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The Week in Review: 03.10.2017

March 10, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

one-of-the-boysONE OF THE BOYS by Daniel Magariel is the brutal story of two young boys caught in the middle of their parents’ divorce.  The mother has given up on them and their drug addict father forces them to endure all sorts of abuse and neglect in order to be “one of the boys.”  I found the book to be well written and engaging as well as disturbing.  It’s told from the point of view of the twelve year old son so parts of the story were violent and difficult to read but I think it’s an important story.  I wanted to talk to someone about the story as I read it so I think it would make a terrific book club selection.  (Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.)

mapping-my-dayMAPPING MY DAY by Julie Dillemuth is an adorable picture book about, you guessed it, maps!  It covers topics like cardinal directions, scale, legend, and route by telling the story of Flora.  I loved Flora and her multi-cultural family and think this book is an excellent way to introduce kids to the dying art of map reading.  The back of the book includes a note to “parents, caregivers, and professionals” and also includes activities to engage young readers.  Laura Wood’s drawings are adorable and enhance this fun book for early readers.  (Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.)


Currently reading:


On the Screen

I was hoping to watch some basketball but that didn’t happen – I didn’t watch any TV or make it to the movies this week.


Off the blog

  • I was at my mom’s most of the week to get her taxes done.  I’m happy to say that I am officially done with 2016 taxes.
  • While I’m with my mom, I let her set the pace and got in 9,200 Fitbit steps a day.
  • Vance is out of town so I’ll be putting in more time at the store.

How was your week?

16 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2017 7:54 am

    Taxes ugh, I am glad my taxes take care of themselves

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    March 10, 2017 7:55 am

    I’m thinking about trying One of the Boys…Susie at Novel Visits first put it on my radar and now you! I also like precocious child narrators.

  3. March 10, 2017 8:42 am

    Always nice to be done with the taxes for another year. So glad you get to spend this time with your Mom. Have a good week!

  4. Beth F permalink
    March 10, 2017 8:46 am

    Yay for end of taxes (we’re just starting …). I completely missed One of the Boys; I like books that prompt conversation.

  5. March 10, 2017 9:52 am

    One of the Boys sounds like a good read. I have never read Margaret Atwood. She’s just one of the many, many prolific authors that I haven’t gotten to.

  6. March 10, 2017 11:32 am

    I am glad my taxes have been filed…it’s the season I always dread, and since it comes right after Christmas and New Year’s, I think it spoils those holidays for me. LOL

    Time with your mom sounds good…I remember those moments, and savor them.

    I loved The Handmaid’s Tale…and read it twice.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  7. March 10, 2017 1:35 pm

    My taxes are done as well. So glad about that.

    This week was pretty good but I am feeling that “spring is almost here” ennui. Sometimes I feel as if I need to kick off my shoes and hit the beach and other times I feel like kicking off my shoes and taking a nap 🙂

    My reading is about to pick up because I finished Ulysses a week early! Thank God! Now I can get to all the books I was dying to get to.

  8. March 10, 2017 3:43 pm

    One of the Boys sounds heartbreaking but I can see why book clubs would find lots to discuss. Yay for taxes being done.

  9. Patty permalink
    March 10, 2017 4:56 pm

    What a week for you! It’s an amazing feeling when taxes are all done…isn’t it? We had snow flurries all day long today but it was beautiful!

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

    I’m trying to get my taxes done too! This week has been brutally cold here. Is it still nice where you are?

  11. March 10, 2017 6:28 pm

    Gage loves mas so I’ll have to look for this one!

  12. March 10, 2017 10:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing your week. One of the Boys</u. sounds memorable. I'm glad you and your mom got in so many steps!

    I saw Lion last weekend, which I really enjoyed.

    Have a great weekend. 🙂

  13. Lauren Becker permalink
    March 10, 2017 11:37 pm

    That’s still a good amount of steps, I think! 🙂 I haven’t been to the movies in awhile but I AM planning on seeing Beauty and the Beast next week.


  14. March 11, 2017 9:23 am

    I wish we didn’t have to do taxes….I hate doing them. I’m glad you got to spend time with your mom though. Sounds like you got a lot of steps in too! Bonus. This weekend is busy with swim team practice for the kiddo, who also has her birthday party on Sunday….now where to fit in reading and laundry…lol

  15. March 12, 2017 5:44 pm

    The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favorite books. I can’t wait for the TV series to start!

    That picture books about maps looks so cute!

  16. March 14, 2017 2:04 am

    I’m glad you had plenty of time with your mom. Also, congrats on the tax completion. Thanks for your recommendation for a good book club book. I’m always looking for something that has good discussion material in it.

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