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The Week in Review: 02.16.2018

February 16, 2018
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Finished last week:

PINK IS FOR BOYS by Robb Pearlman is a cute picture book about busting sexual stereotypes.  It says:

PINK is for boys.

And girls

And bows

on fancy clothes.

And also points out that blue and several other colors are for girls and boys before it says that all colors are for everyone.  Eda Kaban‘s illustrations are cute and inclusive.  Reading this book would be a great way to start a conversation about ignoring stereotypes and marching to the beat of your own drum.  Check it out for the 4 to 8 year olds in your life.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

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I’m sure everyone’s heard of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn by now.  The book’s getting a lot of attention so, I have to admit, I was a little nervous going in even though it came highly recommended by Book Club Girl.  I’m sure most people know the author was an editor at William Morrow who has quit to write full time. Believe me, I think he made the right decision!

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW is the story of Dr. Anna Fox, a woman with agoraphobia who entertains herself by watching her neighbors while she drinks and takes pills.  She sees a woman being murdered in an apartment across the street but, when she reports it, no one believes her.  She’s sure of what she saw, though – or is she?  This book is full of tension and twists and turns so it was hard to put down.  I did see one twist coming but another one floored me.  If you like mysteries and/or thrillers, be sure to pick this book up – you’ll be glad you did!  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

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If you’re a beer geek and live in the southeast, you’ve heard of, and possibly visited, Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.  It’s a place both Carl and I love so, when a customer recommended LOVE AT THE PUB: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO CRAFTSMANSHIP, CONVERSATION, AND COMMUNITY AT THE BRICK STORE PUB by Mary Jane Mahan,  I decided to pick it up.  This book tells the history of the pub and its owners and sings the praises of the well known pub.  I found the history interesting but thought the book was redundant and a little overwritten at times.  LOVE AT THE PUB was published in 2009 so some of it’s outdated – this book will only appeal to rabid fans of the pub.

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • I FINALLY finished the second puzzle Vance gave me for my birthday.
  • Carl was out of town, visiting his father, so I worked extra this week.
  • Vicki of I’d Rather Be At The Beach won the autographed copy of PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee.
  • 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?

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Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 14, 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 two more words in GET WELL SOON by Jennifer Wright.

1. droog – “They were called the becchini, and, though this is not historically accurate, in my head they look exactly like the gang of droogs in the movie A Clockwork Orange (1971).”

A droog is a young man belonging to a street gang.

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2. deglutition – “The British Journal of Medicine reported that influenza ‘appears to have been particularly widespread in Spain during the month of May; that there were 8 million cases of the disease in that country, as it was alleged by the French press at the time, is a statement requiring perhaps a grain of salt for deglutition, but certainly pointing to a very heave incidence.'”

Deglutition is a noun that means the action or process of swallowing.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

February 12, 2018

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.  My mailbox didn’t see much action until the end of the week when these gems appeared:

Friday

Saturday

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 02.09.2017

February 9, 2018
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I used to read a lot of true crime so I thought TRUE CRIME FROM TEXAS MONTHLY by Various Authors would be worth reading.  This audio book features five articles previously published in Texas Monthly magazine so each story takes place in that state.  I was only familiar with one of the stories – The Cheerleader Murder Plot – so the bulk of the book was new to me. I found the stories to be too short to give the kind of detail I like in true crime  – motivation, mental health, childhood, etc – so overall, this book was just okay for me.  The audio is well done and features a different narrator for each story so if you’re interested in trying the true crime genre, it would be a good place to start. (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

I think curious youngsters will love National Geographic Kids HISTORY’S MYSTERIES by Kitson Jazynka because I sure did.  This book is printed on high quality, glossy paper and features lots of fun facts, drawings, and photographs.  It features many familiar mysteries, like Stonehenge and the disappearance of Amelia Earhart as well as some lesser known ones like Phaistos Disk and Georgia Guidestones.  Each mystery is featured over the course of two or three pages that explain the mystery, possible explanations, and what scientists are doing to try to solve it.  Some of the mysteries were a little repetitive but I think this book will spark a “need to know” in many young readers.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

WHITE HOUSES by Amy Bloom is about the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok.  Told from “Hick’s” point of view, it opens shortly after FDR’s death and goes back in forth in time – from Hick’s childhood, to the early days of their relationship, and back to the time after FDR’s death.  Hick’s childhood was rough and troubled, to be sure, but she managed to overcome it and carve out a career as a reporter, which brought her into contact with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.  The two developed a friendship that was complicated to say the least.  I liked WHITE HOUSES but can’t say that I loved it.  The transitions in time weren’t always smooth and left me a little confused at times.  Even though Bloom went through thousands of letters between the two women,  I didn’t buy the relationship between them for some reason.  Tonya Cornelisse does a great job bringing the audio version of the book to life.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Vance and I went to see Phantom Thread, the story of Reynolds Woodcock, a temperamental fashion designer whose life is consumed by his work.  He meets Alma, a young waitress and asks her to dinner.  The two become involved but she will always be secondary to his work and she wants more from him.  The acting in this well cast movie is top notch and some of the scenery is gorgeous but I wanted more from it.  I thought the movie dragged in parts and don’t think I “got” Reynolds relationship with Alma.  I’ve thought about the movie quite a bit since I’ve seen it though.  I think it’s worth seeing but most people can wait for streaming.

Off the blog

  • I was lucky enough to see Min Jin Lee at an event at Fiction Addiction this week and I thought she was amazing.  She spoke about PACHINKO and was smart, funny, and thought provoking and won the audience over completely.  After hearing her speak, I’m anxious to read her first book, FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES.  I got her to autograph a copy of PACHINKO for one lucky reader.  If you’re interested in reading it, fill out the form below and I’ll draw the winner next week.  (Open internationally.)
  • I’ve been a little under the weather and finally went to the doctor on Thursday for an ear infection.  I was a little leery about going with all the flu out there but I managed to stay far away from the other patients in the waiting room.
  • We’re finally having more seasonal weather and should see the 60’s and 70’s next week.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged almost 13, 250 Fitbit steps a day.

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

Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 7, 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’ve just started GET WELL SOON by Jennifer Wright and, so far, it’s been a great source for new to me words.

1. casque – “Few are provided with a coat of mail and scarcely here and there one with a casque or helmet.”

People who read more historical fiction than I do probably know that casque means helmet.

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2. exanthem – “‘Black excrement was a symptom of those who had the disease, whether they survived or perished of it . . . if the stool was not black, the exanthem always appeared.'”

An exanthem is a widespread rash usually occurring in children.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

February 5, 2018

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.  I came home from my beach trip to lots of packages to open and was thrilled to find these books:

 

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 02.02.2018

February 2, 2018

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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

EDUCATED is the story of Tara Westover a woman who was born into the Mormon faith in Idaho – her domineering father wanted to live off the grid and her mild and meek mother was a midwife/healer.  Westover was the youngest of seven and, by the time, she came along, her parents didn’t see the need to send their children to school.  One of her brothers encouraged her to study for the SAT and at age 17, she found herself in a classroom for the first time at Brigham Young University.  She was woefully unprepared – she’d never heard of Napoleon, the Holocaust, or the Civil Rights Movement, just to name a few – but that didn’t stop this determined young woman.  I’m in awe of her and all she achieved and recommend this book to anyone who enjoys memoirs or stories of strong women.  The audio version is narrated by Julia Whelan – at first I didn’t think she was the best choice but once I settled into the story, it seemed like she was telling me her own story.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

 

SOMEBUNNY LOVES ME: SHARING KINDNESS WITH OUR ANIMAL FRIENDS by Parry Gripp is an adorable book (and song) that is sure to be a hit with young readers.  It’s fun to listen to the song as you read this book about taking care of pets with kindness and love and having that love returned to you in kind.  As you would expect from a National Geographic Kids book, it’s printed on high quality paper and features beautiful full color photos of children with animals.  The rhyming words and wonderful photos are sure to bring young readers back again and again.  This would be a great Valentine or Easter gift for the little ones in your life.   (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

 

Currently reading:

 

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

 

Off the blog

  • I’m at the beach with my mom and my sister, celebrating my mom’s 91st birthday!  It hasn’t exactly been beach weather, but we don’t care since we’re together.
  • When I’m with my mom, I let her set the pace and I averaged just over 8, 500 Fitbit steps a day.

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