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The Week in Review: 03.31.2017

March 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.

Currently reading:


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?

23 Comments leave one →
  1. March 31, 2017 7:13 am

    Such a cool puzzle

  2. March 31, 2017 7:14 am

    I LOVE Nutcrackers and have a great collection of them. I love putting them out during the holiday season. So, I absolutely LOVED your puzzle – so cool!! Sounds like you had a good week – all those steps and new summer clothes 🙂 Have a great weekend!!

  3. March 31, 2017 7:18 am

    I Liked My Life is on my Audible wish list so I’m glad you liked it. We’ve just gone through our primary care doc retiring and finding a new one. Seems to be happening more and more. I have to find a new ophthalmologist. Speaking of, I hope your eye issues have improved. It has rained here most of the week and temps are still in the 30s/40s. About normal for the end of March.

  4. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    March 31, 2017 7:48 am

    I’ll be interested to hear what you think of The Futures. Feel like it got a lot of hype, but didn’t particularly work for me.

  5. March 31, 2017 8:20 am

    I enjoy audiobooks with multiple narrators, so will add I Liked My Life to my wish list. Thanks for the rec!

  6. March 31, 2017 10:13 am

    I loved The Futures…hope you are enjoying it, too.

    Great walking! You inspire me.

    I’m curious about I Liked My Life.

    Finding the right doctor can be a real challenge. I hope the new one works out, too. Enjoy your weekend.

  7. March 31, 2017 10:28 am

    Midnight looks really good. I thoroughly enjoyed Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford. Even though it wasn’t true, and it was fundamentally different from Midnight, it still taught me something about the Japanese internment camps.
    Chris was definitely the right one to go on DWTS. I’m not sure I have a favorite yet. Simone Biles will be tough to beat, as we learned last time with Laurie Rodriguez.
    Do you watch The Voice? I love that show.

  8. Beth F permalink
    March 31, 2017 12:16 pm

    I agree with I Liked My Life — I thought it was uplifting too. Bummer on the doctor and the new trivia place.

  9. March 31, 2017 12:33 pm

    I did the endless cycle of changing doctors a few years ago and it is a drag. They kept leaving our clinic, or I felt like it wasn’t a match. I hope you find a good replacement doctor! Truth or Dare sounds like a perfect grade for junior high.

  10. Melissa S permalink
    March 31, 2017 2:19 pm

    I Liked My Life looks very intriguing and I added it to my hold list.
    People probably ask you all the time, but how much time per day do you think you devote to reading? I get in maybe a little time over my lunch hour (if I’m not running errands) and other than that, I have to wait until I go to bed (if I go to bed early.) I don’t have a long commute nor the type of job where I can listen to audiobooks (although I did in the past and it was wonderful being read to by someone else, especially celebrities.)

  11. March 31, 2017 2:35 pm

    Well, you had a nice full week! I like the sound of Midnight In Broad Daylight. I’m going to see if the library has that. I thought of you when I saw the two Carolina teams progress to the Final Four. Those will be fun but stress games to watch. Love that puzzle. Have a good week ahead.

  12. March 31, 2017 3:19 pm

    I don’t watch sports on tv but don’t mind watching in person. I’ll have to check out your books, all are new to me.

  13. Lauren Becker permalink
    March 31, 2017 3:40 pm

    Your jigsaw puzzle looks great – congrats on finishing. I used to watch Dancing With the Stars, but not anymore. I’m not really a big TV watcher.


  14. March 31, 2017 5:35 pm

    Looks like you had a great week. The middle-grade book sounds good. I miss reading this age group since my kids have moved on to YA books. That jigsaw puzzle looks like it was a challenge. I used to love doing ones like that!

  15. Patty permalink
    March 31, 2017 6:19 pm

    I have a huge attachment to doctors lately so I hope you find a good fit!

    Your week seemed relaxed yet full. I need to push myself for more steps…I give in too easily if I feel tired.

  16. March 31, 2017 7:05 pm

    Great job on the puzzle, Kathy! I love Nutcrackers and have a few. Great job on the steps as well!Your books sounds terrific. Have a wonderful, warm weekend!

  17. March 31, 2017 8:16 pm


    Nice puzzle. I hate having to transition to new doctors. I hope this one is a long-term relationship for you.

  18. Literary Feline permalink
    April 1, 2017 7:07 pm

    I think it is great that you are walking every morning, Kathy. I plan to get back into exercising this month. I desperately need to. I love your jigsaw puzzle. My dad used to love putting them together. He started mounting them too–and I have a couple that he made me take when I moved out of his house officially. LOL He had too many. 🙂 I hope you end up liking your new doctor.

    Have a good week, Kathy! My mom’s arriving today from out of town for a week’s visit. It’ll be nice to have her here.

  19. April 1, 2017 7:57 pm

    We’ve been at our vacation home in Florida all week, so I’ve gotten a lot of beach reading done. I was really moved by Angie Thomas’ THE HATE U GIVE, and read Alyssa Mastomonaco’s WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA in one sitting. It was fantastic!

  20. April 1, 2017 10:07 pm

    Whoa over 15000 steps/a day? I’m in awe! You inspire me!

    I’ve been so absent from everything this past month – my ex-father-in-law passed away after an extended illness and though he was ‘ex’ we all consider each other family. The last few weeks have been so busy with helping my ex and his family and helping my kids get through their Grandpa’s passing. I was so excited to have some time to blog today and finally work on catching up – both in blogging and in reading.

    By the way, are you going to BEA this year?

  21. April 2, 2017 6:53 pm

    I got the adoption book too. I’m looking forward to reading it to my daughter since she’s adopted.

  22. The Cue Card permalink
    April 2, 2017 7:24 pm

    Good job on the puzzle, wow nice! Looks like it’s Zaga vs. UNC for the final. There were some great games, a lot of which I missed & caught only the highlights. I hadn’t heard of the book Midnight in Broad Daylight … I’m a bit curious about it — thx for the review.

  23. bookingmama permalink
    April 6, 2017 7:37 am

    Ok — I definitely need to get to WONDERFUL YOU and I LIKED MY LIFE!

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