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The Week in Review: 05.12.2017

May 12, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I don’t give up on a book very often but I did just that with INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins.  I listened to 3 of the 9 CDs and had no idea what was going on.  I’m not sure if it was the British narrators (I struggle with them) or if it was all the different perspectives but this book just didn’t work for me on audio.  Have you read it?  Should I pick up a copy in print?.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


THE BREAKDOWN is another winner from B. A. Paris!  Cass takes a shortcut home one stormy night and sees a car by the side of the road.  She stops for a moment but continues on when the driver doesn’t indicate she needs help.  Imagine her alarm when she learns the woman was later murdered in her car and that she actually knew her!  She decides not to tell anyone she saw her and is tormented by guilt.  When odd, creepy things begin to happen Cass feels like someone is watching her.  I didn’t think this book was quite as good as Paris’s previous book, BEYOND CLOSED DOORS, but I still thought it was great.  This book was tense and creepy without being scary and I couldn’t put it down.   If you’re looking for an addictive, psychological thriller, be sure to grab a copy of THE BREAKDOWN when it comes out in June.  (Review copy provided by St. Martin’s Press.)

ASHES TO ASHEVILLE by Sarah Dooley is the story of sisters Fella and Zany and their attempt to fulfill one of their mothers’ dying wishes.  Mama Lacy passed away about six months ago and the family’s grief is pulling them apart.  Zany knows she didn’t want her ashes sitting on the mantle and decides to take matters into her own hands and take the ashes back to Asheville to scatter.  Fella tags along and they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.  I just loved this wonderful middle grade book told from younger sister Fella’s perspective!  It is full of heart and humor and addresses same-sex marriage in a sensitive manner.  I was emotionally invested in the story so it made me laugh and cry.  This is a great book for middle grade readers on up!  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


Currently reading:


On the Screen

I enjoyed this week’s episode of Dancing with the Stars and agreed that Bonner was the right one to go.  Of those who are left, I think David is the weakest dancer but it sure is hard not to like him.  I still  favor Rashad and Emma but will be happy with any of the remaining stars as the winner.


Off the blog

  • My friends and I played trivia this week and didn’t even place.  We were in the running until the third round.
  • We walked 3 miles every morning and I averaged just over 17,400 Fitbit steps a day.
  • Ants got in our neighborhood’s Little Free Library so Carl and I cleaned it out and sprayed it down.  I’ll return the books today.
  • The weather has finally settled down and it was gorgeous all week.

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

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    May 12, 2017 7:23 am

    You’re the second person now who has not been high on Into the Water. The other one read it in print and gave it 2.5 stars. I’m on the library hold list and will probably try it when my turn comes, but I’m not rushing out to read it.

  2. May 12, 2017 8:37 am

    Hmm, the buzz on Into the Water hasn’t been very good. Not sure I’ve seen ANY positive reviews…

  3. May 12, 2017 8:38 am

    Ashes to Asheville sounds good! Thanks for the round-up!

  4. Drangonfly permalink
    May 12, 2017 8:54 am

    Sorry to hear about the ants and that Into the Water didn’t work for you. At least the other two did 🙂 I should go back to watch DWS! I used to love it! Congrats on walking the 3 miles and 17K steps! That’ awesome!

  5. May 12, 2017 9:42 am

    I’m not shocked about Hawkins. I wasn’t a big fan of The Girl on the Train.
    I’ve heard B.A. Paris’ name a whole bunch. Not only have I never read this author. I don’t even know if it’s a man or woman!
    I agree on DWTS. Other than David, who is, yes, very likable, any of the others could win.
    Do you watch The Voice? I love that show.

  6. May 12, 2017 10:07 am

    I ordered a copy of Into The Water and was excited about reading it. After reading your post, now I’m wondering if I should even start it. As for Paris’ book, I’m glad you enjoyed it – I have it on my kindle and am looking forward to it. That’s awesome about all your steps this week! Hope you have a great weekend!

  7. May 12, 2017 10:16 am

    I am not keen on audiobooks, and I think a book with many narrators would be impossible to keep straight in that format. I would try the print version before giving up, but since I haven’t yet read my copy of the book, this is just a guess…but multiple perspectives are challenging enough in print.

    The Breakdown is another one that I have, soon to read. Beach House for Rent is also on my wish list.

    Thanks for sharing, and enjoy!

  8. May 12, 2017 10:42 am

    I just added The Breakdown to my list. Looks creepy and good 🙂 Sorry about your ants 🙂 but yea that that your little library is so popular that everyone wants to stop by 🙂

  9. May 12, 2017 10:52 am

    I too have heard Into the Water hasn’t clicked for other readers — too bad! Envious of your nice weather — it’s been cool and wet this week with even more rain ahead of us! But juggling many good reads, so I’m happy to have a reason to stay in!

  10. May 12, 2017 11:21 am

    I bought the audio of Into the Water from audible and I’m barely in and also confused. I don’t do well with many British narrators either, I’m frustrated. I am anxious to read The Breakdown, it’s totally up my ally. I’m always impressed with your walking and step count. I am so happily sedentary, but it’s not good for me. I don’t watch competition reality shows, I just can’t get into them.
    I finished a couple of books this week and the makes me happy and now struggling to find a new read, I like it when something jumps out at me…ha ha.
    I really like this Week in Review format. Have a wonderful weekend.

  11. May 12, 2017 1:13 pm

    Sounds like you had a 50/50 book week. I’d love to hear more about your little library. I hope the ants didn’t hurt anything. I hope you’re enjoying the Mary Alice Monroe book. I’m waiting for a copy from the library. Have a good weekend Kathy.

  12. May 12, 2017 2:36 pm

    At first I was reading only good reviews of Into the Water, but the last few days or so they’ve been mostly bad.

  13. Lauren Becker permalink
    May 12, 2017 3:45 pm

    I haven’t read Into the Water. I’m a bit curious, but I do hear the various point of views are hard to follow. I didn’t really love Girl on the Train either, so it’s not high on my list!

    I hope you have a GREAT weekend.


  14. May 12, 2017 6:12 pm


    I’m glad you’re enjoying Dancing with the Stars so much. I used to watch So You think You Can Dance with my daughters. We loved that show!

    Congrats on all the steps!

    Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  15. May 13, 2017 7:36 am

    I pre-ordered The Break Down, after reading Behind Closed Doors, and looking forward to reading especially after reading your review. I was on the fence about ordering Into The Water, since The Girl On The Train was just ok for me. Glad I didn’t. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on these 2 books.

  16. Patty permalink
    May 13, 2017 10:07 am

    I had a feeling Into The Water might be disappointing. Your week sounded lovely and normal! Our weather is still chilly and rainy! I can’t wait for warm and sweaty weather!

  17. May 13, 2017 6:53 pm

    Glad to hear you liked The Breakdown!

  18. May 14, 2017 5:05 pm

    Yeah I heard Into the Water was confusing so I think I will stay clear of it. B.A. Paris seems like an author I should try on audio. Enjoy your week!

  19. May 15, 2017 5:41 pm

    You are not the first to say Into the Water wasn’t great. I think I’ll leave that one off my list. But, I do need to get toThe Break Down soon!

  20. May 16, 2017 9:28 am

    Too bad you didn’t like Into the Water! Did you like The Girl on the Train? I am thinking about reading Into the Water since I quite liked Girl on the Train, but I heard mixed reviews about it so far…

  21. Diane permalink
    May 16, 2017 6:04 pm

    I’ll remember to try the print version of the Paula Hawkins new book. I hope you are enjoying the audio of Born a Crime – we loved it.

  22. Beth F permalink
    May 18, 2017 9:23 am

    I’ve been on the fence with Into the Water because I didn’t love The Girl on the Train. Yay that BA Paris has another hit.

  23. bookingmama permalink
    May 23, 2017 7:48 am

    I need to read THE BREAKDOWN before BEA. HAHA! Not likely!

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