The Week in Review: 03.31.2017
Between the Covers
Finished last week:
MIDNIGHT IN BROAD DAYLIGHT: A JAPANESE AMERICAN FAMILY CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO WORLDS by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto is the true story of the Fukuhara family. Katsuji Fukuhara immigrated to the US and later brought over Kinu, a picture bride. They married, had children, and settled in to a good life in America. After Katsuji died, Kinu decided to return to her native Hiroshima with her children. Harry and his sister Mary felt American and returned to the land of their birth as soon as they could. Once the US became involved in World War II, the Fukuhara children found themselves on opposing sides.
MIDNIGHT IN BROAD DAYLIGHT is thoroughly researched and highly rated but it was a little too detailed and dense for me. I felt like it got bogged down with unnecessary details so it was like reading a textbook to me. I might have quit reading it if it hadn’t been a book club selection. History buffs and those with a deep interest in World War II will probably like this more than I did. (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)
Barbara Dee tackles puberty in her terrific middle grade coming-of-age book TRUTH OR DARE. Lia’s mother died in a car accident a few years ago and Lia is getting along pretty well thanks to her dad, her brother, and her group of friends. Something happens, though, the summer after sixth grade. It seems that everyone else is starting their period and developing, except Lia. She doesn’t feel like she fits in anymore and doesn’t really know what to do. When one of her friends starts a game of Truth or Dare, Lia lies about her summer. Things get out of hand and Lia wonders if she’ll lose all of her friends. Middle grade girls are sure to love this book about friendship. (Review copy provided by the author.)
WONDERFUL YOU: AN ADOPTION STORY by Lauren McLaughlin is a beautiful picture book about adoption with a little bit different twist. It shows the birth mother wondering “Who’ll be the parents of this beautiful girl?” as she searches for the right couple to adopt her unborn child. The couple are thrilled to have their daughter and imagine the things they’ll do together. Meilo So‘s dreamy illustrations are perfect for the tone of this book which was inspired by the author’s adoption of a baby girl. This book is ideal for adopted children but is useful in introducing the concept of adoption to other children as well. It would make a lovely baby gift. (Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.)
I listened to I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi. It’s the story of Maddy, a wife and mother, who’s in a sort of limbo after her death, trying to influence the life of her husband and daughter. Even though the topic sounds somewhat morbid and depressing, I found the book uplifting. The point of view shifts between the three family members giving readers a greater understanding of the events and the struggles each of them has been through. There’s a sort of twist at the end that I didn’t see coming but it fit. I really enjoyed this book and do recommend it. The audio version is very capably narrated by Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, and Therese Plummer.
- CATSTRONAUTS: RACE TO MARS by Drew Brockington
- THE FUTURES by Anna Pitoniak
- LUCKY BROKEN GIRL by Ruth Behar
On the Screen
I watched the NCAA tournament on Sunday and was excited to see both USC and UNC win. I’d love to see both teams make it to the championship game but won’t know who to root for if they do.
Once again, I watched Dancing With the Stars. I thought Chris Kattan was the right one to go even though he did well considering all he’s been through. My favorite is still Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater but I thought Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy danced very well too. I didn’t think Heather Morris danced as well without Maks Chmerkovskiy.
Off the blog
- It took a while but I finally finished my jigsaw puzzle.
- It’s been really warm here – we tied a record high on Tuesday – so we cut our air conditioner on and I bought a few new summer clothes.
- I had a semi-annual visit with my doctor and found out she’ll be leaving the practice. This was only my second visit with her since my last doctor retired. She’s referred me to another doctor and, hopefully, the new one will stick.
- My friends and I tried a different place for trivia but didn’t care for it and left early.
- We walked three miles every morning and I averaged almost 15, 750 Fitbit steps a day.
What’s going on in your corner of the world?