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The Week in Review: 06.16.2017

June 16, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

Jessica Abel explores the world of narrative nonfiction radio programs in her documentary comic OUT ON THE WIRE: THE STORYTELLING SECRETS OF THE NEW MASTERS OF RADIO.  The book evolved from a comic she created for a pledge drive for This American Life and features shows like it.  Abel covers topics like brainstorming, voice, story structure, and sound.  I don’t listen to the radio often but do enjoy shows like this so I found the book interesting.  It’s obviously well researched and the drawings are great but I’m not sure the book will hold wide appeal so I’d only recommend it to radio and podcast fans.  (I won this book from Read It Forward.)

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman is the story of a damaged young woman who uses structure and routine to maintain her equilibrium.  Eleanor’s social skills aren’t great so she stays to herself most of the time.  When she and Raymond, a co-worker of hers, help a man who fell and is unconscious, they become friends and Raymond helps her confront her past.  Even though I saw the ending coming, I thought this book was delightful!  The characters are quirky and there’s enough tension in the story to keep readers invested.  This book made me chuckle even while it made me think.  I loved Eleanor and Raymond and would love to read more of their story.  I talked about this book with someone else who’s read it and, we had so much to say, we decided it would make a great book club selection.   (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

If you know any young readers who like creepy crawly things, you’ll want to grab a copy of BUGS! by James Buckley, Jr for them.  This is the third book in the Amazing Animal Facts series from Animal Planet Chapter Books and it is chock full of fun facts and fabulous photos.  I learned quite a few things as I read this 4th grade level book, such as insects walk by moving three legs at a time in what is known as a tripod gait and dragonflies haven’t changed much in over 300 million years.  The back of this great book includes resources, a list of insect orders, and an index.  I think budding young scientist, especially boys, will love this book!  (Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • I celebrated my 9th blogiversary this week – I started this blog on June 12, 2008 and never would have guessed the things I would learn, the places I would visit, or the friends I would make along the way.
  • Carl spent some time at his dad’s and came home sick so I worked more this week.

  • I started a new puzzle but didn’t have much time to work on it so I didn’t get very far.  Yes, it’s a Christmas puzzle – I found it marked down.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged just over 20, 150 Fitbit steps a day.


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

26 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2017 4:38 am

    Happy 9! I think I hit 9 in Dec

  2. June 16, 2017 6:38 am

    I’m starting Eleanor Oliphant today so I’m so glad to hear you liked it! And Happy 9th!

  3. June 16, 2017 7:57 am

    I’m looking forward to Eleanor Oliphant… sounds wonderful. Congratulations on 9 years 🙂

  4. June 16, 2017 8:30 am

    Happy 9th, Kathy! A bunch of us started blogging in 2008 🙂 Here’s to many more years of blogging about good books. Eleanor Oliphant is on my list. Have fun with the puzzle.

  5. June 16, 2017 9:14 am

    Happy 9 years of blogging! I started in 2008, too, but the first year was uneventful, as I didn’t really connect with the “community” until a year later. It is interesting the things we learn while blogging…and the people we meet.

    I enjoyed The Arrangement, and Eleanor Oliphant sounds like a character I would like.

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. June 16, 2017 9:48 am

    Happy 9 years of Bermudaonion! I’m looking forward to Eleanor Oliphant.

  7. June 16, 2017 9:55 am

    Congrats on your 9th, Kathy. I’m 2.5 years behind you. But 6.5 years still feels like a long time!

  8. June 16, 2017 10:08 am

    Happy Blogiversary!!

  9. June 16, 2017 12:51 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! Out on the Wire sounds interesting; I love those NPR shows!

  10. June 16, 2017 6:22 pm

    I celebrated my ninth year as a blogger on the 8th of this month. We started our blogs within days of each other. Happy Blogiversary!

    I’m sorry I didn’t run into you at BookExpo! I wish I had been more organized, and I wish bloggers had a scheduled place to meet up.

  11. June 16, 2017 7:53 pm

    Happy blogiversary, Kathy! I, too, started my book blog about the same time as you. Enjoy your reading this weekend! It’s feeling quite summery here now.

  12. Literary Feline permalink
    June 16, 2017 9:55 pm

    Happy blog anniversary, Kathy! Has it really been 9 years? That’s awesome. Honeyman’s book sounds really good. I am glad you liked it.

    Have a great weekend, Kathy!

  13. June 16, 2017 11:57 pm

    Happy blogoversary. I agree with you about how much I’ve learnt, the people I’ve met online and how much my horizons have broadened! It has been so worth it.

  14. Beth F permalink
    June 17, 2017 6:23 am

    Maybe I’ll take Eleanor with me on a quick trip this weekend… I’m listening to Adrianna’s newest now.

  15. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    June 17, 2017 8:42 am

    Congrats on 9 years! And I’ve been hearing such great things about Eleanor Oliphant and recently put it on hold at the library…of course I’m #59, so we’ll see.

  16. June 17, 2017 10:35 am

    Congrats on 9 Years!! I have the Bugs one too. Hope reading it doesn’t make me feel like they are crawling on me! LOL

  17. Patty permalink
    June 17, 2017 10:47 am

    I love how diligent you are with your steps…I think getting them done first thing is what helps. I need to start pushing myself more and I need to stop saying I am tired…it’s getting old. Your book choices are interesting as usual…I have been curious about the Eleanor Oliphant book…I might even have it. I love the way you are wrapping up your week for us…it’s nice and clean and tidy.

  18. Lauren Becker permalink
    June 18, 2017 12:33 am

    I’m curious about Eleanor Oliphant, so I’m really glad to see that you enjoyed it. Your steps every week are AWESOME. Great job. And congrats on 9 years. I celebrate 10 in August.


  19. bookingmama permalink
    June 18, 2017 11:22 am

    I can’t wait to read ELEANOR OLIPHANT! I love that puzzle too. We just got back from the beach and usually do a puzzle or two there but not this year!

  20. June 19, 2017 8:47 am

    Happy blogoversary, Kathy! I started in 2009, about 6 months after you. Blogging has enriched my life. I like your review of Eleanor Oliphant. Sounds like the perfect book to read after a heavy dramatic one.

  21. June 19, 2017 9:07 am

    Happy 9th kathy. We started just around the same time although I am at the end of August. I agree the places I have been and the people I have met along with the opportunities have been amazing.. friends for life

  22. June 19, 2017 10:11 pm

    Happy Blogiversary, old friend 🙂 It boggles the mind doesn’t it, how long us long time book bloggers have known each other? I added Eleanor to my reading list 🙂 Seeing your puzzles always gets me itching to start one.

  23. The Cue Card permalink
    June 20, 2017 7:03 pm

    Happy 9th! So glad I found you & your blog 🙂 Always been great. I like the sound of Eleanor Oliphant. I must get to it. Quite a buzz on that one now.

  24. June 21, 2017 10:34 am

    Happy Blogoversary! I just finished Theft By Finding and loved it. Looking forward to your review.

  25. June 22, 2017 12:14 pm

    Happy Blogiversary. I cannot imagine what life would be like without all the bloggers that I’ve crossed paths with over the years. Enjoy your puzzle. I hope Carl feels better.

  26. June 30, 2017 12:45 pm

    What a cause for celebration – though I’m only almost a month late 😉 9 years! so awesome! congratulations!

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