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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 20, 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 new-to-me words in DROP DEAD HEALTHY by A. J. Jacobs.

1. logy – “Less logy, more energetic.”

This is one of those words I feel like I should have known but couldn’t define accurately.  Logy means dull and heavy in motion or thought; sluggish.

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2. steatopygic – “She says she feels like Mrs. DeLauria, her sixth-grade teacher, who was famous for her steatopygic figure.”

Steatopygic means extreme accumulation of fat on and about the buttocks, especially of women.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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Mailbox Monday

September 18, 2017

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.  It was a slow week for my mailbox but that meant I made a small dent in my TBR pile, so it’s all good.  I found these goodies in my mailbox last week:

Monday

Wednesday

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 09.15.2017

September 15, 2017
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I decided to stretch myself and read outside my normal genres so I picked up THE BLINDS by Adam Sternbergh.  It’s a speculative mystery about a town populated with people who’ve had memories erased – because they’ve committed or witnessed a horrific crime.  The town’s been around for a while and things are going well until a murder is committed and some people from outside the town come to investigate.   I appreciated the writing and the storyline of this fast-paced book and am glad I read it but will readily admit it won’t make my list of favorites for the year.  That doesn’t mean it’s not good – I think readers who enjoy speculative fiction will love it – but it’s not a genre I gravitate to.  (Review copy provided by Ecco Books.)

A few years ago, I read, and loved, SUNNY SIDE UP by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm so I was really excited to pick up SWING IT, SUNNY.  Sunny returns in this graphic novel about family and friendship –  her parents have sent her brother Dale to military school to try to straighten him out and Sunny misses him something awful.  When she does get to see him, he’s full of anger, which confuses her.  I found this book to be entertaining but I didn’t think it held quite the same magic as the first book.  Having said that, I think it will strike a chord with some readers and l think the middle grade target audience will enjoy it quite a bit.  While it’s not necessary to read SUNNY SIDE UP first, readers will enjoy SWING IT, SUNNY more if they do.  (Review copy provided by Scholastic.)

TO BE WHERE YOU ARE by Jan Karon is the latest book in her Mitford series that revolves around the residents of the small North Carolina town of Mitford.  The focus has shifted from Father Tim and Cynthia to Dooley and Lace but it’s the same type of story fans of the series are used to – imperfect characters trying to lead the best life they know how.  In this book, Lace and Dooley are focusing on the adoption of their son, Jack, and trying to figure out how they’re going to pay for costly repairs to Dooley’s vet practice.  The story is sweet and has a Christian element to it and, as all the other Mitford books have, it made me feel good.  I thought it was light and entertaining and I always dream of living in a town like Mitford as I read these gentle books.  TO BE WHERE YOU ARE can stand alone but readers who’ve read the rest of the series will enjoy it more than others.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

I caught a little bit of the Auburn – Clemson football game but not much of anything else.

Off the blog

  • We had a quiet celebration for Carl’s birthday on Sunday.  He was happy with the new computer her received.
  • We got some weather from Irma, but nothing compared to Florida.  We had some wind and got 2.37 inches of rain.  Vance lost power but ours never even flickered.
  • I walked at least 3 miles every morning and averaged just over 18,250 Fitbit steps a day.

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

Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 13, 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 words in an uncorrected proof of TO BE WHERE YOU ARE by Jan Karon.

1. lych-gates – “Following the reception, congregants passed through the lych-gates into the luminous October afternoon and the splendor of Acer fubrum come fully into its highest calling.”

A lych-gate is a roofed gateway to a churchyard.

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2. derp – “No, the derp vet who had no vested interest in any of this — he would run after the blasted cow.”

Derp means foolishness or stupidity.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

September 11, 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:

Tuesday

Friday

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 09.08.2017

September 8, 2017
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I listened to A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE by Shari Lapena on the way home from my mom’s and thought it was terrific!  Tom comes home from work one day to find the door unlocked, his wife Karen gone but her purse and phone at home.  He calls the police but when they come, they inform him his wife has been involved in an accident and is in the hospital.  They take Tom to the hospital where he learns his wife doesn’t remember anything about the evening.  Things get complicated when their neighbor Brigid gets involved.  There are lots of secrets and several twists and turns and I totally guessed the ending wrong.  Since I liked this book so much, I was surprised to see very mixed reactions to it.  I think those who enjoy domestic thrillers will like this as much as I did, especially on audio – Tavia Gilbert does a great job narrating it.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN’S WISE WORDS: HOW TO WORK SMART, PLAY WELL, AND MAKE FRIENDS by K. M. Kostyal takes some quotes from Franklin, like “A slip of the foot you may soon recover: but a slip of the tongue you may never get over” and puts a modern spin on them for early middle grade readers.  As well as modernizing Franklin’s message, Kostyal gives a little of his background with each quote, giving kids a history lesson along with the sage advice.  Each page spread has an illustration one on side and a quote and explanation on the other so young readers can dip in and out of the book.  I think reluctant readers will find the layout appealing and I really liked the message of this book even though I think the author made Franklin sound too good to be true.  Fred Harper‘s illustrations are terrific but, at times, I thought they were a little too lighthearted for the book.  Overall, though, this one’s a winner.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

 

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On the Screen

College football is back and I’m both excited and nervous.  The Hokies have a new, redshirt freshman quarterback and I’m not sure what to expect from him.  He did well in their opener against West Virginia, which was an ugly win, but I’ll take it!  I watched parts of other games as well but my focus was on the Virginia Tech game.

Off the blog

  • As of Tuesday, all of Carl’s Apple and iCloud issues have been resolved!
  • We’re keeping an eye on Hurricane Irma because it looks like it might impact our area.
  • Our weather has cooled off a little bit – I won’t miss the fierce humidity but I’m not sure I’m ready for fall.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged just under 15,200 Fitbit steps a day.

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

Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 6, 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!

Since he knows I like trivia, Lloyd told me about a site called Trivia Today that will email you questions daily.  I’ve had fun with the questions and have learned a thing or two.  A recent question included a new word in it.

1. hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia – “Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is fear of what number?”

What a mouthful!  Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is the fear of the number 666.  I found this video on how to pronounce it but would love to hear a human voice say it.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?