The Week in Review: 1.06.2017
Between the Covers
Finished last week:
FRACTURED by Catherine McKenzie is a mystery about an author who’s moved across the country to get away from a stalker and it kept me riveted from the very beginning. The point of view shifts between Julie, the aurhor, and John, one of her new neighbors with a peek at “Today” in between. Figuring out what was going on today kept me tuned to this one. The audio is narrated by Terry Clark Linden, Scott Merriman, Amy McFadden, and James Foster and they all did a terrific job. I recommend this audio!
SEVEN AND A HALF TONS OF STEEL by Janet Nolan is a picture book about a steel beam from the World Trade Center being used in the building of the USS New York, an amphibious docking ship. I wasn’t familiar with this story and enjoyed learning about it but wonder if the picture book crowd will have enough background on 9/11 to really understand it. Thomas Gonzalez’s illustrations are a great addition to the story and I thought the facts about the ship in the back of the book were a nice touch. This book would be great for introducing the history of 9/11 to early readers. (Review copy provided by Peachtree Publishers.)
- BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- MISCHLING by Affinity Konar (audio)
- KID ATHLETES: TRUE TALES OF CHILDHOOD FROM SPORTS LEGENDS by David Stabler
On the Screen
I’ve been watching a lot of football bowl games. My Hokies gave me quite a scare with their comeback win over Arkansas. I was also pleased to see Georgia Tech and Clemson pull off wins. I’ve also been watching some ACC basketball games.
I went to see La La Land with a friend. I had high hopes for this movie about an aspiring musician and an aspiring actress but I didn’t love it. I though Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling had great chemistry but I found the story rather slow and the dancing and singing mediocre. Most people have loved it, though, so that might just be me.
Off the blog
- I rarely order anything online, because I’d rather spend my money locally, but decided to purchase something that was on sale after Christmas. I spent most of Monday straightening things out because they charged me for something they shouldn’t have and charged me a higher sales tax rate than they should have. I think it will be a long time before I shop online again.
- I walked three miles every day, except one.
- They’re calling for snow here this weekend and I sure hope they’re wrong.