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Mailbox Monday

January 22, 2018

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.  I found these goodies in my mailbox last week:

Tuesday

Wednesday

Friday

Saturday

What did you find in your mailbox?

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The Week in Review: 01.19.2018

January 19, 2018
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I decided to give TELL ME MORE by Kelly Corrigan a try after seeing how much Sarah loved it and I’m sure glad I did.  I’ve read Corrigan’s other books and enjoyed her voice but her other work didn’t impact me the way this book did.  Corrigan says there are twelve things – like “Yes,” “I Love You,” and “Good Enough” that she needs to learn to say more and explains why with personal stories that are honest, tender, and heartbreaking.  Her stories are a reminder to live life and to be thankful for the simple, everyday things and they made me tear up more than once.  Corrigan reads the audio version herself and does an outstanding job – listening to it was like listening to an old friend.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

After seeing Julie‘s and Patty‘s thoughts on BEST DAY EVER by Kaira Rouda, I decided to pick it up and, let me tell you, this book sucked me in from the very beginning.  It’s the story of Paul and Mia, a couple who seem to have it all.  Paul has planned the “best day ever” for the two of them but things don’t go exactly as he planned.  The story is narrated by Paul and readers know right from the start that things aren’t what they seem.  This page turner is full of tension and kept me up reading late into the night.  I’m eager to pick up more of Rouda’s work now.  If you like mysteries and or thrillers, you don’t want to miss this one!  (My friend Julie sent me this book.)

HEY, BABY! A COLLECTION OF PICTURES, POEMS, AND STORIES FROM NATURE’S NURSERY by Stephanie Warren Drimmer is a fabulous book for young animal lovers.  It’s published by National Geographic Kids and is printed on thick, glossy paper and features adorable full-color photographs.  It also features lots of great facts, folk tales, poems, and stories of unlikely friendships.  I loved the photos and the stories and even learned a thing or two.  Did you know adult hedgehogs have as many as 8000 quills?  Jellyfish have no heart, brain, or blood but have lived for 650 million years.  I read HEY, BABY! straight through but it’s a book that would be easy to dip in and out of so it will appeal to reluctant readers as well as avid readers.  Pick this book up for the young animal and science lovers in your life.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • My book club met Tuesday night to discuss THE LAST BALLAD by Wiley Cash.  Everyone enjoyed the book, some more than others.  We all agreed that we loved Ella May Wiggins and rooted for her in her fight for justice.

  • Winter decided it wasn’t done with us yet – we’ve had really cold temperatures and woke up to snow Wednesday morning.  Most of the snow is gone now and today’s expected high is a more temperate 52ºF.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged just over 18,000 Fitbit steps a day.

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 17, 2018

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 a few words in BEST DAY EVER by Kaira Rouda

1. mercaptan – “I pull out the stove, find the hose connecting the appliance to the gas line and easily cut through it, smiling when the familiar mercaptan chemical scent begins to fill the room.”

Mercaptan is any of a class of organic compounds of sulfur.  It’s added to odorless natural gas to give it a smell.  I knew that something was added to natural gas but never knew what.

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2. chelation – “I’m almost finished with the dialysis treatments, bowel cleansing and IV chelation.”

Chelation is a method of removing certain heavy metals from the bloodstream..

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

January 15, 2018

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.  I found these goodies in my mailbox last week:

Wednesday

Thursday

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 01.12.2018

January 12, 2018
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

THE MUSIC SHOP by Rachel Joyce is an unconventional love story filled with quirky characters and music.  Frank is the owner of a music store that only sells vinyl – he refuses to stock CDs – and he has the knack of connecting the right person to the right music at the right time.  When Ilse comes into the shop Frank quickly becomes smitten but can’t imagine Ilse feels the same way.  The audio version of this book probably wasn’t the best choice for me since it’s narrated by British actor Steven Hartley.  Not that there’s anything wrong with his narration – it’s all me.  I struggle with British narrators.  I find their delivery to be somewhat monotone and I find my mind wandering.  So, what is probably a charming book ended up being good, but not great for me.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

I’ve enjoyed Jennifer E. Smith’s work in the past so decided to pick up HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.  It’s the story of Clare and Aidan, high school sweethearts who are heading to opposite coasts for college.  It’s their last night before they leave for college and Clare thinks they need to decide if they’re going to break up or try to stay together.  To help them decide, she’s planned an evening of stops at places that have meaning to the two of them.  This book reminded me that young people today are much more aware than I was at that age – I always looked forward and didn’t worry too much about the past – and I thought it was sweet, even as it was a little angsty.  I’m way above the target audience, though, and I think teen girls will adore this book.  (Review copy provided by Poppy.)

 

Currently reading:

 

On the Screen

  • Carl and I watched The Founder on Netflix this week.  It was a movie I’d hoped to see in the theater but, if it ever came here, I missed it.  It’s the story of Ray Kroc’s involvement in the McDonald’s franchise and, to be honest, I found it rather upsetting.  It’s been years since I’ve eaten at a McDonald’s and, after seeing the movie, I don’t plan to eat at one in the future.  Michael Keaton does a great job playing Kroc, a character I found extremely unlikable.    If you’re not familiar with the story of Ray Kroc and McDonald’s, you’ll want to check this movie out.

  • I went to see The Greatest Showman with a friend.  It’s the story of P. T. Barnum and his circus.  I’m not sure how accurate the movie is but it sure is entertaining – think Hugh Jackman singing and dancing.  The casting was great and so was the music and choreography.  There was a serious (and at times sad) side to this movie but it’s one that made me feel good.  It’s worth seeing on the big screen for the musical productions alone.

Off the blog

  • The weather continues to be crazy.  We woke up to ice on Tuesday morning and it was 65ºF before the day was out.  We’ve enjoyed several warm days but it’s supposed to cool off again.
  • Vance was out of town for a few days so I worked at the store a few extra hours.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged almost 18,000 Fitbit steps a day.

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 10, 2018

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 haven’t been doing a lot of reading so I haven’t encountered any new words, so it’s back to my Word-a-Day calendar this week.

1. diapause – “Diapause in the southwestern corn borer occurs in the late larval stage of development.”

Diapause is a period of physiologically enforced dormancy between periods of activity.

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2. jacquerie – “The thicker the masonry, the more likely the fortress would withstand the anticipated Jacquerie.” — Michael Know Beran, NATIONAL REVIEW, September 7, 2009

Jacquerie is often capitalized and means a peasants’ revolt.  It gets its name from the 14th Century French nobles’ habit of calling peasants “Jacques.”

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3. dernier cri – “When it comes to shopping for a new wardrobe, Jacqueline ignores the dernier cri and instead picks clothes that suit her own tastes.”

There’s a reason, I didn’t know this phrase – I’m like Jacqueline.  Dernier Cri means the newest fashion.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

January 8, 2018

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.  For the first time since I started participating in this meme (over 9 years ago), my physical mailbox was empty.  I did download several audio books this week, though.

What did you find in your mailbox?