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The Week in Review: 03.03.2017

March 3, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

finders-keepersFINDERS KEEPERS is the second book in Stephen King‘s Bill Hodges trilogy.  It’s the story of a teen-aged boy who finds a chest containing thousands of dollars and the unpublished manuscripts of a much loved author who was murdered years before.  His family’s going through a rough patch so he decides to use the money and the manuscripts to help them out.  The guy who hid the chest is released from prison and he wants those manuscripts back and will do anything to get them, creating a high stakes game of cat and mouse.  I enjoyed revisiting some of the characters from MR. MERCEDES but it’s not necessary to read that book to enjoy this one.  King’s writing is very engaging and the book is suspenseful but I do think it was a little longer than it needed to be.  I’d still recommend it, though.

pop-goes-the-circusPOP GOES THE CIRCUS! is the fourth book in the Three-Ring Rascals series by Kate Klise and it is so much fun!  Bert the Mouse gets carried away by a helium balloon and just happens to run into Flora LaPasta, a young friend of the circus who has run away from home.  They have a few adventures before they find their way home in a surprising ending.  The illustrations by M. Sarah Klise, the author’s sister, are perfect for this sweet story.  This just might be my favorite book in this terrific series for early readers.  (I won this book from Algonquin Books.)

Currently reading:


On the Screen

A couple of my friends raved about Bad Moms so Carl and I decided to rent it.  It’s the story of three moms who are tired of trying to do it all so they decide to accept that they’re “bad moms.”  The movie had some very funny moments but is really a social commentary on how difficult it is to be a mom these days.  I liked it but don’t think I liked it as much as my friends did – maybe because my child is an adult.  There are some suggestive scenes and salty language so this movie isn’t for everyone.


Off the blog

  • My friends and I played trivia at a different venue this week – it was more complicated than we’re used to, and we came in third place.
  • I helped Vance get his taxes done and am glad to have that over with.
  • We walked three miles every morning and I averaged around 15,200 Fitbit steps a day.
  • I am so ready for spring and sandals even though we haven’t had much of a winter

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

26 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2017 5:40 am

    I thought it was funny 🙂

  2. March 3, 2017 6:09 am

    I loved the Bill Hodges trilogy – glad you are enjoying it 🙂 Bad Moms didn’t interest me, but that could be due to the fact that I’m not a mom. Or to the fact that it just seemed too over the top and a tad ridiculous. That’s great his taxes are done. Congrats on your steps! Hope you have a great weekend!!

  3. Beth F permalink
    March 3, 2017 6:16 am

    I wonder if I could read that King trilogy — doesn’t sound spooky. And I think I’ll pass on the movie. 🙂 We *still* haven’t done our taxes.

  4. March 3, 2017 6:32 am

    I sure wish I could send my dogs to help you walk those three miles. I do pretty good with 2 miles with them every day but that one more mile is hard for some reason. I think it is because I don’t want to walk too far from the neighborhood and it is just boring to walk around a block twice! 🙂
    Happy March!

  5. March 3, 2017 7:42 am

    My sister and I rented Bad Moms and thought it was ok, funny in parts, but we were glad we didn’t spent more money to see it in the theatre. Yes, hurry Spring!

  6. March 3, 2017 7:47 am

    I haven’t read the Stephen King trilogy as yet. Not sure why. I think I keep forgetting. Finders Keepers sounds good and I’ll look for it at the library. We saw the preview to Bad Moms at some point when we were at the theater. I looked at my husband and said, ‘want to see that?’ and he said ‘are you kidding?’. That pretty much sums it up for us. LOL

  7. March 3, 2017 9:13 am

    My daughter loved Bad Moms…but she and I don’t usually enjoy the same movies…or books. But I’m intrigued, so I may see it.

    I am definitely curious about Finders Keepers. It sounds like the kind of SK book I enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

    Three miles! I am definitely impressed….and feeling very bad about my own poor routines.

  8. March 3, 2017 9:50 am

    I haven’t read a King book in a while. I haven’t seen Bad Moms, it’s on my iPad so I may watch it soon.

  9. March 3, 2017 9:56 am

    I am cold this morning, so definitely would like some nice weather. We had a little bit of snow last night but it is all ready melting. Just chilly. lol

  10. March 3, 2017 10:04 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever read a Steven King book but this one sounds good. I’m so ready for spring too. Cold weather came back with a vengeance this week. Arg!

  11. March 3, 2017 10:36 am

    I am such a huge fan of 11/22/63 that it seems like I would read more King. For some reason, I just haven’t.
    Bad Moms took me by surprise. I saw it in the theater and thought it was extremely funny. I’m okay with language in context (my wife and I walked out of the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler movie, Sisters). But considering Bad Moms was about women maybe 45-50 years younger than me(!), I can’t really explain why I liked it so much.

  12. March 3, 2017 12:50 pm

    I am really enjoying your week in review posts. I want to see Bad Moms, I could use a good laugh. (And I think Kathryn Hahn is hilarious!)

  13. March 3, 2017 3:28 pm

    Sounds like a fun week for you, but I don’t like Stephen King. 🙂

    I am very ready for Spring.

    ENJOY your weekend.

  14. March 3, 2017 3:44 pm

    I enjoy these posts as well. Bad Moms sounds like it could be be very funny. Have a wonderful weekend, Kathy! I hope you’re enjoying I See You.

  15. March 3, 2017 4:04 pm

    I liked this King trilogy, I listened to the audio :). I would love to start going to a trivia night! Our taxes are done and back…and this week I had to put tires on my car….don’t ask how I felt about that…ugh. Have a good weekend!

  16. March 3, 2017 4:32 pm

    You will like the last book in that King series much better than #2. I felt that #2 was filler (in my opinion).

    Bad Moms was hysterical to watch in the theatre. Women were standing up and cheering and hooting and hollering. It was crazy. I was crying from laughing so hard I think I missed about 10 % of the movie because of how funny the audience members were. Even senior citizens were practically on the floor dying.

  17. March 4, 2017 4:05 pm

    I just checked out Mr. Merceces from the library, although I haven’t started it yet. I didn’t catch on that it was a trilogy. Now I’m super-excited to get going on it.

    Thanks for including the trailer for Bad Moms. That looks like a fun one. Have a great week Kathy.

  18. March 4, 2017 10:11 pm

    I read Mr Mercedes and had no idea it was going to be part of the series. I think I’ll read Finders Keepers this summer as I really enjoyed the first book

  19. Lauren Becker permalink
    March 5, 2017 12:07 am

    I’m curious about Mr. Mercedes and the rest. I’ve only read a few books by Stephen King.

    I really loved Bad Moms, but yeah, not for everyone!


  20. Diane permalink
    March 5, 2017 9:09 am

    I want to read I See You, the reviews have been terrific. I like Stephen King (now and then) and did enjoy Finder’s Keepers as well. His audio productions are always a treat.

    Right now I have have so many books I want to read but find myself wasting time playing Yahtzee and Scrabble obsessively on my phone…..sigh

  21. March 5, 2017 11:31 am

    The Pop Goes the Circus book sounds like something my daughter would like.
    I wanted to see Bad Moms when it first came out but didn’t get the chance. Thanks for reminding me abut it!

  22. Patty permalink
    March 5, 2017 1:06 pm

    I love that you can just open your door and walk. Our development is just two blocks and they don’t connect so we can only walk down our street and back again. We have a huge botanical garden minutes away and that’s where everyone goes to walk but I hate driving to work out. Trivia sounds like fun!

  23. March 6, 2017 3:24 pm

    Looks like you had a great week.

  24. bookingmama permalink
    March 8, 2017 7:56 am

    I saw BAD MOMs in the theater. It was definitely raunchy! I also just finished I SEE YOU — can’t wait to hear what you think!

  25. March 10, 2017 6:19 pm

    I think ALL of Stephen King’s books could be shorter! Doesn’t make his writing less engaging but all of his books seem like they need a good editor. But that’s probably part of his appeal 🙂

  26. The Cue Card permalink
    March 10, 2017 6:30 pm

    Bad Moms looks sort of funny in a Friday night rental kind of way. I’d be game for it.

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