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The Week in Review: 2.24.2017

February 24, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

sweetgirlI read SWEETGIRL by Travis Mulhauser for my book club and then wasn’t able to attend the meeting.  The book’s about a young girl who, while searching for her drug addicted mother, finds a neglected baby in the home of a crack dealer and takes off with it.  There’s a horrible storm and she turns to one of her mother’s old boyfriends for help.  I found this gritty story to be fast paced and gut wrenching but I wanted more from the resolution.  That’s not to say, it’s not worth reading – it definitely is because it’s well written and the dialogue in the book is great.   It’s a stark reminder of the struggles many people face in their lives.

loving-vs-virginiaLOVING VS. VIRGINIA: A DOCUMENTARY NOVEL OF THE LANDMARK CIVIL RIGHTS CASE by Patricia Hruby Powell is the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an inter-racial couple who were forced to leave their home in Virginia when they married in 1958.  They longed to be near their families, though, and fought back, taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court, where they won.  Written in verse and supplemented with photographs and illustrations by Shadra Strickland, this non-fiction book is aimed at the YA audience but can and should be enjoyed by teens on up.  There’s a timeline and bibliography in the back.  I was shocked to learn that the last anti-miscegenation law was struck down in Alabama in the year 2000.  Pick this book up for the teens in your life and be sure to read it yourself. (Review copy provided by Chronicle Books.)

the-sun-is-also-a-starI listened to THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon. It took me a little while to figure out was happening in this book about a chance meeting between a Jamaican girl who’s about to be deported and an American boy whose parents were born in Korea but, once I did, I couldn’t get enough of Natasha and Daniel. Bahni Turpin and Raymond Lee do a wonderful job of narrating this outstanding book. Nicola Yoon is two for two for me now. (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


Currently reading:


On the Screen

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

Off the blog

  • Cindy from Idaho won the autographed copy of THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel.


  • I started a new jigsaw puzzle but wasn’t able to spend much time on it.  I have a feeling this one’s going to take me a while to complete.
  • We’ve been having gorgeous spring-like weather – today’s supposed to get up to 78º – which makes me really concerned about the heat this summer.
  • We walked three miles every morning and I averaged just over 14,850 steps a day.

How was your week?



31 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2017 6:42 am

    Crazy weather this winter. We hit 70 on Wednesday and then went back to the 30s on Thursday – which is normal temp for us. Congrats to Cindy on her win!

  2. Beth F permalink
    February 24, 2017 7:09 am

    I really liked Sweetgirl — I can’t remember if I listened to it or read it. That looks like a great puzzle. And don’t get me started on the weather … I hope it’s not too late to slow, stop, or reverse the trend.

  3. bookingmama permalink
    February 24, 2017 7:40 am

    You had a very busy week but you still managed to get some reading in… even if it was mainly an audiobook! I can’t believe that we are almost as warm as you today!

  4. sarahsbookshelvesblog permalink
    February 24, 2017 7:57 am

    Glad you’re enjoying Sweetgirl. I’ve heard really good things about it, but tried it last year and couldn’t get into it.

  5. February 24, 2017 8:06 am

    I want to try Nicola Yoon’s books. I keep hearing good things about them!

    Typical fickle weather in Nebraska. We hit 76 a couple of days ago and today we have snow with a predicted low of 14. {sigh}

    Have a great weekend! Hope you find time for your puzzle.

  6. February 24, 2017 8:06 am

    We are having higher than normal temps for February now. After some crazy snowstorms. Weird winter!

  7. February 24, 2017 8:06 am

    I loved the book by Nicola Yoon so much. I wanted more too!

  8. February 24, 2017 8:25 am

    Our weather is hot and humid – ugh. Luckily, the mornings are nice and cool. I have kindled One of the Boys, so I’m looking forward to your thoughts on it. The Nicola Yoon books are such good reads – glad you enjoyed this one so much. That puzzle looks awesome! You are rocking those steps 🙂

  9. February 24, 2017 8:33 am

    I’m going to see if I can get Loving vs Virginia from the library here. We were actually a little cooler yesterday. My sister checked the weather at home in upstate NY – it was 67 and only 69 here in SWFL in the early afternoon! Crazy!

  10. February 24, 2017 8:52 am

    I guess the weather everywhere is wacky right now. Or do we always say that about this time of year. The switch from winter to spring is usually a little turbulent. It’s why we have so many thunderstorms and tornadoes in the spring. We went over 90 yesterday and that is way too hot for February. LOL

    Hope you have a good week! I’m interested in LOVING VS. VIRGINIA.

  11. February 24, 2017 9:29 am

    I do want to try some of those

  12. Diane permalink
    February 24, 2017 9:37 am

    Wow Kathy, I admire your 14,000+steps everyday–impressive. Your book group read seems like a tough one. Hope u have a great weekend

  13. February 24, 2017 10:20 am

    Joni and I see 65-70 movies each year in the theaters. But we just didn’t get to Loving. Would have liked to see it.
    I have never liked Jigsaw puzzles. I enjoy Words with Friends and crossword puzzles, but not jigsaws. I can certainly see the therapeutic value of doing them, though.

  14. February 24, 2017 10:44 am

    The weather has its moods right now, doesn’t it? We’ve had sun for a few days, but also a high wind, which I don’t appreciate! LOL.

    But…I hope the rain is over, at least.

    I loved I See You…and I’m curious about Loving vs. Virginia. (The movie is based on this book?). I haven’t managed to see it yet. Probably will when it comes to Amazon Videos, Netflix, or On Demand.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  15. February 24, 2017 1:34 pm

    I have Loving vs. Virginia on my list at the library.

  16. Patty permalink
    February 24, 2017 2:50 pm

    You had a great filled week but I can’t imagine a week without television or Netflix…we are really into The Crown!

  17. February 24, 2017 5:00 pm

    I’m on a waiting list for the audio of the Nicola Yoon novel. I’m glad to hear you liked it, which bodes well for me. We got a few inches of snow here today in western Canada; I’ll send you some in the mail, LOL. It’s about 20 degrees now but I’m on my way to a trip south tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend.

  18. February 24, 2017 6:49 pm

    Kathy, you had a great week of walking! Your warm weather sounds wonderful. Congrats to your book winner, Cindy! Have a terrific weekend.

  19. February 24, 2017 7:39 pm

    Over 14,000 steps a day! I am impressed and jealous. My new job is much more sedentary than my past one and I am definitely feeling the effects. I want to read the Sun is Also a Star and am looking forward to the moving Loving.

  20. February 25, 2017 4:41 pm

    Wow look at that puzzle! It’s going to be a long time before I can get my hands on one of them and spend some good time on it.

    You make Sun is also a Star sound very good! I wasn’t exactly eager to read it before though it was on my list but now I have to.

  21. February 25, 2017 9:14 pm

    I think I want to listen to The Sun Is Also A Star now. Enjoy the warm weather. Our winter is back.

  22. Literary Feline permalink
    February 25, 2017 10:56 pm

    Sweetgirl sounds like a must read. Tough, but good. Thank you for mentioning it! I read a print version of The Sun Is Also a Star and just loved it. Natasha and Daniel won my heart. I listened to another book narrated by Bahni Turpin and really enjoyed it. She’s amazing.

    I hope you have a good week, Kathy!

  23. February 26, 2017 12:15 pm

    I finished The Sun is Also a Star this week and really loved it. I couldn’t get enough of those characters, and that ending – oh my gosh!

  24. February 26, 2017 12:54 pm

    SO impressed with your daily walking habit! I’m hoping once I return from Europe (where we will probably average 10,000-12,000 steps/day) I will maintain that kind of exercise routine.

    I’ve seen several positive reviews for The Sun is Also a Star… I think I need to read this one myself.

  25. Lauren Becker permalink
    February 26, 2017 10:42 pm

    I’m trying to walk more, but even so, I’m keeping my step goal low until I get more in shape and used to walking. I just need the weather to cooperate!


  26. Drangonfly permalink
    February 27, 2017 10:28 am

    Loving Vs Virginia sounds really good. I just added it to GR. I remember when I heard that the last law was struck down in Alabama. I couldn’t believe it took THAT long!

  27. February 27, 2017 11:42 am

    The weather has been completely odd here. Loving vs. Virginia sounds like a good read. That jigsaw puzzle looks like it has a ton of pieces! I’m so enthralled by your ability to walk those long distances nearly every day. I’ve only been to walk about 1.5 miles a day and those are good days…usually it’s less than a mile. I need to find more time to do more walking … maybe when the weather is more stable.

  28. February 27, 2017 12:38 pm

    I’m glad to see how much you liked the Yoon book. I hope to read it soon.

    Let’s all hope our warm winter does not result in a horrifically hot summer.

  29. February 28, 2017 11:35 pm

    The moving of Loving was really good. You’d like it if you liked the book.

  30. March 1, 2017 2:29 pm

    I’m glad to see you liked the Yoon book. I’m still waiting for a copy from the library. It sounds like you had a good week even without the screen stuff. Good luck with that puzzle.

  31. March 2, 2017 9:02 am

    The Sun is Also a Star is on my must read shortlist this year. I’m glad you liked the audio since that it the best chance I have of getting to it!

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