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Wondrous Words Wednesday

December 11, 2019

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’ve found one new word in ANTHEM by Deborah Wiles.

1. llano – “Outside, Molly walked across the grassy llano in time to watch the sun explode, its yellow orb turning into prisms of deepest purple and pink and red and orange as it slipped behind the mountains in the distance.”

 Llano is the Spanish word for plain and it means a treeless grassy plain.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

December 9, 2019

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.  It was a slow week around here but I’m okay with that since there wasn’t much reading going on.

Saturday

What was in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 12.06.2019

December 6, 2019
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

THE FALL OF RICHARD NIXON: A REPORTER REMEMBERS WATERGATE by Tom Brokaw is more about the time period (1974) than it was actually about Richard Nixon and the end of his presidency.  Brokaw starts out by telling how he became a White House correspondent and goes on to tell about Nixon’s downfall but also includes many personal anecdotes, telling about parties he and his wife attended in Washington, press conferences he attended, etc.  There’s not much new material here and those not familiar with Nixon and Watergate might have trouble following the timeline.  I enjoyed some of the personal stories but felt the book was just okay.  Brokaw narrates the audio book and does an okay job – it’s obvious by his voice that he’s getting older.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

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SURPRISING STORIES BEHIND EVERYDAY STUFF by Stephanie Warren Drimmer is another winner from National Geographic Kids.  This book might be small (about 6½ inches square) but it is jam packed with fun information!  Divided into chapters like Toys & Games, Beauty, Hygiene & Medicine, and Fashion. there’s something for everyone included between the covers.  Have you ever wondered about the origin of umbrellas?  They were invented over 4,000 years ago to protect the rich and powerful from the sun.  The Chinese realized they could be used in the rain, too, but, at first, only women carried them.  How about the eye chart?  That was invented by Dr. Ferdnand Monoyer, a French doctor who included his last name on the original chart.  I had so much fun reading this book and sharing my newfound knowledge and know the target audience of middle grade readers will as well.  SURPRISING STORIES BEHIND EVERYDAY STUFF would make a great holiday gift for curious youngsters.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

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PREMEDITATED PEPPERMINT is the third book in Amanda Flower‘s Amish Candy Shop Mystery series featuring Bailey King.  After living in New York City for a while, Bailey moved to Harvest, Ohio to help her Amish grandmother in her candy shop.  As Harvest is gearing up for Christmas, Bailey’s old boyfriend and celebrity chef, Eric, comes to town to shoot a holiday special.  When a member of the crew is murdered in Harvest, Eric is the first one to find the body so he becomes the prime suspect.  Bailey’s not his biggest fan but she has trouble believing he killed someone and she sets out to find out who did.

I had no trouble catching up with the characters in this fun cozy mystery set in Amish country and think it stands alone just fine.  I liked Bailey and the rest of the characters as well as the little town of Harvest.  As you would expect with a cozy mystery, it wasn’t too graphic and the solution to the mystery was believable.  There’s just enough Christmas in the book to put readers in a holiday mood but not too much that it couldn’t be read at other times of the year.  In case you can’t tell, I enjoyed this book and hope to read more of the series.  (Review copy provided by Kensington.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

I thought A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was going to about Mr. Rogers and his personal life but it’s not.  Rather, it’s about his relationship with Lloyd Vogel (based on Tom Junod), an Esquire magazine journalist who was assigned to write a puff piece about Rogers.   Vogel was struggling with some issues in his life causing him to be bitter and angry and meeting Mr. Rogers changed his outlook on life.  I enjoyed the movie (and Hanks’ performance as Rogers) and came out of the theater wanting to be a better person.  If you go see this one, be sure to take tissues with you.

Off the blog

  • Our company left Saturday and it sure has been quiet around here.

  • It’s late this year, but our Thanksgiving cactus finally bloomed.

  • We got our Christmas tree up and I made a dent in my shopping but still have a lot of holiday prep to do.

  • I started a new puzzle and, with all that’s going on, I imagine it will take me a while to complete it.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged almost 16,900 Fitbit steps a day.

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

Wondrous Words Wednesday

December 4, 2019

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 BRAIN CANDY by Julie Beer and Chelsea Lin.

1. alipogram – “A style of writing that deliberately omits a letter or letters is called a lipogram.”

I looked this up even though it’s defined in the sentence.  An alipogram is a composition from which the writer systematically omits a certain letter or letters of the alphabet.  An example is the book ELLA MINNOW PEA by Mark Dunn and I suspect it’s much more difficult to do than it seems.

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2. ageusia – “Ageusia is the inability to taste anything.”

This word is defined in the sentence too.  Ageusia is the loss of taste functions of the tongue, particularly the inability to detect sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness, and umami.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

December 2, 2019

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.   Here’s a peek into my mailbox:

Monday

Tuesday

Saturday

What was in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 11.29.2019

November 29, 2019
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

Lillian’s life isn’t all that great so she jumps at the chance to work for Madison, her old boarding school roommate, even though the two have an uneven history.  Madison is married to a Tennessee senator who is an up and comer in the national political arena.  The couple need Lillian to take care of Senator Roberts’ two children from his first marriage – children they want to keep out of the public eye because they spontaneously combust when they get upset.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE by Kevin Wilson is a fabulous story of friendship, family, loyalty, and trust.  It’s a quirky story with a somewhat unbelievable plot but, in Wilson’s capable hands, it works well.  I adored the characters, loved the storyline, and gobbled this book up quickly.  I loved this charming book and was satisfied with the ending but would still love to read more about the characters.

I’ve heard Kevin Wilson speak on two different occasions and found him to be witty and entertaining.  He’s one of those people who’s funny without really even trying.  His wit and humor shine through in his writing.  Be sure to grab a copy of this book for yourself and another copy for a gift!  (Review copy provided by Ecco.)

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HARRY HOUDINI by Kjartan Poskitt is part of the First Names series put out by Abrams Books for Young Readers.  It tells the story of Ehrich Weisz, who later became famous as Harry Houdini.  Born in Budapest, Hungary, young Ehrich and his family immigrated to Appleton, Wisconsin when he was a young boy.  The family didn’t have much money so Ehrich did whatever he could take make a little cash.  After seeing circus performers, he started doing tricks.  He became quite a showman, expanded his repertoire of tricks and illusions, came up with a stage name and the rest is history!

I’d certainly heard of Harry Houdini before I read this book but I always thought he was a magician when he was actually an illusionist and escape artist.  Harry was a terrific showman who worked all the time.  When he wasn’t performing, he was practicing and coming up with new ideas to entertain audiences.  The book even explains how some of his illusions work which I found fascinating.  There are terrific illustrations by Geraint Ford throughout the book to keep even reluctant readers interested in this great middle grade book!  (Review copy provided by Abrams.)

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As the son of Michael Douglas and the grandson of Kirk Douglas, people always expected a lot of Cameron Douglas.  His parents had a whirlwind courtship but their marriage was volatile from the beginning.  With both parents otherwise involved, Cameron was left in the care of others quite often and sent to boarding school fairly early.  He made some poor choices and became addicted to drugs.  His father cut him off financially, so he turned to dealing in order to support his habit and eventually found himself in prison.  Cameron was pretty fortunate, though – most of his family and friends stuck by him while he was incarcerated.

Cameron tells his story in his memoir, LONG WAY HOME.  He doesn’t blame others for his misfortune and owns up to his mistakes.  He openly shares his downward spiral and credits his family for their support.  The details of his addiction, drug dealing, and imprisonment were hard to read at times but I appreciated his honesty.  I found the book to be thoughtful and thought provoking and well written.  Cameron narrates the audio version of the book and I thought he did a great job.  At almost 40 years old, he seems to have his life on track and I wish him the best of luck.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • Our nephew is visiting for Thanksgiving.  While he’s here, Vance stays with us as well.  We’ve been busy enjoying “the boys” this holiday.
  • I’ve made a pretty good dent in my Christmas shopping but that’s all the holiday prep I’ve done so far.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged just over 16,900 Fitbit steps a day.

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

Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 27, 2019

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!

These words are from my Word Genius email and I think they’re a lot of fun!

1. spoonerism – “He was so nervous to give his speech that he started out with the spoonerism, “Welcome, fear dends.””

A spoonerism is a transposition of the initial letters of two words or an error in speech that swaps two syllables between two words.

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2. nabob –  “He was such a nabob that he was invited to every fundraiser and charity event in town.”

A nabob is a very wealthy and powerful person.

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3. brobdingnagian –  “There was no way the Brobdingnagian bouquet of flowers was going to fit on her tiny desk.”

Brobdingnagian means of gigantic size or of or relating to the fictional land of Brobdingnag.

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