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Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 6, 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 found several new words in an advanced copy of The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy.

1. dyad – “Just like a magnet, the dyad forces of attraction could only extend so far.”

Dyad is a pair, specifically two individuals maintaining a sociologically significant relationship.


2. dramaturgy – “Mr. Sanborn has announced that the poet and artist Mary Artemisia Lathbury of Saratoga is coming in July to teach a painting salon and summer biblical dramaturgy.”

I could pretty much figure this one out but decided to look it up to be sure.  Dramaturgy is dramatic composition.


3. bergamot – “She fluttered her hands at George and Freddy, then wrapped one arm around Sarah’s waist and the other around Annie’s, ushering the girls into the interior, which smelled of rosebuds and bergamot.”

A bergamot is a pear shaped orange of a Mediterranean tree.  Essential oils from the rind are used in perfume


What words do you want to celebrate today?

Giveaway: The Invention of Wings + On Slavery and Abolitionism

May 5, 2015

The Invention of Wings PB

To celebrate today’s paperback release of one of my favorite books of 2014, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin Random House is allowing me to give a copy to one lucky reader.  To make things even better, they’re throwing in a copy of On Slavery and Abolitionism by Sarah and Angelina Grimké!

I think this book is marvelous and would make a wonderful book club selection.  Penguin Random House thinks so, too, so they’ve put together this great book club kit that includes a Q & A with the author as well as recipes and a note from the author.

About the The Invention of Wings:

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.

To enter to win THE INVENTION OF WINGS plus ON SLAVERY AND ABOLITIONISM, simply fill out the entry form.  Contest is open to those with a US address only – one entry per person, please.  I will use to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EDT Monday, May 18, 2015.    Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

Mailbox Monday

May 4, 2015

Mailbox Monday May 4

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued, and now hosted on its own blog.   Carl was out of town last week so I worked extra hours.  He leaves again this week so I’ll be working again.   All that work translates to little time to read, but I’m not complaining – I’m happy to help out.  I found these books in my mailbox last week:





What did you find in your mailbox last week?

Review: We Were Liars

May 1, 2015

We Were Liars

Cadence has spent just about every summer on a private island her family owns.  She spends most of her time with three other friends and the group affectionately calls themselves the Liars.  She was injured in some sort of accident there the summer she was fifteen.  She’s not sure what happened, though, and no one will talk about it so she returns to the island when she’s seventeen and tries to piece things together.

I’m sure most people have heard of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart since the book received a lot of buzz when it was published last year.  I decided to let the buzz die down a little bit before I read the book and I fear I didn’t wait long enough because, for me, it didn’t live up to the hype.

Cady grew up indulged as you would expect but has changed somewhat since her accident.  I could live with her faults, though, because she was such an interesting character.  I was intrigued by her life and was curious about her accident and wondered why no one would talk about it but I was somewhat disappointed in the ending – after all the hype, I was expecting more.

We Were Liars is well written and full of tension and most people have loved it but I thought it was good, but not great.  I’m glad I read it, though, and would definitely read more of Lockhart’s work.

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 Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.


At the movies: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

April 30, 2015

Second Marigold

Things are going well at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel so Sonny decides it’s time to expand.  He has his eye on a building and approaches an investment firm for money.  They agree to have someone come inspect the hotel and when an unexpected guest shows up Sonny assumes it’s the inspector and goes out of his way to be accommodating.

Sonny has some competition for the building, though, and he’s shocked when he discovers who it is.  He’s also getting ready for his wedding but his fiancée is feeling neglected.

Even with its all star cast, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel lacked the charm and quiet humor of the original movie.  The scenery was still gorgeous and the acting was fine but the storyline was lacking so the movie really dragged in places.  I thought the movie was okay and think it’s one to rent at home.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 29, 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 found my first word in Aquarium by David Vann.

1. scree – “My grandfather’s voice too, high now and strained, not like him at all, sounding almost like a woman, old, or the high scree of sticks when they rub together in the wind.”

I knew that scree means an accumulation of stones or rocks lying on a slope but didn’t think that fit here so I looked it up but couldn’t find another definition.  I’m guessing the author was using it as an onomatopoeia to describe the sound of his voice.


My second word is from an advanced copy of The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy.

2. cawl – “’Priscilla, my wife, has a hearty cawl waiting over the fire,” said George.”

Cawl is a traditional Welsh stew.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

Review: The Kind Worth Killing

April 28, 2015

The Kind Worth Killing

Billionaire Ted Severson casually mentions his wife’s affair to fellow first class airline passenger Lily Kintner.  When Ted reveals that he’d like to kill his wife, Lily responds with, “I think you should,” and agrees to help him.

The two begin to make plans.  Ted is excited at first but becomes wary as he and Lily delve deeper and deeper into a fatal game of cat and mouse.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson is an addictive read!  I didn’t want to put it down once I started it and was always thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it.  The point of view alternates between Ted, Lily, Miranda (Ted’s wife), and a police detective so readers get background as well as different perspectives creating a story that I gobbled up as quickly as I could

This book is full of twists and turns and I didn’t see most of them coming.  I have to admit that I gasped and hollered at the characters a time or two before I was done with the book.  In case you can’t tell, I loved this book and am hoping for a sequel.  I’ve been recommending it to everyone who likes psychological thrillers.

I read The Kind Worth Killing for my book club and every single member loved this book.  Sometimes that means there’s not much to talk about, but we found plenty to discuss with this book – from motivations, to all the twists and turns, to the marvelous ending.  We think it would make a great movie and even discussed who we would cast in it.  This was a fun change of pace for our book club.

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

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