The Week in Review: 04.21.2017
Between the Covers
Finished last week:
DRAW-IT-YOURSELF ADVENTURES: ALIEN ATTACK by Andrew Judge and Chris Judge is such a fun book for early middle grade readers! It’s a choose your own adventure style book that encourages readers to draw, color, and even tear pages of the book. (I wouldn’t be able to do the last one.) It’s the story of Daisy Doodle, a young girl who helps an alien repair his spaceship. She returns to his planet with him and ends up in the zoo there! Will she be able to escape and return to her home planet? My only complaint with the book is that it doesn’t lie flat but I had an advanced copy and the finished copy might be bound differently. This engaging book is perfect for reluctant readers, young artists, and avid readers. (Review copy provided by LB Kids.)
It’s been a while since I read DARKTOWN by Thomas Mullen but I didn’t really know what to say about it so I procrastinated writing anything. DARKTOWN is the fictionalized account of the integration of the Atlanta Police Department in the 1940s. Black officers were hired but were given no power. When two of them see a white man hit a telephone pole and notice the black woman in has been beaten, they can’t let it go, especially when she turns up dead a few days later. This sounded like just the kind of book I love – it tackled social issues in a historical context in a setting I’m familiar with – but something about it didn’t click with me. There were a lot of characters and most of them weren’t developed that well and the mystery seemed a little weak so I ended up liking the book instead of loving it the way I thought I would. This book is getting a lot of praise, though, so you should try it if it sounds like something you’d like. (Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.)
LUCKY BROKEN GIRL by Ruth Behar is the somewhat autobiographical story of a year the author spent in a body cast after being injured in a car accident. Ruthie and her family had recently immigrated from Cuba to Queens and were still adjusting to life in their new country when she was hurt so badly. Her recovery was aided by a diverse, eclectic group of friends and neighbors who came to visit and share with her. I was completely charmed by Ruthie and her family and found the story to be warm and engaging. The audio version is narrated by the author. She does a terrific job of enunciating each word clearly but did have an odd inflection as she read. I did adjust to it after a while, though, and ended up thoroughly enjoying this book.
- THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS by Michael Finkel
- GEORGIA by Dawn Tripp
- PRINCESS CORA AND THE CROCODILE by Laura Amy Schlitz
On the Screen
This week’s episode of Dancing with the Stars was Disney Week. My mom loved it but it really felt like Disney self promotion to me. I wasn’t crazy about Monday’s show. I felt like a lot of the music was poorly suited to the dances the couples were assigned to perform. Having said that, I thought Nancy and Artem did a great job with their dance. I wasn’t unhappy to see Erika leave but thought she danced well too.
Off the blog
- I played trivia with a few friends and we came in second.
- Friends gave us a Christmas cactus when we moved in this house almost 10 years ago and it’s bloomed faithfully ever since. Last year and again this year, we’ve had an errant bloom in the spring.
- We walked 3 miles every morning and I averaged almost 17,000 Fitbit steps a day.
- Vance is in Virginia so I’ve been working extra hours this week.
How was your week?