all about then? Whatever the reason, today I thought I’d share some thoughts about two books I’ve recently been ‘gifted’.

The first is the ‘Hello Sandwich: Tokyo Guide’ (a book I actually self-gifted). A few weeks ago Mr Quiet Paws and I came awfully, awfully close to purchasing airfares for a spontaneous trip to Japan … however we decided to be a little more sensible and take some time to properly plan and save our money, for an even more magical holiday in the near future. Part of that plan includes doing some research about where we’d actually like to go within Japan – the two obvious choices so far are Tokyo and Osaka. We aren’t really interested in doing a lot of the traditional ‘tourist’ things (aside from visiting the Ghibli Museum), so the Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide is perfect. It’s a super cute insider’s guide to the suburbs and local attractions of Tokyo, including maps and transport information. Totoro here we come!

The second book is ‘Cats are Weird and More Observations’ by Jeffrey Brown (this was a gift from Mr Quiet Paws. We’re both animal lovers, and we often get a chuckle from the various animated and real cat goodies that we find online. The illustrations of this book have a lovely rawness to them, and they are clearly developed from the experiences of life with a cat. I wonder if there’s a companion book focussed on the weirdness and loveliness of dogs? (if not, there should be).

What numbered things have you got up to this week? Or perhaps you’ve been gifted a book or two?


  1. jan

    I just had four strong denials that dogs are ever weird…always lovely though.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – Haha, my apologies to any offence caused by the suggestion that dogs could ever be ‘weird’! πŸ˜‰
      (sometimes I think my dog is equal parts strange AND lovely). πŸ™‚

  2. Narnie

    I try to run my life in threes but sometimes those twos are damned persistant. I bought two rings today, each for Β£2 (bargain) and I have twice wondered why there is an electricity generator going 24/7 outside my house, without ever asking anyone why. It’s now ten past eleven but by 2am I may have to go and kick said generator with two sledgehammers, haha.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kiersty – The rule of threes is a an admirable way to try and run your life … but yes, those twos can be a bit obstructive to us ever reaching three.

      You are as ever an astute shopper – picking up two rings for such a bargain … wow!

      I wonder if that electrical generator outside your house made it through the night? Or whether those sledgehammers were needed?? Haha … electrical beasts can be so damned inconsiderate!!

  3. Gabrielle Bryden

    Japan sounds awesome! I have two books to educate children about special needs (1) all cats have aspergers; and (2) all dogs have ADHD. The pictures are just hilarious.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Well here’s hoping that Japan will live up to my expectations (secretly though, I’m pretty sure wherever I go will be fabulous). I love the books you describe – cats and dogs provide us with so much inspiration and so many educational possibilities with their unique personalities and general hilarity!

  4. Linda @ Heartfire At Home

    Well, I just finished writing nearly 300 school reports – does that count!? I’m re-reading old books at the moment, but a new book (or a new pre-loved book) might make an appearance soon I feel. I have school holidays coming up in another 5 weeks or so, so some fresh reading material will definitely be in order! The cat book looks fab – what a great present to get!

    Linda. x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – Writing 300 school reports???? Oh. My. Goodness. – you certainly have you work cut out for you there! I hope you rewarded yourself with something wonderful at the end of all those??

      Re-reading old books can be wonderful – they are often like revisiting an old and much-loved friend. School holidays on the horizon sounds like a perfect opportunity to find a new printed friend … I often find that my reading habits while on holidays differ to my usual reading habits … my holiday reading tends to be lighter and fast paced (perhaps that’s because my mind wanders more easily??)… πŸ™‚

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