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Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 18, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I’m reading at a slow pace these days so I haven’t found any new words in my reading and had to turn to my Word-a-Day calendar this week.

1. repine – “The tragic lover in the poem goes to his grave repining over his lost love.”

In this case, repine means to long for something.


2. greenmail – “The company lost $40 million in the greenmail scheme but was able to stay in operation with their executive staff intact.”

Greenmail is the practice of buying enough of a company’s stock to threaten a hostile takeover and reselling it to the company for above market value.  I guess this is like a financial blackmail.


3. squinny – “I leant far out, and squinnied for a sign/ That this was still the town that had been ‘mine.’ . . . .”

Squinny is a verb that means to look or peer with eyes partly closed: squint.  My eyes are so sensitive to light these days I squinny quite a bit!


What words do you want to celebrate today?

Review: My Story, My Song

November 17, 2015

My Story, My Song


Lucimarian Roberts was a strong, spiritual woman from a humble background in Ohio.  Her family didn’t have much but she worked hard and earned a scholarship to Howard University.  It was there she met her husband, Lawrence Roberts, who was one of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Because of his Air Force career, Lucimarian and Lawrence moved around quite a bit but raised their four children with grace, dignity, and a deep faith in God.  That faith helped them through many difficult times.  Until her death, Lucimarian found great comfort in playing and singing hymns.

Lucimarian reflected on her life in her memoir, My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith.  Lucimarian tells the story of a life lived with dignity, faith, and great character.  Things weren’t always easy, but Lucimarian managed to keep her faith, stay positive, and learn and grow from her experiences.  She recounted her life from her childhood to surviving Hurricane Katrina.  Her youngest daughter, Robin Roberts, added a reflection at the end of each chapter and it’s easy to tell that Lucimarian’s children adored her.

I was afraid My Story, My Song would be too religious for me, but it wasn’t.  Religion was certainly a large party of Lucimarian’s life but I didn’t find her book to be preachy.  I enjoyed her story and have a great respect for the way she lived her life with quiet dignity.  I listened to the audio version and thought Robin Miles did an acceptable job with the narration.  Robin Roberts read her own reflections and did an outstanding job.  As an added bonus on the audio, there are five hymns sung by Lucimarian with daughters Robin and Dorothy joining her on one song.

Review copy provided by Oasis Audio.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.

Mailbox Monday

November 16, 2015

Mailbox Monday November 16

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.    It may not look like it, but I had a great week in books last week.  I received two books and read four books!  Two of them were kids’ books, but they still reduced my TBR pile, so I’m counting them.  I found these books in my mailbox last week:



What did you find in your mailbox last week?

Review: The Wishbone Wish

November 13, 2015

The Wishbone Wish

The annual Turkey Trot is coming up and Judy Moody is determined to win a turkey for her family’s Thanksgiving dinner at her grandmother’s house.  She’s gotten her brother Stink on board and the two of them are sure they’ll win some prizes.  As a matter of fact, Judy’s so confident, she calls her grandmother and gets her to promise not to buy a turkey.  Now the pressure is on – can Judy pull it off or with this be a turkeyless Thanksgiving?

Judy Mood & Stink: The Wishbone Wish by Megan McDonald is another solid addition to the Judy Moody series.  Judy has talked her family into delaying their departure to her grandmother’s house because she’s sure she can win a turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner.  She’s working hard and gets Stink involved too.  Like most siblings, they have their moments but pull together when all is said and done.

I loved Judy’s confidence and determination.  She wants to win and trains for the events she’s entering.  Her grandmother believes in her and when things don’t turn out exactly like Judy plans, she comes up with a solution that proves the holiday is about family more than anything else.  Peter H. Reynolds‘ full color illustrations add to the charm of this delightful Thanksgiving book.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


Review: Newport

November 12, 2015


Attorney Adrian de la Noye is heading to Newport to update the will of one of his wealthy clients, Bennett Chapman.  Bennett is a widower who is planning to marry Catherine Walsh.  His children are opposed to the marriage (and the changing of the will) but Bennett insists his first wife has chosen her for him and has communicated her desires during regular séances.

His children express their doubts so he arranges another séance for them to attend.   Catherine’s niece conducts the séance and reveals many secrets, even some she shouldn’t know.  Could Bennett’s first wife really be communicating with them?

My book club read Newport by Jill Morrow for our October read.  It was a fitting book since it has a touch of supernatural element to it.  Just about everyone loved the book, except me – I thought it was good, but not great.  I found the fight among the family a little too predictable and wanted more from the book.  It’s told in the present tense with flashbacks to the past and it seemed to me that most of the action took place in the past.

I did find the portions about the séances fascinating and would have liked to read more about them.  I found the book to be atmospheric and I kept waiting for a shocking moment but when it finally came, I found it somewhat predictable.  Still, I enjoyed Newport but it won’t make my list of favorites for the year.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins and Book Club Girl Book Club.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 11, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I’m reading at a slow pace these days so I haven’t found any new words in my reading and had to turn to my Word-a-Day calendar this week.

1. philomath – “Renee was such a philomath that even after she received her doctorate in chemistry, she went back to school to take classes in comparative literature.”

Renee is one smart cookie!  A philomath is a lover of learning: scholar; especially a student of mathematics.


2. polonymous – “Common epithets of Shiva, the polyonymous Hindu god of destruction and regeneration, are Shambhu, Shankara, Mahadeva, and Mahesha.”

Polyonymous means having or known by various names.


3. attenuate – “In her old age, the vividness of Helen’s memories attenuated.”

In this case, attenuate means to lessen the amount, force, magnitude, or value of: weaken.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

Book of the Month Club

November 10, 2015

Book of the Month club

Remember the Book of the Month Club?  You’d get a page full of book stickers, pick out a few and affix them to your order form, and then receive specially bound books in the mail.  That system died away with the internet and online shopping but the Book of the Month has been revised in a new, modernized version.

You can join the new Book of the Month Club for one month ($16.99), three months ($38.97), or a year ($107.88).  Each month five “judges” present books for members to choose from.  Judges come from a rotating panel of people in publishing and may include a guest judge.  At the first of the month, members select one of the five books and it is shipped to them.  Books from past months can be added to your box for $12.99.

I was given a complimentary three month subscription to the Book of the Month Club and, for the most part,  enjoyed the experience.  Here are some of my thoughts:

The Pros:

  • With a paid subscription, you get one quality book a month.  The judges have weeded through a lot of books to present books they consider gems.  They’re not always the on the best seller lists so you can find books you might have otherwise overlooked.
  • The books are fairly priced – with an annual subscription, the cost is $8.99 per book, including shipping.
  • There are discussion threads for each of the books.
  • Books are not specially bound Book of the Month Club editions.
  • You can give a membership as a gift.
  • Books are shipped quickly and come well packaged.

The Cons:

  • Once you start a subscription, you can’t skip a month, even if none of the books appeal to you.
  • As Beth Fish Reads pointed out, the panel of judges is not very diverse.
  • The discussion threads aren’t very active at this point.
  • There are only five books to choose from each month so bookworms may have trouble finding a book that appeals to them that they don’t already own.

The new Book of the Month Club is still in its infancy and I expect it to improve and grow as it continues.  Check this service out for yourself or for the book lovers on your gift list this holiday season.



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