The Week in Review: 1.13.2017
Between the Covers
Finished last week:
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates was a book club selection for me. It’s written by a black man as a letter to his son about what it’s like to grow up/be black in America. I struggled through much of the book, finding it rambling and difficult to follow. I did appreciate the message, though, and have thought much about Coates message. In the end, I’m glad I read the book but can’t say that I loved it. I’m anxious to see what other members of my book club thought. (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)
KID ATHLETES: TRUE TALES OF CHILDHOOD FROM SPORTS LEGENDS by David Stabler is a terrific book for middle grade readers. It includes childhood stories of a nice variety of professional athletes including sumo wrestler Jesse Kuhaulua, gymnast Gabby Douglas, and football player Peyton Manning. Young readers/athletes will enjoy discovering these sports giants were ordinary kids with struggles much like their own. Doogie Horner’s great illustrations are a nice touch to this inspiring book. You’ll want to pick KID ATHLETES up for the young athletes in your life. (Review copy provided by Quirk Books.)
I listened to THE UNDOING PROJECT: A FRIENDSHIP THAT CHANGED OUR MINDS by Michael Lewis over the holidays and, to be honest, it didn’t really work for me. I wanted to love the book but had trouble staying focused on and making sense of the story of the friendship between and work of two Israeli psychologist. Dennis Boutsikaris’s narration was fine but it wasn’t enough to save the book for me. I’d suggest skipping this one unless you have a great interest in the work of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky.
- LONER by Teddy Wayne
- MISCHLING by Affinity Konar (audio)
- FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES, edited by Ellen Oh
On the Screen
- I was thrilled to see our somewhat local team, Clemson, win the NCAA National Championship in football. ACC, baby!
- My movie going friend and I decided to take our husbands to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them this week since we’re all fans of the Harry Potter franchise. (This movie is about the wizarding world before Harry Potter.) I think we all enjoyed this movie but none of us loved it. I thought the story was good and the special effects were great but there were way too many action scenes and the movie was too long. For me, the movie wasn’t anything special but it was entertaining.
Off the blog
- They predicted 5 to 8 inches of snow in our area and people spent Thursday and Friday preparing since we live in an area without snowplows. As usual, they got everyone worked up for nothing. This is what we woke up to Saturday morning:
- I walked 3 miles every day, even when it was 16 degrees Sunday and Monday mornings.
- I play trivia with a few friends fairly often on Wednesdays and we came in first place this week.
- I love games and puzzles and started a new jigsaw puzzle yesterday afternoon:
- My book club met last night to discuss BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME. Several members found the book inaccessible so they didn’t finish it. Most who did read the whole book agreed with me and said they found it thought provoking and were glad they read it, but they didn’t love it. Several mentioned that it made them uncomfortable.
How was your week?