The Week in Review: 1.20.2017
Between the Covers
Finished last week:
LONER by Teddy Wayne is the story of David Federman, a highly intelligent, socially awkward freshman at Harvard who becomes obsessed with a classmate named Veronica. It’s a book that I found fascinating but it also made me feel very uncomfortable at times. The perspective is unique in that David is telling his story to Veronica, giving it a creepy tone at times. I’m not sure I liked the ending of the book – it jarred me and left me feeling unsettled – but I’m still thinking about it. I can’t say that I loved LONER but I did like it quite a bit. (Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.)
In MISCHLING by Affinty Konar, twins Pearl and Stasha are sent to Auschwitz and selected to be part of Mengele’s “Zoo,” a barracks for prisoners chosen for some of the doctors horrible experiments. When Pearl disappears, Stasha grieves but never gives up hope that her sister is still alive and hunts for her once the war is over. I expected to love this book but didn’t feel the depth of emotion I hoped to. I’m not sure if it’s because I experienced it on audio, but I found my mind wandering and thought the book was good but not great. There is a very nice, emotional interview with author at the end of the audio. (I won this from Bookin’ with Bingo.)
FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES, edited by Ellen Oh is a fabulous collection of short stories for young people. These stories are written by diverse authors about diverse characters ranging from a young wheelchair bound basketball playing boy to a young Asian slave girl who runs away rather than marry her owner’s son. I loved every single story in this collection but still had a few favorites. I adored Main Street by Jacqueline Woodson – it’s the story of Celeste and her mom who are the only two people of color in their small Maine town. Seventy-Six Dollars and Forty-Nine Cents by Kwame Alexander is the memoir (written in verse) of Monk, a young boy who hits his head and gains the ability to read other people’s thoughts. There’s a paragraph about each of the wonderful authors in the back of the book. I highly recommend this collection to everyone aged 8 and up! (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)
- HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly
- THE MARRIAGE LIE by Kimberly Belle (audio)
- ANIMAL PLANET: STRANGE UNUSUAL GROSS & COOL ANIMALS by Charles Ghigna
On the Screen
I went to see Manchester by the Sea this week. It’s the story of Lee Chandler, a troubled man who is given custody of his teenage nephew when his brother dies. Viewers are filled in on Lee’s background through a series of flashbacks and learn of his sad past. The acting in this movie was top notch so I was engrossed the whole time but the ending left me wanting more and I left the theater with a heavy heart. Be warned, this movie is very sad.
Off the blog
- I’m obsessed with my MICHELE watches and watch bands and often choose my outfit of the day based on the watch band I want to wear.
- We went from really cold weather to unseasonably warm weather and enjoyed highs in the 60s and 70s this week. Tuesday night’s low tied a record high-low (did you get that?) and Wednesday’s high of 77 set a new record.
- When I was taking clothes out of the washing machine on Wednesday, a big chunk of paint chipped off the interior and it was rusted underneath so we had to go out and buy a new washer. Buying appliances is confusing and stressful!
- Even though I didn’t have much time to work on my puzzle, I did make a little progress:
- I walked three miles every day and averaged about 15,000 Fitbit steps a day.