The Week in Review: 2.10.2017
Between the Covers
Finished last week:
OLGA 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 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.)
- HILLBILLY ELEGY by J. D. Vance
- LOVING VS. VIRGINIA by Patricia Hruby Powell
- SWEETGIRL by Travis Mulhauser
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.