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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 16, 2017

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!

My first word came from HER EVERY FEAR by Peter Swanson.

1. conflation – “And because Claire and Linda were on his mind, he suddenly found himself plagued with terrible dreams, conflations of the two murders he’d committed, mixed in with images of chasing Rachael along the beach, a buck knife in his hand.”

This is one of those words I feel like I should have known but couldn’t quite put my finger on its meaning.  Conflation is a noun that means the merging of two or more sets of information, texts, ideas, etc. into one.

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My next word came from an article on NPR, Go See It, Eclipse Chasers Urge. ‘Your First Time Is Always Special’

2. umbraphile – “These eclipsed chasers are also known as umbraphiles, or shadow lovers.”

I found this article fascinating since we live in the path of totality for the upcoming eclipse and are expecting an influx of visitors to the area to witness it.  Umbraphile literally means shadow lover but has come to mean one who loves eclipses, often traveling to see them.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

August 14, 2017

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:

Monday

Tuesday

Thursday

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 08.11.2017

August 11, 2017
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

Hilde Lysiak is the young daughter of a former reporter.  She loved tagging along with her her dad when he was working so decided to start a newspaper of her own, Orange Street News.  Now, she and her dad have collaborated to write a book for early readers.  HERO DOG! is the first book in the Hilde Cracks the Case series and it features a young girl much like the author – her name is Hilde, her father was a reporter, and she’s started her own newspaper.  When Hilde learns of a break-in on her street, she’s determined to write about it and possibly solve it, not knowing she’d get help from a four-legged friend along the way.  As she does, she teaches kids the basics of reporting.  I thought the book was cute and the mystery was simple enough for young readers.  Illustrations by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff are included on just about every page to help keep early readers engaged.  Since I loved Encyclopedia Brown books when I was young, I feel sure I would have loved this one too.  This is a great early chapter book for young mystery lovers.  (Review copy provided by Scholastic.)

I’m not sure what made me grab UNTIL I MET HER by Natalie Barelli from Audible but I sure am glad I did!  It’s the story of Emma, a young woman who owns a cute little shop.  One day, one of her favorite authors, Beatrice Johnson-Green comes in the shop and they strike up a friendship.  Beatrice has written a book outside of her normal genre and proposes publishing it under Emma’s name, under certain conditions.  Emma reluctantly agrees but then takes things into her own hands.  The book takes off and now Beatrice wants to reveal the truth but Emma can’t allow that to happen.  I was hooked on this book right from the start and found myself doing extra things just to keep listening to the audio book which is expertly narrated by Kate Rudd.  I just discovered this is the first book in the Emma Fern series and I’m really looking forward to the next one.

I’m a big fan of Joyce Maynard and was excited to pick up her memoir, THE BEST OF US.  Maynard was married fairly young and then divorced for over 20 years when she met and fell in love with Jim.  They married and, shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  She shares the story of their time together with the focus on his battle with cancer, from the caregiver’s perspective.  As I expected to, I loved her writing but have to tell you, this book is gut wrenching.  It’s also intimate, honest, and personal.  If you, or someone you love, has experienced cancer you will relate to much of this book as I did.  I found myself nodding and crying big, ugly tears as I read it and I felt devastated when I finished the book.  Even though it was tough to read at times, I’m glad I read it because it made me think about the way I want to live my life.  This book is well worth reading but be sure to have tissues handy when you pick it up.  (Review copy provided by Bloomsbury.)

 

Currently reading:

 

On the Screen

The Big Sick is the story of Kumail Nanjiani, (who immigrated to the US from Pakistan) and Emily Gordon, the American girl he falls in love with.  The two date for a little while but decide that things won’t work out because of the differences in their cultures.  When Emily is hospitalized and put into a medically induced coma, Kumail finds himself dealing with doctors and her family.  When Emily’s health improves the couple must figure out what they mean to each other.  This movie is based on Kumail Nanjiani’s real life and was written by him and Emily Gordon and I thought it was charming.  It’s sweet, romantic, and funny – you won’t want to miss it!

Off the blog

  • I finished the jigsaw puzzle I was working on.

  • We moved into our current house ten years ago this past Wednesday, which is the longest we’ve ever lived in a house.
  • I’m at the beach with a couple of friends for a long weekend.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged just over 19,500 Fitbit steps a day.

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

Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 9, 2017

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 two more words in my advanced copy of COCOA BEACH by Beatriz Williams.

1. inchoate – “Just a sort of inchoate fury, or frustration, or some damned thing.”

I know I should have known the meaning of this word but I didn’t so I looked it up.  Inchoate means just begun or not fully formed; rudimentary.

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2. redound – “That the sins of the father redound on the head of the daughter, penetrating deep into the chambers of the unconscious where they shoot about like tennis balls in a drawing room, smashing all the china and disfiguring the paintwork.”

Since I was reading an advanced copy, I suspected this might be a typo but wanted to be sure and was surprised to learn redound is a word.  Its archaic meaning is come back upon, rebound on.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

August 7, 2017

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:

Monday

Tuesday

Thursday

What did you find in your mailbox?

Back to School: Weird but True Daily Planner

August 5, 2017
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My baby may have just turned thirty (how did that happen?) but I still remember what it was like getting him ready to go back to school and trying to keep him organized once school started.  I wish NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS WEIRD BUT TRUE! DAILY PLANNER: 365 DAYS TO FILL WITH SCHOOL, SPORTS, FRIENDS, AND FUN! had been out when he was in school because I think he would have loved it.  I know I do.

This fabulous planner is spiral bound and has a soft cover.  The first few pages are for the owner’s information and schedule and then the planner pages begin.  Each page has two days on it and each page spread has a weird but true fact, a question to make kids think, or a fun pop quiz.  Kids can learn fascinating things like one out of ever 10,000 clovers is a four-leaf clover or in Ukraine, it’s customary to decorate your Christmas tree with spiderwebs.  There’s also plenty of room for kids to keep track of appointments, tests, meetings, and assignments.  Fun photos and graphics are spread throughout the planner.

The back of the planner has 14 “Homework Help” pages including a world map, metric conversion charts, and tips for giving an oral report.  If your school age child needs some help staying organized, you’ll want to grab a copy of this planner!   (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

The Week in Review: 08.04.2017

August 4, 2017
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

SNAKES! by James Buckley, Jr, Book 4 in the Amazing Animal Facts series by Animal Planet, is a great way to introduce early readers to serpents.  I readily admit to having ophidiophobia so I thought this book might be too much for me but I’m happy to say it wasn’t.  This book is full of interesting facts about what snakes eat, how they motivate, their life cycle, and so much more.  It includes lots of interesting facts and tons of full color photographs.  Being informed about snakes is a great way to dispel fear of them so I think this is a fabulous book to share with early readers.  It should especially appeal to male readers.  (Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.)

I loved A CERTAIN AGE by Beatriz Williams when I read it a couple years ago so I was excited to pick up COCOA BEACH.  This book features Virginia Fortescue Fitzwilliam, a minor character from the former book.  Virginia went to Europe to drive ambulances during World War II and while there, met her husband, Dr. Simon Fitzwilliam.  They were crazy in love but, because of the war, they didn’t get to see each other as much as they wanted to.  When Simon’s twin brother, Samuel, approaches Virginia with lots of crazy accusations, she doesn’t know what to think and she wonders how well she really knows her husband and she heads home.  Several years (and a baby) later, she receives word that Simon has died in a fire so she heads to Cocoa Beach to claim his estate and finds herself in the midst of a tangled web of lies and deceptions.

I wanted to love this book but, in the end, I didn’t.  Virginia’s story is told in three time periods – her childhood, her time in Europe during the war, and her time in Cocoa Beach and the transitions weren’t always smooth.  I also found the language, especially the dialogue, to be a little bit too flowery and formal, and it didn’t seem to fit the story to me.  I’m in the minority on this one, though, so give it a try if it appeals to you.  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

HER EVERY FEAR by Peter Swanson is the story of Kate, a young British woman who agrees to swap apartments with Corbin, her American cousin, for six months.  Kate survived an attack by a former boyfriend so she’s somewhat fragile and anxious and Corbin has a secret in his past.  Just before Kate arrives in Boston, Corbin’s next door neighbor has been murdered.  The police question Kate about her cousin but she doesn’t know much.  She begins to suspect him and everyone else she meets.

Even though this book is brutal in parts, I could not put it down and found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it.  It’s told from multiple points of view so readers know who’s guilty about halfway through the book but there’s still plenty of tension to keep you flipping the pages.  I’ve read two of Swanson’s books and am anxious to read the one I’ve missed plus anything else he writes.  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

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On the Screen

Not a thing.

Off the blog

  • Vance turned 30 on Saturday and came over for a celebration dinner on Sunday.  I can’t believe my baby is 30!!
  • Carl and I went to check out a new brewery that opened about 45 minutes from us.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged almost 18,500 Fitbit steps a day.

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