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The Week in Review: 04.28.2017

April 28, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I picked up A MILLION LITTLE THINGS by Susan Mallery at a time when I was pretty distracted and it was exactly what I needed.  The third book in the Mischief Bay series focuses on friends Zoe and Jen.  Zoe has just broken up with her long term boyfriend and is questioning her life choices.  Jen is a young wife and mother who is obsessed with her child.  When Zoe starts dating Jen’s brother and Jen’s mom starts dating Zoe’s dad things get a little complicated.  I thought the book was a sweet, easy read.  It was a little predictable but that was just what I needed when I read it.  Even though it’s part of a series, the book stands alone just fine.  This is a terrific summer read!  (Review copy provided by Tandem Literary.)

PRINCESS CORA AND THE CROCODILE by Laura Amy Schlitz is a beautiful book for the 4 to 8 year old set.  It’s about an over scheduled princess who longs to get out and play with a pet.  When her parents say no, she sends a wish to her fairy godmother who sends her a crocodile.  The princess and the crocodile trade places and everyone learns a lesson in a fun, silly way.  It’s a terrific message for both kids and parents.  This book is beautifully illustrated by Brian Floca and is printed on high quality paper.  PRINCESS CORA AND THE CROCODILE is exactly what you’d expect from a Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Medalist.  (Review copy provided by Candlewick Press.)

GEORGIA by Dawn Tripp started out a little slow for me.  I had to adjust to the tone of the novel since it’s told in the present tense and adjust my expectations.  Going in, I knew it’s historical fiction about artist Georgia O’Keeffe but thought it was about her whole life.  Once I realized, and accepted, it’s about her relationship with her photographer and art promoter husband Alfred Stieglitz, I was able to relax and enjoy the story.  Theirs was a complicated and fascinating relationship for sure.  If you enjoy historical fiction and/or art, you’re sure to enjoy this book the way I did!


Currently reading:


On the Screen

I enjoyed this week’s episode of Dancing with the Stars but was shocked to see Heather and Maks get voted off because I thought they would probably make the finals.  I thought both team dances were fun.  My favorites are still Normani and Val and Rashad and Emma.


Off the blog

  • It’s our local craft beer week and I’ve been participating in some of the events.  On Sunday, two friends and I ran in a three mile relay at a local brewery.  We were the only all female team and we didn’t do too well but we had a lot of fun.  On Tuesday I went to a local brewery to taste a beer Vance helped brew and then, on Wednesday. my friends and I went to a local brewery to make a beer stein.   They’ll be taken back to the studio to be fired and glazed and we’ll get them back in a few weeks.  It was a lot of fun, but I don’t have high hopes for my stein.  Our event is this evening and we’re hoping for a good crowd.

  • I finished my jigsaw puzzle.  Isn’t it great?
  • We had a few cool, wet days this week and got 3.5 inches of rain.
  • I didn’t get to walk on Sunday because of the rain but walked 3 miles every other day and averaged just over 15,150 Fitbit steps a day.
  • Vance hurt his back and Carl’s foot is swollen so I worked hard this week!

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


26 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2017 5:43 am

    I love your beer stein! I really want to read Princess Cora and the Crocodile – I am a big fan of both the author and the illustrator!

  2. April 28, 2017 7:45 am

    Love this post.

    Awesome puzzle…looks like a fun week all around.


    Have a good weekend.

  3. April 28, 2017 7:56 am

    Sounds like you had a great week! I love your beer stein – so cool! That puzzle is awesome! Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  4. April 28, 2017 8:18 am

    What a fun, busy week! I’ve been interested in Georgia O’Keefe since visiting the museum in Santa Fe… will keep an eye out for the book.

  5. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    April 28, 2017 8:23 am

    Hope you’re loving Stranger in the Woods! I did 🙂

  6. April 28, 2017 8:50 am

    That puzzle and the beer stein are awesome!

    I like the look of Georgia…and I can’t wait to read my copy of The Breakdown. Enjoy your week!

  7. April 28, 2017 9:47 am

    I keep seeing Susan Mallery and her Mischief Bay series. If I didn’t have so many local romance authors, I would probably give it a try.
    Shocking about Heather. She’s been good all season, not just her 4-10s Monday night.
    I take it you don’t watch The Voice? We are huge fans of that one.

  8. April 28, 2017 9:49 am

    What is the brand of that puzzle? I love bookish puzzles!

  9. Jackie permalink
    April 28, 2017 9:54 am

    I saw the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit here in Toronto this week. There were quite a few of his photos of her on display. Adding this book to my TBR.

  10. April 28, 2017 10:09 am

    Love the puzzle and the stein! I hope Vance and Carl are better soon.

  11. April 28, 2017 11:02 am

    Awesome puzzle

  12. April 28, 2017 11:55 am

    Kathy, you’ve had quite a good week! How fun to make your own beer stein! Congrats on the run! The puzzle is fantastic! Georgia sounds like an interesting book about the talented painter. Enjoy your weekend!

  13. April 28, 2017 12:24 pm

    Mom loved that book, A Million Little Things, when she read it here on vacation. She hasn’t read any of the others in the series. Have a great weekend.

  14. April 28, 2017 2:13 pm

    What a fun week! All the beer events sound like fun.

  15. April 28, 2017 7:54 pm

    I love the storyline of Princess Cora. And Giorgia appeals to me. Your jigsaw puzzle is awesome! I hope both Vance and Carl feel better soon.

  16. Diane permalink
    April 29, 2017 8:55 am

    Busy week! I hope to review the princess book next week – very cute! I love that puzzle too! Enjoy your weekend.

  17. April 29, 2017 10:07 am

    Please take this the right way–I mean it kindly…I love the beer stein, because it reminds me of a driver’s license photo I carried around for four years. We said it was useful because I looked like I was already drunk! The stein looks to me like what I would see a few beers in…

  18. April 29, 2017 10:25 am

    Hi Kathy, sounds like a fun and busy week there with the brewery events. I’m glad you reviewed the Georgia book because I had wondered about that one. I’d drink out of that beer stein, nice work!

  19. Literary Feline permalink
    April 30, 2017 2:39 pm

    Princess Cora and the Crocodile sounds so cute–and like a message we could all use in our lives from time to time. I will have to look for that one for Mouse and I. I haven’t read anything by Mallery yet, but I would like to give her books a try. It’s always nice when a book hits the right spot at the right time.

    The craft beer week sounds like fun. I bet my dad would have loved something like that when he was alive.

    I hope both Vance and Carl are feeling better soon and give you a break! Have a great week, Kathy!

  20. Amy permalink
    April 30, 2017 5:40 pm

    What a fantastic jigsaw puzzle! Glad you had a good week!

  21. April 30, 2017 6:54 pm

    Well, you had a interesting week. I love that puzzle, It looks like a good challenge. Congrats on simply running and finishing that relay. Good for you.

  22. Lauren Becker permalink
    April 30, 2017 9:02 pm

    I love your puzzle! How fun. It sounds like you’ve had a really great week – and got lots of walking in! How fun that you got to make your own beer stein.


  23. May 3, 2017 10:01 pm

    I need to read more by Susan Mallery. I read one of her books last year and really liked it. The beer stein looks great and how awesome that you were the only women’s team to run! Girl power 🙂

  24. bookingmama permalink
    May 8, 2017 7:41 am

    That puzzle is one of the cutest I’ve ever seen!! Love it! I think I’ll read BREAKDOWN next!

  25. May 9, 2017 10:56 am

    Love the stein and love that you ran in the beer relay! woot

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