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The Week in Review: 06.09.2017

June 9, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

Adriana Trigiani has gone back to her roots with her latest book, KISS CARLO.  It’s the story of a large Italian American family that’s set in Philadelphia in the 1950s.  When brothers Dom and Mike have a falling out, they form rival cab companies and go their separate ways but they’re always aware of what the other is doing.  I admit to being somewhat biased when it comes to Trigiani’s books but I think this one may be her best one yet.  I was charmed and captivated by this well-crafted family saga of love, drama, and loyalty all tied together with a Shakespearean theme.  (It’s not necessary to know anything about Shakespeare to love this book.)  As I’ve come to expect from Trigiani’s work, the characters are fabulous, the setting is well researched, and the dialogue is top notch.  You don’t want to miss KISS CARLO! (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

SECRETS OF THE CIRCUS by Kate Klise is the adorable conclusion of the Three-Ring Rascals series.  Each book in this series stands alone but they’re so darn cute, early readers are going to want to read them all.  When the members of Sir Sidney’s Circus talk about their secrets, Gert reveals that she’s pen pals with Pablo the Pig who was coming to visit right at that moment.  In order to save his farm, Farmer Farley is going to have to sell him to Prinkle’s Pork Chops and Pablo doesn’t want that.  Other members of the circus are a little jealous of Pablo and Gert’s relationship and decide they want pen pals too.  Everyone tries to figure out a way to save Pablo and Farmer Farley’s farm.  M. Sarah Klise‘s adorable illustrations are a fine addition to this book that explores friendship and acceptance.  If you have young readers in your life, you can’t go wrong with this book. (I won this book from Algonquin Books.)


Currently reading:


On the Screen

After seeing the play on Broadway, I talked Carl into watching the movie version of Chicago with me.  For those not familiar with it, it’s the story of attractive women who are in jail for murder in 1920’s Chicago and the lawyer who represents them.  I enjoyed the movie and thought it was well cast and was true to the spirit of the play but much preferred the live performance.

Off the blog

  • I’ve been making an effort to give people sincere compliments when I notice something I like.  I hope it makes them feel as good as it makes me feel.

  • I finally finished the puzzle I started weeks ago.

  • Remember the stein I made with a few friends a couple months ago?  They were ready while I was at the beach and one of my friends picked them up for all of us.  She held an official “stein unveiling” this week and we tested them out.  I’m happy to report none of them leaked!
  • I played trivia with a few friends and we came in third.
  • I walked at least three miles every day and averaged over 16, 700 Fitbit steps a day.

How was your week?

26 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2017 5:58 am

    I can’t wait to read Kiss Carlo! Glad to hear none of the steins leaked! :–)

  2. June 9, 2017 6:37 am

    I’m reading Kiss Carlo now and agree – no one does dialogue better!

  3. Beth F permalink
    June 9, 2017 7:13 am

    I agree that the live Chicago is better — and esp. when seen in New York (I saw the traveling version). I plan to listen to Kiss Carlo.

  4. June 9, 2017 7:23 am

    I need to get a copy of Kiss Carlo for my mom!

  5. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    June 9, 2017 7:41 am

    I’ve been hearing such great things about Eleanor Oliphant. Put it on hold at the library and I’m #65 on the list….ha! I might break down and buy it before then.

  6. June 9, 2017 7:41 am

    New ones all for me. I’ve had a busy week and hopefully this weekend will be quiet! doubtful but I can always hope.

  7. Diane permalink
    June 9, 2017 7:44 am

    That puzzle looks great! Eleanor Elephant is on my TBR list. Glad u had fun once again at Book Expo. Have a great week.

  8. June 9, 2017 7:47 am

    I would love to see Chicago in the theater…although I did like the movie, too.

    Kiss Carlo sounds wonderful! I have loved most of Trigiani’s books…I say “most,” because I wasn’t crazy about All the Stars in the Heavens. But the rest of her collection: outstanding!

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. June 9, 2017 7:48 am

    I loved KISS CARLO too, particularly the character of Hortense.

  10. June 9, 2017 8:51 am

    Sounds like a great week! I love your stein 🙂

  11. bookingmama permalink
    June 9, 2017 9:16 am

    Loved, loved, loved KISS CARLO! Adriana doesn’t disappoint! I can’t wait to hear what you think about ELEANOR! And I love that you’re trying to spread the love with compliments!

  12. June 9, 2017 9:33 am

    I have never read Trigiani. Maybe one of these days? I agree with you about Chicago. The movie is good. But there’s nothing like live theater, especially musicals.
    Great idea to give compliments. It takes little time and has great impact. Nice!

  13. June 9, 2017 11:27 am

    I think the power of compliments is underrated. To give one takes little effort, but to receive one can make someone’s day!

  14. June 9, 2017 11:31 am

    I can not remember one thing from that movie

  15. June 9, 2017 1:07 pm

    I think I need a Fitbit too! Three miles a day sounds like a great workout!

  16. Patty permalink
    June 9, 2017 5:53 pm

    You had a lively great and fast paced week!

  17. June 9, 2017 7:19 pm

    The puzzle looks wonderful! It sounds like your week has been wonderful as well. Kiss Carlo sounds like another terrific book.

  18. Literary Feline permalink
    June 9, 2017 10:10 pm

    Seeing Chicago live is pretty awesome. I saw a stage production of it years ago and liked it better than the movie as well–although that isn’t to say I didn’t like the movie because I did like it quite a lot.

    It sounds like you had a good week, Kathy. I haven’t yet read Trigiani, but I do want to give her books a try one of these days.

  19. June 10, 2017 6:13 am

    I almost added Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine to my Summer reading list, but in the end added a different book. Love the mug!

  20. The Cue Card permalink
    June 10, 2017 2:53 pm

    I like the puzzle and beer stein — it looks big enough for my beer, LOL. Glad to hear Kiss Carlo is good. Enjoy your week.

  21. June 11, 2017 10:14 am

    Kiss Carlo is next on my read list. So glad you loved it!

  22. June 11, 2017 6:29 pm

    I kind of fizzle on puzzles now that the weather is nicer. It is more a winter thing for me.

  23. June 11, 2017 9:12 pm

    You looked to have had a marvelous week. Thanks for sharing some good books!

  24. Lauren Becker permalink
    June 11, 2017 9:52 pm

    Eleanor Oliphant sounds really good – I hope it’s a nice read! Yay for no stein leakage. 🙂


  25. June 12, 2017 1:18 am

    love the stein! I liked the Chicago movie, but I almost always prefer the live Broadway version. You were busy in New York.

  26. June 12, 2017 10:16 am

    Love that stein…I liked the Chicago movie.

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