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The Week in Review: 2.03.2017

February 3, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

presidents-of-the-united-statesJanuary seemed like the perfect time to read Time for Kids Presents PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES.  This fact filled book is up to date and includes our current President.  Both Carl and I read this middle grade book and learned quite a bit in the process.  Each President is featured on one or two pages that includes a photo and a timeline of major events from their term of office.  This book is beautifully bound and printed on high quality paper.  The back of the book gives a brief overview of the campaign process, 2016 campaign spotlights, a tour of the White House, a few pages on the First Lady, and a Presidential Gallery.  PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES is a great resource for young history buffs! (Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.)

a-stolen-lifeI’m sure most people remember the tale of Jaycee Dugard – the young girl who was kidnapped on her way to the bus stop and, eighteen years and two babies later, discovered living with her captors.  She tells her own story in A STOLEN LIFE and it is heartbreaking and gut wrenching.  Dugard is open and honest in this recounting of the horrors she had to withstand.  She shares some entries in a journal she kept and also features a few photos.  This book was tough to read at times and it’s hard to say I enjoyed it but I’m glad I read it and I’m amazed at the the resilience this young woman displays.

the-marriage-lieSeveral people recommended THE MARRIAGE LIE by Kimberly Belle so I used one of my Audible credits on it.  It’s the story of Iris and Will, a couple who seem to have the perfect marriage – after seven years they’re still deliriously in love.  They’ve decided it’s time to start a family but Iris’s world falls apart when the plane Will is on crashes.  She wonders what he was doing on that plane and discovers a whole world he was keeping from her.  After a while, this one became a little too far-fetched for me – you definitely have to suspend disbelief to enjoy it.  Iris mentions her Southern accent yet the audio version of the book is narrated by Johanna Parker who has no accent.  Why can’t publishers find Southern narrators?

Currently reading:


On the Screen

Nothing – I didn’t watch any TV or make it to the movies this week.


Off the blog


———————– The Birthday Girl ———————–

  • I was lucky enough to spend my mom’s 90th birthday with her.  We didn’t do anything out of the ordinary but had a great time just being together.
  • When I’m with my mom I let her set the pace so I didn’t get in my usual walks and averaged around 8,250 steps a day, which is just fine with me.


30 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2017 6:28 am

    I think I’d like the Marriage Lie! it sounds implausible and plausible at the same time.

  2. February 3, 2017 6:37 am

    I listened to The Marriage Lie audiobook but I was able to suspend belief and just went along for the ride. I can see why the accent issue bothered you. Narrator seemed to slip in and out of it. Very strange. Glad you had a good visit with your mom!

  3. February 3, 2017 7:18 am

    I think I liked THE MARRIAGE LIE a little more than you did, but I read it on my Kindle and didn’t listen to the audio. Yes, it’s amazing how distracting narrators can be if the accents aren’t right or if somehow they have annoying qualities – like odd pauses or some sort of smacking of the lips or something. LOL

    How lovely to see a picture of your mother. Glad you got to spend time with her.

  4. February 3, 2017 7:45 am

    The Marriage Lie sounds like it might be better read than listened to. Adding it to my list! Glad you had a good time with your mom! Have a good weekend, Kathy!

  5. February 3, 2017 8:01 am

    Hmm.. maybe The Marriage Lie might be better in print. Glad you and your mom had a good visit 🙂

  6. February 3, 2017 8:09 am

    How lucky you are to be able to spend time with your Mom!

  7. February 3, 2017 8:18 am

    Happy Birthday to your mom!! 90 years old – that is awesome!! I think its great you were able to spend her birthday with her 🙂

    I read the Dugard book when it came out and found it tough to read, too. But like you, I’m glad I read it. She is such a strong woman to have endured so much for so long – wow.

    Have a great weekend!!

  8. February 3, 2017 8:58 am

    Happy belated birthday to your mom!

  9. February 3, 2017 9:47 am

    Eclectic reading much? Your 3 are about as different as 3 can get.
    Very cool about your mom’s 90th. I know quite a few people whose moms are in their 90s and even 100s. I think it’s great (especially as I creep closer to that number!).

  10. February 3, 2017 10:56 am

    It’s so great that you got to spend your mom’s birthday with her. Thanks for sharing…

    I loved The Marriage Lie…and I’m curious about A Stolen Life. Enjoy your books! I also have This Is How It Always Is.

  11. February 3, 2017 12:48 pm

    Happy belated birthday to you mom. A Stolen Life sounds like a heard but interesting read.

  12. February 3, 2017 1:38 pm

    Glad you and your mom got to visit with each other for her birthday.
    She sure doesn’t look 90!

  13. February 3, 2017 2:48 pm

    I just read a fictional book about a girl held captive for 8 years, not sure I could read a true story. Too bad about the narrator. Loved the pic of the birthday girl, she looks great.

  14. Lauren Becker permalink
    February 3, 2017 3:17 pm

    That’s great you were able to spend your mom’s birthday with her! And 8,000 or so steps isn’t bad at all!


  15. February 3, 2017 3:26 pm

    I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy The Marriage Lie as much as I did, and yes I agree, you had to suspend reality a bit. I listened to Jaycee Dugard book a couple of years ago, very tough. Your mom looks great, and sounds like you did fairly well with your steps even slowing down some. Have a wonderful weekend.

  16. February 3, 2017 4:13 pm

    Happy belated birthday to your mom! How wonderful that she got to spend it with you!

    I can never do 15k average per day and I got so used to seeing you at the top of the Fitbit board that I was surprised to see your count go down slowly. Some day, I will try to get in more than 10k a day but not anytime soon! I am in awe that you can get that many in.

  17. February 3, 2017 4:52 pm

    Happy bday to your mum!

  18. February 3, 2017 5:35 pm

    Kathy, Jaycee Dugard is a remarkable person. I haven’t read her book, but I’ve read about her life and her courage.

    I’m so glad you are able to spend time with your mom, and that you celebrated her birthday with her. Wonderful photo. 🙂

    Have a terrific weekend!

  19. February 3, 2017 5:40 pm

    What a cute birthday pic!

  20. Patty permalink
    February 3, 2017 6:06 pm

    You had a great reading week! You mom looks so sweet! Do you sleep in your childhood room when you go home?

  21. February 3, 2017 7:20 pm

    I think I have that President book somewhere – I need to find it, it sounds good. My book are still so disorganized from moving!

    I agree A Stolen Life is a tough read. I can’t even begin to imagine being held captive for that long. And her daughters growing up never knowing any different.

  22. February 3, 2017 10:20 pm

    Lovely picture of your mother. The Marriage Lie sounds very similar to The Liar by Nora Roberts . I’m listening to it now and it is narrated by January LaVoy who does the Southern accent 🙂

  23. Beth F permalink
    February 4, 2017 6:25 am

    Happy birthday to your mom! So glad you got to spend the week with her. You managed to get some reading in and did pretty good with walking too. I’d say it was successful week.

  24. February 4, 2017 9:27 pm

    Happy Birthday to your Mom! My mother celebrated her 84th today. I kind of like children’s history books. Like you, I usually find I learn quite a bit. There’s so much history of the US that I simply don’t know.

  25. February 5, 2017 10:17 am

    I just can’t read books like A Stolen Life. Way too hard. Your mom has such a serene face. It’s great you spent time with her and went at her pace. I do the same when visiting my mom thinking that I may not have as many years left with her.

  26. bookingmama permalink
    February 6, 2017 8:02 am

    I’m so glad you were able to spend time with your mom. I know she appreciated each and every minute!

  27. February 6, 2017 1:49 pm

    You are doing much better than I am with those steps. I am so glad you got to hang out with your mom…that’s the best way to spend a birthday.

  28. February 6, 2017 4:53 pm

    I haven’t been online much lately so I missed this awesome new feature. I love it! Great way to share all your latest news. The Marriage Lie sounds good, and I SO AGREE about the need for Southern narrators. I don’t know why this is so hard. A Different Life sounds like a difficult but rewarding read.

    Sending happy birthday wishes to your mom! Way to go with the walking too 🙂

  29. February 6, 2017 11:07 pm

    I’m so glad you were with your mom on her 90th. Such a wonderful milestone. Your three reads this week are new to me but sound like good possibilities. Here’s hoping you have a great week ahed.

  30. The Cue Card permalink
    February 9, 2017 2:19 pm

    I’m glad you had a good time with your Mom. So important just spending time together. I think you are brave to read the Dugard book. I’m sure Jaycee is really resilient and brave to have persevered all those years under unimaginable circumstances. I think I’m just too emotional to read about it, and I think I’d get nightmares. I wish the authorities had found her a lot sooner.

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