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The Week in Review: 1.06.2017

January 6, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

fracturedFRACTURED 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-steelSEVEN 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.)

Currently reading:

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.





26 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2017 6:48 am

    Fractured is on my To Read list so I’ll keep the audio in mind. You’re doing great with exercise. Hope the snow is minimal. Ours is almost gone with none expected in the forecast. I’m ok with that! The cold is ridiculous though (we’ve had subzero wind chills for a few days).

  2. January 6, 2017 6:57 am

    It’s been too cold to walk here, but I still get out every afternoon after work and walk Annie-dog. We had snow on Wednesday and it’s currently negative 6. I’m counting the days until Spring! Have a great weekend, Kathy!

  3. January 6, 2017 7:21 am

    I loved Fractured – such a gripping read. I have no desire to see La La Land – I feel like they are hyping it too much. Online shopping is hit or miss. I ordered a University of Chicago nutcracker for my sister (its her alma mater) for Christmas and it came all boxed up nicely but with huge cracks all over it. Such a disappointment. You are awesome for walking three miles every day. I barely walk one and it kills me 🙂 Hope there is no snow for you.

  4. sarahsbookshelvesblog permalink
    January 6, 2017 7:36 am

    Oh my gosh – that Tech game was crazy good! My SIL went there and is a huge football fan and I was watching it with her.

  5. January 6, 2017 8:04 am

    They are calling for snow here this weekend, too! We have had some flurries and light dusting, but it was still technically fall the last time we got any real snow.

  6. January 6, 2017 8:04 am

    Sounds like you had a busy week! We were supposed to get snow overnight, but what little bit was on the grass is hardly visible now. Hope you escape the snow this weekend. Happy reading!

  7. January 6, 2017 8:44 am

    Impressive re the walking. I’m thinking that’s how you get a lot of book listening done? I should try that. When I walk, I don’t listen to anything, and it’s kind of boring!

  8. January 6, 2017 9:09 am

    Been v curious about Mischling — can’t wait for your review. Hope you don’t get snow — it just started snowing here and promises to keep on all day! :/

  9. bookingmama permalink
    January 6, 2017 9:15 am

    I love this new Week in Review format! I think it gives readers a terrific look at you and your reading!

  10. January 6, 2017 9:16 am

    I loved Fractured….and I’m curious about Mischling.

    I was planning to see La La Land this weekend…but maybe not. Although my second son, who lives in LA, loved it. So maybe….LOL.

    Thanks for sharing.

  11. Diane permalink
    January 6, 2017 9:26 am

    I love your new format Kathy and hope to do something similar for 2017. Reviews can too much pressure and yours are just enough info!

  12. January 6, 2017 9:46 am

    Fractured looks good to me. And I liked La La Land more than you did. The opening scene was one of my favorites of the year. I was smiling big throughout that number.

  13. January 6, 2017 10:31 am

    Add me to the list of people who love the new ‘week in review’ format. I’m planning on something similar as well. As Diane says, formal reviews can be just too much, too much…

    I recently did a read/listen of FRACTURED and really liked it. I want to read THE MURDER GAME (think that’s the title) that the author did – it’s the book the main character of FRACTURED wrote. Clever. And I’m hoping to start back walking again next week. The flu seems to be finished and if I can just shake this cough a bit more, walking track here I come. 🙂

  14. January 6, 2017 11:53 am

    I’d love to read Fractured, been on my wishlist for awhile. I live near LaLa Land and am not that interested in seeing it, though I like the actors.

    I like your new week update feature– easy to read and enjoy your news!

  15. January 6, 2017 1:02 pm

    I loved Between The World And Me, it’s a very emotional read. I usually only purchase things using Amazon Prime and have never had any problems with them.

    Adding Fractured and Seven And A Half Tons Of Steel to my list to read.

    Good job on the walking! You can divert the snow to the Tampa Bay area if you want.

  16. January 6, 2017 4:59 pm

    Kathy, I enjoyed your Week in Review post. Fractured sounds enticing. Walking is wonderful, of course. Have terrific weekend!

  17. January 6, 2017 6:16 pm

    I think the snow we had that last three days is making its way toward you. I am glad to see it go. Fractured is on my TBR list.

  18. January 7, 2017 2:00 pm

    Ugh, snow. The storm missed us and headed for you this time. Hope you don’t get too much of it. I haven’t been walking much because of the cold. I miss it. When I walk I look for birds!

  19. The Cue Card permalink
    January 7, 2017 4:31 pm

    Sorry about the movie for you, but it’s probably good you saw it. I dont know why I say that, but it still had something. I hope the snow misses you there. We have too much of it here.

  20. January 8, 2017 10:16 am

    I really like this format, Kathy! Can’t wait to get back to my three miles a day when we get to Florida.

  21. January 8, 2017 4:58 pm

    I like your new “week in review” format. Sums up your week nicely and let’s us know more about you. It’s been cold here. Hope the snow doesn’t stop you from walking.:-)

  22. January 9, 2017 2:01 am

    Fractured was good.
    I hope some of that coldness could be sent that way.

  23. January 10, 2017 1:29 am

    The OSU bowl game was tough to watch but I find solace in the fact that we lost to the national champions 🙂 Jason and I saw a preview for LaLaLand at the theater and thought it looked terrible but then heard all of these wonderful things about it. Maybe we weren’t so far off.

  24. January 10, 2017 2:04 am

    I like this format Kathy. I want to do something similar. Sounds like you’ve had a well-rounded and busy week. Good job on the walking.

  25. January 10, 2017 12:53 pm

    This is a great new format, and I like that you share not only books but movies and other happenings. Wow, three miles walking…I need to get there. I’m at about 1.5 miles per day on average.

  26. January 10, 2017 11:51 pm

    I’m betting you watched the Championship last night and saw our local kid, Deshaun Watson, take Clemson to the win?!? Such an incredible game! And I love this new format and peek into your life – I still think you are my hero – 3 miles 6 out of 7 days? That’s awesome!

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