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The Week in Review: 2.17.2017

February 17, 2017
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

almost-homeALMOST HOME by Joan Bauer is the story of twelve year old Sugar Mae Cole and her mother.  After they lose their home, they head to Chicago to start over and Sugar’s mother has a breakdown.  Sugar is put in foster care and with the help of her dog, her foster mother, and an old teacher discovers just how strong she is.  I really enjoyed this sweet book for older middle grade or younger YA readers and thought Brittany Pressley did a great job narrating it, even doing a pretty good southern accent at times. (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

hillbilly-elegyI’ve been hearing a lot about HILLBILLY ELEGY by J. D. Vance and looked at it on Audible a couple of times but always hesitated since it’s read by the author.  I finally decided to give it a chance and, boy, am I glad I did.  It’s the wonderfully written story of an often misunderstood, always under-represented segment of our society – poor, working class, white people – and it gave me a better understanding of them.  It’s a story Vance knows well because that’s the way he grew up.  I felt the book was told with a lot of heart and I appreciated his narration.  I talked about HILLBILLY ELEGY so much, Carl bought a print copy to read.  By the way, the ending made me cry.  A friend of mine was offended by some of the language in the book but I thought it was appropriate for the story.

Currently reading:


On the Screen

I finally saw Hidden Figures, the movie based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly.  As most people know, it’s the story of three African American women who were instrumental in the early days of NASA.  The acting was terrific and, in my opinion, this is one of those rare times when the movie surpassed the book.  This is a must see movie that can be enjoyed with all but the youngest members of your family.


Off the blog

  • We’re having a really warm winter and set a record high of 81ºF on Sunday.


  • It took a while but I finally finished my puzzle.
  • I got our taxes done and filed.  It’s a chore I always dread so I’m glad to have it over with.
  • My friends and I played bingo, instead of trivia, this week and none of us won even though the crowd was thin.
  • We walked three miles every morning and I averaged around 15,100 Fitbit steps a day.



27 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2017 5:35 am

    I like Joan Bauer a lot!

  2. February 17, 2017 6:13 am

    You’ve had an enjoyable week. Have a good weekend.

  3. February 17, 2017 6:37 am

    Sounds like you’re having the same weather we are. Yesterday we hit 72 and today it’s supposed to get up to 78! I’ll take it! Margaritas on the porch tonight. 🙂

    I can’t wait to see Hidden Figures. Maybe I convince my husband to go see it with me at the theater rather than wait for dvd, which is our usual routine.

    We got our taxes done, too, and visited an advisor about all the ins and outs for my husband to sign up for Medicare and the extra plans. Nice to have someone hold our hands through this complicated process!!

    Have a great weekend! I’m heading to Half-Price Bookstore with 8 large boxes of books. I may allow myself to bring one or two (books, not boxes!) home. 🙂

  4. bookingmama permalink
    February 17, 2017 6:46 am

    I can’t wait to see HIDDEN FIGURES even if that means going by myself next week. Matt is loving HILLBILLY ELEGY!

  5. February 17, 2017 6:53 am

    I’m on hold list at my library for Hillbilly Elegy (audio). It’s a long list with only a few copies so I might just use an Audible credit one of these days. Good to know about Hidden Figures. I’ll probably see it when it goes to Netflix. Nice job on the puzzle!

  6. February 17, 2017 7:17 am

    Sounds like a great week. I have to see Hidden Figures. I loved the book so much. I’m glad you enjoyed the film 🙂 I’ve heard a lot of great things about Hillbilly Elegy – definitely need to check it out. I love puzzles – congrats on finishing that one! I filed my taxes, too – glad its over. Love all those steps – walking in the morning is the best.

  7. sarahsbookshelvesblog permalink
    February 17, 2017 7:46 am

    Glad you loved Hillbilly Elegy! And I think he was telling it like it was – if that includes some material that offends certain people – then so be it. Kudos to him for being brave enough not to sugar-coat his story.

  8. February 17, 2017 7:47 am

    We’re having weather that swings back and forth between the 50’s and 80’s. It’s a bit tiresome. However, I guess we’re lucky we only had one real cold event this winter. I want to see Hidden Figures, but will likely wait until I can watch it in my own home. We go to so few movies at the theater these days. And I’d like to listen to HILLBILLY ELEGY, when I’m in the mood for a non-fic book. How are you liking I SEE YOU? I noticed you were mentioning that the British accents were tough for you. I listen to so many books with British narrators and watch so many British TV shows, I think I’m an old pro at understanding them. Have a good weekend!

  9. February 17, 2017 8:18 am

    Glad you enjoyed Hillbilly Elegy. I loved the audio production. My husband is planning to read it in print, too.

  10. February 17, 2017 8:58 am

    I have Loving vs. Virginia and Hillbilly Elegy on my list at the library. I really want to see Hidden Figures.

  11. February 17, 2017 9:14 am

    We were having a mild winter and now we have a lot of snow. lol

  12. Diane permalink
    February 17, 2017 9:48 am

    Kathy, glad u loved Hidden Figures– me too. I want to read Hillbilly Elegy but patiently waiting for my turn at library. BTW– I detest all the prep for tax prep day as well–we go next Friday.

    Have a great week.

  13. February 17, 2017 9:54 am

    I’m glad Hidden Figures is better than the book. I’m reading the book and finding it very slow, with way too much technical detail. I’m seeing the movie this weekend, finally!

  14. February 17, 2017 10:36 am

    Hillbilly Elegy is sitting in my TBR pile, fairly high up. I’m hearing all good things about it. And Hidden Figures is not only my favorite movie of the year, it’s also one of my favorite movies all-time.

  15. February 17, 2017 10:38 am

    I cried at the ending in Hillbilly Elegy, too! I wasn’t at all sure I’d enjoy the book, but the author was amazing, and I could feel his experiences as he described them. I’ve dealt with California’s “hillbilly” population in our Central Valley and surrounding mountains…there are many similarities.

    I also enjoyed I See You, and the movie Hidden Figures.

    We have alternately warm days and rain. Weird! Today it’s raining. Thanks for sharing, and have another great week.

  16. Patty permalink
    February 17, 2017 11:43 am

    I would call that a really good week! I envy you your walks!

  17. Beth F permalink
    February 17, 2017 1:04 pm

    Ok I’ll do Hillbilly in audio. I was hesitant too because of the author narration, but I’ll go for it. I can’t wait to see Hidden Figures. And good job on the walks and the puzzle!

  18. Lauren Becker permalink
    February 17, 2017 7:27 pm

    Congrats on finishing your puzzle! It looks great. I’m just now really keeping track of my steps with my FitBit. I’m trying to get more in shape, so my goal right now is to reach around 3k-4k steps a day. I know, it’s not much, but I need to build up stamina, etc. and I’m also focusing more on healthy eating right now.


  19. February 17, 2017 7:30 pm

    Kathy, I saw Hidden Figures a few days ago, and really enjoyed it as well (I did not read the book). You had a terrific week, step-wise and otherwise. The puzzle looks like it was very difficult. Enjoy the long weekend!

  20. February 19, 2017 10:45 am

    Oh, now I’m all curious about HillBilly Elegy. And I think I will skip the book and watch the movie Hidden Figures instead. I used to love doing puzzles and did quite a few of the most difficult ones but that was years ago. I dread doing my taxes. Such a chore!

  21. February 19, 2017 10:02 pm

    15,000 steps/day?! I am SO impressed! In my heyday I would strive to hit 10,000/day. I’m ready for consistent nice weather here… and hopefully I will join you on those daily morning walks.

    I’ve heard good things about Hillbilly Elegy… I guess I need to check it out for myself 🙂

  22. February 20, 2017 10:13 am

    I really want to see Hidden Figures. I haven’t even walked three miles in a week. LOL

  23. The Cue Card permalink
    February 20, 2017 6:11 pm

    Great job on the puzzle and with the taxes! Gosh I hate tax time of year, you’re way ahead. I’m glad you liked Hidden Figures as I did as well. I’m on the wait list at the library for Hillbilly Elegy and I can’t wait to get to it. So glad you had good things to say about it.

  24. February 21, 2017 1:43 am

    I’m so glad you really liked Hillbilly Elegy. I have it set up to go on my iPod. I really like the look of your puzzle. It looks challenging, but that’s the fun of them. Good for you on all those Fitbit steps!

  25. February 21, 2017 7:11 pm

    I’m so happy you liked the movie Hidden Figures. I’ve been hoping you would go see it since you were a bit disappointed with the book. I agree with you – this is one of those rare occasions when the movie is better than the book. I absolutely loved those ladies!

  26. February 25, 2017 4:37 pm

    That puzzle looks so amazing. I would love to do one of those but I’m always unsure what to do with one when it’s finished – what will you do with this one?

  27. March 2, 2017 8:58 am

    Love the puzzle! My mom and I went to see Hidden Figures a few weeks ago. What a wonderful way to spend a few hours. I especially loved the John Glenn bits since he’s Ohio’s golden boy.

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