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The Week in Review: 2.10.2017

February 10, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

olgaOLGA AND THE SMELLY THING FROM NOWHERE by Elisa Gravel is a cute graphic novel about a young animal loving girl who finds a creature she’s never seen before.  She takes it home, tries to identify it, and takes care of it.  She panics when it goes missing and, as she hunts for it, finds out some girls she disliked aren’t so bad after all.  The drawings are cute and  tone of the story is a little silly so it should appeal to its middle grade target audience.  I think kids who love animals will really like this book.  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

this-is-how-it-always-isTHIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel is the story of a family with a transgender child.  They’re navigating fairly new waters so things are often rough.  This book is both thoughtful and thought provoking and would make a fantastic book club selection.  The author has a transgender child so she knows what she’s writing about and the book feels very authentic and true.  I thought Frankel’s writing was wonderful and was engrossed in the book from the very beginning.  I highly recommend this great book! (Review copy provided by Flatiron Books.)

Currently reading:


On the Screen


We watched the Super Bowl and were disappointed by the ending.  I guess I should really say the Super Bowl was on and I sat there reading and glanced up every once in a while.


Off the blog

  • Diane of BookChickDi won my giveaway of an autographed copy of THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY by Karen White.


  • I finished THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS Tuesday morning and got to see Laurie Frankel at Fiction Addiction Tuesday evening.  She spoke about her writing and research process and emphasized that, even though she has a transgender child, her latest book is fiction.  She said her community is accepting of her child which is something all children deserve regardless of their sexuality.  I’m glad I got to meet her because I found her to be warm and funny.  I got her to autograph a copy of her book for one lucky reader.  To enter, fill out the form below, and I’ll pick a winner on February 17th.
  • My friends and I played trivia again this week and came in first, thanks to a little help from a random stranger.
  • Vance has had the crud so I worked more and read less this week.
  • We walked three miles every morning and I averaged 15, 350 Fitbit steps a day.




26 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2017 5:37 am

    “Cute and silly” is my kind of book! I’ll have to look for that one!

  2. February 10, 2017 6:49 am

    I’ve been eyeing Laurie Frankel’s novel, so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! How wonderful to have met the author, as well. It’s been ages since I’ve been to an author signing/event.

    Good for you to keep up with your walking during the winter. I walk all day at work, but I really need to get back out on the bike trail on the weekends. I’m ready for warmer weather!

  3. Beth F permalink
    February 10, 2017 7:01 am

    The Laurie Frankel book in high on my list — glad it was as good as I think it’s going to be. Sounds like you had a successful reading week, despite extra work hours.

  4. Patty permalink
    February 10, 2017 7:37 am

    Your week sounds great other than working more but you should get rewarded with a new watch band unless you have all of them! Whew…that was an excessively long sentence!

  5. sarahsbookshelvesblog permalink
    February 10, 2017 7:38 am

    I loved This Is How It Always Is and I wondered as I was reading how close she came to how that must really feel (I’m not in a position to know)…and was thrilled to read the Author’s Note at the end. Agreed – fantastic book club selection.

  6. February 10, 2017 7:48 am

    Sounds like you are reading some great books 🙂 That’s great about your miles – you are rocking it each week and its winter. I was disappointed the Falcons didn’t win, too. The only bright spot was Lady Gaga – she did such a fab job. Hope you have a great weekend!!

  7. February 10, 2017 8:12 am

    I wasn’t thrilled with the way the Super Bowl ended either. Will be curious to hear what you think of Hillbilly Elegy. Have great weekend!

  8. February 10, 2017 8:21 am

    I enjoyed one of Frankel’s previous novels. Thanks for the giveaway. Hope the crud is gone soon – it’s overstayed its welcome at our house. Not much walking for me due to weather and the crud.

  9. February 10, 2017 8:42 am

    This has certainly been a winter for ‘crud’ or ‘flu’ or whatever. Glad mine has finally gone for good, but I know many people who are still suffering. I think that author event sounds like a good one and I’ve noticed her book. Will definitely check it out. And I would imagine it would work well as a book club discussion book. Have a good week!!

  10. February 10, 2017 9:06 am

    I had the same reaction to the Super Bowl. The TV was on and I was doing other things. Walking three miles a day is fantastic. I am eagerly awaiting spring so I can get back out on my nature walks. I’ve only been out a few times this year, just too darn cold.

  11. February 10, 2017 10:20 am

    I am definitely looking forward to reading your review of Hillbilly Elegy. It was rated so highly by someone I know that I actually bought it and have it sitting in my TBR pile.

  12. February 10, 2017 11:06 am

    I am so impressed by your walking! I need to emulate your efforts….if only I could get out the front door, I’d be there! LOL

    I have the Laurie Frankel book and hope to read it soon, especially now that I have read your thoughts.

    I loved Hillbilly Elegy…hope you are enjoying it, too.

    Thanks for sharing.

  13. February 10, 2017 12:11 pm

    The Gravel books sounds like a good read. I’m on the waiting list at my library for Hillbilly Elegy.

  14. Literary Feline permalink
    February 10, 2017 1:32 pm

    I think a lot of people were disappointed by the outcome of the Super Bowl. You’ve caught my attention with How It Always Is. It sounds like a must read, especially in this day and age. I am glad you liked it. Thank you for hosting the giveaway. Have a great weekend, Kathy!

  15. February 10, 2017 4:28 pm

    I enjoyed your Week in Review post. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway. The book sounds wonderful. I will add a link to it to my giveaway sidebar. Have a great weekend, Kathy! 🙂

  16. February 10, 2017 6:28 pm

    Many of my family members have the crud and I am trying my best to avoid it! Have a great weekend.

  17. February 11, 2017 12:21 pm

    I have two friends who have children that we think are going to be transgender (they are quite young at the moment) so This is How it Always is sounds like a perfect read. Thank you for the give away opportunity. I just started Hillbilly Elegy as well!

  18. February 11, 2017 12:54 pm

    I can’t wait to read Karen White’s book, and I love Laurie Frankel. Hillbilly Elegy is next up for me.

  19. February 11, 2017 10:37 pm

    This Is How It Always Is sounds good. Gender issues intrigue me – I know a couple of people with “gender fluid” kids. I wasn’t happy about the Super Bowl either. Don’t get me started on Tom Brady!

  20. February 12, 2017 9:07 am

    My son would love the OLGA book. He loves animals and graphic novels.

  21. Lauren Becker permalink
    February 12, 2017 9:05 pm

    This Is How It Always Is sounds great and I’m so excited you got to hear the author speak. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway – I entered.


  22. bookingmama permalink
    February 13, 2017 8:02 am

    I enjoyed Frankel’s book too — I should probably get around to reviewing it!

  23. February 13, 2017 1:29 pm

    The Olga book sounds cute

  24. February 13, 2017 11:34 pm

    I’m glad you had such a good week. I’m interested in This Is How It Always Is as a possible hook club choice. I look forward to hearing what you think. I have Hillbilly Elegy on my list of soon to read books. I hope its good.

  25. The Cue Card permalink
    February 14, 2017 4:17 pm

    I too was disappointed in the ending of the Super Bowl and was pulling for Atlanta. Darn. Looks like Frankel’s book is good. And Kudos on your walking regimen. So good.

  26. Cindy Peterson permalink
    February 27, 2017 1:03 pm

    I cannot endorse the book “This Is How It Always Is” highly enough for a book club notice. I was engaged during the entire read and it brought up great discussion points.

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