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The Week in Review: 04.28.2017

April 28, 2017

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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I picked up A MILLION LITTLE THINGS by Susan Mallery at a time when I was pretty distracted and it was exactly what I needed.  The third book in the Mischief Bay series focuses on friends Zoe and Jen.  Zoe has just broken up with her long term boyfriend and is questioning her life choices.  Jen is a young wife and mother who is obsessed with her child.  When Zoe starts dating Jen’s brother and Jen’s mom starts dating Zoe’s dad things get a little complicated.  I thought the book was a sweet, easy read.  It was a little predictable but that was just what I needed when I read it.  Even though it’s part of a series, the book stands alone just fine.  This is a terrific summer read!  (Review copy provided by Tandem Literary.)

PRINCESS CORA AND THE CROCODILE by Laura Amy Schlitz is a beautiful book for the 4 to 8 year old set.  It’s about an over scheduled princess who longs to get out and play with a pet.  When her parents say no, she sends a wish to her fairy godmother who sends her a crocodile.  The princess and the crocodile trade places and everyone learns a lesson in a fun, silly way.  It’s a terrific message for both kids and parents.  This book is beautifully illustrated by Brian Floca and is printed on high quality paper.  PRINCESS CORA AND THE CROCODILE is exactly what you’d expect from a Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Medalist.  (Review copy provided by Candlewick Press.)

GEORGIA by Dawn Tripp started out a little slow for me.  I had to adjust to the tone of the novel since it’s told in the present tense and adjust my expectations.  Going in, I knew it’s historical fiction about artist Georgia O’Keeffe but thought it was about her whole life.  Once I realized, and accepted, it’s about her relationship with her photographer and art promoter husband Alfred Stieglitz, I was able to relax and enjoy the story.  Theirs was a complicated and fascinating relationship for sure.  If you enjoy historical fiction and/or art, you’re sure to enjoy this book the way I did!

 

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On the Screen

I enjoyed this week’s episode of Dancing with the Stars but was shocked to see Heather and Maks get voted off because I thought they would probably make the finals.  I thought both team dances were fun.  My favorites are still Normani and Val and Rashad and Emma.

 

Off the blog

  • It’s our local craft beer week and I’ve been participating in some of the events.  On Sunday, two friends and I ran in a three mile relay at a local brewery.  We were the only all female team and we didn’t do too well but we had a lot of fun.  On Tuesday I went to a local brewery to taste a beer Vance helped brew and then, on Wednesday. my friends and I went to a local brewery to make a beer stein.   They’ll be taken back to the studio to be fired and glazed and we’ll get them back in a few weeks.  It was a lot of fun, but I don’t have high hopes for my stein.  Our event is this evening and we’re hoping for a good crowd.

  • I finished my jigsaw puzzle.  Isn’t it great?
  • We had a few cool, wet days this week and got 3.5 inches of rain.
  • I didn’t get to walk on Sunday because of the rain but walked 3 miles every other day and averaged just over 15,150 Fitbit steps a day.
  • Vance hurt his back and Carl’s foot is swollen so I worked hard this week!

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

 

Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 26, 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’ve found quite a few new to me words in GEORGIA by Dawn Tripp.

1. rattly – “I tell them that their program is essentially useless, crammed too full of rattly ideas that have no basis in human emotion, sensation, or need.”

Rattly means tending to rattle, making or having a rattling sound.  Looking this word up made me realize the author was using it figuratively.

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2. loden cape – “When we arrive, Stieglitz is on the platform waiting in a porkpie hat, a loden cape.”

I thought loden was a shade of green and wondered about its significance in this sentence so decided to look it up.  I discovered that loden capes are usually green but their color isn’t what defines them.  A loden cape is made of a thick, water-resistant woolen material with a short pile that was first made by peasants in Austria.

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3. aureate – “Thin stem, the bloom like a splayed hand — aureate, stunningly bright.”

Aureate means denoting, made of, or having the color of gold.”

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

April 24, 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

Friday

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 04.21.2017

April 21, 2017

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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

DRAW-IT-YOURSELF ADVENTURES: ALIEN ATTACK by Andrew Judge and Chris Judge is such a fun book for early middle grade readers!  It’s a choose your own adventure style book that encourages readers to draw, color, and even tear pages of the book.  (I wouldn’t be able to do the last one.)  It’s the story of Daisy Doodle, a young girl who helps an alien repair his spaceship.  She returns to his planet with him and ends up in the zoo there!  Will she be able to escape and return to her home planet?  My only complaint with the book is that it doesn’t lie flat but I had an advanced copy and the finished copy might be bound differently.  This engaging book is perfect for reluctant readers, young artists, and avid readers.  (Review copy provided by LB Kids.)

It’s been a while since I read DARKTOWN by Thomas Mullen but I didn’t really know what to say about it so I procrastinated writing anything.  DARKTOWN is the fictionalized account of the integration of the Atlanta Police Department in the 1940s.  Black officers were hired but were given no power.  When two of them see a white man hit a telephone pole and notice the black woman in has been beaten, they can’t let it go, especially when she turns up dead a few days later.  This sounded like just the kind of book I love – it tackled social issues in a historical context in a setting I’m familiar with – but something about it didn’t click with me.  There were a lot of characters and most of them weren’t developed that well and the mystery seemed a little weak so I ended up liking the book instead of loving it the way I thought I would.  This book is getting a lot of praise, though, so you should try it if it sounds like something you’d like.  (Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.)

LUCKY BROKEN GIRL by Ruth Behar is the somewhat autobiographical story of a year the author spent in a body cast after being injured in a car accident.  Ruthie and her family had recently immigrated from Cuba to Queens and were still adjusting to life in their new country when she was hurt so badly.  Her recovery was aided by a diverse, eclectic group of friends and neighbors who came to visit and share with her.  I was completely charmed by Ruthie and her family and found the story to be warm and engaging.  The audio version is narrated by the author.  She does a terrific job of enunciating each word clearly but did have an odd inflection as she read.  I did adjust to it after a while, though, and ended up thoroughly enjoying this book.

 

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On the Screen

This week’s episode of Dancing with the Stars was Disney Week.  My mom loved it but it really felt like Disney self promotion to me.  I wasn’t crazy about Monday’s show.  I felt like a lot of the music was poorly suited to the dances the couples were assigned to perform.  Having said that, I thought Nancy and Artem did a great job with their dance.  I wasn’t unhappy to see Erika leave but thought she danced well too.

 

Off the blog

  • I played trivia with a few friends and we came in second.

  • Friends gave us a Christmas cactus when we moved in this house almost 10 years ago and it’s bloomed faithfully ever since.  Last year and again this year, we’ve had an errant bloom in the spring.
  • We walked 3 miles every morning and I averaged almost 17,000 Fitbit steps a day.
  • Vance is in Virginia so I’ve been working extra hours this week.

How was your week?

Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 19, 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 one new word in ANIMAL PLANET BABY ANIMALS by Dorothea DePrisco even though the book is geared to 8 to 12 year olds.

1. tymbal – “Tymbals on the belly vibrate, making sounds to communicate with others.”

A tymbal (or timbal) is a membrane that forms part of the sound-producing organ in various insects, as the cicada.  It can also mean a kettledrum.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

April 17, 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

Friday

What did you find in your mailbox?

We Remember

April 16, 2017

Even though it’s Easter and a day of celebration for many, I couldn’t let the day pass without remembering the victims of the shootings at Virginia Tech ten years ago today.  It’s a day I’ll never forget and I hope others won’t either.  I wish we would learn from these tragedies so we could prevent this kind of heartbreak in the future.  Lest we forget, the 32 who lost their lives that day are: