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The Week in Review: 06.23.2017

June 23, 2017
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

PURE HEART: A SPIRITED TALE OF GRACE, GRIT, AND WHISKEY by Troylyn Ball and Bret Witter is the memoir of a remarkable woman who was the first female to distill moonshine legally.  Ball was raised in Texas with an entrepreneurial spirit but dedicated herself to her family after the birth of two disabled sons.  She and her husband, Charlie, moved to Asheville, North Carolina, in search of a better home for their children when she felt the need to start a business of her own.  She settled on moonshine and put her all into a business that would change her life and preserve her family’s.  I enjoyed Ball’s story and admire her determination and guts.  Asheville is not too far from my adopted home and it’s a place I’m very familiar with so I really enjoyed the setting and feel Ball did a great job capturing the eccentric character of the city.  You won’t want to miss this inspiring story of one strong woman!  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

Lucy and Owen decide to explore an open marriage for six months in Sarah Dunn’s latest novel, THE ARRANGEMENT, but they both have to abide by carefully set out rules.  They need a break from the drudgery of their lives and they feel their marriage is strong enough to survive this experiment.  As you would expect, things don’t go exactly the way they planned.  I listened to the audio version of this book and I thought Ellen Archer’s narration was good but the book was just okay.  I didn’t think it covered a lot of new ground and found it pretty predictable.  I also found a lot of the characters annoying.  It does tackle a few current issues so I do think it would make a good book club selection.

Princess Harriet Hamsterbone is off on a mission to find Heady the Hydra’s stolen egg.  Her friend Wilbur joins her and they find themselves in the Forest of Misery where they encounter the evil Gothel.  They follow her and discover she’s got Ratpunzel locked in a tower.  Can Harriet save her or is Gothel’s magic too much for the young hamster?  HAMSTER PRINCESS: RATPUNZEL by Ursula Vernon is such a fun book for middle grade readers!  The story is great and the illustrations are too.  The book is printed on high quality paper and there’s even glitter embedded in the cover!  Young readers, especially girls, are going to love this adventure!  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Paris Can Wait starring Diane Lane is the story of Anne, a neglected wife, who travels from Cannes to Paris with Jacques, her husband’s French associate.  Jacques is in no hurry to get to Paris and takes many side trips to show Anne the sites and treat her to meals in special restaurants.  My friend and I met in France so we thought the movie sounded charming but we both found it slow.  The scenery was gorgeous and we did enjoy seeing places we were familiar with but neither of us loved the movie.  The ending is rather open ended but we both though it suited the story.  Foodies will love the food scenes but this is one to wait for on streaming.


Off the blog

  • I’ve been a little under the weather this week and finally made it to the doctor yesterday.  She prescribed a couple things so, hopefully, I’m on the mend now.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged almost 21,000 Fitbit steps a day.

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

26 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2017 6:15 am

    Have a great week!

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    June 23, 2017 7:43 am

    How’re you liking Trophy Son?? And sorry The Arrangement didn’t work, but I DNF’d it early on so am secretly glad to hear I didn’t miss much.

  3. June 23, 2017 7:58 am

    I couldn’t get into The Arrangement so I DNF it, sounds like I didn’t miss anything. I just finished Trophy Son last night and I really loved it. I’ll be interested in your thoughts on it. It was a different read for me and exactly what I was looking for after several mystery/thriller duds. 21,000 fitbit steps is awesome…I don’t think I’ve ever had that many in one day:)

  4. Patty permalink
    June 23, 2017 8:23 am

    I am so sorry you felt off…hopefully you are feeling better now…you are always a comfort to me.

  5. June 23, 2017 8:29 am

    Hope you feel better soon. Enjoy your new books!

  6. June 23, 2017 8:44 am

    Sorry you weren’t feeling well. Hopefully those meds will help you feel better ASAP. The Arrangement sounds like it would be a cliched read – too bad it was. The movie sounds like fun, but I could see how it would be flat – although looking at France on screen is worth it 🙂 Have a great weekend!!

  7. Beth F permalink
    June 23, 2017 8:48 am

    Sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well, but glad you were still able to walk every day. I think I’ll pass on the Arrangement. And bummer on the movie, though I’ll put it on my streaming wait list. The whiskey book sounds like a good one for Weekend Cooking.

  8. June 23, 2017 9:03 am

    Sorry to hear about The Arrangements. I was considering that one, but have read several less than glowing reviews lately. Glad you’re on the mend… have a great weekend!

  9. June 23, 2017 9:27 am

    The Arrangement sounded good to me, but it was not one I loved. I thought most of the characters were kind of annoying, too. LOL.

    I am curious about Paris Can Wait, and might enjoy it even if it is slow….just for the scenery and the actors.

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. June 23, 2017 9:50 am

    Couldn’t agree with you more on Paris Can Wait. That title should be Paris Can Wait…And So Can You. The best I can say is that it was watchable. 2.5/4

  11. June 23, 2017 9:52 am

    All new books for me. I’ve added so many to the pile since Book Expo that my Kindle is groaning!

  12. Lauren Becker permalink
    June 23, 2017 9:54 am

    That’s crazy you got so much walking in while being under the weather. Go you! I hope you feel better soon though.


  13. June 23, 2017 10:02 am

    Hope you feel better, Kathy. Too bad about the movie – especially given your connection to France. The memoir sounds really good. I passed on The Arrangement. I think your assessment summed up my feelings when I read about it. Have a great weekend and week ahead!

  14. June 23, 2017 8:22 pm

    Hamster Princess, how cute! I hope you start feeling better. Would you believe I’m having my allergies in June! I skipped May…I was hoping to be in the clear this year. bummer. I wanted to see that movie….

  15. June 23, 2017 10:51 pm

    Sorry that you’ve been ill, but impressed you still kept up with your walking! Ratpunzel sounds adorable and girls would love the glitter on the cover!

  16. June 24, 2017 1:35 pm

    Hmm, you sort of confirmed my fear about The Arrangement and it not covering new grounds, but I’m still curious to read it. Hope you feel better!

  17. bookingmama permalink
    June 24, 2017 1:48 pm

    I might start PURE HEART next. Sounds good to me!

  18. June 24, 2017 3:25 pm

    I enjoyed viewing the trailer, Kathy. You got a lot of walking in, although you were a bit under the weather. I hope you have a relaxing weekend.

  19. June 25, 2017 5:45 pm

    Bummer about Paris Can Wait. I wonder if it’s even worthwhile watching on DVD.

    I have a copy of The Arrangement, but now I’m not sure if I’ll even bother.

    I hope you are feeling better soon. My allergies have really kicked in since we moved to Oregon, but the pollen count (for grass) is really, really high this summer. Hope it settles down soon, since I’m enjoying my walks outside!

  20. June 25, 2017 9:28 pm

    I love memoirs of strong women so Pure Heart appeals to me!

  21. June 25, 2017 9:30 pm

    I haven’t read too many memoirs lately but Pure Heart sounds really good. Too bad Paris Can Wait was slow.

  22. June 26, 2017 11:46 am

    Sorry you aren’t feeling well; I hope the drugs you got do their job quickly!

  23. June 27, 2017 12:03 am

    The hamster book sounds cute. My kids would probably like it.

    I hope you feel better soon!

  24. June 28, 2017 12:05 pm

    We’re going to the movies tomorrow and Paris Can Wait is one of our options. The scenery does look terrific, but we shall see. I’m sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well. I hope you’re better now.

  25. June 28, 2017 10:43 pm

    I love Diane Lane and wanted to see Paris Cen Wait. Looks like waiting is not a bad thing. I hope that you’re feeling better!

  26. June 29, 2017 2:31 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better Kathy. Thx for the report on the Diane Lane movie — too bad, it seems like it needed a bit more to it. I was hoping the Sarah Dunn book would have some laughs to it — I’m on the audio wait list for it. But it doesn’t sound like you liked it much, argh. thx

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