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The Week in Review: 04.07.2017

April 7, 2017
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Finished last week:

CATSTRONAUTS: MISSION MOON by Drew Brockington is the first book in a graphic novel series featuring, you guessed it, cats who are astronauts.  In this first book, the Earth is running out of energy and it’s up to the catstronauts to save the day by putting a new power plant on the moon.  They run into some problems but work together to come up with a solution.  I really like the idea of introducing energy problems to young readers but I felt like Brockington could have done more with it by sharing ways individuals can make a difference.  Having said that, the target audience of 6 to 10 years old should adore this book with its fast pace, adorable illustrations, and fun storyline.  (Review copy provided by Little, Brown Kids.)

I’M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP is a collection of short stories featuring dogs that’s edited by Wade Rouse.  Twenty authors including Jane Green, Jen Lancaster, Sarah Pekkanen, and Allie Larkin contributed to the book and 10% of Rouse’s royalties will be donated to The Humane Society.  The stories in the book are humorous and heartwarming but, after a while, they felt a little repetitive to me.  I think I would have enjoyed them more if I’d spaced them out some.  Still, they’re sweet and charming and will appeal to dog lovers.  (My friend Julie sent me this book.)

THE FUTURES by Anna Pitoniak is the story of the relationship between Evan and Julia, a young couple who meet while they’re undergrad students at Yale.  After graduation, the two move to New York together – Evan gets a job with a high powered finance company while Julia works for a non-profit.  Evan’s job requires long hours and Julia struggles to hit her stride.  I think I might have been too old for this book because I was frustrated with Julia and her problems and wanted to tell her to grow up.  In the end, I liked the book but didn’t love it.  (Review copy provided by Little, Brown.)

Currently reading:

 

On the Screen

Basketball!  I was thrilled to see the USC women win the national championship in basketball!  That means South Carolina is home to the current baseball (Coastal Carolina), football (Clemson), and women’s basketball (University of South Carolina) champions!

I only saw a few minutes of the men’s championship game but was happy to see North Carolina win.  ACC, baby!

Once again, I watched Dancing with the Stars.  I was fine with Charo going home – her dancing was okay but her “act” was grating after a while.  I still like Rashad and Emma even though they didn’t dance as well this week.  I was very impressed with Nancy and Artem, Heather and Alan, and Normani and Val.  This promises to be a good season.

 

Off the blog

  • I started a fun new jigsaw puzzle.
  • My friends and I played trivia this week and came in 2nd.

 

  • Our weather has been very up and down.  We had severe storms on Monday and Wednesday and even had a little hail early Thursday morning.  There was still some hail on the ground 7 hours later when we walked.
  • I walked three miles every day and averaged just over 15,400 Fitbit steps a day.

 

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

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. April 7, 2017 5:43 am

    I feel the same way so often – frustrated by the main character and wanting her to grow up, and not even just when reading YA books!

  2. April 7, 2017 7:44 am

    I can relate to feeling like you’re too old for some books. I’ve felt that way. Love the puzzle. My husband had back surgery on Monday and is now home so my reading and blog visiting has been a bit uneven.

  3. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    April 7, 2017 7:54 am

    100% agree about The Futures….fine but kind of a waste of time. And Julia annoyed me too.

  4. April 7, 2017 10:07 am

    Lol, nice title on that second one

  5. April 7, 2017 10:21 am

    I’m not a big fan of animals or short stories. So I can leave that one alone (although I did like Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain). But I do like DWTS. David Ross has become one of my favorites.

  6. April 7, 2017 11:00 am

    Congrats on your walking!

    After lovely weather here, and at the beach, we now have rain! Yesterday and today, and I read some storm warnings. Sigh.

    I loved The Futures…and I was drawn to Walking on Trampolines…and then when I checked, I realized that I had read and enjoyed it three years ago! Thanks to Goodreads, I didn’t buy it twice. LOL.

    Have a great week…and hopefully our weather will improve.

  7. April 7, 2017 1:25 pm

    I’m really happy for both the Carolinas and their sports accomplishments. (Must be something in the water?) Your new puzzle looks like a challenging one. Have fun with it.

  8. April 7, 2017 3:31 pm

    Great Week in Review! The hailstone photo is wonderful! I like the idea of “the cat book”, and “the dog book”. Super job with your steps. Have a terrific weekend. 🙂

  9. April 7, 2017 4:07 pm

    I was happy about the NCAA wins too. That storm missed us thankfully. Hope all the hail melted. My mom and I put a jigsaw puzzle together while I was visiting with her. Have a great weekend.

  10. April 7, 2017 4:19 pm

    My daughter is in love with cats at the moment….so that cat astronaut book would be perfect for her…lol

  11. bookingmama permalink
    April 7, 2017 7:21 pm

    The cat graphic novel probably will be perfect for kids. I am super excited about THE FUTURES, and I’m so glad you are reading WALKING ON TRAMPOLINES — I really liked that one!

  12. April 7, 2017 11:51 pm

    CatStronaughts sounds perfect for the tween who loves cats. And talking about energy is smart. Kids need to learn about the world and how they can make a difference as the next generation.

  13. Patty permalink
    April 8, 2017 9:45 am

    Totally agree with you about Charo…I love Rashad! Your week sounded great!

  14. April 8, 2017 9:28 pm

    I bet Mouse would enjoy CATSTRONAUTS: MISSION MOON. It sounds fun! Sounds like your weather is all over the place. I hope you are enjoying your weekend, Kathy. Have a great week!

  15. The Cue Card permalink
    April 9, 2017 7:23 pm

    Congrats to the U of SC women for winning the tournament, Wow! I think I’m on the waiting list for the audiobook of The Futures. I hope the character of Julia doesn’t drive me crazy. thx for the review. Enjoy your week.

  16. Lauren Becker permalink
    April 9, 2017 8:40 pm

    The weather has been weird here too – we had a big storm last Wednesday but no hail by me, thankfully, but today was sunny and warm, so that’s nice. 🙂 Best of luck with your new puzzle!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  17. Beth F permalink
    April 10, 2017 7:29 am

    I felt the same way about The Futures. We had hail too — but much more unusual for you. I’ve been getting the jigsaw bug! I may break down this week and buy one.

  18. April 10, 2017 11:42 am

    I can’t wait to see your finished puzzle! And the hail storm hit us too. Rain and hail for a solid 12 hours. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  19. April 10, 2017 11:50 pm

    I LOVE dancing with the stars too. Derek Hough is my all time favorite. I’m missing him this season but I’m happy to see him moving on. My favorite this season is Rashad and Emma!! 😁
    Anyway, I hope you have a great week. Enjoy your books. 😁

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