The Week in Review: 04.07.2017
Between the Covers
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.)
- WALKING ON TRAMPOLINES by Frances Whiting
- LUCKY BROKEN GIRL by Ruth Behar
- DRAW-IT-YOURSELF ADVENTURES: ALIEN ATTACK by Andre Judge and Chris Judge
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?