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Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 27, 2020

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 this word in THE PLAIN JANES by Cecil Castellucci.

1. vernissage – “Will you send me an invitation to the vernissage?”

A vernissage is a private viewing of paintings before public exhibition.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

May 25, 2020

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

Monday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

What was in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 05.22.2020

May 22, 2020
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

YOGA ANIMALS by Paige Towler is an adorable picture book that will have little ones bending and posing.  It begins by explaining that lots of animals stretch, bend, and curl and says we can too.  From there, it shows animals in their natural habitats and shows how what they’re doing is similar to yoga and shows a young person striking a yoga pose.  For example, a giraffe reaching in a tree for food is similar to the upward salute pose.  The back of the book gives more details on the poses and the animals featured.  This is a great book to get little ones moving and stretching and would be perfect for use in a classroom.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

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A HUNDRED SUNS by Karin Tanabe is the story of Jessie Lesage.  Born in America, Jessie has been on a quest to reinvent herself for years.  She’s married a member of the Michelin family and, at her suggestion, they’ve moved to Indochine, so he can take control of the company’s rubber plantations and suppress any uprisings there.  Upon their arrival, Jessie is befriended by Marcelle who has something besides friendship in mind.

I enjoyed this peek into the horrible conditions into the expatriate life of the 1930s and was appalled by the things that went on at the rubber plantations.  This well written and researched story showed how French Colonialism brutalized and took advantage of the native people.  I don’t gravitate towards historical fiction but thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone.  (Review copy provided by St. Martin’s Press.)

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BETSEY: A MEMOIR by Betsey Johnson is the story of the designer’s life from her childhood to the present.  The second of three children, Johnson grew up in Connecticut and had a pretty ordinary childhood.  Her parents were supportive and encouraged their children to be active and try different things.  Johnson attended the Pratt Institute and graduated from Syracuse University where she studied art.  She discovered fashion design while she was an intern for Mademoiselle magazine and the rest is history, although she didn’t take a traditional path to success.

Like Johnson herself, I found her memoir to be quirky and entertaining.  It doesn’t reveal any big secrets and isn’t especially deep but it’s certainly a pleasant way to spend a few hours.  I listened to the audio which is narrated by Johnson who does a great job.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Nothing at all.

Off the blog

  • I finished my New York City puzzle.
  • We got 5.8 inches of rain this week.  We’re happy to have a few dry days before it’s supposed to start up again.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged just over 16,250 Fitbit steps a day.

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

Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 20, 2020

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!

This word was featured in the Trivia Today question on May 7.

1. xanthophobia – “Which fruit would you avoid if you suffer from xanthophobia?”

Xanthophobia is the fear of the color yellow or the word yellow.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

May 18, 2020

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

Tuesday

What was in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 05.15.2020

May 15, 2020
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

WINK by Rob Harrell is a work of fiction that is partly based on the author’s own experiences.  In the book, seventh grader Ross is diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer.  The treatments cause him to lose his hair and have goop leaking from his eye, among other things.  He’s very self conscious and doesn’t want to be known as “the cancer kid.”  He turns to art and music to survive his ordeal and finds friendship in an unexpected place.

I thought this book was fabulous!  While it deals with a serious subject, it’s filled with humor and there are drawings throughout to keep middle grade readers engaged.  It teaches empathy without being preachy and will help kids going through cancer treatment realize they’re not alone.  Pick this book up for the middle school reader in your life – they’re sure to love it as much as I did.  (Review copy provided by Dial Books for Young Readers.)

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In the graphic novel, THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS by Johan Troïanowski, Princess Rose goes on three different adventures encountering kidnappers, a witch, and pirates along the way.  The fantastical stories are filled with whimsical, brightly colored illustrations that are very appealing.  What makes the book unique are several “interactive” pages spread throughout like this one

that help keep middle grade readers engaged.  I’m not a big fantasy reader so the book was just okay for me but I think young readers will enjoy it more than I did.  (Review copy provided by Random House Graphic.)

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THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt is a collection of true stories about people who lived through some horrific things and lived to forgive those who caused them pain.  Pratt tells the stories of people like Elizabeth Smart, Sue Klebold, and Immaculee Ilibagiza and then shares how they managed to forgive and how their stories inspired her.  She also shares a story of her own and goes on to say that forgiving is a gift to both the forgiven and the forgiver.  While each of the stories were inspiring, there wasn’t enough depth to them to make the majority of them stick with me.  I would have preferred less stories with more detail.  I listened to the audio and do wonder if the stories would have stuck with me more if I’d read them in print.  Pratt narrates the audio version and does a fine job.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not a thing.

Off the blog

  • Last Friday, I ran 2.23 miles in memory/honor of Ahmaud Arbery.  The weather wasn’t great and it was really a small gesture but I felt compelled to do it. #irunwithmaud
  • I applied for an absentee ballot for our June primary.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged almost 16,100 Fitbit steps a day.

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

Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 13, 2020

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 reading much so turned to my Word-a-Day calendar for inspiration this week.

1. tu quoque – “A good debater recognizes that resorting to a tu quoque only weakens one’s position in the argument.”

A tu quoque is a retort charging an adversary with being or doing what he or she criticizes in others.  I think this phrase will come in handy this election season.

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2. Pyrrhic – “The new legislation marks a Pyrrhic victory for the governor, who had to expend considerable political capital in order to reach a compromise with the state legislature.”

Pyrrhic is an adjective that means achieved at excessive cost; also: costly to the point of negating or outweighing expected benefits.  This seems like a very timely word.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?