The Week in Review: 2.03.2017
Between the Covers
Finished last week:
January 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.)
I’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.
Several 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?
- OLGA AND THE SMELLY THING FROM NOWHERE by Elise Gravel
- THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
- ALMOST HOME by Joan Bauer
On the Screen
Nothing – I didn’t watch any TV or make it to the movies this week.
Off the blog
- 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.